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Thursday 30, Apr 2015

Tom Meeusen Cleared By Belgian Cycling Federation

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Tom Meeusen Cleared By Belgian Cycling Federation

Tom Meeusen, the Cyclo-cross rider from Belgium, has successfully appealed against decision of the Belgian Cycling Federation not to register him at the World Championships after doping suspicion.

The 26-year-old rider, who found himself in an investigation by the Belgian Cycling Federation, was acquitted because of lack of evidence that he made use of performance enhancing substances, Cortisone and Vaminolact. If he was found guilty, Meeusen would have faced a doping ban of two years and a fine of €28,550 and his 2012 results would have been annulled. Meeusen successfully appealed his exclusion at the 2015 cross world championships in the Czech Republic in January because of the ongoing investigation, along with other riders Laurens Sweeck and Bart Wellens.

Sweeck has admitted that he did purchased Vaminolact, injectable amino acids developed as a nutritional source for premature and sick babies, but added that he did not receive illegal ozone treatments from Belgian doctor Chris Mertens. Sweeck was named among 19 athletes linked to a three-year-long investigation into the activities of Merten who was charged with providing ozone treatment, a procedure where blood is extracted and infused with ozone before being injected back into the body.

Article 9.2.002 of the UCI regulations states that a rider against whom an investigation was opened in relation to a breach of anti-doping rules will not be eligible for the World Championships until their definitive acquittal. Stijn Debaene, Partner of Fieldfisher, the firm that defended Meeusen, said the Arbitration Court has only issued a decision without a motive for it, so we do not yet know on which basis they have decided that this rule is not applicable. Debaene added maybe they have decided that this rule is not applicable because there is no investigation that has been initiated against the rider, which is the first thing that we pleaded. Maybe they have said, as they did in the Valverde case, that the rule in and of itself is not a rule which should be applied anyway. But we do not know at this time.

Greg van Avermaet of BMC Racing is now the next high-profile rider to wait on a decision by the Belgian Federation. Avermaet too was associated with Dr Mertens. In April, prosecutors requested for a doping ban of two years and a fine of €262,500 at a hearing. Final decision on the Classics specialist’s fate is expected on May 7.

In January, the Belgian Court for Sport Arbitration (BAS) ruled that Tom Meeusen, Laurens Sweek, and Bart Wellens must be allowed to race the upcoming World Cup and UCI world championships.

Dr Chris Mertens is suspected of providing ozone treatment to 19 athletes, especially to notable cyclo-cross riders. Also known as ozonated autohemotherapy, ozone treatment has the ability to increase the levels of oxygen in the body and is considered illegal under UCI rules.

Pieter Van Herck and Stefan Van Dijk so far have been handed bans as part of the investigation. Herk was given a two-year suspension after being found guilty of ozone-therapy conducted in 2011. Stefan Van Dijk was handed an eight-year suspension and 10,000 Euro fine for ozone therapy. According to Belgian media, Dijk had blood extracted and then infused on certain occasions and took ozone therapy during the 2011 season, in which he rode for Verandas Willems.

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Tuesday 28, Apr 2015

Lee Chong Wei To Be Banned For Eight Months

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Lee Chong Wei To Be Banned For Eight Months

Lee Chong Wei, Malaysian Chinese professional badminton player, will be banned for eight months from competitive badminton. Wei was facing a two-year ban but news of this reduced suspension has delighted him and his fans.

According to media reports, the ban on Wei would be backdated from August 30 last year and he will now be able to compete in competitions from May 1. This also means Lee Chong Wei can now compete in the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan next month and the World Championships in Jakarta in August and the SEA Games in Singapore in June.

Wei tested positive for Dexamethasone, a banned anti-inflammatory drug, at the World Championships in Copenhagen last year where he lost in the final to China’s Chen Long. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) temporarily suspended Wei who claimed he received the drug for injury treatment in July last year.

Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had remarked Dexamethasone was not administered to Datuk Lee Chong Wei by doctors at the National Sports Institute (ISN) but by a specialist sports clinic in Kuala Lumpur as part of stem cell treatment for an injury. Jamaluddin added Dexamethasone is allowed for out-of-competition athletes seeking treatment for injuries and also had said that traces remain in the body for 10 days but in this case, we are not sure why it lasted longer than that.

