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Wednesday 12, Jul 2017

  Plan To Combat Doping In Sport Approved By Russian Government

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The Russian government has officially approved a national plan to combat doping in sport after the order was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The 36-point document was developed by the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission (IPADC) that is led by honorary International Olympic Committee member Vitaly Smirnov. The Russian sports ministry that has been accused in the past of being complicit in a state-sponsored doping program at major sporting events like the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will coordinate and conduct the plan.

The IPADC said in the initial proposal that was created in February that the measures should be implemented by the end of the year. It is widely believed that this step by Russia will prove beneficial to doping in Russia following allegations of state-sponsored doping and widespread drug scandals involving the nation.

One of the main features of this new plan will be to take back prize money and awards from those who breach anti-doping rules. The Sports Ministry of Russia, headed up by Olympic gold medalist Pavel Kolobkov, has set up a deadline of October 30 for the implementation of anti-doping legislation that meets international law and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

The national plan to combat doping in sport by Russia also features measures associated with allocation of more funds to test Paralympic athletes. It also features creation of agreements with whistleblowers to give legal protection to them in exchange for assisting investigations and preventing those who break anti-doping rules from holding state or non-state posts in physical culture and sports. The Russian sports ministry will focus on the establishment of a legal framework in a bid to restore reputation of the country and its place within the anti-doping movement.

A statement from the Russian Government read the order approved a set of measures aimed at preventing and combating doping in Russian sport, which, in particular, provides the normative legal, organizational, scientific and biomedical support activities in this area, the creation of innovative methods and information technologies to prevent doping, the development of appropriate educational programs interaction with international sports organizations.

The sports ministry of Russia is hopeful that its efforts will assist both the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Paralympic Committee in their reinstatement efforts. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency remains non-compliant with WADA and the Russian Paralympic Committee is still suspended by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Russian Anti-Doping Agency recently overcame a major hurdle on its path to potential reinstatement when the World Anti-Doping Agency allowed them to resume testing last month. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency was granted permission to “plan and coordinate” testing, providing it is carried out under the supervision of WADA-appointed international experts and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). WADA President Sir Craig Reedie had then remarked WADA recognizes this milestone as a key component of the roadmap towards compliance while there is still more to be done. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency has been non-compliant since November 2015 ever since findings of the WADA Independent Commission emerged in the context of state-sponsored doping by Russia in athletics.

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Tuesday 02, May 2017

  NADOs Have Same Independence Problems As Sporting Bodies

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Andrew Ryan, executive director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), has hit back at criticisms of plans to reform the global drugs testing system by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO).

The Summer Olympics head said he believes that there must be separation of a fully independent anti-doping system from Governmental and sporting interference. This was the cornerstone of a 12-point reform declaration made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.

It was insisted by the IOC that it would be of no use to exclude either governing bodies or Governmental representatives from political level decisions on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board though it claim both must be completely separated from testing and sanctioning.

In the declaration, the IOC claimed anti-doping should be separated from sporting interests but also it should be equally independent from national interests. On the other hand, anti-doping organizations are of the view that the World Anti-Doping Agency should be responsible for sanctioning individuals who fail tests as well as organizations non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The anti-doping organizations also criticized the International Olympic Committee for adopting what they implied was a hypocritical stance for their decision not to impose a blanket suspension on Russia from Rio 2016 following the McLaren Report evidence.

A statement co-signed by WADA chair Doug MacQuarrie and chief executive Joseph de Pencier said IOC representatives have used the term ‘national interests’ to suggest that it is in every country’s interest to dope their athletes for international competition in order to win medals. The statement further reads that this premise is indefensible and also said that the vast majority of nations and athletes are fully dedicated to protecting public health, upholding the rules of sport and national laws, and meeting the obligations of their international treaties, e.g. the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention Against Doping in Sport. It was also remarked that we have witnessed the singular Russian example of ‘national interests’ subverting sporting integrity in the absence of the commitment to clean sport and an empowered and a vigilant WADA, with sanctioning powers of its own, would be able to deal effectively with such a situation should this ever happen again.

