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Friday 09, Sep 2016

UCI President Slams IOC For Being “In Denial” Over Doping

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Brian Cookson, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, has remarked Olympic sports remain in denial and not doing anywhere near enough about their doping problems unlike cycling that had at least confronted its drug-infested past.

The UCI President also remarked it is a ticking time bomb he thinks will inevitably explode. Cookson remarked cycling has come a long way to come clean and added the sport is well down the road to redemption and recovery that places it ahead of deluded sports resisting that difficult route.

Cookson also remarked he has often said that there are two groups of sports: sports that have a doping problem and are doing something about it – and he believe we are in amongst the leaders in those – and sports that have a doping problem and are in denial and are not doing anywhere near enough about it. The UCI chief also added he thinks those sports, sooner or later, which are in denial and haven’t done enough are going to have – and perhaps are already having – the sorts of problems that we had.

The reputation of road cycling and the sport’s world governing body was shattered by the exposure of Lance Armstrong as a systematic cheat in October 2012. Cookson, who was president of British Cycling for 17 years until 2013 when he took over the UCI, used the marker for applauding UCI’s establishment of genuinely independent anti-doping processes, genuinely independent case management. The President of the world governing body of cycling also remarked he does not want to be complacent or to criticize other sports and added he thinks we are in a good position as a sport and also said he thinks our credibility is much higher than it was a few years ago, but we need to keep working at that.

In another development, US cycling athletes Robert Baatz and Mary Verrando-Higgins have accepted sanctions for anti-doping rule violations after testing positive for prohibited substances. Baatz provided an in-competition urine sample on March 12, 2016, at the Tour of Corsicana in Corsicana and his sample tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis. The 48-year-old accepted a two-year sanction for the anti-doping rule violation and has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 12, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Verrando-Higgins accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance administered with the support of a licensed physician. The 54-year-old cyclist tested positive for the prohibited substance 17α-methyl-5α-androstane-3, 17-diol and 17α-methyl-5β-androstane-3,17-diol, metabolites of Methyltestosterone, as a result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on May 24, 2016, in Winston-Salem.

Anabolic Agents are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (the Protocol), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies (USOC NADP), and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

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Wednesday 07, Sep 2016

UK Anti-Doping Releases Finding On Bonar Doping Case

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A summary of findings and recommendations made by an Independent Review into UKAD’s handling of intelligence in relation to a doctor on Harley Street, Dr Mark Bonar, has been released by the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Board.

The Independent Review, led by former Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward, as commissioned by the UK Anti-Doping Board after it was claimed by media reports that Bonar had provided performance enhancing substances to a number of British athletes. The Review’s principal aim was to evaluate how the UK Anti-Doping managed information passed to it by an athlete and whether proper procedures were followed in regards to the handling of that intelligence. The UKAD Board also asked the Review to make recommendations on how to improve processes in the future and nine suggestions were outlined for UKAD by the Report, produced by the Review team. All of those recommendations have been accepted by the Board.

Chair of the Independent Review, Andy Ward, remarked this case has been particularly difficult and complex but first and foremost he has no doubt as to the commitment of all UKAD staff to tackle doping in sport. Andy added we received total support from UKAD and the staff we engaged with, who were completely open and honest in providing their explanations and in discussing every aspect of their involvement in the case. The Independent Review Chair remarked we however found that there was some confusion and lack of clarity in the process of managing a source who wanted to reduce his doping ban by providing substantial assistance and also went on to add that it would appear that the source’s intention in making the approach to the media was to expose the concerns he holds in relation to UKAD’s handling of the case.

It was also suggested by Ward that this case highlights that the process by which an athlete might elect to provide substantial assistance, as defined in the World Anti-Doping Code and the UK Anti-Doping Rules is unclear and confusing, both in what it is seeking to achieve and in how an athlete should be treated. The former Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable said we therefore recommend that UKAD, in agreement with WADA, reviews and clarifies article 10.6.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code in relation to the status of athletes who decide to provide substantial assistance.

UKAD Chair, David Kenworthy, remarked this case has been challenging and complex but as a publicly funded body it is absolutely correct that UKAD be held to account for its actions. Kenworthy added the team has been fully cooperative throughout the process and fully accepts that mistakes were made and lessons must be learnt. The UKAD Chair also added we continue to be firmly committed to our fight to protect clean sport and clean athletes and remarked that UKAD has enjoyed considerable success in using intelligence and information to catch cheats but this case was not up to the usual high standards of our work and also said all the recommendations made by the Independent Review have been accepted; some have already been implemented and there is a timeline for implementing the others.

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Monday 05, Sep 2016

Anti-Doping Advisers Resign Over ‘Ignored’ Suggestions

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Three anti-doping advisers to the world governing body of swimming have submitted their resignations. Professor Andrew Pipe has left his role as chairman of the body’s doping control review board, as have two other members of the eight-strong panel.

In a letter to the governing body, the experts added that the failure of FINA to enact other recommendations that the doping control review board has made in the past, is incompatible with our dedication to clean sport and optimal anti-doping practice.

The anti-doping advisers remarked FINA ignored a call to ban some Russian athletes from Rio 2016. Seven swimmers competed at the recently concluded Rio Olympics despite bans from the board for doping violations. Those banned by the board included Yulia Efimova who won two silver medals in the women’s 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

The resignation letter of Pipe criticized FINA over its handling of the process. In the letter, the chairman of the body’s doping control review board said we were disappointed to note that our recommendations were not followed – and even more disappointed to receive no specific response to a subsequent written request for information regarding the reasons for FINA’s decision. It also said we learned of FINA’s decisions regarding the eligibility of Russian competitors only by observing the Olympic competition.

