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Tuesday 18, Jul 2017

  Russian Athletics Federation To Request Participation Of Racewalker

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The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has remarked it will ask the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to allow race walker Klavdiya Afanasyeva to compete at the World Championships next month.

The 21-year-old secured qualification for flagship event of the IAAF that is scheduled to take place from August 4 to 13 after she won the women’s 20 kilometers race walk event at the European Under-23 Championships in Polish city Bydgoszcz. This came after Afanasyeva was declared eligible to compete under a neutral banner by the world governing body of athletics. The application of Klavdiya Afanasyeva to the IAAF Doping Review Board was only for the European Under-23 Championships that means she has to apply separately for the right to compete at the World Championships.

The Russian Athletics Federation remains banned from international athletics competitions because of doping allegations, pending its completion of reinstatement criteria. Athletes of the country are allowed to compete as neutral athletes if they can successfully demonstrate they have been operating in an effective testing system.

Andrei Kruporushnikov, sports director of the Russian athletics federation, remarked a request will be now be lodged to the IAAF for the participation of Afanasyeva. Kruporushnikov remarked this is a fantastic result, considering that we are happy with any place on the pedestal and added we will try to do it so that Afanasyeva can compete at the World Championships in London.

The IAAF recently allowed 16 Russian athletes including former world long jump champion Alexsandr Menkov to compete neutrally at global events by the world governing body of athletics. In 2013, Menkov won gold at his home World Championships in Moscow with a personal best and national record of 8.56 meters. Menkov also claimed win at the 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg after he took silver at the previous year’s World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. The former world long jump champion should now be able to compete under the IAAF banner at the 2017 World Championships.

The list of others cleared to compete neutrally include shot putter Alexsadr Lesnoi and 1,500m champion Valentin Smirnov, two home gold medal winners at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan.  Ilya Shkurenev, a multi-eventer who finished fourth in the decathlon at the 2015 World Championships, is also cleared. The 2014 European bronze medal winning triple jumper Alexey Fedorov and Irina Gordeeva, a high jumper who finished third at the 2012 European Championships are also cleared. Others who have received permission by the IAAF to compete are hammer thrower Danil Danilov, triple jumpers Irina Gemeniuk and Viktoriia Prokopenko, discus throwers Viktor Butenko and Iuliia Maltseva, 400m hurdler Timofey Chalyy,sprinters Alena Maminia and Viacheslav Kolesnichenko, and shot putter Konstantin Lyadusov. Race walker Olga Eliseeva is also cleared to at the European Under-20 Championships taking place in Italian city Grosseto from July 20 to 23.

In a statement, the IAAF had remarked the participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organizers.

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Wednesday 20, Apr 2016

  Doping Law Passed By Kenya Parliament

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Kenya, the powerhouse of athletics, is all set to avoid sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency after its parliament finally passed a law that criminalized doping.

The anti-doping law protects the health of athletes and puts coordinated and effective mechanisms for detecting, deterring, and preventing the use of prohibited substances or prohibited material in competitive or recreational sport.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said President Kenyatta was expected to sign off on the doping legislation by the end of this week. It was announced by Kenyan sports minister that the anti-doping bill had been approved by lawmakers and now only needs to be signed by the president to be adopted as law. Previously, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will sign the anti-doping legislation and he would personally drive the bull through parliament with the sports reputation of the country on the line.

It was confirmed on Tuesday by Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu that the president would approve the law. Once the assent has been provided for the bill by the President, the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya would be created as a corporate body for promoting sports that are free from prohibited substances or methods and intended for artificially improving performance and developing a national strategy to address doping in sport. The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya will then work independently to ensure implementation of various guidelines and international standards in matters related to anti-doping.

Parliamentarians of Kenya previously failed to comply with the April 5 deadline to pass the Anti-doping bill. Kenya thereafter applied for an extension that was granted until May 2. Passing the anti-doping law is one of the things Kenya requires to have in place by a final deadline of May 2. Failure to done it would have cost the African country being declared as non-compliant with WADA’s global code. The new law calls for prison sentences in some cases where athlete or others are found guilty of providing or using performance enhancing drugs.

