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Monday 30, Jan 2017

Riders Should Publish Anti-Doping Data For Transparency

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Former Cyclo-cross world champion and pre-race favorite for the Worlds, Mathieu van der Poel has remarked riders should be open to make their anti-doping controls public.

The comments of Van der Poel same after Kevin Pauwels posted his doping control form on Twitter and Van der Poel himself swiftly following Pauwels. Reigning world champion Wout van Aert was urged to publish his anti-doping controls too but he remarked he would not be doing the same as his two competitors.

Poel, the Dutch cyclist who currently competes in the Cyclo-cross and road bicycle racing disciplines of the sport for the Beobank–Corendon team, recently escaped serious injury despite a nasty crash in the DVV Trophy race in Loenhout.

Van der Poel said he respected the decision of Wout van Aert but added publishing the documents would help with transparency of the sport. Van der Poel said at his pre-Worlds press conference that publishing his data for himself and not meant to provoke Wout van Aert. Poel added Aert is perfectly entitled not to do so and also comment that just because you do not make something public, it does not mean that you have something to hide.  Van der Poel added it is his privacy and added but perhaps it is good that we do all this publicly in the future. Poel added each test for him should be put online and further said there needs to be more transparency, and it could be a pivotal moment in the sport.

Van der Poel added therapeutic use exemptions are open to misuse and the rules around them should be stricter. Poel said he is not saying nothing should be allowed, but it is unfortunately misused in many ways. The rider said it is best to take rest if someone is struggling with something. Poel added TUEs can naturally be used, but it is not the healthy way and said it also seems a good idea to then stay a month on the sidelines instead of the current line of ten days if it is the only way to ride a World Cup. Poel also said maybe you are doing nothing wrong, but he would not personally do it secretly but at a press conference with a doctor immediately and added but again, it is not healthy.

Van Aert was forced to deny requesting a TUE for cortisone after Van der Poel deliberately or unintentionally stoke the fire of doubt against Van Aert. Van Aert had to skip the final round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide and has been suffering from a knee injury of late. In a press conference, Van Aert said he had been suffering from an inflammation of the knee for the last few days and added but he has not been using cortisone or other TUEs.

Riders are required to declare the use of any supplement or medication on the supplied forms when visited by doping control officers. The anti-doping control form of Poel showed he had been using multivitamins and beetroot juice.

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Saturday 28, Jan 2017

Carter Doping Case A Blight On Country’s Athletics, Says JOA President

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Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell has remarked the failed doping test of sprinter Nesta Carter is a stain on the proud athletics heritage of the country.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that a reanalysis of a sample provided at the Beijing Olympics by Carter contained the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jamaica, which included legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell besides Nesta Carter, had their gold medals stripped. The haul of Bolt, the fastest man in the world, was reduced from nine Olympic medals to eight.

Fennell added this is extremely unfortunate and added it is obviously not something that we would want to happen, but we have to face it and face the issues clearly and deal with them. The JOA President added there is no question that when you have a situation like this and the high-profile position of a relay team that won a gold medal and some of the people who are superstars on that team then obviously, it will reflect very badly on us.

Fennell re-emphasized that the Jamaica Olympic Association takes a strong stance on anti-doping and added he does not want the indiscretions of one athlete to undermine efforts of the organization. The JOA chief also said we do feel it is very important for us because as a country, our sports leaders and everybody are very strong about anti-doping matters and the fight against doping in sport. Fennell added that we at the same time are equally strong that we must protect the rights of the athletes, particularly those who are innocent and have not contravened the spirit of the rules.

Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fennell said that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas have been asked to return medals following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee. Fennell remarked he can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the International Olympic Committee.

The 30-year-old Bolt completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. The 31-year-old Carter was also a part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and he assisted the country win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Carter ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that also included Bolt, Frater, Powell and Thomas, who ran in the heats. Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He became only the fifth sprinter in August 2010 to run the 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds.

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Thursday 26, Jan 2017

Former Cyclist Raises Doping And Sexism Accusations

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Former Olympic and world champion cyclist Nicole Cooke has blasted the functioning and questioned the existence of British Cycling and Team Sky.

Cooke, who announced her retirement from cycling on 14 January 2013 at the age of 29, said cycling is “a sport run by men, for me” and added that the wrong people have been fighting the wrong war, in the wrong way, and with the wrong tools. The 2008 Gold Olympic medalist also remarked he had been encouraged as a 19-year-old to dope by two members of her own British team. Cooke remarked she was the Briton on her team in Italy and she was encouraged by two members of the management of her team to dope. The cyclist went on to say that she had passed the information onto the forerunner of UK Anti-Doping when she was encouraged to dope as a 19-year-old but nothing was done.

