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Leading South African runner Simon Magakwe banned

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JOHANNESBURG —

Top South African runner Simon Magakwe will miss the 2016 Olympic Games in the wake of declining to take an out-of-rivalry doping test, the national association reported Wednesday.

The defiance of the 28-year-old 100-meter runner set off a two-year ban from international games, ruling him out of the Rio Olympics and the world championship in Beijing this year.

National games association president Aleck Skhosana said the former African 100m champion was asked to take the test in South Africa last December, but declined.

“IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) rules must be observed,” Skhosana said.
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Magakwe did not appeal the ban, which runs until late January 2017.

He is the only South African to run a sub 10-second 100m, timing 9.98 at the national championships last year.

-AFP

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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