Sports Digest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2012, 12:00am


Mission Hills chief takes key role for OneAsia tour

Mission Hills China vice-chairman Tenniel Chu has joined OneAsia in the role of secretary general as the golf tour embarks on its fourth season. Chu will work with national governing bodies, professional associations, tournament sponsors and course and resort owners to develop additional events for OneAsia, which continues to battle the Asian Tour for control of the game in the region. 'In OneAsia, I see a platform that suits my vision for golf in the Asia-Pacific region,' Chu (pictured) said. 'The collaboration of national amateur golf bodies and professional golf associations, with an executive boasting world-class broadcasting expertise and business acumen, means all our stakeholders are taken care of - from the players and fans, to the tournament organisers, corporate sponsors and golf developers.' OneAsia has 14 tournaments on its calendar this year, with a total purse of over US$16 million. The tour moves to Tianjin next week for the US$3 million Volvo China Open (April 19-22), which is co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Staff Reporter

Howard Cheng cleared to take Happy Valley rides

Jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin has been cleared to ride at Happy Valley on Sunday, although he still has an inquiry to face over a positive test for ephedrine and methylephedrine. Cheng was found positive from a random urine test at Sha Tin on April 1 and stood down from riding, as is routine. However, a subsequent random test taken at Monday's Sha Tin meeting came up clean yesterday. Stewards have approved Cheng to ride trackwork again and advised he will be permitted to take his mounts at the Happy Valley fixture, with a date to be announced for their inquiry into the April 1 positive test. Alan Aitken

Lee Wai-sze retains top world sprints ranking

Hong Kong cyclist Lee Wai-sze is still the world No1 in the women's sprint despite a disappointing performance at the world track championships in Australia last week. The latest rankings released yesterday saw Lee, who will turn 25 next month, top the table with 950 points, while Australian Anna Meares, who captured a silver medal at the world event, second on 900 points. Victoria Pendleton of Britain has surged from 24th to seventh after beating Meares in the final to lift the world title. In the keirin, Lee has dropped one place to 10th. With the qualification period closing after the world championships, Lee has confirmed her ticket to the Olympics this summer for both events. Hong Kong should also qualify for the men's omnium with a national ranking of 16. In all, 18 riders will compete in the event at the Olympics, with a maximum of five from Asia. However, the men's pursuit team, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games, have failed to qualify. Chan Kin-wa