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Kenyan Olympic Champion Named In Doping Case

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Kenyan-born 2016 Rio Olympic Champion, Ruth Jebet, has been named in an on-going doping investigation conducted by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU)

Jebet, 23-year-old, won the gold medal in the 3000 Steeplechase in Rio 2016 with a time of 8:59.75 to become the second all-time fastest woman in the event, representing Bahrain.

Kenyan-born Bahrain athlete, Ruth Jebet is facing doping investigation after she was named in a list of 120 athletes for drug related offences by the AIU

In August, she ran 8:25.78, six times faster than the old record to win the Gold medal at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League

The World Record Holder is one of 120 athletes whose cases are being investigated by AIU in order to protect the “integrity and reputation” and increase “transparency” in the sport.

Now in its first year of operation since April 2017, the AIU, after replacing the anti-doping unit of the IAAF, kick-started the process which involves 85 Olympic and World Championship medallists and about 45% Russians.

Jebet’s fellow nationals, Asbel Kiprop, a three-time world champion and long-distance runner Violah Jepchumba, are also named.

Jepchumba is already banned for four years for testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO). A sanction which she is fighting.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU report indicting athletes of doping use.

Of the 120 published cases, about 114 involves elite and international athletes and four officials. And two have been decided as non-doping related.

The Independent body is poised to “drive cheats out of Athletics”

“We are only at the beginning of our mission to restore the reputation of athletics and there is a lot more work to be done,” Brett Clothier, head of the AIU.

“The current and recent caseload reflects the challenge we face as a sport, but also the fact we are willing to take on that challenge and drive cheats out of athletics.”

Jebet was reported positive for EPO – a blood booster – in March.

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David Barmasai Tumo emerged winner of the 2020 Lagos city marathon

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A Kenyan competitor, David Barmasai Tumo, rose victor of the Lagos long distance race Saturday morning.

Tumo’s 2:10:23 hours time was 4 mins 41 seconds quicker than Abraham Kiprotich’s record in 2018.

The race, which is advocated by Access Bank, began before the National Stadium, Surulere, and finished at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometer stretch.

Super-Eagles midfielder, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, additionally partook in the race.

Tumo will be remunerated with the race’s great prize of $50,000.

The primary lady to cross the end goal was another Kenyan, Sharon Jemutai Cherop.

Cherop’s 2:31:40 hours time is 6 mins 12 secs quicker than Rodah Jpekorir’s record a year ago.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams vs Rafael Nadal , Coco Gauff vs Venus Williams Rematch

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World number one Rafael Nadal will take on Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open initially round one week from now while Serena Williams faces Anastasia Potapova as she continued looking for a 24th Grand Slam title.

The Spaniard is endeavoring to coordinate Roger Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles on his least most loved surface, having won in Melbourne only once, in 2009.

Australian Nick Kyrgios could be hanging tight for him in the fourth round, the draw uncovered Thursday.

Shielding champion Novak Djokovic will begin his offer to lift a record eighth Australian Open title against Jan-Lennard Struff.

The Serb had a fine 2019, winning five titles including at Melbourne Park and Wimbledon while in transit to closure the year as number two, behind just Nadal.

Straight from helping his nation win the ATP Cup, he will begin his drive to broaden his mind blowing Melbourne run – he holds a 68-8 record – against a German who slammed at the main obstacle a year ago.

Djokovic could meet Greek youthful weapon Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight.

The imperishable Federer, 38, is facing American Steve Johnson in the second from last quarter of the men’s draw as he focuses on a seventh Australian Open title, winning his toward the end in 2018.

Williams, who is looking to coordinate Australian Margaret Court’s record 24 significant singles titles, gets in progress against 90th positioned Russian Potapova with a potential quarter-last against shielding champion Naomi Osaka.

Seeded eight, she heads into the competition on the rear of completion a three-year title dry season by winning the Auckland Classic. She is gunning for an eighth Australian crown and her first Slam title since Melbourne in 2017.

Her sister Venus has a blockbuster initially round conflict against energizing youthful American Coco Gauff, with the champ possibly confronting Osaka in the third round.

Third seed Osaka begins her title resistance against Marie Bouzkova.

World number one Ashleigh Barty opens against Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, with the French Open hero on a crash course with a year ago’s finalist Petra Kvitova in the last eight.

Fourth seed Simona Halep has an extreme opening errand against Jennifer Brady, who beat Barty and Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova takes on Kristina Mladenovic.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Set To Use Robots

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Robots are set to be utilized at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The sorting out panel for the following summer’s diversions has propelled the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project – one of numerous projects went for making it the most imaginative ever.

The Games get in progress on July 24 2020, coming back to the Japanese capital out of the blue since in 56 years.

Toyota have built up a Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot that will enable observers to appreciate watching the Games in more prominent solace.

The robots will likewise give occasion data, manage individuals to their seats and help debilitated onlookers via conveying nourishment and different things.

Pioneer of the Robot Project Hirohisa Hirukawa, stated: “The Tokyo Games are a novel open door for us to show Japanese robot innovation.

“This task won’t just be tied in with displaying robots, yet exhibiting their reasonable, genuine arrangement helping individuals. So there won’t just be sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, yet in addition some cool robots at work to anticipate too.”

Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General Masaaki Komiya included: “We are commencing this robot venture with the assistance of numerous individuals so as to help understand a really inventive Games, as expressed in Tokyo 2020’s vision.

“I might want whatever number individuals as could be expected under the circumstances to encounter these advances, which are one of Japan’s qualities. I trust that through these advancements we will probably grandstand another style of Games.”

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