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August 2, 2008

Olympics – Track and Field: Russians Banned For Alleged Doping

 As a sports lover, I think it’s disingenuous that after a year-long investigation, that 8 days before the Olympics, results of the ‘investigation’ are announced that eliminate athletes from any country. I want to see the best compete against the best. 

The athletes now have 14 days to appeal which is not enough time because of all the red tape and bureaucracy involved.  Plus most of their events will take place within the 14 day time frame so the athletes would miss their events while they appeal.  Athletes spend a life time training and sacrificing just so that they can become eligible for the ‘big race’.  If the athletes are truly doping then they should be banned but there should be enough time allocated before the Olympics for them to appeal their cases so that the expulsion looks legitimate and not contrived.

The Russian track and field officials will wait until after the Beijing Olympics to respond to the suspension of seven female athletes, including five Olympians, after accusations that they violated international anti-doping rules. Yet the officials provided little clarity Friday on the status of the athletes, even as the Russian news media tossed about conspiracy theories.

The Russian Track and Field Federation have decided “to take no action until after the end of the Olympics,” said Dmitry Tugarin, a spokesman for Rossport, the government agency that oversees major athletics in Russia.

“They understand that the chances of these athletes participating are impossible and that there would be a lot of irritation and few results,” he said.

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July 6, 2008

Tennis – Nadal Wins Mens Finals: Rains on Federer’s Reign

 Damn — what a 4 hour 48 minute marathon!!! During the match neither men looked tired, they looked fresh throughout!

Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon surviving three rain delays in winning a riveting five-set marathon to claim his first title at the All England Club. He won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.

Nadal becomes the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season.

Federer and Nadal battled into the fifth set at the Wimbledon men’s final before a second rain delay halted play.

Federer fought off two championship points to win a fourth-set tiebreaker 10-8 and force the final set, which was tied at 2 when play stopped.

Nadal won the first two sets, but Roger Federer returned from a rain delay to win the third in the men’s Wimbledon final Sunday at the All England Club.

Nadal, ranked second in the world, won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 in a bid for his first Wimbledon crown. But Federer closed out the third set by winning a tiebreaker 7-5 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The matchup is the third straight in the tournament between the Spaniard and world No. 1 Federer who was seeking his sixth consecutive title in the grass-court Grand Slam.

  Nadal is the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon since Manolo Santana in 1966.

Paulette

June 30, 2008

US Tennis Fading: Fewer American Kids Willing To Give Up Social Life For The Sport

  It is arguably the bleakest moment in U.S. tennis history since the sport’s modern era began in the late 1960s.

As Wimbledon enters its second week, no men from the U.S. remain in the singles draw, and just three women — Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Bethanie Mattek — are left.

Heading into the tournament, just three American men and three women were among the top 40 in the respective rankings.

The outlook for U.S. tennis in the years ahead looks even bleaker because there is a dearth of young up-and-coming players. The youngest of the six top Americans, Andy Roddick, is 25, middle-aged in a tennis life. Another, Lindsay Davenport, is a 32-year-old who hasn’t won a major championship since 2000.    Venus and Serena Williams remain dominant, but they too are likely in the twilight of their careers and are often battling injury.

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