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Friday 10, Oct 2014

  Chinese Hammer Throw Champion Stripped Of Gold

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Zhang Wenxiu, women’s hammer throw champion from China, has been stripped of gold medal at the Asian Games after she failed a drugs test.

Zhang’s positive test is the first time that a Chinese athlete has tested positive during an Asian Games since Hiroshima 1994 Games. During 1994 Games, 11 members of the Chinese swimming and cycling teams who won a total of 15 titles between them were disqualified after they failed tests for Dihydrotestosterone.

The 28-year old won her third straight Asian Games title on September 28 by making a Games record of 77.33 meters. According to a statement by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the pre-competition urine specimen of the Olympic bronze medalist collected on September 26 was found to contain Zeranol and its metabolite (ß-Zeranol), a prohibited substance in the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] Prohibited List 2014. Zeranol, a semi-synthetic estrogenic veterinary drug with growth-promoting properties, is a non-specified substance under category S1.2, “Other Anabolic Agents”.

The statement was signed by Dr M Jegathesan, chairman of the OCA Medical Committee and Anti-Doping Commission. It added that the hammer throw champion has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such his accreditation cancelled and her gold medal has been withdrawn. The statement added these findings will now be forwarded to the competitor’s national authorities, the Asian Athletics Association and the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations], and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part as per sanctions concerning eligibility.

Zhang won the Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and also won the hammer title at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010. She also won bronze medals at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at Osaka in 2007, Daegu 2011, and Moscow 2013. Wang Zheng, the compatriot of Zhang, who finished second, is now set to be elevated to gold while Bala Manju of India will now win silver and Masumi Aya of Japan will be promoted to bronze.

Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov was the first athlete to be banned during the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. The 20-year-old defender tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, according to an announcement by the Olympic Council of Asia. The adverse urine sample was collected on September 14 shortly after 1-0 victory of Tajikistan over Singapore.

Wushu player Tai Cheau Xuen was then stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after she tested positive for banned drugs. The 22-year-old tested positive for Sibutramine, the banned stimulant (often found in diet and slimming pills) that prompted the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take away the gold medal she had won in the nanquan and nandao all-round event. Xuen was disqualified from the Games and her accreditation was canceled. Findings of her positive drug test will be forwarded to the International Wushu Federation, the Wushu Federation of Asia, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Indonesia’s Juwita Niza Wasni will be promoted to gold and Wei Hong of China will take silver and Ivana Ardelian Irmanto of Indonesia will take the bronze position.

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Sunday 28, Sep 2014

  Record Number Of Doping Tests At Incheon 2014 Asian Games

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The South Korean Organizing Committee has revealed that there will be 1,920 doping tests at this month’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games, which will be a record number for the continental multisport event.

It was disclosed by the Committee that 1,621 of the total will be in-competition tests and 299 will be random, out-of-competition tests and it was added that all record breakers and medalists will also be subjected to tests. These figures surpass the count of tests at previous editions of the Asian Games, with Guangzhou 2010 holding the previous record of 1,500 tests. Park Joo-hee, head of the Incheon 2014 doping control team, said most of the tests will be done on medalists and added but even those who get knocked out of their events early won’t be able to let their guard down.

The Incheon 2014 Asian Games will also see a “no needle” policy that was first enforced by the International Olympic Committee at London 2012 Olympics. This policy bars athletes from possessing syringes that could be used for doping. A total of 582 drug testers would be present at the 45 sports venues and two Athletes’ Villages in Incheon and Chungju and all samples would be analyzed within 24 hours of reaching the doping control centre at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. Officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency are also expected to pay a visit to the event for promoting anti-doping policies.

Michael Hwang of Singapore was recently appointed as President of the ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) created for the Asian Games in Incheon. A graduate of Oxford University, Hwang is presently practicing as an arbitrator and barrister. Six Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrators (South Korean Dong Su, Australian Bruce Collins, Catherine Davani from Papua New Guinea, China’s Chi Liu, Vietnam’s Thi My Dung Nguyen, and Vinayak Pradhan from Malaysia) have also been selected form the tribunal. The office in Incheon will be headed by the Lausanne-based CAS secretary general, Matthieu Reeb. It will be based at the Oakwood Premier Hotel. A panel composed of either one or three arbitrators will be appointed by Hwang if it has to hear any disputes and a hearing will be rapidly convened. The ad hoc division would hear disputes including selection issues, drugs cases, and judging controversies it is expected to announce its decisions within 24 hours.

At the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has granted special approval to allow 14 athletes (Jamie Atkinson, Waqas Barkat, Aizaz Khan, Roy Lamsam, Mariko Aota Hill and Ishitaa Gidwani, and four rugby players: Anthony Haynes, Keith Robertson, Lindsay Varty, and captain Jamie Hood along with cyclists Meng Zhaojuan and Diao Xiaojuan, dressage rider Aram Gregory and footballer Xu Deshuai) from Hong Kong who didn’t had valid Special Administrative Region passports. A total of 13,000 athletes and officials are expected to take part in the Games. The Incheon 2014 Asian Games will take place from September 19 to October 4.

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