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Friday 31, Jul 2015

Brazil Midfielder Failed Drug Test During Copa America

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Brazil midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos, known popularly as Fred, failed an anti-doping test during the Copa América in Chile earlier this summer. The 22-year-old, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, played in the first two group stage games against Peru and Colombia before he was stopped for the final group match against Venezuela and quarter-final defeat to Paraguay. Fred was later replaced in the team lineup by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Fred was included in the 23-man Copa America roster of Dunga after Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo was ruled out with an injury ahead of the start of the tournament. Brazil crashed out after it lost to Paraguay on penalties and this was the country’s quarterfinal stage exit for the second straight year in Chile.

After being handed his full debut in the Selecao’s 2-0 victory over Mexico, Frederico Rodrigues Santos remarked he was targeting a regular place in the team but that would be a distant dream now. Last year, the 22-year-old Fred made his Selecao bow in two substitute appearances in the November Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour wins over Turkey and Austria. This month, Fred scored in second-half injury time to give Fluminense a 2-1 win at Atletico Paranaense to keep the Rio de Janeiro club close to the Brazilian league lead. The Brazilian midfielder scored with a diving header three minutes into stoppage time at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba to leave Fluminense with 27 points and marked the sixth win in seven matches for Fluminense, two behind leader Atletico Mineiro.

According to reports in Brazil, Fred’s samples showed traces of the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a prohibited substance that is commonly used for masking agents for others. The second test’s result will be released shortly and Fred could face a lengthy ban if his second sample is positive. Hydrochlorothiazide is used for controlling cardiovascular problems and other hypertension syndromes.

In another development, Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against the wishes of UEFA in fielding midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos in the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday despite being aware of a likely doping violation hanging over the Brazilian international. The Shakhtar Donetsk coach decided to start with Fred in the 0-0 draw at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round. Lucescu dismissed the concerns of UEFA claiming he had yet to receive confirmation of any violation. He added UEFA advised us not to include him before the game but we had not received any official documents and this was just a verbal recommendation.

The coach went on to remark that the banned substance may have been administered to Fred when he was on international duty. Lucescu said he believes the Brazil team doctor should be responsible for things like that and went on to say that he does not think a guy who can run 13 km per game needs pills but he will avoid commenting on the issue further until the results of the second test are known.

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Wednesday 29, Jul 2015

Collingwood Pair Handed AFL Infraction Notices

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Infraction notices have been issued to Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas by AFL general Counsel Andrew Dillon after the Australian Football League was notified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Keeffe and Thomas had potentially breached the league’s anti-doping code.

Keeffe and Thomas tested positive to Clenbuterol in February. Clenbuterol is not a specified substance on the AFL’s prohibited list but is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Collingwood players have been provisionally suspended since March and are likely to face bans of two years, according to Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert. It was remarked by Pert that they are still young guys and their careers are not over as they are in a process where it appears a likely outcome is a two-year suspension, from everything that we are hearing. The Collingwood chief executive also remarked it is for both players to decide whether they’re going to contest – whether they want to say they accept the ruling or not, or the severity of the penalty, and added they will advise ASADA once they have made that decision. Pert remarked if the players decide to contest it, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority would advise the Australian Football League that will then organize a tribunal hearing.

The 25-year-old Keeffe is a key-position player and has played 40 matches for the Magpies, including 18 in 2014. On the other hand, the 23-year-old Thomas has played 32 games for Collingwood after debuting in 2013.

In another development, Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley returned to Dockers’ training for the first time since serving his backdated suspension of one year after he tested positive to a banned painkiller. The 31-year-old opens the possibility of him returning to the Fremantle lineup for the last two weeks of the finals series if the Dockers are able to make it that far. The return of Crowley was made possible after it was found by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal that he did not intentionally breach the anti-doping code. In a statement, ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said we note the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal found Crowley did not intend to violate the World Anti-Doping Code and remarked this case illustrates the dangers of inadvertent doping. McDevitt also commented athletes need to be careful about what they take, even if they don’t intend to cheat. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decided not to appeal against the length of Crowley’s ban.

