Athletics

Convicted Pistorius' lawyers step up to fight appeal ruling

Oscar Pistorius

London, Feb 25 - In a bid to challenge prosecutors' arguments that Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder, the Paralympic runner's lawyers have reportedly launched a legal appeal against them.

According to the BBC, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could appeal Pistorius' murder conviction charges.

In October, Masipa had convicted Pistorius of the lesser charge of culpable homicide and sentenced him to a five-year prison term, acquitting him of Steenkamp's murder.

Lolo Jones wants ban on 'unholy' '50 Shades'

Lolo Jones

Washington, Feb 18 - U. S. Olympian Lolo Jones has branded ' Fifty Shades of Grey' as an abomination, saying that it should be ban ned for glamorizing unholy sex.

The 32-year-old self-proclaimed virgin, who's also a devout Evangelical Christian took to Twitter and wrote, "Funny how some people think there's nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn't create sex for that purpose,' TMZ. com reported.

Watch another movie, she added, saying that the explicit film makes portrayed that sex for pleasure was the answer to emotional pain.

Russian athletics chief Balakhnichev quits over doping allegations

Russian athletics chief Balakhnichev quits over doping allegations

London, Feb 18 : Russian athletics federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev has resigned in the wake of allegations of widespread doping by country's competitors and corruption in the sport.

In December, a German TV documentary claimed that as many as 99 percent of Russian athletes were guilty of doping, adding that Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests.

Last month, Russia's anti-doping agency had banned five walkers, including three Olympic champions.

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.



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