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Tuesday 12, Sep 2017

  Double Olympian Re-launches Fight Against Doping Charges

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Paul Edwards, the double Olympian shot putter from Britain, has launched a Facebook page as part of his longstanding efforts to get his name cleared from charges that took place long before social media existed.

Edwards, who was banned for life in 1997 after a second positive doping test, competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and won bronze for Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Till date, he disputes his positive test in 1994 that resulted in a ban of four years and the findings from an out-of-competition test undertaken while he was still banned which led to his lifetime ban.

Edwards said in a video recording on his page, entitled Paul Edwards Victim of Deceit and Deception that he wrongly received a life ban from athletics after an incorrect out-of-competition test for Testosterone in 1997. The former GB international and Olympic shot putter said he is not guilty and will continue as he had done for 20 years to fight to prove his innocence. The shot putter, who competed for both England and Wales, was sent home on the eve of the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games along with fellow athlete Diane Modahl after doping charges emerged against them.

The double Olympian shot putter failed two tests. He first failed an anti-doping test that was conducted during the European Championships in Helsinki earlier in the year and the second failed test was two days after he returned from competing there. The first sample tested positive for a cocktail of banned substances, including anabolic steroids, raised testosterone, and the stimulant pseudoephedrine. The second sample was found to be positive for Testosterone. Edwards subsequently received a lifetime doping ban and his ban was the first incident of a British athlete receiving a lifetime ban.

In 1996, Modahl made a return to athletics after she was cleared on appeal by the international body for athletics, then known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, and the British Athletic Federation, following evidence that her sample had materially degraded after serious failures in the chain of custody and storage.

Edwards in the past have alleged numerous faults with the findings for his 1997 sample and even went on to challenge the chain of custody. The shot putter made use of the Freedom of Information Act in 2009 to obtain information on his tests from the Drug Control Centre at King’s College, London. In November 1997, the High Court ruled in the favor of UK Athletics, UK Sport, and the Doping Control Centre at King’s College, London that the claim for damage by Edwards was “statute barred”.

Edwards said his case has still not been reconsidered and added he had received a lifetime ban which has marred his life even though guilty athletes are constantly being reinstated after agreed periods of time. Edwards added he is not guilty and will continue to fight.

Edwards represented Great Britain 43 times and won 11 AAA titles and 5 UK titles. The retired professional athlete also represented Great Britain in decathlon and held Welsh national records at shot put, decathlon, and discus and won 9 Welsh titles.

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Tuesday 22, Aug 2017

  Justin Gatlin Issues First Public Apology Over Doping Past

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Justin Gatlin, the controversial 100 meter world champion, has made his first public apology about the furore caused by his doping bans.

The American sprinter said the booing he received at the recently-concluded London championships hurt but it helped motivate him to beat Usain Bolt. Gatlin has received criticism for reportedly not showing remorse for his actions associated with this two drug bans. In 2001, Gatlin was first banned for taking a banned supplement for Attention Deficit Disorder that he had been using since childhood. The sprinter received an early reinstatement by the world governing body of athletics the following year. In 2006, the sprinter was banned again after he tested positive for the steroid Testosterone. It was claimed by Gatlin that this was as a result of sabotage by a disaffected member of his team.

Gatlin disclosed he wrote a letter of apology to the International Association of Athletics Federations years ago and has no issues if a public apology was required. The sprinter said the letter he wrote, which came out in 2015, it was suppressed for almost six years and he is not sure who or why they suppressed it but he did apologized. Gatlin also remarked he started a program where he went and talked to kids and told them about the pitfalls of falling behind the wrong people, staying on the path, and doing the right things.  The sprinter said he apologize for any wrongdoings or any black eyes that he brought onto the sport. Gatlin also remarked he loves the sport and that is why he had made a return and try to run to the best of his ability and for that he had worked hard to right his wrongs.

Gatlin said he was hurt by the jeering and booing from the crowd in London when he was presented with a gold medal for the 100m World Championships. The American sprinter said it did hurt because he is not there for himself, he is up there for his country, he is up there for his supporters, and added he didn’t do it for himself. Gatlin said he was there for people back at home watching who were not able to come and commented that maybe the boos were for him but standing on the podium was for the people who have loved him and his country that he loves.

