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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.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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