Monday 29 May 2017

Athletics: Olympic blow for Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is not guaranteed a place at the 2012 Olympics in London, despite impressions to the contrary, according to South Africa's Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

The double-amputee (24) ran the Olympic 'A' qualifying time in July, earning a place at the 2011 World Championships. But Sascoc says all South African athletes must run the Olympic qualifying time again before the Games.

"Within three months of the Games, if he runs that time he qualifies," said Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy. "Many people have said he has run that time already -- however, he has not qualified."

In September Pistorius revealed his determination to win a medal at both the London Olympics and Paralympics.

TENNIS

IRELAND'S Sinead Lohan was yesterday forced to give a walkover in the girls' doubles quarter-finals of the ITF U-18 Circuit event in Belgium .

The Tramore 16-year-old and France's Sarah Finck were paired against Kazakhstan duo Alexandra Grinchishina and Zalina Khairudinova in the Grade 4 indoor tournament in Sint-Kateljine-Waver.

In the second round, Lohan and Finck scored a 6-3 6-4 victory over Russia's Anna Iakovleva and Greece's Elpida Malamou.

Lohan also exited in the second round of the singles competition, the No 6 seed succumbing 6-2 6-2 to Switzerland's Chiara Volejnicek.

Earlier, the Irish player had romped to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Belgium 's Mathilde Devitts.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel because of a "right gluteal strain", organisers said yesterday.

Roger Federer, defending the title at his home town event, beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in three sets.

RUGBY

Acting chief executive Martyn Thomas is to step down from all his positions at the English RFU after a meeting of the management board.

The former chairman is also leaving as chairman of the organising committee for the 2015 World Cup in England.

Thomas will oversee the transition at the RFU until leaving in December. He survived a no-confidence vote in September after threatening legal action should a report into the exit of predecessor John Steele be made public.

Irish Independent

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