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Friday 13, Oct 2017

  British Javelin Thrower Suspended For Failed Doping Test

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Joanna Blair, who represented Britain in the European Athletics Team Championships this summer in Lille, has been suspended after she failed to clear an anti-doping test.

The 31-year-old javelin thrower from Lutton was believed to be in the contention for the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

In a statement, UK Athletics said Joanna Blair had been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics. This was after Blair was charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample). The statement further reads that the javelin thrower has the opportunity to respond to the charge against her including the right to a full hearing of the case.

The 31-year-old confirmed the positive test and remarked the failed test was a result of a creatine product she had been using “for a number of years”. Blair blamed contamination of the supplement and added she checked the ingredients of the supplement before using it. Blair added she is cooperating fully with both UK Athletics and UK Anti-Doping to resolve things at the earliest.

Blair had finished second in the UK trials in July and her selection would have marked the pinnacle of her career. Blair had managed to improve her fitness under her coach Dave Burrell at Luton Athletics Club. She went on to set a near three-meter personal best of 57.44m at the British Athletics Championships that gave her a first national title ahead of the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Goldie Sayers and placed her seventh on the British all-time list.

The impressive form of Blair earned her selection for the Nitro Athletics tournament in Australia this year. The javelin thrower was however unlucky to miss out on selection for the 2017 world championships in London after she failed to reach the qualifying mark.

Few years back, Commonwealth Games javelin champion Jarrod Bannister was banned for 20 months after he missed three doping tests. Bannister, who won the gold medal at New Delhi in 2010 and occupied the sixth position in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, missed three tests within a period of 18 months. The javelin thrower had then blamed poor communication with Athletics Australia as a factor behind the circumstances that saw him, unintentionally, breach the ‘Athlete Whereabouts’ program.

Athletics Australia chief executive Dallas O’Brien had then remarked that we are disappointed that Jarrod did not meet his obligations as one of our top performing athletes and this case demonstrates the need for all athletes to be diligent and responsible. Bannister was given a slightly reduced ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This was after he was charged under article 6.4 of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency’s policy concerning his availability for out-of-competition testing. The Australian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw remarked he had relied on verbal rather than written correspondence with Athletics Australia. The finding handed down by arbitrator Alan Sullivan called on the Athletics Australia, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and the World Anti-Doping Agency to review their operations and procedures.

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Monday 27, Mar 2017

  Noah Banned 20 Games For Doping

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended by the NBA for 20 games without pay after he failed a doping test.

Noah will forfeit between $2 million and $3 million in salary during the suspension. The exact amount is not clear as the formula in the new CBA for lost salary during a suspension results in lower monetary penalties for players.

The league announced Noah, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery last month, tested positive for LGD-4033, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, which is known to produce effects similar to those of anabolic steroids. It is popular as a non-steroidal, selective androgen receptor modulator that is renowned for its ability to help increase muscle mass and strength.  LGD-4033 provides many of the muscle-building and therapeutic benefits of testosterone, without the same level of troublesome side effects.

It was remarked by the league in a statement that unintentional ingestion claims would be considered under rules of the league-union deal starting in July and added it did not think under those future terms Noah would have faced any punishment. The union statement further reads that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) believes after a thorough investigation did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy and added neither Noah nor the union will appeal the suspension. The union statement also said we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake and Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction. Noah was “completely forthcoming and cooperative” throughout the investigation, the NBPA said.

The ban on Noah will begin with the first NBA regular-season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play that means Noah figures to miss the start of next season. The Knicks at 27-45 are all-but eliminated from the playoff hunt. They share 12th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and trail Miami by eight games for the final playoff berth.

Noah has averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 46 games this season for the Knicks. The two-time NBA All-Star, who was named the league’s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, has been nagged by a hamstring injury earlier this season and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on February 4. The 32-year-old holds US, French and Swedish citizenship and first made his mark as a collegiate star at Florida where he led the Gators to consecutive US national tournament titles in 2006 and 2007. Noah played for Chicago until last July after being selected ninth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA Draft when he signed a four-year deal worth $72 million with the Knicks.

