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Coronavirus chaos in China's sporting calendar

Bejing - China has been forced to cancel or put off a host of sporting events due to the coronavirus epidemic, from suspending all football in the country to postponing the first badminton tournament of the 2020 world tour season.

Disgraced ex-athletics chief Diack to face Paris court over corruption

Paris - Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics' world governing body, is to go on trial in Paris on Monday over corruption charges linked to the Russia doping scandal.

'Super-human' Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Vienna - Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the "best moment" of his life on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park.With a time of 1hr 59min 40.

Empty seats present major headache to Qatar and Coe

Doha - Qatar confidently promised there would be "no empty seats" when it first bid for the World Athletics Championships -- three days into the 2019 championships that promise rings as hollow as the Doha stadium.

Heat is on Coleman and world championships organisers

Doha - Controversial US sprinter Christian Coleman's bid for 100 metres gold took centre stage at the World Championships on Saturday as endurance athletes prepared for another battle with Doha's punishing heat and humidity.Coleman romped to a 9.

Op-Ed: Sam Kendricks and Mondo Duplantis are the 'Ones to Watch' in Doha

Doha - The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships will take place later this month in Doha, Qatar. Two male pole vaulters to "watch out for" include American Sam Kendricks and Swedish athlete Mondo Duplantis.

Semenya to race 3,000m at Diamond League's Prefontaine

Los Angeles - Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will race the 3,000 meters at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on June 30, a distance she can contest without reducing her testosterone levels.

'I won't take medication': Defiant Semenya wins first race since gender ruling defeat

Doha - Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming "actions speak louder than words".

Semenya loses landmark challenge against IAAF testosterone rules

Lausanne - South African runner Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing some female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the "discriminatory" regulations.

Trieste half-marathon chiefs back down over controversial African ban

Rome - Trieste half-marathon organisers, who were accused of racism when they refused to allow African runners to take part in their May 5 race, backed down on Saturday after a barrage of criticism over their contentious decision.

Semenya accuses IAAF of breaching regulations at sports court

Lausanne - Double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya on Monday accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of breaching confidentiality rules at a hearing that could define the rest of the South African's career.

'Heavy price' — how 'Black Power' solidarity changed Aussie sprinter's life

Sydney - When a principled Peter Norman stood on the podium alongside two Americans in their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, his place in the history books was sealed.

'Overdue' statue for Aussie 'Black Power' sprinter

Melbourne - Australia will erect a statue of a homegrown sprinter who backed two Americans in their famed Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, with authorities describing the honour as "seriously overdue".

Boston marathon winner Kawauchi to quit his day job

Apo - The Japanese high school clerk who sensationally won the Boston Marathon despite having neither a coach nor a sponsor announced Thursday he was packing in his day job and turning pro.

Japan hails school clerk who won Boston Marathon

Apo - Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate.

India dumps sari for trousers at Commonwealth Games ceremony

New Delhi - India's women athletes will for the first time wear trousers and a blazer instead of a traditional sari at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia, a move that has pitted reformers against traditionalists.

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.
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