Tyson will be watching, not running ING NYC Marathon, by Alfons Juck, deep thoughts by Larry Eder

        Haile in Berlin, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Tyson Gay is going to be at the ING NYC Marathon. He is not there to run, but to
watch his adidas team mate Haile Gebrselassie run the five boroughs! I am looking forward to
seeing that race as well!

Congrats to Berlin Marathon as their new title sponsor is BMW! BMW will take over from
real,-, the supermarket chain who has supported the race so well!

And, Stephanie Hightower, President of USATF sent out a press release on the lawsuit by Doug Logan, former CEO of USATF, noting that the legal matter would not affect the day to day operations of the governing body of the sport.

Yours truly had a successful eye operation, thanks to Dr. Anderson in Madison, Wisconsin and his thoughtful staff. I now have two working eyes, after cataract surgeries in 2005 and now, 2010. Thanks for the nice thoughts and notes! Eyesight is a miracle.



LONDON (GBR): Sporting bodies across Britain are braced for barren times ahead after Chancellor George Osborne slashed £300 million (471 million USD) from the budget of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) but claimed that things were not as bad as they had feared. Sport England, which is set to be merged with UK Sport in a bid to reduce costs, was one of the biggest casualties as the settlement represents a 33 per cent reduction in its grant in aid revenue funding by 2014/15. Like every other organisation, Sport England is optimistic that a change in how National Lottery money is distributed will help soften the impact of today's announcement. Some good news came as Osborne said the London 2012 budget of £9.3 billion ($14.7 billion) will be left untouched but is unlikely to offer much compensation to the areas where the axe has fallen the hardest. Warning was send to athletes who could expect a cut in their funding for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Insidethegames informs. It is unclear how the latest budget will affect London´s bid for 2015 World Championships in athletics.



MONTE CARLO (MON): "My big project over the break so far has been to buy a new house here in Florida. Since I moved here from Arkansas a few years ago, I had not really seen Florida as a real home so I'm trying to change that. My first house here is a place in Winter Garden. Now I just need to decorate it. I am better at sprinting than I am at decorating...so this could take a while," says fast sprinter Tyson Gay for IAAF. "This weekend I'm heading to Las Vegas with some other athletes. Usually when we are together it is on the summer circuit and it is all about track business. This trip will give us a chance to hang out and just relax. Ok - So I don't drink alcohol and I'm not a big gambler. But that won't stop me from having fun," he added. And next trip is planned to New York City: "Next, I am going to go to New York City. I gotta check out Haile running the ING NYC Marathon. There is zero chance I will ever run a marathon but my adidas team-mate Haile is the man and I want to see him tear up the streets of The Big Apple. 26 miles is the longest event in the Olympics and the 100m is the shortest so we don't have a lot in common. But Haile has the heart of a lion. I respect that in an athlete and I respect him."



KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic and world gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser is safe towards London 2012. The IOC ruling from 2008 about banned athletes says the sanction starts from more than 6 months. And she got exactly 6 months after suffering excruciating pains from a dental procedure and using medication to quell pains after the pain killer the meet officials gave her, proved ineffective. This incident happened before she participated in the Shanghai Diamond League track meet, in May of this year. Writes TrackAlerts.







AMMAN (JOR): The Samsung Amman International Marathon will take place this Friday under the patronage of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. A large media coverage will be present since the marathon is one of the largest events in the Middle East. Last year winners were David Kiptum of Kenya (2:20:48) and Tadelech Telila of Ethiopia (2:51:39).


ROMA (ITA): Maratona di Roma, the country's largest marathon with over 11,000 finishers in 2010 (March 20 next year), has been awarded the IAAF's Gold Label certification for their 2011 race, the only race in Italy of any distance to have earned the IAAF's highest certification level. In fact, the race is just one of 15 marathons in the world to achieve the Gold Label. "The news has had an exciting impact on the running scene here, and it goes without saying that registrations had a boost," said Max Monteforte, who manages the elite athletes for the event. He added: "It is the first time ever for an Italian running event." Writes RRW.


KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica's most successful female quarter-miler Lorraine Graham-Fenton received the national honor of Order of Distinction, Officer Class. Writes TrackAlerts. Graham-Fenton who holds the 400m national record of 49.30 secs, set at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2002, won the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics behind local girl, Cathy Freeman. She enjoyed an outstanding career which ended when she retired from the sport after the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.


LEVERKUSEN (GER): German Pole Vaulter Danny Ecker started with training for 2011. The 2007 European indoor gold medalist was thinking this summer when frustrated by injuries to retire. But the 33-years old jumper (593 outdoors and 600 indoors) still wants to know what he can achieve also in next indoor season. "But I know my best years are behind and once the end must come," he was quoted. At 2008 Olympics he achieved excellent 6th position.


LAUSANNE (SUI): The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Medical Commission has set up an "Ad-Hoc Research Working Group on Body Composition, Health and Performance" to address issues related to these topics in weight-sensitive sports, which met in Graz, Austria, last week. Preventing illness and injury in sport is a pre-condition to promote training adaptations and thus to enable optimal performances. However, the health of the athletes can be severely threatened by current weight loss practices with serious consequences. Among the three groups of sports is also long distance running. The working group, which is coordinated by Prof. Dr Wolfram Müller from the University of Graz, Austria, has been set up for two years and, during this period, will provide a forum for information exchange, collate normative data, publish a consensus statement and conduct symposia within the framework of scientific meetings, to name just a few of the several activities envisaged. Writes IOC.


NEW YORK (USA): Three elite athletes were forced to withdraw from the ING New York City Marathon, New York Road Runners officials announced. Americans Blake Russell and Antonio Vega, and Italian Rosaria Console will be unable to start the November 7 race due to injuries.


CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Scoop website in New Zealand writes that sports fans will soon have the opportunity to see many of the medal-winning Delhi Commonwealth Games track and field athletes in action in Christchurch early next year with the announcement of 2011 date for the International Track Meet. The earlier date of 26th February also aligns the event with international meets in Australia and increases the possibility of enticing some of the sports elite international athletes over to compete in Christchurch.


COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Legendary 400 m hurdler, world record holder and double olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses is one of two new members on the board of directors for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Moses joined neurologist Brian Hainline on the 10-person board. Also retiring from the board is Olympic gold 100 m medalist Evelyn Ashford.


NAIROBI (KEN): Before the 8th Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon this Sunday organisers remain optimistic the contest will see its first sub 2:10 time. Contested at an altitude of over 2000 m, the Nairobi marathon remains one of the biggest road races competed at high altitude. Writes The Nation. Reigning champions Moses Kigen (2:10:12) and fresh Commonwealth Games winner Irene Jerotich (2:28:57) hold the course records. There has been a Sh250,000 bonus price for anyone who breaks the 2:10 barrier and 2010 might just provide the winner. This year´s race expects to have over 15 000 runners.


PORTSMOUTH (GBR): Former champion Jo Pavey has withdrawn because of a bout of sickness from the 21st Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday. Writes David Martin. Pavey the 1996 winner from the country's top 10 miler, has not recovered from a recent attack of influenza and although leaving it until the last possible moment has accepted she is not in shape to chase the title she won four years ago. Her withdrawal will see recently crowned Commonwealth 1500m bronze medallist Stephanie Twell lead the British challenge against strong overseas opposition. The visitors include 2008 Olympic marathon champion Constantina Dita of Romania and Grace Momyani the Kenyan winner of the Commonwealth Games 10000m gold medal in Delhi at the beginning of the month. Saif-Saeed Shaheen a two-time World Championships 3000m steeplechase title holder has been added to the men's field for the 10 miles race over a flat and fast course.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF started an unofficial vote to select the 2010 Performance of the Year via the IAAF World Athletics Club page on Facebook. In the offer David Rudisha 800 m world records as main contenders. Also more world records of 2010 (Anita Wlodarczyk in hammer, Zersenay Tades in Half Marathon and 20 km, Teddy Tamgho in indoor triple jump). As for achievements Jessica Ennis and her double win in Doha and Barcelona, Mo Farah´s double from Barcelona, 100 m race of the year when Tyson Gay was faster than Usain Bolt. As direct results also add David Oliver´s 12.89 at 110 m hurdles and 205 by Blanka Vlasic at home in Split.


