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Thursday 27, Jul 2017

  IOC Reveal Funding Withheld From AIBA In 2016

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that funding owed to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was temporarily withheld late last year before it was released after a promise to address problems within the sport.

A spokesperson for IOC said the International Olympic Committee Executive Board took the preliminary decision to withhold further Rio 2016 distributions to AIBA at the beginning of December 2016. It was also commented by the IOC spokesperson that the decision was taken because of allegations concerning the financial management of AIBA, a lack of anti-doping measures and refereeing concerns raised after the Olympic boxing competitions during Rio 2016.

The IOC confirmed this news after AIBA President CK Wu survived an attempt to remove him in Moscow at an Executive Committee meeting. The International Olympic Committee is closely monitoring developments to ascertain, if further action is necessary.

Wu, a member of the IOC ruling Executive Board, has claimed backing from National Federations at an Extraordinary General Assembly (EGM) convened for three months time.

In the recent past, there have been big concerns over the finances of AIBA following Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year. The International Olympic Committee had refrained from giving any meaningful reaction of developments within boxing and their discontent was indicated by decision of the IOC Executive Board to remove two men’s events from the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 in order to make way for two additional female ones.

Last year, it was reported that only one out-of-competition anti-doping test had been conducted by the world body in the whole of 2014 and 2015. The AIBA has blamed Ho Kim, its former executive director, for a missing $10 million (£8 million/€8.5 million) loan reached with Azerbaijani company Benkons MMC. Presently, three criminal cases are ongoing against Ho in Swiss courts. An independent Swiss Timing electronic draw system is also looking to select the judges during competitions following the suspension of all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio Olympics after an investigation into possible wrongdoing was launched.

The IOC said in their statement AIBA provided the IOC with a special investigatory report by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) on past financial mismanagement issues in late December, following the IOC’s request. The statement also reads that AIBA committed to follow up on all recommendations made by PwC. It was also added that it was further informed by AIBA to the IOC that its Special Investigation Committee had found that there was no evidence leading us to believe that any results of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 should be questioned or that any reallocation of medal rankings will be necessary for Rio 2016.

The IOC statement also reads that AIBA committed itself to strengthening its anti-doping program in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and to significantly increasing its anti-doping budget. It was also remarked that these measures were communicated to the IOC by a letter dated December 20 2016 following an Extraordinary AIBA Congress in Montreux and the IOC in response released the AIBA payment which had been held back.

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Friday 14, Jul 2017

  RUSADA Allowed To Plan And Coordinate Testing

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently announced that Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been permitted by it and its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to plan and coordinate testing.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency has been made authorized to plan and coordinate testing, using its trained Doping Control Officers (DCOs), under the supervision of WADA-appointed International Experts.

WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, praised the role played by UK Anti-Doping during the period of non-compliance of RUSADA. Niggli remarked WADA at this juncture would also like to acknowledge the efforts of all involved in working alongside the Agency to rebuild a credible anti-doping system in Russia. The WADA Director General commented that we would particularly like to recognize UKAD, which has ensured that targeted and intelligence-led testing be carried out on athletes inside and outside of the country during RUSADA’s period of non-compliance. Niggli also remarked that the work done by UK Anti-Doping in Russia is an excellent example of how an established and world-renowned National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) can help mentor another NADO in need of support.

UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead remarked we welcome news that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency is now in a position to recommence the testing of their athletes. Sapstead remarked UK Anti-Doping since February 2016 has been delivering the testing program for Russian athletes, during RUSADA’s period of non-compliance. The UKAD Chief Executive also said it is incumbent on us as one of the world’s more experienced national anti-doping organizations, with a strategic imperative to level the playing field for our athletes to share our experience and expertise with a range of international partners, and to support those countries or organizations where a void is created, so we can safeguard clean athletes around the world.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie called it as an important step forward in rebuilding anti-doping in Russia. Reedie also commented that we strongly encourage Russia to continue their efforts in the interest of clean athletes worldwide. The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has decided to allow RUSADA to plan and coordinate testing after it agreed to fulfill certain conditions. These include the implementation of a conflict of interest policy, access to biological passports of athletes, and the guarantee that anti-doping officials would be permitted into the so-called “closed cities”, the military units where many Russian athletes train. WADA had also asked for the removal of Yelena Isinbayeva from her position as chairman of RUSADA. In May, the World Anti-Doping Agency had remarked she was a barrier to compliance with the world anti-doping body’s code. The double Olympic pole vault champion has stepped down as chairman but still remains a member of RUSADA.

