Ghanaian Para Athlete, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe has excelled at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in the Desert Challenge in Arizon after hitting the qualification time in 100mm,with a time of 14:22sec.
Botsyo is the first Para Athlete in Ghana to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 paralympic games in Japan after making a time of 14:22 beating the qualification time of 14:70 for the Tokyo 2020 paralympic games.
His 14:22 time recorded makes him break his personal best of 14:62 of his previous best.
Nkegbe qualified to the world championship with his up and coming athlete Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo who made a time of 16:44secs in the men’s T53 class.
His Botsyofor Gold project is being made possible with support from the Indian Women Association of Ghana, Wire Weaving Industry, National Sports Authority, Shooting Federation, Omy TV and other individuals who believe in his quest to bring Gold to Ghana
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Caster Semenya’s appeal over IAAF testosterone regulations.
The regulations will force athletes with naturally-occurring high levels of testosterone to take medication to lower them, if they want to continue competing.
Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800m champion, and Athletics South Africa had claimed the rules were unlawful, but their appeal has been rejected by the CAS
The 28-year-old has one of the various genetic conditions collectively known as differences or disorders of sex development (DSD).
CAS said in a statement on Wednesday: “By majority, the CAS panel has dismissed the requests for arbitration, considering that the claimants were unable to establish that the DSD regulations were ‘invalid’.
“The panel found that the DSD regulations are discriminatory, but the majority of the panel found that, on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the restricted events.
Despite finding in favour of the IAAF, the CAS said its panel “expressed some serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the DSD regulations.
Semenya responded to the decision with a statement which said: “I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically.
“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger.
“The decision of the CAS will not hold me back.
“I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”
Semenya is considering whether to appeal against the decision.
Semenya and other affected athletes hoping to compete at the World Championships in Doha in September will have to start taking medication to lower their testosterone level to below the required level within one week.
That decision is a concession by the IAAF, due to the length of time it has taken CAS to reach a verdict – but in future athletes will be required to have reduced their blood testosterone level to below the stipulated concentration for a period of six months before they can compete.
The proposed regulations will only concern athletes competing in events from the 400m to the mile.
Semenya, though, believes it is “irresponsible” for the IAAF to implement the regulations.
A statement issued on her behalf said she wants the governing body to “to commission a team of fully independent experts to produce an unbiased assessment of the need for and methods of regulation before implementing what she believes are harmful rules that will negatively impact the well-being of athletes around the world”.
It added that “her unique genetic gift should be celebrated, not regulated”.
Semenya has been the subject of scrutiny ever since she burst onto the scene at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where she won the first of her three world titles.
Aged just 18, she achieved that feat despite the emotional strain caused by international media speculation about a gender verification test, following complaints from rivals about her muscular build.
The Norfolk State track and field teams will compete at the 2019 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this Thursday through Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.
Competition will begin on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the men’s heptathlon, followed by the women’s 5,000 meters and women’s long jump at 2:15 p.m. The day continues with the men’s 5,000m race and semifinals of the men’s and women’s 200m races. Day one concludes with the men’s long jump final.
Friday’s action starts at 9 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon, and Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. with the women’s pole vault.
Both Spartan teams finished in the top five at last year’s indoor championship, with the men taking fourth and the women fifth. On the men’s side, sophomore Trequan Barnes will look to defend his 2018 indoor 400m MEAC title this week. He enters the competition ranked second in the conference this year with a top time of 46.17 seconds, which also ranks 14th in the nation.
In the field, the Spartans will lean on junior high jumpers Jacob Milton and Garth Warner to continue their run of success. Milton has won all four MEAC high jump titles in his career to this point. The two-time MEAC indoor champion leads the field entering this weekend with a top height of 7 feet, 1.75 inches this season. He is ranked tied for 20th in the nation.
Warner has a top height of 6-9.5 and was runner-up behind Milton at both the conference indoor and outdoor meets last season.
The NSU women will be led by junior Martha Bissah. The nation’s leading 800-meter runner entering the weekend, Bissah has been named the MEAC Indoor Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer the last two years. She has won a total of seven MEAC indoor gold medals in the 800, mile and 3,000 meters in her previous two championship appearances and has the top 800 and mile times in the conference this season.
Sophomore Kiara Grant enters the weekend coming off a strong indoor season. The Spartans’ sprinter ranks second in the MEAC and 23rd nationally in the 60 meters following her PR of 7.31 seconds last week in North Carolina. She also ranks sixth in the 200 meters.
