Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Cotto Loses WBC Part of Middleweight Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Cotto Loses WBC Part of Middleweight Title

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Cotto loses WBC piece of middleweight title

Miguel Cotto has lost his piece of the middleweight title even before his fight Saturday night with Canelo Alvarez.

The WBC said Tuesday it has stripped Cotto of the title for not agreeing to the organization's rules, which reportedly included paying a sanctioning fee to the organization in return for the WBC title being at stake in the middleweight showdown.

The WBC issued a release saying that Alvarez will be regarded as its champion if he wins the fight, but the title will be vacated if Cotto wins.

Though the fight was technically a middleweight title bout, it is being fought at a catch weight of 155 pounds instead of the 160- pound limit.

IAAF investigating Kenya for doping * The IAAF has been investigating alleged doping cover-ups in Kenya since last March, track and field's world governing body said Tuesday.

Confirmation of the investigation into Kenya by the IAAF's ethics commission came four days after Russia was suspended from international track competition for a state-sponsored doping program outlined in a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.

"An IAAF staff member referred allegations of the covering up of doping in Kenya to the IAAF Ethics Commission in March of 2015," the federation said in an email to The Associated Press.

Allegations have been made by German broadcaster ARD that Kenyan track officials were extorting money from athletes and coaches to cover up failed drug tests, or in return for lenient doping bans.

A Kenyan athletics coach recently told the AP he knew of three marathon runners who bribed officials to get more lenient punishments after failing doping tests. The coach, Paul Simbolei, made the larger accusations to ARD of officials demanding money or a share of an athlete's winnings in exchange for concealing doping. …

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