BEIJING (AP):The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women’s 3,000m and 10,000m.Wang’s records could be annulled if the former Olympic and world champion has admitted to doping before setting the marks in 1993, the International Association of Athletics Federations said yesterday.Chinese website Tencent reported that Wang wrote a letter, signed by nine other members of coach Ma Junren’s training programme, in 1995, to journalist Zhao Yu, allegedly revealing that athletes were forced to take banned substances, and Ma injected athletes himself.”It’s all true that Coach Ma had beaten, verbally abused and mistreated us for years,” said the letter, dated March 28, 1995. “It’s also true that he had coaxed or forced us into using large quantities of banned drugs.INHUMANE TORTURES”His crimes must be revealed because we don’t want to see the same thing to happen to the next generation,” according to the letter. “Such inhumane tortures have brought us to the brink of a complete collapse.”The IAAF issued a statement on Friday saying it only became aware of the allegations when contacted by Chinese media, and has asked the Chinese Athletics Association to assist with an investigation to verify if the letter which is written in Chinese and which Zhao provided to Tencent this week – is genuine.”If an athlete has admitted that, at some time prior to achieving a world record, he had used or taken advantage of a substance or technique prohibited at that time, then, subject to the advice of the medical and anti-doping commission, such record will not continue to be regarded as a world record by the IAAF,” the statement said.In 2008, Wang denied doping in an interview with The Associated Press, ascribing her record times to her youth, health and a brutal training regimen.
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- Four West Indies cricketers have been given permission to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 scheduled to start tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that so far No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been granted to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie. All four players have written to the WICB indicating that they have retired. The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket. However, the players are still eligible to compete for their respective Franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues. The exception is Barbadian Edwards, who is a Kolpak player, having opted to play for Hampshire in the United Kingdom after giving up his right to play for his member country. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and Andrew Symonds are also among stars to feature in the MCL. The MCL, which will feature six franchises, is set to run from Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, February 13 in the United Arab Emirates. MCL T20 will showcase 18 matches including the semi final and the final at the Dubai International Stadium.
STEADY BATTING When Shivnarine Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket recently, it just confirmed what everyone already knew – he would never play cricket for the West Indies again. The selectors had forced his hand by making it clear that they wouldn’t pick the little man again. It’s a pity because ‘Shiv’ has been obliged to walk away from the Test arena just 86 runs short of the all-time Test record held by Brian Lara. The position is that ‘Shiv’ couldn’t be picked just to chase a personal milestone. Underlying that position, one supposes, is a belief that he was long past his best. For those who treasure statistics, Shiv ends his Test career so near and yet so far. As a batsman who has scored almost 12,000 Test runs and nearly 9,000 runs in One Day Internationals, he surely would have gotten past the record had selection not been denied to him. In an era when fans of West Indian cricket have little to cheer about, Shiv’s approach to the record would have given them something to talk about. Interestingly, it is Lara who has said Shiv’s departure from the realm of international cricket has not been well handled. Shiv’s steady and productive presence in the maroon cap may yet be celebrated with pomp and ceremony, but so far, it has dropped as loudly as a feather floating down to a surface covered in carpet. The little Guyanese wasn’t perfect for all situations. Safe to a fault, there were times when the team needed him to press on and to accelerate his rate of scoring. That’s one thing he seems unable, or some say, unwilling to do. Of all the statistics his career heralded, his 49 not outs is probably the one that will bear the most analysis. To say he valued his wicket greatly is an understatement. He scored 30 Test centuries in his international career. Statistically, his highest test score, 203, also tells a tale of steady batting. For him to score 11,867 runs without a triple century or any totals over 250 is remarkable. The corresponding measure is that he passed the 50 run mark 66 times in his career. You can’t avoid thinking that this former West Indies captain, who has a Test average of 51.37 runs, would have found 86 runs had he been selected more in these last few years. Besides that, his experience might have aided young debutant captain Jason Holder as the tall Barbadian seeks to find his feet in a challenging arena. That’s all moot now. At 41, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken the step all sportsmen face at some point. Perhaps, when the tales of West Indies cricket are told, the storytellers and coaches will pass on the lessons of batsmanship to be learnt from the Headley, Three Ws, Sobers, Greenidge and Haynes, Viv, Lara and Gayle. Hopefully, those tales will include a chapter on Chanderpaul as well. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
