News From Around the World - EME NEWS (MAR 16, 2017)
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Harrison and Thompson for Kingston Invite - KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson, Andre De Grasse and Kendra “Keni” Harrison are the big names announced for the Jamaica Invitational on May 20 (IAAF World Challenge). The organizers also announced rising Jamaican star quarter-miler Javon Francis and American Lashawn Merritt (in the 200 m against De Grasse) will be on show. Thompson will run the 200 m. Powell will go in the men’s 100 m against US Mike Rodgers. World and Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson takes on fellow Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson in the 400m, while Olympic finalist Christania Williams will contest the 100m. Informs Trackalerts.
Biggest World CC since 2006
KAMPALA (UGA): Final entry figures suggest the 2017 World Cross Country Championships in Kampala will be the biggest edition of the championships since 2006. A total of 557 athletes from 60 countries are set to compete in the Ugandan capital on 26 March. Those figures include the four athletes who are set to represent an Athlete Refugee Team in the mixed relay which will be guided by former world marathon record-holder Tegla Loroupe. In total, 13 countries are set to contest the inaugural mixed relay. From IAAF.
PYEONGCHANG (KOR): IOC Executive Board members are insisting that sports organisations and Governments must be "represented equally" in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This was a central pledge of a declaration released following lengthy discussions during the board meeting. IOC President Thomas Bach has also requested a meeting with WADA President Sir Craig Reedie and Richard McLaren, the author of the WADA-commissioned investigation into Russian doping. This includes a call for a completely "neutral" President as vice-president of WADA as well as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) assuming responsibility for sanctioning. CAS, rather than WADA, would also be responsible for sanctioning all organisations deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The IOC agree that there should be no sporting involvement in testing and sanctioning, but insist that it would be pointless to exclude all experts from the organisation completely. From insidethegames.
BUCURESTI (ROU): Doru Soter son of famous high jumper Iolanda Balas Soter was on Wednesday elected new president of Romanian Athletics Foundation. Vice-Presidents of the foundation which was not too active in last three years were elected former top runners Paula Ivan, Constantina Dita and Fita Lovin. General Secretary of the foundation is Traian Badea.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified four world records, including Peres Jepchirchir’s recent world half marathon record of 65:06 in Ras Al Khaimah and her en route 20km record of 61:40. Ayanleh Souleiman’s world indoor 1000m record of 2:14.20 and Genzebe Dibaba’s world indoor mile record of 4:13.31 both set in Stockholm in 2016 have also been ratified.
EMBU (KEN): Geoffrey Kamworor feels in “great shape” ahead of his title defence at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, informs the Daily Nation. "I feel I'm in great shape now when I compare to how I was feeling during the trials. I started training in December and my aim was to make Team Kenya. Now I aim to defend my title in Kampala. My body feels great and I cannot wait to hit that trail in Kampala,” he said.
BOSTON (USA): A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is set to make its world premiere in Boston on Wednesday, informs AP. "Finish Line" is being presented by the Boch Center at the Shubert Theatre and will run through March 26.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former Russian Olympic 20 km walk champion Elena Lashmanova has applied to the IAAF for permission to compete internationally as a neutral participant, informs Sport Express. Her application was confirmed by ARAF official Maria Trushchenkova. Applying also other race walkers Yulia Lipanova, Yekaterina Medvedeva and Sergey Rakov, marathoner Sardana Trofimova, middle distance runner Danila Tundykov and sprinter Svetlana Titova.
GDYNIA (POL): Half Marathon in Gdynia will be staged for 2nd time this Sunday. After first year and more than 4000 participants the organisers are hoping that runners will improve the winning times from 2016. They were 62:41 by Hillary Maiyo and 73:16 by Agnes Chebet. Onico Gdynia Half Marathon is also official bidder for IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2020. Top names for Sunday are Kenyans Robert Mbithi with 61:00 best and Bernard Matheka 62:21 along with last year winner Maiyo. Also running Italian Ahmed El Mazoury and Ethiopian Mengistu Gezahegne. On the women side Moroccan Fatiha Benchatki, from Kenyans Stellah Barsosio with Christine Moraa and Betty Chepleting, from home elite Dominika Nowakowska and Agniezska Gortel-Maciuk.
LONDON (GBR): London has tentatively suggested they could enter the race to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games but admitted they have concerns over how it would be funded, informs Perth and Melbourne have also said they might put themselves in contention for the event which was due to be held in Durban.
LONDON (GBR): Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) David Grevemberg remains “committed to a Games in Africa" even after Durban was stripped of the 2022 Games, informs the Independent Online. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. However, it takes more than a municipality, it takes a nation to really embrace something like this and to realise its full potential…we remain fully supportive of and committed to a Games in Africa,” he said.
