International Sports Briefs

Pak Davis Cup tie moved to NZ

WELLINGTON: Pakistan have lost home advantage to New Zealand for their Davis Cup tennis tie due to security fears in the troubled South Asian country, officials said on Tuesday. Pakistan were due to host the Asia-Oceania zone second-round tie in July but New Zealand had asked for it to be moved because of security fears. Tennis New Zealand said the International Tennis Federation had reversed their choice of venue for the tie “due to the existing security concerns that continue to surround the hosting of sporting events in Pakistan”. Tennis New Zealand said it expected to confirm the new venue for the tie next month.

Masters will have 3-D broadcast

AUGUSTA: In an unprecedented broadcasting move, the 2010 Masters will be produced and broadcast live in 3-D, Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne announced on Monday. Multiple 3-D cameras will be strategically placed across the famed course, resulting in views never before seen of the former nursery site that has become the home of the first major championship of each year in early April. The production, which will primarily focus on the back nine, will be distributed live to US 3-D capable television sets and computers. “Innovation has always been part of Masters tradition,” Payne said. Two hours of live afternoon 3-D coverage will be available starting with the Masters Par 3 Contest on April 7 and each day of the April 8-11 event.

US women to be stripped of gold

PARIS: The US women’s 4x400m relay team will be stripped of their gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics after the suspension of Crystal Cox for doping, world athletics governing body IAAF confirmed. “This athlete recently accepted a 4-year period of ineligibility and disqualification of her results from 2001 after having admitted her involvement in the BALCO conspiracy,” the IAAF said. “She took part in the 4x400m US Relay team who won the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Russia are set to receive gold ahead of Jamaica and Britain. Meanwhile, US sprinter Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion, has had his request for an early return rejected by the Doping Review Board. His four-year ban runs until July 24 next year.