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Sunday 21, Jul 2013

Tour Of Turkey Title Of Sayar At Risk

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Tour Of Turkey Title Of Sayar At Risk

Mustafa Sayar, after being tested positive for a banned substance, may be stripped of his historic Tour of Turkey title. In case his suspension goes ahead, it will be the second straight year that the winner of the Turkish tour is hit with a doping ban.

The 24-year-old Sayar was provisionally suspended July 15 after testing positive for the blood-boosting hormone EPO at an earlier race. Sayar had traces of EPO in a urine sample given at the Tour of Algeria on March 11 where he finished second, according to an announcement by the International Cycling Union. Sayar won his home country’s signature event, an eight-day stage race, in April to become the first Turk to win the trophy after the tour reached a higher profile in the last six years, attracting more Pro and Pro Continental teams.

Meanwhile, Sayar has denied doping and said the correct procedure was not followed by the Châtenay Malabry lab in question and suggesting that there may be a conspiracy. The rider added that the laboratory may be working against him as he defeated three French riders in the Turkish race. Sayar added the CML [the Châtenay Malabry lab – ed.] has opened my B sample, informing me and claiming the urine given by me was insufficient and they’d need more for additional tests and analysis. He said the lab officials said even if you don’t agree, we have to open it and the lab has taken urine from the B sample and declared it as A sample. If the doping offense of Sayar is confirmed, African road race champion Natnael Berhane of Eritrea will gain the title.

Bulgaria’s Ivailo Gabrovski, last year’s winner of Tour of Turkey, was stripped of his title after he tested positive for doping. The title for Sayar, a relatively unknown athlete, raised many eyebrows with German sprinter Marcel Kittel writing a dubious comment on Twitter that [It is] not often in my life [that I am] so angry about a result of someone else and I see many people around me feeling the same. The same was followed by a tweet from Danish cycling club Team Saxo-Tinkoff who remarked a very surprising stage win by Mustafa Sayar.

After the tweets, Sayar remarked that he is a clean and credible winner and even distanced himself from Gabrovski, a former Konya Torku Şeker teammate. At a post-race press conference on April 26, Sayar said cycling is a very difficult sport and every cyclist sometimes has these kinds of difficulties in their careers and Gabrovski was a very good sportsman, but he was too ambitious in doing such a thing and I don’t think I will have the same situation.

In the last few years, many Turkish athletes have tested positive for doping. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) launched a doping investigation in May into two of Turkey’s top track and field stars, Olympic 1,500m gold medalist Aslı Çakır Alptekin and two-times defending European 100m hurdles champion Nevin Yanıt. After this, both athletes were provisionally suspended from all international competitions and face being stripped of their gold medals. Eight weightlifters and 13 track and field athletes also tested positive for banned substances in other competitions.

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Saturday 20, Jul 2013

Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

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Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has expressed her disappointment at the doping scandal that has gripped top sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

The 26-year-old Pearson, who won the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 meters hurdles and a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, said it is disappointing that these things happen, but it’s good that WADA or whatever doping agency is keeping on top of the athletes. She added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and comment or have an opinion on it as you can be quite close to these athletes at the same time.

The reigning world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion added that we like to compete cleanly and fairly and also remarked that you’ve just got to keep going and working hard and being really diligent about what goes into your body and who you trust.

World and Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, a teammate of Gay’s on the US team, said it is unfortunate for the sport that we even have to discuss it but added that it is good to have these organizations to stay on top of things from a sports standpoint. American high jump star Brigetta Barrett, the Olympic silver medalist in the London Games, remarked that it was always shocking when your heroes have fallen and you don’t expect these people to have positive tests. Barrett urged for a better distribution of finances among athletes to close the gap that causes possible desperation. Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, remarked it never crossed my mind that they were doping and added that you have to make sure you’re responsible for what’s going into your body.

Meanwhile, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle from Jamaica became the latest casualty of doping but remarked that he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. The discus thrower remarked he regretted the “hurt and embarrassment” his failed test caused a country that is still digesting news of positive tests from two high-profile sprinters and another discus thrower. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) notified Smikle of the positive test after his urine sample from the Jamaica National Trials in June returned an adverse analytical finding. Smikle joined former world 100 meters record-holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 4x100m relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson, and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall, as athletes from Jamaica to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials.

In a statement, Smikle said he is very saddened and surprised personally by these findings, as he has never attempted to cheat and have always considered himself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing. The 21-year-old Smikle has requested analysis of his ‘B’ sample said he and was willing to work with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in any investigation to get this matter dealt with in the best way possible.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall acknowledged receipt of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) notification of her adverse finding for a banned diuretic but denied knowingly taking a performance-enhancing substance.

