Olympic 1500-meter champion Asli Cakır Alptekin has been suspended for doping re-imposed on her on Feb 13 after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) appealed against the decision by Turkey to clear her. Alptekin was provisionally suspended by the Turkish Athletics Federation last May after abnormalities were detected in her biological passport, resulting in her missing the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.
The passport system tracks variations in an athlete’s blood profile over time for signs of cheating.
Boxing’s oldest world champ Bernard Hopkins has this month backed a major study into head injuries in combat sports. US Senators John McCain and Harry Reid joined US promoters and sanctioning bodies for the Las Vegas-based study, which has been ongoing for 2 years. The study uses mental testing and advanced brain imaging in an effort to pin down exactly which injuries contribute to later degenerative brain disease, whether some people are at greater risk and what the early indicators of brain disease are. Around 400 active and retired boxers have agreed to take part.
The ICC board passed key structural and financial reforms on Feb 8, placing India, England and Australia in charge of the game. Indian cricket board President will consequentially chair the ICC board from July while Cricket Australia chief Wally Edwards will head a newly-formed executive committee.Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting, citing need for more time to discuss the proposals, while other eight full members backed the reforms. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa were the three opponents. Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf warned, “The big three will get money from the share of the other seven.”
Asian Under 22s – Oman (Jan 11- 26)
Iraq clinched the Asian U-22 football Championships beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Muscat. A 33 minutes goal from striker Hakhim Shakeer who bypassed a chasing pack of defenders and placed a sharp angled shot, sideways to the far post, was enough for victory. The Seeb Stadium witnessed its highest attendance of the tournament at 4,100. Iraq controlled the game though Saudi Arabia created opportunities on their intermittent breaks. However, their efforts were repeatedly met by an Iraqi goalkeeper in superb form. It could all have gone pear shaped as 4 minutes earlier, Saudi Arabia were awarded a penalty for an innocuous offence which clattered the far post. 3rd place: Jordan, 4th place: South Korea.
African Handball Championship, Algiers, Algeria, (Jan 16 -25)
Algeria’s men’s team won the African Nations Championship after defeating holders Tunisia 25-21. Both teams have qualified for the World Championship in Qatar alongside Egypt who finished third. Egypt ranked third after it defeated Angola (31-24). The Africa Cup of Nations 2016 will take place in Egypt. In the women’s event, Tunisia won their third African title by beating DR Congo 23-20.