Gatlin remarked he had to overcome his concern about what people thought about him before he came back to running. The 100 meter world champion also said he wanted people to respect him, to love him, to know that he is a hard worker like anybody else. Gatlin also said he felt like sometimes that fell on deaf ears, and it took away from his focus of being a runner because he was so consumed by what people would think about him and judging him, that he really had to just dial-in and just focus on being a runner and let the natural talent do all the talking.

Gatlin is next due to compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

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Tuesday 04, Jul 2017

  Three Pitchers Suspended By MLB For Use Of Banned Substances

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Major League Baseball (MLB) has imposed drug suspensions on Houston Astros rookie David Paulino as well as minor leaguers Joseph Colon of Cleveland and Joan Gregorio of San Francisco.

Paulino, who is the only one presently in the majors, received a ban of 80 games after he tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid. The suspension of Paulino started with Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees. Paulino has started six games for the first-place Astros this season, going 2-0 with a 6.52 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 innings.

In a statement, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said we are disappointed in the news regarding David Paulino. Luhnow added we hope this is a one-time incident and something David can learn from as he continues his career. The Astros general manager also commented that the Astros will continue to fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Colon tested positive for a synthetic drug whose effect is similar to that of Testosterone. The 27-year-old right-hander made his big league debut with the Indians last July 8 and was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Colon has a 4.13 ERA in 28 relief appearances this year at Triple-A Columbus.

Gregorio showed evidence of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. The 25-year-old Gregorio is 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts this year at Triple-A Sacramento. The 6-foot-7 starter was performing well for the Triple-A Sacramento and came close to being promoted more than once in June. Gregorio was even pulled from his warmups before a game in Las Vegas as the Giants weighed a move and he was likely to be in the team had he not injured his back a few days back. Gregorio was expected to replace Dan Slania but the chance has now been bagged by Chris Stratton who got the call and arrived in time for the game.

Both of them have been banned for the rest of the season.

This year, Pittsburgh All-Star outfielder Starling Marte and Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia were banned under the major league drug program. In this year, there have been 47 suspensions under the minor league program.

Kansas City Royals catcher Mark Sanchez was recently suspended for 80 games under the minor league drug program of baseball following a positive test. The 22-year-old tested positive for the performance enhancing substance, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Sanchez, a 35th-round draft pick last year, was hitting .206 with two RBIs in 11 games this season for Lexington of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Few weeks back, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jair Jurrjens was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for Testosterone that did not originate in his body. The 31-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearances this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has not appeared in a game since June 7. A native of Curacao, Jurrjens is a veteran of eight major league seasons and an All-Star with Atlanta in 2011. He is 53-38 with a 3.72 ERA for Detroit (2007), the Braves (2008-12), Baltimore (2013) and Colorado (2014).

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Thursday 01, Jun 2017

  Doctor Linked To Salazar Accused Of Falsifying Records

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A doctor who has worked closely with Alberto Salazar, the coach of Mo Farah, has been accused of deliberately falsifying medical records before he handed documents to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Dr Jeffrey Brown, a Houston-based endocrinologist, was accused of changing a note showing details of an infusion of the controversial amino acid L-carnitine to the former Nike Oregon Project employee Steve Magness in 2011. Brown, who has been under investigation since 2015 by USADA, denied any wrongdoing.

Magness – a key whistleblower in a 2015 Panorama documentary against Salazar – said at least one of the records that Brown gave to the United States Anti-Doping Agency regarding his own treatment appeared to have been altered and did not matched with the copy he has from a visit four years earlier. Magness was given an infusion of L-carnitine at that visit. This is a medical procedure that involved Dr Brown putting him on a drip for more than four hours.

In 2014, Farah received one injection of L-carnitine before the London marathon. UK Athletics doctor Robin Chakraverty insisted that was well within the legal limit but failed to record the precise figure administered to Farah, which was described as “inexcusable” by the UKA chairman, Ed Warner, in parliament.

