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Tuesday 24, Oct 2017

  WADA To Investigate Claims Of Systematic Doping In China

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Intelligence Unit of the World Anti-Doping Agency would investigate claims that more than 10,000 Chinese athletes used banned substances.

Former Olympic team doctor Xue Yinxian made the claims and alleged that her comments were associated with athletes in the 1980s and 1990s. Yinxian claimed her services were terminated after she refused to provide a banned substance to a gymnast. The whistleblower added athletes as young as 11 were given performance enhancing drugs. She went on to add that China’s medals in major tournaments during that period were won through the use of banned substances. Yinxian went on to add that doping in China existed in a wide range of sports including swimming, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, diving, football, athletics, gymnastics, and weightlifting.

In a program on German channel ARD, Yinxian called for all medals awarded to athletes of the nation during that period to be withdrawn. The whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, said people in China only believed in doping. She also commented that anyone who took doping substances was seen to be defending the honor of the country and anyone against doping damaged the country and anyone who endangered the country now sits in prison. The former Olympic team doctor said anti-doping tests were conducted in China for the only purpose to ensure athletes of the country traveled to competitions without being caught.  The 79-year-old also made similar allegations in 2012.

In a statement, WADA said there would be lots of difficulties prosecuting cases that happened decades ago. In 2003, the WADA Code was introduced and the statute of limitations for prosecuting code violations is 10 years. However, it added that the World Anti-Doping Agency will ensure that, if action is warranted and feasible under the World Anti-Doping Code, the necessary and appropriate steps will be taken. The agency said it as a first step has asked its independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team to initiate an investigative process in order to collect and analyze available information in coordination with external partners.

Last year, it was reported by Chinese state media that all those runners trained under Ma Junren – better known as “Ma’s Army” – were forced to take large doses of illegal drugs over the years. Wang Junxia, one of the most prominent of those runners, once detailed the regime of state-sponsored doping in a letter. In a letter reportedly signed by nine of Wang’s teammates, the Chinese former long-distance runner had written that Junren forced us to take a large dose of illegal drugs. In 1997, Wang retired from the sport having never failed a drugs test. She was honored with a place in the IAAF Hall of Fame for her achievements in 1993. A probe into the claims was confirmed by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF confirmed any admission of guilt could see Wang’s world records scrapped if legitimacy of the letter is proven.

Chen Zhanghao, the chief physician to the Chinese national teams, had admitted in 2012 that doping took place in China.

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Thursday 10, Aug 2017

  Colorado Classic Shuts Door On Lance Armstrong

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The organizer of the Colorado Classic race has withdrawn its association with the Stages podcast of Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist.

The former professional cyclist will now not be able to earn money from the new Colorado Classic stage race this week (August 10-13) after the race organizer decided to pull the offer of hosting his podcast because of his lifetime doping ban. The disgraced cyclist was expected to bring his fresh and informed cycling perspective to the inaugural event with daily podcasts similar to his Stages Tour de France podcast that was downloaded five million times that placed him in the iTunes top 10 for downloads in July.

It is widely believed that the pressure, including the possibility of losing its 2.HC ranking, saw Colorado Classic organizer RPM cancel its plans. Ben Davis, a spokesman, said we in light of the concerns expressed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the ‘Stages’ podcast.”

In a statement, race spokesman Curtis Hubbard earlier had remarked that we have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the ‘Stages’ podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic and added we are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. Hubbard added the UCI-sanctioned race has engaged in a “media partnership” with Lance Armstrong that would have included covering specific expenses related to the podcast but has no input with regard to content and production.

The partnership of Armstrong made USADA upset. The United States Anti-Doping Agency in its Reasoned Decision in 2012 had revealed that the cyclist made use of banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.

USADA remarked it has only “advised” race organizers on the rules. A USADA spokesperson said an ineligible individual under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic.

