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Tuesday 12, Sep 2017

  Double Olympian Re-launches Fight Against Doping Charges

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Paul Edwards, the double Olympian shot putter from Britain, has launched a Facebook page as part of his longstanding efforts to get his name cleared from charges that took place long before social media existed.

Edwards, who was banned for life in 1997 after a second positive doping test, competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and won bronze for Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Till date, he disputes his positive test in 1994 that resulted in a ban of four years and the findings from an out-of-competition test undertaken while he was still banned which led to his lifetime ban.

Edwards said in a video recording on his page, entitled Paul Edwards Victim of Deceit and Deception that he wrongly received a life ban from athletics after an incorrect out-of-competition test for Testosterone in 1997. The former GB international and Olympic shot putter said he is not guilty and will continue as he had done for 20 years to fight to prove his innocence. The shot putter, who competed for both England and Wales, was sent home on the eve of the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games along with fellow athlete Diane Modahl after doping charges emerged against them.

The double Olympian shot putter failed two tests. He first failed an anti-doping test that was conducted during the European Championships in Helsinki earlier in the year and the second failed test was two days after he returned from competing there. The first sample tested positive for a cocktail of banned substances, including anabolic steroids, raised testosterone, and the stimulant pseudoephedrine. The second sample was found to be positive for Testosterone. Edwards subsequently received a lifetime doping ban and his ban was the first incident of a British athlete receiving a lifetime ban.

In 1996, Modahl made a return to athletics after she was cleared on appeal by the international body for athletics, then known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, and the British Athletic Federation, following evidence that her sample had materially degraded after serious failures in the chain of custody and storage.

Edwards in the past have alleged numerous faults with the findings for his 1997 sample and even went on to challenge the chain of custody. The shot putter made use of the Freedom of Information Act in 2009 to obtain information on his tests from the Drug Control Centre at King’s College, London. In November 1997, the High Court ruled in the favor of UK Athletics, UK Sport, and the Doping Control Centre at King’s College, London that the claim for damage by Edwards was “statute barred”.

Edwards said his case has still not been reconsidered and added he had received a lifetime ban which has marred his life even though guilty athletes are constantly being reinstated after agreed periods of time. Edwards added he is not guilty and will continue to fight.

Edwards represented Great Britain 43 times and won 11 AAA titles and 5 UK titles. The retired professional athlete also represented Great Britain in decathlon and held Welsh national records at shot put, decathlon, and discus and won 9 Welsh titles.

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Thursday 07, Sep 2017

  RUSADA Reinstatement Issues Resolved, Says Mutko

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Vitaly Mutko, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, has claimed that “almost all” of the issues blocking the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency have been resolved.

Mutko, the country’s former Sports Minister, made this comment after the recent appointment of Yury Ganus as the new director general of RUSADA on August 31.

Since 2015, RUSADA has been suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency after evidence emerged through a WADA Independent Commission Report that Russia was behind a state-sponsored doping program. The country was barred from taking part in the track and field events at last year’s Olympic Games. Russia was also barred from taking part in the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016. The country is now likely to miss the miss the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang in February.

A roadmap for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has been drawn up by the World Anti-Doping Agency but the body has not yet met all of the necessary criteria.

Mutko however expressed a different view. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia said almost all the issues concerning the road-map have been resolved. Mutko added it is being implemented and also commented there is going to be an audit in September, and another one ahead of the WADA Foundation Board’s meeting. He went on to say that it will be a waste of money if the membership is not restored.

Mutko added there were as many as 700 candidates for director general, WADA picked six out of them. The 53-year-old Ganus was chosen in a vote by the Russian Olympic Committee and Russian Paralympic Committee. Mutko added the RUSADA Supervisory Board, set up in accordance with WADA’s recommendations, chose one of those six people and added we will hold a meeting with him as soon as the newly appointed director general settles into his new job. The Russian Deputy PM also said we have granted full independence to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and added WADA in fact has been managing the organization. Mutko also said two independent experts have been active whose work is paid by WADA.

