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(TASS) Drugs in Sport: RusAF issues anti-doping criteria for Russian teams’ members and their coaches
These criteria will be applicable to regional athletics federations and RusAF employees

(The Independent) Health and Fitness: Coronavirus: Outdoor exercise could be banned if Britons continue to flout lockdown rules, government warns
'Let's not have a minority spoiling it for everybody,' says health secretary

(Jamaica Gleaner) Athletics: ‘Schedule changes will have an effect on training’
That is the expert opinion of Maurice Wilson, founder and head coach of the Sprintec Track Club

(WA) Athletics: For Tel Aviv’s Alley Runners, success is measured both on and off the track

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Organisers determining new dates for US Olympic athletics trials after Tokyo 2020 rescheduling
Organisers of the United States Olympic trials for athletics are working with partners to refine the dates for the event, following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021

(CNN) Athletics: After Tokyo 2020 postponement, money has become a real worry for Olympian Gwen Berry

(China Daily) Athletics: World Athletics chief hopes virus can be contained before autumn

(Daily Nation) Athletics: ‘Someone badly wanted to bring me down:’ Asbel vows to clear his name

(AW) Athletics: Conseslus Kipruto’s Olympic title defence – a game of patience
Kenyan steeplechase star was aiming for another global gold and a world record in 2020 but tells Chris Dennis how the coronavirus outbreak has forced him to go back to the drawing board

(Daily Star) Drugs in Sport: Drug cheats banned from Tokyo 2020 Olympics free to compete in rescheduled 2021 Games
Hundreds of athletes that were set to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been handed a boost by the news that the competition will now take place in 2021

(GlobeTrotting by Phlip Hersh) Olympics: Staying afloat financially: for Olympic organizations, loans may be short-term fix in uncertain times

Times of Israel) Athletics: Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat
Beatie Deutsch hopes that rescheduling Tokyo games will be an opportunity to ensure race not set for a Saturday again, denting her ambitions

(The Star) Athletics: Renovations at Kasarani ongoing despite the break, says Amina
* Amina went further revealed that they are waiting for communication from World Athletics to ascertain when the events might be held
* The CS also revealed they are waiting for an official statement from organisers of the World Rally Championships to know if the Safari Rally leg of the WRC is cancelled

(CBC) Triathlon: Olympian Amélie Kretz builds a pool in parent's garage
Olympic triathlete Amélie Kretz built her own endless pool in her parent's garage in Sainte-Thérèse, Que., so she could continue to train during the COVID-19 lockdown

(The Standard) Olympics: Postponement of Tokyo Olympics until 2021 could lead to a freeze of payments

(Running USA) Athletics: Running USA Infographic: Runners and Virtual Runs

The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris - Paris, France
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(Daily Nation) Drugs in Sport: Criminalise doping in Kenya, says Tergat

(WA) Athletics: With training camp under lockdown, Lokoro forced to return to where his refugee team odyssey began

(Mirror) Drugs in Sport: Many doping cheats banned from 2020 Olympics free to compete in 2021 Games
"Periods of ineligibility imposed under the World Anti-Doping Code are for specific lengths of time and include all competitions which take place during that period"

(AllAfrica) Women in Sport: Caster Semenya - 'I Try to Do Crazy Stuff'

(Runner's World) Athletics: The 18 Best Races That You Can Watch for Free
World records, American records, close finishes... we got it all

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 239: Ashley Higginson
Ashley Higginson is a full time lawyer and qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials in her first marathon this past fall. Prior to this season of life- she competed professionally as a 3,000 meter steeple chaser running in both the 2012 and the 2016 Olympic Trials

(The Standard) Drugs in Sport: Anti-doping Association of Kenyan asks runners to adhere to anti-doping regulations

(RNR) Athletics: The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon, originally scheduled for May 30-31, 2020 has been postponed until the fall
Date TBA


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(Spikes) Athletics: Heroes by Koen Naert
Right now the whole world is running away from the coronavirus, except for one key group: healthcare workers

(Nassau Guardian) Athletics:Bahamian athlete detained in Kenya

(Sports Illustrated) Athletics: USA Track and Field President Vin Lananna on Olympics Delay, 2020 Outlook

