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Brazilian Olympic Officials Extend Invitation to Pistorius

Officials from the Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil had said they would welcome Oscar Pistorius in 2016 should the runner be declared eligible.

Pistorius was last week found guilty of negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He has been sentenced to a five-year jail term, but is expected to be released after 10 months.

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Oscar Pistorius. Image:

However South African Olympic and Paralympic officials say that Pistorius will not receive their blessing to compete until the full five year sentence is served.

Rio communications director Mario Andrada said, “He was judged by the South African judicial system. As soon as he fulfils his obligations with that system he will be a free man and a free man is entitled to compete wherever he wants.

“We have to keep in our prayers and thought both families. It was a tragedy … but he will be welcome in Brazil like anybody else”

Pistorius (also known as the Bade Runner) was the first Paralympian to race alongside able-bodied runners at the Olympics. He competed in the 400m and the 4x400m relay in the London Olympics, in 2012.

He then competed in the Paralympics claiming gold in the 400m and 4x100m. But he was controversially beaten in the 200m by Alan Oliveira. Pisotrius claimed Oliveira had an unfair advantage by using longer blades. Animosity has simmered between the two ever since.

The Rio organisers would love for them to compete against each other again.

The Man Who Eats Six times More Than You Do.

Man Mountain, Robert Oberst. Image:

Man Mountain, Robert Oberst. Image:

Robert Oberst is America’s second strongest man. But he’s working his arse off to go that one extra step.

In an interview with Munchies website this week Oberst describe his nutrition regimen.

“I have six meals a day,” said the 2.03m, 180kg man-mountain. “If I don’t eat enough, I get shaky, I get headaches. My body is running on a level now where it’s used to having good fuel. If I cut that supply off, my body just revolts.”

Oberst’s six meals have him consuming between 15,000 and 20,000 calories each day. That’s five times more than the recommended daily intake for Australian males!

His diet consists mainly of eggs, meat, pasta and rice.

He’ll consume 8 – 10 eggs during breakfast and then eat more hard boiled eggs throughout the day. Lunch usually consists of two large steaks.

Dinner is pasta – with more meat.

Apart from snacking on eggs, Oberst also sneaks away up to six cups of rice each day.

His main rule is to eat no less than 1.6kg of meat a day.

“Basically, I clean out the meat section,” he laughs when thinking about his grocery shopping – weekly trips that cost him around $450.

“It has to taste good and it has to have high protein content.”

But it’s not all work for Oberst. One day every four weeks he allows himself a day off where he can eat what he wants.

Russ Henshaw Reflects on Skiing on Two torn ACLs.

Men’s Ski Slope-style event specialist Aussie Russ Henshaw is a man on a mission. He competed at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year even after tearing his second anterior cruciate ligament a week out from competition.

“It was all pretty complicated,” said Henshaw to “I tore my right ACL a year out from Sochi and I decided not to have surgery because of the qualification process.

“If I had surgery I felt like I would only just scrape it in and I wouldn’t be doing any new tricks, I would just have to work on getting back to where I was before.

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Russ Henshaw. Image:

“Then a week before the Olympics at the X-Games, I tore my left ACL, which was not ideal. It had a lot of bone bruising as well, which was quite painful.

“I knew I could ski, because I had been doing it for a year beforehand but it was stressful at first.

“Then I realised that it doesn’t really matter. I had made it that far and anything else was a bonus. I looked at it as if I was going to go skiing and not competing on the world stage in the biggest event of my life.”

Doctors were at their wits end trying to find pain relievers not on the prohibited substances list for athletes and without significant side-effects.

Henshaw recalls how he felt after qualifying for the finals. “It was my first run in qualifying that got me through to the finals. After having a tough time training, and everything going on during the week, it was such a surreal feeling and something I will never forget.”

After the Olympics Henshaw went into hospital for his much needed, and log overdue, surgery. He has come through rehabilitation with flying colours and is focused on the incipient season.

