CALCUTTA, India, Reuter: Former Mr. Universe Manohar Aica has come out of retirement at the age of 75 to bid for the Indian bantamweight bodybuilding tile.

The 1.47 meter, Aich said he feared the bodybuilders association would bar him on grounds of age from representing West Bengal at the National championships in the Western town of Ahmedabad on Friday.

“So I asked them and they agreed. That is when I started training seriously. I am still very strong and muscular”, the former circus strongman told reporters as he headed for the contest.

Aich said he quit competitive bodybuilding in 1960 after winning a bronze medal in the Mr. Universe contest, the title he won in 1952.

NIIGATA, Japan, Reuter: China’s Chen Long can on Sunday won the Asian Table Tennis Championships men’s singles and attributed his victory to three cups of coffee drunk just before the game. Chen, the world’s third ranking player, beat South Korea’s Yoo NamKyu 2118; 2113; 2113 to give China a total of four out of seven titles in the tournament, with South Korea winning the other three.

North Korea suddenly pulled out of the Asian Table Tennis Championships on Friday and accused the Japanese government of forcing the players from Pyongyang to leave a reception held in their honour.

Japanese officials said the players constituted “political activity” and said they had only been allowed into Japan on condition that they restrict themselves to sports activities.

DUESSELDOFF, West Germany: Sweden won the world team cup for the first time on Sunday, taking both singles matches on the way to a 21 triumph over the United States. PERTH, Australia, Reuter: China beat Canada 43in the playoff for fifth place and the final berth to Seoul from the Olympic Games qualifying tournament on Saturday.

Hungry beat Australia 119 to win the gold medal at the tournament.

DUBLIN: Two mistakes by Police goalkeeper Jozef Wandzik helped Ireland to a comfortable 31 win in a friendly soccer international here on Sunday.

Article extracted from this publication >> May 27, 1988