Moyes: Rooney can be United legend

first_img Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. Rooney is held in high regard by the United fans, but he still has a way to go to merit a place among the top echelon of club icons like Best, Charlton and Denis Law. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United. “This is still one of the world’s leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. “People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true. “This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change. “We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.” Moyes admitted it was “possible” Rooney could replace the departing Nemnaja Vidic as captain at the end of the season. The club confirmed on Friday that Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he retires. Press Association But with the prospect of another five-and-a-half years at the club, Rooney has a good opportunity to enhance his standing among the Old Trafford faithful. “Wayne is a great but he’s got a real chance to improve and be a legend,” said United boss Moyes. One obvious way Rooney can write his name into United’s history is by beating Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club. Rooney currently stands on 208 goals, but he knows he now has a good opportunity to become the most prolific striker in United’s history. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. David Moyes challenged Wayne Rooney to earn a place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in Manchester United folklore after the striker signed a lucrative new contract worth £300,000 a week.last_img read more

WADA committee recommends four-year Russia Olympic ban

first_imgBy Steve Keating(REUTERS) – Russia should be hit with a four-year Olympic ban and barred from all world championships for the manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.The recommendations were made by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and will be put to the executive committee at meetings in Paris on Dec. 9.In a 26-page report CRC said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) should be declared non-compliant after an investigation found data handed over from a tainted Moscow laboratory was neither complete nor fully authentic. Weary of a doping saga that has dragged on since 2015, WADA looks prepared to follow through on threats it made to come down hard on Russia if it failed to get control of the doping crisis.A four-year ban would prevent Russia from taking part in next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The CRC recommendations did, however, leave the door open for the participation of Russians as happened at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games where some of the country’s athletes competed as neutrals under the Olympic flag.These athletes would have to demonstrate that they are clean and meet a number of other strict conditions. The CRC also recommended that Russia not be allowed to host or bid for any major sporting event and any events that have already been awarded should be moved to another country, unless it was legally or practically impossible to do so.In addition, Russia may not bid for the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, irrespective of whether the bidding takes place during a ban.For a four-year period athletes and officials representing Russia, including the president, secretary-general, CEO and any member of the executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee, would not be welcome at any major sporting event. Russia can appeal any sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Russia was again under the doping microscope when WADA said in September that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies” that resulted in a decision to open a formal compliance procedure.In a controversial decision last September, the WADA executive committee voted to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation on the agreement that Russia would turn over data in a discredited Moscow laboratory.The Russian agency missed the December deadline but after last-minute brinkmanship a WADA inspection team was finally allowed to retrieve the data in January, recovering more than 2,200 samples. That was expected to bring an end to the Russian doping affair until the evidence of tampering was unearthed.last_img read more