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Tuesday 24, Jan 2017

  Ethiopian Athletics Federation Pledges To Work With Kenya

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Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) President Haile Gebrselassie has vowed to work with Kenya in the country’s fight against doping.

Speaking in Nairobi at Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Gebrselassie remarked the Ethiopian Athletics Federation will start imposing lifetime bans on drug cheats as it tries to restore credibility in the wake of recent doping scandals. Gebrselassie, the two-time Olympic 10,000 meters gold medalist, added he is eager to help Kenya, the country’s neighbor, to tackle the problem. Gebrselassie added there are no shortcuts and also remarked Kenya and Ethiopia have to fight doping because if we ignore it, at the end of the day the loser will be Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) President added we don’t have a chance to get those medicines, its foreigners who bring them to destroy our sport and said he urges all sports people and the Kenyan Government let us work together and fight for our innocent athletes.

Kenya, the athletics powerhouse particularly in long and middle-distance running, has topped the medals tally at different International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events in the last decade, including the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

However, many of its athletes have been accused and found guilty of doping. Since 2012, around 40 athletes from the country have tested positive for banned drugs, including three-time Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, who failed for Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2014.

Kenya recently introduced a law criminalizing doping. This was after the African country was declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in May that almost put its participation at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August in jeopardy. The country however managed to resolve the issues on time.

Gebrselassie added his government had criminalized doping and a drug cheat now will serve up to five years in prison that is very important. The former Olympic 10,000 meters gold medalist said it is not about winning medals, but it is about protecting the next generation.

Former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat in 2004 said Gebrselassie and he competed fairly when there were no underhand dealings and when sport was sport.

In another development, David Rudisha, the two-time Olympic 800m gold medalist, has claimed that some drugs are however administered to athletes without their knowledge. Rudisha said he does not agree entirely with Haile because most of these athletes usually do not dope knowingly. Rudisha further added there are of course those who take performance-enhancing drugs in full knowledge, but there are those athletes who take pills for medicinal purposes without knowing they might contain banned substances. He also said it is tricky because the standard ban should be around four years though it differs between Federations. The two-time Olympic gold medalist said banning an athlete entirely without looking at the background would be unfair. He also said it is another case if it is found the athlete doped knowingly and also added but it should not be a blanket rule.

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Friday 06, Nov 2015

  Ex-IAAF President Implicated In Bribery And Doping Scandal

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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been charged with corruption linked to covering up doping cases by French authorities. Diack was charged with “passive corruption” and money-laundering. This news came on the day it was revealed that offices of athletics’ governing body in Monaco were raided by French police and caches of documents were taken away.

Diack stepped down after 16 years in charge of track and field’s governing body. The ex-long jumper is now subjected to investigation that concerns money movements and goes beyond doping. The 82-year-old Senegalese who recently gave up as International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president in August was charged on Monday in Paris. Diack’s advisor, Habib Cisse, a lawyer, was also charged. It is believed that Gabriel Dollé, the former director of its medical and anti-doping department and a doctor associated with the anti-doping measures of the federation, was being questioned in custody. Diack and Cisse were released on bail. Dollé had left the world governing body after he was questioned by the IAAF Ethics Commission.

The French judicial inquiry follows information received from the World Anti-Doping Agency and is being conducted by French financial prosecutors. Diack is accused of taking at least €200,000 (£141,000) from Russia Athletics for covering up positive doping tests. The French police investigation is believed to center on the case of Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova who alleged few months back that two members of the Russian Athletics Federation extorted $450,000 from her in return for covering up a positive test.

The Parquet National Financier (PNF), the office that handles financial prosecutions in France, said its probe started when WADA alerted it to acts of corruption and laundering involving members of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Sebastian Coe, the new President of IAAF, was at the federation’s headquarters at the time of the police raid. Coe volunteered himself to answer any questions. In a statement, the IAAF said it confirms that, emanating from separate ongoing investigations by WADA’s independent commission and the IAAF’s own independent ethics commission into allegations surrounding its anti-doping rules and regulations, a French police investigation has now commenced. It was added that the International Association of Athletics Federations Is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process and also disclosed that police, as part of the French investigation, visited the IAAF HQ offices to carry out interviews and to access documentation.

