Three years after her last competitive international race - in which she won the London 2012 women’s double sculls title with Katherine Grainger - Britain's Anna Watkins has announced that she is back in training and aiming for the Rio 2016 Games.
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Germany’s Olympic discus champion Robert Harting, who led a group of athletes posting a YouTube message saying the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had “betrayed” them by failing to combat doping in the sport, has been invited by the sport’s world governing body to visit their headquarters in Monte Carlo and see for himself the work they are doing.
London Marathon criticises IAAF “failure” after new claim that seven winners in last 12 years were “suspicious”
London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel has said he is “very concerned” by the latest doping allegations published by the Sunday Times, which claims seven London winners in a 12-year period recorded suspicious blood scores, and he criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) “failure to take effective action”.
IAAF accuses ARD and Sunday Times scientists of "seriously incorrect assertions" and condemns them for putting athletes under pressure
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has challenged what it describes as “a number of seriously incorrect assertions” by the two scientists who worked on the recent ARD television documentary alleging widespread doping malpractice in the sport between 2001 and 2012, and has condemned them for placing athletes under media pressure through their “analysis of incomplete data".
The latest doping allegations over athletics, levelled by German TV broadcaster ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, will be “urgently” investigated by the Independent Commission already set-up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) - a move the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) claimed it “warmly welcomes".
Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova, who received a two-year ban last April following the discovery of “abnormalities” in her Athlete Biological Passport, faces court action by the London Marathon following confirmation that all her performances over the last six years would be annulled.
Valerie Adams has announced that she will not defend her world shot put title in Beijing later this month as she seeks to make a full recovery from the surgery she had last year.
WADA says blood test data used in Sunday Times and ARD allegations pre-dated 2009 and does "not necessarily" show doping
None of the leaked data used by German broadcasters ARD in last Sunday’s programme alleging widespread doping abuse in athletics comes from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s storage system, the latter body has confirmed, adding that the “great majority of the data pre-dates the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), which was introduced in 2009".
IAAF says "sensationalist" doping allegations by Sunday Times and ARD are incorrect and based on published data
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has described the most recent allegations of doping within the sport, made at the weekend by the Sunday Times and German TV company ARD, as "sensationalist and confusing" and based on data that was not conclusive in itself and was openly published by the world governing body four years ago.
Athletics Kenya has described media claims of widespread systematic doping among Kenyan runners as "suspect and ill-motivated", while Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has also reacted negatively to allegations made yesterday that most of his country’s medals between 2001 and 2012 have been won by athletes suspected of doping.
Anita Wlodarczyk has become the first woman to throw the hammer further than 80 metres as she recorded 81.08m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Throws Festival in Cetniewo, adding exactly 1.5m to the mark she set last year in Berlin.
Genzebe Dibaba, controversially selected only for the 5,000 metres at next month’s International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing four days after breaking the 22-year-old world record in the 1500m, will double up in China - and her coach, Jama Aden, believes she is capable of becoming the first woman under 3min 50sec for the latter distance.
Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Greg Rutherford laid down impressive markers here tonight in the last International Association of Athletics Federations’ Diamond League meeting before next month’s World Championships in Beijing.
UK Athletics has received the initial findings of the group it set up to investigate links with the Nike Oregon Project, and has announced that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Britain's double Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion Mo Farah or in the input to his training regime there.
Australia’s hopes of winning a gold medal at the forthcoming World Rowing Championships have been dealt a savage blow following a bike crash in Italy in which three members of their top boat - the men’s coxless four - suffered injuries, with Alex Lloyd, the number two seat, breaking his collarbone.