Kenyan Government to launch Investigation, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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The Kenyan Government is putting pressure on Athletics Kenya to get the drug testing protocals done or they will step in with an investigation. Teddy Tamgho says no indoor as does Svetlana Feofanova, the true veteran of the women's pole vault, who competed against Stacy Dragila! The 32 year old Russian vaulter has decided that she would rest during the winter season to prepare for Moscow 2013. 

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Grand Master Teddy Tamgho, No Winter TJ, Focus on Moscow 2013, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Svetlana Feofanova, " I'm tired, " not vaulting indoors, 
photo by PhotoRun.net
Kenyan Gov to launch investigation
NAIROBI (KEN): East Standard informs that Kenyan Government will launch committee to investigate doping cases in the country. The Government will name a committee to carry out independent investigation over allegations by ARD German TV that doping is widespread in the country. Athletics Kenya Chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said plans are afoot to launch required investigation on the issue. He said the delay in the investigation was not deliberate but because AK had handed over the matter to the Government, who have the machinery to carry it out effectively. "We are in negotiation with IAAF to open up a new laboratory in Nairobi. IAAF is looking at ways to licence Kemri Laboratories as a certified centre sanctioned to carry such tests. But for the time being, we only have one place in the entire continent, in South Africa," he said.

Tamgho skipping indoors
PARIS (FRA): French triple-jumper Teddy Tamgho announced on Monday that he would skip the upcoming indoor season, opting to concentrate on his preparations for the World Championships in Moscow next August. "I'm doing really well. I no longer have any apprehension," the indoor world record holder (17.92m) stressed during a press conference at the National Insititute of Sport (INSEP) in Paris. "But in winter I don't have much to prove. I want to do lots of preparation, to take my time, not to drift about and risk arriving tired at the World Championships in Moscow." Reports supersport.com.

Feofanova not jumping in winter
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time Pole Vault Olympic medalist Svetlana Feofanova is already recovered after tree fractures. Current European champion has fell and got hard injuries in London Olympic qualification. "Fortunately I didn't need any surgeries after being injured. In spite of my bones has knit I didn't begin my trainings yet" Feofanova informed All Sport News Agency. "As a matter of fact I'll not compete during winter season 2013. I'll have 'hibernation'." 32-years old Russian is going to start her serious practices from the beginning of the spring and will be focused on preparations for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. 

Lebid is not giving up
KYIV (UKR): Nine-time European Cross Country champion Serhiy Lebid postponed his dream about tenth title at least for a year. 37-years old Ukrainian runner was aiming to take his tenth win at the last CC Champs in Hungary on Sunday but finished only 15th. "The cold Hungarian weather played a nasty trick upon me. I was frozen even before the start of our 10 km race. During the course I have been feeling so cold that my legs turned into 'stones'. But I'm not going to yield to circumstances. I have enough time for preparation for the next European Cross Country Championships. My dream about 10th title is still alive and I'll do everything possible to make it true" said Lebid to national media.



OTHER NEWS

KARLSRUHE (GER): The Indoor Meeting of Karlsruhe on February 2 will in the Europahalle the clash of all three olympic medalists in men pole vault. Renaud Lavillenie will jump against Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe. Meet record of 580 will be under threat (achieved by Michael Stolle and Sergey Bubka). 

PARIS (FRA) : France's best decathletes have changed in their usual training camp at Ile de la Réunion for warm weather training in South Africa's Potschefstroom. Under the supervision of Jean Yves Cochand, Bertrand Valcin and Gaëtan Blouin athle.com reports the team is hoping to count at least five or six decathletes who will break the 8000 points barrier in 2013. Currently Kevin Mayer, Nadir El Fassi, Gaël Querin, Bastien Auzeil and Jérémy Lelièvre are in Potschefstroom.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Rien Van Haperen has been appointed director of the local organizing committee of the 2016 European championships, while organizers also added sprinter Churandy Martina as the face of the championships. Van Haperen is facing a bunch of work as several sponsors as well as the date of the championships is still to be decided reports, Atletiek Week.

NEW YORK (USA): The oldest and youngest African-American Olympic medalists, Gabby Douglas and Herb Douglas, sat down for dinner this weekend in a meeting arranged by SI at the New York Athletic Club. Herb Douglas won the bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 Olympics.

DOHA (QAT): Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar (ADLQ), yet another addition to the country's world-class sport facilities and the only one of its kind in the Middle East, was inaugurated by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. He was joined on stage by Qatari sporting icons shooter Nasser al-Attiyah and high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim according to Gulf Times.