The “Road-map to Code Compliance“, a document that was published by the World Anti-Doping Agency is that the Russian Government through the Ministry of Sport must “publicly accept the reported outcomes” of the Richard McLaren Report. The two editions of McLaren report claimed a sample manipulation scheme at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics at Russia. The report also claimed more than 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in a state-sponsored program. The McLaren report included testimony from former chief of the Russian anti-doping lab who claimed he prepared and provided a cocktail of anabolic steroids and other banned substances to athletes under a state-sponsored doping scheme.

Under WADA requirements, the Supervisory Board of RUSADA must select a new director general via a transparent, external, and objective application and recruitment process that is overseen by two international experts. In addition to this, the Russian Government is required to provide uninterrupted access for international authorities to store urine samples in the Moscow Laboratory that is presently sealed off because of a Federal investigation.

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Tuesday 25, Jul 2017

  Decision To Drug Test Schoolboy Rugby Players Appreciated By Former WADA Chief

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The decision of Drug Free Sport New Zealand to test schoolboy rugby players for the first time has kicked off a debate centered on ethics, social responsibility, and attitude.

David Howman, the former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency, welcomed the move to test leading Secondary School Rugby players of New Zealand. Howman remarked this is a very important initiative and added a lot of the problems in doping occur in the stages where young athletes are trying to break through into the elite nature and they are tempted to do that by others who should know better but a lot of doping goes on at that level.

The former WADA chief said he is really pleased at the initiative from DFSNZ and the willingness he thinks of the school principals to take this on. Howman also commented that the step taken by DFSNZ was a vital educational tool and deterrence.

The pioneering move will be hosted at the top four first XV finals series in Palmerston North during September. This decision was taken after concerns were expressed about the use of supplements by players, and whether banned substances are being used in the quest to reach the professional ranks.

Consent to testing will not be required from parents as the tournament is held under the auspices of New Zealand Rugby who are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Agency code. The urine samples will be collected and analyzed by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Sydney. School age athletes have long been tested by Drug Free Sport New Zealand in other sporting codes, such as Olympic or Paralympic events.

The anti-doping tests will be conducted for a restricted number of substances. The purpose of this initiative is to catch those who cheat in an attempt to reach the top level rather than someone who takes a medicine to help with health conditions such as asthma.

In a statement, Drug Free Sport New Zealand said the opportunity to apply for an exemption permitting the medical use is available in the rare event that a positive test results from properly administered medication. It was further said that normal results management process and sanction regime would be applied on a case-to-case basis. The statement of DFSNZ also reads that Drug Free Sport New Zealand had identified certain elements within the rugby environments of schools that possibly suggest a significant potential for doping to occur. It was commented that this includes research conducted by Otago University on behalf of DFSNZ showing extensive and uncontrolled supplement use, along with the knowledge that doping (and in particular anabolic steroid use) is occurring in comparable environments overseas, notably in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) reported in 2015 that nearly half of all doping convictions against rugby players over the 10 years up to 2014 came from the under-19 level and the country’s annual Craven Week schoolboys rugby tournament. SAIDS reported that the vast majority of positive tests of rugby players across all levels were for anabolic steroids.

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Saturday 29, Apr 2017

  Bill To Ban Steroid Use By Racing Greyhounds

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The already-troubled racing greyhound industry is likely to face the worse with a bill banning anabolic steroid use by racing dogs.

Florida is one of just six states left in the United States that still allows active greyhound racing, but lawmakers may put an end to the race.

A new state bill that could stop the use of anabolic drugs is gaining speed these days to ensure the health and integrity of the racing greyhounds. A bill banning the use of anabolic steroids on racing greyhounds is about to make its way to the Florida House floor.

State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, the sponsor of the bill, remarked testosterone in Greyhound racing dogs can also serve as a performance enhancing drug. Smith added since greyhound racing is gambling and there is a certain word for that and it is called cheating and added this is why this bill has been brought forward so we can ban the use of harmful steroids and protect the integrity of the industry.

