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.
An initiative for online crop loan disbursement, launched here over the week-end, is set to extend a major support to farmers in the State, while the introduction of cooperative mobile ATMs will give them money at their doorstep. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the new facilities here while affirming his government’s commitment to farmers’ welfare.Mr. Gehlot had announced establishment of a ₹1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare in his Budget speech on Wednesday to pave the way for “ease of doing farmers”. While the fund will be utilised for getting remunerative prices for agricultural produces, natural farming will be promoted to reduce input costs and encourage traditional methods with an expenditure of ₹10 crore.‘Establish enterprises’Inaugurating the online disbursement facility, Mr. Gehlot called upon the farmers to go beyond farming and try to establish their own agriculture-based enterprises. He said the State government would support farmers in setting up food processing units, for which the requirement of land use change certificate would be waived.The Chief Minister announced that crop loans worth ₹16,000 crore would be disbursed this year, adding that the process for sanctioning fresh loans to farmers had started after their existing debts were waived.The State government will also open ‘Nandi Shala’ in every village panchayat to deal with the stray animal menace. Mr. Gehlot said there would be no shortage of seeds and fertilizers for both rabi and kharif crops and added that the new online system would simplify the process of distribution of loans and bring in transparency.
MANILA, Philippines—Looking flat out devastated when he left Cuneta Astrodome following their opening game against Columbian, Chris Ross had this fire in his eyes when he took on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT That couldn’t be more evident when his sights aimed for the bucket in the third period of the game. Ross, only five points in the first two frames, waxed hot for 12 more that quarter to help the Beermen erect a comfortable lead heading into the stretch.“I knew I had to be a little more aggressive because Alex and Terrence were out,” Ross told the press after San Miguel’s 99-91 victory over Ginebra in Sunday’s nightcap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just wanted to get going offensively and make plays for my team, so luckily my team was giving me the confidence to keep going, and I just kept going,” he said.Ross ended the game with 22 points—only second to Christian Standhardinger’s 26—to go with eight assists and six rebounds. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ The 33-year-old playmaker credits his prolific performance to a long break.“I went [back] to the States,” Ross said. “It was the longest off-season I’ve had in a while, so I got to get back to my old high school and just get a lot of shots in.”Ross made six pointers and figured as the spearhead of that Beermen charge in the third quarter which widened the gap by as many as 23 points.“Coming into the game, it was the trust they gave me,” Ross said. But he was also quick to had that he had help—in the form of Von Pessumal’s equally prolific marksmanship and Marcio Lassiter’s clutch basket.“Those guys are big time players. Von really had a good preseason … He came in a little bit stronger, gained a little more weight. He’s really been performing well for us in the tune-ups. And, you guys know what Marcio can do. So it was a fact of us kinda just waking up after that first game, coming out and playing well,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “We got it from everybody,” Ross added.Ross’ words of optimism, though, were also adorned with caution: That the Beermen are far from perfect.“This thing’s not going to be easy,” he said. “it’s going to take some time especially integrating Terrence (Romeo), and Christian and Paul (Zamar). And coach is giving Von more minutes, [along with] Kelly Nabong.”And as much as their offense was a big factor in the result, Ross pointed that their effort on the defensive end was just as crucial.“Our defense was really good today, and we know we’re going to get back to that if we want win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Celtics pull away in Game 3, close in on sweep of Pacers Damian Lillard scored 32 points, but he had just three in the fourth quarter after scoring 25 in the third. C.J. McCollum had 21 and Enes Kanter added 19.Oklahoma City closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lillard was held to four points on 2 -or-6 shooting and the Trail Blazers shot 37.5% in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGeorge hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw in the opening minutes of the second half to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 55-43. Westbrook backed down Lillard, hit a bank shot and was fouled. Westbrook brought out his “rock the baby” celebration, then made the free throw to put Oklahoma City up by 15.Lillard scored 23 points the rest of the quarter to help cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-82 at the end of the period. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 89 early in the fourth. Oklahoma City regained control, with Westbrook’s jumper with just over two minutes remaining putting the Thunder up 10. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates with Paul George (13) after a basket during the second half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.Paul George added 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will host Game 4 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated