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Friday 25, Mar 2016

  CAS Imposes New Doping Bans For Russian Athletes

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the selective doping punishments imposed by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in six cases.

The CAS ruled that RUSADA was wrong in imposing bans that were timed in such a way that the results of the six athletes were not annulled and they were allowed to keep major titles. The CAS ruled the IAAF challenged what it felt was a “selective” disqualification of results, submitting that all results achieved by the athletes from the date of their first abnormal sample to the date they accepted a provisional suspension should be disqualified.

The verdict by CAS means Russian race walker Sergey Kirdyapkin would now lose his Olympic gold medal in the 50km walk. The medal would now go to Australia’s Jared Tallent and this will be subjected to ratification by track and field’s governing body and the International Olympic Committee. Tallent, after the verdict announced, on Twitter that history has been rewritten and he is now the Olympic Champion. Si Tianfeng of China would move up to silver and Ireland’s Rob Heffernan would now get the bronze medal.

Reacting to the verdict, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said a procedure of returning prize money by athletes who were found guilty of doping should be fixed legally. Mutko said he would summon athletes and ask them to return the money even though the return of prize money is usually voluntary. The sports minister said the CAS verdict will create a new legal precedent that may affect all international athletes.

In an interview, Mutko said the CAS in Lausanne created a new legal precedent and added the matter is that all issues concerning biological passports are very complicated. The Russian Sports Minister said an athlete is monitored for two years and during this period the so-called peaks are registered and they should not exceed the permitted levels and also remarked an athlete used to be responsible for each given peak. Mutko added decision of the CAS makes athletes more vulnerable.

The CAS recently upheld an appeal from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against six Russian athletes and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The six Russians in the case are titled field and trackers Sergey Kirdyapkin, Sergey Bakulin, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Vladimir Kanaikin, and Yulia Zaripova. It was ruled by the CAS that the results of Kirdkyapkin from 20 August 2009 to 15 October 2012 were now disqualified and that covers the London Olympics. Olga Kaniskina stands to lose her silver medal in the 20km walk from the London Olympics and China’s Qiejang Shenjie would move up to silver.

Yulia Zaripova would lose gold medal in the 3,000m steeplechase from the 2011 world championships in Daegu and Sergei Bakulin in the 50km walk would lose his gold medal. The gold of Zaripova’s gold would go to Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi and Bakulin’s medal would now go to fellow Russian Denis Nizhegorodov. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also imposed disqualification on walkers Valery Borchin and Vladimir Kanaikin.

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Tuesday 19, Jan 2016

  Former Russian Athletics Chief Fears Prosecution

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Former Russian athletics chief Valentin Balakhnichev said he fears “real danger” that he could possibly face criminal charges over a bribery and doping scandal for which he denied responsibility.

The IAAF ethics commission recently banned Balakhnichev, who also served as treasurer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 2011 to 2014, for life after it was alleged that he took bribes for covering up doping by Russian athletes.

Balakhnichev said he had done everything he could possibly have done to prevent cheating by Russian track and field athletes. The ex-Russian athletics chief also defended his actions as President of the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) from 1991 to 2015. Balakhnichev went on to comment that he could not have held the athletes by the hand. Presently, Balakhnichev is under investigation from French financial prosecutors who are probing evidence passed on to them by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency and its chairman Dick Pound.

The former ARAF chief said he could be targeted by an international warrant. Balakhnichev remarked if things are going to keep being this way – with the documents Pound allegedly transmitted to the French authorities – then, of course, there is a real danger that this can be used against him and also remarked he is afraid but he does not see anything that could attract their interest.

Balakhnichev was accused by the World Anti-Doping Agency of having facilitated fraud and corruption within the world governing body of athletics, the IAAF. He however maintains that WADA does not have sufficient evidence to prove any of the graft allegations levied against him. Balakhnichev was among the former IAAF officials who got entangled in a corruption scandal that made Interpol issued a wanted notice for Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF president, Lamine Diack and a ex-marketing consultant for the athletics’ governing body. Papa Massata faces corruption and money laundering charges in France.

