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Sunday 29, Sep 2013

No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

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No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

Anti-doping researcher Dr Michael Ashenden has defended cyclists and said they are afraid to tell the truth about doping.

Ashenden added there are more skeletons in the closet and remarked there is no question cyclists are afraid to tell the truth about what has happened both in the past and what’s continuing to happen today. The anti-doping researcher, who was behind the highly successful blood passport system with the International Cycling Union (UCI), said he is in touch with cyclists who have told him things that he is not able to take to the authorities because they (cyclists) won’t put their name to it. He went on to add that he would certainly pass the information anonymously to the authorities but unless there’s a name they can then go to corroborate that evidence, there’s nothing they can do.

The researcher added the issue of doping in cycling is bigger than the individuals who are found guilty and remarked it is not just about pulling out more cyclists and labeling them drug cheats. He said it is about asking them who was encouraging you or who was aware of this and was there any sort of structural flaws that need to be brought into the open. Ashenden said he believes that it’s the environment more than anything that has led to the problem we’ve got today.

Michael Ashenden and the UCI were clashing often in the last few months after the world governing body of cycling claimed Ashenden has an ‘astonishingly inaccurate knowledge’ of the system. UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani dismissed the anti-doping researcher’s assertion that he never had the opportunity to review Lance Armstrong’s profile. Carpani remarked Ashenden was the only one to have defined Armstrong’s profile as “normal” without making any other remarks, comments, or reservations and added the relevant documents are available for inspection by Dr Ashenden at any time should he wish to come and verify the truth of the above information.

Ashenden, replying to Carpani’s allegations, said given Armstrong’s blood results have been published and are public record, and given we now know that the anonymous code assigned to Armstrong’s results is BPT374F23, it may be possible for the remaining experts to check their own records to confirm whether they ever saw Armstrong’s suspicious results. He went on to add that he has checked his archives and cannot find any trace of the profile BPT374F23 having been sent to him again after May 2009. Ashenden concluded that whereas he had suspected this previously, it has now been confirmed that he was never asked to review the suspicious blood results of Lance Armstrong from the 2009 Tour de France.

President of Cycling Australia Klaus Mueller said he believed Australia led the way in terms of its anti-doping practices. He added there is no suggestion that the sort of conduct that we’re speaking about that’s happening overseas in the peloton, is happening over here and said he thinks we’ve got in place in Australia world’s best practices and that’s not to say that they can’t be made substantially better, but they are presently world’s best practices in relation to detecting and clamping down on dopers.

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Friday 27, Sep 2013

Doping Probe Into Sydney Roosters Ceased

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The integrity unit of National Rugby League has ceased anti-doping investigations into the Sydney Roosters, according to NRL chief executive Dave Smith. Smith, speaking at the Men of League’s annual luncheon in Brisbane, remarked expected the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority would not pursue the matter further.

Smith added he did not expect the club or its players to face any sanction for a doping-related matter and added we became aware earlier in the year of the issues being reported (on the Sydney Roosters) and that information has been with ASADA for some time too.

Roosters went into trouble after some of their players returned elevated Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels in an unsanctioned test. A report by Fairfax Media revealed that six Roosters players returned blood test results with elevated readings for HGH. The team, two days before their preliminary final against Newcastle, remarked that it had sacked a sports nutrition company when six of its players returned tests with elevated readings for HGH. Nubodi, the company, was hired at the end of last year for helping fine tune detox diets for players before being dismissed in January. Nubodi Group boss Sean Carolan has denied providing HGH to Sydney Roosters’ players and claimed his work with the team was confined to dietary advice based on blood pathology.

NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle expressed concerns that the blood tests of players including Boyd Cordner, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and Sam Moa ending up on the mobile phone of an alleged crime figure raised concerns.

In a statement, the Sydney Roosters remarked there had been “full voluntary disclosure” with the integrity unit over the matter and they had not received any contact from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority about the matter. The statement also revealed that players have been regularly and extensively tested throughout the season by ASADA and the club has fully cooperated with the organization’s routine tests as is the case with all clubs and the team reinforce that the club maintains the absolute highest standards in its own policies and governance and, as a club, we have nothing to hide.

Roosters’ chief operating officer Brian Canavan however remarked that we were very unhappy that the extended (blood) testing was conducted. It was done without our knowledge. He went on to remark that the players thought they were being tested for conventional nutrition tests and the tests results came back to us and the growth hormone levels were indicated on the test results. Canavan added we did not order those through this company and once all this unfolded he wrote a report to the NRL integrity unit and what the integrity unit did from there I’m not sure. Canavan said the Roosters had no case to answer and added the couple of players who had elevated readings were tested again by our club doctor and those readings were perfectly normal and some tests were done which were parts of a normal nutrition test that the athletes undergo.

