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Sunday 28, Feb 2016

Orica-GreenEdge And Katusha Leave MPCC

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Australian professional road race cycling team Orica–GreenEDGE and Russian road bicycle racing team Katusha have decided to leave the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) because they now believe rules of the UCI are enough.

Orica-GreenEdge and Katusha became the latest teams to have left the MPCC after the exit of LottoNL – Jumbo and Lampre – Merida. LottoNL and Lampre left MPCC after its riders were blocked from racing under rules of the France-based voluntary organization. American Chris Horner, who was previously with Lampre, was unable to defend his Vuelta a España title in 2014 because of low cortisol levels and the same was experienced by LottoNL’s George Bennett during last year’s Giro d’Italia. Previously, the Astana team ignored the cortisol rules of MPCC ahead of the 2014 Tour de France in allowing Lars Boom to race and Astana was later expelled from the organization. The same thing happened with Bardiani-CSF team at the 2015 Giro d’Italia and also left the MPCC.

The problem of overlapping rules was acknowledged by UCI president Brian Cookson who remarked the only rules teams should have to worry about are those of the world governing body of cycling, the UCI.

In a press release, Orica’s general manager Shayne Bannan said we would like to thank all the current and former members of the MPCC for the discussions and initiatives and for sincerely helping the sport move further in the right direction. Bannan added we fully support the initiatives that have now become an integrated part of the rules of the sport. Going onwards, we will be a strong supporter of seeing these and other initiatives being further developed by the official organizations in collaboration with all the other teams and stakeholders of cycling.

In a statement, Team Katusha said Team Katusha understands that the MPCC intends to strictly apply its rule regardless of the similar UCI provision recently adopted, despite a clear decision taken in this case by the UCI Disciplinary Commission and without acknowledging the specificity of the present case. Team Katusha statement further reads that it regrets the position of the MPCC and in particular its refusal to adapt its rules to the mandatory UCI Regulations and as a consequence Team Katusha has no other choice but to leave the MPCC with immediate effect. Team Katusha also said it would like to underline that it continues to fight against doping by every possible means as it has done in the past years. In this respect, Team Katusha will continue to voluntarily apply other MPCC rules – such as the prohibition to use Tramadol or the imposition of several rest days for a rider in the event of collapsing cortisol levels.

The MPCC, without Orica and Katusha, count only seven of the 18 WorldTour teams as members: Ag2r La Mondiale, Cannondale, Dimension Data, FDJ, Giant – Alpecin, IAM Cycling, and Lotto – Soudal. Teams like Astana, Etixx – Quick-Step, Lampre, LottoNL, Movistar, Sky, Tinkoff, and U.S.-registered teams BMC Racing and Trek-Segafredo are not members of the MPCC.

The MPCC existed for some time and gained momentum after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Many teams signed up to its stricter rules for increasing the stance of professional cycling against doping and controversial teams.

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Friday 26, Feb 2016

Young Athletes Pushed To Doping By Parental Pressure

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A research from the University of Kent has shown that pressure to be perfect from parents makes young male athletes feel positive about doping.

The research from the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences revealed that pressure from parents makes junior athletes more likely to use banned substances to improve sporting performance. It was suggested by lead researcher Daniel Madigan that anti-doping programs because of the risks identified in the findings should target junior athletes early in their sporting career. Madigan also suggested that parents should be made of the potential consequences of such pressure on their children.

The first-of-its-kind research, which was published by the Journal of Sports Sciences, discovered that attitudes of young athletes are more influenced by their parents than anyone else. Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in 129 male British junior athletes (mean age 17.3 years) were examined by the research in four different aspects of perfectionism.

It was found by the study that there was a positive relationship with positive doping attitudes only from parental pressure. The researchers examined other factors such as the striving of athletes for perfection, pressure from their coach to be perfect, and their concerns about making mistakes. Perfectionistic strivings additionally showed a negative relationship in a multiple regression analysis controlling for the overlap between the four aspects. A structural equation model that examined the relationships between all variables suggested that pressure from coaches had a negative indirect effect on attitudes towards doping via perfectionistic strivings. It was indicated by findings of this study that perceived parental pressure to be perfect may be a factor that contributes to vulnerability of athletes to doping where perfectionistic strivings may be a protective factor.

