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Friday 30, Jan 2015

Armstrong Says He Will Cheat Again If Doping Remained Pervasive

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Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitted to extensive use of banned performance enhancing drugs during his career, has remarked that he would use the drugs again if he was competing in the doping-abundant culture that existed in professional cycling during the 1990s.

The former American professional road racing cyclist, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong received a lifetime ban from competitive cycling by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. This was after Armstrong was found guilty of using and promoting the culture of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. In January 2013, the cyclist admitted to doping and use of banned drugs and techniques such as blood doping, testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormone during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong denied using banned drugs before he was held guilty by USADA. He called many former teammates and riders liars when they accused him of doping. Lance Armstrong also threatened lawsuits against many of them.

The 43-year-old, in an interview with the BBC, said he had to make use of performance enhancing drugs in order to compete. Armstrong said if he was racing in 2015, he would not do it again because he does not think you have to but added he would probably do it again if he is taken back to 1995 when doping was completely pervasive. Armstrong remarked he would want to change the man that did those things, maybe not the decision, but the way he acted and added the way he treated people, the way he couldn’t stop fighting and went on to add that it was unacceptable and inexcusable. The former cyclist also expressed a desire for forgiveness from the public and remarked he is hopeful that he is getting close to that time when his life in public might return to normal. Armstrong also remarked that he believes he should still be considered a seven-time winner of Tour de France.

Armstrong also criticized Brian Cookson, the present president of the world governing body of cycling. The ex-cyclist said the decisions to “rush” through the request of Team Sky for Chris Froome to get emergency steroid treatment after the prologue of the Tour de Romandie and handling of the Astana doping affair by Cookson depict failures to signal a new direction at the top of the sport.

Many observers believed that Team Astana will have its WorldTour license revoked by UCI but the world governing body decided against it. Armstrong said he believes Cookson’s hands might have been tied by rules of the UCI.

In another development, former world cycling chief pat McQuaid has remarked that he had’certain sympathy’ with Armstrong. The ex-UCI chief said Armstrong has been harshly treated and very much made a scapegoat and added that there was a ‘witch-hunt’ after the cyclist. McQuaid also remarked that USADA wanted a ‘big name’ and this was the reason why Lance Armstrong was ‘treated differently’ from other cyclists who engaged in doping. The former UCI chief also said USADA made deals with smaller riders so that they can get information about the big riders.

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Wednesday 28, Jan 2015

Former Team Sky Doctor Given Life Ban

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has imposed life ban on former Rabobank cycling team doctor and board member Geert Leinders, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (Doping autoriteit).

The Belgian physician was banned for his involvement in supply of performance enhancing drugs to riders. The investigation of Leinders started with the discovery of evidence by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 during the course of its investigation of doping in cycling.

A three-member panel of the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport made the decision to ban Leinders, according to USADA. The panel agreed with the charges that the charges that the alleged doping offenses involved aggravating circumstances to justify a lifetime period of ineligibility. It was found by the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel that the physician administered banned performance enhancing drugs and methods, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, LH, and corticosteroids without any legitimate medical need to athletes under his care.

In a statement, Travis T. Tygart, head of USADA, said it shocks the conscience that a board member and team doctor would abuse his trusted position by overseeing and participating in this type of dangerous and fraudulent activity. Tygart also added that ridding those in the system who attempt to justify doping as a means to an end is the only way to truly clean up cycling for current and future generations of athletes.

Leinders was the team doctor in 2007 with Rabobank when Michael Rasmussen was expelled from the Tour de France for evading doping controls in buildup to the race. In 2009, Geert Leinders left Rabobank and later worked for some riders from Team Sky.

Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD) director Lone Hansen said in a statement that Rasmussen cooperated and testified in the case. Hansen added athlete eyewitness testimony can play an important and powerful role in the investigative process, and in this case, Michael Rasmussen’s cooperation and testimony was integral to the outcome. The ADD Director added this case was an important opportunity for ADD to collaborate with our partners at USADA and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands to pursue a level playing field in cycling, and we know that continued global collaboration is the only way to provide a level playing field for all athletes in all sports.

