Donald Trump’s Press Secretary steps down…
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary whose tenure was marked by controversy and questions about her credibility, will be leaving after 22 months on the job, President Donald Trump announced yesterday. 36 year old Sanders has been among the longest-serving senior officials in Trump’s administration. During her stint as the president’s official spokeswoman, her integrity was called into serious question regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. In 2017 Sanders told reporters that rank-and-file members of the FBI supported Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey. But when asked about this by investigators, she said the first time she made that statement was a “slip of the tongue” and that it was a comment not based on truth.
Woes adding up for Caster Sememya
South African athlete Caster Semenya wants answers after she was barred from competing in Sunday’s Diamond League 800m event in Rabat, Morocco. Semenya’s lawyers said she was notified on Tuesday that the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation had denied her entry in the 800m race. However yesterday, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland rejected the IAAF’s urgent request for permission to re-impose its eligibility regulations on the two-time 800m world champion. Semenya’s team now wants answers as to why she was not allowed to compete in Sunday’s Diamond League event. Last month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Semenya’s challenge against the new IAAF regulations that would force her to lower her testosterone levels. She however appealed to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland which temporarily suspended the IAAF rules until a further hearing could take place.
Can the Proteas pull off the near impossible?
The Proteas are fully aware that they must win all of their remaining five pool matches to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals. The road to what seems an unlikely playoff berth starts tomorrow with a clash against Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. If the weather plays ball and South Africa emerge victorious then it would be their first win of the competition. With three straight losses registered so far, including their slip-up against Bangladesh at The Oval, the Proteas can’t slip up again. After Afghanistan the Proteas must still play against New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. Play tomorrow gets underway at 2:30 (SA time).
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