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Tuesday 30, Aug 2016

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Games Over Doping

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Russia, which was already suspended from next month’s Rio Paralympics, for the winter edition in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 because of a state-sponsored sports doping program.

The latest punishment handed out by the IPC was announced by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) on Tuesday. The RPC said on its website the decision taken by the IPC, upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding Russian Paralympians being excluded from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has also been extended to include the Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang.

A few days back, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, sport’s highest tribunal, rejected an appeal by the RPC against the Rio ban. Russia has already appealed against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Federal Court and a result is expected soon. The Federal Court can only overturn the decision by CAS on the basis of a procedural mistake and not on the merits of the case.

The IPC decision to exclude the team of Russia means at least 260 competitors from the country are now set to miss the September 7-18 Paralympics.

The president of the IPC, Sir Philip Craven, remarked after the ban on Russia was announced for the Rio Games that he hopes the ban will act as a catalyst for change in Russia. Craven remarked after the CAS endorsed its ban on Russia Paralympians that we are greatly encouraged that the CAS panel has upheld the IPC governing board’s unanimous decision to hold the Russian Paralympic Committee accountable for its membership responsibilities and obligations. The IPC President added the CAS decision underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world.

A few days back, Moscow acknowledged mistakes it had made in tackling sports doping. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Paralympic ban cynical and immoral and remarked the decision to bar Russian athletes, including those who had not tested positive for any banned substances, was a vivid manifestation of how the humanistic foundations of sport and Olympism are shamelessly flouted by politics. Putin went on to add that the decision to disqualify our Paralympic team is outside the law, outside morality and outside humanity. The Russian head of state also remarked it is simply cynical to vent one’s anger on those for whom sport has become the meaning of their life and also commented that he even feels pity for those taking such decisions because they must well understand that it is so demeaning for them.

David Weir, Great Britain’s leading wheelchair athlete, extended his support behind decision of the IPC to exclude Russia from the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The 10-time Paralympic medalist, who won four gold medals at London 2012, said the IPC decision is a bold step, but a right one in the wake of widespread evidence of a State-sponsored doping program.

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Sunday 28, Aug 2016

Campaign To Discredit Whistleblower Ramped Up By Russia

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Moscow is ramping up a campaign against the whistleblower, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, after being enraged by its blanket ban from the Paralympic Games and the exclusion of scores of its athletes from the Olympic Games.

Rodchenkov provided detailed evidence of state-sponsored doping to The New York Times in May. The former Russian anti-doping lab chief described an elaborate scheme by Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB) to tamper with urine samples in midnight during the last Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia. Rodchenkov also revealed he had created a special cocktail for Russian athletes that mixed banned drugs and hard liquor.

Rodchenkov’s claims were confirmed by a two-month inquiry into allegations of Russian doping commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Richard H. McLaren, a Canadian lawyer and the head of the inquiry, called accounts of the Russian true beyond reasonable doubt and cited forensic evidence, computer records, and corroborating witnesses that backed it up.

The world governing body of athletics, the IAAF, then banned the entire Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics. More than 100 Russian athletes, nearly one-third of the squad, were ultimately barred from competing in the Olympics.

A Moscow court has now ordered the seizure of property belonging to him while hearing a criminal case filed against the doctor. This order is part of a sustained effort by Russian officials and state-run news media to discredit the man who has been reviled in Russia as a traitorous liar serving foreign interests. However, the claims made by Rodchenkov have been determined as accurate by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

A spokesperson for the Basmanny District Court in Moscow remarked an order to confiscate property in Russia owned by Rodchenkov, who now lives in the United States, was issued on August 12, a few days after the ban on Russian Paralympians was first announced and had since been executed on a plot of land.

Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, responded to the ban, by saying the story of Russian doping investigations is a thick and disgusting cocktail made up of 20 percent doping and 80 percent politics. Medvedev added these politics are directed against Russian sport, Russian athletes and Russia as a state.

The ban on Russian Paralympians was described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as outside of law, outside of morals and outside of humanity. Putin added it is just cynical to take it out on people for whom sport has become the meaning of life, those who by their example give millions of people with limited capabilities hope and faith in their power. Putin, speaking at a ceremony in the Kremlin to honor Russia’s gold medal winners at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, commented that the humanist foundation of sport and Olympism was brazenly violated by politics.

