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Tuesday 25, Jun 2013

  â€˜Insane’ Tests At London Olympics Queried By Doping Chief

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‘Insane’ Tests At London Olympics Queried By Doping Chief

Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK anti-doping, has labeled the amount of tests carried out at the London Olympics as “insane” after 5,000 tests in three weeks led to just nine positive findings during the London Games of which only three were from athletes tested during their competitions – the other six were out-of-competition tests.

Parkinson is the first Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping and was appointed to the position in August 2009 and headed up the anti-doping operation at UK Sport as Director of Drug-Free Sport and prior to this held the position of Head of Operations. Andy, before joining UK Sport in 2006, was Medical and Scientific Director at the International Paralympic Committee and was elected as Chair of the Ad hoc European Committee in May 2012 for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA), effective from November 2012.

Britain’s anti-doping chief called for Olympic organizers to be allowed to test competing athletes in the months leading up to Games rather than in the three-week period of the event. He added the resources can be better deployed and five thousand is an insane amount of samples in just three weeks of the Games, and six out of the nine positive tests were before the athlete took to the field of play and remarked if you said the London Olympic Games has 5,000 samples but spread over three months that has to be a much better use of resource and a better use of money and most of us would accept if there is doping occurring then it is before the event itself.

The anti-doping chief also remarked that the ongoing review of World Anti-Doping Code could allow major event organizers to extend their jurisdiction for the months in advance of the Games and the challenge you have got is organizing committees who want their programs to be judged as of high quality and the way they do that is numerically and pointed out that Sochi’s anti-doping director announced last week that 2,500 drug tests will be conducted at next year’s Winter Olympics, about 350 more than at the 2010 Games.

Parkinson added that the Lance Armstrong doping scandal was an eye opener and wake-up call for those who relied solely on traditional tests at events and remarked Lance never returned a positive test and we need to be thinking very differently if we are going to catch serial cheats. He went on to add that he was encouraged the IOC president Jacques Rogge has backed quality over quantity in terms of tests, but that organizing committees would have to be carefully watched to ensure they did not use this simply as an excuse to save money. The Britain’s anti-doping chief also described as “astonishing” that a Spanish judge had ordered blood bags seized during the Operation Puerto doping investigation to be destroyed and said rather astonishingly the judge said all the blood bags are to be destroyed – that’s to put it mildly a shame and not the best example of how law enforcement can work with anti-doping authorities. The judge’s decision is still the subject of ongoing legal action by Spanish anti-doping authorities who want the blood analyzed.

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Sunday 22, Jul 2012

  Olympic Runners Suspected Of Doping

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Nordine Gezzar of France and Spain’s @Angel Mullera, have been axed from the London Olympic Games on suspicion of doping.

French runner Nordine Gezzar may face a life ban after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) and has already requested a “B” sample to be analyzed, with the results of that test due to be known next week. The 3000m steeplechaser may get banned permanently if the “B” sample also come back positive as Gezzar served a two-year drug ban when he was suspended in 2006.

In 2006, Gezzar was handed a suspension of two years when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone and the diuretic Finasteride that is used for treating hair loss but can also mask use of steroids.

French athletics federation vice-president, Michel Marle, said on Friday: “Gezzar tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended.”

“The athlete has already requested the analysis of the ‘B’ sample. That will be carried out on Sunday and we’ll probably know the results 48 hours later.”

Fourth at the European Championships in Helsinki, Gezzar was caught when was tested along with all other Games-bound competitors by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) made an announcement that Angel Mullera has been removed from their quad after reports in the local media also connecting him with the use of EPO. Mullera has been replaced by Sebastian Martos.

“This decision is independent of the eventual opening of a disciplinary process accompanied by a preventive ban,” the RFEA said.


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Friday 13, Jul 2012

  Chinese athletes warned against doping

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Sport authorities of China have warned their athletes and coaches to stay away from any kind or efforts of doping in their preparation for the London Olympic Games.

Heads of associations of Olympic sports, training bases, and provincial sport bureaus were summoned by China’s General Administration of Sport for signing a “responsibility agreement” and committing to the anti-doping drive, sportsmanship, and good discipline at the London Games.

China has been a “vigorous fighter” against doping but the challenge should not be underestimated, China’s General Administration of Sport head Liu Peng said.

China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) recently announced four positive cases, including that of swimming world champion Li Zhesi who was found positive for performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test in March.

The other three positive cases were from athletes belonging to rowing, athletics, and tug of war and not London-bound.

Tuesday 29, May 2012

  Four Indian top throwers in doping net

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Four top throwers from India have been caught in a premier national athletics meet that was also a qualifying event for the London Olympic Games.

This is less than a year after a major doping scandal rocked the women’s 4X400m relay team.

Discus throw winner Kirpal Singh and silver-medalist in hammer, Harvinder Singh Daggar, also tested positive for steroids and provisionally suspended while Anshu Rai tested positive for a stimulant and will face NADA panel hearing.

Tuesday 03, Jan 2012

  Contador serious about London time trial gold bid

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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) is keen to excel at the London Olympic games next year.

The cyclist explained at the team presentation in Copenhagen that it would not be wise to at least attempt the feat with the proximity of the event to next year’s Tour de France.

“It’s the kind of challenge that I say why not to?” Contador said. “To me it’s an opportunity that I really want to pursue. If I’m still going well [after the Tour], I’ll give it a really good shot.”