European Championships cancellation delivers another blow to athletics

first_img European Athletics added that it would discuss the “other changes to the global athletics calendar that have been forced upon the sport” in its next videoconference on May 7-8. The Eugene Diamond League meeting was due to take place on June 7 with Paris six days’ later. Their postponement means that eight events have been pushed back with no revised dates yet announced. “As with previous suspensions, this decision was reached in close consultation with all relevant parties and based on concerns over athlete safety as well as widespread travel restrictions which make it impossible to stage the competitions as planned,” the organisers said in a statement. The next scheduled Diamond League meeting is London on July 4, although the Bislett Games in Oslo — one of the longest-standing meetings on the international calendar — will go ahead on June 11, albeit in a different format from the Diamond League meeting originally planned on that date. Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBODisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Read Also: Barcelona stars linked with Newcastle amid new owners The event will be “an alternative athletics competition under Norwegian coronavirus regulations”, organisers said. Oslo will feature a pole vault head-to-head between Armand Duplantis and 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie, whose world record the young Swede broke in February. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Athletics was left with the prospect of a lost season on Thursday after this summer’s European Championships, set to be held in Paris, were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the event’s organising committee and French Athletics Federation (FFA) said they “wished to adopt a responsible position by putting human health and the fight against the spread of the virus before any other consideration”. The cancellation of the European Athletics Championships is another blow to a season that has already lost the Olympic Games The championships were scheduled for August 25-30. The cancellation follows the postponement in March of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and the announcement earlier on Thursday of the postponement of Diamond League events in Eugene, Oregon, and Paris. “We really tried,” said Jean Gracia, president of the Paris European Championships organising committee. “We all hoped that the situation might improve rapidly, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” “We looked at all the possibilities, including reducing the number of athletes in each contest and halving the number of spectators.” Continental governing body European Athletics said that the decision followed a meeting between the organising committee and the FFA and “an earlier meeting between the relevant French authorities” — including the country’s interior and sport ministries. “Whilst we regret announcing the cancellation of our European Athletics Championships, it is worth reiterating that in these unprecedented times the health and safety of all athletics’ stakeholders including athletes, fans, officials, partners and everyone connected with the sport is paramount,” said European Athletics’ interim president Dobromir Karamarinov.last_img read more

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Crowd Tries to Ransack Local Pawn Shop, ATF Offers $5,000 Reward

first_imgThey say the burglar drove a white over black Range Rover with a New York license plate. The tag is JLF8429.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward of up to $5,000 if your tip leads to an arrest. Federal investigators are looking for several people who tried to break into a pawn shop after a night of protests in West Palm Beach earlier this week.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives explains that a man fired shots at the entrance to Queen of Palms on Broadway Ave. just after midnight on Monday.Investigators add that the man and a group of other people armed with machetes, rocks, and hammers tried to break into the business.last_img read more

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FIFA Hands Samson Siasia Life Ban, Fined N18m for Alleged Match…

first_imgSamson Siasia Former Super Eagles striker and Coach, Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by the world football governing body, FIFA for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of the world football body found Siasia guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.According to the statement on the FIFA website, a wide-scale investigation was carried out on Siasia before the landmark judgment was delivered.The statement read: “The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on February 11, 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities. “In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr. Siasia.“The decision was notified to Mr. Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”Siasia played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored 13 goals. He was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup.He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal.He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years.In 2005, Siasia coached the U-20 team and took them to the final of the 2005 U-20 World Cup before losing to Argentina 2–1. He also assisted Augustine Eguavoen in coaching the national team.He is the third African to be banned by FIFA for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Baakrr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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