Kenya was also asked by the World Anti-Doping Agency to strengthen its overall anti-doping program after a surge in positive tests was noticed. The country was also asked to establish and properly fund a national anti-doping agency. In the past, the East African country that is home to the top distance runners of the world found troubles in getting the anti-doping bill passed.

Kenyan athletics has been the victim of many doping cases, allegations of cover-ups and extortion by top track federation officials. Since London Olympics, forty Kenyans have been banned for doping.

Few days back, the compliance committee of WADA said it would recommend to the agency’s board to declare Kenya non-compliant if the improvements were not made by May 2.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe recently remarked the world governing body of athletics would be ready to ban Kenyan athletes from international competitions if the East African country consistently failed to comply with WADA regulations. A ban could have likely put athletes of Kenya, including prominent stars like 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha, out of the Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

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Friday 15, Jan 2016

  Lidiya Grigoryeva Faces Doping Allegations

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Lidiya Grigoryeva, the 2007 Boston Marathon champion, is facing doping allegations after the world governing body of athletics has decided to pursue a case against her.

According to an IAAF spokesman, the sanction of Grigoryeva is about to be concluded and will be published accordingly. In a statement, Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk remarked we await the findings as the current investigation continues. Grilk added the Boston Athletic Association has pushed for many years for increased testing in and out of competition and harsh sanctions against those who test positive for doping and that we cooperate with and rely on the IAAF and WADA that conduct the testing and impose sanctions.

In a statement, IAAF spokesman Chris Turner said there was a huge influx in 2009 of suspicious profiles coming through. Turner also said 8-18 months from investigation to sanction on average happened for blood passport cases. The IAAF spokesman also remarked there was a need to prioritize, and in particular to expedite those cases which involved potential medal winners ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and also commented that no cases were concealed or suppressed, the IAAF simply tackled them in order of importance.

An internal IAAF note named 10 athletes — middle distance runners, race walkers, and marathoners — who would be eligible for “rapid and discreet” treatment. Out of them, six were banned for two years and most of them received the bans after the 2012 London Olympic Games while four others named in the 2011 note have not been banned and this list includes the name of Lidiya Grigoryeva.

A few days back, judges of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued lifetime bans to former Russian walking coach Alexei Melnikov, former Russia athletics Chief Valentin Balakhnichev, and the son of former world body president Lamine Diack over the blackmailing of athletes who failed doping tests.

Recently, evidence emerged that the IAAF was aware of the massive doping problem in Russia. Internal documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed the governing body of athletics knew of the doping issue as far back as 2009. Correspondence revealed the IAAF feared that Russian athletes could end up killing themselves due to their extensive use of blood transfusions and Erythropoietin, the blood-boosting drug. In a hand-written dated October 14, 2009 to Valentin Balakhnichev, the then Russian athletics president, Pierre Weiss, then the IAAF general secretary, wrote this matter of the Russian athletes’ blood levels is now so serious and is not getting any better [in fact possibly getting worse] that immediate and drastic action is needed. Weiss also remarked not only are these athletes cheating their fellow competitors but at these levels are putting their health and even their own lives in very serious danger.

Dick Pound, founding president of WADA, commenting on the issue said documents indicated concerned officials of the world governing body of athletics not disclosing doping bans surprised him. Pound added it is clear that there were deals and there didn’t seem to be any political will to take on Russia.

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Tuesday 22, Dec 2015

  Top IAAF Official Denies Trying To Cover Up Russian Doping

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A leading official of the International Association of Athletics Federations has denied allegations that he assisted to cover up Russian doping allegations two years ago.

On Monday, French newspaper Le Monde printed a potentially damning email that was sent by Nick Davies, the deputy general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Associations, in 2013. This email was sent to Papa Massata Diack – the son of disgraced former president Lamine Diack and it appeared that Davies was aware that the world governing body of athletics was covering up Russian doping.