This study also disclosed the price young athletes may choose to pay to meet their parents’ expectations and dreams with the rise of so-called “tiger” parenting where strict and demanding parents push their children to high achievement levels.

The study will now be widened for examining if young female athletes are similar and if the findings of this study are the same for those taking part in team versus individual sports.

Daniel Madigan, who is a PhD student, said the problem of pressure from parents watching their children play sports is widely known, with referees and sporting bodies highlighting the difficulties and taking steps to prevent it.

Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in junior athletes (Daniel Madigan; Professor Joachim Stoeber, School of Psychology, University of Kent; Professor Louis Passfield, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent) is published online in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

In another development, Windsor Lancer athletes visited St. Anne’s high school recently to make students aware of the dangers of using performance enhancing drugs. This visit was part of the Succeed Clean program that started with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport back in 2010 for encouraging young athletes to avoid doping to improve their performance.

Liz Vandenborn, the region’s community coordinator for the centre for ethics, said when a lot of people think about doping in sport, they think about males, who are taking testosterone, taking steroids but a growing population of females are actually using steroids at an increasingly alarming rate.

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Wednesday 24, Feb 2016

Argentina Now Compliant With WADA Code

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The World Anti-Doping Agency has declared Argentina compliant again with its global anti-doping code.

The South American nation had been declared non-compliant because of its national anti-doping agency using non-accredited laboratories for doping tests. According to an announcement by WADA, the national anti-doping agency was previously using non-accredited laboratories for doping tests but the same has been resolved now.

A statement by WADA said it, following a circular vote of its Foundation Board members, announces that it has removed the Secretaría de Deporte de la República Argentina (Argentinian NADO) from the list of signatories previously deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

In November last year, Argentina was put on the list of non-compliant countries along with countries like Andorra, Bolivia, Russia, and Ukraine.

The world governing body of athletics had banned Russia from international track and field competitions after it was alleged by a WADA report that vast system of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups existed in the country. Decision by the WADA to suspend the Russian Anti-Doping Agency followed decision by the IAAF to ban Russia’s track and field athletes from competing in international competition. This means the Moscow laboratory that processed blood and urine samples from athletes of its country has been decertified and the country now has no functioning national anti-doping body to test its athletes in any sport.

WADA’s spokesman, Ben Nichols, then explained Andorra and Israel were declared non-compliant after it was deemed they did not have sufficient anti-doping rules in place. Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine were declared non-compliant for using non-accredited laboratories for their urine and blood sample analysis – this is prohibited under world anti-doping rules. On the other hand, WADA gave four months to Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Mexico, and Spain to put their houses in order; these countries were put on a compliance “watch list”. Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Mexico, and Spain were given tine until March 18 to come into compliance.

Last month, Israel was removed from the list of countries found to be non-compliant with the world anti-doping code. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, Israel “drafted and adopted anti-doping rules” in line with the global WADA code.

In another development, German journalist and producer of the film on doping in Russian sports Hajo Seppelt has remarked WADA is under heavy influence from international sports organizations. Seppelt said he would not say that WADA is not clean but he would like to highlight that approximately 50 percent of its money comes from sports federations and the president of WADA is also the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and he does not think this is the best way to fight doping around the world.

Following the broadcast of Seppelt’s film The Doping Secret: How Russia Creates Champions that disclosed some hard truths by Vitaliy and Yuliya Stepanov – Russian Whistleblowers, an investigation was opened by WADA into use of performance enhancing drugs by Russian athletes. In January this year, a number of athletes were disqualified by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, including Olympic champions Sergei Kirdyapkin, Valery Borchin and Olga Kaniskina, and a world champion Sergei Bakulin.

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Monday 22, Feb 2016

Ex-RUSADA Chief Wanted To Expose Russian Doping

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Ten weeks before his unexpected death, the former head of Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) approached a Sunday Times journalist. Nikita Kamaev offered to blow the whistle on the secret development of performance enhancing drugs by his country.

