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Leading South African runner Simon Magakwe banned

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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.

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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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM





KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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