International Olympic Committee

Sports Digest, February 28, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 3:29am

800 set to competein Beach 5s rugby

More than 800 players will take part in the Prudential Hong Kong Beach 5s at Repulse Bay next month, making it one of the region's biggest beach rugby tournaments. The third edition of the two-day event, on March 16-17, the weekend before the Hong Kong Sevens, will feature 16 men's and eight women's rugby teams, 32 netball teams and a newly added 32-team dodge-ball tournament in a move to create a beach festival of sport. Mini-rugby teams will also compete in under-11s and under-12s tournaments, while sevens legends Ben Gollings and Waisale Serevi will lend star power to the event. Staff Reporter


Ramirez explores Taiwan option

Former Major League Baseball slugger Manny Ramirez has a verbal agreement to sign with the EDA Rhinos of the China Professional League, according to An agreement would not be final until March 7, the report said, and Ramirez had the option until then to sign with an MLB team. Ramirez, 40, the 2004 World Series MVP, said his agents had contacted almost every American League team in need of a bat, but received no interest. Ramirez has not played in the majors since 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, when he opted to retire rather than be suspended for 100 games for testing positive for a banned substance. Reuters


Russian wrestler sends back Olympic gold

A Russian wrestler says he is returning his Olympic gold medal to protest at the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop his sport from the Games programme. Sagid Murtazaliyev told Russian television it was a "tough decision" to make, but he hoped it might move Olympic officials to see "common sense". The IOC executive board voted earlier this month to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, but the final decision will be made at the body's assembly in September in Argentina. Murtazaliyev, 38, who won gold in the 97kg freestyle class at the 2000 Sydney Games, has followed the example of Bulgarian wrestler Valentin Yordanov who last week said he would be handing his medal back to the IOC in protest at the decision, which shocked the wrestling world. AP