Ryan, who also sits on a Working Group on WADA Governance, remarked we think that an independent testing function is essential on both sides of the operational fight against doping which means both the International Federations and the NADOs. Ryan added this should be crystal clear for everyone and also commented that we have allegedly seen the worst ever case of Russian NADO activities being controlled by state entities, according to the McLaren report. The ASOIF executive director also said NADOs without demonstrable independent governance will always be perceived as being subject to influence by their paymasters the Governments and also remarked we therefore need to have a very clear demonstration of independence at the NADO level, the IF level and for major event organizers.

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Thursday 13, Apr 2017

  Appeal By Russian Paralympic Committee Rejected

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An appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) against the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been rejected by the Swiss Bundesgericht (the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland).

The Swiss court said the allegations by RPC that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had failed to consider the cases of Paralympic athletes on an individual basis were unfounded.

The Swiss Bundesgericht upheld the termination of RPC’s membership in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The highest court of Switzerland also ordered the Russian Paralympic Committee to pay 10,000 Swiss francs of legal costs and to reimburse the defendant with 12,000 Swiss francs.

In August 2016, the International Paralympic Committee suspended membership of the RPC after it found that the Russian Committee was unable to fulfill its obligations to combat doping in sport as well as alleged existence of state-sponsored doping support system in Russia. The decision of IPC was based on the WADA independent report that was compiled by Canadian Professor Richard McLaren into alleged state-sponsored cover up and manipulation of the doping control process.

In first part of the report, McLaren revealed that the work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was allegedly aimed at protection of Russian athletes taking prohibited substances. It was also disclosed by McLaren that a system of samples swapping during the 2014 Winter Olympics was developed by the Sochi anti-doping laboratory.

After the report’s presentation, the International Paralympic Committee made its decision on August 23 that was later supported by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that did not find a reason to satisfy the appeal of the RPC. The Russian Paralympic Committee then appealed with the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland against the CAS verdict.

In another development, the IPC was praised by the WADA’s Independent Observer (IO) team’s report for its anti-doping program at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The report claimed the International Paralympic Committee implemented a number of anti-doping measures that could serve as an example to other anti-doping organizations and major event organizations. IO team chair Michael Petrou, President of the Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority, remarked the anti-doping program, which was implemented and overseen by the IPC, was able to achieve a number of positive outcomes in the face of challenging circumstances in Rio. The IO team, during their visit to Rio 2016 Olympics, monitored all aspects of the IPC’s anti-doping program, including test distribution planning, the selection of athletes for testing, athlete notification, and sample collection procedure and also oversaw the Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure and results management.

Peter Van de Vliet, the IPC’s scientific and medical director, said it is fair to say that in Rio we faced some extremely challenging circumstances which could not be compared to previous editions of the Games. Vliet added the IPC Anti-Doping Committee, IPC Medical Committee, and IPC anti-doping team did a tremendous job and he would like to thank them and the WADA IO team for their work in Rio.

The IPC introduced a blanket ban for Russian athlete prior to the Rio Olympics. Russia then decided to set up an alternative version of the Paralympics and the then Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko criticized the IPC at its Opening Ceremony in Moscow.

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Monday 27, Feb 2017

  Michael Phelps To Testify Before Congressional Sub-Committee

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Michael Fred Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will be among five people testifying about anti-doping next week before a Congressional sub-committee.

Phelps will be speaking out on behalf of anti-doping efforts again. Phelps saw fit to comment at the Olympic Games in Rio after his U.S. teammate Lilly King beat out Yulia Efimova of Russia for gold in the women’s 100 breast after Yulia had twice been suspended for doping. Phelps then had remarked that it is sad that today in sports in general, not just only swimming, there are people who are testing positive who are allowed back in the sport, and multiple times. The US swimmer had also commented that he believes sport should be clean and sport should be on an even playing field.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that is a part of part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing, “Ways to Improve and Strengthen the Anti-Doping System.” The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

The list of others to testify include Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director for the International Olympic Committee; Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Adam Nelson, American shot putter and Olympic gold medalist; and Rob Koehler, deputy director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Tygart remarked we always welcome the opportunity to highlight the importance of rights of clean athletes to a safe, healthy and fair playing field.

