Athletes of African descent are back in focus at the middle and long distance events in the London Olympics and people are once again scratching their heads as to how they keep replicating these efforts.In this edition of the Olympics itself, there are some outstanding names which catch your attention as Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba became the first woman in history to retain the Olympic women’s 10,000 m race title.Add to it Somali-born British athlete Mo Farah, winning gold in the men’s 10,000 m, Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana finishing the cross-line in women’s marathon and Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi triumphing in the men’s 3000 m steeplechase, the list is huge.Scientists have attempted various studies to find out what is it about these athletes who come from poor countries where they do not get proper food to eat and still run the gruelling events so well.Someone like Michael Johnson says it is not a secret at all. “You can’t buy into the clichs about what makes an athlete successful. Certainly genealogy plays a part in it. It doesn’t mean that if you are of African descent that you are going to dominate sprints and those who aren’t won’t,” feels Johnson.Almost nine years ago, some Australian scientists had come up with a study that black sprinters have a gene called ACTN3 which is involved in fast muscle twitching.Their belief was this gene helps the muscles to run fast and was more common in Jamaicans and those of West African origin.If one flips through the annals of athletics history, the turning point for the Kenyans was the 1968 Mexico Olympics when Kenyan icon Kipchoge Keino, won a gold medal in 1,500 metres. He then went on to add a silver medal in the 5,000 metres race.advertisementFrom then till his day, the Kenyans have made news in the distance events around the globe. There has been intense speculation as well as research as to what makes them such strong runners.In economically rich countries, you will find that even the common man or woman keeps running to lose weight and fat.But if you look at the Kenyans, Ethiopians and the Somali athletes, they look almost emaciated. Yet, when you put them in a middle distance race or a half marathon or a full marathon, they just cruise along.There is no panting, no gasping for breath and their cardio systems seem designed for sheer running.It has also been researched that most of the Kenyan runners come from one small ethnic group — the Nandi sub-tribe.”Out of the last 25 Boston Marathons, Kenyans have won 19 of them. This year Wilson Kipsang won the London marathon, ensuring that out of the last nine London marathons, eight have been won by Kenyans,” said an official from the international athletics federation (IAAF).Several former Kenyan greats have always been enthused and from Kipkoech to Kipchoge Keino have said that the Kenyan success is a natural phenomenon.The Kenyan and Somali athletes have no distractions in life. Over here, running is something as natural as having to walk many kilometres in a hilly areas in India to fetch drinking water.Yes, these athletes are lean and with a low body fat percentage as studies have shown. But the catch is in their natural leg length, better calf muscles and training naturally at high altitude.If you take the case of the Indian middle distance runner, with KT Irfan now a hero after finishing 10th in the 10km walk, they have to set up a high altitude base in Ooty and train.However, for the Kenyan stars and someone like Mo Farah who comes from Somali land, running is a way of life.Unlike the economically rich countries, where children aspire to play football, tennis or other elite sport, they can only run.Running never paid but now it does. In fact, Mo Farah is called a “plastic” athlete as he changed passports.It’s a phenomenon which has been in existence for decades and that is why you will find Black athletes migrating to Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.They give up their nationalities and in return get a better quality of life.It is well known that given the political turmoil in Somalia, people are leaving the country. And with American universities hunting for talent and recruiting athletes for their universities, the exposure which these African athletes get is huge.In addition to the natural flair for running and having an athletic body, more competitions make them sharper.advertisementWhile countries like India have also started sending the middle distance athletes to Kenya for training in high altitude, the natural advantage which a Kenyan or an Ethiopian runner has cannot be discounted.One also cannot forget the advantage of running bare feet as these Africans do in hilly terrain. And that’s why runners like Wilson Kipketer changed nationality and ran with great distinction for Denmark.Similarly, Ethiopian-born 800m and 1500 m specialist Maryam Yusuf Jamal, originally named ZenebechTola, now represents Bahrain.As of now, none can stop the economically stronger nations from importing natural talent and making them “plastic athletes” for winning medals.Mo Farah also belongs to this category as he makes headlines daily in Britain and Somalis watch helplessly.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a case of tough luck, Alas suffered the same injury on the same knee just five games upon his long-awaited return.“I re-tore the ACL in my right knee at Ynares Antipolo. It was the exact same venue and the exact same side of the court where I suffered the same injury, less than a year ago,” Alas posted on his Instagram account Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again,” he wrote. “This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don’t last. This will only make me more resilient and much stronger.”The 27-year-old Alas hurt his right knee in the Road Warriors’ win over the Meralco Bolts on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Alas just couldn’t catch a break.Last year, Alas was on a steady rise to becoming one of the best guards in the PBA when he sustained his first ACL tear.This time, Alas was slowly regaining his old explosive self when he hurt his knee again.“I honestly don’t know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger,” he said.The 6-foot Alas, who is averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and a steal in five games this conference, doesn’t want to dwell on his latest setback and instead, he is already looking forward to his recovery no matter how grueling it’s going to be.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “The goal now is to move forward, recover, get healthy and attack my rehab again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES James Harden churns out another 40-point game as Rockets beat Suns US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kevin Alas had just come back from an ACL injury that sidelined him for 10 months and the NLEX guard vowed to overcome it again.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.”
