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I Want Athletes To Have A Voice, Says World Athletic President, Coe



I Want Athletes To Have A Voice, Says World Athletic President, Coe

World Athletics president Lord Coe says he welcomes athletes having a voice in the sport – after admitting he was one of the most outspoken competitors of his generation.

American triple jumper Christian Taylor has founded the Athletics Association, designed to give track and field stars an independent platform.

The 29-year-old set the group up following World Athletics’ decision to cut his event, plus the discus, 200 metres and 3,000m steeplechase, from the Diamond League final in Zurich from next year.

He is determined to work closely with the governing body and Coe, in an exclusive interview with the PA news agency, says he was quick to make contact with Taylor.

“Within 20 minutes of Christian Taylor talking about this I was on the phone to him,” Coe said.

“I said, ‘Christian, I absolutely encourage you to do this and, if you need any help in setting this up, anything that allows us another bridgehead to communicate with the athletes is really welcome’.

“I will always encourage athletes to have a voice because I was probably one of the more outspoken ones.

“I fought a (Conservative) government I went on to serve in about the boycott in 1980 – I was right then and historically we’ve been proven to be right.

“I was the first athlete to address an Olympic Congress in Baden Baden in the old West Germany back in 1981. I spoke for four minutes, and for two minutes and 41 seconds of that I spoke about the iniquities, damage and insidious danger of not controlling drugs in sport.

“I encourage athletes (to speak out) because it actually makes us a better federation if we have athletes having a central focus and actually being able to speak their mind.

“One of the centrepieces of my reforms was that we now have two athletes on the (World Athletics) council. Not just sitting there making observations – they have full voting rights.”

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Dessers Opens Goal Account As Mexico Pip Super Eagles 2-1 In Friendly



It was not the best of starts for new head coach, Jose Peseiro, as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game at the AT & T Stadium, Dallas, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.

Cyriel Dessers opened his goals account for the Eagles after drawing them level with a powerful header.

The Super Eagles are now winless against Mexico in six meetings, losing three and drawing three.

Up next for Peseiro’s side is another friendly against Ecuador on June 2.

Mexico bossed the early exchanges as the Super Eagles struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Santiago Gimenez then gave Mexico a deserved lead on 12 minutes as his initial effort from a headed pass hit Uzoho and bounced off him into the net.

Andres Guardado almost doubled Mexico lead as he met a long pass but saw his effort parried away by Uzoho.

In the 31st minute Uzoho was called to action again but he made a brilliant save to stop a well struck shot by Guardado.

Before the start of the second half Innocent Bonke went off injured and was replaced by Katsina United’s Faisal Sani.

Mexico continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead early in the second half but Semi Ajayi cleared away a dangerous cross for a corner.

The Super Eagles drew level on 54 minutes through Dessers whose downward header off a delightful cross from Bassey was too strong for the keeper to hold.

Just two minutes later the Mexicans went 2-1 ahead after Troost-Ekong slammed a cross into his own net.

Terem Moffi should have equalised for the Eagles after receiving the ball inside the box but saw his shot miss the target.

Few minutes later Roberto Alvarado received a pass inside the box but could not keep his shot down.

With six minutes left the Mexico almost extended their lead through Diego Lainez but his low shot took a deflection off Troost-Ekong and went out for a corner.

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Real Madrid Clinch 14th Champions League Title, Defeat Liverpool 1-0 In Final



Real Madrid have won their 14th Champions League title after overcoming Liverpool 1-0 in the final on Saturday in Paris.

Vinícius Júnior netted the solitary goal of the game in the 59th minute thanks to a beautiful assist from Federico Santiago Valverde.

It is now a record-extending 14th Champions League title for Madrid who have now won eight straight finals.

For Carlo Ancelotti he is now the only coach to have won the prestigious trophy a record four times, two at AC Milan (2003, 2007) and two at Madrid (2014, 2022).

Also, the Los Blancos have beaten Liverpool in back-to-back Champions League finals.

Liverpool bossed the early exchanges but were denied by some brilliant saves from Thibaut Courtois.

Karim Benzema thought he had given Madrid the lead late in the first half only to see his effort ruled out for offside after a long VAR check.

The breakthrough eventually came for Madrid on 59 minutes thanks to Vinicius, who slotted home a low cross from Federico Valverde.

Liverpool went in search of the equalizer with Mohamed Salah going the closest but Courtois made a brilliant stop to deny him.

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UCL Final: Real Madrid Not Under Pressure To Win 14th Title –Ancelotti



Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can’t see any nerves amongst his players ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Real Madrid have 13 European Cup wins to their name and Ancelotti believes his veteran players are slightly more relaxed.

“I think the motivation is the same as it was for Lisbon, but there are fewer pre-match nerves this time,” he stated.

“Nerves might come later and that’s fine.

“It feels natural to be back and to reach this final has been very important for the club.

“We’ve had a very very good season and we feel calm.

“These players manage these kinds of matches very well and I think the veteran players can help the younger players.

“I’m happy to be here preparing for this game.”

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