BEIJING nike air max thea herre norge , April 6 (Xinhua) -- China's Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist and former world record holder Liu Xiang is to announce his retirement on Tuesday, April 7. Why Liu Xiang decides to retire now, who actually has not competed since his withdrawal from the London Olympics.

It's already over 900 days since Liu Xiang pulled out of the London Games 110m hurdles. No fans believe he will return to action again as he is 32 years old and is away from races so long, but what makes this much anticipated retirement prolonged?

On February, his coach Sun Haiping said: "Liu Xiang has his first try on wearing track shoes (since London Olympics) on December last year nike air max thea dame norge , but his Archilles tendon reacted negatively and we have to give up (seeking return)."

"We will see what his physical condition will be when the climate turns warm. At that time, I think we have to make the final decision (to be back or to retire)," added Sun, implying the consideration of Liu's retirement.

According to Liu Xiang's team doctor, Liu Xiang can manage only 13.50 seconds if he returns nike air max thea grå , which can not guarantee his qualification for top races.

It's time to announce retirement also because it's time for a batch of Liu Xiang's commercial sponsorships expire.

Liu Xiang has a total of 17 sponsor contracts at the same time when he's in his career peak after winning the 110m hurdles Olympic champion at Athens 2004. The accumulative value from those sponsors is estimated worthy of 1 billion yuan RMB (160 million dollars). As long as these sponsors last, Liu Xiang would rather to stay on as an active athlete than a retiree.

The retirement date selection even comes for a purpose. A sponsor for Liu Xiang has bought a whole page on an influential sports printed media for promotion on April 8. In this sponsor's scheme, the commercial impact imaged Liu Xiang would be a big hit on April 8 if Liu Xiang gives retiring announcement on April 7.

Liu became China's first male Olympic champion in athletics when he won the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Games, equalling Briton Colin Jackson's world record of 12.91 seconds. Three years later he won a world championship gold in Osaka, Japan.

Liu bettered the world record to 12.88 seconds in Lausanne nike air max thea hvit , Switzerland in July 2006. Aries Merritt of the United States is current world record holder in 12.80.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, Liu limped off in a first-round heat with an aggravated Achilles tendon injury following another runner's false start.

Four year later at London Olympics, Liu Xiang pulled out the competition again for a similar claimed reason.

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on Friday revealed its plan to lift close to 7.9 million rural Ethiopians from absolute poverty.

The ministry, currently evaluating major activities implemented during the just concluded 2016-2017 fiscal year nike air max thea svart , revealed the East African country's plan to improve the economic conditions of 7.9 million Ethiopians, mainly in the rural part of the country.

Ethiopia, as part of its agenda 2025, aspires to become a middle-income country.

Damene Darota, Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources nike air max thea norge , indicated that the plan is part of Ethiopia's second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), due effective from 2015 to 2020.

Close to 6.6 million of them, who are able to engage in various economic activities, were provided the opportunity to participate through climate conservation, irrigation development nike air max 2017 norge , and similar other agricultural activities during the past 6 months, Darota indicated.

Darota said the remaining 1.3 million economically deprived citizens, who are either physically disabled or older people, are receiving support from the government.

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Several "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished nike air max 90 dame norge , Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off.

A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, ended in January after no trace of the aircraft was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46 nike air max 90 norge ,000 square mile) zone in the remote southern Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast.

But expert research in April and December suggested that MH370 was most likely lying north of that zone, identifying an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometres with the highest probability of containing the wreckage.

On Wednesday, two new studies said photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane's disappearance, but not released to the public www.saybird.com , showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so-called "northern area".

Released by Australia's national science body CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, the reports said 12 of the objects were "probably man made".

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