Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

first_imgMONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.last_img read more

O’Neal: Gun used in self-defense

first_img“I got a little nervous at that point and fled to my room … and I got my gun,” he said. O’Neal said his son began to come up the stairs with the poker. “So I just fired it into the banister, and that scared him and he fled,” he said. The father and son have clashed before. In 1983, police were called to their home after a fight in which O’Neal knocked out two of Griffin’s teeth, the Los Angeles Times reported. No charges were filed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ryan O’Neal says his weekend arrest came after he fired a gun in self-defense to prevent his son from whacking him with a fireplace poker. According to a published report, the actor said that he arrived at his Malibu home Saturday night after celebrating with a group of friends, including his former girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. They had been celebrating Fawcett’s 60th birthday and that she is cancer-free after four months of treatment. O’Neal’s son Griffin, 42, who has a history of alcohol and drug problems, was visiting the Malibu house. O’Neal said Griffin grabbed a fireplace poker and started swinging it, grazing him four or five times. He “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” O’Neal, 65, told the newspaper. last_img read more