Pape Massata Diack, the son of Lamine, was forced to render his resignation as a marketing executive with the world governing body of athletics after he was accused of involvement in corruption aimed at covering up doping scandals in Russia. Valentin Balakhnishev, IAAF treasure and president of the Russian Federation, was also implicated and stripped of his functions by athletics’ governing body.

Nikita Kamaev of Russia’s anti-doping agency said his organization would provide every kind of assistance required by French investigators if contacted. Russian sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the athletics federation of his country had cleaned up its act. Mutko added we have already said that there were problems with our federation, but the old management is no longer working there. He also added you have to understand that now there are a lot of criminal cases around the world, and it is not an easy situation to be in.

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Thursday 19, Feb 2015

  Russian Probe Is ‘Defining Moment’ For Doping, Says Tygart

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USADA Chief Travis Tygart has remarked findings about the widespread doping in Russia could prove to be a turning point for all sports.

Tygart told a high-level doping conference in Singapore that the probe into allegations of doping in Russia is looming as the critical battle in the global fight against drugs in sport. The USADA chief remarked this investigation that WADA has undertaken into Russia is so critically important right now. Tygart added there are allegations out there that have been portrayed in the media and there are facts that back some of those allegations.

The chief of USADA also said we can argue about the credibility of those facts at this point but there are facts out there that prompted WADA’s investigation. He went on to add that’s why it’s a defining moment, if not the defining moment, where a country that’s alleged, along with its anti-doping organizations, its lab, other sport federations, of doping its athletes in order to win on the world stage.

Tygart added when there’s evidence of these types of allegations, it’s incumbent upon the overseers of the whole anti-doping program, WADA, and its role under the code, to fully vet and investigate the allegations that have been made and hold any people that have violated the rules accountable. He also remarked that ultimately is what gives confidence to clean athletes around the world who are otherwise being held to the highest standards. Tygart also said if one country is not held to that standard and they go to the (Olympic) Games and they win. He also said if that was not done the right way, and the allegations prove to be true and athletes who won in those events shouldn’t have won because they violated the rules, then they’ve got to be held accountable.

An independent commission has been established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims of systematic doping among Russian athletes.

A few weeks back, a German TV documentary alleged that almost 99 percent of Russian athletes are doping and using banned performance enhancing drugs. Russia has been hit with many doping scandals in the recent past with some of the big names, including three Olympic walking champions, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, as well as the 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin, and the 2011 World silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin.

The Russian investigation is focused on the national race-walking training centre in Saransk where at least 20 athletes who trained there under the oversight of head coach Viktor Chegin have been banned for doping in recent years. Viktor Kolesnikov, the centre’s longtime director, was banned last year for four years for possessing substances outlawed under anti-doping rules. Kolesnikov was briefly replaced by Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina, who resigned after she became one of the five walkers banned for doping.

Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev has announced his intention to step down from his job. A few days back, Valentin Maslakov announced he was resigning as head coach.

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Friday 16, Jan 2015

  World Championship Biathlon Medalist Fails Doping Test

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World Championship Biathlon Medalist Fails Doping Test

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has announced the former World Championship medalist Sergei Sednev has failed a doping test. Russian Alexander Loginov has also been suspended for doping, according to an announcement by the IBU. Loginov, the 20-year-old four-time World Junior Championship gold medalist and Sochi Olympian, could lose a World Cup relay gold.

IBU President Anders Besseberg also said many more doping scandals could soon follow. Besseberg told Norwegian television station NRK that the sport is set to be hit with the biggest doping scandal in its history. The IBU chief said he cannot go into the detail as of now but there are some positive samples from athletes from several nations. Besseberg added that we have developed new methods for testing thanks to new technologies and so we were able to test the old samples again. He went on to add that we put the samples that are considered suspicious and not very clean, and look forward to new techniques that can identify these samples, if finally is something wrong with them or they are clean.

The body said on its official website that the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing panel will decide about the period of ineligibility for both athletes. The 22-year-old Loginov tested positive for an unspecified banned substance on November 25 and was expelled from the 2014-15 Biathlon World Cup.

