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IAAF adopts Sebastian Coe's reforms for `transparent, accountable` sports administration

IAAF adopts Sebastian Coe's reforms for `transparent, accountable` sports administration

Monaco [France], Dec. 4 : In a bid to end corruption that has rocked the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the track and field's governing body has adopted constitutional reform suggested by president Sebastian Coe.

The IAAF Special Congress held in Monaco on Saturday delivered a 95 percent vote in favour of a resolution for constitutional reform which will be delivered in two stages, January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019, issuing in a new era of transparent and accountable sports administration.

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`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

Monaco [France], Dec. 3 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been named the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year, thereby lifting the coveted prize for a record sixth time.

The 30-year-old, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, was announced as the winner at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 at the Sporting Monte Carlo here last evening.

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Usain Bolt admits to have lost love for running before Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt admits to have lost love for running before Rio Olympics

London [UK], Nov. 29 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is 'relaxed' as he prepares to retire after the 2017 world championships in London, has admitted that he struggled to motivate himself to train before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bolt, who won individual gold medals in the 100m and 200m in the prestigious quadrennial event before rounding it off by anchoring his country to the 4x100m title, says the pressure is off as he approaches his final season on the track.

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Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripts history, strikes gold at Rio Paralympics

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripts history, strikes gold at Rio Paralymp

Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], Sept.14 : Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia left an inedible mark in the annals of Indian sports history, becoming the first athlete from the country to win two gold medals at the Paralympics when he won the top honour in the men's F46 category on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who won his previous gold at the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top with a throw of 63.97 at the Olympic Stadium.

Guo Chunliang of China (59.93 metres) won silver and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Herath (58.23 metres) bagged bronze, respectively.

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Century-old Indian runner Mann Kaur defies age to win gold at Vancouver track meet

Century-old Indian runner Mann Kaur defies age to win gold at Vancouver track me

Vancouver [Canada], Aug 30 : In a gripping tale of unwavering dedication and passion towards the sport, a 100-year-old Indian runner has become the talk of the town after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games here.

Mann Kaur, hailing from Chandigarh, completed the race in a minute and a half to claim the gold medal as she is the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes.

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Rio Olympics: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th in women's 20km racewalk

Rio Olympics: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th in women's 20km racewalk

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.20 : Indian racewalker Khushbir Kaur produced a disappointing performance as she finished her Rio Olympics campaign at lowly 54th position in the women's 20km walk race on Saturday.

Khushbir, who did superbly well to qualify for the Olympics, failed to improve on her personal best of 1:33:07 and ended up finishing the race with a time of 1:40:33 in Pontal.

Meanwhile, Sapna Punia, the other Indian in fray, failed to even complete the race as she dropped out after the 8km mark.

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Thompson wins Olympic gold for Jamaica in women's 100m

Thompson wins Olympic gold for Jamaica in women's 100m

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 : Elaine Thompson continued Jamaica's Olympic sprint monopoly by winning gold in the women's 100m at the Rio Games.

The 24-year-old clocked 10.71 seconds to hold off the US' Tori Bowie, who took silver in 10.83 on Saturday, reports Xinhua.

"When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear, I didn't know how to celebrate," Thompson said.

Thompson's fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of the previous two Olympic gold medals in the event, had to settle for bronze in 10.86.

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Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 : Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro ran the last 800 meters of her 3000m steeplechase heat with one shoe on and one shoe off, but she was later given a chance to compete in the final at the Rio Olympics.

As one of the favorites in the women's 3000m steeplechase, Diro was sitting comfortably in first place about two-thirds into her heat on Saturday when disaster struck, reports Xinhua.

She got tangled up with some other competitors and her right shoe came half-off when her heel was clipped by a falling opponent, sending her tumbling to the ground.

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Ex-athlete Sunita Godara blasts Shobhaa De for mocking Indian athletes in Rio

Ex-athlete Sunita Godara blasts Shobhaa De for mocking Indian athletes in Rio

New Delhi, Aug 9 : A day after Shobhaa De sparked controversy by mocking the Indian athletes participating at the Rio Olympics, former marathon runner Sunita Godara on Tuesday joined the chorus of those criticising the author for her stinging remark.

"Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity," Shobhaa tweeted on Monday.

This remark attracted widespread criticism, including from 2008 gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, badminton player Jwala Gutta and former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha.

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WADA retesting all sampples of Russian Paralympic athletes

WADA retesting all sampples of Russian Paralympic athletes

Moscow, Aug 8 : The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is retesting all doping samples of all Russian athletes, who participated in the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2014, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday.

WADA's independent commission, chaired by Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, reports Tass.

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