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Saturday 20, Aug 2016

  Fresh Doping Blow For Russia

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The International Olympic Committee has announced Russia is stripped of another athletics medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was after three Russian athletes were retroactively caught in drug tests.

The IOC said Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive for the steroids Stanozolol and Turinabol in a reanalysis of her doping samples that resulted in Russia losing its silver medal in the women’s 4 x 400 meters relay. This is the second 2008 relay medal stripped this week from Russia because of doping. The IOC took away the gold medal of Russia in the 4 x 100 meters after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for the same two steroids. An entire relay team loses its medals if one of the runners tests positive under international rules.

The Jamaican team would now receive the silver medal and Belarus would get the bronze medal while USA has the gold medal.

On Friday, Alexander Pogorelov and Ivan Yushkov were the other two Russian athletes disqualified from the 2008 Games. Yushkov, who placed 10th in the shot put, tested positive for Stanozolol, Oxandrolone, and Turinabol. Pogorelov, who placed fourth in the decathlon, tested positive for Turinabol. The IOC earlier this week stripped Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of his silver medal from the 2012 London Games. The International Olympic Committee also disqualified three other athletes — weightlifters Nurcan Taylan of Turkey, Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia, and Pavel Kryvitski of Belarus — for doping violations at the last two Olympics.

In another development, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva – who was part of a doping-tainted track and field team – has been elected to the International Olympic Committee. Yelena was voted into an eight-year term as an athletes’ representative. The women’s pole vault world record-holder remarked her selection demonstrates her fellow athletes still trust her despite the scandal. Isinbayeva has never failed a drug test but was one of 67 Russian track and field athletes who were barred from the Rio Games.

The 34-year-old was one of four candidates who beat 19 others to be elected to the IOC athletes’ commission. The three other athletes elected to the IOC were Britta Heidemann of Germany, Ryu Seung-min of South Korea, and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary. Isinbayeva said in the Olympic Village she is very thankful to all athletes who voted for her here in Rio and remarked she will protect the rights of clean athletes all over the world. Isinbayeva announced her retirement to focus on a new career in sports politics and considers an offer to lead Russian track and field. A day after being among the four winning candidates, Yelena Isinbayeva decided she doesn’t want to compete anymore.

Yelena remarked one of her priorities would be to campaign for Russia’s IAAF suspension to be lifted so fellow clean athletes can resume their professional careers. Isinbayeva also termed investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency as “unfair” and remarked all of the accusations that have leveled have been built upon assumptions, there are no facts, no proof but for some reason investigator Richard McLaren’s assumptions were sufficient to raise the question of banning the entire Russian team from the Olympics.

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Wednesday 19, Jun 2013

  Shot Putter Armstrong Might Be Awarded Olympic Bronze

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Shot Putter Armstrong Might Be Awarded Olympic Bronze

Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong who narrowly missed the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics may get the same real soon.

This was after Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, who edged Armstrong for bronze, was one of six athletes caught for doping in re-tests of their samples from the 2005 world track and field championships in Helsinki. The 2003 world champion, Mikhnevich, had already served a two-year suspension for a doping offense, so a positive test from 2005 should result in a lifetime ban. Mikhnevich threw 21.05 meters at the Birds Nest in Beijing, while Armstrong, from Kamloops, threw 21.04 at the Beijing Olympics.

Among the other five athletes whose re-tests were positive was Belarusian shot putter Nazdeya Ostapchuk, who won the shot put at the 2005 worlds and finished second in 2003, 2007 and 2011, Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus and Olga Kuzenkova of Russia — men’s and women’s hammer throw champions at the 2005 world championships, Vadim Devyatovskiy of Belarus, who took second in the hammer at the 2005 worlds, and Tatyana Kotova of Russia, who was second in the long jump.

IAAF president Lamine Diack said in a statement that the message of our organization to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide and the IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats. The IAAF said it re-tested samples using “the most up-to-date analytical techniques.”

Armstrong, the Canadian shot putter, is the reigning Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games champion and has also won a world championship silver medal in the shotput event and holds the Canadian national record, the Commonwealth games record, and the Pan American Games record for shotput. He remarked after news of his winning the bronze medal that the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency need to go harder after governments and national sport federations in the fight to weed out drug cheats. He added that these federations are protecting athletes and he knows where throwers have been caught three times and remarked it’s ridiculous and it just goes on and on.

