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Playmaker Lavin Asego has helped spark a revival for Kenya’s KQ-sponsored Rugby Sevens team as they prepare for the last two tournaments of the season this month, in Glasgow and London. Asego is Kenya’s top points scorer in the series and helped his team beat Argentina in the recent Bowl final in Las Vegas. Now, after a poor start to the current campaign, Kenya hope to finish in the top ten.
Nairobi is set to become the focus of the battle to rid marathon running of drugs cheats when a new blood-testing lab opens. Thomas Capdevielle, anti-doping manager at athletics ruling body the IAAF, said: “It’s a priority project for us. We are looking at setting up a blood analyser to enable us to conduct testing not just on Kenyan athletes but also on athletes from Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.”
The Rhino Charge, a legendary off-road motor race that takes competitors deep into the Kenyan bush to raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, is set for 31 May.
One to one with Yaya Touré
Ivory Coast captain Yaya Touré lifted the African Cup of Nations trophy this year, when his team beat Ghana on penalties in Equatorial Guinea. But he’s hungry for more glory…
Q Yaya, you have won a lot of trophies in your career, but what did it mean to win the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast? It was an amazing feeling, I could not even express my happiness – as a captain it was so special. When you win a title with your club it is amazing but, with the country, it is unbelievable.
Q You waited a long time to win it, too? Yes! I have been playing for Ivory Coast for eight years and we lost two finals; but now we have finally done it. I am so proud. As an African, the African Cup of Nations was always a big target for me.
Q What next? Any thoughts of retirement? One day I will retire for sure, but not now. Right now I am full of energy and I want to continue. I have a lot of trophies left to win.
What’s on in May
7-10 Golf Players Championship, Sawgrass, USA
9 Athletics Diamond League, Doha
10 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix
9-10 IRB Rugby Sevens Glasgow
9-13 Cycling Giro d’Italia
16-17 IRB Rugby Sevens Twickenham, UK
21-24 Golf PGA Championship, England
21-25 Cricket England v New Zealand, Lord’s, UK
24 Indycar Indianapolis 500, USA
24 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
25-7/6 Tennis French Open, Paris
27 Football Europa League Final, Warsaw
27 Wrestling African Championships
30 Football FA Cup Final, Wembley, UK
30 Rugby Union Premiership Final, Twickenham, UK