NEW DELHI (IND): Three days after de-recognising two federations, Indian Sports Ministry issued a notice to the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to remove a few contentious clauses from its constitution and hold re-elections for the post of president and secretary.The development triggered off speculations that the AFI could be the next federation to be de-recognised after the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and the Archery Association of India (AAI) according to Financial Express. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Thursday, 22 August 2013 is a date well worth a note because that's when DN Galan Samsung Diamond League will take place at Stockholm Olympic Stadium. Spectators are offered to buy tickets to DN Galan before 1 January 2013 together with tickets to the annual match Sweden-Finland for half price. DN Galan is the first Samsung Diamond League meet after the IAAF World Championships in Moscow which ends Sunday 18 August. Olympic Stadium will host the traditional match Sweden-Finland on September 7 and 8, 2013. 

ZURICH (SUI): The organizers of Weltklasse meet in Zurich, final of the Samsung Diamond League announced they will again stage shot put competitions the day before at the Main Train Station. It will happen on August 28, women as final meet of SDL and men as last qualifier before Brussels final. On August 29 to the final events of the series three additional events will be staged (men 200 m, men 800 m and men 4x100 m). 

FARGO (USA): Bahamian high jump world medalist Trevor Barry will pass the coming indoor season. The world indoor finalist 2012 is going to concentrate for the summer with World Championships in Moscow as main goal. 

BERLIN (GER): Discus olympic and world winner Robert Harting was named the Sports Personality of Berlin for the Year 2012. He was voted by sports journalists and sports fans. 

MUNSTER (GER): World junior silver medalist from Barcelona Lena Malkus was involved on Saturday in a car accident and came out with bruises. It happened on a slippery road. "Thanks to the air bag, I only suffered bruises on both legs, so I spent the day at home instead of beeing with the others in the hall," the 19-year-old wrote on her Facebook page.



VIENNA (AUT): Former Head-Coach of German Athletics Jurgen Mallow is now Vice President of Austrian Athletics Federation for the high performance. He is replacing former sprinter Roland Jokl in the function. Mallow works in Austria since 2010 as coach. 

REIMS (FRA): L´Équipe informs that olympic steeple silver holder Mahiedine Mekhissi confirmed he is already for a month training alone without his coach Farouk Madaci. They were working together since spring 2010. Agent of the runner Rachid Esmouni explains that they lost the space for dialogue but hopes they can work together in future. 

LONDON (GBR) : Commonwealth Games England (CGE) has secured another major sponsor ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Games. CGE, which already has National Express and Southern Electric as its main partners, is joining forces with Glasgow 2014 in its hunt for sponsors before the Games get underway and will announce its latest addition early next year they told Insidethegames.

LONDON (GBR): Former UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee told The Daily Mail he will not break his confidentiality code and will not write a book about his years at UK Athletics.  'I've had five offers to write a book,' said Van Commenee.  'But I promise you won't see one. They either become boring, a big ego document, or you reveal things and you look cheap. I can't see the point other than financial benefits.

LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson has welcomed Paula Radcliffe's determination to resume her career next year, insisting only she knows when it is time to retire. Radcliffe was unable to compete in the marathon at this summer's London Olympics due to injury, and lost her Lottery funding as she is no longer seen as a realistic medal contender in global championships. But despite turning 39 next Monday, the marathon world record holder said she is 'desperate' to return to competition in 2013 confirms The Daily Mail.

LONDON (GBR): Retractable seating is key to the Olympic Stadium's success, according to UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner. West Ham United were named as preferred bidders to become the stadium's main tenant. Warner said to the BBC retractable seating will mean "a stadium that can be used 52 weeks a year" between football, athletics and entertainment events. 




RESULTS

SION (SUI, Dec 8): Eritrean Tadesse Abraham won the 44th Course de Noël at 7.35 km with 20:04 ahead of Kenyan Patrick Ereng 20:04. In Switzerland living Portugal runner Bruno Albuquerque was top European with 20:29 as 6th. Kenyan Caroline Chepwkony was the top woman at 5.25 and defended her title from last year after 16:28. Second Cynthia Kosgei 16:29 and third another Kenyan Jane Muia 16:30. Fourth best European Elisa Desco of Italy in 16:58. From RRW.

BELO HORIZONTE (BRA, Dec 9): Giovani Dos Santos scored a Brazilian win at the 14th Volta do Pampulha clocking 57:04 at 17.8 km. Chala Lelisa of Ethiopia was second 57:14. Maurine Jelagat was the top woman in 1:07:08. Informs RRW.

MELBOURNE (AUS, Dec 6): At Shield meet ak Knox 2008 world indoor champion at 800 m Tamsyn Manou achieved 24.87 in the 200 m.



CORRECTION

KENT (USA): The 300 m time of Kenyan Carvin Nkanata was achieved on an oversized 300 m long track

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