The Knicks signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract over the summer as a defensive anchor for the club but Noah has performed well below expectations and missed time throughout the season because of a hamstring injury.

The suspension of Noah may force the Knicks to look for a veteran center in free agency. Veteran Kyle O’Quin, Rookie Willy Hernangomez, and second-year big man Kristaps Porzingis have started at center in place of Noah this season.

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Friday 12, Aug 2016

  Second Kenyan Official Sent Home From Olympics In Doping Scandal

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A Kenyan track and field official has been expelled from the Rio Olympics after he pretended to be one of the team’s 800-meter runners at a doping test and provided a sample in the name of an athlete.

This incident could possibly be the unintended result of the runner, Ferguson Rotich, giving his accreditation card to John Anzrah so he could have a free breakfast in the athletes’ village. The International Olympic Committee still opened an investigation after Anzrah was found with the Olympic accreditation of Rotich and provided the doping sample and signed doping forms in the name of Rotich, Kenyan team leader Stephen Arap Soi said.

Rotich’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said Rotich gave Anzrah his accreditation so that the coach could eat breakfast for free at the athletes’ village on Wednesday morning. It was remarked by Kenyan officials that Anzrah was found in the dining area of the athletes’ village before the test. The agent also said Rotich went to the doping test and gave both blood and urine samples after Anzrah was discovered.

Anzrah is a former Kenyan 200- and 400-meter runner and competed at the world championships in 1987. Ferguson Rotich is listed to compete in the heats of the men’s 800 on Friday alongside teammate David Rudisha, the Olympic champion and world-record holder. Rotich finished fourth in the 800 at the world championships in Beijing last year.

The Kenyan team leader said doping control officers reported Anzrah, a former sprinter and now a track coach, to authorities after the test. Arap Soi further commented that the problem with John Anzrah is he took possession of an identity card (accreditation) of an athlete who was in the list of WADA for out-of-competition dope testing. It was further added that Anzrah was taken to the doping control station purportedly as Ferguson Rotich and subjected to produce the sample and he signed and the crime he has committed is against Team Kenya and that is why we are sending him back home.

A disciplinary commission has been set up by the International Olympic Committee to look into the incident. The IOC said we take note of the decision of the Kenyan Olympic Committee to send home its athletics coach following a violation of anti-doping rules and we thank the NOC for its swift action.

In a statement, the world governing body of athletics said it will seek information on the incident from the IOC and could launch its own investigation.

This is the second embarrassment for Kenya after its track and field team manager was sent home a few days back over allegations that he sought a 10,000 pound ($13,000) bribe from undercover reporters to help athletes evade doping tests back in Kenya. Michael Rotich was filmed seeking the bribes in Kenya in January and February. Michael Rotich was arrested when he arrived back in Kenya from the Olympics and is being held in custody and facing criminal charges. A Kenyan magistrate has ruled that the country’s athletics manager can be held for four weeks by police as they investigate claims that Michael Rotich was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in return for £10,000 ($13,000).

The allegations result from an undercover investigation by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD. Rotich, during the operation, was approached by a supposed doping specialist hired to supply banned substances to a fictional British sports team. In the film, Rotich appears to request a one-off payment to give athletes an advanced notice of 12 hours of a pending drugs test because he knew the official anti-doping testers.

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Friday 01, Jul 2016

  Russian Sculls Team Banned From Rio Olympics

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World rowing’s ruling body has announced on Thursday that the quadruple sculls team of Russia has been disqualified from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for a doping violation. The team will now be replaced at the games by New Zealand.

The 36-year-old is the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medalist and two-time European champion.

The World Rowing Federation revealed Trimetazidine, a banned substance, was found in a urine sample given by rower Sergey Fedorovtsev in an out-of-competition test on May 17. Sergey competed a week later at the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Switzerland, where Russia finished first to qualify for Rio. The World Rowing Federation, FISA, remarked the B sample was opened on 30 June 2016 in the presence of the rower and the subsequent analysis confirmed the result and therefore it is considered that an anti-doping rule violation has taken place.

