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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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Tuesday 26, Mar 2013

  Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

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Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

Mexican professional boxer Érik Isaac Morales Elvira has received a doping ban of two years after he twice tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol last October, prior to his junior welterweight bout with Danny Garcia, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 36-year-old Erik Morales was knocked out by Danny Garcia at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20 and it was argued by the critics that the fight should have been cancelled, while the debate about the doping policies of boxing raged anew. Boxers are not subject to a uniform drug-testing policy as the sport has no national governing body.

Before the fight, both the boxers agreed to be tested by USADA and signed a contract that stipulates any adjudication process must go through the agency. The legal process was still ongoing despite the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding the positive drug test results of Morales. The fight was allowed by NYSAC even though Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 3 and 10.

A portion of USADA’s statement reads professional boxing does not have a universally-implemented, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited anti-doping program, and as a result of the lack of effective testing, many professional boxers and event organizers have contracted with USADA to conduct comprehensive anti-doping programs prior to and during their fights. It also stated that USADA conducts testing programs for professional boxing matches only when both athletes contractually agree to participate in the anti-doping program, which stipulates agreeing to abide by the applicable anti-doping rules, including the rules regarding the adjudication process and sanctioning.

The boxer had said he might retire after the October 20 bout rather than face the potential sanction and had until February 18 to respond to USADA as to whether he would contest the decision, and was granted an extension. A ban of two years was imposed on Morales after he selected not to elect an “independent arbitration process,” according to an announcement by USADA.

The former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2), and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao and ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. Erik Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. The record of Morales consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2KO) and he has won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. The Mexican-born boxer also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Sunday 18, Nov 2012

  No Winners For Armstrong Tour De France Era

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No Winners For Armstrong Tour De France Era

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has ruled that no rider will receive the seven Tour de France titles stripped from Lance Armstrong and the Texan rider and his teammates should return their prize money. The UCI agreed “not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events” and leave the Tour winner’s list as blank for 1999-2005.

The UCI, acknowledging “a cloud of suspicion would remain hanging over this dark period”, said the list of Tour winners will remain blank for the years from 1999 to 2005 and added that this may appear harsh for clean cyclists who rode but they will understand there was little honor to be gained in reallocating places. The cycling’s governing body said the 41-year-old Armstrong and “all other affected riders” in the case should return their prize money, which amounts to almost $4 million US in Tour money from Armstrong. The attorney of Armstrong, Sean Breen, declined to comment on the prize money demand.

Meanwhile, the cycling body has also ordered an independent investigation for evaluating allegations about its own conduct and relations with Lance Armstrong that were raised in the report of USADA, which detailed systematic cheating by the Texan and his teammates. UCI has been accused of accepting $125,000 from Armstrong for covering up suspicious doping tests; the Inquiry commission will also target riders and officials involved in doping programs.

In a statement, the UCI said a part of the commission will to be to identify ways for ensuring that persons caught for doping were no longer able to take part in the sport, including as part of an entourage. John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency while replying to the statement said WADA, as an independent body itself, supports the decision to set up an independent external commission for examining the problem of doping in cycling and the most critical thing is to deal with this issue once and for all, and the World Anti-Doping Agency looks forward to the release of further details on the commission’s makeup and terms of reference. The WADA has previously said that it will not be contesting against the sanctions imposed against Lance Armstrong by USADA.

Meanwhile, a potentially explosive defamation suit filed by the UCI, its president Pat McQuaid and predecessor Hein Verbruggen against Irish journalist and former Tour rider Paul Kimmage has been put on hold and Kimmage has responded to the same by filing a lawsuit against McQuaid and Verbruggen.

The expulsion of Armstrong from cycling confirmed the USADA findings that his teams ran “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

McQuaid said in a statement the UCI is committed to turning around this painful episode in the history of our sport and will take whatever actions are deemed necessary by the independent commission to put cycling back on track. The cycling body will select an “independent sports body” and the advisory panel members have already been named by John Coates, the current president of the Australian Olympic Committee and chairman of the Australian Olympic Foundation.

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