Commenting on the “mysterious” bag containing medication that was transported by Simon Cope, Cooke said Cope was doing what he was told to do but it is surprising to learn that Cope, British Cycling women’s team manager, had no other task left to perform besides delivering the bag. Cooke went on to ask why Cope, whose salary is paid out of the public purse, was asked by his managers to serve as a courier for Bradley Wiggins and spent some weeks riding a moped in front of him as part of a training regimen instead of performing his responsibilities for the women’s team.

Cooke disclosed she was given four Therapeutic Use Exemptions during her career, namely to treat a serious knee injury. Cooke said she had a TUE for this treatment receiving the same steroid that Bradley Wiggins used more recently and added it could at the time could only be used with a TUE, whether in or out of competition. Cooke said that injection failed to address the medical problems and she continued not to race and ended up having surgery in May 2004. Cooke said the TUEs issued by the Team Sky/British Cycling medical team for this same steroid are of great concern. The former cyclist raised eyebrows on the functioning of British Cycling and Team Sky by saying the more relevant question rather than the strange coincident chronology of the ailment perhaps is to ask the Team Sky/British Cycling  medical team how often has this steroid been issued to athletes out of competition. Cooke said it is important to know if the steroid is used properly to help recover from career threatening injuries or has it ever been used to assist athletes losing fat and gaining power in the out of competition preparation for major events.

Cooke also said very little was ever done to support female road riders during her career. Recounting her own exposures to sexism, the Commonwealth, Olympic, and World road race champion said odd riders at times would be supported for a period while they were ‘in favor’ but mostly that support was only ever transient. Cooke went on to said that plans were in place in 2008 for the male only Team Sky that would use a variety of British Cycling Lottery funded staff in dual roles. The project, overseen by Dave Brailsford and others, was designated as “male only” and no successful appeal that it should be a male and female team was possible. Cooke said it was “run exclusively by men, exclusively for men”.

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Tuesday 24, Jan 2017

Ethiopian Athletics Federation Pledges To Work With Kenya

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Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) President Haile Gebrselassie has vowed to work with Kenya in the country’s fight against doping.

Speaking in Nairobi at Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Gebrselassie remarked the Ethiopian Athletics Federation will start imposing lifetime bans on drug cheats as it tries to restore credibility in the wake of recent doping scandals. Gebrselassie, the two-time Olympic 10,000 meters gold medalist, added he is eager to help Kenya, the country’s neighbor, to tackle the problem. Gebrselassie added there are no shortcuts and also remarked Kenya and Ethiopia have to fight doping because if we ignore it, at the end of the day the loser will be Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) President added we don’t have a chance to get those medicines, its foreigners who bring them to destroy our sport and said he urges all sports people and the Kenyan Government let us work together and fight for our innocent athletes.

Kenya, the athletics powerhouse particularly in long and middle-distance running, has topped the medals tally at different International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events in the last decade, including the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

However, many of its athletes have been accused and found guilty of doping. Since 2012, around 40 athletes from the country have tested positive for banned drugs, including three-time Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, who failed for Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2014.

Kenya recently introduced a law criminalizing doping. This was after the African country was declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in May that almost put its participation at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August in jeopardy. The country however managed to resolve the issues on time.

Gebrselassie added his government had criminalized doping and a drug cheat now will serve up to five years in prison that is very important. The former Olympic 10,000 meters gold medalist said it is not about winning medals, but it is about protecting the next generation.

Former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat in 2004 said Gebrselassie and he competed fairly when there were no underhand dealings and when sport was sport.

In another development, David Rudisha, the two-time Olympic 800m gold medalist, has claimed that some drugs are however administered to athletes without their knowledge. Rudisha said he does not agree entirely with Haile because most of these athletes usually do not dope knowingly. Rudisha further added there are of course those who take performance-enhancing drugs in full knowledge, but there are those athletes who take pills for medicinal purposes without knowing they might contain banned substances. He also said it is tricky because the standard ban should be around four years though it differs between Federations. The two-time Olympic gold medalist said banning an athlete entirely without looking at the background would be unfair. He also said it is another case if it is found the athlete doped knowingly and also added but it should not be a blanket rule.

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Sunday 22, Jan 2017

Angela Hill Out Of UFC 207 For Drug Testing Rule

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Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and current Invicta FC champion Angela Hill has been ruled ineligible due to UFC’s anti-doping policy.