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said in a joint statement that the Olympic Games for centuries have been a source of inspiration and pride, bringing nations and cultures together in the spirit of competition. The statement further reads however in recent years the specter of doping has reemerged, tarnishing the image of the games and raising new questions about the fairness of international sport and added that the hearing this week will mark an important conversation with some key players to examine the international anti-doping system and identify ways we can strengthen it to ensure clean, competitive sport.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce in a letter sent to the IOC in July in advance of the Rio Olympics noted that strides are required to be made for eradicating doping in sport. The letter also noted that “major challenges remain” that include delayed response to allegations by whistleblowers of state-sponsored doping and conflicts of interest in the governance of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The committee wrote the purpose of WADA and the confidence placed in it by clean athletes and their supporters around the world could be seriously undermined if these and other concerns are not effectively addressed.

According to a financial document, the United States government is expected to contribute $2,155,051 to WADA’s annual budget in 2017. The contribution is the most of any individual country, with Japan and Canada as the only other countries to contribute more than $1 million. The International Olympic Committee is expected to match the $14,862,420 provided by governments worldwide.

 

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Saturday 28, Jan 2017

  Carter Doping Case A Blight On Country’s Athletics, Says JOA President

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Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell has remarked the failed doping test of sprinter Nesta Carter is a stain on the proud athletics heritage of the country.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that a reanalysis of a sample provided at the Beijing Olympics by Carter contained the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jamaica, which included legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell besides Nesta Carter, had their gold medals stripped. The haul of Bolt, the fastest man in the world, was reduced from nine Olympic medals to eight.

Fennell added this is extremely unfortunate and added it is obviously not something that we would want to happen, but we have to face it and face the issues clearly and deal with them. The JOA President added there is no question that when you have a situation like this and the high-profile position of a relay team that won a gold medal and some of the people who are superstars on that team then obviously, it will reflect very badly on us.

Fennell re-emphasized that the Jamaica Olympic Association takes a strong stance on anti-doping and added he does not want the indiscretions of one athlete to undermine efforts of the organization. The JOA chief also said we do feel it is very important for us because as a country, our sports leaders and everybody are very strong about anti-doping matters and the fight against doping in sport. Fennell added that we at the same time are equally strong that we must protect the rights of the athletes, particularly those who are innocent and have not contravened the spirit of the rules.

Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fennell said that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas have been asked to return medals following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee. Fennell remarked he can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the International Olympic Committee.

The 30-year-old Bolt completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. The 31-year-old Carter was also a part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and he assisted the country win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Carter ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that also included Bolt, Frater, Powell and Thomas, who ran in the heats. Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He became only the fifth sprinter in August 2010 to run the 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds.

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Saturday 31, Dec 2016

  Germany Gains Right To Host Bobsleigh And Skeleton World Championships

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The world governing body of bobsleigh and skeleton has announced Germany’s Konigsee has been selected as the last-minute replacement for Sochi.

Konigsee has hosted the World Championships on four previous occasions, most recently in 2011.

In a statement on its website, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) remarked the track was available during the period of two weeks for which the championships had already been scheduled. It added local officials had the required operational and logistical expertise to successfully organize the event at such short notice. The IBSF further added that holding the events at Konigsee would minimize the travel and financial impact on the teams.

The IBSF decided to withdraw the 2017 World Championships from Sochi after evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping emerged in a second World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren. Announcing the decision to strip Sochi, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said it was prudent not to organize such an event in Russia.

Latvia was the first country to boycott the World Championships in Sochi. The IBSF was urged by high-profile American bobsledder Lolo Jones to move its flagship event. Lolo had remarked she wanted to compete in a competition that was “drug free and safe.”

