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Athletics

  • Coe could have pushed for IAAF reform – investigator

    The head of an investigation that found high-level corruption in international athletics has accused Sebastian Coe, leader of the sport’s world governing body, of missing opportunities to push reform “a long time ago” when he was...

  • Former top officials get life bans for doping blackmail

    Former top officials get life bans for doping blackmail

    Two top Russian athletics officials and the son of former world governing body president Lamine Diack were banned from the sport for life yesterday for covering up an elite Russian athlete’s positive dope test and blackmailing her over it. The...

  • Debono closes in on title after Qawra win

    Debono closes in on title after Qawra win

    Charlton Debono, of Gozo Athletix, closed in on the MAAA Road Running League title by winning the Qawra 10 kilometre race on Sunday. It was the Gozitan’s third win in a row, placing him as hot favourite to finish top in this season’s series. His...

  • New IAAF road map includes doubling anti-doping budget

    The governing body of world athletics has promised to double the anti-doping budget as part of a 10-point “road map” to restore trust in the sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) released a statement this week...

  • New series kicks off with Valletta race

    New series kicks off with Valletta race

    The House of Sport 10k Race Series kicks off on January 10 in Valletta and will be the first of three races over the same distance which will be held in various locations around the island throughout the season. Starting and finishing in St Anne’s...

  • Making the country proud

    Making the country proud

    As a new year beckons, it is only natural for people to start looking back at the previous 12 months to try and identify the best sporting moment. Thankfully, for those involved in Maltese athletics, there is plenty from which to choose including...

  • Russia unlikely to compete in Rio Games, EA chief says

    Russia unlikely to compete in Rio Games, EA chief says

    European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen does not expect Russia to return to international competition in time for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Russian athletes were banned indefinitely by the International Association of...

  • Second part of WADA’s doping report now set for January 14

    Second part of WADA’s doping report now set for January 14

    The second part of an explosive Independent Commission (IC) report into allegations of systematic doping and “corruption and bribery” at the highest levels of international athletics will be released on January 14, the World Anti-Doping Agency...

  • IAAF’s Davies steps aside to allow probe

    Nick Davies, a leading official at the world athletics federation (IAAF), said yesterday he would step aside while an ethics committee investigated emails he had sent regarding Russian doping ahead of the 2013 world championships in Moscow. On...

  • Diack denies funding Sall’s presidential bid

    Former international athletics federation (IAAF) head Lamine Diack denies having given money to finance Macky Sall’s successful bid to become the President of Senegal, his lawyers said in a statement to Reuters yesterday. Le Monde reported on...

  • Heads of Russian anti-doping agency step down

    All the top managers of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) have stepped down, R-Sport news agency said, in the latest steps to clean up Russian athletics to avoid missing next year’s Olympics. Russia was suspended from international athletics...

  • Grech, Seguna lead the way in FDL races

    Grech, Seguna lead the way in FDL races

    A record field of 320 runners took part in Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club’s last event for 2015 – the BSJ Eurosport Fleur-de-Lys Road Races – where impressive showings by the established athletes were noted. Organised in conjunction with the...

  • Blanket ban on dope-tainted nations ‘unjust’ – Olympians

    The World Olympians Association (WOA) has called blanket bans on competitors from doping-tainted nations “unjust” and called for urgent action to ensure clean athletes are allowed to participate in major sporting events. The Russian Athletics...

  • IAAF set to consider Rio schedule change for Felix

    IAAF set to consider Rio schedule change for Felix

    American sprinter Allyson Felix’s pursuit of a rare 200-400 metres double at the Rio Olympics gained momentum this week when US officials asked the IAAF for a schedule change to make an attempt possible. “We did receive an official request from...

  • Felix setting stage for 200-400m bid

    Top American sprinter Allyson Felix will double up at July’s US trials in hopes of competing in both the 200 and 400 metres at the Rio Olympics, her coach told Reuters. The Olympic 200m gold medallist and world 400m champion has long wanted to...

  • Annual Fleur de Lys road races on Dec. 13

    The final commitments for the 2015 racing calendar of the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will take place on Sunday, December 13 when they host the annual series of Eurosport Road Races in the locality of Fleur de Lys. Organised in conjunction...

  • No regrets on exposing Russia doping – whistleblowers

    The husband and wife who blew the whistle on doping in Russian athletics say they have no regrets about speaking up and exposing cheats despite being accused of betraying their own country. Yulia Stepanova, an international runner who was herself...

  • Marathon great Radcliffe cleared of doping claims

    Paula Radcliffe, world marathon record holder and one of Britain’s most popular athletes, has been cleared by the IAAF of any allegation of doping. Athletics’ world governing body offered a complete defence of Radcliffe yesterday amid a robust...

  • Preparing for greater things to come

    Preparing for greater things to come

    Talking to athletes about their preparation, most of the focus tends to be on the physical effort. There is more to it, however, and anyone trying to reach the higher levels of any sport needs more than physical strength. “Although most of the...

  • Camilleri brothers dominate Motocross races

    Camilleri brothers dominate Motocross races

    Brothers Clayton and Kyle Camilleri stole the limelight on Sunday after dominating the Motocross Class A series and Open as another round from the Pasta Poiatti National Championships was completed at the circuit in Ta’ Qali. This season, the...

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