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Race walkers lose bid to add women’s 50K to Olympics

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A group of female race walkers aiming for Olympic gender equality by having a 50K event added to the Tokyo Games have failed in their legal case.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday it has no jurisdiction to hear the athletes’ appeal. No reasons were given for the process being terminated.

Eight race walkers, led by 2017 World champion Inês Henriques, had challenged World Athletics and the International Olympic Committee at the highest court in world sports.

The 50K walk is the only men’s medal event on the Olympic track and field program with no female equivalent.

World Athletics previously said the women’s event lacks depth and quality to justify Olympic status.

Henriques won the inaugural 50K world title in a race that featured seven women. There were 23 starters when Liang Rui won the second world title last September.

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Tokyo Olympic marathon, race walk schedules revised for Sapporo

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The Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks, which were moved 500 miles north to Sapporo over heat concerns, have a revised schedule at the new venue.

The distance events will be held at Sapporo Odori Park with 1km and 2km loops for the race walk and a 20km (12.4-mile) loop for the first stage of the marathon. World Athletics and Tokyo 2020 are in discussions for the second half of the course with a decision on overall operations planned by mid-December.

Original Schedule in Tokyo
Friday, July 31 — Men’s 20km Race Walk (6 a.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 2 — Women’s Marathon (6 a.m.)
Friday, Aug. 7 — Women’s 20km Race Walk (6 a.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 8 — Men’s 50km Race Walk (5:30 a.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Men’s Marathon (6 a.m.)

New Schedule in Sapporo
Thursday, Aug. 6 — Men’s 20km Race Walk (4:30 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 7 — Men’s 50km Race Walk (5:30 a.m.)
Friday, Aug. 7 — Women’s 20km Race Walk (4:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 8 — Women’s Marathon (7 a.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Men’s Marathon (7 a.m.)

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Another Olympic race walk medalist banned for doping

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MONACO (AP) — Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker’s ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.

Gonzalez’s results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep her silver medal from the 20km walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and silver from the 2017 World Championships in London.

The AIU says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone. She will be 33 when the ban expires.

Gonzalez is the latest race walker to be banned for doping. Russia’s entire 2012 Olympic race-walking team has been banned at different times, with the London Games men’s 50km gold medalist and 20km silver medalist stripped.

Italian Alex Schwazer, the 2008 Olympic 50km champion, has since been banned multiple times, though he still has the medal.

Separately, the International Olympic Committee says it disqualified long jumper Ineta Radevica from fourth place at the 2012 London Games. The Latvian is the third athlete from the London final to be disqualified for doping following retests.

Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan was also disqualified by the IOC.

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