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Saturday 30, Nov 2013

Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

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Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

The arbitration hearing of Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod,” ended on Thursday without the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball testifying.

The baseball player has been fighting the suspension of 211 games imposed on him by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez publicly blasted Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, and MLB last week. A-Rod was suspended by the MLB for his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that provided banned performance enhancing drugs. In the same case, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a suspension of 65 games for his dealing with the clinic while 12 other players were given 50-game suspensions.

The case was closed after twelve days of testimony. The fate of Rodriguez for the next season is now in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence and preparing to take the case into federal court. The baseball star stormed out of the hearing and his lawyers remarked that A-Rod would longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify. Lead attorney Joe Tacopina said we’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process and we are absolutely shutting down at this point. The attorneys of Rodriguez are upset that the MLB commissioner was not ordered by the arbitrator to testify in the hearing and Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.

It was reported that Alex Rodriguez made an abrupt exit ad slammed a table in anger following Horowitz’s ruling and kicked a briefcase before leaving the room. He later released a statement to explain his action and blasted Selig and Horowitz. A-Rod said he is disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails and added he had sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. He also remarked this morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face him. Alex Rodriguez went on to add that the absurdity and injustice just became too much and he walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.

In a statement replying to Alex’s statement, the MLB said Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process for more than 40 years to address disputes between the two parties. It was added that this negotiated process has served players and clubs well and despite Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.

In another development, Alex Rodriguez made an unscheduled radio appearance on WFAN radio and denied to host Mike Francesa that he ever used performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 28, Nov 2013

‘Incentives’ For Doping Testimony Suggested By UCI President

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Incentives’ For Doping Testimony Suggested By UCI President

The World Anti-Doping Agency and the world governing body of cycling will be working together for investigating the dark doping past of cycling. This was after the possibility of leniency for Lance Armstrong was raised with new UCI President Brian Cookson saying that there should be “incentives” for some people to testify.

The agreement, which was announced by both UCI and WADA, saw the World Anti-Doping Agency taking positive steps in one of the key behind-the-scenes discussions at its World Conference on Doping in Sport. In a joint statement, the bodies said they have agreed on the broad terms under which the UCI will conduct a commission of inquiry into the historical doping problems in cycling.

Brian Cookson revealed that the banned American cyclist Armstrong would be invited to testify. This agreement followed a private meeting between WADA President Johan Fahey and Cookson at the conference in Johannesburg. The UCI and WADA remarked the Presidents have further agreed that their respective colleagues would co-operate to finalize the detailed terms and conditions of the inquiry to ensure that the procedures and ultimate outcomes would be in line with the fundamental rules and principles of the World Anti-Doping Code. The UCI President said the commission would likely start work in early 2014 and he wanted to finish the inquiry within a period of 12 months.

Cookson added that the UCI had no power to reduce the lifetime imposed on Lance Armstrong in return for the banned cyclist to tell what all he knows, but the newly-elected UCI head did conceded that there has to be some form of incentive for some witnesses. Cookson remarked he would not oppose what the United States Anti-Doping Agency wanted to do with Armstrong but he would be very surprised if it was anything like what Lance Armstrong seems to be saying, that he should be treated exactly the same as those who have previously given evidence. However, Cookson may find it hard to find relief for Armstrong as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said he opposed any lessening and would be very uncomfortable with it.

In another development, Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance, an insurance company that was seeking $3m in performance bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001. The Insurance Company wanted the cyclist to detail his doping back to 1995 including who all were aware of his drug use and who delivered banned performance enhancing drugs, what amounts of drugs were used, and who administered them. This means that the disgraced cyclist will not need to show up for a deposition in Austin. Betsy Andreu, a key witness against Armstrong and the wife of the former Armstrong team-mate Frankie Andreu, expressed her frustration that Lance Armstrong avoided the deposition. She remarked this settlement gets him out of doing what he fears the most, which is going under oath, and he has never answered the questions in depth, he’s always skirted. The cyclist still faces a $12m lawsuit from the Dallas-based SCA Promotions Company and a federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team’s previous sponsorship with the US Postal Service.

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Tuesday 26, Nov 2013

Armstrong Agrees Deal With Acceptance Insurance

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Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with Nebraska-based insurance company a day before the disgraced cyclist was scheduled to give sworn testimony about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance was seeking $3m in performance bonuses it paid to Lance Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. It sued the banned cyclist, a winner of seven consecutive Tour de France titles, earlier this year after he admitted on Oprah Winfrey talk show that he doped during his illustrious career.