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Friday 19, Jul 2013

News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

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On Thursday, Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica walked out of a news conference after they were asked about the environment in their teams after the recent failed doping tests for Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. The sprinters had requested not to be quizzed about doping but abruptly get up and left after they were asked about doping.

Powell, the former 100-meter record holder, and Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters in the U.S. trials last month, were notified of a positive doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this month. Tyson Gay may face a ban of two years if his ‘B’ sample also proves positive.

Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. In May, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.

However, Australian hurdler Sally Pearson, American high jumper Brigetta Barrett, and sprinter Justin Gatlin didn’t follow Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and didn’t shy away from discussing the issue of doping.

Gatlin, a former Olympic and world champion who was suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance in 2006, remarked you have to make sure that you’re responsible for what’s going into your body and who’s around you. He added that is one thing that he has learnt when everything happened with him and said you got to move forward.

Barrett, who won the U.S. trials with a personal best of 2.04, said he had not expected the doping test announcements and said you are always shocked by the news when your ‘heroes’ have fallen and it does feel like a shock because he didn’t expect those people to have a positive test. Barrett added that his heart and prayers go out to Gay and anybody else having to deal with the consequences of a positive test result and went on to remark that he can only pray that they could deal with it with grace and that other people can treat them accordingly.

Pearson highlighted the work of anti-doping authorities around the world while saying doping has returned to plague the image of the sport. He said it is disappointing that these things happen but at the same time, she guesses it’s good that whatever doping agency is doing it is keeping on top of the athletes. Pearson added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and it’s a shame that you have to comment on it and have a feeling and an opinion about what’s happened, because it’s hard as we know these athletes personally as well and it can be difficult.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle became the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to have a positive doping test. Smikle said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance and said in a statement that he as an athlete takes responsibility for whatever is found in his body but he would like to say that he did not knowingly or willfully ingest any banned substance.

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Thursday 18, Jul 2013

Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

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Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the world’s fastest men, have failed drug tests. The doping test failures have once again highlighted the growing influence of performance enhancing drugs among professional athletes.

The two athletes tested positive for a banned substance at an out-of-competition test on 16 May 2013. The 30-year-old Tyson Gay is the second fastest man of all time and has already backed off the USA’s World Championships team and Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Powell, on the other hand, has clocked 9.88s in 100m and is one of the five Jamaican athletes – two in field events and three sprinters – who returned adverse findings following the tests conducted at their National Trials, staged in Kingston from June 20th-23rd. Powell tested positive for banned drug Oxilofrine that is a stimulant used for improving ability of the body to burn fat and get more lean muscle and less fat and for increasing speed.

The one-time poster boy for clean athletics, Gay once signed up to Project Believe, a US Anti-Doping Agency initiative paving the way for extra drug testing. Gay remarked his career and name have always been better than medals or records or anything like that. He added that he has always wanted a clean name with anything and unfortunately he has to break this news, that he has a positive A sample. Tyson Gay further remarked that he doesn’t have a sabotage story and he doesn’t have any lies. He added that he does not have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games and added that he doesn’t have any of those stories and added that he basically put his trust in someone and was let down.

Meanwhile, the trainer of Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, Chris Xuereb, has refuted claims by Powell’s agent Paul Doyle after Powell and three-times Olympic medalist Sherone Simpson both tested positive for the same banned stimulant Oxilofrine. In a statement, Xuereb remarked it is time that the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat. He further added that he is disappointed that that these athletes have chosen to blame him for their own violations. Xuereb also said he did recommend some vitamins and all were purchased over the counter at reputable nutritional stores and are major brands and the athletes didn’t inform him of taking any other additional supplementation.

The 28-year-old Simpson, who finished equal second in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens 4×100 meters relay, also denied knowingly taking a banned substance. Gay, the 2007 world 100 and 200 champion, remarked he couldn’t reveal the substance or how the positive occurred.

In a statement, Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said it is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete and added that he looked to the United States Anti-Doping Agency to handle the case appropriately. Four-time Olympic medalist and sprint analyst Ato Boldon said Asafa and Tyson are certainly two people who a lot of track fans have loved and admired for a long time and they failed drug tests unfortunately.

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Wednesday 17, Jul 2013

Chris Froome Must Get Used To Answering Doping Questions, Says Holm

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Chris Froome Must Get Used To Answering Doping Questions, Says Holm

Chris Froome of Team Sky and other professional cycling stars must get used to batting away questions about doping as past controversies mean cycling deserves to be treated with suspicion, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Danish sporting director Brian Holm said.