It was reported by the BBC that a number of ticks seem to have been added under ‘EXAM’ options, including ‘General,’ ‘Lungs,’ ‘Thyroid,’ ‘CV’ (cardio vascular), and ‘Neuro’ in the document provided by Brown to USADA that suggested a full health check was carried out by Dr Brown on Magness.

Joan Lucci Bain, the lawyer of Brown, said all medical records provided to the United States Anti-Doping Agency were accurate. The lawyer also said the records were given with patient consent.

A leaked interim report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency to the Texas Medical Board, written in March 2016 and published recently online, also suggested that some other records, particularly those of the 2008 Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein, were also altered by Brown. The USADA report revealed that medical records of Ritzenhein were tweaked surreptitiously to suggest an infusion of the amino acid L-carnitine was “40ml” – within the 50ml limit by the World Anti-Doping Agency when the original document had no such measurement.

The USADA report alleges Dr Brown committed at least four anti-doping violations but the doctor vehemently denies breaking anti-doping rules. It was concluded by the USADA report that Salazar and Dr Brown were aware that infusions given to NOP athletes including Magness and Dathan Ritzenhein were above the legal limits and broke the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules. The report also said the United States Anti-Doping Agency has found that these potential anti-doping rule violations appear to have wholly or largely occurred in the context of a larger conspiracy between Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar and Houston endocrinologist Dr Jeffrey Brown to collude in order to employ risky and untested alternative and unconventional and sometimes potentially unlawful uses of medical procedures and prescription medications including both substances and methods prohibited under the rules of sport to attempt to increase the testosterone, energy and blood levels of Nike Oregon Project athletes in order to boost athletic performance.

Dr Brown is presently investigated by the Texas Medical Board.

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Friday 07, Apr 2017

  Lance Armstrong Doping Doctor Receives Suspended Sentence

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Dr. Michele Ferrari, the infamous coach and sports doctor, has been found guilty of doping Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler by a court in Bolzano.

Ferrari, who was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for doping Lance Armstrong and other athletes from the US Postal Service team, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 4,500 Euro. He was also asked to pay 15,000 Euro as part of a civil verdict to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Taschler was given a nine-month suspended sentence. The biathlete’s father, who was a one-time Italian Biathlon nation coach and vice-president of the International Biathlon Federation, was given a one-year sentence.

During the investigation, police used phone taps to listen in on conversations between Dr. Ferrari and Taschler. It was believed by prosecutors that the conversations included instructions on how to take EPO and details of secret telephone numbers where Dr. Ferrari could be contacted. The biathlete’s father had pushed his son to work with Dr. Ferrari as a way to boost his athletic career.

The investigation was sparked by the Padua investigation that assisted uncover financial payments from Armstrong to Dr. Ferrari and other evidence. This investigation was moved to Bolzano as the first contact between Taschler and Dr. Ferrari is alleged to have occurred near home of the biathlete.

This is the first instance when Dr. Ferrari has been found guilty of doping in a court. It is despite him having a long history of doping accusations going back to the early nineties when the big benefits of Erythropoietin (EPO) were first discovered. Previously, Dr. Ferrari was found guilty of sporting fraud and illegally working as a pharmacist in 2006 after testimony from former rider Filippo Simeoni. Simeoni said that Ferrari had advised him on how to use EPO and Testosterone. However, Ferrari was later cleared on appeal of the latter charge as the slow legal process in Italy and the statue of limitations allowed him to avoid the case reaching a final verdict. In 2000, doping became a crime in Italy and it was only then that prosecutors found it easy to persue doctors and athletes who dope.

In 2002, Ferrari was banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation but he made an appeal to a regional court to have the ban lifted because of a rule change of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Ferrari had then claimed that he was not properly notified by the talian Olympic Committee (CONI) and every licenced athlete of his ban. Several riders were banned for just three months in the past as it was claimed by them that they did not know Ferrari had been banned in 2002.

The infamous coach and sports doctor is infamous for comparing Erythropoietin to orange juice in 1994 when he used to work with the Gewiss team that dominated racing at the time. Ferrari had told L’Equipe and other European media that EPO is not dangerous, it is the abuse that is and he had also added that it is also dangerous to drink 10 liters of orange juice.

