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Tokyo Olympics organisers to slash costs by $280m

Thursday, October, 8 2020    

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — The cost of the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics will be slashed by US$280 million, organisers said yesterday, touting a scaled-back Games with cuts to everything from staffing to pyrotechnics. Read More

Cheptegei aims for 10,000 metres track world record

Wednesday, October, 7 2020    

Paris , France (AFP) — Joshua Cheptegei has already broken two world records this year but he now has his sights on a third when he attempts to break Kenenisa Bekele's 10,000-metres track record in Valencia today. Read More

JADCO acquires mobile testing unit

Saturday, October, 3 2020    

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has acquired a mobile testing unit to increase the testing capacity of the organisation. The newly retrofitted unit was officially handed over to the commission by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange in a ceremony... Read More

Semenya lawyer prepares testosterone rule challenge in European court

Saturday, October, 3 2020    

Johannesburg, South Africa (AFP) — The lawyer of South Africa's Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, barred from certain races unless she takes hormone suppressants, has told AFP he is preparing to approach the European Court... Read More

Ethiopia's 'town of runners' tries to outpace pandemic

Saturday, October, 3 2020    

Bekoji, Ethiopia (AFP) — Just eight months ago, 16-year-old Hanna Awugichew believed she was well on her way to becoming Ethiopia's next elite runner, having qualified for a national competition in the 400-metre dash. Read More

Ian Forbes declares he's not interested in JAAA top job

Friday, October, 2 2020    

Ian Forbes will not be contesting the election for president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association(JAAA), the veteran sports administrator announced on Tuesday. Read More

JOA boss Samuda calls for collective fight against COVID-19

Thursday, October, 1 2020    

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda made an assertive call for the fight in sport against the COVID-19 pandemic as he delivered the keynote address recently at the third edition of the All India Association of... Read More

World Athletics opens door for 'innovative' formats at Olympics

Wednesday, September, 30 2020    

PARIS, France (AFP) — World Athletics paved the way for changes to competition formats at the World Championships or the Olympic Games when it published its 2020 guide to regulations and competitions on Monday. Read More

'A genius'

Monday, September, 28 2020    

Following another stunning victory at the Doha Diamond League last Friday, where she experienced no ill-effects of the niggling Achilles injury which dogged her over the past few years, Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah paid tribute to her coach,... Read More

New Japan Ambassador pays courtesy call on JOA

Sunday, September, 27 2020    

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) continued to deepen its bilateral relations in sport with Japan in a recent courtesy call which the new ambassador from Japan, His Excellency, Maya Fujiwara, paid on president of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, and Secretary General/CEO Ryan... Read More

Duplantis nails 16th-straight pole vault win

Saturday, September, 26 2020    

Doha , Qatar (AFP) — Sweden's Armand Duplantis maintained his amazing form to turn the tables on world champion Sam Hendricks for a 16th-consecutive victory in the men's pole vault at yesterday's Diamond League meet in Doha. Read More

Elaine looks to keep good form going at Doha Diamond League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September, 25 2020    

World Leader Elaine Thompson-Herah will be going after back-to-back wins when she lines up in the women's 100m at today's Doha Wanda Diamond League meeting at the Doha Sports Club in Qatar. Read More

J'can shot-putter Nedrick's sexual assualt case put off

Wednesday, September, 23 2020    

The start of the case against national junior record holder Kevin Nedrick in Minnesota, USA, was pushed back by more than a month yesterday after the prosecution requested an adjournment, it was learnt. Read More

Registration now open for Virtual Reggae Marathon 2020

Tuesday, September, 22 2020    

Registration is now open for local and international participants in this year's Virtual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K event. Read More

Unbroken — an inspired documentary on an able amputee

Saturday, September, 19 2020    

LARON Williamson is an able, above-knee amputee athlete whose appetite for life lived to its fullest is demonstrated in his insatiable love for rowing and his deep conviction that one is able if you are able. Read More



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