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Defiant Semenya says no 800m, no worlds

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Caster Semenya has a legal battle with the IAAF over new rules governing testosterone levels in female athletes

SPEED QUEEN. Caster Semenya has not been beaten in the 800m for 4 years now. Photo from Semenya's Twitter account (@caster800m)


The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

'Superhuman' wanted – Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At one point athletics resembled Usain Bolt down and out on the track Now the sport is rebuilding its image

Gatlin hails Bolt the 'showman' despite relay flop

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Gold medalist Justin Gatlin says Usain Bolt is a great athlete and still the best in the world

Eric Cray disqualified for false start at IAAF World Championships

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Eric Cray s year best time of 49 50 would have been good enough to send him to the semis but a false start cuts his London 2017 stint short

DISAPPOINTMENT. Filipino sprinter Eric Cray is disqualified from the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries for jumping the gun. Screenshot from YouTube

Usain Bolt wants to prove 'unbeatable' at final world championship

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Usain Bolt calls himself the underdog as he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships

SWAN SONG. Usain Bolt wants to bring the curtain down on his individual exploits as a sprinter who was 'unbeatable, unstoppable.' Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Testosterone a 'significant' boost for women athletes

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Hyperandrogenism is a condition that causes high natural levels of the male hormone testosterone in women

SIGNIFICANT BOOST. High levels of testosterone that are naturally produced by some elite female athletes give them a 'significant' competitive edge in athletics events. Dutee Chand, an Indian athlete with the condition, successfully challenged the IAAF regulations before the Court of Arbitration for Sports. File Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 5, 2017

Jan 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

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IAAF says 200 Russians named in doping report

Jan 04, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The International Association of Athletics Federations says it has been given the names by investigators working for Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren

MORE NAMED. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe arrives to address a press conference following a two-day IAAF council meeting on December 1, 2016 in Monaco. Russia remains suspended from international athletics competition and 200 more athletes have been named for checking. VALERY HACHE / AFP

Usain Bolt eyes Olympic 'triple triple' as athletics emerges from darkest hour

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Already a 6 time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is hoping to add to his accomplishments

ROAD TO RIO. Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 100m race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 20 May 2016. EPA/FILIP SINGER

Torres-Sunang breaks PH long jump record to reach Olympic qualifying mark

Jul 04, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang could be back in the Olympic fold if her 6 72 meters jump is certified by the IAAF

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang may have just snatched back her spot in the Rio Olympics with a strong showing in Kazakhstan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

High hopes for Rio gold after Eric Cray's World Challenge silver

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Cray smashes the Philippine national record at 48 98 in the 400 meter hurdles at the IAAF World Challenge Cup in Madrid

OLYMPIC HOPE. There are high hopes for Filipino-American Eric Cray to bag a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Vladimir Putin condemns 'unfair' IAAF ban on Russian athletes

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:09 PM

The clean athletes as they say why should they suffer? I really don t understand says Russia President Vladimir Putin

'UNFAIR.' President Vladimir Putin (R) condemns the IAAF's decision to extend the ban on Russian athletes for the Olympics. Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/EPA

IAAF extends Russian athletics ban, leaves Olympics door ajar

Jun 18, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The IAAF Council headed by Sebastian Coe is unanimous in its decision to uphold the suspension

A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (L) and the Russian flag (R) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA

Torres makes third Olympic squad; Obiena fails again to qualify for Rio

May 22, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Ernest John Obiena who is chasing an Olympic berth failed to qualify while Marestella Torres qualifies due to the universality clause

Russian athletics hit by first meldonium cases

Mar 22, 2016 - 5:01 PM

The athletics federation did not name the 4 athletes who tested positive

BANNED. A file picture made available in September 2015 of the production of 'Mildronate' at the pharmaceutical company Grindex in Riga, Latvia, 23 November 2010. 'Meldonium', also known as 'Mildronate', is produced in Latvia and is used to treat slow blood flow or a lack of it, known as ischemia. Photo by VALDA KALNINA/EPA

French prosecutors investigate Rio, Tokyo Olympic bids

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:03 AM

UPDATED French prosecutors are investigating suspicions of corruption surrounding bidding for this year s Rio Olympics and the 2020 Games in Tokyo

A worker carries huge balloons next to the Olympic Park in Barra two years prior to the Rio2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5, 2014. Michael Kappeler/EPA

London has 'nothing to hide' over 2017 bid, says UK Athletics

Jan 16, 2016 - 4:35 PM

London is set to host the 2017 IAAF World Championships Amid allegations of widespread corruption and doping cases UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner says London s bid was completely by the book and through the front door

NOTHING TO HIDE. British 400m runner Martyn Rooney waves the IAAF flag during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships in August 2015. The next IAAF World Championships will take place in London 2017. London insists it has nothing to hide over its successful hosting bid. EPA/WU HONG

Athletics: Coe faces next test as WADA unveil second corruption report

Jan 14, 2016 - 11:48 AM

The report includes shocking revelations of endemic corruption within IAAF and leading athletics federations other than Russia

Olympic watch: PH looks to athletics for medal hope

Jan 04, 2016 - 8:30 PM

With the Rio Olympics still 7 months away the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association is putting its pieces in place for a strong showing

OLYMPIC HOPE. Filipino-American Eric Cray is one of two Filipino athletes who have so far qualified for the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Wages of sin return to haunt sports barons

Dec 30, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Bribes doping even more bribes the sky seems to be the limit in the strictly cash underbelly of sports marketing and fixed sporting glory

SCANDALS. The international federations for athletics (IAAF) and football (FIFA) were embroiled in scandals in 2015. File Photos by SEBASTIEN NOGIER (left) and WALTER BIERI/EPA

Athletics: Russia pays doping price with IAAF ban

Nov 14, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Russia is accused of widespread doping by an independent commission set up by the World Anti Doping Agency WADA

A man walks outside the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters and Russian Athletics Federation office in Moscow, Russia. Athletics governing body IAAF provisionally suspends Russia from competition on Friday, November 13. Photo by MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA

Athletics: Bolt quashes Gatlin's coup attempt in Beijing

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:46 AM

Meanwhile Olympic champion Jessica Ennis Hill completes a fairytale comeback by winning her second heptathlon world title

LIKE LIGHTNING. Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the men's 100m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 23, 2015. Srdjan Suki/EPA

Usain Bolt 'sad' as doping talk dominates Beijing Worlds

Aug 20, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Usain Bolt the 6 time Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica says it saddens him that doping issues have overshadowed the track competition at the upcoming IAAF World Championships

Olympic champ charged with doping - IAAF

May 04, 2013 - 2:16 PM

Turkey s Olympic champion Cakir Alptekin has been charged with doping by the IAAF

DOPE. Alptekin faces a lifetime ban if convicted. Photo from Alptekin's Facebook page.