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Athletics News

Sep 23

Winner of ‘dirtiest race in history’ gets lifetime ban

Former Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin is given a life ban by the Turkish Athletics Federation after a third doping offence.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41371579

Sep 21

Sergey Bubka: Athletics Integrity Unit looking into payment to ex-IAAF treasurer

Athletics’ integrity unit will investigate a payment made by the IAAF’s senior vice-president Sergey Bubka to its banned former treasurer.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41346447

Sep 17

CJ Ujah: How Diamond League victory and London low can take him to the top

CJ Ujah surveys the 100m scene and reveals the tune that helped him to Diamond League glory.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41272937

Sep 17

The ‘fix’ is in – but is it right that Russia will compete in the Winter Olympics? | Sean Ingle

Despite calls from UK and US anti-doping bodies for shamed nation to be banned from February’s games, IOC and Wada inaction could let them off the hook

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if the fix is already in,” warned Travis Tygart, the venerable head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, when I asked him on Thursday whether Russia will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was not so much pessimism as prophecy. Twenty-four hours later Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, confidently predicted at the 131st IOC summit in Lima: “It will be a Russian team with the Russian anthem and Russian flag” in Pyeongchang.

Of course it will be. No one who follows the arcane politics of the International Olympic Committee believes otherwise. The fix is indeed in, just as it was before the Rio Olympics, when the IOC niftily side-stepped massive evidence of state-sponsored doping and allowed hundreds of Russians to compete, and again in what is now claimed to have been corrupted bidding processes for the Rio and Tokyo Games, in 2009 and 2013, when votes were allegedly traded for cash.

Related: Icarus film finds more than Greek tragedy in Russia doping scandal | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/17/russia-doping-winter-olympics-wada-craig-reedie

Sep 11

Chris Froome and Mo Farah are united in success and disputed legacy

Cyclist may have ridden into history books with Tour de France and Vuelta a España double but he cannot escape the controversy surrounding his team

For many British sports fans success remains a powerful amnesiac. We saw an ample demonstration of that on Sunday as Mo Farah was roared on to victory at the Great North Run and Team Sky steered Chris Froome to a staggering triumph at the Vuelta a España to the delight of the union flag-waving supporters. The exuberant TV coverage barely mentioned that some of those responsible for both men’s success are under investigation by anti-doping agencies, either. No one, it seems, wants to pass wind in church.

Froome’s performance was particularly remarkable as he became the first cyclist to claim consecutive grand tours in the same year since Marco Pantani’s Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double in 1998. At the end of July he had admitted his fourth yellow jersey had been the hardest; yet 27 days later the Team Sky train was back setting a tempo so high it took the breath away not only of their rivals but of spectators too.

Related: Team Sky sourced Fluimucil in Switzerland before Wiggins delivery

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/11/chris-froome-mo-farah-united-success-disputed-legacy

Sep 10

Great North Run: Runner proposes after finishing second to Mo Farah

New Zealand’s Jake Robertson proposes to his girlfriend – and fellow runner – Magdalyne Masai after finishing second to Mo Farah in the Great North Run.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41218765

Sep 10

Mo Farah: Briton to run in 2018 London Marathon

Britain’s Mo Farah will run in the 2018 London Marathon – his first event over the distance since switching his focus to road racing.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41211908

Sep 10

Great North Run: Mo Farah wins for record fourth straight year

Mo Farah becomes the first person to win the Great North Run four times in a row, while Mary Keitany claims victory for the third time.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41217829

Sep 10

Great North Run: GB’s Simon Lawson wins men’s wheelchair race

Great Britain’s Simon Lawson wins the men’s wheelchair race at the Great North Run, with Switzerland’s Manuela Schar winning the women’s race.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/41219043

Sep 10

Watch: Farah wins Great North Run in sprint finish

Britain’s Mo Farah claims a record fourth successive victory in the Great North Run, beating New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in a thrilling duel.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41218466

Sep 10

Great North Run: Kenya’s Mary Keitany cruises to third title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany wins her third Great North Run in one hour five minutes 59 seconds, the third fastest women’s time in the race’s history.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41218943

Sep 10

Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

Related: West Ham’s Olympic Stadium deal explained: from Water City to the London Stadium

Related: Charities seek return of £425m lotto cash borrowed for London Olympics

It is a national scandal that money these charities rely on is tied up in one of the richest football clubs in the world

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2017/sep/10/charities-still-waiting-lottery-millions-raided-west-ham-new-stadium

Sep 10

Jepkosgei breaks 30-minute 10km road barrier

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei becomes the first woman to run under 30 minutes for a road 10km to win the Prague Grand Prix.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41217798

Sep 09

Peacock wins at Great North City Games before taking break

British para-athletics sprinter Jonnie Peacock wins at the Great North City Games before taking a year off from the sport.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41212921

Sep 09

Great North CityGames: Perri Shakes-Drayton edges Anyika Onuora on the line

Great Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton beats Anyika Onuora by 0.01 seconds to win the 500m at the Great North City Games.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41213872

Sep 08

‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

• Son of former IAAF president accused of taking payments for votes
• ‘My job was to help the IAAF identify countries to organise sporting events’

Papa Massata Diack has described accusations he was part of a large corruption racket involved in determining the location of the Olympic Games as “the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.

France’s financial prosecutor said this week that investigations had revealed a corruption scheme centred on Diack, the son of the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack.

Related: Cas upholds life bans for Papa Massata Diack and Valentin Balakhnichev

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/08/papa-massata-diack-dismisses-corruption-allegations-biggest-lie

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