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Athletics

  • WADA dismayed by new TV allegations on Russian doping

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was dismayed by revelations in a German TV documentary that contained fresh allegations of malpractice in Russia’s anti-doping system and is urgently seeking confirmation, it said yesterday. Amongst the claims...

  • University races in aid of Hospice Malta

    University races in aid of Hospice Malta

    The fifth edition of the University Ring Road races, in aid of Hospice Malta, will be held in Tal-Qroqq on March 13, organisers said. “We want to make this event attractive for all – friends, family, University staff and students,” organiser...

  • Sweden to stand by Aregawi despite tax controversy

    Sweden’s Ethiopian-born 1,500m runner Abeba Aregawi can run for Sweden at the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Portland despite a storm over her Swedish citizenship and tax affairs, officials said. Expressen reported that Aregawi, who is due...

  • Malta to host small states championships in June

    It is a cliché that is often repeated but one that is true nevertheless: there is no bigger honour than wearing the national colours and no greater motivation than winning in the name of your country. That is the case everywhere but more so here...

  • Sarè the star performer at Marsa

    Sarè the star performer at Marsa

    The newly-revived Winter Track and Field Championships were held at Marsa last weekend. The meeting is aimed to provide athletes with an opportunity to gauge their levels ahead of the outdoor season and, judging by the results and new records...

  • Centrowitz takes mile honours, Felix and De Grasse win sprints

    Centrowitz takes mile honours, Felix and De Grasse win sprints

    Matthew Centrowitz surged to victory with a final-lap burst to repeat as Wanamaker Mile winner, while elite sprinters Allyson Felix and Andre De Grasse powered to wins at the 109th Millrose Games yesterday. Centrowitz, feeling sub-par due to...

  • Entry list continues to soar

    Entry list continues to soar

    The 31st running of the Malta Marathon, to be staged on February 28, will see another record participation, the seventh year in succession, organisers said. In 2015, 4,054 took part in the marathon, half marathon and walkathlon. This year the...

  • New throwing records at Marsa

    New throwing records at Marsa

    Last weekend’s second pre-season meeting at the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium produced another spate of encouraging results for this time of the season. In all, five new records in various categories were set in throwing events...

  • Defar runs year’s fastest 3,000m after long lay-off

    Ethiopian two-time Olympic champion Meseret Defar ran the year’s fastest 3,000 metres as she returned to the track for the first time in more than two years at the Boston indoor grand prix on Sunday night. The 2004 and 2012 Olympic 5,000 metres...

  • Sarè clears 12m barrier to win triple jump event at Amsterdam meet

    Sarè clears 12m barrier to win triple jump event at Amsterdam meet

    During the last weekend of January, triple jumper Rebecca Sarè participated in the London Indoor Games and registered a new indoor personal best of 11.90 metres. A week later, Sarè took in another international competition in Amsterdam to add...

  • IAAF will not accept Nestlè decision to end sponsorship

    IAAF will not accept Nestlè decision to end sponsorship

    Sebastian Coe has vowed the IAAF will not accept a decision by food giant Nestlè to abruptly terminate its sponsorship deal with world athletics’ governing body. Swiss-based Nestlè said on Wednesday it was concerned its own reputation could be...

  • Britain should move camp out of Brazil – Ennis-Hill’s coach

    Britain should move camp out of Brazil – Ennis-Hill’s coach

    Britain should move its preparation camp for the Rio Olympic Games outside Brazil to minimise the risk of catching the Zika virus, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach said, adding he would not encourage the reigning heptathlon champion to defend her...

  • IAAF chief Coe denies knowledge of 2017 bid ‘bribes’

    IAAF president Sebastian Coe has denied knowing of “bribes being offered or received” in the awarding of the 2017 World Athletics Championships, a spokesman for the crisis-hit governing body said. Earlier this month, UK Athletics chairman Ed...

  • Patience and hard work always pay off, says Chouhal

    Patience and hard work always pay off, says Chouhal

    As top athletes get older, the thought of not being among the best is so hard to deal with that it leads many to retire before that becomes a reality. It becomes more difficult for them to find the motivation needed to endure the sacrifices that...

  • Debono seals title after Ta’ Qali win

    Debono seals title after Ta’ Qali win

    Charlton Debono (Gozo Athletix) wrapped up the 2015-16 MAAA Road Running League title after winning the Ta’ Qali 10K, held last Sunday. This being the Gozitan’s fourth straight victory, he has now built an unassailable lead over his nearest...

  • Scandal prompts Adidas to end IAAF sponsor deal – BBC

    German sportswear company Adidas AG is to end its sponsorship deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) almost four years early because of the scandal surrounding the sport, the BBC reported. The BBC said Adidas,...

  • Frenchman Gracia named IAAF interim secretary general

    Frenchman Gracia named IAAF interim secretary general

    Frenchman Jean Gracia has been appointed interim CEO and secretary general of the IAAF as the governing body of athletics tries to handle the fallout from the corruption scandal that has rocked the sport. The 60-year-old former sprinter is taking...

  • Bolt shocked by IAAF reports, against wiping records

    Bolt shocked by IAAF reports, against wiping records

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt (picture) said he felt shocked and let down by the scandal-hit IAAF, but the Jamaican sprinter was against resetting records as the sport attempts to move on from the doping crisis. Thursday’s second instalment of a...

  • Bezzina, Debono prevail in city 10K

    Bezzina, Debono prevail in city 10K

    The inaugural Urban Jungle – House of Sport 10K series got underway last Sunday with the Valletta race that saw the participation of 250 runners, including foreigners some hailing from as far as Brazil, the US and Australia. The circular route,...

  • Future of Coe aide uncertain after report criticism

    The future of a key aide to IAAF president Sebastian Coe was in doubt yesterday after Nick Davies, the federation’s deputy general secretary, was criticised in a report into athletics’ corruption scandal. Davies, who became Coe’s chief of staff...

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