In a preliminary final, the team will take on Newcastle on Saturday night with the winner to progress to the grand final on October 6.

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Wednesday 25, Sep 2013

Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

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Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

Jamaican star sprinter Usain Bolt has admitted that it would be nothing short of a disaster if Jamaica is banned from competing at the Rio Olympics due to the doping scandal that has rocked the country. This year, five athletes from the country including Asafa Powell tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs.

Recently, Jamaican authorities were warned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after a former senior official within the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission revealed that drug testing in Jamaica is lax. WADA remarked the country may face expulsion from major competitions like the Olympics if such issues are not addressed effectively and quickly. If WADA takes the decision to ban Jamaica for the Rio Olympics, Bolt would be denied a chance of creating history by winning three straight Olympic golds over 100 meters.

Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever, is the first man to hold both the world records in 100 and 200 meters, since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. After WADA’s statement, Bolt remarked it would be really sad for him and the sport.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has stepped in to dilute concerns about Jamaica getting out due to possible WADA ban. The Jamaican PM wrote to WADA that testing would remain a priority. Bolt immediately applauded the letter to WADA and said he fully welcomes anything that helps Jamaica to prove to the world that we are clean and that we are the best. Bolt went on to add that the Jamaica’s Prime Minister has remarked she is going to implement these things to make the sport better so it’s a joy for me. The ace sprinter also remarked that Jamaicans are really pushing the limits and really run fast and he thinks some of the times when there are drug problems a lot of people didn’t do it on purpose but as an athlete you have to be aware and you have to take responsibility for these situations. The sprinter also said there are a lot of cases going on now and we will see what comes out of them, we will see if it was done on purpose or not.

Bolt also remarked that he would probably only run the 200m if he decides to compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games. He added that he would discuss Glasgow participation with his coach Glen Mills and remarked he never goes against his coach. Usain Bolt also remarked that he aims to complete the ‘treble treble’ by winning all three disciplines at the 2016 Games in Rio to have his name in stone with many other athletes and greats like Michael Jordon and Mohammed Ali in different sports.

Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. He has been conferred with many awards, including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (three times).

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Monday 23, Sep 2013

Sydney Roosters Set To Be Embroiled In Controversy

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Sydney Roosters Set To Be Embroiled In Controversy

Minor premiers Sydney Premiers can be dragged into the doping investigations of the National Rugby League. This was after two of their players are expected to be interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA).

It is rumored that the names of Sydney Roosters‘ players came up during the investigation of Sandor Earl, the Canberra Raiders star, who recently admitted to using and trafficking banned peptides. It was confirmed by Roosters CEO Brian Canavan that officials were aware of the rumors but the club was not yet contacted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency. Canavan remarked we are not aware of any investigation though we are aware that some rumors are circulating that a couple of players and ex-players may be interviewed. He added the club has the highest standards in their own governance practice and procedures and is totally compliant with the integrity unit’s practices and procedures.

According to Daily Telegraph, the club has been implicated because of a common party between Sydney Roosters and Earl, who started his career at Bondi Junction before he moved to Penrith in 2010. Meanwhile, the camp of Earl has denied rumors that the 23-year-old has provided any information about other players of the National Rugby League to ASADA. It is believed that Earl actually provided evidence about sports scientists Steve Dank for obtaining a significant assistance in getting his ban cut from 4 years to 1 year.

According to an announcement by National Rugby League (NRL) chief Dave Smith, an infraction notice was issued to Sandor Earl as a result of the ongoing ASADA investigation. Smith added that the infraction notice is a result of an interview between the player and ASADA in which admissions were made into the use and trafficking of the peptide CJC-1295. The New Zealand-born Canberra Raiders winger may accept the punishment of the league or elect to take the matter to a tribunal, Smith said. Meanwhile, the coach of Australian Rules club Essendon Bombers has been suspended for 12 months and the club was thrown out of the playoffs as a result of the ASADA probe. This was after it was found that the club used its players as guinea pigs in an experimental and possibly illegal supplements regime in 2011-12.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency has already interviewed more than 40 players and officials from Newcastle, Parramatta, Manly, Cronulla, Penrith, Gold Coast, and North Queensland. Three full-time investigators have been appointed by ASADA to the investigation of NRL since August and its powers included using phone records, emails, and other modes of communications as evidence for summoning officials and players for interviews.

