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Thursday 26, Oct 2017

  British Government Rules Out Criminalization Of Doping In Sport

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British sports minister Tracey Crouch has said drug cheats in British sport will not be jailed.

The UK government was prompted to review anti-doping rules after recent scandals. Italy, France, and Australia are among some of the countries that have already criminalized doping. A big majority of anti-doping agencies worldwide do not want doping to be criminalized as they are of the view that getting convictions will be difficult and sporting sanctions are more relevant.

Crouch said an extensive review found that criminalizing doping could make it tougher to investigate. The British sports minister added we looked into this very carefully, and conducted an extensive review into the issue around criminalization and we actually genuinely believe that the system we have here in the United Kingdom is one of the most robust systems in the world. Crouch also commented that we feel that the idea of criminalization would change the burden of proof, would make it actually harder to investigate these incidents and that actually you could end up with a lesser punishment if you went through the criminal procedures. The sports minister also remarked that we genuinely think that the system we have in place is the right one.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and others have warned against criminalization. It has been argued that countries that have made it an offence have struggled to prosecute under the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard of proof as sport uses the ‘balance of probabilities’ standard in anti-doping cases.

However, Crouch argued that UK Anti-Doping should get more powers to tackle cheats and their enablers. The sports minister was also persuaded by UK Anti-Doping of the need for a review of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs). Therapeutic use exemptions have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons ever since Fancy Bears, the Russian hacking group, stole medical data from WADA and revealed the use of banned substances for “medicinal purposes”, unlike others who are not permitted to use these drugs.

The sports minister condemned Greg Clarke, the Football Association Chairman, who recently made comments about gay athletes. Former basketball star John Amaechi, one of Britain’s most high-profile gay athletes, recently disclosed that Clarke paid a visit to his office in March to discuss how the FA could persuade gay male players to come out while still in the game.

Amaechi, now a leading psychologist, communicated to Clarke that this was the wrong strategy. The former basketball star also said the Football Association is required to do much more to promote diversity and equality throughout the organization. In reply, Clarke remarked he would get Amaechi sacked and the British government would never intervene. Crouch agreed to the point of Amaechi about FA inaction on homophobia and remarked she has been asking the Football Association “to do more” for some time. The sports minister said anybody involved in football should feel confident enough to be able to come out. Crouch also commented that she thinks the entire Mark Sampson (who made racist remarks to players Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence) affair and other events have really tarnished what it is the FA was trying to achieve.

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Tuesday 05, Sep 2017

  Meldonium Crisis Contributes To 26.4 Percent Increase In Doping Cases

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Annual report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revealed that 26.4 per cent increase in positive doping cases was recorded for 2016 in comparison with similar data for 2015, although this was partly because of the addition of Meldonium as a banned substance.

A total of 4,814 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) were recorded for 2016 in comparison with 3,809 for the previous year. The latter figure included 497 failures for Meldonium, which is a substance only prohibited from January 1, 2016.

A detailed testing report is likely to be published in the fourth quarter of this year.

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova and swimmer Yulia Efimova were among some of the top Russian and Eastern European stars who failed anti-doping tests for Meldonium. Sharapova and many others claimed they were not aware Meldonium was added to the list of banned substances. A big majority of these athletes have now made a return to competition after it was conceded by the World Anti-Doping Agency that “more research was required” to find out how long the substance remains in the human body. WADA was heavily criticized for the ways in which it first banned the substance and then moderated its attitude to the substance.

The World Anti-Doping Agency even made it a point not to directly respond to the criticism it received from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sporting bodies for the way it handled the Russian doping scandal. The response of WADA was justified in a joint opening message by its President Sir Craig Reedie and director general Olivier Niggli.

Reedie and Niggli wrote the Russian doping scandal was one of the most destabilizing incidents for sports in recent memory. They also wrote it has taxed the resources of many of our stakeholders; in particular, it was extremely demanding for the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Federations (IFs) many of which are still managing the fallout. It was further added that WADA has been shoulder to shoulder with our partners and also remarked we have been doing our utmost to support them with their results management and to help them determine if there is sufficient evidence to pursue anti-doping rule violations for their athletes or support personnel.

