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IAAF to investigate new Russia doping claims

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The IAAF said yesterday that it will investigate claims that Russia is flouting demands for anti-doping reforms as it seeks readmission to world track and field in time for August’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF said that the task force monitoring Russia during its suspension will examine the allegations from German TV broadcaster ARD and that task force leader Rune Andersen was given advance access to related audio and video materials.”The task force will look carefully into the matters raised by the latest documentaries, including discussing them with representatives of (the Russian track and field federation),” the IAAF said in an emailed statement.An excerpt from an ARD documentary that was broadcast yesterday included footage apparently showing a Russian coach, Vladimir Mokhnev, continuing to train top Russian athletes despite being suspended from doing so by the IAAF.Mokhnev was accused in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission’s report in November of providing banned substances to athletes who trained with him.WADA said that it was also taking an interest in yesterday’s film.”WADA is aware of the ARD documentary to be aired later today and will watch the program with interest,” spokesman Ben Nichols told the Associated Press in emailed comments.”If there are matters to be pursued. As a result, we will have no hesitation in doing so.”A previous ARD documentary in December 2014 sparked the WADA commission inves-tigation that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russia. Last November, the IAAF banned Russia from international track and field as a result.last_img read more

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Indigenous leaders meet ahead of climate talks with Prime Minister

first_img(Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam who was not invited to the meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pleads his case to AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Photo: Brandi Morin)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsChiefs from across Canada, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami met in Vancouver Monday, ahead of a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers to discuss climate change.A delegation ten from each organization will sit down Wednesday afternoon.It is an issue that chiefs need to form a collective position on in order to survive, said Assembly of First Nation Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.“We need to send a very strong message because this is about life and death right now,” said Day. “Let us not lax. Let us not be weak in our resolve about this meeting that’s going to be happening.”Some First Nation communities in Northern Ontario are feeling the repercussions of climate change via the early melting of winter ice roads leaving them cut off from the outside world.The problem will only continue to get worse as the planet warms, said Day who is recommending that the AFN develop a Climate Change Accord that will see First Nations, federal and provincial governments sign off on.Day said the meeting will be a test as to the nation to nation building promises made by the Trudeau government.National Chief Perry Bellegarde thinks the meeting is a good start, but he’s more concerned about what will come out of it.“It’s more important now to have Indigenous Peoples at every decision making table going forward so that our worldview and our respect for the land and water is front and foremost so that we leave and protect things for future generations,” said Bellegarde.He said the government is caught between a rock and a hard place.The conflict between working to cut greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to push for oil and gas developments is a result of a global over dependence on fossil fuels.“We know we can’t immediately put a stop to oil and gas development but we sure as heck can put in a plan and strategies to transition,” said Bellegarde. “We have to start moving very rapidly to strategies that look at clean energy – solar, wind, geo-thermal, hydro. And those jobs that are lost from the economy, from oil and gas, those can be picked up in other sectors. Let’s put our minds and heads and hearts together and find the common ground so that future generations will have something left.”Bellegarde called climate change an international issue and said Indigenous voices need to play a role in finding the solutions.“We need to get the whole world to understand that Indigenous Peoples are affected first and foremost by climate change,” said Bellegarde. We haven’t been part of the problem, but I know we are and will be a part of the solution to this huge international issue.”Representatives from the Metis National Council also met in Vancouver to prepare for the meeting.MNC President Clement Chartier said climate change impacts are critical to the livelihood of the Metis Nation.Even though Metis have unique challenges with governments recognizing rights due to being dispossessed from lands and resources, many live in their traditional territories which makes them have every right to be at the table.“It’s not a matter of some governments coming to the table talking about dollars and cents and the economy and so forth, but it’s that they’re actually taking seriously Indigenous Peoples,” he said.“But they’re also following through with the international community on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which recognizes the role that Indigenous Peoples and governments must play in terms of climate change and other matters,” said Chartier. “I respect the Trudeau government for inviting us here to be a part of this conversation.”The meeting takes place Wednesday afternoon following a speech by Trudeau at the 2016 Globe conference on sustainability and economic [email protected]last_img read more

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