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Friday 01, Jul 2016

  Russian Sculls Team Banned From Rio Olympics

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World rowing’s ruling body has announced on Thursday that the quadruple sculls team of Russia has been disqualified from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for a doping violation. The team will now be replaced at the games by New Zealand.

The 36-year-old is the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medalist and two-time European champion.

The World Rowing Federation revealed Trimetazidine, a banned substance, was found in a urine sample given by rower Sergey Fedorovtsev in an out-of-competition test on May 17. Sergey competed a week later at the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Switzerland, where Russia finished first to qualify for Rio. The World Rowing Federation, FISA, remarked the B sample was opened on 30 June 2016 in the presence of the rower and the subsequent analysis confirmed the result and therefore it is considered that an anti-doping rule violation has taken place.

The federation said the results of all competitions in which the rower participated after 17 May 2016 are therefore automatically disqualified as Fedorovtsev, who won a gold medal in quadruple sculls at the 2004 Athens Olympics, had provided a positive doping test.

New Zealand that finished third behind Russia and Canada in the qualifying event will replace the Russian crew in Rio. Canada also qualified by finishing second and will join the top eight crews who secured their Olympic places at the 2015 world championships, held in France.

In another development, about 10 Russian field and track athletes sent their individual applications on Tuesday to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requesting the right to take part in the 2016 Olympics, said Mikhail Butov, the secretary general of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). Russian woman pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, winner of two Olympic gold medals, was one of those to file an application at the International Association of Athletic Federations for participation in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil

A few days back, Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the legal department of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), remarked the interests of the Russian field and track athletes would be represented by the Russian Olympic Committee at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne.

The Russian Olympic Committee has employed the services of British firm Morgan Sports Law to represent them at CAS. The ROC hope to have the suspension by the world governing body of athletics overturned in time for Russian athletes to be able to compete at Rio 2016. The London-based company has recently represented a number of clients at CAS against the IAAF. It recently successfully led an appeal to CAS from Tatyana Andrianova against the All-Russia Athletic Federation and the IAAF against a decision to strip her of the bronze medal she won in the 800 meters at the 2005 World Championships following a re-analysis of her urine sample that had shown traces of banned performance-enhancing drugs. Morgan Sports Law also successfully appealed to CAS on behalf of Belarus’ Olympic hammer silver medalist Vadim Devyatovskiy to have a lifetime ban imposed by the athletics’ world governing body from the sport lifted, despite Vadim been involved in several doping scandals during his career.

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Wednesday 05, Dec 2012

  Rower Claims UK Athletics Chief Trying To Hide Own Failures

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Rower Claims UK Athletics Chief Trying To Hide Own Failures

A member of the British rowing team has strongly refuted claims made by the UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos, who ascribed some of the success Britain had at the London 2012 in rowing, cycling and sailing to “technological doping.”

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell, a Rio 2016 hopeful who won a world silver medal last year in the British men’s eight, defended the position of rowing on his personal website and described the views of the UK Athletics chief as “ill-informed comments” which are “insulting” to rowers. Vos made the comments before students at his former Oxford University college, Keble.

Vos defended his position by saying that he made the point and perhaps it was an ill-chosen phrase, that one of the reasons we do well in certain sports is possibly because we have the financial wherewithal to achieve a level that others cannot. The UK Athletics chief executive added that there are some sports where certain well-applied financial modals can bring you a certain advantage and his point was that it does not apply in athletics as it is very, very hard to achieve that.

Reilly-O’Donnell responded to the comments by saying that this is not the first (or last) time a representative of athletics will look down at other Olympic sports and criticize the success as being ‘niche’ or due to unfair advantages but the chief executive of UK track and field should appreciate that sport goes beyond running and that the use of equipment and skills allow for a wider competitive environment. Reilly-O’Donnell further remarked that he does not have the data, knowledge, or expertise to comment on the funding tree of UK Sport but he will contest disparaging comments levelled at ultimately more successful program and said ‘technological doping’ is pretty much impossible in rowing. He also remarked that rowing boats and equipment have barely changed after a flurry of permitted innovation in the 50s/60s and rules upon innovation are highly restrictive and almost irrelevant due to the ‘commercially available’ rule.

The world governing body of rowing (FISA) provides significant funds to developing nations, with cash for equipment ring-fenced, said the rower and went on to say that for De Vos to declare to a room that rowing only got where it was due to having loads of money to buy stuff ‘no one else can get’ is insulting to all the athletes that bury themselves 20 days out of 21, from 7:30am-4pm in a sport with very little individual recognition and no financial reward – that is pure sporting commitment. Track cycling has had technology related criticism levelled at it (more so in Beijing than London) after a spurt of innovation, but cycling has always been, and continues to be, highly regulated and restrictive, rower Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell said and added that this would not be the last time such criticism is propagated by those in athletics, and I’d argue that athletics’ ad hoc success is indicative of this victim type mentality. “We all want UKA to succeed, but you don’t get any better by talking down your Olympic colleagues,” said Reilly-O’Donnell.

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Thursday 25, Oct 2012

  U.S. Rowing Athlete Accepts Sanction

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U.s. rowing athlete accepts sanction

An athlete in the sport of rowing, Matt Kochem, of Somerset, N.J., has accepted a one-year suspension for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file whereabouts information, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 25-year-old Kochem is a member of the USADA National Testing Pool that consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing. The rowing athlete failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period. The combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”).

A Whereabouts Failure for National Testing Pool athletes includes a failure to offer required quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete.

The one-year period of ineligibility of Kochem began on April 12, 2012, the date he accepted the sanction. The athlete has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to January 21, 2012 the date of his third Whereabouts Failure, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the violation.

Born in Littleton, Colorado, Kochem began rowing at the Burnt Hills Rowing Association in 1998 and finished fifth in the lightweight eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships. Matt Kochem took the silver in the lightweight eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships and finished second in the Temple Challenge Cup at the 2007 Henley Royal Regatta. At the 2006 Henley Royal Regatta, Kochem finished second in the Temple Challenge Cup and won the lightweight eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships Trials. Kochem won the lightweight eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships Trials and the lightweight eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships Trials.

Kochem also won gold in the lightweight eight at the 2009 US Rowing National Championships, lightweight eight at the 2008 IRA Championships, lightweight eight at the 2007 IRA Championships, and the lightweight eight at the 2006 IRA Championships. In 2008, Matt Kochem was team captain at Cornell University in 2008 and was the recipient of the Excellence Fellowship in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.

The U.S. national team roster for the World Rowing Championships had Kochem in the lightweight Men’s Eight (LM8+) along with John Carlson (Belmont, Mass.), Jimmy Sopko (Mathews, Va.), Kenny McMahon (Ladysmith, Wis.), Christian Klein (Herndon, Va.), William Newell (Weston, Mass.), Nicholas LaCava (Weston, Conn.), Edward King (Ironton, Mo.), and Austin Meyer (Cohoes, N.Y.). Kochem was part of the US Lightweight Men’s Eight after winning their event at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland along with Kerry Quinn, Jim Spoko, Andrew Diebold, Matt Muffelman, Ryan Fox, Kenny McMahon, Anthony Fahden, and Skip Dise.

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