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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
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                                                                                             Medvedev demands improved aviation safety


Russia mourns ice hockey team air disaster
YAROSLAVL, Russia, Sept 8, (AFP):                 Medvedev said that if Russia cannot

                                                                                             Russian ice hockey to help rebuild Yaroslavl team
Russia on Thursday mourned the 43 vic-         produce reliable aircraft it would have to
tims of a plane disaster that wiped out a      buy foreign-made planes, which would
top ice hockey team as President Dmitry        be a major blow to Russia’s industrial
Medvedev demanded officials put a stop         ambitions.
to a string of air crashes.                       “The value of human life is above all
   An ageing Yak-42 plane carrying             the other considerations. I will give an      MOSCOW, Sept 8, (RTRS): Russia’s                 help. Everyone understands how                   Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Florida             Vakhrukov added that he had already
                                                                                             top ice hockey teams will provide                grave the situation is. Everyone                 Panthers — all members of the NHL.               been contacted by players willing to
three-time        Russian        champions                           order to the govern-    players to help rebuild the stricken             understands that a huge disaster has                “Though it occurred thousands of              step in to enable Lokomotiv to fulfill its
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl — a popular team                                 ment and they will      Lokomotiv Yaroslavl club after nearly            happened. But Lokomotiv will be                  miles away from our home arenas,                 fixtures for the rest of the season.
with several ex-NHL stars on its roster —                            have to find the        its entire squad was killed in a plane           reborn, it has to continue playing in            this tragedy represents a catastrophic              “Other teams are ready to help.
crashed on Wednesday near Yaroslavl,                                 money. It will be an    crash, the chairman of the sport’s               the league,” he told the Izvestia news-          loss to the hockey world,” said NHL              Players who are from Yaroslavl are
300 kms (185 miles) northeast of                                     extensive        pro-   national league said on Thursday.                paper.                                           Commissioner Gary Bettman.                       ready to return to our club. About 30
Moscow.                                                              gramme.”                   Former Soviet Union captain and                  Among the 43 dead were the                       Ready to help                                 hockey players have already
   A mournful Medvedev said on a visit                                  Medvedev’s men-      National Hockey League (NHL) star                team’s Canadian coach Brad                          The KHL called off its season open-           expressed desire,” he told reporters.
to the crash site in the rundown sleepy                              tor, Prime Minister     Vyacheslav Fetisov said all teams in             McCrimmon, Slovakia captain Pavol                er at defending champions Ufa follow-               President Dmitry Medvedev, who laid
village of Tunoshna that Russia could not                            Vladimir Putin has      the Eurasia-wide Kontinental Hockey              Demitra and three former world                   ing the crash. State television cited            carnations on Thursday at the crash site
continue suffering from a string of appar-                           particularly insisted   League (KHL) could send one player               champions from the Czech Republic.               KHL President Alexander Medvedev                 and went on to make a previously
ently avoidable disasters and may have to                            Russian carriers buy    each to form a new Lokomotiv                        News of the crash plunged the                 as saying on Thursday that the sea-              scheduled speech at a policy forum in
switch to foreign-made planes.                                       Russian-made air-       Yaroslavl squad.                                 world of ice hockey into shock and               son would get underway on Tuesday,               Yaroslavl, backed the two officials and
   “This is a shock for the entire country,”       Medvedev          craft to support           “This is an initiative of the clubs.          grief. The Lokomotiv squad included              Sept. 13.                                        said the league should do “everything
said Medvedev after placing flowers at                               domestic producers.     They called me on the phone offering             former players with the Detroit Red                 Yaroslavl region governor Sergei              possible” to revive the club.
the bank of the Tunoshonka river, the             The latest disaster comes on the heels
wreckage of the plane lying in the water       of a summer full of deadly transportation
nearby.                                        mishaps.                                      should be drastically decreased and it           at its walls.                                    ruled out running.                               try’s battered investment climate.
