Athletics: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 5:42 am AFKI Original
For long Kenya has been hailed as one of the world’s athletics powerhouse with several runners from the high altitude East African nation holding records in long distance races. But this legacy in now under threat from a growing doping menace among the country’s young athletes. Last week, Athletics Kenya chief executive officer, Isaac Mwangi, was banned by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics commission for six months
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.