Athletics

Kipsang accuses Athletics Kenya of smearing his name

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Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang has accused Kenya’s athletics federation of smearing his name by disclosing that he missed an out-of-competition doping test. The IAAF told Athletics Kenya it had tried to test Kipsang on November 11. Athletics Kenya issued a statement saying no sanction would be imposed as it was his first missed test. Kipsang, 32, said ...

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Ex WADA head leads panel to investigate doping allegations

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The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, is to chair a panel to investigate allegations made in a series of German TV documentaries. Broadcaster ARD alleges an unnamed member of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, had a list of 150 suspicious blood samples that were not looked at. It is alleged many came from Russia but it was also claimed ...

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USA to bid for 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games

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The United States Olympic Committee will bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Committee will choose one host city from either Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington DC. The International Olympic Committee’s deadline for applicants is 15 September 2015, with a decision due in 2017. The last time the USA hosted a summer Olympics was in Atlanta ...

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Kenyan runners Kimetto and Kiplimo fail drug tests

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Two Kenyan runners, Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo, have failed drug tests and been banned for two years, Athletics Kenya has said. Both women tested positive for norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone. Kimetto failed her test at the Macau marathon in December 2013; Kiplimo failed a test taken after the Yangzhou half-marathon in April. [contextly_sidebar id=”O0liT4EzJEnflUJkrfTsOrQhSsdeJaJR”]Neither runner has ...

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Russian athletics chief quits IAAF after doping allegations

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The athletics chief at the center of the alleged doping scandal that has engulfed the sport has quit as treasurer of its world governing body. Valentin Balakhnichev, the president of the Russian Athletics Federation, confirmed he had stepped down voluntarily from his role with the International Association of Athletics Federations pending the outcome of an inquiry into claims of a widespread cover-up ...

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World Anti-Doping Agency to look into German TV claims

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is to investigate allegations made in a series of German TV documentaries. Wada said they had reached the decision after “careful review” of the footage. It was claimed a top British athlete escaped investigation after athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, chose not to look at 150 suspicious blood samples. “The allegations require close scrutiny,” said Wada president Sir ...

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British athlete avoided doping inquiry – German TV

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A top British athlete escaped a doping inquiry after the IAAF, the sport’s world governing body, decided not to look into 150 suspicious blood samples, a German television documentary claims. Broadcaster ARD alleges an unnamed member of the IAAF’s medical commission had a list of cases from 2006 to 2008 that were not investigated. According to the IAAF official, the ...

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Russia Athletics Federation threatens legal action over doping claims

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The Russian Athletics Federation has threatened legal action following allegations by a German television documentary that doping and corruption were rife within the country’s sport. The organisation has already rejected the claims as “lies”. “The federation believe the documentary was a provocation aimed at discrediting Russian sport,” said RAF president Valentin Balakhnichev on Friday. “We are looking at all our options to ...

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99% of Russian athletes guilty of doping, German TV alleges

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As many as 99% of Russian athletes are guilty of doping, a German TV documentary has alleged. The programme claims that Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests. The documentary, shown by Das Erste, also implicates the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in covering up the abuse. The Russian Athletics Federation ...

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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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