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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 30, 2013
NEW DELHI---An internal Indian cricket board panel
investigating allegations of spot fixing during this
year s Indian Premier League has reportedly cleared
two teams and its officials.
"The report mentioned that no concrete evidence
was found against CSK (Chennai Super Kings), Rajasthan
Royals, (Chennai team principal) Gurunath Meiyappan
and royals co-owner Raj Kundra as far as their involve-
ment in fixing was concerned," Board of Control for
Cricket in India treasurer Ravi Savant was quoted as
saying in yesterday s The Indian Express.
The details of the report submitted by the two-mem-
ber panel comprising former judges Jayaram Chouta
and R Balasubramanian were not shared with the media
and will be discussed at an IPL governing council
meeting on August 2 for a decision on whether to revoke
the suspensions of the two officials.
This report is independent of ongoing investigations
by Indian police.
The spot-fixing controversy arose after the arrest of
Rajasthan Royals players Shantakumaran Sreesanth,
Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by Delhi Police, who
claimed they had proof that the players had conceded
more than a specified number of runs per over in return
for money from illegal bookmakers.
The three players were charged with cheating, criminal
conspiracy and criminal breach of trust while a fourth
player, Sidharth Trivedi, was also questioned by police.
Sreesanth and Chavan are out on bail, while Chandila
is in jail awaiting trial.
Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI president
Narainswamy Srinivasan, spent nearly two weeks in
jail after he was accused of spot-fixing, while Kundra
admitted only to betting and was never arrested.
Srinivasan, who is the managing director of the India
Cements company that owns the Chennai Super Kings,
was forced to step aside pending the investigations for
fears of a conflict between his responsibilities the alle-
gations against Meiyappan. Former ICC president Jag-
mohan Dalmiya took over as acting BCCI president in
the interim. (AP)
MILAN---Serie A champion Juventus will kick off
its bid for a third straight title at Sampdoria, the
only team it lost twice to in the league last season.
The 2013-14 calendar was announced yesterday.
Runner-up Napoli hosts Bologna on the opening day,
AC Milan travels to newly promoted Verona, and Inter
Milan hosts Genoa.
Juventus hosts Lazio in its first home match, before
making a trip to bitter rival Inter.
The season starts the weekend of August 24 and
ends May 18. This season will be the first in the history
of the Italian league that there will be five top-flight
derbies. Turin, Milan, Rome, Verona and Genoa all
have two teams in Serie A. (AP)
LONDON---Usain Bolt has a
new challenger, and maybe
even a new distance to think
The biggest star in track is
being sought out by Mo Farah
for a charity race somewhere
between Bolt s sprint specialty
and Farah s distance domain.
"It d be great to be able to
do a distance where people
vote in what distance will be
suitable, and then get a judge
and then come in the middle
with that distance and train
for it," said Farah, a British run-
ner who won the 5,000 and
10,000 metres at last year s
London s Olympics. "Bolt, are
you up for that? Come on, you
got to do it."
Bolt has little left to prove
on the track. The Jamaican won
the 100 and 200 in world
record time at the 2008 Beijing
Games, and then became the
first man to defend those titles
at last year s Olympics. He also
helped Jamaica win the 4x100
relays at both.
On Friday in London, Bolt
won the 100 metres at the
Anniversary Games, a Dia-
mond League meet that took
place in the Olympic Stadium
to mark one year since the
start of the 2012 Olympics.
Farah won the 3,000 on Sat-
Despite the differences in
distances, Bolt seems to be
considering Farah s challenge.
The hard part would be
deciding what distance to race.
Bolt may be the best sprinter
of all time, and has often been
rumored to be adding the 400
to his repertoire. Farah, how-
ever, is a distance specialist
who is talking more and more
about moving in the other
direction and adding the
marathon to his running
So even one of the middle
distances, like the 1,500
metres, would be hard to see
"Way too far," Bolt said.
"Six-hundred for sure I can
try because I ve done 600 in
Two running stars meeting
at a made-up distance is not
new. Nearly a year after the
1996 Olympics, 200-400 gold
medalist Michael Johnson and
100 champion Donovan Bailey
met in a much-hyped 150-
metre race in Toronto. About
halfway through, Johnson
pulled up with a muscle injury
in his left thigh, leaving Bailey
to win US$1 million. (AP)
Mo Farah challenges Usain Bolt to race
probe clears IPL
Juve to visit Sampdoria
in opening round
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