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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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Tuesday 16, Sep 2014

  Former Figure Skating World Champion Summoned

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Carolina Kostner will appear before Italian Olympic Committee officials who are investigating whether she was complicit in doping by Alex Schwazer, her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking champion.

In a brief statement on Monday, CONI says it has summoned the former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner to a hearing on Friday. This was after media reports about evidence Kostner gave to Bolzano prosecutors investigating the case. Kostner, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, will be asked to provide details on Schwazer’s doping and allegations of complicity in the breach of doping regulations.

Schwazer was excluded from the 2012 London Olympics after he tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) before the games. Prosecutors believe that coaches and doctors knew that Schwazer, who won the 50-kilometer walk at the 2008 Beijing Games, was doping long before he tested positive. Schwazer was banned by CONI for 3 ½ years in April 2013.

Schwazer, the Italian race walker, retired during the London 2012 Olympics after he was disqualified for doping offences. Schwazer admitted to buying EPO and said he lied to his fiancée as he stored EPO in their fridge. While admitting EPO use, Schwazer said in a press conference in Bolzano, in northern Italy that he lived three very difficult years as an athlete and there was too much pressure on him. The Italian walker said he acted alone and remarked he did not want to compromise anyone, especially his coach.

Schwazer said he went to Turkey in September and bought EPO from a chemist. He added that it is easier to buy EPO in Turkey than in Italy where you can get it with 1500 euros and added that he brought back EPO with him to Italy. Schwazer revealed he took the last injection on July 29, 2013 and anti-doping controllers visited him on July 30. The walker said he could have avoided the anti-doping test but decided he did not have strength to lie any more. Schwazer issued an apology to Carolina and it was not easy for him to lie to her and he told Carolina the medicines in the fridge were vitamin B12.

Alex Schwazer won the bronze medal in the 50 km race at the 2005 World Championships and was the runner-up at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. Schwazer and went on to win gold at the 50 km walk at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he set a new Olympic record with his time of 3:37:09.

Carolina, the Italian figure skater, is a five-time European champion, the 2011 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, and the 2012 World champion. Carolina Kostner is also a medalist at five other World Championships, three other Grand Prix Finals, four other European Championships, a seven-time Italian national champion, and the 2003 World Junior bronze medalist. She is the cousin of Isolde Kostner, a silver medalist in alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Carolina is best known for her speed across the ice and can land triple-triple combinations, including the double axel-triple toe loop combination, triple flip – triple toe loop – double loop combination, and the triple flip – triple toe loop.

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Saturday 19, Oct 2013

  Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

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Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has never conducted a blood test, according to Renee Anne Shirley, the former head of JADCO. She also remarked the anti-doping body is so short-staffed that it risks botching the prosecution of country’s sport drug cheats.

The claims of JADCO’s executive director from July 2012 until February this year have already sparked an outcry and the World Anti-Doping Agency has initiated an investigation into the anti-doping program of Jamaica. This was after Shirley claimed that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. She also claimed that blood-testing kits that were delivered during her tenure at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have never been used.

Renee Anne Shirley remarked that athletes of the country were subjected only to urine tests by JADCO despite the fact that blood testing is the only way for detecting the presence of human growth hormone (HGH). Her comments have infuriated many who have accused her of tarnishing the international reputation of Jamaica with her accusations made public.

Shirley said we have a number of doping positives which are going to need to be managed because JADCO has to manage the results process and put the cases together to go to the hearings. She added her concern is that the staff is not in place to do this job and nobody is addressing this issue and this process must be managed and cases have to be put together with witness statements. The ex-JADCO head said we can’t afford for people in Jamaica to get off on a technicality because there was some breach in the processing of the paperwork. She went on to add that the Asafa Powell situation is also compounded by the criminal investigation that was going on in Italy and the details of the case are going to have to come forward and it’s going to have to be rigorously handled. She added JADCO on the legal side is going to have to present a case – what was found, all the details – and it needs to stand scrutiny in the eyes of the world because everybody’s going to be watching.

In response to Shirley’s serious allegations, WADA said it will visit the island country in January for carrying out an “extraordinary” audit of the activities of JADCO. Herb Elliot, the JADCO chairman, doubted the authenticity and accuracy of her claims and described Shirley as “demented” and “a Judas”.

In the last few months, Jamaican athletes have come under close scrutiny and many have been suspended for using banned substances. Last month, Jamaican international footballer Jermaine Hue was banned for nine months after he tested positive for a steroid while star track and field athletes Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for stimulants. Three-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was among six track and field athletes who failed anti-doping tests. Olympic taekwondo player Kenneth Edwards became the eighth Jamaican athlete a few days back to test positive this year when he failed a drug test for a banned diuretic.

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Thursday 20, Sep 2012

  Lenroy Thompson Receives One-Year Suspension

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The U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) has suspended American boxer @Lenroy Thompson who failed to meet requirements for his whereabouts so he could be found for out-of-competition drug testing.

Thompson, of Lenexa, Kansas, failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and a combination of three Whereabouts Failures within a period of 18 months constituted a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”).

The two-time National Golden Gloves Champion, two-time National PAL Champion, two-time USA Boxing Champion, and two-time Ringside World Champion became the first Kansas City boxer to win spot on USA Boxing Olympic team.

The 23-year-old Lenroy was found by an independent arbitrator to violate whereabouts requirements three times in 18 months and was suspended from the sport for one year. All competitive results of Lenroy will be disqualified dating to November 9, 2011 the date of his third whereabouts failure. His period of one-year ineligibility began on February 25, 2012 the date the arbitrator issued the decision.

