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Saturday 06, Aug 2016

  IOC Chief Denies He Had Contact With Putin Over Russian Doping Scandal

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach that the IOC is not in a position to sanction heads of state in any given country after he was asked why Russian officials, including Vladimir Putin, who have denied they are responsible for state-sponsored doping were not criticized.

Bach tried to distance himself from Russia and claimed the priority of IOC is to shed full light and get to the bottom of allegations that represent an attack on everything we want to represent. The conclusions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report have been repeatedly dismissed by officials downwards from the level of President Vladimir Putin. The Russian officials also claimed doping allegations against Russia and its athletes were “politically motivated”.

The IOC President claimed that IOC had acted tough and said Russian Sports Ministry officials had been barred from attending Rio 2016, including Minister Vitaly Mutko. However, Bach remarked the IOC is not in a position to sanction heads of state in any given country. Bach was responding to a question from Hajo Seppelt, the German journalist who first made the allegations against Russian doping in athletics that then led to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launching the Independent Commission that found state-supported doping evidence. Bach also remarked we have seen the report of Richard McClaren about the manipulation of anti-doping tests and samples in Russia and commented the rest of our work has to follow, the allegations that the Russian Ministers of Sport orchestrated such a system and the report revealed a system. Bach went on to remark if this was applied like this in Russia, this is an attack on everything we want to represent and our values.

Russian sports minister has remained in his position, despite being effectively named as the mastermind of the scheme along with his deputy, Yuri Nagornykh. The McLaren Report since its publication has been dismissed by Russian politicians, sporting officials, athletes, and media.

Thomas Bach has maintained a close relationship with the Russian head of state in the build-up to Sochi 2014 after he was among the first to phone and offer congratulations when he was elected as the President in 2013. Critics claim that many of the recent decisions of the IOC President have been influenced by his desire to maintain these relations. Bach refuted these claims and claimed he has not spoken to any Russian Government official since the publication of the McClaren Report and not even in the days or weeks preceding it.

Speaking during a recently-concluded IOC session, Bach remarked this blanket ban of the Russian Olympic Committee has been called by some the ‘nuclear option and the innocent athletes would have to be considered as ‘collateral damage.’ The IOC managed to stand tall against recommendations of the World Anti-Doping Agency to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics. Bach reacted by saying the Olympic Movement stands for life and the construction of a better future and this vision of a better future for and through sport is what needs to guide us. The IOC chief also remarked this vision includes a more robust and efficient worldwide anti-doping system. Bach also remarked engagement, not isolation, is the key, to build a functioning and more robust world-anti doping system and remarked this painful situation can become a moment of catharsis in the fight against doping if we all contribute in this spirit.

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Saturday 14, Nov 2015

  Former IAAF Anti-Doping Chief Charged With Bribery And Money Laundering

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Lamine Diack, the former anti-doping chief of International Association of Athletics Federations, has been placed under criminal investigation on charges of bribery and money laundering. Diack is suspected of taking about 200,000 euros ($220,000) in bribes in an alleged cover-up of positive Russian doping tests.

Jean-Yves Lourgouilloux, a French prosecutor, revealed Diack and other IAAF officials were suspected of taking money in the year 2011 to permit at least six athletes from Russia to continue competing, some of them participating at the London 2012 Olympics, when they should have been barred for doping. Lourgouilloux said they decided not to act and now we understand why as it was in exchange for money.

Dr. Gabriel Dolle joins former IAAF President Lamine Diack and Diack’s legal adviser, Habib Cisse, under formal investigation, according to a statement by the French office for financial prosecutions. Diack is being investigated on preliminary charges of aggravated money laundering and corruption while Cisse and Dolle face only the corruption charge. Diack was released on bail of 500,000 euros. The French investigation began after a complaint by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA initiated a commission for investigating allegations raised during the December 2014 documentary by German broadcaster ARD.

