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Saturday 20, Apr 2013

Costa Rican Team Accepts Three Positives

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Costa Rican Team Accepts Three Positives

One of the five major road teams of Costa Rica, the BCR-Pizza Hut-Powerade, has released a statement in which they have accepted that three of their riders from the last edition of the Vuelta a Costa Rica have returned positives with “GW-501516.” However, the same has not been officially revealed by the Costa Rican Cycling Federation (FECOCI).

The statement from the BCR-Pizza Hut-Powerade, signed by the team’s Directeur Sportif Albin Brenes, who is one of the most successful Costa Rican coaches and is also manager of the national mountain bike team, says some of our riders received a notification from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regarding Adverse Analytical Founds in some of their urine samples from the last Vuelta a Costa Rica and their names as of now will be kept in reserve as we respect their privacy until the process is finished. Brenes also remarked that his team instructed their men to request the B sample analysis and to apply for their right to have a representative when the containers are opened and added that our cyclists attended other anti-doping controls during the Vuelta itself and in several races before and after, but only one of their samples returned adverse.

In the team’s statement, Bernes said he would like to remind that – over the past 30 years – his team has produced great cyclists that have represented the country and gained prestige at a national, Central American, Pan American, Olympic, and World level and this is the first time they face a situation like this but we believe that with the help of God, their history, and all cycling fans, we will go on from it.

It is believed that Paulo Vargas, 33-year-old current National Mountain Bike Champion, who finished 9th overall in the Vuelta and won stages two and eleven, Pablo Mudarra, 21, 8th overall and current U23/Elite National Road Champion, Allan Morales, 24, who finished 4th in the 2012 Vuelta and achieved several top ten stage positions, and Steven Villalobos, a 26-year-old who raced for the Coronado team and finished 6th overall besides winning stage 12 which is considered the “queen stage” may have been involved.

Villalobos would face a lifetime ban if he accepts the A sample result or if the B sample confirms the initial positive as he had already served a two-year sanction following a positive test for Clomifen in the 2009 Vuelta a Costa Rica. Villalobos is expected to retire from cycling due to “personal motivations”.

Doctor Christian Moraga, a Costa Rican physician and member of the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) and UCI’s anti-doping commission, said that these adverse findings might result not only in a sanction for each of the riders but in a collective sanction for the team also. He added that in past situations, the National Anti-Doping Commission has taken into account the number of cases to determine if a team should be sanctioned and it depends on the mutual responsibilities that can be proved during the investigation process and if the evidence points towards an organized doping structure. He also added that we are very concerned not only because of the fact that there were four AAFs in the same event, but for the substance that was found as it is a lethal drug and the riders should know it.

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Friday 19, Apr 2013

New Tools In The Fight Against Doping, Says RAF Chief

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New Tools In The Fight Against Doping, Says RAF Chief

The president of the Russian Athletics Federation (RAF), Valentin Balakhnichev, does not describe the state of Russian sports as critical and cited many reasons for the increase in positive doping tests from Russian athletes.

Balakhnichev made these comments after Elena Churakova, the 26-year-old runner who competed for Russia in the London Olympics, was recently disqualified for a period of two years for doping. Elena is unable to take part in official athletics competitions until February 27, 2015 after he doping sample at the end of January 2013 was found to contain banned substances (metandion and testosterone). She last made the semi-finals at her Olympic Games.

The Russian Athletics Federation chief said we must be honest for our own sake and that of the sport and the recent disqualifications of Russian athletes were due to the anti-doping crackdown and the emergence of new tools to detect the very latest drugs. He added that the rigor of the anti-doping campaign is defined not only by our Federation’s new tools, but by the rules of the International Athletics Federation (IAF) and also remarked that it is also worth noting the amendments to the legislation of the Russian Federation. He also said that doping, just two years ago, was not classified as an offense under Russian law but henceforth, not only athletes can be punished, but also their attendants – particularly trainers.

Balakhnichev also said the independent anti-doping organization RUSADA, set up in 2010, is also helping to detect cases of doping in Russia and was created under the auspices of the Ministry of Sport, which has begun to allocate more money to combat doping. The RAF chief also cited an example and said there were no more than 500 doping tests annually five years ago in Russia, and said we took 3,500 samples last year and plan to take 5,000 this year.

