RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ize-Iyamu’s trial over N700m alleged fraud adjourned Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF, who faces charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal, was adjourned in Paris on Monday. Less than an hour after the hearing began, the trial was halted for procedural reasons and postponed until June. The trial’s opening came five years after prosecutors began their investigation into Diack, from Senegal, who now lives under house arrest in Paris. Investigators have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests. Diack, 86, has denied wrongdoing and his lawyers said the accusations were baseless. “He is someone who dedicated almost his entire life to the public and to sport,” Diack’s lawyer Simon Ndiaye said. Diack’s co-accused include his son, Papa Massata, who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF, now known as World Athletics. Senegal has refused to extradite Papa Massata and he is being tried in absentia. The trial had been expected to last two weeks. But prosecutors sought the adjournment after receiving several “rather voluminous” documents on Monday from the Senegalese judiciary. They include the transcript from a November interrogation of Papa Massata and bank documents. Money laundering alone carries a jail term of up to 10 years in France. Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999-2015, was one of the most influential men in athletics. His arrest plunged the sport’s governing body into an unprecedented crisis. Prosecutors began their investigation after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid €600,000 (£514,930) to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prosecutors highlighted what they described as the “extremely complacent” attitude of the IAAF toward the Russian athletics federation. Diack acknowledges discussions with the Russians, but denies sanctions were waived in return for personal benefit, his lawyer said.Tags: AdjournmentIAAFLamine Diack
McGrathI have to say, Cupid is a pretty awful judge of compatibility. I mean, this is the cherub who brought you Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, Andre “Bad Moon” Rison and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, the Benson’s, Mark Wohlers and ball four … the list goes on. Even when the fat, naked archer got it right, it was obviously a mistake … I mean, he was probably hungry.Without question, the best sports couple is Takeru Kobayashi and the hot dog. Do you know what kind of rock-solid foundation of love it would take for you to sit there and swallow 79,000 wieners and still come back with enough lust to want to gobble down 50 at each sitting? That’s dedication. And it’s reciprocal, too. The frankfurters, despite being notoriously cardiac unfriendly, haven’t had a bit of ill effect on Kobayashi to this point, as he is skinner than Manute Bol after a six-month fast. Take one look at the 420-pound Eric “Bad Lands” — that must mean the unfortunate earth that is underneath him at any given point in time — Booker and his physique fit for an oversized bean bag chair, and it is clear that the tube steak is showing the K-man some love.”Take”-out also has become a millionaire for his unique talent for guzzling down wieners like Lil’ Kim does … well, wieners. Meanwhile, Nathan’s hot dogs are still more popular than those stupid floppy-discs of beef served at most fast-food eateries, and dominate the attention of the American public on the most patriotic of days, the Fourth of July. Again, Cupid must’ve been aiming for Mary Kate Olson when he hit the gluttonous Kobayashi, but regardless he created a match made in Roman myth. Point: Hot dogs and Kobayashi. 2.14 PCP — PoppyPoppyThe best couple in the sports world should be one in which each side brings the best out in each other, and what better place to do that than the playing field?With that said, any athlete involving singer Toni Braxton is disqualified. Remember when she tore the Dallas Mavericks franchise apart in the mid-1990s by messing around with Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn?Anyway, the best couple in sports is none other than Ivan Rodriguez and Ugueth Urbina. Not to imply or disrespect anything homosexual, but seriously, the catcher-pitcher duo in baseball is one that requires a strong relationship, and Pudge and Ugi had just that.In 2003, Rodriguez and Urbina hooked up on the unlikeliest of teams, the Florida Marlins, and made history. Pudge had signed a one-year contract with the Marlins in hopes of reviving his career, and Ugi came on board mid-season as Florida found itself in the wildcard race. The battery connection posted solid seasons but made their magic in the postseason.As Rodriguez and Urbina opened the playoffs, they found their cupid in Steve Bartman, who in the single swift of one hand helped the couple on their way to the World Series, and it was there they showed everyone their true affection for one another.As Urbina recorded two saves against the Yankees, he and Rodriguez celebrated the Marlins’ victories with a smooch on the mound. It caused a stir in the sports world, but really it’s just an extension of the butt-smack.Rodriguez and Urbina even had a honeymoon of sorts, jumping ship to the lowly Tigers the next year. Furthermore, the couple had their divorce this past season as Detroit traded Urbina to Philadelphia.Nevertheless, Rodriguez and Urbina are the Best. Sports. Couple. Ever.
When Kwesi Appiah takes to training in Ghana’s first session on Tuesday, he expects to do so with the full backing of the whole nation for every member of his squad. Ghana, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup will get their preparations started in Accra for next Tuesday’s first leg of the qualifying play-off against Egypt. With some criticism directed at certain members of his playing squad, the Black Stars coach demanded that the country stands as one for the battle ahead rather than according some players with a lukewarm reception. “I fully appreciate the many views that come from the fans. I respect their opinions,” Appiah told www.ghanafa.org on Monday. “Once someone has been chosen to represent the nation, it’s important that the whole nation stands by him. It’s about the nation and not personalities. “It’s the nation that counts. Every player will go out there with pride to try and win matches for his nation.” According to Appiah, the players will need to feel the love of the supporters they represent, which serves as a big motivation. “It is not necessary to target a player and make him feel not a part of his country. Whoever is chosen needs the nation’s support.” “The support spurs them. And it [support] can make the difference in certain games. They need it and Ghanaians will have to tally behind them.” he said. Ghana will host the first leg at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. Two-leg ties will be played between both nations with the aggregate winner going to the finals in Brazil next year.
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