Sunday Times sportswriter David Walsh, who is well-known for his covering of doping by cycling champion Lance Armstrong, reported that Kamaev wrote to him in November and offered to reveal information on doping covering the last three decades.

Walsh revealed that Kamaev wanted him to be his co-author but the book plans did not proceed further. The Sunday Times journalist added he was not willing to work with Kamaev because of his poor English and former role overseeing the drug testing agency at a time when the government of Russia gained more influence over drug testing.

The 52-year-old Kamaev told the journalist he wanted to write a book to expose the full extent of doping in Russia. In early December, Kamaev sent an e-mail to the journalist that he wanted to write a book about the true story of sport pharmacology and doping in Russia since 1987 while being a young scientist working in secret lab in USSR Institute of Sports Medicine. In November, a report for WADA disclosed the existence of a second Moscow laboratory in addition to the laboratory accredited by the WADA. The WADA report concluded that role of the second laboratory was to cover up what would otherwise be positive drug tests.

In the wake of the report, the head of a Russian anti-doping laboratory, Grigoriy Rodchenkov, resigned a day after a report by WADA accused Russia of widespread cheating in athletics. Rodchenkov had earlier said allegations against Russia had been compiled by idiots while Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko termed conclusions of the report “baseless” and “really fictional”.

Kamaev also wrote in the email that he had the information and facts that have never been published. Kamaev wrote in another e-mail sent on December 4 that his personal archive contains actual documents, including confidential sources, regarding the development of performance-enhancing drugs and medicine in sport, correspondence with the anti-doping community, ministry of sports, IOC (International Olympic Committee), NOC (National Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), personally and more.

The former RUSADA chief made his first approach to the journalist on Nov 21. Kamaev died from a heart attack on February 14 after he had just returned from cross-country skiing close to Moscow.

Ramil Khabriyev, former general director of RUSADA and a former friend of Kamaev said Kamaev’s widow did not suspect foul play. Khabriyev added he does not have any suspicions. Khabriev told Tass Agency of Russia that Nikita Kamaev planned a book but later decided to abandon the idea as too much influence over its contents was demanded by an “American publisher”.

Kamaev was the second former head of RUSADA to die this February after Vyacheslav Sinev, whom he replaced in 2011 as executive director and who had a history of heart problems, died on February 3.

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Saturday 20, Feb 2016

Athletic Authorities Must Get Tough Against Doping, Says Farah

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British star runner Mo Farah has remarked authorities must get tough on Kenya if the country continues to struggle in its fight against doping.

Farah said the country should be punished for its failures even if it means Kenyan athletes miss out in the Olympics. The British athlete said it would not be a nice thing but they have to follow the rules and added he wish they could follow rules of British Athletics.

Farah went on to say that the World Anti-Doping Agency should ensure he has a level-playing field with rivals as British athletes always played by the rules. The athlete also remarked his task of winning would be easier if Kenyan athletes don’t show up in the Olympics but added it would be however wrong for athletes who have not done anything wrong. Farah also commented that Kenya, as a country, just have to follow the rules and authorities should get tough on Kenya if they don’t follow the rules as an example has to be set.

The comments of Farah came on the day a warning was issued by IAAF President Sebastian Coe that there may yet be measures to ban track and field team of Kenya from the Olympics. IAAF President Sebastian Coe said we know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be very much more proactive and if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.

A statement was later released by the Kenyan government that it had fully cooperated with the World Anti-Doping Agency that it would continue to engage for ensuring they reached compliance status. The government of Kenya also announced that 300m Kenyan Shillings of funding had already been released to the Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency and that it would move into its offices in April.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said Kenya would be deemed compliant within a two-month timeframe. Wario remarked there is normally a window of two months’ extension, which we hope to capitalize on once we get it. The sports minister it would have been impossible for Kenya to get the legislation passed in time for the original deadline issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Wario added it was very clear that we were not going to make the February 11 deadline because the law and the policy, as you know, in this country take a longer time. Wario also said we are extremely committed and open about dealing with doping and dopers.

