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Figure skating scandal as more than 1.5 million call for investigation into 17-year-old Russian skater’s surprise win in Sochi

More than 1.5. million people have signed a petition on Change.org that demands an investigation into the ladies figure skating competition at the Olympic Games in Sochi. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia (center), Yuna Kim of South Korea (left) and Carolina Kostner of Italy stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women’s free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace The skating world and fans were buzzing Thursday, after 17-year-old Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova edged out reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea for the gold medal. While Ms. Sotnikova is hailed as a hero in Russia, the games’ the host country, some pundits are questioning how the contest was scored after watching Ms. Kim’s graceful performance. The accusations of “home cooking” among the judges are sure to roil the sport and may force judges to no longer score the skaters anonymously. But a olympics petition author listed as “Justice Seeker” hopped on Change.org — an activism website more commonly associated with social justice and public policy campaigns — to immediately to demand answers and “rejudgement” of Thursday’s skating competition. The petition is written in wobbly English and lists tweets from former skaters and observers of the sport who questioned the result and said Ms Kim “was robbed.” The author said “the score in the free program has added on to the unfairness of what’s supposed to be the fairest of all competitions — the Olympics. The corruption needs to be made visible and needs to be corrected.”

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Kampala race is on

Looking at shedding off a few calories this week – end? Then, there can only be one place to do it — at the annual Kampala Hash House Harriers 7 hills run due Sunday in Kampala. Hash House Harriers: Hashers sip beer after a run The young, the old, the business people and members of the corporate world are all expected to be part of the 23km annual fun run. The run is expected to cover seven major hills of the city. Organised by and for ‘members of a drinking club with a running problem and, or those that belong to a ‘running club with a drinking problem,’ the run due tomorrow, will begin at the Pearl of Africa Academy in Nsambya off Gaba road. All embracing event But you don’t have to be one of them. The race is open to all fit – ness freaks, running enthusi – asts and those whose New Year resolution is keeping fit. Runners can decide to start from a single point. The other participants can do a ‘relay’ in pairs, by one doing half of the route while the other completes the rest of the course. The 28-year-old Kampala Harsh run will cover the hills of Nsambya, Kibuli, Nakasero, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Lubaga and Lubiri. Participation is at a fee of sh20, 000. The money will be paid at Grand Imperial Arcade, shop number 47. The fee guarantees one a competition T-shirt, water and all the fun that comes along especially the free flowing beers after completion of the race. By Michael Nsubuga, The New Vision

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Riders set to renew their rivalry in Busiika show

With the battle ground set, motocross riders renew their rivalry tomorrow on the redesigned Uganda Motorsport Arena (UMA) track in Busiika in the opening round of the Mountain Dew national Motocross challenge. Asaf Natan and Arthur Blick Jr are out to upset young star and crowd darling Maxime Van Pee. Van Pee arrived in the country on Wednesday night from Europe spitting fire in the MX1 category. However, the clash of the titans could be in the 85cc category between the Blick and Omar family. Ali Omar Yasser is not ready to start the season on a losing side. He is determined to give defending champion Alistair Blick a hard time having now mastered his new KTM 2014 model bike. “It is going to be a tight race in these categories since all riders are aggressive and determined to start the season on the winning side,” Blick Jr stated. Wazir Omar, Paddy Blick and Stave Orland, Aviv Orland and John Shier are the other unpredictable riders that have always upset the top two rivals Omar and Alistair in the 85cc class. In the 65cc class, favourite and defending champion Fortune Ssentamu will face a stiff challenge from Ben Nsumba, who attended motocross lessons in an academy in Zimbabwe last year and will unleash all he learnt on a 2014 Yamaha bike. Waleed Omar, Sharif Nansukusa and Peter Simon Kabubi are the challengers. At the same time, Isabella Blick, Imran Nkurunziza, Habibu Kiggundu, Rayvon Kikago and Ashraf Jr. are set to battle it out in 50cc category. The competition is co- sponsored by Mountain Dew, Total Uganda, IAA/Resolution Health, UAP Insurance, Fotogenix and the Safe Solutions firm. UAP injected $10,000 (sh24.5m) worth of insurance sponsorship. By Johnson Were, The New Vision

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Uganda Cranes to face Zambia on March 5

Patrice Beaumelle believes that the high- profile friendly against Uganda will provide him with the perfect assessment of his new-look Zambia squad. Uganda Cranes The Frenchman assumed the helm of the Chipolopolo team in November last year after Herve Renard quit his position to take over at French club Sochaux. And in a bid to assemble a side that suits his playing philosophy, Beaumelle has invited a 42-member provisional squad for the friendly set for March 5 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. It’s from this pool that Beaumelle will select his best possible side ahead of the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers in September. The squad includes 16 foreign-based stars. “We played them in the previous Africa Cup qualifiers and they are a difficult team. They are one of those good teams that have never qualified for the Africa Cup but they have won CECAFA Cup several times,” Beaumelle said. Beaumelle was Renard’s assistant when Zambia edged Cranes 9-8 on penalties in Kampala after their two-leg Nations Cup qualifying play-off had ended 1-1 in 2012. Cranes head coach Micho Sredojevic is expected to name his side early next week. Zambian sports minister dictates over Nkana Meanwhile, desperate times call for desperate measures and Zambian sports minister Chishimba Kambwili seems determined to vindicate that adage. Kambwili has asked the Zambian football association (FAZ) to attach Chipolopolo goalkeeper trainer Davies Phiri to the Nkana Red Devils team ahead of their first round CAF Champions League game against Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) next Saturday. Kambwili watched Nkana come from behind to register a 5-2 aggregate win over Mbabane Swallows last Saturday but was disturbed with the quality of goalkeeping and defending. He then described the goals conceded by Nkana goalkeeper Rabson Muchelen’ganga as silly. “Those were silly goals that should have been avoided. After the game, I spoke to Kalusha Bwalya so that Davies Phiri can join Nkana’s technical bench as goalkeeper trainer before they play KCCA,” he told Zambia’s Post publication. Kambwili also cautioned that Nkana’s defence would have to be proactive against the KCCA team. “The defence should not escort strikers, their job is to stop them and not escort them until they shoot.” Kambwili. Part of the selected team Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Stoppila Sunzu, Joseph Musonda, Hichani Himoonde, Emmanuel Mbola Donashano Malama, Branson Chama, Rainford Kalaba Nathan Sinkala, Chisa mba Lungu, Felix Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka, Christopher Katongo, James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga and Rodger Kola. March 5: International friendly Uganda v Zambia By Fred Kaweesi, The New Vision