Recently, the Russian athletics federation selected Dmitry Shlyakhtin in an attempt to have the ban on its team lifted before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Shlyakhtin was unanimously elected by senior sports officials to wash away allegations of widespread doping. Shlyakhtin, a former rugby and athletics coach, will head an “anti-crisis team” to implement reform and remarked his task is simple and to return Russian athletics to an international level and restore the trust of the world governing body of athletics and WADA.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko commented that possible Russian Olympic contenders would be tested by British anti-doping specialists three times a month in the lead-up to the Rio Games. Mutko added there are no problems with us returning because the majority of our athletes are conscientious. The sports minister also commented that our athletes are on international anti-doping registers, and to accuse us of hiding our competitors from testing is baseless.

The IAAF said in a statement that the weakness of IAAF’s governance, which has been exposed, allowed individuals at the head of the previous regime at the IAAF to delay the following of normal procedures in certain doping case.

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Monday 11, Jan 2016

  UK Athletics Urge IAAF To Reset World Records For ‘Clean Athletes’ Era

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A major campaign has been launched by UK Athletics in response to the biggest doping crisis in the world of athletics. The governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete who is found guilty of a serious drugs violation.

The campaign came after Russia was banned indefinitely by the world governing body of athletics. It emerged from the doping scandal that some senior IAAF officials took money from international athletes to cover up positive tests of athletes from Russia, Morocco, and Turkey. It is widely believed that Kenya, one of the super-powers of world athletics, is also at the center of the doping-related allegations.

The second part of the findings of WADA independent commission is likely to be announced by Dick Pound, the chair of the commission, on Thursday at a news conference in Munich.

‘A Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ was published by the governing body for British athletics that called for stringent measures to be brought in to clean up the sport. Fourteen proposals were included by UK Athletics to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete guilty of a serious anti-doping violation. This also included doubling the ban lengths worldwide for serious offences from four years to eight years.

Other proposals made by UK Athletics included sponsors not supporting athletes guilty of serious doping offences and WADA establishing a public global register of all drugs tests so that the times and places of tests undertaken by all athletes are open to scrutiny. This also included a new set of world records to be brought in by the IAAF based on performances in the new ‘Clean Athletics’ era and all athletes competing in world championships to have a valid blood/biological passport. UK Athletics also suggested that WADA should tighten up the process around the granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions to athletes and also recommended that all lottery-funded athletes in Britain should agree to have their tests available on a public register maintained by UK Anti-Doping.

Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman, said the integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015. Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Warner added trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades. The chairman of UK Athletics added the association believes the time has come for radical reform if we are to help restore trust in the sport and also commented that athletics needs to act very differently if we are to move on from the crisis facing the sport. It was also said by Warner that greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans -and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era – we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport. He also remarked we are publishing a ‘Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ and said we cannot will the ends – a clean sport that people can trust – if we are not prepared to be bold and put in place the means to get there.

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Monday 16, Nov 2015

  Russian Athletics Federation Suspended By IAAF Over Doping Scandal

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has temporarily suspended the Russian Athletics Federation for an unspecified period over widespread allegations of doping and bribing officials to hide doping cases.

This decision was taken at today’s 201st IAAF Council Meeting that was held by teleconference and chaired from London by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. A total of 24 Members of Council participated in the meeting and 22 voted in favor of the sanction against the All-Russia Athletic Federation and 1 voted against with the Council Member from Russia not eligible to participate in the vote. The members of the IAAF Council, using powers under the IAAF Constitution Article 6.11(b) and Article 14.7, provisionally suspended ARAF on charges of breach of the Objects of the IAAF.

The provisional suspension means the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) delegates the conduct of all outstanding doping cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Russia will also not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Team Championships (Cheboksary) and 2016 World Junior Championships (Kazan) and athletes & athlete support personnel from Russia may not compete in International Competitions including World Athletics Series competitions and the Olympic Games.

However, provisional suspension does not prevent athletes in Russia from participating in domestic competitions and does not remove or waive the obligations on international level athletes in Russia to comply with the International Association of Athletics Federations Anti-Doping Rules, including continuing to be subject to out-of-competition testing.

A press release sent out by the IAAF revealed that the suspension comes into place with immediate effect and track and field teams of Russia will not be able to now take part in international competitions as the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) has been suspended.

Commenting on the decision, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF and made the decision to provisionally suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time. Coe added but we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world. The official IAAF statement reads we send a clear message to clean athletes in a dirty system to report any doping or cheating that they see or hear about.

