Blat­ter quits IOC

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

these checks for us are even more fre­quent. Dop­ing prob­lems are faced by all - Rus­sia, Amer­ica and France.

“This scan­dal has no re­la­tion to Rus­sia. It con­cerns the world ath­letic sys­tem.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times, Kenya had 18 medals won by sus­pi­cious ath­letes but Ath­let­ics Kenya have de­scribed the re­port as li­bel­lous.

A state­ment read: “The tim­ing of the li­bel­lous re­port con­tained in al­most half of the 55-minute doc­u­men­tary which al­leges wide­spread sys­tem­atic dop­ing in Kenya is ex­tremely sus­pect and ill-mo­ti­vated, com­ing on the day we se­lected our team for the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships (start­ing on 22 Au­gust).

“The fed­er­a­tion al­ways wel­comes any in­for­ma­tion which would help fight the vice of dop­ing.

“But we can­not fail to point out that the doc­u­men­tary is an at­tempt to smear our run­ners with un­war­ranted sus­pi­cion as they pre­pare to un­der­take duty for their coun­try in Bei­jing.

“On claims of fi­nan­cial im­pro­pri­ety on our top lead­er­ship, past and present, we have in­structed our le­gal team to study the doc­u­men­tary with a view of bring­ing le­gal ac­tion against the TV sta­tion and the au­thor.”

–– BBC SWIN­DON — Liver­pool man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers hailed new sign­ing Chris­tian Ben­teke ( pic­tured) af­ter his won­der goal set the Premier League giants on their way to vic­tory at third-tier Swin­don Town in their fi­nal pre-sea­son friendly on Sun­day.

The Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional - a £32.5 mil­lion ar­rival from topflight ri­vals As­ton Villa last month - scored a spec­tac­u­lar 20yard volley just af­ter half-time as Liver­pool tri­umphed 2-1 at the County Ground.

“Chris­tian’s goal was in­cred­i­ble, whether it was a pre-sea­son friendly or in a league or cup game. It was won­der­ful tech­nique from the big guy. The other guys started to get some min­utes un­der their belt; (Roberto) Firmino, Emre Can, boys that have come back a bit later. It was pleas­ing all round,” beamed Rodgers.

“It fin­ished off our pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions - a num­ber of guys needed a game to­day. It was a re­ally good ex­er­cise.”

Swin­don - who missed out on pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son af­ter a 4-0 de­feat to Pre­ston North End in the League One play-off fi­nal - matched a strong Liver­pool side in an evenly con­tested first half, be­fore Liver­pool went in front three min­utes af­ter the break.

Af­ter neat build-up play, the ball popped up to Ben­teke, who con­trolled on his chest be­fore ri­fling an un­stop­pable volley past Swin­don ‘ keeper Lawrence Vigouroux. Swin­don re­sponded and stunned Liver­pool just af­ter the hour mark.

For­mer Tot­ten­ham striker John Obika picked up a pass on the right hand side of the penalty area be­fore cut­ting in­side and fin­ish­ing past vis­it­ing ‘ keeper Adam Bog­dan. — AFP

Rus­sian quar­tet Tatyana To­mashova, Olga Ye­gorova, Yuliya Fomenko and Ye­lena Sobol­eva fin­ished in the top five at the 1500m at the 2005 Worlds. All later served dop­ing bans

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