Undated (AP) _ BAD RAGAZ, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss Ski Federation, facing widespread criticism and several strike threats by Alpine aces, late on Sunday readmitted controversial slalom specialist Thomas Buergler into the lineup for upcoming World Cup races in Sweden and Norway.
Buergler, 25, last Thursday was dropped for the Scandinavian part of the circuit after a Swiss magazine published an article under his name that attacked Swiss men’s team trainer Karl Frehsner as dictatorial, reviving earlier feuds over his management. Buergler appealed his exclusion.
Sunday’s decision came after Buergler apologized for carrying out the fight in public, a federation statement said. Left standing by the federation jury was a severe reprimand for the skier.
Coming after a four-hour hearing at which Buergler was flanked by nine teammates, the reversal reflected agreement by skiers and trainers that they wanted ″to finish the running season successfully together,″ the statement said.
The ruling was seen as a retreat from an unpopular decision that drew virtually unanimous criticism from Switzerland’s top racers as being too harsh. World champion Pirmin Zurbriggen and Peter Mueller were among the critics while Franz Heinzer and Max Julen publicly threatened to boycott the team.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - The Soviet Union beat New Zealand 1-0 in their opening exhibition soccer match at Mt. Smart Stadium Monday as Vladimir Dolgopolov scored the lone goal.
Four other matches will be played in the series.
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Drazen Petrovic, Yugoslavia’s top amateur basketball player, said he would stay here and play as an amateur despite professional offers from the United States and elsewhere, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported Monday.
Earlier reports here said the 6-foot-7 Petrovic, who averages 40 points per game in the Yugoslav League, was planning to sign with a National Basketball Association team in the United States. The Boston Celtics were reported to be among the interested teams.
Tanjug said the decision was reached Monday after Petrovic, 22, met with Mirko Novosel, director of his team Cibona of Zagreb, the European champions.
He had earlier been quoted in the weekly Ilustrovana Politika as saying ″my aim is America,″ for future play. The magazine also said he had been offered $250,000 a year to sign with Real Madrid of Spain.
Tanjug quoted him as saying that both those possibilities were ″out of the question now.″
BREMEN, West Germany (AP) - West Germany striker Rudi Voeller will be out of action for at least two more months following groin surgery Monday and may miss this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament in Mexico.
Willi Lemke, the manager of Voeller’s club, Werder Bremen, said the 25- year-old international player underwent surgery Monday in Leuven, Belgium.
″It’s the bitterest day in my career as Bremen manager,″ Lemke said.
Voeller was injured in a league game Nov. 23 and has not played for Bremen or the national team since then.
Voeller’s absence would severerly damage West Germany’s chances of clinching the World Cup for the third time. Voeller is generally recognized as the country’s best striker.