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Sebastian Coe named new IAAF president

By Georgia Scarr on in News
The former 1500m Olympic champion beat Ukranian former pole vaulter Sergey Bubka for the role.

Lord Sebastian Coe has been elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 58-year-old Coe, who took 1500m gold at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, was voted in over Ukranian former pole vaulter Sergey Bubka with 115 votes to 92. Coe had been a vice president of the ... 

VIDEO: WADA may consider banning entire countries in doping battle

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In an interview with CNN, WADA president Sir Craig Reedie suggested banning countries for doping offences may be required.

In light of the recent athletics doping scandals, World Anti-Doping Agency president Sir Craig Reedie has suggested that banning entire countries for doping may be considered by the organisation. Speaking to CNN's Christina Macfarlane, Reedie said "In a sense the fact that [banning countries] is discussed as a potential sanction ... 

Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of Olympic 1500m gold for doping

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
London 2012 gold medallist Alptekin has been stripped of her title and banned from athletics for eight years in a CAS-approved settlement reached by Alptekin and IAAF.

Turkish middle-distance runner Asli Cakir Alptekin has been stripped of her gold medal for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced. She has also been banned for eight years, making her ineligible to compete until 2021. The 29-year-old won Olympic gold in the 1500m in London 2012, and also ... 

Injured Adam Gemili out of Beijing World Championships

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Team GB's 21-year-old sprinter Gemili suffered a hamstring tear in June.

GB sprinter Adam Gemili has had to pull out of the Beijing World Championships on medical advice. The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring tear after running a 9.97 second 100m at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix in June. Gemili, who was due to be part of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team at ... 

Jo Pavey set for retrospective 10,000m bronze medal?

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse, who took the 10,000m silver at the 2007 World Championships, is under investigation for doping.

GB long distance runner Jo Pavey may be set to retrospectively receive a World Championship bronze medal, following the announcement that Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse is under investigation doping after her samples tested positive for a banned substance. Abeylegesse took the 10,000m silver in Osaka’s 2007 World Championships, with Pavey landing fourth ... 

IAAF re-testing strategy reveals 32 more athletes with 'adverse findings'

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The IAAF re-testing strategy has uncovered 32 more suspicious blood test results from Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has released a statement revealing their long-term storage and retesting strategy has led to disciplinary action against a further 28 athletes. The news comes just days after German TV station ARD questioned the IAAF’s anti-doping efforts in a controversial documentary alleging widespread doping between 2001 and 2012. The IAAF ...  Continue ... 

Nick Symmonds to miss World Championships over kit row

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
American 800m runner Nick Symmonds has been left off the US squad for the World Championships following a disagreement over training kit.

American 800m runner Nick Symmonds has been excluded from the US squad for the World Championships after refusing to sign a mandatory USA Track and Field (USATF) contract forbidding athletes from wearing anything but Nike kit. On Sunday Symmonds tweeted, 'I just received word from USATF that I have been left ... 

Blood test leak: 29% of London Marathon winners may have doped

By Georgia Scarr on in News
29% of London Marathon winners have had suspicious blood results since 2003, according to the Sunday Times.

A Sunday Times report released yesterday (9th August) has claimed that almost 30% of London Marathon winners since 2003 may have doped to improve their performance. Seven winners of the men's and women's races over the last 12 years recorded suspicious blood scores, revealed by last week's leak of 12,000 ... 

London Marathon champion stripped of titles for doping

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Liliya Shobukhova, who won the London Marathon in 2010, has had her marathon titles invalidated and will have to repay prize money.

Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova will be stripped of one London Marathon and three Chicago titles, as well as two World Marathon Majors titles, because the International Association of Athletics Federations has invalidated her competitive record from 9th October 2009 and forward. Shobukhova was banned in April 2014 by the Russian athletics federation. Today’s action by ...  ... 

Experts concerned about gender ruling

By Amby Burfoot on in News
Can sport simultaneously be fair to the majority of women and women with high testosterone levels?

On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended the requirement that women athletes with naturally high testosterone can’t compete against other women unless they undertake medical treatment to lower their testosterone levels. Runners and medical experts contacted by Runner’s World say they’re worried and confused by the ruling. In its finding, the CAS ... 

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