Previously, Colorado Classic officials had said they were “blown away” by the expansive reach of the podcast of Lance Armstrong during the Tour de France. The officials added his commentary as a potential boost toward reviving the popularity of professional cycling through “the biggest audience in cycling.” Ken Gart, chairman of the organization formed to put on the race, had said that he thinks Armstrong has an emotional attachment to racing in Colorado. Gart also commented if we were launching his new strategy, that would be one thing but with 5 million downloads, this will help us connect with that serious cycling audience.

The Colorado Classic combines food, drink, and music in a festival atmosphere with the race that will feature stops in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. The field includes 16 men’s and 13 women’s teams, with riders from 23 countries and stage or overall winners from top international competitions.

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Tuesday 27, Jun 2017

  Russian Footballers Never Doped, Says Russian Deputy PM

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has remarked that doping is useless in football and Russian players have never made use of performance enhancing drugs.

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister went on to comment that the British media should refrain from voluntarily taking up the role of press secretaries of FIFA. Mutko also remarked that the accusations against the Russian football players were politically motivated and said it was no coincidence that they emerged during the FIFA Confederations Cup that Russia is hosting on the highest level. Mutko also commented that we see a great desire to discredit Russia and discredit Russian sports and all our efforts. The Russian Deputy PM also said we know that many western media outlets are trying to report only on the negative sides and one should not therefore pay attention to these reports.

Mutko, who is also head of the Russian Football Union, vehemently denied doping allegations against football stars of the country. Mutko remarked there was never use of doping in Russian football, especially, on a systematic level. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister also said all the players from the Russian roster were also tested ahead of the tournament after they arrived at their training camp in Austria.

The Confederations Cup, hosted in the Russian cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi, is seen by many as the dress rehearsal by Russia ahead of the World Cup. The tournament that will conclude on July 2 has brought together Portugal, Chile, Mexico, Cameroon, Australia, and New Zealand (the champions of FIFA’s six regional confederations) along with current World Cup holders Germany and host nation Russia. Hosts Russia were beaten by Mexico 2-1 and failed to qualify to the playoffs. Mutko said he still enjoyed the team’s performance and remarked you always want to win but we lost and there is nothing to be ashamed for the team as they fought until the end, trying to find the net despite being a man down.

Interestingly, Mutko was named in the WADA commissioned McLaren report as someone who played a key role in the wider Russian doping scandal. The McLaren independent Investigations Report of 2016 that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren claimed an extensive Russian state-sponsored system of doping during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Russia was recently accused by the British Media of using forbidden substances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was claimed by Daily Mail that the world governing body of football has launched an investigation into national football squad of Russia at the World Cup in Brazil being part of a state-sponsored doping program.

In a statement, FIFA denied the accusations by Daily Mail of doping by Russian players. The world governing body of football said it has simply confirmed that it is still investigating in close collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency the allegations involving football players in the so-called McLaren report. The statement further reads that FIFA did not refer to any particular players as it cannot comment on the status of ongoing investigations.

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Thursday 04, May 2017

  Doping Cases Threaten International Cricket

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Richard Ings, the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, has slammed the “inconsistent” testing procedures of cricket in an interview with the New York Times.

The anti-doping expert lifted the lid on the growing problem faced by international cricket in the recent past in the game’s shortest format.

The sport has received a huge shot in the arm with the evolution of T20 cricket. However, some experts are of the view that the pressure of faster-paced game play could soon bring a drug issue of gigantic proportions into the game.

Recently, West Indian T20 specialist and Big Bash star Andre Russell was given a ban for a breach in the rules. Russell was banned from playing professional cricket both internationally and domestically until late January 2018. In 2015, the 28-year-old all-rounder failed to file his whereabouts on three separate occasions, an offence equal to failing a drug test under Anti-Doping Agency guidelines. However, the West Indian T20 specialist played on for 11 months, a period in which he helped the West Indies win the World Twenty20 tournament, before he was finally suspended.

In the past, Shane Warne was caught in one of cricket’s most publicized drug offences in 2003 after he was caught with Moduretic, a prescription drug banned by the International Cricket Council as it can mask the presence of anabolic androgenic steroids. The bowler tearfully admitted to using the diuretic and was banned for a year. Warne went on to make a return to international cricket in early 2004 to complete one of the greatest careers under the baggy green.

