NEW DELHI, India, Reuter: Pakistan, backed by India, has offered to host the 1991 World Cup with a budget of three million pounds sterling (5.4 million dollars), sources close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Saturday.

The sources said the joint Pakistani Indian proposal had already been made to the International Cricket Conference (ICC) and the bank of credit and Commerce International had agreed in principle to underwrite it.

As in the 1987 World Cup which was staged in both India and Pakistan, 24 preliminary matches would be played in two groups. In 1991, though, Siri Lanka and Bangladesh would each be given a match with the other 22 divided equally between Pakistan and India,

The semifinals would be played in Pakistan and’ India and the final’ in Pakistan, as principal host.

The seven full member countries of the ICC would receive 275,000 pounds (495,000 dollars) each, 75,000 (135,000) up on the 1987 World Cup, and the qualifying associate member would be paid 225,000 pounds (405,000) compared to 175,000 (315,000) in 1987.

The proposed prize money would total 113,000) pounds (203,400 dollars) with the winners’ share being, 45,000 pounds (81,000 dollars) compared to 30,000 (54,000) in 1987.

The sources said the ANM of the proposal was to outbid the financial guarantees which might emerge from England or Australia and New Zealand.

LONDON, Reuter: Swiss runner Sandra Gasser lost a High Court battle on Wednesday to overturn a ban which would stop her competing in this year’s Olympic Games.

Gasser was banned from competition for two years by the London based International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) after she failed a drug test at the world championships in Rome last September.

Article extracted from this publication >> June 24, 1988