EUGENE (USA): Ashton Eaton believes Kevin Mayer and Damian Warner could approach his world record at the World Championships in London, informs organisers. “If Damian Warner and Kevin Mayer are both healthy I think we could see the world record go down. London has an incredible track and atmosphere. These two are crazy competitive,” he said.
SHEFFIELD (GBR): Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced on her Instagram account that she is expecting her second child. Ennis-Hill gave birth to her son Reggie in 2014 before returning the following season to reclaim her world heptathlon title in Beijing. She announced her retirement last October.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Sunette Viljoen is aiming to atone for her disappointing performance at the 2012 Olympics when she returns to the Olympic Stadium for the World Championships in London this summer, informs the Independent Online. “I am really looking forward to going back to London where my biggest disappointment was in the London Olympic stadium. That has been the motivation behind my training, to go back there, to turn that disappointment around and into something positive and really beautiful. There is also no more special place to win a world championship medal,” she said.
BERLIN (GER): Reigning Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting has confirmed his intention to compete through until at least the 2024 Olympics, informs "I want to compete in this sport for at least eight - a maximum of twelve years - that is two to three Olympics,” he said.
MINSK (BLR): Alina Talay described the number of false starts at the European Indoor Championships as “unacceptable,” informs BFLA. “I would not say that it was a positive experience, but it teaches you to be more focused and restrained. Of course, I would not want this to happen again.” she said on Belgrade. Talay will compete in the Diamond League and the European Team Championships on the road to the World Championships in London where she is looking to claim her first global title.
HANNOVER (GER): Hendrick Pfeiffer will continue his comeback with an appearance in the Hannover Half Marathon on 9 April which doubles up as the German Championships for the distance, informs Pfeiffer qualified for the Olympics with 2:13:11 last spring but was forced to miss the Olympics with a serious Achilles injury which required surgery. Pfeiffer has been training in Flagstaff this winter and aims to compete in the Cologne Marathon in October in order to chase the qualifying mark for the European Championships. 
ROME (ITA): Italian veteran Rosaria Console will compete in the Rome Marathon on 2 April, informs FIDAL. Console will face Ethiopians Koren Jelela (2:22:43) and Worknesh Edesa (2:24:04).
TALLINN (EST): Respected US coach Dan Pfaff will conduct a 3-day training, which includes 1 day lecture and 2 days of biomechanic workshops in Tallin this weekend. He will also provide personal trainings with Estonian Team members and other countries participants like Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and from different sports including not only athletics but also basketball, tennis, football and handball. Among participants for example Gerd Kanter, Ksenija Balta, Laura Ikauniece-Admidina, Airinė Palšytė, Mikk Pahapill or 1980 Moscow Olympic champion in triple jump Jaak Uudmäe.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian athletics federation will support the new Rocket Science Project created by Yevgeniy Pishchalov and Mikhail Vinogradov. The Project aims to prepare athletes based on the latest technologies and sports science development denying categorically the use of prohibited substances and methods. Proposals of project managers will be elaborated with the national team’s coaching council headed by Yuri Borzakovskiy, after which the directions and instruments for cooperation, as well as its organizational forms will be clarified.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian 100 m hurdles record holder Anne Zagre is forgetting the disappointment from European Indoors and looks forward to the summer season. "The European Championship was a bad experience but today I've been totally focused on my next goal. That's the World Championships in London," she said during a press conference of her team Royal Excelsior Sports Club. "I want to run fast, very fast. I think I can take the next step. The hard work starts to pay and if I can improve my personal best in a event like World Championships that would be the icing on the cake."
BERLIN (GER): Former sprint World champion German Kathrin Krabbe is currently working as a volunteer in a hospice, helping people who are terminally ill. Now, aged 47 she works in the Three Kings Hospice in Neubrandenburg, near Berlin. From
NOVI PAZAR (SRB): New athletics stadium will be opened in Novi Pazar, Serbia this Sunday. The top local name which will train here is the middle distance runner Amela Terzic. She hopes to qualify for London World Championships in the 1500 m.
PYEONGCHANG (KOR): Dates for the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games have been changed to October 6 to 18 in order to incorporate two weekends, it has been announced. Initial dates were from September 30 until October 12 in Argentina's capital city. From insidethegames.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Mar 16): Alexander Rowe won here the 600 m in 1:17.35. Abbey De La Motte won the 800 m in 2:02.94.
PERTH (AUS, Mar 16): Again solid pole vaulting, 440 by Nina Kennedy and 430 by Elizabeth Parnov.
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