This is just a few days since Kara and Adam Goucher had their first, a boy, who was born last Friday, September 24, in Portland, Oregon. Their boy's name is Colton Mirko Goucher.
Congrats to both families!
The Commonwealth Games has a long and storied past. The matches in athletics alone have been amazing. The 2010 version, which opens this weekend, is having both media and security problems. Neither of those have helped ticket sales, which are at a paltry 200,000 out of an estimated 1.7 million tickets available.
Security concerns have kept many athletes away. While UK athletics and many other teams have kept a stiff upper lip, elite athletes have several concerns: security issues, the absolute exhaustion many face at the end of a ten month season, and how to prepare for 2011-2012.
India has huge potential in the global sporting world. They have had some outstanding athletes in track & field, and I believe we will see many more to come. They apparently understand cricket there as well, which, I assume, like American baseball, is a wonderful excuse to watch a sporting event while consuming adult beverages in a warm climate.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games are not getting a break now. Caster Semenya, the World Champion from South Africa, has pulled out of the Games. Citing a continuing back injury, her team SA announced her withdrawal earlier today.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF will hire a new CEO after the board of directors voted for new leadership. Current CEO Doug Logan was in position for 2,5 years but after taken a performance evaluation the board decided they needed new leadership in order to move the sport forward the USATF writes in a press release. Logan still had three years left in his contract and reportedly is owed 1.8 million dollar. „I know I've made people uncomfortable, maybe some people have reached their threshold. I knew with the agenda I came to work with, this end was entirely possible." Logan was quoted in The Washington Post. Chief Operating Officer Mike McNees will take over the day-to-day leadership while the board commences its search for a new CEO. Des Moines Register writes that Logan's ouster could be a concern for Drake University, which tried to put its best foot forward for Logan during June's USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines. Drake wants to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials, but lost potentially one of its biggest supporters in Logan. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that USATF will have to give Logan a substantial payoff, possibly in the neighborhood of $1 million, unless there is cause for firing him. Logan is owed almost $2 million for the remaining years on his contract that was to have expired in December of 2013. Logan, who had alienated some in the volunteer-based organization with his outspoken, slash-and-burn style, is best known for the independent report he commissioned after Team USA's disappointing performance at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing that levied heavy criticism throughout the organization. He also set a public goal of winning 30 medals at the 2012 Summer Games in London. The U.S. track and field team won 23 in Beijing. Stephanie Hightower said the USATF board will meet in Indianapolis the first weekend in October to consider a proposed hiring timeline and other recommendations from a personnel committee. By mid-October, she said, a search for a full-time CEO likely will be underway. Logan, the former commissioner of Major League Soccer, assumed the helm of USATF after former Washington attorney Craig Masback left the organization to take an executive post with Nike, a USATF sponsor.
SYDNEY (AUS): Sprint world record holder Usain Bolt has touched down in Sydney and may even stretch out his famous legs at Wednesday´s night's Athletics Allstars meet at Sydney Olympic Park. Writes The Australian. Bolt suggested on his arrival at Sydney Airport that he might run the anchor leg of a celebrity 4x100 m relay, alongside cricketer Brad Haddin, boxer Danny Green and retired sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor. "I will probably a run a relay but I don't think I will be doing anything serious," he said. Bolt is primarily on a promotional tour of Australia, to launch a new Gatorade product that has been named in his honour. He was sipping from the bottle of his sponsor's product as he faced the media pack at the airport. Flanked by a Jamaican posse, Bolt signed a few autographs then was whisked away to his hotel in a black Audi. Wednesday meet will feature for example Dani Samuels or Fabrice Lapierre in serious pre-Commonwealth Games competition.
MONACO (MON): Steve Hooker looks forward to representing his country at the Commonwealth Games in India and is very satisfied with how his past season has developed he wrote in his IAAF online diary. Hooker especially mentioned the crowd and atmosphere at the IAAF Continental Cup in Split and the extra motivation he felt when competing for Asia-Pacific. Hooker will also jump this weekend at Great City Games in Newcastle.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Tariku Bekele has been announced as one of the favorites for the Dam tot Damloop in Amsterdam on September 19th. Bekele will replace Sileshi Sihine, who had to withdraw from the race. Previously announced were Moses Masai and Dutch top athletes Koen Raymaekers, Rens Dekkers and Patrick Stitzinger. In the women's race Lornah Kiplagat and Hilda Kibet will toe the starting line.