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Another Kenyan runner banned for doping

(Sport24) Athletics: Farah has no qualms over Tokyo Olympics delay

(Triathlete) Endurance Sports: A Race Director Answers Your Questions About COVID-19 Cancellations
With race after race getting cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, triathletes are left with a lot of questions. One of the nation's top race directors provides some answers

(Boston.com) Athletics: The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: COVID-19 is causing chaos with Olympic athletes, but it’s only a taste of what’s to come

(irish Examiner) Athletics: A look back at when Roger Bannister ran the mile in under four minutes

(Tri247) Triathlon: World Triathlon extends the suspension of activities until June 30

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Former Marathon Record holder arrested
(BBC) Wilson Kipsang arrested for after-hours bar lock-in during coronavirus curfew
Former marathon world record holder also a police officer - Gang of 20 locked themselves in Kenya bar to drink alcohol

(The Guardian) Athletics: Three championships in 2022 offers Asher-Smith treble chance says Coe
World, European and Commonwealth Games slated for 2022 - Three events to be squeezed into a six-week window

(NY Times) Olympics: When the Tokyo Olympics Went Missing
The 1940 Games, scheduled for Japan, were returned to the I.O.C. because of a war against China and political infighting, rather than a pandemic

(The Independent) Drugs in Sport: World Athletics president Sebastian Coe warns athletes to be ‘very careful’ amid limited testing
The head of Usada, Travis Tygart, last week warned that the coronavirus pandemic would cause a ‘serious setback to global anti-doping programmes, without a doubt’


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  Book/Video/Movie of the Month - April 2020  
Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires, the Legendary Coach of the Greatest Generation of American Distance Runners Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires, the Legendary Coach of the Greatest Generation of American Distance Runners
By Paul Clerici (Author)
From tasting his own blood while running hard as a Notre Dame miler to producing the top US marathon legends in the epicenter of the running boom of the 1970s and into the 80s, Bill Squires not only survived being born with a misdiagnosed and potentially fatal defective heart, but the late-developing skinny kid also amassed numerous track records as a collegiate All-American while struggling academically.
As the first coach of the groundbreaking Greater Boston Track Club, Bill Squires was the key figure in the creation of the greatest generation of American distance runners. Coaching for years at all levels, it is with this vast accumulation of firsthand knowledge and experience that legendary Olympians and major marathon champions such as Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Greg Meyer, Dick Beardsley, wheelchair champ Bob Hall, and more, individually and with GBTC dominated the landscape and set the pace for future generations via Bill's innovative race simulators and group-training techniques that are still used today. Proof of his determination and perseverance appeared early as he survived the physical and emotional childhood trauma and effects of a misdiagnosis that stunted his emotional and physical growth. He continually pushed himself through personal pain in competition and maturation; found his eventual athletic calling as a record-setting runner; and became the highly sought-after benevolent ambassador of running as a coach.
He is proof that one should never give up.
"Coach Bill Squires turned a bunch of wacky, individualistic Boston runners into marathon elites in part because he shared the same traits - he's wacky and individualistic. And very, very smart about training for road-race success. I only got to train with Squires and the Greater Boston Track Club a couple of times in my career, but those workouts were among the hardest - and most fun - I ever did. I''ll never forget those runs." Ambrose "Amby" Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner, Runner's World editor-at-large, author
"Coach Billy Squires, as we affectionately called him, is a remarkable human being as well as a brilliant coach. He is always generous with his time and we've had many conversations over the years. I know him as a very thoughtful and articulate man with a sense of humor. Not only did he train Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, Bill Rodgers, and Greg Meyer, to name a few, but he takes time to chat with many of us in the running community. I remember him at the Boston Marathon year after year and we'd sit and talk about the old days and the new days. I never had a coach, but if I had, I would have wanted it to be Coach Squires. He often said he wished he'd known me 40 or 50 years ago, and I'd smile. I always look forward to our chats and wish there had been more of them. He's a great coach and a wonderful person. I have a huge amount of respect and affection for him." - Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb, three-time winner of the Boston Marathon (1966-68) and the first woman to finish the race

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