BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Belgium will increase its state police force by 1,729 following the May 29 Heysel Stadium disaster in which 38 soccer fans died partly because of insufficient security at the Brussels stadium.
Paul van Stelle, a spokesman for Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, said Monday the increase will bring the force to the maximum allowed number of 16,970 police officers.
He said the government was thus implementing a 1975 law which called for more policemen.
″This was never done, however, for budgetary reasons,″ he added.
One hour before the start of the May 29 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus, 38 fans - most of them Juventus supporters - were trampled and crushed to death when several hundred Liverpool fans invaded a neighboring area of the stands, causing one section to collapse.
A government report blamed a lack of security for the disaster. ---
NEW YORK (AP) - Ken Rosewall, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, has joined the Slazenger Tennis Team, Michael Platt, the company’s national sales manager, announced Monday.
Rosewall, a 50-year-old Australian who won 16 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles, has been the leading money winner on the Grand Masters circuit the past several seasons.
Rosewall joins Eliot Teltscher, Gene Mayer and the Gullikson twins, Tim and Tom, on the Slazenger Tennis Team. ---
LEUKERBAD, Switzerland (AP) - Rudi Mathijs of Belgium won the seventh and longest leg of the Tour de Suisse road cycling race Monday, but Australia’s Phil Anderson defended his lead in the overall standings.
Mathijs triumphed on the 156-mile stretch from Solothurn to Leukerbad with an eight-minute lead over Michel Dernies of Belgium. Anderson took third place another minute behind, heading a pack of 29 riders who all finished with the same time.
With a finishing time of 6 hours, 21 minutes, 11 seconds, Mathijs averaged 24.5 mphr.
Anderson, who was third Monday, is the overall leader with 26:38.56. Guido Winterberg of Switzerland is second, 21 seconds behind. ---
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - South Korea’s national squad defeated the team from the Australian Institute of Sport 61-59 in the preliminary round of the William Jones Cup women’s basketball tournament Monday.
In other matches, Taiwan’s national team beat Italy’s Lanerossi Schio team 68-62 and Taiwan’s Kuang-hua squad defeated Thailand’s national team 74-32.
Fourteen teams from 13 countries are taking part in the tournament, with Taiwan fielding two squads.
The teams are divided into four groups, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the winner’s round robin matches.
The Australian team which lost to Brazil on Sunday has been eliminated from the winner’s round.