Afghanistan T20 powerhouse Mohammad Shahzad tested positive for Clenbuterol, a banned substance, before being suspended. The wicketkeeper-batsman from Afghanistan is yet to receive the full outcome of his disciplinary hearing.

Ings remarked cricket is a high-risk sport for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The e former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority also commented that he would rate the risk of doping in cricket as high and the quality of the sport’s coordinated global anti-doping efforts as poor. Ings also said that risk is a function of motive and opportunity and added motive in cricket exists because selections are highly competitive, contracts involve massive sums of money and injuries are common.

Presently, it seems that the ICC just could not monitor anti-doping efforts in cricket with the number of domestic T20 leagues growing. The Council conducts out-of-competition testing on cricketers who have played international matches in the previous two years but players who have not played international cricket in this period, or have retired from the international game, are not subject to testing by the world governing body of cricket. Drug testing depends on national governing bodies and anti-doping authorities for these cricketers. There are inconsistent standards of testing across the different leagues among all 10 full-member countries.

In England, only 193 drug tests were conducted on professional male or female cricketers in the 12-month period that ended in March.

Paul Dimeo, an expert on doping in sport from the University of Stirling, said it seems a low number and not much of deterrence. Dimeo also said it also makes it too hard to ascertain if there is a risk of doping behaviors occurring.

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Friday 31, Mar 2017

  England Legend Fears Over Doping In Elite Rugby

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Former England captain and Coach Martin Johnson has remarked the use of banned performance enhancing drugs is a major concern for the Rugby Union.

Johnson blamed the switch from the amateur to professional era for it. The former England captain remarked the game is professional now and we live in a different time where kids can see a livelihood and a good livelihood out of doing it, then you have got to be very careful.

Johnson believes there is a reason to be worried about the increasing use of banned substances with 14 out of 42 athletes banned in the past two years by UK Anti-Doping coming from Rugby Union in England and Wales. Johnson, who led England to 2003 World Cup victory, remarked he never felt anyone around the international teams was using drugs during his playing days. The former England captain said things are more available today and knowledge of it is more widespread because of the internet. Johnson added people are using drugs, by all account, for vanity reasons.

The former World Cup winning captain’s concern is likely to bring the prevalence of steroid use in the club game back into the game’s spotlight. The Leicester star, who captained the 1997 Lions on the victorious tour of South Africa, distanced himself from a return to rugby. Johnson said he is presently enjoying having ‘a normal life’ outside of rugby and added you must have a burning passion to stay in the game.

Johnson won five Premiership titles with Leicester and two Heineken Cups before adding the World Cup with England in 2003. The former No 4 turned out 362 times for the east Midlands clubs and picked up nine trophies in a 17-year career at Welford Road. Considered as one of the greatest locks ever to have played, Johnson became the new England team manager on 1 July 2008 to replace the previous manager Brian Ashton, but left the post in November 2011 after the quarter final defeat of England at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Regarded as one of England’s greatest ever players, Johnson celebrated the first of his 5 league titles in 1995. He was formally appointed Leicester’s captain after returning from the victorious 1997 Lions tour. He continued to play for Leicester until 2005.

The former England captain made his test debut against France in January 1993 when he was unexpectedly summoned to replace the injured Wade Dooley. Later, he went on to become part of the side that won the 1995 Grand Slam. Under the leadership of Johnson, England moved away from being a forward-dominated side after Lawrence Dallaglio was caught in a News of the World sting operation. Johnson became the only man to captain twice when he was again asked to lead the Lions tour to Australia in 2001. Johnson became the third England captain after John Pullin and Will Carling to beat Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand after beating the All Blacks 31–28 in 2002.

In 2009, former England and Bath prop Matt Stevens was the last high profile player to be banned from the sport when he tested positive for cocaine.

