Athletics

Lavillenie and Adams named top athletes of 2014

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Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and shot putter Valerie Adams have been named male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2014. World and Olympic champion Adams, unbeaten since August 2010, becomes the first female thrower and first New Zealander to win the award. In February, Frenchman Lavillenie broke Sergey Bubka’s 21-year-old pole vault world record with a 6.16m leap. British heptathlete ...

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Doha wins 2019 World Athletics Championships hosting rights

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The Qatari capital Doha will stage the 2019 World Athletics Championships after beating rival bids from Barcelona and the American city of Eugene. It has been suggested the event runs from 28 September to 6 October to avoid the extreme heat of Qatar’s summer. Qatari officials say temperatures are lower then than in May, when Doha stages its annual Diamond ...

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Germany to make doping a crime

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Germany is set to make doping in sport a crime for the first time, with jail terms of up to three years for athletes found guilty. The draft is scheduled to be presented by ministers on Wednesday with the law going before parliament in spring 2015. About 7,000 German professional athletes who are covered by the national testing program will ...

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Myles Mills backs Francis Dodoo for GAA top seat

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Former national athlete, Leo Myles-Mills, has revealed his support for the current president of the Ghana Athletics Association, Prof. Francis Dodoo ahead of the GAA’s elections on the 15th of November. Prof. Dodoo is contesting the President’s position with former GAA boss George Lutterodt and according to Myles-Mills, the incumbent’s record in terms of organising local athletics competitions makes him ...

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Pistorius prosecutors challenge ‘shockingly light’ sentence

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South Africa’s prosecutors have sought permission to appeal against athlete Oscar Pistorius’ “shockingly light” sentence, court papers show. Last month, Pistorius began serving a five year prison sentence for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, although he could be out in 10 months. The sentence failed to consider the “horrendous manner” in which Ms Steenkamp was killed, prosecutors said. Prosecutors ...

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Priscah Jeptoo defends New York City marathon

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Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo will have to outlast fierce competition to defend their New York City marathon titles on Sunday. Kenyan Mutai is the course record holder in the men’s race and the two-time defending champion. He can become the third man in the race’s history to win three or more marathons in the Big Apple and the first ...

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Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo fails doping test

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Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has become the latest athlete from the country to fail a doping test. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) informed Athletics Kenya of traces of a banned substance in Jeptoo’s ‘A’ sample. An Athletics Kenya statement on the 33-year-old read: “The result of the ‘A’ sample for the athlete has indicated the presence of ...

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Germany prepare 2024 Olympics and Paralympics bid

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Officials have announced plans for Germany to bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, with either Berlin or Hamburg as host city. The decision on the country’s candidate city will be made in March, with the United States, France and Argentina also mooted as possible contenders. Germany has not staged the Games since the country’s reunification in 1990, having previously ...

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Glasgow bidding for 2019 European Indoor Championships

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Glasgow hopes to bring the European Indoor Athletics Championships to Scotland in 2019. The Emirates Arena is the proposed venue and Glasgow expects to be UK Athletics’ sole nominee. The venue hosted badminton and cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will stage the International Invitation match in late January. The city is also bidding to host the 2017 figure ...

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“Create more play spaces for sports development”- Mahama Ayariga urges

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Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, has called on city and town planners, chiefs and real estate companies to consider the creation of play spaces in neighbourhoods to help sporting talents practise and mould their talents. According to the Minister, the lack of these spaces does not grow interests in sports in young people and eventually, the nation suffers ...

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