ROME (AP) _ More than two million tickets have been sold for soccer’s World Cup, but their distribution is being delayed until May 28 to avoid counterfeiting and speculating.
Adriano Botta, a press officer for the World Cup who announced the figure, said the tickets sold represent 88 percent of the total number that will be available for the tournament starting June 8.
Botta said that ticket allocation has been controlled by a specially designed computer system to ensure that rival fan groups will be not be sitting together.
The system will be put to the test on June 16 when about 10,000 English and 8,000 Dutch fans, considered Europe’s most volatile, will converge on Sardinia for their teams’ match.
TINTON FALLS, N.J. (AP) - Emerson Fittipaldi and Dorsey Schroeder complete the all-star field for the 1990 International Race of Champions series which is scheduled to begin May 5 at Talladega, Ala.
Fittipaldi, from Brazil, is the defending CART Indy-car and Indianapolis 500 champion, while Schroeder won the 1989 Trans-Am title. Fittipaldi, a two- time Formula One champion as well, remains the only foreign driver to win an IROC event, capturing the 1974 race at Riverside, Calif.
He and Schroeder fill out the 12-man lineup for IROC’s three-race series, which includes races July 7 at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Aug. 4 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Previously announced were NASCAR Winston Cup stars Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin and defending IROC champion Terry Labonte; Indy-car stars Al Unser Jr., Danny Sullivan and Bobby Rahal; IMSA Camel GT racer Geoff Brabham of Australia; and endurance road racing star Martin Brundle of England.
The drivers will compete in identically prepared IROC Dodge Daytonas.
TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Larry Parrish hit a home run to help the Hanshin Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Central League’s defending champion Yomiuri Giants Thursday.
Parrish played last season for the Yakult Swallows and won the league’s home run title with 42.
At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, a grand slam homer by former Chicago Cub Vance Law in the fifth inning led the Chunichi Dragons to a 6-5 victory over the Swallows. It was Law’s second homer this season.
Mike Young, formerly with the Cleveland Indians, hit a two-run home run as the Hiroshima Toyo Carp trounced the Yokohama Taiyo Whales 10-2.
LONDON (AP) - Paul Davies-Hale, winner of the Chicago marathon last October, pulled out of the April 22 London Marathon on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Englishman said he injured a nerve in his back in a 20-mile race last month and doctors ordered him to rest.
His withdrawal cost the London Marathon, expected to attract about 26,000 runners, another of its leading competitors.
On Wednesday, Olympic 5,000 meter champion John Ngugi of Kenya and Olympic women’s marathon gold medalist Rosa Mota of Portugal both withdrew.
NARITA, Japan (AP) - Shozo Miyamoto of Japan shot a 3-under-par 69 and took a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Starts Senior golf tournament Thursday.
Miyamoto, 50, who has won seven tournaments in his career, had two birdies, one eagle and one bogey over the Narita Springs Country Club’s 6,575-yard, par-72 course.
Seiichi Kanai and Hideo Jibiki were tied for second place.
American Chuck Campbell, one of seven non-Japanese in the field, had a 78.
CANNES-MOUGINS, France (AP) - Mark O’Meara and Tommy Armour are among the Americans in the Cannes Open golf tournament which starts Friday.
The field also includes Ian Woosnam of Wales, who shares the course record of 64 at the Mougins Club, and European PGA Tour winners Stephen McAllister of Scotland, Eamonn Darcy of Northern Ireland, Australian Brett Ogle and Vijay Singh of Fiji.
TOKYO (AP) - The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee has announced plans to resign because of slip-ups at the Asian Winter Games.
Yoshiaki Tsutsumi’s decision was a result of the embarrassment created by the playing of the Mongolian and North Korean national anthems before the correct anthem finally was played for a South Korean speed skating gold medalist in the Games in Japan last month.
″I’m sorry for the clumsiness,″ he said Thursday, adding that his resignation would be submitted to the committee meeting on May 9.
Tsutsumi, 55, a billionaire, had been chosen JOC president to lead an ambitious effort to develop more Olympic medal winners in Japan.
He is chairman of the Seibu Railway Group, which owns the Seibu Lions professional baseball team, and heads a number of other sports organizations.
HONG KONG (AP) - Sixty-two yachts from Hong Kong and 10 nations set sail Thursday in on the 650-mile Corum China Sea Race to Manila.
Leading as they left Hong Kong waters was Hong Kong yacht Bimblegumie with Keith Jacobs at the helm.
The 65-foot Australian sloop Brindabella, skippered by George Snow, is favored to win.
Most of the boats are from Hong Kong but there are also yachts from Australia, Britain, the Philippines, Brunei, Japan, France, Switzerland, United States, West Germany and Ireland.