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Monday, 30 January 2017 23:48

News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JAN 30, 2017)

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Farah speaks - ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has described Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries including his nation of birth of Somalia as “incredibly divisive and discriminatory,” informs Sky Sports News. Farah is currently training at high altitude in Ethiopia and he was left unclear as to whether he would be allowed to return home to Oregon after Trump signed the Executive Order. However, the British Foreign Office later clarified the situation and said British nationals are exempt from Trump’s order. “Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes, however, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy,” read a statement. Farah will travel back to the United States after racing in the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 18 February.

USOC statement
LOS ANGELES (USA): The United States Government will work with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to ensure athletes and officials from all countries are granted "expedited access" to the nation following travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s Executive Order. In a statement, the USOC added they hoped the ruling will "appropriately recognise the values on which our nation, as well as the Olympic Movement, were founded". From insidethegames.

IAAF seeking assurances
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is “seeking assurances” Trump’s immigration policy will not have an impact on the 2021 World Championships set to be staged in Eugene, informs insidethegames.biz. "We clearly need to understand the implications of  this new US immigration policy and will be seeking assurances that it will not adversely affect the IAAF World Championships in the USA in 2021," said a spokesperson at the IAAF.

EA to store samples of record breakers
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics head Svein Arne Hansen has revealed that doping samples from competitors who break a European record will now be stored for 10 years. "We will store all the doping control samples for all European records for a minimum of ten years," Hansen said at the first edition of the Sporting Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Sport Integrity Forum. European Athletics last week announced that Ireland's Pierce O'Callaghan has been appointed to head a task force to examine the credibility of European athletics records. The Norwegian expressed hope there will be Russian representation at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March. An update is set to be provided to the IAAF next Monday (February 6) but reinstatement of the RusAF appears unlikely before Belgrade. Writes insidethegames.

Rojas is in shape
DUSSELDORF (GER): Interesting names at 2nd meet of IAAF World Indoor Tour on Wednesday in Dusseldorf in women triple jump. World indoor champion and fresh South American Indoor record holder Yulimar Rojas (14.79 last weekend in Madrid) is facing European champions Patricia Mamona and Olha Saladukha. Also in the field Israel record holder Hanna Minenko and Polish champion Anna Jagaciak along with best German Kristin Gierisch. Meet record of Yargelis Savigne 14.84 from 2010 will be under threat from Rojas. 


BOSTON (USA): Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has said “a lot” of top-level athletes are against her actions which have exposed the widespread nature of doping in Russia, informs AP. "I know that a lot of athletes on the top level are against me, and sometimes you can see it in their eyes. I have no regrets. And if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would do the same thing. It's normal that some of the athletes, they like what I did, they come up to me and thank me. But some of the others, they hate me,” she said after finishing seventh in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 800m in 2:05.14. 

GLASGOW (GBR): Following a re-measurement of the 2016 Great Scottish Run half-marathon course, organisers have announced the route was found to be 149.7m short of the full 13.1-mile distance, informs Athletics Weekly. Callum Hawkins won the men’s race in a Scottish record of 60:24 but that time will now be invalidated. Betsy Saina won the women’s race in 67:22. “Naturally we are extremely disappointed that these errors have been made and we have apologised to Callum, who fully deserved his place in the record books after his fine run. We have also apologised to Betsy Saina, the winner of the women’s elite race,” read a statement from The Great Run Company.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen has reaffirmed his commitment to improving the gender balance at leadership level within the organisation. Hansen has said he is looking to implement constitutional changes at the European Athletics Congress in October with proposals to include reserved places for women on the Council and at least one of the three European Athletics vice presidents should be a woman. “As President, I will use all my influence to make sure these proposals are passed by the Member Federations so that they can be implemented in the 2019 elections. I strongly believe that such a quota system is necessary, at least in the short and medium term, to change the erroneous assumption that men must lead the sport,” he said in a statement.

BEAVERTON (USA): London Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Sally Kipyego is unsure whether she will represent the United States or Kenya in global competition, informs LetsRun.com. “Obtaining U.S. citizenship was a personal milestone that was also extremely important for my family. I have not yet determined how this will impact my professional running career, if at all, but I will consider all of my options with those closest to me before making any decision,” read a statement circulated by her agent Chris Layne.

LONDON (GBR): Jo Pavey has called for medal ceremonies to be held at the 2017 World Championships to reward athletes who are set to belatedly receive global medals, informs The Guardian. Pavey looks set to be upgraded to bronze in the 10,000m at the 2007 World Championships after silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse from Turkey failed a retest.

ROUEN (FRA): Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz surpassed his expectations during his season’s opener in Rouen on Saturday, informs L’Equipe. “I had a small worry about my form. I was aiming for around 5.70m to start my season but I surprised myself with 5.86m,” he said. 