Mark Kincaid, Acceptance’s attorney, and Armstrong’s lawyer, Tim Herman, declined to disclose details of the settlement but both said the case was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties. This would mean that Armstrong would not be required to show up for a deposition in Austin. The cyclist is yet to offer sworn testimony though he has publicly acknowledged that he made use of banned performance enhancing drugs and techniques such as blood doping, testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone, and EPO.

Recently, Armstrong said the former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen helped him cover up doping at the 1999 Tour de France. This charge was vehemently denied by Verbruggen who dismissed it as a “ridiculous story”.

Verbruggen may now be called before an independent commission investigating the doping past of cycling after Armstrong directly implicated him in a cover-up of his test for corticosteroids. It was alleged by the cyclist that the former UCI head told him and his team to “come up with something.” However, Verbruggen remarked the world governing body of cycling never protected Armstrong. Verbruggen added that he had nothing to hide and was more than happy to be investigated. He also added that the story of Lance Armstrong is illogical because it was not a positive/anti-doping offence, in the opinion of the competent authority. Verbruggen also remarked that authority was not the UCI, but the French Ministry and added that after allegations a year back of a large-scale complicity at the UCI over doping by Lance Armstrong and his team, we are now back to a cortisone-case from 1999 that wasn’t even from the UCI.

In a statement, the UCI suggested the former UCI President may be invited to appear before the commission being set up by its new president, Brian Cookson. The statement read that the UCI’s Independent Commission of Inquiry is in the process of being set up and we are in advanced discussions with stakeholders on its terms of reference to allow full investigation of any allegations relating to doping and wrongdoing at the UCI. The statement also disclosed that the commission will invite individuals to provide evidence and we would urge all those involved to come forward and help the commission in its work in the best interests of the sport of cycling.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has remarked that it would await the outcome of the inquiry by the world governing body of cycling before it decides on whether to take any action over Armstrong’s allegations. An IOC statement read that it is hard to give any credibility to the claims of a cyclist who appears to have misled the world for decades.

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Sunday 24, Nov 2013

Anti-Doping Policy’s Criticism Unfair, Says ITF

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Anti-Doping Policy’s Criticism Unfair, Says ITF

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has labeled recent criticisms of anti-doping programs of tennis by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as unfair. The world governing body of tennis said it is confident that its anti-doping programs are working effectively.

ITF’s anti-doping manager Stuart Miller remarked he thinks tennis is doing a good job in the programs it has and we’ve had two fairly high-profile cases recently with Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki and let’s not forget both of those cases resulted in violations for the athletes concerned. Speaking at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, Miller said to him that shows that the program is successful in catching the people it is supposed to be catching so he doesn’t think it’s necessarily fair criticism.

Miller added that anti-doping programs of tennis includes in-competition and out-of-competition testing, with both urine and bloods samples taken and the recent introduction of the athlete’s biological passport, another tool in the fight against doping. He also remarked the game of tennis has also been increasing proportion of out-of-competition testing.

Recently, Serbia’s world number two Novak Djokovic said he had lost all trust in tennis’ anti-doping program after a ban of 12 months was imposed on his compatriot Troicki for failing to provide a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters in April after he complained of feeling unwell. The now-banned player said he believed he could be excused from the test if he provided a reason to the International Tennis Federation.

Djokovic, the 17-times grand slam winner, said he feels like he used to get tested more and said he believes he was tested 25 times in 2003, 2004 and he thinks it’s been clearly going down this season. However, Miller remarked there had been no real change in the number of times the ITF had tested the Swiss and added we have got the exact number of tests on Roger Federer and our information does not match what he says and added the number of tests completed have remained remarkably constant as far as we are concerned.

Miller also added that isn’t to say that there aren’t other organizations that were testing him to some extent previously and now doing so less and we just don’t know about those figures, but as far as we are concerned the number of tests remains pretty constant for 10 years or so. The ITF’s anti-doping manager said he is confident the tennis anti-doping program is using all the tools available to it to maximize its efficiency but we must remember, you also need a deterrent effect and prevention effect and education as well.

Meanwhile, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey has remarked that he doesn’t think Novak Djokovic has the faintest idea what his organization does. Fahey dismissed the comments of the former world No. 1 that he had lost faith in the system and said the six-time grand slam winner’s comments are unhelpful and it was up to the sport to do more to fight against doping.

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Friday 22, Nov 2013

Russian Doping Lab Suspended By WADA

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Russian Doping Lab Suspended By WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency has provisionally suspended the Moscow Anti-Doping Center. The drug-testing lab faces a suspension of six months unless it dramatically improves the reliability of its results by December 1.