On the Tour de France’s first rest day, Holm said people keep bringing it up because we deserve it, so you cannot be angry about being asked the question. He added that we have got a strong tradition for doping in cycling and we’ve been lying for so many years. The Danish sporting director, who himself admitted to doping while riding during the 1990s, made these comments after many doubted the extraordinary performance on Chris Froome and Team Sky at stage 8 in which the Team Sky rider produced the third-fastest time ever in the climb to the finish at Ax 3 Domaines in the Pyrénées.

Meanwhile, president of cycling’s global governing body said he thinks the riders deserve another thing than to be asked about doping as the first question when they show up in the press conference. Pat McQuaid remarked the first questions the riders had to answer were about doping and he thinks it is unfortunate. He added that the media have to understand the riders of today don’t deserve to be judged on the mistakes of their predecessors, of the riders of a generation of the past now and riders of today need to be respected for what they are trying to do, which is to race clean and race without a doping program.

Holm disagreed to the statements made by the UCI president and said if you ask me straight, I wouldn’t lie. He said he believes Froome is clean and he really thinks so, and he thinks Bradley Wiggins was clean when he won last year. Holm went on to add that if it’s not true it would break his heart and he can understand Chris Froome being a little annoyed at being asked the question, but we need to be open-minded and try not to let it get to us when these things happen.

Froome came to the 100th edition as the man to beat after he finished runner-up to teammate Bradley Wiggins last year in a dominant campaign by Team Sky. The rider said while replying to questions on doping that he is racing “100 percent” clean at the world’s biggest and most notorious bike race. He also remarked today’s peloton is racing far cleaner than those of five to 10 years ago and went on to say any of the results now are definitely a lot more credible and the question should be asked about people who were winning races maybe five, 10 years ago, when we know doping was a lot more prevalent. The Team sky rider also said it’s the unfortunate position we find ourselves in at the moment and added eyebrows are going to be raised, questions are going to be raised about our performances. The rider also remarked that he knows the sport has changed and there is absolutely no way that he would be able to get these results if it hadn’t changed.

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Tuesday 16, Jul 2013

McQuaid Pledges To Continue Anti-Doping Fight

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UCI president Pat McQuaid has pledged to continue the fight against doping if he is elected again as president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

McQuaid said he has introduced the most sophisticated and effective anti-doping infrastructure in world sport to cycling and it is now possible to race and win clean. The UCI president is facing stiff competition from British Cycling Brian Cookson, who is a member of the UCI management committee, for the presidential post.

Cookson, the current president of the British Cycling, pledged to establish an independent body to manage anti-doping if he is elected president of the International Cycling Union (UCI). His candidacy is based on restoring credibility in the UCI after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The 62-year-old Cookson remarked the reality is that the UCI is not trusted, our anti-doping is not seen to be independent and we don’t have the trust of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the other key anti-doping agencies. He went on to remark that the anti-doping service within the UCI headquarters at the moment is just down the corridor of the president’s office so that can’t be right. He also added that he would quickly establish a completely independent anti-doping unit, in co-operation with WADA if elected president and it will be managed and governed outside of the UCI so people can have absolute confidence in our sport.

In his manifesto for running for the UCI presidency, McQuaid pledged to make the UCI’s Cycling Anti Doping Foundation more independent and help fund it by increasing the UCI World Tour teams’ contributions to anti-doping and modernize how cycling is presented as a global sport. He also pledged to  establish an independent audit of the UCI’s actions when Lance Armstrong was winning the Tour de France, from 1999 to 2005 and set up an independent UCI Women’s Commission with responsibility for developing all disciplines of women’s cycling. McQuaid added that his mission now is to preserve the changed culture within the peloton and team entourage and foster the global development of cycling.

McQuaid also remarked that the governing body of cycling now invests over USD 7.5million (£5m) every year to keep the sport clean and to catch and prosecute those riders who refuse to embrace the new culture of clean cycling. The UCI president also added that the misdeeds of a few should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of cycling or today’s riders. He added that Lance Armstrong and issues related to him should not affect the September vote and added this election should be about cycling today and cycling tomorrow. Cycling officials worldwide were not as concerned with the Armstrong case, McQuaid suggested. The chief of cycling’s governing body also remarked they see it as a scandal that has happened in the past. He also revealed that they are more interested in how they see the UCI developing the sport and that is the basis he is standing on and there is work still to continue.

McQuaid is seeking a third four-year term in office at the UCI’s election congress on September 27.

