Seven athletes failed drugs tests at last month’s Moscow world championships,the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Friday. Ukraine’s Roman Avramenko,fifth in the men’s javelin,was the only finalist to test positive. The seven,who were named on the IAAF website (www.iaaf.org),have been sanctioned or provisionally suspended,the sport’s governing body said. Urine tests were taken from 538 athletes during competition and 132 in the runup to the championships. “All urine samples collected in Moscow will shortly be transferred to long-term storage facilities provided by the Lausanne laboratory for eventual re-analyses, an IAAF statement said.
Bolt may run post 2016
Quick as can be,Usain Bolt is backtracking on his retirement plans. Less than three weeks ago,the Olympic champion said he planned to stop sprinting after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But the Jamaican yesterday said he was looking to extend his career by a year,meaning he could quit after the 2017 world championships in London. “I am definitely reconsidering,” the 27-year-old Bolt said while in London on a book promotion tour. “I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring. They think I should carry on and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my coach and he says it is possible. We will see what happens but it’s on the cards that I will extend it by one more year.”
Gangjee wins Players tourney
Kolkatas Rahil Gangjee cantered to a comfortable six-stroke win at the PGTI Players Championship in the final round in Chandigarh on Friday. Gangjee returned a clinical two-under-70 in round four to end with an impressive tournament total of 13-under-275 at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Chandigarh golfer Sujjan Singh claimed tied second position along with Bangladeshs Md Zamal Hossain Mollah as both totalled seven-under-281. Gangjee (67-71-67-70),the overnight leader by three strokes,was in control all through the final day. The 35-year-old hit his drive to the right on the second but managed to salvage a birdie after a good third shot and a 10-feet conversion on the green.
Taylor may not defend title
Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor may abandon a defence of her title in 2016 to turn professional after enduring a “terrible year” which she said saw women’s boxing take a step backwards. Taylor,a sporting icon in her country,became one of the faces of the London Games by playing the lead role in a stunningly successful Olympic debut for women’s boxing,one that firmly left the men in the shade. Taylor had pledged to remain an amateur in order to box in the Rio de Janeiro Games but said on Friday that she was now “flirting” with the pro ranks,laying the blame on boxing’s governing body and the sport’s Irish authorities.