Sports World: Kenya faces Rio ban if Wada code violated

Kenya faces Rio ban if Wada code violated

LONDON • Kenya's athletics team could be banned from the Rio Olympics if their federation is found to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code, according to IAAF president Sebastian Coe.

The Briton has confirmed that he will severely punish any country guilty of attempting to cover up doping, after Kenya last week missed a deadline to prove to Wada it was doing enough to combat drug-taking.

He told BT Sport's the Clare Balding Show on Wednesday night: "Yes, if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that."


Dibaba smashes indoor women's mile mark

STOCKHOLM • Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba shattered the women's world indoor mile record on Wednesday, clocking 4min 13.31sec to eclipse the time of 4:17.14 set 26 years ago by Romanian Doina Melinte.

It is the third time the 25-year-old has broken a world record in Stockholm, having previously set new marks for the 3,000m and 5,000m at the Ericsson Globe Arena.


Curbs on Benzema over sex case eased

PARIS • The legal restrictions on France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema over his alleged involvement in a sex-tape case have been partially lifted, a judiciary source said yesterday.

Prosecutors immediately appealed against the decision, but if the judge's decision is upheld, it could pave the way for Benzema to return to the national team in time for Euro 2016, which France is hosting.


Fifa seeks life bans for 2 South Americans

ZURICH • World football's chief ethics investigator has recommended life bans for the former presidents of the Colombian and Chilean football federations after finding cases of misconduct under Fifa rules, including on bribery and corruption.

Colombia's Luis Bedoya, a former Fifa executive committee member, and Chile's Sergio Jadue have already pleaded guilty in the United States to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy, said the US Department of Justice.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe