Russian pole vault queen and double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva has announced that she would be retiring after her home world athletics championships, which take place in Moscow in August.
“My career will come to its end at the world championships,” Isinbayeva told reporters yesterday after winning the national title at Moscow’s Luzhniki arena.
“For me it will be a really nostalgic moment. I want to enjoy a joyful career finish and will show my best at the world championships.”
“At the worlds I will fight with the height and myself,” she added. “It was here in Luzhniki that I won my first title and here my career will come to an end.
“I expect a huge support from my fans at the event as I really need it to show everything I’m able to show. I’m ready to battle for the win”.
Isinbayeva, who won gold at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, has set 28 world records in women’s pole vault including the current world’s best mark of 5.06 metres.
Abbasi thrown out of camp for fasting
Lahore: Pakistan hockey coach Akhtar Rasool on Wednesday created a big controversy when he kicked out experienced forward Shakeel Abbasi from the national training camp for fasting. The development is likely to ignite discussion on whether sportsmen should fast during matches or training camps.
Rasool said he had taken disciplinary action against Abbasi for violating instructions and policy.
“It was decided very clearly before the camp began that no player will fast because during fasting it is not possible to focus on your training and drills,” Rasool said.
“If Abbasi wants to fast he should do it at home. This is a national camp and all players are required to focus on their training.”