Sednev, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 world championships and announced his retirement last month, tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), which is a blood boosting hormone. In a statement, the Ukrainian Biathlon federation (UBF) said it had questioned Sednev who was unable to explain or refute the use of illegal substances. The UBF said on its official website the athlete was given the opportunity of opening the B sample. But as Sednev had finished his career after poor results over the past seasons, he decided not to conduct the further analysis.

In the recent past, Biathlon has been hit by many doping scandals. Under the new anti-doping measures, Russian athletes Ekaterina Iourieva and Irina Starykh are expected to face extended bans due to the result of their samples being re-analyzed. Ekaterina and Irina tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) before the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Iourieva received an eight-year doping ban for her second offense while Starkh received a ban of two years for her failed drugs test. None of the athletes requested their B-samples to be tested. The sample of Starykh was collected in Oberhof, Germany, on January 2, 2014 and the samples of Iourieva were collected for re-analysis in Östersund, Sweden, on November 28 and 29, 2013. Iourieva announced her retirement from the sport after she failed her second doping test.

In February last year, two-time Olympic champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany was caught doping.

In December, IBU vice-president Gottlieb Taschler was criticized after it was alleged that he arranged a meeting with Michele Ferrari, the disgraced doctor who played a big role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, and his son Daniel Taschler, who is a member of the Italian biathlon team.

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Saturday 04, Oct 2014

  Ruidoso Downs Plans Crackdown On Horse Doping

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Ruidoso Downs, which has been struggling to fight against horse doping problems, has announced new rules to prevent owners and trainers from doping horses they plan to enter in next year’s high-dollar races, including the $2.6 million All American Futurity that is billed as “the world’s richest quarter horse race.”

Track owner R.D. Hubbard said those who attempt to cheat are a “cancer to horse racing.” Hubbard added these new steps are part of our ongoing efforts for ensuring the safety and integrity of the sport and its participants.

The new anti-doping rules will be in place prior to the track’s 2015 racing season that will run May 22 through September 7 and will be applied to horses that compete in the All American Futurity, Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, All American Derby, Ruidoso Derby, and Rainbow Derby.

Under the new rules, all horses entered in those races are required to be on the grounds in the Ruidoso barn area 10 days before running in trials. Moreover, any horse not in compliance will be scratched from the trials and/or finals and all horses will be subject to random checks by the horse identifier and track security. The new rules also stipulate that surveillance cameras will be installed at the stable gates, test barn, and in the barns and stalls of all 20 qualifiers to the futurities and derbies. Furthermore, all horses that qualify for the finals of one of the futurities or derbies will be required to stay on the grounds through the running of the final under the new rules.

The new rules were developed with input from the American Quarter Horse Association and the New Mexico Racing Commission, Hubbard said. The track owner also remarked he must emphasize that we are not yet finished when it comes to compiling new track rules and went on to say that there will be additional steps that we are currently working on that will be announced in the weeks ahead.

 A few weeks back, the Racing Commission rushed to adopt medication standards and sanctions that were recommended by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) after the New York Times published a stinging exposé in 2012 that revealed lax regulation allowed unscrupulous New Mexico horse trainers to dope horses with near impunity.

Horse racing has been subjected to many doping scandals in the last few months. A few months back, a trainer at the Godolphin stables was found guilty of administering banned anabolic steroids to horses for improving their odds of winning races. Mahmood-al-Zarooni, the disgraced trainer, was given a stiff ban by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) but many incidents emerge after the verdict. A few weeks after this incident, a shipment including banned drugs that was meant for the Godolphin stables was seized by BHA officials.

There is no denying the fact that anti-doping laws regarding horse racing have been made stringent in the recent past, but they have yet to deter horse owners and trainers from indulging into horse racing as the lure of hefty prize money still allures them.

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Monday 12, Aug 2013

  Report Into Doping By West Germany Athletes Released

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Report Into Doping By West Germany Athletes Released

The interior ministry of Germany has published details from a report that revealed the extent to which the government of West Germany backed the doping of athletes in the 1970s.