He also said that the disqualification of Elena Churakova was not unexpected and remarked that one cannot fight doping without harsh sanctions. The president of the RAF also said we expect to see more disqualifications of Russian athletes due to the increase in doping tests and we should not be intimidated by that fact. He also said that international statistics show that 1-2 percent of samples always return a positive result and he would like to mention the new anti-doping lab, which develops new methods of diagnosis and maintains an ongoing dialogue with laboratories in other countries. The introduction of biological passports for athletes in Russia would be a key element in the fight against cheating, Balakhnichev also said and said biological passports are now widely used in cycling and have made the sport much cleaner and the Russian lab will also introduce biological passports as of January 1, 2014.

Meanwhile, Olga Kuzenkova, the 42-year-old champion in the hammer throw at the 2004 Olympic Games, received a ban of two years starting March 27, 2013 for doping and 43-year-old Svetlana Krivelyova who won bronze in the shot put, was also banned for two years, starting from April 2, 2013.

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Thursday 18, Apr 2013

Contador Confirms Participation After Return From Ban

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Contador Confirms Participation After Return From Ban

Alberto Contador, widely considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world, has confirmed that he has taken the decision to start la Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The Spanish professional cyclist, one of the five riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling, has been complaining of fatigue since falling ill during mid-March’s Tirreno-Adriatico. The rider finished third in the 2010 edition of la Flèche Wallonne and finished 11th in 2011 before he was retrospectively disqualified because of his 2010 Tour de France positive test for Clenbuterol.

Contador said the last week has been dedicated primarily to rest and added because he needed it, and he has only done two longer trainings, looking for the endurance you need for these races. The rider added that the idea is to test his condition and increase the chances of his team. He further added that Saxo-Tinkoff wanted him to be here and, of course, they are races that everyone likes to ride, but in preparing for the Tour de France it’s perhaps better to miss them and added but he only has to extend his competition schedule by another week, so he’ll try to do the best he can and said he will take a holiday before starting preparation for the Tour.

Contador has earned a reputation as an all-rounder, a cyclist who excels in all aspects of stage racing that are needed for high places in the general classification. His career has been marked by doping allegations. Alberto Contador was accused to be related with the Operación Puerto doping case and had to withdraw en masse from the 2006 Tour de France before it began and thereafter he was accused of doping after his victory in the race the following year. In 2007, German doping expert Werner Franke accused the cyclist of having taken drugs in the past and being prescribed a doping regimen by Eufemiano Fuentes, who was connected with Operación Puerto. In the year 2010, the cyclist announced that he had tested positive for Clenbuterol in a control taken during that year’s Tour de France, in which he finished as winner. The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, issued a statement reporting that the concentration was 50 picograms per milliliter, and that this was 400 times below the minimum standards of detection capability required by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport later announced that the Spanish cyclist be stripped from the results obtained in the 2010 Tour de France and later, which also caused him to lose his 2011 Giro d’Italia victory despite Alberto Contador claiming that the positive test for Clenbuterol was due to contaminated meat. The cyclist was, however, also suspended until 5 August 2012, and his contract with Team Saxo Bank was annulled and he joined the renamed Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff bank after completion of the ban. Upon his return, the Spanish cyclist competed in the 2012 Eneco Tour as preparation for the Vuelta a España where he finished 4th in the general classification and was later named leader of Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for the Vuelta a España.

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Wednesday 17, Apr 2013

Essendon Coach To Meet Anti-Doping Investigators

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Essendon Coach To Meet Anti-Doping Investigators

Withstanding intense pressure over the crisis surrounding AFL club Essendon, coach James Hird is about to tell anti-doping investigators his side of the story.

One of the central figures in the supplements case of the Bombers, Hird will meet the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Despite accusations against him, Hird has refused to stand down as the Australian Anti-Doping Agency and the Australian Football League continue their joint investigation into supplements given to the players last season.

