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Friday 15, Jan 2016

  Lidiya Grigoryeva Faces Doping Allegations

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Lidiya Grigoryeva, the 2007 Boston Marathon champion, is facing doping allegations after the world governing body of athletics has decided to pursue a case against her.

According to an IAAF spokesman, the sanction of Grigoryeva is about to be concluded and will be published accordingly. In a statement, Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk remarked we await the findings as the current investigation continues. Grilk added the Boston Athletic Association has pushed for many years for increased testing in and out of competition and harsh sanctions against those who test positive for doping and that we cooperate with and rely on the IAAF and WADA that conduct the testing and impose sanctions.

In a statement, IAAF spokesman Chris Turner said there was a huge influx in 2009 of suspicious profiles coming through. Turner also said 8-18 months from investigation to sanction on average happened for blood passport cases. The IAAF spokesman also remarked there was a need to prioritize, and in particular to expedite those cases which involved potential medal winners ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and also commented that no cases were concealed or suppressed, the IAAF simply tackled them in order of importance.

An internal IAAF note named 10 athletes — middle distance runners, race walkers, and marathoners — who would be eligible for “rapid and discreet” treatment. Out of them, six were banned for two years and most of them received the bans after the 2012 London Olympic Games while four others named in the 2011 note have not been banned and this list includes the name of Lidiya Grigoryeva.

A few days back, judges of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued lifetime bans to former Russian walking coach Alexei Melnikov, former Russia athletics Chief Valentin Balakhnichev, and the son of former world body president Lamine Diack over the blackmailing of athletes who failed doping tests.

Recently, evidence emerged that the IAAF was aware of the massive doping problem in Russia. Internal documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed the governing body of athletics knew of the doping issue as far back as 2009. Correspondence revealed the IAAF feared that Russian athletes could end up killing themselves due to their extensive use of blood transfusions and Erythropoietin, the blood-boosting drug. In a hand-written dated October 14, 2009 to Valentin Balakhnichev, the then Russian athletics president, Pierre Weiss, then the IAAF general secretary, wrote this matter of the Russian athletes’ blood levels is now so serious and is not getting any better [in fact possibly getting worse] that immediate and drastic action is needed. Weiss also remarked not only are these athletes cheating their fellow competitors but at these levels are putting their health and even their own lives in very serious danger.

Dick Pound, founding president of WADA, commenting on the issue said documents indicated concerned officials of the world governing body of athletics not disclosing doping bans surprised him. Pound added it is clear that there were deals and there didn’t seem to be any political will to take on Russia.

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Saturday 12, Dec 2015

  UK Anti-Doping Ban Cyclist For Doping

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced that cyclist Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

The British Masters champion, who competed for Richardsons-Trek RT, tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Metenolone (Primobolan), its metabolite and a metabolite of Stanozolol (Winstrol). The findings came as a result of an in-competition test at the 2015 Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark on 30 May, 2015. This event was promoted under the rules and regulations of Cycling Time Trials (CTT). Richardsons-Trek RT finished second and has been disqualified from the event and their result annulled.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, remarked that the message from UK Anti-Doping is clear that the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheats his team mates and his opposition and also said that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport.

The UKAD’s Director of Operations also commented that the actions of Hastings more importantly put him at risk of seriously damaging his health and also commented that anabolic androgenic steroids, and steroid use, continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. Myhill also commented that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made. Pat Myhill also remarked UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances. Myhill also said he would encourage anyone who has information about doping, or the supply of prohibited substances, to come forward and talk to us in confidence.

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids under expert supervision and at controlled dosages is not perceived as harmful by some. However, steroid abuse or use of low-grade anabolic drugs can lead to side effects, mild or severe.

In another development, British junior TT champion Gabriel Evans has admitted the use of Erythropoietin, the blood booster. Evans, who won the London Youth Games Cycling TT in 2013 and took the national junior 25 mile time trial championships one year later, apologized to his supporters and to the competitors in the national 10-mile championship. The confession of Evans has stunned British cyclists as the rider is just 18 years of age. Evans admitted that he bought EPO for the first time on 3 August 2015 and traveled to France on 11 August 2015 for a week’s training camp with the family of a then-teammate. Evans added he brought one vial of EPO that was found by father of the roommate who presented evidence to UK Anti-Doping after which he admitted to all wrongdoing before a UKAD deposition.