Jeff Kottkamp, former Lieutenant Governor who also represents the greyhound racing industry, remarked it is antithetical to think owners would harm a dog that must be in top racing condition. Kottkamp added frankly nobody cares about these animals than their owners.

Some animal activists are of the view that trainers are now taking extreme measures to prevent further loss, including using anabolic steroids on racing dogs. The use of steroids results in better performance and also helps keep female greyhounds from going into heat and not race. Female racing greyhounds are administered with testosterone twice a week in the form of a chewable tablet to keep them going into heat.

Carey Theil, the executive director of Grey2K, an organization working to protect greyhounds, has remarked greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Theil also commented that the use of anabolic steroids raises a major question about the integrity of the industry.

It is illegal to use steroids on racing dogs as per state regulators. However, the state does not check for the presence of these drugs when dogs are tested after a race.

Only 19 dog tracks remain in the United States and 12 of them are in Florida, including the Palm Beach County Kennel Club.

Fred Johnson, who works with the Florida Greyhound Association of Jacksonville, remarked a catastrophe would ensue without the ability to use steroids. Johnson said no one could stop if there is a fight with males trying to get over here to get to those females that you have 30 of them outside and 30 males.

Jack Cory, who represents the Florida Grey Hound association, said he does not see any point why anyone would want to stop dog owners from using the drug. Cory remarked birth control is birth control whether it is in a dog or a human being. And birth control methods have been used for a long time in this country—legally, honestly, and morally.

Animal rights activist Kate MacFall with the Humane Society of the United States on the other hand has remarked steroids are abusive to female greyhounds. MacFall said for the female dogs it gives them male parts over time.

Greyhound owners have long stopped using drugs in other countries to keep their female dogs from going into heat.

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Thursday 20, Apr 2017

  New Zealand Cricketer Banned For Doping

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The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand has announced a suspension of two years has been imposed on Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer Adam King for possession and use of banned substances.

The suspension came after it was found that King, who played for the Paraparaumu club where he was also a development officer, had offended over a 10-month period in 2014 and 2015. Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) received information from Medsafe that two anabolic steroids in 2014 and two hormones were ordered in 2015 by the medium fast bowler and useful batsman in the Central Districts Furlong Cup/Hawke Cup competition. The case was then taken to the Sports Tribunal.

The online exchange of King before the purchase said the cricketer was looking to put on lean and athletic muscle to improve explosive performance in sport, and prevent injury.

The Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer remarked he wanted to look bigger and more muscular. King added the excessive weight gain leading to a loss of agility and flexibility and tendonitis in his knees was detrimental to his cricket. The cricketer then decided to purchase the hormones to counter what he perceived were the symptoms of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) from the steroid use.

DFSNZ chief executive Graeme Steel remarked the case of Adam King highlighted the “very high risk” athletes faced for ordering prohibited substances online. Steel remarked we work closely with Medsafe NZ and other enforcement agencies to share information regarding potential breaches of the sports anti-doping rules. Those considering doping should never think that drug testing is the only tool we have at our disposal.

The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added that it is not high performance athletes who can get caught out for possession and use of prohibited substances. Steel added the sports anti-doping rules apply to athletes at all levels of sport and those who buy prohibited substances online are making a huge mistake, and as well as cheating, are putting their health and their sporting career at great risk. Steel also commented that King in this case has paid a high price for a poor decision which has affected his future in cricket. Steel also said anyone who thinks they can possess or take prohibited substances and get away with it, should think again and also commented that the case also highlighted that using banned substances to get “an edge” was outright cheating.

Graeme Steel also remarked that the use of steroids or any other prohibited substances, no matter what level of sport, simply does not fit with the New Zealand sense of what good clean sport is all about. The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added it is a shame that athletes resort to taking shortcuts such as this to enhance their performance on the sports field and also said success cannot be satisfying when you know you had an illegal advantage that others did not.

The Sports Tribunal, in making its ruling, said King had acted “responsibly and cooperatively” when contacted by DFSNZ and was therefore entitled to some allowance for that. The two-year ban was backdated to commence on May 1, 2016.

