The appeal will be against the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to ban them from this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.ARAF secretary general Mikhail Butov revealed they are currently putting together a legal team to lead the appeal. Among those who may work on the case is London-based law firm Morgan Sports Law.The firm recently successfully led an appeal to CAS from Tatyana Andrianova against the IAAF and ARAF against a decision to strip her of the bronze medal she won in the 800 metres at the 2005 World Championships following a re-analysis of her urine sample which had shown traces of banned performance-enhancing drugs. They also successfully appealed to CAS on behalf of Belarus’ Olympic hammer silver medallist Vadim Devyatovskiy to have a lifetime ban imposed by the IAAF from the sport lifted, despite him having been involved in several doping scandals during his career. Russia’s two-time Olympic pole vault gold medallist and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva is among the athletes expected to appeal individually to CAS. “A suit or suits will be submitted to CAS next week,” Butov told Russia’s state news agency TASS.”It is also necessary to completely determine the legal direction, but we have generally formed a group of lawyers with whom we will work.”I don’t known whether Mike Morgan of the UK will be among them, so far I’d rather not disclose the names.”Class actions will be filed for certain, but some individual suits are also possible.”We are going to have consultations with these lawyers in the coming days.”Then we will make the final decision.”The IAAF ruled last Friday (June 17) that a ban imposed on the ARAF after the publication of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last November following allegations of state-supported doping should not be lifted in time for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.It was decided that Russian athletes who had operated outside the country and could demonstrate they had gone through enough anti-doping controls should be allowed to compete under a neutral flag at Rio 2016.The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, have claimed there is no rule that allows for that to happen and they must compete under the Russian flag.Sir Craig Reedie, the President of WADA, has backed the stance of the IAAF, even though he is also vice-president of the IOC.
With Hunters sitting on the third spot with 32 points and Blackhawks on fourth with 31, the round 23 clash will see a decider to find the team that will finish third on the ladder after the end of the regular season.With co-captain Noel Zeming still out of the team and captain Adam Korave yet to be rated a good chance to play because of a knee injury picked up in the previous match against Jets, Boas was named to lead the team for tomorrow’s game.Philemon Kimisive has moved in to put on the number 18 jersey while Ismael Balkawa had been promoted into the starting lineup.The Boas brothers, Ase and Watson, will maintain the key halves as Warren Glare still clings onto the number 9 jersey with Wartovo Puara Jnr still laid off due to his knee injury.Hunters team include; 1. Bland Abavu, 2. Butler Morris, 3. Justin Olam, 4.Thompson Teteh, 5. Adex Wera, 6. Ase Boas (c), 7. Watson Boas, 8. Enock Maki, 9. Warren Glare, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Timothy Lomai, 12. Ismael Balkawa, 13. Brandy Peter, 14. GAhuna Silas, 15. Benji Tera, 16. Atte Bina Wabo, 17. Edward Goma, 18. Philemon Kimiseve
Nana Akufo-Addo – the president of Ghana – made the decision Thursday after footage emerged from a documentary allegedly uncovering fraud and corruption under the leadership of GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.In the documentary ‘When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’, Nyantakyi was pictured accepting a cash gift from an undercover reporter who was pretending to be a businessman.The Ghanaian government is set to announce, “provisional measures to govern football activities in the country until a new body is duly formed”.”The Government is shocked and outraged at the contents of the recently-aired video documentary, which captures the investigation conducted into football administration by the journalist, Anasa Aremeyaw, titled ‘Number 12’: When Misconducted and Greed become the Norm,” a statement – signed by Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Amid – read.”The documentary exposes the gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], characterised by the widespread fraud, corruption and bribery. As a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within GFA, government has decided as follows:”The conduct of all officials of the GFA, together with that of the suspended Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority [NSA], Robert Sarfo Mensah, shown in the documentary to be involved in questionable, potentially criminal acts, is forthwith, referred to the Police for further investigation and appropriate action. The Police are to take all such relevant measures as are necessary to ensure that the contents of the documentary are rapidly and thoroughly investigated.”Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved. Government will shortly, thereafter, announce provisional measures to govern football activities in the country, until a new body is duly formed; and”Government will communicate these decisions to the Confederation of African Football and the Federation of International Football Association, and engage with them on these developments to chart a way forward for Ghana football.”PRESS RELEASE: Ghana Football Association Statement on documentary by tiger eye on alleged acts of corruption https://t.co/O0AFvJHWl6 pic.twitter.com/rEHGFM3jIZ— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) June 7, 2018Earlier on Thursday, the Ghana FA released a statement on the alleged acts of corruption, asking for a copy of the footage having not been consulted first.In a statement signed by general secretary Isaac Addo, the FA said: “The GFA was not provided with an opportunity to watch the premiering of the documentary as it was neither provided with an advanced copy of the said documentary nor furnished with tickets by Tiger Eye PI to watch the airing.”Though the GFA did not commission Tiger Eye PI to undertake this exercise and have not been provided with the opportunity of watching the documentary, we view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”To this end we believe it’s only fair and proper that Tiger Eye furnishes us with the said documentary and hereby request Tiger Eye as a matter of urgency to furnish us with all the recorded material on this documentary to enable us forward it to the appropriate quarters for further investigations.”…The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption. The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”We wish to put on record that eight months ago, we got evidence of some external influences seeking to manipulate matches in our various competitions. As soon as it became clear to us that we were facing the possibility of some external influences seeking to destroy the sanctity of the game in Ghana, we wrote to FIFA seeking assistance to help combat this menace.”The action we took was in furtherance of the GFA’s desire to fight against match manipulation and maintain the integrity of our game and federation. We received a full FIFA response few days later, with an action plan on how we can fight the menace of match manipulation through a roadmap for the implementation of the national integrity initiative. We are still working with FIFA Integrity Department to find the appropriate dates for the action to help educate our members on the dangers of this menace.”The GFA will subsequently be undertaking a holistic review and continue with our reforms geared towards the enhancement of its operations in dealing with alleged acts of corruption in the game. We urge the football fraternity to remain calm and provide us with all the support we need as we bid to restore confidence and trust in our beautiful game.”
