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Wednesday 14, Jan 2015

  Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

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Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

The Athletics Federation of Kenya will hold a hearing in the doping case of Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo on January 15.

Jeptoo has been ordered by Athletics Kenya to attend the hearing along with two coaches and her agent (coaches Claudio Berardelli and Noah Busienei, and Jeptoo’s agent Federico Rosa) as the East African country investigates its high profile doping case. Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat remarked we are hoping this hearing will shed light on who is behind the doping scam and Rita Jeptoo will hopefully tell us what happened.

Rosa and Berardelli vehemently denied any kind of association with the positive drug test. They remarked they were fully cooperating with anti-doping officials. The reputation of Rosa has been surrounded by many controversies in the last few years. In 2012, Mathew Kisorio tested positive for anabolic steroids though he remarked Rosa and Berardelli had nothing to do with the positive test. In the same year, Jemima Sumgong, Jeptoo’s training partner, failed a drug test following the Boston Marathon for testing positive to Prednisolone. Jemima received a doping ban of two years from Athletics Kenya but the decision was later reversed as the localized injection for Bursitis was allowed under IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

In September, Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon winner and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, failed an out-of-competition doping test for Erythropoietin (EPO). A few weeks later, she claimed her second straight title in Chicago. Rita was all slated to be crowned as winner of the World Marathon Majors series but the news of her failed drug test resulted in postponement of the ceremony. Last month, Jeptoo’s “B” sample also came back positive. The marathon runner faces a possible ban of two years.

In 2012, German broadcaster ARD alleged that doping was widespread in Kenya and banned drugs such as EPO can be easily obtained at Kenya’s high-altitude training bases. The German ARD documentary alleged that 150 athletes among them 25 Kenyans had suspicious blood values and were not subjected to proper targeted testing afterwards.

Officials from Athletics Kenya have blamed foreign coaches and agents for most doping cases.

Athletics Kenya recently released a list of nine athletes who were suspended or suspected to be involved in doping. The doping list has 2013 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, in China, Viola Chelangat Kimetto. Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo winner at the Yangzhou Jianzen International Half Marathon, held in Yangzhou, China in April, Jeptoo and Philip Kibiwot Kandie, winner of Media Marathon BAM Max Tott held in Guatemala City in January.

The urine sample of Chelangat that was collected in competition during the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon in December 2013 revealed the presence of prohibited substance Norandosterone. Athletics Kenya had recently summoned Maunga James Nyakabira, Ndirangu Alice, Elizabeth Jebet Chelagat, Isaac Kimaiyo Kemboi and Bernard Mwendia Muthoni to appear before the Athletics Kenya Medical and Anti-doping Commission. A statement from Athletics Kenya said each athlete has been requested to get in touch with the head office in reference to particular issues revolving doping cases.

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Tuesday 11, Nov 2014

  Husband Of Marathon Champion Accuses Her Of Long-Term Doping

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Husband Of Marathon Champion Accuses Her Of Long-Term Doping

Kenyan marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, who is under suspicion of using Erythropoietin (EPO), has been accused of long-term doping by her estranged husband. Jeptoo, dubbed the Queen of Chicago, has been provisionally suspended from competition.

Jeptoo, regarded as the world’s best female marathoner, failed an out-of-competition drugs test carried out in September just weeks before her most recent victory in the Chicago marathon. The 33-year-old has requested that her B sample now be tested. A three-time winner of the Boston marathon and a two-time champion in Chicago, Jeptoo is the biggest name in Kenyan athletics ever to have been tested positive.

Noah Busiene, Jeptoo’s estranged husband, has produced written allegations of the marathoner runner’s doping dating back to early last year when the two were going through divorce proceedings. Busienei had knowledge that Jeptoo resorted to use banned drug hormone which increases the red blood counts, according to an April 2013 letter from his lawyer to Jeptoo. It was also disclosed by the letter that Noah was willing to take the necessary step by revealing, disclosing, or unleashing the doping dossier to Athletics Kenya and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unless she offered a financial settlement to Busienei. Busienei’s lawyer Rioba Omboto confirmed the authenticity and date of the letter.

Busienei said he feels very bad for what has happened to Rita but he saw it coming. Busienei added he believed Jeptoo began doping in September 2011 after a foreign agent advised her to take banned drugs with a promise to make the couple “very rich”. The letter pre-dates Jeptoo’s 2013 and 2014 victories in Boston and Chicago. The Chicago and Boston marathon victories gave Jeptoo enough points to secure the $500,000 winner’s check for the 2013/2014 World Marathon Majors series. However, her “A” urine sample taken during an out-of-competition drug test in Eldoret tested positive and the World Marathon Majors presentation ceremony scheduled for New York on November 2 and the payment were postponed indefinitely.

Wilson Kipsang, the winner of the 2014 London and New York City Marathons and the male winner of the World Marathon Majors series, said the positive A sample of Jeptoo had put credibility of some elite athletes who post good times while competing clean to doubt. Kipsang, president of the newly formed Professional Athletes Association of Kenya, added he is hopeful that the Kenyan government will investigate deeply and if there is a cartel involved, let it be broken for the sake of athletes.

Federico Rosa, who has been Rita Jeptoo’s agent for three years, and her coach, Claudio Berardelli, denied having anything to do with her failed test. Both remarked they were cooperating with anti-doping officials. It is however surprising to note that the reputation of Federico Rosa has been clouded with controversy in recent years. In 2012, Mathew Kisorio, one of his athletes, tested positive for anabolic steroids and Jemima Sumgong, the training partner of Jeptoo, failed a drug test following the Boston Marathon in 2012 for Prednisolone. Sumgong received a ban of two years by Athletics Kenya but the decision was later reversed as the localized injection for bursitis was permissible under IAAF anti-doping rules.