Kyle Tress, an American skeleton racer, had previously remarked memos calling for a boycott of the bobsled and skeleton championships in Sochi have been circulated. Kyle said there is tremendous support to skip this event, and he thinks it is the right decision. Skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender had commented it doesn’t make us feel secure, or that they’re taking the situation seriously given the fact that nothing has been done about the Sochi scandal and the fact that we are still going to race there.

Previously, British Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold had remarked she may boycott the Sochi Games because of concerns over doping. Yarnold applauded IBSF’s decision and remarked she is glad our voices are being heard and our sport is joining the fight against doping in sport.

In a statement, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association said we believe the decision is in the best interests of clean sport and we are pleased that the IBSF have acted quickly following the publication of the second McLaren report on Friday. Britain’s bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson said the IBSF decision was a “great relief” for winter sport athletes around the world. Anderson added the IBSF was under huge pressure, but we are pleased they acted swiftly.

Russia’s sports ministry has vehemently denied allegations of state-sponsored doping. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) said it will support the IBSF to clarify the matter related to the allegations but added we disagree with this decision and we will be protecting our rights.

Russia’s Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsina, Maria Orlova, and Aleksandr Tretyakov are presumed by media to be provisionally suspended by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened investigations into alleged anti-doping rule violations from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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Sunday 11, Dec 2016

  USA And Germany Lead Calls To Permanently Ban Russia From International Sporting Events

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The United States and Germany led calls for Russia to be exiled from international competition. The countries demanded that no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is fully code compliant. This was after Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren submitted a report in which it was revealed that doping in sport in the country represented an “institutional conspiracy”.

McLaren remarked more than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing. Te report prepared for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also disclosed that drug test samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 were even manipulated by the addition of salt and coffee.

Travis Tygart, the head of the US anti-doping body (USADA), said it is another staggering example of how the Olympic movement has been corrupted and clean athletes robbed by Russia’s state-supported doping system. Tygart added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has to act and clean athletes won’t be satisfied until WADA is empowered to be a truly independent global regulator and the Russian Olympic Committee is suspended until deemed code compliant. The USADA chief also remarked that 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.

Clemens Prokop, the president of the German Athletics Federation (DLV), urged for a complete ban on all Russian competitors. The DLV President said Russian sport should be excluded from all international competitions, including the Olympic Games, until its credibility is restored. Prokop added this is fundamental attack against the Olympic movement when the values of the movement are dragged through the mud by a country. He further commented that measures taken must be up to the mark and added the credibility of the IOC is at stake.

The IOC commented it would re-analyze all 254 samples it has from Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It added it had had extended the second inquiry to cover the 2012 London Olympics in addition to two disciplinary inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Olympics.

In a statement, the Russian sports ministry said it with full responsibility states there are no government programs to support doping in sport. The statement further reads that it will continue the fight against doping with zero tolerance and carefully study the information contained in the report with the aim of coming up with a constructive position.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, called the McLaren report hugely significant for sport. Sapstead remarked 2016 has also shown that whilst athletes are held to account under the World Anti-Doping Code every day of the year, when it comes to a country demonstrating a disregard for the rules, the same sort of sanctions do not apply.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which banned Russia completely from the Rio Paralympics in September, termed findings of McLaren “astonishing”. In a statement, the IPC said the full findings of the report are unprecedented and astonishing and added they strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport.

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Saturday 09, Jul 2016

  Richard Driscoll Awarded MBE For Anti-Doping Services

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Richard Driscoll, a leading British Doping Control Officer (DCO), has been awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to anti-doping in sport.

The Doping Control Officer has worked in the same capacity for the last 25 years. A passionate advocate for clean sport, Richard strives to motivate his doping control colleagues for attaining a uniformly high level of service delivery across a wide range of sports. Richard also works as a Doping Control Advisor to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and leads on the recruitment, training and ongoing development of a workforce of 181 DCOs and Chaperones.

Richard, internationally recognized for his work at major sporting events, including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, played a crucial role in the anti-doping program for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as Head Doping Control Station Manager. He supervised and helped train 60 Doping Control Station Managers, 240 DCOs and over 600 Chaperones. Richard has contributed to the anti-doping programs in over 30 countries, including supporting the development of new National Anti-Doping Organizations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Maldives, Brunei, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan.

