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Athletics

  • 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...

  • IAAF chief Coe quits role as ambassador with Nike

    Sebastian Coe is stepping down from his ambassadorial role with Nike, the IAAF president said yesterday. Coe, who leads the ruling body of world athletics, has worked as a paid ambassador for the sportswear firm but faced repeated questions about...

  • Three-day challenge marathon sets off today

    The 2015 Nestlè Fitness Malta International Challenge Marathon gets under way this afternoon when the participants gather outside Mdina Gate for the start of the opening leg at 1pm. Over 225 runners are expected to take part in this annual...

  • Russia could miss world indoors as IAAF wants ‘robust’ verification

    Russia needs to prove its commitment to anti-doping according to ‘robust’ verification criteria if its track and field athletes are to return to the competitions, world athletics (IAAF) chief Sebastian Coe said yesterday, meaning it could miss the...

  • IAAF suspension an option – WADA commissioner

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) could face recommendations that include suspension from the Olympics when the second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) report is released, according to one of the doping...

  • Our sport may not have many tomorrows, warns IAAF’s Coe

    Our sport may not have many tomorrows, warns IAAF’s Coe

    Sebastian Coe has conceded that unless he and his fellow leaders fully grasp the enormity of the crisis in their sport, there are “unlikely to be many tomorrows for athletics”. In his Sunday Telegraph newspaper column, the president of the...

  • Russia suspended from athletics over doping

    Russia suspended from athletics over doping

    Athletics' governing body has voted overwhelmingly to suspend Russia from the sport for widespread, state-sponsored doping and the ban will include the 2016 Olympics unless the country can demonstrate a major change in their approach and...

  • Russian chief says sent report on doping to IAAF

    Russian chief says sent report on doping to IAAF

    The head of Russia’s athletics federation said yesterday he had sent the sport’s governing body a report responding to doping allegations made by the world anti-doping agency. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission on Monday alleged...

  • Russia faces suspension for widespread doping offences

    Russia faces suspension for widespread doping offences

    An international anti-doping commission recommended yesterday that Russia’s Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences – a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team excluded from next year’s Olympics. The...

  • Grech and Schembri win in Żurrieq

    Grech and Schembri win in Żurrieq

    Andrew Grech and Roberta Schembri were the winners of the 2015 Żurrieq Half Marathon which was held yesterday. Around 850 runners took part in the annual event that also featured a 10km race and a walkathon. Grech was a clear-cut winner in the...

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