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Sunday 30, Aug 2015

UFC Fighters To Get Suspensions If Caught Using IVs

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Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, has announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters will no longer enjoy the luxury of rehydrating intravenously after a weigh-in.

Novitzky, who is best known to the world as the agent for the Food and Drug Administration investigating the use of anabolic steroids in professional sports, said UFC has entered into a partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency to facilitate its new anti-doping program. The UFC VP said any UFC fighter who is caught using IVs could face a possible suspension of up to two years for a first time violation.

The UFC vice president of athlete health and performance said a ban of two years is a long time in the MMA and the UFC. Novitzky commented that it is something that the fighters are going to have to deal with and said they should try to become educated through us and through others on how to properly orally rehydrate. Novitzky also said oral rehydration is actually better and safer for fighters and it has been revealed by studies that people would feel like exercise is a little bit easier and they are exerting less if they orally hydrate.

Novitzky also said he believes today’s fighters are using micro-doses of fast-acting testosterone. He cited a new form of testosterone synthesized from yams that could escape detection under a carbon isotope ratio test that detects synthetic testosterone.

Novitzky also remarked UFC would be saving samples of UFC fighters and store them for the long term with the possibility of retroactive testing as technology becomes more advanced. The promotion’s chief anti-doping advocate said fighters who have previously evaded tests for performance enhancing drugs by making use of untraceable substances won’t rest easy. He remarked blood and urine samples would be kept frozen in World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories so they can be retested for new performance enhancing drugs that would open possibility of UFC fighters failing to clear drug tests years after a particular bout.

The UFC VP also announced that the new anti-doping program of the Ultimate Fighting Championship would cover all UFC athletes and events.

In another development, featherweight champion Jose Aldo has issued an apology for his comments against the upcoming IV ban by USADA in the UFC. The featherweight champion has never been suspended or fined for any rule violation. However, an out-of-competition test ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in June was botched after the drug testers hired by the commission clashed with the UFC-backed Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA). During a recent Q&A session, Aldo claimed he would ignore the ban that is set to take effect from October 1. Novitzky remarked he had a word with Aldo and he downplayed his previous comments and admitted he should not have said that.

Aldo is next scheduled to fight against interim champion Conor McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 194 on December 12. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will regulate the event, but the United States Anti-Doping Agency will also have the right to monitor the fighters.

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Friday 28, Aug 2015

Two Kenyan Athletes Accept Provisional Suspension At World Championships

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The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has said in a statement that Kenyan athletes, Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary, have accepted provisional suspensions after they tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs in samples provided in Beijing on the 20th and 21st of August respectively. IAAF conducted these targeted tests at the hotels of athletes during the pre-competition phase.

Joyce Zakary had clocked a national record of 50.71 seconds in the first round of the women’s 400m at the Bird’s Nest in Monday but she did not start the semi-final on Tuesday for which she had qualified. On the other hand, Manunga failed to make it out of her first round of the 400m hurdles after timing 58.96sec to finish 35th out of 37 athletes.

The IAAF statement reads rules of the International Association of Athletics Federation dictate that the IAAF is only able to make a public disclosure once this provisional suspension is in place.

Recently, German state broadcaster ARD has reported that some athletes from Kenya were warned ahead of unannounced doping tests. The broadcaster also revealed that a banned runner accused officials of Athletics Kenya of demanding money to hide positive tests. In the latest report on Kenyan athletes, a former runner who works with athletes revealed that some testers called up athletes ahead of their scheduled visits. Frimin Kiplagat Kipchoge, the former runner, also said these testers told athletes they were willing to reschedule them if they were not available. Under anti-doping rules, unannounced tests can happen at any point of time with the athlete having to register his or her daily whereabouts with a central system to stay available for drug-testing, both in and out of competition. ARD was told by banned athlete Ronald Kipchumba that some officials in the country demanded money from them to hide positive tests. Kipchumba tested positive for blood-boosting EPO in 2012.

A recent report by ARD and the Sunday Times claimed that there were 18 Kenyans, among more than 800 athletes, who had “suspicious blood test results” between 2001 and 2012.