Previously, a blanket ban was recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to let the individual sports’ governing bodies to decide.

Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime Minister, remarked that this ruling by WADA was a very important step towards RUSADA becoming compliant. Mutko added we are striving to create a strong, independent anti-doping agency which he believes will win the respect and recognition of its colleagues.

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Friday 07, Oct 2016

  IOC Must Redeem Itself After Rio Failure, Says iNADO

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The 59-member global Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) said in a strongly-worded statement that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “lost the anti-doping battle” before August’s Olympics began.

The iNADO remarked the IOC can redeem itself in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee resisted calls for a blanket ban on Russians competing in the Rio Games because of the doping record of the country. The IOC however decided to leave decision on participation of individual athletes with their sports federations. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), on the other hand, issued a blanket ban on Russian athletes.

In a statement, iNADO said the International Olympic Committee had ignored its “own calls for harmony and independence” as well as recommendation of the World Anti-Doping Agency of a complete ban on Russians from the Olympics. A three-person IOC panel ratified the individual governing bodies’ decisions on who was eligible and more than 270 Russians were cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics. The iNADO went on to compare Russians competing in Rio to the disqualification of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson for doping at Seoul in 1988 after breaking the 100m world record in the final. It remarked this year’s Games will be remembered for the participation of athletes served by a Russian system that corrupted clean sport just as the 1988 Seoul Olympics are remembered for Ben Johnson’s infamy. The iNADO added in the statement that the IOC, equally disappointing in the eyes of many, chose to associate itself with such a system by failing to reject it categorically.

Joseph de Pencier, chief executive of the global Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations, said the IOC must ensure that the reception of Russian athletes in Pyeongchang is very different than the one in Rio.

The 59-member global Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said the IOC could redeem itself before the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The group said a starting point will be to recognize the findings of the McLaren report, the WADA-commissioned investigation which revealed the state-sponsored doping, were well-documented and reliable. It also said the IOC members should cease attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that commissioned the report.

The global Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said the task of convincing Russia, its athletes and the country’s sporting leaders of the cultural change needed was “enormous”. It further added anti-doping is not “political” and said it is at the heart of true sport and further commented let the IOC help us hear Russian voices acknowledge that and see Russian decision-makers act on it.

The iNADO added whistleblowers should be encouraged and added the independence of WADA should be strengthened, with the agency given the investigative capacity it requires. It was also suggested by iNADO that Olympic sponsors and broadcasters should “contribute meaningfully” to anti-doping, if only to protect their own substantial investments. It was also suggested that governance in sporting organizations needed to be improved to restore confidence, with public oversight of operations and spending.

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Sunday 11, Sep 2016

  Yuliya Efimova Blasts Lilly King

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Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was booed by crowds at the Rio Olympics, has taken a parting shot at rival Lilly King on Saturday night. Yuliya insisted the American 19-year-old was immature and had turned the event into “a war.”

Efimova remarked the escalated bad blood between the American and Russian camps was a personal “nightmare” for her. Yuliya claimed the West was using sport to fight a new cold war. Efimova said he understands the people who didn’t congratulate her because the media was full of fake stories about her and added she on the other hand does not really understand the foreign competitors. Yuliya remarked all athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read.

King had repeatedly asserted that the Russian swimmer should not have been allowed to compete as she had previously been banned for doping. Yuliya, the four-time World Champion and a three-time Olympian, failed a drug test in 2013 and was suspended from competition for 16 months. Efimova, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was given a provisional ban earlier this year after testing positive for Meldonium, but the International Swimming Federation lifted the suspension after advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Her name also figured in a World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian state-sponsored doping. The Russian swimmer was excluded from the Games until gaining a late reprieve. Yuliya was quietly reinstated and no explanation for the decision was provided by the International Swimming Federation or the International Olympic Committee.

