MUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado was the hero Arellano needed and on Tuesday, he made sure everyone knew.The speedy playmaker drained the game-winning one-hander with 0.3 seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Abdel Poutouochi to carry the Chiefs to a thrilling 73-72 overtime victory over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Despite his impressive showing, the Cagayan de Oro-born guard almost went down as the goat as he muffed two freebies with 9.8 seconds left in regulation which could have iced the game.JRU took advantage as Tey Teodoro recovered the ball in the waning seconds and found Jed Mendoza who banked the game-tying trey from the left wing with 0.2 ticks left to send the game to overtime at 62-all.Zach Nicholls also found his range, shooting 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers and four boards, while Lervin Flores got seven points and 15 rebounds in the victory.It was a tough outing for Mendoza, who split his freebies to put the Heavy Bombers up by one, 72-71, with 4.0 seconds remaining in the extra period, but saw his efforts go down the drain no thanks to Salado’s superb finish.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ SALADO WINS IT! #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/tti4bQGFKA— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 18, 2017 “We’re so happy and I don’t know how to describe it,” remarked coach Jerry Codiñera. “The game was so intense and it was a huge character builder for us because we built our trust on each other.”Salado fired 25 points, on top of eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals to lead Arellano to its second win in three outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MJ Dela Virgen topscored for JRU (1-2) with 15 points and four rebounds, while Tey Teodoro also collected 15 markers and three boards before going down with cramps in overtime.The Scores:ARELLANO 73 – Salado 25, Nicholls 13, Flores 7, Enriquez 6, Canete 6, Meca 4, Villoria 4, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Alcoriza 4, Dela Cruz 0, Rivera 0, Padilla 0, Concepcion 0, Abanes 0.JRU 72 – Dela Virgen 15, Teodoro 15, Poutouochi 11, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Abdul Razak 4, Lasquety 3, David 2, Castor 2, Bordon 1.Quarters: 15-17, 28-35, 44-48, 62-62, 73-72. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday. Photo: Moinul IslamThe extramarital affair of Rangpur public prosecutor (PP) Rathish Chandra Bhoumik’s wife was the reason behind his murder.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed said this at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday.Rathish’s wife Snigdha Sarker confessed to RAB that she had an extramarital affair with her colleague Kamrul Islam and they planned to murder Rathish two months ago.Both Snigdha and Kamrul are teachers of Tajhaat High School of Rangpur.Rathish was killed on Thursday night. He was first made unconscious as 10 sedative pills were mixed with his food. They then strangled him to death, Benazir said quoting Snigdha’s confessional statement.The body was then left at the basement of an under-construction building in Mollahat area of Tajhaat with the help of two youths.On Snigdha’s confession, RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am Wednesday, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. The PP’s brother Sushanta Bhoumik identified the body of Rathish. Four including Snigdha and Kamrul have been so far arrested in this connection.Rathish, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing on Friday morning.Read More:Missing Rangpur PP found dead
Responding to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to BJP’s Kiran Bedi for a public debate, Maken said, “This will be a healthy tradition. I believe a structured debate should take place in a mutually accepted TV channel or agency moderated by a mutually accepted anchor.”Maken, who is also the party’s Campaign Committee Chief, said a debate will enable the leadership of various parties to spell out their vision to the public by answering “difficult questions”.“I think this is the best way for the leadership to answer difficult questions that are raised and spell out their vision to the public in the age of Internet and social media,” he said, adding that at least “2-4 such debates” should be held.Through a tweet, tagging both Kejriwal and Bedi, Maken said, “Great! I am ready for a structured debate. Let the people of Delhi make a comparative assessment.”