In a statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency said its goal was to investigate the validity of allegations of doping practices; corrupt practices around sample collection and results management; and, other ineffective administration of anti-doping processes that implicate Russia, the IAAF, athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and other members of athletes’ entourages; as well as, the accredited laboratory based in Moscow and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

The entire controversy started when ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper alleged hundreds of athletes had returned “suspicious” doping tests results after examination of a leaked database that had more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. Eminent Australian scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto confirmed the findings but IAAF condemned as ‘naive’ the two blood experts. The world governing body of athletics said the two scientists conveniently ignore the fact that more than 60 athletes have been sanctioned on the basis of abnormal blood values collected after 2009 and added that their statement does not address the fact that they had no knowledge whatsoever of the actions taken by the IAAF in following these suspicious profiles. The athletics’ governing body said it acknowledges that these two scientists have a great degree of expertise in the analysis of blood profiles and it is for these reasons that we are so disappointed.

Arne Ljungqvist, the former chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, also came to the defense at that time. Ljungqvist said the world governing body of athletics did more than others, before others but is now criticized by people, who have no insight into the work of International Association of Athletics Federations, for not having done enough that is highly unfair to the governing body, an institution that should be regarded in high respect for its innumerable efforts and investment, throughout its history, for tackling doping in athletics in the most efficient and intelligent ways.

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Wednesday 05, Nov 2014

  Kenya’s Rugby Sevens Team Received Steroids

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Kenya’s Rugby Sevens Team Received Steroids

A task force set up by the Kenyan government has revealed that doping substances are commonly used across Kenyan sports. It was also disclosed that anabolic androgenic steroids were given to players Kenya’s rugby sevens team and stimulants are being used by footballers. The government report also revealed that stores are selling banned substances to some of the world-beating runners of the country.

The report recommended initiation of disciplinary proceedings against Kenya Rugby Sevens head Coach Paul Treu and five members of his staff after anabolic steroids were found in player supplements in January.

Moni Wekesa, the task force chairman, said there was a concoction the coaches gave players to drink at the beginning and end of training. The report also noted that players would stop taking the supplement a few days before competitions. The team of Kenya plays on the top-level world rugby sevens series. The tests performed on the supplements were positive for anabolic steroids, Wekesa said. The Kenya Rugby Union was informed and it handed over all the supplements and stopped giving them to players. It was also suggested by the report that anti-doping disciplinary procedures should be initiated against Kenya’s 15-a-side rugby head coach and assistant coach.

The report also disclosed that there is a lot of use of prohibited substances in football. It was claimed by the report that players acquire cannabis, cocaine, anabolic steroids, and stimulants from coaches and other players. The report said there are overall no effective anti-doping controls in Kenyan sport and urged the country to introduce anti-doping legislation. The report concluded that a lot of prohibited substances, some recreational, others sophisticated, are commonly abused across all sports.

The Kenyan government commissioned the anti-doping task force for investigating doping culture in the country after it was alleged in 2012 by German broadcaster ARD that widespread doping was prevalent among the East African nation’s outstanding distance runner. The broadcaster had also revealed that the blood-boosting drug EPO and other prohibited substances can be easily sought from chemist stores in its famous high-altitude training camps. The report said investigators visited the identified shops and chemists and verified that indeed it was very easy to purchase very sophisticated performance-enhancing substances over the counter.

The report went on to add that there are no effective anti-doping controls in the African country. The government report also criticized the head of the national athletics federation for not taking doping in a serious way after he refused to cooperate with the investigation. The report by a panel of experts said Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat does not seem to understand the gravity of doping in athletics. This report has now been handed over to the Kenyan government and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Africa office in Cape Town, South Africa, the chairman of the task force, Moni Wekesa, said.

Recently, Kenya’s athletics bosses came in for fierce criticism after marathon runner Rita Jeptoo became the latest athlete from the country to fail a doping test. In the past two years, thirty-six Kenyans have been confirmed as failing tests. In February 2013, marathon runners Wilson Loyanae Erupe and Nixon Kiplagat Cherutich tested positive for banned substances.

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Sunday 09, Oct 2011

  Bernice Wilson to contest drug charge

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Bernice Wilson has vowed to fight to clear her name after she was charged with an anti-doping offence.

The Lincolnshire athlete was suspended by UK Athletics following a sample provided at the Bedford International Games last month.

The sample of Wilson was found to contain the anabolic steroids, testosterone and clenbuterol.