Latest Athletics News (Week 3 March 2018)

Chronicles of a gallant teen athlete with epilepsy and autism

Thanks to Sport Relief, a brave Welsh lad James has found his ground. James’ condition was so severe that he was sent to foster care at the minor age of 12. He had been violent and aggressive because of his condition. It was his step-dad’s suggestion that he should get help from Pembrokeshire People First which is a learning charity that is funded by Sport Relief.

PPF supported James, now 27 to get into athletics as he represented Great Britain at Russia’s Special Olympics held in 2012. James said that he had learned to speak up for himself. He has been involved with disability awareness training and he has also trained with the police.He said that he didn’t feel the urge to act violently anymore and that athletics had really helped him to curb his anger and be more tolerant of things he hadn’t been particularly happy about.

 

 RM10,000 incentive announced for track and field athletes competing at 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Datuk Karim Ibrahim, President of Malaysian Athletics Federation(MAF) announced on Sunday that an RM10,000 incentive awaits every athlete who wins any medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia, this April. He said that the heavy incentive was decided with an aim of appreciating the sacrifice and contribution of athletes who were prepared to give their all for their nations. He seemed sure that this incentive would motivate these athletes more in preparing for the Games.

An incentive of RM5,000 was awarded to athletes who broke the national record at KL2017, while RM1,000 awaited gold medal winners. Ibrahim stated that it was his firm belief that the athletes would continue to fight and practice hard for the two most important competitions of the year, (Commonwealth Games and Asian Games) after KL2017 and that their hard work should be awarded.

 

Ukrainian Athletes, who had failed drug tests right before IAAF World Championships, banned

OlhaZemylak and OlesyaPovkh have been banned for eight years and four years respectively by The Ukranian Athletic Federation (UAF). The Ukrainian sprinters had tested positive on the eve of last year’s IAAF World Championships.UAF Executive Committee banned them shortly after Athletics Integrity Unit(AIU ) delegates had visited Kiev on Sunday.

Zemylak had previously tested positive for norandrosterone at the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships as a teenager. As this is her second offence, she finds herself on the receiving side of the longer ban, which effectively ends the 28-year old’s career. The name of the substance they allegedly tested positive for hasn’t yet been published. Zemylak and Povkhare banned till 2025 and 2021 respectively.

Ukraine become infamous as they now have the second worst recent doping record in athletics, only behind Russia.