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Coe: ‘Semenya case’ not personal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term South African runner Semenya defiant after court ruling Semenya loses appeal against CAS ruling over testosterone regulations Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federation, has insisted that the association’s female eligibility regulations, which finally came into effect in May, 2019 after several months of delay, are not targeted at a particular athlete, even though Caster Semenya is the first name that comes to mind whenever the highly-controversial and heated issue is being discussed.As a result of her refusal to comply with the IAAF ruling, which requires athletes with a difference in sexual development to take testosterone-reducing medication, Semenya has been barred from defending her 800m title at this month’s World Athletics Championships in Doha.The 28-year-old, who is hyperandrogenous and has high levels of testosterone, took it upon herself to go head to head with the world athletics governing body in court, and the high-profile case has seen deliberations going on for months.Coe told CNN that he has not spoken directly to Caster Semenya regarding this sensitive matter.He added: “I haven’t because this is not about an individual athlete. It’s not about a particular country. It’s not about a particular continent. I don’t see this as a personal issue. I see this as the right decision and those regulations have been tabled for what I believe are the right reasons.”In May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favour of the IAAF, but Semenya did not relent, taking the case to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, where a final decision is yet to be made.With the eligibility regulations, the IAAF aims to preserve “the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events”. But this move has split the world in two with one part feeling it goes against human rights.In June, Semenya, after winning the 2,000m at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris, said: “I’m not an idiot. Why will I take drugs? I’m a pure athlete. I don’t cheat. They should focus on doping, not us. I’m never going to take drugs.”When asked if he has any sympathy for Semenya, who has not been convicted of doping but is rather being restricted from competing because of a rare genetic condition which is not of her own making, Coe responded:“I have clearly a sympathy for the efforts we are trying to make,” said Coe. “I hope she does come back on to the track and I do hope that the athletes with that condition to take the medical direction that allows them to do that.”Tags: Caster SemenyaIAAFlast_img read more

EPL: Foxes attack Gunners

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leicester City vs. Arsenal Venue: King Power Stadium Kick off: 6:30PMLeicester City head into their fixture with Arsenal this evening with the opportunity to move into second place in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Unai Emery takes his side to the King Power Stadium aware that he must start to deliver more wins if he is to keep his job in the Gunners dugout. At a time when several of the division’s top six have struggled for consistency, Leicester City have given every indication that they are capable of gatecrashing the top four at the end of the season. Their only defeats have come on the road to Manchester United and Liverpool, with both North-West giants requiring a penalty to get the better of the Foxes. However, courtesy of three successive victories, Leicester sit six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal ahead of welcoming the Gunners to their home ground. Despite being less than a third of the way through the campaign, Saturday’s showdown in the East Midlands feels like a pivotal encounter in the context of the rest of the season. Not only would success extend the gap to nine points, it would leave Arsenal facing further scrutiny heading into the winter months, a period which can make or break a club’s season. While defeat would not be the end of the world for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers will be eager to grasp an opportunity to strengthen their hold of a Champions League place with some difficult games to come over Christmas. Jamie Vardy will want to continue his run of five goals from three outings, although Rodgers may be more satisfied if his defence can keep a fourth clean sheet in half-a-dozen matches. To some extent, the pressure is entirely on Arsenal’s shoulders heading into this contest, but Rodgers will want his players to play with the same mix of balance and urgency which has gotten them into their current position. There are some who feel that it is only a matter of time before the Arsenal hierarchy choose to replace Emery, with his squad coming under increasing pressure after letting slip yet another lead on Wednesday night. However, while a win at Leicester would not completely change the mood at the Gunners, it would at least buy Emery some time to make full use of the upcoming international break. The Spaniard requires a period where he can take a step back and assess where this squad is going, rather than having to contend with issues both on and off the pitch when matches are coming thick and fast. There is an argument that Emery did not help himself by taking his time to act on matters involving the club captaincy after Granit Xhaka’s angry outburst towards supporters last month. Nevertheless, failing to take advantage of holding leads against Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Vitoria de Guimaraes has sparked a concerning period for everyone associated with the club. While Arsenal are still in fifth position, they have benefitted from the inconsistencies of some of their rivals, and a failure to get over their recent slump will soon leave the north Londoners down in mid-table. The main positive from last weekend’s draw with Wolves was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ending a three-game streak without a goal in the Premier League. However, Arsenal now only have two clean sheets from 11 top-flight fixtures this season, something which must improve in the coming weeks. Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Tags: Arsenal FCLeicester City FCManchester UnitedUnai Emerylast_img read more