This announcement by WADA comes just three months before the start of the Sochi Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement that the suspension will be enacted unless the Moscow Anti-Doping Center demonstrates by December 1 that is preparing a quality management program for increasing confidence in its operations. The statement also disclosed that the center should demonstrate that the improved program has been drafted, finalized, implemented, and embedded by April 1 of 2014. This decision was taken after it was heard by WADA panel that there were serious concerns about the accuracy and reliability of testing results.

The anti-doping agency also recommended to the IOC that testing should be monitored throughout the Winter Olympics in Moscow or a satellite facility in Sochi. WADA chairman John Fahey made this decision after recommendations were made to him by its disciplinary committee. Before the decision was announced, disciplinary committee chairman and former WADA president Dick Pound remarked our expert laboratory group finally came to the conclusion that they ought to suspend the laboratory because it was not sufficiently reliable. It is rumored that there have been reports that the laboratory’s director Grigory Rodchenkov was once arrested in connection with the supply of banned substances.

The Moscow Laboratory can appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of the WADA notification.

WADA said it strongly suggests to the International Olympic Committee to consider appropriate action to ensure the complete integrity of all analysis at the laboratory both in Moscow and the satellite facility at the Sochi Games. Meanwhile, the IOC has lent its support to the Russian center and said it is confident that all the necessary measures will be taken and the Sochi lab will be fully functioning during the Games. An IOC statement added the integrity of the Games-time testing program will remain unaffected by these developments, indeed it will be strengthened.

In August this year, the Moscow lab handled drug tests for the world track and field championships and was expected to do the same for the Moscow lab handled drug tests for the world track and field championships. In case the Moscow lab have its WADA accreditation revoked, the Sochi facility would likely not be able to operate and the local organizers under the host city agreement would have to borne the cost of transferring samples to another lab.

In Winter Olympics history, Sochi will be the most drug-tested games. There would be a total of 2,453 tests before and during the games, including 1,269 pre-competition tests, according to new IOC President Thomas Bach who added the International Olympic Committee will spend $1 million on pre-competition testing for Sochi and many millions on testing throughout the event.

A few months back, the Rio de Janeiro lab was stripped of its WADA accreditation ahead of next year’s football World Cup and samples will be flown to world governing body FIFA’s headquarters in Switzerland during the tournament.

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Wednesday 20, Nov 2013

World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

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World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

The reputation of Jamaican athletics suffered another blow when the world’s fastest woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, threatened to go on strike. If that was not all, Herb Elliott, the head of the island’s Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), indicated he would resign after a report in the Wall Street Journal that questioned his academic qualifications.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, said she is thinking of pulling out of international competition. The Jamaican track and field sprinter, who won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m at this year’s World Championships in Moscow, remarked the Athletics Administrative Authority of Jamaica is not doing enough to defend athletes from “hurtful” accusations and does not offer sufficient for up-and-coming runners. She said you listen to accusations about Jamaica’s athletes and there is no one to get up, take the mic and say that whatever being said is a lie. The athlete added they are just sitting back enjoying the benefits and fruits of our labor but when it’s time to actually doing their jobs they are not doing it. She went on to remark if it comes down to not competing to make sure that things are up to scratch when it comes to facilities and different things in Jamaica then she would and we believe that we deserve not to have our names tarnished.

Fraser-Pryce insisted that the criticism of athletes from the country was unfair. She said there is no one in Jamaica looking to dope up intentionally to run fast and added what’s happening is that athletes are not checking the supplements that they use and no one is intentionally cheating.

Incoming World Anti-Doping Agency boss Sir Craig Reedie Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s boycott threat is “welcome” if it helps clean up Jamaican athletics.

Meanwhile, Elliott is under huge pressure after the Wall Street Journal reported that it had been unable to verify whether he earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University and a medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He remarked it is likely he will resign. Elliott told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper all he is trying to say is that he doesn’t want JADCO to be brought into disrepute because of him and so he is thinking that, in the best interest of Jamaica, perhaps he should speak to the prime minister. He added that he is only an individual, and JADCO is more important than any individual or any board. Elliott added and, therefore, if resignation will take the heat off JADCO, as JADCO has very important work to do, then forget it.

The JADCO head said in the interest of JADCO and Jamaica, he would resign and he doesn’t know if he would do it right away, because he doesn’t want anybody to feel that he did anything wrong and, therefore, that is why he is resigning. Elliott, however, went on to admit that he had not been able to locate all of his papers to verify his various qualifications after his wife died three years ago and added he doesn’t know where all the papers are and he doesn’t even know where all the bank books are.