In the email, Davies, who was appointed as right-hand man to IAAF president Lord Coe this autumn, allegedly discusses the presence of “Russian skeletons in the cupboard”. The email also had Davies talking about how to reveal names of potential dopers without affecting the forthcoming 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The email, which was allegedly sent by Davies, revealed he had already had some thoughts following discussion with Papa Massata Diack earlier and believed that they need to do the following, in the strict confidence and control within a small circle of senior IAAF staff only and this must be very secret. Davies is also alleged to have written that he needs to be able to sit down with the anti-doping department and understand exactly what Russian ‘skeletons’ we have still in the cupboard regarding doping.

The email continued that he thinks that the time to have unveiled the various athletes was a long time ago and that now we need to be smart. It was further added that we can prepare a special dossier on IAAF testing which will show that one of the reasons why these Russian athletes come up positive is that they get tested a lot. This email also appeared to show that the right-hand man to IAAF president Lord Coe suggesting the use of a sports marketing firm chaired by Sebastian Coe (CSM) for dealing with negative stories in the build-up to the 2013 World Championships.

Replying to the alleged email content, Davies said it was one of his responsibilities as director of IAAF communications to manage and promote the reputation of the IAAF. Davies also commented that his email to the IAAF’s then marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack, less than a month before the start of the Moscow World Championships, was brainstorming around media handling strategies to deal with the serious challenges we were facing. Davies also said that no plan was implemented following that email and there is no possibility any media strategy could ever interfere with the conduct of the anti-doping process.

Last month, Russia was banned from international athletics after a system of state-sponsored doping was uncovered by a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission. The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), and the Russian Sports Ministry on November 9 this year. The Russian government now wants to reorganize the previously independent Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory into a federal state budget-financed institution with the Ministry of Sport to oversee its work.

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Saturday 07, Feb 2015

  Radcliffe Angry At Doping Accusations

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Paula Radcliffe, the current women’s world record holder in the marathon, has disclosed that authorities must fight to protect clean athletes and the integrity of athletics.

Paula remarked that the doping epidemic has casted a shadow over athletics that have prompted many to believe that she took drugs during her career. She remarked people regularly questioned the legitimacy of her 2 hours and 15 minute 25 seconds marathon world record and added she knows it is a proud achievement but it does make you angry and it does make you think we have to put a system in place that protects those athletes. Paula Radcliffe added it is hard to her to understand how other people who have cheated can stand there and look their competitors and family in the eye.

Recently, Liliya Shobukhova, the only woman to have run within three minutes of the 12-year-old record of Radcliffe, was banned for two years after abnormalities in her biological passport. Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, the fifth fastest marathon runner of all time, received a doping ban of two years from the sport after she tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a blood-boosting banned drug.

Last November, the world of athletics was rocked by claims made in a German documentary Top Secret: How Russia Makes Its Winners that 99 per cent of Russian athletes use banned substances as part of a state-sponsored doping regime.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) recently banned Olympic steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova for doping. RUSADA also banned Russian heptathlete Tatiana Chernova for two years. London Olympic 50 kilometer walk champion Sergei Kirdyapkin was banned along with Olga Kaniskina and Valery Borchin, who won the women’s and men’s 20 kilometer respectively in Beijing 2008, were also in the banned list as were the 2011 world champion in the 50 kilometer walk, Sergei Bakulin, and Vladimir Kanaikin, silver medalist at the 2011 world championships.

Radcliffe remarked there will be some Russians athletes who are not cheating, there are a lot of Kenyan athletes out there who are not cheating, and they are all being lumped together. She also said it spoils it so we have to do something to protect that and protect the sport. Radcliffe has been a fierce advocate of harsh punishments for athletes who are caught doping and she stirred controversy at the 2001 World Championships by holding up a sign reading “EPO Cheats Out” after a rival failed a test for the drug. Radcliffe remarked she is considering taking on a formal anti-doping role and added if you are going to have strong views about something you might as well get involved in actually doing something proactively to back it up.

Paula Radcliffe was appointed recently by Great Run, the world’s favorite Run series with 17 runs in the UK and abroad, as its women’s running ambassador. Radcliffe, speaking to launch a scheme to encourage people to take up running at the Great Manchester Run, said running is always going to be a huge part of her life and she just wants to try and get as many women and children as possible involved. The English long-distance runner said so getting involved, whether it’s with the IAAF or WADA or with this scheme, then great – it’s something she really feels passionate about.

