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Monday 11, Jan 2016

UK Athletics Urge IAAF To Reset World Records For ‘Clean Athletes’ Era

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A major campaign has been launched by UK Athletics in response to the biggest doping crisis in the world of athletics. The governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete who is found guilty of a serious drugs violation.

The campaign came after Russia was banned indefinitely by the world governing body of athletics. It emerged from the doping scandal that some senior IAAF officials took money from international athletes to cover up positive tests of athletes from Russia, Morocco, and Turkey. It is widely believed that Kenya, one of the super-powers of world athletics, is also at the center of the doping-related allegations.

The second part of the findings of WADA independent commission is likely to be announced by Dick Pound, the chair of the commission, on Thursday at a news conference in Munich.

‘A Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ was published by the governing body for British athletics that called for stringent measures to be brought in to clean up the sport. Fourteen proposals were included by UK Athletics to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete guilty of a serious anti-doping violation. This also included doubling the ban lengths worldwide for serious offences from four years to eight years.

Other proposals made by UK Athletics included sponsors not supporting athletes guilty of serious doping offences and WADA establishing a public global register of all drugs tests so that the times and places of tests undertaken by all athletes are open to scrutiny. This also included a new set of world records to be brought in by the IAAF based on performances in the new ‘Clean Athletics’ era and all athletes competing in world championships to have a valid blood/biological passport. UK Athletics also suggested that WADA should tighten up the process around the granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions to athletes and also recommended that all lottery-funded athletes in Britain should agree to have their tests available on a public register maintained by UK Anti-Doping.

Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman, said the integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015. Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Warner added trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades. The chairman of UK Athletics added the association believes the time has come for radical reform if we are to help restore trust in the sport and also commented that athletics needs to act very differently if we are to move on from the crisis facing the sport. It was also said by Warner that greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans -and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era – we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport. He also remarked we are publishing a ‘Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ and said we cannot will the ends – a clean sport that people can trust – if we are not prepared to be bold and put in place the means to get there.

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Saturday 09, Jan 2016

Turkey Will Be Mentioned In Upcoming WADA Report

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Owen Gibson of The Guardian has reported that the upcoming report by the World Anti-Doping Agency will mention Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin and Turkey.

In November last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency published the findings of emails, documents, whistleblower and witness statements, laboratory records, videos, photographs, recordings, and other information outlets for determine whether Russia was guilty of running systemic doping in the country. Thereafter, Russia was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation until they met WADA guidelines. The second report by WADA’s independent commission is likely to have its focus on cover-up of positive tests by Russians and the levels of bribery and blackmail that took place between officials. Four senior officials were recently suspended by the world governing body of athletics as part of their own internal review.

This week’s 170-page report by the International Association of Athletics Federations referenced a meeting between the WADA chairman, Sir Craig Reedie, and the then deputy Russian sports minister Yuri Nagornykh in September 2014. Nagornykh told that Valentin Balakhnichev, president of the All Russia Athletics Federation and one of four senior officials banned by the IAAF ethics commission, told him that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had been blackmailed by the IAAF since 2011. Nagornykh also remarked the system was in place not only in Russia but, potentially, in other countries such as Morocco and Turkey.

Balakhnichev, the former ARAF President, denied the account but his denial was rejected by the ethics commission, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, as not credible. The World Anti-Doping has managed to discover that a similar case of attempted extortion in relation to a Turkish athlete was reported in which money was demanded in return for covering up suspicious blood values. A WADA spokesman said we were able to use this information as it relates to the suggestion of a similar system in Turkey and Morocco to discover a case of attempted extortion of a Turkish athlete for money in exchange for covering up a doping rule violation. The spokesman added this information was passed on by WADA to the Independent Commission for its investigation.

The athlete is believed to be Asli Cakir Alptekin, who won gold at London 2012 in the women’s 1500m but should have already been banned according to her blood profile. On 6 July 2012, Alptekin recorded her personal best in 1500m with 3:56.62 at the Diamond League meet in Paris and won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 1500 m event but she was soon stripped of her Olympic title as a result of her use of banned substances and methods. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reported on 17 August 2015 that it approved a settlement agreed to by Alptekin and the world governing body of athletics. Alptekin has agreed to give up her 1500 m Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping. The athlete has forfeited all her results from 29 July 2010, including the 2012 Olympic gold and her 2012 European Championship title.

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Thursday 07, Jan 2016

Boogerd Given Two-Year Suspension For Doping

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The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, has handed a suspension of two years to former rider and directeur sportif Michael Boogerd.

In a press release issued by the UCI, it confirmed that the suspension of Boogerd would run until December 21, 2017. The statement on the UCI’s website reads the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that Michael Boogerd has been sanctioned with a two years’ ineligibility for the anti-doping rule violations he committed during his cycling career. It was further added that the ban is effective until 21 December 2017. The UCI also mentioned that the case has been resolved via an acceptance of consequences as provided for by the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules and the UCI will not comment any further.