The move came under swift criticism from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung that first published details of the document. The newspaper said the report on doping had been significantly cut from more than 800 pages and the new version of six documents excluded a number of eyewitness accounts as well as the names of influential politicians. Publication of the report, Doping in Germany from 1950 to Today, was held back due to data protection concerns.

Now, the interior ministry of Germany has suggested that the documents under the heading of the project were put online. It was also revealed by the ministry that the purpose of the research was to take an in-depth look at the history of doping and not to look into individual incidences or expose doping scandals of uncover statutory offences.

Recently, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that doping of West German athletes during the 1970s was conducted over a period of decades and was state funded. The newspaper disclosed that athletes were doped with anabolic steroids, testosterone, and estrogen and doping research was facilitated with the Federal institute of sport science investing almost £4.5m in medicine research facilities in Freiburg, Cologne, and Saarbrücken.

This report on doping was carried out by researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster. It detailed doping of football players and the list included three members of the 1966 West Germany World Cup final team who lost to England at Wembley. The newspaper also provided reference of a letter from FIFA official Mihailo Andrejevic who informed the German Athletic Association president, Max Danz, about the “fine traces” of the banned stimulant ephedrine discovered.

It should not be a surprise to people that West German athletes were doped, Andreas Singler, a sports scientist and member of the Evaluation Commission of Freiburg Sport Medicine, whose research was cited as part of the report. Singler added it has been well-known for a long time though he disputed that the government of the time was responsible. He added that it supported the research about the effects and side effects of the drugs but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily with the aim of doing doping and remarked that he thinks the misuse potential was very high and there was a hope from some in the government, not from the ministry itself, but the specialists for sports issues. Andreas Singler also said he thinks they perhaps expected conditions that made it possible to have a chance to win, not only against the East Germans, but also the United States.

Clemens Prokop, head of Germany’s athletics federation, said we need a doping law and need to extend the statute of limitation for sanctions against doping offenders past the current eight years. Carlo Thraenhardt, the former European indoor high-jump champion who competed for West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, said of the report that he is surprised and frustrated because you want to fight doping.

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Friday 14, Oct 2011

  Tainted athlete not to be considered for Award

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Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken said on Wednesday said double Asian Games gold medalist Ashwini Akkunji‘s name has been struck off from the list of nominees for this year’s Arjuna Award following her dope flunk.

“The Committee on Arjuna Awards will decide on who would be conferred the award. But SAI will scrutinised the list and this year Ashwini Akkunji will not be considered as her ‘B’ sample has also tested positive (for anabolic steroid),” Maken told a press conference.

Maken said, “The dope scandal has affected us. We would have won medals from some of them. They were medal hopefuls.”

Wednesday 13, Apr 2011

  No retests for EPO traces

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No retests for EPO tracesThe seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has denied retesting six samples from his first Tour de France win to see if they contain EPO traces.

The possibility of asking Armstrong to undergo a new analysis of the urine samples taken from the 1999 Tour was sparked by President of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD), Pierre Bordry.

The world of cycling has seen many doping scandals in the last decade and many in the world believe that Armstrong was not clean when he won his seven successive Tours between 1999 and 2005 despite the fact that he has never been caught cheating.

Tuesday 18, Jan 2011

  Fight against performance enhancing drugs moves on to London

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Fight against performance enhancing drugs moves on to LondonA number of athletes tested positive for prohibited substances at the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The latest in a series of doping scandals has left the credibility of international sport on the point of being overwhelmed.

As the UK begins counting down to the 2012 Olympics, the world of sport seems to be paralyzed by abuse of performance enhancing drugs.

In 2012 London will provide the next battleground between the testers and the lawyers and it is believed that this battle will be as fierce as it takes place on the track or in the pool.

Friday 24, Dec 2010

  Positive drug test leads to ban on Wade

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Positive drug test leads to ban on WadeLarry Wade, the American champion sprint hurdler, has been handed over a retroactive ban for two years after he tested positive for a banned steroid.

The sprint hurdler tested positive for 19-norandrosterone in May 2004 during an out-of-competition test, as per the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

This ban has once again highlighted the growing and sustained relationship between steroids and sports.