Athletics

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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Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5 yrs

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South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over. The defence said it expected Pistorius to serve ...

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Indian athlete Debjani Bora beaten in ‘witch hunt’

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An Indian athlete has described how she was tied up and severely beaten after being branded a witch in her village in the north-eastern state of Assam. Debjani Bora, a javelin thrower who has won several gold medals, fears her injuries may prevent her representing India in a forthcoming Asian contest. One woman has been arrested for inciting a crowd ...

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Justin Gatlin not on shortlist for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

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American sprinter Justin Gatlin has not made the three-man shortlist for the World Athlete of the Year. The 32-year-old, who has served two doping bans, was one of 10 contenders for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) award. But high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Dennis Kimetto, the world marathon record holder, are the three ...

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Gatlin deserves chance after drug bans – Usada’s Tygart

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Sprinter Justin Gatlin has a right to earn “redemption”, says the man who led the Lance Armstrong investigation. Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, believes athletes who are banned for doping offences deserve another chance. Gatlin, who has served two drug bans, is the world’s fastest man in 2014. “If somebody commits a violation, serves a ban ...

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Have patience for our athletes- Prof. Dodoo

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President of the Ghana Athletics Association, Prof. Francis Dodoo, has said the nation should be supportive of the emerging crop of athletes and allow them to grow in the sport so they can be huge successes in the future. Ghana presented young athletes like Martha Bissah, Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong and Nadia Eke at the Commonwealth Games and the African ...

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Justin Gatlin nomination a ‘big problem’ – Lord Coe

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Lord Coe has admitted having “big problems” with the nomination of Justin Gatlin for World Athlete of the Year. The sprinter, 32, who has served two doping bans, is one of 10 on a shortlist announced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last week. This summer Gatlin ran the fastest 100m and 200m by a man in his thirties. “What would you ...

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