ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 SPORTS 46 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.