Puyol surgery
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is to undergo knee surgery to remove a cyst, the club confirmed on Tuesday. "Puyol will undergo a surgical intervention to remove a Baker’s cyst that he has in his right knee," said a statement on the club’s website. A Baker’s cyst, also known as a popliteal cyst, is a benign swelling that occurs behind the knee joint. Barca did though confirm that the player should only be out of action for three to four weeks, meaning who could return in time for the start of the club’s first pre-season friendly against Lech Gdansk in Poland on 20 July. Puyol has endured a frustrating season with a variety of injuries restricting him to just 22 appearances. And the 35-year-old admitted last month that he could even consider retiring in the coming months should he fail to recover from more serious knee surgery he had undergone back in March.
Pay row
Highlighting Indian footballers’ pay-related grievances, former captain Bhaichung Bhutia recently submitted a report to the FIFPro Asia Conference in Melbourne. The international federation of professional footballers, known as the FIFPro, is a representative organisation for professional players. Bhutia is the president of the Football Players Association of India. According to an FPAI member, some Indian clubs’ contracts are flawed in the absence of any "injury clause.”
Indians shine
In Varna, Bulgaria, M R Venkatesh defeated Romanian Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the ninth and final round of the Grand Europe Golden Sands International Chess tournament, finishing with a tally of seven points out of a possible nine. When a four-way tie was resolved, the Indian ended in the fifth spot. Mary Ann Gomes drew with Vasil Spasov to total 6.5 points, thereby emerging as the competition’s best woman player.
Drug denial
In Montego Bay, Jamaica, Olympic and world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has denied knowingly taking a banned substance, Lasix, which also goes by the name of Furosemide. Brown&’s first public reaction came in the form of a statement released by her On Track Management group following reports that she had tested positive for the banned drug.
State athletics
The 63rd State Athletic Championship will commence on 20 June and run for four days. 800 athletes from 19 different districts of West Bengal will participate in 148 different events. The prize-distribution ceremony will be held on 23 June.
Anand loses
Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock loss to his next world championship challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth round, slipping to a joint- seventh spot in the Tal Memorial Tournament chess tournament in Moscow.