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Thursday 06, Jun 2013

  Olympic Medalist Faces Doping Allegations

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Olympic Medalist Faces Doping Allegations

Olympic silver medalist and shooting star Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has found himself embroiled in a doping controversy regarding a “failed” test that was conducted before the Athens Games in 2004.

Rathore had tested positive for ‘A’ sample (Prednisolone) in the 2004 World Cup in Bangkok, but the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) cleared him after the double-trap ace returned negative for his ‘B’ sample.

The ace shooter was surprised to learn about the issue getting resurfaced after a gap of nine years and felt it was the handiwork of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) whose April 6 elections were declared “null and void” by the Delhi High Court. The decision of the single judge was challenged by the NRAI; the judge had allowed the plea of Rathore that the election was a “sham and be quashed” as he was denied an opportunity to contest.

In a statement, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the events of today are a clear attempt to defame me to divert attention from Hon HC decision of nullifying NRAI elections and added that to rake up a non-issue from 9 years earlier is vendetta and a last ditch attempt to protect the stranglehold over the NRAI. The 43-year-old Colonel also remarked that the highest officials of the ISSF were absolutely convinced in 2004 about my credibility and had cleared me and he is amazed at the resistance of a few NRAI officials to allow free and fair elections. Rathore added that these things won’t stop like-minded athletes from trying to clean up Indian sports.

On the other hand, NRAI President Raninder Singh claims that Rathore’s allegations were baseless said that the body was “with” Rathore in 2004 and continues to “support” him even now and added we were with him back in 2004 and we are with him now. Raninder rubbished the claims of Rathore that this was a ploy to “deviate” the attention ahead of the Delhi HC`s ruling.

The NRAI had filed an appeal in the Delhi HC after the court declared the elections of the shooting body as null and void and the procedure adopted for electing four representatives as life members on March 4, and April 6 NRAI polls, had been challenged by Rathore. The court had said taking note of the Rathore’s plea that denying him the right to contest elections was not justified, which prompted the NRAI to take legal discourse.

The Indian shooter won the silver medal in Men’s Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and is the first Indian (post independence) to win an individual silver, after Norman Pritchard, a British origin born in India, who won two silver medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics.

In another development, the International Shooting Sports Federation admitted there had been lapses on its part in handling the case a few days before the Athens Olympics in 2004. ISSF secretary general Franz Schreiber admitted to yet another lapse on the international governing body’s part and said this was a time when anti-doping, and the many new Rules and Regulations related to it, was still in its infancy, the ISSF then realized that in order to better comply with the ISSF Rules and the WADA Code it was best to assert the violations, convene a hearing and sanction the athletes in accordance with the Rules. He further added that the athletes had no significant fault in the matter as they showed how the substance entered their system and that they gained no performance enhancing effect from its use and that they never intended to cheat the system.

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Thursday 21, Jun 2012

  Adelaide doctor tests positive

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A doctor from Adelaide, who had ambitions of cycling for Australia, has been suspended from the sport for a period of two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

An in-competition test was conducted on Steve Sabine in April, 2009 at the South Australian Criterium Championships by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Sabine’s sample tested positive for testosterone that belongs to the category of anabolic steroid and is banned both in and out of competition.

Wednesday 18, Apr 2012

  South Australian cyclist banned

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South Australian cyclist Stephen Sabine has been suspended from cycling for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Sabine tested positive to prednisone and prednisolone that are banned in competition when taken orally.

The cyclist, a doctor, waived his right to a hearing and accepted the maximum two-year ban.

Tuesday 17, Apr 2012

  Doctor with cycling aspirations tested positive

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Steve Sabine, a doctor from Adelaide, who had harbored ambitions of cycling for Australia, was suspended from the sport for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

An in-competition test was conducted on Sabine in April, 2009 at the South Australian Criterium Championships by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Sabine’s sample tested positive for testosterone that is categorized as an anabolic steroid and is banned both in and out of competition.

Thursday 22, Dec 2011

  Topical steroids of no use for eye ulcers

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According to the results of a randomized trial, bacterial corneal ulcers responded no better to adjunctive topical steroids than to placebo.

“A larger study examining only severe corneal ulcers is needed to confirm this supposition,” Nisha R. Acharya, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, and co-authors wrote. “To our knowledge, this is the first large randomized controlled trial to provide evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of bacterial corneal ulcers.”

The study was supported by the National Eye Institute and Alcon/Novartis provided the moxifloxacin used in the study.

Wednesday 02, Mar 2011

  South Australian cyclist suspended

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South Australian cyclist suspendedStephen Sabine, a cyclist from South Australia, has been suspended from sport for two years after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) conducted an in-competition test on the cyclist in April 2009 during the South Australian Criterium Championships.

The cyclist is banned from taking part in recognized sports until June 19, 2011.

Thursday 20, Jan 2011

  Adelaide doctor tests positive to steroids

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Adelaide doctor tests positive to steroidsAn Adelaide doctor, who had ambitions of cycling for Australia, has been suspended from the sport for two years after a positive test to steroids.

Steve Sabine, the doctor, was suspended after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority conducted an in-competition test on him at the South Australian Criterium Championships.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority imposed a ban of two years on the doctor.

Wednesday 19, Jan 2011

  Stephen Sabine suspended for two years

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Stephen Sabine suspended for two yearsSouth Australian cyclist Stephen Sabine has been suspended from sport for a period of two years after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

The sample taken from the cyclist returned a positive test for the prohibited substance of testosterone, which is classified as an anabolic steroid.

This test was conducted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) during an in-competition test on Sabine in April 2009 during the South Australian Criterium Championships.

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