WESTERN BUREAU: Excelsior Community College (EXED) are the inaugural champions of the Community Colleges Council of Jamaica (CCCJ) Athletics Championship after mustering a commanding 179 points at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. EXED ended the one-day championship 68.5 points in front of a distant second place for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), 86 points; with Montego Bay Community College third overall with 79 points. Portmore (74), Knox Community College (72), Moneague (34), and Brown’s Town (12) round out the top seven. EXED won nearly all the major races, including Kadian McKoy’s triumph in the women’s 400m in 1:06.26 seconds. Moneague’s Robyn McPherson took silver in 1:08.83 seconds; and her teammate, Rocaina Butter, the bronze in 1:14.47 seconds. Shane Hudson won gold for Moneague in the men’s equivalent in a time of 49.41 seconds. EXED’s Andre McFarlane, 50.15 seconds, was second and Christopher Myrie of CASE was third in 51.46. The marquee 100m race for men was won by Jullane Walker of EXED in 10.83 seconds. Silver went to Knox’s Odane Wright (11.02), with the bronze going to Jerome Barton of Portmore. 100m race Moneague shone in the women’s 100m race, with first place going to Tianna Miller in 12.87 seconds. Daniella Medly of MoBay Community College finished in second in 13.32 and Malieka Newman (Knox) was third in 13.51 seconds. The David Riley-coached EXED did not let up in the sprint relays, winning both the male and female categories easily. They posted 43.59 seconds to win the men’s 4x100m with a team comprising Delton Gregory, Walker, Andre McFarlane and Maurice Harrison. Portmore (44.24) were second and CASE (45.27) third. EXED were also impressive in winning the women’s race, stopping the clock at 53.02 seconds, with Knox (53.63) and Moneague 54.00 seconds, taking the minor placings. Jason Lewis, Shavaun Dawson, Andre McFarlane and Romario Thomas took EXED to an exciting gold in the men’s 4x400m relay win in 3:30.84 seconds. CASE finished second in 3:35.76, with third going to Knox in 3:39.83. EXED’s Maurice Harrison accounted for 21 points and was awarded the Champion Boy Trophy, while on the female side, that award went to Kadian McKoy, also of EXED. “The council is very delighted with the outcome of this our first attempt at a track and field meet,” declared Aldane Crew, meet director. “Next year will see the inclusion of at least three community colleges from overseas, and that in itself will be an interesting development as we build out our plans for the meet in ensuing years,” added Crew.
ON A MISSION For many mere mortals on such a grand stage, the pressure might have been too much to handle, but the young Jamaican turned up for the 100m final on a mission, and proceeded to execute a brilliant and dominant race in producing a 10.71 run to dismiss the challenge of the American Torie Bowie and Fraser-Pryce, with the highly touted Schippers running out of the medals. Schippers was widely regarded as better and stronger over the 200m and thus should and would make amends in the longer sprint. Thompson would have none of it, as she dismissed Schippers and sprinted into the history books to become the first Jamaican woman to win the Olympic sprint double. A new global sprinting star was officially born. I maintain that it was a tactical mistake by the Jamaican coaching staff in Rio not to have the double Olympic sprint champion – brimming with confidence and in the form of her life – on the anchor leg of the sprint relay which, quite possibly, cost Thompson and Jamaica another Olympic gold medal. Thompson’s overall performances relative to her inexperience, the degree of difficulty in achieving what she did, and the odds she had to overcome were much greater than Bolt had to overcome on the way to his triumphs in Rio. This is hardly a question of legacy and the athlete’s body of work, it’s a question of which performances contextually were the biggest and best in 2016. My nod goes to double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, and it was not even close. The year 2016 is drawing to a close and the thoughts and rhetoric of most sports fans will inevitably trend towards coming up with the top performers and the top performances of the year. This being a unique Olympic year with the Rio Games all but transformed into an unofficial ‘Olympic send-off party’ for the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain St Leo Bolt, and as he has done throughout his entire career, the big man duly obliged. Bolt dominated the opposition on his way to completing the unprecedented Olympic ‘triple-treble’ in what was announced as his last Olympic Games and his penultimate season, winning his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic gold medals. The impact of the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon Usain Bolt exiting the Olympic stage in glory, for many, would be accepted as the year’s top performances and Bolt the year’s top performer. I beg to differ based on the relativity and the context of the super Olympic performances of another Jamaican champion Elaine Thompson. The fact of the matter is, Bolt was expected to win his events and to do so with ease. Bolt is so much better, more gifted and naturally faster than all his peers. He could have, as he has done before, beat down the next best competitor in his events even at 70 or 80 per cent of his full fitness and form. What Bolt eventually did in Rio was what the entire world expected and knew he would do. Thompson, on the other hand, was a relatively new kid on the block. As an inexperienced 23-year-old competing in her very first Olympic Games, she was pretty much an untested and still-emerging talent, having just come to national prominence one year before. In her quest to convert her obvious raw talent into Olympic greatness on her first go, Thompson had to overcome the wounded warrior in double defending 100m champion, her countrywoman and training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the then in-form Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, who beat her to the 200m gold at the 2015 World Championships, scoring the first psychological points in Rio by beating the Jamaican champion in the semi-finals of the 200m.