Frankie Fredericks read a statement on behalf of the IAAF Athletes Commission that said the IAAF Athletes’ Commission is extremely disappointed and concerned regarding the recent developments and allegations directed at our sport. Fredericks remarked we are angry at the damage being caused to the reputation and credibility of athletics and are united alongside our President to not shy away from the major challenges that face our sport and also commented that the athletes will work together to continue the process of cleaning up athletics to ensure those athletes training and competing cleanly are not tainted by the minority.

Following the announcement, Russia’s Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko remarked the suspension is temporary and a special inspection team will look into the matter. Mutko added he believes we will manage to fix everything.

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Saturday 14, Nov 2015

  Former IAAF Anti-Doping Chief Charged With Bribery And Money Laundering

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Lamine Diack, the former anti-doping chief of International Association of Athletics Federations, has been placed under criminal investigation on charges of bribery and money laundering. Diack is suspected of taking about 200,000 euros ($220,000) in bribes in an alleged cover-up of positive Russian doping tests.

Jean-Yves Lourgouilloux, a French prosecutor, revealed Diack and other IAAF officials were suspected of taking money in the year 2011 to permit at least six athletes from Russia to continue competing, some of them participating at the London 2012 Olympics, when they should have been barred for doping. Lourgouilloux said they decided not to act and now we understand why as it was in exchange for money.

Dr. Gabriel Dolle joins former IAAF President Lamine Diack and Diack’s legal adviser, Habib Cisse, under formal investigation, according to a statement by the French office for financial prosecutions. Diack is being investigated on preliminary charges of aggravated money laundering and corruption while Cisse and Dolle face only the corruption charge. Diack was released on bail of 500,000 euros. The French investigation began after a complaint by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA initiated a commission for investigating allegations raised during the December 2014 documentary by German broadcaster ARD.

In a statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency said its goal was to investigate the validity of allegations of doping practices; corrupt practices around sample collection and results management; and, other ineffective administration of anti-doping processes that implicate Russia, the IAAF, athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and other members of athletes’ entourages; as well as, the accredited laboratory based in Moscow and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

The entire controversy started when ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper alleged hundreds of athletes had returned “suspicious” doping tests results after examination of a leaked database that had more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. Eminent Australian scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto confirmed the findings but IAAF condemned as ‘naive’ the two blood experts. The world governing body of athletics said the two scientists conveniently ignore the fact that more than 60 athletes have been sanctioned on the basis of abnormal blood values collected after 2009 and added that their statement does not address the fact that they had no knowledge whatsoever of the actions taken by the IAAF in following these suspicious profiles. The athletics’ governing body said it acknowledges that these two scientists have a great degree of expertise in the analysis of blood profiles and it is for these reasons that we are so disappointed.

Arne Ljungqvist, the former chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, also came to the defense at that time. Ljungqvist said the world governing body of athletics did more than others, before others but is now criticized by people, who have no insight into the work of International Association of Athletics Federations, for not having done enough that is highly unfair to the governing body, an institution that should be regarded in high respect for its innumerable efforts and investment, throughout its history, for tackling doping in athletics in the most efficient and intelligent ways.

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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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Wednesday 04, Nov 2015

  Drugs Cheats Should Be Jailed, Says British Sporting Hero

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Jonathan Edwards, who has held the men’s triple jump world record since 1995, has remarked doping in athletics is similar to fraud. The British sporting hero also said drug cheats should be jailed as it would be “a good deterrent” for would-be cheats.

Edwards said he believes the sport in “real crisis” can be saved by his compatriot Sebastian Coe from further decline after athletics was engulfed by a series of doping convictions and allegations. Edwards said he knows Sebastian very well and he is absolutely the right person to do the job. He remarked Coe has inherited the sport in a real crisis, with all the recent doping allegations and Coe has to establish the credibility of the sport and the credibility of the doping activities that the IAAF have carried out. The retired triple jumper also said Coe knows he has a very tough job ahead of him and he is under no illusions. The men’s triple jump world record added Coe has had amazing credibility as an athlete, as a sports administrator for what he did at London 2012 and he is very good at gathering talented people around him.

In August, Sebastian Coe was appointed as President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Coe immediately vowed to address the sullied image of athletics through the implementation of independent anti-doping units.

