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ATHLETICS: University of Oregon placed on NCAA probation

The University of Oregon athletic program was placed on two year’s probation after a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hearing found rule violations in the men’s and women’s basketball programs and in women’s track & field. According to The Oregonian, “The case also included academic misconduct by an adjunct instructor who changed a grade for […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF Council maintains its suspension of Russia, as outstanding issues...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintained its stance on the status of the Russian Athletic Federation (RusAF) at its Council meeting in Monaco on Tuesday: Russia is still on suspension. The IAAF statement noted that there are two remaining conditions and both must be fulfilled: ● “The [Athletics Integrity Unit] must confirm that […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF names its Athletes of the Year

The IAAF had a lot of action going in and around its annual gala awards event, held on Monaco on Tuesday (4th). But it recognized its Athletes of the Year with two very deserving recipients: ∙ Marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) was recognized as the men’s Athletes of the Year. He won both the London […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC punches AIBA, is WADA being played for a dope...

Quite a weekend of action off the fields of play, with major developments in the ongoing saga of boxing and the Olympic Games, doping in Russia and the USA Track & Field election for a nominee for the IAAF Council: ∙ The IOC wants to hurt AIBA, but not boxers The International Olympic Committee’s Executive […]
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ATHLETICS: Sydney McLaughlin to be coached by Joanna Hayes

The world leader in the 400 m hurdles for 2018, Sydney McLaughlin went to high school in New Jersey, spent one year in college at Kentucky and then turned pro. She completed her east-to-west journey and is now living in Los Angeles. She announced last week that she will be coached by 2004 Olympic 100 […]
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LANE ONE: Who’s the best? The IAAF is down to its top five...

Apart from the doping, politics, suspensions and court cases, there was some pretty good sport taking place in 2018. The awards are starting to be announced and one of the best of the year-end awards programs is the Athlete of the Year awards in track & field, presented annually in a big gala in Monaco, […]
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ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has been busy, posting notices of suspensions, especially for Kenyan 800 m star Kipyegon Bett. The 2017 World Championships bronze medalist, with a best of 1:43.76 (from 2016), the 20-year-old Bett was guilty of two different violations. He did not appear for an out-of-competition test in February and then use […]
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LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
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LANE ONE: Willie Banks seeks to heal USA Track & Field’s open wound

In the avalanche of horrific sex-abuse scandals that have plagued many of the U.S. National Governing Bodies, USA Track & Field has barely been mentioned. While USA Gymnastics stands at the edge of dissolution and Congressional inquiries have featured a parade of NGB senior executives from bobsled, figure skating, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and others, track […]
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LANE ONE: Not all hosting costs are going down; Budapest to spend $111...

The plague of high costs which has confounded the International Olympic Committee, especially in attracting cities to host the Olympic Winter Games is spreading to other sports, most notably track & field. It’s true that we’re talking millions vs. billions, but did you know that the 2021 and 2023 IAAF World Track & Field Championships […]
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ATHLETICS: Keitany cruises to fourth New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany, one of the greatest women marathoners in history, placed her name next to marathon legends Grete Waitz and Bill Rodgers in winning her fourth TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday. Only those three have won this race four (or more) times, and Keitany dominated the field, thinning the lead pack from […]
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ATHLETICS PREVIEW: Kamworer and Flanagan to defend New York City Marathon titles

The final World Marathon Majors race for 2018 is the 48th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, coming this Sunday, starting on Staten Island and then racing in all five of the New York City boroughs. The celebrated five-boroughs course began in 1976, but is hardly a time-friendly route for the elite fields. […]
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ATHLETICS: London’s World Cup may have lost GDP 1 million!

The British newspaper The Daily Mail reported that the 14-15 July World Cup national team event held at London’s Olympic Stadium was a significant money loser: “[I]nsiders believe it has cost UKA ‘in excess of £1million’ because of scheduling difficulties, poor ticket sales, issues with major sportswear manufacturers, a lack of appearance money and chaos […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF announces its Athletes of the Year nominees, and you can vote,...

Amid all the doping, politics and money issues, let’s talk about sports for once, as the IAAF announced its Athletes of the Year nominees: Men: ∙ Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) ~ 1,500 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Christian Coleman (USA) ~ 100 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Mondo Duplantis (SWE) […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification will be delayed from 1 November of this year until at least 26 March 2019 to allow for an expedited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF begins allowing transfers of allegiance again

Following up on its new rules for nationality transfers, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued its first group of approvals for athletes to represent “new” countries. Its “Nationality Review Panel” has received 14 applications thus far and has ruled on eight, allowing five transfers of allegiance and declaring three other athletes eligible for […]
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ATHLETICS: Farah and Kosgei run away from Chicago Marathon fields

Two close races turned into runaways as Britain’s Mo Farah and Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won big victories in Sunday’s 41st Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Farah was racing a field in which seven men had better lifetime bests than his 2:06:21, but he raced in the rainy and cool conditions in Chicago just as he […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Rupp vs. Farah vs. the new kids in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon

The 41st edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon promises to be one of the most intriguing yet, with a classic match-up of old friends and former training partners Galen Rupp of the U.S. and Olympic legend Mo Farah (GBR; pictured). The pair went 1-2 in the 2012 Olympic 10,000 meters, with Farah winning […]
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LANE ONE: Remarkable WADA investigation of Kenyan doping finds it “unsophisticated”

There have been entirely too many doping positives coming out of Kenya and its legendary distance-running program, leading to suspensions of stars like 2008 Olympic 1,500 m gold medalist and three-time World Champion Asbel Kiprop. So the World Anti-Doping Agency undertook to find out what was going on there and created, with the Athletics Integrity […]
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ATHLETICS: U.S. jumps star Will Claye cleared in doping positive

Three-time Olympic long jump and triple jump medalist Will Claye of the U.S. was cleared from a positive test for the steroid Clenburerol, which, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, “was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence.” Claye tested positive in an out-of-competition test on 1 August of this year. […]
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