Athletics

Ski-jumper sets new world record by jumping 250-metres at World Cup event in Norway

Ski-jumper sets new world record by jumping 250-metres at World Cup

London, Feb 15 : A ski-jumper has broken the world record for the highest jump in skiing, as he jumped 250-metres at the World Cup event in Norway.

Slovenian Peter Prevc pulled off the spectacular jump at the World Cup event in Vikersund, Norway, which means that he is the first man ever to reach 250 metres.

Prevc beat the previous record of 246.5-metre, which was set by Norway's Johan Remen back in 2011, The Mirror reported.

Rival Oliviera wants to see 'convicted' Pistorius back in action upon release

Alan Oliveira

London, Feb 13 - Brazilian Paralympic champion Alan Oliveira has expressed his desire to compete against arch-rival Oscar Pistorius when the latter is released from jail.

Earlier, Pistorius voiced his frustration at the length of the blades used by Alan Oliveira after the Brazilian snatched the men's T44 200m title at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Oliveira said that he wished Pistorius would come back and they could run more times together, adding that it would be a good competition to see the two of them together again, repeating the duel seen in London, the BBC reported.

Artists benefit more from National Games: PT Usha

P T Usha

Thiruvananthapuram: As yet another National Games progresses amid organisational lapses and controversies, legendary sprint queen P T Usha feels that the event has transformed into a carnival in which artists benefit more than sportspersons.

Though the Games has helped improve the sports infrastructure at the grassroot level, Usha felt the event would not be of much help to the athletes preparing for international events including the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Artists benefit more from National Games: P T Usha

Artists benefit more from National Games: P T Usha

Thiruvananthapuram - As yet another National Games progresses amid organisational lapses and controversies, legendary sprint queen P T Usha feels that the event has transformed into a carnival in which artists benefit more than sportspersons.

Though the Games has helped improve the sports infrastructure at the grassroot level, Usha felt the event would not be of much help to the athletes preparing for international events including the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Doping will now land athletes minimum 'four-year ban'

Doping will now land athletes minimum 'four-year ban'

London, Jan 02 : World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has increased the suspension period for athletes, who are guilty of doping, from two years to a minimum four-year ban under new rules.

UK sports minister Helen Grant said that successful implementation would mean an innovative and robust anti-doping programme that reaches further than ever before, to more athletes, more support personnel and more sport lovers, all of who want to be part of sport free from doping, the BBC reported.

103-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh gets Queen's honours for athletic achievements

Fauja Singh

London, Dec 31 - A 103-year-old British Sikh marathon runner will be receiving an award in the New Year Honours.

Fauja Singh, who holds the world record for the marathon in his age group - along with five British records and completed his last competitive 26-mile race in Hong Kong only last year, will be receiving the British Empire Medal in recognition of his athletic achievements, the Independent reported.

Dutee Chand cleared for National Games

Dutee Chand cleared for National Games

New Delhi - Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been cleared to participate in next year's National Games after the Court of Arbitration allowed her to compete pending a final decision on her appeal against the IAAF's hyperandrogenism policy, which bars female athletes having higher level of male hormones.

American sprinter Gay's former coach banned over administration of drugs to athlete

American sprinter Gay's former coach banned over administration of drugs to athl

London, Dec 18 - The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has reportedly banned Jon Drummond, American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach, for eight years over, possession, trafficking and administration of banned drugs to an athlete he coached.

The ban has been applied from 17 December onwards, which was also the date of the decision. Earlier this year, American former 100-metre and 200-metre world champion Gay was suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

Bolt says dropping 200-metres from Olympics would be 'ridiculous'

Usain Bolt

Wellington, Dec 18 - Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt is against the changes to Olympics athletics programmes and has termed the reports suggesting the 200-metres being among five events at risk of being removed from the Games as ridiculous, saying that it must not happen.

The six-time Olympic champion was responding to an article from an Australian media company, which said that the event Bolt has won at the last two Summer Olympics is one of five key disciplines at risk.

Usain Bolt looking for right girl to marry, start a family

Usain BoltcNew York, Dec 9 - World's fastest man Usain Bolt has revealed that he is now willing to settle down and have kids with a right girl.

The eight-time world champ in athletics asserted that one get lot of offers for sure, if one was famous, but it was hard adding that he was trying to find a girlfriend now, the New York Post reported.

The 28-year-old Olympic champ continued that it was that time when he was trying to focus on having a family.



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