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Thursday 29, Sep 2016

UKAD And JADA Share Best Practice In Preparation

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) hosted the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), Japan Sports Council, and Japan Sports Agency, from 19 to 21 September to share best practice and knowledge ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

JADA, with memories of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio still fresh in mind, has started its preparations of providing a comprehensive testing and anti-doping education program at each of the events in the next three or four years.

UK Anti-Doping and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the beginning of 2015 that set out a count of objectives aimed towards protecting clean sport and clean athletes both at home and abroad. UK Anti-Doping has successfully delivered a range of contracted anti-doping services to major sporting events in the UK, from Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games to major championships and World Cups across a range of sports. A wide variety of topics, including education, testing, communications, intelligence gathering and results management at recent events were presented and discussed at length with a number of vital learning achieved throughout the course of the three-day visit of JADA officials.

UKAD’s Director of Business Services, Philip Bunt said it was a pleasure to welcome our colleagues from Japan and provide vital assistance in preparation for their hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bunt added UK Anti-Doping has a wealth of experience when it comes to providing anti-doping programs at major sporting events and added we are fully committed to working alongside our international partners in order to benefit clean athletes by enhancing global anti-doping programs and major sporting events are a critical part of that strategy.

UK Anti-Doping interim Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, and the President of JADA, Professor Hidenori Sukuzi, both signed the MOU on 28 January 2015 that will run until 2020. The signing took place at The Second International Conference on The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight against Doping: New Developments for Clean Sport and Society held in Tokyo.

Nicole had remarked UKAD is fully committed to working together with its international partners to enhance anti-doping programs globally for the benefit of clean athletes and had also remarked that we will also be working with them to develop their educational program so that the next generation of Japanese sports men and women are instilled with the values of clean sport from a very young age.

Professor Hidenori Suzuki, President of JADA, had then remarked JADA is very much looking forward to working with UKAD over the next five years. Hidenori added we want the major sporting events being held in Japan to be the best they can be and further commented that UKAD has accumulated extensive experience in terms of best practice in anti-doping after the 2012 Games and we want to build on this knowledge base to ensure the events we will be hosting are the cleanest they can be. The President of JADA had further remarked that we want to create a legacy for the next generation where they are aware and practice the values of clean sport and integrity of sport.

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Tuesday 27, Sep 2016

Drug Exemption Of Wiggins Defended By Team Sky Boss

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Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford has defended the decision to obtain special permission for Bradley Wiggins to receive injections of Triamcinolone, a banned drug before three major races, including his historic win in the 2012 Tour de France.

Brailsford reiterated his belief that Team Sky had done nothing wrong. The Team Sky boss denied that this was remotely similar to the doping so prevalent in the sport a decade ago. Brailsford commented what we’re talking about here is Bradley having a need, the team doctor supporting that, an expert giving their opinion that this is the medicine that is required, and that then going to the authorities who say that we agree with you, and here is the certificate that gives you the permission to use that medication.

Brailsford added he has got trust in the therapeutic use exemption process and the integrity of that process. The chief of Team Sky added it is not one person making that decision and further remarked it is not the rider or the team doctor, who is picking the medication as they have to seek permission to use it and they were granted permission. The 52-year-old added the brilliant team of doctors of Team Sky has a duty to help the riders be as healthy as they can be, and the riders are supported in every aspect of their performance. The Team Sky boss rejected any comparisons with former dopers and remarked certain dopers, who cheated with a cocktail of drugs, claim they used this and abused it for performance enhancement and that is not the case here.

Brailsford went on to defend reputation of his team by remarking one-hundred per cent you can trust in Sky, absolutely 100 percent and also added this is the very essence of why we created this team in the first place. Brailsford added this sport had a difficult time in the past and the whole reason for creating the team was so that young guys leaving (Manchester’s National Cycling Centre) could go and you’d know they would never be pressurized to cheat.

A group of Russian computer hackers recently leaked medical records of several athletes including Wiggins. It was disclosed Bradley Wiggins used the powerful anti-inflammatory drug on the eve of the 2011 and 2012 Tours and 2013 Giro d’Italia. The 36-year-old British star applied was granted three therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to take Triamcinolone to deal with a pollen allergy that aggravates his long-standing asthma condition. The TUEs of Wiggins were approved by the UCI, the world governing body of cycling, and there is no suggestion that he or the team have broken any rules.

However, Triamcinolone is widely used as a doping agent and has the potential of assisting athletes to lose weight, fight fatigue, and aid recovery.

Wiggins, who last month in Rio became Team GB’s most decorated Olympian with his eighth medal, said he was not seeking an “unfair advantage” but was trying to level the playing field so he could perform at the highest level.

