LONDON, Reuter: Zola Budd has been asked by British officials for a written assurance that she plans to make her home and her athletics future in Britain

Tony Ward, spokesman for the British Amateur Athletics Board. Said on Friday the Board were seeking confirmations of a statement issued on her behalf earlier this month that she had cut her ties with South Africa the Board hope this confirmation, smooth Budd’s path al the world cross country championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 26.

Ward said: “It probably won’t satisfy the antiapartheid people but it would satisfy a great number of people around the world.”

ZURICH Reuter: A Fifa spokesman rejected on Friday French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac’s claim that France would hold the 1998 World Cup and said a decision would not be taken until 1992

Guido Tognoni spokesman for the International Football Federation (FIFA) based here, told Reuter. The decision will be taken in 1992 by the executive committee,

On Thursday Chirac said France had won the night to stage the cup during negotiation with FIFA President Joug Havekinge

“We will have the World Cup in 1998″ Chinte said.

“But I am sure he did not promise 1998 to France”, he added.

Toghomi said the venue for the 1994 World Cup would be decided at a June 30 meeting of the Executive Committee.”

VALENCIA, Venezuela: Colombian Henry Cardenas beat a field of 96 riders to take the leader’s jersey in the tour of the America’s bicycle. Friday when he won the four km prologue in three minutes, 55.19 seconds.

PARIS, Reuter: France ran in five tries to overwhelm Ireland 256 in their five nations rugby Union Championship match on Saturday

Giant Flanker Alain Carminati celebrated his recall to the side with a try in the 64th minute while backs Serge Blano Patriee Lagisquet berabero and Philippe sella each scored a try.

LONDON, Reuter: Arenal survived a second half onslaught by Manchester united to emerge 2-1 victors and earn a quarter-final place in the F.A. Cup on Saturday.

But United who fought back desperately after being two down at halftime. Had only themselves to blame for not snatching a late equalizer,

Striker Brian MeClair who had earlier put the Northern Club back in the game with a superbly struck goal seven minutes after the interval committed the Cardinal sin of blasting & penalty wide of the goal

Article extracted from this publication >> February 26, 1988