Al Attiyah eyes seventh Olympics after third Dakar triumph

first_img0Shares0000Nasser Al-Attiyah and his co-driver Matthieu Baumel celebrate winning the Dakar Rally © AFP / FRANCK FIFELIMA, Peru, Jan 19 – Dakar Rally champion Nasser al-Attiyah said Friday that his next ambition is to compete in his seventh Olympic Games — with a shotgun in his hand.The 48-year-old Qatari captured his third Dakar title on Thursday in Peru to add to his 2011 and 2015 wins on the world’s most gruelling endurance race. Now he wants to resume his Olympics career in Tokyo next year where he hopes to take part once again in skeet shooting having won a bronze medal in London in 2012.“We have won this race and now we turn our attention to the next stage — it’s my dream to participate in a seventh Olympics,” al-Attiyah told a news conference.He also plans to defend his Dakar title in 2020 before heading to Japan.“It will be tough. I will start my preparation for the Olympic Games next week and then we will come back here to Peru to defend our Dakar title.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Norwich City sign Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Michael McGovern

first_img1 Norwich City have signed Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Carrow Road, having left Hamilton Academical earlier this summer.McGovern played under Canaries boss Alex Neil when he was player-manager of the Scottish Premiership side.The experienced shot-stopper moves to Carrow Road on the back of a fine Euro 2016, in which he played a key role in Northern Ireland’s historic run to the last 16.Neil told Norwich’s official website: “Michael is a player that I’ve worked with before, so I know all about his qualities and his character.“He’s a fantastic professional, and he showed he’s capable of playing at the top level with his performances for Northern Ireland at the Euros.“He will come in and offer great competition to our current goalkeepers.”McGovern is the second summer arrival at Norwich, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.Young winger Sergio Canos was the first addition of this transfer window, with the 19-year-old joining from Liverpool last for an initial fee of £2.5m. Michael McGovern in action for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 last_img read more