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Sunday 25, Sep 2016

Tyson Fury In Doping Scandal

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World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is embroiled in a fresh doping scandal amid claims that he recently missed a drugs test.

Tyson refused to undergo a check when visited by inspectors from UK Anti-Doping. The representatives of the boxer tried to contact the drug testing body to reschedule after the snub but that has not yet happened.

       Athletes who are found to have refused a drugs test or tampered with their sample face a minimum ban of four years.

Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, declined to comment and this is all confidential information so he can’t discuss anything relating to UKAD allegations. Peter added it is private information and he is not allowed to divulge anything about the doping allegations at all.

The revelations come just months after it was revealed that Tyson Fury was being probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were allegedly discovered in a sample taken last year. Unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in a sample taken before he won the world title from Wladimir Klitschko. Nandrolone is known to improve muscle growth and the semi-synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) derived from Testosterone also results in appetite stimulation, increased red blood cell production, and bone density. Medically, it is used in treating anemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer and also acts as a progestin-based contraceptive.

Fury was scheduled to put the WBA super and WBO titles on the line at the Manchester Arena on October 29 when he was due to go toe-to-toe with Klitschko but his promoter made a shock announcement that the WBA Super and WBO champ is “medically unfit to fight”. No specific condition has been confirmed but it is speculated that Fury has suffered a recurrence of his mental health problems. The 28-year-old has spoken before about his battle with depression. Fury admitted he has had suicidal thoughts and it is rumored that he has checked into a clinic for treatment.

A statement from promoters Hennessy Sports said it is with the deepest regret that we have to announce the world heavyweight championship rematch between will not be going ahead. The statement added Tyson has been declared medically unfit to fight and it was added that medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. The promoters’ statement further reads that Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery and added we and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch.

Peter Fury demanded his nephew is not stripped of his belts. Peter remarked he cannot be held culpable as he is medically unwell and therefore should not be stripped of belts.

Fury ended a decade of dominance of Klitschko with a unanimous points’ victory in Germany last November. He was quickly stripped of the IBF title after the veteran Ukrainian triggered the contracted rematch clause that left the new champ unable to face the governing body’s mandatory challenger.

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Friday 23, Sep 2016

Global Doping Enforcement System Is Broken, Says USOC President

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U.S. Olympic Committee president Larry Probst has described the worldwide efforts against doping as broken. Probst cautioned against anti-doping efforts focusing on a single country or group of nations.

The President of the U.S. Olympic Committee remarked a new international model has to be developed to combat doping. Probst remarked the global system is broken and it needs to be fixed – the sooner the better, and added we owe it to clean athletes around the world to modernize our approach to anti-doping, to create a truly independent entity absent any conflicts of interest that currently may exist, and committing the resources necessary to protect the integrity of the competitions that we all love to see.

Probst also commented that we need an anti-doping agency that has real investigative powers and the authority to impose fines and sanctions. The U.S. Olympic Committee President further remarked this reconstituted agency needs to be supported globally by all constituencies – the (International Olympic Committee, international federations and national Olympic committees) Athlete Commissions, and national governments. He also disclosed the USOC board recently increased our contribution to the United States Anti-Doping Agency by 20 percent and added he is personally committed to investing the time and energy necessary to developing a new model for a new era.

Probst said it would be an error to single out individual nations. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field, recently banned Russia from competing in the Rio Olympics after allegations of state sponsored doping program were made. Probst added he supported the decision of the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the IOC Session in Rio to request that each international federation make a reasoned determination on Russian participation at the Games. Probst further said he also made the point that doping in sport isn’t simply the problem of one country, nor can it be solved by targeting one team and added we can’t devolve into a Cold War mentality of us versus them if we are going to address the inadequacies of the current anti-doping system.

The statement of Probst comes against a backdrop of global calls for an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency in the wake of high profile drug controversies and the Russian doping scandal.

Probst was among the 84 International Olympic Committee members who at President Thomas Bach’s urging gave their approval to call of the IOC executive committee to let individual sports federations review the doping pasts of athletes and determine which Russians could compete. Probst reiterated at the IOC meeting that the anti-doping system is in need of repair, and that the problem goes deeper than Russia.

The World Anti-Doping Agency was among several anti-doping groups that called for a complete blanket ban on all 389 athletes of Russia. The IOC President went against that recommendation and cited the “concept of individual justice” to justify the call to hand over the decisions to the sports. The IOC later confirmed that 271 Russian athletes had been cleared to compete.

