A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport, including IPC’s suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee
Russia banned from Rio Paralympic Games
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday banned all Russian athletes from its own Games next month because of the widespread doping culture that it says has polluted sport in the country.
The IPC announced the decision to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee in Rio, saying that Russia’s Para athletes were part of a “broken system”.
A statement from IPC president Sir Philip Craven read in part: “This decision has placed a huge burden upon all our shoulders, but it’s a decision we’ve had to take in the best interests of the Paralympic Movement.
“Our decision is driven by the need to hold our members accountable for their obligations. On the basis of the evidence we have, in the current environment our member the Russian Paralympic Committee cannot comply with the IPC’s Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code. Those obligations are crucial to the IPC’s guarantee of fair competition for all.
“I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed its Para athletes. Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me. The complete corruption of the anti-doping system is contrary to the rules and strikes at the very heart of the spirit of Paralympic sport. It shows a blatant disregard for the health and well-being of athletes and, quite simply, has no place in Paralympic sport. Their thirst for glory at all costs has severely damaged the integrity and image of all sport, and has certainly resulted in a devastating outcome for the Russian Paralympic Committee and Para athletes.
“I have deep sympathy for Russian Para athletes who will miss out on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. They are part of a broken system and we sincerely hope that the changes that need to happen, do happen. Russia has some top-quality athletes across all sports and we look forward to the day when we can welcome the Russian Paralympic Committee back as a member safe in the knowledge that it is fulfilling all its obligations in order to ensure a level playing field for all.”
The full statement can be found here. The governing body advised that in line with the IPC’s Suspension Policy, the Russian Paralympic Committee now has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Russia finished second in the athletics medal table at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with 19 golds.
Semenya to focus on 800m in Rio
Caster Semenya will only contest the 800m at the Olympic Games, according to her coach Jean Verster. Semenya was initially planning to attempt a 400m/800m double but she will no longer run the 400m which is scheduled on the programme before her specialist event.
Kipsang thinks WR
Wilson Kipsang isn’t ruling out a world record attempt when he lines up in the Berlin Marathon on September 25, informs Xinhua.
“I still have the capacity to make a second attempt in the world record. This year, I saw that my body looks very well. I know what I did to lower the world record in 2013 and I think I still have the capacity this time,” he said.
Kipsang finished fifth in the London Marathon in April in 2:07:52 although his chances of running a faster time were scuppered by a mid-race fall at a drinks station.
Beach to Beacon 10k
Mary Keitany stormed to victory at the Beach to Beacon 10k in a course record of 30:45 and easily defeated a good field in the process.
Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew was second in 31:40 with Kenya’s Caroline Chepkoech third in 32:03, while Ben True became the first home winner of the men’s race. He clocked 28:17 with Dathan Ritzenhein second in 28:28.
“It’s a little bittersweet cause I wish I was in Rio right now, but it’s always nice to come here at home and run in front of a home crowd and all the familiar faces. It was a lot of fun today,” said True.
Ritzenhein’s next goal is the New York Marathon on November 6.
Kenyans filled the next three places: William Sitonik (28:32), Daniel Salel (28:44) and Micah Kogo (28:58).
Report compiled with help from RRW.
Kuala Lumpur Marathon
There were wins for Kenya’s Kennedy Kiproo Lilan (2:18:57) and Ethiopia’s Hirut Beyene Guangul (2:39:02) in the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.
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