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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 15, May 2013

  London Olympic Champion Faces Life Ban

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London Olympic Champion Faces Life Ban

Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey, who returned from a drugs ban to win the women’s 1500m under a cloud of suspicion at the 2012 London Olympics, faces a lifetime ban after she was being charged with another offence.

The Turkish athlete, who was given a ban of two years in 2004 after a positive drugs test at the world junior championships, has been charged on the basis of abnormal blood values from her biological passport. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she beat her compatriot Gamze Bulut to give Turkey its first-ever athletics gold medal. Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain was third and Tatyana Tomashova of Russia fourth behind Alptekin at the 2012 London Olympics.

The doping scandal comes as Istanbul is bidding for the 2020 Olympics, competing against Tokyo and Madrid.

In another development, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced that another Turkish athlete, the double European 100m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit, also faces a ban after multiple positive findings in both in-competition and out-of-competition tests. A two-time European champion in the outdoor 100m hurdles, Yanit, won the 60m hurdles gold at the European indoors in Goteborg, Sweden, in March in 7.89s. Alina Talay of Belarus was second, followed by Veronica Borsi of Italy and Derval O’Rourke of Ireland. Yanit finished fifth in the London Olympics 100m hurdles final.

Both Yanit and Alptekin have been charged with anti-doping rule violations by the IAAF and have been suspended and the case of these athletes have been referred to the Turkish federation for adjudication and Cakir faces an automatic life ban for a second doping offence.

The president of the Turkish Olympic Committee, Ugur Erdener, said we fully support all authorities in this ongoing investigation. Erdener also said the IOC can be totally assured” of the country’s adherence to World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Erdener added that doping is a major global issue and Turkey is ready to fulfill its responsibilities in helping to eradicate it from world sport. The Turkish Olympic Committee president also added that the TOC will continue to intensify our own efforts to root out cheats in Turkish sport and any athlete found to have cheated will be punished to the full extent of Turkey’s comprehensive and rigorously enforced anti-doping legislation.

The ban on Cakir will hardly raise eyebrows in athletics, despite her denying the use of performance enhancing drugs when she was questioned immediately after her London success. British middle-distance runner Lisa Dobriskey, who finished 10th in the women’s 1,500m final behind Alptekin who served a two-year suspension for doping after the 2004 junior world championships, voiced concern that she was not competing on a level playing field. She also added at that time that I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field and also remarked that she thinks the blood passport is catching people but she think these Games came too soon. Dobriskey also remarked that people will be caught eventually and she would be keeping her fingers crossed anyway.

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