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Monday 30, Nov 2015

  Seven Kenyan Athletes Banned For Doping

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Athletics Kenya has banned seven athletes including two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet for doping offences.

Chebet, the cross-country world champion in 2010 and 2013, received a doping ban of four years after he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent. The 29-year-old Chebet was a bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and she will be unable to compete until July 16, 2019.

The list of sanctions also included bans for Joyce Zakary and Koki Manunga, who failed drugs tests at the World Championships in Beijing in August. Joyce and Koki were provisionally suspended at the World Championships and received bans of four years for Furosemide. Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced plans to criminalize doping after Koki and Zakari tested positive in Beijing.

The other four athletes banned were Agnes Jepkosgei, Bernard Mwendia, Judy Jesire Kimuge, and Lilian Moraa Marita. Agnes Jepkosgei received a doping ban of four years after he tested positive for metabolite of Norandrosterone, an anabolic steroid. A ban of two years was imposed on Bernard Mwendia for testing positive to Norandrosterone. Lilian Moraa Marita received a two-year ban for the blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO) and Kimuge was banned two years for Norandrolone.

The future of Kenya in World Athletics hangs in the balance as pressure mounts on the country to tackle doping and corruption issues. A harsh warning was issued by Colm O’Connell, the coach of leading Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha, who remarked better testing and monitoring of our athletes has to be put in place immediately if Kenya wants to really move into the Olympics with a clear conscience and with global credibility. Two-time Olympic Champion Kip Keino warned that the next generation of athletes is in danger of being dragged into a world of doping.

In the last few years, there has been a significant spike in doping cases among Kenyan athletes. Since 2012, more than 40 athletes have now failed tests that included high-profile athletes such as Rita Jeptoo. A few days back, Kenyan track officials came under scrutiny after allegations of doping cover-ups surfaced and some officials were accused of money embezzlement at the national federation.

A group of athletes this week stormed the federation headquarters in Nairobi to demand the resignation of top officials over the doping scandals and corruption allegations. The protestors include the 2012 Boston marathon winner-turned politician, Wesley Korir, and former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang. Top Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) official said we want to solve the long standing issues affecting us in regards to corruption, doping and other matters. In reply, Athletics Kenya (AK) chief Jackson Tuwei said we are waiting for the outcome of the meeting and were taken by complete surprise. Tuwei and the other Athletics Kenya officials have been barred from their offices since Monday morning.

It was recently reported by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that Kenya also has a serious doping problem just like Russia that was recently banned from international athletics competitions.

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Saturday 31, Oct 2015

  Mauro Santambrogio Banned By UCI

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Italian professional road racing cyclist Mauro Santambrogio has received a ban of three years from the world governing body of cycling.

The cyclist, who last rode for UCI Continental team Amore & Vita-Selle SMP, received the ban for a positive test for Testosterone in 2014. Last year, Santambrogio failed the out-of-competition doping control in October while the rider was still serving a doping ban for testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) on May 4, the opening day of the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Santambrogio tested positive for Testosterone and was suspended from February 5, 2013 to November 2, 2014.

In his defense, Santambrogio said he used drugs under the supervision of a doctor for treating erectile dysfunction and infertility. Santambrogio will be allowed to return to competition on October 21, 2017 but the cyclist announced he would not return to racing after receiving the ban.

 The cyclist had defended himself by saying that the urologist prescribed him Andriol, a brand name for Testosterone, 40mg for three months and Aprosten for 60 days and he only used the fertility and erectile drugs to start a family. Santambrogio added he did not use the drugs to enhance his cycling performance or make a comeback to the sport. The use of Andriol is banned at all levels by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Santambrogio’s lawyer, Giuseppe Napoleone said his client was taken off the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) list and his name was not on the UCI’s website for testing since his ban began in 2014.

Under the UCI Rules, suspended cyclists are required to re-enter its testing pool six months before they make a return to their first race. In Santambrogio’s case, he announced his contract and plans to make a return in the 2015 season with Amore & Vita on October 31, 2014. In a statement, Napoleone said it appears out of the question that the drug use was not aimed to change or alter sporting results, since Mauro Santambrogio could not compete given his suspension.

