Increased cyber security, trial updates and abusive Kenyan sport agents

It’s a quiet news day, so here are just a few articles worth mentioning. Yesterday, Japan launched its first cybersecurity drill upon its government. Japan carried out its drill by inviting ethical hackers to break into its system to determine how secure the government departments’ servers are. Japan attributed the increase in security measures partially to the fact that they’re behind the U.S. in cybersecurity technology. In addition, there has been an increase in the frequency of cyberattacks within the last year, according to the National Institute of Information and Communications. Add that to the incoming 2020 Olympics in Japan, and the desire to bolster the security furthers this need.

Keeping up with the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa, news that came out on Monday showed that carelessness and posting on media websites lead to terrible results. At the trial, it was discovered that Pistorius tweeted the following post in November 2012: “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking it’s an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!” Although Pistorius later deleted the tweet, the damage was already done. In addition, evidence was introduced in the form of a questionnaire Pistorius filled out previously in order to obtain his firearm license. Pistorius’ answers to the questionnaire illustrated his knowledge of the proper use of firearms. For instance, one question was “Explain the legal requirements when using a firearm for private use.” Pistorius answered: “Attack must be against you, it must be unlawful, it must be against persons.”

Yesterday, Kenyan president Isaiah Kiplagat admonished its coaches about the dangers of “exploitative agents,” and urged them to keep an eye out on their athletes to ensure the athletes avoid them. Apparently, the success of the young Kenyan athletes in cross-country has attracted lion-like agents to “pounce” on young athletes for their own benefit. While the article fails to provide specific stories or details of the evils of the ravaging agents, it is implied that many of these agents take advantage of young rising stars by offering money to the families, selling off the athlete to another agent, and leaving them in a position where the athlete’s career is destroyed.

Yesterday, IAAF launched, a website that allows non-elite runners from around the world to compare their times against their peers from around the world. By entering in information, runners can obtain a global ranking and see where they stand. The website boasts that its ” ranking system is based on a complex algorithm factoring times, number of races completed, weather, terrain and age. It is designed to be easy to use, enabling runners to record their race results and track their progress online.” The website also contains information regarding ” event listings, training advice and injury support, as well as exclusive elite athlete interviews, reports and features.” IAAF President Lamime Diack believes that this website will connect runners from around the world to foster the “big track family” relationship.

March Madness begins in just a couple of days, but for some people, the bracketology does not just apply to college basketball. The Daily Relay came up with a college bracket for collegiate track and field teams. It isn’t complete yet – the user must continue to visit the website for updates (the next one debuting on Thursday), but it is a neat concept.

Interesting note: running a marathon out of the country is a good enough excuse to defer jury duty if you’re a good enough athlete: Portlander Ryan Vail will compete at the London Marathon in early April. Multnomah County has accepted Vail’s excuse to run the marathon in London.

Finally, here’s an article about how far one can throw baked beans, the discus and promoting track and field are all related.



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