Alexei Martynov, a columnist in the daily Izvestiya, remarked discrimination against Russian athletes recalled Nazi Germany’s policies toward Slavs, Gypsies, Jews, the mentally handicapped, and the physically disabled. Komsomolskaya Pravda, a Russian newspaper, went on to describe the actions taken against athletes of Russia as the second phase of the Cold War that has been declared on Russia.

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Friday 26, Aug 2016

China Face One-Year Ban From Weightlifting

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The International Weightlifting Federation confirmed on Thursday that three failed retests of drug test samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will lead to automatic ban on China if the doping allegations are proven and the athletes in question would be disqualified by the International Olympic Committee.

Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics. The International Weightlifting Federation says the 11 tested positive for a range of banned substances and they are all provisionally suspended until the doping cases are resolved.

In a statement on its website, the IWF said Chinese gold medalists Cao Lei, Liu Chunhong, and Chen Xiexia all tested positive for GHRP-2 that stimulates growth hormone production, while Liu also tested positive for the stimulant Sibutramine. In a statement posted on its website, the IWF said, it in line with the relevant rules and regulations imposed mandatory provisional suspensions upon the athletes, who remain provisionally suspended in view of potential anti-doping rule violations until their cases are closed. The statement further reads the IWF following the IOC’s decisions will be in a position to take over the results management of these cases and it was remarked the relevant decision shall also be published should it be determined in any of the cases that no anti-doping violation was committed. It was also commented that the International Weightlifting Federation will not make any further comments on the cases until they are closed.

The other eight medalists include current world record holder Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, who won silver in 2008, all of whom tested positive for various anabolic steroids. The list of other medalists includes Anastasia Novikova of Belarus, Kazakhstan’s Maria Grabovetskaya and Irina Nekrasova, Russia’s Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov, and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova, and Olha Korobka. The IWF also revealed four other weightlifters from Beijing 20008 who did not win medals were also named as having failed tests and they include Kazakhstan’s Maiya Maneza and Belarus’ Iryna Kulesha, both of whom won medals in 2012 but not 2008 and are already suspended over retests from 2012.

In June and July, a further 10 lifters who competed at the 2008 Olympics, including five medalists, had already been suspended and the silver medal won by Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan in the women’s 48-kilogram class, has already been stripped.

China now faces a ban of one year from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move that threatens to stop some of the top athletes of the world from competing internationally. China is the most dominant country of the world in weightlifting having topped the table at every Olympics since 2000. It won seven medals in Rio de Janeiro this month, five of them gold.

The Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) expressed shock at the findings of the re-tests and affirming its strict anti-doping credentials. A statement translated from the CWA website reads we will follow the relevant IWF and IOC requirements to actively cooperate with the investigation and it was further said that people found responsible will not be tolerated and will be severely punished in accordance with law if violations are confirmed.

The International Weightlifting Federation also announced Azerbaijan and Ukraine have joined Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan that were already facing one-year bans under earlier announcements.

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Wednesday 24, Aug 2016

Indian Wrestler Intentionally Took Banned Substance, Rules CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has ruled that Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed to produce any “real evidence” regarding the sabotage theory he had advanced. The CAS imposed a doping ban of four years on the wrestler to shut down all his hopes of making it big in the Rio Olympics.

The CAS panel said there may be a possibility of the sabotage theory but it is not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence. The panel ruled it is therefore determining that the athlete had failed to satisfy his burden of proof and the panel was satisfied that the most likely explanation was that the athlete simply and intentionally ingested the prohibited substance in tablet form on more than one occasion. The full CAS award said the panel had to weigh circumstantial evidence of the athlete against scientific evidence of WADA to determine whether it was satisfied with the athlete’s position that he did not take the prohibited substance intentionally. It was further added that the CAS panel is conscious that expert evidence offered by Professor Ayotte may be susceptible to qualification by other expert (s) but the panel has no reason to question the scientific data and/or her expert testimony.

