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Tuesday 13, Dec 2016

  Calls For Russia To Be Stripped Of 2018 FIFA World Cup Grow Stronger

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The damning second report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren has given critics of Russia another shot to hurt pride of the country in their arms.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart remarked no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is fully code- compliant and all the individuals who participated in the corruption are held accountable. Tygart was putting his message before FIFA, the world governing body of football, to make a decision of stripping Russia of 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The tournament could be moved logistically in 18 months with other countries having stadiums, facilities, and transport networks that could take on such a challenge.

Professor McLaren revealed Russia and its officials put a systemic doping program in place that has undeniably corrupted two editions of the Olympic Games. McLaren used the word “unprecedented” to describe a state-sponsored scheme that took in more than 1,000 athletes across 30 sports, including football. McLaren remarked it was a cover-up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized and disciplined, medal-winning conspiracy.

The report of McLaren disclosed that there was corruption and doping almost everywhere in Russian sports from blind judokas to clay pigeon shooters and female hockey players who showed up as male. The report also disclosed thousands of pages of frantic email exchanges that revealed state-sponsored doping in Russia. McLaren said Russia ‘hijacked’ events and ‘deceived’ sports fans for years along with denying hundreds of athletes their destiny.

McLaren remarked the Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games 2012 on an unprecedented scale. He added the desire to win medals superseded their collective moral and ethical compass and Olympic values of fair play. The Canadian lawyer added an “institutionalized conspiracy” existed between Russian athletes who worked in tandem with Ministry of Sport officials and the Federal Security Service in a ‘systematic and centralized cover-up and manipulation’ of doping controls.

McLaren revealed this doping program involved more than 1,000 Russian athletes – including “well-known and elite level” competitors – in 30 summer, winter and Paralympic sports, including football between 2011 and 2015. McLaren found evidence that 78 Russian athletes at London 2012, including 15 medalists, had positive tests hidden by the Moscow laboratory. It was further revealed that dirty samples were swapped with clean urine and then altered by adding salt, sediment, water, or coffee granules so they looked like the positive urine samples. It was also disclosed in the report that officials had clear idea of which athletes would be tested on a particular day and they defrosted clean urine and swapped with dirty samples, with the bottles passed through a mouse hole at the Sochi lab.

McLaren termed the Sochi doping scandal as a comprehensive strategy that was designed to ensure that Russia, as the host country, was able to win as many medals as possible by allowing its athletes to dope up to and in some cases, through the Games.

Dmitry Svishchev, head of Russia’s Curling Federation and also chief of the commission of sports at the Russian parliament, said the report had empty allegations against all of us and there is nothing new in them.

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Sunday 07, Jul 2013

  UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

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UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

Players will undergo blood tests next season as part of the new anti-doping regimen of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, in all competitions run by European soccer’s governing body.

Till now, UEFA has only conducted blood tests at international tournaments-Euro 2008 and 2012 but the detection regime is to be extended to the Champions League and Europa League from this month. Players may now be asked at doping controls to give urine samples, blood samples, or both, and checks will be made in and out of competition. On its website, UEFA said out-of-competition checks would only be carried out if players or teams had not informed testers where they would be when required to be tested.

The new rules follow a UEFA anti-doping panel meeting that was held late last year. Chairman Dr Jacques Lienard said at the meeting that we cannot say that football is free of doping and it is important UEFA remains vigilant in its fight against doping and all products that are associated with doping.

UEFA anti-doping assistant Richard Grisdale said if you make a mistake or don’t know the rules and you test positive, you will be banned–you will suffer, your team can suffer. Grisdale added that doping was cheating the team you’re playing against and cheating your teammates and went on to add that you are responsible for everything in your body and if you test positive, you cannot blame somebody else. The UEFA anti-doping assistant added you need to take responsibility for the medicines you take, any supplements, what you eat, what you drink.