On receiving the news of the prestigious honor, Richard remarked he is thrilled and humbled to receive this honor. The DCO said he thoroughly enjoys working in the field of anti-doping and have had the privilege of working at some great events and with some fantastic people who are all committed to clean sport.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead remarked we are absolutely delighted that Richard has received such a special honor and that his dedication and commitment to clean sport has been recognized at the highest level. Sapstead remarked Richard is highly valued by UKAD and is an exemplary ambassador for anti-doping, fair play and professionalism.

The UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive said his exceptional understanding of the doping control process, coupled with his humility and a quiet charm, puts colleagues and athletes at ease and he is able to diffuse tension should it arise and also commented his vital contribution enables the delivery of uniformly high standards of testing across the UK’s program. She also said Richard often works with staff that is either paid a nominal amount or work as volunteers and he shows a particular skill and charisma in regularly motivating people and instilling a desire to raise standards. Nicole Sapstead said Richard indeed himself volunteers a vast amount of extra time because he is so dedicated and determined to provide a professional service for athletes and to evolve doping control procedures and he makes an inspirational contribution in doing so to the fight for clean sport.

In another development, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has delivered the ‘Win Clean’ anti-doping education program at the 2016 Henley Royal Regatta from 28 to 30 June. UKAD’s Director of Business Services Philip Bunt said UKAD believes that ensuring athletes, and athlete support personnel, are well informed and have the opportunity to make the right choices, is a fundamental part of protecting clean competition and preventing doping in sport.

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Wednesday 01, Jun 2016

  Canadian Olympian Issues Emotional Statement After Wife Named In Doping Scandal

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Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong has issued an emotional statement after news emerged that his wife Russian Olympian Evgeniia Kolodko tested positive for a banned substance.

This was after Russia’s public sports channel Match TV reported that hammer throw gold medalist Tatyana Beloborodova and 2012 shot put silver medalist Kolodko tested positive for prohibited substances from their A samples. Evgeniia, the Russian shot putter, won the silver medal in the shot put competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and recorded her personal best of 20.48m. A few days back, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) confirmed eight of its athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

In the statement, Dylan said he learned earlier this week that Evgeniia whom he met in 2012 and married in a private civil ceremony in British Columbia Canada in September 2015 is among the eight Russian athletes recently named by the International Olympic Committee as testing positive for doping during the 2012 London Olympics. Dylan added news of athlete doping is very disheartening for competitive athletes who are committed to competing clean and added he has never condoned doping in sport.

The Canadian shot putter born and raised in Kamloops said he knows personally how disheartening it can be after waiting more than 6 years after the 2008 Beijing to receive his Olympic bronze medal because of the doping practices of a competitor. In 2008, Armstrong finished fourth back and was just a centimeter behind bronze medalist Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus. Last August, the fourth-place finish was upgraded to third after Mikhnevich was banned for life for a second doping offence.

The two-time Pan American Games champion added he has been consistently outspoken about my position on doping which is zero tolerance. Dylan added the news of her wife getting implicated in the Olympic doping scandal is especially difficult as it affects both the Olympic Athletic Community he is part of and his wife whom he loves deeply.

The former Commonwealth Games champion said he is not only a dedicated Olympic athlete but also a patriotic Canadian and a committed husband. Dylan added he therefore would encourage his wife to cooperate fully with the International Olympic Committee and with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they determine the appropriate actions to be taken. Dylan added he at the same time will offer his love, patience, and support to Evgeniia as she responds to the news of these doping test results in her home country of Russia and as she navigates her future as an elite athlete.

In the statement, Dylan further adds that any questions regarding the WADA testing, the investigative process and resulting decisions or determinations should be directed to the International Olympic Committee and/or the World Anti-Doping Agency. Dylan further commented that he will not be speaking on behalf of Evgeniia on this matter.

Dylan, who holds the Canadian national record and the Pan American Games record for shotput, currently trains with coach Anatoliy Bondarchuk in his home town of Kamloops, British Columbia.

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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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