The CAS ruled that the balance of probabilities was that Narsingh orally took the banned substance intentionally in tablet form on more than one occasion. The ad hoc panel of the CAS in its full award relied on expert evidence that the doping offence of Narsingh was not due to one-time ingestion of the prohibited substance and its concentration in the first test result (of June 25) was so high that it had to come from oral ingestion of one or two tablets of Methandienone, rather than from a drink where the powder had been mixed with water. This expert opinion was provided by Professor Christiane Ayotte from Canada who was presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Professor Ayotte, currently the Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Is a member of IAAF Doping Commission since 1995 and was elected representative of the Heads of IOC Accredited Laboratories in 1995-1996.

The urine sample of Narsingh Yadav taken out-of competition on 25 June was found to contain metabolites of Methandienone and long term metabolite of Methandienone. His other sample taken out-of competition on 5 July was also found to contain long term metabolites of Methandienone.

Narsingh had claimed that the doping offence was because of sabotage carried out by Jithesh (a junior wrestler and a member of Sushil Kumar’s entourage) who mixed his energy drinks with prohibited substance on either 23 or 24 June. The panel said that the reading of the long term metabolite in his second test of 5 July was consistent with the second ingestion towards the end of June 2016. The CAS panel ruled that the ingestion by Narsingh’s roommate was not at the same time and added Sandeep had the parent compound of Methandienone in his test results, so he must have taken the substance after the athlete (Narsingh), as opposed to both having their drinks spike at the same training session.

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Monday 22, Aug 2016

Safety Of Russian Whistleblower Not Our Concern, Says IOC President

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has remarked the IOC is not responsible for dangers to which Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be exposed.

Yulia made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia and was then forced to go into hiding in the United States with husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping official. The Russian track and field athlete provided evidence that the Russian government for years facilitated widespread cheating across nearly all Olympic sports. Her revelations along with those of the former Russian anti-doping laboratory triggered a series of investigations including one from the World Anti-Doping Agency. The WADA report, McLaren report issued last month, described how Russians were replacing positive doping samples with clean ones during the Sochi Games with the support of the Russian secret service.

Last week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Yulia’s online doping management account, which includes her location and address, had been illegally accessed. The Russian athlete the accessing of her account was done for discovering her whereabouts. Yulia has been branded a traitor by many people back home in Russia. In a conference call days ago, Stepanova remarked if something happens to us then you should know that it is not an accident.

The world governing body of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), praised her and she was cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics but the International Olympic Committee banned Stepanova because of her doping past and instead sent her an invitation to attend as a guest.

Bach remarked the ethics commission had to answer the question whether it was appropriate to change the constitution of the IOC for Yulia Stepanova in order to be able to allow her to compete in the Rio Olympics and added it came to the conclusion this would not be appropriate. The IOC President also remarked we invited her to come and we offered her support if she should need it not only support for her life but also for her sporting career. Bach also defended decision of the IOC to allow some Russians to compete after international federations cleared them saying it was a decision to protect clean athletes. The International Olympic Committee President said we have taken a decision there in the interests of athletes, defending the individual rights of these athletes and not making athletes be responsible for irregularities of their government.

Bach also remarked all samples from Russian athletes at Sochi would be retested. He also said they would also be checked for any tampering, as described in the McLaren report.

Declaring Rio Games closed, Bach urged the youths of the world to assemble in Tokyo in 2020 for the next edition of the quadrennial showpiece. The International Olympic Committee President officially declared the Games closed in the presence of over 60,000 spectators and over 11,000 athletes from across the globe at the historic Maracana. Bach commented Rio 2016 would be remembered as an iconic games, not only for its historic sporting achievements, but also because of the spirit and passion of the Brazilian people.

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Saturday 20, Aug 2016

Fresh Doping Blow For Russia

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The International Olympic Committee has announced Russia is stripped of another athletics medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was after three Russian athletes were retroactively caught in drug tests.

The IOC said Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive for the steroids Stanozolol and Turinabol in a reanalysis of her doping samples that resulted in Russia losing its silver medal in the women’s 4 x 400 meters relay. This is the second 2008 relay medal stripped this week from Russia because of doping. The IOC took away the gold medal of Russia in the 4 x 100 meters after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for the same two steroids. An entire relay team loses its medals if one of the runners tests positive under international rules.

