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Kazakh weightlifter fails drugs test

JUNE 10 2021 (The Bulletin) — The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) disqualified  Kazakh weightlifter Anna Nurmankhambetova from the 2012 Olympic Games because of a failed drugs test, stripping her of the silver medal that she had been awarded retrospectively because other athletes had also failed drugs tests. Several Kazakh athletes, weightlifters and cyclists, have previously failed drugs tests too.

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Spaniard wins Baku F1 GP

JUNE 6 2021 (The Bulletin) — Spain’s Sergio Perez, driving a Red Bull-Racing Honda, won the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku after championship leaders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both crashed out. The Baku circuit has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting Grand Prixs with drivers racing through the city’s streets.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Cycling world championships moved from Ashgabat

JUNE 3 2021 (The Bulletin) — The Switzerland-based UCI, cycling’s governing body, moved its 2021 World Championship from Ashgabat to Glasgow. It didn’t give a reason for the change of venue but UCI has been under pressure to scrap the Ashgabat event because of the increasingly eccentric behaviour of Turkmen leader Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov who denies that there has ever been a case of the coronavirus inside Turkmenistan. Mr Berdymukhamedov considered hosting the cycling championships as a boost to his prestige.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Azerbaijan waives coronavirus restrictions for Euro2020

JUNE 3 2021 (The Bulletin) — Azerbaijan said that it would waive coronavirus quarantine rules for football fans travelling to Baku for the delayed European Championship 2020. Baku hosts four games, including a quarterfinal match. For the first time, the European Championships matches are spread across the continent.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Azerbaijan’s F1 GP to go ahead without spectators

MARCH 3 2021  (The Bulletin) — Azerbaijani officials said that the F1 Grand Prix, touted as the highlight of Azerbaijan’s sporting calendar since it was inaugurated in 2016, will go ahead this year but without any spectators. Last year, like many of the F1 Grand Prix, the race was cancelled because of the coronavirus. The race, through the streets of Baku, is considered a fine city circuit. It is scheduled for June 6.

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— This story was published in issue 474 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on March 5 2021

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Astana beats Man U 2-1

NOV. 28 (The Bulletin) — Stunning the football world, Astana FC beat Manchester United 2-1 in their UEFA Europa League match in Nur-Sultan, recording arguably their top ever win. The match was a dead tie as Manchester United has already qualified for the next round but the roar from the crowd of around 30,000 when Astana won from 1-0 down showed how much the win meant to fans.
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— This story was first published in issue 430 of the weekly Bulletin.

Azerbaijan’s five year F1 Grand Prix deal

FEB. 5 (The Conway Bulletin) — Azerbaijan signed a deal with Liberty Media, the owners of the Formula 1 franchise, to hold an F1 Grand Prix in Baku for the next five years. The Baku F1 race has become an important part of Azerbaijan’s national branding since it first hosted it, as the European Grand Prix, in 2016. >>See Comment on page 2
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>This story was first published in issue 399 of The Conway Bulletin on Feb. 8 2019
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IOC strips Georgian of silver Olympic medal

JAN. 17 (The Conway Bulletin) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Georgian wrestler Davit Modzmanashvili of his silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics because he failed doping tests. The IOC is re-testing urine and blood samples taken from the 2012 Olympics using the latest methods. Since 2017, Mr Modzmanashvili has represented Uzbekistan. He won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek.
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>>This story was first published in issue 397 of The Conway Bulletin on Jan. 20 2019

Ashgabat hosts Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

SEPT. 17  (The Bulletin) — Leaders from across Central Asia, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan converged on Ashgabat to attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. On the sidelines of the Games, which Turkmen Pres. Kurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has used to enhance his prestige, the leaders talked trade and politics; promised to boost relations and deepen cooperation.

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— This story was first published in issue 344 of The Conway Bulletin, now called the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on Sept. 24 2017.

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Kyrgyzstan vs Myanmar football match cancelled

SEPT. 4 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Kyrgyzstan cancelled a football match with Myanmar because of what it described as terror threats. The inference from the Kyrgyz authorities was that Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority meant the team was vulnerable to an attack. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country. Last year a suspected Uighur extremist drove a car bomb into the Chinese embassy in Bishkek.

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(News report from Issue No. 342, published on Sept. 7 2017)