     Sir Craig and Niggli concluded the World Anti-Doping Agency for 17 years has led the charge against doping in sport in an ever changing and complex environment. They added we are proud of the work that has been accomplished by the WADA team, with limited resources – always striving to meet and exceed the expectations set by our partners in the clean sport community. It was also added that we believe that we have been successful in our mission and also remarked that our goal is to ensure that the clean athlete prevails.

The WADA Annual report listed 10 priorities for the future that include the development of a stronger code compliance system, including “graded and proportionate” sanctions for non-compliant organizations. The priorities included generating more income and strengthening laboratories and the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) system and improved education and scientific research.

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Tuesday 16, May 2017

  Fundamental Changes Required In Sport, Says EWF President

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The highest-ranking weightlifting administrator of Europe has remarked the sport is required to make fundamental changes to its culture, its rules and the way competitions are presented.

Antonio Urso, President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF), told member nations at their Congress that we need a new way and direction. The EWF President recounted his embarrassment at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he heard spectators laughing about the seemingly endless stream of doping cases that have sent weightlifting to an all-time low in terms of public opinion.

The Italian said he was at one of the medal ceremonies and he could clearly hear the people behind him who said those medals will be in different hands in a few years. Urso added we are losing credibility as a sport.

The spectators were reacting to results of the retesting of samples from the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC). The sport of weightlifting accounted for nearly half of all retrospective positives with 30 athletes stripped of their medals and 48 cheats caught. Of the 48 positive tests, 42 were from former Soviet Bloc countries. Seven lifters tested positive including all three medalists in the notorious 2012 men’s 94 kilograms competition. Tomasz Zielinski of Poland was promoted from ninth place to bronze medal position but was sent home from Rio 2016 for a doping offence.

Speaking a day before the European Junior and Under-23 Championships, Urso said 2016 has been the worst year ever for our sport, but he is not surprised. The President of the European Weightlifting Federation also commented he three editorials in the European Federation magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and underlined that some of the results were not human results, that some women were becoming a man, that doping was beyond control. Urso also said some people attacked him unfortunately and said he was destroying weightlifting but today those people can see all too clearly what everybody else can see that doping is destroying us. Urso went on to comment that weightlifting will be nothing if we lose our place in the Olympic Games. The Italian also said the National Federations should accept “a new vision” for the sport.

Urso believes the biggest need for change is in the culture of coaching and in holding coaches responsible, and punishing them, for doping by their athletes. The EWF President said the coach has the highest responsibility in matters of doping, and yet you can have someone as head coach of a national team who was banned for life as a lifter for doping and added this is unacceptable.

Urso will stand for Presidency of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) next May against Tamas Ajan and two or three other candidates. Ajan has been President since 2000 and was secretary general of the IWF for 25 years. Urso said he has full respect for the IWF and the rules but we need a new way, a new direction and commented that we are running fast into the future of the sport. Urso also said the organization and presentation is really old and it is up to the National Federations at the election in May whether to stay the same or go for a new vision.

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Wednesday 20, Apr 2016

  Doping Law Passed By Kenya Parliament

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Kenya, the powerhouse of athletics, is all set to avoid sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency after its parliament finally passed a law that criminalized doping.

The anti-doping law protects the health of athletes and puts coordinated and effective mechanisms for detecting, deterring, and preventing the use of prohibited substances or prohibited material in competitive or recreational sport.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said President Kenyatta was expected to sign off on the doping legislation by the end of this week. It was announced by Kenyan sports minister that the anti-doping bill had been approved by lawmakers and now only needs to be signed by the president to be adopted as law. Previously, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will sign the anti-doping legislation and he would personally drive the bull through parliament with the sports reputation of the country on the line.

It was confirmed on Tuesday by Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu that the president would approve the law. Once the assent has been provided for the bill by the President, the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya would be created as a corporate body for promoting sports that are free from prohibited substances or methods and intended for artificially improving performance and developing a national strategy to address doping in sport. The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya will then work independently to ensure implementation of various guidelines and international standards in matters related to anti-doping.

Parliamentarians of Kenya previously failed to comply with the April 5 deadline to pass the Anti-doping bill. Kenya thereafter applied for an extension that was granted until May 2. Passing the anti-doping law is one of the things Kenya requires to have in place by a final deadline of May 2. Failure to done it would have cost the African country being declared as non-compliant with WADA’s global code. The new law calls for prison sentences in some cases where athlete or others are found guilty of providing or using performance enhancing drugs.

