Ethiopians and Moroccans shined at the 10k road race held as part of the third Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament at the NAS Sports Complex on Friday night.
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Ashenafi Moges Weldegiorgis led the Ethiopian clean sweep in the International Male category with a time of 30.09 minutes, while the International Female category saw Ethiopia’s Mihret Tefera Adhena take the top prize with a time of 35.50 minutes.
Ethiopia also finished at the top in the Expat Female category for athletes based in the UAE with Elisa Kure Tolosa crossing first in a time of 30.04 minutes.
Anouar El Ghoz, meanwhile, paced the Expat Male category and the all-Moroccan top three in 31.07 minutes.
More than 900 runners participated in Friday’s road race that was held in eight different categories, building upon last year’s total of nearly 600 competitors.
NAS 2015 10k finisher!!! Thank you God for your grace!!! Thank you 3fstriders familyMore… https://t.co/3HMhcZsRRQ
— cilene veloria (@cileneveloria) June 27, 2015
The race was flagged off near the Falcon Heritage Centre in Meydan and finished at the NAS Sports Complex.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), this year’s tournament is being held in six different sports disciplines including futsal, volleyball, a 10km road run, a 70km cycling race, wheelchair basketball and archery.
On Friday, Sheikh Hamdan increased the prize money for the 10k road race to Dh 2million from its initial total of Dh 1.67m.
The total amount for the entire NAS Ramadan Sports Tournament has now gone up to more than Dh8m.
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Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah will continue to work with Alberto Salazar despite the doping allegations surrounding his coach.
“Although it’s been a difficult time, I asked Alberto to respond to the allegations made against him and he has now done so in full,” said Farah in a statement posted on his Facebook page.
“As someone I’ve worked with for many years, I feel I have to believe in Alberto and the evidence he has provided,” Farah, the 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, added. “Based on that evidence, I will continue to work with him and hope now that I can focus on what I do best — training hard to win medals for my country.”
Wednesday saw Salazar, who trains several athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, issue a public statement in which he denied the allegations contained in a BBC television documentary.
“I will never permit doping,” said the Cuban-born 56-year-old, a three-time New York Marathon champion. The BBC alleged earlier this month that Salazar had violated anti-doping rules, with claims he had doped United States distance runner Galen Rupp, a training partner of Farah.
Good to be out on the track in France today, getting ready for my next race in Monaco!! Focusing on my training!!!! pic.twitter.com/JLu6GXH9IU
— Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) June 17, 2015
Farah has not been accused of any doping violations, although the Daily Mail reported he had missed two drug tests in the run-up to the 2012 London Games. UK Anti-Doping rules state an athlete who misses three tests in any 12-month period (reduced from 18 months since 2013) can face a ban of up to four years.
One of Britain’s top sports stars, Farah said he had been emotionally and physically drained by the allegations and pulled out of the Birmingham Diamond League meet on June 7, three days after the documentary was first aired. He is now due to return to the track in the 5,000m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on July 9 and is also scheduled to enter the following week’s event in Monaco.
UK Athletics, the national governing body for the sport in Britain, are currently conducting their own inquiry into the allegations against Salazar, said it respected Farah’s decision.
“British Athletics note and respect Mo Farah’s decision to continue his coaching relationship with Alberto Salazar,” said UKA chief executive Niels de Vos.
“As has always been the case, British Athletics will continue to take responsibility for all nutritional, medical and sport science elements of Mo Farah’s training regime.”