Athletics

Alex Amankwah, Janet Amponsah to Miss World Championships Due to Visa Problems

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Beijing, China- Due to difficulties getting a Chinese visa for Alex Amankwah and Janet Amponsah, they will not participate in the upcoming World Championships in Beijing, China. Amponsah and Amankwah, both new national record holders, sent their visa applications to the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC. Their applications were sent off after receiving an official invitation letter from the Local ...

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Martha Bissah fails to make grade for All African Games

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Youth Olympic Gold medalist Martha Bissah has failed to make the final list for the All African Games in Congo despite being handed a second opportunity by the Ghana Athletics Association. Bissah was part of a number of athletes handed a second chance in a special event organized by the GAA in an attempt to hand athletes who missed the ...

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Sebastian Coe to be limited to three terms as IAAF President

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ebastian Coe will be able to serve only three four-year terms as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after the world governing body adopted a proposal to limit the length of time one person can serve in the position. Britain’s double Olympic 1500 metres champion had already proposed the adoption of such a rule change during his ...

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Athletics: Sebastian Coe elected IAAF president

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Former Olympic 1500m champion Sebastian Coe has been elected president of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF. The sport’s 214 federations cast their votes in Beijing to decide who should lead the sport, which is dealing with the fall-out from a series of doping allegations. The UK’s Lord Coe succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 ...

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London 2012 1500m winner Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of gold

Banned: Asli Cakir Alptekin (Image credit: AP)

London 2012 Olympic 1500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been stripped of her gold medal for doping. The Turkish athlete has also been banned for eight years, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed. An appeal by world governing body the IAAF was upheld after the 29-year-old was cleared in Turkey. Straight after the race, Britain’s Lisa Dobriskey, who finished ...

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GAA backs Seb Coe for IAAF Presidency

Ghana's pick: Lord Sebastian Coe (Image credit: AP)

The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has declared its support for Lord Sebastian Coe in his bid to become IAAF President. Coe, a former Olympic champion in the 1500 metres, is contesting former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka and Ghana became the 23rd country to support his candidature. This was stated in a release from the GAA signed by its ...

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Martha Bissah and others handed lifeline ahead of All African Games

Martha Bissah won first place at the Ghana Athletics Open Championships

The Ghana Athletics Association has confirmed that Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Martha Bissah is still in with a chance of making it to the All African Games and the World Athletics Championships following earlier reports that she was set to miss both competitions after failing to attain the required time. Background Martha currently runs in the 800 and 1500m events ...

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IAAF suspends 28 athletes after ‘adverse findings’ in retests

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Twenty-eight athletes who competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships have returned “adverse findings” from retested samples, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said. According to the world governing body, a large majority of the athletes are retired with “very few” still active. In total, there were 32 adverse findings from the 28 athletes. “The IAAF is ...

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Sponsor dispute leaves Nick Symmonds sidetracked from Beijing

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Nick Symmonds has been left off the United States team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing due to a sponsor dispute. Symmonds is sponsored by Brooks, and he refused to sign a contract declaring all USA Track and Field (USATF) athletes are required to wear Nike during the event. Nike is USATF’s official sponsor. The 31-year-old was a silver ...

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Russia is not the doping leader in athletics – Valentin Maslakov

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The former head coach of the Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA) has slammed accusations of doping among Russian athletes. Valentin Maslakov refuted suggestions made by The Sunday Times and in a documentary from German broadcaster ARD that Russia are a leading cheater in athletics, claiming doping is a global problem. The two media organisations claim they have test results from around ...

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