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Monday 11, Aug 2014

  Abnormal Test Findings On High In 2013

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Abnormal Test Findings On High In 2013

According to a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the number of abnormal test findings recorded by anti-doping authorities worldwide increased by more than 20 percent last year.

It was revealed that there were 5,962 adverse or atypical test results across all sports in 2013, compared with 4,723 in 2012 while the number of tests carried out rose by only 0.8 percent in the same period. The WADA report revealed that 269,878 samples were analyzed in total across 35 Olympic and 58 non-Olympic sports, compared with 267,645 in 2012 and adverse or atypical findings were returned for 5,962 samples, or in 2.21 percent of cases. It was also disclosed that Olympic sports accounted for 65.4 percent of the tests conducted, but only 57.8 percent of the abnormal results. The report also revealed that football, athletics, and cycling conducted the most tests among Olympic sports but weightlifting and wrestling had the highest rate of adverse findings. It is surprising to note that adverse test results were recorded in sports as diverse as chess, bridge, and boccia.

The increase in abnormal results comes in a year when sports like tennis and football have stepped up their use of biological passport programs, which allows authorities to collect and compare biological data and spot discrepancies over a period of time to suggest possible doping. On the other hand, sports like cycling have tightened their grip on the ‘whereabouts rule’ that requires athletes to offer regular information about their location and possible windows for testing to authorities.

British 800m runner Jenny Meadows still feels drug takers in sport are still able to get away with it. She remarked people are still taking drugs and always will and added the margin of error between coming first and third is so tiny that people will always looks for ways to break that down. Meadows further remarked you look at Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin lining up last week in the 100m and it makes you feel sick because they are still getting sponsorship and prize money and added it is not fair on the rest of us. The British 800m runner also said she does not think the sport is being cleaned up and these figures send out a message of ‘we’ll find you eventually’ but unfortunately there are always sophisticated ways to cheat the system.

Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, says testing is getting more sophisticated in Britain but it remains a major challenge to make sure sport is drug-free. Parkinson added the more sophisticated tests become, the more chance you will have of catching a cheat and said it is a big task to try and stay one step ahead, and also frustrating – but even more frustrating for the clean athletes. Parkinson also remarked elite athletes are under a great deal of pressure and their entourage is under a great deal of pressure and, as in any walk of life, there will always be someone who crosses the line. He also said our approach to serious dopers is that we are very firm and try and get the biggest sanction we can.

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Thursday 21, Mar 2013

  Spanish Doping Doctor May Shame Football And Other Sports

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Spanish Doping Doctor May Shame Football And Other Sports

The doctor at the center of the massive Operation Puerto blood doping trial has told the court that he would name the clients whose blood has been seized.

Eufemiano Fuentes, who is on trial for allegedly running a doping network in cycling and ran one of sport’s largest blood-doping rings, threatened to name all his former clients. The Spanish doctor made the offer through reporters during Spain’s Operation Puerto trial. Fuentes remarked that if the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Spanish drugs authorities consider that he can be useful and sought his help, he would be willing. He added that this would not be done for a reduced sentence but rather so there is mutual collaboration and also remarked they can have his client list if they want. Till now, only 54 cyclists, including Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, and Alejandro Valverde, have been personally implicated in the scandal.

Fuentes has admitted to having worked with people in football, tennis, boxing, and athletics and said cycling only comprised 30 percent of his work. This change of heart came as the world governing body of cycling urged the judge to show no leniency. The doctor faces up to two-and-a-half years in jail on public health charges and the five defendants on trial, including the Spanish doctor’s sister, Yolanda, will have one final opportunity to address the court on April 2 before sentencing commences. The defendants have been appearing in court since late January, almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of an investigation code-named “Operation Puerto”.

The trial proceedings have attracted international scrutiny and attention as anti-doping authorities are hopeful that it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in sports other than cycling. Previously, a request by WADA for access to the blood bags was repeatedly denied by the Spanish authorities and the World Anti-Doping Agency awaits the ruling of the judge on their latest petition. Since the current anti-doping legislation of Spain was not in force in 2006 when the police raids took place, the defendants are tried for violating public health regulations with the prosecutor asking for jail sentences of two years.

