LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC also announced they have suspended Ghana which means Ghana’s Olympic Committee (GOC) will no longer receive IOC funding, its officials are banned from attending any Olympic events and Ghana’s athletes are barred from competing in the Olympics. The sanctions could be lifted before the London Games if Ghana complies with IOC regulations and assures the complete independence of the national body.The IOC has complained in particular that Government officials in Ghana are appointing the Presidents of national sports federations. The decision had reduced the number of countries eligible to compete in London from 205 to 202. Kuwait was already suspended last year for political interference by the government. India have also been warned that unless they resolve several issues they face the risk of being banned from competing at London next year reports Insidethegames.
MUMBAI (IND): Every year the people of Mumbai join together for a celebration in mid-January as Mumbai Marathon becomes one of the festivals in India’s financial capital. The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon will be held on Sunday. Fresh from his Commonwealth Games victory, Kenyan John Kelai look stronger to recapture his title in the men’s race. Kelai was a back-to-back winner at Mumbai in 2007 and 2008. He had a third place finish in the 2009 race when his compatriot Kenneth Mungara sets a course record 2:11:51. In the women’s side, defending champion Bizunesh Urgesa is return to take her title. The Ethiopian, a medalist in distance track races in both World Youth and World Junior championships in the past, set her foot on the road only two years ago and already tasted success through victories in Istanbul (2009) and Mumbai (2010).
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