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Tuesday 21, Mar 2017

  Doping In Sport ‘Fast Becoming A Crisis’, Says UKAD Chief

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UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead has described recently-revealed figures of a BBC poll into doping in amateur sport as “incredibly alarming”.

The BBC poll revealed more than a third (35 percent) of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8 percent said they had taken anabolic steroids. Half of the poll population said they believe the use of performance enhancing drugs is “widespread” among those who play sport competitively. Of the 79 people interviewed who had specifically taken anabolic steroids, 41 percent remarked improving performance was the main reason for taking them, followed by pain relief (40 percent) and improving how they look (34 percent).

Only 25 percent of users overall claim they have taken performance-enhancing substances with the intention of improving performance. The poll also found that over half say they were primarily used for pain relief, while 17 percent say they were used to improve looks. Sapstead added she thinks there are clearly a group of individuals seeking to enhance their performance by taking prohibited substances and added then there are others who were taking these substances because they have a body image problem, or actually because they think it is the done thing.

A BBC State of Sport investigation into doping in UK amateur sport also found that 49 percent thought performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were “easily available” among people who play sports on a regular basis.

UK Anti-Doping figures said the national body responsible for protecting clean sport and there are currently 52 athletes and coaches serving bans. Of them, only 12 percent are professional sports men or women; 62 percent are amateurs, 21 percent are semi-professional, and 5 percent are coaches.

UK Anti-Doping chief, reacting to the ComRes poll for BBC Sport of more than 1,000 men and women who are members of sports clubs and teams, said the figures as regards the prevalence of performance-enhancing substances at an amateur level are incredibly alarming. Sapstead remarked certainly the figures as regards the prevalence of performance-enhancing substances at an amateur level are incredibly alarming and added it does confirm what UK Anti-Doping has long suspected and also seen through some of our intelligence-led testing.

Sapstead said she does not think any sport can say that they don’t have a problem at an amateur level. The UKAD chief also commented that she thinks now is the time for everybody to sit up and acknowledge that this is a reality in every single sport and that you cannot just be washing your hands of it or hoping that someone else will address it. Sapstead also remarked that UK Anti-Doping requires an extension of powers and extra cash from individual sports governing bodies to address what is fast becoming a crisis for sport.

Sapstead also remarked there is a “woeful lack of education” at amateur level about the health risks of doping and commented that there is a “robust” anti-doping program in the United Kingdom but it faces “challenges”. UK Anti-Doping works with police forces to target suppliers of drugs to amateur dopers.

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Tuesday 07, Mar 2017

  Kenya To Get Assistance From IAAF To Set Up Local Anti-Doping Lab

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will support the plans of Kenya to set up an anti-doping laboratory in the country.

AAF Anti-Doping Manager Thomas Capdeville, speaking after a meeting with Athletics Kenya, Anti Doping Association of Kenya (ADAK) and government officials at Riadha house made this announcement.

Capdeville also remarked it is something we have been discussing and talked of length and added we at the world governing body of athletics are committed to ensuring this happens and most of the support we will give will involve us sending in specialists who are going to train the locals and if need be, we will even put in financial help. Capdeville also said he is happy with the efforts put in by Kenya to fight doping and the abuse of performance enhancing drugs and added more can be done to ensure the country remains clean and off suspicion.

ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut commented that a local anti-doping laboratory would prove to be advantageous for assisting the country step up its efforts in fighting doping as well as comprehensively reduce sample freighting costs. Rugut added it would be convenient to have the laboratory locally and also remarked that there is a challenge of ferrying the samples from the collection point, to Nairobi and transmitting the same to a WADA accredited lab. Rugut also said it would be great, logistically and financially. The ADAK Chief Executive Officer also said urine samples are not so hard because it can be ferried almost effortlessly and also said it would be more complicated now that we have to include blood samples given the time limits needed to reach the laboratory.

Director of Administration in the Ministry of Sports Harun Komen said fully equipped lab would be available to be inspected by IAAF and approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Komen affirmed that the government is aiding the process and the Kenyan government will look to use an already existing health facility and only equip it with necessary equipment other than building up an entirely new facility.