KINGSTON (JAM): Yohan Blake is in a confident mood ahead of the outdoor season, informs Jamaica Gleaner. "Many persons [sic] didn't think I would come back and run the times I did last season. I was consistent last season and this season. I'm just looking to execute my race and I have things up my sleeve, so expect good things from me,” he said. Blake will open his season at the Camperdown Classic on 11 February followed by the Gibson McCook Relays on 25 February. Blake isn’t convinced his training partner Usain Bolt will retire at the end of 2017. "I don't know if this will be his last year, but I will try to motivate him to come back,” he said.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Former Olympic 100m hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson has pulled out of the Nitro Melbourne Series due to unspecified reasons, informs the Sydney Morning Herald.

BERLIN (GER): Robert Harting is planning to open his season at the Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May, informs Leichtathletik.de. 

EUGENE (USA): TrackTown USA announced that Bob Greifeld and Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr. will continue their roles as chief financial investors of the TrackTown Summer Series, continuing decades of work to elevate the sport of track and field in the U.S. and create opportunities at home for American athletes. The two financial investors share a lifelong passion and commitment to the sport, and they will  continue to provide a guiding vision for the growth and development of the TrackTown Summer Series as members of the Board of Directors. This summer, the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series will expand to three  competitions (San Francisco June 29, Portland July 2) with the championship meet in New York City (July 6) televised live by ESPN.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Usain Bolt, who will race for the first time in Australia this week at the Nitro Athletics event in Melbourne, has backed the future of the innovative format by taking a financial stake in it. “An agreement was reached with Usain’s management company that sees Usain have a stake in Nitro Athletics and his own team, the Bolt All Stars,” the Athletics Australia chief executive, Phil Jones, told insidethegames. Among those in Melbourne to cast an eye over this innovative approach will be the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe and chief executive Olivier Gers, as well as the European Athletics chief executive Christian Milz.

MINSK (BLR): Decathlon Beijing Olympic silver medallist and European champion 2014 Andrei Krauchanka says that he’s successfully recovering after his last foot injury. “I already removed the plaster and can rotate my operated foot. My next medical examination is appointed for January 30. I hope, that by then I’ll be able to get used to trainings little by little,” Krauchanka told to BFLA web site. 31-year-old athlete also noted that he would like to be prepared for Tokyo 2020 and added that he has potential to score 9250 points in decathlon. 

KYIV (UKR): Alina Shukh of Ukraine, who broke the world U20 indoor record in the pentathlon informed that she is going to compete at the combined events meeting in Estonian Lasnamäe on February 3-4 and then at the senior national indoors in Sumy on February 17-19 performing in individual events. She also hopes to be invited to the European indoor championships in Belgrade. “"I want to perform there very much. I like to compete with senior athletes. It should be a great experience for my further athletics career," said Shukh in her quote to reporters. 

KAMPALA (UGA): The Uganda Athletics Federation has named its provisional team for the forth coming World Cross Country Championships that will be held at  Kololo Independence Grounds on March 26 in Kampala. The Uganda Athletics team will be Camping at Kapchorwa grounds which is in Eastern Region of Uganda. The Uganda senior men team will be led by Joshua Cheptegei and women by Mercyline Chelagat.


KHON KAEN (THA, Jan 29): Ethiopian Degefa Lafebo won the 14th International Marathon here in 2:23:55, among women Kenyan Margaret Wangui 2:50:50. Half-marathon winner Kenneth Kemboi clocked 1:04:03.

BENONI (RSA, Jan 29): Thabang Mosiako won the 10 km in 29:29 at the Johnson Crane races, it was used as trial for World CC Champs.

DUBLIN (IRL, Jan 29): Mark Christie won the 32nd AXA Raheny Shamrock 5 Mi. Road Race in 23:45 just 3 seconds ahead of Mick Clohisey. In women race wins for 40+ athletes, Barbara Cleary 27:41 ober Catherina McKiernan 28:18. From RRW.

SEATTLE (USA, Jan 28): At University of Washington Invitational the 13-year-old Grace Ping, who ran an ARRS single-age world record of 9:33.85 for the 3000m. Ping is in high school, and shaved nearly 10 seconds from her 9:43.31 race here two weeks ago.

ANTEQUERA (ESP, Jan 28): Kevin Lopez won here the 800 m in 1:47.70.

ELCHE (ESP, Jan 28): Lois Maikel Martinez top early discus shape with 66.26.

RIGA (LAT, Jan 27-28): Elvijs Misans solid marks 792 and 16.60 in long and triple jump.

LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 28): Andy Robertson clocked 6.63 and 6.60 ahead of Theo Etienne 6.64 and 6.63.

MAGGLINGEN (SUI, Jan 29): European 400m hurdles medalist Lea Sprunger clocked fast 52.24 in the 400 m here, her overall PB.

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Jan 29): Keitavious Walter won the 60 m at the KMS Invitational with 6.65.


PRAHA (CZE): The correct ranking from CE match was Poland won women with 12 308 ahead of Britain 12 194, France 12 127, Spain 11 883 and Czech Republic 11 488.

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