Olympic Shorts


Arik Ze’evi goes for gold in last Games

With one Olympic medal already in his trophy cabinet, Israeli judoka Arik Ze'evi enters the fray today in the men's -100kg event at the London Olympics. The 35-year-old reigning European champion knows that this will be his last Olympic Games and he hopes to put the disappointment of Beijing - where he failed to improve on the bronze medal he won in Athens in 2004 - behind him. His first opponent is 28-year-old Dimitri Peters of Germany. According to the head of the Israeli delegation, Ephraim Zinger, Ze'evi is "fully focused for one last push. He's a mature athlete and his head is in the right place. All we can do is to keep our fingers crossed for him." (Amir Inbar)


S. Korean badminton  appeal rejected, Indonesia withdraws

South Korea's appeal of its Olympic disqualification from the women's badminton doubles tournament was rejected yesterday and Indonesia withdrew its challenge. Four doubles teams were disqualified from the London Games earlier in the day after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the tournament. The Badminton World Federation punished the eight players after investigating two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. South Korea and Indonesia appealed, but China accepted the federation's decision. (AP