It is believed that senior officials and staff including Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan, former strength and conditioning coach, Trent Elkin (now associated with Parramatta), and others are in the firing line for their failure to take care of players when Steve Dank oversaw their supplements program. While Dank has refused to be interviewed by the AFL, the NRL, or ASADA, the senior officials and staff members in the firing line have denied they were involved in any peptide injection program at the club.

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Saturday 21, Sep 2013

Murray Calls For Transparency In Doping Case

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Murray Calls For Transparency In Doping Case

Andrew Barron “Andy” Murray, the Scottish professional tennis player who is ranked World No. 3 and British No. 1, has remarked he wants more clarity with respect to the mysterious case of unconfirmed reports that Marin Cilic, failed a drug test in May. Murray made these remarks while being a part of Great Britain’s World Group Playoff tie.

Andy Murray further remarked he thinks it’s about time everyone knew what was going on and added everyone knows what’s happening and he has clearly failed a drugs test but he doesn’t don’t know why that can’t come out as it’s not that he’s injured. Andy Murray expressed his frustration over the damage caused by the Cilic rumor. There has been official silence in line with ITF policy that will continue until the appeal judgment is handed down.

Ranked no. 24, Cilic has not played since withdrawing from his second round match at Wimbledon after he cited a left knee injury.

Cilic’s former long-term coach, Bob Brett, disclosed that Cilic informed him that he ingested an over-the-counter supplement provided by a member of his entourage and therefore he exceeded acceptable limits of glucose. Brett branded Cilic careless and naive for taking an over-the-counter supplement that saw him fail a doping test. Bob Brett, who had coached Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic in the past, also called in the ITF and the ATP to do more to educate players about the risks of using non-sanctioned supplements. He remarked the [ATP and WTA] Tours need to help educate the players and people working with the players of the consequences and risk. Handing someone a pamphlet is like when you get something in the post; it tends not to get read. It has to be drummed into them. Brett added all through the years he have always explained the importance of not buying products over the counter because of the risk of contaminated products.

Marin Čilić was introduced to Brett by his fellow countryman Goran Ivanišević and Čilić turned professional in 2005. He won the La Vie Junior Cup Villach in singles and the Dutch Junior Open in doubles after which he qualified for the 2004 US Open, where he lost in the second round to Sam Querrey. Cilic won the French Open title in Boy’s singles, beating Andy Murray in the semi-final and Antal van der Duim in the final.

Croatia’s No. 1 Cilic was in London for attending a hearing regarding his failed drug test, according to The Independent. Croatian Davis Cup Captain Zeljko Krajan also remarked that Cilic would appear before an International Tennis Federation panel. According to reports in Crotian media, Cilic failed a drug test in Munich because of high glucose levels after ingesting an over-the-counter supplement. It is rumored that the Crotian star may tell an independent tribunal that his mother was to blame for the failed drug test, as she was the one who purchased the supplement. It is also speculated in Crotian media that Cilic might be handed a three-month retrospective ban. Prize money and ranking points earned during retrospective bans are withdrawn and a suspension of three months might have ended before the start of the Montreal tournament.

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Thursday 19, Sep 2013

Scottish Rugby Player Banned For Two Years

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Scottish Rugby Player Banned For Two Years

Sam Chalmers, the son of former Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig, has been banned for two years from rugby for doping offences.

The 19-year-old Chalmers, who plays for Scottish club Melrose, rendered an apology after he was given the ban at an International Rugby Board hearing during which he admitted using a pill called Pro-SD to put on weight. The player tested positive while on duty with the Scotland Under-20s ahead of a Test with Ireland in May for methandienone and Stanozolol, which are both listed as anabolic androgenic steroids in the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This match was a warm-up for the Junior World Cup in France.

The IRB committee said Sam Chalmers on his own account said he took Pro-SD thinking it was a ‘testosterone pill’ in the hope it would help him gain weight. The committee added he carried out no research or advice and accepted the risks in doing so and he was entirely at fault and he accepts the consequences.

The rugby player admitted in a statement issued to the media that his actions were stupid and naive. Chalmers also remarked that he would apologize to his club Melrose RFC, teammates, the Scottish Rugby Union, friends and family. He further added he is disappointed in himself and have to take personal responsibility for this incident, which has ultimately led him to being banned from the game he have grown up with and love so much. He went on to add he would certainly encourage young players to seek out the correct advice from the right places before taking any kind of supplement or product.

Graham Ireland, Scottish Rugby’s head of regulation, said Scottish Rugby takes a very clear stance on anti-doping and we have a zero-tolerance policy on doping offences in Scotland. He added we are committed to keeping the game in Scotland clean through a program of robust drug testing coupled with education on the dangers of illegal substances. Graham also remarked since the 2009-2010 season there have been around 800 drugs tests in Scottish Rugby, at all levels of the game, and, in that period, there have now been two adverse findings – an amateur club player in 2010 who was found to have taken a slimming product that contained an illegal substance and, this latest case, involving a club player who took a product because he naively thought it could help him to put on weight.