During the 2013 Giro d’Italia, Santambrogio joined Danilo Di Luca from his Vini Fantini team who also tested positive for EPO. In the same race, Frenchman Sylvain Georges (Ag2r-La Mondiale) tested positive for the stimulant Heptaminol. Santambrogio had won stage 14 to Jafferau and placed ninth overall at the 2013 Giro d’Italia before news of his positive test emerged. Vini Fantini manager Angelo Citracca had announced (after the Giro d’Italia ban) that the team has fired Santambrogio and may seek damages following any disciplinary action. Citracca had also added we were wrong to engage Santambrogio, betrayed by nice promises, and a very promising beginning of a career but we cannot let this undermine a long-running project like ours.

The UCI at that time remarked it advised Santambrogio that he is provisionally suspended. The UCI statement also read that the decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Rome indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in his urine sample.

Santambrogio is not new to controversies. He was suspended by Team BMC Racing from racing after his involvement in the Mantua Investigation that centered on team Lampre, where he raced until 2009.

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Wednesday 21, Oct 2015

  Frankie Andreu ‘Doped For The Majority Of His Career’, Says Armstrong

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On Monday, the transcript from a recent Lance Armstrong testimony became public following the filing of court documents by the US Federal Government. This transcript revealed that Armstrong, the former seven-time Tour de France winner, alleged that his former teammate Frankie Andreu “doped for the majority of his career”.

Frankie Andreu was a domestique in his 12 years as a professional cyclist and was a worker bee whose primary job was to assist a top rider like Lance Armstrong win.

Frankie denied the allegation and said the testimony of the disgraced cyclist was “completely false”. Frankie admitted to a limited amount of doping during his career in 2006 and added he raced for the majority “completely clean”. Andreu remarked a lot of riders made bad choices in that time and he was one of them and added that he was taking Erythropoietin (EPO) off and on. Andreu also revealed he was introduced to performance enhancing drugs in 1995 and took EPO for “a few races.”

Frankie revealed his introduction to performance enhancing drugs came in 1995 when Armstrong and he were with the Motorola team. Frankie said some of the riders from the team felt that they were unable to compete with some European teams that had rapidly improved and were rumored to be using Erythropoietin. The top riders of Motorola asked their doctor, Massimo Testa, now a sports medicine specialist at the University of California at Davis, about the safety of EPO as more than a dozen young riders in Europe had died mysteriously of heart attacks. Dr. Testa gave literature about Erythropoietin to each rider in case any of them decided to use it on their own. Dr. Testa said he wanted riders to be educated and urged the riders not to take the drug.

Steve Swart, one of Armstrong’s teammates, has admitted using Erythropoietin while riding for Motorola. Swart discussed his time with the team in the book “L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong,” that was published in 2004, only in French. Roberto Heras of Spain, another former lieutenant of Armstrong, tested positive for EPO and served a suspension of two years. Pavel Padrnos, one of Lance Armstrong’s United States Postal Service teammates, was summoned to appear before an Italian tribunal and face accusations about taking illicit substances during the 2001 Giro. In 2004, Tour de France Tour director, Jean-Marie Leblanc ejected Stefano Casagranda of the Saeco team and Martin Hvastija of Alessio for suspected doping. The cyclists were associated with an Italian doctor, Enrico Lazzero, in an investigation of doping at the 2001 Giro d’Italia.

EPO is a synthetic hormone that boosts stamina by improving the body’s production of oxygen-rich red blood cells that can last several weeks or more.

Frankie and wife Betsy revealed to the world that they saw Lance Armstrong telling a doctor in October 1996 that he had taken performance enhancing drugs. This hospital admission came three months after the Atlanta Olympics and three years before his first Tour de France title and more than 16 years before Lance admitted to doping during his career.

The testimony of Lance Armstrong was part of a pretrial deposition in a US Federal Government whistleblower case brought forward by former teammate Floyd Landis. Armstrong faces the risk of losing up to $100 million.

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Thursday 15, Oct 2015

  Horse Trainers Plead Not Guilty To Cobalt Doping Charges

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Horse trainers Lee and Shannon Hope have pleaded not guilty to doping their horses with the banned supplement cobalt.

