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Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

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first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more

Former Olympic champion caught up in Ontario riding nomination controversy

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first_imgMILTON, O.N. (680 NEWS) — Adam van Koeverden is hoping to translate the success he had as an Olympic kayaker to the choppy waters of federal politics.Van Koeverden, Canada’s most decorated Olympic paddler, captured the Liberal nomination in the Ontario riding of Milton on Sunday. But his nomination did not come without some controversy.Businessman Azim Rizvee says he was forced out of the nomination race by the Prime Minister’s office in favour of van Koeverden.RELATED: ‘Unacceptable’: Trudeau won’t reinstate Wang as Burnaby South by-election candidateRizvee says he feld “threatened, harassed and bullied” by Justin Trudeau to step aside.The seat has been held by Conservative MP and current deputy leader Lisa Raitt since 2008. After easily taking the riding by more than 24,000 votes in 2011, she managed to win re-election by less than 2,300 votes over Rizvee in 2015.“The Liberal Party leadership did not allow me to contest the nomination so that the Prime Minister’s preferred candidate, Adam van Koeverden, can be nominated,” Rizvee said in a statement.“This is an attack on Canadian democracy, an attack on the aspirations of people of Milton and an attack on the Liberal values.”RELATED: Liberals name Richard T. Lee as new candidate in Burnaby SouthA spokesman for the Liberals said the Milton nomination was held in accordance with the party’s nomination rules, and more than 800 Liberal members turned out to vote.Braeden Caley declined to provide a breakdown of the results, but said the other nomination candidate was Mian Abubaqr, the president of the Milton riding association.Van Koeverden, whose four Olympic medals are the most by any Canadian paddler, announced his decision to seek the Liberal nomination in Milton last October. A website laying out the details of the 36-year-old kayaker’s candidacy says his campaign will focus on traditional Liberal values with an emphasis on youth, sport, physical education and healthy communities.The party says in a statement that the “long-time Liberal … received early support from a broad spectrum of community and business leaders in Milton and spent several weeks knocking on doors and meeting with the families within the riding.”Files from The Canadian Press were used in this reportlast_img read more