Ryan Crowley remarked at the time of provisional suspension that he deeply regretted his actions and he genuinely never intentionally meant to do the wrong thing. Crowley has played 188 games for the club since he was drafted in 2002. The 31-year-old won the club’s best and fairest in 2012 and had become one of the premier taggers in the competition under Coach Ross Lyon. Pending the finding by the AFL anti-doping tribunal, Crowley was provisionally banned for the first 10 weeks of the 2015 season. However, the three-person tribunal, comprising of chairman David Jones, former judge John Nixon and Dr Susan White, decided not to impose heavy sanction against Crowley.

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Monday 27, Jul 2015

Mo Farah Questioned By USADA

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) recently questioned double Olympic champion Mo Farah as part of an investigation into allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar breached anti-doping rules.

USADA and UK Anti-Doping are presently investigating claims made in the BBC Panorama program ‘Catch Me If You Can”. During the program, it was alleged that Farah’s Coach Alberto Salazar violated various anti-doping rules and used Testosterone medication in 2012 on Galen Rupp when he was just 16 years old. All doping allegations have been denied by Rupp and Salazar.

The Sunday Mirror newspaper said Mo Farah spoke with USADA lawyer Bill Bock in a hotel on Saturday for five hours in London. The questioning of Farah came a day after the British long-distance and middle-distance runner won the 3,000 meters in a Diamond League meeting at London’s Olympic Stadium. Farah clocked the fastest time in the world this year and won in seven minutes 34.66 seconds. The runner, who is credited with the distinction of being Britain’s first-ever men’s European Championships gold medal at 5000 meters in 2010, received a raucous reception from the crowd in London.

USADA officials have met 20 witnesses with links to the Nike Oregon Project that is operated by Salazar. One of those, Treniere Moser, remarked last month that she had spoken to USADA investigators. Moser remarked he had done her part and she had talked to them and given them everything they wanted and that is the best she could have done.

The USADA lawyer is in London these days for interviewing Farah and a number of important figures in British Athletics and performance director Neil Black and head of endurance Barry Fudge are also understood to be on his list of appointments.

Previously, Farah had remarked he was happy to cooperate with any investigation and it is believed that his meeting with Bock was scheduled for some time. The athlete told Bock that he had never used any illegal substances and he would split from his coach if there is any proof of illegal activity.

Last week, Farah received sympathy from Usain Bolt who said he understood decision of the double Olympic champion to stand by his coach. Bolt remarked he is sorry to learn that Farah is being teared down and he really hopes Mo Farah doesn’t take it too seriously and it doesn’t stress him out as it is a part of the sport, people like to point fingers sometimes.

A naturalized British citizen, Farah holds the British indoor record in the 3000 meters and is the European indoor record holder for 5000 meters, the British record holder for the 5000 meters, and is the current indoor world record holder for the two mile. Farah became double Olympic champion at the London 2012 Olympic Games after he took gold in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters. He was voted European Athlete of the Year in 2011 and won the prize again in 2012. In 2013, Mo Farah was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honors for services to athletics.

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Saturday 25, Jul 2015

UFC Vice President Defends IV Ban

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Jeff Novitzky, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, has remarked the upcoming ban on IV usage for post-weigh-in rehydration is an important aspect of what he considers is the strongest anti-doping program in professional sports. Novitzky added he hopes to help athletes contend with the new policy by providing alternatives to IV-based rehydration.

Recently, USADA CEO Travis Tygart disclosed that fighters using IV bags filled with saline solution to rehydrate would find themselves in violation of the new drug testing policy of the UFC. IV-rehydration is a common practice among MMA fighters and a big majority of fighters cut extreme amounts of weight in the day before their pre-fight weigh-ins and then try to gain that weight back as quickly as possible through good-old fashioned drinking and IVs.