The federation said the results of all competitions in which the rower participated after 17 May 2016 are therefore automatically disqualified as Fedorovtsev, who won a gold medal in quadruple sculls at the 2004 Athens Olympics, had provided a positive doping test.

New Zealand that finished third behind Russia and Canada in the qualifying event will replace the Russian crew in Rio. Canada also qualified by finishing second and will join the top eight crews who secured their Olympic places at the 2015 world championships, held in France.

In another development, about 10 Russian field and track athletes sent their individual applications on Tuesday to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requesting the right to take part in the 2016 Olympics, said Mikhail Butov, the secretary general of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). Russian woman pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, winner of two Olympic gold medals, was one of those to file an application at the International Association of Athletic Federations for participation in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil

A few days back, Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the legal department of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), remarked the interests of the Russian field and track athletes would be represented by the Russian Olympic Committee at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne.

The Russian Olympic Committee has employed the services of British firm Morgan Sports Law to represent them at CAS. The ROC hope to have the suspension by the world governing body of athletics overturned in time for Russian athletes to be able to compete at Rio 2016. The London-based company has recently represented a number of clients at CAS against the IAAF. It recently successfully led an appeal to CAS from Tatyana Andrianova against the All-Russia Athletic Federation and the IAAF against a decision to strip her of the bronze medal she won in the 800 meters at the 2005 World Championships following a re-analysis of her urine sample that had shown traces of banned performance-enhancing drugs. Morgan Sports Law also successfully appealed to CAS on behalf of Belarus’ Olympic hammer silver medalist Vadim Devyatovskiy to have a lifetime ban imposed by the athletics’ world governing body from the sport lifted, despite Vadim been involved in several doping scandals during his career.

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Thursday 23, Jun 2016

  Olympic Hopes Not Dead, Says Yelena Isinbayeva

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva has remarked she will not compete under the International Olympic Committee flag if athletes from Russia are banned from the 2016 Rio Games.

The Russian pole vaulter said the fact that ‘clean’ Russian track-and-field athletes have received the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Olympics under the flag of Russia if granted access by the world governing body of athletics is a victory for Russian sports. The athlete said on Match TV television on June 22 that the hope is still not dead yet and Russian athletes should fight for the right to participate in the Olympics in Rio and file lawsuits. Isinbayeva added she will have the right to participate if her lawsuit is granted and added that the most pleasant thing for her was that all athletes whose lawsuits will be granted will participate under the Russian flag.

Isinbayeva, who won Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008, said there have been suggestions that she should compete under the IOC flag but remarked this does not seem like a real possibility. The triple outdoor world champion said she backs the fight against drug cheats but remarked clean athletes should not suffer as a result. The 34-year-old said she totally understands that the IAAF needs to take strong action to eradicate doping but remarked she does not think it is fair to forbid her and other clean Russian athletes to compete – athletes who have repeatedly proved they are innocent of cheating.

The Russian said she has never failed a doping test – be it in London, China, the United States or any of the European countries where she vaulted over the course of nearly 20 years of competition, including throughout her four Olympic cycles. In an open letter published by the New York Times, Isinbayeva said she has devoted her life to her sport since coming out of retirement after the birth of her daughter two years ago and had sacrificed countless hours pushing her body for the chance to compete one last time at the Olympics. Yelena Isinbayeva added in the letter that her coach suffered a stroke, but even from his hospital bed he wrote training plans for her, never giving up his hope that she would win her third gold medal in Rio. Yelena added instead of focusing on that goal – which would further secure her place in sporting history – she has been struggling with the uncertainty of whether she can even compete in Brazil and added it has been a physically exhausting and emotionally draining time.

A special session has been called upon by the International Olympic Committee on the issue of participation by Russian athletes in the Rio Olympics. The cases as a result involving the Russian track-and-field athletes’ participation in the Games will be reviewed individually. This would mean athletes who are permitted to participate by the athletics’ governing body and qualify for the Olympics can take part in the competitions under the Russian flag.

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Friday 03, Jun 2016

  Russian Cyclist And Turkish Boxer Fail Olympic Doping Retests

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A Russian cyclist and a Turkish boxer have been provisionally suspended after their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics came back positive in retesting.

