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December 19, 1985

BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ The Secretary General of the International Ski Federation (FIS) said Thursday that Polish twins Dorota and Malgorzata Tlalka can compete for France as soon as they become French citizens.

Gian-Franco Kasper said that for the time being, the sisters, who married French brothers last October, are barred from World Cup skiing because they still are considered under the wings of the Polish federation which has scratched them from the national team.

″The Poles advised us formally that they are ‘presently’ not members of the national team,″ Kasper said. ″Moving a skier down to second league if he or she does not live up to expectations can be quite a normal thing. This is not equal to expulsion from the federation.

″But the sisters can obtain a French license the moment that French authorities confirm that their applications for French citizenship have been granted,″ Kasper said.

Kasper said FIS had tried to reach a compromise with the Polish Federation under which the sisters would be allowed to train with the French national team while racing for Poland.

″It would have worked, but both sides did not fully cooperate,″ Kasper said. ″Both sides made certain conditions which were not adhered to.″

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OSLO, Norway (AP) - World wrestling champion Jon Roenningen, 22, has been awarded Oslo newspaper Morgenbladet’s annual Gold Medal for ″The Norwegian Sports Achievement of the Year 1985,″ the awarding committee announced Friday night.

Roenningen won the 114-pound class gold medal at the World Championships in Greco-Roman competition at Kolbotn near Oslo Aug. 11.

It was Norway’s first world title in wrestling.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Bill Gallo, sports cartoonist for the New York Daily News, and Barney Kremenko, longtime sports writer and public relations man, will receive the Guinness Stout ″Big G″ award for ″extraordinary accomplishments in sports beyond the record books.″

They will be honored at a Baseball Writers Association of America dinner Jan. 19.

Gallo has been on the Daily News staff since 1961 and in recent years has been its associate sports editor. Kremenko spent 29 years covering baseball for the New York Journal-American, then moved into public relations with the New York Nets (before the basketball team moved to New Jersey) and pro hockey’s New York Islanders.


MALE, Italy (AP) - The East German team of Carola Jacob, Simone Opitz and Susanne Khufittig edged Sweden and Switzerland in winning a women’s 15- kilometer international ski cross country relay race Thursday.

The East German trio was timed in 38 minutes, 42.20 seconds.

Sweden finished second in 40:00.80, and Switzerland was third in 40:49.60.

The Italian team of Albert Walder, Maurilio De Zolt and Giorgio Vanzetta won the men’s 30-kilometer relay event in 1:16:54.10.

Czechoslovakia placed second in 1:17:34.60.

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