Short Sport, October 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 2:02am

Cho admits tampering with rival's skates

The US Speedskating coaching scandal became even messier, with reigning national short-track champion Simon Cho, facing a disciplinary hearing after confessing on Friday that he tampered with a Canadian rival's skate at the 2011 World Team Championship. Short track interim coach, Yeo Jun-hyung, was suspended for failing to report that tampering, and the man at the centre of the scandal, head coach Chun Jae-su, could also be disciplined. But investigators commissioned by US Speedskating said they didn't find evidence that Chun engaged in "a pattern of physical and emotional abuse" as alleged by skaters, or Cho's claim that Chun ordered the skate tampering. The situation left one skater caught in the middle confounded - less than two weeks before the first World Cup event and 16 months before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. "I have no idea what to do," said Jeff Simon, among those who alleged he was abused by Chun and who has earned a spot on the World Cup team. "It seems as nobody is taking decisive action. They have known about these issues for some time. They are quick to point fingers at other people when all the problems have arisen within." Cho also said he would not skate again for Chun, a fellow South Korean. AP

Williams suspension extended by 3 games

The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension. Williams was punished for violating the league's substance abuse policy following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired. He already was serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the league's banned-substances policy - such as performance- enhancing drugs - after the NFL said he supplied a "non-human" urine sample during a drug test. Williams won't be eligible to return until November 12. AP

Spectators hurt after rally car leaves road

Two spectators have been injured after the Citroen DS3 driven by Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah went off the road during the longest stage of the Rally of France yesterday. "The injured pair are suffering from fractures - one to an arm, the other a leg. They were brought to hospital by ambulance," press spokeswoman Francoise Despierre said. Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala dropped back in his pursuit of race leader Sebastien Loeb after his Ford Fiesta skidded in the wet and went into a ditch. The Ford Fiesta driver slipped 33 seconds behind Loeb overall. AFP