Sports Notes | DR mutiny
Senior sports editors at DR have reacted angrily to the decision to fire Holger Rasmussen, one of the country’s best-known handball commentators, and clubbed together to issue a joint statement accusing DR executives of financial mismanagement and failing to find real solutions to DR sport’s current financial woes. DR’s sports department had earlier said the firing of the 55-year-old was made in a bid to reduce a reported annual deficit of three million kroner.
Crisis at the top table
A crisis is brewing at the top table of the table tennis governing body following two board members’ assertion that a delay to find a new national coach is damaging the Danish team’s credibility. Danish Table Tennis Union president Aksel Beckmann and vice-president Steen Hummeluhr told BT it had “taken far too long” to replace trainer Peter Sartz and coach Hu Wei Xin, who were sacked last month. A special board meeting has been called for February 8 in Odense.
Woz that it?
Caroline Wozniacki is again training under her father Piotr following the departure of her Swedish coach Thomas Högstedt after just three months. Following her early elimination from the Australian Open last month, the Swede decided to take a holiday instead of following Wozniacki to Dubai – the straw that broke the camel’s back, it would seem. It beats the four months that Thomas Johansson managed in 2012, but not the two months achieved by Ricardo Sanchez earlier that year.
Last week on Thursday, McLaren’s new driver Kevin Magnussen started his Formula one career in the best way possible. The 21-year-old Dane set the fastest time of all four days of pre-season testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain, clocking 1:23.276 minutes to finish top of a group of drivers that included five former world champions. Magnussen is now all set to make his debut at the Australian Grand Prix on March 16.
Frank takes Ukraine job
Frank Arnesen has taken over as the new sporting director of Ukrainian Premier League side Metalist Kharkiv – the same post he held at Bundesliga side Hamburg SV for two years until last May. The former director of football at Chelsea and Tottenham has replaced Yevgen Krasnikov, who was forced to leave last year after the club was banned from participating in this season’s Champions League due to alleged match fixing in 2008.