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Wednesday 21, Sep 2016

Coaches Have Encouraged Athletes To Use Banned Asthma Drugs, Says Former Anti-Doping Chief

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Former British doping chief Michelle Verroken has remarked coaches have encouraged their athletes to use banned asthma drugs when there is nothing wrong with them.

Verroken, who was in charge of UK Sport’s anti-doping from 1986 to 2004, said there is the opportunity currently for abuse of the Therapeutic Use Exemption system. The ex-British doping chief further commented that is his real frustration that we still have a long way to get a better system in place. Verroken added then there is no suspicion about any athlete who has a genuine medical condition and also remarked there is the possibility that even a treatment as simple as asthma is being misused like we have seen in the past. Verroken, the former director of Drug-Free Sport, said she had been absolutely frustrated to be in the presence of coaches who have recommended their team go to GPs saying they get out of breath when they are training and said who doesn’t get out of breath as an athlete.

Verroken, who now runs the Sporting Integrity consultancy, also said we put in place the diagnostic tests but people can use the medication knowing that some of these prescribed substances are only banned in competition, so they use them in training. The former chief of British doping said some of the sports she now works with have come to the conclusion that to have a really robust policy you need to ban everything all the time.

Team GB Olympic stars including Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, and Laura Trott were dragged into controversy recently after their legal use of such drugs were leaked by Russian hackers. All four athletes were granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for treatment.

SunSport revealed Dick Pound, the Canadian former head of the World Anti-Doping Authority, raised concerns as long as 2006 about the surge in the count of questionable TUEs.

Last year, Alberto Salazar was accused by US athlete Lauren Fleshman of pushing legitimacy to the limits. Lauren accused the controversial of British legend Mo Farah of encouraging her to have an asthma attack in front of a doctor to get stronger doses of medication that contained steroids. Fleshman was never coached by Salazar but was previously part of a Nike-sponsored team. Lauren accused Salazar — head of the Nike Oregon Project and coach of the 10K gold and silver medalists in the last Olympics — of violating anti-doping and prescription drug regulations. Salazar denied the allegations. Lauren remarked helped her get treatment for asthma but remarked she became squeamish when he suggested that she use medication in a different manner than instructed by the doctor.

Lauren, after more than a decade of influencing the running world on and off the track, recently decided to officially retire from professional running. Fleshman won two national titles in the 5K and finished seventh at the 2011 World Championships. She also qualified to represent the United States on three world track teams. Fleshman won two national titles in the 5K and finished seventh at the 2011 World Championships.

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Monday 19, Sep 2016

Tour De France Winner Denies Link To Doctor Convicted Of Doping

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Bradley Wiggins, the first British man to win the Tour de France, is facing a fight for his reputation after recently-leaked documents showed he used banned performance enhancing drugs.

Wiggins used Triamcinolone, the same drug Lance Armstrong tested positive for at the 1999 Tour de France.

Wiggins has been forced to deny that the controversial Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was involved in his obtaining so-called therapeutic use exemptions. This was after details of the therapeutic use exemptions granted to him and fellow Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, were leaked.

The leaked documents suggested three TUEs were obtained by Bradley Wiggins for the treatment of asthma and allergies between 2011 and 2013, each before his major target race for that season. The British cyclist also had to clarify apparent inconsistencies between what he wrote in 2012 about the use of needles and the details that have emerged via the Fancy Bears hackers.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Wiggins said Brad has no direct link to Geert Leinders. The spokesperson added Leinders was ‘on race’ doctor for Team Sky for short period and so was occasionally present at races dealing with injuries sustained whilst racing such as colds, bruises etc. It was further commented by the spokesperson of Wiggins that Leinders had no part in Brad’s TUE application and added Brad’s medical assessments from 2011-2015 were processed by the official Team Sky doctor, and were verified by independent specialists to follow WADA, UCI, and BC guidelines. The statement also reads Brad’s passing comment regarding needles in the 2012 book referred to the historic and illegal practice of intravenous injections of performance-enhancing substances, which was the subject of a law change by [world cycling’s governing body] the UCI in 2011. It was also commented that the Triamcinolone injection that is referred to in the Wada leaks is an intramuscular treatment for asthma and is fully approved by the sport’s governing bodies and Brad stands by his comment concerning the use of illegal intravenous needle injections.

Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was a Team Sky doctor between 2011-2012 and Bradley won the Tour de France in the latter year. Leinders was later banned for life for doping offences committed during a previous stint at the tainted Rabobank cycling team between 2001-2009.

David Walsh, the Sunday Times journalist who brought down Lance Armstrong, suggested that a 2012 injection of Triamcinolone was given as a preventive measure rather than to treat existing symptoms ahead of Wiggins’s historic Tour victory. The journalist said the team that wanted to be seen as whiter than white had been dealing in shades of grey and added what they did was legal, but it was not right.

