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Friday 03, Jun 2016

  Russian Cyclist And Turkish Boxer Fail Olympic Doping Retests

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A Russian cyclist and a Turkish boxer have been provisionally suspended after their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics came back positive in retesting.

Track cyclist Yekaterina Gnidenko and boxer Adem Kilicci both tested positive for anabolic steroids, the governing bodies of their sports said on Thursday. The Turkish boxing federation and Kilicci, who lost in the quarterfinals of the middleweight division in London, have been notified of the findings and his suspension.

The Turkish Olympic Committee remarked it was extremely disappointed by the positive test of Kilicci. In a statement, the committed said we will now follow the official procedure and will announce appropriate action in due course. The statement further reads we in the meantime are redoubling our efforts to encourage more rigorous testing in parallel with greater education of all athletes and their entourages throughout Turkish sport.

Gnidenko was a late substitute in the 2012 Olympic sprint after Russian teammate Viktoria Baranova failed a doping test and was expelled from the games. Gnidenko competed in the women’s sprint and keirin at the 2012 Games but did not won a medal and now faces being stripped of her keirin silver medal from the World Championships later that year.

AIBA said Kilicci had qualified for Rio, while Gnidenko is not listed on the Russian national team squad list for this season.

In another development, a Jamaican athlete is among those who have failed a doping test after samples were re-examined from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. According to sources, the athlete returned an adverse analytical finding for the A-sample and the result of the B-sample test is expected from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Lausanne within a few days. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Dr. Warren Blake said his organization had not been notified of any rule violation, while Jamaica Olympic Association president Michael Fennell declined comment.

Jamaica won six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics, all in athletics.

Last month, the IOC said 31 athletes from six different sports and 12 countries had tested positive in the retesting of 2008 samples. The Olympics body also said it has initiated disciplinary action against the unidentified athletes who would not be allowed to compete in August’s Rio de Janeiro games.

Russia admitted that 14 athletes belonged to it. The country, despite making tall claims about fight against doping, is not learning its lessons yet. Two-time Olympic champion Alexander Zubkov has been elected president of Russia’s troubled bobsleigh federation. Zubkov was among those involved in an elaborate doping cover-up scheme during the Sochi Games in 2014. Russian Sports minister Vitaly Mutko welcomed Zubkov’s election and remarked professionals from the sports world should be in charge of sports in the country. The Russian bobsleigh federation demoted the federation’s former chief, Georgy Bedzhamov, who requested political asylum in Europe after fleeing Russia earlier this year. Bedzhamov, the co-owner of Vneshprombank, left the country after the central bank put the lender into temporary administration. Bedzhamov’s sister Larisa Markus, president of Vneshprombank, has been accused of fraud and was detained.

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Wednesday 18, May 2016

  Doping Sample Retesting Could Bar Dozens From Rio Olympics

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In a major doping crackdown, the International Olympic Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in the 2008 Beijing Games and were about to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The IOC made the announcement after retesting of drug samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. The IOC remarked the positive cases from the Beijing Games emerged from the recent retesting of 454 doping samples with the very latest scientific analysis methods. In a statement, the IOC said it would not immediately identify the athletes caught for legal reasons but would inform the relevant national Olympic committees in the coming days.

The International Olympic Committee added all those athletes infringing anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio. It also commented that retesting results of 250 samples from the London Olympics will be announced shortly and commented samples of athletes who would be promoted to medals following disqualification of drug cheats will also be retested.

The IOC urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to initiate a “fully-fledged investigation” into recent allegations that the Sochi drug-testing system was subverted by Russian officials.

IOC President Thomas Bach said this is a powerful strike against athletes who dope and added this shows once again that dopers have no place to hide. The International Olympic Committee is also planning to reanalyze drug tests from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games after allegations were made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory, that samples were tampered with as part of a state-sponsored Russian doping program.

Rodchenkov admitted he worked for many years at the direction of the government of Russia to assist top athletes of the country to use banned, performance-enhancing substances and go undetected. Rodchenkov said athletes of Russia had doped before the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Games and throughout the course of the 2014 Sochi Games. Rodchenkov described an overnight operation in which he along with a small team had substituted tainted urine of Russian athletes for clear urine. The urine samples were stockpiled in the months leading to competition and later were passed on surreptitiously through a hole in the wall of the lab building. Rodchenkov later wrote a letter to WADA and the IOC and offer to guide investigators in their scrutiny of samples of Russian athletes from the Sochi Games to verify his account. Rodchenkov added the samples would show no traces of banned drugs but the table salt he added to the urine samples in question, to mask certain inconsistencies would be good to confirm his story.

The International Olympic Committee stores samples for a period of ten years to allow for retesting with improved techniques and athletes who are found guilty of doping face retroactive disqualification and loss of any medals. It remarked the Lausanne anti-doping lab and World Anti-Doping Agency would be asked to proceed with analyzing Sochi samples in the most sophisticated and efficient way possible. However, it is still not clear how many samples are still intact for reliable retesting.

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