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Dec 29, 2014

Speedskating-Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Irene Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equalled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 metres and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 18, 2014

Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equaled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 meters and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 18, 2014

Speedskating-Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equalled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 metres and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 6, 2014

Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea hopes soccer school will unearth next Messi

MANILA (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea hopes football school will unearth next Messi

MANILA (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 2, 2014

Soccer-North Korea hopes soccer school will unearth next Messi

MANILA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 1, 2014

People are tired of Qatar allegations, say bid team

MANILA (Reuters) – The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organizers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker’s rights than publishing Michael Garcia’s report.

The 42-page summary of the ethics investigator’s inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup earlier this month has posed more questions than answers, and failed to quell the push for the vote for both tournaments to be restaged.

Dec 1, 2014

Soccer-People are tired of Qatar allegations, say bid team

MANILA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organisers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker’s rights than publishing Michael Garcia’s report.

The 42-page summary of the ethics investigator’s inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup earlier this month has posed more questions than answers, and failed to quell the push for the vote for both tournaments to be restaged.