The entire country supported its most favorite sports icon. Dr Patrick Yung Shu-hang, executive director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Centre, said using Dexamethasone to improve the performance of a badminton player would have minimal impact and he had great sympathy for Lee.

Yung, who is also a consultant in the Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology of Prince Wales Hospital, said Dexamethasone is a kind of corticosteroids used therapeutically to treat inflammations, asthma and arthritis and it is different from anabolic steroids which are synthetic substances for promoting the growth of skeletal muscle for the purpose of enhancing sporting performance. Yung also remarked that Dexamethasone is very common in medical treatment and it is not banned during out-of-competition period and said there has long been debate indeed on whether this substance should be removed from the doping list.

American cyclist Yosmani Pol Rodriguez was banned in 2012 for a period of two years after an in-competition urine sample collected during the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium.

Yung remarked Dexamethasone can help cyclists relieve high-altitude training-related sicknesses such as acute mountain sickness, pulmonary edema and headaches, and hence indirectly enhance performance but he can’t see any significant help for a badminton player.

Dr Yvonne Yuan Wai-yi, the former head of the Hong Kong Doping Committee, said if Lee’s B sample remains the same, he may only be able to cut down the penalty if he has a very good reason of unintentional use. Yuan added it will be difficult but, on the international scene, there are always political reasons behind final judgments and also remarked if Lee could prove he has no significant fault in the case, a sanction may be reduced.

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Sunday 26, Apr 2015

WADA And PCC Enters Into Partnership

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) have announced a multi-year anti-doping research partnership. This partnership will involve the establishment of two collaborative research funds totaling $6 million to be administered by both organizations.

For the collaborative research funds, $1.5 million of the funds will be matched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as part of the special IOC-WADA Anti-Doping Research Fund. PCC executive director Michael Pearlmutter remarked this partnership will enable us to support the highest quality international anti-doping research and to implement the results of that research in WADA-accredited labs. Pearlmutter added this is a great win for anti-doping, PCC members, and for our researchers.

WADA director general, David Howman, said research remains pivotal to the anti-doping efforts practiced by our partners right across the world, and so any boost to research that helps us remain at the forefront of doping trends is widely welcomed. Howman added that WADA is pleased to collaborate with the Partnership for Clean Competition so that the rights of clean athletes can be preserved and the integrity of sport upheld.

In another development, Howman said he was disappointed that former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before he admitted using performance enhancing drugs. Howman remarked the disgraced cyclist, who received a lifetime ban and was stripped of all his seven consecutive Tour de France victories, was able to beat the system in ways and means where others were complicit and others understood what he was trying to do. The WADA director general also remarked that we haven’t even been apologized to, and that’s regrettable.

Howman also criticized the National Football League Players Association for not agreeing to more stringent anti-doping policies. The WADA head said the NFL has a bit of an issue with their collective bargaining agreement, which has not lent itself to the same, let’s say, progressive anti-doping program that the Major League Baseball people have, and similarly at the NHL. Howman went on to remark that he thinks there needs to be an attitudinal shift from the players and they should be making sure that they’re delivering clean sport. He added they should be making sure that they’re not protecting the bad guys, the one or two who may try to cheat or actually cheat.

In response to Howman’s comments, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said we know that WADA has to demonize athletes and unions to stay relevant and added that our collectively bargained drug policies are strong and fair.

Howman also said mixed martial arts star Anderson Silva would not be prohibited from competing in the Rio Olympics in taekwondo under WADA policies. In January, Silva tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids before a UFC fight. The MMA fighter received a temporary suspension from the UFC and may be further sanctioned by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The WADA Chief remarked the decision on whether Anderson Silva could take part in the 2016 Olympics next year should come from Taekwondo’s international governing body.

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Friday 24, Apr 2015

IAAF Wants Doping Ban On Rita Jeptoo To Be Doubled

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IAAF Wants Doping Ban On Rita Jeptoo To Be Doubled

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has disclosed on its website (www.tas-cas.org) that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics, wants to double the doping ban of two years handed out to Boston and Chicago marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.

In September, the Kenyan athlete failed an out-of-competition test in September for the blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO). In the biggest drugs scandal to hit the East African country in recent years, the Kenyan marathon runner received a two-year ban from sports for the anti-doping rule violation. Her failed test resulted in the postponement of the awards ceremony for the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors (WMM) series. Rita Jeptoo was to collect the women’s series prize, including $500,000, after securing her World Marathon Majors series victory with a win in Chicago that took place on October 12, after the out-of-competition test.

