AIBA says boxers ‘in limbo’ as IOC inquiry continues

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Amateur boxing’s governing body AIBA says that uncertainty over the sport’s participation in next year’s Olympic Games is a disaster for boxers who have been left in limbo.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched an inquiry into the finances and governance of AIBA, which has been in turmoil for years, and warned that it could miss out on Tokyo next year.The IOC said yesterday that it was aiming to present the report to its executive board in May but AIBA said it had expected the investigation to be completed by now and that it was time to wrap up the inquiry and move forward.“We have done everything in our power to work with the IOC, providing them with numerous reports and documentation,” said AIBA executive director Tom Virgets in a statement, adding that there was “no more information left to give”.“This further delay has a direct impact on our athletes, it is a complete disaster for boxers around the world who are being left in limbo without any support or access funding,” he added.Virgets said the well-being of boxers should come first.“Our boxers are waiting, our officials are waiting and our fans are waiting.”AIBA said in February that it had addressed IOC concerns over judging at bouts by reverting to five judges instead of three with the panels drawn randomly by computer. It also gave boxers the right to protest against decisions.On the financial front, Virgets said AIBA had reduced its debt from $18 million last year to $15.6 million this year, and that it would be wiped out within four years if boxing was included in the Games.AIBA president Gafur Rahimov, elected in November despite being on the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions list “for providing material support” to a criminal organisation, said on Friday he would step aside.Rahimov has strongly denied the allegations against him and reaffirmed in announcing his decision that they were “fabricated and politically motivated”.The IOC would not give any details about the inquiry yesterday, spokesman Christian Klaue saying only that it wanted the final report to be presented to the Executive Board at its next meeting on May 22.AIBA said the uncertainty meant boxers did not know when, where or how they could qualify for the Olympic Games.It added that it had provided four reports to the IOC over the last year and said it was “gravely concerned” by the indifference shown towards the process and preparation of athletes.The IOC could not immediately be reached for comment on AIBA’s statement.last_img read more

Last year’s finalists fail to make NCAA Tournament

first_imgGAINESVILLE,Fla. ? If Florida and Ohio State meet again this season, it won’t be inthe NCAA tournament.TheGators and Buckeyes, finalists in last year’s national championship game,missed getting back into the tournament Sunday.Thisis the first time the two finalists from the previous year have not made thetournament since 1980 when Michigan State and Indiana State did not qualify.Magic Johnson led Michigan State to 75-64 championship game win over Larry Birdand Indiana State in 1979.Two-timedefending national champion Florida (21-11) lost eight of its final 11 games,including the last four, and was clearly out of the NCAA tournament picturebefore the brackets were announced.TheGators had their streak of consecutive NCAA tournament berths snapped at nine,and became the first defending champ to miss the tournament since 1989 wasKansas was ineligible because it was placed on probation.OhioState (19-13) had a much better shot, having snapped a four-game losing streakwith wins against Purdue and Michigan State to close out the regular season.But the Buckeyes lost their first game in the Big Ten tournament, falling 67-60to the Spartans.TheGators and Buckeyes were expected to be high seeds in the NIT, which was torelease its pairings at 9 p.m. Sunday.Thetwo teams were No. 1 seeds in last year’s NCAA tournament, and lived up to thelofty expectations by making the title game.Floridawon that meeting 84-75 in Atlanta, becoming the first school since 1992 to winconsecutive national championships.Butboth squads were devastated by the NBA draft two months later. Florida coachBilly Donovan had three players ? Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah ?selected in the top nine picks.TaureanGreen and Chris Richard were second-round picks, and sharp-shooting guard LeeHumphrey graduated.OhioState’s Greg Oden was taken with the top pick, and Mike Conley Jr. and DaequanCook also went in the first round.Thosepersonnel losses were so drastic that Donovan, who briefly took a job with theNBA’s Orlando Magic before changing his mind and returning to Gainesville, andOSU coach Thad Matta shared a laugh before the season about how littleexperience they had coming back.“Thereality is we’re in a tremendous rebuilding process, and this is why I cameback to take on this type of challenge,” Donovan said Thursday afterFlorida lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference tournament. “That’sa challenge I wanted to take on. But it’s not getting resolved next year. Thisis going to be a process.“Youcan’t lose five NBA players and the all-time 3-point field-goal maker in NCAAtournament history and expect not to miss a beat. It’s just not going tohappen. And that’s not an excuse. That’s the reality part of it.”Attimes this season, Florida and Ohio State looked like they might be better thanmany expected.TheGators started 18-3, taking advantage of a weak non-conference schedule, andupset then-No. 14 Vanderbilt by 22 points. They faded down the stretch,however, getting exposed by big, physical and more athletic teams.Now,with an RPI around 70 and a strength of schedule around 90, they’re headed tothe NIT for the first time since 1998.“Wedidn’t expect this,” forward Jonathan Mitchell said. “It’s like a baddream.”AddedDonovan: “These guys may have to be totally humbled in a way.”TheBuckeyes had an RPI around 50, a strength of schedule around 20 and a winningrecord in conference play ? they also played North Carolina and Tennessee close? but lost six of their last nine games.Bothteams could turn things around in the NIT ? if they can find motivation afterfalling so far since the title game.“Nobodywants to go to the NIT,” Florida forward Adam Allen said recently.“It’s like the champion of the losers if you win that. Everybody wants toplay in the NCAA tournament.”last_img read more

