Michael Clarke (Calabar) The decision is a retrograde one and I hope it is a move in the right direction. On the other hand, they could see it as a progressive step as they are thinking about the future for these athletes and they are thinking of the participation of more students at these Championships. Danny Hawthorne (Wolmer’s Boys’ School) From a health-wise perspective, I think this is a good decision as the principals are thinking about the protection of the athletes. This will not affect our team as we are in the building process and with this it will help in maximising the efforts of more students. David Riley (Excelsior High) The principals have made their decision and we just have to work with it. This will not affect my team adversely as we are always working on developing athletes, especially in hurdling. The timing could have been better but we will just have to proceed and do what we have to do by producing good athletes. John Mair (Vere Technical) The timing is bad to implement these changes in the middle of the season and will definitely affect my team especially in the sprints. If you can’t beat them you have to join them and I am not surprised with the decision as coaches have no say on what goes on and are not given any respect. Michael Dyke (Edwin Allen High) I think more time should have been given to sensitise the coaches. However, a decision has been made and we have to work with it. This will definitely help bigger teams like mine and it will also help with more participation and more athletes will be given a chance to compete. This is difficult for the smaller teams which usually have limited athletes to maximise with and I am hoping this decision will not affect the quality of performances going forward.
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(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)GENEVA — In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot.Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian cases said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Still, this was a “sophisticated” system in place and was compared to a Swiss watch by the three-man panel, comprising two from Switzerland and one from Spain.“(I)t was a very fine mechanism where many people had a role to play,” the verdict in Legkov’s case stated.A final IOC judgment on whether the Russian state ultimately corrupted the Winter Games that cost $51 billion to prepare for and stage should come next week.A separate commission chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, will give the IOC board its findings ahead of the Dec. 5 meeting to decide on punishing Russia.The latest guilty verdicts announced on Monday involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement the decisions were “the height of injustice” that lacked legal basis, and promised to contest them.The appeals route for Russian athletes is the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city of Lausanne, Switzerland.Trunenkov was already serving a four-year ban, backdated to April 2016, for a separate doping offense just before he retired.Another member of the four-man team, Alexander Zubkov, was disqualified on Friday and stripped of his golds in the two-man and four-man. That meant Alexey Voyevoda, who won both golds with Zubkov, was also stripped of the medals. His case was considered by the IOC panel last Thursday.A third member of the women’s biathlon relay, Olga Zaitseva, had her hearing last week. 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Former Moscow and Sochi laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov was a “truthful witness,” the panel said in publishing its first detailed verdict on the same day it sanctioned five more Russian athletes to bring the total to 19.Rodchenkov is living in the United States under FBI protection as a cooperating witness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe IOC panel, chaired by Denis Oswald, agreed that investigator Richard McLaren — appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency to verify Rodchenkov’s claims to American media in May 2016 — proved the existence of a doping conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt.The public vindication of Rodchenkov and McLaren, each repeatedly denounced by state authorities in Russia, will fuel speculation that the IOC executive board meeting next Tuesday should ban Russia’s team from the Pyeongchang Olympics. MOST READ Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ All disqualified athletes are also banned from the Olympics for life.If the 2014 medals are reallocated, the four-man bobsled gold could go to Latvia. The United States could improve to silver, and a fourth-placed Russian team could receive the bronze.In women’s biathlon, Vilukhina’s silver could pass to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, and Karin Oberhofer of Italy could be promoted to bronze. The women’s relay could see Norway could move up to silver and the Czech Republic get bronze.Legkov was among athletes on the “Duchess List” — named for a fast-acting cocktail of steroids dissolved in alcohol and used as a mouthwash — who were protected by the doping system. Their clean urine was stored to be swapped in for tainted samples during the games.Rodchenkov alleged swaps were done through a mouse hole in a lab room with FSB officers who worked out how to break into tamper-proof bottles. Scratches and marks on the glass were crucial evidence in Legkov’s case.“Whatever his motivation may be and whichever wrongdoing he may have committed in the past,” the IOC panel said, “Dr. Rodchenkov was telling the truth when he provided explanations of the cover-up scheme that he managed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Andreas Pereira 1 Manchester United’s Under-21 Player of the Year, Andreas Pereira, produced a memorable performance for Brazil against Hungary at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this week.The 19-year-old, who signed a long-term contract at Old Trafford in May, may not have been able to make a signifcant impact on Louis Van Gaal’s side quite yet, but he’s been on top form for his national side.The midfielder was introduced as a second half substitue and, with his team trailing by a single goal, promplty provided a cracking assist from a corner and scored a spot kick to win the game.Not too shabby.Here’s the youngster’s efforts in all their glory.Should Louis van Gaal put Pereira in his first-team squad next season? Let us know in the comments below…
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn has welcomed the Taoiseach’s apology to the women of the Magdalene Laundries.He also called for the State to ensure that any redress scheme must be based on the rights and needs of the women themselves.Deputy MacLochlainn said “It is shocking that it has taken this long that for the women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene institutions to get the apology they deserve. “The State was complicit with the church in ensuring that there was an architecture of containment there for those whom they viewed were in need of moral guardianship for anything from being very young orphaned girls, to simply being too pretty but unmarried.“Unfortunately, the Taoiseach’s apology doesn’t explicitly list the state’s exact wrongdoing. I hope this will be forthcoming in due course. I also hope that the Government will see fit to also acknowledge the state’s role in the wrongful practice of symphisiotomy through the year’s too.“What happened in those laundries is a national scandal. It was slavery. Women were beaten, they were stripped and their heads were shaved by the nuns who ran them. The courts, the gardaí and Irish society stood over this horror.“I look forward to seeing the detail of the redress scheme. Under the UN Convention on Torture, the women are entitled to compensation. Any redress scheme must be rights-based and woman-focused. The Taoiseach has used the term “fund” in his speech which would seem to indicate that there is a predetermined amount of money in mind for the State to meet the women’s needs. This redress scheme must not be based on what the state feels like handing over. It must be based on the actual needs of the women themselves.” MacLOCHLAINN WELCOMES TAOISEACH’S APOLOGY TO WOMEN OF MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES was last modified: February 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)