Commonwealth Games Association summoned over breach of its no-needles policy

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An unnamed Commonwealth Games Association has been summoned to appear before the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Federation Court on Tuesday over a breach of its no-needles policy.

Syringes were found in the Gold Coast 2018 athletes’ village prompting an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

Testing to discover what substance was in the syringes took place on Monday and it was determined no anti-doping breach had taken place, the CGF announced on Monday evening.

A CGF spokesperson said: “The CGF Medical Commission has concluded its investigation into an alleged violation of the CGF’s no needle policy.

“Their findings have been escalated to the CGF’s Federation Court which will conduct a hearing in to the matter.

“The hearing will take place tomorrow morning, April 3, 2018, at 10:00 local time and the Court’s decision will be communicated after the hearing.

“This matter is not defined as an anti-doping rule violation, but rather as an infringement of the CGF’s no needle policy, which has been introduced by major events organisers to ensure best medical practices.”

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg earlier on Monday told the Games’ daily briefing: “We have received overnight a report from ASADA’s investigation team and the CGF medical commission has decided there has been a clear breach of the no needles policy.

“As a result an Association has been summoned before the CGF’s medical commission later today.”

Grevemberg, who would not confirm which CGA is involved, said the proximity of the syringes found had led to the CGA being summoned.

The CGF’s court will determine what penalties to impose after the testing on the substance in the syringes is completed.

Grevemberg said if an athlete has a medical condition requiring treatment there is a process whereby they can apply for permission to use syringes but the CGA involved has not followed that process.

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First class coaching and competition in Abu Dhabi as Ultimate Athletics youngsters impress

Nick Watkins 10/03/2018
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Dream catcher: Celina Farrell in action

The region’s top young athletes competed in an eventful night of track and field events, as Ultimate Athletics made its way to the New York University (NYU), Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The evening showcased the best of upcoming athletes in the UAE, with both junior and senior competition.

Celina Farrell, a 12-year-old from American International School Abu Dhabi, trains in the evening at the NYU Abu Dhabi and enjoyed great success on the track. “I enjoy running, but my favourite event is actually the high jump, I feel like flying and it doesn’t take as much energy to jump than it does to run”, she told Sport 360. Despite favouring the field event, Farrell, whose Olympic hero is Usain Bolt, won each of her three races – the 80 metres, 150 metres and 300 metres.

Teacher-turned-coach Lisa Campbell, who began Ultimate Athletics in 2015, organised the evening and said demand has never been greater for track and field in the UAE. “I stopped teaching to focus full-time on coaching athletics and now we’ve grown to over 600 members in three years”, she commented. In fact, demand has grown so much Campbell now employs three full-time coaches and fifteen part-time coaches to help her out, “it’s a joint effort, there’s no ‘I’ in team”, she added.

On track: Kimbely Baptiste

On track: Kimbely Baptiste

PE teacher Kimbely Baptiste, 25, dominated the senior 100 and 200 metre events while barely breaking a sweat. She took gold in the mixed 100 metres with a time of 11.91 seconds and clocked a cool 24.99 seconds in the 200m. Speaking before the 200 metre race she said, “The aim is just to keep getting faster and see where it takes me. I used to train in the UK before moving to the UAE and now I’m out here training myself which is going really well. I’m going back to the UK after the academic year because here I’m running against under 17 men who give me good competition”. Also in competition was Noaman Elassaoui, running out of Al Wasl Club, who won the 800 metres with an impressive time of 1:51:31 and Krtajna Prem, the Under 17 triple jump winner.

Ultimate Athletics educates young athletics with theory workshops with sports science-qualified coaches, nutritionists and physiotherapists.

Northern Irish athlete Leon Reid is an Ultimate Athletics ambassador, recently got first-hand experience of just how intense the competition is during an event – and was left impressed. “It’s crazy competitive here, there’s cameras on the finish line and the kids are dipping for the finishes. The parents are really encouraging of the kids and if they want to build champions then they’re certainly going the right way about it.”

Photography by Melissa Lear to view more of this photographer’s work visit www.melissalear.com

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'New Usain Bolt' Christian Coleman sprints to 60m glory as Genzebe Dibaba bags double

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Christian Coleman confirmed his status as the most exciting young sprinter in the post-Usain Bolt era when he stormed to 60m glory on Saturday as Ethiopian track legend Genzebe Dibaba bagged a golden world indoor brace.

Coleman arrived in Birmingham, England, fresh from having set a new world indoor record of 6.34sec for the sprint and the 21-year-old American made no mistake when taking his first steps in the global arena in the absence of the now-retired Bolt.

Starting in lane four, Coleman enjoyed an electrifying start and powered through the line in a championship record of 6.37sec ahead of Su Bingtian of China, who lowered the Asian record to 6.42sec when he took silver. Coleman’s US teammate Ronnie Baker claimed bronze.

“I have a good chance to lead the sport in the post-Bolt era but like I’ve told so many others, loads of guys have the talent,” said Coleman.

“I have to make sure I keep working to stay on top and when I get the opportunity to take gold medals you take them.”

Genzebe Dibaba

Serial world record holder Dibaba once again demonstrated her imperious form in winning her second indoor 1500m title, just two days after winning her third consecutive 3000m gold.

Dibaba looked completely unruffled as she led the same two athletes on to the podium as she had in the 3000m, this time Briton Laura Muir taking silver ahead of Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan.

In an outstanding night for US athletes, there were also championship records set by Coleman’s teammates Sandi Morris and Kendra Harrison.

A thrilling competition in the women’s pole vault saw Morris clear 4.95m for victory ahead of Anzhelika Sidorova, the Russian competing as a neutral athlete (4.90m).

Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning world, European and Olympic champion, took bronze (4.80) in what was a totally gripping event as Morris finally converted her world outdoor and indoor silvers into gold.

There was more of the same from 100m hurdles world record holder Harrison, who scorched home in 7.70sec in the shortened form, the third fastest time ever run.

US medal run

Christina Manning

US teammate Christina Manning took silver as Courtney Okolo also led a US 1-2 with Shakima Wimbley in the women’s 400m while there was more American gold in the triple jump as multiple world and Olympic medallist Will Claye soared out to 17.43m for his second world indoor title, having previously won in Istanbul in 2012.

Poland’s Adam Kszczot also finally won a global title after two world outdoor silvers in the 800m, adding gold to the silver and bronze he has previously won indoors with a dominant display in the four-lap race.

The Pole looked untroubled as he clocked a winning 1min 47.47sec, with American Drew Windle taking silver and Saul Ordonez of Spain bronze.

Controversy again struck the 400m as more disqualifications for lane infringements marred the race.

Czech Pavel Maslak eventually became the first athlete to win three consecutive world indoor titles when he was bumped up into first spot from third after Spain’s Oscar Husillos, who was initially accredited with the win in a championship record time of 44.92sec, and Dominican Luguelin Santos were both disqualified.

“The guys were stronger than me and I do not know what went wrong for them,” said Maslak. “They would have beaten me anyway so even if it is gold, it will have a bronze flavour for me.”

France’s Kevin Mayer added indoor heptathlon honours to his outdoor decathlon title when he edged Canada’s Damian Warner by just five points at the end of two days of competition.

After a disastrous showing in his favoured pole vault, Mayer left Warner with an opportunity: to beat him by three seconds in the final event, the 1,000m, but the Frenchman bundled over the line with half a second to spare for the win.

Provided by AFP Sport

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