BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medallist Felix Sanchez is set to star in the first ever 400m indoor hurdles competition to take place on UK soil when it is showcased at Birmingham’s Aviva Grand Prix this Saturday. Sanchez, who won the Dominican Republic’s first ever Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens games, will join British runner Rick Yates in addition to American Reuben McCoy and France’s Heni Kechi at the NIA as the event is inaugurated into the Aviva Series. Organizers are informing in a release. Sanchez holds also the world best with 49.73 last year in Val du Reuil in France and European best in the same race French Sebastien Maillard 50.47.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Leonard Chuene, former president of Athletics South Africa (ASA) and former IAAF council member, has been found guilty on charges of poor corporate governance, misappropriation of funds and tax evasion. The disciplinary inquiry was instituted by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) after Chuene, his entire executive and three employees were suspended in late 2009. Two other former members of the ASA Board, vice-president Kakata Maponyane and director Simon Dlamini, have also been found guilty on the same charges. SASCOC elected to hand the matter back to the inquiry and the resulting outcome is that Chuene, Dlamini and Maponyane all have until Thursday, 17 February, to appeal the findings. Thereafter the disciplinary inquiry will announce their sanctions. Informs Race Results Weekly.
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