ABUJA (NIG): Former world junior champion and Nigerian relay member Uchena Emedolu has been banned by the Nigerian national sports commission. Emedolu allegedly dropped the baton on purpose at the 2008 African championships "One cannot understand why Uchenna Emedolu decided to frustrate his teammates at the championships. The dropping of the baton was not just once" Director General Patrick Ekeji was quoted in Vanguard Nigeria newspaper.
KINGSTON (JAM): Fast sprinter Yohan Blake wants to improve his start and then beat Tyson Gay. He said that for Trackalerts.com. „I had a wonderful season in 2010. I did well on the circuit with positive influence from Usain Bolt," said Blake who is part of coach Glen Mills Racers TC and improved to 9.89 and 19.78 this summer. „I need to work on my start and then I can get him," said Blake about potential duel with fastest US sprinter. On the other side he expects tough races also within the domestic scene. With Usain Bolt as title defender in both 100 m and 200 m Jamaica will still be able to send to Daegu three more sprinters in each race. The end of June Trials will be so very hot races with likes of Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Mario Forsythe, Michael Frater, Steve Mullings and world junior champion Dexter Lee.
NAIROBI (KEN): Eliud Kipchoge has been called up to replace Edwin Soi in the 5000m at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in India. African champion Soi has pulled out citing fatigue after competing in both the African championships and the Continental Cup in Split. 60 Kenyan athletes have moved into a training camp near Nairobi on Monday in preparation of the Games, in addition Kenya is entering relay teams for such a global event for the first time since Barcelona 1992 writes The Daily Nation.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Sweden's Gunilla Lindberg will be head of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission that will assess the three cities bidding to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, it was announced, writes insidethegames.biz. The 63-year-old, who was the IOC vice-president from 2004 and 2008, has been chosen because of her vast experience earned working on Coordination Commissions for five Olympic Games and her role with the Evaluation Commission for the 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games. She will head an 11-strong panel that will visit Munich, Annecy and Pyeongchang in that order between February 8 and March 5 next year before producing a report that is due to be published a month before the IOC Session in Durban on July 6, 2011, where the host city to follow Sochi will be chosen.
CHORZOW (POL): Polish media are informing that construction has began on a 43,000 sq metre roof to cover the Silesian football stadium in Chorzow, south western Poland - the biggest such construction in Europe. The stadium will be able to seat 55,000 spectators and will be the largest facility in Poland. The owners of the stadium have already applied to host the European League final in 2013 and were thinking about to bid for the World Athletics Championships in 2015, but later withdrew. For athletics important is that the stadium will have a track.
MOSCOW (RUS): More post-season athletics weddings in Russia. European 800 m champion Mariya Savinova married last Friday with middle distance runner Aleksey Farnosov. They plan their honey-moon in Croatia, both belong to one group of coach Vladimir Kazarin. On Sunday olympic relay gold medalist Yulia Gushchina married with former 400 m runner Ivan Buzolin who now works for Russian Athletics Federation. Their next destination is Portugal for the honey-moon.
MADRID (ESP): Top spanish middle distance runner Reyes Estevez (4th in Barcelona, but has world medalist from nineties) announced he will try at steeple distance in future. At age of 34 he tried in past years also 10 000 m and road races, but never a 3000 m steeple race.
PARIS (FRA): Surprise European 200 m winner Myriam Soumare of France will resume her training later this week. She ended the season after Weltklasse Samsung Diamond League final in Zurich and plans for indoor races in 2011. The main objective in winter will be European Indoor Championships in Paris next March.
ATHENS (GRE): Greek media are informing, that high jump world medalist Kyriacos Ioannou of Cyprus was included into the team for Commonwealth Games in India. He lost some time of preparation due to injury and subsequently could not jump in Barcelona. He achieved 230 in July at Athletissima in Lausanne. His participation in India is anyway still under doubt because of a personal matter. In next two weeks the final decision will be made. At 2006 Games in Melbourne he won a bronze medal.
