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Turkish players saluted at the end of their draw against France at the Stade de France. © AFP / Alain JOCARD

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 15 – UEFA announced on Tuesday that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into “potential provocative political behaviour” by their players after making military salutes in their last two matches.

In both their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on Friday and France on Monday, Turkish players made the salutes — seen as supporting Turkey’s current military operation in Syria — as they celebrated late goals.

UEFA said in a statement that it has appointed an ‘Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector’ to investigate.

On Friday in Istanbul, players saluted after Cenk Tosun scored the only goal against Albania in the 90th minute. On Monday in Paris, they repeated the gesture after Kaan Ayhan equalised with nine minutes to play and again after the final whistle.

France and Turkey drew 1-1 amid mounting tensions after Paris condemned Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militants in Syria.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkey’s sports minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu voiced support for players who saluted the country’s soldiers during their game at the Stade de France.

Kasapoglu said the controversy was unwarranted, and pointed to the fact that French star Antoine Griezmann had also given a military salute to French President Emmanuel Macron in June.

“Those who remained quiet about Griezmann’s military salute are trying to distort our national footballers’ nice salute,” Kasapoglu said in a televised press conference, holding up a picture of Griezmann’s salute.

He said critics were trying to distract from Turkey’s success in staying top of the qualifying group.

“Those who are trying to block out their failure on the pitch should give up on their efforts. The result is clear,” Kasapoglu said.

Kasapoglu also warned UEFA to be “prudent” in its investigation of the salutes.

European football’s ruling body UEFA had already said it would “examine” the salute against Albania.

“Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation,” UEFA’s press chief Philip Townsend told the Italian Ansa news agency on Monday before the France game.

“Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes, and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation.”

In Turkey, it is common for celebrities, including footballers, to show their support for the security forces after attacks or during military operations.

At the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart on Saturday, Ibrahim Colak made a military-style salute on the podium after winning gold in the men’s rings event.

Turkey’s operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community but has drawn widespread support at home.

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Warriors of class: Ulinzi claim basketball league title

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Ulinzi Warriors were on Saturday night  crowned Kenyan basketball men Premier League champions after a 67-63 win sealed a 3-1 series victory over Thunder in the playoff final played at Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.

The Soldiers put to an end Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)’s dominance in the domestic league after the Dockers won the league three consecutive times(2016,2017 and 2018).

Ulinzi last won the league in  2015, and have now won the diadem nine times in the history.

The Warriors crushed out KPA in the semis while Thunder hammered EMYBA.

Apart from being the new champions, the soldiers will represent Kenya in the Basketball of Africa League (BAL)  second edition next year.

Ulinzi finished the regular league with 43 points having lost only one match while Thunder finished second with 41 points.

What had promised to be a good day turned into utter disappointment for Thunder after they dominated the first three quarters only to lose the last quarter horribly.

Thunder struck to win the first quarter 21-14 before claiming a 23-13 win in the second quarter  leading 44-27 by half-time.

After the break,  Thunder looked unstoppable as they registered a 16-14 win but Ulinzi came out of their closets to protect their territory shooting down Thunder 26-3 in the last quarter to emerge victorious.

Ulinzi had won Game Two and Three 123-106 and 99-51 respectively while Thunder had claimed Game One 75-73.

Thunder’s hitman Faheem Juma continued with his heroic performance scoring 26 points as captain Griffins Ligare scored 12 but this could not help them win.

Ulinzi captain John Washika  scored 13 points while Victor Bosire and James Mwangi scored 12 each.

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Washika attributed the victory to their tight defending.

“Intensity on the defense won us the game. We were down 20 points. We fought so hard and gave our all to recover. Byron Mabonga came from the bench and he took charge.

We are humbled as a team and we give thanks and praise to the Most High,” the humble Washika said.




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Bor, Chirchir win Kisumu 10km road race

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Emmanuel Bor of Nandi County and Nakuru’s Everline Chirchir are the winners of this year’s Kisumu City 10 kilometre race.

Both athletes braved the Sunday heat at the lakeside city to beat a field of about 350 athletes who took part in the 13th edition of the race at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.

Bor led from gun to tape to win in 28 minutes 32.70 seconds. He was closely followed by Josephat Kipchirchir and Bethwel Kipkemboi also from Nandi who finished in 28:53.30 and 29:01.50 respectively.

Bor, who also won the 13th edition of Imenti South 15km race last Sunday, said the hot conditions made the race so difficult.

“This is the first time I am participating in a race in Kisumu and the heat posed a great challenge but I am glad I won,” said 26-year-old Bor who was using the race to prepare for the Corrida Château-Gontier 10km race in France slated for December 29.

In the women’s category, Chirchir clocked 32:30.10 to win ahead of Irene Kimahisi of Baringo County who timed 32:53.40. Judith Chepng’etich of Nandi finished third in 33:19.40.

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“I did not expect to win this race because despite breaking from the first three at seven kilometers, fatigue almost took a toll on me in the latter stages,” said Chirchir.

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In the junior men’s category, Siaya’s Vincent Otieno won the 8km race in 27:37:42. He was followed by Evans Omondi and Victor Otieno both from Kisumu County who finished in 28:13.12 and 28:16.94 respectively.