Efimova has been living and training in Southern California for the past five years but may reconsider her decision with the reaction she received from the American swimming public. She was booed n several occasions during the schedule as she entered the pool deck. Efimova once shook her finger as she was loudly booed before and after her semifinal race at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Spectators were not happy with the IOC decision to let Efimova and her fellow Russian swimmers compete and the Russian swimming team, especially Yuliya was subjected to boos and jeers at the Aquatic Center.

Lilly did not hide her feelings about the disgraced Russian swimmer and said Yuliya is a drug cheat and should not be allowed to compete. The American swimmer said bringing Yuliya was decision of the IOC and she is going to respect that decision even though it is not something that she agrees with.

The US star defeated Yulia Efimova to win gold in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 19-year-old bagged the gold in one of the most anticipated swimming events of the tournament — by just under a second as she finished in 1 minute 4.93 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of Efimova. After her win, Lilly remarked her win just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the work you put in.

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Wednesday 24, Aug 2016

  Indian Wrestler Intentionally Took Banned Substance, Rules CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has ruled that Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed to produce any “real evidence” regarding the sabotage theory he had advanced. The CAS imposed a doping ban of four years on the wrestler to shut down all his hopes of making it big in the Rio Olympics.

The CAS panel said there may be a possibility of the sabotage theory but it is not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence. The panel ruled it is therefore determining that the athlete had failed to satisfy his burden of proof and the panel was satisfied that the most likely explanation was that the athlete simply and intentionally ingested the prohibited substance in tablet form on more than one occasion. The full CAS award said the panel had to weigh circumstantial evidence of the athlete against scientific evidence of WADA to determine whether it was satisfied with the athlete’s position that he did not take the prohibited substance intentionally. It was further added that the CAS panel is conscious that expert evidence offered by Professor Ayotte may be susceptible to qualification by other expert (s) but the panel has no reason to question the scientific data and/or her expert testimony.

The CAS ruled that the balance of probabilities was that Narsingh orally took the banned substance intentionally in tablet form on more than one occasion. The ad hoc panel of the CAS in its full award relied on expert evidence that the doping offence of Narsingh was not due to one-time ingestion of the prohibited substance and its concentration in the first test result (of June 25) was so high that it had to come from oral ingestion of one or two tablets of Methandienone, rather than from a drink where the powder had been mixed with water. This expert opinion was provided by Professor Christiane Ayotte from Canada who was presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Professor Ayotte, currently the Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Is a member of IAAF Doping Commission since 1995 and was elected representative of the Heads of IOC Accredited Laboratories in 1995-1996.

The urine sample of Narsingh Yadav taken out-of competition on 25 June was found to contain metabolites of Methandienone and long term metabolite of Methandienone. His other sample taken out-of competition on 5 July was also found to contain long term metabolites of Methandienone.

Narsingh had claimed that the doping offence was because of sabotage carried out by Jithesh (a junior wrestler and a member of Sushil Kumar’s entourage) who mixed his energy drinks with prohibited substance on either 23 or 24 June. The panel said that the reading of the long term metabolite in his second test of 5 July was consistent with the second ingestion towards the end of June 2016. The CAS panel ruled that the ingestion by Narsingh’s roommate was not at the same time and added Sandeep had the parent compound of Methandienone in his test results, so he must have taken the substance after the athlete (Narsingh), as opposed to both having their drinks spike at the same training session.

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Monday 22, Aug 2016

  Safety Of Russian Whistleblower Not Our Concern, Says IOC President

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has remarked the IOC is not responsible for dangers to which Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be exposed.

Yulia made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia and was then forced to go into hiding in the United States with husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping official. The Russian track and field athlete provided evidence that the Russian government for years facilitated widespread cheating across nearly all Olympic sports. Her revelations along with those of the former Russian anti-doping laboratory triggered a series of investigations including one from the World Anti-Doping Agency. The WADA report, McLaren report issued last month, described how Russians were replacing positive doping samples with clean ones during the Sochi Games with the support of the Russian secret service.