The Jamaican team would now receive the silver medal and Belarus would get the bronze medal while USA has the gold medal.

On Friday, Alexander Pogorelov and Ivan Yushkov were the other two Russian athletes disqualified from the 2008 Games. Yushkov, who placed 10th in the shot put, tested positive for Stanozolol, Oxandrolone, and Turinabol. Pogorelov, who placed fourth in the decathlon, tested positive for Turinabol. The IOC earlier this week stripped Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of his silver medal from the 2012 London Games. The International Olympic Committee also disqualified three other athletes — weightlifters Nurcan Taylan of Turkey, Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia, and Pavel Kryvitski of Belarus — for doping violations at the last two Olympics.

In another development, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva – who was part of a doping-tainted track and field team – has been elected to the International Olympic Committee. Yelena was voted into an eight-year term as an athletes’ representative. The women’s pole vault world record-holder remarked her selection demonstrates her fellow athletes still trust her despite the scandal. Isinbayeva has never failed a drug test but was one of 67 Russian track and field athletes who were barred from the Rio Games.

The 34-year-old was one of four candidates who beat 19 others to be elected to the IOC athletes’ commission. The three other athletes elected to the IOC were Britta Heidemann of Germany, Ryu Seung-min of South Korea, and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary. Isinbayeva said in the Olympic Village she is very thankful to all athletes who voted for her here in Rio and remarked she will protect the rights of clean athletes all over the world. Isinbayeva announced her retirement to focus on a new career in sports politics and considers an offer to lead Russian track and field. A day after being among the four winning candidates, Yelena Isinbayeva decided she doesn’t want to compete anymore.

Yelena remarked one of her priorities would be to campaign for Russia’s IAAF suspension to be lifted so fellow clean athletes can resume their professional careers. Isinbayeva also termed investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency as “unfair” and remarked all of the accusations that have leveled have been built upon assumptions, there are no facts, no proof but for some reason investigator Richard McLaren’s assumptions were sufficient to raise the question of banning the entire Russian team from the Olympics.

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Thursday 18, Aug 2016

Russian Long Jumper Survives Being Banned From Olympics

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Russian long jumper Darya Klishina, who was the only Russian track and field athlete allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics, has managed to survive against a potential ban from competing in the Rio games.

There were rumors that Klishina had been suspended as new evidence had emerged in relation to the McLaren report, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report.

The International Association of Athletics Federations previously confirmed Darya has been banned “based on new information.” The long jumper from Russia appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Klishina’s appeal against the ban. In a statement, the CAS said the parties were informed that the application was upheld and that the athlete remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio. CAS said the permanent residence of Klishina in the United States meant she still met the IAAF’s competition criteria despite the additional information provided by Professor McLaren. The CAS statement further reads the athlete established that she was subject to fully compliant drug testing, in and out of competition, outside of Russia. It was also remarked the CAS Panel applied the IAAF competition rules to conclude that the previous decision of the IAAF DRB (Doping Review Board), that the athlete complied with the relevant criteria because of her permanent residence outside Russia, still applied despite the additional information provided by Prof. McLaren and the athlete relevantly established that she was subject to fully compliant drug-testing in – and out-of-competition outside of Russia for the ‘relevant period.

Klishina’s lawyer Paul Greene said the IAAF claimed three anti-doping samples Darya Klishina gave before and during the 2013 World Championships in Moscow showed evidence of being opened and then resealed. This method of manipulating drug tests was identified in an explosive report into Russia’s state-run doping program by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

The IAAF had recently confirmed it had withdrawn her special eligibility status. Klishina said he is appealing decision by the IAAF Doping Review Board to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban her from the Rio Olympics. The Russian long jumper added she is a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt. Darya added she is falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes.

Klishina was the only athlete (of 136) to be granted such an exemption. The 25-year-old is a two-time long jump champion of the European Indoor Championships and also took third in the Outdoor Championships in 2014 and tenth in the World Championships last year. On 26 June 2010, Klishina achieved a jump of 7.03m, a Russian junior record and the second best junior mark of all time, which was also the second best jump in the world that year, behind only her teammate Olga Kucherenko’s mark of 7.13m that year.