Track cyclist Yekaterina Gnidenko and boxer Adem Kilicci both tested positive for anabolic steroids, the governing bodies of their sports said on Thursday. The Turkish boxing federation and Kilicci, who lost in the quarterfinals of the middleweight division in London, have been notified of the findings and his suspension.

The Turkish Olympic Committee remarked it was extremely disappointed by the positive test of Kilicci. In a statement, the committed said we will now follow the official procedure and will announce appropriate action in due course. The statement further reads we in the meantime are redoubling our efforts to encourage more rigorous testing in parallel with greater education of all athletes and their entourages throughout Turkish sport.

Gnidenko was a late substitute in the 2012 Olympic sprint after Russian teammate Viktoria Baranova failed a doping test and was expelled from the games. Gnidenko competed in the women’s sprint and keirin at the 2012 Games but did not won a medal and now faces being stripped of her keirin silver medal from the World Championships later that year.

AIBA said Kilicci had qualified for Rio, while Gnidenko is not listed on the Russian national team squad list for this season.

In another development, a Jamaican athlete is among those who have failed a doping test after samples were re-examined from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. According to sources, the athlete returned an adverse analytical finding for the A-sample and the result of the B-sample test is expected from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Lausanne within a few days. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Dr. Warren Blake said his organization had not been notified of any rule violation, while Jamaica Olympic Association president Michael Fennell declined comment.

Jamaica won six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics, all in athletics.

Last month, the IOC said 31 athletes from six different sports and 12 countries had tested positive in the retesting of 2008 samples. The Olympics body also said it has initiated disciplinary action against the unidentified athletes who would not be allowed to compete in August’s Rio de Janeiro games.

Russia admitted that 14 athletes belonged to it. The country, despite making tall claims about fight against doping, is not learning its lessons yet. Two-time Olympic champion Alexander Zubkov has been elected president of Russia’s troubled bobsleigh federation. Zubkov was among those involved in an elaborate doping cover-up scheme during the Sochi Games in 2014. Russian Sports minister Vitaly Mutko welcomed Zubkov’s election and remarked professionals from the sports world should be in charge of sports in the country. The Russian bobsleigh federation demoted the federation’s former chief, Georgy Bedzhamov, who requested political asylum in Europe after fleeing Russia earlier this year. Bedzhamov, the co-owner of Vneshprombank, left the country after the central bank put the lender into temporary administration. Bedzhamov’s sister Larisa Markus, president of Vneshprombank, has been accused of fraud and was detained.

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Wednesday 01, Jul 2015

  Sotherton Admits To Missing Two Doping Tests

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Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton has revealed she missed two doping tests during her career. The British Olympic medalist said she has nothing to hide and thinks it is important for explain why a doping test was missed as people can assume you are doping.

Sotherton, the former heptathlete who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, called for all athletes to make their missed tests public and also remarked that there should be more transparency surrounding missed tests. Under UK Anti-Doping rules, whereabouts must be provided by athletes for an hour a day, every day. If the athlete is not available for testers three times within the space of a year, a doping offence is constituted.

The ex-heptathlete said missing a doping test can happen to even the most professional people. Sotherton also said people will understand how it can happen if you are more transparent, open and honest, and the explanations are plausible. The former athlete she missed an anti-doping test of IAAF in 2007 since she left her training venue ten minutes early and also said she missed another test in 2011 as she had made an error on the date when completing her whereabouts.

Sotherton announced her retirement two months short of a final hurrah at the London 2012 Olympics. The heptathlete had an operation for removing a piece of disc from her back and was told by the doctor that she could be running again within six weeks but that did not gave her enough time for reaching the qualifying standard before the British team is picked.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion was sidelined by her British teammate Jessica Ennis who had became the dominant force in heptathlon, after she won the World and European titles. Sotherton announced her retirement after competing at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Italy and said she knew immediately that the injury was serious enough to end her dream of competing in the London Olympics. Sotherton added she will be extending her support to former rival Jessica Ennis and backed her to claim gold for Great Britain in the heptathlon at London 2012 Olympics.