The world tour begins next month. It kicks off hectic schedule of competitions for the next few months.

“I would obviously love to do well in the X-Games and the world championships, but it is out of your hands,” said Henshaw. “You just have to go there and give the best performance you can.

Lance Armstrong Banned from Non-Competitive Cycling Event

Lance Armstrong has been banned from taking part in a non-competitive cycling event in South Carolina this weekend.

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Lance Armstrong. Image:

The Gran Fondo Hincapie (named after former US Postal cycling teammate George Hincapie) is a 128 km touring trek around Greenville, South Carolina. But USA Cycling has claimed it is an ‘authorized’ cycling activity and therefore within the authority of the US Anti-Doping Authority (UsADA). As such the lifetime ban imposed on Armstrong by USADA prevents his participation.

Bill Kellick, a spokesman for USA Cycling, said that USADA asked USA Cycling to investigate Armstrong’s eligibility to ride upon learning of his intention to do so. Several of Armstrong’s ex-teammates had signaled their intention to join the ride, including Hincapie.

George Hincapie was integral to Armstrong’s downfall. Hincapie testified against his former leader in the 2012 US Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in cycling.

Armstrong later admitted using banned drugs throughout his dominant career. He enlisted the aid of drug testers, other cyclists, aids and either bullied or persuaded anyone who sought to oppose him.

In a television interview, with talk show host Oprah Winfrey in January of 2013, Armstrong admitted his guilt. Soon after he was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban from the sport.

Anderson Silva Speaks Out On Drugs in MMA

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MMA legend Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva believes fighters who test positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) should be banned from fighting – period.

Silva’s comments come ahead of his much anticipated UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz, on January 31.

And Anderson should know something about steroid cheats. Of his 15 UFC opponents 7 have, at some stage, tested positive to banned substances. Not that it did them much good.

Chris Leben, Nate Marquardt, James Irvin, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Stephen Bonnar, and Chael Sonnen are the high profile fighters who’ve fallen foul of the drug-testers. And these are only the ones Silva has fought.

The UFC is fast overtaking competitive cycling for being the sport most entrenched in PEDs.

In an interview with MMA Junkie Silva said, “This is not bad for me, this is bad for the sport. People around the world love the UFC … I don’t think this is good because the sport can change the lives of the kids and the people in the world.”

The UFC has been under pressure to reduce the number of positive results from its athletes. Random drug tests have been part of every UFC contract, but many athletes are thumbing their noses at the restrictions. In 2015 the organisation hopes to implement a full-scale program.

But Silva believes there will always be some athletes who find a way around the rules. When they do get caught Silva believes they should be banned for life.

The 39 year-old Silva has undergone his share of drug tests also; all of them returning negative results. “Steroids make the sport bad,”

Australian Kayaker Fails Random Drug Test

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Tate Smith. Image:

Gold medalling kayaker Tate Smith has failed a random drugs test.

The 32 year-old Gold Coaster is understood to have returned the positive test in a training camp in Hungary in July of this year.

Smith told News Corp he had recently begun a new supplements regimen and may have taken a prohibited substance accidentally.

Should Smith be found guilty of breaching the WADA prohibited substances code he will become Australia’s first Olympic gold medallist stripped of his medal for doping. Smith will be handed a standard two-year suspension from competitive kayaking.

But it doesn’t end there.

Initially Smith’s tests from the London Games returned a negative result. But British Olympic medical staff will now conduct a retrospective analysis of his frozen samples.

Should these also return a positive result not only Smith, but the entire four-man crew, may be stripped of their medals.

Greg Doyle, chief of Australian canoeing said, “Australian canoeing is unable to make any comment regarding matters that may be with ASADA until such time as the matter is finalised, in order to provide fairness to all persons involved.”

ASADA released a similar statement refusing to discuss their investigation.