Jeptoo denied doping and made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the suspension to be lifted. Jeptoo, unless she can successfully appeal, will lose her 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon title and its $100,000 in prize money and the prize of $500,000 as winner of the 2013-14 Abbott World Marathon Majors Series. Rita Jeptoo would also become ineligible from making another appearance in the WMM series if she is found guilty of the doping offense. World Marathon Majors general counsel Nick Bitel remarked that under the athletes’ code of conduct for the series, anyone found guilty of a doping offense that carries more than a ban of three months is disqualified from ever taking part in the WMM series.

On its website, CAS disclosed that the IAAF had requested that the period of ineligibility for Rita Jeptoo should be increased to four years, due to aggravating circumstances which it argues warrant an extended period of ineligibility. It was disclosed that Jeptoo has asked the CAS to set the suspension aside and lift the two-year suspension so she can resume training and participate in IAAF competitions during the CAS proceedings. The CAS said both appeals were currently in progress and being conducted in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration.

Rita Jeptoo was banned by Athletics Kenya from all competition until October 29, 2016 which includes the 2016 Olympics and 2015 World Championships following an adverse analytical finding for recombinant EPO. The ban on Rita Jeptoo, winner of the last two Boston and Chicago marathons, was reportedly backdated to October 30, 2014. The suspension that was imposed by anti-doping commission of Athletics Kenya was the minimum mandatory punishment under international anti-doping regulations in place when Rita Jeptoo was caught in an out-of competition test last year.

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who is all set to get the World Marathon Majors winner-takes-all $500,000, said if you take something like EPO, which is injected as a professional athlete, it is obvious you know what you are putting in your body. Kiplagat, the two-time women’s marathon world champion, also remarked her positive test has made it very difficult for us and also remarked that we keep on being asked about doping every time we go to compete out there.

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Wednesday 22, Apr 2015

Russia’s Doping No Worse Than Europe, Says Sports Minister

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Russia’s Doping No Worse Than Europe, Says Sports Minister

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has remarked that the sports doping rate of the country is no worse than in other European countries. In a rare meeting with foreign reporters, Mutko said Russia has made a “colossal” effort to catch cheats by carrying out up to 20,000 tests a year.

Mutko said Russia has made really colossal efforts in fight against doping in the last five years and Russia has done so with WADA and with international federations and added it took some countries decades to do the same. The Russian minister also said international doping investigators now have free access to all Russian athletes and Russia has a new laboratory in Moscow that matches “really top international standards”. Mutko also commented independence of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was guaranteed by law. He went on to remark that the country has 9,000 international level athletes and many of them spend 70 percent of the year abroad where they undergo checks.

On the sidelines of the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Mutko said only two percent of our athletes are being caught doping and that is really a normal indicator just as in all other European countries. The Sports Minister added we are sure that Russia is a reliable partner in anti-doping and we have done and are going to do these activities in a very tough way.

In December, a German television documentary alleged widespread doping had been covered up, especially in athletics. The sports machine of Russia is under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after the documentary. Meanwhile, the IAAF has initiated proceedings against Viktor Chegin, who has trained more than 20 athletes caught for doping in recent years and heads the Russian race-walking centre in Saransk.

New Russian athletics coach Yuri Borzakovsky defended controversial race walking coach Viktor Chegin who is presently under investigation by the IAAF as part of its probe into Russian doping. Borzakovsky said Chegin will remain on the Russian team until there’s an official piece of paper saying he’s accused of something or other.

Mutko raised doubts about the tests raised in the television documentary. The Sports minister said it looks like someone has kept them hidden somewhere and then under certain circumstances they have taken them out to confront us. Mutko insisted that his country has acted “in good faith” and many athletes and coaches received life bans even if they were star performers. He also said we are ready to invite foreign experts for each step of the anti-doping procedure even for several years to end all these doubts and claims made about our country so we can cooperate in good faith.

