Thursday, 10 August 2017

A salute 4 a hero

Botswana will hold a national holiday in honour of Isaac Makwala if he wins 200m gold at the World Championships. Makwala, whose exploits in London have been a major talking point this week, races in the final later on Thursday. On Tuesday he was barred from the 400m final, as officials tried to halt a "very virulent" norovirus outbreak. But he returned and progressed from an individual 200m time trial on Wednesday - he was quarantined for Monday's heats - and celebrated by doing press-ups. The 30-year-old, who said he is "still running with a broken heart" will be going up against South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, who on Tuesday dominated the 400m race for which Makwala said he had been training.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Athletics' governing body has defended its decision to deny a World Championship medal favourite entry to London Stadium amid attempts to control a "very virulent" norovirus outbreak. Botswana's Isaac Makwala, 30, had hoped to run in Tuesday's 400m final, but was barred from competing. His country's Olympic boss, Falcon Sedimo, said that was "disturbing". But the IAAF said it was under instruction to quarantine athletes who showed symptoms of the virus. It acknowledged Makwala's absence was "a sad case" but said its medical staff examined the athlete and notes taken by a doctor showed he had been vomiting over an 18-hour period. Pam Venning, head of medical at the IAAF, told BBC Sport: "I have to trust my doctors. My role is to ensure the healthcare of all the athletes here and it's a very infectious and very virulent disease." Makwala had been considered the main threat to Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, who retained his world title by winning Tuesday's race.

Friday, 16 June 2017

GIROUD WANTED BY LYON WITH LACAZETTE SWAP

Lyon have begun talks with Arsenal over an exchange between Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, Le10 Sport say.
Lacazette was set to join Atletico Madrid, but their transfer ban has ended the possibility, and Arsenal are hopeful of capitalising on it and snapping up their long-term target. Giroud is being pursued by West Ham, but a move back to France may be more alluring as Lyon are hoping to add him to part of the deal.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Grenfell Tower on fire

More than 50 are in hospital after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Firefighters rescued "large numbers", but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "a lot" of people were unaccounted for. The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been “a number of fatalities” but she could not say how many because of the “size and complexity” of the building.
Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape. “As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible,” he told the BBC. He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting “don’t jump, don’t jump”. “Now, honestly I don’t know for certain if people jumped off the building to get away from the fire, but the main thing for me with this incident is the fact that the fire alarms didn’t go off in the building,” he said.