In a statement, Boogerd said he is bearing the responsibility because of his voluntary confession on March 6, 2013 and would accept the consequences of decisions that he had taken in the past. Boogerd added he did not receive a reduced ban as he was always alone and ready to tell his own story and not about other riders of coaches. In a statement, the Roompot team confirmed that Boogerd would not fight the suspension and added we wish Michael and his family a lot of strength in this difficult time and hope in the future to re-use his knowledge of and love for cycling.

Boogerd would not be able to continue in his role as a directur sportif for the Roompot – Oranje Peloton Pro Continental team. In addition to this, the results of Boogerd from 2005 to 2007 will be scratched from his palmares that included a victory at the Dutch national championships in 2006.

In an interview in 2013, the former Rabobank rider confessed to having used the banned blood booster EPO, cortisone, and blood transfusions. Boogerd, who was an official with the Dutch second-tier team Roompot Oranje last season, said he used banned substances at the end of his career from 1997 to 2007.

Nicknamed the “Boogie-man”, Boogerd was appointed team manager of Team Roompot, a UCI Professional Continental cycling team launching in 2015. Boogerd was a specialist in the one-day classics who won the Amstel Gold race in 1999 and edged Lance Armstrong into second place, and had two stage wins in the Tour de France. In 1993, he turned professional with the WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca team that would later become Racobank.

The Dutch former professional road bicycle racer was one of the leaders of a generation of Dutch cyclists in the late 1990s and early 2000s along with teammate Erik Dekker. The specialties of Boogerd were hilly classics such as La Flèche Wallonne, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the Amstel Gold Race in the Ardennes week and the Lombardian races in the Fall, and mountain-stages. Boogerd has been Dutch Champion three times, in 1997, 1998 and in 2006.Boogerd finished 5th overall in the General classification in the 1998 Tour de France that was his highest finish ever in the Tour.

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Tuesday 05, Jan 2016

UK Government Advisors Urge Online Steroid Imports To Be Banned

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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the expert group of UK drug advisors, is pressing for a ban on online imports of anabolic androgenic steroids amid concerns over their use by teenage boys and young men to improve body image.

ACMD said the ban is required as anabolic steroids that are sold online are often out of date, contaminated, or delivered with wrong dosage instructions. Professor Leslie Iversen, the chairman of ACMD, remarked anabolic steroids were now much too easily available. Iversen said you can see endless offers if you search online and added that the ACMD is the lone voice against this tide of promotion on the internet.

Iversen also added we think an import ban on steroids would have a considerable dampening effect on demand but did admit that it may be difficult to enforce such a ban but it would act as a simple deterrent. The chairman of ACMD also said there is no question that the number using the drug for sporting reasons is now a minority and the real growth has come in young users who want to improve their body image. Iversen concluded by saying anabolic steroids were becoming a “big phenomenon” in Britain.

Iversen also said misuse of steroids carries significant risks while the health-related harms associated with these substances are not as severe as with some other drugs, especially for young people whose bodies are still developing. The ACMD chair added more needs to be done to tackle the supply of anabolic steroids and to educate people to the potential dangers.

A recently concluded ACMD report to the home secretary on anabolic steroids quoted the latest figures from the British Crime Survey. It was estimated that anabolic steroids have been used by 50,000 people in the last year for non-medical purposes like bodybuilding. The British Crime Survey was told more than 220,000 had used anabolic steroids. According to drug experts, these are very much underestimates of the number of people who are using steroids as a majority of steroid users would not openly admit to using such performance enhancing drugs even in an anonymous self-report survey such as the British Crime Survey. According to the report, some syringe and needle exchange programs for problem drug users also reported a dramatic rise in steroid injectors.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said steroids should remain a Class C illegal drug that can be purchased from a pharmacist. It is presently legal to possess or import anabolic steroids as long as they are for personal use only while it is illegal to import or sell steroids for non-medical purposes. The drug advisory body said it is time that steroids should be made illegal to order substances online from overseas websites and import them by post or courier. However, personal possession of steroids that would include bringing them into the country would stay legal as it is believed by authorities that problem would be pushed underground by criminalizing users.

The ACMD report revealed that only a small number of deaths have ever been attributed to liver damage associated with use of anabolic steroids for a long term. It was further added that most of the harmful effects of steroids are not life-threatening in nature. However, the report raised concerns about use of steroids by young people as the drugs can disrupt the normal pattern of physical growth and can stimulate masculinizing effects in women and children.

The drugs minister, James Brokenshire, said we will carefully review the recommendations set out in this report and respond shortly.

