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Top 5 Stories From Wednesday You Must Read Today

Kenya's Jemimah Sumgong (centre), Bahrain's Eunice Kirwa (left) and Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba pose with their gold, silver and bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics podium. PHOTO/IOC
Kenya's Jemimah Sumgong (centre), Bahrain's Eunice Kirwa (left) and Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba pose with their gold, silver and bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics podium. PHOTO/IOC

NAIROBI, Kenya- Even after the Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong, admitted to using prohibited drug recombinant Erythropoietin (rEPO), due to complications occasion by an ectopic pregnancy the Sport Disputes Tribunal rejected her plea to reduce the four-year doping ban.

Vihiga United FC keep their push for promotion into the Sportpesa Premier League alive on Wednesday with a convincing win against Nairobi City Stars FC while further abroad, Barcelona ace Lionel Messi reacts to possible duel against Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Argentina.

Kenya’s female boxing sensation, Fatuma Zarika steps up her training with eyes trained at defending her WBC super bantamweight title as Marseille and French International, Patrice Evra was condemned on Wednesday by club owner, Frank McCourt, for his ‘Kung-fu’ antics.

These are top five stories from Wednesday that you should read today from Sportpesa News. Enjoy.

Reason Sumgong’s Plea For Reduced Ban Was Rejected

Kenyan Olympic women marathon champion, Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong ban from international competition for four years by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) remains. Sumgong who was handed a four-year international ban by the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Tuesday, had sought a lighter sentence at the Sport Disputes Tribunal (SDT) hearing of her case on grounds she had promptly admitted the presence of the banned blood booster in her system and did not intentionally dope. READ MORE

Vihiga Revive SPL Promotion Push With City Stars Win

With the top-two finishers in the second-tier NSL guaranteed top flight football on paper next season, Vihiga United FC beat Nairobi City Stars FC 2-0 in a midweek clash at Mumias Sports Complex  to keep their push for SportPesa Premier League promotion alive on Wednesday. A goal apiece from Harambee Stars triallist, Bernard Ochieng’ and Patrick Okullo in the 19th and 80th minutes of the encounter lifted Edward Manoah’s second-placed charges to within a point of leaders Ushuru FC (72) who lost 1-2 to the same opponents over the weekend. READ MORE

Fatuma Zarika (left) waits to be crowned the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight champion in October last year when she defeated Jamaica's Alicia Ashley in the United States. PHOTO/File

Fatuma Zarika (left) waits to be crowned the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight champion in October last year when she defeated Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley in the United States. PHOTO/File

Messi: Spain Is The Worst Draw For Argentina At World Cup

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says the worst possible draw for his Argentina side at next year’s World Cup would be Spain in the first round referring to them as ‘tough opponents’. “The worst that could happen to us would be to draw Spain at the group stages,” Messi told TyC Sports Wednesday from Moscow where Argentina play Russia in a friendly on Saturday. READ MORE

Evra, Fans To Blame For ‘Kung-Fu’ Attack- Marseille Owner

Marseille’s American owner Frank McCourt said Wednesday that Patrice Evra’s kung-fu kick on a supporter was “unacceptable” but he also pointed the finger at the fans involved. Evra’s future at the French club hangs in the balance after the attack on a fan who he said was abusing him before Marseille’s Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal last week. READ MORE

Zarika Steps Up Las Vegas Training Ahead Of Phiri Bout

NAIROBI, Kenya- Reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight champion; Fatuma Zarika is putting final touches to her training in Las Vegas, USA, as she prepares to return home to defend her title against Catherine Phiri of Zambia at the Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi on December 2. The high-profile fight, promoted by Bigger Than Life Entertainment, has given Zarika the chance to expand her honours list having previously won the East and Central African Professional Boxing Federation Featherweight (2010) and the International Boxing Federation World Super Bantamweight crowns in 2007 and 2008. READ MORE

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