Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 6:31 ( 4:31 GMT )
CYCLING legend Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life after saying he would no longer fight doping charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, USADA. However, he remained defiant as supporters rallied around the American cyclist.
LIBYA is to be represented by two athletes, Hamza Al Hamali, and Abdulrazag Al Babaa at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games that start this coming Wednesday, August 29, with what is once again expected to be a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park that a few weeks ago hosted the London 2012 Olympic Games. This latest event will last until September 9.
IN view of the commencement in a few week's time of the 2012/13 Football League Championship, Libyan clubs have been testing their strength mostly in warm-up games against foreign opposition, mostly outside of Libya. One of these clubs, Ahli Tripoli, who with Al Ittihad had dominated the previous domestic competitions, took part in, and won an international Tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
The Libyan General Football Federation has set the date of October 20 for the commencement of the Libyan football league (2012-2013) that was suspended 20 months ago, in February 2011 with the launching of the February 17 Revolution. The championship has been given the name of Liberation League.
The curtain came down on the London 2012 Olympics Sunday night at the end of two weeks of intensive, sometimes emotional competition with a spectacular three-hour closing ceremony that featured some of the biggest names of British pop music from decades past, and the official handover of the Olympics flag to the next host city in 2016, Rio de Janeiro of Brazil.
In his fourth and most probably his final appearance after four participations in an Olympic Games, Libya's marathon runner Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi Sunday failed to last the pace and was among the 20 athletes who failed to finish the 42.915km long-distance running event, the Marathon held in the streets of London and won by Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, who therefore claimed the gold medal, after finishing in 2:08:01.
Jamaican Usain Bolt continued to steal the show close to the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games by claiming his third gold medal as he anchored his country's sprint relay team to a sensational world record of 36.84 seconds.
On the same day, Sunday, that the London 2012 Olympic Games will be rounded up with what promises to be another spectacular closing ceremony, at the Olympic Stadium, Libya wraps up its participation in the Games when Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi will run in the last competitive event, the traditional Marathon.
The United States added a gold medal in athletics Friday night at the London 2012 Games when they managed to shatter a 27-year world record to win the women's 4x100m relay adding the Olympic crown to the world title they won last year.
French pole vaulter, 25-year-old Renaud Lavillenie broke the men's Olympic record to take gold after a keen competition. an enthralling competition. He was the only athlete to clear 5.97m at the Olympic Stadium. Silver went to Germany's Bjorn Otto, compatriot Raphael Holzdeppe claiming bronze.
Jamaican super star Usain Bolt declared himself "the greatest athlete" to have lived after sealing an Olympic sprint double....and rightly so, after becoming the first man to successfully defend both 100m and 200m titles. He repeated the 2008 feat as he won from fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Warren Weir who got silver and bronze in a clean sweep for the country.
The feat of Kenyan runner David Rudisha as he became the first athlete to set a new world record on the track at the London 2012 in the 800m might have been overshadowed on the night by Usain Bolt's 200m achievements, but it goes down in the annals of history as another great performance.
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