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‘Unhappy’ Usain Bolt hands relay gold back to Olympic chiefs

first_imgUsain Bolt has handed back his relay 4x100m Olympic Gold from 2008 to the International Olympic Committee following Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter’s failed drug test.Bolt’s ‘triple triple’ of nine golds won at the 2008 Beijing Games, the 2012 Games in London and Rio 2016 have been officially struck from the record books after Carter was found to have failed a doping test after retrospective action was taken by the IOC.Jamaica’s relay team from Beijing of Bolt, the disgraced Carter, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas have all handed their medals back to the Jamaica Olympic Association.”It’s rough that I have to give back one of my medals and I already gave it back because it was of course required by the IOC,” Bolt told The Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica.”I’m not happy about it, but it’s just one of those things that happen in life. but I can’t allow that to deter me from my focus this season, so I am focused but I am not pleased about the situation.””I think I’ve still accomplished a lot, this hasn’t changed what I have done throughout my career. I have worked hard and pushed and done things that no one have done before. “I have won three gold medals over the 100m and 200m, which no one has ever done before.”An appeal could yet be launched to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the costs estimated to be several million, but Bolt has not ruled out contributing to a possible appeal.”That’s up to my management there are a lot of variables so we will discuss that and see where we go from there, but if it’s necessary (I will help).,” said Bolt, who intends to retire after the World Championships in London in September.last_img read more

Trump Administration Sanctions 20 North Korean Ships

first_imgzoom In a latest wave of measures aimed at disrupting North Korea’s “illicit funding of its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs”, the United States has imposed sanctions on 20 vessels, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on Tuesday.The sanctions also target third-country persons with long-standing commercial ties to North Korea, as well as the transportation networks that facilitate North Korea’s revenue generation and operations, the statement from the Treasury said.Specifically, OFAC designated six North Korean shipping and trading companies and blocked 20 of their vessels, all of which are DPRK-flagged.These include:Korea Rungrado Shipping Company and its vessels Pu Hung 1, Rung Ra Do, and Yang Gak Do;Korea Rungrado Ryongak Trading and its vessels Rung Ra 1 and Rung Ra 2;Yusong Shipping Company and its vessels Won San 2, Za Ryok 2, 7-28, Yu Song 12, and Yu Song 7;Dawn Marine Management Co. Ltd and its vessels Jang Gyong, Kum Song 3, Kum Song 5, Kum Song 7, and Kum Un San 3;Korea Daebong Shipping Company and its vessel Rak Rang; andKorea Kumbyol Trading Company and its vessels Kang Song 1, Ku Bong Ryong, So Baek San, and Rye SONG Gang 1.As disclosed by OFAC, North Korea is known to employ deceptive shipping practices, including ship-to-ship transfers, a practice prohibited by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2375 of September 11, 2017.The Treasury Office released images, which are said to be taken on October 19, 2017, depicting a reported recent attempt by Korea Kumbyol Trading Company’s vessel Rye Song Gang 1 to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, in an effort to evade sanctions. “These designations include companies that have engaged in trade with North Korea cumulatively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We are also sanctioning the shipping and transportation companies, and their vessels, that facilitate North Korea’s trade and its deceptive maneuvers,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said.As part of the sanctions, Chinese trading companies Dandong Kehua Economy & Trade Co., Ltd., Dandong Xianghe Trading Co., Ltd., and Dandong Hongda Trade Co. Ltd. were designated for exporting around USD 650 million worth of goods to North Korea. Sun Sidong and his company, Dandong Dongyuan Industrial Co were also sanctioned as well as Korea South-South Cooperation Corporation for the exportation of workers from North Korea.The latest sanctions come on the heels of the global port ban imposed by the United Nations Security Council on four ships due to their violation of sanctions against North Korea.The said ships are Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun, which have been designated pursuant to paragraph 6 of the Resolution 2375.last_img read more