Torrence makes late exit as Nigeria's presence disrupts calm
Friday 01 August 1997
Torrence, 32, was granted a wild card by the International Amateur Athletic Federation to defend the title she won two years ago in Gothenburg, after knee and leg injuries kept her out of the US trials.
However, Ashland Whitfield, the US Track and Field's national team co- ordinator, said yesterday: "I got a phone call from one of her agents last night to say that Gwen had withdrawn from the championships. She did not give a specific reason and I did not ask." Earlier this month Torrence pulled out of the Nice Grand Prix on the eve of the meeting, again without giving an explanation.
A European Union ban on sporting contacts with Nigeria in protest of its human rights record has failed to keep the African nation from attending the Championships.
"The [EU] restrictions are absolutely not affecting track and field," Giorgio Reineri, a spokesman for the IAAF, said. He added the biennial event will start with a record 200 nations and without a single outcast.
Human rights activists criticised the failure to apply sporting sanctions. "It is absolutely appalling to have World Championships in an EU country in contradiction with the EU common position," Lotte Leicht, the European Director of Human Rights Watch, said.
The 15 EU nations, including Greece, imposed sanctions on Nigeria on 4 December 1995 after the military regime of General Sani Abacha executed nine opponents, including the author and human rights activist, Ken Saro- Wiwa.
The sanctions included a ban on Nigerian sports teams competing at events in EU countries.
Latest in Sport
England vs India report: England expects as Bell, Ballance and Buttler make B-line for victory
Louis van Gaal says he is inheriting a 'broken' Manchester United squad
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Manchester City's #AskJesus Twitter takeover quickly descends into chaos as Premier League champions are trolled relentlessly
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
£450 - £500 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: PMO Manager - 6 month co...
£20 - £22 per hour + competitive: Orgtel: Senior Fund Administrator, Top Four ...
£7 per hour: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to have a better wo...
£50000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: A Microsoft Dynamics CRM...