"The Federacao Portuguesa de Atletismo has imposed the sanction for a first offence of two (2) years ineligibity from 11.8.2011 until 10.08.2013 and disqualification of all results since and including 10.07.2011 to the male athlete Jose Manuel Goncalves ",Gaspar",.
This decision was taken following an in-competition doping control conducted on 10.07.2011 during the 10. European Mountain Running Championships 2011, in Bursa, Turkey.
Jose Manuel Goncalves ",Gaspar", finished third in the senior men race and Portugal team was third in the team result.
"The IAAF, AAC ,and WMRA sanctioned Obudu International Mountain Race takes place on Monday 28th November 2011.
The African Mountain Running Championships will also feature in the Obudu International Mountain Race in Nigeria.
This is sure to be an exciting event as many of the African runners have succeeded at the World Championships previously.
There are athletes of 6 different nation registered in men's event (Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt) and three in the women's race (Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria), plus other athletes from other African Countries as for sample Cameroon and Ghana.
According to the Secretary General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mrs. Maria Worphil, more African nations are making inquiries about travel and accommodation arrangements and expect more confirmations this week.
"Ugandan, Geofrey Kosuro, and Nigerian, Dung Janet, are African Champion 2011, leading their Nation to win African title in the Team list.
But, at Obudu, this year, not only the athletes were in first row, but also the LOC, with its Chairman William Archibong, and the AFN, with the Vice President, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, General Secretary, Maria Wophil, and other Council member as Gloria Obajimi, that - with the fantastic support of the highest political authorities of Nigeria from the Governor of Cross River State,  ,Sen. Liyel Imoke CON - have officially announced the candidature to organize the 30. World Mountain Running Championships in 2014 on the occasion of the tenth edition of the race, in presence of WMRA President, Bruno Gozzelino, and WMRA Council member, Erhan Basoglu, ,present in Nigeria also for preparing for 2012 a new track of the Obudu race, respecting WMRA technical regulations.
Coming back to the races, in the men African Championships, Geofrey Kosuro (finishing fourth in the overall list of the Obudu International race, behind three Ethiopian runners) defeated Kenyan, Ondara Macdonald, silver medallist (and fifth in the Obudu race), and his nationl fellow, Thomas Ayeko, bronze medallist (eight in the Obudu race, after Kenyan, Romo Philemon, and Ethiopian, Abshero Ayele). Five time European Champion, Turkish Ahmet Arslan finished in 18 place, after having arrived to the venue of the competition just few hours before the race, ,due a long journey. Uganda men team took gold medal in front of Eritrea, silver, and Nigeria, bronze, instead Egypt finished in fourth position.
In the women African Championship only Nigerian runners were officially untried by the National Athletic Federation: so the winner arrived in front of her countrywomen Nancy Mathew (silver), Aderonke Olumudi (bronze) and Deborah Pam, fourth. In the women team , list no other Countries sent official team despite the fact that Ethiopian and Kenyan runners were present in the race, taking the first six places in the Obudu race."
"The WMRA is delighted to announce like venue of the 28. World Mountain Running Championships 2012 the villages of Temù, (1.144 m.s.l.) and of Ponte di Legno (1.258 m.s.l.) and the experienced LOC under the direction of mr. Innocente Agostini, father of Andrea Agostini winner of the World Junior men title in the 5. World Mountain Running Trophy on 1989 at Die (France). FIDAL - just a few days ago - sent official application bid for this event.
The candidate venue has previously held many high quality national competitions and will again prove an outstanding host with the support of event sponsors that include, among others, Lombardia Region and Comunità, Montana Valle Camonica. "