Last week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Yulia’s online doping management account, which includes her location and address, had been illegally accessed. The Russian athlete the accessing of her account was done for discovering her whereabouts. Yulia has been branded a traitor by many people back home in Russia. In a conference call days ago, Stepanova remarked if something happens to us then you should know that it is not an accident.

The world governing body of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), praised her and she was cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics but the International Olympic Committee banned Stepanova because of her doping past and instead sent her an invitation to attend as a guest.

Bach remarked the ethics commission had to answer the question whether it was appropriate to change the constitution of the IOC for Yulia Stepanova in order to be able to allow her to compete in the Rio Olympics and added it came to the conclusion this would not be appropriate. The IOC President also remarked we invited her to come and we offered her support if she should need it not only support for her life but also for her sporting career. Bach also defended decision of the IOC to allow some Russians to compete after international federations cleared them saying it was a decision to protect clean athletes. The International Olympic Committee President said we have taken a decision there in the interests of athletes, defending the individual rights of these athletes and not making athletes be responsible for irregularities of their government.

Bach also remarked all samples from Russian athletes at Sochi would be retested. He also said they would also be checked for any tampering, as described in the McLaren report.

Declaring Rio Games closed, Bach urged the youths of the world to assemble in Tokyo in 2020 for the next edition of the quadrennial showpiece. The International Olympic Committee President officially declared the Games closed in the presence of over 60,000 spectators and over 11,000 athletes from across the globe at the historic Maracana. Bach commented Rio 2016 would be remembered as an iconic games, not only for its historic sporting achievements, but also because of the spirit and passion of the Brazilian people.

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Thursday 18, Aug 2016

  Russian Long Jumper Survives Being Banned From Olympics

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Russian long jumper Darya Klishina, who was the only Russian track and field athlete allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics, has managed to survive against a potential ban from competing in the Rio games.

There were rumors that Klishina had been suspended as new evidence had emerged in relation to the McLaren report, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report.

The International Association of Athletics Federations previously confirmed Darya has been banned “based on new information.” The long jumper from Russia appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Klishina’s appeal against the ban. In a statement, the CAS said the parties were informed that the application was upheld and that the athlete remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio. CAS said the permanent residence of Klishina in the United States meant she still met the IAAF’s competition criteria despite the additional information provided by Professor McLaren. The CAS statement further reads the athlete established that she was subject to fully compliant drug testing, in and out of competition, outside of Russia. It was also remarked the CAS Panel applied the IAAF competition rules to conclude that the previous decision of the IAAF DRB (Doping Review Board), that the athlete complied with the relevant criteria because of her permanent residence outside Russia, still applied despite the additional information provided by Prof. McLaren and the athlete relevantly established that she was subject to fully compliant drug-testing in – and out-of-competition outside of Russia for the ‘relevant period.

Klishina’s lawyer Paul Greene said the IAAF claimed three anti-doping samples Darya Klishina gave before and during the 2013 World Championships in Moscow showed evidence of being opened and then resealed. This method of manipulating drug tests was identified in an explosive report into Russia’s state-run doping program by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

The IAAF had recently confirmed it had withdrawn her special eligibility status. Klishina said he is appealing decision by the IAAF Doping Review Board to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban her from the Rio Olympics. The Russian long jumper added she is a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt. Darya added she is falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes.

Klishina was the only athlete (of 136) to be granted such an exemption. The 25-year-old is a two-time long jump champion of the European Indoor Championships and also took third in the Outdoor Championships in 2014 and tenth in the World Championships last year. On 26 June 2010, Klishina achieved a jump of 7.03m, a Russian junior record and the second best junior mark of all time, which was also the second best jump in the world that year, behind only her teammate Olga Kucherenko’s mark of 7.13m that year.

