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Athletics

  • 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...

  • WADA serious about getting Kenya banned over doping inaction

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is stepping up efforts to get Kenya banned from international competition for four years unless the nation seriously tackles doping by its athletes, the chairman of Kenya’s Olympic committee said...

  • Diack's son charged with ethics violations

    Diack's son charged with ethics violations

    The IAAF ethics commission has brought disciplinary charges against four men, including the son of former president Lamine Diack and the former head of its anti-doping department, amid the corruption crisis engulfing international athletics. Papa...

  • 225 runners set to compete in 25th edition of three-day race

    225 runners set to compete in 25th edition of three-day race

    Over 225 runners are expected to participate in the 25th edition of the Nestlé Fitness Malta International Challenge Marathon, of which 200 will be competing in the challenge and the remaining 25 in the team relay. This was announced by Barry...

  • World athletics ex-head Diack investigated in corruption probe

    World athletics ex-head Diack investigated in corruption probe

    The international athletics federation’s former chief Lamine Diack (right) has been put under formal investigation in France on suspicion of corruption and money laundering, the French financial prosecutor’s office said yesterday. The probe comes...

  • Road Running League

    Road Running League

    135 runners defied the inclement weather on Saturday and turned up for the second leg of the Road Running League – the 5km race at Tal-Maqluba. Gozo’s Charlton Debono (top) beat Andrew Grech to the finish line in 15mins, 37 secs. Grech was ten...

  • Record entry for Żurrieq Half, 10km

    This year’s 18th edition of the Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon, due tomorrow week, has again kept to its commitment to grow as an athletic event and to date, a record number of 930 athletes have confirmed their participation. This confirms...

  • ‘I’m hanging up my spike shoes’ says Camilleri

    ‘I’m hanging up my spike shoes’ says Camilleri

    There are many athletes who face a daily struggle to balance their work, life and training commitments. It is tough, especially when you have high expectations of yourself, yet, Maltese athletes regularly manage to reach this balance. “The past 12...

  • Kenyan runners caught cheating in marathon

    Kenyan athletics officials intercepted a runner who cheated his way into second position to win prize money during a weekend marathon in the capital Nairobi. Julius Njogu attempted to trick his way into the money bracket during the Standard...

  • Road Running League, first leg

    Road Running League, first leg

    The new season’s MAAA Road Running League got under way last Saturday with the Siġġiewi 5km race. The men’s event turned out to be a tight race with Charlton Debono (Gozo Athletix) winning with a time of 16:13. Debono (third from left) finished...

  • Bolt aiming to crack 19 seconds in 200m

    Bolt aiming to crack 19 seconds in 200m

    Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt has already started his preparations for next year’s Rio Games and has sent a warning to his competitors – he thinks he is capable of breaking 19 seconds in the 200 metres. Bolt’s record of 19.19 seconds for...

  • Mdina Glass 10km race

    Mdina Glass 10km race

    A record participation of 505 runners yesterday took part in the 25th Mdina Glass 10k organised by the Ladies Running Club at Ta’ Qali. Despite the windy conditions, competition was tight with Andrew Grech (Mellieha AC) winning the men’s race in...

  • IAAF will do everything to protect clean athletes

    Athletics has been at the forefront in the fight against doping and its world governing body will do everything to protect the clean athletes, president Sebastian Coe said. The twice Olympic 1,500 metres champion was elected in August to head the...

  • Coaching keeps Xandru Grech’s passion for running alive

    Coaching keeps Xandru Grech’s passion for running alive

    When you have been training and competing in a sport for most of your life, you tend to become accustomed to the adrenalin highs that this produces. It is these feelings that athletes miss most once they decide to retire, finding it difficult to...

  • 105-year-old ‘Golden Bolt’ sets sprint record in Japan

    105-year-old ‘Golden Bolt’ sets sprint record in Japan

    Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki (picture) set a fresh record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter this week, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best. “I wanted to shave off a...

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