Kenya was also asked by the World Anti-Doping Agency to strengthen its overall anti-doping program after a surge in positive tests was noticed. The country was also asked to establish and properly fund a national anti-doping agency. In the past, the East African country that is home to the top distance runners of the world found troubles in getting the anti-doping bill passed.

Kenyan athletics has been the victim of many doping cases, allegations of cover-ups and extortion by top track federation officials. Since London Olympics, forty Kenyans have been banned for doping.

Few days back, the compliance committee of WADA said it would recommend to the agency’s board to declare Kenya non-compliant if the improvements were not made by May 2.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe recently remarked the world governing body of athletics would be ready to ban Kenyan athletes from international competitions if the East African country consistently failed to comply with WADA regulations. A ban could have likely put athletes of Kenya, including prominent stars like 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha, out of the Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

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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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Monday 16, Nov 2015

  Russian Athletics Federation Suspended By IAAF Over Doping Scandal

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has temporarily suspended the Russian Athletics Federation for an unspecified period over widespread allegations of doping and bribing officials to hide doping cases.

This decision was taken at today’s 201st IAAF Council Meeting that was held by teleconference and chaired from London by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. A total of 24 Members of Council participated in the meeting and 22 voted in favor of the sanction against the All-Russia Athletic Federation and 1 voted against with the Council Member from Russia not eligible to participate in the vote. The members of the IAAF Council, using powers under the IAAF Constitution Article 6.11(b) and Article 14.7, provisionally suspended ARAF on charges of breach of the Objects of the IAAF.

The provisional suspension means the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) delegates the conduct of all outstanding doping cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Russia will also not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Team Championships (Cheboksary) and 2016 World Junior Championships (Kazan) and athletes & athlete support personnel from Russia may not compete in International Competitions including World Athletics Series competitions and the Olympic Games.

However, provisional suspension does not prevent athletes in Russia from participating in domestic competitions and does not remove or waive the obligations on international level athletes in Russia to comply with the International Association of Athletics Federations Anti-Doping Rules, including continuing to be subject to out-of-competition testing.

A press release sent out by the IAAF revealed that the suspension comes into place with immediate effect and track and field teams of Russia will not be able to now take part in international competitions as the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) has been suspended.

Commenting on the decision, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF and made the decision to provisionally suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time. Coe added but we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world. The official IAAF statement reads we send a clear message to clean athletes in a dirty system to report any doping or cheating that they see or hear about.

Frankie Fredericks read a statement on behalf of the IAAF Athletes Commission that said the IAAF Athletes’ Commission is extremely disappointed and concerned regarding the recent developments and allegations directed at our sport. Fredericks remarked we are angry at the damage being caused to the reputation and credibility of athletics and are united alongside our President to not shy away from the major challenges that face our sport and also commented that the athletes will work together to continue the process of cleaning up athletics to ensure those athletes training and competing cleanly are not tainted by the minority.

Following the announcement, Russia’s Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko remarked the suspension is temporary and a special inspection team will look into the matter. Mutko added he believes we will manage to fix everything.

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Wednesday 14, Jan 2015

  Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

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Doping Hearing Of Rita Jeptoo On January 15

The Athletics Federation of Kenya will hold a hearing in the doping case of Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo on January 15.

Jeptoo has been ordered by Athletics Kenya to attend the hearing along with two coaches and her agent (coaches Claudio Berardelli and Noah Busienei, and Jeptoo’s agent Federico Rosa) as the East African country investigates its high profile doping case. Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat remarked we are hoping this hearing will shed light on who is behind the doping scam and Rita Jeptoo will hopefully tell us what happened.

Rosa and Berardelli vehemently denied any kind of association with the positive drug test. They remarked they were fully cooperating with anti-doping officials. The reputation of Rosa has been surrounded by many controversies in the last few years. In 2012, Mathew Kisorio tested positive for anabolic steroids though he remarked Rosa and Berardelli had nothing to do with the positive test. In the same year, Jemima Sumgong, Jeptoo’s training partner, failed a drug test following the Boston Marathon for testing positive to Prednisolone. Jemima received a doping ban of two years from Athletics Kenya but the decision was later reversed as the localized injection for Bursitis was allowed under IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

In September, Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon winner and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, failed an out-of-competition doping test for Erythropoietin (EPO). A few weeks later, she claimed her second straight title in Chicago. Rita was all slated to be crowned as winner of the World Marathon Majors series but the news of her failed drug test resulted in postponement of the ceremony. Last month, Jeptoo’s “B” sample also came back positive. The marathon runner faces a possible ban of two years.

