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Eriksson: Give top players more rest

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has thrown down to gauntlet to the international soccer authorities to preserve the health of the world #8220;superstar#8221; footballers for major tournaments.

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FIFA ready to help football legend Maradona

World football's governing body FIFA said yesterday that it would be ready to help Argentine football legend Diego Maradona try a Swiss health clinic in his battle to recover from drug addiction.

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China vow to outrun dope cheats

They work in the shadow of Beijing's main sports complex, lab technicians in white coats who screen samples from Chinese athletes and look for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Maradona wants presidential help to flee clinic

Desperate to return to Cuba after a major health scare, soccer great Diego Maradona wants Argentine President Nestor Kirchner to help free him from a psychiatric clinic where he is being held against his will for drug addiction.

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... and Mazlan wants badminton gold for his birthday

The National Sports Council's (NSC) director general, Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, will celebrate his 55th birthday on Aug 23. And he has a wish for a special gift from the national badminton players in the Athens Olympics.

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Trio make it to Athens despite private problems

An American synchronised swimmer, an Australian shooter and a New Jersey fire-fighter are counting their lucky stars that they can take part in the Athens Olympics.

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Treated patches on US swimmers raise questions

Specially treated energy patches used by swimmers at the US Olympic trials earlier this month will be sent to the US Anti-Doping Agency for testing amid concerns the patches contain testosterone.

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Jegathesan goes from athlete to chef-de-mission in the Olympics

He#8217;s been there, seen that and done it. Yet, there was a glint of almost child-like excitement in the eyes of Datuk Dr Mani Jegathesan as he prepared to leave yesterday for Athens as the chef-de-mission of the Malaysian contingent to the Olympics.

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Former All Black winger Lomu may be able to play again, says doctor

Former All Black winger Jonah Lomu could play rugby again after this week's kidney transplant kick-started his road to recovery from the rare condition known as nephrotic syndrome, his doctor John Mayhew said yesterday.

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No place for bloodsuckers in Athens

Athletes and visitors at next month's Olympic Games will be well protected against bloodsucking parasites with organisers spending 300,000 euros (US$365,000) on a mosquito eradication programme.