A complete schedule of events and live statistics for the 2019 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at www.MEACsports.com. Admission for the Indoor Track and Field Championships is $10 on Thursday, $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Fans can purchase a three-day pass on Thursday for $15, or a two-day pass on Friday for $20. Tickets are available at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex on the event dates.
On Saturday, the MEAC and Howard University will partner for the 5K Run/Walk to Cure Sickle Cell. The event, created to raise awareness for sickle cell, will begin at 9 a.m. Those who participate will be granted free admission to Saturday’s events during the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Also Wednesday, the MEAC released its track and field all-academic team. Seventeen NSU track and field student-athletes were recognized for having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher following the 2017-18 school year. Their names are listed below:
Norfolk State sophomore Kiara Grant tied a meet record and set a new personal record when she won the 60-meter dash on Saturday at the JDL Invitational.
In the Spartans’ final tuneup before the MEAC Championships this coming week, Grant improved upon her 60m personal best twice. She clocked a time of 7.35 seconds in the heats before matching the meet record of 7.31 in the finals. That moved her into the top 25 nationally and second in the MEAC in that event.
Grant’s win in the 60 meters was one of two for the Spartans over the weekend. Senior Taejah Robertson recorded a season-best time of 8.53 seconds to win the 60-meter hurdles.
Two other Spartans posted personal bests in the meet. Sophomore Malika Pride ran her fastest-ever indoor collegiate 400-meter time, clocking a 56.14 in her runner-up finish. The time was converted to a banked-track time of 55.41, which ranks her fourth in the conference entering the indoor championship.
Junior Martha Bissah set a PR in the mile, placing third in 4 minutes, 43.34 seconds. That was also converted, to a 4:40.57, best in the MEAC this year.
In the field events, two freshmen also set season bests in the throws. Arieana Parker finished seventh in the shot put with a top throw of 39 feet, 1.25 inches, and PreAsia Salley notched an eighth-place finish in the weight throw with a best effort of 47-9.75.
The Spartans return to the track this week at the 2019 MEAC Indoor Championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex this Thursday through Saturday in Landover, Maryland.
Norfolk State sophomore Kiara Grant was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.
Grant clocked a personal-best time in the 60-meter dash last week at the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. Grant ran a prelim time of 7.35 seconds, then topped that by running 7.31 in the finals to win the race. She also tied the meet record in the process.
Grant’s time ranks as the second-fastest in the MEAC and tied for 23rd nationally this indoor season. This is her first-ever MEAC weekly award.
Grant and the Spartans will compete at the 2019 MEAC Indoor Championships this Thursday through Saturday in Landover, Maryland.
Kiara Grant’s meet record in the 60-meter dash and two more gold medals for junior Martha Bissah highlighted the final day of action for the NSU women at the 2019 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
Led by a combined three victories for those two women, NSU finished fourth in the team standings with 79 points. North Carolina A&T won with 174 points, followed by Florida A&M with 118.5 and Bethune-Cookman with 98.
Grant pulled off somewhat of an upset in the 60-meter dash. She outraced MEAC leader Kayla White of North Carolina A&T to win her race in a meet-record 7.22 seconds. That gave the sophomore from Jamaica her first-ever MEAC gold and also vaulted her into the top 10 in the nation in that event.
Bissah continued her MEAC dominance on the track on Saturday. She remained undefeated in MEAC indoor championship individual races by winning the mile (4:55.56) and 800 meters (2:07.16) for the third straight year. She has now won a total of 13 MEAC track and field gold medals, 11 in individual races, including indoor and outdoor competitions in her first two-plus years as a Spartan.
Bissah and Grant led a strong showing on the track for the Spartans Saturday. In addition to her win in the 60m, Grant also placed third in the 200 meters with a PR of 24.26 seconds. Sophomore Malika Pride ran a 400m time of 56.64 seconds to place third, earning her first-ever MEAC individual medal. And senior Taejah Robertson clocked a personal-best time of 8.40 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, earning fifth place.
NSU capped the meet by winning its heat and taking fourth overall in the 4×400 relay. Bissah, Robertson, Pride and senior Crystal Greencomprised the quartet in the relay.
In field events, freshman Tiara Simms recorded a seventh-place finish in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 41 feet, 8.5 inches, more than two feet better than her previous best throw this indoor season.
Bissah, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 800, and Grant are in position to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama in two weeks.
Under the IAAF’s revised eligibility rules for athletes with disorders of sex development (DSDs), intersex athletes could be forced to take medication in order to limit their testosterone before being allowed to compete in female events.
