U.S. Olympic sprint champion Maurice Greene was named relay coordinator for Nigeria’s track and field team Thursday, according to African reports.
Greene’s contract reportedly begins later this month and includes the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas in May, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July and August and the African Championships in Morocco in August.
Greene, the 2000 Olympic 100m champion who has done TV work for Eurosport in retirement, was the anchor of the U.S. 4x100m relay teams at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
The 2000 Olympic relay team won gold and was criticized for its posing and preening celebration. The 2004 team won silver with Greene making up some but not all of a deficit to Great Britain, which won by .01 of a second.
The Nigerian Athletics Federation recently banned 1968 U.S. Olympic 400m champion Lee Evans from coaching for giving a youth athlete performance-enhancing drugs. Evans was working as a consultant to the Lagos State Government.
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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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