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Rwanda confirm Burundi friendly

Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars will face Burundi’s Intamba ku rugamba next month as the two teams prepare for the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Amavubi Stars The two will face off on March 5 at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura. Initially, the Rwanda Football Federation had written to Zimbabwe and Kenya requesting for friendly matches on the same date. However, the two did not respond in time forcing Ferwafa to turn to Burundi. News of the March 5 international friendly was confirmed on Friday by the federation vice president Vedaste Kayiranga, who also doubles as spokesperson. Under the agreement, the Under-20 teams of both countries will also play a friendly match in Kigali on the same day. “ Burundi managed to respond on time and we are doing everything to ensure that we meet what is needed to honour the friendly match,” Kayiranga told Saturday Sport yesterday before adding, “Having taken part in January’s Chan tournament, we believe Burundi has a good team to test Amavubi Stars,” added Kayiranga. The qualifying draw for the Morocco finals will be conducted on April 27 in Cairo, Egypt, after which Rwanda will be able to know their preliminary round opponents. The Amavubi squad to prepare for the Burundi game will be announced today, according to head coach Eric Nshimiyimana. Burundi is ranked 124 on Fifa rankings, ten places better than Rwanda. The last encounter between the two teams was during the 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers when Amavubi was under Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh. Rwanda won the first leg in Kigali 3-1. Jean-Claude Iranzi, Elias Uzamukunda (penalty) and Mbuyu Twite were on the score sheet. Papy Faty scored for Burundi

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Esperance coach handed 8-match ban, Etincelles fined

Ferwafa’s disciplinary committee has taken tough measures against Esperance coach Camarade Banamwana and Etincelles Football Club. Camarade Banamwana (left) pours water on one of his players during a previous league game against Rayon Sports. File According to the head of Ferwafa’s disciplinary committee Jeff Kajangwe, Banamwana faces an 8-match ban and a fine of Rwf100,000 for confronting the match referee. His troubles stem from a crime he is accused of committing after Esperance lost to Gicumbi 1-0 at Mumena in the first round last year. Kajangwe said the stand on Banamwana’s punishment was taken after assessing the gravity of his actions and keeping in mind that he failed to appear before the disciplinary committee when summoned. “We informed him to appear before the committee and we didn’t get any response from him or the club. No one is above the law, and there are rules and regulations that govern our football.” However Banamwana denied the accusations, saying, “I never confronted the referee but I did raise a few issues with the match commissioner (Francois Rwirasira).” “Among the issues I had asked him, why they had to appoint (Balthazar Ahishakiye) to officiate the game against Gicumbi when he actually resides in the same area, but to say that I confronted the referee, is untrue” added the former Bugesera FC coach. Meanwhile, Etincelles will play their next league match behind closed doors after their fans displayed unruly behavior when the team lost to Esperance 3-1 at Umuganda stadium last week. Rubavu-based Etincelles will host Police FC on March 8. Their first-choice goalkeeper Freddy Mukadi Ilunga and their lead fan Claver Rudodo were each hit with a six-match ban and a fine of Rwf100,000 respectively. If the ban stands, Banamwana, whose team is second from bottom of the table, will return on the touchline for the final match of the season, ironically when they play away to Gicumbi on May 31. According to Kayiranga, both Banamwana and Etincelles, a club he used to lead as chairman until January when he resigned after being elected in Ferwafa, have two-working days to appeal from Thursday if they are not satisfied with the decision. By Bonnie Mugabe & Richard Mugarura, The New Times

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Rwandan female cricketers attend cricket clinic in SA

The fourth edition of the Africa Cricket Association’s (ACA) elite women’s cricket academy programme got underway yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Willowmore Park Stadium in Benoni. Umuhoza Liliane The five-day clinic will end on Tuesday. According to the local cricket governing body, Rwanda is being represented by Liliane Umuhoza and Margueritte Vumiliya. The aim of this week-long Elite Academy is to enhance the players’ cricketing skills as well as motivate and enhance Women’s participation in cricket within Africa. Other ladies from Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania will also attend. They will undergo extensive cricket coaching under the experience and expertise of Feizal Kimmie, the Senior Development Officer for the ICC-Africa regional office.  The Elite Academy for Women will be a vigorous test of cricket skills on all participants. By Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

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