Herman Ram, Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands, said this case demonstrates that intelligence gathering and investigations in close cooperation between independent anti-doping organizations can lead to the prosecution and sanctioning of not only athletes but also – and more importantly – of athlete support personnel. The Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands also remarked we appreciate the collaborative work done on this case, and we will continue our efforts to bring to light the full truth about the culture of doping.

The physician is prohibited from training or advising athletes and participating at any event sanctioned by USA Cycling, the International Cycling Union, or any other sports agency that follows the World Anti-Doping Agency codes.

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Monday 26, Jan 2015

UK Anti-Doping And EIS To Work Together

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UK Anti-Doping And EIS To Work Together

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is working in partnership with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) for delivering mandatory anti-doping education to staff.

All front-line technical and operational staff are expected to undertake the Online Advisor Course of UK Anti-Doping to become an Accredited UKAD Advisor. In addition to this, all staff across the organization, whether employed or contracted, are asked to sign-up to an EIS Anti-Doping Code of Conduct. This collaboration will represent a positive step forward to ensure that Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) understand their enhanced role and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code that came into force on 1 January 2015.

EIS National Director Nigel Walker said EIS has always been fully committed to clean sport and this new online training for our staff and contractors is of the utmost importance to ensure that everyone knows what their duties are so we can deliver the very best support to our elite athletes.

UK Anti-Doping Interim Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead added we are delighted that EIS has decided to introduce this training for their staff and contractors. Nicole added it demonstrates a robust commitment towards clean sport and a realization that everyone has an important role to play in protecting themselves and the athletes they support.

Under the 2015 Code, Athlete Support Personnel are required to be knowledgeable and comply fully with all anti-doping policies and use their influence in a positive way. They are expected to provide assistance for developing ethical standards, strong values, and foster anti-doping attitudes.

The English Institute of Sport works to improve sporting performance by delivery of science, medicine, technology, and engineering. The EIS delivers over 4,000 hours of support a week to over 1,700 athletes from over 30 sports and represents a significant percentage of the ASP across the high performance system.

Last month, UK Anti-Doping signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Crime Agency (NCA). This was done to set out clear guidelines for sharing information in the fight against the supply and trafficking of doping-related substances and activities in sport.

This development improved ability of UK Anti-Doping to prevent, deter, detect, and enforce any anti-doping rule violation in all sports under the World Anti-Doping Code. Information is to be shared with UK Anti-Doping by the NCA when it relates to the detection, deterrence, enforcement or prevention of an anti-doping rule violation while UK Anti-Doping will share information with the NCA when it relates to the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of serious organized crime, or the reduction of crime.

UK Anti-Doping Interim Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead had remarked we are delighted to formalize our already strong partnership with the NCA, strengthening our ability to tackle the supply chain of doping-related substances and intensify our activities in the global fight against doping in sport. Nicole added intelligence and investigations is an integral component of the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and clean athletes should rest assured that UKAD is doing all it can to prevent doping activities and protect sport in the United Kingdom.

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Saturday 24, Jan 2015

Olympic Doping Appeal Of Backstrom Resolved With Reprimand

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Olympic Doping Appeal Of Backstrom Resolved With Reprimand

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has withdrawn his appeal against ruling of the International Olympic Committee that he violated World Anti-Doping Agency law.

Backstrom, the Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, was allowed to keep the silver medal he earned playing for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics last February. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Backstrom had not intended to gain any competitive advantage by using the medication.

According to a joint announcement between Backstrom, WADA, and the IOC, Backstrom agreed upon a reprimand that is the minimum application sanction permitted by the WADA code. The announcement said the final decision was reached for Backstrom to remove his appeal and the World Anti-Doping Agency to issue a reprimand after constructive discussions between Backstrom’s representatives and those of the IOC, WADA, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

It was also revealed by the announcement that at no time was Backstrom’s receipt of his Olympic silver medal at issue in the proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The announcement emphasized that Backstrom did not intend to enhance his sport performance by taking a prohibited substance, that the prohibited substance (PSE) was contained within a product Backstrom was taking for medical reasons, that Backstrom relied on the specific advice of his team doctor that his use of the product would not give rise to a positive sample, and that he openly disclosed the product on the doping control form at the time of the doping control.

