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Nov 9, 2015

IAAF head Coe seeks doping answers from Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – Sebastian Coe, the head of world athletics, said he had given the Russian athletics federation until the end of the week to respond to a report into alleged widespread doping in the country that could lead to their suspension from the Olympic Games.

The independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday recommended banning Russia from the sport as a result of its systematic doping culture that “prevented or diminished the possibility of an effective anti-doping program”.

Nov 8, 2015

Athletics braced for damning revelations from anti-doping agency

LONDON (Reuters) – A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document’s authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA.

According to leaks to a French investigative news organization, Mediapart, the WADA report will say that athletics officials tried to extort money from leading athletes, including a Turkish Olympic champion, in return for concealing the fact that they had failed drugs tests.

Nov 8, 2015

Sport braced for damning revelations from anti-doping agency

LONDON (Reuters) – A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document’s authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at football’s governing body FIFA.

According to leaks to a French investigative news organisation, Mediapart, the WADA report will say that athletics officials tried to extort money from leading athletes, including a Turkish Olympic champion, in return for concealing the fact that they had failed drugs tests.

Nov 8, 2015

Athletics-Sport braced for damning revelations from anti-doping agency

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document’s authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA.

According to leaks to a French investigative news organisation, Mediapart, the WADA report will say that athletics officials tried to extort money from leading athletes, including a Turkish Olympic champion, in return for concealing the fact that they had failed drugs tests.

Nov 6, 2015

Coe’s silence not golden amid latest doping crisis

LONDON (Reuters) – Sebastian Coe has long been one of the most outspoken critics of doping in athletics yet the newly-elected president of the sport’s governing body has remained silent this week in the face of potentially its most damning drugs scandal yet.

Coe, in the top IAAF job for less than three months, is facing his sport’s second major doping controversy in the period, the most recent of which was labeled “worse than FIFA” by his former British athletics team mate Daley Thompson.

Nov 1, 2015

Carter and New Zealand scoop top awards

LONDON (Reuters) – Dan Carter completed a memorable weekend when, a day after being named man of the match in New Zealand’s World Cup final victory over Australia, he was voted the sport’s player of the year for a third time.

The All Blacks, the first team to win the tournament three times, were also named team of the year — for the sixth time in a row — at the ceremony in London on Sunday night.

Nov 1, 2015

Rugby-Carter and New Zealand scoop top awards

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Dan Carter completed a memorable weekend when, a day after being named man of the match in New Zealand’s World Cup final victory over Australia, he was voted the sport’s player of the year for a third time.

The All Blacks, the first team to win the tournament three times, were also named team of the year — for the sixth time in a row — at the ceremony in London on Sunday night.

Nov 1, 2015

Willams hands over medal to make young fan’s night

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand center Sonny Bill Williams is famed for his off-loads but it was his medal rather than the ball he handed over on Saturday night to thrill a young fan after the 34-17 World Cup final victory over Australia.

Charlie Lines, 14, ran on to the pitch while the players were celebrating their victory but was felled by a security guard.

Nov 1, 2015

Rugby-Willams hands over medal to make young fan’s night

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams is famed for his off-loads but it was his medal rather than the ball he handed over on Saturday night to thrill a young fan after the 34-17 World Cup final victory over Australia.

Charlie Lines, 14, ran on to the pitch while the players were celebrating their victory but was felled by a security guard.

Nov 1, 2015

Rugby-No end in sight to All Blacks’ world domination

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Newly-crowned world champions New Zealand have already been installed as evens favourites to win a third successive title in Japan in four years and the northern hemisphere nations will wake up on Sunday knowing the gap is a big as ever.

Saturday’s 34-17 victory over Australia in a memorable final secured back-to-back titles for the sport’s superpower, who have now won 14 successive World Cup matches since their shock 2007 quarter-final defeat by France.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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