Pistorius wins his appeal
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius can try to qualify for the Beijing Olympics after winning his appeal against a ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the South African said on Friday. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled in January that runner Pistorius could not compete with able-bodied athletes because the carbon-fiber blades attached to both legs gave him an advantage. The 21-year-old appealed to CAS, which ruled in his favor on Friday following a hearing with various scientists at the end of last month. “I don’t think ‘really happy’ describes it. I’m ecstatic. The battle has been going on for far too long. It is a victory for sports in general. I think this day will go down in history,” Pistorius told a news conference in Milan, where his lawyers are based.
Montgomery sent to prison
Disgraced former 100m world record-holder Tim Montgomery was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison on Friday for his role in a check fraud scheme that also led to the downfall of Marion Jones. US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas imposed the sentence upon Montgomery, once considered the world’s fastest man before being banned from athletics as a dope cheat and having his record-setting run stricken from the books. Montgomery, facing a July trial in Virginia on heroine distribution charges, had pleaded guilty 13 months ago to conspiring to commit bank fraud and two counts of bank fraud in a counterfeiting scheme. Jones is serving a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty last year to making false statements under oath about the fraud scheme and lying when saying she did not take performance enhancing drugs.
South Korea off to a flyer
South Korea and Thailand got off to markedly different starts in their openers yesterday in the final round of Asian qualifying for the Beijing Olympic Games. South Korea fended off a late challenge from Puerto Rico for a 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 victory, while Thailand crashed to a 26-24, 25-22, 26-24 defeat by the Dominican Republic in the eight-team round robin. The winners of the tournament, along with the best Asian country and the two best-placed teams from the remaining six competitors, will qualify for the Olympics. Kim Min-ji was the best scorer from the South Korean side, hitting 17 winners, including 14 off her attacks, while coach Lee Jung-chul praised Chun Min-chong, who hit two service winners.
Chambers to challenge ban
British sprinter Dwain Chambers will challenge his lifetime Olympic doping ban in a bid to compete in this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games. On the day Chambers met with Britain’s national anti-doping organization and handed over a letter detailing the drug regimen that led to a two-year suspension, his lawyer said on Friday the runner would seek to compete in the British trials and rescind his lifetime Olympic ban. “We can confirm that Dwain Chambers will be taking proceedings to secure his eligibility/participation in the Olympic and National trials in Birmingham from July 11 to July 13,” Nick Collins, the athlete’s lawyer, said in a statement. If Chambers runs in the trials and wins the 100m, he will then challenge the British Olympic Association’s rule that bars athletes with doping convictions from competing in any Olympics. The 30-year-old Chambers tested positive in 2003 for the banned steroid THG, and served a two-year suspension.