Former RusAF President Balakhnichev vows appeal against prison sentence

first_imgFormer Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) President, Valentin Balakhnichev, has said he will appeal against a three-year prison sentence after he was among the officials found guilty in France at the conclusion of a long-running investigation into corruption in athletics. Balakhnichev, who served as President of RusAF between 1990 and 2015, was absent from the Paris Criminal Court as the verdicts were announced. The Russian official, who was banned from athletics for life in 2016, was alleged to have refused to cooperate with the investigation. Balakhnichev, the former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) treasurer, was alleged to have negotiated financial kickbacks with former IAAF President Lamine Diack. The kickbacks reportedly helped cover-up positive drugs tests involving Russian athletes. Diack was yesterday been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty on several corruption charges but found not guilty of “organised money laundering”. read also:Russian powerlifter fractures legs in failed squat attempt It is unlikely that Diack will spend any time in prison after the judge told the disgraced former International Olympic Committee member he could “expect conditional release” due to his age. His son Papa Massata, who refuses to be extradited from Senegal, was convicted and jailed for five years in absentia. Balakhnichev has vowed to appeal against his three-year prison sentence, with the former RusAF President denying he had refused to cooperate. “Of course, we will deal with the appeal of the decision,” Balakhnichev told Russian state news agency TASS. Promoted Content10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise YouHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future Loading… center_img “Now I will appeal to the Supreme Court of France, the court for human rights. “I have never refused to cooperate. “I do not consider myself guilty.” Gabriel Dollé, the former head of anti-doping at the IAAF – now known as World Athletics – Lamine Diack’s advisor Habib Cisse, and Alexei Melnikov, the former head distance coach of the Russian national team – were also found guilty. Dollé has been given a two-year suspended sentence. Diack, previously an influential sports figure before he became embroiled in corruption, has already lodged an appeal, according to reports. One of Diack’s lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, described the verdict as “unjust and inhuman”. Papa Massata was tried in absentia on charges of money laundering and breach of trust. Prior to the verdict he claimed he and his father had been the victims of an “Anglo-Saxon conspiracy” and insisted they were innocent. He additionally claimed the French court had no jurisdiction as the alleged crimes took place in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan and Turkey. The Diacks are also being investigated on suspicion of corruption in the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro and the postponed 2020 Games to Tokyo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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The Latest: German club Nuremberg going into quarantine

first_imgThe Latest: German club Nuremberg going into quarantine The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” March 13, 2020 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions. 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___center_img German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. Associated Press However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:20 p.m.last_img read more

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PRRD looking to create new building bylaw with public consulation

first_imgAfter being repealed earlier this month, the bylaw was reinstated Monday morning at a special meeting, but only applies to building permits issued before November 14, 2013, and for those who make a request to obtain a permit in the future.“This covers the middle ground that I think we’re looking for,” says Alternate Director Byron Stewart in for Director Lori Ackerman. “If people want or do not want to move within this system, they’re free to do so.” In order to bring the bylaw back, the PRRD board had to revote on repealing it, which was opposed but with three rural directors in favour: Area C’s Arthur Hadland, Area E’s Jerrilyn Schembri, and Area D’s Leonard Hiebert, the alternate for Wayne Hiebert, who resigned in October. – Advertisement -Participating in the meeting via telephone, Hadland made it clear that he felt the meeting was out of order, and therefore illegal, as five business days notice were not given, and he felt the issue was not an emergency, which was met with applause by the packed gallery. Much of the discussion during the nearly 90 minute meeting revolved around whether or not rural residents’ ability to obtain financing for construction projects is affected by not having a building inspection process. Advertisement Director Gwen Johansson also raised the issue of there being no end date to the bylaw, given that many residents feel there are many deficiencies. “There are a number of people who may be interested in having a building permit based on that old bylaw in the rural areas where it’s voluntary, but they’re not willing to have it based on the present bylaw,” she maintains. A referendum on the matter is still scheduled for next year’s local government elections. With consultation, it could take six to nine months to come back with a new bylaw based on the boundaries and content of the old Building Bylaw 1189, 1998.Area B Director Karen Goodings and Director Merlin Nichols voted against having a new building bylaw brought forward. “I called the local credit union and they just shrugged. This meant nothing to them,” says Hadland. “I called Farm Credit, which does a lot of the financing in the rural area, and they actually have no interest in our building bylaw at all.” “I fear there’s a huge risk to our region by companies who hear about this and all of a sudden say, ‘We’re not only not going to insure that building that hasn’t been inspected; we’re not going to write any coverage in that area at all,’” later responded Director Dale Bumstead, who served as the Chair of the Lakeview Credit Union board for 10 years. Both Hadland and Director Bruce Christensen wanted to get something in writing from the financial institutions that reportedly rely on inspections from the Regional District, before making a decision on the building bylaw. Chief Administrative Officer Fred Banham attempted to answer some of the other questions that directors had fielded, including that … can not be grandfathered in, and that the existing permits could not be completed anyways, as there was no longer a bylaw to authorize the PRRD’s two inspection officers. Advertisementlast_img read more

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