In another development, IAAF President Lamine Diack said Russia will not be barred from major athletics competitions due to allegations of systematic doping. The IAAF ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency are presently investigating Russia over claims that Russian officials ran a sophisticated doping program. Diack said Russia is a great nation of athletics and compared the doping problem of Russia to the scandals in the United States in the 1990s. The IAAF President said Russia’s doping problem should be solved in a similar way with stricter enforcement by an independent agency.

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Monday 20, Apr 2015

ASADA Not To Appeal Against Verdicts On Essendon And Stephen Dank

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ASADA Not To Appeal Against Verdicts On Essendon And Stephen Dank

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has announced it will not appeal against the guilty findings against 34 past and present Essendon players and controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank, who was found guilty on 10 charges.

However, ASADA urged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take the matter direct to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority said any appeal against the AFL anti-doping tribunal verdicts on Essendon and Dank would remain within the AFL framework.

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt gave a hint of a trust in the AFL system by remarking any appeal by ASADA would ultimately serve only to delay consideration of these matters and it may deny an immediate chance to WADA to take the case to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. McDevitt said as with all other decisions he has made in these matters this decision has largely been informed by comprehensive legal advice.

The ASADA chief executive added he is conscious that ASADA does not have a direct right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the only appeal avenue open to ASADA at this time is to the AFL anti-doping appeals tribunal. McDevitt added he is also aware that appealing any of these decisions within the AFL framework would ultimately serve only to delay consideration of these matters by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He went on to remark therefore he has arranged to provide the entire case file encompassing all 35 matters to WADA for its independent review and this is in accordance with global anti-doping protocols.

The chief executive of ASADA added that WADA will then be able to make an independent decision as to whether to exercise its appeal options and ASADA will support any WADA initiated appeal in relation to these matters. McDevitt also remarked he wanted the findings of the tribunal to be made public.

The World Anti-Doping Agency now has 21 days to decide whether or not it wants to appeal the case. Its appeal is taken directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and not the AFL appeals board.

Meanwhile, Stephen Dank has confirmed he would appeal against the 10 charges laid by the tribunal and also said he is contemplating legal action against ASADA for their investigation. The sports scientist was found guilty of trafficking, attempting to traffic and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances. He was also accused of overseeing what substances the players took and being the architect of the supplements program.

Former ASADA chairman Richard Ings said the charges against Dank do not surprise him. Ings said it has been a long time coming but Stephen Dank has made certain admissions about the distributions about banned substances and that he has a business in peptides that distributes banned substances.

In another development, Essendon coach James Hird has remarked he is ready to testify at a Senate inquiry into ASADA as Dank signaled he would appeal his guilty verdict. Hird remarked he would be happy to tell all about an inquiry he went to Federal Court to derail, assuming Essendon has never told its side of the story.

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Saturday 18, Apr 2015

Stephen Dank Found Guilty By AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal

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Stephen Dank Found Guilty By AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal

The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty of 10 breaches. The controversial sports scientist was facing 34 charges including trafficking, attempt to trafficking and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances.

The breaches mostly related to time of Dank with Essendon, but also included his stint with the Gold Coast Suns and dealings with a former Carlton coach.

An AFL statement read the Tribunal has found that the former Essendon support person has been found guilty of 10 breaches of the AFL Anti-Doping Code. The statement also revealed that the prohibited substances in question include Thymosin beta-4 and CJC-1295 and added that former NRL player Sandor Earl admitted to trafficking.

The tribunal said it is comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by attempting to traffick in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Essendon Football Club and athletes of the club, prohibited substances in a product known as Humanofort, namely Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), Insulin Growth Factor 2 (IGF-2), Mechano Growth Factor (MGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Follistatin and Thymosin Beta 4, between about January 2012 and September 2012. The tribunal also said it is comfortably satisfied that the former support person violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by attempting to traffick in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Gold Coast Suns Football Club and support persons of the club, a prohibited substance, namely CJC-1295, in December 2010.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the circumstances surrounding the case have been extremely difficult, given the amount of information and the number of parties involved and added the professionalism and diligence of the Tribunal has been greatly appreciated by the AFL.

The AFL anti-doping tribunal said it is not comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.8 of the AFL Anti-Doping Code by attempting to administer a substance prohibited both in and out-of-competition, namely Hexarelin, to various Essendon Football Club Players between about January 2012 and September 2012. It added the tribunal is not comfortably satisfied that Stephen Dank violated clause 11.6 of the AFL Anti-Doping Code by actually possessing, at various times between about January 2012 and September 2012, one or more substances prohibited both in and out-of-competition, namely Thymosin Beta 4 and/or Hexarelin, in connection with athletes (players) competition and/or training at Essendon Football Club.