Recently, Isaac Mwangi, the chief executive of Athletics Kenya (AK), asked to be relieved of his duties pending an investigation into allegations he sought bribes to minimize the doping bans of two athletes who had failed drugs tests. Mwangi is the fourth Kenyan official to be probed over corruption allegations. Previously, former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat and two other senior figures were quizzed over corruption allegations. Athletics Kenya has been contacted by WADA and the IAAF’s ethics committee about the claims against Mwangi, who denies any wrongdoing.

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Thursday 18, Feb 2016

Sean Cavanagh Fears Banned Drugs ‘A Fact Of Life’ In GAA

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Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh has remarked he fears players may be taking illicit performance-enhancing substances without even being aware of it.

The 33-year-old backed decision of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to introduce blood testing of players this year. However, Cavanagh warned of a culture of leaning on shakes and supplements that may result in some taking a dangerous route. Cavanagh said nowadays there are too many proteins and branched-chain amino acids and he does not even understand half the stuff the boys are taking to be honest.

The five-time All Star-winning Tyrone Gaelic footballer remarked he would say there is probably a reasonable chance that some guys are may be on performance enhancing drugs. Cavanagh, who has captained Ireland in the International Rules Series, remarked he is not all that into it and he is still stuck in the Tracker bar and Jaffa Cake era. Cavanagh went on to add that some guys are hugely into it nowadays and so he would say probably is a chance, whether purposely or not, that there probably are guys that are playing that have something in the system that should not be there.

The Tyrone Gaelic footballer also said he believes there is that much available in terms of supplements and a lot of guys just aren’t educated enough to know what they can and can’t take. Cavanagh added there are that many things on the internet that are saying ‘batch tested’ and what not but it is a complete minefield at the moment.

Cavanagh also said he believes some players are “taking the chance” as far as doping is concerned and said he has been tested 10 to 15 times throughout his career.

In December last year, it was confirmed by the Gaelic Athletic Association that blood and urine testing for players will be introduced for the first time as part of the 2016 Anti-Doping program rolled out by Sport Ireland. It was remarked by Ger Ryan, the Chairman of the Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee (MSW), that blood-testing has been a fact of life for many athletes in the largest sports of Ireland for a number of years and it was inevitable that it would eventually be introduced to Gaelic games.

Ryan added the GAA has worked closely with Sport Ireland on this and the program that will be rolled out – while meeting with Sport Ireland’s requirements in this regard – has been designed taking careful consideration of the unique circumstances of our amateur players, their support personnel and our team and training structures. The MSW Chairman said the GAA had formulated a new four year Anti-Doping Education Strategy for all levels of the Association to complement its existing initiatives, and that the main focus of this in 2016 would be on senior inter-county panels and support personnel.

In 2015, 95 GAA players were tested as part of the anti-doping program. It was also recommended by the MSW that a concussion sub should not be introduced during games.

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Tuesday 16, Feb 2016

Algerian Football ‘In Chaos’ After Doping Scandal

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Algerian football has been rocked by allegations of widespread drug-taking after the suspension of international Youcef Belaili and three other top-division players.

Belaili was banned by the Confederation of African Football for a period of two years from national and international football. The 23-year-old USM Alger midfielder admitted the charge and waived his right to have his B sample tested, according to an announcement by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

Some of the other players received suspensions for up to four years or are undergoing investigation. However, all the players have denied taking illicit substances and some claim that they were under the impression that they were taking vitamin supplements.

Doubts are raised over the future of football in Algeria after the latest controversy. Algeria was the North African country to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

A recently-concluded media investigation has hinted that corruption was prevalent in Algerian football clubs because of a lack of consistent regulations. A damning report by London-based Al-Arabi al-Jadid on January 27 revealed the four recent cases are not unique. The report highlighted 10 other instances where Algerian players tested positive for drug use since 2013. The report revealed information passed on by an employee at a nightclub in trendy western Algiers that players allegedly buy and use amphetamines and other drugs and frequented the club to let off steam and get amphetamines and other drugs, which they believe will enhance their performance on the pitch.