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Wednesday 05, Apr 2017

  UFC Welterweight Viscardi Andrade Banned

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced a suspension of two years for UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade.

Andrade tested positive for anabolic steroids after his most recent bout, which was a decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85. In a released statement, USADA said an out-of-competition test conducted March 7 revealed the presence of the banned steroid Stanozolol (Winstrol) and its metabolites. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, revealed he was ‘pressured’ to accept the doping ban. Andrade said he was always blaming the lab, and they are protecting the lab. The UFC fighter added that we got to a point where we asked for a letter explaining why the lab lost its credential, because they claimed it was not because of false positive results like the media reported. Andrade said USADA officials told them to accept this, or they would stop counting this year off, and his suspension would only get longer. The Brazilian mixed martial artist added he was pressured to accept the doping suspension. Previously, Felipe Olivieri went to arbitration in his case with USADA. It was determined by the arbitrator that he should get the maximum two years for testing positive for Methyltestosterone despite the Rio lab losing its WADA accreditation months later. The arbitrator, Richard H. McLaren, wrote in the decision that a suspension some three months later of the laboratory’s accreditation does not mean that the sample analysis in March was incorrect or flawed.

In a statement, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said Andrade had a right to arbitration and chose to forego it. Madden added the full facts of the case would have been made public had he gone to arbitration and also commented that we of course have full confidence in the results and outcome of this case and also said that the athlete under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy had the opportunity to have this case heard by an independent arbitrator.

The positive test of Andrade took place 12 days before the fight but he was not notified of the potential anti-doping violation until April 12. The period of ineligibility started from March 20, the day after the FS1-televised event.

The lab in Rio de Janeiro, three months after UFC Fight Night 85, where the urine sample of Andrade was processed lost its WADA accreditation for failing to adhere to international drug testing standards. The lab however was reinstated a month later and it is unclear whether the testing issue affected the case of Viscardi Andrade.

USADA said it has forwarded all information about the case of Andrade to decide whether or not to overturn his win against Walsh. In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said a bout (as per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with) may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout.

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2,” Andrade is still subject to drug testing during his suspension.

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Monday 27, Mar 2017

  Noah Banned 20 Games For Doping

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended by the NBA for 20 games without pay after he failed a doping test.

Noah will forfeit between $2 million and $3 million in salary during the suspension. The exact amount is not clear as the formula in the new CBA for lost salary during a suspension results in lower monetary penalties for players.

The league announced Noah, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery last month, tested positive for LGD-4033, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, which is known to produce effects similar to those of anabolic steroids. It is popular as a non-steroidal, selective androgen receptor modulator that is renowned for its ability to help increase muscle mass and strength.  LGD-4033 provides many of the muscle-building and therapeutic benefits of testosterone, without the same level of troublesome side effects.

It was remarked by the league in a statement that unintentional ingestion claims would be considered under rules of the league-union deal starting in July and added it did not think under those future terms Noah would have faced any punishment. The union statement further reads that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) believes after a thorough investigation did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy and added neither Noah nor the union will appeal the suspension. The union statement also said we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake and Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction. Noah was “completely forthcoming and cooperative” throughout the investigation, the NBPA said.

The ban on Noah will begin with the first NBA regular-season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play that means Noah figures to miss the start of next season. The Knicks at 27-45 are all-but eliminated from the playoff hunt. They share 12th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and trail Miami by eight games for the final playoff berth.

Noah has averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 46 games this season for the Knicks. The two-time NBA All-Star, who was named the league’s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, has been nagged by a hamstring injury earlier this season and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on February 4. The 32-year-old holds US, French and Swedish citizenship and first made his mark as a collegiate star at Florida where he led the Gators to consecutive US national tournament titles in 2006 and 2007. Noah played for Chicago until last July after being selected ninth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA Draft when he signed a four-year deal worth $72 million with the Knicks.

The Knicks signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract over the summer as a defensive anchor for the club but Noah has performed well below expectations and missed time throughout the season because of a hamstring injury.