Recently, Essendon commissioned an independent governance investigation into what chairman David Evans called “irregular practices” while the investigations of AFL and ASADA are probably months away from being resolved.

The pressure on the coach of Essendon ramped up dramatically last week after sports scientists Stephen Dank alleged that Hird had taken Hexarelin, which is a banned substance for players but not coaches. AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou made the stunning suggestion that Hird should consider stepping aside temporarily as the Bombers prepared for the match against Fremantle in Perth on Friday night. The coach however refused to stand down. In another development, there were also allegations doing the rounds that Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin had also taken Hexarelin. After this, AFL commissioner Bill Kelty admitted meeting the Essendon coach on the weekend to discuss the crisis.

Sports science guru Steve Dank, who was Essendon’s sports science chief last year and came into prominence in Australia as Des Hasler’s chief boffin at NRL club Manly Sea Eagles, accused Hird of injecting a WADA blacklisted drug and also said Essendon players were given the anti-obesity drug AOD9604 before and during the 2012 season. The sports scientist also claimed that he gave an extract to players from pig’s brain that is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the first milk from a mother cow and a bark extract. However, he said nothing he gave to the players was prohibited and said the supplements were safe. Replying to Dank’s claims, Hird said these claims are horrifying to me, and are being made by a person or people who appear determined to destroy my reputation and added that he have at all times fully adhered to, and promoted the WADA code and the AFL rules, and the code of ethics of the Essendon Football Club.

Hird was coping with the pressure, said Essendon assistant coach Mark Thompson and added that we cannot talk about Hird’s meeting with ASADA. Thompson also added that Hird needs support and care and he goes up and down, but he’s still coaching well and he’s strong as he is a strong man and he’s very, very determined. The assistant coach also remarked that Hird is doing his job and also said though the crisis has affected Hird to some extent, he is still very much focused. He also said that if we keep coaching well and the team keeps playing well and we find a way to get through what we’re getting through and we’re still able to do our job well, then that says a lot for our footy club.

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Tuesday 16, Apr 2013

Lance Armstrong’s 2001 Swiss Tests Not Positive

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Lance Armstrong’s 2001 Swiss Tests Not Positive

For many years everyone has believed that Lance Armstrong failed at least one doping test at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland, in particular for the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin, or EPO. Despite the cyclist admitting to doping to win seven straight Tour de France championships from 1999 to 2005, the matter of the 2001 Tour of Switzerland has remained contentious.

However, anti-doping officials have asserted that the tests of Armstrong were not positive but “suspicious” for erythropoietin. Moreover, UCI leaders have said there was nothing to cover-up for the 2001 Tour of Switzerland as the 41-year-old cyclist never tested positive. To confirm the claims, the lab reports during the Tour of Switzerland have now confirmed that Lance Armstrong never tested positive. However, two of his samples were, indeed, categorized as “highly suspicious” but after extensive testing, neither met the standard to be formally declared positive.

The lab results are included with a five-page letter sent from UCI president Pat McQuaid to World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman. USADA, copied on the letter, concerned with what it termed as “numerous inaccuracies and misstatements,” issued a response of seven pages on Friday, signed by general counsel William Bock III. McQuaid, in the UCI letter, asserts the lengthy explanation and the documents themselves “finally puts pay to the completely untrue allegations” of a positive 2001 test and “any subsequent cover-up by the UCI.”

McQuaid remarked that he reiterates therefore that not one of Armstrong’s samples could in any way have been considered to be positive results. The USADA made a response that it is now apparent that the UCI has long had in its possession multiple samples from Lance Armstrong that contained synthetic EPO and which raised strong concerns regarding the legitimacy of all of his competitive results since at least 1999. It added that it is shocking and disheartening that the UCI would accept cash payments from Armstrong after the UCI had test results in its possession demonstrating that Armstrong’s samples contained synthetic EPO.

The UCI President says the world governing body of cycling would be “very grateful” if WADA or USADA would make a public statement “confirming the information in this letter,” keeping in mind the “great damage” done to UCI’s reputation “by these false and scurrilous allegations.”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency, while replying to the letter, said documents the UCI turned over were “quite incomplete” but also says USADA is thankful that the UCI has now belatedly come around to USADA’s position that it is appropriate for the UCI to share with USADA and others in the sports world Armstrong’s test results.

