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  • Kenya Considers Pulling Out Of Rio Olympics Over Zika Virus

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:40 am

    Kenya has said it might pull out of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, if the current Zika virus outbreak is not contained before the global event, set for August. Kenya is the first nation to consider a possible a boycott over the virus. Other nations including Australia, New Zealand and Thailand have said they would understand if any of their athletes wished to withdraw from the games.

  • Granted $686 Bail, Pistorius Plans To Appeal Murder Conviction. It’s A Long Shot

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:26 pm

    Granted bail, South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius plans to appeal his murder conviction in the country’s highest court after a lesser charge of manslaughter was overturned. It’s a long shot, experts say. He’ll have to prove that his constitutional rights have been violated. Pistorius can’t afford further legal battles, lawyers have said. A murder conviction means a minimum 15-year jail sentence.

  • Caster Semenya’s Alleged Traditional Wedding Photos Set Social Media On Fire

    Caster Semenya - 400m international debut By Kevin Mwanza, 8:30 am

    Social media across South Africa and regionally was a buzz on Monday after photo’s of South African Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya appeared on Facebook showing her celebrating a traditional wedding ceremony with her long time girlfriend. Pictures published on Facebook by SA Fame Awards, part of Limpopo Media, showed Semenya and her fiancée and fellow athlete, Violet Raseboya, dressed in traditional attire

  • South African Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant For Oscar Pistorius

    Oscar Pistorius By Staff, 3:17 am

    South African prosecutors on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Oscar Pistorius, after the double-amputee athlete’s conviction in the death of his girlfriend was changed by an appeals court from reckless killing to the more serious charge of murder. A High Court hearing is expected next week to set a date for sentencing. Pistorius may apply for bail at the hearing, pending sentencing.

  • South African Appeal Court Changes Oscar Pistorius Sentence To Murder

    By Kevin Mwanza, 9:07 am

    South Africa’s Supreme Court of appeal has overturned a manslaughter sentence on Olympic and Paralympics sprinter Oscar Pistorius to murder for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steepkamp to death through a locked bathroom door. A double amputee, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after being found guilty of manslaughter by a lower court

  • Ethiopia’s Dibaba Named Female IAAF World Athlete Of The Year

    By Staff, 4:53 am

    The IAAF named Ethiopian middle-distance runner Genzebe Dibaba and American decathlete Ashton Eaton as World Athletes of the Year on Thursday. Dibaba, 24, is the current world record holder in the women’s 1500m and holds three further world records indoors. Meanwhile, Dibaba, who set a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was unbeaten in her 1500m races during the summer.

  • 7 Reasons Why Kenyan Athletics Needs To Establish A Drug-Testing Lab

    Anti doping By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am AFKI Original

    The problem of doping in athletics has been in the limelight recently, with reports suggesting that there are drug cheats throughout the sport, implicating Russia and Kenya as nations guilty of doping. As a result, Athletics Kenya (AK) is discussing the possibility of setting up a drug-testing lab in Nairobi with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Here are seven reasons why Athletics Kenya should establish a drug-testing lab in Nairobi.

  • Athletics Kenya Looks To Establish Drug-Testing Lab

    British Anti-Doping Agency - Blood transfusion - usada.org By Peter Pedroncelli, 11:23 am

    In an effort to show commitment and the necessary dedication to addressing the problem of doping in the sport that the country is most famous for, Athletics Kenya (AK) has discussed the possibility of setting up a drug-testing lab in Nairobi with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The East African country has produced countless middle and long distance runners of outstanding quality, but the shadow of doping threatens to ruin a solid reputation built on years of success and hard work.

  • 12 Ways The Nuba Wrestling Industry Benefits Sudan

    By Julia Austin, 7:42 am AFKI Original

    In Sudan, wrestling has become an avenue for peace, unity, and prosperity among some tribes that were once in constant conflict. The Olympics is working to welcome Sudanese wrestlers to the 2020 games. This would be a huge financial opportunity for competitors and help promote tourism to Sudan. Here are 12 ways the Nuba wrestling industry benefits Sudan.

  • National Olympic Committee Of Kenya Bashes Government Over Doping

    Kipchoge Keino - Chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:54 am

    The chairman of the National Olympic Committee Of Kenya, Kipchoge Keino, has expressed his disappointment with his government in relation to the way they have reacted to doping in Kenyan athletics. The East African country is famous for producing middle and long distance runners of supreme class

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