The former World Kickboxing Association champion is ranked #3 female MMA strawweight in the world by Fight Matrix as of May 23, 2016. The Australian mixed martial artist, who competes in the Strawweight division and is currently signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships, was about to make a return to the UFC for a matchup against No. 5 ranked strawweight contender Jessica Andrade. However, the current Invicta FC champion was required to undergo four months of testing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency before she can be re-allowed to re-enter the promotion.

The rule from the anti-doping policy of UFC reads that an athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC may not resume competing in UFC bouts until he or she has given UFC written notice of his or her intent to resume competing and has made him or herself available for testing for a period of four months before returning to competition. It further reads that UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was granted an exemption when he made his return at UFC 200 in July. Lesnar however failed a pair of drug tests for the estrogen blocker Clomiphene that ended with his bout against Mark Hunt and suspended for one year for the infraction.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC vice president of health and performance, remarked any fighter that ceases to have a contractual obligation with the UFC, so had a contract and ceases (to have a contract), as the rule reads now by any means or methods. Novitzky added the athlete has to be re-signed or unretired and they have to be back in the program for a period of four months whether it is being cut by the UFC or a decision on behalf of the athlete.

The UFC vice president of health and performance added the UFC does have the ability to waive that as we did in the case of Brock Lesnar, if, and he thinks the wording is it would be manifestly unfair to the athlete. Novitzky added we in the case of Angela Hill did not feel based on several factors including the amount of time that she would have been back in the program, we didn’t feel that it met that criteria and therefore she wasn’t granted that waiver.

Novitzky also remarked the UFC examines the exemptions individually with discussions inside the promotion as well as involving United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC vice president of health and performance added it is absolutely on a case by case basis and added there is an internal discussion in the UFC and then we also have that discussion with USADA to make sure they’re comfortable on it and so that is exactly what had happened.

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Friday 20, Jan 2017

Anti-Doping Initiatives Welcomed By Kenyan Athletes

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Elite Kenyan athletes have welcomed the recent move by Athletics Kenya, the governing body for track and field in the East African country, of getting a ‘trustable’ team of doctors to monitor top athletes.

The doctors are Victor Bargoria, David Muhindi, Fredrick Kipkorir, Mwithia Ngundo, Wycliffe Koskei, and Castro Mugalla. They have been chosen by Athletics Kenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in an attempt to fight against doping that has brought shame to the sport in Kenya. The country is still on the watchlist of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Athletics Kenya Chief Jackson Tuwei said the doctors will be preparing a report on a monthly basis that would be sent to the IAAF medical and anti-doping commission. Tuwei added an initial team of five “trustable Kenyan doctors” had been picked to monitor top runners of the country. The Athletics Kenya chief added this step would limit bad medical practices and doping-promoting behaviors by some Kenyan health professionals.

The AK Chief also issued a warning to dopers by saying that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected for international competition. Tuwei added it is absolutely mandatory for these elite athletes to go through this network and said he can understand that it is painful, it is strict, it is critical but we have to do it. The move aimed at curbing the doping menace in the country is expected to be fully operational within a week.

Tuwei added forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the World Anti-Doping Agency code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code. Tuwei also remarked we saw it fit to have all athletes in such a similar so that we familiarize ourselves on laws and regulations of doping.

Olympic champion and London marathon winner Jemima Sumgong remarked this anti-doping initiative would help honest athletes. Sumgong added it will make it easier and faster to do a medical, now that there are six doctors whose contacts have been given to us and added this is a good start to eliminate doping. Sumgong, who won Kenya’s first women’s marathon gold in Rio last year, said it will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises.

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said this is a good step and a major development for our country. Kipchoge added he is happy with it and added authorities would still need to make athletes aware of the dangers of doping.

The initial list of 109 elite athletes includes women’s 5000m Olympic champion, Vivian Cheruiyot and three-time steeplechase world champion Ezekiel Kemboi. It also includes Kipchoge, Sumgong, two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record holder, David Rudisha, and javelin world champion, Julius Yego.

The world governing body of athletics, the IAAF, commented that this step is not meant to vet athletes, but to provide good quality medical support. Chris Turner, a spokesman for IAAF, remarked the network comes as part of the preventive measures intended to address the proliferation of rogue doctors, limit poor medical practice, and address the supply of prohibited substances.

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Wednesday 18, Jan 2017

Lawyer Of Russian Skiers Slams McLaren Report

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The lawyer defending two Russian skiers Evgeniy Belov and Aleksandr Legkov has claimed that there are a significant number of inconsistencies in the second part of the McLaren report into alleged Russian doping.

Christof Wieschemann also said the inconsistencies make the identification of athletes questionable. The lawyer said you know that different documents are available that refer to the athletes if you are familiar with the McLaren report and added these documents are not consistent.