His father played 60 times for Scotland and remarked he believes the lessons Sam has learned from this experience will only make him stronger and when he does return to rugby you will see a player who has matured. He added that Sam has made a huge mistake and added his message to young players would be not to take any short cuts. The former Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig Chalmers added these products may not only damage your career, but they can also damage your health and it is best to get the right advice from the right people before you take any product or supplement.

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Tuesday 17, Sep 2013

Armstrong Gives Back Olympic Bronze Medal

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Former American professional cyclist @Lance Armstrong has tweeted that he had given back the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Mark Higgins, who has been a manager and spokesman for Armstrong for several years, handed over the medal to USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and Lance Armstrong declined further comment.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has remarked that it will not reallocate the bronze medal of Armstrong. The IOC follows the same way in which the governing body of cycling decided not to declare any winners for the Tour titles once held by Lance Armstrong. This means Spanish rider Abraham Olano Manzano, who finished fourth in Sydney, will not be upgraded and the bronze medal originally awarded to Armstrong will be left vacant in Olympic records.

Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service teammate, Vyacheslav Ekimov of Russia, won the gold and Jan Ullrich of Germany won silver. Ekimov was the teammate of Lance Armstrong during the time period in which USADA outlined widespread doping on the team. Ullrich had confirmed in an interview that he used blood-doping treatments during his career. The IOC previously stripped Tyler Hamilton, a former Armstrong teammate, of his time-trial gold medal from the 2004 Olympics after he acknowledged doping.

A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the fact that Olympic bronze medal awarded to Armstrong had been returned. Patrick Sandusky said the United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He further remarked the International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned and the USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.

Armstrong was asked to give back the medal after he confessed to using banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling. His doping confession came months after the United States Anti-Doping Agency detailed widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by the cyclist and his U.S. Postal Service team.

Lance Edward Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005 and is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The cyclist started his career in 1992 as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team. Armstrong was diagnosed in October 1996 with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete at the age of 16 and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990 at 18 and 19, respectively. During 1992-96, Armstrong collected the Thrift Drug Triple Crown of Cycling: the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh, the K-Mart West Virginia Classic, and the CoreStates USPRO national championship in Philadelphia. In 1996, Armstrong became the first American to win the La Flèche Wallonne and again won the Tour DuPont. The cyclist has recorded an aerobic capacity of 83.8 mL/kg/min (VO2 max), which is much higher than the average person (40–50), but less than other winners of Tour de France like Miguel Indurain and Greg LeMond (92.5).

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Sunday 15, Sep 2013

Baker Announced As UKAD Athlete Committee Member

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Baker Announced As UKAD Athlete Committee Member

Jamie Baker has been named as one of five new members to join to join the Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Jamie Baker, on his appointment, said he is delighted to have been selected to sit on this committee and added he is looking forward to putting my commitment and belief in clean sport to some positive use. Baker added the committee represents a unique chance of comparing the differences between athletes from several sports and together we have the opportunity of building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping. The retired British professional male tennis player joins double Olympic Gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, former world time trial winning cyclist Emma Pooley, GB and England hockey International Patrick Smith, London 2012 GB sitting volleyball captain turned paracanoeist Emma Wiggs on the Committee.

The Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping offers guidance on anti-doping programs and policies besides assisting in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and sporting organizations and solicits and shares athlete feedback on all aspects of UK Anti-Doping programs and activities. This committee’s remit also includes a requirement to work with other Athlete Committees to ensure the wider views of athletes are brought to the attention of UK Anti-Doping. The Committee is chaired by John Brewer, UK Anti-Doping Board member and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. It has been active for three years and members to the committee are appointed for their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, along with their understanding of the national and international sporting environment and their sport discipline.

Athlete Committee Chair Professor John Brewer said he is delighted to welcome these new members to our Athlete Committee. He added it is vitally important to UK Anti-Doping that athletes feel engaged with our work and have confidence that their views and opinions are being listened to and therefore it is very pleasing we had such a large pool of applicants to select from that we have been able to form a diverse group from across elite sport in the UK, who can help to ensure a close working relationship with the athlete community.

Emma Wiggs said it is a real privilege and honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee.  Emma further remarked she is passionate about anti-doping and the pursuit of clean sport and this is a fantastic opportunity to work with her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Emma Pooley said it is a real honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee and it is a great opportunity to contribute as much as she can to the fight against doping in sport, and also to join her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Patrick Smith said it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to prove his commitment to anti-doping, and also to sit alongside his fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes at such an important time in UK sport. He further added he is very much looking forward to playing his part in building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping, and will carry out his duties with great diligence and enthusiasm in order to help keep sport clean for all.

