News 2001
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November
  • 25/11: Mauritius Athletics International Centre (CIAM), specalised in multi-events, will host three more foreign athletes this year, Nigerian Glory Ngosu, 2001 junior African champion in heptahlon, Senegalese Maba N'Diaye (7641 points) and Tunisian Hamdi Dhouibi (7300 points) as well as Mauritian Elvino Pierre-Louis who is preparing next world junior championships. They'll join Ghanean Margaret Simpson and Mauritian Selwyn Lieutier. Nigerian Pat Itanyi has put an end to her career as an heptathlete, she is now following her studies in the United States.

  • 25/11: Kenyan runner Margareth Kerubo (3rd in the RATP cross-country in Fontenay-le-Briis on November 18th and a 2h29 PB on marathon) has taken the first steps to get French citizenship, one year after her wedding to a Frenchman.

  • 25/11: Athletes from Botswana Glody Dube (800m) and Tiyapo Maso (marathon) got a grant from their national Sports Concil to train at high altitude. They have left to Kenya in the beginning of November for a two-month training camp in a IAAF-managed centre.

  • 2/11: Former South-African runner Matthews Mothswarateu has died (aged 43) following an attack to rob his wallet. He had set a national record on 5000m in 1978 (13'29"6) and had been the first South-African to run under 28'on 10000m the folloing year (27'48"2). More details with SuperRunner.

  • Pretoria university, whose track club is the most powerful in South Africa, will have its own synthetic track for mid-2002. Another track is also under construction in Atteridgeville, which will double the number of such facilities in the town of Pretoria (the other are located at Pilditch Stadium and at SA Police College).



October
  • 30/10: Algerian heptathlete Yasmina Azzizi will soon undergo surgery in Paris for a slippe disc. She will put an end to her career after the next African championships (Tunis, August 2002).

  • 30/10: Algerian 800m runner Djabir Said Guerni has chosen to start his preparation for 2002 in Cuba.

  • Among the athletes who didn't go back to their country after the Francophone Games in Canada last July are Yago Rock (Burkina Faso, 110m/400mH), Chantal Ouoba (Burkina Faso, triple jump), Anne Hortense Ebena (Cameroon, walk), Jean-Paul Nyonsaba (Burundi, distance), Joseph Nsengiyumua (Rwanda,distance)

  • 800m runner from Niger Saidou Mahamadou (1'57 in Edmonton) is among the athletes who didn't get back home after the world championships .

  • 14/10: The Algerian 1500m gold medalist in Sydney Nouria Benida-Merah is to take a year off to have a baby.

  • 3/10: Algerian Baya Rahouli, fifth in the triple jump in Sydney Olympic Games, has undergone surgery for a slipped disc that had been disturbing her preparation for two years and prevented her from taking part in the world champs in Edmonton.

September
  • 25/9: 18 year-old Taiwo Bada, a younger brother to Nigerian 400m quartermiler Sunday Bada, has been recruited by California Polytechnic.

  • 23/9: Nigerian sprinter Endurance Ojokolo has been accused of swindling 30 000 out of the British Welfare system. It seems she managed to receive unduly incapacity benefits (!) under a false identity over the last five years.

  • 12/09: Mauritian Stephan Buckland, 6th of the last world championships on 200m, got an offer to run for Canada in the future. He'll go to Toronto for one month and a half in November to assess what he could gain in changing his citizenship.


August
  • 16/08: Former 10000m world record holder Richard Chelimo, Ismael Kirui's brother, has died of brain tumor. He was 29.

  • Kenyan Rose Cheruyiot selected on 5000m for the world championships, is former 5000m world champion Ismael Kirui's wife.

  • 800m runner from Burundi Spéciose Gakobwa has just been granted political refugee status in France. Though she hasn't French citizenship yet, she is considered as French in regard to sports rules.


July
  • Other Nigerian ahletes could follow Glory Alozie's footsteps and change citizenship: Francis Obikwelu could soon run for Portugal where he has been living since 1994, whereas 400m hurdler Saidat Onanuga could opt for Canada and shot put thrower Vivien Chukwuemeka is considering an offer by Great-Britain.

  • 22/07: Mauritian triple jumper Dominique Chan Low, a graduate from Turpin High School, has been recruited by Oklahoma Baptist University.

  • 800m Algerian runner Adem Hecini is now coached by Ali Hakoumi.

  • 15/07: South-African hammer thrower Chris Harmse doesn't want take part to the world championships because his religion forbids him to throw on Sunday (day of the hammer final).

  • 08/07: Italian company FILA has opened a training camp in Arusha (Tanzania). 14 athletes have joined the program at the moment.



Juin
  • 26/06: Angolan athlete Aurelio Mitty, holder of the national record on 5000m, was arrested in the USA, his resident visa having expired.

  • 18/06: 5000m world junior champion from Uganda has has taken back to training after undergoing a surgery on her ankle last month.

  • 14/06: The Algerian national coach for roadrace and marathon sets an example for his athletes. 40 years old Sid Ali Sakhri was ranked second of the Caen marathon (France) in 2h18'58" on June 10th.

  • 14/06: The Nyayo National Stadium (Kenya) will soon have its track refurbished by Mondo at the expenses of th IAAF.

  • 14/06: Young Algerian heptathlet Hamida Ben Hocine was injured when she was hit on her side by a hammer. She has a crack on a rib and suffers a crush on level of the lungs.

  • South-African discus throwers Frits Potgieter leaves athletics for rugby because his national federation lacks interest for athletes older than 26. Read ASA article.

  • Moroccan runner Salah Hissou, who has undergone surgery on his foot, won't compete in Edmonton.

  • Moroccan runner Hasna Benhassi, who won the last indoor champs on 1500m, is expecting a baby for the end of the year. She is married to athlete Mouhcine Chahbi.

May
  • Ugnadan international athletes will soon have to give their federation part of their earnings in favour of a fund to help young talents.

  • A synthetic track will be built in Al Inbiâat stadium of Agadir (Morocco).

  • The Kenyan Wilson Boit Kipketer announced he wouldn't run much in meetings this summer to maximise his chances to win the 3000m steeple event in Edmonton.

April
  • Nigerian quartermiler Enefiok Udo Obong has left to the US to train under Innocent Egbunike's direction.

  • The Zimbabwean sprinter Tsitsi Gora, 19 years old, (12"2 on 100m on April 8th) has just won an academic and athletics scholarship to Harvard University.