Should he be found guilty, Smith will join fellow canoeist and Gold Coast Nathan Baggaley in being banned from competitive sport. Baggaley won two silver medals at the Athens games in 2004.

The Titan’s Navel-Gazing Begins

In the aftermath of a turbulent Rugby league 2014 season no other club will be navel gazing as intently as the Gold Coast Titans.

The club is currently conducting a comprehensive internal review to uncover the reasons behind its continued lacklustre performances, both on the field and in the grandstand.

They can start by looking at their talent-spotting procedures.

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Luke Keary. Image:

Luke Keary, part of the premiership winning Souths side, had been overlooked by the Titans. In 2011 the Burleigh Bears colts coach, Paul Bramley, told the Titans about Keary; suggesting he was a better half than any currently at the Titans club.

Bramley received only a lukewarm response. Recruiter Mark Gee and under 20s coach Rod Pattison promised Bramley they would ‘have a look at him.’

But Keary was only used as a defender in training drills. He wasn’t even given a chance to show what he could do in attack. For almost two months he was little more than a tackle dummy for a side the selectors had already put together.

Bramley said, “I called the Titans and asked them if they were giving him a shot and they said no. So I told Luke to drop it and just concentrate on us.

“He ended up playing Q Cup a couple of weeks later, and was excellent for us for the rest of the year.”

On Sunday Keary held the NRL trophy above his head and cemented his place in the highest echelons of first grade NRL.

MMA Fighter Drained of Blood to Make Weigh-In

MMA fighter Cody McKenzie has taken the extreme step of donating blood to make a fight weight-cut.

The 26 year-old Canadian-born UFC fighter failed to make weight for an upcoming fight. He was given a further two hours to lose another kilogram or forfeit the bout.

Cody McKenzie goes to drastic lengths to cut weight. Photo:

Cody McKenzie goes to drastic lengths to cut weight. Photo:

To lose a kilogram in two hours would seem impossible. It was time for a drastic solution.

McKenzie had about half a litre of blood drained out of him. This resulted in a loss of 800 grams. He lost another 200 grams through continued metabolic processes – draining himself of fluids.

McKenzie made weight in the required two hours.

Medical experts believe that Cody McKenzie’s body would fully replenish the lost blood within 24 hours. Of course this means his body will be working when it should be relaxing before what is sure to be a gruelling physical contest. But so long as McKenzie wasn’t doing this regularly he’d be safe to do so.

McKenzie entered the UFC with an impressive 12 fight winning streak. He was a respected competitor on the TUF reality TV show. While he was stopped before making the finals McKenzie impressed the UFC enough to be accepted into the fold. Since then he has had a chequered fight record, winning only one of his four UFC fights.

Clearly, however, he is keen to continue.

Marathon World Record Tumbles Again!

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Dennis Kimetto. Photo:

Kenyan farmer Dennis Kimetto broke the world marathon record in Berlin on the weekend. This is the sixth time since 2003 the world record has been broken in the same city.

Kimetto’s jaw-dropping time of 2:02.57 has put the two-hour marathon dream on notice. To give you some idea of how fast Kimetto was running, he covered each mile of the 26 mile course in an average time of 4 minutes 41.5 seconds!

Second place getter, compatriot Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, also came in under the previous record. He dashed across the line with the incredible time of 2:03.13.

When asked if a two-hour marathon was possible Kimetto said, “I am expecting a marathon in two hours. I can break this (today’s) record again.”

Runner-up Mutai agreed. “Today showed the time is coming down and down. To beat two hours is possible. If not today, then tomorrow. Maybe next time we’ll get 2:01.”

A two-hour marathon is one of sport’s last great Everests. Its accomplishment would rate alongside Roger bannister’s four-minute mile and Jim Hines’ sub 10 second 100meters.

High performance coaches within the sport of marathon running agree, it’s not a question of if, but when. The right track, conditions, pacing and training can prepare the right athlete to pass this last great sporting milestone.