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  • World awaits more Usain Bolt magic after doping scandals

    World awaits more Usain Bolt magic after doping scandals

    Usain Bolt returns to the site of his first global triumph for a World Championships showdown with a convicted dope cheat that has ramifications for athletics beyond just establishing who is the fastest man in the world. The Jamaican’s battle over...

  • Bolt saddened by doping storm

    Bolt saddened by doping storm

    Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt has been saddened by the focus on doping in the run-up to the World Championships but says even he cannot save the sport by himself. The governing International Association of Athletics Federations...

  • Coe targets doping after winning the IAAF presidency

    Coe targets doping after winning the IAAF presidency

    Sebastian Coe was elected as the new head of international athletics yesterday and promised to stand by his campaign pledge to set up an independent anti-doping body for the embattled sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations...

  • France’s Lavillenie aims for a first in Beijing pole vault

    France’s Lavillenie aims for a first in Beijing pole vault

    Renaud Lavillenie may be pole vault royalty with his world record and Olympic gold medal but there is one link missing in his illustrious career. The Frenchman has never won a World Championship outdoors. Three times Lavillenie has stepped on to...

  • Cakir-Alptekin stripped of Olympic gold for doping

    Turkey’s Asli Cakir-Alptekin has been stripped of the 2012 Olympic women’s 1,500 metres gold medal and banned for eight years for a doping offence, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said. CAS said “abnormal values” were found in blood...

  • Athletics body suppressed study of admitted dope cheats – report

    World athletics’ governing body (IAAF) has suppressed a 2011 survey that reveals that up to a third of the world’s top competitors admitted using banned performance-enhancing techniques, Britain’s Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR...

  • Bolt skips camp ahead of World Championships, Bailey-Cole out

    Bolt skips camp ahead of World Championships, Bailey-Cole out

    Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will miss Jamaica’s training camp in Japan before the World Champion-ships in Beijing, the manager of the Caribbean island’s delegation said. “He’s (Bolt) the only one who is not in camp, because you...

  • IAAF hits back at Froome comments on anti-doping

    IAAF hits back at Froome comments on anti-doping

    Chris Froome’s claims that athletics should follow cycling’s lead and invest more heavily in anti-doping have been criticised by track and field’s global governing body. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) insists it is...

  • Doping cases must be dealt with quicker – Bubka

    Doping cases must be dealt with quicker – Bubka

    Doping cases in athletics need to be dealt with quicker and cheats punished with tougher sanctions, IAAF vice president Sergey Bubka said yesterday with his sport confronted by allegations of hundreds of suspicious past tests. “We need to see how...

  • Kenyan great Keino says doping cases taking too long

    Kenya’s athletics great Kipchoge Keino says the IAAF should act more quickly on doping cases as the sport’s governing body begins disciplinary action against 28 athletes who took part in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. With the World...

  • Bolt headlines Jamaica squad for Beijing world champs

    Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt headlines Jamaica’s squad for the World Championships in Beijing later this month. The world record holder over 100 and 200 metres is joined in the 53-member squad by Asafa Powell and Warren Weir, both...

  • IAAF bans 28 after 2005, 2007 re-tests

    Turning to new technology to uncover previously undetected substances, the IAAF has initiated disciplinary action against 28 athletes after re-tested samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Cham-pionships found 32 adverse doping findings. World...

  • Mo Farah agrees to allow blood data be published

    Mo Farah agrees to allow blood data be published

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has allowed his blood test data to be made public. Farah said in the Sunday Times: “I’m happy to do what it takes to prove I’m a clean athlete.” The newspaper last week claimed it, along with the German broadcaster...

  • Leaked results cast doubt over marathons, report claims

    Thirty-two medal winners at the world’s six top city marathons were among the hundreds of long distance runners with suspicious blood test results revealed in a leak, a newspaper reported yesterday. The leaked blood tests have jolted the world of...

  • Athletes must decide on future of their sport – Lewis

    Athletes must decide on future of their sport – Lewis

    Athletes must themselves decide the future they want for their sport following the latest doping crisis, former Olympic sprint champion Carl Lewis said. Athletics was rocked by a damning report in British newspaper The Sunday Times and by German...

  • Russian marathon runner Shobukhova stripped of titles

    Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova has been stripped of her London and Chicago marathon titles after the IAAF said yesterday that all her results since 2009 had been annulled and her two-year doping ban extended by 14 months. The world governing body for...

  • IAAF fights back against reports of widespread suspected doping

    The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) fought back yesterday against media reports of suspected widespread doping in the sport, rejecting accusations it failed to investigate dubious drugs test results properly. The IAAF said the reports by...

  • Positive results for Maltese runners in international races

    Positive results for Maltese runners in international races

    A group of long-distance runners recently represented Malta in the 14th European Mountain Championship in Porto Moniz, Madeira and the 12th World Long Distance Mountain Running Champion-ships in Switzerland. At the European Champion-ships in...

  • Athletics jolted by mass doping allegations after leak

    Athletics jolted by mass doping allegations after leak

    Leaks of confidential doping data threw global athletics into chaos yesterday, after a newspaper and a broadcaster said a third of medals in Olympic and world championship endurance races from 2001-2012 were won by runners with suspicious...

  • Kenya dismisses reports as smear campaign

    Kenya’s athletics body said yesterday that media reports alleging doping among its runners were a smear campaign ahead of the world championships in Beijing. Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD/WDR said they were given...

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