In another development, UEFA made an announcement that there were no positive doping tests in last season’s Champions League and Europa League after 1374 doping controls were carried out in Europe’s major club competitions in 2012/13. In the Champions League, UEFA conducts both in and out-of-competition doping controls. A total of 813 samples were collected from players during 2012-13, with over 67 percent of the samples analyzed for EPO.

The Union of European Football Associations in collaboration with the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne is also launching a study to analyze the steroid profiles of almost 900 players who have been tested at least three times in UEFA competitions since 2008. The goal of this study is to identify the potential prevalence of steroid use across European football by using data from previous doping controls. This study will be anonymous and its findings will not result in any player incurring an anti-doping rule violation.

The European soccer’s governing body recently warned the young players at the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship of the dangers of match-fixing and urged them to stay clear of this scourge on the game. UEFA intelligence officer Graham Peaker said UEFA has a zero tolerance policy on match-fixing and this means that if we identify anybody that has been involved – a player, a referee or a club – they will be kicked out of the game and they will get a red card from football. Peaker added the UEFA had set up a betting fraud detection system in which approximately 30,000 domestic league and cup matches and UEFA matches throughout Europe are monitored for irregular betting patterns each year.

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Saturday 23, Mar 2013

  German Cyclist Casts Doubt On Fuentes Defense In Trial

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German Cyclist Casts Doubt On Fuentes Defense In Trial

The Operation Puerto blood doping trial was recently told by German cyclist Jörg Jaksche that he the treatment he received from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was designed to beat doping controls and had nothing to do with genuine health issues. The evidence of Jaksche on the first day of testimony from professional riders before the judge in Madrid may have a bearing on whether the Spanish court decides that the disgraced doctor who denies doping and other defendants violated public health laws.

The cyclist from Germany was the first cyclist to admit blood doping in connection with the Puerto investigation that made it to the courtroom almost after seven years after Spanish police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment, and blood bags in 2006. On June 2007, the cyclist said he had used banned drugs over a period of 10 years and confirmed that he was a client of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes from 2005 and said going to see the doctor was like “going for an oil change”. The rider said Fuentes had supplied him with banned drugs including the booster erythropoietin (EPO) and performed blood transfusions. Jaksche also told the court that Fuentes had also given him an unidentified “white powder” to contaminate urine samples.

The accused doctor, along with four other defendants including his sister Yolanda, is being tried for violating health laws as the Spain’s current anti-doping legislation was not in force in 2006 when the police raids took place. The prosecutor has asked for jail sentences of two years.

Last month, Fuentes remarked he had clients in sports including soccer, tennis, athletics, and boxing and agreed to reveal his client list if the same is sought by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Spanish anti-doping authorities. The judge Julia Santamaria said she would not prevent Fuentes from doing so but would also not oblige him to do so, and said it would infringe the rights of those implicated.

In another development, Italian rider Ivan Basso told the court he had blood extracted on three occasions at the clinic of another doctor implicated in the Operation Puerto case but never had any reinjected. Tyler Hamilton, a long-time associate of Lance Armstrong, told the court that he paid tens of thousands of dollars a year for doping to the doctor at the heart of the Operation Puerto scandal. The rider said he used blood doping about 15 times and also bought the blood booster EPO, testosterone, growth hormone and insulin from Eufemiano Fuentes. He said he paid $33,000 to $40,000 for the services in 2002 and 2003. The former rider for the U.S. Postal and CSC teams who was stripped of his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics last year after confessing to doping said he had first met the Spanish doctor in Spain at a highway rest area between Barcelona and Valencia “to fix up blood transfusions” and “to plan for the future.” He named one-time Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner “Bjarne Riis, general manager of team CSC, when asked who put him in contact with Fuentes.

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Wednesday 14, Sep 2011

  Fani Halkia makes claims of sabotage

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Fani Halkia from Greece thinks that she was made the victim of sabotage “by third parties” over her failed doping test.

The 29-year-old made the claim in a written testimony she delivered to Athens prosecutor Costas Simitzoglou.

The prosecutor is investigating her to see if she broke Greek law by taking banned substances.