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Tuesday 21, Feb 2017

  European Athlete Of The Year Prize May Be All Lost For Russian Athlete

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Mariya Sergeyevna Savinova, the Russian former athlete who specialized in the 800 meters, is likely to be stripped of her 2011 European Athlete of the Year award after a doping ban of four years was imposed on her.

Svein Arne Hansen, the President of European Athletics, confirmed that the female athlete of the year award of Savinova could be removed. Vladimir Kazarin, her coach, may also lose his coach of the year prize from the same year. The European Athletics Council is likely to review the case of Savinova at its meeting in Paris between April 28 and 30.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) sanctioned Savinova and declared her results between July 26, 2010 and August 19, 2013 void. She will be unable to return to competition until August 2019 at the earliest. This means the Russian 800 meters runner was stripped of her Olympic gold medal from London 2012 and her world title from Daegu in 2011.

In a statement, the CAS said the 31-year-old Savinova was found to have been engaged in using doping with her ban backdated to begin from August 2015. A CAS statement read Mariya Savinova-Farnosova on the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP) is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow) and accordingly to have violated Article 32.2(b) of the IAAF Competition Rules (the IAAF Rules) which concerns “Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method.

The CAS statement further reads that a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed on Mariya Savinova-Farnosova and all results achieved by her between 26 July 2010 and 19 August 2013, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited. Savinova was also stripped of her 2010 European title from Barcelona.

Savinova was named as one of five Russian athletes implicated in the first WADA Independent Commission report. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) initially called for Savinova to be banned for life.

Whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova filmed Savinova in undercover footage back in 2014. In the footage, Savinova was caught admitting to injecting banned substance Testosterone and using Oxandrolone. Savinova said on the recording that is our system and in Russia that only works with doping. Savinova also claimed in the video that her husband, Russian 1,500m runner Aleksey Farsonov, had very good contacts to the doping control laboratory in Moscow. This prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency to launch an investigation that culminated in the Russian Athletics Federation being banned from international competition in November 2015.

The 800m specialist also had ties to two coaches suspected of involvement in a state-sponsored doping scheme in her native country. Vladimir Kazarin remains suspended pending the results of an investigation and Alexei Melnikov, a long-distance running and race walking coach, was banned for life last year.

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Wednesday 04, Jan 2017

  Athletes Caught For Doping Will Be Banned For Life

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Distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie, who was elected head of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF), has remarked Ethiopia will impose lifetime bans on drug cheats.

Ethiopia was recently classified by the world governing body of track and field as one of five countries in “critical care” over its drug-testing systems. Kenya, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are other nations in that category. Russia is presently banned from all athletic competitions after revelations of a state-sponsored doping regime and corruption allegations.

The country has been one of the superpowers in distance running along with neighboring Kenya but its credibility was questioned this year when six of its athletes came under investigation for doping.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation also announced that it would be carrying out tests on up to 200 athletes. Gebrselassie remarked his administration has adopted a “zero tolerance” approach towards doping. The new president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation said our stand is no excuse towards someone who has cheated and added any athlete as of today who has offended will be hit by a life ban. This would mean Ethiopian athletes who fail tests and are subject to a ban of four years from December 28 onwards will no longer be able to represent the country in any competition. The punishment is much stricter than the one currently imposed by the International Olympic Committee.

Gebrselassie said his focus is to convince the IAAF that the African country was serious in tackling doping. He also commented this would also prove out to be beneficial for getting Ethiopia removed from the list of countries identified by IAAF president Sebastian Coe as in need of “critical care”.

Under IOC rules, athletes caught doping can face doping bans of four years but they are eligible to compete in any international event, including the Olympics, after serving it.

Jama Aden, the coach of Ethiopian 2016 Olympic hopeful Genzebe Dibaba, and a physiotherapist from Morocco were taken into custody recently. This was after police raided his training group’s hotel rooms outside of Barcelona. Police found 60 used syringes of EPO and other banned substances in the hotel.

Previously, Ethiopian-born former 1,500 meters world champion, Abeba Aregawi, had failed an out-of-competition doping test. Few months back, the national team doctor, Ayalew Tilhaun said Ethiopians recently tested positive for anabolic steroids, Testosterone, the stimulant Ephedrine and the diuretic Furosemide, among other banned substances. Ethiopia’s 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion, Endeshaw Negesse, was also linked to a failed doping test.

