PARIS (Reuters) – As softly-spoken off the bike as he is brutal on his machine, Chris Froome completed a long journey out of Africato claim his maiden Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. As much as kids from Kilburn, London, are not supposed to win the Tour, as 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins would say, kids from Kenya are not supposed to prevail on the French roads either. “I’d like my performances here to help inspire a lot of youngsters, especially young Africans. They have to believe they can get out of Africa to make it to European teams,” the 28-year-old Froome said. This is exactly what Froome, born in Kenya of British descent and schooled in South Africa, did. He started riding at 17 with local cycling coach David Kinjah in the highlands of Nairobi and in 2006, took part in the Under-23 world championships representing Kenya. It was hardly an auspicious beginning – crashing into a policeman on the first bend of the time trial event. Froome joined the Barloworld team in 2008 and rode his first Tour de France, finishing 84th and with little hope of one day winning the world’s greatest cycling race. “The first time that I thought that ‘ok, realistically I could become a GC (general classification) rider to contend in grand Tours was during the 2011 Vuelta,” said Froome, who joined the well-oiledTeam Sky in 2010. “Up until then I was finding it difficult to keep my performances high for three weeks. The Vuelta 2011 gave me the confidence that I do belong to the group of riders who belong in front of the general classification.” Froome, first described by Sky principal Dave Brailsford as “a rough diamond, in need of shaping and polishing”, worked for team leader Wiggins at the Vuelta in 2011 and still managed to finish ahead of him. “When I… Read more »
While the history of sports in Kansas City is largely tied to the Chiefs (NFL) and the Royals (MLB), the narration is threaded much deeper than the names on the front of the jerseys. The “team first” mantra will always ring true, however, there are some athletes that are Considered the anchors for their colleagues, Organizations, cities and even generations. Though not as vast as some of the bigger cities of the – oftentimes resulting in an astronomical popularity – Kansas City has seen some of the best call it home. Here are the 10 most beloved athletes of professional sports in Kansas City history. Who sits atop this list for you? * List is in alphabetical order * List includes only athletes; no coaches or owners INVOLVED Nate “Tiny” Archibald (Kings, 1972-76) His nickname may be “Tiny,” but he had a big game. With the Kings / Omaha Kings, Archibald enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA. In the 1972-73 season, his first year with the Kings, the point guard averaged 34 points and 11.4 assists per game – leading the league in both categories. In fact, Archibald Became one of the rare players to lead the NBA in both assists and points in one season. With the Kings, Archibald was a three-time All-Star, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. George Brett (Royals, 1973-93) The unequivocal leader of the Royals during their glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, Brett’s name is synonymous with Kansas City sports – even leading the team to its lone World Series title over cross-state rival, the St.. Louis Cardinals, in 1985. Having played his entire career with the Royals, the Hall-of-Fame third baseman is also the franchise leader in most major statistical categories…. Read more »
JAKARTA – pole vault world record holder from Ukraine, Sergey Bubka Nazarovich a visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (06/25/2013). “I am delighted to be visiting Indonesia. It is a beautiful country, “he met at the office of Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Jakarta. Bubka record 6.15 meters in Donetsk, Ukraine, on February 21, 1993. 20 years later, the record was not resolved. Some pole vault athletes strive to surpass the record belongs Bubka, but until now there is no new record. “It takes skill and technique surpassed the record high for that. Young athletes should do the analysis first and then to improvise in order to surpass my record, “he said. Sergey Bubka is the Pole Vault gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He’s run for Presidential election exchanges Olympics.
Contribute Weightlifting Silver One for Indonesia in the Universiade 2013 Kazan – Until the 10th Universiade championship in 2013, Indonesia has to get a silver medal. Medals were donated from weightlifting branch. Universiade is a championship fight for a lot of sports like the Olympics. The difference is, the athletes who competed here are the students. In 2013 the event was held in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. President Vladimir Putin was officially opened on July 6, 2013 and contesting 27 sports, including rugby 7, soccer, swimming, volleyball, beach volleyball, chess, weightlifting and badminton. In 2013 Kazan Universiade in particular also competed typical folk wrestling Tatarstan “Cyrus” who competed for the first time at the Universiade. From 6 sports that followed, the new Indonesia won one silver medal from weightlifting 56 kg branch on behalf Surahmat Suwito. These achievements to repeat the success in the Universiade Shenzhen 2011. “University Students Abulyatama Banda Aceh is back to repeat his performance at the Universiade Shenzhen 2011,” said Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus Djauhari Oratmangun release received detikSport. Surahmat silver medal with a total force obtained weighing 250 kg, 16 kg lighter than the gold medalist from China. Class 56 kg bronze medal won by athletes Moldova with 246 kg total force. “Although it has not managed to get a lot of medals, but the Indonesian team could learn quite a lot from Kazan Universiade 2013. Particular how the Russian government to prepare all facilities and of course all athletes prepare seriously to buy almost all the medals in all sports,” said Oratmangun . Kazan is no half-and-half to host Universiade this year. They not only freshen up, but also primp. Kazan city faces filled with flowers which were scattered in… Read more »
Swimmers Jakarta State University (UNJ), Gerdi Zulfitranto, won two gold on the first day Student League (LIMA) Swimming in 2013, which took place at the Swimming Pool Pertamina Simprug, South Jakarta, 29-30 June 2013. Gerdi won gold on the 200 meter breaststroke with a record of 2 minutes 30.17 seconds, and the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 31.31 seconds. Gerdi student who is majoring in sport in UNJ failed to win gold in the 200-meter medley. He had to settle for a silver medal. “If there is no Idam Dasuki, could possibly be gold. He’s a former national training athletes, “said Gerdi after the game in Swimming Pool Pertamina, Simprug, South Jakarta, Saturday (06/29/2013). Gerdi and other participants did not expect to meet in the Student League Swimming Idam. Craving is a student STKIP Bandung. On the first day, she won the 200 meters gold and silver medley 50 meter breaststroke. “I think he’s still in pelatnas. Because I understand that athletes are competing at the national training Asian Indoor Games in Korea. Turns out he was not a baseball athletes participate for national training, “said another swimmer UNJ, Rays Tri U Chaniago, who also successfully won gold in the 100m backstroke. After bagging two gold and one silver, Gerdi hoping to add another gold while down in the 100-meter breaststroke on the second day, Sunday (30/06/2013). “Actually, only FIVE warming. I put the target in the Governor’s Cup July 4 to 6 later because the results will be very influential to be drawn into Pelatda city, “said Gerdi who joined the swimming club Kusuma Hope.
