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The athletics community laments the passing of Carmen Valero, a 68-year-old legend in Spanish athletics, who passed away in Sabadell on Tuesday (2). Valero, who won the world cross country championship twice in 1976 and 1977, is well-known for her extraordinary accomplishments. Her legacy has had a significant influence on women's athletics in Spain.
As the Paris 2024 Olympic Games draw near, transgender athletes are encountering heightened barriers to participation due to revised regulations. A recent decision stipulates that individuals must complete their gender transition before the age of 12 to ensure fair competition.
Josh Kerr, the reigning 1500m world champion, has expressed his deep disappointment at not making it onto the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In a lighthearted manner, he quipped about his curiosity to see the meeting notes that led to his exclusion from the final six nominees.
The President of World Athletics, Seb Coe, reiterated the governing body's unwavering position to uphold the prohibition on Russian and Belarusian athletes participating in track and field competitions. Despite the recent decision by the International Olympic Committee allowing athletes from these nations to compete in the Paris Olympics under specific conditions, Coe emphasized that World Athletics remains resolute in maintaining its ban.
Kenya, known for its formidable presence in marathon running, has revealed the initial list of 20 athletes as a part of its preliminary squad for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The lineup boasts esteemed names such as Eliud Kipchoge and Peres Jepchirchir, both previous Olympic champions.
People who love sports are feeling very sad because John Nuttall, a famous athlete, has died. He won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1994 and was in the Olympics in 1996. He had a sudden heart attack on November 9 and passed away at the age of 56.
In her early years as an athlete, Caster Semenya faced a relentless and controversial journey. The South African track sensation catapulted to global fame in 2009 when she clinched the 800m gold at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, a remarkable feat at the tender age of 18. However, this momentous achievement was overshadowed by persistent questions about her gender, fueled by her extraordinary speed, muscular physique, and distinctive vocal tone. The global athletics governing body, formerly known as the IAAF (now World Athletics since 2019), mandated gender verification tests on the eve of her race due to mounting speculation and rumors.
In an unexpected development, Marcell Jacobs, the Olympic 100m champion hailing from Italy, has unveiled his collaboration with American sprint coach Rana Reider. This announcement follows Reider's recent conclusion of an extensive 18-month investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
Recently, World Athletics, the regulatory body of the sport, has announced a new rule that prohibits transgender women from participating in top-tier female competitions if they have experienced male puberty. The council has also reinforced its regulations for athletes with differences in sex development (DSD) by reducing the maximum amount of plasma testosterone by half, from five to 2.5 nanomoles per litre.
New Zealand long-distance runner Zane Robertson has been banned from competing for eight years after testing positive for a prohibited substance and tampering with the doping control process, according to the Sports Tribunal. Robertson, who won bronze for New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and participated in the last two Olympics, was found to have taken Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance, and tampered with the doping control process.