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  • Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

     

    Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

    His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.

    They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.

    However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail.

    Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.

     

     

    The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday's ruling by the court in Barcelona.

    As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m "corrective payment", equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.

    The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court.

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    During the trial, Lionel Messi insisted he "knew nothing" about the management of his financial affairs, saying his father dealt with them while he was "playing football".

    For his part, Jorge Messi claimed he did not have enough knowledge to orchestrate such a fraud, blaming his tax consultants instead.

    Lionel Messi retired from international football late last month. He has won the Fifa World Player of the Year five times and is one of the richest athletes in the world.

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  • World record holder Bekele fails in Hengelo and fog Rio

     

     

    Kenenisa Bekele will be no fourth Olympic Games experience. The Ethiopian runner succeeded Wednesday in Hengelo failed to qualify themselves to the 10,000 meters in Rio.He stepped out of the race on the track of the FBK Stadium.

    Bekele holds the world records at 5,000 meters (12.37,35) and 10,000 meters (26.17,53). He won gold in both long haul at the Games in Beijing in 2008. Four years earlier in Athens, there was gold in the 10,000 and silver in the 5,000 meters. In London in 2012 he was there. Yigrem Demelash won the match, which was regarded as the Olympic trial for Ethiopia in the world year best time of 26.51,14. Tamirat Tola and Abadi Hadis accompany him to Rio. In the women qualified Almaz Ayana, Gelete Burka and triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba themselves. Ayana was a class apart and soloed to 30/07/04, also the world's best years.

    While on the other hand Athlete Almaz Ayana, 24 made the best year performance so far delivered on the ten kilometers. The athlete ran in the Olympic qualifier in the FBK Stadium her compatriots completely to smithereens. She recorded a time of 7.30.04, Followed by The number Gelete Burka and Triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibabe on the 2nd and 3rd place respectively

    Source : de Gelderlander 

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  • World record holder Bekele fails in Hengelo and fog Rio

     

     

    Kenenisa Bekele will be no fourth Olympic Games experience. The Ethiopian runner succeeded Wednesday in Hengelo failed to qualify themselves to the 10,000 meters in Rio.He stepped out of the race on the track of the FBK Stadium.

    Bekele holds the world records at 5,000 meters (12.37,35) and 10,000 meters (26.17,53). He won gold in both long haul at the Games in Beijing in 2008. Four years earlier in Athens, there was gold in the 10,000 and silver in the 5,000 meters. In London in 2012 he was there. Yigrem Demelash won the match, which was regarded as the Olympic trial for Ethiopia in the world year best time of 26.51,14. Tamirat Tola and Abadi Hadis accompany him to Rio. In the women qualified Almaz Ayana, Gelete Burka and triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba themselves. Ayana was a class apart and soloed to 30/07/04, also the world's best years.

    While on the other hand Athlete Almaz Ayana, 24 made the best year performance so far delivered on the ten kilometers. The athlete ran in the Olympic qualifier in the FBK Stadium her compatriots completely to smithereens. She recorded a time of 7.30.04, Followed by The number Gelete Burka and Triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibabe on the 2nd and 3rd place respectively

    Source : de Gelderlander 

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  • Ethiopia Team Doctor to AP: 5 Athletes Failed for Meldonium

     

    Five of the six Ethiopian athletes suspended and under investigation for doping by the country's authorities tested positive for the newly banned substance meldonium, the national track team doctor said on Friday.

    Two of the six would have likely made Ethiopia's team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro "if they were clean," Ayalew Tilahun told The Associated Press in an interview coinciding with a visit to the East African country by a delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    Ayalew didn't give any names or say what substance the sixth athlete tested positive for.

    Ayalew did say delays in making the cases public are related to the World Anti-Doping Agency's decision to obtain more scientific research on meldonium. Meldonium was banned from Jan. 1, but more research is needed to establish how long traces remain in the body. Athletes who have failed tests could have taken meldonium before it was put on WADA's banned list.

    "So, we are just keeping these athletes under suspension and we won't take measures until we get a green light to do so from WADA and (the) IAAF," Ayalew said. "Both of these organizations have written to us four times, the last one a little bit more than a month ago, to wait for further notice as they are considering to revisit its (meldonium's) use and implications.

    "From the athletes that are under suspension with us, two of them could have made it to the Rio Olympics if they were clean. Their condition was good. I cannot say more than this."

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