Lance Armstrong was tested five times during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland – on June 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28 and three of those five included EPO tests – June 19, 26, and 27; all the tests were conducted at the accredited lab at Lausanne, Switzerland. The world’s governing body of cycling says every analysis result for Lance Armstrong is reported by the lab as being negative. The UCI letter also says the June 19 sample was originally tested on July 6; the June 26 sample on July 12. They were sent to and received by the cycling federation after the July 7 start of the 2001 Tour de France.

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Monday 15, Apr 2013

Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

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Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

The investigation by Major League Baseball of an anti-aging clinic that was linked with the supply of performance enhancing drugs to baseball players has taken a new turn with the office of the commissioner paying a former employee of the facility for documents related to the case.

Reports also suggested that at least one player, possibly Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) linked to the clinic has purchased documents from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them. Many other players have also made attempts to buy the potentially incriminating documents related to the baseball doping scandal to keep them out of the hands of baseball’s investigators. The New York Times first reported the purchase by MLB and added that MLB investigators have ”what they believe is evidence” that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records. Although the information received by MLB regarding Rodriguez seems credible, it has no hard evidence to connect the Yankees star to such a purchase, according to ESPN. But A-Rod’s problems can resurface if the Major League Baseball can obtain either physical evidence or sworn statements, in which case the baseball player could face suspension from baseball, and could also face possible criminal charges.

The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth’s record by over a year. The star baseball player has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

Since baseball has no subpoena power, its officials were compelled to pay money for documents as its officials had been concerned that more than one player was trying to do the same. The payments are not expected to exceed several thousand dollars.

The now-closed South Florida clinic that operated under the name Biogenesis of America is suspected of providing performance enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, and Yasmani Grandal and even Ryan Braun.

Previously, a request by Commissioner Bud Selig through two of his top deputies — Rob Manfred and Pat Courtney – was declined by the Miami New Times that was first reported the case after which the MLB filed a lawsuit against six people with connections to the Biogenesis clinic. In the lawsuit, MLB accused the clinic of damaging the sport by providing players with banned substances and the banned drugs supplied included testosterone, human growth hormone, and human chorionic gonadotropin.

In the past, Alex Rodriguez was linked to a Canadian doctor who pleaded guilty in the United States to offering banned substances to players. The Yankees player met with baseball investigators on the matter and denied taking any banned substances from the doctor but his claims were somehow insufficient for the authorities though the federal authorities did not provide all the facts of the case.

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Sunday 14, Apr 2013

NRL To Launch Whistleblower Program

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NRL To Launch Whistleblower Program

The Australian National Rugby League has come up with an eight-page whistleblower blueprint of the Whistleblower Protection Program (WPP) and the same has been circulated to all 16 clubs in the wake of the ASADA investigation.

The league recently established an integrity unit and a hotline to call with information about doping offenses and this policy makes it clear that whistleblowers will be granted immunity as an incentive. A few months back, there was a push by NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert to electronically audit clubs, inserting computer chips to download files from their hard drives just before Christmas.

The Whistleblower Protection Program may be implemented by the NRL to show to its stakeholders that every move is being reported or monitored and this latest development will be a drive towards self-policing, with officials, players, and even members of the general public encouraged to tip-off information about doping violations, match-fixing or common disciplinary breaches. The blueprint reads: The NRL should promote a culture that encourages the reporting of (misconduct) by implementing a policy for granting administrative immunity for whistleblowers.

Meanwhile, the National Rugby League has justified the whistleblower program as another measure of good corporate governance and transparency and a spokesman said if you’re going to set it up, then you have to go the whole way and put the right structures in place and this structure will include two new roles at League Central wherein a Whistleblower Protection Officer will be appointed to liaise with the informant and assure their complete anonymity while a Whistleblower Investigation Officer will then conduct an inquiry into the complaint before passing on his or her findings directly to NRL boss Dave Smith. The entire process would begin with a phone call to a 1300 hotline, an email to a dedicated address or letter to a specific post office box.

