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The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data, prompting an angry response from President Vladimir Putin.

Wada’s executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russia the “robust” four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.

The toughest ever sanctions imposed on Russian state authorities will see government officials barred from attending any major events, while the country will lose the right to host or bid for tournaments.

“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” Wada president Craig Reedie said.

“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.”

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Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what Wada believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.

Russia will still be allowed to compete in qualifiers for the 2022 football World Cup, but Wada director-general Olivier Niggli added that should they progress to the finals in Qatar, “the team there will not be representing the Russian federation”.

Russia’s participation in Euro 2020 — and Saint Petersburg’s hosting of four matches — is not affected by the ban because it is not defined as a “major event” for anti-doping purposes.

Speaking in Paris, Putin slammed the decision as a “politically motivated” ruling that “contradicted” the Olympic Charter.

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“There is nothing to reproach the Russian Olympic Committee for and, if there is no reproach towards this committee, the country should take part in competitions under its own flag,” Putin said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also said the ban was politically motivated. “This is the continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria that has already become chronic,” Medvedev told domestic news agencies.

The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in the independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016.

It led to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) being suspended for nearly three years previously over revelations of a vast state-supported doping programme.

Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory was a key condition of Russia’s controversial reinstatement by Wada in September 2018.

RUSADA’s supervisory board is set to meet on December 19 to take a decision on whether to appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Yury Ganus, the head of RUSADA, told AFP on Monday that his country had “no chance” of winning an appeal.

“There is no chance of winning this case in court,” Ganus said.

“This is a tragedy,” he added. “Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited.”

Documents released on Monday show WADA’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) believes “deletions and alterations” to Russia’s doping data “materially prejudiced the ability to pursue cases against 145 of the 298 athletes” whose doping controls between 2011 and 2015 WADA thought to be suspicious.

About one-third of the 145 athletes are still active, WADA chief of investigators Gunter Younger said on Monday.

The Wada decision was widely predicted, with Reedie having made a presentation on Saturday to the Olympic Summit, participants of which “strongly condemned those responsible for the manipulation of the data from the Moscow laboratory”.

“It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible,” the IOC said, asking that the Russian authorities deliver the “fully authenticated raw data”.

Positive doping tests contained in data leaked by a whistle blower in 2017 were missing from the laboratory data supplied in January 2019, which prompted a new inquiry.

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Man fined Kshs.70,000 for assaulting police officer in Makueni – KBC

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A Makueni court has fined a middle aged man Kshs. 70, 000 or in default serve one year in prison for assaulting a police officer.

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Denis Katanga, who appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM), George Sagero, was found guilty of assaulting Benjamin Muindi, police officer attached at the Industrial Area Police Station, causing bodily harm.

Katunga committed the offence on November 24, 2020 at Kaseve village, in Makueni Sub-county.

The Court heard that on the fateful day, Muindi who was on leave at the time was driving home when he was stopped by the accused at Kaseve Market and asked why he had been talking ill about him.

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The Police Officer then alighted from his vehicle and the accused attacked him.

A medical report presented before the court, showed that Muindi sustained injuries on the upper side of the right eye, left shoulder and right hand.

While handing over the sentence the Magistrate said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the offence.

 “I find that the prosecution has proved the case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt, he is convicted under section 251 of the Penal Code”, said Sagero.

 In mitigation, Kioko pleaded for leniency, saying he has a young family that depends on him.

The accused was given fourteen days to appeal.

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Daring Land Grabber Going After Pumwani Maternity Hospital Land

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He moves around and conducts demolitions in Pumwani and Eastleigh areas in open defiance of the law and Covid-19 protocols.

His demolitions that are sometimes conducted in the wee hours of the night are heavily guarded by police officers.

This private developer known as Ahmed is a no respecter of humanity, so do the residents say.

“We repelled him last time when he came to demolish a house at the Pumwani Maternity Staff Quarters,” said Peter Obumsese a resident of Pumwani.

A church in Eastleigh and a garage in Pumwani are so far some of the pieces the private developer has grabbed in Eastleigh. The church which was demolished at 3 am left worshippers reeling in pain and agony.

Currently the private developer has his eyes set on a Pumwani Maternity Hospital Staff House. The three bedroomed house which is currently occupied by Barnabas Asembo a doctor working at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital has so far survived two demolition attempts.

Dr. Barnabas Asembo who works at the Pumwani Hospital says that he was shocked to wake up one morning to find bulldozers bringing down the fence to his house.

“When i questioned why they were demolishing the wall, they told me that they had been sent to demolish hit. They told me that I should also move from the house since it has been sold,” said Asembo.

Shocked by the news, Dr. Asembo went and made an inquiry at City Hall, only to be told that there was no order of demolition and that the property had not been sold.

“A man of Somali origin known as Ahmed, came to me and told me that he wants to fence the place since the space has been sold to him. But I demanded that he gives me a letter authorizing him to evict me,” he stated.

Dr. Asembo says he has tried to seek the hospital’s intervention to no avail.

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“I have been forced to hire the services of some youth to protect me because am afraid that they might come and demolish the house when I am still inside,” he stated.

Apart from the Puwmani Land, the developer has also grabbed a church in Eastleigh. The Wings Of Life Church was demolished last month allegedly by the same private developer.

“Who is this private developer with the audacity to go after public land right under the watch of the county government and law enforcers?” Dr. Asembo asks.

Pumwani Maternity Administration has since refused to comment on the matter.

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Happy Cantona ‘not surprised’ to join EPL Hall of Fame

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LONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he is “proud” but “not surprised” to be inducted into the English Premier League Hall of Fame.

The 54-year-old former France international joins Alan Shearer and fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry in being named.

Cantona, who began his career in England at Leeds, scored 70 goals in 156 Premier League appearances and won four titles in five seasons for Manchester United.

He was also instrumental in Leeds winning the last ever First Division title in 1991/92.

“I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised,” said Cantona on learning of his accolade.

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“I would’ve been surprised not to be elected! I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.

“We won and it was the football I dreamed about because Manchester United, it’s a club where they want to win things but in a good way.”

Cantona is one of the six players from a 23-man shortlist to receive the most combined votes from the public and the Premier League Awards Panel and the next five inductees will be announced over the next three days.

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The Hall of Fame was launched last month to “recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of players who have graced the League since its inception in 1992”.

A fans’ vote closed on May 9, while to be eligible, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020. Only a player’s Premier League career was considered.

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