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Nestlé grabs world sponsorship of IAAF Kids’ Athletics Programme

Nestle Kid Athletics programme with Wilson Kipketer

Nestlé is to become the main sponsor of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Kids’ Athletics programme, one of the world’s biggest youth sports development programmes, for the next five years starting this month.

Samsung extends title sponsorship of Diamond League series

2011 SDL: Brussels Diamond Trophy Winners / Photo: Gladys von der Laage.

The IAAF, which commercialises the title sponsorship rights of the Samsung Diamond League, is delighted to confirm that Samsung have triggered a contractual option to continue as Title Sponsor for the 2012 season.

Ethiopia backs down, lifts ban on 35 athletes for London 2012

Ethiopian athletes at the All Africa Games in Maputo 2010

Ethiopia has lifted an Olympics ban imposed on 35 athletes,including double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, following a training row at the weekend.

London 2012: Organisers reveal plans for World Sport Day in June

World Sport Day Launch at the Copper Box,Olympic Park/ Photo: LOCOG

Schools and colleges across the UK are encouraged to start planning how they are going to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on London 2012 World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, on Monday 25 June 2012.

Visa to sponsor London Media Centre

The Media Centre at One Great George Street, London/LMC

The London Media Centre (LMC), for non-accredited media to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be sponsored by Visa Europe.

London 2012 unveils anti-doping laboratory

L-R Hugh Robertson,Paul Deighton (LOCOG),Andrew Witty (GSK),Prof. David Cowan

The anti-doping laboratory which will operate during the London 2012 Games has today been unveiled by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

IAAF offers fans chance to become official poster of World Athletics Day 2012

2012 World Athletics Day Logo (IAAF)

The IAAF is offering all athletics fans around the world the unique chance to take part in an online contest to determine the official poster of the IAAF World Athletics Day.

Kenya pencils all-star marathon cast for London 2012

Patrick Makau WR in Berlin 2011 / Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun

Athletics Kenya has named a provisional marathon team of 12 runners, six women and six men for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London in a quest to win back-to-back gold medal.

South Africa's Zola Budd receives trophy 28 years later

Former world record holder & SA sensation Zola Budd / Photo: GlobeRunner.org

Former world record holder & barefoot running sensation Zola Budd received her Newsmaker of the Year trophy on Friday, 28 years after she had been selected to get the award by the Johannesburg Press Club.

Bank Windhoek Grand Prix to conclude in Windhoek on Saturday

Reigning sprint champion, Jesse Urikhob in action / Photo Credit: Namibia Sport

The Athletics Namibia’s 2012 year plan will kick off this weekend with the conclusion of the third and final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix series.

Record turnout at Namibian athletics coaching course

Namibia Training Clinic in Windhoek / Photo credit: Namibia Sport

The annual Athletics Course and Training Camp organised by Quinton Steele Botes, which started on Monday at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium, Namibia has drawn a record 357 participants.

London 2012: Olympic Park set for test events from February

Aerial view of the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium / © ODA

With the imminent handover of the Olympic Park to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the park is expected to host a number of pre-Games events for elite athletes, schools and members of the public next month.

London 2012: Olympics venues christened to mark 200th-day countdown

London 2012 Olympic Park Map / Photo Credit: Credit - LOCOG

To mark the 200 days-to-go countdown, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today confirmed new Games-time names for selected venues and spectator areas in the Olympic Park.

IAAF begins Centenary celebrations

IAAF begins Centenary celebrations/ IAAF

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) kicked off its centenary celebrations last week in Monaco with the unveiling of a dedicated section of the IAAF website.

London 2012: Seven Nigerian athletes hit qualification benchmark

Nigerian Athletes at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Seven Nigerian athletes reached the Olympic qualifying standards set by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), in 2011 to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Bada's death, a great loss to Nigeria - Obajimi

Lying in State of late Sunday Bada at the National Stadium Lagos/ PM News

A member of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Dr. Gloria Obajimi, has described the death of Sunday Olanrewaju Bada as a monumental loss to the nation.

Edwin Soi defeats two world champions at BoClassics

Wilson Kiprop and Edwin Soi (Foto: BOclassic/Mosna)

Fourth victory for Kenya's Edwin Soi at Bozen/Bolzano’s New Year’s Eve Run ahead of compatriot Wilson Kiprop with Ethiopian Imane Merga third and World Champion Vivian Cheruiyot repeats last year’s victory.

BOclassic: Out of two make three ... World Champions!

Mo Farah, Imane Merga, Edwin Soi & Silas Kipruto (Foto: BOclassic/Daniele Mosna)

The 37th edition of Bozen/Bolzano's New Year's Eve Run for the first time with three reigning world champions - title holders Imane Merga and Vivian Cheruiyot, half marathon world champion Wilson Kiprop.

Kenyan Komon runs another world-class time in Berlin 10K

Leonard Komon wins the ASICS Grand 10/Photo Credit: Berlin Runs / Jürgen Engler

Leonard Komon has again clocked a world-class 10K time in Berlin on Sunday. The defending champion from Kenya took the ASICS Grand 10 with 27:15 minutes, exactly matching the world leading time of his fellow countryman Micah Kogo.

Namibia's Naigambo wins gold at CAA SR Half Marathon in Swaziland

Namibian team at the 2011 (CAA SR) Half Marathon/Photo: Namibia Sport

The mountain kingdom of Swaziland this past weekend played host to the 2011 Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region (CAA SR) Half Marathon where former Namibian sports woman of the year, Beata Naigambo, victoriously crossed the finish line as champion in the senior women’s category.

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