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Sunday 03, Jan 2016

Durodola Cleared By WBC Of Doping Allegation

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Nigerian-born cruiserweight contender, Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola, who defeated Dmitry Kudryashov, the current WBA International cruiserweight champion, has been cleared of doping allegations made by Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

Durodola emerged to limelight following his upset win over WBC Silver Cruiserweight Championship-winning TKO 2 over highly touted Russian, Dmitry Kudryashov, on November 4 in Russia. Durodola remarked the Russian anti-doping agency tried to take away that what he worked so hard for and added he thanks God the agency was not able to snatch his hard-earned win. The Nigerian-born cruiserweight contender said he is a champion and he did that his fists and not drugs. Durodola added it hurts him when they tried to say he cheated.

The World Boxing Council, in conjunction with an Independent Commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency, ruled after an administrative investigation that RUSADA was non-compliant with proper testing procedures. The 35-year-old Durodola was reaffirmed as the WBC #2 contender. The 2008 Olympian now finds himself in an excellent position to eventually challenge champion Grigory Drozd. After the verdict came in his favor, Durodola remarked it is his dream that he had worked for all his life and commented it was nightmares to have them try to lie and take that away from him. Durodola also agreed to participate in the new WBC Clean Boxing Program.

Under the new WBC Clean Boxing Program, random and mandatory anti-doping testing of boxers both in-competition and out-of-competition would be provided.

Durodola’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, said he is pleased that the WBC took control of the situation and acted swiftly and appropriately. Cohen added Durodola was a 25-1 underdog and won in spectacular fashion and this career defining victory can now be thoroughly enjoyed by the entire Durodola team and we are looking forward to a world title opportunity in the immediate future.

Roland Jankelson, Durodola’s manager, said it was hard on Olanrewaju Durodola, himself, and the Durodola team as they knew the test results were bogus and used to threaten the bout results and rob Durodola of his victory. Jankelson added the Kudryashov interests immediately rushed to fill the media with these false allegations, violating WBC rules regarding confidentiality requirements and added that Durodola, our team, and he are grateful to the WBC for its thorough investigation and decision declaring the Russian tests flawed. Jankelson also said the WBC has been a leader in the ongoing efforts to eliminate illegal drug use in professional boxing and Durodola and he wholeheartedly support the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, however, as our just concluded experience demonstrates, protocols must be in place to protect boxers from false allegations of the type employed against Durodola and Wach.

Durodola’s manager added that boxers must necessarily subject themselves to foreign jurisdictions, and should be able to be confident in the fairness and neutrality of governing officials in these countries. Jankelson also said these officials and national governing bodies are understandably resistant to oversight, however, our experiences demonstrate the need for improved oversight, and he will engage with the WBC in conversations about how this can be accomplished.

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Friday 01, Jan 2016

WADA Takes Shot At NFL Testing After Doping Report

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has described allegations that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took human growth hormone (HGH) as “very concerning”. The anti-doping agency urged “increased collaboration” with sports leagues in the United States.

David Howman, director general of WADA, remarked he was nevertheless taking the Al-Jazeera report and took aim at the NFL. Howman said Al-Jazeera’s allegations are very concerning, particularly as it relates to the NFL’s and MLB’s testing programs. The director general of WADA added while the NFL and the MLB are not signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code, in recent years WADA has been working with them and other professional leagues in the United States to try to bring them closer to WADA’s program. Howman also commented that we in particular with the NFL have been offering guidance to enhance, and increase the transparency of, their testing program.

Replying to Howman’s comments, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said we, regarding the comments of Howman, have valued our long-standing association with WADA and look forward to continuing to work closely with the organization to improve the effectiveness of all anti-doping programs.

These allegations were made in an Al-Jazeera report. The December 27 investigative documentary ‘The dark side: The secret world of sports doping,’ revealed links of well-known players from the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) with performance enhancing drugs.

Peyton Manning denied the allegations denied the report that he took HGH following neck surgery in 2011. However, Manning acknowledged he visited a clinic that allegedly supplied the banned substance. The Denver Broncos quarterback said he visited the Guyer Clinic for using a hyperbaric chamber and receiving various other treatments that he said were not banned.

Manning said he used everything under the authorization of his club and added that time ended up being probably his best medicine, along with a lot of hard work. In a statement, the Broncos said they Manning 100 percent and commented these are false claims made to Al-Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report. The Colts also came to the rescue of Manning and remarked Peyton played the game in Indianapolis for 14 years the right way and added he never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs.

After the report went public, Major League Baseball announced it would be investigating allegations made in the Al-Jazeera documentary that many of its players took banned hormone supplement Delta-2. The NFL became the first major U.S. professional sports league in 2011 to use blood testing for HGH that brought the league closer to international standards. George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs, said we rejected WADA participation into our drug policies precisely because they failed to be transparent with us over these very issues. Atallah added our union is working closely with UNI Global Union to develop strong and fair standards for drug testing. The NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs also remarked that any investigation by WADA should begin with an independent one into their own practices, including the scientific basis for their tests and governance.

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