Athletics

Kenyan half-marathon world record-holder Geoffrey Kamworor suffered a fractured tibia after being hit from behind by a motorcycle during a training run on Thursday, the country’s media reported on Saturday.

Kenyan runner hit by motorcycle, suffers fractured leg

Kenyan half-marathon world record-holder Geoffrey Kamworor suffered a fractured tibia after being hit from behind by a motorcycle during a training run on Thursday, the country’s media reported on Saturday.
Romania's Simona Halep poses with a trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina. REUTERS-Ahmed Jadallah

Simona Halep ‘highly unlikely’ to play restricted US Open

World number two Simona Halep is “highly unlikely” to play in the U.S. Open with organisers set to put strict health protocols in place for the Grand Slam due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokeswoman for the Romanian told Reuters.
Reigning world 100m champion Christian Coleman is facing a two-year suspension after revealing on Tuesday he missed a drugs test last December.

World 100m champion faces suspension after new missed test

The US sprint star – who only narrowly avoided being banned last year after three violations of anti-doping “whereabouts” rules across 2018 and 2019 – revealed details of his latest missed test in a statement on Twitter.
Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has urged Nigerian athletes to keep hope alive on the occasion of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFN: Sunday Dare a true blessing to our sports

Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN ) has said Sunday Akinlabi Dare, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development has been a real blessing to the sport of athletics and indeed all sports since he was made the number one sportsman in Nigeria last August.
Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha underwent surgery on his left ankle on Thursday after fracturing it while walking on uneven ground at his home in Kilgoris in rural Narok County, Kenya, last week.

Kenya’s star athlete ruled out for months after surgery

Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha underwent surgery on his left ankle on Thursday after fracturing it while walking on uneven ground at his home in Kilgoris in rural Narok County, Kenya, last week.
Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and 800m specialists Caster Semenya has revealed her intention to fight critics and others planning to pull her down to a standstill.

Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya slams critics

Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and 800m specialists Caster Semenya has revealed her intention to fight critics and others planning to pull her down to a standstill.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Olympics official sees ‘real problems’ in holding Games in 2021

A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus.
Nigeria’s para powerlifter and Paralympic gold medalist, Esther Oyema, has been sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee for violating anti-doping rules.

Nigeria’s Paralympic gold medalist gets four-year doping ban

Nigeria’s para powerlifter and Paralympic gold medalist, Esther Oyema, has been sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee for violating anti-doping rules.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe admitted Friday that settling on a new date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will not satisfy everybody.

World Athletics to emulate football, return for closed-door events

Sebastian Coe – the World Athletics president, has hinted that his organisation may emulate a major football body like Bundesliga and bring its competitions out of Coronavirus quarantine, and stage athletics events without spectators.
Former Nigerian women 400m great, Mabel Madojiemu has lamented the cancellation of the 2020 Schools athletics championships originally billed for May 15 in Benin City, Edo State.

Mabel Madojiemu rues schools athletics cancellation

Former Nigerian women 400m great, Mabel Madojiemu, has lamented the cancellation of the 2020 Schools athletics championships originally billed for May 15 in Benin City, Edo State.
Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Olabanji Oladapo has stated that the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a further one year had become necessary and hence imminent following the formal announcement from the International Olympics Committee yesterday on the premise of the Covid-19 pandemic.

NOC awaits international federations ratification of Olympics qualifiers – scribe

Oladapo said the national federations will discuss with the international Federation after which the international Federation will communicate by reverting accordingly to the entreaties of the affiliate Federations on how and when the qualifiers will come up to fill the remaining Olympic slots for 2021.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

IOC: Postponed Olympics ‘to kickstart’ Japan economy

Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will provide a welcome boost to the coronavirus-hit Japanese economy next year, a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official claimed on Thursday.
Acting President of the federation, Honourable Olamide George says the federation has learnt from the mistakes made since the current board was inaugurated and will put all supporting structures in place this year to ensure a proper and sustainable growth for the sport.

AFN chief laments coronavirus effects on athletics

President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olamide George, has lamented the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the calendar and programs of activities of the Athletics Federation with the directive from the Federal Government suspending all sporting activities still subsisting.
Due to the escalating covid-19 crisis and the travel restrictions across the globe,organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race, the first label road running event in West Africa have cancelled the eighth edition of the competition.

2020 Okpekpe 10km road race cancelled

Due to the escalating covid-19 crisis and the travel restrictions across the globe, organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race, the first label road running event in West Africa have cancelled the eighth edition of the competition.
Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has confirmed the death of the country’s two-time Olympic 800m finalist Donato Sabia from Coronavirus disease.

Italy’s Olympic 800 metres finalist dies of coronavirus

Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has confirmed the death of the country’s two-time Olympic 800m finalist Donato Sabia from Coronavirus disease.
World Athletics is set to rewrite the 2020 season calendar, following disruptions to sports schedules by the unfolding coronavirus drama worldwide.

World Athletics announces protected window for national championships

World Athletics has put aside the weekend of 8-9 August, 2020, as the protected window for national championships this year, following the disruption of the international competition calendar by the coronavirus pandemic.
World Athletics is set to rewrite the 2020 season calendar, following disruptions to sports schedules by the unfolding coronavirus drama worldwide.

Athletics world championships postponed

Athletics’ world championships have been postponed until the summer of 2022 and the global governing body is seeking new dates for the event in Eugene, Oregon that was originally scheduled for 2021.
Eliud Kipchoge’s bid on Saturday to become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours will excite scientists and sports followers alike.

Eliud Kipchoge: We will win fight against coronavirus

Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathon man, reckoned his first reaction was shock when he heard at home in Kenya that the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ethiopia: Aid coming to Tigray as refugees recount war suffering

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after federal forces captured the northern region’s capital Mekelle at the weekend.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Senate summons Minister, SGF, NCDC, NAFDAC chiefs over coronavirus vaccine

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The English Premier League has agreed to pay the English Football League a quarter of a billion pounds as part of a bailout for the rest of the clubs in the football pyramid who have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League offers £250 million as bailout for lower tier clubs

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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Cross River launches ‘Operation Akpakwu’ to fight kidnapping, robbery

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Thursday launched a special operation to flush out criminals from the state, especially kidnappers.

Village head killed, eight others abducted by Zamfara bandits

An attack by bandits in the Gwaram community, Talatan Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State has left the village head dead and eight others abducted.