The 49-year-old, who won a host of gold medals including at the 2000 Olympics and the 1995 and 2001 World Championships, said he thinks the criminalization of doping in sport should be very seriously looked at. Edwards added he does not see how doping is different to fraud in business and remarked athletics is big business now. However, Edwards remarked he understands that, legally, there are difficulties with implementation, because of different laws across continents and across countries but he do thinks it is something that should be given serious consideration.

The former Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and European champion admitted the ambitious plan of the IAAF President to create an independent doping strategy for avoiding perceived conflicts of interest may be hamstrung by a lack of funding. Edwards added UK Anti-Doping is under threat of 20 per cent budget cuts and they have been warned, this is the reality of the world we are living in at the moment. Edwards, a member of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the 2012 games, said money is not as free-flowing as it used to be but everyone has to understand that, money spent on anti-doping in one sense is not going towards building up the sport, but if you lose the credibility in the eyes of the public, then you’ve lost the sport.

Edwards added he is in favor of Britain trying to emulate France, Italy, and Australia by criminalizing the use of substances that are prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Code. In August, Lord Colin Moynihan, the former sports minister and chairman of the British Olympic Association, suggested this idea that is presently under review.

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Sunday 16, Aug 2015

  Ashenden Hits Back At IAAF Presidential Candidate

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Michael Ashenden, who was one of two anti-doping experts to be enlisted by the Sunday Times, has hit back at IAAF Presidential candidate Lord Sebastian Coe. Ashenden accused the world governing body of athletics in an open letter to Coe accusing the International Association of Athletics Federations of lacking the drive to clean up the sport.

Ashenden recently analysed leaked data belonging to the IAAF that included more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. The two scientists concluded that hundreds of athletes had recorded suspicious test results that were not followed up. The under-fire IAAF recently criticized Ashenden and fellow expert Robin Parisotto and Coe was particularly outspoken. The IAAF Vice-President, who is fighting against Sergey Bubka for the Presidential post, called the scientists “so-called scientists” and branded the allegations of widespread doping as a “declaration of war” on athletics.

In the open letter, Ashenden asked Coe whether the IAAF was pursuing its anti-doping mandate with the same single-minded, all-consuming dedication that athletes adopt in their pursuit of winning. Ashenden commented he does not believe that the IAAF has done a fair and commendable job after looking at the leaked database.

In December, Coe admitted that doping in sports as serious as those sparked by the Ben Johnson and BALCO doping scandals. The former London 2012 chairman had remarked then that allegations of systematic doping among Russian athletes had added to ghastly days for athletics. At this time, Coe had also remarked that he had no knowledge about a list of 150 athletes with suspicious blood test results referred to by ARD, the German broadcaster. The list, produced between 2006 and 2008 by an IAAF official, included the names of three British athletes including one household name considered to have suspicious blood values.

The Sunday Times added the winners of 34 major marathons around the world – one in four – during the period of 12 years should have faced investigation or censure due to their test results, with those athletes collecting more than £3million in prize money. The Sunday Times also reported that London Marathon was the worst affected with seven wins, six second places and seven third places out of 24 men’s and women’s races allegedly involving suspicious blood results.

Reacting to doping allegations, London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel criticized the IAAF and remarked race organizers are very much concerned by claims made by ARD and the Sunday Times that seven winners in a 12-year period recorded suspicious blood scores. Bitel added we continue to be at the forefront of anti-doping measures for marathon runners as we are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping but we cannot do it all on our own and rely heavily on the IAAF.

Earlier this week, Liliya Shobukhova was stripped of her three Chicago Marathon titles and 2010 London Marathon win, with all her results from 2009 onwards annulled. In 2014, Shobukhova was banned because of irregularities in her biological passport. The ban on Shobukhova was extended after the IAAF made a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It was argued by the IAAF that her ban should be extended; the ban now lasts until March 23, 2016.

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Thursday 06, Aug 2015

  Global Sporting Bodies Make Calls For Probe Into Doping Allegations

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Global sporting bodies have called for a complete probe of the latest doping allegations that were made by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster. The two organizations reported they had obtained secret data from International Association of Athletics Federations, the global athletics governing body, supplied by a whistleblower who was disgusted by the extent of doping.

