Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2000

Soccer tourney kicks off in Soldotna

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club is set to host its first-ever invitational tournament this weekend in Soldotna.

Teams from Anchorage will join four teams representing the Soccer Association of Homer and four teams from the KPSC in the Twin Cities Soccer Tournament, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the soccer fields between Soldotna Middle and High Schools.

Matches will be played in boys and girls under-14 and under-12 age brackets beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. Matches are scheduled all day Saturday and should wrap up around 3 p.m. on Sunday.

KCHS cross country takes off Monday

The first practice for the Kenai Central High School cross country running team is scheduled for Monday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Runners should plan to meet in the KCHS commons area and bring proper running attire and a water bottle. All participants must have a completed physical examination form to take part in practice sessions. For more information, contact head coach Liz Burck at 262-7446.

Volleyball tournament, camp in Homer

The Homer Community School is sponsoring a buddies four-on-four volleyball tournament.

Participants sign up for the tournaments in pairs and are then matched with another twosome to complete the team.

The tournament has two age brackets -- 11- to 14-years old and 15 through adult. The tournament begins July 31 and runs on Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 9, beginning with a week of pool play and ending with a double-elimination tournament. Starting time on each day of competition is 7 p.m. at Homer High School.

The tournament fee is $10 per pair.

A youth volleyball camp will take place at Homer High School from Aug. 16 through Aug. 18, with sessions running from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

The camp will service two age groups, players 8- to 11-years old and players 12- to 14-years old. Both groups will cover the basics of passing, setting, attacking and serving, and the older group also will learn basic systems of offense and defense.

The camp fee of $25 includes a T-shirt. Both events benefit the Homer High School volleyball team. For more information on the tournament and camp, call Beth at 235-7520. To register, call the Homer Community School at 235-6090.

Tennis clinic in Homer

Tennis pros Greg and Cathy Tracy will be in Homer on Aug. 5 and 6 to give tennis clinics for juniors and adults.

The duo will talk to juniors from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Aug. 4 and will conduct a clinic for adults from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Aug. 5.

The fee for the clinics is $25. Private lessons also will be available in the afternoons on both days. For more information, contact Will at 235-24443 or the Homer Community School at 235-6090.

Run for Women needs volunteers

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center's 13th Annual Run for Women, a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer run scheduled for Aug. 12, needs volunteers to assist both on and before race day.

Those interested in helping out can contact Emily Aley at 283-9479.

South Africa to appeal World Cup vote

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa is challenging the disputed vote in which Germany was awarded the 2006 World Cup, insisting it has a ''moral and legal obligation'' for such a step.

South Africa asked that an arbitration tribunal either annul the July 6 vote or award the tournament to South Africa.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, said it had received a letter from the South Africans saying they intended to go to arbitration but declined to comment.

''FIFA took a clear position after awarding the bid and stated the decision was irreversible,'' said Peter Novak, a spokesman for the governing body of German soccer. ''That is also our position because we don't see any reason for the a change,''

FIFA's executive committee voted 12-11 to award the tournament to South Africa, with New Zealand's Charles Dempsey abstaining. If Dempsey had voted for South Africa, as the Oceania Football Confederation instructed, FIFA president Sepp Blatter would have broken the tie in favor of South Africa.

Dempsey has blamed ''unsustainable pressure'' from bidders and threats from ''influential European interests'' for his decision to abstain.

''We have, however, a moral and legal obligation to our people, our supporters, and to the African continent to proceed with this matter,'' said Danny Jordan, chief executive of South Africa's bid committee and the South African Football Association.

Irvin Khoza, the chairman of South Africa's 2006 bid committee and a vice president of the South African Football Association, said the decision to go to arbitration came after consultation with international legal experts, the Confederation of African Football, the South African government and bid sponsors.

The South Africans said they demonstrated their respect for FIFA by pursuing their appeal in arbitration, citing a clause in FIFA's statutes, rather than suing.

They also said Dempsey, who resigned from the executive committee following the vote, would be a co-defendant in the arbitration.

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