FINA re-elects top two officials

first_img Fresh allegations BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): Despite fresh bribery allegations on top of long-standing accusations of wrongdoing, Kuwaiti official Husain al-Musallam was re-elected for another term as senior vice-president of swimming’s world governing body, FINA, yesterday. “Nothing happened against FINA rules. It’s very difficult to do anything. We’re monitoring the situation, but we have no, proof of anything,” the swimming body’s executive director, Cornel Marculescu, told The Associated Press. FINA delegates also re-elected the 81-year-old Julio Maglione of Uruguay for a third term as president, two years after the organisation changed its rules to remove its age limit. “The decision of the assembly of FINA was to decide we don’t have age limits,” said Maglione, who defeated the president of European aquatics federation, Paolo Barelli, for an expected victory at FINA’s election congress on the sidelines of the world championships in Budapest. Barelli complained that he wasn’t allowed to speak to the bureau before the vote. He said that that essentially ended any hopes he had of persuading the governing body to make a change at the top. Maglione has been in charge since 2009. “You must be crazy!” he answered when asked if he planned on stepping down mid-term so that al-Musallam could take over the top position. “I was elected for four years.” Al-Musallam ran unopposed after FINA cleared the Kuwaiti official on Wednesday for re-election despite fresh allegations made by British daily The Times and German magazine Der Spiegel that he sought payoffs from sponsorship deals through the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in 2012. “This is only allegations. I am a sportsman. The OCA and the committee of FINA, the committee that investigates, they did an investigation and there was no wrongdoing on anything,” al-Musallam told the AP. “People think I am bad. People think I am good. This is normal. We are humans at the end of the day. Let’s enjoy the championships now.” Al-Musallam is next in line to take over should Maglione be unable to fulfil his duties. “We witnessed a very transparent election. We witnessed very transparent amendments to the constitution. We witnessed a very transparent debate,” al-Musallam said.last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘confident’ of Ballon d’Or after wiping smile off French faces

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award for player of the year for the third time and says he feels confident about winning again in 2016 © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniPARIS, France, Nov 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels confident of winning a fourth Ballon d’Or title after a stellar year in which Portugal wiped the smiles off French faces at Euro 2016.The 31-year-old Real Madrid striker said in an interview published in Tuesday’s edition of France Football that ‘Les Bleus’ “thought they were going to easily win” and “smiled a lot” before the final in Stade de France last July. But the ultimate prize went to Portugal who won their first international trophy following a game which was also the scene of “the greatest sadness” of three-time world player of the year Ronaldo’s career.Ronaldo left the pitch in tears, forced off with a knee injury in the first half.“I couldn’t bend my leg… It wasn’t going to be the final that I dreamed of, I could no longer play,” he recalled with sadness.The Portuguese football federation on Friday published a video in which the international captain, barechested in the changing room, thanked coach Fernando Santos, his teammates and staff, for “the happiest moment of (his) life.”The France Football interview is headlined “Griezmann told me: ‘I hate you’” without the weekly magazine revealing further details before it hits the news stands.Concerning his bid for a fourth world footballer of the year title, Ronaldo said he felt “rather confident and relaxed” after what he called the best season of his career, in which he also won the Champions League with Real Madrid.Ronaldo — Ballon d’Or winner in 2008, 2013 and 2014 — is overwhelming favourite to reclaim the award in January after finishing top scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals, as well as his Euro 2016 title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more