Backstrom received the full support of Coach Barry Trotz, his teammates, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly when it emerged that the World Anti-Doping Agency had appealed the IOC’s decision to exonerate Backstrom. In early December, Daly said the NHL supports Nick in this circumstance and added that he thinks there were unfair circumstances surrounding the determination, and unfortunately it is still in litigation.

The 27-year-old Swede was judged to have committed an anti-doping rule violating on March 14, 2014 based on elevated pseudoephedrine levels. Backstrom tested positive for pseudoephedrine after Sweden’s win over Slovenia in the Olympic quarterfinals on February 19, 2014. The Washington Capitals centre claimed the stimulant was contained in a sinus medication he had been taking for allergies. Nicklas Backstrom was suspended and pulled from the Swedish team just hours before the February 23 gold-medal game, which Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada. The timing of the decision angered the Swedes who said it affected the team’s performance.

Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient found in his allergy medication not banned by the National Hockey League (NHL). This resulted in Backstrom getting barred from playing in the gold medal game. Later, Backstrom was awarded his silver medal in a ceremony in Sweden on August 28.

On April 2, 2014, Backstrom filed his appeal and challenged that an anti-doping rule violation had occurred. The World Anti-Doping Agency filed its appeal on October 9, 2014 and tried to counter ruling of the IIHF Disciplinary Committee that Backstrom had not violated the WADA code.

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Thursday 22, Jan 2015

Doping Will Be Eliminated Soon, Claims Russian Athletics Chief

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Doping Will Be Eliminated Soon, Claims Russian Athletics Chief

Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev has remarked that doping will be eliminated from Russian athletics in the near future.

Balakhnichev said the VFLA takes around 4,000 doping samples every year and not one federation in the world has such a widespread anti-doping program. Recently, a German television documentary alleged that doping was widespread among Russian athletes. The VFLA chief added he will guarantee we will clean our hands of this dirt after carrying out a difficult process in the near future. He went on to remark that the Russia’s Athletics Federation is not working to support doping but is fighting against it.

Balakhnichev also remarked that he would not take responsibility for banned Russian walkers taking part in official events. Recently, the world and Olympic 20km champion Elena Lashmanova competed in the Mordovian winter championships in Saransk though she is suspended until 2016 after failing a drugs test. Balakhnichev remarked two other sportsmen apart from Lashmanova also competed who had no right to do so — Sergei Bakulin and Yekaterina Medvedeva and added we have sent all three an official letter and we are waiting for their responses as well as those of the organizers of the competition.

Lashmanova, a gold medal winner for the 20-kilometer race walk at the 2012 London Olympics, was banned for two years for testing positive for a banned substance in January 2014. She now faces a ban from next year’s Olympics for doping after it was found that she competed illegally in a December 30 meet in Russia with 2012 world junior champion Ekaterina Medvedeva, another banned athlete. An official in the Russian program who was behind the event said the photos were actually taken in 2012, not this past December but the claims were refuted by a Canadian race walker who said the clothing worn in the photos was not available in 2012.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is presently looking into the allegations. Balakhnichev remarked the IAAF has already got in touch with us and we must send them some official documents, including photographic evidence and added that we will comply with this request. Balakhnichev also remarked the competition in Saransk was not an official VFLA event and remarked this incident is connected with separate sportsmen and not our federation. The VFLA chief also said he cannot run after everyone and make sure they are not breaking the rules.

In the last six years, twenty Russian walkers have been disqualified for doping offences and each of them trained at the Olympic Training Centre in Saransk under Coach Viktor Chegin.

Balakhnichev remarked the coaches have even more responsibility than the sportsmen. He further added they should be more actively making sure that the anti-doping controls from Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA are being enforced and also said we should be concentrating our focus on particular individuals and not on particular sports. The VFLA chief also said the Lance Armstrong case saw the sportsman punished and not the American cycling federation.

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Tuesday 20, Jan 2015

Former Figure Skating World Champion Banned

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Former Figure Skating World Champion Banned

Carolina Kostner, one of the most decorated female figure skaters in the world, has been banned by the Italian anti-doping tribunal for 16 months. This was after the Italian figure skater was found guilty of assisting her then-boyfriend and Olympic race walking champion Alex Schwazer in covering up his doping.

The Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor had earlier recommended that Kostner should be banned for four years and three months. The prosecutor changed his recommendation following a change in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code from the beginning of 2015. He requested a suspension of two years and three months but the Italian anti-doping tribunal decided on a sanction of one year and four months and a fine of 1,000 euros ($1,150).

The 27-year-old Kostner had already announced her decision to take off from competition this year but a long ban could have ruled her out of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Kostner admitted lying to anti-doping officials when they arrived in 2012 at her home looking for Alex Schwazer so that they could collect a sample for a drug test. The figure skater told them that Schwazer was not around. She now says that she never covered for Alex as she had no idea what he was doing.

Italy’s Olympic committee was seeking a heavier penalty for Carolina. The Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor had recommended that the former figure skating world champion be banned for four years and three months. The request by prosecutor was made as part of a widespread doping inquiry that set off when Alex Schwazer tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2012.

After the verdict, Carolina will be prevented from competing, coaching, or appearing in shows that are sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU). Her ban is not backdated and the 27-year-old will not lose any of her medals. The ban starts immediately and ends on May 15, 2016.

Giovanni Fontana, Kostner’s lawyer, said he would be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. Fontana also remarked that Carolina cleared up all the doubts there were to clear up and he thinks the anti-doping prosecutor was very satisfied on all accounts. The lawyer also remarked that Carolina is extraneous from the entire case and she did not cover up anything for anyone. Carolina exited by a backdoor and did not speak with reporters. Fontana said that his client is used to a completely different type of attention and that’s why we thought that after four hours she should rest up a bit.

Schwazer admitted to using EPO, the blood-boosting hormone, and announced his retirement from the sport. The Italian race walker, who won the 50-kilometre walk at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, also admitted to consulting with Lance Armstrong’s banned sports doctor, Michele Ferrari. Schwazer was banned by CONI for 3 ½ years in April 2013. The ban imposed on Schwazer may be extended by three months, taking his suspension to April 2016. After caught doping, Schwazer admitted that he purchased EPO and lied to Carolina about storing the banned substance in their fridge.

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Sunday 18, Jan 2015

Montagny Should Be Banned For Life, Says Racing Legend

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Montagny Should Be Banned For Life, Says Racing Legend

Racing legend Mario Andretti has remarked that Franck Montagny should be permanently banned from the sport. Andretti made this comment after Montagny tested positive for a cocaine derivative recently.

Mario told reporter Simon Pausch in an interview with Germany’s Die Welt that the career of Franck Montagny would be over if he had his way. Andretti said it is a big disappointment for us all, as he also endangered every other driver on the track and added what he did is unforgivable in our sport.

However, Mario remarked doping is far from widespread in the sport. The racing legend said current anti-doping regulations in place are doing what they are designed to do. Mario remarked there are always some black sheep but there is no doping or drug problem in racing. He went on to remark that the fact that Montagny was busted just shows that the control system works.

Franck Montagny recently competed in the first two races of the 2014-15 FIA Formula E season for Andretti Autosport that is run by Michael Andretti, Mario’s son and former open-wheel standout. The French motor racing driver, who competes in Formula E for Andretti Autosport, briefly raced for the Super Aguri Formula One team in 2006. It is believed by some that the 37-year-old Frenchman’s brush with cocaine may actually date all the way back to his F1 career that spanned test roles at Toyota and Renault.

Once considered a top prodigy in formula and endurance racing, the French driver won five American Le Mans Series races (including thrice at the Petit Le Mans). Montagny finished the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the podium four times and contested seven grands prix for the Super Aguri team. In 1988, Montagny started racing karts and won the cadet class in the French Karting Championship in 1992 and the National 1 class in 1993. In 1994, he made his debut in cars and won the French Renault Campus championship. In 1998, Franck Montagny had a breakthrough year in Formula Three where he went ahead of experienced drivers including Luciano Burti, Mark Webber, Enrique Bernoldi, and Peter Dumbreck. In 2009, Montagny made his IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Green Racing at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway.