Chelsea look for 11th EPL win in a row

first_imgThey face struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 12.30pm.Chelsea won the league title on each of the four previous occasions they topped the League at Christmas.But boss Antonio Conte says history is irrelevant. In the  3 o’clock kick-offs relegation-threatened Middlesbrough and Swansea meet at the Riverside Stadium.Bottom of the table Sunderland host Watford, Hull, who are second from bottom go to West Ham and Champions Leicester are away to Stoke, Manchester United can move to within three points of the top four by winning at West Brom in the late game at 5.30pm.last_img

Russian T’tennis Players Cleared to Play at 2016 Olympic Games

first_imgAfter careful review of the criteria set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday following the release of the McLaren report, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has determined that the three Russian athletes qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be allowed to compete.ITTF’s investigation of the matter included individual test analysis of these players outside the Russian anti-doping system, and confirmation by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that none of the concerned players were implicated in the McLaren findings released on 18 July 2016. ITTF believes that the provided evidence meets the requirements of the IOC and confirms the eligibility of the three qualified Russian players Polina Mikhailova, Maria Dolgikh and Alexander Shibaev to play at Rio 2016.If ITTF’s ongoing testing program and/or further findings from Prof. McLaren’s extended mandate reveals any potential anti-doping rule violation or wrongdoing, the ITTF will take immediate action to investigate and take sanction within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code and the ITTF’s applicable regulations.The ITTF will continue to take doping issues very seriously and do everything in its power to ensure that table tennis stays clean, not just at the Olympic Games, but in all levels of table tennis.The Olympic table tennis event runs between 6-17 August at Riocentro Pavilion 3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

National Record of Amel Tuka at the Meeting in Trent

first_imgAmel Tuka, winner of the bronze medal in Beijing, performed yesterday at a training meeting in Trent, Italy.Precisely Tuka’s performance drew the most attention. Competition disciplines in which Amel Tuka performed are unofficial non-Olympic disciplines. He performed in races of 300 meters and 600 meters.Looking at the results achieved and considering the strong wind, we can only imagine what performances of Amel Tuka will look like at the European Championships in Amsterdam and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as at meetings that will precede these competitions.In the race of 600 meters, Tuka also ran the best national result and won the first place. In the moment of passing the end line, the scoreboard showed the time of 1:16,09. Tuka left behind his team colleague, the Slovenian Žan Rudolf, who ran the 600 meters in 1:17,05.Tuka ended the race of 300 meters on the second place, running that section in 34,46 seconds, stated the Athletic Federation of BiH.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

Giro Bambino broke the Record this Year!

first_imgIn the organization of the Giro di Sarajevo association, the ninth Giro Bambino was held. Namely, Giro Bambino is a small bicycle school, where more than 150 girls and boys participated, and this year broke the record of this event.With the polygon, which was adapted to the children’s’ age, the children all the time had the assistance of members of the Giro di Sarajevo.This year’s Giro Bambino was held in partnership with the M-Bike Shop.STlast_img

Brandon O’Neal of Conway Springs pled guilty to 2 arson charges; will spend another 4 years in prison