In another development, a two-year doping ban has been imposed on Julia Mumbi Muraga from Athletics Kenya on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Erythropoietin (EPO). Muraga represented Kenya in the 2009 World Championships Marathon and the 2008 World Half Marathon Championships. She was tested after winning the 2014 Cologne Marathon in 2:28:00 on September 19.

This year, Kenyan athletics was rocked by the doping ban imposed on marathon star Rita Jeptoo after she was caught doping with EPO, the banned blood-boosting hormone. Jeptoo remains the biggest name till date in Kenyan sports to have been caught and her ban was a major trauma for Kenya that has always idolized its record-breaking and medal-winning runners. Since the 1960s, athletes from the African country had more Olympic medalists and record holders in long distance running than any other country.

The IAAF, with support from the World Marathon Majors, is planning to open a new testing facility in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in two to three months.

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Wednesday 26, Aug 2015

Liliya Shobukhova’s Sanction Reduced

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Liliya Bulatovna Shobukhova, the Russian long-distance runner who competed in marathon races, has finally received a reprieve from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Shobukhova, who was stripped of three Chicago and one London Marathon titles, had her ban reduced by seven months for providing “substantial assistance” to WADA. The 37-year-old Russian athlete was banned for a period of three years and two months after abnormalities were found in her athlete biological passport. She was initially banned for a period of two years but her ban was extended to run from January 24, 2013 to March 23, 2016 after the world governing body of athletics appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Her ban is now reduced after the World Anti-Doping Agency agreed to the cut in the sanction and the athlete is now eligible to compete again.

A WADA statement said it has agreed to a seven-month reduction in the athlete’s sanction that brings the total length of the athlete’s ineligibility period to two years and seven months, which ended on 23 August 2015. The anti-doping agency remarked reduction in the ban was due to substantial assistance that Shobukhova provided in line with the provisions of the world anti-doping code. The statement also reads that Liliya Shobukhova approached WADA in May 2014 to offer substantial assistance within the meaning of the code and it was also disclosed that the athlete accepted from the outset that she had committed an anti-doping rule violation.

It was also remarked the information and documentation provided by Shobukhova has been of substantial value in uncovering and investigating anti-doping rule violations committed by other individuals, including athlete support personnel and WADA considered the information provided by Shobukhova to be of significant value to clean sport. Therefore, WADA decided to exercise its authority and use the Substantial Assistance provisions in the 2015 Code [Article 10.6.1.2; also reflected in Rule 40.7(a) (ii) of Chapter 3 of the IAAF Competition Rules].

In 2001, Liliya Shobukhova started her career in middle-distance running and grabbed headlines when she reached the final at both the European Indoor Championships and European Athletics Championships in 2002. Her first big success moment came at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2006 European Athletics Championships where she won silver medals. In 2007, she won the Prague Half Marathon and reached final of 5000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shobukhova is the present European record holder in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters and a former world indoor record in the 3000 meters.

Her personal best of 2:18:20, set to win the Chicago Marathon in 2011, will be struck and the Russian athlete would no longer be considered the second fastest woman in history behind world record holder Paula Radcliffe. After a ban was imposed by the Russian federation, the World Marathon Majors announced it will amend the standings for WMM Series IV and WMM Series V and confirm a woman’s series winner. This meant that Irina Mikitenko of Germany will replace Liliya Shobukhova as the 2009-2010 series champion and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya will get the 2010-2011 title.

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Monday 24, Aug 2015

Bach Admits Lifetime Bans Not Legally Realistic

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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has remarked that the IOC and the IAAF would work very closely to eradicate doping under Sebastian Coe’s impending Presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

During the joint IAAF/IOC press conference, Bach said Sebastian and he have came a long way together and actually this was started with the fight against doping in 1981 when as athlete representatives in the Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden we were asking for a lifelong ban for any infringement on the anti-doping rules. The IOC Chief said we have always been together in this fight and in this effort to protect the clean athletes.  Bach also remarked this is the reason why he is not just confident but absolutely sure that that the IAAF and the IOC will very work closely in a zero-tolerance policy against doping.