At a moderated Q&A session at the UFC’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Novitzky said the upcoming ban on IV usage is definitely a hot-button issue and the UFC is going out and educating its fighters. Novitzky, who is best known as the BALCO investigator and agent for the Food and Drug Administration investigating the use of steroids in professional sports, remarked this policy follows rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency and their list of prohibited substances and prohibited methods, and the World Anti-Doping Code prohibits the use of IV transfusions in excess of 50 m/L. The UFC Vice President also commented that there is historical evidence that athletes have used Intravenous (IV) in those amounts in an attempt to defeat drug tests.

The former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigator came to national prominence through his critical role in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball. Novitzky was appointed as the UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance in April this year. On July 1, the UFC launched its revamped anti-doping policy and Novitzky remarked he assisted in developing the guidelines for the program based on his learned lessons through extensive interaction with athletes in other sports, including past doping cheats who discussed their motivation for using performance enhancing drugs.

Novitzky also remarked they did not trust that their sports league cared enough about it as the system was not strong enough. He also commented they also did not have any trust their opponent or their teammate wasn’t using, who they were competing with for contracts and money.

This announcement was not appreciated by many MMA fighters, including featherweight champion Jose Aldo who said he will ignore the decision and use intravenous injections to recover following weigh-ins. Former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC), who was notorious for his willingness to fight at any weight throughout his career, was on the other side and said he welcomes the IV ban. Penn labeled athletes that complain about the ban as “wimps.” The ex-two-division UFC champion was recently inducted into the “modern era” branch of the UFC Hall of Fame prior to UFC 189 as part of the UFC International Fight Week festivities in Las Vegas.

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Thursday 23, Jul 2015

ESL Responds To Doping Controversy

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The Electronic Sporting League has announced it will bring changes to its rules and policies after a competitor claimed that he competed under the influence of drugs in an esports tournament.

Professional gamer Kory Friesen admitted last week that he competed while on Adderall, an amphetamine that can enhance reaction time and cognition. Adderall is a prescription medication (Adderall is a Schedule II drug under the United Nation’s Convention on Psychotropic Substances) in the United States and a Class B drug under UK law. This amphetamine, also known as “Addy”, is medically prescribed for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

The professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive player, who played in tournaments with the Cloud9 team under the tag SEMPHIS, said his entire team made use of the psychostimulant during a major Electronic Sports League competition. The professional gamer had been competing at the ESL One Katowice event in March that had a prize pool of $250,000 (£160,000).

Electronic Sporting League, the organizing body of the ESL One Katowice tournament, reacted strongly to the statement by Friesen. Anna Rozwandowicz, head of communications at ESL, remarked the integrity of our sport is and always will be our biggest concern. Anna added we focused immediately on kick starting a policy-making process and adjusting the rules after hearing the comments of Friesen.

The ESL head of communications also said we have worked on some changes in our rules and reached out to authorities for support, and the ESL will announce its next steps in a few days. Rozwandowicz said the ESL rules forbid participating in the tournament while on drugs but the Electronic Sporting League do not have a list of repercussions that we can match to every incident in a straightforward manner. Anna added full blown drug tests at esports events are far away, but that doesn’t mean we cannot and should not try to tackle the issue.

Anna Rozwandowicz also said Friesen is an ex-Cloud9 player and he is not on the team anymore. Anna added Kory Friesen is not on the team anymore, nor is he involved with them in any other way, and he has been let go off due to his and team’s poor performance. These comments by Anna made some think that there are enough grounds to suspect Friesen who may want to cause trouble for his former team.

Rozwandowicz also said we have no way of knowing whether he is telling the truth, or just being upset about being removed from the team and trying to annoy them. The ESL head of communications also remarked we have had cases in the past where players admitted to cheating but then denied everything once they discovered they can get disqualified and banned for it. Rozwandowicz said we only have Friesen’s word for it and added we cannot punish him or the team in any way if we don’t have any proof. Anna also remarked the ESL is hoping to have a waterproof strategy for identifying performance enhancing drugs, testing for their presence and punishing players who were caught using any of the forbidden substances.

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Tuesday 21, Jul 2015

Pan Am Games Athletes Pulled For Doping

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The Pan American Sports Association has announced positive doping cases at the Pan American Games.