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Friday 13, Sep 2013

Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

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Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Romario, two of the biggest football icons of South America, have joined hands for denouncing the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for not doing enough to distribute its funds.

After a meeting of South American clubs in Sao Paulo, Maradona told reporters we have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few. The former captain of Argentina said it doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players and so we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. The legendary football player added it is very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people, we are here so that we can have a more transparent football.

The Argentine football coach as well as a manager and former player also said Brazil are firm favorites to win next year’s FIFA World Cup on home soil. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 tournament, where he captained Argentina and led them to a victory over West Germany in the final. In the same tournament, he won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. Romario emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in the world and helped the helped the Brazil national team win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The striker won FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball in 1994 and was named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.

A few weeks back, Ricardo Teixeira, a shady character in South America football, had moved his residency to Andorra after resigning from his position as head of the Brazilian FA and FIFA’s executive committee in March of last year, citing ill health. Teixeira was serving as chairman of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) and president of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF). The CBF and the LOC have officially confirmed to FIFA that Jose Maria Marin will be the successor of Ricardo Teixeira in those two positions.

Another former FIFA executive committee member, Nicolas Leoz, resigned as CONMEBOL president at the age of 84 in April, also citing ill-health and was replaced by his vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay.

After this, both Teixeira and Leoz were cited by a report by FIFA’s ethics commission as being among those who had taken illicit payments in the infamous ISL case, along with former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

CONMEBOL was described by Romario as worse than the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that he has frequently criticized in the past. The former Brazilian football player said the situation is much more serious than we imagined and added we have to get more people together — the clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL.” Romario added it is a movement for transparency and dignity in football and we are going to form with this commission and we are going to see what has happened to all this money.

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Wednesday 11, Sep 2013

‘Failed Blind Test’ For Rio Doping Lab

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‘Failed Blind Test’ For Rio Doping Lab

According to rumors, the Rio de Janeiro doping control laboratory has failed a “blind” quality assessment test. Accreditation of the lab was recently revoked by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in a hugely embarrassing blow for Brazilian authorities.

Under the External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) of WADA, blood and urine samples are distributed by WADA to accredited labs to be tested for the presence – or absence – of prohibited substances. The lab, in a “blind” test, knows that the sample has been supplied under the EQAS scheme, but not what substance it might contain. This exercise is conducted by WADA for assessing a range of lab performance criteria, such as turnaround time or compliance with documentation package requirements, along with competence of the facility in detecting and identifying prohibited substances.

WADA has not provided information about the reasons that prompted it to revoke the accreditation less than 10 months before the 2014 FIFA World Cup was scheduled to kick off in Brazil. It only remarked that it was because of non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and related documents.

The Rio lab was originally suspended in January 2012 for a period of nine months for similar reasons. It was reinstated in September after a site visit. The UFRJ doping control laboratory, also known as Ladetec, is now suspended again in what could present a major difficulty for the organizers of the World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics who had planned for the lab to test all the samples at the events.

In a statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency remarked the revocation will enter into force September 25, 2013 and means that the laboratory – which is currently suspended – will no longer be authorized to carry out the testing of doping control samples on behalf of Wada or any testing authority. It added the suspension remains applicable in the meanwhile and Ladetec is therefore ineligible to perform analysis of doping control samples for any testing authority. The decision was taken by the executive committee of WADA after an in-depth review. The statement also reads that the decision made by WADA’s executive committee marks the second time the Rio laboratory has fallen below the required standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency and also added the laboratory was also suspended for nine months in January 2012, before being reinstated following a Wada site visit that ensured the proper corrective actions had been implemented.

Ladetec can now either appeal against this decision to the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne within 21 days or decide to reapply for accreditation, and may seek “fast track” process from the WADA executive committee.

In another development, a leading medical expert of FIFA has expressed concerns about the WADA decision to revoke the accreditation of the Rio doping control laboratory so close to next year’s Brazil World Cup. Michel D’Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, remarked we have to find a solution in Brazil and said there are other possibilities, perhaps Sao Paulo or perhaps an adaptation of the lab in Rio but for the moment, yes, this is a problem for us. D’Hooghe will be discussing the problem at a medical meeting in Zurich on October 1 ahead of the FIFA executive committee session the same week. It was recently announced by FIFA that it had yet to formulate an alternative plan to handle World Cup doping tests in the event of LADETEC being unavailable.

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