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Monday 18, Nov 2013

WADA Doubles Ban For First Offence To 4 Years

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Wada doubles ban for first offence to 4 years

The World Anti-Doping Agency has passed a rule that will keep drug cheats out of at least one Olympics. This was after WADA doubled the ban for a first offence from two years to four.

The anti-doping agency also passed a rule under which athletes will be offered possible immunity from punishment in return for “substantial” information on doping. This rule is expected to provide an incentive to cyclists to testify in a planned inquiry into their sport’s drug-stained past. The principle will apply only to current cyclists, not banned cyclists including American rider Lance Armstrong. After an extensive investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong was banned for life in 2012 and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The cyclist was implicated and punished despite never failing a doping test.

Outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey said if you can bring about a greater good with the cooperation you give, then there ought to be some encouragement for you. He added it would be judged on a case-by-case basis and dealt with in the most conscientious way. Fahey added we are now equipped to go forward in the best possible way with a set of rules and it’s a good day for sport, for athletes and for our future. He also added that he firmly believes that the revised code will put the interest of clean athletes as the number one priority. Fahey also remarked we must turn those words, those intentions, into action. Fahey told delegates in Johannesburg that the executive committee unanimously endorsed and agreed to approve the code and the standards.

Under the new updates, WADA will have strengthened powers of punishing athlete support personnel, the trainers, coaches, and officials that assist in doping. In the past coaches and officials were not subject to the same anti-doping rules as athletes.

WADA also elected IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie of Britain as the next President to take over on January 1 while Makhenkesi Stofile of South Africa will be the new Vice-President.

The incoming WADA president said he certainly hopes that the higher sanctions become a much more regular fact of life. IOC President Thomas Bach said the new measures are an excellent step forward and the IOC welcomes any improvement in the fight against doping and it is a much-improved code but it alone is not enough.

The anti-doping agency also extended the period of statute of limitations from eight to 10 years, which will allow statute of limitations will be extended from eight to 10 years. The code will take effect on January 1, 2015, in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This code will ensure that athletes found guilty of intentional doping miss the next games.

A post-conference declaration urged for extra resources for the World Anti-Doping Agency, co-funded by the Olympic movement and governments, and for more anti-doping legislation to be adopted by governments. The declaration said governments of countries without a national anti-doping organization are encouraged to establish one or join a regional anti-doping organization.

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Saturday 16, Nov 2013

Kenya To Investigate Doping Allegations

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Kenya to investigate doping allegations

The Kenyan government is all set to announce details of a new committee for investigating allegations of doping by some of the country’s top athletes. Concerns about doping in Jamaica and Kenya are expected to be hot topics discussed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport that starts on November 12.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has putting pressure on the Kenyan government to perform an internal investigation following the suspension of 17 athletes for drugs since January 2012. A few weeks back, Rodney Swigelaar, director of WADA’s Africa office, admitted WADA was very frustrated by the slow progress.

Swigelaar said it’s more than a year now since we went there in October and even longer since the rumors started to spread and added we have not been informed that this task team is in place. Swigelaar added WADA’s responsibility to ensure these matters are dealt with and said the first move would be to report the country for non-compliance of the WADA code, if Kenya failed to carry out a proper probe. He went on to say that we are still hoping that the Kenyans will stay true to their word, implement the investigation and tell the world whatever they were able to uncover. The director of WADA’s Africa office also remarked if their athletes are clean and there’s no problem, then that’s fine and then if there is a problem, let’s see how we can work together.

However, Hussein Wario, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Art and Culture, claimed that they had been taking quick steps to meet WADA’s criteria. He added that forming such a committee is not an easy undertaking and added we needed time to identify people to seat in the committee and as well make sure they are the right people.

The most high-profile athlete from the country to test positive is Mathew Kisorio, long-distance runner who competes in road running and cross country running competitions, who was placed fourth at the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbría, Spain. The Kenya captain to the 2011 World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria was banned for two years after steroids were found in his system at last year’s National Championships. A former African junior champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m, Kisorio claimed that doping was widespread in the country. The athlete provided a long and detailed description of his regime of blood doping and anabolic steroids. Kisorio blamed medical staff behind the system and claimed that many fellow Kenyans were using illegal performance enhancing drugs and procedures.

David Okeyo, Secretary General of Athletics Kenya, responding to allegations by the athlete, said the confession by Kisorio was to portray a negative picture of Kenyan athletes and we refuse to buy that negativity and pay tribute to our athletes who have done us proud.