Sudirman Hadi, from West Nusa Tenggara sprinter managed to qualify for the Youth World Athletics Championships 2013 in the Donetsk, Ukraine. The championship will take place on 10-14 July. According to Secretary PB PASI, Tigor Tanjung, Sudirman managed to record time 10.96 seconds in the men’s 100m at the National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013. “The times were owned Sudirman deliver him to the World Junior Championships. World Championship record limit is 11.15 seconds, in the junior category, “he said in Jakarta, Monday (8/4). National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013, which was held in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta on 3-6 April is the effort of PB PASI doing coaching athletes. In this tough competition occurs among athletes who make the emergence of a record-national record. Tigor adds, national record through tough competition in the junior and youth categories this year increased. Last year only six rekornas that telampaui, but now increased to 11 rekornas. “These conditions provide fresh air to coaching track and field athletes from all over the country. Therefore, in addition to be a junior championship qualifying event to the world championships, also a sustainable level of coaching athletes, “he said.
LeBron James and Serena Williams got a gift as the best male and female athletes Espy version (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award 2013, held at the Kodak Theatre on Wednesday (07/17/2013) local time. James, who had just delivered the Miami Heat won the NBA title two years in a row, beating candidates such as Miguel Cabrera baseball players, football players Adrian Peterson, and swimmer Michael Phelps. This is the title back-to-back for James. In addition, he was also named the Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. After receiving the trophy as the best athlete, James-nominee name another nominee, then said, “(Trophy) for the four of us, man, I just keep it in my house.” On the women’s side, Williams defeated gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin, and basketball player Brittney Griner. Aside from being selected as the best female athlete, Williams was also selected as the best tennis player. Other tennis player ever to be selected as the best athlete is Monica Seles (1993) and Venus Williams (2002). Espy Award is an annual event to give awards to athletes, individuals or the best team, which is initiated by one of the cable television network in the United States, ESPN. The event was held since 1993, in February or March, every year. However, since 2003, the event was held on Wednesday in July, the day after the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game. This is the season when the branches of the sport in the U.S. is not being rolled, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).
MIAMI – World athletics shocked by the news that sprinter Tyson Gay claimed involved the use of doping. Adidas is sponsoring runners from the U.S., decided to hang up his contract. Reported previously, with Gay Asafa Powell are two of the six runners who tested positive in a doping test that took place in Jamaica. Adidas as sponsor Gay admitted surprise at the news. “We were very surprised by these allegations and even if and even if we assume he is innocent until proven otherwise, we contract with Gay currently hanging,” said a spokesman for Adidas. Adidas agreement with the athletes give the German company the freedom to terminate the contract, “If it is proven the athlete convicted of possession or use of drugs or other controlled substances by the sports agency that has jurisdiction over the athlete.” Keep in mind, Gay has partnered with Adidas since 2005. Previously, 30-year-old runner has denied the allegations. Consequently, Gay had to be absent from the world championship run that will take place in Moscow. “I do not have a story of sabotage. I also do not lie. I basically trust someone and have let me down, “he concluded, as reported Emirates247, Tuesday (07/16/2013).
LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies. “I am not surprised,” the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. “As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.” The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping, called for cycling to address its doping past in a “collective and co-operative manner”. “If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed,” he said. Armstrong admitted having taken performance-enhancing drugs in January and was stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said it had uncovered a sophisticated doping programme. Armstrong did not compete in 1998 because he was battling cancer but the French Senate inquiry, published on Wednesday, named him as testing positive for EPO in 1999. Italian Marco Pantani, who won the Tour in 1998 and died of a drug overdose in 2004, and Jan Ullrich of Germany, who finished second in 1998, were among those named in the 918-page report compiled by a parliamentary group who called for a “truth and reconciliation” commission (TRC) to be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices. Since Armstrong confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show in January he has called for a truth and reconciliation programme on several occasions. WADA, the world anti-doping agency, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and national federations have been wary of the suggestion, although UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has appeared open to the suggestion of Armstrong sharing his past. Armstrong continued: “I… Read more »
Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later. Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event. It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo. Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries. The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo. The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City. According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has… Read more »