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Top 5 Stories From Wednesday You Must Read Today

South African sporting fans react with disappointment following the announcement of the winning candidate to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup at a public viewing area in Sammy Marks Square, Pretoria on November 15, 2017. PHOTO/AFP
South African sporting fans react with disappointment following the announcement of the winning candidate to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup at a public viewing area in Sammy Marks Square, Pretoria on November 15, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya- World governing body, the IAAF, ratified Joyciline Jekposgei women 10K world record on Wednesday as Thika United FC inched closer to relegation from the SportPesa Premier League.

The Boxing Association of Kenya also rolled out the squad of 24 that will vie for tickets to the 2018 Commonwealth Games while internationally, the biggest development on Wednesday was the heartbreak in South Africa after France were awarded the 2013 Rugby World Cup.

Here are the top five picks from SportPesa News on Wednesday you must read today.

IAAF Ratifies Joyciline Jepkosgei 10K World Record

World governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), officially ratified Joyciline Jepkosgei’s women’s 10km World Record on Wednesday. Jepkosgei shattered her own record at the at the Birell Prague Grand Prix in Czech Republic in September where she breast the tape in 29:43. READ MORE

BAK Unveils Commonwealth Games Qualification Squad

The squad of 24 boxers that will vie for tickets for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was unveiled on Wednesday following the successful conclusion of the 2017 SportPesa National Boxing League (SPNBL). “We have considered only boxers who took part in the league. We chose top four finishers in each category to contest for the Club Games,” Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President, John Kameta told SportPesa News. READ MORE

Thika In Danger Of SPL Relegation After Zoo Defeat

Thika United FC need an improbable final day grand stand finish to escape relegation from the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) after 14 seasons following a damaging 2-1 defeat on Wednesday at Zoo Kericho FC. READ MORE

Dejected South Africa Cry Foul Over 2023 RWC Bid Process

Pre-vote favourites South Africa complained that the bidding process to host the 2023 World Cup had gone “opaque” over the last two weeks as it lost out to rival bidders France on Wednesday. The French were highly critical of an evaluation report which said South Africa should be chosen. The remaining members of the World Rugby Council disagreed with the report and voted overwhelmingly for France. READ MORE

Athletic Bilbao Veteran Aritz Aduriz Signs Until 2019

Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz, 36, has signed a one-year contract extension that will see him stay at Athletic Bilbao until 2019, the La Liga club announced Wednesday. The buyout clause for the 13-times capped Spain international remains 40 millon euros ($47.3m). READ MORE

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