ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Joao Havelange, president of the international soccer association (FIFA), was ordered by doctors in Rio de Janeiro to take a two-month break from work while being treated for spinal problems.
With the 73-year-old Havelange currently unable to travel, FIFA Executive Committee meetings planned for Thursday to Saturday were postponed until July 24-26.
Topics will include stadium security in the wake of the deadly Sheffield stadium crush in England and organization of next year’s World Cup finals in Italy.
Havelange also will not attend the June 7 annual meeting in Edinburgh of the International Football Association Board, a rule-setting body including representatives of FIFA and the four British soccer associations, FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni said Monday.
He said Havelange is resting at home in Rio after deciding against surgery for his back problem.
TOKYO (AP) - Hiroo Ishii smashed a two-run home run and Tatsunori Matsui hit a solo homer to lead Japan’s national team to a 4-1 victory over the 1988 world amateur champion Cuban team Monday in the opener of a five-game series before a crowd of 10,000 at the Tokyo Dome.
The second game is to be played at Seibu Stadium outside Tokyo on Tuesday.
Cuba won the world championships in Italy in 1988, when Japan placed fourth.
The 24-member Cuban team arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday.