‘Iron Mike’ makes Nevada hall of fame
NEVADA – Legendary fighters Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez are among the inaugural inductees named to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Voting was done by the group’s board of directors with enshrinement ceremonies to be staged in 2013.
Also inducted were fighters Diego Corrales and Mike McCallum, trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach, promoters Don King and Bob Arum, referees Joe Cortez and Mills Lane, executives Marc Ratner and James Nave, reporters Al Bernstein and Royce Feour and contributors Kirk Kirkorian and Sig Rogich.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson went 50-6 with 44 knockouts and was the youngest man to hold the crown while Holmes, 69-6 with 44 knockouts, owned the heavyweight title from 1978 through 1985.
Leonard, 36-3 with one drawn and 25 knockouts, was a 1976 Montreal Olympic champion and a 1980s star with victories over Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns.
Golden Boy’ De La Hoya, 39-6 with 30 knockouts, won 10 world titles in six weight divisions and has become a top promoter while Chavez, 107-6 with two drawn and 88 knockouts, was a Mexican legend and three-division world champion.
Yaya African player of the year
LONDON – Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named African Footballer of the Year for a second successive time, edging out compatriot Didier Drogba.
The award came after a season of influential play both for his country, who reached the African Nations Cup final, and for his club who won the Premier League in dramatic fashion in May.
Third place went to Alexandre Song, who moved from Arsenal to Barcelona in June. The award was made at the annual Confederation of African Football gala in Accra, Ghana.
IOC threatens legal action against suspended Indian officials
LAUSANNE†- The International Olympic Committee has asked its recognised Indian members to contemplate taking legal action against officials of the country’s suspended Olympic association for misrepresenting the office.
The IOC refused to recognise the results of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections held on December 5 due to government interference which led to a tainted official being named as its new secretary general.
Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in custody last year following corruption charges and is on bail pending further investigations, was given the senior IOA post despite the IOC deeming the elections “null and void”.
Local media reported that Bhanot has been corresponding with national sports federations using the IOA letterhead, further riling the world governing body.
In a letter sent to Randhir Singh, secretary general of the IOA during the previous regime, the IOC has threatened action against “illegitimate individuals” who claim to represent the suspended Indian body.
“These illegal actions which obviously violate all IOC directives and decisions are aggravating the situation of the suspended Indian Olympic Association,” IOC director general Christophe De Kepper wrote.
“All individuals involved (directly or by complicity) will be held responsible and the IOC will reserve the right to take any action against them.†