APTN National NewsVoters in the Mohawk territory of Kanesatake voted for change on the weekend.The old council was marred by infighting and little progress was made to improve life in the community, residents say.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s anti-corruption officers have detained the former head of a financial regulatory body who resigned recently after a media report he sought a bribe.The Central Anti-Corruption Office said Tuesday that Marek Chrzanowski is being taken to Katowice, in the south, where he will be questioned by prosecutors over suspected corruption.Chrzanowski was appointed in 2016 by the current ruling party to be the director of the Financial Supervision Authority that ensures proper banking practices.He resigned this month after the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported that he had sought a multimillion-dollar bribe from a troubled bank’s owner in exchange for favours. The banker recorded the meeting.Chrzanowski insists he is innocent.The anti-corruption office was started by the ruling Law and Justice party in 2006 when it was previously in power.The Associated Press
Washington: Pakistan, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in its struggle against India, a former top American spymaster has said. Former CIA acting director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Pakistan has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in their struggle against India, Morell said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampbell, the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs and Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, now regularly host ‘The Tealeaves’ Podcast of the Asia Group. “What they don’t realise is that it’s impossible to keep those terrorist groups under control. And that eventually comes back to bite you. You know, I believe that Pakistan, at the end of the day, maybe the most dangerous country in the world,” Morell said. Morell who played a key role in the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden — the al-Qaeda chief and mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States — in a safe house in Pakistan, said that the population of this South Asian country is exploding, and the demographics are awful. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The economy’s going nowhere. It simply can’t provide the jobs that need to be provided for the young people who are entering the labour force. The education system is literally broken. I went to Pakistan more often than I went to any other country when I was deputy director,” he said, referring to his impression about Pakistan when he was the deputy head in the CIA during the Obama administration. There’s no wonder that many Pakistani parents send their kids to madrasa and one knows what happens to a small percentage of the kids who go there. “The extremism is growing from a societal perspective. It’s growing within the military. So, it is not impossible, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but five years from now, 10 years from now that you could have a color revolution, Arab spring style movement in the streets of Islamabad that ends up with an extremist government there with nuclear weapons. That’s what so scary,” Morell said. According to Morell, then president Barack Obama’s Pakistan policy in his first term was to get the Pakistanis to see their strategic environment in a real way. “They still see India and, I think, for foreseeable future, will see India as an existential threat to the state of Pakistan. It’s not, it’s just not. India stopped focusing on Pakistan a long time ago. They’re focusing on their economic future,” he argued. But because the Pakistanis are so obsessed with this perceived existential threat, they’ve both organised their society in order to protect themselves from that threat. So, they’ve given an immense amount of power to the military, and much less power to the civilian government, he said. “The government therefore makes choices that I don’t believe, and many people don’t believe are in the best long term interest of Pakistan. Pakistan has spent more money on nuclear weapons than they do in education. “And they use terrorism as a tool against the Indians… and then also in Afghanistan, because they fear Indian influence in Afghanistan. So they’ve created terrorist groups, right to be a tool of theirs in the struggle against India,” Morell added.
New Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police will implement its one-way traffic circulation plan on trial basis on Padam Singh Road and Tank Road in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh from Monday, officials said.To ensure smooth vehicular movement, the scheme would be implemented gradually on four other roads of the area, Pyare Lal Road, Hardhyan Singh Road, Gurudwara Road, and Saraswati Marg, a senior traffic police official said. The move comes in for providing seamless and smooth traffic movement and is being used to create a one-way loop system for comfortable movement of all modes of transport, the officer said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarKarol Bagh –a hub of commercial establishments having garments, jewellary, electronic items and car dealers –registers heavy footfall and vehicular movement throughout the day thereby leading to street parking of the vehicles on all the major roads of the area. One way circulation plan of Karol Bagh area was approved by the Unified Traffic Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) in April, 2010 and the trial run on these roads was also conducted for sometime but could not be continued thereafter, the traffic police said in its statement. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaNow in a concerted effort by Delhi Traffic Police along with other civic agencies, one-way circulation plan on the six roads in Karol Bagh area is being revived with its implementation initially on Padam Singh Road and Tank road, the statement added. Meeting with RWAs and MWAs of Karol Bagh area has been conducted and the finer points of circulation plan have been deliberated with them, as their co-operation is of utmost importance for the successful implementation of the one-way circulation scheme, the senior traffic police official said. About 50 Delhi Traffic Police officers along with marshals from MCD would be deployed to man all the intersections of Tank road and Padam Singh Road to regulate the traffic, the official added.
First baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named Big Ten freshman of the year for Ohio State baseball (25-25, 13-11 Big Ten) Tuesday. Four other Buckeyes also earned Big Ten honors. Dezse led OSU with a .341 batting average and 42 RBIs and also went 4-1 on the mound with a team-high five saves. He is the 10th Buckeye to win Big Ten freshman of the year. Dezse was also named to the All-Big Ten second-team with senior pitcher Drew Rucinski, who led the team as a starter with a 5-3 record and was third in the Big Ten with a 2.88 ERA. It was Rucinski’s first conference honor outside of academics. Dezse, center fielder Tim Wetzel and pitcher Greg Greve made the All-Big Ten freshman team. Wetzel hit .274 and scored 31 runs while Greve finished the year 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA. Rounding out the awards was senior reliever Theron Minium, who was named one of 10 sportsmanship award honorees. OSU will begin the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed when they play No. 5 Minnesota at 12:05 today at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred is expected to complete his transfer to Manchester United early this week, reports the BBCThe Red Devils are anxious to sign the Brazilian this summer with Jose Mourinho keen to find a replacement for his retired captain Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who is expected to leave Old Trafford as a free agent.After confirming that talks were at an “advanced stage” over a week ago, Fred is now expected to have a medical at United before completing his reported £52m move.Brazil coach Tite would welcome the news as he insists that he wants all his players to sort out their respective domestic futures before the start of the World Cup.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When this happens, and it is inevitable, they are going to come to us and our advice to them is resolve this as soon as you can so your head is back with us and focusing on the national team,” he said, after Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win against Croatia.“If I was a manager I’d ask to sign him as well.”FC Porto’s teenage full-back Diogo Dalot is also expected to be signed by United in the coming weeks.
For Bryan Robson, the French international can become of the English Premier League greats if he can continue with his current formFrench forward Anthony Martial started playing with Manchester United in 2015, after spending two years in the Ligue 1 with Monaco.Since then, he has scored 28 goals in 93 matches.And for the Red Devil’s legend Bryan Robson, the French striker can beDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“For me, over the last month we’ve seen the real Martial, where you expect him to be because he’s got so much talent”, he told the club’s official website.“He’s had a terrific month and hopefully he can continue that all the way through the season now.”“Mentally, Martial just needs to get that little bit stronger to make sure he can do it week in, week out and not just have a good period for one month, then dip in form for a couple of months and then come back to form,” he concluded.