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Russia given 2nd deadline by World Athletics to pay fine

Jul. 30, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — World Athletics gave Russia's troubled track and field federation a second deadline on Thursday to pay a $5 million fine by mid-August after saying the Russian Sports Ministry promised to clear the debts. The Russian Athletics Federation, known as RusAF, was fined $10 million in March, with...

FILE  - In this Jan. 26, 1974 file photo, Ben Jipcho of Kenya, left and John Davies of Wales take a hurdle during the Steeplechase Final at the Tenth Commonwealth Games, in Christchurch, New Zealand which Jipcho won. Jipcho has died at the age off 77, it was reported on Friday, July 24, 2020.  Jipcho was famous for being the runner who sacrificed his own hopes of a medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American and heavy favorite Jim Ryun to the gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. (AP Photo, File)

Ben Jipcho, the 'rabbit' who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies

Jul. 24, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

Ben Jipcho, a Kenyan runner who sacrificed his hopes of winning a medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun in the 1,500 meters, died Friday. He was 77. The Kenyan track federation said Jipcho died early Friday morning and called him one of the...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. During an interview with a German newspaper Sunday, April 12, 2020, Bach says the International Olympic Committee will face “several hundred million dollars”of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until next year. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Bach warns against Olympic boycotts, seeks re-election

Jul. 17, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach warned against Olympic boycotts on Friday while also confirming he will seek re-election next year. Bach seems certain to get four more years in 2021 after almost half of the 100 International Olympic Committee members from around the world praised him in an online...

FILE - In this Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 file photo, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen looks on next to Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands during the European Athletics Golden Tracks ceremony, at the Swiss Tech Convention Center, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hansen, the president of European Athletics and longtime organizer of the Bislett Games in Norway, has died. He was 74. The Norwegian Athletics Association confirmed Hansen's death on Saturday, June 20, 2020 saying there had been several complications with his health after he suffered a stroke on March 15. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)

European Athletics president Hansen dies at age 74

Jun. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Svein Arne Hansen, the president of European Athletics and longtime organizer of the Bislett Games in Norway, has died. He was 74. The Norwegian Athletics Association confirmed Hansen's death on Saturday, saying there had been several complications with his health after he suffered a...

Former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack, center, arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, June 8, 2020. A sweeping sports corruption trial opened Monday in Paris involving allegations of a massive doping cover-up that reached to the top of world track and field's governing body. Lamine Diack, 87, who served as president of the body for nearly 16 years, is among those accused of receiving money from Russian athletes to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions. His son Papa Massata Diack is also charged in the case. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Trial of Diacks exposes dark backdrop of track golden era

Jun. 18, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As Usain Bolt set the world ablaze, making athletics the hottest ticket at the Olympic Games, the sport was also being eaten from within. That grim picture has emerged from a corruption trial in Paris that has shown how the thrilling era for track fans was poisoned behind the scenes by a...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC to open talks about easing protest ban at Olympics

Jun. 10, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC said Wednesday it would open talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games. Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a...