Ethiopia Athletics Federation’s secretary general, Bililign Mekoya, had remarked in the past that evidence indicated that athletes were paying $900 to get a dose of banned substances in Ethiopia. Mekoya also said three athletes were formally suspended and another three are under investigation. Ayalew declined to identify the athletes because investigations are continuing. One runner, Sintayehu Mergia, identified himself as one of the athletes under suspicion but denied doping.

The IAAF is also investigating a number of Ethiopians for doping. Kenya and Ethiopia collectively won 24 medals at the world championships in Beijing last year.

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Friday 09, Dec 2016

  Ex-Olympic Champion Banned For Eight Years

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Italy’s 2008 Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer has been banned for a period of eight years after losing an appeal in a second doping case.

The 31-year-old helped Italy won the world 50km walk team title in May after a 45-month ban for a positive test for Erythropoietin before London Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his appeal after the retest of a sample given in January showed traces of anabolic steroid Testosterone.

In a statement, the CAS said all competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points, and prizes. The CAS has imposed an 8-year period of ineligibility on him, until 7 July 2024, which almost means an end to his career.

The Olympic 50km walk champion had previously admitted to using the blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2012. He admitted to taking a flight alone to Turkey the previous September with 1,500 euros to buy the blood booster at a pharmacy. Schwazer said he disguised EPO in a box of vitamins in a refrigerator at the home of his then-girlfriend Carolina Kostner in Germany, where he was staying in July in the buildup to the 2012 Games. The Italian said he learned how to use EPO through the Internet and injected it on a daily basis in a bathroom so that Kostner was not aware of what he was doing.

Kostner told anti-doping officials that Schwazer was not in home when they came to collect samples when he was with her at the home. Carolina also told the prosecutors that Schwazer slept in an altitude chamber that is not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency but is illegal in Italy. The figure skater was banned for 16 months by the Italian Olympic committee for assisting Schwazer evade a test and other infractions. The Italian skater was banned from competition for 16 months and fined €1,000 for her role in the Schwazer case but the expiration date of the ban was changed to January 1, 2016. Kostner would return to competitive skating with Alexei Mishin as her coach.

Carolina is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2012 World champion, a five-time European champion (2007–2008, 2010, 2012–2013), and the 2011 Grand Prix Final champion. Known for her speed across the ice, elegance, and interpretative refinement, Carolina spins and jumps in the clockwise direction.

Schwazer returned to competition and won the 50-kilometer event at the world championships in Rome in May.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reported Schwazer and the Italian federation (FIDAL) were informed a day earlier that a May 12 retest of a January 1 doping control sample showed positive traces of steroids. The retest was conducted after the athlete qualified for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. FIDAL confirmed that the Gazzetta report was accurate.

Born in northern Italy, Alex Schwazer was the runner-up at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. He went on to win gold at the 50 km walk at the 2008 Summer Olympics, setting a new Olympic record with his time of 3:37:09.

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Wednesday 07, Dec 2016

  Carolina Kostner Banned For Aiding Doping Of Schwazer To Make A Return

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Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy will be back in action this month after serving a ban of 21 months after being guilty of being complicit in the cover-up of her former boyfriend and doping cheat Alex Schwazer.

Kostner has taken on Russian coach Aleksei Mishin as she makes a comeback after serving a suspension for helping Schwazer evade doping tests. Mishin has coached Olympic skaters Alexei Urmanov, Alexei Yagudin, and Evgeny Plushenko, who joined Kostner in an ice show in Italy last month. The Olympic bronze medalist finished second at an invitational in Japan in January, her first competition in nearly two years because of the suspension.

The 29-year-old has not competed since March 29 but is due to take part in the International Skating Union (ISU)-sanctioned Golden Spin competition in Zagreb in Croatia from December 7 to 10. Kostner will also take to the ice in the Italian Championship Egna, a few kilometers from her hometown of Bolzano, from December 14 to 19. A six-time World Championships medalist, Carolina hopes to compete at the European Championships in Ostrava in the Czech Republic from January 25 to 29.