Armstrong went on to add that some national federations are weak on the issue and they’re under the influence of governments and there’s no incentive to catch their own nationals. The shot putter praised WADA and the IAAF for using new technology to re-test samples from years ago, but said there are still a number of loopholes that have to be sealed. Meanwhile, organizers of The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic, which goes July 1 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, have plans to celebrate Armstrong being bumped up to a medal position, although a formal awarding of an Olympic bronze may take a couple of months. The medal is the first ever won in a throwing event by a Canadian athlete at the Olympics.

Dylan Armstrong has been competing almost daily in Europe since May 30, throwing a season-best of 20.74 meters at Velenje, Slovenia, on June 4. Only 11 other shot putters have thrown further in 2013, including Ryan Whiting of the U.S., who is the only man to go over 22 meters (22.28). He has two more meets in Europe before heading to Canadian nationals in Moncton June 20-23-and then on to the Jerome.

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Saturday 06, Oct 2012

  Long Distance Runner Sanctioned

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Long Distance Runner Sanctioned

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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Wednesday 03, Oct 2012

  Jamaican Athletes Face Bans For Alleged Doping

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Jamaican Athletes Face Bans For Alleged Doping

@Dominique Blake, 4x400m relay star, and Ricardo Cunningham, national 800m senior champion, would be facing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) on October 17 over doping violations returned by the pair at Jamaica’s senior championships in June.

Cunningham tested positive for pseudoephedrine and the substance found in the sample of Blake was not named, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Blake, who has previously served a nine-month ban for testing tested positive for ephedrine at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 2006, sent a representative and Cunningham appeared in person at the initial hearing in Kingston on October 2, 2012. The 25-year-old Blake represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Turkey in March, where she qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m and also competed at the CAC Games and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Blake, who finished sixth in the Women’s 400m final in 51.83 seconds, as a relay alternate but did not compete and criticized her omission from the preliminary rounds of the women’s mile relay on August 10 on team politics. Blake, the 2008 NCAA national champion and 2012 World Indoor semi-finalist in 400 m (Istanbul, Turkey), competed on the European circuit from July-August 2008 and was the Hampton Games 2010 silver medalist. She is also a three-time Penn State record holder, Big Ten championship record holder, and six-time Big Ten champion, besides being a seven-time NCCA Championship participant. At the 2006 national outdoors, Blake was a member of the fifth-place mile relay team at the NCAA East Regional Championships that clocked a school-record 3:34.92. At the Big Ten Championships (2007 indoors), Dominique Blake was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×400-meter relay for the second-straight year that set a new conference record (3:37.70).

Cunningham declared that he had taken an over-the-counter medication that may have contained pseudoephedrine, a substance found in most cold medicines. Recently, Cunningham won the men’s 800m final with a time of 1:48.00 seconds at the JAAA/SVL Jamaica Senior National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston wherein Aldwyn Sappleton finished second in 1:48.43 seconds, while Darryll Oliver was 3rd in 1:48.98 seconds.

Cunningham recorded a personal- and season best-time of 1:49.99 in the 800-meters to finish in the top 15 at Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays at 2003 Outdoor and posted a season-best time of 3:09.26 to finish third in the IC4As in the 800. Named Sophomore of the Year in 2002, Cunningham was the bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the 1999 Carifta Games. Hraduated from Vere Technical High School in 2000 and from SW Christian Community College in 2002 and competed in soccer for three years at Vere Technical High School in Jamaica.

Just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, sprinter Julien Dunkley tested positive. In 2009, 200m specialist and 2001 World Championships silver medalist Christopher Williams returned a positive finding at a meet in Europe and was banned for two years. Five athletes returned positive tests after consuming a sport drink during Trials in 2011. The five — Yohan Blake, Allodin Fothergill, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Marvin Anderson, and Lanceford Spence — were all banned for a period of three months. Last November, former Jamaican relay world champion Steve Mullings was given a lifetime ban from competing in athletics after a second doping offence.

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Saturday 18, Aug 2012

  Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive For Doping

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Nadzeya Ostapchuk DopingNadzeya Ostapchuk, a former world champion from Belarus, has tested positive for anabolic steroids just hours after the close of the London Olympics.

With the disqualification, the gold medal was awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand who became an Olympic champion for the second time in a row. The International Olympic Committee said the female shot putter from Belarus tested positive for anabolic steroids both before and after winning the shot put last week for her first Olympic gold.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was disqualified from the Women’s Shot Put event, where she had placed first and her Olympic identity and accreditation card was immediately cancelled and withdrawn. The second and third places were awarded to Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko and Lijiao Gong of People’s Republic of China.

