- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

From combined dispatches

LAUSANNE, Switzerland | International gymnastics officials won’t disrupt Morgan Hamm’s trip to the Beijing Olympics.

The International Gymnastics Federation said Tuesday it will not appeal Hamm’s punishment from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for a prohibited substance. USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee already had said the warning did not affect Hamm’s spot on the team for the Beijing Games. The gymnast was on his way Tuesday to San Jose, Calif., to go through processing with the rest of the American men.

The U.S. men leave for China on Wednesday.

“We felt pretty confident all along that USADA had done the right thing,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Everybody’s looked at it, and we’re moving on.”

The FIG’s announcement comes a day after Hamm’s twin brother, Paul, withdrew from the Beijing Games, saying he won’t be healthy enough to compete.

Yao gets on court

NANJING, China | Yao Ming scored 21 points in 28 minutes to lead China past Angola 83-74, another step in his return from injury with less than two weeks until the Olympics.

The Houston Rockets center anchors a Chinese team that just weeks ago faced the prospect of entering the Games without its 7-foot-6 star because of a stress fracture.

Ratliffe hopes to run

LONDON | Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe will join the British Olympic team this weekend in a bid to recover from an injury in time to compete in the race at Beijing on Aug. 17.

The 34-year-old Radcliffe, who is trying to overcome a stress fracture in her thigh, will travel to the British training camp in Macau on Sunday.

“I’m glad Paula’s flying out on Sunday,” UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins said. “I’m sure she will have been maintaining her professionalism in training.”

Radcliffe withdrew from the London Marathon in April because of a toe injury before being diagnosed with the femur problem in May.

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