Algeria’s El-Khabar newspaper was told by medical experts that the football industry in the country was in “chaos” since no doctors have been assigned on a regular basis to clubs and management of the clubs was too “centralized” that opens the door for corruption.

The Algerian Football Federation, in its defense, said it will enforce stringent testing for performance-enhancing and social drugs. It further requested that football clubs should supply training schedule information so that regular monitoring of players can be undertaken. However, El-Khabar described these measures as only “cosmetic” and inconsistently enforced.

Drug use among players was attributed by an article in Algeria’s French language daily El-Watan to disproportionately high salaries coupled with lack of maturity of young players.

The Algerian government and Algerian football federation have been blamed by sports commentators and fans in Algeria.

Criticizing the campaign in the press, Algerian football commentator Hafid Derradji said Belaili was fully responsible morally, legally, and as a sportsman. Derradji also commented that responsibility should be accepted by sports journalists for allegedly creating the problem by justifying the behavior and feeding his ego.

A number of newspapers in Algeria went on to recall allegations of systematic and involuntary doping in the past, after the children of a number of players in the national team that reached the 1982 and 1986 World Cups were born with severe disabilities. The investigation has yet to take place and Algerian authorities have prevented themselves from commenting on the allegations. One of the affected players, midfielder Mohamed Kaci-Said, has remarked doubts persist until an inquiry has been opened and the truth told.

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Sunday 14, Feb 2016

Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

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On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a permanent ban on New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban ever issued by Major League Baseball.

The right-handed pitcher is the first player to be banned for life from the MLB for failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. Under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third violation for performance-enhancing drugs results in a permanent suspension. However, the program also says that a player so suspended may apply, no earlier than one year following the imposition of the suspension, to the Commissioner for discretionary reinstatement after a minimum period of two years. A spokesman for the agents of Mejia remarked the New York Mets reliever had no comments and it is still is still not clear whether the 26-year-old Mejia would apply for reinstatement in the future.

Mejia was banned for 50 games in April 2015 after he tested positive for Stanozolol. Mejia returned in July 2015 after serving the suspension but played in merely seven games before he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. The Mets reliever was then banned for 162 games that would have carried over into the 2016 season.

In a statement, New York Mets said we were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The team added we fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and also commented that as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.

Mejia has a 3.68 career ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. He was signed by the Mets in 2007 and reached the major leagues in 2010. He went 9-14 with a 3.68 earned-run average in 113 major league appearances, all for the Mets from 2010-2015. Last year, Mejia was the Mets closing relief pitcher on opening day but his injury meant Jeurys Familia took over that role and helped the Mets win the National League title before losing to Kansas City in last year’s World Series. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher as a relief pitcher made the Mets 2010 opening day roster that made him the youngest Met to make an opening day roster since Dwight Gooden.Mejia made his major league debut on April 7, 2010.

It was reported by NPR’s Tom Goldman that many say baseball is in a post-steroids era, but Mejia, from the Dominican Republic, is one of a number of Latin American players, mostly minor leaguers, who’ve tested positive for banned drugs in recent years.

Mejia became the first person to be banned for life due to use of performance enhancing drugs, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose who was accused of gambling on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that Pete bet on his own team. This was after ESPN concluded an investigation on June 22, 2015 and determined that Pete Rose bet on baseball while still a player, from 1984 to 1986.

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Friday 12, Feb 2016

Kenya Placed On Probation After Missing WADA Anti-Doping Deadline

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The World Anti-Doping Agency has placed Kenya on probation and the powerhouse of athletics now faces the risk of being declared non-compliant in a matter of weeks.

In a statement, WADA remarked Kenya would be evaluated by an independent compliance review committee and thereafter make a recommendation to its board. The WADA statement added we have not yet received the details and not even the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process. The anti-doping agency also said it was “extremely troubled” by reports that two athletes of the country were asked to pay bribes in return for a reduction of their doping suspensions. The 400m runner Joy Sakari and the hurdler Francisca Koki Manunga recently alleged that  Isaac Mwangi, Athletics Kenya chief, asked for a $24,000 payment in return for a reduction of their bans of four years but they could not raise the money.

