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Dec 6, 2013

Sport-Mandela key to ushering South Africa back to global stage

CAPE TOWN, Dec 5 (Reuters) – While the world mourns his death, Nelson Mandela will also be celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa’s return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation, using sport as a means of reconciliation between the country’s diverse racial groups.

Mandela, who died aged 95 on Thursday, trumpeted an early return to international participation, encouraged South African sporting personalities and significantly saved the Springbok emblem, putting a firm lid on a contentious debate

Dec 5, 2013

Toure chasing third African Footballer of the Year title

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Ivorian Yaya Toure heads a list of 10 nominees for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award, an honor he is chasing for the third successive year.

The Manchester City midfielder was named on the shortlist on Thursday by the Confederation of African Football, who organize a poll of national team coaches from all 54 African countries to decide the winner.

Dec 5, 2013

Soccer-Toure chasing third African Footballer of the Year title

CAPE TOWN, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Ivorian Yaya Toure heads a list of 10 nominees for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award, an honour he is chasing for the third successive year.

The Manchester City midfielder was named on the shortlist on Thursday by the Confederation of African Football, who organise a poll of national team coaches from all 54 African countries to decide the winner.

Nov 24, 2013

Debut pair ensure victory for Pakistan in ODI

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Newcomers Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti put together a match-winning partnership and shared in five wickets as Pakistan beat South Africa by 23 runs in the first one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.

The two bowlers, making their ODI debuts, put on 74 runs for the eighth wicket to take Pakistan to a respectable 218 for nine off their 50 overs before bowling out South Africa for 195 in their second-last over.

Nov 24, 2013

Cricket-Debut pair ensure victory for Pakistan in ODI

CAPE TOWN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Newcomers Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti put together a match-winning partnership and shared in five wickets as Pakistan beat South Africa by 23 runs in the first one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.

The two bowlers, making their ODI debuts, put on 74 runs for the eighth wicket to take Pakistan to a respectable 218 for nine off their 50 overs before bowling out South Africa for 195 in their second-last over.

Nov 20, 2013

Africa hope to aim higher with familiar faces

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa will be hoping that the combined experience of major tournament football can help elevate the same five teams that qualified for the last World Cup finals to improved performances when they reassemble at next year’s showcase in Brazil.

Algeria and Ghana completed the continent’s five-team line-up for the 2014 finals on Tuesday, joining Cameroon, Ivory Coast and African champions Nigeria, who had all booked their places at the weekend.

Nov 20, 2013

Soccer-Africa hope to aim higher with familiar faces

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Africa will be hoping that the combined experience of major tournament soccer can help elevate the same five teams that qualified for the last World Cup finals to improved performances when they reassemble at next year’s showcase in Brazil.

Algeria and Ghana completed the continent’s five-team line-up for the 2014 finals on Tuesday, joining Cameroon, Ivory Coast and African champions Nigeria, who had all booked their places at the weekend.

Nov 15, 2013

Bans doubled under new world anti-doping code

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A revised World Anti-Doping Code, doubling the bans for cheats in sport, was adopted on Friday.

It was passed by the board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the end of three days of deliberation by some 1,000 delegates attending the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 15, 2013

Doping-Bans doubled under new world anti-doping code

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 15 (Reuters) – A revised World Anti-Doping Code, doubling the bans for cheats in sport, was adopted on Friday.

It was passed by the board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the end of three days of deliberation by some 1,000 delegates attending the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 14, 2013

Criticism of anti-doping policy unfair, says ITF

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is confident its anti-doping programs are working effectively and labeled recent criticisms of the system by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic unfair.

“I think that tennis is doing a good job in the programs it has and we’ve had two fairly high-profile cases recently with Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki and let’s not forget both of those cases resulted in violations for the athletes concerned,” the ITF’s anti-doping manager Stuart Miller said on Thursday.