Russia’s Olympics chief Alexander Zhukov had earlier remarked the situation with Darya Klishina appears to be cynical mockery of the Russian sportswoman by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Tuesday 16, Aug 2016

Russian State-Sponsored Doping Goes Back Decades

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Documents obtained by the New York Times have revealed state-sponsored doping of Russian athletes could go back at least decades.

The Times reported a document signed in 1983 by Dr. Sergei Portugalov, a Soviet sports doctor. The document had Dr. Sergei saying oral steroids were not enough to guarantee the performance of the track and field athletes at the 1984 games (which they later boycotted). Dr. Sergei recommended injections of three different anabolic steroids that were stocked at the Research Institute of Physical Culture and Sports in Moscow.

The claims were supported by an interview of Dr. Grigory Vorobiev, a former Soviet sports doctor, who provided evidence of the doping claims. Vorobiev, who now lives in Chicago, described a win-at-all-costs system that was dabbling with performance enhancing drugs as early as the 1970s. Vorobiev told the Times that Russian athletes used to routinely ask about performance enhancing drugs and remarked oral steroids were common on the track team. The former Soviet sports doctor said he would have been blamed for a sub-par performance and fired if he had made efforts to convince athletes not to use drugs.

The documents suggest the anti-doping lab of Russia was colluding with sports officials for masking apparent doping program’s effects. The letter said there is only one basic reason to reject the injection form — the lack of definite data about how much time it takes to clear the body and it further said we will have the official recommendation and conclusion no later than December 15, 1983.

In another development, the whistleblower who uncovered state-sponsored doping in East Germany in the Seventies and Eighties has remarked a complete overhaul of the anti-doping system is the only way to avoid a repeat of the Russian drugs scandal. Werner Franke, who was the key figure to lift the lid on the German doping program along with his wife Brigitte Berendonk, a former West German Olympic discus thrower, said the only approach is to have anti-doping isolated from the sports system and went on to remark that all sports are corrupt and this is an international health situation.

Werner added international scientists would be elected to their positions off the back of their qualifications and thereby to avoid all interferences as we have had in the past. Previously, the German professor, who works in cell and molecular biology at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, has warned of the “human catastrophe” of the latest state-sponsored doping system of Russia. Franke remarked things like this have already taken place and shaped sport long into the future and also commented that if you treat talented youngsters — females in particular — early enough before their international careers begin, you can viralize their bodies properly, and it’s very clear that the muscles are advanced by doping for at least four years afterwards. Franke said it was with athletes as young as 12 in Germany and this is still happening all over the world.

A footnote in the recently published McLaren report showed a secret email from a former Russian anti-doping head in January 2015 in which race walking coach Viktor Chegin, stated the report, “started stabbing the injecting of erythropoietin in Chinese 13-14 year old girls and boys and he boasted that he did 50 injections per day in the ‘preparatory period’ without any medical education.

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Sunday 14, Aug 2016

Drug Cheats Should Not Be Allowed To Compete At Olympics, Says Michael Phelps

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Olympic superstar Michael Phelps has remarked drug cheats should not be allowed back into sport.

The American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time said it is sad that today in sports in general, not just only swimming, there are people who are testing positive who are allowed back in the sport and multiple times.

Phelps was speaking after it was made clear by young teammate Lilly King that she did not think Russian Yulia Efimova should be competing in the Rio Games. Lilly backed up her comments with a 100m breaststroke victory over world champion Efimova, who has served a steroid ban of 16 months but was allowed to swim in the Rio Olympics despite her testing positive this year for Meldonium, the drug which Maria Sharapova has been banned over.

King, a 19-year-old first-time Olympian, said she did not think Efimova belonged in the pool and many agreed as the 24-year-old world champion was showered with boos as she took the blocks. King won in an Olympic record of 1:04.93, with the Russian second in 1:05.50 and remarked she thinks it just proved that you can compete clean and still come out on top. King further remarked that people like US world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin should not be competing in Rio.

Phelps remarked he believes sport should be clean and sport should be on an even playing field, and he thinks that it is sad that in sports today we have people who are testing positive not only once but twice and still having the opportunity to swim at these Games. King spoke of her solidarity with the stance of Mack Horton of Australia and said she totally agrees with him.

