The Qatar World Cup 2022 bid committee has lashed out at the latest allegations of corruption against it, calling the report by a British newspaper "malicious and reckless in the extreme," according to a statement.
The London-based Sunday Times claimed last weekend that bid committee officials had considered a $1 million offer to the son of a FIFA Executive Committee member, Amos Adamu, to sponsor a charity dinner. Still, the bid committee admitted that it had thought about the sponsorship arrangement before electing not to participate. "No agreement was signed or otherwise concluded and absolutely no payments of any kind were made," the statement said.
The Qatar bid committee has been the subject of suspicion ever since it won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup in December 2010, but no investigation has turned up any wrongdoing.
Adamu, however, was banned for three years prior to the 2010 vote after a FIFA investigation determined that he had attempted to sell his vote.
Cavendish Joins Parade
British cyclists can't seem to catch a break in traffic these days. Weeks after Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins and Team GB coach Shane Sutton were hit by cars in unrelated incidents, British cyclist Mark Cavendish became the latest to be knocked off his bike in a collision with a car. Cavendish, who was training in Italy, said that he didn't suffer any serious injuries.
"Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training," he wrote on Twitter. "Wasn't ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I'm relatively ok. If anyone cares."—JR
The England cricket team lost the first Test match with India in Ahmedabad by nine wickets on Monday. Despite a day-four rally from Alastair Cook, who posted 176 runs, and Matt Prior, who had 91, England could not recover from its first-innings deficit of 330.
It was against India at Edgbaston that England became the No. 1 Test side in the world last year, but its play has markedly declined since then. England has not won a Test since May.
The series with India will resume with the second Test in Mumbai on Friday.—JR