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Burkina Faso has Bagged its First Ever Medal at the World Athletics Championships

Triple jumper Fabrice Zango took home the bronze and set an African record in Doha, Qatar.

The seventeenth edition of the World Athletics Championships, which are organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), kicked off last week Friday in Doha, Qatar. The international sporting event features an array of track and field competitive sports including athletics, high jump, triple jump, discus throwing, shot put and several others. Fabrice Zango, a triple jumper from Burkina Faso, set an African record of 17.66m and took home the bronze medal—the first ever medal from the World Athletics Championships for the West African country, the BBC reports.


Just earlier this year, Zango set an African record of 17.58m for triple jumping at the Indoor Meeting de Paris. The 2018 African Champion in the men's triple jump, Zango attributes his successes to training with the former World Indoor and Outdoor Champion, Teddy Tamgho of France. Speaking about his win, Zango said that, "Finally Burkina Faso enters into world athletics." He added that, "I hope many medals will follow. They are celebrating now in Burkina Faso and I can only imagine how it will be when I get there."

Zango competed with Christian Taylor, a four-time World Championship winner and his fellow American rival, Will Claye. Taylor took home the gold medal with a distance of 17.92m (his season best) while Claye followed closely in second place with a distance of 17.74m.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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