WADA director general, David Howman, said the World Anti-Doping Agency is the most disturbed by these reports regarding extortion and bribery at the national level of sport, eerily similar sounding to what we learned through the recent independent commission investigation into widespread doping in international athletics. Howman added WADA will of course require more detailed information on these allegations from those concerned so that we can determine if this is a matter for us to investigate or for the International Association of Athletics Federations’ ethics commission as part of its own inquiries. The director general of WADA also remarked the allegations we have heard this week also illustrate the importance of having a robust, independent national anti-doping organization fully functional in Kenya at the earliest opportunity. Howman also said this is a vital step for a country of Kenya’s sporting stature to take if it is to effectively protect clean athletes.

There is however still a possibility that the country could get another deadline and a final opportunity to honor commitments that Kenya made to the anti-doping agency in the context of its anti-doping program. WADA is expecting a decision over the status of Kenya in a few weeks.

The African nation is presently investigated for failure of the Kenyan government to establish and fund a national anti-doping agency and its failure to finalize new anti-doping legislation. The East African country may escape punishment on its athletes from competing internationally but this would be a major embarrassment for Kenya that has been facing severe scrutiny for its doping record.

About 40 athletes of Kenya have failed anti-doping tests since failures of anti-doping program of the country were highlighted in 2012. Some big Kenyan track and field officials have been accused of cover-ups and corruption related to doping cases.

The Russian Athletics Federation was recently suspended from international athletics after it was found guilty of state-sponsored doping. In the case of Kenya, the intervention of WADA is about forcing the Kenyan government to offer the £3.5m needed to fund and staff the fledgling Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.

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Wednesday 10, Feb 2016

Katusha Escape Team Suspension

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Team Katusha has managed to escape a suspension from competition Eduard Vorganov became second rider of the team in 12 months to test positive for a banned performance enhancing drug. The rider was provisionally suspended on Friday after he tested positive for an adverse analytical finding for the anti-ischemic drug Meldonium in an out-of-competition test on January 14, 2016.

On Tuesday, the UCI Disciplinary Commission, an independent branch of the world governing body of cycling, issued its verdict. It ruled that the conditions for the suspension of a team have not been met under Article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules that suggests a ban of 15-45 days of a team with two positive doping cases in the space of a year. Under UCI Rules, a team suspension is enforceable when the second doping case is notified to the team and athlete. The verdict of the UCI Disciplinary Commission hinged on the first case of Luca Paolini who tested positive for cocaine at Tour de France last year. The commission ruled it was “inappropriate and disproportionate” to impose a team suspension in light of the “recreational” nature of use of cocaine by Paolini. The commission it was unfair to hit Team Katusha with a ban that is intended to punish teams that lack control of doping for sporting purposes by their athletes since Paolini’s positive test was not for performance enhancement.

In a statement from the UCI, the president of the Disciplinary Commission said it has been established with regard to Paolini case that the rider’s intake of cocaine was not related to an intention to influence sporting performance but was rather taken on a “recreational” basis. The Disciplinary Commission President added applying a suspension in this context under article 7.12.1 when one of the two cases of Adverse Analytical Finding relates to [the use of] a social drug cannot be reconciled with the aim of the article and also added even if, strictly speaking, such a case falls within the application of the anti-doping rules for the rider concerned, the imposition of negative consequences for the whole team would be inappropriate and disproportionate. The president of the Disciplinary Commission also said it is understood that the intention of the article is to impose negative consequences on teams that lack control of doping for sporting purposes by their athletes, or if even worse scenarios exist, and/or if teams are not doing enough to fight such doping.

Team Katusha was facing a possible miss of racing that might have included Vuelta a Andalucía, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Vuelta a Andalucía, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, and other races.

Vitalii Abramov, Katusha team press officer, remarked we of course are very happy with this decision of the UCI Disciplinary Commission. Abramov said it was important moment for our team and now we can continue to race and focus on our goals and to move ahead with our ambitions in this season.

The Russian team, despite escaping a suspension from the UCI, could still face time away from races because it is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC).

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