Three Lebanese soccer officials have been charged with receiving sexual bribes to fix an AFC Cup match in Singapore, a government law-enforcement agency of the island city-state said Thursday.
Referee Ali Sabbagh and assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb were hastily replaced by officials from Thailand and Malaysia for Tampines Rovers' 4-2 defeat by East Bengal of India on Wednesday.
The Lebanese trio were taken to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) instead and appeared in a Singapore court on Thursday.
‘Singapore has always adopted a zero tolerance approach towards corruption and matchfixing of any form is not condoned in Singapore,’ the CPIB statement read.
Sooters off target
New Delhi: The Indian shooting team's campaign in the ISSF Changwon World Cup started on a sour note with all the shooters, including Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, failing to make a mark on the first day of the event in Changwon, Korea.
Beijing Games gold medal winner Bindra, London Olympian Sanjeep Rajput and Chain Singh -- all failed to qualify for the finals of the 10m air rifle after finishing 15th, 19th and 25th, respectively.
The result in the 50-metre pistol men was slightly better, with Prakash Nanjappa just about managing a top-eight finish with a total score of 71.5.
Shuttlers bow out
Sydney: India’s campaign at the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament ended Thursday after RMV Gurusaidutt and Anand Pawar lost their respective third round matches of the men's singles event.
Gurusaidutt gave a tough fight to world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia before going down 10-21, 21-18, 15-21 in a match that lasted a little less than an hour. Pawar lost to fourth seed Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia 19-21, 15-21 in just 41 minutes.
Four Indians move up
Indore: Four Indian cueists booked quarterfinal berths in the 12th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship after the completion of round-robin stage here on Thursday. Rupesh Shah, Alok Kumar, B Bhaskar and K Venkatesham advanced to the knockout stage after winning their respective matches at the Indore Tennis Club.
NK Khanna win
new delhi: Kshitiz Sharma's 81 helped NK Khanna Club beat South Delhi Cricket Club by eight wickets in DDCA league. In other games, Ravi Goswami's 4-wicket haul helped Rajnigandha while Varun Anand's fifty helped Mohan Meakins win. In Om Nath Sood cricket, Kuldeep Diwan's 4/53 helped Kishan Ganj Gymkhana beat Telefunken Club by 28 runs.