Lenroy was considered a serious contender for the London 2012 Olympics and used to fights in pink frequently to express his commitment to and involved with the Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The boxer won the US title in 2008 and 2010 and the Golden Gloves 2009 at super heavyweight beating Bryant Jennings in the final. In the year 2010, Thompson decisioned Randall Blankenship at the Regional Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As a 19-year-old, Lenroy Thompson won on disqualification over Frank Pojsl, Honolulu, Hawaii at the U.S. Championships 2007 but lost to eventual winner Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., 12-17 in semifinals. Thompson was able to exploit absence of Michael Hunter in the Olympic trials and narrowly beat Tor Hamer (the only amateur loss of Hamer) in March 2008 to become US champion.

Also known as Cam, Super Heavyweight Lenroy Thompson is a member of the USADA National Testing Pool that consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing. In 2005, Thompson started boxing to lose weight and won 18 consecutive matches in the super heavyweight class. The Southpaw counterpuncher qualified for the Olympic Trials, where he lost to Kimdo Bethel 9-10, stopped Josh Parson 1:17 into the first round and eventually lost a rematch with Andrew Shepherd. On July 17, 2010, Thompson defeated Danny Kelly in Colorado Springs to retake the USA Boxing Championship. Lenroy Thompson is presently working as a personal trainer at Ringside’s gym at 103rd and Lackman in Lenexa Kansas.

Luis Arias, of Oak Creek, Wis., was also suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for violating whereabouts requirements three times in 18 months. Arias was suspended from the sport for one year and all his competitive results will be disqualified dating to January 1, 2012 the date of his third whereabouts failure after he failed three times to meet requirements for his whereabouts so he could be found for out-of-competition drug testing.

Lenroy Thompson Receives One-year Suspension

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Thursday 02, Aug 2012

  Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC

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Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Cliff Notes

Ye Shiwen 5 - doping accusationsOrganizers of the London Olympics and the governing body of swimming leapt to the defense of teen sensation Ye Shiwen.

Sport’s president said suspicions that China’s world record-breaking teen sensation Shiwen doped were “crazy” and motivated by jealousy and the IOC stressing its confidence in the drug testing program.

“We need to get real here,” said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. “These are the world’s best athletes competing at the very highest level. We’ve seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place.”

Top five athletes in each event, in addition to two others, are tested as part of “a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them, Adams said.

“We can’t stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat,” Adams said. “It’s very sad we can’t applaud a great performance. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes.”

Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Video

The Chinese swimmer won the 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the Olympic swimming competition and sliced through the last lap of the 400 in 28.93 seconds, which was faster than the 29.10 American winner Ryan Lochte posted in the last 50 of the men’s race.

John Leonard, head of the American Swimming Coaches Association, was among those openly questioning legitimacy of Ye Shiwen. Leonard was quoted him as saying the last 100 of her race “was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers.”

“History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I put quotation marks around this, ‘unbelievable,’ history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved,” Leonard was quoted as saying.

“It’s a big mistake,” FINA president Julio Maglione said of Ye’s doubters. “The people that said this is crazy.”

Maglione added he has absolutely no suspicions about Ye and said FINA spends $1 million to drug-test the top 30 swimmers in the world two or three times a year and “swimming is absolutely clean.”

“Some people are just biased,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the anti-doping chief for China’s General Administration of Sport, Jiang Zhixue, as saying. “We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing.”

Sebastian Coe, head of the London organizing committee, said it would “very unfair to judge an athlete by a sudden breakthrough.” “What you tend to forget is probably the 10 years of work that’s already gone in to get to that point,” he said on ITV News. “You need to look back through her career. I think you’ve got to be very careful when you make judgments like that, but, yes, it is an extraordinary breakthrough.”

“Drug testing procedures in place at the London 2012 Olympics are extremely rigorous, and the storage of samples for eight years after the games makes doping a very high-risk strategy,” John Brewer, a board member of UK Anti-Doping and director of sport at the University of Bedfordshire said. “We should not be surprised by exceptional performances since gold-medal winning athletes are inevitably different to the rest of us due to their talent, training and lifestyles.”

Ye Shiwen Achievements in 2011-2012

  • 2011 Chinese Nationals – 1st 200 m individual medley; 1st 4×200 m freestyle relay
  • 2011 World Aquatics Championships – 1st 200m individual medley
  • 2012 Olympics – 1st 200m individual medley; 1st 400m individual medley


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Thursday 16, Dec 2010

  Biological passports for British athletes to curb doping

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Biological passports for British athletes to curb dopingBritish anti-doping authorities will issue so-called biological passports to athletes of the country to deter further the use of banned substances before the London 2012 Olympics.

The scheme was announced by the UK Anti-Doping in collaboration with Britain’s only Wada-accredited laboratory at King’s College, London.

Every stage of the sample’s journey will be documented to avoid any wrongdoings.

Tuesday 07, Dec 2010

  British Olympics hopefuls banned

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British Olympics hopefuls bannedJamie Stevenson and Kieren Kelly, two British shot putters, have been banned for a period of two years for violating anti-doping rules, as per UK athletics.

The two refused to undertake an out-of-competition test at Loughborough University on 9 January 2010 and were charged by UK Anti-Doping.

Kelly, 24, and Stevenson, 20, had been considered decent prospects for the London 2012 Olympics.

Thursday 07, Oct 2010

  Locog embarrassed after withdrawing job offer to drugs cheat

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Locog embarrassed after withdrawing job offer to drugs cheatOfficials for London 2012 Olympics have been forced to withdraw a high-profile job offer of technical operations manager for weightlifting to a known former drugs cheat.

Sevdalin Marinov, 42, had been offered the role of technical operations manager for London 2012 despite testing positive for steroids in 1994 and a life ban that was subsequently overturned.

Marinov is the son-in-law of the International Weightlifting Federation vice-president Sam Coffa and was due to start his new job next Monday but Locog have now withdrawn their offer following an intervention by the senior management.