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brandon O’ Neal, 20, of Conway Springs is expected to spend four more years in prison, minus good behavior, as part of a plea bargain agreement between his attorney and Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer.O’Neal pled guilty to arson, a level 3 felony; and aggravated arson, a level 7 felony. Subsequently, the attorney threw out the charge of burglary of a motor vehicle, a level 9 felony; non-residential burglary, a level 7 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.O’Neal was convicted for a Sept. 12, 2012 theft which he entered a neighbor’s dwelling on North Conway Springs Road and stole guns, jewelry, a video camera, cash, a saxophone and an iPod. He spent 10 days in state prison before being released on probation. During his probationary period, O’Neal then pled guilty to creating a scheme in which he set two fires inside his home on 822 Chicaskia Road, southeast of Conway Springs when his father, Donald O’Neal was sleeping at the residence upstairs on June 12, 2013. He was then accused of setting three fires to two outbuildings at the residence.O’Neal was then accused of breaking into the neighbor son’s 1995 Chevrolet pickup and stealing a hammer from the cab, and also entering a shed and stealing a gas can and two cans of paint before the incident. He then allegedly set these items up in an attempt to make it look like the neighbor was the person starting the fires.On October 8, 2013, Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin sent O’Neal to prison for probation violation. He also set up a trial date for the four felony charges. The O’Neal jury trial was set for this February before the plea bargain was made.Spencer said O’Neal is currently serving out a sentence for a probation which will end by November. He will then begin his sentence for the arson convictions. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Good · 339 weeks ago keep it up spencer and judges. we may get some law and order yet in town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Good · 339 weeks ago and sumner county Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down With Good · 339 weeks ago That’s insane. He needs more since he did it intentional, that’s like a slap on the wrist. I’m with Good keep it up judges and Spencer Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 339 weeks ago Hey Cueball, since you locked the other story, I’ll ask you here. What’s Kerwin going to do, charge half the city of wellington with adultery from here out? There’s plenty of that here in Wellington, as you know, and by some pretty well-known, highly regarded individuals. Doesn’t seem like a good venue to impose your way of thinking with an archaic law. Just saying… Maybe he just felt he “had to charge somebody with something because there was a shooting…” in which case, perhaps its understood. Maybe you can write a column about – you know – is it Kerwin’s intention to legislate people’s private behavior…? Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Messi to have third child

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is to become a father for the third time, the Barcelona star’s wife Antonella Rocuzzo confirmed on Sunday.“Family of 5 #Blessed,” Rocuzzo posted on Instagram alongside a picture of Messi and the couple’s two sons Thiago (four) and Matteo (two).Messi, 30, and Rocuzzo, 29, got married in their native city of Rosario, Argentina, in July in a celebration described as the “wedding of the century” by the Argentine press.last_img

Florida Sheriff Says He Will Deputize Gun Owners if Violent Protests Erupt

first_imgDaniels provided no indication in a three-minute video that was released Wednesday of any imminent demonstrations in his county.Still, he said that if anyone begins “tearing up Clay County,” he would deputize gun owners if needed. Daniels said his office has a “great relationship” with the community. A Florida sheriff is getting noticed for using social media to make a statement that could put gun owners on equal footing with law enforcement.Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels says he will deputize every gun owner in his county, if that is what it takes to put down violent protests that his deputies cannot handle on their own.last_img

Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ Dennison in UP loss to FEU

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene But their duel has been one-sided and the trend continued on Sunday when Dennison led Far Eastern University, 78-57, over Desiderio’s University of the Philippines in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.READ: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDesiderio, who was averaging 21 points a game heading into the matchup, ran into Dennison and FEU and he had little to show with only nine points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field.“I was expecting Dennison to come out like that,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “He knew everything that I was going to do, and I really struggled on offense.” View comments FEU’s Ron Dennison shoots over UP’s Paul Desiderio during their game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. The Tamaraws won, 78-59. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio and Ron Dennison have a long history together.The two were teammates in University of Visayas and entered the UAAP in Season 76 and have crossed paths ever since.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Falcons soar to 3rd win, dump Red Warriors MOST READ LATEST STORIES READ: Familiarity helps Dennison stop DesiderioDennison was also effecting on the offensive end with16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.Dennison made a name for himself as a gritty defender but Desiderio wasn’t surprised with how the FEU guard excelled on both ends of the floor.Dennison averaged just 2.1 points a game in his first four years in the league, but he has proven this season he can be lethal on offense as well as one of the team’s primary scoring options.“Ron really is a great defender since high school, he knew every single one of my moves. I really struggled against him,” said Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “And I’m not really surprised that he’s been scoring a lot lately because he’s really a great basketball player.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more