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Athletics | Africa

Coventry plans Zimbabwe's Olympic revival
Kirsty Coventry believes the country needs to be more "strategic" in the development of Olympic athletes as she seeks to unlock the potential of the African nation on the global stage. Read full article
Kenyan officials cleared of extortion charges
David Okeyo, who was last week banned from the sport for life for siphoning sponsorship funds, has been cleared of extorting money from athletes in exchange for lighter sentences in doping cases. Read full article
Kenya's Okeyo banned for life for taking Nike money
Former senior Kenyan athletics official David Okeyo has been banned from the sport for life and fined $50 000 after being found guilty of diverting thousands of dollars of sponsorship payments. Read full article
Kenya welcomes opening of drug-testing lab
Athletics Kenya on Monday welcomed the establishment in Nairobi of a World Anti-Doping Agency-approved blood testing laboratory for East Africa declaring it a big step in their anti-doping fight. Read full article
Ethiopia asks dissident runner Lilesa to come home
Ethiopia has asked dissident marathoner and Olympics silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa to come home, promising a "hero's welcome", in an open letter published on Tuesday. Read full article
Kenya's former world champion Bett dies
Kenya's former 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident aged 28, the country's ministry of sports and heritage said on Wednesday. Read full article
Kenya 'cannot confirm' Kiprop failed drug test
Athletics Kenya on Thursday refused to confirm or deny reports claiming former Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop failed an out-of-competition drug test. Read full article
Cheptegei leads Athletix Grand Prix
World Championship 10 000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is the first big name to be announced to compete in the inaugural Athletix Grand Prix Series in March 2018. Read full article
Tergat to head Kenya NOC
Former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat was named president of Kenya's strife-hit Olympic committee on Friday, hoping to end months of controversy and infighting. Read full article
Ethiopia not worried about doping problems
Athletics chiefs in Ethiopia are not worried about doping problems in the sport and are dealing with them strongly, a senior official said on Saturday. Read full article
Kenya head to London without Rudisha
Kenya's athletes were set to fly out to London's World Championships on Tuesday, their hopes for domination battered by the last-minute withdrawal of 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha. Read full article
Kipruto in race to shake off injury before Worlds
Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is facing a race against time to shake off injury ahead of the World Championships in London in August. Read full article
Bayo banned after attacking coach
Ethiopian steeplechaser Chala Bayo has been banned for two years after he attacked and punched his coach on learning that he was not selected in the squad for next month's world championships. Read full article
Kenya faces change of guard at trials
Kenya's reigning athletics world champions face a tough challenge from a crop of young runners as the country prepares to choose the team to defend their title in London. Read full article
Another Kenyan fails doping test
The chairman of Athletics Kenya (AK) has told Reuters that another "high-profile athlete" has failed a doping test, just weeks after it emerged Rio Olympics marathon champion Jemima Sumgong tested positive. Read full article
Sumgong doping case delays
The Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) will hold back on naming a women's champion until after the conclusion of the doping case involving series leader Jemima Sumgong. Read full article
Jepkosgei smashes half-marathon record
Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world record for the women's half marathon on Saturday in Prague, becoming the first female to beat the 1hr 5min mark. Read full article
Tergat to run for board presidency
Kenya's double Olympic 10 000m silver medallist Paul Tergat said on Thursday he plans to enter the race to lead the country's embattled Olympic committee (NOCK) during the May polls. Read full article
Kampala hosts first major sports showpiece
The World Cross Country Championship takes place in Kampala Sunday in Uganda's biggest ever sports showpiece, with the traditional rivalry between Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes. Read full article
Barsoton beats strong field to win Kenya cross title
Japan-based Kenyan Leonard Barsoton ended a four-year wait with a come-from-behind victory at the world cross country championships trials at the Nairobi Uhuru gardens ground on Saturday. Read full article
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