CAS Ruling Interpreted different ways, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

The recent ruling by CAS on LaShawn Merritt ruled that rule 45 by the IOC did not follow the IOC guidelines. The IOC has already come out in support of the BOC, as national federations pick their teams. More on this later!

LAUSANNE/LONDON (GBR): Different views are coming after the CAS decision in the case of returning athletes from doping sanction. Many athletes and NOC´s are affected by this decision and must surely be spirited to thank the USOC. In athletics for example Moroccan female runner Meryem Selsouli. She will be able to participate in the Olympic Games in London. The same goes for 2005 double world champion Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, Spanish walker Francisco Javier Fernandez and Brazilian Daegu 200 m finalist Bruno de Barros. From the group of athletes who´s ban will still end until the Games to mention Spanish long distance runner and European CC champion Alemayehu Bezabeh, French 1500 m runner and former world medalist Bouchra Ghezielle and Romanian European indoor medalist in shot put Anca Heltne. From the other side AIPS President Gianni Merlo writes that IOC President Jacques Rogge suffered a blow in the ring of the battle against doping when on Thursday, October 6, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne ruled that Article 45 of the Olympic Charter was inapplicable. British sprinter Dwain Chambers is on the other side considering appealing against his Olympic suspension after LaShawn Merritt overturned his own ban. The British sprinter is barred from taking part in London 2012 by a British Olympic Association (BOA) by-law that imposes a lifetime ban for doping. His agent Sazia Agha said: "Dwain and I just want the opportunity to read, digest and review the reasoning behind [US sprinter Merritt's victory]." Writes BBC. Former 110m hurdles world-record holder and world champion Colin Jackson believes the BOA is justified in its stance.

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that Asafa Powell who is the 2011 Diamond League 100m champion and former world record holder, is not ruling out the possibility of next year's Olympic Games in London being his last, but at the same time is not quite ready to put a timeline on his swansong. By the time the 2012 Olympic Games start in July next year, Powell will be a few months shy of his 29th birthday, while he'll be chasing 33 when the 2016 Olympic Games, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, gets under way. Powell, who will next month be receiving the University of Technology's Chancellor's Medal in recognition of his achievements in the sport, says he will certainly be approaching the London Games as his last, though he would not explicitly rule out the possibility of featuring in Rio.

CHICAGO (USA): The second fastest man ever over the standard marathon distance, Kenya's Moses Mosop, has been struggling with a sore tendon on the outside of his left ankle which he said will likely hamper his performance in Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The injury had already caused him to miss some training. Mosop, who clocked 2:03:06 at last April's Boston Marathon before setting world records for 25,000m (1:12:25.0) and 30,000m (1:26:47.4) at the Prefontaine Classic last June, was surprisingly frank with reporters here today about his condition. "For me this time I'm saying I'm not in good shape," he told Race Results Weekly in a brief interview. "I have a leg problem." US star Ryan Hall said he is in better shape than when he ran his personal best 2:04:58 in Boston last April, saying "I'm feeling good and snappy." But some feel his love of front running will make it hard for him to win. In his only marathon victory, in the 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City, Hall broke away from the field just past the halfway mark and ran the second half of the race alone in 62:45. Here, it will be hard for him to run away from the likes of Moses Mosop (2:03:06 PB), Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Evans Cheruiyot (2:06:25) and Marilson Gomes Dos Santos (2:06:34) amongst others. From RRW.

NEW YORK (USA): World 1500m champion Jenny Simpson will headline the first-ever Wanamaker Metric Mile for Women at the 105th Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City next February. Simpson's participation in the meet was announced in a joint statement released by the Armory Foundation, which owns the Millrose Games, and the New York Road Runners, which will be sponsoring and organizing both the traditional Wanamaker Mile for men and the new Metric Mile (1500m) for women. The meet, the oldest indoor track meet in the United States, is scheduled for a new date Saturday, February 11 (switching from traditional end of January), and will feature high school action in the afternoon followed by elite competition in the evening. The 2012 edition of the meet will be the first at the Armory, which boasts one of the country's fastest 200m, banked indoor tracks. The Wanamaker Mile for men has been held every year since 1926, and is named after Rodman Wanamaker of the now-defunct Wanamaker's department store. Informs RRW.


LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC informs that the 5th International Athletes' Forum gets under way on 8 October in Colorado Springs, with some 100 athletes from five continents taking part in three days of discussions on topics ranging from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Athlete Career Programme to athletes' entourage, betting and gambling and anti-doping. Jointly organised by IOC's Athletes' Commission and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the 5th edition of the Athletes' Forum will feature meetings, plenary sessions and working groups designed to give athletes a platform to exchange ideas of greatest concern to them, both on the field of play and off. For the first time, a day of joint meetings has been organised with the Athletes' Council of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), WADA's Athletes Committee, Continental Associations and athletes' commission representatives from the International Federations. The meeting will be held at the USOC Training Centre, where the athletes will engage in sports activities. The first two editions of the Athletes' Forum were held in Lausanne (2003, 2005), followed by Dubai (2007) and Marrakech (2009).

KINGSTON (JAM): Former Jamaica track & field star Donald Quarrie and world renowned sprint coach Glen Mills will be inducted into Camperdown High's Alumni Hall of Fame later this month. The duo, Quarrie and Mills were technical director and head coach respectively for Jamaica's team for a period including both the Beijing Olympic Games and Berlin World Championships. The function will be held as part of the school's 80th anniversary celebration on October 29 at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel. Writes Trackalerts.

NASSAU (BAH): Bahamas will be represented at the Pan American Games by a strong 13-member team in athletics. Donald Thomas, winner of the 2007 Osaka World Championships high jump title, heads the team, which also includes 2010 World indoor 400m champion Chris Brown, who is also the defending champion at these Games. Brown also helped Bahamas to the 4x400m world title in 2001 and Olympic silver medal in 2008. Laverne Eve, the 2002 Commonwealth Games javelin champion, and winner at seven Central American and Caribbean Championships, and 2011 CAC 200m champion Michael Mathiew, a member of the Beijing Olympic 4x400m relay silver medal team, are also included in the squad. Informs Trackalerts. Missing is world medalist from Daegu in high jump Trevor Barry.

EINDHOVEN (NED): The 2011 Marathon Eindhoven will be staged on Sunday (October 9) but you don't have to be in the Dutch city itself to follow what's happening in the 28th edition of one of The Netherlands' most famous and prestigious athletics events. Informs Phil Minshull. The race can be watched live on the internet regardless of where you are living in the world. It will be streamed live on the website of the local broadcaster Omroep Brabant, with commentary in Dutch, via the following link:

TOKYO (JPN): Ken Nakamura informs that 2004 Olympic marathon winner Mizuki Noguchi has been entered for West Japan Corporate team Women's Ekiden on Oct 23 in Munakata. It will be her first competition of the year.


TRENTO (ITA, Oct 8): Kenyan Edwin Soi won for third time in a row the 10 km road race, the 65th edition of Giro al Sas Trofeo Cassa Rurale di Trento. He clocked 29:16.7 just 5 seconds ahead of best current Italian at the distance Daniele Meucci (29:21.3). Third young Ethiopian Haftu Fikadu (29:22.7) beating former world medalist James Kwalia of Qatar (29:24.2) and Rwandan Sylvain Rukundo (29:25.5). Ukrainian multiple European terrain champion Sergiy Lebid was not able to finish due to a leg problem.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Oct 8): Eric Sigaki de Jesus won the Brazilian U23 Championships 100 m in 10.45 (0.0) and Pedro Luiz de Oliveira clocked 46.33 in the 400 m.

TEHRAN (IRI, Oct 6): At 2nd national meeting Reza Ghasemi equalled his own national record at 200 m from World University Games when he clocked 20.88. Hasan Heidarpoor won the 100 m in new life-time best 10.35 ahead of Ghasemi who missed his PB only by 0.01 clocking 10.36. Also to note 221 in high jump by Amir Hosseinzadeh and 61.20 in discus by Mahmoud Samimi.

TAIPEI (TPE, Sep 30): New national record for Chinese Taipei in men´s pole vault at National Intercollegiate meet. Hsieh Chian-Han cleared 531 cm, informs Heinrich Hubbeling.

DUBNICA (SVK, Oct 8): New Slovak U17 walking track record by talented Patrik Spevak who achieved at the 5000 m 20:39.97. Former mark of current best Slovak walker Matej Toth was 20:42.7 from 2000.

YAMAGUCHI (JPN, Oct 7-8): The 66th National Sports Festival started with Kasumi Nishihara winning the 5000 m in 15:23.80 PB. Mahau Sugimachi clocked in the heats of 400 m hurdles good 49.86. Yohei Sugai leaped to 785 (-0.1) long jump win. During second day Masashi Eriguchi won the 100 m in fast 10.14 (+1.8) ahead of Sota Kawatsura (10.22, PB) and Ryoto Yamagata who with 10.23 achieved new national junior record (improvement by 0.01). Under 10.30 also fourth Shintaro Kimura (10.27). National record holder Chisato Fukushima won the women 100 m in 11.24 (+1.6). She missed the national mark only by 0.03.

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