Global Times - 01.08.2019

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22 Thursday August 1, 2019


SPORTS


uBarca prepare


The union representing play-
ers on the US men’s soccer
team Tuesday slammed “false
accounting” used by US Soc-
cer President Carlos Cordeiro
in claiming the federation had
paid women players more than
men.
Cordeiro made the claim on
Monday in an open letter to fed-
eration members, with media-
tion looming in a federal law-
suit brought by players on the
women’s team that accuses the
federation of “institutionalized
gender discrimination” that in-
cludes inequitable compensa-
tion when compared to players
on the men’s national team.
“This is more of the same
from a federation that is con-
stantly in disputes and litiga-
tion and focuses on increasing
revenue and profi ts without any
idea how to use that money to
grow the sport,” the men’s play-

ers’ union statement said. “The
women’s national team players
deserve equal pay and are right
to pursue a legal remedy from
the courts or Congress.”
The issue was center stage
as the United States triumphed
in the Women’s World Cup in
France in July, chants of “equal
pay” raining down on the
champions after they defeated
the Netherlands in the fi nal.
Lawyers for the women play-
ers fi led a lawsuit on March 8
demanding equal pay and con-
ditions to their less successful
male counterparts. US lawmak-
ers have proposed legislation
that would block federal fund-
ing for the 2026 Men’s World
Cup until the federation pays
its women’s national team “fair
and equitable wages.”
Cordeiro said Monday that,
in fact, women players were
paid $34.1 million by the fed-

eration from 2010 to 2018 in
salaries and bonuses – includ-
ing National Women’s Soccer
League salaries for national
team members – while mem-
bers of the men’s national team
were paid $26.4 million over
the same period.
The fi gures did not include
bonuses received by US Soccer
from FIFA for World Cup per-
formances because, Cordeiro
said, the federation couldn’t be
held responsible for the dispar-
ity in those sums.
When the bonuses are in-
cluded, members of the men’s
team earned a combined $41
million between 2010 and
2018, while the women re-
ceived $39.7 million.
The women have won back-
to-back World Cup titles while
the men failed to qualify for the
2018 World Cup in Russia.
Molly Levinson, a spokes-

person for the women players,
called the fi gures cited by Cor-
deiro “utterly false” and said
inclusion of the NWSL salaries
infl ated their compensation.
The men’s players’ union
also said the fi gures were sus-
pect.
“The Cordeiro letter in-
cludes the claim that the US-
WNT lost $27 million over the
past 11 years, but admits that
is based on false accounting
because the Federation ‘tradi-
tionally’ does not count any of
the sponsorship, television, or
marketing money the Federa-
tion generates from USWNT
and USMNT players and their
games,” the statement said.
“What US sports team
makes money if they don’t
count television, sponsorship
and marketing revenue?”

AFP

Moody among


challengers


for Indian


coaching job


WBC suspends Whyte’s status as interim world heavyweight champion


u Women players ‘right’ to pursue equal pay: men’s union


‘False accounting’ slammed


uCRICKET


India’s hunt for a new coach
has attracted top international
names, including Australian
Tom Moody, despite skipper Vi-
rat Kohli backing Ravi Shastri
to get a new deal, reports said
Wednesday.
The deadline for applica-
tions ended Tuesday as the
Indian side set off for a tour of
the West Indies with pressure
mounting on Shastri after the
team were upset by New Zea-
land in the World Cup semi-
fi nal.
According to media reports,
Moody, former New Zealand
coach Mike Hesson, Sri Lanka
stalwart Mahela Jayawardene,
ex-India player Robin Singh
and former India manager and
current Zimbabwe coach Lal-
chand Rajput are all in conten-
tion with Shastri.
It was also widely reported
that former Test player Pravin
Amre applied for a batting
coach post, while South Africa’s
Jonty Rhodes is eyeing the fi eld-
ing position.
While Shastri remains favor-
ite and has an automatic entry
in the process, Singh told The
Hindu newspaper that after
losing in the semifi nals in two
straight World Cups and the
world T20 championship “a
change could be good for the
side”.
Shastri’s contract ended
with the World Cup but he and
his support staff have been
given a 45-day extension for the
West Indies tour that starts on
Saturday.
Shastri, who was India team
director from August 2014 to
April 2016, succeeded former
spinner Anil Kumble as coach
after in 2017.
Kumble stepped down af-
ter a year in charge, citing his
“untenable” relationship with
Kohli.


AFP


uBOXING


British boxer Dillian Whyte’s status as in-
terim world heavyweight champion and
mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder
has been provisionally suspended by the
WBC following an “adverse” drugs fi nd-
ing.
The 31-year-old Jamaica-born boxer
returned the positive test three days be-
fore his fi ght against Colombian Oscar
Rivas at London’s O2 Arena on July 20
but was cleared to fi ght after attending


an independent panel hearing.
Whyte, who beat Rivas on points,
served a doping suspension between
2012 and 2014 for a previous off ense.
He said before the WBC decision
that he was “disappointed with the rub-
bish” said about him but if his B sample
tests positive he faces a potential career-
ending ban.
“A sample UKAD [UK Anti-Doping]
collected from Mr Dillian Whyte in re-
lation with his bout against Oscar Rivas
yielded an adverse fi nding,” the WBC

said in a statement.
“In light of that adverse fi nding, and
pending the outcome of the WBC’s own
investigation and adjudicatory process,
the WBC is provisionally suspending
the WBC’s recognition of Dillian Whyte
as WBC interim world heavyweight
champion and mandatory challenger of
the division.”
Whyte would have the opportunity to
present his case at an investigative hear-
ing, the WBC said.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said

last week the boxer was “absolutely bro-
ken.”
Since his comeback, Whyte has
fought 18 times, losing only once to
compatriot and former world heavy-
weight champion Anthony Joshua in
2015.

AFP

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter
Stegen takes part in a preseason session
at the Joan Gamper training ground in
Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona, Spain on
Wednesday. Photo: AFP

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