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Sunday 11, Dec 2016

  USA And Germany Lead Calls To Permanently Ban Russia From International Sporting Events

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The United States and Germany led calls for Russia to be exiled from international competition. The countries demanded that no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is fully code compliant. This was after Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren submitted a report in which it was revealed that doping in sport in the country represented an “institutional conspiracy”.

McLaren remarked more than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing. Te report prepared for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also disclosed that drug test samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 were even manipulated by the addition of salt and coffee.

Travis Tygart, the head of the US anti-doping body (USADA), said it is another staggering example of how the Olympic movement has been corrupted and clean athletes robbed by Russia’s state-supported doping system. Tygart added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has to act and clean athletes won’t be satisfied until WADA is empowered to be a truly independent global regulator and the Russian Olympic Committee is suspended until deemed code compliant. The USADA chief also remarked that no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is fully code compliant and all the individuals who participated in the corruption are held accountable.

Clemens Prokop, the president of the German Athletics Federation (DLV), urged for a complete ban on all Russian competitors. The DLV President said Russian sport should be excluded from all international competitions, including the Olympic Games, until its credibility is restored. Prokop added this is fundamental attack against the Olympic movement when the values of the movement are dragged through the mud by a country. He further commented that measures taken must be up to the mark and added the credibility of the IOC is at stake.

The IOC commented it would re-analyze all 254 samples it has from Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It added it had had extended the second inquiry to cover the 2012 London Olympics in addition to two disciplinary inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Olympics.

In a statement, the Russian sports ministry said it with full responsibility states there are no government programs to support doping in sport. The statement further reads that it will continue the fight against doping with zero tolerance and carefully study the information contained in the report with the aim of coming up with a constructive position.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, called the McLaren report hugely significant for sport. Sapstead remarked 2016 has also shown that whilst athletes are held to account under the World Anti-Doping Code every day of the year, when it comes to a country demonstrating a disregard for the rules, the same sort of sanctions do not apply.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which banned Russia completely from the Rio Paralympics in September, termed findings of McLaren “astonishing”. In a statement, the IPC said the full findings of the report are unprecedented and astonishing and added they strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport.

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Friday 26, Aug 2016

  China Face One-Year Ban From Weightlifting

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The International Weightlifting Federation confirmed on Thursday that three failed retests of drug test samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will lead to automatic ban on China if the doping allegations are proven and the athletes in question would be disqualified by the International Olympic Committee.

Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics. The International Weightlifting Federation says the 11 tested positive for a range of banned substances and they are all provisionally suspended until the doping cases are resolved.

In a statement on its website, the IWF said Chinese gold medalists Cao Lei, Liu Chunhong, and Chen Xiexia all tested positive for GHRP-2 that stimulates growth hormone production, while Liu also tested positive for the stimulant Sibutramine. In a statement posted on its website, the IWF said, it in line with the relevant rules and regulations imposed mandatory provisional suspensions upon the athletes, who remain provisionally suspended in view of potential anti-doping rule violations until their cases are closed. The statement further reads the IWF following the IOC’s decisions will be in a position to take over the results management of these cases and it was remarked the relevant decision shall also be published should it be determined in any of the cases that no anti-doping violation was committed. It was also commented that the International Weightlifting Federation will not make any further comments on the cases until they are closed.

The other eight medalists include current world record holder Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, who won silver in 2008, all of whom tested positive for various anabolic steroids. The list of other medalists includes Anastasia Novikova of Belarus, Kazakhstan’s Maria Grabovetskaya and Irina Nekrasova, Russia’s Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov, and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova, and Olha Korobka. The IWF also revealed four other weightlifters from Beijing 20008 who did not win medals were also named as having failed tests and they include Kazakhstan’s Maiya Maneza and Belarus’ Iryna Kulesha, both of whom won medals in 2012 but not 2008 and are already suspended over retests from 2012.

In June and July, a further 10 lifters who competed at the 2008 Olympics, including five medalists, had already been suspended and the silver medal won by Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan in the women’s 48-kilogram class, has already been stripped.

China now faces a ban of one year from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move that threatens to stop some of the top athletes of the world from competing internationally. China is the most dominant country of the world in weightlifting having topped the table at every Olympics since 2000. It won seven medals in Rio de Janeiro this month, five of them gold.

The Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) expressed shock at the findings of the re-tests and affirming its strict anti-doping credentials. A statement translated from the CWA website reads we will follow the relevant IWF and IOC requirements to actively cooperate with the investigation and it was further said that people found responsible will not be tolerated and will be severely punished in accordance with law if violations are confirmed.

The International Weightlifting Federation also announced Azerbaijan and Ukraine have joined Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan that were already facing one-year bans under earlier announcements.

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