Having spent the past three months at Florida’s IMG Academy learning how to train and play American football, Holmes along with six other international athletes trialled for scouts of all 32 NFL sides last week, competing for one of four spots available among the AFC East sides.Holmes clearly impressed scouts – with rumours mounting he was sought after by the Jets, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.With the Patriots, Dolphins and Buffalo Bills this morning announcing that they had signed their allocated players, Holmes was revealed as the 11th member of the Jets’ practice squad.That will mean that Holmes is ineligible to compete for the Jets in the 2019 NFL season. However, the allocation is a huge step into sealing a deal with a professional side.The news is ironic for the former Sharks, Australia and Queensland fullback, known to be a fan of the New York Giants, his new side’s local rivals.
Arsenal are favourites to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final as they will be motivated to end their season on a high after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Premier League champions’ manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea began their title celebrations after beating relegated Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday and can win the domestic double by beating Arsenal, who fell short of a top four finish despite a 3-1 win over Everton, on Sunday.“If you ask me who is the favourite now, it’s Arsenal,” Conte told reporters on Sunday. “They have this chance to find a good season, to have a successful season.“Arsenal missed out on the Champions League and we must prepare in the right way. I’m not talking about tactically — I’m talking about motivation.“The right fire in our soul and heart. If we have more than Arsenal then we’ll have the possibility to win.”Conte can become the second manager to win the double in his first season after fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti achieved the feat in the 2009-10 campaign.
Alvaro Morata is unlikely to get a warm reception when Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday because of the striker’s past association with Real Madrid, the Premier League club’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.Chelsea’s record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge. The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Real’s rivals Atletico, said his team-mate at the other end of the pitch would have to prepare for a “big game” at the Estadio Metropolitano.“He will get a different reception from me. Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico. I think he scored, I am not sure, so for him it will be a big game against his rivals,” Courtois told the Chelsea website (www.chelseafc.com).“For me it will be more friendly but between the 90 minutes we are playing there will be rivalry for me as well because they want their team to win.“We know he is a top striker. We know he has this ability and we’re very happy for him that he scored his hat-trick… a striker lives on goals and he has already scored a few important ones this season.”Courtois was looking forward to meet striker Diego Costa, who recently left Chelsea to rejoin Atletico after falling out with coach Antonio Conte.Costa will be eligible to play for Atletico from Jan. 2 when the Spanish transfer window opens and the club’s transfer ban ends. FIFA had banned the Madrid side for illegal transfer of minors.“He is a very good friend and it will be nice to see him there. I am happy that until the New Year we don’t have to face him and I hope we continue in the Champions League,” the Belgian, 25, added.Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0 in their Champions League Group C opener while Atletico were held 0-0 at Roma.
