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IOC sends medical
advice on Zika virus
LONDON---The IOC advised national
Olympic committees yesterday to follow the
World Health Organization's (WHO) guidance
on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the
Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confi-
dence that the games will be safe.
Brazil has been hit hard by the mosquito-
borne virus, which has been linked to severe
birth defects in infants, raising concerns about
the outbreak's potential impact on South
America's first Olympics in August.
The International Olympic Committee sent
a note to all national Olympic committees
outlining the latest medical advice concerning
Zika, the most recent problem for a country
already dealing with a severe economic crisis
and a sprawling corruption scandal.
"All parties are taking action to address this
topic, and are following developments
closely," the IOC said.
The two-page note from the IOC medical
commission repeated advice for travelers to
take precautions against mosquito bites and
for women who are planning to become preg-
nant to assess the potential risks of traveling
to areas infected with the virus.
"The IOC remains in close contact with the
WHO to ensure that we have access to the
most up-to-date information and guidance,
from now through to Games time," the IOC
statement said. "At the same time NOCs
should consult with their national health au-
thorities to get advice and guidance."
The IOC did not say the Olympics were
threatened in any way and made clear it ex-
pects the August 5-21 games to be secure for
athletes and visitors.
"We remain confident that there will be a
safe environment for successful and enjoy-
able games in Rio de Janeiro," the statement
French Football Federation
backs Infantino for FIFA head
PARIS---In the absence of the banned Michel Platini,
the French Football Federation is supporting Gianni In-
fantino in his bid to become the next FIFA president.
The latest backing yesterday from Europe adds to
multiple pledges of public support on three continents
for the UEFA general secretary this week.
Even his main rival in the February 26 election ac-
knowledges the threat.
"The candidate who gains the support of their conti-
nent will have a good block of votes. Today, it's Gianni
Infantino," said Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Con-
federation president who expects support from most of
his 46 voting members federations.
"With all due respect to the other candidates, I think
they are facing a tougher challenge," the Bahraini sheikh
said late Thursday after an AFC meeting in Doha, Qatar.
"Today, my chances are good and it's more than
The other contenders are former FIFA vice president
Prince Ali of Jordan, former FIFA official Jerome Cham-
pagne of France, and South African businessman Tokyo
All but Champagne are expected in Doha on Saturday
for the final of Asia's Olympic qualifying tournament for
Infantino is banking on votes from a big majority of
the 53 FIFA members in Europe, with France joining
Germany in endorsing Platini's right-hand man of the
more than six years. (AP)
De Villiers accepts offer to
be permanent SAfrica captain
JOHANNESBURG---AB de Villiers will continue as
test captain on a permanent basis after accepting the
offer from Cricket South Africa.
The national selectors recommended De Villiers to
the CSA board, which announced the decisions yester-
De Villiers was the stand-in captain for the last two
home tests against England, after Hashim Amla quit
His first assignment in charge will be a home series
against New Zealand in August.
"I thoroughly enjoyed captaining in the last two tests
against England, and although I still have a lot to learn
in this role, it's a new challenge that I'm excited to take
on," De Villiers said in a statement released by CSA.
Emboldened by the consolation 280-run win over
England on Tuesday in the fourth and last test, De Vil-
liers said "I believe we are witnessing the emergence of
another great team. We are rebuilding and have a long
way to go to being a finished product as a squad. (AP)
HARARE---Batsman Hamilton Masakadza has been
appointed Zimbabwe's new cricket captain, replacing
Elton Chigumbura who resigned on the recent tour of
The 32-year-old Masakadza is the most experienced
player on the Zimbabwe team having played 29 tests
and 165 one-day internationals. Legspinner Graeme Cre-
mer is the new vice-captain.
Masakadza will captain in both tests and limited-
overs games, with Zimbabwe deciding to do away with
separate captains for the different formats.
Masakadza was previously dropped from the team
for a loss of form but was one of Zimbabwe's best play-
ers in recent one-day and Twenty20 series against
Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Test cricket's bottom-ranked team, Zimbabwe hasn't
played a test since late 2014 and hasn't won a test
since 2013. (AP)
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