Call for IOC torevise bidding
OLYMPICS: Four European National Olympic Committees (NOC) have called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a thorough revision of the Olympic bidding process.
In a joint paper released, the national committees of Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland ask the IOC for "more support in bidding, more certainty in process, more partnership in risk, more flexibility in scale".
All four nations backtracked recently from bidding plans to host the 2022 Winter Olympics (Munich, Stockholm and St Moritz) or the 2028 Olympic Games (Vienna) because of a lack of national or, at least, regional public or political support.
The four NOCs say they don't intend to criticize the IOC but hope their findings will become part of the Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap of the IOC which has been initiated by IOC president Thomas Bach.
CRICKET: England bowler James Anderson has been charged by the International Cricket Council for allegedly abusing and pushing India's Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test between the sides last week. The ICC announced the charge in a statement which followed on from a release from the England and Wales Board, which pre-empted the charge by saying it was "shocked" by the accusations and that it classed it as a "minor incident".
The ICC statement said that the alleged incident falls under Article 2.3.3 of its Code of Conduct for Players and Support Personnel and is a Level 3 charge.
Tindall's time over
RUGBY: Mike Tindall has announced his retirement from professional rugby. The 35-year-old, who helped England win the World Cup in 2003, has decided to hang up his boots after almost two decades in the game with Bath and Gloucester.
He said on his Twitter feed: "After 17 years it's time to retire from rugby, I have been lucky to play with/against some great players, two great clubs and had some amazing times. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my career!"
Tector to captain U17s
CRICKET: Jack Tector will captain Ireland's under-17s who go into action in the ICC Europe Challenge series in The Netherlands next week. Ireland will play the hosts in two 50-overs contests before a T20 encounter.
IRELAND U17 : Jack Tector (capt) (YMCA), Rory Anders (Phoenix), Sonny Cott (Pembroke),Colin Currie (Clontarf), David Delany (Clontarf), Adam Dennison (Waringstown), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), David Murphy (Pembroke), Gary McClintock (Donemana), William McClintock (Donemana), Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke), Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke), Ben White (Phoenix)