Thomas Bach also added that both Coe and he have sought lifetime bans for doping but also commented he had to learn from different courts and lawyers that this is legally just not possible. Bach said a lifetime ban does not stand any kind of challenge as it is a matter of human rights. It was also remarked by Bach that the IOC is in contact with the world governing body of athletics from the very beginning of the recent doping allegations and have had the opportunity of discussing the subject in different levels. The IOC President said we have also learned about the statement from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the WADA’s independent commission which he thinks is very clear. Bach also commented that none of the test results contained in the database could be used as a doping proof until 2009 before the Athlete Biological Passport was introduced. Bach said they can only serve as an indication for target testing and the world athletics’ governing body has explained to us in different ways that this is what they have done, following up with the target testing.

The President of the International Olympic Committee said the proposal of Coe to establish an independent anti-doping authority within World Athletics was very interesting. Bach said this proposal will be discussed at the Olympic Summit in Lausanne during October and remarked and we will have the opportunity to discuss the proposal among others because we always give thought to ways of improving the fight against doping in sport.

The IAAF has been at the centerstage of allegations in the recent past. Recently, the Sunday Times said the IAAF allegedly blocked a survey that revealed a third of top athletes admitting cheating. It was reported that the study that was carried out in 2011 and prevented its authors from speaking about it. TheUniversityofTubingeninGermany, which led the research, remarked the IAAF’s delaying publication for so long without good reason is a serious encroachment on the freedom of publication. The authors concluded 29-34 percent of the 1,800 competitors who competed at the world championships in Daegu,South Korea, four years ago confessed to using banned performance enhancing techniques in the previous 12 months.

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Saturday 22, Aug 2015

WADA Considering Blanket Ban Of Countries Over Doping

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is presently considering the option of putting a blanket ban on countries whose athletes regularly dope.

WADA President Craig Reedie said such a deterrent could prove out to be a “pretty blunt instrument” in the war against doping. However, Reedie added he is waiting on a report from WADA’s independent commission before the World Anti-Doping Agency decide to push forward with this strategy. The 74-year-old Reedie said the fact that this is being discussed as a potential sanction is not entirely unhelpful and added a blanket ban would be a very, very serious sanction because it tends to be a pretty blunt instrument and may be that is required.

The WADA Chief said there has been a precedent in countries being banned by individual ruling bodies of sports. The International Weightlifting Federation is one organization that had banned countries whose members frequently flout anti-doping rules. In 2011, the IWF suspended Nigeria for repeated doping offenses that meant the most populous nation of Africa was unable to send weightlifters to the 2002 Commonwealth Games. World equestrianism’s governing body, the FEI, suspended the United Arab Emirates earlier this year after a series of scandals over doping, horse welfare, and phantom races.

It is however important to remember that the World Anti-Doping Agency cannot impose any suspension itself though it can lobby for the introduction of such a ban.

Reedie also remarked the World Anti-Doping Agency lacks the sufficient resources to tackle the issue. The WADA President remarked people who wish to cheat have different and more opportunities to cheat than we have to resolve it in conventional ways. He added if somebody produces a completely new substance that should be banned, it will take us some time to firstly identify it and then create a test for it. If that was not all, financial limitations of the WADA mean it would be unable to test as many athletes as it would like even when the latter is successfully devised. Reedie also said if you look at our new (anti-doping) code, you will see there’s a much greater emphasis on investigations and intelligence gathering, and this involves a whole range of entities — law enforcement, customs and sports people.

In the last few weeks, the world governing body of athletics has came under intense pressure for its stance on anti-doping after claims made by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD. The two organizations claimed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) failed to create and maintain high standards of anti-doping. It was claimed by ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times that a third of medals awarded in endurance events in the Olympics and world championships between 2001-2012 were won by athletes who had recorded suspicious doping tests in the past. Two anti-doping experts described over half the 800 athletes whose blood samples as “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal” came from Russia.