In the past, German cyclist Joerg Jaksche told the Operation Puerto trial that the treatment he received from the Spanish doctor was designed to beat doping controls and had nothing to do with genuine health issues. Italian rider Ivan Basso, a double Giro d’Italia champion, told the court that he had blood extracted on three occasions at the clinic of another doctor implicated in the case but never had any reinjected. Spanish cyclist Angel Vicioso told the judge he had only met with Eufemiano Fuentes for sporadic medical consultations. Former cyclist Marcos Serrano contradicted testimony from former team director Manolo Saiz, one of the five defendants along with Fuentes, by saying he never personally sought out medical treatment from the disgraced Spanish doctor. Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador who was originally scheduled to appear as a witness was told he would not be required to appear in court after Manolo Saiz’s attorney renounced the witness statement he had requested from the cyclist.

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Saturday 06, Oct 2012

  Long Distance Runner Sanctioned

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The Portuguese Athletic Federation (FPA) has found Hélder Ornelas, 38, a long distance runner from Portugal, guilty of a doping violation and sanctioned him with a 4-year period of ineligibility.

The evidence against the long distance runner included a series of blood test results that were collected by the IAAF in the course of the Athlete Biological Passport program between December 2009 and November 2010. This is the first time wherein Athlete Biological Passport has been used in athletics as sole evidence in support of an anti-doping rule violation.

The biological passport measures and monitors the blood variables of an athlete over a period of time besides establishing an individual longitudinal profile that can suggest the use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method. The blood profile of Hélder Ornelas was flagged as being abnormal in May 2011 that triggered further investigations in accordance with IAAF Anti-Doping Regulations.

Blood profile of the distance runner was then submitted to an expert panel that was composed on three international experts in the field of hematology. It was unanimously concluded by the experts that there was no known reasonable explanation for the abnormalities observed in the blood profile of Ornelas other than the use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.

The IAAF initiated disciplinary proceedings against Ornelas on the basis of conclusions made by the expert panel and referred the runner’s case to the Portuguese Athletic Federation for adjudication. The IAAF sought a sanction of four years while referring the case to the FPA because it believed that there ere aggravating circumstances in this case to justify the imposition of an increased sanction, which is in line with the long-standing position of the IAAF that favors an increased sanction for serious first time doping offences and the governing body said it would continue to enforce the rules on aggravating circumstances whenever there are valid grounds for doing so.

Decision by the FPA concludes an evaluation of ten months and adjudication process. The long distance runner did not exercise his right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and decision by the FPA became final and binding under rules of the IAAF.

IAAF President Lamine Diack said members of the athletic community should be warned that the Athlete Biological Passport is more than just a concept, as it is an efficient method that is now being used by the IAAF Anti-Doping Department for identifying, targeting, and catching those who chose doping as the only route to success.

With this sanction, Hélder Ornelas becomes the first Olympic athlete to be caught using the Athlete Biological Passport.

Ornelas, who has competed in two Olympics, won the Milan Marathon in 2005 and the Prague Marathon in 2007 and finished 46th in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was 17th in the 5,000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Games. Hélder Ornelas finished eighth in the long race at the 2001 world cross country championships and also won the 2005 Milan Marathon.

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Sunday 30, Sep 2012

  Arbitrator Upholds Sanction for U.S. Track & Field Athlete

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Arbitrator Upholds Sanction for U.S. Track & Field Athlete

An independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrator has issued a decision upholding the suspension for two years of Mark Jelks, of Kansas City, Kan., an athlete in the sport of Track & Field, for committing an anti-doping rule violation, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 28-year-old Jelks is a member of the USADA Registered Testing Pool that consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing. The athlete failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within a period of 18 months. The combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes an anti-doping rules violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”).

A Whereabouts Failure includes failure to offer required quarterly whereabouts filings (Filing Failure) and failure to be available for testing during a 60-minute window designated by the athlete (Missed Test). Mark Jelks accrued two filing failures and one missed test within a period of 18 months.

