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Track and field

Awards gala turns to doping talk

MONACO — Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican sprint stars, were named Saturday the IAAF male and female athletes of the year.

To think it would have been anyone else would strain credulity. What, they were going to name Bohdan Bodarenko or Zuzana Hejnova? Only track diehards know he’s a high jumper from Ukraine and she is from the Czech Republic and runs the 400 hurdles. Come on.

14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 - Day Nine

Track and field

To quote Lenin, what is to be done?

It is good to be the king, and it is good — unless and until there is evidence of doping, which it must be said could be tomorrow and could be never — to be Usain Bolt.

Because when you are Usain Bolt, you win, and when you win, you celebrate like he did Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after yet another dominating performance by the Jamaican 4×100 men’s relay team to close out the 2013 track and field world championships.

IAAF Centenary Gala Show


On the WADA presidency

MOSCOW — Consider what just these few weeks have brought:

A massive scandal in Turkey, with revelations of teenagers being doped. A rash of doping cases in Russia. Allegations that West Germany’s government tolerated and covered up a culture of doping among its athletes for decades, and even encouraged it in the 1970s “under the guise of basic research.”


Turkey’s awful doping scandal

LONDON — Most of the news accounts about the 31 Turkish track and field athletes hit Monday with two-year bans for doping have centered on four main points:

One: Istanbul is in the race for the 2020 Summer Games, along with Madrid and Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee will choose the winner Sept. 7. To be blunt, the timing for Istanbul is not good. Lamine Diack, the president of track and field’s international governing body, which goes by the acronym IAAF, has said, “They cannot bid for the Olympics if they cannot control their athletes. They need to clean their house.”