It also said the tribunal is not comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by trafficking in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Essendon Football Club and athletes, prohibited substances in a product known as Humanofort, namely Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), Insulin Growth Factor 2 (IGF-2), Mechano Growth Factor (MGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Follistatin and Thymosin Beta 4, between about January 2012 and September 2012.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is contemplating an appeal to that tribunal decision and said it is disappointed in the tribunal’s decision to clear Dank of a number of serious alleged violations.

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Thursday 16, Apr 2015

Elite Kenyan Athletes Criticize Federation

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Elite Kenyan Athletes Criticize Federation

A group of elite Kenyan athletes led by former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang, the president of the Professional Athletes Association of Kenya, have criticized the Athletics Federation of Kenya for suspending their agents in a doping investigation. The athletes remarked the suspensions have hurt their preparations for the world championships and other major competitions this season.

In a joint statement, the athletes questioned move of Athletics Kenya to suspend Italy’s Rosa & Associati and the Netherlands’ Volare Sports from working in Kenya for six months. The two European athlete management companies were suspended on Monday pending investigations into the recent spike in doping cases involving Kenyan athletes.

Reading from a prepared statement, Wilson Kipsang said accusing Rosa and Volare of doping has caused unrest locally and internationally. Kipsang added it is unprofessional since Athletics Kenya has not tabled facts and evidence to prove the agents are involved in doping.

In the last five years, more than 30 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests with women’s marathon star Rita Jeptoo the highest profile case so far. Jeptoo, represented by Rosa, was banned for two years in January after she tested for the blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test in Kenya last year.

Kenyan officials have been blaming the influence of foreign agents for some of the doping.

Meanwhile, Rosa & Associati and Volare Sports both said they were talking to world governing body IAAF. They added they had not received any information on their suspension or the reasons for it from Athletics Kenya. Gerard van de Veen, who heads Volare Sports, said Athletics Kenya is doing the opposite of what they should do — they ban and then investigate.

Rosa and Volare represent many elite athletes of Kenya including Kipsang, Kiprop, current marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto, women’s 800 world champion Eunice Sum, two-time New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai, among others. Van de Veen represents Kipsang and Kimetto, among others.

The 2011 World 200m champion Amantle Montsho from Botswana who is in the Rosa camp was banned for two years after failing a dope test after winning the 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m title. Matthew Kisorio, who was banned for a period of two years before he completed his term, last year was also in the Rosa camp.

Van de Veen denied claims made by Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat that there were more doping cases among the runners of Volare. Van de Veen, referring specifically to marathoners Kipsang and Kimetto, said many times in the year they get doping control but they never found something and went on to add that he really does not understand the reason for the allegations.

Kiplagat, who later stepped aside as the boss of Athletics Kenya, said the athletic federation will appoint a manager who will be handling affected athletes in the IAAF and Diamond Leagues before investigations are completed. Kiplagat said we shall involve the IAAF, Kenya Police, AK and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in the investigations.

The Athletics Federation of Kenya has suggested providing the athletes with temporary managers during suspension of their agents but the suggestion has been rejected by the runners. Kipsang said Athletics Kenya “is not trustworthy” in handling finances, allowances and prize money and added they cannot manage the over 250 athletes in the two camps.

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Tuesday 14, Apr 2015

Agents Representing Marathon World Record-Holder Suspended

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Agents Representing Marathon World Record-Holder Suspended

The Athletics Federation of Kenya has suspended the agents Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world record holder, and other top stars as it investigates an increase in doping among Kenyan athletes.

On Monday, Athletics Kenya announced that it has suspended two foreign agencies for a period of six months from managing its athletes pending investigations into allegations of doping that have brought bad name to a country famed for its distance runners. Athletics Kenya President, Isaiah Kiplagat, said the athletic federation of the country has decided to suspend two agents for the time being so that investigations can be carried out and, when the results are out, we will decide whether they come back or not. Kiplagat added this suspension will be for a period of six months.

