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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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Monday 30, May 2016

  IOC Confirms 23 From London 2012 Fail Doping Retests

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The International Olympic Committee has confirmed 23 competitors from the 2012 London Olympics have failed doping retests.

In a statement, the IOC said 265 London samples had been retested with improved techniques and the 23 failed positive tests come from competitors from six countries, competing across five sports. The 23 athletes are in addition to the 31 caught in retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a confirmation from the Russian Olympic Committee disclosed that 14 of those athletes were Russians. The Russian Olympic Committee said eight Russian athletes who took part in the London Olympics tested positive for doping during the 2012 games. The second admission in a month that illegal substances were used by Russian athletes could now add more uncertainty about Russia’s participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

It was recently reported by the Russian state television that 10 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples. Chicherova, the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics who won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, continue to compete. Chicherova’s coach Vladimir Plekhanov said they have not received correspondence from the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics. For several years, Chicherova was among the world leading high jumpers until she missed the 2010 season because of pregnancy and reestablished herself as the world leading female high jumper displacing Blanka VlaÅ¡ić after returning in 2011.

IOC president Thomas Bach said these reanalysis show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping. Bach added we want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and this is why we are acting swiftly now. The IOC said in a statement the samples were re-examined after intelligence-gathering that began last August.

The reanalysis of samples from both the Beijing and London Olympics was welcomed by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). UKAD’s director of operations Pat Myhill remarked the ability to retest samples, as a result of new intelligence or the development of new testing techniques, is a vital tool in the fight against doping in sport. Myhill added retrospective analysis allows us to pursue those who cheat clean athletes, long after the competition has ended. The UKAD’s director of operations added it sends a clear message to those who dope – if you chose to make that choice, and think that you’ve got away with it, think again and we can and will catch you.

Russia has been involved with several doping accusations and evidence in the recent past. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian lab now living in Los Angeles, revealed in an interview published in the New York Times that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the doping lab used for the Sochi Games with assistance from people he believed to be officers of the Russian security services.

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