The father-son duo recently faced a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board Hearing. This was after three of their horses returned cobalt readings over the legal limit. The board heard three of the Hopes’ horses returned readings of 510 micrograms, 440 micrograms, and 290 micrograms in June and July last year while the threshold for the performance-enhancing drug is 200 micrograms per liter of urine.

Racing Victoria, in April last year, introduced a cobalt threshold of 200 micrograms per liter of urine. Chief steward Terry Bailey described the level at that time as generous.

Robert Stitt QC, the barrister for Lee and Shannon Hope, told the hearing that horses of his clients had a regular feed and a veterinarian oversees medical supplement regime. In reply, Jeff Gleeson QC, acting for Racing Victoria’s stewards, remarked the chances of those levels of cobalt occurring with a “regular diet” were more than one in a million according to experts. Gleeson added the only possibility could be that someone had administered the horses with a high level of cobalt the day before a race or a low level on the day. Stitt, in defense of his clients, said the question is how and when did cobalt become present in the three horses and added the stewards searched their stables and home garage and found no evidence at all of illegal cobalt. Stitt also added that his clients were different to the other trainers of the ‘Cobalt Five’, who he said had admitted to administering cobalt to their horses.

In humans, cobalt has same effects as the endurance drug Erythropoietin and is toxic at high dosages.

The hearing was the first for the so-called Cobalt Five, a group of five trainers, including Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh, who are charged with doping.  Moody will face hearings in December and O’Brien and Kavanagh will front the board in November. The trio is allowed to participate in major meetings in the lead up but their winnings, if any, would be frozen until the hearing is held.

Last month New South Wales trainer Sam Kavanagh received a disqualification for nine years and three months after he was found guilty of 23 cobalt-related offences. Kavanagh was found guilty at the end of the long-running inquiry into cobalt found in Midsummer Sun after he won the Gosford Cup in January. The trainer was found guilty of 23 offences relating to cobalt and race-day drenches administered to different horses in his stable. Initially, he received a ban of 18 years and three months by Racing NSW but later his penalty was reduced by nine years.

Dr Tom Brennan, the vet of Sam Kavanagh, was also charged and found guilty of 12 charges, including lying to the original inquiry. Brennan was named by Kavanagh as the principal of the Flemington Equine Clinic that was the source of a substance called Vitamin Complex. This substance was found to contain 175 times the amount of cobalt usually found in a supplement.

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Monday 05, Oct 2015

  Doping Samples At Tour De France To Be Stored For Ten Years

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The doping control samples submitted by riders in the Tour de France will be stored for a period of ten years for the purpose of retrospective analysis. This announcement was made by the UCI, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), and French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD).

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, announced that all three bodies have agreed to keep the samples for potential retrospective analyses in the future. The statement read all the collected samples as for all Grand Tours concerning the best five riders in the general classification will be kept for ten years for potential retrospective analyses. In total, 656 doping controls were carried out at the Tour de France and 482 blood samples were analyzed against the biological passport.

In a press release, UCI president Brian Cookson said he would like to emphasize again the excellent climate in which all the stakeholders involved in the fight against doping are working together on a daily basis for the benefit of the sport.

Cookson, said we can be confident of the robustness of our program thanks to the sharing of information between all anti-doping actors and a strategy focused on even more targeted controls. Dr Francesco Rossi of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation remarked targeted controls have been strengthened by testers based on information offered by sources and the support of an intelligence analyst.

Katusha’s Luca Paolini was kicked off the Tour de France after he tested positive for cocaine. Paolini, who won Gent-Wevelgem earlier this year, tested positive after producing an adverse analytical finding of cocaine following a test taken after the cobbled stage 4 of the French Grand Tour. Paolini has been provisionally suspended by his team and is still awaiting the result of his B sample. In July this year, the UCI announced Paolini was informed of an Adverse Analytical Finding of Cocaine (Benzoylecgonine metabolite) in a sample collected in the scope of an in-competition control on 7 July 2015 during the Tour de France. Cocaine is banned in-competition, but not outside of competition. The 38-year-old faces a possible four-year ban if his B-sample analysis confirms the positive. Paolini has been claiming innocence but apologize for the damage he and the positive test had caused.