The process of blood testing will be introduced and implemented in phases, said Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei. The Athletics Kenya president also commented that we have not been doing blood testing in Kenya for quite a while but it has reached a stage where we need to introduce some of this. Tuwei added we will introduce that slowly, step by step because we need to educate our athletes in terms of what they are supposed to do.

The Athletics Kenya president also remarked that we have spoken to IAAF, given reports on our progress and to WADA as well. We don’t want whatever happened to our athletes towards Rio last year to happen again this year and also commented that we want our athletes to go to London clean, confident and they go compete with the rest of the world with that confidence.

The African nation had been using labs in Doha and South Africa in the past.

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Thursday 23, Feb 2017

  WADA Supports Reinstatement Of Russia

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The World Anti-Doping Agency President Sir Craig Reedie has remarked the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) membership is strongly supported by his agency.

Reedie further remarked WADA is waiting for the Russian side to implement the established re-compliance criteria. Reedie also commented that the World Anti-Doping Agency is resolutely focused on supporting the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in its efforts to return to compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, but it is first important that there is acceptance of the findings of the McLaren Report in Russia.

The WADA President said his agency is presently working with the relevant authorities in Russia, the two international experts that were installed in Russia in 2016 to ensure that there would be no external interference during the period of non-compliance and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to ensure that there is an improved, robust anti-doping program that regains the confidence of athletes and the international community. Reedie also commented that a roadmap to re-compliance has been provided to RUSADA, and the ball is firmly in their court.

An investigation was conducted by the WADA independent commission less than two years ago in regard to the activities of RUSADA, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry. The WADA independent commission accused certain sports officials and athletes of doping abuse. The commission also alleged that the athletes and officials were involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency and work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was eventually suspended.

Since last January, anti-doping regulations in Russian sports have been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency strictly under the supervision of the UK anti-doping agency.

Reedie also said there are no plans by WADA to change the present Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system that grants certain groups of athletes the legal right to use banned performance enhancing substances. The WADA President said the Therapeutic-Use Exemption program is a rigorous and necessary part of elite sport; which has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and all anti-doping stakeholders. Reedie also commented that TUEs are only granted by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) – Ifs (International Federations), NADOs (National Anti-Doping Organizations) and Major Event Organizers (MEOs) – following a robust review process that is defined in the ISTUE; and, evaluation by three physicians specialized in sports medicine and/or other relevant specialties. The WADA President also said the four strict criteria have to be met for a TUE to be granted, and; further, a TUE provides a limited exemption to use a particular prohibited substance or method at a prescribed dosage, frequency, route of administration, and duration.

Last September, personal medical histories of athletes from the United States and other countries were leaked by an anonymous group of hackers. The hacker group announced the hacking of WADA’s ADAMS database and went on to leak documents that proved the World Anti-Doping Agency found an official loophole for sanctioning the use of banned performance enhancing drugs under the Therapeutic-Use Exemption system. It also commented that benefits of the loophole was exploited by US four-time Olympic Champion in gymnastics Simone Biles, US legendary tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, and North American women’s basketball player Elena Dolle Donne.

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Sunday 05, Feb 2017

  Doping Ban Of Amateur Rugby Union Player Doubled By CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has doubled the two-year ban imposed on Luke Willmott, a rugby union player who was previously banned in 2016.

Willmott, from Arnold in Nottingham, was initially banned for five years by an independent Rugby Football Union (RFU) Anti-Doping Panel, for attempted trafficking of Human Growth Hormone (hGH). The amateur rugby union player, who was previously registered with Derby RFC, appealed against the decision and his ban was reduced to two years by an independent appeal panel. An appeal against this decision was made in February 2017 to the CAS by World Rugby and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after which the highest court of sports announced its decision. A sanction of four years was subsequently agreed by World Rugby, WADA, the RFU, and Willmott.

The case dates back to June 2013 when 180 vials of “Jintoprin”, which is a commercial name for HGH, were seized at the border. This package was addressed to Luke Willmott, who at the time was Captain of Derby RFC.