On Sunday, the IAAF denied claimed it vetoed a survey that revealed a third of athletes at the 2011 World Championships had admitted to doping.

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Thursday 20, Aug 2015

New IAAF President To Target Doping

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Sebastian Coe, who was recently elected as the new head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has vowed to stand by his campaign pledge to establish an independent anti-doping body for the embattled sport.

The world governing body of athletics has been battered by doping allegations over the last few weeks of widespread doping and claims of no action against cheats.

The 58-year-old Briton remarked an independent body is the only way for ensuring an end to all questions about the vigilance of the IAAF. The new IAAF President said we do have to recognize that there is too broad a view that this something – whether real or perceived – that there are conflicts and loopholes and added that an independent system is what we need to close down any thought that we are doing anything other than being entirely vigilant about that.

Coe remarked he is happy to inherit a “very strong sport” from Senegalese Lamine Diack. Coe won the IAAF Presidency by beating Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka 115-92 in a ballot of the IAAF’s 50th Congress. Coe will take his job on August 31, a day after the world championships end inBeijing. A twice Olympic 1,500 meters champion, Coe remarked he have had all the joys of Olympic competition and he had the joys of being part of something special in London a few years ago, but this for him is the pinnacle.

Coe also remarked he will do everything within my human capabilities to make sure our sport maintains the values, maintains the strong legacies and the very, very firm foundations that President Diack has left me. Coe, who was highly successful as the head of the organizers for the 2012 London Olympics, said there is zero tolerance to the abuse of doping in sport and he wants to continue that.

The credibility of the IAAF came under repeated attacks in recent weeks after a leaked database of 12,000 tests had revealed “extraordinary” levels of doping. The doping allegations were slammed by Diack as “sensationalist and confusing”.

The IAAF recently banned 28 athletes from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships after their samples were retested. A few days back, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stripped the London 2012 Olympic 1,500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin of her gold medal after the IAAF made its case against decision of the Turkish athletics federation. Alptekin received a doping ban of eight years after abnormal values were found in her blood samples.

In another development, the outgoing IAAF President Lamine Diack said track and field’s doping detractors had painted the sport as a “monster”. The 82-year-old, who is stepping down as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after 16 years in charge, remarked we have the world championships here in Beijing and people will say 80 percent of the athletes are bound to test positive but that is absolutely not true. Diack added the IAAF spends millions of dollars every year to ensure athletes are protected and remain clean.

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Tuesday 18, Aug 2015

Silva Banned For One Year, Blames Positive Drug Tests On Sexual Performance Supplements

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year, retroactive to the date of the fight, and a fine of $380,000 was imposed on him. Considered one of the greatest UFC fighters, Silva admitted to taking Oxazepam, a benzodiazepine that is used for treating anxiety and acute alcohol withdrawal, as well as Temazepam that is used for treating insomnia.

After his suspension was announced, Silva’s name was erased from rankings announced by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Silva has claimed that his positive drug test before and after his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz in January was because of a supplement used to improve sexual performance.

Anderson Silva was all set to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in his defence after testing positive to anabolic steroids Drostanolone and Androstane in a pre-fight drug test. Silva also tested positive for Drostanolone and the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam that are used for treating sleep deprivation in a post-fight urinalysis. It is widely believed that the representatives of Anderson Silva are expected to argue that the ex-UFC middleweight champion was not trying to improve his performance inside the Octagon but he was trying to improve his bedroom performance.

The UFC fighter faces a fine up to $250,000 and the result of his bout with Diaz will be changed to a No Contest after a request by the attorney general ofNevada, Christopher Eccles.  During the same fight, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time. The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and former WEC Welterweight Champion failed a pre-fight test for marijuana against lightweight champion Takanori Gomi after the news came out the Nevada State Athletics Commission on April 10, 2007. Diaz tested positive for marijuana again in 2012 in a post-fight drug test after his fight with Carlos Condit who defeated Diaz via unanimous decision.