Mack Horton of Australia recently taunted Chinese swimmer Sun Yang about his 2014 drugs ban, which drew a furious response from Chinese officials and media. The Chinese swimmer served a doping ban of three months after he tested positive for Trimetazidine, which Chinese officials said he had taken for years to treat an existing heart problem before the stimulant was added to World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in January 2014. French swimmer Camille Lacourt weighed into the debate and said Sun “pisses purple”.

Horton won over drug-tainted Chinese star Sun Yang in the men’s 400m freestyle final. Horton had named his rival a “drug cheat” a few days back in a clear reference to Sun’s three-month suspension over banned heart medication in 2014. The comments of Horton got the Chinese swimming team fuming and an apology is sought by Chinese officials. Horton stood by his comments and the Australia Olympic Committee and numerous athletes, both Australia and otherwise, have backed the Aussie gold medalist on his stance. Australia Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said there would be no apology from Horton or the Australian team. The Chef de Mission said Mack obviously has very strong views about the need for clean sport, as every single one of us does and added he has every right to express his views and his displeasure in that sense.

US Olympic medalist swimmer Katie Meili also supported the stance of Horton and said swimming is so special that she hopes the powers that be are working hard to keep the integrity of the sport.

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Friday 12, Aug 2016

Second Kenyan Official Sent Home From Olympics In Doping Scandal

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A Kenyan track and field official has been expelled from the Rio Olympics after he pretended to be one of the team’s 800-meter runners at a doping test and provided a sample in the name of an athlete.

This incident could possibly be the unintended result of the runner, Ferguson Rotich, giving his accreditation card to John Anzrah so he could have a free breakfast in the athletes’ village. The International Olympic Committee still opened an investigation after Anzrah was found with the Olympic accreditation of Rotich and provided the doping sample and signed doping forms in the name of Rotich, Kenyan team leader Stephen Arap Soi said.

Rotich’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said Rotich gave Anzrah his accreditation so that the coach could eat breakfast for free at the athletes’ village on Wednesday morning. It was remarked by Kenyan officials that Anzrah was found in the dining area of the athletes’ village before the test. The agent also said Rotich went to the doping test and gave both blood and urine samples after Anzrah was discovered.

Anzrah is a former Kenyan 200- and 400-meter runner and competed at the world championships in 1987. Ferguson Rotich is listed to compete in the heats of the men’s 800 on Friday alongside teammate David Rudisha, the Olympic champion and world-record holder. Rotich finished fourth in the 800 at the world championships in Beijing last year.

The Kenyan team leader said doping control officers reported Anzrah, a former sprinter and now a track coach, to authorities after the test. Arap Soi further commented that the problem with John Anzrah is he took possession of an identity card (accreditation) of an athlete who was in the list of WADA for out-of-competition dope testing. It was further added that Anzrah was taken to the doping control station purportedly as Ferguson Rotich and subjected to produce the sample and he signed and the crime he has committed is against Team Kenya and that is why we are sending him back home.

A disciplinary commission has been set up by the International Olympic Committee to look into the incident. The IOC said we take note of the decision of the Kenyan Olympic Committee to send home its athletics coach following a violation of anti-doping rules and we thank the NOC for its swift action.

In a statement, the world governing body of athletics said it will seek information on the incident from the IOC and could launch its own investigation.

This is the second embarrassment for Kenya after its track and field team manager was sent home a few days back over allegations that he sought a 10,000 pound ($13,000) bribe from undercover reporters to help athletes evade doping tests back in Kenya. Michael Rotich was filmed seeking the bribes in Kenya in January and February. Michael Rotich was arrested when he arrived back in Kenya from the Olympics and is being held in custody and facing criminal charges. A Kenyan magistrate has ruled that the country’s athletics manager can be held for four weeks by police as they investigate claims that Michael Rotich was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in return for £10,000 ($13,000).

The allegations result from an undercover investigation by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD. Rotich, during the operation, was approached by a supposed doping specialist hired to supply banned substances to a fictional British sports team. In the film, Rotich appears to request a one-off payment to give athletes an advanced notice of 12 hours of a pending drugs test because he knew the official anti-doping testers.

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