   “I’ve given an order to the                    Two accidents involving Tu-134 and         should be done in the shortest possible             “Of course, it is hard to speak after            Analysts have over the past months               The crash’s two survivors — player
Investigative Committee and the govern-        An-24 jets killed more than 50 people         time,” he said.                                  such events,” Medvedev said as he asked          scrutinised the Kremlin chief’s every            Alexander Galimov and crew member
ment to conduct a thorough investiga-          and prompted Medvedev to call for those          In a grim twist of fate, the crash            the audience to honor the crash victims          move for signs of his intentions.                Alexander Sizov — remained in grave
tion,” Medvedev, wearing a funeral black       aircraft to be retired in the coming          occurred on the eve of Medvedev’s                with a moment of silence.                        Medvedev barely mentioned the polls in           condition and were transferred for futher
suit, told officials in a quiet but firm       months.                                       scheduled visit to Yaroslavl to address a           After his closely-watched appearance          his speech, touching instead on every-           treatment to Moscow later Thursday.
voice at the site.                                Officials have so far blamed               political conference at the hockey team’s        at the conference, Medvedev and his              thing from social diversity to ethnic ten-          Medvedev also cancelled his participa-
   “The situation remains unfortunate,         Wednesday’s tragedy on pilot error and        home arena.                                      guest Turkish President Abdullah Gul             sion to Russia’s embrace of democracy.           tion at a sports event in the northern city
and a string of air crashes which hap-         aircraft malfunction — the usual suspects        By the time Medvedev arrived to make          stepped outside to place roses at the               Political analysts say persistent disasters   of Saransk scheduled for Friday, and in a
pened this summer shows that. We cannot        in a string of past tragedies — and           his speech after travelling to the crash         impromptu shrine.                                and a tattered infrastructure discredit the      sign of post-crash jitters, reporters
go on like that,” he told Transport            Medvedev demanded that aviation com-          site, the venue had turned into a shrine for        Russia is heading into crucial parlia-        Kremlin’s efforts to promote itself as a glob-   accompanying the president but travel-
Minister Igor Levitin and Emergencies          panies improve their act.                     the local team, with thousands of fans           mentary and presidential elections in            al player, while Medvedev’s persistent           ling aboard a separate plane went to
Minister Sergei Shoigu.                           “The number of aviation companies          placing heaps of roses and team scarves          which neither Medvedev nor Putin have            silence over his 2012 plans hurt the coun-       Yaroslavl by bus.




Red Bull face tough test
as Ferrari eye Monza win
                                                   Schumacher confident ahead of race
MONZA, Italy, Sept 8, (RTRS): Red Bull will need to be quick-                                 The champion, winner of seven of the 12 races to date this season, has little to
er than ever at Monza this weekend if Formula One’s runaway                                  worry about given that he is 92 points clear at the top after leading Australian team
                                                                                             mate and closest rival Mark Webber to a one-two at Spa in Belgium.
leader Sebastian Vettel is to get on the podium at Ferrari’s home                              But Monza, the fastest circuit on the calendar as well as a temple of Italian motorsport,       People cry in front of Arena-2000, the home venue of Russian ice hockey team
circuit.                                                                                     has played more to the strengths of Ferrari and McLaren in recent years.                          Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the city of Yaroslavl, 300 kms (185 miles), northeast of
                                                                                                                                                Since Red Bull Racing appeared on the                                     Moscow, on Sept 8. (AFP)
                                                                                                                                             scene in 2005, the team has yet to finish on
                                                                                                                                             the podium at the circuit outside Milan
                                                                                                                                             while Ferrari have won eight of the last 15
                                                                                                                                             there.
                                                                                                                                                Vettel triumphed with Red Bull’s Italian-
                                                                                                                                             based sister team Toro Rosso in 2008, when
                                                                                                                                             he celebrated his first win, but the Monza
                                                                                                                                             fans are not alone in expecting Ferrari and
                                                                                                                                             Fernando Alonso to repeat last year’s suc-
                                                                                                                                             cess in Sunday’s final European race of the
                                                                                                                                             season.
