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Wednesday 27, Jan 2016

  Radcliffe Slams MPs For The Doping Allegations

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Women’s marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe has suggested a parliamentary hearing into doping last year was “a set-up”. However, Radcliffe accepted a partial apology from Jesse Norman, chairman of the culture, media, and sport select committee during the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.

Radcliffe remarked personally she feels she would appreciate an apology. The English long-distance runner, who is the current women’s world record holder in the marathon with her time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds, remarked Norman may not have intentionally meant to name her but if you ask him to name a winner or medalist of the London Marathon she doesn’t think he could name any of the others in that period and it shouldn’t have come down to that.

Norman had remarked winners of the London marathon including “potentially British athletes” were among those with suspicious blood tests. The chairman of the culture, media, and sport select committee did not use the name of Radcliffe but she argued there are so few people that fit that description he may have well have.

The three-time winner of the London Marathon added it just smacks to me of a little bit of a set-up and an exercise for the MPs instead of an exercise to get to the truth and to determine is the UK huge, does it have a problem with blood doping in athletics. Paula was implicated in doping allegations after a leak of blood data to The Sunday Times. She vehemently denied the allegations and was cleared by the International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF). The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and UK Anti-Doping, following the accusations and rumors, remarked they had no evidence of doping and wrongdoings against the women’s marathon world record-holder.

Reacting to Paula’s call for an apology, Norman said no apology is required since he was not naming Paula. Norman added he thinks it is a terrible shame that her name was linked with the hearing and I am amongst millions of people in this country who has nothing but admiration for the sporting achievements linked to her name. Norman was however to say he was “sorry” if his actions had results in Paula Radcliffe being linked with the athletics’ blood doping scandal. Norman remarked he was perfectly happy to say that he is sorry to hear about what has happened and he is sorry it has been taken in this way. Norman also went on to say that what he does think is a pity, and what he had not realized at the time, was that Radcliffe had been pursued by people in and outside the sport on this issue beforehand, and that may have been why the link was made, but it had nothing to do with him. Norman also said he was not able to name any other winners or medalists of the London marathon.

Paula Radcliffe, who won the 10,000 meters silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and was the 2002 Commonwealth champion at 5000 meters, has earned her a number of accolades including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, IAAF World Athlete of the Year, AIMS World Athlete of the Year (three times), and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Paula was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Tuesday 05, Feb 2013

  Spanish Football Boss Denies Knowledge Of Doping

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Spanish Football Boss Denies Knowledge Of Doping

Inaki Badiola, the former president of Real Sociedad, has admitted that the club paid $423,000 a year to the doctor on trial for doping in professional cycling, among other sports.

A Telegraph report details footage of the former Real Sociedad president, who was in charge in 2008 and 2009, talking about the payment and two doctors were sacked by his administration after an internal investigation found players had been involved in a doping program for six years prior to his arrival. Badiola implicated previous presidents of the club, including Jose Luis Astiazaran, who is now the president of the governing body of Spanish Primera Division. However, the claims were denied by Astiazaran.

Spanish sport has been under the spotlight since Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor on trial for doping in professional cycling and other sports, was arrested as part of Operation Puerto in 2006 though a Spanish judge has refused to “force” or give permission to him to reveal the names of any clients outside cycling, during his trial. Fuentes was involved with Real Sociedad in 2002-2003, when it finished second in the Primera Division, Badiola claimed and added that $364,000 has been spent annually during a number of years in payment to the doctor, undeclared, including the year La Real finished second. He went on to claim that medicines

worth $425,000 were acquired by Real Sociedad that were not listed in the accounts, which means there is another type of accounting at practice here.

Badiola said there is no supporting documentation, delivery details, or bills that can be identified. The former Real Sociedad president added that we know what types of medicines they are and we would not get involved in what they are or were not used for. He also remarked that he found payments for mysterious medicines when he took over the club and audited the accounts. Doctors Eduardo Escobar and Antxon Gorrotxategi were sacked but no players were investigated.

Astiazaran while flatly denying allegations that top flight side Real Sociedad bought doping products under his presidency from 2001-2005 said he never had knowledge or suspicion of illegal practices in relation to the medical services, which always worked with the utmost ethics and professionalism, during his period as president of Real Sociedad. He added that he would have acted forcefully and with due diligence if he had such knowledge or suspicion. Real Sociedad had always cooperated closely with the doping control authorities, said Astiazaran and added that there were never any incidents in the innumerable drugs tests carried out. Astiazaran was reacting after Inaki Badiola claimed that the Basque club had illegally purchased doping products for six years before his arrival that may have come from Eufemaniano Fuentes, a doctor at the center of a major blood doping scandal who is currently on trial in Madrid.

In another revelation, officers from Europol, the  pan-European law enforcement agency, believe they have uncovered evidence of about 400 matches fixed by an Asia-based crime syndicate, in the Champions’ league, World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and several top football matches in European leagues though the New York Times puts the figure at 680.

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