In 2012, German broadcaster ARD alleged that doping was widespread in Kenya and banned drugs such as EPO can be easily obtained at Kenya’s high-altitude training bases. The German ARD documentary alleged that 150 athletes among them 25 Kenyans had suspicious blood values and were not subjected to proper targeted testing afterwards.

Officials from Athletics Kenya have blamed foreign coaches and agents for most doping cases.

Athletics Kenya recently released a list of nine athletes who were suspended or suspected to be involved in doping. The doping list has 2013 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, in China, Viola Chelangat Kimetto. Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo winner at the Yangzhou Jianzen International Half Marathon, held in Yangzhou, China in April, Jeptoo and Philip Kibiwot Kandie, winner of Media Marathon BAM Max Tott held in Guatemala City in January.

The urine sample of Chelangat that was collected in competition during the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon in December 2013 revealed the presence of prohibited substance Norandosterone. Athletics Kenya had recently summoned Maunga James Nyakabira, Ndirangu Alice, Elizabeth Jebet Chelagat, Isaac Kimaiyo Kemboi and Bernard Mwendia Muthoni to appear before the Athletics Kenya Medical and Anti-doping Commission. A statement from Athletics Kenya said each athlete has been requested to get in touch with the head office in reference to particular issues revolving doping cases.

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Wednesday 22, Oct 2014

  Jakob Fuglsang May Leave Astana

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Jakob Fuglsang May Leave Astana

Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang has hinted that he may leave Team Astana if the professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by the Samruk-Kazyna loses WorldTour licence over doping cases.

Fuglsang was making this comment after three of his Astana teammates were announced as having tested positive in the past five and a half weeks. The Danish rider remarked such incidents are not good for his reputation and added such events are also not good of what people think about him. Fuglsang remarked he does not want anything to do with doping, and so we must hope that everything will be under control from now on and there will be no more cases and also added that there are no more on the team, who are trying to cheat the system.

On September 10, it was confirmed by the world governing body of cycling that Team Astana’s rider Valentin Iglinskiy had undergone a doping test and the A sample had revealed traces of Erythropoietin (EPO). Valentin waived the right to have his B sample tested and was fired from the Astana team. In a statement, Team Astana remarked Valentin has admitted to using prohibited substances on his own initiative and independently, without any consultation from the Astana Pro Team staff. The team statement reads in its wish for full transparency, Astana Pro Team has refused to defend a rider who failed to respect the rules and ethics as stipulated in his contract and who has failed to behave in a manner consistent with other riders in his team and within professional cycling.

The 30-year-old is a past winner of stages in races such as the Tour of Qinghai Lake, the Tour of Bulgaria, the Presidential Tour of Turkey and the Tour du Loir et Cher, and took the overall classification in the Tour of Hainan in both 2010 and 2011.

On October 1, it was revealed by the UCI’s list of provisionally suspended riders that Valentin’s elder brother Maxim Iglinskiy had also failed an A sample test for EPO.

Recently, llya Davidenok of Team Astana returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids.

After the third positive test, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said it will ask its License Commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana Pro Team. The statement reads this follows the serious concerns raised by the fact that two Astana riders, Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy recently tested positive for EPO and the notification this week that llya Davidenok has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on 28th August 2014.

The UCI statement also revealed that IIya Davidenok has ridden from 1st January 2012 to date for Continental Team Astana and since 1st August 2014 has also been a stagiaire with Astana Pro Team and added that the rider has the right to request analysis of the B sample and in accordance with UCI Anti-doping Rules has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the matter and at this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on this individual case.

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Wednesday 04, Dec 2013

  Masters Racer Suspended For Doping Violation

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Masters Racer Suspended For Doping Violation

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended Richard Meeker, the U.S. masters racer who tested positive for a banned substance last year, for a period of two years. This was after Meeker provided a urine sample on September 6, 2012 after competing in the masters road championships in Oregon that tested positive for 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, which are metabolites indicating the use of a prohibited anabolic steroid.

