EME NEWS (DEC 5, 2014)
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EME NEWS (DEC 5, 2014)

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Makau the headliner
FUKUOKA (JPN): Former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau will be part of a high quality field at the 68th Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday, informs Ken Nakamura for the IAAF. Five of the top seven from last year’s race return: defending champion Martin Mathathi, Joseph Gitau, Henryk Szost, Chiharu Takada and Mekubo Mogusu. Makau is aiming to run around 2:05 or 2:06. If he runs his 5th sub-2:06 marathon, he will join Haile Gebrselassie, Geoffrey Mutai and Wilson Kipsang in the group of athletes with the most sub 2:06 performances. Other contenders include Ethiopia’s Raji Assefa and Eritrean record holder Yared Asmeron. The course record of 2:05:18 was set by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede in 2009. The race will be used to pick Japan’s 2015 World Championships marathon team. World Championships marathon 5th placer Kentaro Nakamoto is the leading Japanese athlete entered. Athletes themselves spoke about their possibilities to win, Makau said for 90 percent, Gitau 82 and Mongolian record holder Bat-Ochir even 100 percent for win. Mathathi on the other side only 50 percent.

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MOSCOW (RUS): The Russian Athletics Federation have said that the documentary on doping in Russia aired on German TV channel ARD, is a provocation aimed at undermining Russian sport. In their release they claimed that the statements made by five athletes, who have doping convictions, cannot be trusted as they would have a significant bias against the federation and RUSADA. They maintain that the federation has “led a fierce and uncompromising fight against doping in sport, and intends to do so in the future.” They also revealed that they are considering taking legal action against the people involved in the documentary.

MOSCOW (RUS): RUSADA have released a statement confirming that they will launch their own investigation into the allegations made in the German documentary on doping in Russian sport. They stated that the results of this investigation will be published on the RUSADA website.

MONACO (MON): IOC President Thomas Bach has said that the IOC is prepared to take action against any Russian Olympic athletes or officials involved in doping if allegations of systematic cheating and corruption in the country are proven to be true, inform AP. Bach met with WADA President Craig Reedie to discuss the allegations of Russian doping made by German television channel ARD. Reedie said that WADA have turned over its own information on Russia to the IAAF panel that is investigating the case.

PRAHA (CZE): Capacity for both the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon and the Volkswagen Prague Marathon has been reached at the beginning of December already. Start numbers for these two races have been snapped up in record time, just three months after opening the registration process and almost 4 months before the first RunCzech race in 2015 season. A total of 12 500 runners will take part in the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon (28 March), followed by 10 000 for the Volkswagen Prague Marathon (3 May). Spaces for the remaining RunCzech Running League races 2015 are also rapidly disappearing. A little over 60% of start numbers are currently available for Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (23 May, 2015), České Budějovice (6 June, 2015) and Olomouc (20 June, 2015) Half Marathons with a somewhat higher percentage of numbers still up for grabs for the RunCzech Running League autumn races; the Birell Prague Grand Prix (5 September, 2015) and the Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon (12 September, 2015).

MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia has confirmed the appointment of Phil Jones to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer. He was formerly the CEO of Yachting Australia, He served as a key member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Events Committee for more than a decade and chaired the ISAF Olympic Commission in 2010. Jones will oversee the recruitment process for the permanent positions of Chief Executive Officer and Head Coach. He will commence his position on December 8.

ANTWERP (BEL): Online registration has opened for the 30th DVV Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon, which will take place on April 26, inform organisers. This year’s men’s and women’s 10 mile races were won in 49:20 and 57:21 respectively, while Kenya’s Moses Mwarur won the men’s marathon in 2:15:09.

KARLSRUHE (GER): World pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe will compete in the Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting on January 31, inform organisers. The 25 year old injured his back during the 2014 indoor season, an injury that led to him missing the European Championships. But now, Holzdeppe has declared that he is fit again and that his training is going to plan. He is currently training in South Africa, a camp that went very well for him last year. 1000 tickets have been sold for the meet, which will be held in the Deutsche Messe Arena.

LONDON (GBR): London Marathon CEO Nick Bitel has said that the World Marathon Majors (WMM) are reviewing how they hand out their prize money, reports RunnersWorld. “We’re looking at various options for the future and [incremental payments] is one of them,” explained Bitel. The WMM are awaiting the results of Rita Jeptoo’s B sample before they can announce the winners of this season’s competition.

GENEVA (SUI): The 37th Escalade Race takes place this Saturday. Tadesse Abraham will attempt to secure the first Swiss victory since 1990, while Kenya’s Abraham Kipyatich will try and defend his title. Last year, Kipyatich covered the 7.25km course in 20:56. Kenya’s Patrick Ereng was the runner up, 16 seconds back, and he will also return to this weekend’s race.  His compatriot Bernard Matheka finished 5 seconds behind Tadesse over 8km in November and should therefore also be considered a top contender.  The record is 20:02, set by Micah Kogo in 2006. In the women’s race, the top 2 from last year, Kenya’s Cynthia Kosgei and Jane Muia (the 2012 winner), both return. However, the role of favourite will fall to Julia Bleasdale of Great Britain. Berhane Adere’s course record of 14:45 from 2003 looks out of reach. 36 697 runners, are registered for the event, the best ever for an event in Switzerland. Inform rts.ch.

LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher blog at www.globerunner.org is about Haile Gebrselassie and has the title: Sub-two hours soon, says Haile.

SINGAPORE (SIN): Organisers expect a total of around 53 000 runners to take to the streets of Singapore on Sunday, taking part in both the marathon and the associated 10km event. The most illustrious participant in the shorter race will be Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie, who is running in Singapore for the first time. "When you run in a race like this, it is more than running. It is to celebrate and run outside. I have never been in this course and in this weather," Gebrselassie told local media on Friday. The temperatures are expected to be in the high 20s during the race, despite a 5am start local time, and but some showers are expected despite the fact that the humidity is still expected to stay close to 80%. Informs the IAAF.

NAIROBI (KEN): East Standard informs that Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat’s bid to stop delegates from discussing his conduct and possible removal from office in a Special General Meeting will be known on December 18. This is after High Court Judge Justice Joseph Sergon ordered the case where 14 AK regional chairmen have been restrained from convening the SGM to be determined on December 18.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): It has been another superb year for the British Athletes and British Athletics has announced the shortlists for the British Athletics Athlete of the Year Awards. After a successful inauguration last year, fans will be able to vote in seven categories by visiting the British Athletics Facebook Page. In the main Olympic Athlete of the Year category the nominees are Greg Rutherford,  Adam Gemili, Jo Pavey,  Eilidh Child, Mo Farah and Tiffany Porter. In the Olympic Young Athlete of the Year category the candidates are Morgan Lake, Shona Richards, Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry, Matthew Hudson-Smith and David Omoregie.

ANAHEIM (USA): Four time Long Jump World champion Dwight Phillips is the new chair of the USATF Athletes Advisory Committee. In the vote for the position to be candidate for IAAF Council at the next elections in Beijing 2015 current member and IAAF Vice President Bob Hersh was better than USATF President Stephanie Hightower.

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