Anna Chicherova fails to win doping appeal
With doping retest ongoing for a number of athletes, Russian high jumper was tested positive for banned steroid turinabol when her samples were handed to be re-analysed. The 35-year-old Russian won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic, but he has now been stripped of that achievement following the test results. Chicherova’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (Cas) went in vain as the organisation dismissed her claim. Now that Anna is stripped off her medal, it could be handed over to sixth-placed American Chaunte Lowe. As the 4th and 5th placed Russian athlete Yelena Slesaranko and Ukranian Vita Palamar also lost their qualification for failing in doping. Chicherova was devastated and shocked learning the test results. She was of the opinion that she was always sure about the medicines and supplements she was using and has vowed to prove her innocence and clear her name.
Deadline for bids to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games extended
30th September was originally the deadline in which Birmingham turned out to be the only bidder. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and an Australian were touted to be some of the possible bidders, but none of them came through. President Louise Martin of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has now extended the deadline until the 30th of November. In 2015, Durban came out as the winner in the bidding process but as it did not meet the criteria declared by the CGF, the South African city was stripped of the event. At the moment, more time is being spent on assessing plans following Birmingham’s application. That being said, the CGF requires more information and has a number of things to be sure about during the process. Liverpool were beaten by Birmingham in September to represent Britain in the bidding process, which was totally backed by the government.
Justin Gatlin misses out on the athlete of the year shortlist
Gatlin was the one to beat Jamaican super athlete Usain Bolt to win gold in August in London but for the first time since 2004 that he has failed to be the athlete of the year shortlist. Gatlin has a history of serving for doping ban twice in his career as it has played a factor in his nomination multiple times. British athlete Mo Farah is included in the list retaining the 10,000 m. South African Wayde van Niekerk will give tough competition to Farah for the title as he retained his world 400m title. South African Caster Semenya and Australia’s Sally Pearson are some other notable nominees in the list.