Thursday, November 8, 2012






LONDON (GBR): London Games maker and IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe has been on Wednesday officially elected as the new British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman by acclamation from the 43 members of the National Olympic Committee. The 56-year-old double 1,500 meters Olympic champion, who gained huge plaudits as the London 2012 chairman, succeeds Colin Moynihan after standing unopposed for the role and he will now serve a four-year term. „Following the tremendous impact of the London 2012 Games, the BOA has an important role to play in ensuring the growth of the Olympic Movement throughout the UK and the continued success and support of Team GB at future Olympic Games,“ Coe said at a press conference here. Informs insidethegames.  The role is another major boost for Coe, and it is likely to increase his chances of becoming an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member in the near future. He is also the Olympics Legacy Ambassador to the Government, having been appointed to the position by the Prime Minister David Cameron. Meanwhile, he will continue as London 2012 chairman until the summer of next year when the Organising Committee‘s final Board meeting takes place.


KYIV (UKR): The Electoral Conference of Ukrainian Athletics Federation (FLAU)  will be held on Thursday this week in Kyiv. There are two main candidates for the president position for next four years. Current president, legendary sprinter Valeriy Borzov and former general secretary of the federation (until autumn 2008) Ihor Hotsul. Banker Andriy Onistrat, who was considered the main opponent of Borzov, has withdrawn his candidacy in favor of Hotsul. 400m Olympic Champion from Seoul at 400 m Olha Bryzgina also goes to this election, but is considered to be without real chances. Due to financial scandals and quarrels in last months in the Ukrainian athletics Vice President of European Athletics Karel Pilny will visit Kyiv as an independent observer at the conference.


MOSCOW (RUS): Russian media are informing that Inga Abitova, the 2006 European 10 000 meter champion, has been suspended for two years for failing a doping test, All-Russia athletics federation said Wednesday. The 30-year-old distance runner will miss her home World Championships in Moscow next summer, and has all her results since October 2009 wiped from the records. „The decision was taken on the basis of abnormal blood profile indicators in her biological passport,“ the federation said. The ban starts in October 2012. It means Abitova will return her silver from European Championships 2010 in Barcelona from the 10 000 m race. She would also need to return prize money from top marathons, in 2010 second in London and fourth in New York. In 2011 she was 15th in London and did not finish New York and this year did not finish London.  IAAF already informed about the group of athletes from Russia on the same base in July (Svetlana Klyuka, Nailya Yulamanova and Yevgeniya Zinurova).


MOSCOW (RUS): Russian daily Sport Express informs that former European Champion and silver winner from Olympic Games 2012 in discus Darya Pishchalnikova had positive doping test for a banned substance. The sample was supposed to be taken approximately two months before the London Games. Sport Express says that the first analysis was negative, but the second analysed after the Games showed positive result. The daily informs the information was confirmed by several well informed sources. All-Russia Athletics Federation or RUSADA are not officially informing about this case. In a confirmed situation this will be already the second offence of Pishchalnikova after 2008 and she will be facing a lifetime ban. Also the Olympic results would be adapted with Chinese Li Yanfeng moving to second and Cuban Yareli Barrios to third place. So far this is an information based solely on media report.


LONDON (GBR): BBC informs that the Olympic Stadium in London will not reopen until August 2015, the chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation has revealed. The winning tenants were meant to take over in 2014, but Dennis Hone said the amount of work needed to finalise bids was behind the delay. Four proposals, including one from West Ham United, are being considered for the future use of the venue.

MADRID (ESP): High jump European champion Ruth Beitia was voted Spanish Athlete of the Year in the Trofeo Jose Luis Alonso poll. Spanish Athletics Federation is announcing in its own poll the athletes of the year later. In this rankings Beitia got 1363 points ahead of discus thrower Frank Casanas (1010) and walker Miguel Angel Lopez (984). The award will be given in Madrid to Beitia at a special ceremony on December 11.