Ostapchuk was asked to provide a urine sample on 5 August 2012 for a doping control in London and was then asked to provide a urine sample after her gold medal on 6 August 2012. The sample indicated the presence of metenolone and its metabolite, which are classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List. The analytical report of the A sample of the second sample’s laboratory analysis indicated the presence of metenolone, classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List.

 Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of Olympic gold medal for doping – Video

Metenolone tends to “masculinize” women and can increase women’s bulk and body hair while shrinking their breasts and womb, New Zealand anti-doping chief Jane Kernohan said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that catching drug cheats sends a strong message to all those who dope that we will catch them. The IAAF, Track and field’s governing body, would consider further action against the shot putter from Belarus, who may face a ban of two years from the sport. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that all samples from London can be reanalyzed, results can be revised, and medals can be reallocated until the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

World champion in 2005, the 31-year-old Ostapchuk recorded the biggest shot put mark in a decade in the lead up to the Olympics to won the gold with a mark of 21.36 meters. Ostapchuk’s positive test is the second Olympic doping scandal for Belarus. Hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan’s samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics were retested and came positive.

The IOC said the Belarus Olympic Committee and national anti-doping agency will investigate and “take the appropriate measures.”

Born on October 28, 1980, Nadzeya Ostapchuk was the bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the World Indoor and European Champion in 2010. Ostapchuk holds the Championship record for the former event, with her winning throw of 20.85 m in 2010. Her achievements include the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships and then the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships and winning two consecutive silver medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships and then became 2005 World Champion. At the 2012 Diamond League in Doha, Ostapchuk reached 20.53 m to win the first leg; she also registered a win at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing. She had a world-leading throw of 21.58 m immediately before the London Olympics.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive for Doping
 

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Saturday 02, Apr 2011

  Sport cheats losing battle

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Sport cheats losing battleA consultant physician who was medical officer to the Irish team at the 1996 Olympics has said that Beijing Olympics would play host to the cleanest Olympics in living memory.

Dr Conor O’Brien, Ireland’s leading expert on drugs in sport, said, “There is well-founded optimism that we will no longer have the spectre of the last 20 years, with almost every sprint champion being exposed as a cheat.”

“For the cheat, it’s no longer a matter of masking the drug: the effect the drug is having on the system is also being monitored. Changes in a person are observed. If, for instance, a person’s blood-count is normally x and it suddenly goes to y, suspicions are raised.”

Thursday 03, Mar 2011

  New Zealand marathon runner banned for doping

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New Zealand marathon runner banned for dopingLiza Hunter-Galvan, the marathon runner from New Zealand, has been handed over a ban for two years by the New Zealand Sports Tribunal after testing positive for the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO).

The Tribunal said in a statement that the runner tested positive for the banned substance at an out-of-competition test conducted at her home in the United States in March 2009.

Newman also said, “Liza has not only let herself and her sport down, she has let down those who have supported her throughout her career, including some of New Zealand’s athletics icons.”

Saturday 01, Jan 2011

  Double Champion won’t run for Olympics

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Double Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan would not try to qualify for the London Olympics despite an international court ruling clearing the way for those who have served doping bans.

“I’m not sure if I have good or bad feelings about the ruling, because I don’t care any more,” the marathon runner said.

Hunter-Galvan is the only New Zealander to have tested positive to EPO, which is abused in sport for stimulating the production of red blood cells that boosts the amount of oxygen delivered to the muscles.

Monday 20, Dec 2010

  More than 30 cheats barred from Winter Olympics

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More than 30 cheats barred from Winter OlympicsMore than 30 athletes have been prevented from competing at the Vancouver Olympics for breaking anti-doping rules, according to a confirmation by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

John Fahey, the World Anti-Doping Agency president, remarked that Olympic drug cheats are now more likely to be caught than ever before.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, however, refused to name the athletes and cases against the athletes will be handled by the National Federations.

Monday 06, Dec 2010

  Bobby-Gaye Wilkins handed over a ban of two years

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Bobby-Gaye Wilkins handed over a ban of two yearsThe Jamaican 400m runner, Bobby-Gaye Wilkins, has been handed over a ban of two years for using performance enhancing drugs by the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association.

Wilkins will be barred from competition until April 2012, according to Warren Blake of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association.

It is worth noting here that Wilkins won the Olympic bronze in 4x400m relay team.

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