ON YOUR MARKS — March

Triple jumper Tori Franklin received Honorable Mention status in our U.S. Indoor AOY honors after an American Record. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

MICHIGAN’S NEW INDOOR track facility is being set up as an overflow hospital to deal with COVID-19 cases…

The Athletes Village from the ’19 Pan-Am Games in Lima is also being transformed into a medical facility during the pandemic…

Tokyo’s governer wants the Olympic road events moved from Sapporo back to the capital city…

Sandi Morris is returning to her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, to train. Her father is building a runway and pit near the family home, she explains: “He’s been talking about it for the last 3 months.”…

While much of the world has been understandably focused on the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, former World high jump champ Blanka Vlašić has set up a fundraising drive called Athletes For Zagreb after a 5.4 earthquake hit the Croatian capital on March 22…

A bit late, but in March Kara Goucher finally received a silver medal from the ’07 World Champs 10,000. Goucher got the promotion from bronze when the original runner-up, Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse, showed up positive in a ’15 retest of her Osaka sample…

Help wanted: World Athletics is seeking to hire a Director Of Legal & Business Affairs…

British sprint star Dina Asher-Smith won a special honor of sorts, with a Barbie Doll produced in her image. “I hope little girls will see my doll and be inspired to take up and continue to enjoy sports,” she says…

European Athletics head Svein Arne Hansen suffered a serious stroke in March. The organization’s first VP, Dobromir Karamarinov, has been named interim chief during the Norwegian veteran’s recovery…

Athletics Canada has banned former Olympic coach Dave Scott-Thomas for life after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were reported…

Noted high jump coach John Rembao, who had been placed on temporary suspension by the U.S. Center For SafeSport in December, is the subject of a class action lawsuit against the NCAA. Three former jumpers—Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson—say that the NCAA failed to protect them from dozens of incidents of sexual harassment and abuse by Rembao…

Two Jamaican stars have married: 2-time Oly 4×1 gold medalist Kemar Bailey-Cole and ’17 World Champs bronze 400 hurdler Ristananna Tracey…

Nigeria and Morocco have been added to the AIU’s Category A (highest risk of doping); they join Bahrain, Belarus, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ukraine (Russia is excluded because of its ban).

Aarne Kainlauri of Finland, 104, died in March. He was the oldest living track & field Olympian. He placed 10th in the steeple in ’48…

Pearson Jordan of Barbados, part of LSU’s NCAA-scoring 4×1 in ’79, became the first known Olympic track fatality from COVID-19…

Two members of Botswana’s 4×4 team were involved in a March car crash. Baboloki Thebe (44.02 PR) was unhurt, but Onkabetse Nkobolo (45.10) sustained possible spinal injuries…

Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has started a gofundme for fellow Jamaican Kemoy Campbell, who was forced to retire last year after his heart stopped at the Millrose Games. Campbell suffered another cardiac incident in March…

Rob Chakraverty, who gave Mo Farah an infusion of L-Carnitine prior to the ’14 London Marathon but neglected to record the levels, has resigned as British team doctor.

The British Olympic Association has agreed to relax its enforcement of controversial IOC Rule 40 so that athletes have more freedom to acknowledge their sponsors. The athletes group that negotiated this was led by sprinter Adam Gemili…

A Japanese businessman has reportedly been paid $8.2 million by the Tokyo ’20 bid committee and now he admits to lobbying IOC members with expensive gifts. He denies paying cash bribes, however…

A bailout for “amateur” sports? The USOPC has asked Congress for $200 million in relief in light of the pandemic-caused cancellations hitting all of its sports. The organization says that all the funds would go to athletes and NGBs…

Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star warns that C19 could lead to big college budget cuts that will affect non-revenue sports. “The trickle-down effect, sport by sport, could change the landscape of college sports for the next decade or more. What could change? Almost anything and everything. The little guy will get hit first.”…

CAS may begin its hearings on Russia’s lawsuit against WADA in July. Currently the court has suspended all in-person hearings but has allowed for video conferencing…

Olympic Trials marathon surprise Molly Seidel announced the publication of a new book, Run Fast. Eat Dough. She explained, “For years we’ve dreamed of writing the first cookbook for runners that has zero regard to calories, fat, or nutrition guidelines in general. From maple bacon donuts to elegant eclairs & chocolate croissants, we packed this book with over 200 pages of mouth-watering pastry recipes, amazing pictures, and a whole lot of dough.”… Alas, the tease came on April Fools’ Day. ◻︎

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