                                                                                                                                                “Of course this is our target, our objec-
                                                                                                                                             tive but it will be very difficult,” Ferrari
                                                                                                                                             team boss Stefano Domenicali told Reuters
                                                                                                                                             at a fan event at Pirelli headquarters on
                                                                                                                                             Wednesday.
                                                                                                                                                “I am expecting, I hope, that during the
                                                                                                                                             race we will be very competitive.
                                                                                                                                                “This year in qualifying we have seen
                                                                                                                                             that we did not have the package to be
                                                                                                                                             quick on the single lap and I would say it is
                                                                                                                                             more difficult to be on pole,” he added.
                                                                                                                                                “But this year with the two sectors of         Russian professional hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl fans and believers pray
                                                                                                                                             DRS (adjustable rear wing) and this new           during a commemorative service at a church in Yaroslavl, Russia, on Sept 8.
                                                                                                                                             situation with the tyres, I think everything is   The team players were killed in a plane crash, in the city of Yaroslavl, on the
                                                                                                                                             possible.” If Alonso — who has only one           Volga River about 150 miles (240 kms), northeast of Moscow, Russia. (AP)
                                                                                                                                             win to his credit so far this year — can
                                                                                                                                             repeat last year’s pole position for Ferrari,
                                                                                                                                             then he will end a Red Bull run of qualify-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ‘The hockey world mourns yet again…’
                                                                                                                                             ing domination that stretches back to last
                                                                                                                                             season’s final race in Abu Dhabi.

                                                                                                                                                         MOTOR RACING
                                                                                                                                                                                               Russian plane crash extends
                                                                                                                                                 McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, smarting            ‘horrific’ summer for League
                                                                                                                                              from his non-finish at Spa, and 2009 cham-
                                                                                                                                              pion team mate Jenson Button — runner-up         MONTREAL, Sept 8, (AP): For the NHL,             Demitra, a Slovakian who played for five
                                                                                                                                              for the past two years at Monza — will also      an already dark summer became unimagin-          NHL clubs; veteran Belarusian defense-
                                                                                                                                              be the men to beat while Mercedes and old        ably worse Wednesday.                            man Ruslan Salei, who met his wife in
                                                                                                                                              Ferrari favourite Michael Schumacher can             From Anaheim to Montreal, the world’s        Anaheim and raised his family in Orange
                                                                                                                                              never be counted out.                            best hockey players struggled to compre-         County; and Czech forward Josef Vasicek,
                                                                                                                                                 “We know Monza, in recent years, has          hend a shocking loss to their sport after a      who won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in
                                                                                                                                              been our weakest circuit and we know             chartered Russian plane carrying the             2006.
Ferrari team mechanics push the car of Brazilian driver Felipe Massa out of the pits, ahead of Sunday’s Formula one race                      Ferrari will be strong there, as they histori-   Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv               “I am still in disbelief about today’s trag-
                               at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, on Sept 8. (AP)                                                       cally are, as will McLaren and Mercedes,”        Yaroslavl team crashed, killing several          ic news,” said former Avalanche captain
                                                                                                                                              Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said         NHL veterans in one of the worst air disas-      Joe Sakic, who played with Skrastins and
                                                                                                                                              after Belgium.                                   ters in sports history.                          Salei in Colorado. “Both Karlis and Ruslan
                            Coventry bags second gold in 100m back                                                                               “But this result gives us a lot of confi-         Many players heard about the accident        were unbelievable individuals and great
                                                                                                                                              dence, and we will be going to Monza to try      on their way back to work from summer            teammates. They will be sorely missed.”
                                                                                                                                              and better our previous best result which is     breaks. Most NHL training camps open                Hockey had been reeling since May 13,

Dunfords are the Kenyan golden boys                                                                                                           a fourth place.”