Russia’s Olympics chief Alexander Zhukov had earlier remarked the situation with Darya Klishina appears to be cynical mockery of the Russian sportswoman by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Sunday 14, Aug 2016

  Drug Cheats Should Not Be Allowed To Compete At Olympics, Says Michael Phelps

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Olympic superstar Michael Phelps has remarked drug cheats should not be allowed back into sport.

The American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time said it is sad that today in sports in general, not just only swimming, there are people who are testing positive who are allowed back in the sport and multiple times.

Phelps was speaking after it was made clear by young teammate Lilly King that she did not think Russian Yulia Efimova should be competing in the Rio Games. Lilly backed up her comments with a 100m breaststroke victory over world champion Efimova, who has served a steroid ban of 16 months but was allowed to swim in the Rio Olympics despite her testing positive this year for Meldonium, the drug which Maria Sharapova has been banned over.

King, a 19-year-old first-time Olympian, said she did not think Efimova belonged in the pool and many agreed as the 24-year-old world champion was showered with boos as she took the blocks. King won in an Olympic record of 1:04.93, with the Russian second in 1:05.50 and remarked she thinks it just proved that you can compete clean and still come out on top. King further remarked that people like US world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin should not be competing in Rio.

Phelps remarked he believes sport should be clean and sport should be on an even playing field, and he thinks that it is sad that in sports today we have people who are testing positive not only once but twice and still having the opportunity to swim at these Games. King spoke of her solidarity with the stance of Mack Horton of Australia and said she totally agrees with him.

Mack Horton of Australia recently taunted Chinese swimmer Sun Yang about his 2014 drugs ban, which drew a furious response from Chinese officials and media. The Chinese swimmer served a doping ban of three months after he tested positive for Trimetazidine, which Chinese officials said he had taken for years to treat an existing heart problem before the stimulant was added to World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in January 2014. French swimmer Camille Lacourt weighed into the debate and said Sun “pisses purple”.

Horton won over drug-tainted Chinese star Sun Yang in the men’s 400m freestyle final. Horton had named his rival a “drug cheat” a few days back in a clear reference to Sun’s three-month suspension over banned heart medication in 2014. The comments of Horton got the Chinese swimming team fuming and an apology is sought by Chinese officials. Horton stood by his comments and the Australia Olympic Committee and numerous athletes, both Australia and otherwise, have backed the Aussie gold medalist on his stance. Australia Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said there would be no apology from Horton or the Australian team. The Chef de Mission said Mack obviously has very strong views about the need for clean sport, as every single one of us does and added he has every right to express his views and his displeasure in that sense.

US Olympic medalist swimmer Katie Meili also supported the stance of Horton and said swimming is so special that she hopes the powers that be are working hard to keep the integrity of the sport.

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Friday 12, Aug 2016

  Second Kenyan Official Sent Home From Olympics In Doping Scandal

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A Kenyan track and field official has been expelled from the Rio Olympics after he pretended to be one of the team’s 800-meter runners at a doping test and provided a sample in the name of an athlete.

This incident could possibly be the unintended result of the runner, Ferguson Rotich, giving his accreditation card to John Anzrah so he could have a free breakfast in the athletes’ village. The International Olympic Committee still opened an investigation after Anzrah was found with the Olympic accreditation of Rotich and provided the doping sample and signed doping forms in the name of Rotich, Kenyan team leader Stephen Arap Soi said.

Rotich’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said Rotich gave Anzrah his accreditation so that the coach could eat breakfast for free at the athletes’ village on Wednesday morning. It was remarked by Kenyan officials that Anzrah was found in the dining area of the athletes’ village before the test. The agent also said Rotich went to the doping test and gave both blood and urine samples after Anzrah was discovered.

Anzrah is a former Kenyan 200- and 400-meter runner and competed at the world championships in 1987. Ferguson Rotich is listed to compete in the heats of the men’s 800 on Friday alongside teammate David Rudisha, the Olympic champion and world-record holder. Rotich finished fourth in the 800 at the world championships in Beijing last year.

The Kenyan team leader said doping control officers reported Anzrah, a former sprinter and now a track coach, to authorities after the test. Arap Soi further commented that the problem with John Anzrah is he took possession of an identity card (accreditation) of an athlete who was in the list of WADA for out-of-competition dope testing. It was further added that Anzrah was taken to the doping control station purportedly as Ferguson Rotich and subjected to produce the sample and he signed and the crime he has committed is against Team Kenya and that is why we are sending him back home.

