News Feed 3/3/2016

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Rabat Will Be First African City to Host the Diamond League
The Diamond League meet in New York City was replaced yesterday after officials in Zurich named Rabat the new host of the May 22 meet.

href=”http://bigstory.ap.org/article/07f8a13fc9d54fd38ec9010fc75f3771/less-half-tickets-sold-so-far-rio-olympics” target=”_blank”>Only Half the Tickets for Rio 2015 Have Been Sold
The IOC and Rio LOC says that locals will buy up last minute tickets, but with zika virus and historical ticket sales it’s not looking great.

Presidential Decree Aims to Get Brazils Drug Testing Ready Before Deadline
Brazil’s Multi-Million dollar testing facility did not meet WADA standards in November and the March 18th deadline is the last chance for them to get that facility approved in time for the Rio Olympics.

One More Ethiopian Distance Runner With a Positive Drug Test
Endeshaw Negesse who won the Tokyo Marathon last year had an “a” sample test positive with the same recently banned substance as Aregawi.

Aregawi Says She Has No Idea About Her Failed Drug Test
She is still provisionally suspended pending the results of the “B” sample. So of course they will continue to say they don’t know how it could have happened.

Former Oregon Duck Alexi Pappas Hopes to Compete for Greece at Rio Olympics
Pappas has dual citizenship and plans on running the Greek Trials in May after deciding to race as a Greek citizen instead of competing for the U.S.

Jenny Simpson on Aregawi Testing Positive
Simpson’s statement to Letsrun.com is sad and optimistic all at once.

Dennis Mitchell Steps Down as USAs Relay Coach
Mitchell Coaches Justin Gaitlin who is likely to be in the relay pool. Citing a potential conflict of interest Mitchell has stepped down.

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