Rotich retains Sao Paulo road title

Updated 22 January 2014

Rotich retains Sao Paulo road title

SAO PAULO: Edwin Kipsang Rotich of Kenya won the 89th edition of the prestigious Sao Paulo international road race Tuesday to retain his title.
Last year’s men’s race saw an all-Kenyan podium with Rotich besting Joseph Aperumoi and Mark Korir.
And Rotich again dominated as he gave the Kenyans their sixth title in the past 11 editions, timing 43min 48sec for the 15km around the streets of central Sao Paulo.
This time he bested Korir by 21sec with Stanley Koech third at 41sec for a second straight Kenyan one-two-three.
Rotich’s time was 36sec off the event mark at this distance set in 1995 by five-time winner Paul Tergat.
Knowing the course from last year made his task easier, Rotich said.
“I knew the course whereas last year was my first time,” Rotich told reporters, adding the Kenyans egged each other on.
“We speak the same language and talk to each other during the race,” he explained afterwards.
Another Kenyan, Nancy Kipron, took the honors in the women’s race, winning in 51min 58sec to succeed Maurine Jelagat Kipchumba as the Kenyans completed another double triumph.
Kipron saw off Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta and Tanzania’s Jackline Juma to add to her Rio half-mararthon success last August.
Kipron explained she had frozen on previous visits but this time “I changed everything — in my head, psychologically, training.”
“I told myself everything would be new for me,” said Kipron, who knocked 2min 45sec off her finish 12 months ago, when she placed eighth.
A record 27,500 runners participated in Brazil’s oldest street race as well as what is generally regarded as the main international event in the Latin American athletics calendar.
The race attracted a colorful crowd with one fan dressing up as the US president with a giant sash bearing the legend President of USA draped over his shoulder.
Another dressed up as World Cup mascot Fuleco while one man wore an Elvis Presley costume.
Somewhat incongruously, Globo daily also pictured the runners limbering up just yards (meters) from two homeless people lying sprawled on mattresses.
Some locals also help up placards to protest at last week’s decision by a Brazilian Football Confederation tribunal to confirm docked points for local side Portuguesa, which relegated the club and saved outgoing champions Fluminense from the drop.
Rotich promised to set a tough pace from the outset as he looked to retain his title and he duly showed the rest a clean pair of heels.
Kipron’s win meanwhile gave Kenyan women a fifth straight success.
The first Sao Silvestre was held in 1925 — just 48 racers turned up — but women only began competing in 1975.


Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

Updated 09 December 2019

Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

  • WADA's executive committee handed Russia the four-year suspension
  • Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year

LAUSANNE: The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data.
WADA's executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russia the four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over to investigators earlier this year.
Not only will Russia be ruled out of the next Olympic cycle, but Russian government officials will be barred from attending any major events, while the country will lose the right to host, or even bid, for tournaments.
"WADA's executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years," WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald said.
Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.
It will be up to FIFA to stipulate how a team of Russian players can take part in the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.
Euro 2020, in which the Russian city of Saint Petersburg will host four matches, is not affected by the ban because it is not defined as a "major event" for anti-doping purposes.
"They are going to have prove they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, (that) they were not involved in the doping schemes as described by the McLaren report, or they did not have their samples affected by the manipulation," Fitzgerald said.
The independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016, revealed the significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015.
It led to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) being suspended for nearly three years previously over revelations of a vast state-supported doping programme.
Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory was a key condition of Russia's controversial reinstatement by WADA in September 2018.
RUSADA chief Yury Ganus told AFP Monday that his country had "no chance" of winning an appeal against the ban, dubbing it tragic for clean athletes.
"There is no chance of winning this case in court," Ganus said, with RUSADA's supervisory board set to meet on December 19 to take a decision on whether to appeal the ban.
"This is a tragedy," he added. "Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited."
The WADA decision was widely predicted, with the body's president, Craig Reedie, having made a presentation Saturday to the Olympic Summit, participants of which "strongly condemned those responsible for the manipulation of the data from the Moscow laboratory".
"It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible," the IOC said, asking that the Russian authorities deliver the "fully authenticated raw data".
Positive doping tests contained in data leaked by a whistleblower in 2017 were missing from the laboratory data supplied in January 2019, which prompted a new inquiry.
Former WADA president Dick Pound, who chaired the commission that in 2015 made damning accusations of mass doping in Russian athletics, said Moscow had this time gone "too far".
"The IOC is a little bit tired about what Russia has been doing and so I see the IOC probably focusing more on athletes who are newer," Pound told AFP.
Pound acknowledged the influential role of Russia -- which in recent years hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as well as the football World Cup in 2018 -- "on many levels" in the sporting world.
"On the field of play, it is a big, important country. With China and the United States, it's among the sporting giants, so that's influential," he said.
"It's (also) influential because Russia hosts and is willing to host many competitions for international federations, especially those who don't have much money of their own, so they have a considerable influence among the international federations.
"And they've been quite strategic about making sure that they get Russians into positions on international federations. So they have an impact from inside as well as from outside."