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Kaanjuka, Mayova shine at Namibian Athletics Championships in Windhoek

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka / Photo Copyrights: Namibia Sport

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka and Globine Mayova were the stars of the show as they both won the sprint doubles at the Bank Windhoek National Senior Athletics Championships over the weekend.

Potgieter erases SA triple jump mark at Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Germiston

Charlene Potgieter in Action / Photo credit: Charlene Potgieter page

Charlene Potgieter broke the South Africa record in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 13.61m at the first Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Germiston on Saturday which also saw one World Indoor Championships qualifier and athletes qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

Time running out to Show Your Best and win a trip to London 2012 Olympics

Be inspired, Show Your Best to da world / IOC

The first deadline for submissions to 'Show Your Best', to be in with a chance of winning one of two trips to the London 2012 Olympic Games has been set for Thursday March 1st, 2012.

IOC's Rogge & UN's Ban-ki-Moon set for weekend visit to OYDC in Lusaka

IOC logo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a joint visit to the Olympic Youth Development Centre and other community sports projects this upcoming weekend in Lusaka, Zambia.

Diamond returns with win over Herunga at Khomas Regionals

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka leads men's 100m / Photo: Namibia Sport

Returning sprinter Merlyn Diamond wins the women's 100m as the Khomas Athletics Region held its final preparation trials on Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, ahead of this weekend’s National Athletics Championships.

Kipchoge, Defar, Dibaba, Aman and Chepseba impress in Birmingham - Aviva Grand Prix wrap

Defar leads Obiri and Burka during the 3000m yesterday/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge destroyed Briton Mohammed (Mo) Farah on home turf, World leads and stadium records from Ethiopians Meseret Defar, Genzebe Dibaba and Mohammed Aman highlights African performances at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix meet in Birmingham on Saturday.

Flu stops Cheruiyot from Birmingham Grand Prix showdown

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships

Kenya's double world 5000 and 10,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, has had to withdraw from this Saturday’s Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham after coming down with a bout of flu.

Moroccans Akkaoui, Selsouli and Iguider shine in Lievin

Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco) at Doha 2010/Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Moroccans Malika Akkaoui and Meryem Selsouli set national records in the women's 800 & 1500 metres and compatriot Abdelaati Iguider won the men's 1500 metres in world leading time at the Meeting Pas de Calais (an IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting) in Liévin, France on Tuesday.

Vivian Cheruiyot to kickstart 2012 season in Birmingham

Vivian Cheruiyot at the Laureus Awards/ Photo: Getty/Laureus

Four-time World Champion and 2011 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Vivian Cheruiyot will run her only indoor race this season at the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday, as she steps up preparations for London 2012 Olympic gold.

Kenyans Chepseba and Longosiwa storm to world leads in Dusseldorf

Start of the men's 5000m in Düsseldorf 2012 / Photo: Organisers

Kenyan Thomas Longosiwa produced a stunning last lap sprint to set a world leading 12:58.67; Compatriot Nixon Chepseba produced a 3:35.53 world lead and Ignisious Gaisah scored one over Khotso Mokoena to highlight top African performances at the 7th PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf on Friday night.

Egypt joins London 2012 International Inspiration programme

International Inspiration launch in Egypt (Ben Duffy Photography)

Egypt has been named the 20th and final country to join the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) ground-breaking legacy programme, International Inspiration.

IAAF's Coe and Bayi in Tanzania to inspire kids

Coe and Bayi (centre) with kids in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (IAAF)

Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi and IAAF's Vice President & London 2012 Organising Committee Chair, Sebastian Coe visited Kibasila School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this week to inspire Kids in Athletics

Namibia: Khomas Athletics Championships holds February 18th

Photo: Namibia Sport

The annual Khomas Region Track and Field Championship is billed for Saturday, February 18 at the Independence Stadium, Windhoek.

WADA President calls for Code support

World Anti-Doping Agency President, John Fahey / Photo: WADA

WADA President John Fahey has called on Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) worldwide to support the World Anti-Doping Code and to play an active role in the review process designed to strengthen the Code and the rights of “clean athletes”.

Cheruiyot and Pistorius win coveted Laureus sport awards

 Academy member Kip Keino and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year winner Vivian Cheruiyot/ (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)

Kenya’s extraordinary distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot was awarded the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2011 and South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius was presented with the Laureus Disability Award at an awards ceremony held at Central Hall, Westminster, London last night.

SASCOC lauds Oscar Pistorius on Laureus award

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa at the Winners Studio during the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Central Hall Westminster on February 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for Laureus)

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president Gideon Sam congratulated "blade runner" Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for winning the 2012 Laureus World sportsperson of the year award.

Ngamole, Bosman are South African champions, eye Olympic squads

SA's Coolboy Ngamole / Photo credit: Centerblog.net

Coolboy Ngamole made a strong bid for the country's Olympic Games squad on Sunday, setting his second qualifying time to win the SA Marathon Championships in George, whilst Charne Bosman defended her women's title, but missed the Olympic A-standard by nearly five minutes.

IOC up fight against irregular and illegal betting in sport

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) logo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s fight against irregular and illegal betting in sport moves towards implementation phase.

Athletics Nigeria restructures, appoints Egbunike as chief coach

AFN President Chief Solomon Ogba in Abuja 2008 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) restructures their coaching set-up, appointed zonal coaches with former African 400 metres champion Innocent Egbunike as chief athletics coach and set June 25th for London 2012 team announcement.

Kenyan star David Rudisha returns to Australian tour

David Rudisha at the Nairobi AAC 2010/Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Kenya's World 800m champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, is hoping a return visit to Sydney and Melbourne, for the Qantas Australian Athletics Tour 2012, will put him on the path to Olympic glory

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