Brandly Adhiambo from Siaya finished first in the junior women’s category completing the 6km race in 27:37.42. She was followed by Busia’s Selpha Munara and Nandi’s Winnie Chepkirui who clocked 25:04.81 and 25:25.89 respectively.

In the veterans category, David Koech won the men master’s in 37:06.90. Julius Kiptanui and Francis Gature came second and third in 40:47.50 and 50:34.10 respectively.

Nancy Kimaiyo finished first in the women master’s category in 38:08.40 and was followed by Zipora Eleman and Leonida Opiyo who finished in 38:12.50 and 40:02.30 respectively.

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1. Emmanuel Bor 28:32.70

2. Josephat Kipchirchir 28:53.30

3. Bethwel Kipkemboi 29:01.50

5. Alfred Ng’eno 29:03.20

1. Everline Chirchir 32:30.40

2. Irene Kimahisi 32:53.40

3. Judith Chepng’etich 33:19.40

4. Lilian Chemweno 33:33.40

5. Naomi Chepngeno 33:34.40

1. Vincent Odhiambo 27:37.50

3. Victor Otieno 28:17.00

1. Brandy Adhiambo 24:42.30

2. Selpha Munara 25:04.90

3. Winnie Chepkirui 25:25.90

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Borr, Chirchir toast to Kisumu County Road Race titles

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Emmanuel Borr and Everlyne Chirchir are the winners of the 14th edition of Safaricom Kisumu County Road Race held on Sunday December 15 at Kenyatta grounds in Kisumu City.

Borr, fresh from winning the 2019 Safaricom Imenti South 15km race clocked 28:32:70 to win the men race ahead of Nandi based Josphat Kipchirchir(28:53:30) and Bethwel Kipkemboi Ruto (29:01:50)  who settled for second and third position respectively.

“The race today was okay but the humidity was very high as opposed to Nandi where I normally train. The course was however smooth, not hilly and it made me clinch the title easily.

I started behind but in the middle of the race that is 5km I sprinted and overtook my two main competitors to reach the finishing line first,” a delighted Borr told Citizen Digital in a post-race interview.

In  the women category, Everlyne Chirchir who hails from Keringet and who won the 2019 Keringet Road Race two weeks ago as well as the 10km Dam tot Damloop in the Netherlands in September needed only 32 minutes 30:10 seconds to clinch the women title as Irene Kimahisi from Baringo(32:53:40) and Judith Chepngetich from Nandi(33:19:40) emerged second and third respectively.

“The race was very tough for me and the win came as a surprise to me because I didn’t expect it. It was very hot in Kisumu and the course was flat, since I am not used to a such a course. It was not a walk in the park for me,” Said Chirchir adding that her focus now shifts to Cross Country.

” I haven’t taken part in Safaricom Kisumu Road race before, this was my first time and the experience wasn’t that bad, I have now shifted my focus for the 2020 national cross country.”

Top three winners in both men and women 10km category walked  away with Sh100,000, Sh50,000 and Sh25,000 respectively.

More than 348 participants took part in the event.

The sponsors (Safaricom) pumped Sh1 million to the race, Sh1.5 million short of the usual Sh 2.5 million annual sponsorship.

Joseph Ochieng, Nyanza North Athletics Kenya (AK) chair, in an interview with Citizen Digital,  thanked all the participants who participated in the event hailing the huge turnout.

“I am very impressed by the turn up and how the preparations were done. We thought the numbers would go down after the course was reduced from 42km t but it was not the case,” noted Ochieng.

Other categories in the races today  included 6km for the junior women, 8km for junior men, 2km for kids and Masters category for aged athletes.

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In the Masters category, Nancy Kimaiyo emerged victorious followed by Zipporah Eleman and Lownida Opiyo while David Koech, Julius Kiptanui and Francis Gafule conquered men’s category.

Branly Adhiambo(24.42.23), Selpha Munara(25:04:81) and Winnie Chepkurui (25:25:81) swept top three slots in 6km girls while Vireest Odhiambo (27:37:42), Evans Omondi (28:13:12), Victor Otieno (28:16:54) replicated the same in 8KM Boys category.

Results In General

10km Men winners

Emmanuel Borr (28.32.70)

Josphat Kipchirchir (28.53.30)

Bethwel Kipkemboi Ruto (29.01.50)

10KM Women winners

Everlyne Chirchir (32:30:10)

Irene Kimahisi (32.53.40)

Judith Chepngetich (33:19:40)

Masters Category Men winners

David Koech

Julius Kiptanui Pilat

Francis Gafule.

Masters Category Women winners

Nancy Kimaiyo

Zipporah Eleman

Lewnida Opiyo

8KM Boys

Vireest Odhiambo (Siaya) – 27:37:42

Evans Omondi (Kisumu) – 28:13:12

Victor Otieno (Kisumu) – 28:16:54

6KM Girls

Branly Adhiambo (Siaya) – 24:42:23

Selpha Munara (Busia) – 25:04:81

Winnie Chepkurui (Nandi) – 25:25:81




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