Australia romped to an innings and 123-run victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic.England captain Joe Root raced from his hospital bed, where he had been treated overnight for gastroenteritis, to try to rescue a face-saving draw but when he failed to reappear after lunch the die was cast for the tourists.Australia’s bowling attack – the potency of which has been one of the main points of difference between the two sides – mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 runs after the break at Sydney Cricket Ground.“The cricket we have played has been outstanding,” said Australia captain Steve Smith, whose batting was another major factor in the triumph.“This team has been magnificent in this series, the cricket we’ve played has been great so I think the more we play together the more we are going to get better as a group. We have just got to keep getting better and improving as a team.”All four of Australia’s main bowlers took more than 20 wickets over the series, with quick Pat Cummins coming out top with 23 after removing Jonny Bairstow (38), Stuart Broad (4) and Mason Crane (2) on Monday.Cummins was named man of the match for his total haul of 8-119 while Josh Hazlewood performed the coup de grace when he had James Anderson caught behind for two.Nathan Lyon (3-54) had taken the only wicket of the opening session as he continued his dominance of Moeen Ali (13), who has fallen seven times in nine innings to the off spinner in the series.Australia’s batsmen also played a full part in the return of the coveted urn, with Mitchell Marsh, his brother Shaun and Usman Khawaja all getting into three figures as the hosts made 649 declared in their reply to England’s first innings 346.“Everyone’s had an impact and that’s what has been so special about it, it hasn’t just been one or two guys stepping up and doing the job,” Smith added.Despite Smith’s determination to share the credit, he was the inevitable selection as player of the series after scoring 687 runs at an average of 137.4, backing up his status as the world’s top batsman.“I am really proud of the way that I have played in the series and led from the front,” he said.“My mind is probably in as good a space as it has been with my batting.”Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates with team mates after dismissing England’s Stuart Broad during the fifth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test matchEngland managed only three centuries to Australia’s nine over the series, with Smith alone matching their tally.Anderson, who stood in for the ailing Root in the presentation ceremony, thought that the Ashes had been decided by a few key moments and there was no need for an overhaul of the side.“We’ve not played well enough and they’ve deserved to win. They’re well within their rights to be over the moon with that win,” he said.“But I do think it’s been closer than 4-0. We’ve been on top in some games, if not all the games at some stage. They’ve just played those pressurised moments better than us.”The tourists will also take pride from refusing to buckle despite being outclassed in four of the five tests and Root’s determination to bat on Monday typified their fighting spirit.The 27-year-old was 42 not out with England 93 for four at close of play on day four but he experienced diarrhoea and vomiting overnight and was taken to hospital for treatment.Root received an ovation when he came out to resume his innings and had soon secured his 37th test half century with three runs to fine leg.He suffered a recurrence of the symptoms during the lunch break, though, and Tom Curran came out to bat in his place, leaving Root retired hurt for 58 and sleeping in the dressing room when Australia paraded the tiny trophy.“We’ve known for a few weeks they’re going to lift the urn, but seeing them do it in person is tough to watch,” said Anderson.“All the guys in the dressing room are hurting. That feeling that you get should make you determined to win the Ashes back in 2019.”
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes manager Jose Mourinho views him as his enforcer on the pitch and the Belgian said he is prepared to take on any additional responsibility for the team’s cause.Lukaku has had mixed fortunes at United since his move from Everton in the close season but has found form in the last few weeks and will look to score his 100th Premier League goal in the blockbuster clash against Liverpool on Saturday.Adding to his tally is Lukaku’s primary objective but the 24-year-old believes his work rate has impressed Mourinho enough to entrust him with leadership opportunities.“I think the manager thinks I’m like his sergeant on the pitch,” Lukaku told Sky Sports. “And that’s strange for a striker because it’s usually the midfielders.“I’ve always worked hard and I’m grateful but at the end of the day, I’m a striker and I have to score goals. He has been really good but he knows I have that soldier mentality.“The work rate I am delivering to the team is a lot and he knows he can come to me whenever. I will always put the team first ahead of myself and that’s something I told him.”Lukaku joined United in the close season after scoring 25 league goals for Everton in his final campaign on Merseyside.He enjoyed a bright start to his Old Trafford career before going off the boil towards the end of last year.He has shaken off his poor run this year and has scored seven goals in the last 10 games in all competitions.“The desire to win is bigger than ever since I came to this club, because I always wanted to win and to chase trophies. I always put that in front of my personal objectives and he (Mourinho) knows that.”With runaway leaders Manchester City closing in on their third league title in seven seasons, attention has shifted to the fight for Champions League qualification and United’s battle with Liverpool to finish second behind their neighbours.Second-placed United side have 62 points and lead the Merseyside club by two with nine games remaining.
Aston Villa’s forwards need to be more clinical in front of goal, but manager Dean Smith does not expect their task to get easier against Everton in the Premier League on Friday.Villa are still seeking their first points having returned to the English top flight, after a 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in their opener and a 2-1 defeat by Bournemouth last weekend.Smith said Everton could prove another tough test, having held Crystal Palace to a goalless draw and beaten Watford 1-0 last time out.The Merseyside club have kept 10 clean sheets in the last 13 games in the competition going back to last season — including four against the league’s ‘Big Six’.“Their defensive organisation has been very good. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen so far in their two games against Crystal Palace and Watford,” Smith told reporters on Thursday.“They’ve not been free-scorers either, just the one goal in the two games, but they’ve not conceded so it’s going to be tough for us to open them up,” Smith said.“I felt we created a number of chances last week that we didn’t take, but it’s our turn to create them again and take them this time.”Villa spent over 100 million pounds on 13 players in the close season, but some have yet to play.“I’ve always been of the belief that you have to earn the right to play and you’ve got prove that you’re better than the players who have already got the shirts,” Smith said.“Some of them have got in earlier than others and some of them are waiting their turn, but they’re working very hard in training to get into the team.”