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Egypt’s top weightlifting coaches jailed over doping scandal

first_imgThe top two coaches in Egypt’s national weightlifting team have been sent to jail during a Government inquiry into widespread doping and misappropriation of public funds. A number of elite weightlifters complained to the Ministry of Sport that technical director Mohamed Moussa and national coach Mohamed Hosni had been involved in the supply of illegal performance-enhancing drugs to team members. The coaches are facing charges of embezzlement, wasting public money and forging official documents, according to news reports in Cairo, and have been accused by athletes of forging their signatures. Moussa and Hosni were first sent to jail for four days on Sunday (December 29). The Public Prosecutor has since ordered that they be detained for a further 15 days while the inquiry continues. Mahmoud Magoub, President of the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation (EWF), who sits on the Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), had been cleared of involvement in fraud but was still “subject to investigation” in the wide-ranging inquiry, reports said. Magoub did not reply to messages sent by insidethegames. Egypt is banned from international weightlifting for two-years because of multiple doping violations, many of them involving teenagers, and cannot compete at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The EWF – which also lost hosting rights to the 2020 IWF Junior World Championships – has been suspended by Egypt’s National Olympic Committee while the inquiry, led by Minister of Sport Ashraf Sobhi, in ongoing. Shaimaa Khalaf, one of Egypt’s top female lifters and who was fourth in the women’s super-heavyweights at Rio 2016, alleged anabolic steroids were sold openly to team members “in full view of everyone”. Khalaf, 28, revealed she had complained to the Sports Minister more than once about the prevalence of doping in the team “but he did nothing”. Weightlifters had been given nutritional supplements that contained steroids over a period of three-years, Khalaf said. Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory” She complained of a lack of medical advice and blamed Moussa for the nation’s exclusion from Tokyo 2020, claiming that 23 lifters had tested positive but “their names have not been announced”. That number is 10 more than the known number of violations announced by the IWF in the past three years, though it may include athletes who tested positive at national level and are not within the the world governing body’s jurisdiction. Seven young Egyptians tested positive at a training camp before the African Youth and Junior Championships in Cairo in December 2016, though most of the names have never been made public because they were minors. Two of them were 14-year-old girls. Six more doping violations at last year’s All-Africa Games in Rabat in Morocco in August, were reported to the IWF in October by Games organisers. Among them was Sarah Ahmed, who, at Rio 2016, became the first female weightlifter from the Arab world to stand on the podium, having won bronze in the 69 kilograms. Mohamed Ehab, the 30-year-old who also won bronze for Egypt at Rio 2016, announced his retirement after Egypt was banned by the IWF in September. When the inquiry is over and Egypt’s weightlifters prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Ehab could play a leading role, having been asked by Sports Minister Sobhi to become a technical supervisor. Ehab admitted many junior lifters in Egypt were “ignorant” about doping and said increased awareness was essential. The scandal of doping and alleged financial crimes within the EWF has been making headlines all this week in Egypt, and has been discussed in Parliament. Read Also:Egypt U-23 coach picks Salah ahead of Olympic outing Caroline Maher, a former international taekwondo player and now Egypt’s youngest Member of Parliament, warned the weightlifting scandal was “a catastrophe that requires urgent action to prevent its recurrence”. Weightlifting has brought Egypt more Olympic success than any other sport, with 14 medals – twice as many as wrestling, the second most successful. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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NFL trade rumors: 49ers looking to deal Solomon Thomas

first_imgThe 49ers are ready to move on from defensive end Solomon Thomas ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.According to ProFootballTalk, which cited an unidentified league source, San Francisco is shopping the third overall pick out of the 2017 draft after just two seasons. Thomas hasn’t made nearly as big of an impact as many expected, recording just four sacks. If San Francisco does trade Thomas, it could mean they will select a defensive end (Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams or Kentucky’s Josh Allen) with its No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. The rumor fuels recent speculation that the 49ers will take Bosa with their first pick.Thomas did have a strong rookie season with 41 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery in 14 games, but his performance dropped off last season. Related News NFL Draft 2019: Raiders reportedly considering selecting quarterback at No. 4 NFL Draft 2019: Giants appear to pick Eli Manning’s successor, select Daniel Jones at No. 6center_img The 49ers acquired defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Chiefs earlier this offseason, and they also have defensive tackles Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.  General manager John Lynch said earlier this week that the 49ers would like to have depth up front, and that both Armstead and Thomas would benefit from a more aggressive style under first-year defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.“We think that really lends to both Arik and Solomon in what they do and what they need to do to be successful.” Lynch said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “Like I said, we want to come at people in waves. Both of those guys, I think, are very good players that we’re very excited about for this season, in this kind of new tweaked style that we’re going to be implementing.”Thomas, 23, has two years left on his contract with a player option for 2021. The Chronicle notes the 49ers could have a difficult time getting much value for Thomas in a trade as he will be paid a combined $7.3 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.last_img read more

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English Giant interested for Sead Kolasinac?

first_imgArsenal is interested for the footballer of the National Team of B&H, Sead Kolasinac from Schalke, as claimed by Tutto Mercato, stating the several Italian clubs are the competition for Gunners.Kolasinac, who played a little bit during the last season due to the hard knee injury, is preparing for the new season with the team, in which Schalke has big goals and ambitions.In the past as well, Sead was brought into a connection with AC Milan, later with Manchester United as well, which even sent an offer to Schalke, although the transfer was not realized.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

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GECOM urges Guyanese to get registered

first_imgLGE preparation beginsAs the countdown begins for the conclusion of registration, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is urging all eligible persons who have not yet registered to visit their nearest GECOM office and do so by July 8.The registration exercises, which commenced on May 21, 2018, stemmed from an effort to ensure that all suitable persons are afforded unlimited opportunities to be included on the National Register of Registrants database while ensuring that GECOM is in a state of preparedness which would enable it to respond to calls for elections in a timely manner.According to GECOM, any person who will be 14 years and over by October 31 of this year and is a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or is a citizen from a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for one year or more, is eligible for registration.For the registration process to be completed, interested persons are asked to present an original birth certificate or a valid Guyana passport and original marriage certificate or deed poll.Meanwhile, it was revealed that baptism certificates, expired passports, photocopies of relevant documents or letters from priests, elders, head teachers, Toshaos, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and existing Identification Cards (ID) will be not acceptable as source documents for registration.Persons 18 years and older can also request to correct or change their name, address or occupation by July 8, while July 12 will be the last day in which persons can object to a name appearing on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).There will be a hearing by registration officers to determine the validity of the objections and if persons are not satisfied with the outcome, appeals will be heard by the Chief Election Officer.Registration guarantees eligible persons their constitutional right to become registered in accordance with the relevant legal provisions and to cast their ballots at future General, Regional and Local Government Elections.The Commission is also urging persons to desist from unlawful practices as there are reports of persons presenting themselves to be registered, claiming not to know their names, date of birth and other key personal identifying information. The 29 registration offices countrywide are opened from Monday to Thursday between 08:00h to 17:00h, Friday between 08:00h and 16:00h and on weekends and holidays from 10:00h to 14:00h.last_img read more

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