The association says four of the athletes — Cinthya Vanessa Dominguez Lara of Mexico, Peruvian swimming silver medalist Mauricio Fiol, Nelson Gomez of Puerto Rico, and Javier Jesus Ortiz Angulo of Colombia — tested positive for anabolic steroids while the fifth, Mario Mercedes Castillo of the Dominican Republic, tested positive for a banned stimulant.

Mexican weightlifter Cinthya was withdrawn before her competition after she registered a failed test in a sample conducted on July 8. The weightlifter, a silver medal winner at the 2007 Games in Rio de Janeiro, is now facing life ban after having served suspensions during the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Eduardo De Rose, chairman of the Pan American Sports Organization, remarked the medical commission is, in a certain way, surprised to have so many cases at the beginning of the Games, but the numbers will ultimately be more or less the same that we have at every games. De Rose added but we are working here under the new regulation of WADA so the controls are much harder than the controls that we had for the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara.

Mauricio Fiol failed an anti-doping test for Stanozolol (Winstrol) and would now be stripped of his silver medal while the bronze medal of Canada’s Zack Chertat would be upgraded to silver while teammate Alec Page would move up to third place.

  Winstrol is commonly used as a cutting cycle drug by athletes and bodybuilders to lose body fat and gain lean muscle mass.

It was also reported that Guatemala’s weightlifter Astrid Camposeco also failed a drug that she took on May 23 but the results were received only on July 9. Brazilian weightlifter Patrick Mendes also tested positive and now faces a life ban after registering the second positive of his career. The 25-year-old, a former two-time United States heavyweight champion, was suspended in March 2012 for two years for using a human growth hormone. He now has tested positive for testosterone metabolites after he missed out on a medal by just five kilograms in the final. Puerto Rican baseball team’s first baseman Nelson Gomez failed for anabolic steroid Boldenone.

During the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, four failed tests were registered including one by Canadian wakeboarder Aaron Rathy, who was stripped of a silver medal after who tested positive for banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. Rathy was stripped of his medal and admitted he took accidentally after buying a supplement at a store he saw in malls across Canada. At that time, Rosemary Pitfield, director, executive operations and public affairs with the Canadian Centre for Ethics In Sport, said we have put out an athlete advisory to notify athletes that Methylhexaneamine is a substance that can be found in both dietary supplements as well as in energy drinks. Methylhexaneamine was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2010. It is a mild stimulant commonly used in nasal decongestants and as a dietary supplement.

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Sunday 19, Jul 2015

WADA Wants Pan Am Games Organizers To Store Drug Test Samples

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Organizers of the Pan Am Games and other large multi-sport events have been urged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to follow the example of the International Olympic Committee of storing samples for possible testing in the future.

Drug-test samples from Olympic Games are stored for a period up to 10 years that means an athlete who cheated might be caught a decade later by new testing technology. Officials running the Pan Am anti-doping program remarked they will conduct 1,900 urine and blood tests and this number is about one-third of the 6,000 athletes participating in Toronto.

Three athletes failed doping tests just hours after the opening ceremony at the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico.

David Howman, the director general of WADA, said we encourage them to do it because it’s important for clean athletes to know that some substance, which couldn’t have been analyzed now, could be analyzed later and detected. The director general of WADA said he recognizes there are budgetary restrictions but added storing more samples would be a further deterrent to athletes that cheat and will remind them they are being targeted. Howman also said we have discussed that with the IOC as they store all of theirs and also remarked we are trying to encourage others to look at a process where they can store any that they think will be beneficial in the future.

Two main changes to the revised WADA Code may be noticed at the Pan Am Games currently underway in Toronto, according to Howman. The new rules make it mandatory for a certain percentage of athletes in a sport to be tested for specific banned substances, like some cyclists would be tested for the blood-booster EPO. Howman also added that specific athletes will be targeted for testing and said that is a little bit more smart-testing than in the past, when it was a more random approach.

Matthew Koop, who leads the anti-doping program with Dr. Julia Alleyne at the Pan Am Games, remarked the games organizers (the Pan American Sports Organization) were responsible for deciding about storing samples and said he was in favor. Koop commented these are regional games, and it is a different competition from the Olympics, but many leading anti-doping organizations at the national level are starting to look at this.

