Anti-doping exam in China!

»China’s track and field governing body organised an anti-doping exam for all its athletes, a day prior to the kick-off of the athletics competitions at its National Games, reports IANS from Shenyang (China).

A total of 1,264 athletes, coaches, as well as team staff took the open-book exam on Thursday aiming to further raise their anti-doping awareness as part of the doping control programme of the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA).

The 40-minute-long exam featured three aspects: harms to dope offenders, anti-doping policy, and self-protection knowledge.

“The athletes must know what are banned substances and what are the dangers of doping. The open-book exam aims to give the athletes as well as their coaches a chance to review all the doping control knowledge. It is our way to protect them,” CAA vice president Shen Chunde said.

Now, it’s Reading’s turn to start chapter in India
»Reading Football Club (RFC) of England and All Arunchal Football Association (AAFA) will sign an MoU to scout soccer talent all over the state to train the footballers in the state.
RFC consultant Tomo Nomuk was in the state on a mission to expand the Reading FC’s banner globally.

“There is no dearth of talent in this Himalayan state and the RFC will provide the expertise to hone up the hidden talent,” he said after holding a discussion with AAFA president and Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy. “Arunachalees proving their excellence in sports and games in national and global arena, we are serious to promote soccer with the state government attaching top priority to sports sector,” Sanjoy said.

Space voyage for Sochi Winter Olympics torch
»In a historic first, an unlit Olympic torch for the Sochi Winter Games will be taken to space on a spacewalk in November, a Russian cosmonaut has said.

The torch will go to the International Space Station on November 7 and taken out on a spacewalk two days later before returning to the Earth.

“The flame won’t be burning in space, we’ll just carry the torch into space,” said Oleg Kotov, one of the two cosmonauts who will be involved in the torch’s run in the outer space.

He said the cosmonauts “have already ordered broadcast of certain sports and we’ll be watching them on the station”.

After the Olympic flame arrives in Russia from Greece in October, it will spiral out from the capital before heading east and looping around the Kamchatka peninsula, down to Vladivostok and back across southern Siberia via Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake.

A Klose encounter with a special record
»Miroslav Klose will have just turned 36 when the World Cup kicks off in Brazil next year yet there is every sign that, barring injury or a dramatic loss of form, he will be Germany's lonestriker in the competition.

The only clue that Klose gave to his age in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Austria came when he avoided celebrating his record-equalling goal for Germany with his trademark somersault. Klose equalled Gerd Mueller’s record of 68 international goals for Germany.  "You know how old I am. It's been a while since I did a somersault, and I prefer it like that," Klose said after his 129th match for Germany. "The goal means an awful lot, but I do not want to put myself on the same level as Gerd."

Want longer life? Ride in Tour de France
»French riders in the Tour de France live an average of six years longer than the general population and die less often of cardiovascular problems, researchers said, which may help ease worries about the effect of extreme exercise on the heart.
The research also offered limited assurance that doping was unlikely to pose a major heart health risk, at least in the short term, since any major adverse impact would have skewed the results. Illicit use of the blood-boosting drug EPO, or erythropoietin, has been rampant in competitive cycling since the 1990s.