Athletics

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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Ghana wins three silver medals at Special Olympics World Games

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Two Ghanaian athletes, Princess Ayin of Battor Special School and Isaac Okyere of Dzorwulu Special School, gave a good account of themselves by winning three silver medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Over 7000 athletes from 165 countries participated in the world games. Ghana was represented at the July 23 – August 3 competition by four ...

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Leaked IAAF doping files reveal ‘extraordinary extent of cheating’

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Athletics is facing a new crisis after fresh allegations of suspected doping emerged following a leak of test data. The Sunday Times  and German broadcaster ARD/WRD  have obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. According to the newspaper, the evidence – which has been seen by the BBC – reveals the “extraordinary extent of cheating” ...

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John Ampomah: Who says athletics is dead?

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Record breaking Ghanaian athlete John Ampomah has expressed shock at the notion that Athletics in Ghana is dead. The United States based javelin thrower has had a memorable year after he managed to attain a personal best time of 81.55m.He has also repeatedly broken a number of his own records and is gradually carving a space for himself in the ...

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Dutee Chand: I lost all my honour in landmark gender case

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Indian sprinter Dutee Chand says she is glad others will not face similar abuse to her after being cleared to compete following a landmark gender case. Chand, 19, had been banned since last summer after failing a hormone test. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended“hyperandrogenism” rules, which will be scrapped if athletics bosses cannot provide new evidence. ...

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Mo Farah: Olympic champion questioned by Usada lawyer

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Mo Farah was questioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Saturday as part of an investigation into claims the Olympic champion’s coach Alberto Salazar breached anti-doping rules. Briton Farah, who won the 3,000m at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, was interviewed for five hours by Usada lawyer Bill Bock. There is no suggestion the double Olympic ...

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Usain Bolt wins 100m at London 2012 Anniversary Games

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Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt showed a return to form to win the 100m at the Anniversary Games in London. The Jamaican, who has been struggling for fitness, won both his heat and the final in 9.87 seconds in wet conditions at the Olympic Stadium. “I really wanted to run faster,” said Bolt, 28, who defends his world title next ...

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