NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ The International Table Tennis Federation has included Israel in the draw for the 39th World Table Tennis Championship, but host India unlikely was to permit Israeli participation.
Federation President Roy Evans of England admitted Saturday that there were problems over Israel’s participation in the 11-day tournament beginning Feb. 18.
″When we alloted the 1987 championship to India, we were assured by the Indian Table Tennis Federation that all our member countries would be allowed to participate,″ Evans said. ″We have included Israel in the draw but things may change if the Indian government refuses permission to them.″
A total of 65 countries are scheduled to participate in the championship.
If Israel is barred from the New Delhi meet, it will not be the first time that it has been kept out of a World Table Tennis Championship. In 1979 North Korea refused Israel permission to participate in the Pyongyang tournament.
″That is the curse of intrusion of politics in modern sports,″ Evans said.
ELGOIBAR, Spain (AP) - Paul Kipkoech of Kenya won the 44th international memorial Muguerza cross country race Sunday, competing with 99 other athletes from Wales, England, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco and Spain.
He covered the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race around a circuit in this northern Basque town in 29 minutes, 37 seconds. Alejandro Gomez of Spain was second in 29:45 and Jonatham Richards of Britian finished third in 29:48.
Ana Isabel Alonso of Spain won the women’s division, covering 4.4 kilometers (2.7 miles) in 14:56. Sonia Vinall of England was second in 15:12 and Montse Abello of Spain was third in 15:17.
A crowd of 10,000 watched the race in cold weather.
BOROVETS, Bulgaria (AP) - Soviet teams placed 1-2 Sunday in a 30-kilometer relay event winding up a two-day World Biathlon Cup competition.
The Soviets’ No. 1 team was timed in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 41.9 seconds and the No. 2 squad in 1:26:28.6.
Biathlon combines a ski run and marksmanship.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Tech and NFL wide receiver Jimmy Robinson has returned to the Yellow Jackets as an assistant football coach, and two other members of the athletic staff will be staying on, new head coach Bobby Ross announced Sunday.
Robinson, 33, will be receivers coach. He most recently held a similar position with the Memphis Showboats of the now-dormant United States Football League.
Ross, named last week to succeed Coach Bill Curry, who left for Alabama, also announced that football recruiting coordinator Brad Roper and academic support chief Scott Zolke will remain with the Tech athletic operation.
Robinson lettered as a receiver at Tech from 1972-74, and is third on Tech’s all-time pass-catching list. He then played in the National Football League for Atlanta, the New York Giants, San Francisco and Denver.