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Pistorius given six-year prison term for murder of girlfriend

Pistorius given six-year prison term for murder of girlfriend

Johannesburg, July 6 : Former South African Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in jail for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Wednesday.

Pistorius, famously known as the Blade Runner, was released on parole in October 2015 and has been placed under house arrest since then at his uncle's house after serving almost a year in prison of his five-year sentence

Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder of model girlfriend

Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder of model girlfriend

Johannesburg, July 6 : A South African high court on Wednesday will pronounce its order on the quantum of sentence for convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who killed his model girlfriend Steenkamp in 2013.

According to Sport24, a lawyer not involved in the case said that Judge Thokozile Masipa could deviate from giving the minimum of 15 years for murder considering factors such as Pistorius' disability and the year he has already spent in prison.

Jayarajan-Anju George spat: AFI backs 'legendary' long jumper

Jayarajan-Anju George spat: AFI backs 'legendary' long jumper

New Delhi, June 13 : The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has expressed complete solidarity for World Championships bronze medalist Anju Bobby George, who is the country's highest achiever in track and field sports till date.

Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC) president Anju had recently accused state's Sports Minister EP Jayarajan of insulting her and charging her with false claims of financial irregularities.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, however, came to the rescue of his Cabinet colleague last week and said Jayarajan neither misbehaved nor abused the former athlete.

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

New Delhi, May 29 - Indian discus thrower Seema Antil Punia has qualified for the upcoming Rio Olympics after winning gold at the Young Thrower's Classic in California on Sunday.

The 32-year-old registered a throw of 62.62 metres to surpass the Olympic qualification mark of 61 metres.

The attempt was also enough to outclass 2008 women's Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, who bagged silver with a throw of 60.50 metres in the event.

Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles for 60m dash bronze

Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles

Doha: Long jumper Mayookha Johny fetched India a gold medal while sprinter Dutee Chand settled for a bronze after shattering national record in 60m dash in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships here.

Mayookha controlled the long jump competition from the very outset and finished on top of the podium with a leap of 6.35m, an effort that propelled her to India's first Asian indoor title in the event.

Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam took the silver with a 6.30m jump while Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan finished third with an effort of
6.22m.

Oscar Pistorius' manslaughter conviction upgraded to murder

Oscar Pistorius

Wellington, Dec. 03 - Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals overturned his previous conviction for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Earlier in October, the double-amputee athlete was released on parole and placed under house arrest after serving less than a year in prison. However, Pistorius will now be handed a new sentence.

Russian President Putin orders internal probe into doping scandal

Vladimir Putin

London, Nov. 12 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country must do everything to get rid of doping, ordering an internal inquiry into mounting allegations of rampant doping scandal in athletics in the country.

Putin urged the sport officials to cooperate with anti-doping and international athletics authorities, Sport24 reported.

The 63-year-old also asserted that those who break the rules are individually responsible for it and the athletes who have never touched doping should not suffer.

Mo Farah to miss World Indoor Championship to focus on Rio

Mo Farah

London, Nov. 12 - British sprinter Mo Farah will miss next year's World Indoor Championships in order to focus on defending his Olympic title at Rio in Brazil.

The double Olympic champion revealed that the 3000m race in February in Glasgow is likely to be his only indoor race of 2016, the Guardian reported.

Farah, who hasn't competed in Glasgow since 2012, said that he felt glad to be back again, hoping that the race will also help him to set up for a successful outdoor season.

The 32-year-old will be aiming to defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles in 2016 Rio Olympics.(ANI)

UK Athletics finds `no evidence of impropriety` by Salazar

Alberto Salazar

Johannesburg, Sept.19 - A UK Athletics review on doping claims against Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar has found 'no evidence of impropriety' by him and his training programme at the Oregon Project.

Earlier, a statement released by UK Athletics had said that none of the 'extensive information' supplied to the review panel contained 'any evidence of impropriety' by Farah or gave them reason to 'question the appropriateness of the input' into his preparation given by Salazar's team.

National Open Athletic Championship kicks off in Kolkata today

National Open Athletic Championship kicks off in Kolkata today

Kolkata, Sept.16 - The 55th National Open Athletics Championship will begin at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex here today.

India's top athletes will vie for honours at the event.

All eyes would be on sportspersons heading for the Rio Olympics, as also on 19-year old sprinter Dutee Chand of Odisha, who was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July to compete in national and international events after challenging world body of the sport IAAF's policy on hyper-androgenism.



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