Eriksen undergoes Inter medical

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Christian Eriksen is in Milan to complete a medical ahead of a £17.5 million transfer to Inter. The Dane was not included in Tottenham’s 18-man squad for their 1-1 draw against Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, though he had travelled to St Mary’s with the rest of the players. Eriksen, 27, arrived in Milan on a private jet on Monday morning and is expected to sign a four-year deal with Inter after completing a medical. The deal will reportedly include a €1 million (£842,000) payment to Eriksen’s youth clubs, while Spurs will pocket the proceeds of a friendly game with Inter. Speaking after Saturday’s match, Jose Mourinho blamed the Serie A club for the hold-up in Eriksen’s departure. “This situation shouldn’t happen on January 25,” the Spurs manager said. “And it’s not Tottenham’s fault that on January 25 we’re in the situation.”Tags: Christian EriksenFA CupJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Trabzonspor terminate Sturridge’s contract

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has become a free agent after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor, the club said on Monday. Sturridge, who joined Trabzonspor on a three-year deal in August, had seven goals and four assists for the Turkish Super Lig side in all competitions, last making an appearance in a 2-2 draw with Besiktas in February before sustaining a toe injury. “We thank Daniel Sturridge for his contributions to our club and wish him success in his future career,” the club said in a statement on Twitter. The club did not reveal why the 30-year-old’s contract was terminated. Sturridge began his professional career at Manchester City in 2006, moving to Premier League rivals Chelsea three years later before sealing a switch to Liverpool in 2013. He won the Premier League, two FA Cups and the Champions League at Chelsea. He added another Champions League medal at Liverpool last season.Tags: ChelseaDaniel SturridgeLiverpoolTrabzonsporlast_img read more

EPL: Rashford, Martial boost Man U top four hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both scored their 17th goals of the season as Manchester United kept up the pressure on fourth-placed Leicester City with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.Rashford struck in first-half stoppage time, sitting down Patrick van Aanholt with a brilliant turn before slotting into the net. Palace thought they had equalised early in the second half when Jordan Ayew found the net after Wilfried Zaha’s pass, but Video Assistant Referee overturned the effort for offside.Rashford then set up Martial to double the lead on 78 minutes, with the efforts of Van Aanholt to stop the Frenchman resulting in the left-back being taken off with an unfortunate injury.The win leaves Manchester United in fifth on 62 points, behind Leicester by a goal difference of three.Palace’s sixth successive defeat leaves them 14th on 42 points.Tags: ANthony MartialCrystal PalaceLeicester CityMarcus RashfordPatrick van Aanholtlast_img read more

Messi skips Barca COVID-19 testing

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Wantaway Lionel Messi has failed to show up for Barcelona’s mandatory coronavirus testing.He was supposed to turn up at 10:15 on Sunday morning to have a test for COVID-19 ahead of the resumption of training on Monday. But he did not appear – indicating his belief that he is no longer under contract at Camp Nou.The 33-year-old six times world player of the year informed the club on Tuesday he wished to leave immediately – and his lawyers say that there is a clause in his four-year contract, signed in 2017, which would have allowed the forward to leave the club for free if he had requested it by June 10.They will argue that that date – which would have been the end of the 2019-2020 season – is now irrelevant after the coronavirus delays that led to the season’s extension and the team playing deep into August.Tags: Camp NouCOVID-19 TestingLionel Messilast_img read more

UEFA Nations League: Barella sinks Holland as Italy get back on winning trail

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Suarez agrees Atletico terms Italy votes in referendum on downsizing parliament Italy returned to winning ways as Nicolo Barella’s header, just before half-time, secured a 1-0 victory away to a below-par Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.At an empty Johan Cruyff Arena, Italy showed the greater urgency and quality throughout and were full value for the win that follows Friday’s disappointing 1-1 home draw with Bosnia. Against Bosnia, their 11-match winning run had come to a surprise end.It was a first loss also for Netherlands interim manager Dwight Lodeweges in his second game in charge after replacing Ronald Koeman.He will be concerned at the limp display from his side, who rarely threatened the visitors’ goal.Italy head the League A Group 1 standings with four points from two games, followed by Netherlands and Poland, who have three points each, and Bosnia with one.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Dwight LodewegesHollandItalyNicolo Barellaronald koemanUEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