Jelks was sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility in 2010 after he failed to respond to numerous communications from USADA concerning his violation of anti-doping rules. The athlete contacted USADA in December 2011 and made a request for a reduction in his ineligibility period. The anti-doping agency declined to unilaterally reduce ineligibility period of the athlete but agreed to have the matter heard by an AAA arbitrator because of the unique circumstances of his case. The hearing started on April 18, 2012 and was declared closed on April 30, 2012. A decision was issued by the arbitrator on May 25, 2012 that denied the request made by Jelks for a reduction in his period of ineligibility and the two-year period of ineligibility for Jelks completed on August 22, 2012.

Athletes, including Jelks, are required to complete the Athlete’s Advantage online tutorial of USADA before being enrolled in the USADA registered testing pool that explains to athletes in detail their responsibilities as members of the Pool, including their obligations to comply with the whereabouts requirements. Jelks received a two-year period of ineligibility that began on August 23, 2010, consistent with the code, and the athlete was disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to April 18, 2010, the date of his last Whereabouts Failure, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Born on April 10, 1984, the American track and field athlete specializes in the 100-meter dash and has a personal best of 9.99 seconds for the event and represented the United States at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. Jelks competed in the 60-meter dash and won the national title at the 2009 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a personal record of 6.51 seconds. He broke the 10-second barrier for the first time at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and started the 2010 indoor season in top form by winning the 60 m in Düsseldorf with a time of 6.56 seconds.

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Tuesday 11, Sep 2012

  Discus Thrower Banned For Two Years

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Discus Thrower Banned For Two Years

Discus thrower Zoltan Kovago of Hungary has been banned for a period of two years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal filed by the IAAF, the governing body of athletics, according to the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

The discus thrower refused to provide a sample to doping officials last year, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said. Doping officials of Hungary initially cleared Kovago but the IAAF appealed against the decision.

The ban on Kovago came soon after another Hungarian discus thrower, Robert Fazekas, was removed from the Olympic team after he tested positive for stanozolol, the banned steroid. The 2004 Olympics gold was thereafter awarded to Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania.

Fazekas won the Olympic title in Athens initially but was later disqualified for a doping offense and Kovago was upgraded to the silver-medal position in the standings.

A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) release stated that a CAS panel was satisfied that the discus thrower (Kovago) had refused or evaded sample collection on August 11, 2011 without compelling justification. Kovago denied the charges and remarked that he offered three samples within a four-day period around the time in question.

With a throw of 68.21m, Kovago is fifth in the current world lists. His personal best throw is 69.95 m that was achieved in May 2006 in Salon-de-Provence. Kovago finished first in 1998 World Junior Championships in France with a throw of 59.36 m and second in 2004 World Athletics Final in Monaco. In the year 2005, Kovago finished third in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monaco and secured the third position in the 2012 European Championships in Finland.

“To my honor, I did not dope, which unfortunately I am unable to prove with a series of negative tests,” Kovago wrote in a statement.

The discus thrower had been exonerated by the Doping Committee of the Hungarian National Anti-Doping Organisation that prompted the International Athletics Association (IAAF) to appeal to CAS. The decision was acknowledged by the Hungarian Athletic Association that cannot be appealed but said there is no violation evidence. Marton Gyulai, the federation’s secretary general, said there is no material proof that Kovago refused a doping test and added that there is only a single anti-doping official with contradictory statements on the opposing side while the athlete provided copious material proof.

He produced a new world lead of 69.50m at the Budapest GP 2011. Born in Szolnok, Kovago became interested in athletics in his early childhood and qualified for the finals among the adults in the 2002 European Championships in Munich. At the 2011 Hungarian Championships in Szekszárd, Zoltan Kovago’s winning throw was 67.17m that gave him an easy victory over Gabor Maté who was second with 59.08m. The 33-year-old has long been one of the top discus throwers in the world and won the world junior title in 1998 before taking silver at the 2004 Olympics. The Hungarian Olympic silver medalist 2004, Kovago, threw a massive 69.50m in Budapest, at the Budapest Grand Prix 2011.


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