Blake and Thompson to Lead Jamaican Team for World Relay

Kingston, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican sprinters Yphan Blake and Elaine Thompson will be the leaders of the Jamaican 41-member team to represent the Caribbean island at the World Relay Race Championship from April 22 and 23 in Bahamas.

The Jamaican press let know the names of the members in the team, after it was known that several times Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, and also Olympic star Ann Fraser-Pryce, will be absent, Blake and Elaine Thompson will lead the Jamaican squad to the dispute for the 1st place with the US team in the classification.

The US won the editions of 2014 and 2015, in Bahamas, with 60 and 63 points respectively.

Jamaica is seeking to win the 4x100 female, the 4x200 for men, and also the mixed 4x400 relay.

The Jamaican team will be formed by Blake, Asafa Powell, Warren Weir, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Everton Clarke, Julian Forte, Jevaughn Minzie, Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer and young Nigel Ellis.

Among the female athletes, besides two-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thomson, there will be Sasha-Lee Forbes, Gayon Evans, Simone Facey, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison and Christania Williams, to reinforce the Jamaican teams for the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, Stephanie-Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Dawnalee Loney, will be in the team too.

Athletes from Belarús, Democratic Republic of Congo, Czech Republic, Gambia, Ghana, India and South Africa will be also present.

In the 2014 edition thre 576 competitors, and 669 in 2016.

This edition will have 5 events: 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m y 4x800m for men and women, and the mixed 4x400m, for the 2nd day of competition.

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Farah Confirms Final London IAAF Diamond League Appearance

London,Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah has confirmed that his race at the Müller Anniversary Games on Sunday 9 July 2017 will be his last at the IAAF Diamond League fixture in the British capital.

'2017 will probably be my last year competing on the track so I'm really looking forward to running in front of my home fans in London,' said Farah, who successfully defended both his 5000m and 10,000m Olympic titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

'It will be a very important competition for me in the build up to the world championships so hopefully I can run well and put on a great show for the fans.'

The most decorated British athlete of all time produced his first double Olympic gold at the London Stadium in 2012 and most recently set this season's world leading 5000m performance at the meeting's 2016 edition, clocking 12:59.29.

'The Olympic Stadium holds great memories for me and with the World Championships returning next year it will be great to run there in July at the Anniversary Games.'

With his heroics in Rio last August, Farah became only the second man to win the 5000m and 10,000m Olympic 'double double'.

He's also won both events at the last two editions of the world championships, adding an even stronger focus to the distance programmes at both the Müller Anniversary Games and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

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Putin calls for independent commission with foreign experts to handle Russian doping issue

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the creation of an independent commission, with the inclusion of foreign experts, to address problems with the anti-doping system in Russian sports.

"I think it would make sense to address the Russian Olympic Committee with a proposal to establish an independent, I want to emphasize, an independent public commission, which, besides the Russian specialists, would include foreign experts in the field of medicine and law as well as respected public and sports figures," the Russian president said.

Putin added that the main task of the proposed commission would be "strict control over the efficient implementation of the national plan for the fight against doping."

There is no place and can never be a place for any doping in sports,” the Russian president said, telling Russia’s Olympic Committee to work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

@rtsportnews DETAILS: 'CAS rejects the claims/appeal of Russian Olympic Committee & 68 Russian athletes'

Putin proposed veteran sports official and former IOC vice president Vitaly Smirnov as the head of the independent commission.

According to R-Sport, Smirnov has later agreed to take charge of the Russian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping commission. 

Russian track and field athletes were banned from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and are on the verge of missing the Olympics in Rio this August after a large-scale doping scandal in the country.

There are also calls for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the whole Russian team from the Summer Games in Brazil, with a fresh report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) blaming the Russian Sports Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) of a doping cover-up during the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014.

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Rio Olympics ban: Russian track & field athletes to file class action with CAS

Russian track and field athletes will file collective and possibly individual lawsuits with Lausanne arbitration court to challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision banning them from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Class action against the IAAF decision will be filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) next week, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) Secretary General Mikhail Butov told TASS on Thursday.

“A suit or suits will be submitted to CAS next week. It is also necessary to completely determine the legal direction, but we have generally formed a group of lawyers with whom we will work,” Butov said.

“I don't known whether Mike Morgan (Morgan Sports Law LLP) of the UK will be among them, so far I'd rather not disclose the names. Class actions will be filed for certain, but some individual suits are also possible,” Butov said.

“We are going to have consultations with these lawyers in the coming days. Then we will make the final decision,” the ARAF secretary general said.

The announcement comes following the vote of the Executive Board members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in favor of supporting the IAAF decision not to admit the Russian track and field team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The IOC decision was made at an Olympic federations’ summit on June 21.

The IAAF has voted to uphold the ban imposed on Russia’s team last November over suspected widespread doping.

The IOC says Russian athletes will be evaluated individually to determine their eligibility to compete in Rio.

“With regard to participation of track and field athletes from Russia – we still have to wait,” IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

“The individual decisions are still coming from IAAF. We will respect the decisions they are taking as a consequence with regard of the qualified athletes,” Bach said.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has stripped the Russian Olympic team of two quotas. Russia had maximum quota of 10 athletes – 6 men and 4 women. The IWF Executive Board meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, also stripped two quotas from the teams of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, North Korea and Moldova. In addition, the national teams of Belarus, Romania and Uzbekistan lost one quota each.

“Russia’s Weightlifting Federation is set to file a lawsuit and seek legal redress,” Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told journalists. “Taking decisions of the kind on the eve of the Olympics is callous disregard towards sportsmen and national teams,” Mutko said, adding that athletes and countries have spent years and colossal sums of money to get ready for the Rio Games.

The IAAF issued a set of guidelines for Russian athletes seeking “exceptional eligibility” to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and other international competitions, adding that the sportspeople would be admitted to the competition only as “neutral” athletes and “not for Russia.”

“The IAAF has today published a set of guidelines for athletes seeking exceptional eligibility for International Competition under Competition Rule 22.1A,” the track and field governing body said in a statement.

Athletes allowed to file a request for permission involve those “who can clearly and convincingly show that they are not tainted by the Russian system because they have been outside the country and subject to other effective anti-doping systems.”

The IOC, however, said on Tuesday that the IAAF is not entitled to decide under which flag an athlete may compete at the Olympics.

The Olympic Games 2016 begin in Brazil on August 5 and run till August 21.

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