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IMRAN KHAN took
four wickets for 25
runs of five overs as
Red Force defeated
ICC Americas team
in the Nagicor fifth
round contest of the
Friday at the
Queen's Park Oval,
"I don't really
ever look at the
draw, so I would
appreciate it if you
didn't mention it.
spoke to reporters
rituals at Melbourne
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
MONACO---The IAAF has
accepted the "extreme gravity"
of the offences revealed in an
investigation of its past
corruption and says it will use
the recommendations in the
World Anti-Doping Agency
report as the basis for reform of
track and field's international
The WADA report found that
the IAAF was corrupted from
the inside by a "powerful rogue
group," and they conspired to
extort athletes and allow doping
Russians to continue competing.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe
said that the track and field
body "has an enormous task
ahead of it to restore public
"The weakness of IAAF's
governance, which has been
exposed, allowed individuals at
the head of the previous regime
at the IAAF to delay the
following of normal procedures
in certain doping cases."
IAAF accepts 'extreme gravity' of offences in WADA report
RIO DE JANEIRO---Cuts, cuts and
That s the situation facing interna-
tional sports federations with just over
six months to go before the Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian organisers will be meeting
next month with federation leaders,
and World Rowing executive director
Matt Smith already knows what to
expect: He s bracing for news that
4,000 temporary grandstand seats at
the rowing Olympic venue won t be
At the swimming venue, several
thousand seats have already been
slashed. And the world governing body
for sailing learned more than a year
ago that bleachers it wanted had been
Television viewers won t notice when
South America s first Olympics open
on August 5, but Rio organisers are
scaling down everywhere to eliminate
about $500 million to balance the oper-
ating budget of 7.4 billion reals ($1.85
"I ve been around since Los Angeles
in 1984 and we haven t been in such
a situation where a country that is stag-
ing the games is in such a vulnerable
situation," Smith said in an interview
with The Associated Press.
Brazil was booming when it was
awarded the games in 2009. Now it s
buffeted by the worst recession since
the 1930s. The currency has plunged
almost 50 per cent against the dollar,
and inflation is over 10 per cent and
rising. In addition, President Dilma
Rousseff is facing impeachment, partly
driven by a billion-dollar bribery scandal
at state-run oil company Petrobras.
"We haven t had to face anything
like this," Smith said. "It was a bold
move to go to an emerging country.
The IOC deciding to go to South Amer-
ica was a really important, strategic
issue---but with all the associated risks."
Hit by cash-flow problems, Rio is
reducing the use of unpaid volunteers.
Transportation is being rejigged. Few
competition results will be available on
paper, and Olympic sponsor Panasonic
has stepped in to give unprecedented
financial help to run the opening and
Organisers backed away from plans
to have athletes pay for air conditioning
in their rooms, but rooms in the
Olympic Village won t have televisions.
The International Olympic Commit-
tee is trying to find a positive angle,
talking up austerity after the overall
$51 billion figure associated with the
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics scared
away many potential bid cities.
"We are looking into each and every
budget item," Christophe Dubi, the
Olympic Games executive director, told
the AP this week in Rio. "I think this
is setting a new benchmark. The result
is heading in the right direction. They
(organisers) have found efficiencies,
and I wouldn t call it cuts."
Like many, Dubi believes Rio s natural
beauty will make up for everything else.
"No one is saying that the Olympic
experience will be affected. On the con-
trary, Rio will be magic," Dubi said.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes is almost
bragging about the cutbacks as Brazil
spends about $10 billion in public and
private money to organise the games.
Paes is seen as a possible 2018 pres-
idential candidate who hopes to get
traction from the Olympics.
Alan Tomlinson, who studies the
Olympics at the University of Brighton
in England, said the IOC was altering
the script "to make pragmatism sound
"That kind of message is for the
global public," Tomlinson said in an
email. "The promised benefits to the
local communities---and the public of
the host city and nation---are beyond
the reach of the IOC."
Cuts aside, Rio
facing other problems
Ticket sales are lagging. Only about
half of the 4.5 million domestic tickets
have been sold. Rio organisers say
Brazilians do everything at the last
• Guanabara Bay and the Rodrigo de
Freitas lagoon---venues for sailing, row-
ing and canoeing---show astronomically
high virus levels, documented in an
on-going study by AP. Organisers can t
fix the contamination and are imple-
menting only stop-gap measures, which
will leave the health of more than 1,000
athletes at risk.
• Rio will use about 85,000 soldiers
and policeman for the games, the largest
contingent in Brazilian history. The
number is about twice what London
used in 2012. Some of the effort will
be aimed at keeping gangs from hillside
favelas from reaching Olympic venues.
• Researchers have found evidence
of the dengue-like Zika virus in Brazil
and have linked it to a surge of birth
defects in the country. Zika is most
prevalent in Brazil s northeast but has
spread south to Rio. The mosquito-
borne diseases are worst in the southern
hemisphere s summer months of
December, January and February and
less troublesome in the drier winter
month of August when the Olympics
will be held.
• A 16-kilometre (10-mile) subway
extension to take riders from central
Rio to the Olympic Park in the western
suburb of Barra da Tijuca is likely to
be finished just a few weeks before the
games open. The untested line is a risk.
Rio pushes back
track cycling test event
Olympic organisers in Rio de Janeiro
are pushing back a test event in track
cycling because the velodrome for the
event is running behind schedule.
Organisers said on Friday that the
test, set for March 18-20, was being
rescheduled for April 29-May 1. Organ-
izers said the delay would not affect
the event in the Olympics, which run
Rio has faced very few delays building
venues, despite getting off to a slow
UCI, the governing body of the sport,
said in a statement it was "naturally
concerned that the velodrome con-
struction in Rio is being further delayed
and that the test event has also been
delayed as a result."
UCI expressed concern that its ath-
letes had based their training schedules
on having a March test event.
"Our priority has to be the riders
whose training and preparation sched-
ules have for a long time been set
around the Rio Games, relevant test
events and the wider global cycling
calendar," UCI said.
"It is crucial that all parties work
together to ensure the very best con-
ditions for the athletes both ahead of
and during the games and guarantee
that they compete in world class set-
In a statement, the Rio organisers
said the delay was needed to install the
track. This is to begin in February.
The Olympic track event is scheduled
for August 11-16, with the Paralympic
competition following from September
Rio Olympics facing deep cuts
Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi speaks during an interview at
Rio 2016 headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. AP PHOTO
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