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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, May 29, 2012

ButtonNegrense runner prevails in POC-PSC Nat’l Games
ButtonBadminton drops skirts-only rule

Negrense runner prevails in
POC-PSC Nat’l Games

Seasoned long distance runner and national team member Julius Sermona from Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, edged Kenyan runner Josphat Kiptanui Too to grab the gold in the men’s 10,000-meter run in the POC-PSC National Games in Dumaguete City.

Sermona, who finished with a silver medal last year in the same event, made his move in the last two laps to overtake his Kenyan rival as the athletics competition in the national games started yesterday.

Running for Philippine Air Force-HyperSports, the 29-year-old Sermona said the Kenyan runner gave him a real challenged and felt nervous as he did not want to be embarrassed in front of his countrymen.

Badminton drops
skirts-only rule

Badminton's world body has abandoned plans to force women players to wear skirts, officials said, in the face of fierce opposition which threatened to cause controversy during the Olympics.

The Badminton World Federation sparked uproar last year when it tried to make skirts or dresses mandatory for female players, in an attempt to attract more fans, before postponing the move indefinitely.

But deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho said the skirts rule -- which was criticised by China, Indonesia and India, and Malaysia's main Muslim party -- had finally been scrapped, two months before the London Games.


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