Clark warns about letting guard down

first_img Press Association Ciaran Clark has warned his Ireland team-mates they will not be able to relax for a second as they attempt to dent Sweden’s hopes of World Cup qualification. He added: “They can score goals, they have shown that, and it’s about us trying to prevent that and for us going out there to get the win. But it’s a game of 90 minutes and you can’t take your foot off the gas at all. “The lads here have been brilliant the last two days in training, and we will work hard now leading up to the game and work hard on ways we can win the game. “All the lads are confident we can go and get something out of the game.” Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic launched the spectacular comeback in Berlin with his side’s first goal, and his presence in the starting line-up could present Ireland with real problems if he performs to his best. Clark will hope he gets a chance to test himself against the hugely-destructive frontman, whose methods will be drummed into the Aston Villa player and his defensive colleagues in Malahide over the next couple of days. Asked how Ibrahimovic can be stopped, Clark said with a smile: “I don’t know, to be honest. We are going to work on it in the next few days in training and hopefully we can do enough to do it. “It’s a team of 11 players, it’s not just a one-man team. They have got some top-class players, they are all going to be well up for the game and we need to keep an eye on everyone, not just one man.” center_img Giovanni Trapattoni’s men head for the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Friday knowing victory would put them in the driving seat to claim second place in Group C behind favourites Germany. By the same token, defeat four days before they entertain their other main rivals, Austria, at the Aviva Stadium would represent a massive blow to their own hopes. Sweden famously pulled off a stunning fightback in Germany when, after trailing 4-0, they fought back to snatch a 4-4 draw, and Clark said: “The game is 90 minutes-plus, so you can’t take your foot off the gas no matter what is happening.” last_img read more

McClean rues Casillas brilliance

first_img He added: “It would have been nice to have on the CV – a goal against Spain at Yankee Stadium – but it wasn’t to be. But he’s not one of the best in the world for nothing, so it just wasn’t to be. “He was like a cat, wasn’t he? He dived and somehow – I don’t know how – he saved it. But as I say, he’s not one of the best in the world for nothing, is he?” Ireland were trailing 1-0 at the time to substitute Roberto Soldado’s 69th-minute strike despite having been on the back foot for much of the game. They thought they were back in it seconds later when central defender Sean St Ledger stabbed home from close range after Casillas had managed to turn Stephen Kelly’s glancing header on to the bar, only for an offside flag to curb their celebrations. Juan Mata increased their disappointment at the death with an 88th-minute second for the Spaniards, but the Irish at least restored some of the pride they lost when they were trounced 4-0 by the same opposition at last summer’s Euro 2012 finals. McClean said: “We have come on in leaps and bounds from Poland. We have got a relatively young squad now with a mixture of experience in the likes of Robbie (Keane). “It bodes well for the future.” Press Association James McClean left Yankee Stadium still not quite knowing how Iker Casillas had denied him one of the biggest moments of his career to date.center_img The 24-year-old Ireland winger came within inches of shocking world and European champions Spain in New York early on Wednesday morning when he blasted a rising shot towards the Real Madrid goalkeeper’s goal with 10 minutes remaining. The Ireland fans inside the stadium rose to acclaim a famous equaliser, only to see Casillas somehow smuggle the ball away to rob the Sunderland winger of his glory, and McClean said: “I did everything right. He dived before I hit it and there was an element of luck as well as world class.” last_img read more

Bowen, Niedzwiecki rejoin Hughes

first_img Press Association Bowen and Niedzwiecki have served under Hughes each time he has held a managerial post, working as part of the backroom staff for the Wales national team – who all three men featured for as players – and then Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR before being reunited with the 49-year-old once again at Stoke. Potters chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have been key members of Mark Hughes’ backroom team for some time now and he was therefore eager to have them working with him once again here. “They both have outstanding pedigree as coaches and we are delighted that they have now agreed to join Mark’s new team.” The pair are continuing a long-running association with new Potters boss Mark Hughes, who was named as successor to Tony Pulis in May. Hughes told “They’re the best at what they do in my opinion. That is why they have worked alongside me for so long. They are both outstanding coaches, while they also have a real understanding of the game and how I like things to be.” center_img Stoke have confirmed the appointments of Mark Bowen as assistant manager and Eddie Niedzwiecki as first-team coach.last_img read more

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