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May 11, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Chinese golfers will compete against the Japanese national team in an exhibition match this June, a spokesman of the Japan Golf Association announced Wednesday.

Golf, a sport once condemned in China as an example of Western decadence, has become popular now and China is preparing to compete in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.

The four male and four female Chinese golfers, whose handicaps range from 7 to 12, will play a four-day competition on the Musashi Country Club, Tokyo Golf Club and the Kasumigaseki Country Club, all on the outskirts of Tokyo, between June 20 and 23, spokesman Akio Ohsuga said.

The Chinese team will be led by Secretary-General Li Youlin of the China Golf Association, Ohsuga said.


TURIN, Italy (AP) - The Socialist mayor of Turin, threatening her resignation and a political crisis if the project was not definitely voted, forced the city council to approve on Tuesday night a plan for the construction of a new stadium for the 1990 soccer World Cup.

Mayor Maria Magnani Noya said the vote would clear the way for a $25 million project which must be completed by an Italian private construction company by 1989.

However, local political sources expressed doubt that the deadline set by the international soccer federation (FIFA) for completion of World Cup stadiums may be met.

Turin, the capital of the Italian auto industry, has been picked by FIFA as a venue for the Cup semifinals under condition a new stadium is built in due time.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Australian swimmer Donna Procter set a Commonwealth record for the 400 meters individual medley on the opening night of the National Olympic Games selection trials at the Warringah Aquatic Center Wednesday.

Procter, 18, swam seven-tenths of a second less than the old mark with a time of 4:45.12 to gain automatic selection for the Australian team to the Seoul Summer Olympics in September.

The former record of 4:45.82 had been set by fellow Australian Suzanne Landells in winning the gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.


LONDON (AP) - Tour de France champion Stephen Roche was quoted Wednesday as saying he had ″less than a 50-50 chance″ of taking part in this year’s cycling classic.

Roche, the first Irish winner of the tour, told the Daily Telepgraph that he would decide this month whether to have surgery on a chronic knee injury.

″I have a less than 50-50 chance of racing in the Tour de France,″ Roche told the newspaper. ″If there is any pain at all in my knee after next week, then it will mean an operation as soon as possible.″

If the pain goes away, Roche said, he will enter the Midi-Libre stage race next month as preparation for the tour, which begins its 2,000-mile course July 4.

Last season, Roche won 15 major races and became only the second cyclist to win the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and the world championship in the same year.

This season, he has run into trouble, dropping out of or finishing well back in all five of the races he has entered.

Roche injured his knee two years ago during the Paris six-day race and aggravated the injury last winter.

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