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World Athletics president Sebastian Coe admitted Friday that settling on a new date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will not satisfy everybody.

New date for Tokyo Olympics ‘won’t satisfy everybody’ – World Athletics chief

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe admitted Friday that settling on a new date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will not satisfy everybody.
Athletics Kenya’s announcement follows last week’s edict to bar athletes from travelling to international events.

Kenya orders closure of training camps and clubs over coronavirus worries

Kenya’s athletics authority on Wednesday ordered the closure of training camps and clubs due to the coronavirus outbreak, a move that threatens the ability of the country’s athletes to prepare for the Olympic Games which are scheduled to begin in July.
Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said athletes were being forced to take health risks as competitors started to speak out about holding the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus crisis.

Athlete concerns grow ahead of Olympics

Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said athletes were being forced to take health risks as competitors started to speak out about holding the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus crisis.
London Marathon elite men's winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya poses with the trophy at the London Marathon Winners' Press Conference on April 29, 2019. Action Images via Reuters-Matthew Childs-File Photo

London marathon postponed to October due to coronavirus

The annual London marathon which was due to take place on April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4 because of coronavirus, the organisers said on Friday, marking the latest in a long line of major international sport events disrupted by the pandemic.
Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya switches to 200 metres in bid to compete at Tokyo Olympics

South African middle distance athlete Caster Semenya is aiming to run in the 200 metres at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The London Marathon has officially been postponed (Image- Steven Paston-PA Wire)

London Marathon ‘will be postponed until October’ over coronavirus chaos

It comes after cases in the UK climbed to 798 this afternoon as the deadly bug continues to infect the nation.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN: Coronavirus won’t deter us from Olympics preparation

The Performance Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Gabriel Okon, said on Thursday that the rate of spread of the deadly Coronavirus would not deter the federation from preparing the country’s athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Morocco and Nigeria were on Thursday added to the list of countries at the highest doping risk by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), less than five months from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Olympics: Nigeria, Morocco listed among countries with highest doping risk

Morocco and Nigeria were on Thursday added to the list of countries at the highest doping risk by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), less than five months from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia won the virus-hit Tokyo marathon reduced from a mass participation event of 38,000 runners to just elite athletes on Sunday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ethiopian Birhanu Legese sets new record in Tokyo marathon

Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia won the virus-hit Tokyo marathon reduced from a mass participation event of 38,000 runners to just elite athletes on Sunday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

Athletes demand payment of allowances owed by ousted AFN chief

Nigeria track and field athletes have demanded for the payment of all allowances owed by the impeached president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.
Runners, some wearing masks, compete on Sunday in a marathon in Kumamoto city, western Japan. AP

Tokyo marathon cancelled over coronavirus

Organisers said Monday they are cancelling the amateur portion of the Tokyo marathon, affecting around 38,000 runners, on fears about the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei lowered the 5km world record on Sunday with a time of 12 minutes 51 seconds.

Joshua Cheptegei breaks 5-kilometre world record

The 10,000m world champion made the most of perfect conditions in the second edition of this race to improve on Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto’s previous best of 13min 18sec last month in Valencia.
This handout picture taken and released courtesy of Pan Shancu on February 14, 2020 shows Pan Shancu running in his bedroom in Hangzhou, China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Handout - Pan Shancu - AFP

Man runs marathon in room during China lockdown

A fanatical runner jogged the equivalent of an ultra-marathon inside his small apartment as people in virus-hit China desperately try to keep fit while cooped up indoors.
Papa Massata Diack, the son of former world athletics supremo Lamine Diack, has denied corruption linked to the Russian doping scandal, saying he is too rich to bribe.

Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack’s son denies Russian doping graft

Papa Massata Diack, the son of former world athletics supremo Lamine Diack, has denied corruption linked to the Russian doping scandal, saying he is too rich to bribe.
Nigeria’s preparations to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got yet another boost yesterday with the cheering news that Edo state Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu, has adopted Nigerian athlete Nwokocha Nzubechi with the payment of $10,000.

Edo deputy governor adopts Nwokocha Nzubechi with $10,000

Nigeria’s preparations to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got yet another boost yesterday with the cheering news that Edo state Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu, has adopted Nigerian athlete Nwokocha Nzubechi with the payment of $10,000 .
New world number one wrestler in the 57kg women category Odunayo Adekuruoye is relishing her latest success after emerging with another Gold medal triumph at the just concluded senior Africa wrestling championship in the Algerian capital city of Algiers which saw her moved up to number one in the world in her category.

Odunayo Adekuruoye relishes winning sixth African title

New world number one wrestler in the 57kg women category Odunayo Adekuruoye is relishing her latest success after emerging with another Gold medal triumph at the just concluded senior Africa wrestling championship in the Algerian capital city of Algiers which saw her moved up to number one in the world in her category.
Africa and Commonwealth games Wrestling champion in the 68Kg category Blessing Oborududu has expressed delight after picking Bronze at the Rome Wrestling ranking series tournament in Italy to open the year 2020 on a positive note.

Blessing Oborududu excited with milestone African dominance, targets more success

Undisputed Africa wrestling champion in the women 68kg category Nigeria’s Blessing Oburududu has expressed her delight after winning her 10th straight title at the just concluded Africa wrestling championship in Algiers, Algeria and in the process rising up further to world number 2 in the world wrestling ranking.

Edo 2020: Five mini-stadia ready for National Sports Festival – official

As the Edo State Government steps up preparation to host the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to commence from March 20, construction work has been completed on five mini stadia to be used for the games.

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