Isaiah Kiplagat, President of Athletics Kenya, denied that the country has a huge problem and said he can assure everyone that the Government commission will start its work soon. He added that all top athletes of the country were tested before London [2012] and then again before the World Championships in Moscow this year.

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Thursday 14, Nov 2013

Canadian Cyclist Admits Doping

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Canadian cyclist admits doping

Canada’s top cycling star, Ryder Hesjedal, has admitted to mistakes after he was accused of using banned drugs by former Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen. It was claimed by Rasmussen in his new book Yellow Fever that he taught Hesjedal how to take EPO.

According to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Hesjedal would not face any penalties because the offence occurred outside the limitation period. It however remarked that is disappointed that Hesjedal waited more than a decade to publicly disclose his past involvement in doping and added his conduct has deprived many clean Canadian athletes from the opportunity to shine in the sport of cycling.

Rasmussen, in his newly released autobiography, disclosed that he taught Hesjedal and two other Canadian mountain bikers, Seamus McGrath and Chris Sheppard, how to use erythropoietin when they stayed at his house for two weeks in August of 2003. The Danish cyclist claims that all achieved great results after they left his place.

A champion rider who switched from mountain bike racing to road racing after the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Hesjedal finished second at the 2003 world mountain biking championships. He was on the verge of winning gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens had he not suffered a punctured tire in the mountain biking category, claims Rasmussen. Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and won the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the year for the achievement.

The 32-year-old Victoria native Hesjedal said he accepts responsibility for those mistakes and remarked he will always be sorry. He went on to add that he was open and honest about his past when contacted by anti-doping authorities more than a year ago. Hesjedal’s management team said the cyclist would not speak to the media as an investigation is ongoing.

After his public admission, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirmed that they interviewed the cyclist earlier this year as part of an investigation into doping in Canadian cycling.

Hesjedal won’t be punished as the World Anti-Doping Code has an eight-year statute of limitations, the CCES said. It added that the Center does not disclose information as it gathers intelligence about what is going on in the sport community. According to a statement by USADA, Travis Tygart, CEO of the USADA, said that in the past discipline and sanctions have been announced where there is actionable evidence of doping within the statute of limitations. Tygart added athletes like him and others, who have voluntarily come in, taken accountability for their actions and have been fully truthful, are essential to securing a brighter future for the sport of cycling.

Jonathan Vaughters, a former professional racing cyclist and general manager and CEO of Slipstream Sports, said Ryder was completely open and honest and transparent with USADA and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, so we’ve known about this for a while. Vaughters added he is satisfied that the Canada’s top cycling star is clean and has been clean for years.

The national body that organizes and promotes cycling in Canada, Cycling Canada, issued a statement that it was shocked and saddened to learn that Ryder Hesjedal was involved in doping over a decade ago.

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Tuesday 12, Nov 2013

Athletes Accused Me Of Doping, Says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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Jamaican track and field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has remarked that the majority of comments by athletes toward her after she won three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships were negative. The sprinters said some athletes believe she made use of performance enhancing drugs this season.

Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when she at the age of 21 years old became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. She then went on to defend her 100m title and became the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics. Like countryman Usain Bolt, Fraser-Pryce swept 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay gold medals at the recent World Championships in Moscow. The colorful Fraser-Pryce with half her long hair dyed pink beat three-time champion Felix in the 200m final. She won the 100 in 10.71 seconds to beat the second-place finisher by .22 of a second and won the 200 in 22.17 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by .15 of a second.

Fraser-Pryce added she has not done anything that nobody else has ever done before, apart from winning three gold medals, but it was just hard work and the times were not ridiculous; it was just very good execution.

In 2011, the Jamaican sprinter served a suspension of six months for testing positive for Oxycodone though she claimed it was because of a medication she took for a toothache. A banned narcotic, Oxycodone is not considered a performance enhancing drug or a masking agent.

In the 2009 IAAF World Championships, she won the 100m gold medal to become only the second female sprinter after Gail Devers to hold both World and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m in a single world championship in 2013. Fraser-Pryce s ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 m female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds.

The sprinter, who trained with Asafa Powell, took the 100 m Jamaican title in the 2009 Berlin World Championships and won with a world-leading time of 10.88 s. At the same championship, she ran the second leg on the Jamaican 4x 100 m relay team while competing against Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas, Anne Mollinger of Germany, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago to help the Jamaican team eventually claimed the gold medal. In 2010, Fraser-Pryce won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year and then she won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year for the second time for her outstanding accomplishments in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The fastest women on earth, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, competed with Jessica Ennis of Britain for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award where she lost the award. On 22 February 2010, the sprinter from Jamaica was named as the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica.

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