World’s tallest woman dies in China

Updated 05 December 2012
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World’s tallest woman dies in China

BEIJING: A Chinese woman who was certified as the tallest in the world has died, an official from her hometown said yesterday. Yao Defen, of eastern China’s Anhui province, was listed as the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, when she stood 2.33 meters (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler’s website.
“Yao Defen died in the middle of last month,” a spokesman for the government of Shucha township, where Yao lived, told AFP by telephone. The official, who refused to give his name, said that he was not certain of the cause of her death. Yao, recorded as the third tallest woman who ever lived, was 40 when she died. Her gigantism was reportedly due to a tumor in her pituitary gland.
An Anhui newspaper reported that she died on November 13, having reached a height of 2.36 meters, adding that she was already more than two meters tall when she was 15.


Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

Updated 19 June 2018
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Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

MOSCOW: Budweiser say they “respect the religious beliefs” of all players after Egyptian keeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined his man-of-the-match award sponsored by the American beer giant at the World Cup.
Elshenawy was nominated after his stoic efforts holding off Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to the South Americans in their World Cup opener on Friday.
But the 29-year-old turned down the award due to his Muslim faith.
Budweiser told AFP on Monday: “We respect the religious beliefs of all players and worked with FIFA to put a process in place for Man of The Match winners who wish to not be featured with the Budweiser branding for religious reasons.
“Official Man of The Match winners who decline the Bud trophy for religious reasons will still receive full honors, such as Mohamed Elshenawy did, and we congratulate him on his accomplishment.”