Craig Reedie, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said there will be one day when athletes coming to multi-sport events like the Pan American Games will know they are competing on a level playing free of drug cheats. Reedie said he is prepared to happily concede that in a world of many billion people there is never going to be total eradication and added he wants to believe it is possible to have clean sport. The WADA Chief said but he thinks there is a very reasonable chance that at an organized sport level we can get to a situation where those people who cheat are an ever diminishing part of the sport family.

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Friday 17, Jul 2015

Doping Critics Hack Computers For Chris Froome Data

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Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed that critics of Team Sky have hacked into the performance data of Tour de France leader Chris Froome.

Sir Dave Brailsford said he believes data has been stolen by team’s critics to discredit the performances of Froome and raise doping suggestions. The Team principal added we think someone has hacked into our training data and got Chris’ files, so we’ve got some legal guys on the case there. On Monday evening, a video that purportedly showed the ride of Froome on Mont Ventoux during the 2013 Tour with data on speed, heart rate, power, and cadence overlaid was removed from YouTube. Viewers of the video took to social media for interpreting the data and many suggested that there was evidence of doping. Froome had previously expressed his frustration ahead of the Tour of “clowns” trying to interpret power data.

Chris Froome was leading the 2015 Tour de France by 12 seconds on the first rest day in Pau. Froome recently produced a ride to conquer stage 10 of the Tour de France and increase his overall lead to nearly three minutes. Froome – who led by 12 seconds overnight – broke away with 6.4km left of the first summit finish of the 2015 Tour de France to win in La Pierre-Saint-Martin. BBC Sport’s Matt Slater remarked this was a devastating win for Froome and Team Sky, with Grand Tour champions and challengers scattered all over the road up to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Slater added July 14 is when France celebrates the revolutionary storming of a notorious prison, the Bastille and today was the moment Chris Froome’s revolutions probably locked up the yellow jersey for a second time in three years. Slater went on to add that Froome’s critics are convinced he is cheating and they claim they have the data to prove it but his supporters, however, say those numbers only prove he is a special athlete who has got even better with hard work, careful eating and great coaching. He also remarked absolute agreement is probably impossible as ever with cycling.

Froome, winner of the 2013 Tour de France, and his team have always insisted that they compete cleanly. During his victorious ride in the 2013 Tour, the British professional road racing cyclist faced repeated doping accusations. It was because of this reason that Team Sky release climbing data of Froome dating back to 2011 to French sports newspaper L’Equipe after their expert concluded that performances of Chris Froome were possible without doping.

Froome, who is presently riding for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, turned professional at the age of 22 in 2007 with Team Konica Minolta. Brought up in Kenya and South Africa, Chris Froome joined the British-based team, Barloworld before he moved to Team Sky. The cyclist made his breakthrough as a contender for the Grand Tour during the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall. In 2014, he won the Tour of Oman and then the Tour de Romandie.

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Wednesday 15, Jul 2015

Former Doping Cheat Diagnosed With Same Cancer As Lance Armstrong

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Two-time former Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso has ended his participation in the 2015 Tour de France after revealing he has testicular cancer.

The Italian rider was expected to be a critical support rider for Alberto Contador, one of the favorites, in the mountain stages that start today. However, the 37-year-old said he is heading back to Italy for treatment. Basso said at the Tinkoff-Saxo team’s hotel in Pau on Tour rest day that he had a really small crash and on the crash in stage number five and he touched his testicle on the saddle. Basso, who had been banned for two years for doping in the past, further added that he felt a small pain for a few days and then his doctor spoke with the doctor of the Tour and we decided to go to make a special analysis to the hospital. Basso said the medical examination gave a bad news that he has a small cancer in the left testicle.

Basso said he had to leave but added he wanted to give his support to his captain, Alberto Contador, to be in yellow in Paris and want to say thanks to his team for their support in this situation and the whole Tour organization and medical staff. Upon learning of Basso’s medical condition, an emotional Contador said we never imagined something like that and added the news had been hard to take both for him personally and the rest of the team.

