Athletics Briefs: Rudisha for Weltklasse, Bokel replaces Fredericks, Nigeria gets Sydney Gold...and more

ZURICH (SUI): The 800 m world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya is the latest top name confirmed for Weltklasse Zurich on August 30.
Already earlier the participation of Usain Bolt was announced. "First I want to concentrate on the Olympics. Then I want run a really fast race," said Rudisha. For Zurich he will prepare at his German base in Tubingen.

Rudisha also promised to be part of Youth trains with Weltklasse kids clinic. In men pole vault confirmed is the duel of top European vaulters Renaud Lavillenie versus Bjorn Otto.

LONDON (GBR): Germany's Claudia Bokel has been elected as the new chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission. Bokel replaces outgoing chair Frank Fredericks of Namibia reports Insidethegames.

The IOC Athletes' Commission itself serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the IOC. It is composed of 12 athletes with eight Summer Olympians and four Winter Olympians elected for eight years by the athletes participating in the Olympics.

London 2012 will see four new members join at the end of the Games because from July 16 to August 8, all athletes participating in the Olympics are eligible to vote for four of the 21 candidates running for election to the Athletes' Commission.

After approval by the IOC Session on August 12, the four elected athletes will become IOC members for an eight-year term of office. They will replace current Athletes' Commission members Fredericks, Hicham El Guerrouj, Rania Elwani and Jan Zelezny who are all finishing their terms of office.

LONDON (GBR): Nigeria were finally awarded the Olympic gold medal from the men's 4x400 metres relay at the Games in Sydney 12 years ago, although it comes too late for one of their team, Sunday Bada, who died eight months ago.

The decison by the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board to reallocate the medals from 2000 came three years after they had decided to disqualify of the United States team. They were disqualified because of the late Antonio Pettigrew confessing to having used banned performance-enhancing drugs at the time.

With Nigeria elevated to the top position, Jamaica are promoted to silver and Bahamas the bronze. "Pettigrew was disqualified in August 2008 but the EB delayed a decision on reallocation until it had received information stemming from investigations into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) sports-doping scandal," said a statement from the IOC after they had met in London.

It is one of six races at the Sydney Olympics where the result has been affected by athletes admitting that they took drugs. Medals in the women's 200m, long jump, 4x100m and 4x400m had to be reallocated after American Marion Jones confessed to having taken drugs prior to the Games.

The gold medal that Jones won in the 100m, meanwhile, has never been given to anyone because the runner-up, Greece's Ekaterini Thanou, was herself the subject of drugs allegations. But he Executive Board was not able to decide about a result regarding the US women's 4x400m relay gold medal winners from the 2004 Olympics in Athens despite Crystal Cox admitting afterwards she took steroids from from 2001.

Sanya Richards, Monique Henderson, Moushaumi Robinson and Crystal Cox after the first round of the 4x400m relay at Athens in the 2004 Olympics. The final decision remains with IAAF. In case USA will be stripped the gold it would went to Russia, silver to Jamaica and bronze to Great Britain. Insidethegames informs.

(Information by Alfonz Juck/ EME News 2012)

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