Silva, who holds the record for the longest UFC championship defence streak, is counting on documents that suggest the testing of the said sexual enhancement supplement was contaminated with exogenous anabolic agent (Drostanolone metabolite). Silva’s lawyer Michael Alonso remarked the other supplement Silva was using could have contained Androstane. Silva is also expected to include inconsistencies in drug tests including two tests — one pre-fight and one post-fight — that Anderson Silva passed.

Silva believes B.J. Penn, his long-time friend and former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport’s history.

The Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist, who is regarded by many including UFC President Dana White as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, started martial arts at the young age of 7 and trained Tae Kwon Do and earned a black belt by the age of 18 years. Silva also has a black belt in Judo and made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 where he faced Chris Leben and knocked him out a series of pinpoint strikes that were followed by a final knee strike into the first round.

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Sunday 16, Aug 2015

Ashenden Hits Back At IAAF Presidential Candidate

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Michael Ashenden, who was one of two anti-doping experts to be enlisted by the Sunday Times, has hit back at IAAF Presidential candidate Lord Sebastian Coe. Ashenden accused the world governing body of athletics in an open letter to Coe accusing the International Association of Athletics Federations of lacking the drive to clean up the sport.

Ashenden recently analysed leaked data belonging to the IAAF that included more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. The two scientists concluded that hundreds of athletes had recorded suspicious test results that were not followed up. The under-fire IAAF recently criticized Ashenden and fellow expert Robin Parisotto and Coe was particularly outspoken. The IAAF Vice-President, who is fighting against Sergey Bubka for the Presidential post, called the scientists “so-called scientists” and branded the allegations of widespread doping as a “declaration of war” on athletics.

In the open letter, Ashenden asked Coe whether the IAAF was pursuing its anti-doping mandate with the same single-minded, all-consuming dedication that athletes adopt in their pursuit of winning. Ashenden commented he does not believe that the IAAF has done a fair and commendable job after looking at the leaked database.

In December, Coe admitted that doping in sports as serious as those sparked by the Ben Johnson and BALCO doping scandals. The former London 2012 chairman had remarked then that allegations of systematic doping among Russian athletes had added to ghastly days for athletics. At this time, Coe had also remarked that he had no knowledge about a list of 150 athletes with suspicious blood test results referred to by ARD, the German broadcaster. The list, produced between 2006 and 2008 by an IAAF official, included the names of three British athletes including one household name considered to have suspicious blood values.

The Sunday Times added the winners of 34 major marathons around the world – one in four – during the period of 12 years should have faced investigation or censure due to their test results, with those athletes collecting more than £3million in prize money. The Sunday Times also reported that London Marathon was the worst affected with seven wins, six second places and seven third places out of 24 men’s and women’s races allegedly involving suspicious blood results.

Reacting to doping allegations, London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel criticized the IAAF and remarked race organizers are very much concerned by claims made by ARD and the Sunday Times that seven winners in a 12-year period recorded suspicious blood scores. Bitel added we continue to be at the forefront of anti-doping measures for marathon runners as we are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping but we cannot do it all on our own and rely heavily on the IAAF.

Earlier this week, Liliya Shobukhova was stripped of her three Chicago Marathon titles and 2010 London Marathon win, with all her results from 2009 onwards annulled. In 2014, Shobukhova was banned because of irregularities in her biological passport. The ban on Shobukhova was extended after the IAAF made a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It was argued by the IAAF that her ban should be extended; the ban now lasts until March 23, 2016.

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Friday 14, Aug 2015

Athletics Should Follow Anti-Doping Lead Of Cycling, Says Froome

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Team Sky rider Chris Froome has urged athletics to follow the lead of cycling and emphasize on investing a lot more money in anti-doping.

The double Tour de France champion remarked testing in athletics is not up to the level as in cycling from what he understands. Froome also commented that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, spends about four times what is spent by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spends on testing. He added the IAAF is going to have to invest a lot more heavily in anti-doping and also remarked that would be a step in the right direction.

Presently, the IAAF spends about £1.3m a year on anti-doping as compared to £6m spent by the UCI. A big majority of UCI’s anti-doping expenditure comes from the professional teams as a condition for their licenses to compete in UCI competitions.

