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Saturday 04, Aug 2012

  Moroccan Runner Tests Positive, Ledecky Quizzed

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Moroccan Runner Tests Positive, Ledecky Quizzed – Cliff Notes


The Sports Minister of Morocco has revealed that Moroccan runner Amine Laalou was barred from entering Britain a day before he was to compete at the London Olympics. Laalou had been scheduled to run in the 1,500-meter heats at the Olympic Stadium and reportedly failed to clear a drug test. Moroccan sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine said he didn’t know all the details of the reported case of the runner.

Ivan Tsikhan, a three-time world champion hammer thrower from Belarus, was kicked out of the London Olympics as an @IOC retest found his doping samples from the 2004 Athens Games to be positive. Tsikhan, who won the silver medal in Athens Olympics, had expected to start qualifying for the hammer throw final but was instead sent home by the IAAF, and faced a possible life ban after a second positive test. Oleg Grinko, a spokesman for the Belarus Olympic Committee, said a letter has been received from the IAAF that Ivan Tsikhan should be taken out for doping from 2004 in Athens. After the 2008 Beijing Games, Tsikhan got in trouble and was stripped of his medal after he tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone.

A banned diuretic was found in a sample the Moroccan runner gave at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 20, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on its website. The diuretic was furosemide that is used for disguising the presence of anabolic steroids and other banned drugs. Meanwhile, the International Association of Athletics Federations declined to comment on the reports.

Laalou becomes the second Moroccan 1,500-meter runner to be barred from the London Olympics after Mariem Alaoui Selsouli was suspended last month by the IAAF for testing positive for furosemide. The 28-year-old Selsouli was caught doping at the Paris Diamond League meeting on July 6 and is facing a lifetime ban if a second offense is proven.

Chinese teen swimming sensation Ye Shiwen who was accused of doping won another Olympic gold medal. The 16-year-old broke her own Olympic record to take the 200 IM title after she had shattered the world record in the 400 individual medley on the opening day of the pool competition at the London Games.

Olympics 2012 Chinese Swimmer Ye Shiwen Doping allegations Ian Thorpe comments – Video

In another announcement, American teen sensation Katie Ledecky who won the 800 meters freestyle final was being quizzed about doping at Olympics. Katie said any reports of wrongdoings are totally false and the Olympic medal is a result of a lot of hard work.

Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova was also expelled from the London Olympics after failing to clear a pre-Olympics doping test made at the request of the International Olympic Committee as part of pre-games testing, the governing body of the sport said. The 22-year-old Baranova was the bronze medalist in the sprint at the European championships and is listed by the sport’s governing body as the No. 2-ranked sprinter and keirin rider in the world. Baranova is the two-time under-23 European champion in both the sprint and the keirin and coached by her father, Alexei. The track cyclist admitted her guilt and said she bought the tablets containing testosterone and took one tablet but was asked to take the doping test on the same day she had taken the testosterone tablet.

IOC Banning of Athletes for Doping


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Thursday 02, Aug 2012

  Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC

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Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Cliff Notes

Ye Shiwen 5 - doping accusationsOrganizers of the London Olympics and the governing body of swimming leapt to the defense of teen sensation Ye Shiwen.

Sport’s president said suspicions that China’s world record-breaking teen sensation Shiwen doped were “crazy” and motivated by jealousy and the IOC stressing its confidence in the drug testing program.

“We need to get real here,” said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. “These are the world’s best athletes competing at the very highest level. We’ve seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place.”

Top five athletes in each event, in addition to two others, are tested as part of “a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them, Adams said.

“We can’t stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat,” Adams said. “It’s very sad we can’t applaud a great performance. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes.”

Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Video

The Chinese swimmer won the 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the Olympic swimming competition and sliced through the last lap of the 400 in 28.93 seconds, which was faster than the 29.10 American winner Ryan Lochte posted in the last 50 of the men’s race.

John Leonard, head of the American Swimming Coaches Association, was among those openly questioning legitimacy of Ye Shiwen. Leonard was quoted him as saying the last 100 of her race “was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers.”

“History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I put quotation marks around this, ‘unbelievable,’ history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved,” Leonard was quoted as saying.

“It’s a big mistake,” FINA president Julio Maglione said of Ye’s doubters. “The people that said this is crazy.”

Maglione added he has absolutely no suspicions about Ye and said FINA spends $1 million to drug-test the top 30 swimmers in the world two or three times a year and “swimming is absolutely clean.”

“Some people are just biased,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the anti-doping chief for China’s General Administration of Sport, Jiang Zhixue, as saying. “We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing.”

Sebastian Coe, head of the London organizing committee, said it would “very unfair to judge an athlete by a sudden breakthrough.” “What you tend to forget is probably the 10 years of work that’s already gone in to get to that point,” he said on ITV News. “You need to look back through her career. I think you’ve got to be very careful when you make judgments like that, but, yes, it is an extraordinary breakthrough.”

“Drug testing procedures in place at the London 2012 Olympics are extremely rigorous, and the storage of samples for eight years after the games makes doping a very high-risk strategy,” John Brewer, a board member of UK Anti-Doping and director of sport at the University of Bedfordshire said. “We should not be surprised by exceptional performances since gold-medal winning athletes are inevitably different to the rest of us due to their talent, training and lifestyles.”

Ye Shiwen Achievements in 2011-2012

  • 2011 Chinese Nationals – 1st 200 m individual medley; 1st 4×200 m freestyle relay
  • 2011 World Aquatics Championships – 1st 200m individual medley
  • 2012 Olympics – 1st 200m individual medley; 1st 400m individual medley


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