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Sports Minister Richard Caborn
"I'm terrible this morning"
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banner Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Sports Minister stumped

Heard the one about the new Sports Minister with a severe lack of sporting knowledge?

The joke was definitely on Richard Caborn MP when he was stumped in a sports quiz on BBC Five Live.

Caborn was tackled by Clare Balding on the Sunday Service programme.

And he embarrassingly failed to get a single question right on relatively simple sport questions.

Caborn, who describes himself as a keen golfer, has just replaced Kate Hoey as Sports Minister following a post-election Cabinet reshuffle.

The exchange went as follows:

Five Live: Can you name the four players involved in today's semi-finals of the Stella Artois?

Caborn: Henman. I can't, no.

Answer: Henman, Ferreira, Sampras, Hewitt

Five Live: Can you name three jockeys who will be riding at Royal Ascot this week?

Caborn: No. I know nothing about horse racing at all.

Answer: Could have said a whole host of names including Frankie Dettori, Pat Eddery and twins Michael and Richard Hills.

Five Live: Who is the current England cricket coach?

Caborn: The Aussie?

Answer: Duncan Fletcher, from Zimbabwe.

Five Live: Can you name three European golfers playing in the US Open?

Caborn: Montgomerie ... Europeans? I haven't been watching the golf at all.

Answer: There are a lot of Europeans playing, including Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington etc.

Five Live: Who's captain of the Lions?

Caborn: Don't know that one either - I'm terrible this morning.

Answer: Martin Johnson

In attempt to save face the minister added: "I'm more bothered about getting young kids off the estates - kids who are kicking cans around at the moment - and actually into sport, that's what I'm about."

Errrr, right!

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