The allegations did not revealed that any athlete had failed doping tests but it only disclosed that the tests had been abnormal that can sometimes be an indicator of cheating. The Sunday Times cited Australian doping expert Robin Parisotto and another scientist, Michael Ashendon, concluding that more than 800 athletes had recorded one or more “abnormal” results. Parisotto, an inventor of the test used to detect the blood doping agent Erythropoietin, remarked it is damning that the IAAF appears to have sat idly by and let this happen with so many athletes appear to have doped with impunity.

The British daily said such athletes accounted for 146 medals at top events, including 55 golds. According to the report, Russian athlete had 415 abnormal tests and Russia was followed by Ukraine, Morocco, Spain, Kenya, Turkey, and others. The Sunday Times revealed a remarkable 80 percent of Russia’s medal winners had recorded suspicious scores at some point in their careers.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency remarked an “aggressive review” was required for protecting clean athletes after the doping allegations surfaced. USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart remarked he was unaware of the involvement of any American athlete in the report. Tygart added a thorough and aggressive review of all that evidence needs to be had to ensure that clean athletes’ rights are protected and went on to add that this is more evidence of what many of us already suspected.

The USADA Chief Executive also remarked USADA aggressively pushed WADA to open an investigation several months ago into prior allegations about doping in Russia. Tygart added now it is in the hands of WADA to do the right thing and hopefully give confidence to clean athletes around the world that these gangsters are not going to hijack sport and violate the right of clean athletes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it was very disturbed by the reports that claim many endurance runners were suspected of doping and were winning a third of the medals at Olympic Games and World Championships. WADA’s decision to investigate the “alarming” reports was welcomed by Athletics Australia (AA). John Coates, the chief of Australian Olympic Committee, said the reports were “disturbing” and added the AOC has a zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport.

IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka remarked the International Association of Athletics Federations has zero tolerance for doping and we will not stop the fight. The former pole vault world and Olympic champion from Ukraine is competing against Sebastian Coe to succeed Lamine Diack as the new boss of world athletics.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko denied allegations that a big majority of the “abnormal” results were from Russian athletes. Mutko added the allegations reflected a power battle before the IAAF leadership vote and had “nothing to do with Russia”.

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Friday 06, Jun 2014

  WADA Will Not Appeal Against Tyson Gay’s Lenient Doping Ban

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WADA Will Not Appeal Against Tyson Gay’s Lenient Doping Ban

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has remarked that it will not appeal against the “too lenient” doping ban imposed on American sprinter Tyson Gay by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The 31-year-old Gay tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF).

In a statement, WADA said Gay’s ban that had been widely criticized in Europe as extremely lenient was ‘compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code.’ The world’s second fastest man, Tyson Gay, accepted a suspension of one year last month by USADA after a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid. USADA backdated the ban to June 23, 2013 to make Gay eligible to make a return to running later this month and Gay’s first race after the ban will be a 100 meters at Lausanne’s Diamond League meeting on July 3.

Gay accepted the doping ban and returned the silver medal he won as a member of the U.S. 4×100 meters relay team at the 2012 London Olympics. The athlete has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 15, 2012, the date he first made use of a product that contained a prohibited substance, including the forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart had remarked we appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case.

Under rules, an athlete receives a suspension of two years for their first major doping offense but this ban may get reduced for ‘substantial cooperation’ under anti-doping rules. USADA remarked that Tyson Gay was eligible for a doping ban reduction as he offered what it termed substantial assistance in his case and WADA said it was satisfied with the USADA decision. In a statement, WADA remarked it is satisfied that Tyson Gay provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion after careful review and scrutiny of the full case file.

It added WADA will therefore not appeal USADA’s decision that is compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code. Officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that also has the right to appeal against the decision declined to make a comment and remarked that the matter remains in the hands of its doping review board to assess. Last month, IAAF president Lamine Diack said he supported the WADA Code rule that permits athletes to receive reduced sentences if they provide substantial assistance to anti-doping agencies.

In an interview at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas, Diack said we have to use this in the fight against doping. He added if someone gave really very good cooperation and gives us the possibility to do more to fight doping, we have to do something.

Gay is keen to make a return and remarked Lausanne has always been one of his favorite meets, and added he is thrilled to have it be his opening meet.

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