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Former IAAF President, Senegal’s Diack, Jailed Four Years For Corruption1 minute read

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A French court was on Wednesday jailed a former president of World Athletics, Lamine Diack, four years after been found guilty of corruption.

Diack was also ordered to pay a fine of €500,000 while two of the four year jail term were suspended.

The 87-year-old Senegalese led the World Athletics between 1999 and 2015. The body was then known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

He was dragged before the courts on corruption and money-laundering charges linked to the Russian doping scandal.

Diack was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover-up test results so that Russia’s athletes could compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

During the trial, prosecutors said Diack directly or indirectly solicited £3.1m from athletes to conceal their offences so they could continue competing.

The Senegalese was also said to have played a role in the payment of $1.5m from Russia to finance President Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election.

The money was in exchange for slowing down doping cases targeting Russian athletes, prosecutors said.

Diack has been under house arrest for the past two years, making it unclear if he would actually serve time.

William Bourdon, one of his defence lawyers, had urged the judges “not to take a decision that stops him from dying with dignity, surrounded by his loved ones, on his native land”.

Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack, who is accused of being at heart of the scheme and several others, refused to attend the trial in Paris.

They claimed the French court had no jurisdiction as the alleged crimes took place in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan and Turkey.

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UFC 253: Israel Adesanya Knocks Out Paulo Costa

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The UFC 253 main event was expected to be an evenly matched battle of undefeated fighters. Instead, the UFC middleweight title bout turned into a rout.

Nigerian born Israel Adesanya (20-0) destroyed Brazil’s Paulo Costa (12-1) inside of two rounds on Saturday night. Adesanya earned a TKO at the 3:59 mark of the second round of their fight in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Adesanya used a pinpoint kicking game to slow the brash Costa, who threw a white belt at Adesanya during their face-off at Friday’s weigh-ins. Over and over he landed precise kicks to Costa’s lead leg, which slowed Costa, who is known to load up for heavy power shots.

Costa did his best to mask his pain, but by the second round, it was obvious the end was a matter of time. Adesanya wobbled Costa with a huge head kick, which opened a cut on Costa’s forehead. A perfect left hand to the temple dropped Costa, and Adesanya followed with shots on the ground until the bout was waved off.

The evening’s co-feature bout crowned a new light heavyweight champion, and one who would have been considered improbable just a few years ago.

Warsaw’s Jan Blachowicz (27-8) downed Victorville, Calif.’s Dominick Reyes (12-2) in the second round, earning a TKO at the 4:36 mark. The 37-year old, who lost four of his first six UFC fights, capped a run of four straight victories and eight of nine to claim the belt.

Blachowicz used efficient combos followed by ruthless left kicks to the ribs to take the first round. By the second, Reyes’s ribs were horrifically swollen. Blachowicz poured it on, and a straight right which appeared to break Reyes’ nose was followed by an overhand left which finished things.

The bout filled a title left vacant in August, when longtime titleholder Jon Jones relinquished the championship in order to focus on a move up to heavyweight.

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Kenyan Athletes’ Doping Troubling – President Kenyatta

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Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has described cases of doping by athletes from the country as troubling.

President Kenyatta said this on Saturday during the reopening of the Nyayo Stadium which has been under renovation and upgrading since 2017.

He also directed the sports ministry to enhance anti doping education among athletes.

“We have had the use of illicit products among our sportsmen. Even-though this cases are tiny, they are troubling,” he said. “Provide resources for enhanced anti-doping education, testing and reporting on a regular basis.”

The President said Kenya’s reputation has been built on a foundation of competing clean and winning fairly.

According to Kenyatta, Nyayo Stadium upgrade is not an isolated case and by next year Kenya Defence Forces will also have their own stadium in Langata.

He said the ministry should resume preparation for Olympics and Paralympics and coordinate on how athletes can resume competing abroad.

The Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohammed, thanked the president for his support in making all the changes required for the stadium.

“The track is in good shape and we will put to test in a few days with the Kipkeino Classic,” she said. “Several international sports bodies have sent their representatives to inspect this facility (Nyayo Stadium) and have rated it among the best on the African continent. “

Amina said the World Athletics gave the 45,000-seat Nyayo National Stadium clean bill of health ahead of planned World Continental Tour dubbed Kip Keino Classic on October 3.

Nyayo Stadium was closed in 2017 for renovations to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (Chan), which was later moved to Morocco over unpreparedness.

The stadium was briefly opened to host a Kenyan Premier League match between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards in August 2017 then closed again for renovation.

It was then partially reopened for Beyond Zero Half Marathon on March 8 and February 11 for former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s state funeral.

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Zambia Invites 40 Players To CHAN 2021 Camp

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has invited 40 players for the 2021 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) camp.

This was revealed by the Milutin Micho Sredojevic, Head Coach of the Zambian men’s football national team, on Friday.

The Serbian manager said that the list would be eventually pruned to 23 for the competition to be hosted by Cameroon in January 2021.

The all locally based squad will enter residential camp on Sunday, September 28th.

The 11-year-old championship is meant for players in the domestic leagues of African countries.

“The players will commence camping on Sept. 28 and after one week, they will be reduced to 23 players. Thereafter, the team will play international friendlies against Malawi, Kenya and South Africa in October.

“We are also planning two other international friendlies against Rwanda and Libya,’’ he said.

The Serbia-born tactician said the friendly matches would assist the team to ascertain their level of preparedness for the competition.

He said the Zambian Premier League scheduled to start in October would assist the players to sharpen their skills and be in good form.

Sredojevic said the national team would play Botswana in AFCON qualifier at home and away in November.

“After Christmas, we shall come out with a comprehensive programme to prepare for the CHAN tournament. From there, we will know the players that will represent Zambia in Cameroon 2021,’’ he said.

Morocco is the defending champion of the CAF African Nations Championship.

FAZ also announced that the Copper Bullets will play a friendly against the Flames of Malawi on October 7th at Nkoloma Stadium. Zambia will then travel to South Africa for another friendly match against Bafana Bafana on October 10th before facing Kenya.

Among the invitees are NAPSA Stars star midfielder, Collins Sikombe, who scored the only goal of the game when Zambia played their last match at Nkoloma Stadium on March 12 beating the Flames 1-0; Zesco United new duo of Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba and Bruce Musakanya; and youngsters including Patrick Gondwe, Ricky Banda, Thomas Zulu, and Jackson Kakunta.

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)
Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Sebastian Mwange (Green Eagles), Richard Nyirenda (Nchanga Rangers)

(DEFENDERS)
Gift Zulu (Nkana), Kondwani Chiboni, Benson Sakala, Zachariah Chilongoshi (all Power Dynamos), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Pride Mwansa (Nkwazi), Kebson Kamanga (Zanaco), Luka Banda, Luka Ng’uni (both Napsa Stars), Isaac Shamujompa, Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors)

(MIDFIELDERS)
Leonard Mulenga, Robin Siame (both Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Kapumbu, Boyd Musonda (both Zanaco), Gozon Mutale (Green Eagles), Thomas Zulu (Nkwazi), Laurent Muma (Forest Rangers), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Godfrey Ngwenya, George Chisala (both Power Dynamos), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars), Chaniza Zulu (Lumwana Radiants), Clement Mundia (Kabwe Warriors), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Patrick Gondwe (Nkana), Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga (Zesco United), Webster Muzaza (Forest Rangers)

(STRIKERS)
Emmanuel Chabula (Nkwazi), Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba, Jimmy Ndhlovu (Kabwe Warriors), Joseph Phiri (Red Arrows), Ricky Banda (Indeni), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes)

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