The FINA Doping Control Review Board (DCRB) is composed by eight persons appointed by the Bureau. A majority of the DCRB members shall be either physicians licensed in internal medicine, endocrinology, clinical pharmacology or sports medicine, with experience in anti-doping practices or analytical chemists with experience in WADA accredited laboratories or their equivalent. The Doping Control Review Board may review and make recommendations to the Bureau regarding the doping control program of FINA and may make proposals for additions or amendments to the Doping Control Rules for consideration by the Congress. The DCRD is also entrusted with the task of approving the Therapeutic Use Exemptions on behalf of FINA in accordance with the FINA Doping Control Rules and WADA Code.

In its defense, FINA remarked it provided the advice to the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport and also commented that it was not responsible for the final outcome.

FINA president Dr Julio C Maglione said the world governing body of swimming always co-ordinates with all stakeholders in the sport movement to assure that transparency and zero tolerance in the fight against doping is in place, thus protecting the clean athletes. Maglione added please rest assured that we will continue the same policy in fighting against doping without any limitation, equally applying the doping control rules to all athletes and all FINA Member Federations.

Many criticized FINA for resisting suggestions to retest samples taken at the 2015 world championships hosted by Russia. The doping case of China’s star swimmer Sun Yang, a two-time 2012 Olympic freestyle gold medalist, was shrouded in mystery two years back. The positive test of Yang was for a banned stimulant and subsequent three-month ban was confirmed in China and by the world governing body of swimming only after it was served.

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Saturday 03, Sep 2016

Anti-Doping Leaders Demand Overhaul Of WADA

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The leaders of 17 national anti-doping organizations met at a special summit in Copenhagen and have proposed an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in a bid to restore trust in international sport.

The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States, and the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO).

UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead remarked it is now the time for the entire sporting community to come together to find a way forward and ensure that the right processes, funding, and safeguards are in place to protect everyone’s right to clean, fair, and honest competition.

The group remarked the fight for clean sport is now “at a crossroads” and suggested that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should become more independent. It was also proposed by the group that executives of WADA should not be allowed to simultaneously hold a policy-making position within another sports organization.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has been a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that led to criticism of a potential conflict of interest.

The group also proposed that investigatory, testing, and results management functions from sports organizations should be separated to prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organization is tasked with both promoting and policing itself. It was also suggested that there should be an increase in capacity for WADA to investigate and impose proportionate sanctions for code non-compliance and the group also proposed a strengthened WADA through increased investment. The list of proposals also included amendment of the WADA code including the adoption of clear sanctions for large-scale subversions of the anti-doping system “with strong deterrent effect”.

The NADO leaders also extended their supports on calls for a public commitment from the International Olympic Committee and Russia to assist in guaranteeing the safety, security, and well-being of whistle-blowers Yuliya Stepanova and her husband Vitaly Stepanov without whom the state-supported system of doping would likely never have been exposed.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the national anti-doping organizations (NADO) said we recognize we are at a crossroads in the fight for clean sport. The statement further reads we with the best interests of clean athletes at heart have come together to discuss reforms that we believe will better protect them, restore confidence in the global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged, and ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated.

This development came at a crucial time in the fierce debate over the future of WADA that is jointly funded by the IOC and governments.

In another development, WADA director general Olivier Niggli has claimed website of the organization has been the subject of daily hacking attempts for almost three weeks, largely from Russia. Niggli, who took over the role of director general from predecessor David Howman earlier this year, said WADA and its informers were also receiving threats.

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Thursday 01, Sep 2016

More Medalists Stripped For Doping At Beijing Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped four athletes, including three Russians, after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned drugs.

The IOC sanctioned a total of six athletes — one runner and five weightlifters — on reanalysis of their samples with improved techniques. The athletes were among the 98 positive cases recorded in the retesting of more than 1,000 samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

Yarelys Barrios of Cuba was stripped of the silver medal in the women’s discus from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Cuban discus thrower tested positive for Acetazolamide, a banned diuretic and masking agent. The drug is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness and has the ability to reduce nausea, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. This “water pill” (diuretic) can work less well over time.

The 33-year-old has been retroactively disqualified and loses the silver medal that she won with a throw of 63.64 meters. Olena Antonova of Ukraine would now receive the silver medal and Song Aimin of China will move from fourth to bronze. Stephanie Brown Tratfton of the United States won the gold with a throw of 64.74 meters. Yarelys also competed at the 2012 London Olympics and was upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal after Darya Pishchainikova of Russia was retroactively stripped of the silver for doping.

The International Olympic Committee asked the IAAF, the track and field’s world governing body, to modify the 2008 discus results and consider any further action against the two-time silver medalist at the world championships and two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games.

The Nigerian-born Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis was disqualified from the Beijing Games after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Francis was eliminated in the 100-meter heats and did not start in the 200-meter heats. The Qatari sprinter was the 100-meter champion at the 2007 Asian Games in Amman where won in a personal best time of 9.99 seconds.

Russian weightlifter Marina Shainova was stripped of her silver medal in the 58-kilogram class after testing positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol. Nadezda Evstyukhina was stripped of her bronze medal in the 75-kilogram weightlifting division after her samples came back positive for Turinabol and EPO. Armenia’s Tigram Martirosyan, who tested positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol, was stripped of the bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg weightlifting class. Russian runner Tatyana Firova was stripped of her silver medal in the women’s 4×400-metre relay after she tested positive for Turinabol and a cocktail of other steroids. Tatyana had her ninth-place finish in the individual 400 meters annulled.

Alexandru Dudoglo of Moldova (ninth place in the 69 kg division) was also disqualified for Stanozolol and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan (ninth place in the 85 kg class) tested positive for Turinabol.

Previously, Russia was stripped of the relay medal when runner Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive. The country also lost the Beijing gold medal in the 4×100 relay after Yulia Chermoshanskaya failed a retest of her samples.

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