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FC Barcelona condemn incident with fans and coach Koeman after Clasico defeat******
MADRID, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona have issued a statement condemning an ugly incident which saw fans surround the car being driven by coach Ronald Koeman after his side's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico'.
TV images show fans insulting the coach and also kicking and appearing to spit at the vehicle as he was leaving the Camp Nou Stadium after his side's fourth consecutive defeat to Real Madrid.
"FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. The club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again," advised the club on Twitter.
The defeat, which came after goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez, leaves Barcelona ninth in the La Liga table with 15 points from nine games, six behind leaders Real Sociedad.
Barca have little time to recover from their disappointment as they travel to face Rayo Vallecano in Madrid on Wednesday in a midweek round of matches.
Sunday's defeat (and also the way Barca were tactically out-thought by Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti) has reopened the debate about Koeman's future and a defeat in the Vallecas Stadium would once again appear to make his position virtually untenable, despite the apparent lack of willing replacements.
Meanwhile Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde will be out of action for around 2 weeks after sustaining a knee injury after coming on as a second-half substitute in Sunday's match. Enditem
Feature: Chinese companies help Cuba develop table tennis******
by Yosley Carrero。
HAVANA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cuban table tennis players have benefited from sports equipment donated by Chinese companies over the past few years.。
Among them is Shely Delgado, who won the women's singles gold medal at the National Tennis Championship in 2019.。
The 22-year-old is now training hard at Cerro Pelado center for elite athletes in Havana ahead of a regional competition slated to take place on the island next year.。
"The quality of the Chinese equipment are very high," she said, adding that "our conditions for training have very much improved."
The donation included rackets, balls, tables, nets as well as footwear and clothing.。
Angel Antonio Rodriguez, secretary of the Cuban Table Tennis Federation, said that the Chinese companies have not only helped Cuba with the donation of the state-of-the-art equipment but with field training in China.。
"Chinese table tennis players are a global reference for us. There are many things that we can learn from them," he said.。
Cuba's national table tennis team resumed training in September after an 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.。
Among its members is 18-year-old Adrian Perez, who will participate in a tournament in Venezuela in the coming weeks.。
"I am back in action trying to get in good shape," he said. "We want to be part of the table tennis' takeoff on the island."
In the past few years, Cuban table tennis players have excelled in the 2018 Barranquilla Central American and Caribbean Games and Lima 2019 Pan American Games.。
In addition, two Cuban table tennis players qualified for the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021.。
Yang Longchuan, chief of the Beijing North Star in Cuba, told Xinhua that the Chinese company has been a partner of Cuba's Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation for many years.。
"Taking the Cuban athletes to China is aimed to enhance their skills through face-to-face exchanges with the Chinese athletes, and therefore achieve better results in further competitions," Yang said. Enditem。
WADA report confirms UKAD allows British Cycling to test own riders in 2011******
LONDON, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) has allowed British Cycling to analyze samples from athletes in private, using a non-WADA accredited laboratory, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report confirmed on Tuesday.
After allegations from media regarding the issue in 2011, WADA launched an investigation in March 2021. The investigation then confirmed that in February 2011, as part of a study into the potential contamination of supplements, British Cycling collected samples from elite riders and screened these samples for the androgen and anabolic steroid, nandrolone.
"Contrary to the rules laid down by the World Anti-Doping Code and the relevant International Standard, the samples were collected by British Cycling staff rather than doping control officers, analyzed by a non-WADA-accredited laboratory, and provided by the athletes on the basis that UKAD would never know the results," said the report.
The investigation also found out at least one UKAD employee was aware of the study and that the samples could be collected and analyzed at a non-WADA-accredited laboratory.
"To this day, UKAD has no record of ever receiving the analysis results and emails that would have showed UKAD's real-time knowledge of key events," revealed the report.
Following the publication of the report, a UKAD spokesperson said "the report makes no recommendations for UKAD to follow, and notes that all samples related to their investigation were negative".
"WADA's report focuses on matters from 2011 and on the involvement of one individual, who is no longer employed by UKAD. We acknowledge that these matters would not take place today," added the spokesperson.
British Cycling also released a statement regarding the WADA's report by saying that the member of British Cycling staff who coordinated the 2011 study with UK Anti-Doping had left the organisation several years ago.
"WADA's finding that this was supported by UKAD is in line with our own understanding of events and attaches no fault to British Cycling or to the riders involved in the study. British Cycling only conducted the testing having sought and received the express approval of UKAD's Director of Legal," it read. Endtiem