News from around the World - EME News (Oct 12, 2017)
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EME NEWS (OCT 12, 2017)
Coe believes in Africa
PARIS (FRA): IAAF president Sebastian Coe believes Africa could host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in 2025, reports L’Equipe. “It is not for the president to say it should be in Kenya, Morocco or Nigeria, but today there are many options which we didn’t have some years ago. My ambition when I began as IAAF head was that during my presidency there would be a World Championships in Africa, and in the space of two years, I have witnessed two world championships on the continent - cross country in Uganda and the World U18s in Nairobi,” he said. Budapest is aiming for 2023 World Championships.
Lasitskene about her goals
MOSCOW (RUS): World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has played down her chances of winning the female IAAF Athlete of the Year award next month, informs Athletics Weekly. “Honestly, I don’t believe that I will be even in the top three. It’s so subjective, you know what I mean? Somebody loves jumps, somebody else loves running. Somebody prefers blondes, somebody prefers brunettes. Too many ‘somebody.’ If you look at the world rankings, for example, at, you’ll see that right now I’m in the first position and I have more points than the best male athlete. It shows that I was consistent for the whole season,” she said. Lasitskene has outlined her main goals next year are the World Indoor Championships and European Championships. She also wants to improve her personal best in the coming year. In 2017 she was unbeaten.
Asafa back to MVP
KINGSTON (JAM): RJR Sports has been reliably informed that former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell has rejoined the MVP Track Club, four years after quitting the Stephen Francis led club. Powell who turns 35 next month, departed MVP in 2013. Informs
VILNIUS (LTU): Many of the European athletes who won gold at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 this summer will be present at this year’s Golden Tracks gala on Saturday. In the women's category alone for European Athlete of the Year Mariya Lasitskene, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Anita Wlodarczyk and Inês Henriques will be in Vilnius. Local World Champion Andrius Gudžius, a nominee in the men's European Athlete of the Year category, will also attend the awards. A number of other Lithuanian athletics stars from the recent past will also be recognised during the Awards Night (Virgilijus Alekna, Austra Skujyte, Romas Ubartas, Vaclavas Kidykas). Informs European Athletics.
VILNIUS (LTU): Commonwealth Games gold medallist Diane Modahl has said she is "tired of the cynicism" surrounding athletics and insists that is the reason why she became brand ambassador for the sport’s European governing body’s "I Run Clean" platform. Modahl went onto state that European Athletics has a "duty of care" to every coach, teacher, volunteer and parent to make sure that it is doing everything it can to support young people as they enter the sport. Joining Modahl as an "I Run Clean" brand ambassador is Estonia's Erki Nool, the Olympic decathlon gold medallist at Sydney 2000. Launched in English, "I Run Clean" will be available in 12 languages by the end of this year. Informs insidethegames.
VILNIUS (LTU): The European Athletics Convention started with workshops about Childhood protection, Data Project, I run Clean, Age Group Championships Opportunities and EU Funding. The participants also heard about state of preparations of Berlin 2018 European Championships where already 90 000 tickets have been sold.
SHKIRAT (MAR): Mauritius' Vivian Gungaram - the president of Mauritius Athletics Association, vice-president and technical director of the African Confederation, a true pillar of the sport on the continent - has been appointed as the African representative in the IAAF Council. Replacing Kenyan David Okeyo. Informs Carole Fuchs.
NEW YORK (USA): Wilson Kipsang blamed stomach problems for dropping out of the Berlin Marathon last month and he is looking to challenge for the course record in his comeback race in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. “After taking water before the 30km mark, I felt bad in my stomach and I had to discontinue the race. There was no any other problem and that is why I decided to participate in the New York Marathon where I have been before and even won,” he said. “I have been to New York and I know the course very well. A course record might be possible but not a world record.”
TORONTO (CAN): Kenya’s Angela Tanui has been added to the elite women’s field for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 22 October, informs organisers. Tanui clocked 2:26:31 on her debut in the Vienna Marathon in April.
FRANKFURT (GER): Arne Gabius is aiming to break the 2:10-barrier in the Frankfurt Marathon on 29 October, informs “I will be in the second group, which will probably cover the half marathon in 64:15 or 64:30. The former would already be in the area of the German record,” he said. “I assume that I can run between 2:08 and 2:10 hours - it would be great if it would be clearly under 2:10 hours.” Gabius hasn’t completed a marathon since Frankfurt two years ago where he set a German record of 2:08:33 due to injuries.
NAIROBI (KEN): Coach Claudio Berardelli has been cleared over charges of administering EPO to banned marathon-runner Rita Jeptoo, informs the Daily Nation. Berardelli was acquitted alongside local coach Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat and Dr. Stephen Kiplangat Tanui. “The prosecution failed to avail evidence to show how Berardelli, Kiplangat and Dr Tanui conspired to administer the prohibited drug EPO on Jeptoo. After analysing all the evidence from the 12 witnesses called by the prosecution I do not even find any evidence to link Berardelli, Kiplangat and Dr Tanui with Jeptoo’s predicament,” said the senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot.
KINGSTON (JAM): The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has announced the unveiling of the statue of Usain Bolt has been pushed back to 3 December, informs Track Alerts. The statue was due to be unveiled on Friday but the event has been postponed in light of the weather forecast and some invited guests have been affected by hurricanes this season and are unable to travel to Jamaica.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Three-time Olympic silver medallist in sprints Raelene Boyle was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at an awards gala in Melbourne on Thursday. She is the eighth track and field athlete out of 39 sportspeople in total to receive the honour.
GOLD COAST (AUS): 2018 Commonwealth Games chief executive Mark Peters hopes a resolution can be reached with the Australian government in the coming weeks over the visa concerns outlined by Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin, informs
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp has been named USATF Athlete of the Week, informs USATF. Rupp won by 28 seconds over defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya to become the first American winner of the men’s race since 2002.
LONDON (GBR): Six athletics officials have been nominated for Sports Officials UK Awards, which are to take place on October 25: Robert Stevenson (lifetime achievement), Linda Turner (performance official), Lucy Rogers (young official), Steve Marshall (officials developer), Gordon Surtees (posthumous - coach/mentor), Lesley Eldridge (community official).
GLASGOW (GBR): Representatives from some of Europe’s leading broadcasters have met in Glasgow and Berlin for a World Broadcaster Meeting ahead of the 2018 European Championships to learn more about the ongoing preparations for the inaugural multisport event. Glasgow and Berlin will host the first ever edition of the Championships in the summer of 2018 and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) already has agreements with almost 40 broadcasters worldwide to cover the event. Broadcasters have shown a significant interest in digital services including multi-platform content publication and digital enrichment, allowing them to bring the excitement and emotion of the Championships to all audiences.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump London Olympic champion Anna Chicherova, who was found guilty of the anti-doping rules violation, will decide on the possibility of continuing her athletics career after the IAAF verdict. Informs TASS.
KINGSTON (JAM): The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will start the Heroes in Action Run/Walk, this coming Sunday, October 15, at the Falmouth Cruise Port at 7:00 a.m. in Trelawny. The event is being staged by the JN Foundation, in partnership with the Usain Bolt Foundation.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Valérie Fourneyron has been confirmed as the chair of the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA), which is being formed to take over drugs testing procedures for international sport. Insidethegames exclusively revealed last month that the former French Sports Minister was being groomed to take the position, and her appointment has now been ratified by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee.
JAEN (ESP, Oct 12): Winners of the Road Mile in Jaen were Ignacio Fontes and European champion Nuria Fernandez in the women category.
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