                                                                                                                                                 Vettel and Webber were fourth and sixth
                                                                                                                                              respectively last year, the Australian’s best
                                                                                                                                                                                               next weekend, and every club radiates opti-
                                                                                                                                                                                               mism for the season ahead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   But hockey is hurting after an offseason
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when Boogaard died in his apartment in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Minneapolis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The personable forward was one of the
                                                                                                                                              result at Monza in nine visits, but the car’s    of tragedies and disappointments, includ-        NHL’s top enforcers, bringing charisma to
MAPUTO, Sept 8, (AFP): The Dunford                                                                                                            sector times at Spa this time around have        ing the deaths of three players in a four-       the traditional hockey role of brawler who
brothers from Kenya raked in four medals                                                                                                      raised Red Bull spirits.
Wednesday as the All-Africa Games con-
tinued in Mozambique.
                                                   Poulter relishing HK defence                                                                  With Vettel’s second title fast approach-
                                                                                                                                              ing, and just seven races remaining, it
                                                                                                                                                                                               month span before the catastrophic crash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “The hockey world mourns yet again.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Please God, we can’t take much more,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sticks up for his teammates in crowd-pleas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ing fights. Boogaard died from an acciden-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tal mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxy-
   Jason Dunford won the men’s 50-metre                                                                                                       would be entirely consistent if the German       tweeted New York forward Brandon Prust,          codone, officials said. Meantime, Boston
butterfly in 23.57 seconds with South              HONG KONG, Sept 8, (AFP): Ian             under par overall.
                                                   Poulter will defend his UBS Hong             “I love the city, the buzz around             did not win on Sunday.                           the former roommate of late Rangers
Africans Neil Watson and Garth Tune sec-                                                                                                         Only twice in the last 20 years has the
ond and third respectively.
                                                   Kong Open crown in December               the whole place makes it exciting to
                                                                                                                                              winner of the Italian Grand Prix gone on to
                                                                                                                                                                                               enforcer Derek Boogaard.                                      ICE HOCKEY
                                                   keen to repeat last year’s scintillat-    be there and the golf tournament is                                                                   Even a glorious, seven-game Stanley
   Dunford was beaten by younger brother           ing showing but aware serious             a good extension of that,” said the              take the title that year, although on both       Cup series ended ugly with riots in
David, who posted a time of 49.48 to finish        challengers await, including one of       world number 18.                                 those occasions it was a German who did it       Vancouver when the Canucks lost to the           University scientists are studying his brain
first in the 100m freestyle at the Olympic         golf’s youngest stars.                       “We play on a great course that               — Schumacher in 2000 and 2003 with               Boston Bruins. Looting, vandalism and            to determine whether he had a degenera-
pool beside the Zimpeto National Stadium.             Poulter, who carded a breathtak-       you can really make a score on if                Ferrari.                                         sporadic violence left 140 people injured        tive condition resulting from hits to the
South Africa Gideon Louw took bronze.              ing 10-under-par 60 in the second         you play well and that helps to cre-                “Monza holds incredibly special memo-         and resulted in 100 arrests and millions in      head.
   The success fulfilled half the medal            round on his way to victory, said he      ate excitement for the fans.”                    ries for me,” said Vettel this week, remi-                                                           Three months later the body of Rick
dreams of David Dunford at the four-year-          his eagerly anticipating the co-             Poulter will be all too familiar with
                                                                                                                                                                                               property damage.