Born on 13 November 1976 in Newport (Isle of Wight), Kelly Sotherton played netball for the Isle of Wight as a teenager and became a member of Birchfield Harriers athletics club in 1998. In 2002, Kelly made her senior British team debut and gained international recognition in 2004 when she surprised one and all by unexpectedly winning a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

The English former heptathlete and 400m sprinter was fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was the bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Sotherton also bagged the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. Since retiring in 2012, Kelly has undertaken a course in journalism and regularly appears in the media. She has been commentating and guesting on different productions including those by FiveLive and Talksport and has undertook public speaking engagements. Kelly Sotherton participated in the 2013 London Marathon in aid of AgeUK and completed the Deloitte Ride Across Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats.

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Monday 03, Nov 2014

  Kenyan Marathon Champion Fails To Clear Preliminary Doping Test

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Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons for the past two years, has tested positive for a banned substance, according to the World Marathon Majors that represents the world’s six most prominent marathons.

The 33-year-old Jeptoo won back-to-back titles at the Boston Marathon, where she set the course record on April 21 in 2:18:57. She won the Chicago Marathon on October 12 in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 35 seconds, which was her fourth straight major marathon victory. The Kenyan runner presently leads the World Marathon Majors series. Jeptoo is by far the most prominent runner from Kenya to have failed a doping test. She won Boston marathon three times and Chicago marathon twice. Jeptoo failed a doping test a few weeks before she won her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said.

Jeptoo’s agent Federico Rosa said the athlete tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September. The test was conducted on September 25 and the athlete’s “A” sample “indicated the presence of prohibited substances”, said Athletics Kenya. The athletic governing body of Kenya added it was disappointed to announce that we have received communication from IAAF that Rita Jeptoo failed a test.

The medical and anti-doping commission of Athletics Kenya will meet with the athlete early this week to find out whether Jeptoo wants to have her backup “B” sample tested. Jeptoo’s agent however remarked the backup test was not required. Rosa added we will legally go after the person or the people that convinced Rita to do this and added Jeptoo’s management had “nothing to do with” any doping. In a statement, the IAAF remarked it was not in a position where it can confirm or deny Jeptoo’s positive doping test. The IAAF said the case remains in the confidentiality phase although that should be lifted within the next week.

Earlier Friday, the World marathon group said it had postponed the awards’ ceremony that was scheduled for Sunday due to the positive test. The group said no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. Jeptoo was to receive a check for $500,000 for winning the World Marathon Majors after the New York City Marathon. George Hirsch, chairman of the board of New York Road Runners, said the stakes are so high and added it is far more money than almost anybody in that country could earn in a lifetime while referring to the temptation to use banned substances in a country such as Kenya.

On Jeptoo’s positive test, marathon world record holder and former world champion Paula Radcliffe said it shows that testing is being carried out and added maybe at least this time it comes before the (World Marathon Majors) payment is made.

Her coach Claudio Berardelli said the doping test failure of Jeptoo is indicative of a larger problem in Kenya. Berardelli, who has coached Jeptoo since 2012, said it is bad for the reputation of the sport in that country. Berardelli added if the story of Rita can be the key to open the door of the dirty system, please let Rita pay for it.

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Saturday 21, Sep 2013

  Murray Calls For Transparency In Doping Case

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Murray Calls For Transparency In Doping Case

Andrew Barron “Andy” Murray, the Scottish professional tennis player who is ranked World No. 3 and British No. 1, has remarked he wants more clarity with respect to the mysterious case of unconfirmed reports that Marin Cilic, failed a drug test in May. Murray made these remarks while being a part of Great Britain’s World Group Playoff tie.

Andy Murray further remarked he thinks it’s about time everyone knew what was going on and added everyone knows what’s happening and he has clearly failed a drugs test but he doesn’t don’t know why that can’t come out as it’s not that he’s injured. Andy Murray expressed his frustration over the damage caused by the Cilic rumor. There has been official silence in line with ITF policy that will continue until the appeal judgment is handed down.

Ranked no. 24, Cilic has not played since withdrawing from his second round match at Wimbledon after he cited a left knee injury.

