AIBA lifts ban on USA Boxing

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On Friday the AIBA, amateur boxing’s international governing body, lifted a three-month ban that was imposed on USA Boxing just last week.

The suspension, which would have canceled all competitions and clinics until January, came after controversial comments belonging to former president Hal Adonis appeared in the New Yorker magazine back in June.

Among those comments published were references to the number of gay women in boxing and connections between sexual abuse and success on the amateur circuit, including that “when kids call me up, I say: ‘Let me ask you an honest question: have your parents ever hit you?’ If they say no, I say: ‘I don’t think you belong in boxing.’”

USA Boxing was also in jeopardy of decertification after the board retained Adonis as a member. He’s since been removed and president Charles Butler pleaded with the AIBA not to punish its 37,000 members for comments of the ex-president, saying that those types of remarks were “foreign to our membership.”

“Our members have dedicated their lives to helping the young men and women of our country get off the streets and change their lives for the better,” Butler continued in a letter to AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo. “Many of these young men and women have become great American Olympic and world champions who are ambassadors for boxing worldwide.”

The AIBA complied with USA Boxing’s request, which means the U.S. will be able to field a team for the Youth World Championships in Armenia next month, but President Wu refused to lift the two-year ban on Adonis.

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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