Andretti Autosport has now announced that Montagny was replaced in Punta Del Este by Jean-Eric Vergne.

The former Super Aguri driver fears his motorsport career may be over after he was suspended from competition pending final confirmation of any sanction. French newspaper L’Equipe has quoted that the ex-Formula 1 driver has not contested the result of a test carried out after the second Formula E round in Malaysia on November 22 2014. Montagny was quoted as saying that auto sports is perhaps over for him and said he saw the guy who tests signaling to him at the end of the race and he understood immediately that it was dead. Montagny told French publication L’Equipe that he is at fault and he will not argue. Montagny now waits for a final ruling from the FIA.

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Friday 16, Jan 2015

World Championship Biathlon Medalist Fails Doping Test

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World Championship Biathlon Medalist Fails Doping Test

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has announced the former World Championship medalist Sergei Sednev has failed a doping test. Russian Alexander Loginov has also been suspended for doping, according to an announcement by the IBU. Loginov, the 20-year-old four-time World Junior Championship gold medalist and Sochi Olympian, could lose a World Cup relay gold.

IBU President Anders Besseberg also said many more doping scandals could soon follow. Besseberg told Norwegian television station NRK that the sport is set to be hit with the biggest doping scandal in its history. The IBU chief said he cannot go into the detail as of now but there are some positive samples from athletes from several nations. Besseberg added that we have developed new methods for testing thanks to new technologies and so we were able to test the old samples again. He went on to add that we put the samples that are considered suspicious and not very clean, and look forward to new techniques that can identify these samples, if finally is something wrong with them or they are clean.

The body said on its official website that the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing panel will decide about the period of ineligibility for both athletes. The 22-year-old Loginov tested positive for an unspecified banned substance on November 25 and was expelled from the 2014-15 Biathlon World Cup.

Sednev, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 world championships and announced his retirement last month, tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), which is a blood boosting hormone. In a statement, the Ukrainian Biathlon federation (UBF) said it had questioned Sednev who was unable to explain or refute the use of illegal substances. The UBF said on its official website the athlete was given the opportunity of opening the B sample. But as Sednev had finished his career after poor results over the past seasons, he decided not to conduct the further analysis.

In the recent past, Biathlon has been hit by many doping scandals. Under the new anti-doping measures, Russian athletes Ekaterina Iourieva and Irina Starykh are expected to face extended bans due to the result of their samples being re-analyzed. Ekaterina and Irina tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) before the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Iourieva received an eight-year doping ban for her second offense while Starkh received a ban of two years for her failed drugs test. None of the athletes requested their B-samples to be tested. The sample of Starykh was collected in Oberhof, Germany, on January 2, 2014 and the samples of Iourieva were collected for re-analysis in Östersund, Sweden, on November 28 and 29, 2013. Iourieva announced her retirement from the sport after she failed her second doping test.

In February last year, two-time Olympic champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany was caught doping.

In December, IBU vice-president Gottlieb Taschler was criticized after it was alleged that he arranged a meeting with Michele Ferrari, the disgraced doctor who played a big role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, and his son Daniel Taschler, who is a member of the Italian biathlon team.

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Wednesday 14, Jan 2015

Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

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Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

The Athletics Federation of Kenya will hold a hearing in the doping case of Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo on January 15.

Jeptoo has been ordered by Athletics Kenya to attend the hearing along with two coaches and her agent (coaches Claudio Berardelli and Noah Busienei, and Jeptoo’s agent Federico Rosa) as the East African country investigates its high profile doping case. Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat remarked we are hoping this hearing will shed light on who is behind the doping scam and Rita Jeptoo will hopefully tell us what happened.

Rosa and Berardelli vehemently denied any kind of association with the positive drug test. They remarked they were fully cooperating with anti-doping officials. The reputation of Rosa has been surrounded by many controversies in the last few years. In 2012, Mathew Kisorio tested positive for anabolic steroids though he remarked Rosa and Berardelli had nothing to do with the positive test. In the same year, Jemima Sumgong, Jeptoo’s training partner, failed a drug test following the Boston Marathon for testing positive to Prednisolone. Jemima received a doping ban of two years from Athletics Kenya but the decision was later reversed as the localized injection for Bursitis was allowed under IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

In September, Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon winner and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, failed an out-of-competition doping test for Erythropoietin (EPO). A few weeks later, she claimed her second straight title in Chicago. Rita was all slated to be crowned as winner of the World Marathon Majors series but the news of her failed drug test resulted in postponement of the ceremony. Last month, Jeptoo’s “B” sample also came back positive. The marathon runner faces a possible ban of two years.

