MONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah was on target in Liverpool’s win over Southampton © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s flying start has surprised him as they won their sixth successive Premier League game to return to the top of the table.The comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield was wrapped up by half-time on Saturday courtesy of an own goal from Wesley Hoedt, Joel Matip’s header and Mohamed Salah’s simple finish. The victory marked Liverpool’s best start to a season since they won eight league games in a row in 1990-91.Klopp’s red-hot men have now won seven successive matches in all competitions this term.Southampton manager Mark Hughes, now without a league win in 12 visits to Anfield with six different teams, admitted the second half was simply “damage limitation” for the Saints.And Klopp was happy to welcome another unexpected milestone on his team’s journey.“I lost seven games in a row once, that felt different! But then we won game number eight 5-0, very cool,” he said.“It’s a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games.“Different challenges, different styles of opponent, the boys were there, really in the situation and in the game.”Klopp was also able to offer good news on the only possible downsides on the day for Liverpool, the half time removal of Xherdan Shaqiri and the second half substitution of Virgil van Dijk, who left the pitch clutching his ribs.Klopp revealed Shaqiri’s early substitution in his first Liverpool start was purely tactical despite his involvement in the build up to the first goal – his shot hit Shane Long before going in off Hoedt – and his superb 25 yard free-kick against the bar which led to Salah’s tap-in for the third.“I said to Shaq at half time that I’d never taken a player off at half time after such an influential half,” Klopp said.“He was not injured, but I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation, and that helped us.”The Swiss international understood the decision, according to his manager.“He’s a fantastic boy so there was no problem. I explained it to him, usually I don’t explain substitutions but I thought today it made a bit of sense,” Klopp added.“It’s just good to have him. You saw the free kick, it was outstanding. What a ball!”– Cutting edge –Van Dijk, said Klopp, aggravated bruised ribs which he carried into the PSG game in midweek.“He had already before the PSG game kind of a bruised rib, which is very uncomfortable, and today he got another hit there,” he said.“It’s not cool, but should not be too serious.“He said he couldn’t shout any more, so that’s obviously 60 per cent less of his level!”Klopp’s 600th competitive game as a manager saw Liverpool extend an impressive home league record, unbeaten now in 18 games and 17 months at Anfield.No opposing player has even scored here in the league since February, with Liverpool scoring 23 in the same period.While the Saints enjoyed some promising moments they could not find the cutting edge to worry their opponents.The second half was rather a non-event with Salah’s disallowed finish after James Milner’s shot was cleared off the line the closest Liverpool came to adding gloss to the scoreline.Hughes thought 3-0 was harsh on his side but added: “We faced a quality side today. We’re not the first and won’t be the last not to cope with their attacking threat.“We didn’t really give ourselves a chance in the opening period, we were too easy to create chances against though we were unfortunate with the opening goal.”The victory ended a positive week for Liverpool with a third win after a statement victory against top four rivals Spurs at Wembley last weekend and the breathless, late victory against Paris St Germain in the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The National Football Exhibition are hosting a football themed table quiz and raffle with proceeds going to Cara House, Letterkenny. The quiz, on September 26, is a part of the National Football Exhibition, which is rolling into Letterkenny this month.The Exhibition is a celebration of Irish football and 60 Years of European Championships. Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition. The Exhibition is heading to the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from September 20-29Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.The quiz takes place at Arena 7, Letterkenny, at 9pm on Thursday, September 26. Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person. The free Exhibition, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings. The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.Know your football? Then try National Football Exhibition’s football quiz! was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)