Captain Andre Reid says that Jamaica’s Beach Soccer team got what he describes as a good draw ahead of its CONCACAF Beach Football Championship in February.The Jamaicans have been drawn in Group A with hosts Bahamas, Belize, and Guyana, and Reid says that he and his teammates have the advantage of being familiar with these teams from playing them in the past.”We played Belize in qualifying and we won that game,” he says.”Guyana is a team we played already in a competition in Trinidad. We beat that team also, but it’s a pretty young team from about two years ago. So we know they’re supposed to be coming with something different this time around.”Bahamas should be a really good game. We played them about three or four times overall. They have only ever beaten us once. This was in the last qualifiers. We went there a couple years ago when they were opening their stadium. We beat them there – we beat them all over the place – but in the last qualifier, they beat us, so this should be a really good game for us.MANAGEABLE GROUPReid continued: “But the group is a very good group, and, trust me, we can manage this group. We should definitely go through in this group. We are Jamaicans – [we have a] never-say-die attitude.”Reid says that despite not being in training, he always warns his teammates to do their own training whenever they can to keep sharp, focused, and mentally ready before the team is called together.”It’s the little things you do on your own that make you a better player,” he says.Reid says that he is expecting the team of 30 to be called by head coach Andrew Price by the end of the week and he says that Price will have a few tough choices to make.”It’s harder to pick beach soccer players from the normal grass players because with beach soccer, you need players with good-quality balance. But he’s working on naming a squad this week, though. You should hear something soon.”Jamaica’s first game in the championship takes place on February 20 against Belize.The champion and the runner-up of the competition will join host Bahamas as the three CONCACAF teams at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in April.- R.P.
MOSCOW (AP):More than a year into Russia’s exclusion from international track and field, high jump world champion Maria Kuchina feels like she’s stagnating.”I need emotion, I need competition, I need rivals,” Kuchina said.That’s all missing because Russian track and field exists in limbo, banned since November 2015, as a series of investigations revealed widespread doping, which alleged government officials helped to cover up.Yesterday saw Russia’s biggest meet of the year so far, though it featured only Russians, with very mixed quality in many events. Kuchina easily won her event in Moscow, but her result of 1.91m was far below her best.However, after a string of false starts, Russia is inching closer to a return.Today, track’s world governing body, the IAAF, will hold a council meeting with the stated aim of drawing up a road map for Russia’s return, though, in some ways, the process has quietly begun.Over the winter, the IAAF has been accepting applications from top Russian athletes who want to compete in international events as neutral athletes, rather than representatives of Russia’s still-suspended track federation.As of Wednesday, 33 Russians had applied, sending off forms listing their drug-test history under newly relaxed IAAF rules, which no longer insist on Russian athletes training outside their home country. If the IAAF accepts all of them, Russia will have close to a full team at next month’s European Indoor Championships in Serbia, just without a flag.GOOD NEWSThat’s good news for Daria Klishina, the long jumper who was allowed to be Russia’s only representative in track and field at last year’s Rio Olympics because she has long trained in Florida, rather than in the Russian system.”I don’t want to be in that situation again. Never!” Klishina said yesterday, recalling how she found it tough to be on her own at the Olympics, where she finished ninth. If more Russians get permission to compete this season, “I’ll feel a lot better because I didn’t like competing alone with that huge responsibility.”Competing as neutrals, not Russians, is a sensitive issue.
BERLIN (AP) — Arjen Robben scored in the fifth minute of injury time for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich to come back from two goals down and beat Leipzig 5-4 yesterday. “It was a crazy game,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose side wrapped up the title two weeks ago. Ingolstadt, who drew at Freiburg 1-1, were relegated in dramatic fashion as Sead Kolasinac’s apparent injury-time winner for Schalke against relegation rivals Hamburger SV was ruled out, leaving Ingolstadt four points adrift of Hamburg with one round left. Hamburg gained a point thanks to Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s goal in the second minute of injury time for 1-1. They remained in the relegation playoff spot ahead of a decisive game against Wolfsburg on the final day of the season. “We have to seal the deal against Wolfsburg next Saturday,” Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol said. Bayer Leverkusen are effectively safe after its drawing with Cologne 2-2 in the Rhine derby. Bayern got off to a bad start at second-placed Leipzig when Marcel Sabitzer opened the scoring in the second minute. Robert Lewandowski equalised from the penalty spot for his 150th Bundesliga goal. Timo Werner restored the home side’s lead with another penalty after Xabi Alonso brought down Emil Forsberg, and it got worse for the champions when Forsberg set up Yussuf Poulsen to make it 3-1 after the break. Other results: Bayer Leverkusen 2 Cologne 2; Schalke 1 Hambruger 1; Wolfsburg 1 Borusssia Moenchengladback 1; Mainz 3 Eintracht Franckfurt 2; Augsburg 1 Dortmund 1; Werder Bremen 3 Hoffenheim 5; Darmstadt 0 Hertha Berlin 2.
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