A disciplinary commission has been set up by the International Olympic Committee to look into the incident. The IOC said we take note of the decision of the Kenyan Olympic Committee to send home its athletics coach following a violation of anti-doping rules and we thank the NOC for its swift action.

In a statement, the world governing body of athletics said it will seek information on the incident from the IOC and could launch its own investigation.

This is the second embarrassment for Kenya after its track and field team manager was sent home a few days back over allegations that he sought a 10,000 pound ($13,000) bribe from undercover reporters to help athletes evade doping tests back in Kenya. Michael Rotich was filmed seeking the bribes in Kenya in January and February. Michael Rotich was arrested when he arrived back in Kenya from the Olympics and is being held in custody and facing criminal charges. A Kenyan magistrate has ruled that the country’s athletics manager can be held for four weeks by police as they investigate claims that Michael Rotich was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in return for £10,000 ($13,000).

The allegations result from an undercover investigation by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD. Rotich, during the operation, was approached by a supposed doping specialist hired to supply banned substances to a fictional British sports team. In the film, Rotich appears to request a one-off payment to give athletes an advanced notice of 12 hours of a pending drugs test because he knew the official anti-doping testers.

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Saturday 06, Aug 2016

  IOC Chief Denies He Had Contact With Putin Over Russian Doping Scandal

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach that the IOC is not in a position to sanction heads of state in any given country after he was asked why Russian officials, including Vladimir Putin, who have denied they are responsible for state-sponsored doping were not criticized.

Bach tried to distance himself from Russia and claimed the priority of IOC is to shed full light and get to the bottom of allegations that represent an attack on everything we want to represent. The conclusions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report have been repeatedly dismissed by officials downwards from the level of President Vladimir Putin. The Russian officials also claimed doping allegations against Russia and its athletes were “politically motivated”.

The IOC President claimed that IOC had acted tough and said Russian Sports Ministry officials had been barred from attending Rio 2016, including Minister Vitaly Mutko. However, Bach remarked the IOC is not in a position to sanction heads of state in any given country. Bach was responding to a question from Hajo Seppelt, the German journalist who first made the allegations against Russian doping in athletics that then led to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launching the Independent Commission that found state-supported doping evidence. Bach also remarked we have seen the report of Richard McClaren about the manipulation of anti-doping tests and samples in Russia and commented the rest of our work has to follow, the allegations that the Russian Ministers of Sport orchestrated such a system and the report revealed a system. Bach went on to remark if this was applied like this in Russia, this is an attack on everything we want to represent and our values.

Russian sports minister has remained in his position, despite being effectively named as the mastermind of the scheme along with his deputy, Yuri Nagornykh. The McLaren Report since its publication has been dismissed by Russian politicians, sporting officials, athletes, and media.

Thomas Bach has maintained a close relationship with the Russian head of state in the build-up to Sochi 2014 after he was among the first to phone and offer congratulations when he was elected as the President in 2013. Critics claim that many of the recent decisions of the IOC President have been influenced by his desire to maintain these relations. Bach refuted these claims and claimed he has not spoken to any Russian Government official since the publication of the McClaren Report and not even in the days or weeks preceding it.

Speaking during a recently-concluded IOC session, Bach remarked this blanket ban of the Russian Olympic Committee has been called by some the ‘nuclear option and the innocent athletes would have to be considered as ‘collateral damage.’ The IOC managed to stand tall against recommendations of the World Anti-Doping Agency to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics. Bach reacted by saying the Olympic Movement stands for life and the construction of a better future and this vision of a better future for and through sport is what needs to guide us. The IOC chief also remarked this vision includes a more robust and efficient worldwide anti-doping system. Bach also remarked engagement, not isolation, is the key, to build a functioning and more robust world-anti doping system and remarked this painful situation can become a moment of catharsis in the fight against doping if we all contribute in this spirit.

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