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Monday 15, Jul 2013

Turkish Olympic Officials To Extend Cooperation In Investigation

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Turkish Olympic Officials To Extend Cooperation In Investigation

Turkish Olympic officials will be cooperating with an international anti-doping investigation that has targeted their athletes and will assist in punishing anyone found to have used performance enhancing drugs.

In a statement, the National Olympic Committee of Turkey remarked it is taking this matter very seriously and urgently reviewing all alleged and any confirmed doping cases involving Turkish athletes.

A few days back, track and field’s international governing body confirmed the rumors of widespread doping in Turkey had triggered the investigation. Officials said in a statement that the IAAF is aware of media speculation surrounding recent anti-doping control tests, in and out of competition, of a number of Turkish athletes and following concerns highlighted by abnormal biological passport values, the IAAF, with the national anti-doping agency, intensified the testing program in Turkey, the results of which remain ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules.

This news came at a crucial time as Istanbul is bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. The country’s concerns grew substantially when Asli Cakir Alptekin, last year’s women’s 1500 meters Olympic champion who had already served a two-year doping ban, was provisionally suspended in May this year after abnormalities were detected in her “biological passport” while double European 100m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The statement revealed that the NOC of Turkey and the Turkish government have a zero-tolerance policy on doping in sport and therefore we have been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, fully with all relevant investigations to resolve these cases as quickly and decisively as possible. It added that the recent doping discoveries have been fully assisted by the Turkish National Anti-doping Agency, who have been working closely with the IAAF and World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). The NOC said in the statement that the fight against doping is one of the most pressing issues facing world sport right now, and Turkey is playing its part as a proud member of the global sports community.

The Telegraph reported that numerous Turkish athletes tested positive in advance of the recent Mediterranean Games and Turkey could be thrown out of the track and field championships, which will be held in Moscow in mid-August, if this comes out true. It is believed that the athletes have all failed tests on their ‘A’ urine samples and are now waiting for the test results from their ‘B’ samples. If the adverse findings are confirmed, it would represent one of the biggest ever doping exposes in athletics within a single country.

If a member federation is considered to be in breach of its obligations under the sport’s anti-doping regulations, the ruling council of IAAF under its rulebook has the authority to suspend the member until the next meeting of the Congress or for any shorter period and to exclude the member’s athletes from any one or more international competition. The IAAF Council, to take such a drastic step, would have to be satisfied that the Turkish federation was either complicit in doping or so negligent that it was in breach of its obligations.

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Sunday 14, Jul 2013

Murray Calls Spanish Verdict Biggest Cover-Up In Sports History

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Andy Murray has hit out at a Spanish judge who ordered destruction of evidence related to one of the biggest doping rings in history.

Britain’s No. 1 tennis player termed the decision as ‘the biggest cover-up in sports history’ and said it was a ‘joke’. This was after Madrid judge Julia Santamaria ruled that the 211 blood bags from 35 people taken as part of the Operation Puerto investigation into Dr Eufemiano Fuentes could not be analyzed by  anti-doping authorities but must be discarded.

Murray tweeted: ‘operacion puerto case is beyond a joke… biggest cover up in sports history? why would court order blood bags to be destroyed? #coverup’.

The judge’s decision was also criticized by Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, who said we are disappointed and Dr Fuentes has admitted to having been involved in multiple prohibited doping activities, and linked with multiple unnamed athletes. Parkinson added that it therefore cannot be right that these names will remain unknown and no immediate action can be taken.

Murray, the recently crowned Wimbledon champion, won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic. The 26-year-old Scot converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 and claim his second major title. Murray, after a grueling three hours 10 minutes in searing temperatures, finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry’s 1936 win at the All England Club.

The win is the 36th time a British man has won the Wimbledon singles title – more than any other nation and Murray is the most successful British man in terms of Grand Slam match wins with 113, ahead of Fred Perry’s 106.

BBC commentator and four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman said he was privileged enough to go into the locker room straight after the match and Andy Murray was basically in a state of shock. Henman added Murray is such a student of the game that he can remember all of his results from the juniors, he remembers all the matches he has played, the shots he has made, but he had no recollection whatsoever about that final game today. He went on to add that it’s an amazing day for Andy, an amazing day for tennis and an amazing day for British sport and Murray has to be BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Murray’s Route To The Final

First round: Bt Benjamin Becker 6-4 6-3 6-2

Second round: Bt Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-3 7-5

Third round: Bt Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-4 7-5

Fourth round: Bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 7-6 6-1

QF: Bt Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5

SF: Bt Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3

Final: Bt Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4

Murray at the 2012 US Open became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets. At the 2012 Olympic Games, Murray defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal in men’s singles, becoming the first British champion in over 100 years and also won a silver medal in mixed doubles, playing with Laura Robson.