SOFIA (BUL): Double World Junior Champion in 100/200 m Tezdzhan Naimova of Bulgaria will have her two years doping ban ending on September 29. She said for Bulgarian media she is in full training and plans to compete during indoor season next year. Naimova was banned in 2008 for tampering and attempted tampering during the doping control end of June that year.
MAYAGUEZ (PUR): The Caribbean Business website reported that Puerto Rico's Racheal Marchand has been stripped of her silver medal in the 5000m and bronze medal in the 10,000m for failing a doping test. Marchand tested positive for the blood booster EPO (Erythropoietin) at CAC Games, but she denied wrongdoing. „This is an error and I'm going to pursue this to the end," Marchand said. Marchand ran for the University of Iowa in the NCAA ranks, finishing third at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 2009 at 5000m. Informs RRW.
EINDHOVEN (NED): Eight Kenyans with sub 2:08 bests will headline the men´s field for Eindhoven Marathon (Oct 10). The fastest is Paul Biwott with 2:07:02 in Amsterdam 2009, but the fastest this year is Alfred Kering who posted 2:07:11 as second in Paris in spring. Great history is behind the name of Patrick Ivuti who won in past Chicago and Prague marathons. Other names Isaac Macharia, Charles Kamathi (former track world champion), Felix Keny, Nicolas Chelimo and Stephen Kibiwott. Women also will have fast runners in the start list. Ethiopian Atsede Habtamu won last year Berlin in 2:24:47, Anne Kosgei is last year Venice winner (2:27:46). Interesting debut for 10 000 m 1997 world champion Sally Barsosio from Kenya at age of 32 years. Informs RRW.
BATON ROUGE (USA): World Indoor Hurdles Champion, Lolo Jones just completed another successful campaign. Now it is time for a rest and to begin mapping her plan for capturing the next global title on offer, the IAAF Outdoor Championship. It is stated in a release published by trackandfieldnews.com. „You can't help but be disappointed by not winning the Diamond League", said Lolo. „Look, I am in this thing to win every chance I get to race. The competition is fierce in our event. Not a single one of the girls in a race expects to come out second. I think every meet the women in the hurdles provided the best entertainment for the fans. The stakes are a lot higher next year with a World Outdoor Championship on the line. I want that title. So, I have to be as ready as I have ever been. Training this go around is going to be important. Going back to fundamental things and fixing every flaw is critical. I had a great indoor season and a pretty good outdoor one. I'm not satisfied. I won't be until I can have a great season from the start to finish. That's what I'm shooting for in 2011."
LAUSANNE (SUI): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded broadcast rights for the London 2012 Olympic Games to Grupo Albavision, it was stated in a release by IOC. Grupo Albavision has acquired free-to-air television broadcast rights and radio rights in Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay. In August, Grupo Albavision provided coverage on the same platforms in these territories for the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
TEHRAN (IRI, Sep 12): At 3rd round of Iranian Club Champs Ehsan Hadadi achieved 65.90 in discus. Solid also the 220 in high jump by Keivan Ghanbarzadeh and new national walking record 1:27:33 at 20 km for Ebrahim Rahimian. Informs Heinrich Hubbeling.
ZIELONA GÓRA (POL, Sep 12): Euro medalist Przemyslaw Czerwinski cleared 540 in pole vault at 48th edition of Vintage meeting. Karolina Tyminska in preparation for Talence this weekend leaped to 616 in long jump.
CHORZÓW (POL, Sep 12): World record holder Anita Wlodarczyk got another 70+ mark with 71.54 win here in the hammer throw.
PRETORIA (RSA, Sep 11): At altitude national CC champions were Steven Mokoka winning the 12 km in 37:32, Juan Van Deventer the 4 km (12:04) on the men side. Malawi´s Mirriam Thole was the best in the women 8 km (29:05) but the title went to Lebo Phalula as second (29:39). The 4 km women winner was Mapaseka Makhanya (14:56).