ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Organizers postponed most of a 10,000-kilometer run for peace from Ancient Olympia to Sarajevo because of ongoing hostilities between the former Yugoslavia’s warring peoples.
″The ultra marathon starts tomorrow, but there will be difficulties in its finish,″ Paul Anastasi, one of the organizers, said Monday. ″The United Nations has said that it cannot guarantee the safety of runners in Bosnia.″
About 50 runners, including 1982 European marathon champion Gerhard Nijboer of Holland, will start out for the all-marble Olympic Stadium in Athens where the modern Olympics were born in 1896, said Anna Maratos, another organizer.
The last two-thirds of the run will be completed at a later date.
The organizers originally envisioned the run starting amid the ruins of Ancient Olympia, where the original games were born in 776 B.C., and ending in the Bosnian capital with people of all nations joining in.
Two private groups, the London-based International Committee for Olympiads of Culture and the Athens-based Society for Arts and Culture Olympics, organized the event.
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. (AP) - Scott Pruett said Monday he has signed to drive for the U.E. Patrick Racing team for the 1995 PPG Indycar World Series.
Pruett, a co-driver of the winning car in this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona, is the leader in the SCCA Trans-Am Driver Championship.
He has logged thousands of miles since January during an intensive testing and development program for Firestone.
The co-rookie of the year at the 1989 Indianapolis 500, Pruett sat out the 1990 season after crashing during a practice session in West Palm Beach, Fla.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have extended their player-development contract with the Phoenix Firebirds through 1996.
The two-year extension, announced Monday, continues one of the longest affiliations in baseball. The Pacific Coast League team in Phoenix has been affiliated with the Giants for 28 consecutive years and for 30 years since the Giants displaced the PCL’s San Francisco Seals when they left New York.
″The continuity of history and tradition is important,″ Firebirds general manager Craig Pletenik said. ″Our situation is a good one, with many of the Giants players and staff living and training here in Scottsdale.″