Dire in Doha: world championships catastrophe leaves athletics reeling | Sean Ingle

Empty seats and ghostly silence have been the sad feature of the world athletics championships in Doha a PR disaster for the sport, the IAAF, Sebastian Coe and Qatar Moments after the greatest 10.83 seconds of Dina Asher-Smiths life, the British sprinter grabbed a union flag from her mother, Julie, and began a lap of honour to celebrate her world championship 100m silver medal. But as she trotted round the 40,000-seat Khalifa stadium in Doha on Sunday night she was greeted by banks of empty seats and a ghostly silence. Observers reckoned there were no more than 1,000 people still in attendance and many of them were journalists tapping away to deadline. Asher-Smiths mother later tweeted she had seen more …

Lamine Diack to stand trial for money laundering and corruption

Lamine Diack, the disgraced former IAAF president, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and money laundering Lamine Diack, and bribe-taking in world athletics. The 86-year-old, who led the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999-2015 and was one of the most influential men in global sport, is accused of being part of a conspiracy to bury Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced former IAAF marketing executive who was banned for life from athletics in 2016. They all deny the charges. All six will be tried for their role in the London Marathon winner in 2010, who paid $600,000 in exchange called Black Tidings, solicited payments from athletes, either directly or indirectly, totalling 3.45m in exchange for covering …

The 10,000-hour rule for sporting success is largely a myth, so let kids dabble | Sean Ingle

A new book blows out of the water the theory that the key to sporting success is relentless practice and total focus from an early age This column comes from the sleepy Austrian town of Gtzis, where Katarina Johnson-Thompson a 2014 study comparing the development of 52 top German footballers, including 18 national team players, with 50 who played in the fourth to sixth divisions found that emphatically was not the case. A German study comparing international women players with those who just played in the Bundesliga found a similar story. Those who represented the national team played fewer games up to 18 and did more peer-led football and coach-led practice in other sports compared to their Bundesliga counterparts. There …