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No country for old women: China refuses visa to elderly India runner

New Delhi - A 101-year-old Indian runner said Tuesday that China has refused to grant her a visa to participate in the Asian Masters Athletics Championships, robbing her of a potential medal.

India's 'Faith Runner' falters on the final straight

Mumbai - Tormented by blisters, illness and injuries, Indian ultra-marathoner Samir Singh got to within 36 kilometres of his goal of running 10,000km in 100 days when pain and exhaustion beat him.

Athletics: Bolt wants to go out 'unbeatable'

London - Usain Bolt is confident he can produce one more magical Midas touch when he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships.

Bolt provides fireworks in Jamaican swan-song

Kingston - Usain Bolt partied with his devoted fans in an emotional farewell at the National Stadium on Saturday as he ran his final race on Jamaican soil.Bolt is retiring in August following the London World Championships.

Kipchoge narrowly misses two-hour marathon attempt

Monza - Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya narrowly failed in his attempt to complete the distance under the mythical two-hour mark, finishing in a time of 2hr 00min 25sec on Saturday.

Marathon runners target two-hour barrier

Monza - Three elite runners backed by a small army of scientists will on Saturday attempt an audacious assault on the boundaries of the possible by trying to run a marathon in less than two hours.

No hurry as India's inspirational centenarian wins gold

Auckland - With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career.

UK Olympic hero Farah slams 'prejudice' of Trump border move

London - British athletics legend Mo Farah on Sunday slammed Donald Trump's immigration clampdown, calling it a policy of "ignorance and prejudice" that could keep him apart from his family.

Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

Doha - Sebastian Coe said on Friday that Qatar could move the Summer Olympics to later in the calendar year if the Gulf country ever successfully bids to host the Games.

Nice triathlon event cancelled amid security concerns

Nice - The Nice-Cote d'Azur triathlon scheduled for October 1 and 2 has been cancelled amid security concerns, the French Triathlon Federation announced on Tuesday.

Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save boy battling cancer

Varsovia - Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.

Vacant Rio seats down to no-shows, say Olympics organisers

Rio De Janeiro - Rio 2016 organisers insisted on Wednesday they have not been fabricating ticket sales numbers, blaming empty seats on people with tickets simply not turning up.

Rio organisers vow to 'dialogue' with booing fans

Rio De Janeiro - Rio 2016 organisers vowed on Wednesday to teach Brazilian fans about Olympic etiquette following the booing scandal that left pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France in tears.

Protesters try to disrupt Rio marathon

Rio De Janeiro - Protesters sought to disrupt the Olympic women's marathon on Sunday running in front of the leaders near the finish before being intercepted by police on motorcycles.

Kenyan athletics manager recalled after doping bribe report

London - The manager of the Kenyan Olympic athletics team has been recalled from the Rio Games after an investigation alleged he demanded money to give warnings about doping tests, a media report said.

Italian sports agent charged with doping in Kenya

Nairobi - Italian sports agent Federico Rosa, who managed disgraced former marathon star Rita Jeptoo, was on Thursday charged in a Kenya court with doping offences.

IAAF clears Russian long jumper for Rio

Moscow - US-based long jumper Darya Klishina became the first Russian athlete on Sunday to be cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics, but the fate of pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva was still up in the air.

Putin insists no state-sponsored doping in Russia

Sanktpeterburg - President Vladimir Putin on Friday insisted there was no state-sponsored doping in Russia hours before the world athletics governing body IAAF rules whether its track and field team can take part at the Rio Olympics.

IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletes

Moscow - World athletics' governing body IAAF has ruled to maintain Russia's suspension, a top Russian athletics official confirmed Friday, TASS news agency reported.

Russia pleads with athletics chiefs to drop ban ahead of Rio call

Moscow - Russia on Friday urged world athletics' governing body to drop its doping ban on the country's athletes ahead of a crunch decision on whether its track and field team can compete at the Olympics in Rio.

Russia in IAAF dock ahead of Rio Olympics

Vienna - Scandal-hit Russia will likely discover Friday that it has not done enough to get back into world track and field's governing body, the IAAF, in time for its athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Russian parliament gives initial backing to anti-doping legislation

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Wednesday initially backed legislation making it a crime to incite an athlete to use doping, as the country lobbies to overturn a doping-related ban against its athletes.

Russia shuns 'swindler', 'defector' doping whistleblowers

Moscow - Russia has turned on the whistleblowers who blew open the doping and corruption scandal that threatens to see the country's athletes barred from the Rio Olympics.

Russia 'sorry' and 'ashamed' over doping scandal: Sports minister

London - Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko apologised on Sunday for the doping scandal that threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio Olympics.

Blame game as Kenya hopes to dodge Olympics ban

Nairobi - Kenyan officials on Friday scrambled to work out what had gone wrong as the country faces a possible Olympics ban after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

DNA analysis helps athletes to improve performance

Manchester - Studying DNA can assist people with their personal fitness targets and with athletes to achieve their training goals. The approach forms part of a new science study.

Paris marathon marks 40th edition on high alert

Paris - The 40th edition of the Paris marathon will take place on high alert Sunday following terrorist attacks on the French capital and Brussels, organisers said.

Turkey bans Abeylegesse for 2 years over doping

Istanbul - Turkey's athletics federation on Thursday said it had banned Ethiopian-born Turkish long distance runner Elvan Abeylegesse for two years for doping, state media reported.

French prosecutors investigate Rio, Tokyo bids for 2016, 2020 Olympics

Paris - French prosecutors are investigating suspicions of corruption surrounding bidding for this year's Rio Olympics and the 2020 Games in Tokyo, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

Disgraced ex-chief of Russia's anti-doping agency dies: Report

Moscow - The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA, Nikita Kamayev, who resigned last year over scandalous allegations of state-sanctioned doping, has died aged 50, TASS state news agency reported.
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