The British professional road and track racing cyclist, who rides for the UCI Continental team WIGGINS and was awarded a CBE in 2009, won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games in 2012.

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Saturday 17, Sep 2016

Therapeutic Use Exemptions Can Be Abused, Says McLaren

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Dr Richard McLaren, who authored the exploding report on state-sponsored doping by Russia, has remarked the system of therapeutic use exemptions for athletes is open to abuse.

Hackers Fancy Bears this week released stolen TUE medical files of athletes. The records released mostly detail TUEs that allows banned substances to be taken for verified medical needs of athletes.

The hacked files included those of three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and five-time Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins. The medical files of golfer Charley Hull, rugby sevens player Heather Fisher and rower Sam Townsend were also made public. British Olympic champions Laura Trott and Nicola Adams had files released on Friday. Trott had TUEs for Salmeterol and Salbutamol, which are used in the treatment of asthma and expired on 31 July, 2013.  The 31-year-old Froome remarked he had already made public his use of therapeutic use exemptions. Froome twice took the steroid Prednisolone for “exacerbated asthma” while Wiggins used Salbutamol to treat chest conditions and asthma.

Canadian law professor and sports lawyer McLaren remarked one would have to conduct investigations on specific sports as to whether or not too many TUEs are being used with respect to particular substances. McLaren remarked one of the common TUEs is for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication – there may be abuse there and added that is one area that probably needs to be looked at – how frequently are certain medicines being used in particular sports.

Methylphenidate, which is prescribed for ADHD, is a stimulant that helps improve brain function in people with the health complication. However, it also has the ability to improve the performance of an athlete and is only allowed to be used by elite performers with medical approval.

McLaren also questioned response of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to his Russian state-sponsored doping investigation that is believed to have prompted the hackers to break into the systems of WADA and release files of athletes. The Canadian law professor and sports lawyer said the IOC downplayed the findings of his report that concluded the sports ministry of Russia “directed, controlled and oversaw” manipulation of urine samples provided by its athletes between 2011 and 2015.

The WADA report author also said the IOC turned it into an issue about individuals. McLaren also remarked the report looked at individuals not because they had committed doping infractions, but to ascertain whether they were part of a system that was operated outside of their national governing body, and was being run by the state. He also commented he was “confident” sufficient proof of Russian state-sponsored doping, “beyond a reasonable doubt” was disclosed by the report. McLaren added they were not interim conclusions but they were final conclusions, and not allegations, as was suggested by various organizations including the International Olympic Committee.

McLaren also commented decision by the IOC to impose a ban only on individual Russian athletes guilty of doping offences in the past turned that on its head and turned it into an issue about individuals and their rights to compete, which was nothing to do with the report.

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Thursday 15, Sep 2016

Second Batch Of Athletes’ Doping Data Released

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A second batch of the medical data of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been released by Hacktivist group ‘Fancy Bear’ on 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.

The group published ten more names from the United States, five from Germany, five from Great Britain, one from the Czech Republic, one from Denmark, one from Poland, one from Romania, and one from Russia. In a statement, the group said the list of doping addicts includes not only the athletes of the top Olympic teams but also those who compete for other countries. The group also said there will be more leaks to come.

In a statement, WADA confirmed the latest data was illegally gained by hackers when they breached the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) of WADA. The statement further reads the group has illegally gained access to ADAMS via an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-created account for the Rio 2016 Games. It also reads that the account confined to the Games includes such confidential medical data as Therapeutic Use Exemptions delivered by International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs). It was also added the group is releasing the data that it has obtained from this account in batches.

WADA further added it believes spear phishing of email accounts was used by the hackers for gaining access to the data confined to the Rio 2016 Games and also remarked it has no reason to believe that other ADAMS data has been compromised.

Olivier Niggli, Director General of WADA, remarked the World Anti-Doping Agency has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia. Niggli termed the hack as a criminal attack that was aimed at smearing the reputations of world athletes and urged the Russian government to “stop” the hackers.

In its defense, Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Russia is in no way tied to the hacking of the WADA database. Peskov added it can be stated with all certainty that there is no involvement of the official Moscow, Russian government, or special services in such actions. The spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said this is completely ruled out and also commented that these unfounded allegations do not honor any organization, if they are not backed by something substantial.