Contador, who won his second Giro d’Italia this May, could become the first rider since Marco Pantani (in 1998) to win Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in the same year.

Steven de Jongh, Head Sport Director of Tinkoff-Saxo, remarked today is not a day to speak about the Tour de France, the days ahead or Alberto’s main rivals on the mount stages. Jongh also remarked all that is irrelevant and we are all here solely to support Ivan and the entire team hopes to meet him again in Paris and hand him the yellow jersey.

Lance Armstrong, the former rival of Ivan Basso, survived testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. The disgraced cyclist immediately tweeted his support and tweeted: “Thinking about @ivanbasso and wishing him the very best as he embarks on his cancer journey. #IvanSTRONG!!”

The Italian professional road bicycle racer, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible, is considered one of the strongest stage race riders. Basso is regarded by many as among the best mountain riders in the professional field in the 21st century. Basso won the Giro d’Italia twice, one for Team CSC in 2006 and one for Liquigas in 2010.

Basso’s not new to controversies. The Tour de France management announced at a press conference on June 30, 2006 that a number of riders, including Basso, would not be riding in the 2006 Tour de France because of rumors of blood doping stemming from the Operación Puerto investigation. It was rumored that Basso received blood doping by the Dr. Fuentes. Basso was acquitted for any involvement in the Operation Puerto events on October 27, 2006 because of insufficient evidence. In 2007, Basso admitted he was planning to use doping products and was suspended for two years. Basso’s suspension ended on October 24, 2008.

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Monday 13, Jul 2015

Claudia Pechstein Hits Back At ISU

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Claudia Pechstein, Germany’s most decorated Winter Olympian, has accused the International Skating Union of having a “sick mindset” after she was criticized by the world governing body of skating of starting a campaign to clear her name of doping allegations.

A two-year-ban was imposed in 2009 on Pechstein, who never failed a drug test, due to irregular blood results. The German speed skater has always denied doping accusations and insisted that her blood values may be irregular because of a genetic condition inherited from her father.

On her website, Pechstein said the ISU bosses live in their own world and this is a world in which fair play is just an empty phrase and the rules of law don’t play a role. The five-time Olympic speedskating champion commented that the world federation bosses announced on their website that there was no evidence that she did not dope and added imagine a defendant being sentenced in a court of law as a car thief because there was no evidence he didn’t steal the car. The 43-year-old went on to say that the International Skating Union likes to get facts mixed up, lets relevant things fall by the wayside and employs methods that are familiar to me from mafia films.

On Thursday, the ISU criticized the massive media campaign of Pechstein and said suggested experts who spoke in her defense were not impartial. The ISU said it felt compelled to issue a statement as public opinion was swinging in the favor of Pechstein after it was ruled by a Munich appeals court in January that Claudia Pechstein could go ahead with a lawsuit seeking damages from the governing body. The ISU strongly questioned the validity of a report commissioned by the German National Olympic Committee (DOSB) and reiterated that the ruling had not cleared Pechstein of doping. The ruling in Munich went against decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Munich ruling allowed the Olympian speed skater to proceed with a lawsuit demanding 4.4 million euros ($4.85 million) in compensation from the world governing body of skating for lost income during her suspension.

In March this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said decision of the German court to allow a lawsuit from Claudia related to her doping ban could upset the entire sporting disciplinary system. Sport’s highest tribunal remarked credibility of sport in general will be threatened if other countries followed suit. In a statement, the CAS said Claudia Pechstein had a fair trial, not only before the CAS Panel but also before the SFT, and the judgment of the SFT, which remains in force, should have settled this matter definitively in 2010. The CAS further added that Claudia Pechstein decided voluntarily to refer her case to CAS and neither challenged the CAS jurisdiction nor the arbitrators comprising the arbitral Panel.

Claudia Pechstein is the most successful all-time Olympic speed skater, male or female and she is the first female Winter Olympian to win medals in five consecutive Olympics (1992–2006). Claudia is the most successful German Winter Olympian of all-time.

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