The Italian figure skater is a seven-time Italian national champion and is also a medalist at five other World Championships (2005, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014), four other European Championships (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014), and three other Grand Prix Finals (2007, 2008, 2010), the 2003 World Junior bronze medalist.

In January 2015, Kostner was initially suspended for 16 months for helping Beijing 2008 Olympic race walking champion Schwazer but her ban was later extended to 21 months. Schwazer was recently banned for eight years after he failed a drugs test just weeks after he made a return from a three-year and nine-month doping suspension. The Italian tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) shortly before London 2012 but a May 12 retest of a January 1 doping sample showed positive traces of the anabolic steroid Testosterone. Schwazer confessed to going alone to Turkey for buying the banned blood booster before he stored it at the home he shared with Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Carolina Kostner.

The 2012 world champion and the Olympic bronze medalist in the singles event Sochi 2014 admitted she had lied to drug testers when they arrived to test Schwazer in July 2012. However, Kostner denied any involvement with her former boyfriend’s doping. She told inspectors according to lawyer Giovanni Fontana that Schwazer was not home, in order to respect his privacy, before he was subsequently caught by testers in Italy.

Originally, anti-doping prosecutors had called for a ban of four years on Kostner that would have ruled her out of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang before they settled on the agreed 16-month term.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had declared her eligible to compete from January 1 this year after Kostner settled a dispute with the CONI and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The CAS said the suspension of Carolina Kostner was backdated to April 1, 2014, based on procedural delays that are not attributable to Kostner.

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Monday 07, Nov 2016

  Positive Drugs Tests “Capped” At 12 During Los Angeles 1984, Says Former IAAF VP

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A former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) vice-president has alleged that the number of positive drugs tests at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 was “capped” at 12 despite a higher number of failures.

Ollan Cassell, a member of the American gold medal winning 4×400 meters relay team at Tokyo 1964 who later served 23 years at the world athletics body, made this revelation. Cassell remarked the decision formed part of a pact between then IAAF head Primo Nebiolo and Juan Antonio Samaranch, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President.

The former International Association of Athletics Federations vice-president also said the decision by Samaranch and Nebiolo was reportedly taken in order to give an impression to everyone that both bodies were taking a strong anti-doping stance while avoiding too big of a scandal. Cassell said he had been warned by Nebiolo about the decision he and Samaranch had made about capping the number of positive drug tests in Los Angeles Olympics at a dozen. The former IAAF VP further added Nebiolo told him they had done it ‘to protect the Olympics and the USA’ so there would be no scandal.

The allegations of Cassell fit with claims in the past about the covering-up of failed drug tests at Los Angeles 1984. Arnold Beckett, a former member of the IOC Medical Commission, had remarked that someone had broken into the hotel of Commission chair Prince Alexandre de Merode and shredded the documents. Merode admitted sampled had been destroyed but claimed this was due to accidental haste by organizers rather than deliberate wrongdoing.

Allegations of a similar nature have also been made by officials working within the UCLA facility where drug testing took place.

Craig Krammerer, one laboratory official, said five of the nine allegedly covered-up failures were for anabolic steroids, with the remainder for either Testosterone or Ephedrine.

In total, 1,502 athletes were tested at the Los Angeles Games and twelve positives were reported across the sports of athletics, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. The list included two silver medal winners in Swedish wrestler Tomas Johansson and Finnish 10,000 meters runner Martti Vainio. The remaining athletes subsequently admitted to blood doping during the Games, although this was not made illegal until 1985.

Ollan Cassell also praised the present-day IAAF for their tough stance to recent Russian doping scandals that also involves allegations that samples have been tampered with. Cassell remarked the IAAF had moved in the strongest direction toward Rio by suspending the All-Russia Athletic Federation. The former IAAF VP criticized the International Olympic Committee for not taking a similar stance and remarked he thinks the IOC is the one that came out looking the weakest on drugs by not taking a firmer stance against the Russians. Cassell also said it seems to him like the IAAF is going to be the one that’s going to have to sort of lead this movement of stronger drug testing and make sure that clean athletes are the ones that are participating in international competitions.

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