Coe meets with Russian athletics chief to discuss doping ban

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has met with the new head of the Russian athletics federation, which was banned from world track and field in November over doping. The Russian Federation said yesterday that Coe and Dmitry Shlyakhtin met on Friday in Monaco and discussed “Russian athletics and the way to lead it out of the crisis”. “I was pleased to meet with the new president of Russian athletics,” Coe said in comments provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations. “We held a wide-ranging conversation, including, of course, the current position that Russia finds itself in.” An IAAF task force monitoring Russia’s compliance with reform demands is due to visit Russia today and tomorrow. Coe said he thanked (Shlyakhtin) “for his cooperation” with the task force. According to the Russian Federation, Shlyakhtin briefed Coe on Friday about reforms in Russian track and field, saying that they are “an issue that can’t be solved in one day and which requires systematic and painstaking work”. Shlyakhtin, a former coach and regional politician, was elected last month. Russia’s head coach, Yuri Borzakovsky, said he was “sure” that the ban would be lifted in time for the Olympics in August. Russian athletes “are in a cage now, and when they get out, they’ll rip everyone apart”, he added. Russia was suspended from competition, including the Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused it of operating a systematic and state-sponsored programme of drug use by star athletes.last_img read more

Fireworks expected at National Stadium

first_imgLocal track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. HOT HURDLES POWELL IN 200m Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – Internationallast_img read more

No rushing Rudisha: Patience contributes to second World title

first_imgBEIJING (AP):This World title came in a tactical race for David Rudisha, so very unlike the wire-to-wire run at the London Olympics that earned him a gold medal and a world record in the 800 metres.For the 26-year-old Kenyan, it felt just as good.Rudisha missed the chance to defend his World title two years ago in Moscow because of an injured right knee, which restricted him to just two races that season. He endured the doubts and the pain and some hard-to-take losses before arriving in China as an outside contender for gold.On top of that, his first-round race was only hours after Kenya’s highly rated marathon runners bombed out in the opening event of the championships on Saturday, with two failing to finish and none making the top 20. It cast a long shadow over the whole Kenyan squad, something Rudisha promised to lift.And lift it, he did. His win yesterday gave Kenya their fourth gold medal – and the top spot in the standings – after four days.”This means a lot to me. Coming here, I wasn’t the top in the world; I wasn’t the favourite,” he said. “I just came here as an underdog, (but) that worked on my side because I had little pressure coming back here. People weren’t focusing on me – they were focusing on the other guys. At least I sneaked in very nicely without a lot of pressure.”That also applied to Nicholas Bett, who was a surprise winner in the 400-metre hurdles, clocking a season-l eading 47.79 earlier in the night. Kenya picked up their first two golds on Monday in the steeplechase and the women’s 10,000m.Two important factors contributed in his favour in the final: three Kenyans were competing and able to dictate the pace and positions to a degree, and defending champion Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana didn’t qualify.Rudisha was content to hold back, coasting through the first lap in 54.17 seconds. As the race reached a climax, Adam Kszczot of Poland got boxed in and Amel Tuka was forced to run wide. The two times he was challenged, Rudisha responded with bursts of speed and finished in one minute, 45.84 seconds.Europeans took silver and bronze, with Kszczot finishing second in 1:46.08 and Tuka third in 1:46.30, earning the first track and field medal ever for Bosnia.Kszczot said he was peeved at the race tactics: “Nobody would pass him. If I’d been in the outer lanes, I would have done it.”Tuka, however, congratulated Rudisha on his shrewdness.”He’s the record holder. He’s a big name,” Tuka said. “I’m very proud to run with that guy.”Tuka and all the other 800 runners will now be aiming to beat Rudisha at next year’s Olympics. And Rudisha is ready for the challenge.”Today was like a tactical race; that’s all I wanted to do,” Rudisha said. “It’s a message I can win a tactical race, as well as I can win fast races like the way I display in London in the final, winning in a world record. I can win any race the way I want it.”last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.last_img read more

Caribbean in Infantino’s plans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says he will make the Caribbean a priority if he is elected to the organisation’s highest post. Currently UEFA’s general secretary, Infantino is among six candidates set to contest the February 24 election in Switzerland, in a bid to replace the disgraced incumbent Sepp Blatter.   “I can bring a lot to this region, to this part of the world. I have seen many presidents who are committed to the game and organising football, sometimes in difficult circumstances and we have to help,” Infantino said during a visit here Thursday to meet with Trinidad and Tobago FA chief David John-Williams. The 46-year-old Infantino is a Swiss and Italian national who has served as UEFA general secretary for the last seven years.last_img read more