Froome also added that he believes some things have changed quite substantially for cycling since the dark ages of 10-15 years ago when the sport was really dirty. The Team Sky rider said testing in cycling has really evolved and the world governing body of cycling has now implemented 24-hour testing and went on to add that he has every confidence that the system now really works. Froome also revealed he has no issues with night time testing and told he was tested at his Monaco apartment at 3pm on Sunday as that demonstrates to fans that he is clean.

Cycling’s tainted era legacy is too obvious to Chris Froome who was subjected to ridicule. During this year’s Tour de France, one fan threw urine at him and other fans spitted at him. Froome’s teammate Richie Porte was punched during a stage. Froome said he does not blame fans for wrongdoings on the roadside and remarked his anger is rather directed at supposed cycling experts in the media who have left no stone unturned in casting suspicious about Froome’s performances.

The rider added the fans were only following the words of the media who were saying this team is not believable and also remarked if the public is told that enough times by journalists, it’s only natural that’s what people will believe. Froome also said he does not think any sportsman should have to go through what we went through during this year’s Tour de France.

Team Sky released Froome’s performance data during this year’s Tour to dispel the negativity surrounding their ace rider. Froome also promised to undergo independent physiological tests that could be shared publicly. Froome said it is something he wanted to do from the start of the season, even before all this came up during the Tour. The cyclist added the physiological testing could even help him understand what makes me him who he is and what it is about him that allows him to make the efforts he does. Froome also said he is open to do the VO2 max test that many of his critics have asked for and added there are plans to perform the peak oxygen uptake assessment but also commented he “would not be rushing into it”.

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Wednesday 12, Aug 2015

CAA Hit Back At Doping Allegations

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The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) has become the latest organization after the International Association of Athletics Federations and UK Anti-Doping to hit out at the recent doping allegations that surfaced recently.

In a statement, CAA said it is disturbed that allegations have been aimed against athletes from African countries, likeKenya, when the overwhelming majority of athletes have never tested positive for any banned substance. CAA, which is led byCameroon’s Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, also said such sensationalistic journalism paints all athletes from these countries, and indeed the continent’s athletes with a black brush. The CAA statement added it is with great sadness that the Confederation of African Athletics must say that our athletes have not been treated ethically by the press and that the press has revealed no consistency across the continents in their reporting.

It was recently reported by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD that more than 800 athletes, including many fromKenya, had given suspicious blood samples that indicated doping or were “abnormal”. The CAA rejected the doping allegations and claimed they are “disturbed” a lot of them are aimed at athletes from their country. The Confederation of African Athletics added “immense damage” has been caused to country’s athletes.

The International Association of Athletics Federations branded doping allegations as “sensationalist” and accused ARD and Sunday Times scientists of “seriously incorrect assertions”. The IAAF emphasized the results were not positive tests or doping proofs. The world governing body of athletics also rejected the suggestion that it had done nothing to act upon data demonstrating “suspicious” results. The International Association of Athletics Federations criticized the scientists involved in the investigation and said they do not have access to IAAF testing records and are therefore not able to know if proper testing follow-up was conducted.

A few days back, UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead said athletes could be falsely accused of cheating if blood data is not analyzed correctly. Sapstead also remarked you have to look at anonymous data in context and not in isolation. The UKAD chief executive added you have to look at whether that data was collected when an athlete was at altitude, after they competed, after they were training, whether they had a medical condition that might justify some of those results.

Contrary to IAAF and other organizations, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that the recent doping allegations were a cause of great concern. WADA constituted an independent commission quickly to investigate the claims. On the subject of the WADA investigation, Sapstead said she is very encouraged by the fact the World Anti-doping Agency is running an independent investigation on this and she can only hope at the end of that – which she believes is the end of the year – we can all be a bit more comfortable about the state of some of the sports out there.

In another development, eight British athletes including double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah have agreed to some details of their anti-doping blood tests being made public to prove they are clean.

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