The IAAF Doping Review Board has today decided its first case of an athlete seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in International Competition as a neutral athlete under Competition Rule 22.1A.
The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has unanimously accepted the application of Yuliya Stepanova under Competition Rule 22.1A(c) as someone having made a truly exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes, fair play and the integrity and authenticity of the sport. Ms Stepanova is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete.
Ms Stepanova’s participation as a neutral athlete in International Competition is still subject to acceptance by the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition. The IAAF has immediately informed European Athletics of Ms Stepanova’s eligibility given that the European Athletics Championships will take place in Amsterdam in less than a week (6-10 July). Other international events organisers will receive similar notification of Ms Stepanova’s eligibility later today.
The IAAF has of today (1 July) received more than 80 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity under a separate provision in Competition Rule 22.1A(b), namely, on the basis that they are not tainted by RUSAF’s failure to put in place adequate anti-doping systems because they have been subject to other, fully adequate systems outside of the country for a sufficiently long period to provide a substantial assurance of integrity. The form of these further applications is being checked against the Guidelines issued by the IAAF last week and, if they are in the correct form, they too will be referred to the Doping Review Board for a decision on exceptional eligibility.
Apart from being the best player in Africa, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has become the first African player to top the ranking list of players in the Commonwealth.
According to the ranking list released by the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF), Quadri who has been playing second fiddle to players from Singapore became the highest rated player among players from the Commonwealth nations.
Among the 277 players listed in the ranking, Quadri garnered 2385 points to beat Singapore’s Gao Ning, which has 2384 to second place. England’s Pitchford Liam has 2277 points to occupy third spot on the ranking list.
Africa’s most decorated star, Segun Toriola is rated 12th with 2014 points behind players from India, Canada and England. Also Bode Abiodun is ranked 22nd with 1822points.
Prior to the May ranking, Quadri has been playing second fiddle to Gao Ning and as it is Quadri remains the best player among the players from Commonwealth nations.
In the women ranking, no Nigerian made the top 20 list as Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were ranked 23 and 26 respectively.
Meanwhile, Quadri’s aided his French team, jura Morez to remain in the elite division of the prestigious French Table Tennis League.
But it was not same story for Egypt’s Omar Assar as his club, Istres as the Egyptian failed the club from going into relegation.
With this development, Omar Assar will be campaigning in the lower division of the league next season.
African Volleyball Confederation “CAVB” Zone 7 has selected Madagascar to host the first edition of Beach Volleyball Cup in July 8 to 10, 2016.
The competition will take place in Soma Village Mahajanga, Madagascar. The arrival date of the teams will be July 6 followed by the technical meeting on July 7.
“We hope to have a successful competition to help the development of beach volleyball in our zone,” said Zone 7 secretary general Jean Michel.
“We expect to have many teams as Zone 7 with its 4 countries are usually interested in Beach Volleyball competitions specially Mauritius who have the honour to win the first Women’s Continental Cup edition in 2012.