Martin, who herself has taken hormone suppressants, has backed Semenya and believes the three-time 800m world champion has been subjected to unfair scrutiny throughout her career.
“To have her whole career to be brought into question purely because of who she is and the way she was born, must be incredibly difficult,” Martin told Sportswomen.
“As an athlete your mental side of your approach is just as important as the physical really.
“To have this level of scrutiny and the world putting pressure on you like this must be difficult for anyone to go under.
“I feel sad for sport in general really because Caster has not done anything wrong. She is who she is.
“If we look at sport throughout the ages, there have been men and women who have excelled in all areas.
“Maybe because they were just naturally stronger, because they grew up in a climate that enabled them to perform better in certain countries, maybe because they have physical characteristics that allowed them to excel in their particular sport.
“Caster hasn’t actually done anything wrong, she’s just an athlete.”
The IAAF has delayed the introduction of the testosterone limit until after Semenya’s appeal has been heard.
The hearing is expected to last until the end of the week but it could take until the end of March before a judgement is reached by CAS.
Jamaican runner Kemoy Campbell could be released from hospital within the next week after collapsing during the 3,000m at the Millrose Games in New York.
Campbell, 28, was acting as a pace-setter when he collapsed around the 1,000m mark on 9 February.
He was in a critical yet stable condition but was taken off sedation last Monday and has been able to communicate and walk in hospital.
The Jamaican has since left the intensive care unit.
Ray Flynn, the athlete’s agent, told BBC Sport on Sunday that Campbell is still awaiting the results of heart scans but is “well on the way to recovery” and there are hopes he could be released from hospital
The South African government has thrown its weight behind Caster Semenya in her legal battle with world athletics governing body, the IAAF, declaring its proposed testosterone limit for women “a gross violation of human rights”.
The double Olympic and three-time world 800 metres champion takes her fight against the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Monday.
In a speech in Pretoria on Friday, sports minister Tokozile Xasa said the government had a “direct interest” in the case as South Africa’s entire history had been a struggle for human rights, adding that the new rules would have a “negative impact on our golden girl”.
Xasa said: “What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport.
“Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned.
“This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law.”
Xasa explained the government had set up a “high-level panel” of legal and medical experts to help Semenya, who is also being backed by the national athletics federation.
Declaring “the greatness of Caster Semenya”, Xasa then announced the launch of a social media campaign called #NaturallySuperior to rally global support for the 28-year-old track star.
The background to this highly complicated row goes back decades but Semenya has found herself at the heart of the debate since 2009, when she burst onto the international scene at the world championships in Berlin.
Deeply embarrassed about how the then 18-year-old was subjected to worldwide scrutiny about her gender, the IAAF tried to find a more scientific basis to define who was eligible to compete as a woman.
The measure settled on was the amount of testosterone in an individual’s blood, as for the vast majority of the population there is a clear distinction between male and female in this regard, with men possessing far higher levels of the muscle-building hormone than women.
With that in mind, the governing body introduced a limit of 10 nanomoles of testosterone per litre (nmol/L) of blood in 2011.
Unfortunately, human biology is not as binary as sports administrators would like it, and there are several genetic conditions, often referred to as differences or disorders of sexual development (DSD), which result in ‘intersex’ women with naturally-occurring high levels of testosterone.
Dutee Chand is one of these women and in 2015 the Indian sprinter persuaded CAS to suspend the new ‘hyperandrogenism’ rule for two years while the IAAF found more robust evidence to support its testosterone limit.
After the suspension was extended six months, the IAAF returned to CAS with what it claimed was statistical proof of testosterone’s impact on certain events and, in 2018, an amended version of the 2011 rule was put forward.
That rule, which halved the testosterone limit to 5nmol/L but only applied to track events from 400 metres to a mile, was meant to be introduced last autumn but was delayed to March 26 of this year once it became clear Semenya was going to launch a new challenge at CAS.
On Thursday, Semenya’s legal team issued a statement that said she is “unquestionably a woman” and is “fighting to run free”.
It added: “Women with differences in sexual development have genetic variations that are no different than other genetic variations that are celebrated in sport.
“She asks that she be respected and treated as any other athlete. Her genetic gift should be celebrated, not discriminated against.”
“If a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women,” it said in a statement earlier this week.
“To preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.”
The stakes could scarcely be higher as the proposed rule states an athlete must be below the testosterone limit for six months, with it coming into force almost exactly six months before the start of the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
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