The Masters racer however has claimed that he is the victim of a tainted supplement and added he has the proof. In a statement to the media, Meeker’s attorney Howard Jacobs, who represented athletes such as Floyd Landis and Marion Jones in their doping cases, remarked that Richard Meeker discovered which supplement contained 19-norandrostenediol, an anabolic steroid prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The statement further revealed that the Masters racer tested many supplements he had been taking and kept USADA informed of his progress. Meeker shared the final results with the United States Anti-Doping Agency but was still suspended for two years for the doping violation.

Meeker agreed that the positive test constitutes a first doping offense and believes his test results may have been positive due to his use of a dietary supplement that he bought and used before his positive test.

Richard Meeker, an elite Masters cyclist with many road cycling championships to his credit, holds an international license as a member of USA Cycling and the UCI. Reeker’s suspension will expire on September 5, 2014 and he will not be eligible to compete in any competition under the jurisdiction of the UCI, USA Cycling, the USOC, any other signatory of the WADA Code, any body that has accepted the WADA Code, any body whose rules are consistent with the WADA Code, or any of the clubs, member associations, or affiliates of these entities.

The 51-year-old remarked he was shocked to learn of the finding of this sanction, as he had always been a proponent of clean sport and have never knowingly taken any prohibited substances. He went on to add that cycling is his hobby and not his career and it would make no sense for him to use an illegal substance.

Meeker’s case was reviewed by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), according to USADA. It was found that Meeker had failed to establish the source of the prohibited substance in his sample and had committed a doping violation under WADA Code 2.1. The Masters racer was stripped of all results dating back to the Masters Road Championships and he will be eligible to return to racing next fall. Meeker remarked he return to amateur cycling competition in September 2014, and will prove through his results that he had always raced clean.

The two-year period of ineligibility for Meeker began on September 6, 2012, the day his sample was collected. The cyclist has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at and subsequent to the Masters Road Championships competition, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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Monday 15, Jul 2013

  Turkish Olympic Officials To Extend Cooperation In Investigation

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Turkish Olympic Officials To Extend Cooperation In Investigation

Turkish Olympic officials will be cooperating with an international anti-doping investigation that has targeted their athletes and will assist in punishing anyone found to have used performance enhancing drugs.

In a statement, the National Olympic Committee of Turkey remarked it is taking this matter very seriously and urgently reviewing all alleged and any confirmed doping cases involving Turkish athletes.

A few days back, track and field’s international governing body confirmed the rumors of widespread doping in Turkey had triggered the investigation. Officials said in a statement that the IAAF is aware of media speculation surrounding recent anti-doping control tests, in and out of competition, of a number of Turkish athletes and following concerns highlighted by abnormal biological passport values, the IAAF, with the national anti-doping agency, intensified the testing program in Turkey, the results of which remain ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules.

This news came at a crucial time as Istanbul is bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. The country’s concerns grew substantially when Asli Cakir Alptekin, last year’s women’s 1500 meters Olympic champion who had already served a two-year doping ban, was provisionally suspended in May this year after abnormalities were detected in her “biological passport” while double European 100m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The statement revealed that the NOC of Turkey and the Turkish government have a zero-tolerance policy on doping in sport and therefore we have been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, fully with all relevant investigations to resolve these cases as quickly and decisively as possible. It added that the recent doping discoveries have been fully assisted by the Turkish National Anti-doping Agency, who have been working closely with the IAAF and World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). The NOC said in the statement that the fight against doping is one of the most pressing issues facing world sport right now, and Turkey is playing its part as a proud member of the global sports community.

The Telegraph reported that numerous Turkish athletes tested positive in advance of the recent Mediterranean Games and Turkey could be thrown out of the track and field championships, which will be held in Moscow in mid-August, if this comes out true. It is believed that the athletes have all failed tests on their ‘A’ urine samples and are now waiting for the test results from their ‘B’ samples. If the adverse findings are confirmed, it would represent one of the biggest ever doping exposes in athletics within a single country.

If a member federation is considered to be in breach of its obligations under the sport’s anti-doping regulations, the ruling council of IAAF under its rulebook has the authority to suspend the member until the next meeting of the Congress or for any shorter period and to exclude the member’s athletes from any one or more international competition. The IAAF Council, to take such a drastic step, would have to be satisfied that the Turkish federation was either complicit in doping or so negligent that it was in breach of its obligations.

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