Paolini’s former teammate Giampaolo Caruso was suspended by the team after he tested positive via retrospective testing for Erythropoietin in 2012. Caruso returned a positive test for EPO in an out-of-competition anti-doping test taken on March 27, 2012. In a statement, Team Katusha had remarked it was informed by the UCI that Italian rider Giampaolo Caruso has been notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding. It was added that the presence of erythropoietin has been detected in a sample collected on 27th March 2012 the rider has been provisionally suspended in accordance with the UCI Regulations. This is the second anti-doping offense of Caruso as he tested positive for Nandrolone on January 25, 2003 and received a suspension of six months. The Italian rider was due to start the Vuelta a España behind team leader Joaquim Rodriguez but was suspended before.

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Thursday 01, Oct 2015

  WADA Stands Tall Not To Get Bullied By USADA And UKAD

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has refused to accept claims by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and some of its like-minded foreign counterparts like the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to impose a ban on thyroid medication.

On Tuesday, WADA published its list of substances and methods to be banned in international sport for the forthcoming calendar year. The World Anti-Doping Agency omitted the inclusion of thyroid hormone and Dr. Olivier Rabin, science director for WADA, remarked the expert committee reviewing recommendations to the prohibited list were of the belief that there is no way to believe that thyroid hormone could be performance enhancing. WADA said the drug could not be placed in the category of banned drugs as it does not meet at least two of three criteria: it violates what it calls the “spirit of sport”, it is harmful to an athlete’s health, and it is performance-enhancing.

UKAD and USADA lobbied to have thyroid medication placed on the banned substance list after allegations of therapeutic use exemption abuse by Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar. This was after the BBC’s Panorama documentary revealed how ethical boundaries are stretched to breaking point within Nike’s Oregon Project. The documentary revealed a drug called Levoxyl to treat an underactive thyroid was prescribed to World 10,000 meters bronze medalist Kara Goucher and then Salazar encouraged Kara to use Cytomel, a stronger drug, which was originally prescribed to Galen Rupp, one of Salazar’s athletes.

According to media reports, five current or former athletes at the secretive training camp of Alberto Salazar have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. This health condition affects two per cent of the ordinary population and tends to affect middle-aged women. Liz McColgan, the former world 10,000m champion said it is either a massive coincidence or something else going on. The prominent British coach said he believes the use of Thyroxine, a hormone-replacement medication for treating those with underactive thyroid, is widespread among healthy athletes who want to gain an unfair advantage.

European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey remarked Erythropoietin (EPO) and growth hormone started the same way and they were used to help people who had a genuine problem, but they were exploited by people looking to gain an advantage.

UK Anti-Doping had communicated to WADA that thyroid medications like Thyroxine are performance enhancers, pose a risk to health, and are against the ‘spirit of sport’. According to the policy of UK Athletics on Thyroxine replacement medicine, the use of a Thyroxine replacement medicine is acceptable by an athlete if there is an existing thyroid condition and a doctor’s exemption form is provided. However, the use of a Thyroxine replacement medicine does not come under the category of exemption if an athlete is using it to help recovery or performance. In a recent statement, UK Athletics said British Athletics always apply the highest standards to medical practice and added that Thyroxine is only ever prescribed when treating hypothyroidism and we have worked closely with the EIS, UK Anti-Doping, and the British Thyroid Association to ensure good clinical governance.

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Thursday 17, Sep 2015

  Ferrari And Former Sky Doctor Named In WADA’s Banned List

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has named Michele Ferrari, Lance Armstrong’s long-term training guru, and Team Sky’s former doctor, Belgian Geert Leinders, in a list of 114 banned support personnel.

The 62-year-old Italian doctor was banned from working with Italian athletes in 2002 and was blocked worldwide by the United States Anti-Doping Agency case against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. USADA investigations revealed that Armstrong was given Testosterone, EPO, and blood transfusions by Michele Ferrari during the years when Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles. Later, Armstrong received a lifetime ban and was stripped of all his seven titles and later admitted to making use of banned performance enhancing drugs.

The case against Leinders was based principally on the testimony of Danish rider Michael Rasmussen and Levi Leipheimer of the United States. The two former Rabobank riders revealed the role of Leinders in doping when questioned by USADA in connection with Lance Armstrong in 2012. USADA charged Leinders with possession, trafficking and administering banned substances including testosterone, insulin, DHEA, erythropoietin, and corticosteroids. Leinders was also charged of administering blood transfusions and covering up anti-doping violations. Rasmussen admitted that Leinders provided assistance to him with blood transfusions during the 2004 and 2005 Tours de France and the 2007 Giro d’Italia. The Danish rider also said false medical certificates were written by Leinders so that he can use cortisone and also claimed that Leinders helped him dope with insulin. Leipheimer revealed the doctor assisted him dope with EPO at the 2002 and 2003 Tours de France.