The document reads the importance of reporting corrupt and illegal practices and the NRL’s reasons for such reporting should be part of a formalized training program and this should be done as part of any NRL induction and via ongoing training emphasizing the undesirability of malicious or vexatious reporting and those who come forward with false or vindictive complaints could find themselves in the firing line. Whistleblowers will be granted “administrative immunity” from disciplinary proceedings as long as they have not engaged in serious misconduct or illegal activity and players & officials will be regularly educated about the importance of reporting misconduct.

The league has already been approached with two companies with offers to collect the information, with STOPline the preferred provider thanks to its work with Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner. At this point of time, the document is adamant that the stakeholders must be indoctrinated from the moment they join the game. The trick will be to encourage players and officials to actually use the hotline. Meanwhile, many officials, players and agents were shocked and underwhelmed about the concept of the Australian National Rugby League encouraging a culture of dobbing. The NRL, however, remarked that the program won’t be implemented until feedback is gathered from the clubs, who received the document last month.

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Saturday 13, Apr 2013

French Rugby Doping Comments Labeled ‘Degrading’

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French Rugby Doping Comments Labeled ‘Degrading’

In a statement, the players’ union for French rugby, Provale, has denounced allegations from former international prop Laurent Benezech that doping is rife in French rugby as “degrading”.

In an interview, the ex-Harlequin and Top 14 champion with Racing Metro, Benezech said the comments alluding to Carillo facing health risks because of his size and the strain on his body were wide of the mark, going on to say that in French rugby we cannot say that we weren’t warned about the potential for doping. He also added that the way rugby has evolved over a short period of time is similar to changes seen in professional cycling during the 90s.

Benezech added that we went from 20 minutes of effective action [in open play] to 30 minutes at the end of the 1990s which was the normal evolution due to the players becoming professionals but now we’re explaining, even though we’re already at 40 minutes, that we can hit 50 and even 60 that is what happened in cycling at the end of the 1990s when logic saw us lengthening the Tour de France’s stages and increasing the difficulties without it posing any problems physically to the riders. The former Toulouse, Racing-Metro, and Harlequins prop had claimed that rugby’s authorities were turning a blind eye to doping in rugby.

The release of the statement was prompted by comments from the former French international that the heart condition of Bayonne back-rower Francois Carillo that prompted his recent retirement could be linked to the use of human growth hormone. Fumed Benezech said we have been told he was unlucky and it’s due to the precarious health of someone of his considerable size.

In response to the allegations, the Provale statement said suggesting that all rugby players today are taking human growth hormone based on anatomical observations or worse, suggesting the Francois Carillo drama is related to doping, is degrading for the one who says it and unacceptable for rugby players. Provale also called for Benezech to provide proof to support his claims and said it is up to those who accuse to prove their assertions and not for sportsmen to incessantly demonstrate their good faith in the face of rumors.

Doping in rugby has caught the attention of the general public ever since the former France halfback Jean-Pierre Elissalde claimed amphetamines were widely taken in the sport during the 1970s and 1980s. The former French halfback also admitted to doping during his career. A few days back, a high-ranking French anti-doping official claimed rugby had returned the highest proportion of positive dope tests in France in 2012. French anti-doping agency (AFLD) director of testing Francoise Lasne had claimed that rugby had returned the highest proportion of positive tests in France in 2012. But many believe that the sport is still doing good as this was found from only 588 controlled tests with the French Rugby Federation pointing to only two lengthy bans being handed out as punishment. After this, Provale remarked that if, with two doped players, rugby is the sport most affected by doping then that is good news for sport in France.

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Friday 12, Apr 2013

Essendon Coach Under Doping Siege

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Essendon Coach Under Doping Siege

The role of coach James Hird in the doping scandal of Essendon is set to come under fresh scrutiny after the former sports scientist of Bombers, Stephen Dank, alleged he injected Hird with a substance which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The ex-sports scientist, who has done only one other media interview since the Essendon scandal broke, confirmed some of the substances he said he administered to players and coaches during his time at the club. Dank alleged that he injected Essendon coach with Hexarelin, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2004 despite detailed discussions between him and the coach about it that can promote the levels of human growth hormone in the body.