The suspension of Noah may force the Knicks to look for a veteran center in free agency. Veteran Kyle O’Quin, Rookie Willy Hernangomez, and second-year big man Kristaps Porzingis have started at center in place of Noah this season.

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Tuesday 21, Mar 2017

  Doping In Sport ‘Fast Becoming A Crisis’, Says UKAD Chief

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UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead has described recently-revealed figures of a BBC poll into doping in amateur sport as “incredibly alarming”.

The BBC poll revealed more than a third (35 percent) of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8 percent said they had taken anabolic steroids. Half of the poll population said they believe the use of performance enhancing drugs is “widespread” among those who play sport competitively. Of the 79 people interviewed who had specifically taken anabolic steroids, 41 percent remarked improving performance was the main reason for taking them, followed by pain relief (40 percent) and improving how they look (34 percent).

Only 25 percent of users overall claim they have taken performance-enhancing substances with the intention of improving performance. The poll also found that over half say they were primarily used for pain relief, while 17 percent say they were used to improve looks. Sapstead added she thinks there are clearly a group of individuals seeking to enhance their performance by taking prohibited substances and added then there are others who were taking these substances because they have a body image problem, or actually because they think it is the done thing.

A BBC State of Sport investigation into doping in UK amateur sport also found that 49 percent thought performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were “easily available” among people who play sports on a regular basis.

UK Anti-Doping figures said the national body responsible for protecting clean sport and there are currently 52 athletes and coaches serving bans. Of them, only 12 percent are professional sports men or women; 62 percent are amateurs, 21 percent are semi-professional, and 5 percent are coaches.

UK Anti-Doping chief, reacting to the ComRes poll for BBC Sport of more than 1,000 men and women who are members of sports clubs and teams, said the figures as regards the prevalence of performance-enhancing substances at an amateur level are incredibly alarming. Sapstead remarked certainly the figures as regards the prevalence of performance-enhancing substances at an amateur level are incredibly alarming and added it does confirm what UK Anti-Doping has long suspected and also seen through some of our intelligence-led testing.

Sapstead said she does not think any sport can say that they don’t have a problem at an amateur level. The UKAD chief also commented that she thinks now is the time for everybody to sit up and acknowledge that this is a reality in every single sport and that you cannot just be washing your hands of it or hoping that someone else will address it. Sapstead also remarked that UK Anti-Doping requires an extension of powers and extra cash from individual sports governing bodies to address what is fast becoming a crisis for sport.

Sapstead also remarked there is a “woeful lack of education” at amateur level about the health risks of doping and commented that there is a “robust” anti-doping program in the United Kingdom but it faces “challenges”. UK Anti-Doping works with police forces to target suppliers of drugs to amateur dopers.

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Wednesday 04, Jan 2017

  Athletes Caught For Doping Will Be Banned For Life

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Distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie, who was elected head of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF), has remarked Ethiopia will impose lifetime bans on drug cheats.

Ethiopia was recently classified by the world governing body of track and field as one of five countries in “critical care” over its drug-testing systems. Kenya, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are other nations in that category. Russia is presently banned from all athletic competitions after revelations of a state-sponsored doping regime and corruption allegations.

The country has been one of the superpowers in distance running along with neighboring Kenya but its credibility was questioned this year when six of its athletes came under investigation for doping.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation also announced that it would be carrying out tests on up to 200 athletes. Gebrselassie remarked his administration has adopted a “zero tolerance” approach towards doping. The new president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation said our stand is no excuse towards someone who has cheated and added any athlete as of today who has offended will be hit by a life ban. This would mean Ethiopian athletes who fail tests and are subject to a ban of four years from December 28 onwards will no longer be able to represent the country in any competition. The punishment is much stricter than the one currently imposed by the International Olympic Committee.

Gebrselassie said his focus is to convince the IAAF that the African country was serious in tackling doping. He also commented this would also prove out to be beneficial for getting Ethiopia removed from the list of countries identified by IAAF president Sebastian Coe as in need of “critical care”.