                                                                                                                                              niscing about his                                    “This has been a terrible summer for the     Rypien of the Winnipeg Jets was discov-
ly ‘African Olympics’.                             sanctioned European and Asian             the threat posed by a strong field,              2008 win. “That’s                                                                                 ered at his home in Alberta after a police
                                                   Tour event in one of his favourite        including        teenager       Matteo                                                            sport all around,” said Predators center
                                                                                                                                              something I will                                                                                  official said a call was answered for a “sud-
                                                   cities. “It was a pretty easy decision    Manassero, who finished a stroke                 never forget - I had                             David Legwand, who played four seasons
             SWIMMING                              to return to Hong Kong,” said the         behind the Englishman last year                  goosebumps standing                              in Nashville with Karlis Skrastins, a            den and non-suspicious” death. Although
                                                   Ryder Cup hero, who took the              after a brilliant final-round 62 at the                                                           respected NHL veteran killed in the crash.       Rypien had suffered from depression for a
                                                                                                                                              on the podium with                                                                                decade, his brawling style of play raised
   His hopes of gold in the 50m freestyle          Hong Kong title after making 22           Fanling course.                                  the fans below.                                  “(Hockey) is a pretty tight-knit family,
                                                                                                                                                                                               whether you play in Russia, Switzerland,         additional questions about the mental
came closer to realisation after the with-                                                                                                       “The track is not                                                                              health of enforcers.
drawal of world record holder Roland                                                                                                                                                           Finland, Sweden ... it is a tough thing for
                                               home first in the 200m men’s backstroke,         World record holder Kirsty Coventry of        particularly physical-                           everybody.”                                         Recently retired player Wade Belak
Schoeman from South Africa.                                                                                                                   ly demanding but,                                                                                 hanged himself in Toronto on Aug. 31, a
   The Dunfords collected bronze medals        posting a time of 2:01.74. Compatriot         Zimbabwe won her second gold of the                                                                   No NHL team was left unscarred by the
                                               Charl Crous was second followed by            Games in the 100m women’s backstroke             despite that, it is cer-                         obliteration of a top club in the KHL,           person familiar with the case told the AP.
in the 4x200m freestyle relay with South       Tunisian Taki Mrabet.                         by clocking 1:00.86. Karin Prinsloo of           tainly not easy.                                 which emerged as Europe’s most lucrative            The Lokomotiv disaster will linger over
Africa winning in 7:33.63 and Algeria sec-        Roxanne Tammadge of South Africa           South Africa took silver and Amel Melih of       Because of the long             Vettel           league over the past three years, with teams     the upcoming NHL season, particularly for
ond.                                           won gold in the 400m women’s freestyle in     Algeria bronze.                                  straights we drive                               in former Soviet republics competing with        teams with direct connections to the club.
   South African star Suzaan van Biljon        4:19.73 with compatriot Rene Warnes third        South Africa defeated Ghana 1-0 to win        with less rear wing than at other circuits, so   the NHL for players mostly from eastern          The Detroit Red Wings were hit particular-
struck gold in the 50m women’s breast-         behind Tunisian Sarra Lajnef.                 Group A of a men’s football tournament           the car can be more unstable.”                   Europe.                                          ly hard: Lokomotiv coach Brad
stroke in 32.88 followed by Mozambican            There was another gold for South Africa    cut to six teams by the withdrawal of Libya         Tyre supplier Pirelli welcomes plans for          In the intertwined world of elite hockey,    McCrimmon was Red Wings captain
Mariam Corsini — collecting the first          in the 4x100m men’s relay. The team from      and Madagascar. The only goal came 11            Formula One teams to hold a mid-season           it’s impossible to find two teams without        Nicklas Lidstrom’s defensive partner and
medal of these Games for the hosts — and       the powerhouse of African swimming            minutes from full-time when Ghana                test next year at Ferrari’s Mugello circuit,     players who share a common playing his-          an assistant to Detroit coach Mike Babcock
Nigerian Rachael Tonjor.                       clocked 3:53.93 with Zimbabwe second          defender Ahmed Adams deflected a                 motorsport head Paul Hembery said on             tory, nationality or friendship. Lokomotiv’s     until May, while Salei played 75 games for
   Darren Murray from South Africa got         and Algeria third.                            Fisimpilo Ntombela shot into his net.            Wednesday.                                       roster included three-time All-Star Pavol        Detroit last season.

				
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