FRANKFURT (GER): Some sports in Germany are worried about the planned change about programme sponsorship in German public TV stations ARD and ZDF. According to this changes in the TV contract with the state sponsorship will not be allowed after 8 pm and also during Sunday and bank-holiday days. Excemption should be Olympic Games, Football World Cup and European Championships.


SHANGHAI (CHN): Hurdles hero and former world record holder and olympic gold medalist Li Xiang is back in the spotlight, and this time it's not because of any injuries. His most recent project is a graphic novel (an interactive comic book) with Nike.


NEW YORK (USA): In the November issue of Sports Illustrated 800 m world champion Caster Semenya shares details of her gender ordeal after winning in Berlin. In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated, Features Editor Angus Powers spoke face to face with Semenya about that difficult ordeal.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF President and Chairman Stephanie Hightower issued a statement related to the former CEO Doug Logan lawsuit against the US track governing body. "Former CEO Doug Logan filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against USATF, which we have anticipated for the last few weeks. USATF looks forward to the resolution of the lawsuit, which we vigorously will defend against. The filing of this suit and its ultimate resolution will not affect USATF and how we serve the sport. Although we cannot speak to the specifics of pending litigation, we can assure you that USATF is open for business and more committed than ever to achieving our strategic goals and serving all our constituents," the statement says as seen at USATF website.


NAIROBI (KEN): News from Kenyan behind the scenes. Kenya plans to bid for young athletes championships. Mombasa could bid to host either the World Junior Championships in 2014 or the World Youth athletics championship in 2013. Mumias Sports Complex and Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret are the other two grounds that will have tartan laid out in 2011. Athletics Kenya will also reintroduce the cross country jackpot in its season that is starting on November 6 in Kangundo. Another returning initiative is the Nairobi Diamond Meeting, a one day event planned for May 8 next year. The last event, Tusker Athletics Meeting, was held in 2008, but controversy over non payment of athletes who prevailed in the competition, marred it and forced the sponsors East Africa Breweries Limited to pull out. Nairobi Diamond Meeting will become part of a five-leg series of evening track and field competition run by the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA). The other legs will be held in Abuja, Rabat, Johannesburg and Dakar.


VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Good news for sports persons in Volgograd Region. The regional Duma representative and world star in athletics Tatyana Lebedeva worked hard and the Duma confirmed a new law which will support olympic winners and their coaches after ending of their careers. They should recieve around 30 000 rubles per month.


BRUSSELS (BEL): The Belgian cross country circuit is back and healthy. On Sunday the 29th edition of Lotto CrossCup starts with relays in Gent. Next meetings will be in Mol (Nov 7), Roeselare (Nov 21), Brussels (Dec 19, also part of IAAF circuit), Hulshout (January 2, 2011), Hannuit (Feb 13), Dour (Feb 27) and national championships in Oostende (Mar 13).


FRANKFURT (GER): German 400 m runner Niklas Zender (20) is switching clubs and will be member of LG Eintracht Frankfurt in the future. His new coach will be 1980 olympic winner Volker Beck. Zender who was World Youth (2007), World Junior (2008) and European Junior (2009) finalist has a 46.18 personal best. Currently is studying at University of Loughborough in UK and trains together with Martyn Rooney in Nick Dakin group. Zender will sit out indoors and plans to be back for summer.

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