Referring to the Russian cross country skier Evgeniy Belov, Wieschemann said he is mentioned for two competitions, in which he did not participate. Belov, who competed for Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was provisionally suspended in December 2016 over allegations of doping. The lawyer also pointed out that the cross country skier was not mentioned in several competitions, in which he did participate. Wieschemann also said there are also no less than ten faulty records in different lists in the McLaren report that refer to Aleksandr Legkov, a Sochi 2014 Olympic champion, who was also suspended over doping allegations.

The lawyer added the inconsistencies discovered by him are not some isolated single cases but a part of a larger flaw. Wieschemann emphasized that he does not think it is a minor error but a big bug he found out. Wieschemann added he would like to highlight that he does not want to challenge the results of the McLaren report in total but said the weakness of the McLaren report is that he was not ordered to investigate directly single athlete and added that he used documents he received from third parties. Referring to his clients Belov and Legkov, Wieschemann remarked it is unlawful and they are liable for damages if the reasons to suspend both athletes are not sufficient.

Wieschemann also said he had already informed the International Ski Federation (FIS) and is expecting a response within a week’s time. The lawyer added we at first have to exhaust the sports arbitration, in particular through the Court Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and said we will decide afterwards what is going on. Wieschemann said he is hopeful that we will receive a positive result both from the FIS Doping Panel and probably from the International Olympic Committee.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, headed by Canadian sports law professor, Richard McLaren, delivered the second part of its report in December. This report claimed that over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in the summer, winter, and Paralympic games could have been involved in a manipulation system for concealing positive doping tests. The FIS suspended six Russian skiers, including Belov and Legkov, following its publication. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) provisionally suspended four Russian skeleton athletes from competing but later lifted the suspension as the federation found no sufficient evidence for the ban. The reversal on the provisional suspension of four Russian skeleton athletes gave the green light for them to compete at the skeleton European Cup in Germany on January 14-15.

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Monday 16, Jan 2017

Doping Cases Of Three Weightlifters To Be Probed By COC

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The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) reiterated its zero tolerance to doping and vowed to investigate the cases of three Chinese weightlifters after they were stripped of gold medals won during 2008 Olympic Games.

On Thursday, it was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that three female Chinese Olympic weightlifting gold medalists Cao Lei (75 kilograms), Chen Xiexia (48 kilograms) and Liu Chunhong (69 kilograms) were among five other athletes who competed at 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. The three Olympic weightlifters all tested positive for prohibited substance Growth hormone-releasing peptide 2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2) after re-analysis of their samples from Beijing 2008. Liu also tested positive for Sibutramine. The disqualification leaves China facing a potential ban on weightlifting from international competitions for a period of one year.

A Chinese anti-doping expert said production of growth hormones is stimulated by the drug taken by the athletes. The expert added Sibutramine was possibly used as a masking agent. The Chinese anti-doping expert went on to criticize several Western media that accused the country of state-sponsored doping. The expert remarked they are just analyzing cases with “double standard.” He said there are also many athletes from Western countries who were found using prohibited substances in recent years, but the global media usually tries to paint their indiscretions as personal mistake but the issue becomes ‘nationally organized behavior’ when it comes to countries like China, which is a double standard.

In a statement published on its official website, the Chinese Olympic Committee said it condemns the three athletes who violated the spirit of sportsmanship and Olympics for doping. It further said that the Chinese Olympic Committee respects the decisions made by the IOC and will investigate the cases with related bodies and added we are in solidarity with the International Olympic Committee to protect clean athletes and fight against doping.

The list of other suspended athletes included Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was the bronze medalist in Beijing but tested positive for the steroid Turinabol. Turinabol, also called T-bol, is the androgenic anabolic steroid that bagged newspaper headlines after the East German doping scandal became public. This steroid has a positive effect on nitrogen retention and protein synthesis.

Belarusian hammer thrower Darya Pchelnik lost her fourth spot from the 2008 Games. Sibel Simsek of Turkey, Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s Norayr Vardanya — three non-medal weightlifters from the 2012 Olympics in London — were also disqualified.

The International Olympic Committee is reanalyzing 1,243 samples from Beijing and London using testing techniques not available at the time.

The results of the new tests will feature during discussions in April this year to map out the program of future summer Olympics. Weightlifting accounts for the most positive tests followed by athletics, wrestling, and cycling. IOC president Thomas Bach recently said that we will have to look at the results in detail, connect each sport with each country and see if it is a problem specific to each country. Bach added then we will study the situation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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Saturday 14, Jan 2017

US Figure Skater Had No Idea Of Russian Doping

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American figure skater Gracie Gold, who finished fourth at the Winter Games, said she never could have imagined the scope of Russian doping at the Sochi Olympics.

