China finished a close second to the United States in the gold medal count at the 2004 Olympics and could emerge as the world's paramount sporting power at the Beijing Games.
Since the aspiring discus thrower lost his left leg above the knee in a 1991 car accident, De Keersmaeker has been amazed by the advances achieved in prosthetic limbs.
The 34-year-old Ethiopian, who suffers from a breathing condition that forced him to drop out of last year's London Marathon, spoke of his concern after winning the Dubai Marathon on Friday.
Defending champ Kelai, ex-winner Seboka favourites to win; high hopes from China's Xin Zhang, reports Sanasi Kelkar.
Sport can never be completely free of doping, according to US track legend Michael Johnson.
Her trainer and husband, Yucel Kop, was given a two-year ban for his responsibility in the incident, he added.
The races for men will be held for 12 kms and four kms and for women eight and four kms and for boys under 20 years eight kms and girls under 18 years for six kms, organising secretary, Pralhad Sawant said.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national sports federations (NSFs) on Monday rejected the revised version of the national sports policy draft.
The crash has put her Beijing Olympic selection in jeopardy and forced her out of Australian and world championship meets. "I realize that I'm pretty lucky with the injuries that I have come away with," said Meares.
The torch will cover more than 35,000 kilometers (21,748 miles), winding through every province and territory, for about 100 days leading up to the Games, organizers said on Monday.
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius has given up on competing at this year's Beijing Olympics but is appealing a ruling banning him from able-bodied competition.
The 22-year-old US sprint star graduated from the University of Southern California last month with an elementary education degree, eliminating the burden of books from her attention as she focuses on gold in China in August.
The Astana team were also dogged by a number of doping scandals last year before changing management.
UKA's selection committee issued a statement along with the announcement of the team which made it clear that Chambers had only been selected because of the athlete's threat to take legal action against the governing body if he was not included.
The Jamaican said he had four stitches inserted after gashing the knee while running up the stairs at his home in Jamaica last week.