IPL to be staged abroad
The lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held abroad this year as the government says it can not provide security at the same time as national elections, an official said yesterday. “Due to the attitude of the government that it cannot provide security for the tournament, we are forced to take a decision to move the IPL out of India,” the country’s cricket chief Shashank Manohar told reporters. “A final decision on the venue will be announced in two to three days.” South Africa and England are the two countries being considered as the likely venues, an IPL source said.
Lab has bad news for cheats
A German lab said on Friday it has developed a new test for gene doping that should be ready for use at the 2012 London Olympics. Gene doping, the practice of using genetic engineering to artificially enhance athletic performance, is believed by many to be the next frontier in drug cheating. “The test is ready to be used. For sure we could go ahead with testing for gene doping at the 2012 Olympics in London and probably a lot sooner,” said Mario Thevis, a researcher who helped developed the test. The test was developed at the Cologne Sports College, one of Germany’s leading anti-doping institutions, and still needs to be approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. “The proof is watertight, the procedure solid,” Thevis said. “Since we have a substance foreign to the body, the test is even more reliable.”
Kipsang triumphs in Tokyo
Kenya’s Salim Kipsang won the Tokyo Marathon yesterday in two hours, 10 minutes and 27 seconds, beating out Japan’s Kazuhiro Maeda and Kensuke Takahashi. Japan claimed the top three women’s spots, with Mizuho Nasukawa taking first at 2:25:38 ahead of Yukari Sahaku and Reiko Tosa. Kipsang, who won the Paris marathon in 2005, said he was pleased with his performance in difficult conditions, which saw the field battling a strong headwind. Maeda’s second-place finish at 2:11:01 qualified him for the world championships later this year in Berlin as the top Japanese finisher. “The pace was too fast for me at 30km, so I had to run alone against the strong wind. I hadn’t expected to finish top among Japanese runners, so I’m really happy about it,” he said. Takahashi came third at 2:11:25.
Klitschko still champion
Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth-round TKO of Juan Carlos Gomez on Saturday. The 37-year-old Klitschko twice put the Cuban defector on the canvass, in the seventh and ninth rounds, before referee Daniel Van de Wiele stopped the fight with 1 minute, 11 seconds left in the ninth round. Gomez was trying to become the first Cuban heavyweight world champ. Klitschko was making the first defense of the title he reclaimed by stopping Samuel Peter last October.
Dunne wins title in Dublin
Bernard Dunne of Ireland knocked Panama’s Ricardo Cordoba out in the 11th round to capture the WBA super-bantamweight title on Saturday in Dublin. In a fight which had six knockdowns, Dunne put the defending champion down with a left hook in the third round, but Cordoba came back to floor the Irishman twice in the fifth. Dunne took control of the fight from the sixth and put Cordoba down three times in the 11th until the Panamanian finally failed to make the count.