In 2012, German broadcaster ARD alleged that doping was widespread in Kenya and banned drugs such as EPO can be easily obtained at Kenya’s high-altitude training bases. The German ARD documentary alleged that 150 athletes among them 25 Kenyans had suspicious blood values and were not subjected to proper targeted testing afterwards.

Officials from Athletics Kenya have blamed foreign coaches and agents for most doping cases.

Athletics Kenya recently released a list of nine athletes who were suspended or suspected to be involved in doping. The doping list has 2013 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, in China, Viola Chelangat Kimetto. Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo winner at the Yangzhou Jianzen International Half Marathon, held in Yangzhou, China in April, Jeptoo and Philip Kibiwot Kandie, winner of Media Marathon BAM Max Tott held in Guatemala City in January.

The urine sample of Chelangat that was collected in competition during the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon in December 2013 revealed the presence of prohibited substance Norandosterone. Athletics Kenya had recently summoned Maunga James Nyakabira, Ndirangu Alice, Elizabeth Jebet Chelagat, Isaac Kimaiyo Kemboi and Bernard Mwendia Muthoni to appear before the Athletics Kenya Medical and Anti-doping Commission. A statement from Athletics Kenya said each athlete has been requested to get in touch with the head office in reference to particular issues revolving doping cases.

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Monday 12, Jan 2015

Gustafsson Wants Johnson To Be Tested

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Swedish mixed martial artist Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) wants his UFC opponent on FOX main event Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) to be drug tested before their scheduled fight.

Without naming Johnson of wrongdoing, Gustafsson said he just wants Johnson to be subjected to the same type of drug testing he himself already has undergone. During the so-called out of competition period, Sweden was tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) leading up to his January 24 bout against Johnson.

Alexander Gustafsson posted that a request from Sweden has been sent to US Anti-Doping commission to come and test him. The Swedish MMA fighter said this is the way it is done in Sweden, no matter where you are, you are under control which he really appreciates, and he wants his sport to be clean so everyone compete under the same terms. Gustafsson added therefore, he would like to request that the same tests applies to his competitor Rumble Johnson and he wants us both to show the world that we are clean top athletes competing in the UFC on equal terms.

In a recorded video statement, the Swedish mixed martial artist said he just got tested by USADA and he is thankful for them coming here and doing the test.

UFC was earlier planning to conduct its own out-of-competition, year-round drug testing program but its president Dana White recently remarked that was no longer the case as the UFC had “no business” jumping head first into the regulatory business. White said we have no business doing drug testing but did remarked that the UFC will fund the efforts of different regulatory bodies that sanction events around the globe so that they can do more and better drug testing.

Gustafsson is presently signed with the UFC in its light heavyweight division. Alexander Gustafsson is the #1 contender in official UFC light heavyweight rankings as of January 17, 2014. He is ranked the #2 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and is ranked the #15 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by the UFC as of January 5, 2015.

Gustafsson is best known for his killer instinct, powerful striking, and the reckless ways by which he finishes his fights. Gustafsson started training in boxing in 1996 and started training Mixed Martial Arts in 2006. The Swedish mixed martial artist made his UFC debut on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105 against Jared Hamman by winning the bout via KO at 0:41 in the first round. In his next fight, Gustafsson lost via submission because of an anaconda choke to tap out at 4:55 of the first round.

At UFC 120, Gustafsson was scheduled to face MMA and kickboxing veteran Cyrille Diabaté and trained with notable UFC fighters like Phil Davis, Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera, Joey Beltran, and Travis Browne. Gustafsson defeated Diabate via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round. After the fight, Gustafsson said that the main reason for his success against Cyrille Diabaté as the time that he spent at Alliance MMA in the training camp for a month.

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