UK Anti-Doping interviewed Willmott On July 3, 2014. Willmott was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on July 23, 2014 with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for “Use or Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to World Rugby Regulation 21.2.2. The explanation of Willmott resulted in an additional charge under World Rugby Regulation 21.2.7, “Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method” being brought. The case was then heard by a panel convened by the Rugby Football Union.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, had then remarked that the Willmott case is an example of how important our work with law enforcement partners is. Myhill added we by intercepting this package were able to stop the potential supply of prohibited substances into the United Kingdom. Myhill went on to add that a crucial aspect of this case is that the end user thought they were buying Human Growth Hormone (HGH) but it was determined that the substance was not HGH after analysis by the Drug Control Centre.

  The UKAD Director of Operations also had remarked then that this is increasingly common, especially in relation to the production and supply of illicit substances such as HGH and steroids and also had commented that his is a major concern to UKAD, as not only is it a huge risk to clean sport, but it is a very significant risk to health.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, remarked after the CAS verdict that substances such as human growth hormone and steroids continue to pose a real and significant threat to both clean sport and to the health of our young people. Sapstead also added that trafficking is a serious offence and, alongside our partners, we will look to impose the maximum sanction on individuals who choose to break the rules. UKAD Chief Executive also said that identifying and targeting the supply of serious substances, such as steroids and human growth hormone, is a critical part of preventing the growing problem of image and performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 29, Dec 2016

  Backtrack By Russia On Doping Admissions

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Russia has again decided to open its “Pandora” box of lies a day after admitting to institutional conspiracy by doping its athletes.

Anna Antseliovich, the acting head of the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA), recently admitted that Russia was behind state-sponsored doping but emphasized the Russian President and top officials were unaware of it. The New York Times asked Russian officials over several days of interviews whether they still disputed credible evidence of an organized Russian doping program centered on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi for Russian athletes. The acting head of the Russian anti-doping agency said it was an institutional conspiracy.

On Wednesday, the Russian anti-doping agency said Antseliovich was misquoted and that her words were taken out of context.

The RUSADA statement said RUSADA states that its Acting Director General A.A. Antseliovich has been misquoted and her words were taken out of the context in response to the article published in ‘The New York Times’ newspaper. The statement further reads that the Acting Director General pointed out during the conversation between A.A. Antseliovich and the journalist Rebecca Ruiz that Richard McLaren in the second part of his report published on December 9, 2016 no longer used the words ‘state-sponsored system of doping’ and instead referred to ‘institutional conspiracy’ thereby excluding potential involvement of the top country officials.

The second and final report of McLaren also detailed a vast, state-sponsored doping cover-up that involved 12 medalists from the Sochi Games. The report said the Russian “institutional conspiracy” involved the Sports Ministry, the national anti-doping agency, and the FSB intelligence service.

The RUSADA statement further reads that Ruiz unfortunately by taking the words out of the context, created an impression that RUSADA management admits to the existence of such institutional conspiracy of doping cover-up in Russia. RUSADA added we would like to stress that RUSADA has no authority to admit to or deny any such fact, since the investigation of the case is handled by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The Russian anti-doping agency further said we in addition would like to stress that RUSADA firmly believes that every accused athlete has unalienable right to challenge the accusations.

In response to RUSADA’s claims, it was tweeted by New York Times reporter Rebecca Ruiz that the newspaper stands by its story and that all quotes in our story today are accurate.

Russian officials have vehemently denied in the past that their country was involved in state-backed doping and cover-ups despite McLaren directly implicating the sports ministry of Russia of overseeing a vast doping conspiracy that involved Russian summer and winter sports athletes.

A report by the New York Times previously detailed Gregory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, had tampered with top Russian athletes’ urine samples. It was also revealed that athletes received cocktails of performance enhancing drugs from Rodchenkov and also described manipulation of doping samples by members of the Federal Security Service in Russia and years of cover-ups involving top athletes using banned substances as ordered by a deputy sports minister.

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