The former Team Sky doctor, who worked with the Rabobank team until 2010 and as a freelance for Team Sky in 2011 and 2012, was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for multiple doping violations.

Leipheimer and Rasmussen received reduced bans for their assistance with the inquiring agencies.

Some of the big names on the list are Trevor Graham and Guido Nigrelli, owner of the pharmacy at the centre of the Mantova investigation. Carlo Santuccione, who “assisted” Danilo Di Luca and Riccardo Riccò also finds a mention on the list.

WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, said the anti-doping agency is increasingly of the belief that athletes do not dope alone, and that often there is a member of their entourage encouraging them to cheat. Sir Reedie also remarked that this new ‘Prohibited Association’ rule sends a clear message to athletes not to associate with individuals that have breached anti-doping rules as they could encourage them to cheat the system and to rob their fellow athletes of their right to clean sport.

Reedie added WADA, by publishing this list, is helping athletes know which individuals to evade if they are to avoid violating the rules themselves. The WADA President also said this list will also assist ADOs (Anti-doping Organizations) as it is their responsibility to advise their athletes of the support personnel that have ‘disqualifying status’ and the consequences of such association.

Athletes who are found working with the listed people would violate WADA’s Prohibited Association article 2.10 and face suspension.

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Friday 28, Aug 2015

  Two Kenyan Athletes Accept Provisional Suspension At World Championships

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The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has said in a statement that Kenyan athletes, Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary, have accepted provisional suspensions after they tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs in samples provided in Beijing on the 20th and 21st of August respectively. IAAF conducted these targeted tests at the hotels of athletes during the pre-competition phase.

Joyce Zakary had clocked a national record of 50.71 seconds in the first round of the women’s 400m at the Bird’s Nest in Monday but she did not start the semi-final on Tuesday for which she had qualified. On the other hand, Manunga failed to make it out of her first round of the 400m hurdles after timing 58.96sec to finish 35th out of 37 athletes.

The IAAF statement reads rules of the International Association of Athletics Federation dictate that the IAAF is only able to make a public disclosure once this provisional suspension is in place.

Recently, German state broadcaster ARD has reported that some athletes from Kenya were warned ahead of unannounced doping tests. The broadcaster also revealed that a banned runner accused officials of Athletics Kenya of demanding money to hide positive tests. In the latest report on Kenyan athletes, a former runner who works with athletes revealed that some testers called up athletes ahead of their scheduled visits. Frimin Kiplagat Kipchoge, the former runner, also said these testers told athletes they were willing to reschedule them if they were not available. Under anti-doping rules, unannounced tests can happen at any point of time with the athlete having to register his or her daily whereabouts with a central system to stay available for drug-testing, both in and out of competition. ARD was told by banned athlete Ronald Kipchumba that some officials in the country demanded money from them to hide positive tests. Kipchumba tested positive for blood-boosting EPO in 2012.

A recent report by ARD and the Sunday Times claimed that there were 18 Kenyans, among more than 800 athletes, who had “suspicious blood test results” between 2001 and 2012.

In another development, a two-year doping ban has been imposed on Julia Mumbi Muraga from Athletics Kenya on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Erythropoietin (EPO). Muraga represented Kenya in the 2009 World Championships Marathon and the 2008 World Half Marathon Championships. She was tested after winning the 2014 Cologne Marathon in 2:28:00 on September 19.

This year, Kenyan athletics was rocked by the doping ban imposed on marathon star Rita Jeptoo after she was caught doping with EPO, the banned blood-boosting hormone. Jeptoo remains the biggest name till date in Kenyan sports to have been caught and her ban was a major trauma for Kenya that has always idolized its record-breaking and medal-winning runners. Since the 1960s, athletes from the African country had more Olympic medalists and record holders in long distance running than any other country.

The IAAF, with support from the World Marathon Majors, is planning to open a new testing facility in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in two to three months.

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