Under IOC rules, athletes caught doping can face doping bans of four years but they are eligible to compete in any international event, including the Olympics, after serving it.

Jama Aden, the coach of Ethiopian 2016 Olympic hopeful Genzebe Dibaba, and a physiotherapist from Morocco were taken into custody recently. This was after police raided his training group’s hotel rooms outside of Barcelona. Police found 60 used syringes of EPO and other banned substances in the hotel.

Previously, Ethiopian-born former 1,500 meters world champion, Abeba Aregawi, had failed an out-of-competition doping test. Few months back, the national team doctor, Ayalew Tilhaun said Ethiopians recently tested positive for anabolic steroids, Testosterone, the stimulant Ephedrine and the diuretic Furosemide, among other banned substances. Ethiopia’s 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion, Endeshaw Negesse, was also linked to a failed doping test.

Ethiopia Athletics Federation’s secretary general, Bililign Mekoya, had remarked in the past that evidence indicated that athletes were paying $900 to get a dose of banned substances in Ethiopia. Mekoya also said three athletes were formally suspended and another three are under investigation. Ayalew declined to identify the athletes because investigations are continuing. One runner, Sintayehu Mergia, identified himself as one of the athletes under suspicion but denied doping.

The IAAF is also investigating a number of Ethiopians for doping. Kenya and Ethiopia collectively won 24 medals at the world championships in Beijing last year.

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Sunday 25, Dec 2016

  Coach Of Whistleblower Banned For 10 Years

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has banned Vladimir Mokhnev, former athletics coach of Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova, for a period of ten years because of offenses involving banned substances.

Mokhnev was seen continuing training in a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports aired by German TV Channel ARD in December 2014 though the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had dismissed him for life.

The CAS also suspended Anastasiya Bazdyreva, an 800 meters runner, in the same ruling for a period of two years for the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method. The results of Bazdyreva between April 23, 2014 and August 24, 2015 had been disqualified and any prizes, medals and appearance money forfeited.

Bazdyreva was one of four Russian runners and four coaches as alleged by ARD and the program claimed to show footage of her talking about taking anabolic steroids. Bazdyreva’s coach Vladimir Kazarin, who has also been accused of cheating, previously threatened to take legal action against ARD.

Tatjana Myazina (800m) and Kristina Ugarova (800m) were also named in findings of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission. The two athletes competed in the Olympics and were recommended for sanctioning. The report also made allegations against middle-distance runner Anna Alminova, Svetlana Cherkasova (800m) Aleksey Farsonov (1,500m) and Yekaterina Kupina (800m). These athletes were however not recommended for sanctioning and not expected to face an immediate IAAF ban. The report recommended lifetime bans for Dr. Sergey Nikolaevich Portugalov, Chief of the ARAF Medical Commission; Alexey Melnikov, senior coach and head Russian endurance coach; Vladimir Kazarin, Russian national team 800m coach; Vladimir Mokhnev, Russian endurance coach for 1000m – 3000m; and Viktor Chegin, Russian race walking coach.

In its ruling, the CAS said it was acting as the decision-making authority in place of the All Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) as it was banned by the world governing body of athletics last year following widespread allegations of corruption and state-sponsored doping.

In a statement, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Mokhnev was found to have violated the IAAF rules relating to possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances and/or methods. It was remarked Mokhnev coached a number of elite Russian athletes including Stepanova who went on to expose state-backed doping in Russian sport and fled the country. Stepanova provided evidence to an independent World Anti-Doping Agency after serving a ban for blood passport abnormalities in 2013. This evidence resulted in suspension of Russia by the World governing body of athletics. Russia was also barred from the athletics events at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the past, Jenny Meadows, Britain’s leading 800m runner over the past decade, has remarked she would be frustrated if Bazdyreva would compete at the world championships in Beijing. Meadows had also expressed suspicion about Russian 800m runner, Mariya Savinova who won 800m gold at the London Olympics in 2012. Last year, a documentary by ARD revealed footage of her appearing to admit to using the banned steroid Oxandrolone.

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