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Springboks thump Canada, march into quarterfinals
8 October 2019, 2:30 PM

South Africa have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan with a 66-7 bonus point win over Canada in their final pool match in Kobe.

The Springboks ran in ten tries to one, with Cobus Reinarch getting a first-half hat-trick.

The Boks were up against a Canadian team ranked 22nd in world rugby, it would be all about attitude if the Green and Gold was to get what they needed out of this match.  Canada was reduced to 14 men late in the first half after foul play.

It was one-way traffic as soon as the referee blew the whistle, Sbu Nkosi added his name to the score sheet in the 6th minute and Damian De Allende opened the scoring.

The third try arrived in the 10th minute as Cobus Reinarch showed just why he is one of the best players in the English premiership, executing an audacious chip and chase after finding the gap.  Reinarch then went on a scoring spree, with a quickfire hatrick in 11 minutes.

The Boks also bagged the bonus point within the first twenty minutes of the match. They were launching attacks from everywhere in the park at the Kobe Misaki Stadium.

By the half-hour mark, the Springboks had scored six tries, with Warrick Gelant dotting down for his third try in test rugby.

Four minutes before half time, with Canada desperate to get on the score sheet, disaster struck, as Josh Larsen received a straight red card for a shoulder charge, the Canucks were down to 14 men.

Frans Steyn scored on the stroke of halftime through an intercept, the Boks had seven tries, they were 47 nil up after the first forty minutes.

Despite everything seemingly going against them, Canada persevered and opened the scoring in the second half, Matt Heaton crashed over to the delight of the many neutral supporters in attendance.

Schalk Brits took on four Canadian defenders to score his second five-pointer of the 2019 world cup, and get South Africa going in the second half.

Fists started rolling in as Damian Willemse, who was parachuted into japan after Jesse Kriel was forced to withdraw through injury, scored his first test try.

Pastor Omotoso trial resumes in Port Elizabeth
7 October 2019, 10:19 AM

The trial of pastor Timothy Omotoso  resumes in the High Court in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

This comes after the new presiding Judge, Irma Schoeman, dismissed Omotoso’s application for leave to appeal her decision to have the case heard in that court.

Defence lawyer, Peter Daubermann previously told the court that it only had jurisdiction over seven out of the 97 charges the accused was facing.

He brought an application to have all charges heard in the jurisdictions where the alleged offences occurred but Schoeman dismissed it.

Anda Nqonji (SABC News reporter) reports that Omotoso’s lawyer, Daubermann argued that the indictment authorising the Port Elizabeth high court to hear all the charges was no longer relevant on the newly started trial.

According to the report, he said the failure by the state to furnish the court with a new indictment, meant they are free to challenge the jurisdiction of this trial.

But Schoeman dismissed this, saying the current indictment was sufficient and provided enough information to proceed with this case.

But before the case was postponed, Daubermann indicated plans to petition this decision at the Supreme Court of Appeals.

IAAF President defends the organisation
2 October 2019, 5:00 PM

 

Two days after a four-year ban was handed to leading American coach Alberto Salazar, Sebastian Coe says Athletes must choose their coaches carefully to avoid any risk of guilt by association.

Coe, speaking to a group of news agency reporters including Reuters, also defended the organisation of the world athletics championships in Qatar, saying that the athletes were not worried about small attendances at the Khalifa stadium.

Salazar was banned by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Monday, 30 September 2019 for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), a camp designed primarily to develop US endurance athletes.

Salazar said he would appeal USADA’s decision meanwhile sportswear giant Nike said it would stand by him.

A number of the athletes in Doha train at the NOP including women’s 10 000 metres gold medalist Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and American Donavan Brazier, who won Tuesday’s men’s 800 metres.

“A banned coach has to sever relationships with those athletes. That is what is taking place,” said Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“Coaches and athletes have to make a judgement all the time. If you are coached by somebody, you should be absolutely comfortable that you are working in an environment that is safe and secure and is not going to damage your own reputation.”

Coe said he spent every evening on the track talking to athletes, medical staff and delegates and that they were happy with the organisation of the competition, despite the low attendances.

“They are very pleased to be here,” he said. “Yes, we could have done with more spectators in the stadium but there are pretty understandable reasons why that has been a challenge.

“We want a full stadium and that has to be the challenge but we need to focus also on the absolute quality of what we are seeing here,” he added, also pointing out that athletes from 28 countries had won medals so far.

“I can’t remember a world championships actually that has delivered at this level for a long time.

Coe further expressed his views on the matter concerning the organisation and how he plans to deal with it in order to make sure that the competition continues running smooth, “It is what happens. We are dealing with it. It does not derail the championships. It may for you guys, but in reality it is not a broader issue for most people watching the championships.”

He did not want to comment on the NOP itself, “I have no idea,” he said. “I haven’t even read the adjudication. It is not a program I’m remotely across or I understand.”

David Pemsel Appointed As New Premier League Chief Executive
2 October 2019, 2:48 PM

 

David Pemsel, the CEO of Guardian Media Group (GMG), will be the new Premier League Chief Executive after his candidacy was approved following a recruitment process overseen by Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck at a shareholders meeting on Wednesday.

The 51 years old businessman has been with GMG since 2015 and he is set to join the league before April 2020 with interim Chief Executive Richard Masters set to take up the Managing Director role.

“I am thrilled to have been offered this incredible opportunity,” Pemsel said in a statement.

“The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world and I am very excited to be a key part of that.

“As a football fan, I understand just how important the game is to supporters and our national identity and I am honoured to take the helm of such an influential and prestigious organisation.”

The Premier League also said it would now begin the search for a non-executive chair.

“We are delighted to welcome David to the Premier League,” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who is also the chairman of the Premier League Nominations Committee, said.

“His straightforward style and personal integrity make him an ideal person to lead the business… We would like to extend our huge appreciation to Richard Masters, who has captained the ship expertly this year as interim chief executive.”

I am relieved USADA has completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar
1 October 2019, 3:40 PM

British Olympic champion, Mo Farah recently said in a statement that he has no tolerance for anyone who broke the rules for doping as his former coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations.

“I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line,” said Farah in a statement to Sky Sports News.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Salazar’s punishment was for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), a camp designed primarily to develop U.S. endurance athletes.

“A ruling has been made and I’m glad there has finally been a conclusion.”

“I am relieved USADA has completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar.”

Salazar stopped coaching Farah, double Olympic champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters, in 2017 when the runner decided to move back to England.

The Briton said at the time that the doping investigation was not the reason they parted ways.

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