Cilic’s former long-term coach, Bob Brett, disclosed that Cilic informed him that he ingested an over-the-counter supplement provided by a member of his entourage and therefore he exceeded acceptable limits of glucose. Brett branded Cilic careless and naive for taking an over-the-counter supplement that saw him fail a doping test. Bob Brett, who had coached Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic in the past, also called in the ITF and the ATP to do more to educate players about the risks of using non-sanctioned supplements. He remarked the [ATP and WTA] Tours need to help educate the players and people working with the players of the consequences and risk. Handing someone a pamphlet is like when you get something in the post; it tends not to get read. It has to be drummed into them. Brett added all through the years he have always explained the importance of not buying products over the counter because of the risk of contaminated products.

Marin Čilić was introduced to Brett by his fellow countryman Goran Ivanišević and Čilić turned professional in 2005. He won the La Vie Junior Cup Villach in singles and the Dutch Junior Open in doubles after which he qualified for the 2004 US Open, where he lost in the second round to Sam Querrey. Cilic won the French Open title in Boy’s singles, beating Andy Murray in the semi-final and Antal van der Duim in the final.

Croatia’s No. 1 Cilic was in London for attending a hearing regarding his failed drug test, according to The Independent. Croatian Davis Cup Captain Zeljko Krajan also remarked that Cilic would appear before an International Tennis Federation panel. According to reports in Crotian media, Cilic failed a drug test in Munich because of high glucose levels after ingesting an over-the-counter supplement. It is rumored that the Crotian star may tell an independent tribunal that his mother was to blame for the failed drug test, as she was the one who purchased the supplement. It is also speculated in Crotian media that Cilic might be handed a three-month retrospective ban. Prize money and ranking points earned during retrospective bans are withdrawn and a suspension of three months might have ended before the start of the Montreal tournament.

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Thursday 20, Jun 2013

  Campbell-Brown Denies Being A Drugs Cheat

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Campbell-Brown Denies Being A Drugs Cheat

Veronica Campbell-Brown denies being a drugs cheat and the two-time Olympic and reigning 200m world champion has been left in ‘shock’ by her failed doping test, according to her manager.

The 31-year-old has been provisionally suspended due to an ongoing case against her, according to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and the management company of Campbell-Brown, On Track Management, responded with a statement. Her manager Claude Bryan remarked Veronica is not a cheat, she has via hard work and dedication accomplished a record on the track which is absolutely remarkable.

It is believed the banned drug was contained in a cream which Campbell-Brown was using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form.

The athlete, who won the Olympic 200m title in both 2004 and 2008, is reported to have failed a drugs test for a banned diuretic commonly used as a masking agent and had voluntarily withdrawn from competition following the positive test. One of the biggest star of women’s sprinting over the past decade, Campbell-Brown has won seven Olympic medals in all, and been crowned world champion in both the 100m and 200m, taking the latter world title in Daegu in 2011 and she helped her country win silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m in the London Olympics last year. She was the first Jamaican athlete, male or female to win a global 100 meters title.

A statement reads the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association can now confirm that a case concerning Veronica Campbell-Brown is currently ongoing and the matter is being handled according to the IAAF rules. It added Campbell-Brown has been provisionally suspended from competition awaiting the outcome of the disciplinary panel that will be empanelled to hear this case and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association wish to point out that Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension.

Bryan remarked that the athlete has had good success on the track, and on the other she has always stood for and carried herself with dignity and that she should now be accused of infringing on anti-doping rules is a shock to her, her loyal supporters and many others in not just sports, but also the other spheres into which she has extended herself to help. Her manager remarked that the athlete’s faith which rest not in device or creed will see her through this dark period and added that due to her determination to vigorously pursue the clearing of her name, she will desist from being vocal, suffice it to say, while not accepting guilt of willfully taking a banned substance, she wholeheartedly apologizes to her family, Jamaica, her sponsors, the governing body, the world athletics family, her supporters, as well as those she worked with in various non-athletic causes for any embarrassment and or hurt this devastating news has caused. Bryan also added that the Jamaican runner remains an ardent believer in the purity of competition, the beauty of the sport and resolute in the fact that unearned suffering has redemptive qualities and she will begin the process of clearing her name.

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