Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 11, 2011. Sunday Territorian. 55 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 1 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 5 C O L O R : C M Y K HE SAID IT Tennis great PETE SAMPRAS onMarat Safins election to Russian Parliament. In 20 years, Maratwill be the President of Russia. STRICTRULES FOR IOC CANDIDATES in the next IOC presidential election will face a series of ethics rules that may prove as difficult to police as to obey. A ban on use of social networks is just one of the wide-ranging regulations included in a code of conduct issued by the International Olympic Committees ethics commission. The rules, approved by the IOC executive board last week, come into force immediately and cover any potential contenders to succeed Jacques Rogge as president in 2013. The candidates may not take part in any public debate, regardless of the organiser, the rules state. KENYANSGETQUICKER WHEN Reuben Kosgei won gold in the 3000m steeplechase at the Sydney Olympics, the marathon world record stood at 2hrs 5mins 42secs. Eight months ago, a pair of his countrymen ran first and second in the Boston marathon in a breath over 02:03:00. Its not just me, it surprised everyone, Kosgei (pictured) said. I am hoping, he says of seeing the marathon mark crash under two hours inmy lifetime. I am hoping. NBAAGREEMENTSIGNED NBA owners and players ratified their new pay deal on Thursday, paving the way for a Christmas day start to the season. Owners voted 25-5 to approve the deal. The players union said 86 per cent of the more than 200 players who voted approved the deal. The 10-year contract allows either side to opt out after six years. NEWFRENCH LEADERS FRANCES new rugby coach Philippe Saint-Andre unveiled his backroom staff, naming fellow former players Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet as his assistants. Saint-Andre, capped 68 times, takes over the head coachs role fromMarc Lievremont, who overcame an apparent split between staff and players to lead his team to the final of this years World Cup, which they lost 8-7 to hosts NewZealand. Letters LETS START CARING ABOUTBUFFS THERE is no doubt that the Darwin Buffaloes are in trouble winless this season, and if the rumours are true, struggling internally. But as an avid Buffs supporter who makes the trek to the footy every weekend, this is what I see: l Week-in, week-out it is the same few same bodies running around doing all the jobs that should be done by twice as many people. l A team of blokes out there doing their best for their coach some of whom would never make a senior appearance for other clubs. l A depleted 18s team. l An empty grandstand. l No social functions to bring all the Buffalo faithful together. Its obvious the off-field stuff is impacting on the clubs on-field performance and the club needs help. So the next question is who is helping Buffs get back on track? The committee havent seen many of them at the footy. Stalwart Buffs supporters are too busy abusing the team for not performing. There is nowhere near the family support that there was. Its a small band of people who have Buffaloes in their heart. I take my hat off to them, it is people like them that will keep the club alive. To all those others who are quick to comment get off your backside and start helping your club, stop blaming your coaches and start looking after the players and supporting the Buffalo footy club. Or Old Buffaloes really will die. MrsHarvey, Darwin Keeping sport real OPINION HAVE YOUR SAY Dowe need technology, or is the human factor whatmakes sport? JOINOURFORUM www.ntnews.com.au Technolgy takes fun out of game WILL WE EVER KNOW? To this day, Collingwood supporters swear the ball was out of bounds when Wayne Harmes scooped it back to teammate Ken Sheldon to kick the goal that won the 1979 VFL Grand Final. What do you think? THE glorious uncertainty that was sport is being undone by technology. Sports of all sorts have been full of contentious decisions since Julius Ceasar played on a wing in ancient Romes rugby competition and the Persians introduced polo to the world. Keith Stackpole being ruled not out after a run out appeal at Brisbane in a 1970 Test match; Geoff Boycotts run out dismissal at Adelaide in the same series; Diego Maradonas Hand Of God goal for Argentina against England in soccers 1986 World Cup quarter-final. Would we still be talking about those matches if the controversy was not there years later? There are more. Geoff Hursts goal that suppos edly bounced from the cross bar and over the goal line to put England in front in the 1966 World Cup Final. And United States fighter Roy Jones Jr being robbed of a gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics despite landing 86 effective punches on his Korean opponent to a miserly 32. Collingwood supporters still talk of Wayne Harmes knock back into play that set up Ken Sheldons matchwinning goal for Carlton in the classic 1979 grand final. Magpie fans have sworn on 1000 bibles that Harmes was sampling a hot dog from a Blues fan in row 11 when he intercepted the football. But Carlton supporters reckon the ball was on the lime (boundary) when their champ and eventual Norm Smith medallist got the ball back into play. The Harmes incident is still spoken about more than three decades later, and why not? Film of the incident is not clear cut, a lot of people say it will never be resolved. That uncertainty summaries the meaning of sport. Play your hardest, question every decision and maintain a burning desire to succeed. But, be prepared for the unexpected because the fans are always ready. Crickets review system has taken away the controversy, uncertainty, unpredictability and excitement that drove the game for almost 150 years. The sight of Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith running towards the umpires with their arms crossed pleading for a change of decision is as pathetic as it is wrong. The integrity and ability of the umpires is being eaten away and the squealing from the captains and batsmen who reckon theyre not out is getting louder. And what about the bowlers? Those poor souls relegated to the role of cannon fodder since our own Charles Bannerman scored an un beaten 150 against the 1877 Poms. Those plays and misses, clips of the bat or gloves and thuds of the pads that normally accompany loud appeals have increased in noise. Now every noise is fair game, even if Brendon McCullum missed the red ball by five inches. Its time to play sport as it should be played entirely dependant on skill and hand to eye co-ordination. And. without the aid of electronic gadgetry and video replays that frustrate and annoy.
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