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Saturday 13, Jul 2013

Gerard Kinsella Banned For Two Years

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The Football Association has banned Gerard Kinsella, of Fleetwood Town, for two years after failing a drugs test.

Kinsella admitted an FA charge after a sample he gave in February contained Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. The 21-year-old midfielder will be banned from football until February 2015 after being hit with a 24-month suspension, backdated to the date the sample was collected.

Nandrolone is the same drug that led to a four-month ban on Netherlands international Edgar Davids and Portugal defender Fernando Couto after they tested positive while playing in Italy in 2001. The anabolic steroid was also the reason behind the two-year ban on former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie in 1999 and a one-year ban on Czech tennis player Petr Korda in 1998.

An FA statement read Fleetwood Town’s Gerard Kinsella has been suspended from football and all football activities for two years, subject to any appeal, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a breach of its anti-doping regulations. It was further revealed that the player was charged under FA Rule E25 for a breach of Regulation Three after he gave a sample following an out-of-competition test which contained the presence of a prohibited substance, namely Nandrolone, listed as an anabolic androgenic steroid in the 2013 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code. The statement also disclosed that Kinsella, who requested a personal hearing, will serve a 24-month suspension commencing 5 February 2013 (backdated to the date of sample collection) until 4 February 2015 [inclusive].

The midfielder, who has yet to play a first-team game for Fleetwood, has 12 months remaining on his contract at Highbury. Club’s chief executive Steve Curwood remarked it is very disappointing situation for everybody and there are no winners here at all and said the lad has done something which he now obviously regrets and It was something he shouldn’t have done and we’ve got to feel for him because his career, albeit short so far, has now gone into a serious decline. Curwood added we’ll sit down with him and his representatives to discuss what is generally a sorry situation for everybody and went on to add that we’ve got a detailed and serious medical department who look at these issues and we’re confident it is an isolated issue.

Kinsella said the positive result came after his cousin twice injected him with Durabolin to relieve the pain from a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, his cousin told an FA commission that he made use of Durabolin himself as a painkiller and was not aware it was also known as Nandrolone that promotes muscle growth and reduces fatigue. Kinsella said he didn’t even know what the substance was and insisted what happened was ‘stupidity in desperation.’ He further added that he never took it as a performance enhancer, so no one can call me a cheat. The midfielder, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career and dislocated his shoulder twice in October and December last year, in the meanwhile is training as an asbestos removal expert.

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Friday 12, Jul 2013

I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

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I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

Olympic sprinter @Usain Bolt insists he is ‘clean’ after he was asked about doping before the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

The Jamaican runner was posed the question at a time when athletes from his country have come under increased scrutiny after Veroncia Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meeting in May. The double Olympic champion may become the twelfth Jamaican to be banned in the last five years.

Bolt said in Paris that he is clean and sure about it. He welcomed people to test him every day if required to prove it to the world and said he has no problems with that. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt supported calls made by his coach, Glen Mills, for an accredited laboratory to be set up in Jamaica. Bolt’s coach believes supplements can be tested in lab and this would be helpful to prevent the innocent being caught out by poorly labeled medicine and vitamins.

Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”, his achievements in sprinting have earned him awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year thrice. Bolt is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field and has been called the world’s most marketable athlete and the greatest athlete ever.

Usain Bolt, performing for Jamaica in his first Caribbean regional event, clocked a personal best of 48.28 s in the 400 metres in the 2001 CARIFTA Games, winning a silver medal and thereafter he made his first appearance on the world stage at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Usain Bolt is one of only eight athletes, (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Bolt, the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977, said everybody makes their own decisions as far as doping is concerned and he cannot speak for anybody else. He remarked that he gets tested regularly in Jamaica so maybe it would work out easier for them to get the samples if there was a laboratory in the country. The first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting and a five-time World champion.

Meanwhile, American Tyson Gay has again thrown down the gauntlet to Bolt by finishing the 100m in 9.79 seconds, ahead of the Jamaican Asafa Powell and his American compatriot Michael Rodgers at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. A world champion in 2007 and the second-fastest 100m runner of all time behind Bolt, the 30-year-old American had overcome Powell in five of their previous six encounters. Powell finished second in 9.88 and Rodgers was third in 9.96.

The Athletissima meeting was attended by the IOC president, Jacques Rogge, and some of the 89 IOC members who had voted to award the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires, ahead of Medellín in Colombia and Glasgow.

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