The Athletics Kenya President also remarked there have been a lot of reports relating to doping in Kenya and a lot of fingers pointed at people, agents, doctors and pharmacists. Kiplagat added we know it is an intricate issue and critical matter and we want to deal with it. Kiplagat told a news conference that everyone must be aware that we announced at the beginning of the year that any manager who has more than three athletes testing positive for drugs will have their licenses revoked.

Kiplagat said we have decided to ask Dr Rosa and Gerard Van De Veen to step aside for six months for the purposes of us to investigate their roles in this doping scandal and added these two men manage the elite athletes in the contracts, and some of them have recently been suspended for failing dope tests. It was further commented by Athletics Kenya President that the Athletics Federation of Kenya has appointed a probe team composed of AK officials, Anti-Doping Association of Kenya (ADAK) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate their roles and added if they are found guilty they will be removed.

The suspension of Rosa & Associati, run by an Italian, Gabriele Rosa, and Volare Sports, run by the Dutchman Gerard van de Veen, is a huge blow to many well-known athletes who are managed by the agencies.

In the recent past, Kenyan officials have blamed foreign agents for encouraging athletes into using performance-enhancing drugs but Kenyan authorities have been accused of not taking enough actions to deal with doping cases.

Rosa and Van De Veen manage top Kenyan elite athletes including Priscah Jeptoo, the 2013 London marathon women’s winner, and current and former men’s world marathon record holders Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang. Rosa & Associati represent runners including current 1,500-meter world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner Asbel Kiprop, women’s 800 world champion Eunice Sum, and former world champion Janet Jepkosgei. Rosa managed Rita Jeptoo, who is currently serving a two-year ban for testing positive for the blood-boosting hormone EPO. Volare Sports, which is headed by Dutch agent Gerard van der Veen, represents Dennis Kimetto, two-time New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai, and former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang, among others.

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Sunday 12, Apr 2015

Denmark Has Redefined Its Anti-Doping Policies

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Denmark Has Redefined Its Anti-Doping Policies

In the biggest doping bust in Danish history, Copenhagen Police has confiscated more than one ton of steroids. The Danish police remarked new and stricter laws on doping have given them the necessary tools to bust two men who had “at least a ton” of illegal steroids.

Commissioner Steffen Steffensen said we have found so much that it is impossible to count it all up right now. Steffen added but offhand he would say that it is the largest case of organized doping in Denmark thus far. The police operation was a direct result of a parliamentary decision taken last year to increase the maximum penalty in doping cases from two to six years in prison. This legislation allowed police to tap telephones that Copenhagen Police said they used “for the first time” in the investigation leading to the arrests. Steffensen added the police before the new doping law could do almost nothing because the investigation tools were so limited with the two-year maximum penalty and added now it is up to six years and we have therefore suddenly been given a new tool that we can use.

In 2014, the national drug policies of Denmark were reevaluated after the World Health Organization (WHO) made a surprising recommendation to decriminalize personal drug use. After the recommendation was made, the left-wing Socialist People’s Party (SF) legal spokeswoman Karina Lorentzen said the current policies of the country have failed. Karina had remarked that she cannot see how our current approach has helped at all and added we on the contrary have created a very lucrative market for organized criminals. The Conservative party’s spokesman Tom Behnke remarked the party was “was not resigned to decriminalization”. Tom said there is a good reason that it is illegal, and that is because it is dangerous to be on drugs. He added on the other hand, we do need to admit that there are people who take these drugs so we need to try to respond to that and added the important thing is to have a good treatment program, so we can help people break their addictions.

According to the 2014 European Drug Report, the 35.6 percent of Danes who admitted to having smoked cannabis in their lifetime is the highest proportion among European countries while the next drug of choice for Danes is amphetamines, with a lifetime prevalence of 6.6 percent, followed by cocaine at 5.2 percent.

According to latest figures from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstryelsen), the use of hard drugs by Danes under 25 has more than halved since 2008 with less than four percent of Danes aged 16-24 report using hard drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and ecstasy. Mads Uffe Pedersen, a professor at Aarhus University’s Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, revealed that hard drugs are no longer cool or accepted among young people. The professor added there is not a wide swath of youth who take drugs, and we researchers have known that for many years and added that hard drugs like cocaine and amphetamines get a lot of media attention, so people get the impression that it is widespread amongst young people, that’s just not the case.

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