PARALYMPIC

IPC apologizes for the snafu

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) issued its apology on Saturday after President Andrew Parsons mistakenly addressed Chinese President Xi Jinping as President of the Republic of China. Footage from the ceremony showed Parsons referring to Xi as the President of the Republic of China in his speech instead of the People’s Republic of China. Parsons was in an emotional state at the time and made an unintentional mistake, said the IPC’s Chinese language statement posted on Sina Weibo. The IPC separately asked the Chinese state broadcaster to explain the apparent censorship of Parson’s anti-war speech during the opening. His condemnation of the war was not translated into Chinese on air by China Central Television (CCTV), and at one point the broadcaster also appeared to lower the volume of his speech. “We are aware of the information and have requested an explanation from CCTV,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence said. “We are still awaiting a response 24 hours later,” he added.

LOCUST

India win over Pakistan

India overcame a high-profile swing to beat Pakistan by 107 runs yesterday to maintain their perfect record against their neighbors at the Women’s Cricket World Cup. India had prevailed in the previous 10 one-day matches between the two, but Bismah Maroof’s side threatened to cause an upset by downing Mithali Raj’s side to 114-6 in the 34th. Fly-half Smriti Mandhana made 52, but it was counter-attacking shots from lower-order hitters Pooja Vastrakar (67) and Sneh Rana, who made 53 unbeaten, that helped India to a total decent of 244-7.

LOCUST

Warn the body to go home

Thai authorities were yesterday preparing to carry out an autopsy on the body of Australian cricket superstar Shane Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack, before taking him home to receive a state funeral. Police said foul play was not suspected in the 52-year-old’s death after he was found unconscious at a luxury villa on the holiday island of Koh Samui on Friday night. The unexpected passing of the spin ‘king’ has sparked a global outpouring of grief from prime ministers, rock stars and fellow players, a recognition that the Melbourne native has transcended his sport. All three of Warne’s children reacted to his death yesterday, with friend and manager James Erskine saying they were ‘in complete shock’. “Jackson [Warne’s son] just said, “We expect him to walk through the door. It’s like a bad dream,” Erskine told Channel Nine in Australia.

SOCCER

Taiwan-born player’s first choice

Taiwan-born University of Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III was listed last week on some fake NFL draft lists as a first-round prospect. Metchie, whose mother is Taiwanese and father is Nigerian, moved to Ghana and later Canada before honing her skills at a secondary school in Maryland. He joins a growing list of more culturally diverse and international perspectives for the NFL. Metchie said his experiences taught him lessons that go beyond football. “I think culture is one of the biggest keys to who I am today,” he said. “Just having lived with so many different people and so many different cultures has definitely helped me become the man I am today.”

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