Seven months after he collapsed and almost died on the track at the 2019 Millrose Games in New York, Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell has announced his retirement from track and field after being advised presumably by his doctors that he would risk his life by resuming his career as a long-distance runner.

Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt and his United States counterpart Carl Lewis, rarely agree on anything, but both have stood firmly beside each other in chiding ESPN reporter Max Kellerman, over disparaging comments about the sport. 

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Monday that it is withdrawing its charges against American track and field star Christian Coleman.

Coleman, 23, was facing a possible two-year ban after being accused of violating World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, which would have kept him out of this month's World Athletics Championships in Doha.

The sprinter had allegedly contravened the "whereabouts rules" by missing three random drugs tests in a 12-month period because he failed to accurately report his location for testing purposes.

Under the "whereabouts" system, athletes must let officials know where they will be for one hour every day as well as details of overnight accommodation and training.

USADA said it withdrew the charge after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency over whether Coleman actually missed three tests in a 12-month period, based on how the testing calendar is administered.

In a statement, it said: "USADA has determined that under the applicable rules, and in order to ensure that Coleman is treated consistently with other athletes under the World Anti-Doping Program, Coleman should not be considered to have three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period.

"Accordingly, USADA has withdrawn its charge that Coleman committed an anti-doping rule violation and has so notified WADA and the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations."

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart added in a statement: "Consistent application of the global anti-doping rules is essential in every case."

Coleman was initially set to have a hearing Wednesday, but USADA has decided that is no longer necessary.

He has previously expressed confidence that he would be able to clear his name following the allegations.

"I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never concerned about taking drug tests, at any time," Coleman said in a statement last month.

Free to compete internationally, Coleman is the favourite for gold in the 100 metres at the world championships in Qatar, after winning silver in London two years ago behind compatriot Justin Gatlin.

He ran a world-leading time of 9.81 seconds at the Diamond League meeting at Stanford in June and broke the indoor 60-metre world record last year.

Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk has confirmed a knee injury will rule him out of defending his 400 metres title at the IAAF World Championships.

The 400m world record holder confirmed he would not be fit to take part in Doha when the competiton starts this month, having suffered several setbacks in his recovery from an injury sustained in a touch rugby game back in October 2017.

Van Niekerk has not raced internationally since that incident and the 27-year-old will continue to carefully manage his rehabilitation, with an eye on competing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"I'm still positive and I'm just taking things day by day, respecting all the calls made by the doctors and respecting my body," the South African, who has returned to training, said in a statement.

"For me it's just about listening to my body and taking it from there. My main goal is to look after my body and when the opportunity comes, I'll take it.

"For now I'm not rushing myself or putting pressure on myself. I'm extremely happy and at peace with where I am."

His doctor Louis Holtzhausen suggested things would begin to look much brighter for Van Niekerk over the coming weeks and months.

"The medical teams, both in Bloemfontein and Aspetar [Qatar], did all we could to have him ready for the World Championships, but it was just not possible," said Holtzhausen in the same statement.

"However, he has successfully returned to track training and all indications are that he will recover more rapidly from now on."

Former standout Jamaican high-school athlete Twayne Crooks died Sunday morning from stage-four stomach cancer, his mother Marie Chambers-Garvey has confirmed.

Finding the right approach at the right time helped propel Shanieka Ricketts to her first Diamond League win and with it the 2019 Diamond League triple-jump crown in Zurich on Thursday.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shanieka Ricketts won diamonds in the 200m and triple jump respectively at the first of two Diamond League finals in Zurich on Thursday.

Briana Williams was found to have a diuretic in her system and has come out to say there was no way of knowing that a cold and flu medication was contaminated. The SportsMax Blitz team hopes good sense will prevail and that the 17-year-old will face minimal if any sanctions. What should be the course JADCO takes?

Asafa Powell is looking further and further away from the heady form that saw him set two world records over 100 metres after the ‘Sub-10 King’ could only manage a seventh place finish at a track meet in Madrid, Spain on Sunday. 

Dr Warren Blake, President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is optimistic that Briana Williams could be exonerated after testing positive for the diuretic at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Dr. Emir Crowne, the sports lawyer selected to represent Briana Williams is seeking a speedy resolution to the case against the athlete in the relation to the diuretic found in her urine sample at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Chairman of the board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Alexander Williams said leaks about the Jamaican athlete who returned an adverse analytical finding at the country’s national championships in June, did not come from the anti-doping body.

Jamaica’s team Chadwick Campbell won the silver medal in the T13 100m at the 2019 Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Campbell crossed the finish line medallist in 11.66 seconds in the race win by Brazilian Arnaldo DaSilva. Honduras’ Elgin Castellanos took the bronze.

"You win some and you are humble in victory, and you lose some but you are never defeated. You win a medal and celebrate and you come out without a medal, but you are still a winner. This is what the Paralympic spirit teaches you - humility and never say die. I am celebrating," he said afterwards.

Campbell, who is trained by Fitz Coleman now turns his attention to the  World Para Athletics Championships where he hopes to deliver a ‘blockbuster’ performance in November.

On Sunday, Shane Hudson finished fourth in the men's T46-47 400m.
A seasoned campaigner on the international stage with an array of medals from these regional Games and the Para World Athletics Championships, Hudson posted 51.01 in the heats.

He was sixth in the final in 5.17 but was elevated to fourth following two disqualifications.

David Rudisha has confirmed he incredibly emerged unharmed from a "tragic road accident" as he collided with a bus.

The Kenyan athlete, who won gold in the 800 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, revealed details of the incident on Monday.

Rudisha informed fans on Twitter that he was fit and well despite sharing an image of his vehicle, which was crushed in the accident in his home country.

"Thanking the Almighty God for the gift of life," he wrote. "Saturday night around 1030Hrs I survived a tragic road accident at Keroka on my way home to Kilgoris after a head on collision with a bus plying Kisii Nairobi Route.

"I am fine with no injuries! Thank you for your prayers."

Zurich will host the Diamond League Final in 2020 and 2021 as the series switches to a single-day format.

Since being established in 2010, the Diamond League has staged dual finals in Zurich and Brussels.

However, Weltklasse Zurich will now host the lone showpiece for two straight years while the King Baudouin Stadium undergoes renovation.

From 2022 to 2024 the final is set to rotate annually, with all meetings invited to apply to serve as hosts.

The Diamond League board will select the 12 regular-season meetings for the 2020 season next month.

"Zurich has been the home of many of the most extraordinary moments in athletics over more than 90 years, including 25 world records, and we are delighted that it will host the pinnacle one-day meeting of 2020," IAAF president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.

"The Diamond League is vital to our future growth as it provides an annual showcase of the very best in athletics, which is why we must ensure that every contest broadcast to the world is of the highest standard.

"We expect the new Diamond League format to be even more thrilling for our global audience as it builds excitement throughout the outdoor season and reaches a crescendo in Zurich.”   

A total of 24 disciplines will run across the 12 meetings – 12 male and 12 female – with each meet staging six male and six female events before all are present at the Zurich final.

The winners at the Diamond League Final will earn automatic qualification to the IAAF World Championships.

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