The second list includes names like Bethanie Lynn Mattek-Sands, an American professional tennis player who has won three Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles, and Dagmara Wozniak, an American sabre fencer who represented the US at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This list also included professional US women’s basketball players Brittney Griner and DeAnna Marie Price, an American track and field athlete competing primarily in the hammer throw. It also included Kathleen Baker, an American swimmer who won one gold and one silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

David Larkin, a US-based international sports attorney and biochemist, said we need to re-think TUEs, these exemptions that are offered, as it raises some questions about whether there is in fact a room for abuse because it’s very reliant on local physicians and their assessments and then it’s submitted to the TUEC, which is the committee that approves or disapproves these things.

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Tuesday 13, Sep 2016

Sharapova Doping Ban Appeal’s Decision By CAS In Early October

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A decision on the appeal by former tennis world number 1 Maria Sharapova against a doping ban of two years will be issued in the first week of next month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

The 29-year-old was banned in June by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following a positive test for the banned drug Meldonium during January’s Australian Open. The five-time grand slam winner was named in the official entry list of Russia for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but the Court of Arbitration for Sport decided in July to defer its decision on her appeal against the ban.

Meldonium was added to the list of banned substances of the World Anti-doping Agency at the start of this year after evidence emerged that the drug can boost blood flow and enhance athletic performance. Made in Latvia and only distributed in Baltic countries and Russia, Meldonium is used to treat Ischaemia. The drug is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States and is not authorized in the rest of Europe.

In January, Maria Sharapova disclosed she had used Meldonium for health issues after being given it by her family doctor. The tennis star said she did received an email on December 22 from WADA that was meant to remind her of alterations to the list of banned substances but added that she did not click on the link provided.

Sharapova had called the ruling of ITF as “unfairly harsh” as it was found by an independent tribunal that she had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules. The ITF however ruled that the use of Meldonium by Maria Sharapova is only consistent with an intention to boost her energy levels.

In a strongly-worded statement, the International Tennis Federation had remarked there was in 2016 no diagnosis and no therapeutic advice supporting the continuing use of Mildronate (Meldonium) whatever the position may have been in 2006. The ITF had also remarked she would have consulted a medical practitioner if she had believed that there was a continuing medical need to use Mildronate. The ITF statement also said it may be that she genuinely believed that Mildronate had some general beneficial effect on her health but the manner in which the medication was taken, its concealment from the anti-doping authorities, her failure to disclose it even to her own team, and the lack of any medical justification must inevitably lead to the conclusion that she took Mildronate for the purpose of enhancing her performance.

Sharapova has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions and earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel in March 2012 and has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years by Forbes. The Russian professional tennis player is the only Russian to hold the career Grand Slam.

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Sunday 11, Sep 2016

Yuliya Efimova Blasts Lilly King

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Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was booed by crowds at the Rio Olympics, has taken a parting shot at rival Lilly King on Saturday night. Yuliya insisted the American 19-year-old was immature and had turned the event into “a war.”

Efimova remarked the escalated bad blood between the American and Russian camps was a personal “nightmare” for her. Yuliya claimed the West was using sport to fight a new cold war. Efimova said he understands the people who didn’t congratulate her because the media was full of fake stories about her and added she on the other hand does not really understand the foreign competitors. Yuliya remarked all athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read.

King had repeatedly asserted that the Russian swimmer should not have been allowed to compete as she had previously been banned for doping. Yuliya, the four-time World Champion and a three-time Olympian, failed a drug test in 2013 and was suspended from competition for 16 months. Efimova, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was given a provisional ban earlier this year after testing positive for Meldonium, but the International Swimming Federation lifted the suspension after advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Her name also figured in a World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian state-sponsored doping. The Russian swimmer was excluded from the Games until gaining a late reprieve. Yuliya was quietly reinstated and no explanation for the decision was provided by the International Swimming Federation or the International Olympic Committee.

Efimova has been living and training in Southern California for the past five years but may reconsider her decision with the reaction she received from the American swimming public. She was booed n several occasions during the schedule as she entered the pool deck. Efimova once shook her finger as she was loudly booed before and after her semifinal race at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Spectators were not happy with the IOC decision to let Efimova and her fellow Russian swimmers compete and the Russian swimming team, especially Yuliya was subjected to boos and jeers at the Aquatic Center.

Lilly did not hide her feelings about the disgraced Russian swimmer and said Yuliya is a drug cheat and should not be allowed to compete. The American swimmer said bringing Yuliya was decision of the IOC and she is going to respect that decision even though it is not something that she agrees with.

The US star defeated Yulia Efimova to win gold in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 19-year-old bagged the gold in one of the most anticipated swimming events of the tournament — by just under a second as she finished in 1 minute 4.93 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of Efimova. After her win, Lilly remarked her win just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the work you put in.

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