In a statement, Hird said he had no idea of what he was asked to take and said Dank was ‘determined to destroy my reputation.’ The statement said, the coach of Essendon have at all times fully adhered to, and promoted the WADA code and the AFL ruled, and the code of ethics of the Essendon Football Club. Hird has not broken the WADA code by taking Hexareline, even if Dank’s allegations are true, as he is a coach and not an athlete but he maintains that no league rules have been breached by him. Hird remarked that he just can’t wait to get in and talk to ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and the AFL and cannot wait to clear his name once he has gone and talked to ASADA and the AFL.

A club source said the allegations were outrageous and the club would not rest until the reputation of the high-profile coach was cleared. In a recently-released report, it was also revealed under the claims of Dank that players were administered AOD9604, an anti-obesity drug that WADA says should be classified as banned. However, the legal team of the club insisted that it wasn’t on any banned list when it was part of Dank’s controversial program.

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said allegations that Hird was injected with a drug were “very serious” but added that speculation over whether Hird would stand down should be put off until the ASADA investigation was complete. Essendon chairman David Evans remarked James Hird is a person of great respect of this club and indeed the football community, and the board will not be making decisions on the next steps until the process of the review and the investigation take their course.

Meanwhile, former ASADA chief executive Richard Ings has called for coaches to be subject to the same WADA code as athletes and remarked that coaches under the World Anti-Doping Agency code are not banned from the use of any performance enhancing drugs, which would be banned for the use by their players. He added that when one looks at this case, it is a question as to whether those in a position of leadership who are asking players not to be involved in the use of taking performance-enhancing drugs should, even if allowed to, be using performance enhancing drugs themselves and went on to say that so that’s certainly an ethical issue but from a rule perspective, there is nothing to stop a coach from using performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 11, Apr 2013

Russia Is Making Anti-Doping Progress

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Russia Is Making Anti-Doping Progress

Russia, the host of World Athletics championships, has rejected claims that it is soft on doping and added the exposure of a spate of high-profile cheats was because of a step forward in testing.

Russia is keen to showcase its fight against doping as it prepares to host the World Athletics championships in August in Moscow and then the Winter Olympics in February next year in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

In recent months, a number of Russian athletes including 2004 Olympic hammer champion Olga Kuzenkova have been banned for doping rule violations that has prompted calls in some quarters for Moscow to be stripped of its right to host the championships later this year. However, the chief of the Russian athletics federation said the country had dramatically changed its approach in the fight against doping.

Balakhnichev said the national anti-doping agency RUSADA was created three years ago to keep the use of drugs in sports under control and it went to change the situation radically as the Russian sports ministry upgraded the technical equipment of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory up to the highest modern standards and increased the level of its staff’s skills. He added the concept has already started paying off as the laboratory is not only testing but also regularly working out new methods of analysis that are currently used worldwide.

In March this year, British long jumper Jade Johnson said Moscow did not deserve to hold the championships because of its record of doping scandals. UK Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson has also called for an investigation. However, Balakhnichev refuted the claims and said the British should look after their own house and remarked the British coaches and athletes should better watch closely what’s going on closer to home and it is best for all to withdraw from issuing any labels.

The Russian athletics federation chief added a set of serious problems in world sport in general and Russian athletics in particular is exposed by the introduction of biological passports for athletes and went on to add that he believes the main reasons for doping are the high financial motivation of success in modern athletics and a severe lack of educational work with athletes. He also remarked that children’s and youth sports schools were in charge of educational work with young athletes, together with the country’s youth public organizations in Soviet times but we lost the moral standards that prevented the athletes from cheating after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The chief admitted that RUSADA dealt with doping only at elite sports level and ignore youth sports where banned substances were widespread and concluded that he believes we should keep the entire sports pyramid — from children’s sports up to the world class athletes — in our country under complete control to win the battle against doping. The chief also said the easy accessibility of banned drugs in Russia via the Internet was also to blame for the increasing number of doping cases in the country and argued that Russia should adopt laws that would allow the criminal prosecution of doping cheats.

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