Now or never for Conclusion

first_imgOne lucky punter bagged a $5.9 million payout in the Pick-9 last Saturday and both Super-6s, along with the Pick-9, start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The 10-race programme which commences at 12:15 p.m. is expected to be keen in most races. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up (non winners of two). Despite a small field of six, the race should be closely contested by the consistent DEMOLITION BOY, PLAY BACK, PARTY CITY and GENUINE ARTICLE.PARTY CITY has finished among the first three in her last two races and gets a glorious opportunity to leave non-winners of two company, especially with Jason Simpson sticking with the ride for trainer Phillip Elliott.Simpson had been riding in the United States for some time, winning 35 races at Finger Lakes last year before returning home in December. DEMOLITION BOY and PLAY BACK are twin dangers.The second race, again over 1100 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds, will see nine facing the starters, including three first-time runners.Of these, the Wayne DaCosta-trained ALEXANDER REW (Jerome Innis up) and Richard Azan’s ZI BEAST (Odean Edwards) have looked forward in their preparation and should enter the reckoning. But they will have to be above average to topple the Gary Griffiths-trained SILENCE, who ran a blinder over the straight last Saturday when finishing a length second to DON CHASSIS in the Mercury Sprint.Prior to that, the son of Traditional – Quickster finished a length away third to STORM VALLEY and MILAGRO over this trip on January 7 and despite the presence of the speedy fillyDELPHINIUM (figure 8 on), SILENCE looks the one to beat with Richard ‘Bya’ Mitchell retaining the ride.TOP CONTENDERSRace number three, a maiden special for four-year-olds and up over 1820 metres, brings together top contenders CONCLUSION (Dane Nelson), who has finished second in his last four races, LEEKOUT (Andree Powell), and RUBY ROSE (Dane Dawkins), in a field of seven.The winner will definitely come from this consistent trio, but the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION has been begging for a distance such as this, after finishing second (closing rapidly) to JON MARSHALL over 1200 metres last Saturday. And prior to that, he failed by half a length to catch SHARP SKIRT over 1500 metres on January 25. It’s now or never for him.The fourth race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up, non winners of three, promises keen competition among the likes of DYSFUNCTIONAL, LORD EQUUS, MONTEGONIAN, BIRD CATCHER, LITTLE BIG HORN and recent winner MYCOMPANION in a field of nine.Definitely a race to consider multiple choices, but LORD EQUUS, whofinished a close third to LIKE A LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday, will relish the longer distance and with Nelson riding him from the convenient mark of 55.0kg, gets the nod over DYSFUNCTIONAL (working very well) and BIRD CATCHER.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BUBBLING KITTEN (working well) and down-in-class ARGUMENT DONE to be ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis and Nelson, respectively.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) PARTY CITY/DEMOLITION BOY(2) SILENCE/ZI BEAST(3) CONCLUSION(4) LORD EQUUS/DYSFUNCTIONAL(5) BUBBLING KITTEN/KING D(6) ARGUMENT DONE/ST BERNARDlast_img read more

Richards shines at Central Champs

first_imgFiona Richards and Lushane Wilson each walked away with $25,000 courtesy of D&G Malta to further their education. The students, from Edwin Allen and St Jago High School respectively, were the top performers at the Central Championships held at GC Foster College on March 8th. Malta has joined forces with Digicel Grand Prix and will be awarding the Champion Boy and Girl at each of the regional championship scholarships valued at $25,000 each. The scholarship is one of many initiatives the brand has planned for 2017 as part of their longstanding commitment to athletics in Jamaica. “I feel great!” said Richards, “I am thankful for this money from Malta.” The 18-year-old is a fifth-form student who specialises in the shot put and discus field events. Richards had an exceptional performance at Central Champs, recording her personal best, 13.80m, in shot put. “Fiona’s performance throughout the day indicates that she is resilient, dedicated and has a bright future,” said Nathan Nelms, assistant brand manager for Stouts and Malta at Red Stripe. “Malta couldn’t be more pleased to award her with this scholarship that will help to fuel her athletic and academic pursuits.” Malta will also award $25,000 to the Champion Boy and Girl at the DGP finals today at the National Stadium. “I’m going to train harder and go out on Saturday and push out my best,” said Richards, who has high hopes to receive another Malta cash prize. “I am hoping to break both the discus and shot put records at Boys and Girls Champs; after that I hope that my track and field performance will get me a scholarship to study overseas because I want to become a chartered accountant.”last_img read more

Tsetsi Davis bows into action tonight

first_img “Do not pay any attention to his record,” was the word from his camp yesterday” as he put some finishing touches on his training. “We are here to win and we know who we will be fighting. We have studied tapes of Davis in action, and have noted some weaknesses that we intend to exploit. We are the underdogs and that is fair, but we have a plan of action, and there will be a big upset tomorrow night,” was the final word. In the first fight on the series, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings fought Winston Matthews, a Canadian with only one win and two draws, and the feeling was that he would have had an easy passage. He was pushed all the way however, and ended up with a close decision. Will history repeat itself? We will certainly know tonight. In the meantime, Davis has been posted as the firm pre-fight favourite. Wray and Nephew Contender crowd favourite, Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis, makes his 2017 debut in the competition tonight, against Canadian David Leblond, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, in a fight, that on paper, looks like a mismatch. The night’s action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts, and the main event, which will be broadcast live by Television Jamaica, goes on at 9.30. Davis has appeared in every Contender series since its inception in 2013 and has reached the finals twice. He lost to Devon Moncriffe in 2013 and to Sakima Mullings in 2014. Last year he bowed out early when a clash of heads in his encounter with Richard Holmes senthim packing with a serious cut over his right eye. “This is my year,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. “I have trained hard, I am ready and I plan to go all the way” was his bold prediction. He is one of the seeded boxers in the competition, and had what was seen as the luck of the draw in the first round of the competition, when he picked Leblond’s name at the pre-fight draw. Leblond, who is a brash 23-year old boxer, has had only one fight as a professional, but his camp points to the fact that he learnt his skills as an amateur. Record no botherlast_img read more

Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday MOST READcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Teen gunned down in Masbate City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more