Russian Adelina Sotnikova won a surprising gold for the host nation. South Korea’s Yuna Kim could be elevated to the gold medal that would be second in a row at the Olympics if Adelina is stripped of the gold medal. Italy’s Carolina Kostner would get the silver and Gracie Gold would be awarded bronze.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that 28 unidentified athletes across a variety of sports presently are under investigation. Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport reported that Sotnikova is among them.

Russia came away from Sochi Olympics with an impressive medal haul in figure skating. The team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took the gold medals; Sotnikova took the gold medal and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver in pairs, and the Russian squad captured gold in the new team event. Canada earned silver and the United States took bronze in the team event.

Gold said everything is still under investigation as far as she knows. The figure skater said she cannot really speak to that and added she has always chosen to skate clean. Gold added she does believe doping is unfair to all the other athletes and further said that is kind of what she has to say about that that she has always chosen to compete clean and compete my best as a clean athlete. Gold added however it is certainly causing some headlines, though. Gold said at least what the headlines are saying about the scope of the doping scandal in Sochi, she doesn’t think anyone could have expected anything so widespread. The American figure skater added she doesn’t think anyone expected that.

The 2012 World Junior silver medalist and a two-time U.S. national champion started skating at the age of 8. She competed in pairs with Sean Hickey and they placed eighth in juvenile pairs at the 2007 U.S. Junior Championships. She made her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and won the gold medal. Gold won gold in all seven of her competitions in the 2011-12 season. Gold placed first in the short program with 72.12 points at the 2014 U.S. Championships. This was the highest-ever ladies’ score earned at the U.S. Championships under the International Skating Union Judging System.

Gold remarked she competed against Adelina for many years. The US figure skater said she loved her and Adelina is still a sweetheart. Gold added she had found a lot of Russians to be kind of lovely people despite the stigma of doping that has become associated with them.

Recently, leaders from 19 national anti-doping agencies, including the United States, argued that Russia should be excluded from all international sports events, including next year’s Winter Games in South Korea. The national anti-doping agencies’ leaders also urged Russia to be stripped of its right to host major events such as next year’s World Cup.

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Thursday 12, Jan 2017

Manchester City Charged By Football Association Over Anti-Doping Rules

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The Football Association (FA) has charged Premier League club Manchester City with breaching its anti-doping procedures.

An FA statement read Manchester City has been charged in relation to the FA’s rules on anti-doping. The statement further reads that it is alleged the club failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate. The charge is not under the jurisdiction of the World Anti-Doping Agency or UK Anti-Doping. It is a breach of FA rules only.

Manchester City faces a fine over the charge issued under FA Regulation 14d and is related to the “whereabouts” rule that dictates the Football Association must be told on a daily basis when the first team, Under-21s, and Under-18s squad are scheduled to be training. Anti-doping authorities must be given a timeframe of one hour if a player is not training, or leaves a session before he is scheduled to do so that same day when the club can say for sure where a player will be. The whereabouts regulations considered a key part of the integrity of the testing system. Clubs are obliged under the rules for updating any change to the schedule so that testers and players are in the right place.

It is believed that the charges concern training schedules not being updated in the context of players’ whereabouts at particular times, including members of City’s elite development squad. The charges concern a breach of Football Association rules only and are not under the jurisdiction of the World Anti-Doping Agency that has no provision for team violations in its code or UK Anti-Doping. The Premier League club is instead charged under FA rules only. Manchester City is rather facing a code of conduct charge that is likely to lead to a reprimand or fine.

UK Anti-Doping conducts tests on behalf of the FA on all players on professional contracts at clubs. There is a three strikes policy under the FA regulations where three violations of the whereabouts procedure trigger a FA charge. This can be incurred across all levels of professional players, and not limited to the senior squad.

Manchester City has fallen foul of the three strikes rules and now has time until Jan 19 to either accept the FA charge or contest it. It is likely that the club will be fined. If it decides to contest the charges and is found guilty, punishments could include a ban, ground closure, points’ deduction, and expulsion from competitions. The club is likely to say that the breaches are down to administrative errors.

The charge comes as City midfielder Samir Nasri is presently investigated over claims that he received an intravenous drip during a trip to Los Angeles last month. Nasri, on loan at Sevilla, is the subject of a probe by the anti-doping agency of Spain.

Intravenous therapy is banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules unless it is administered in quantities of no more than 50 milliliters per six-hour period or in cases where an athlete has obtained a certificate of dispensation on medical grounds.

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