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Tuesday 09, May 2017

  JADCO Drops Appeal Against Ban On Andre Russell

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The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has dropped an appeal against a ban of one year imposed on West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

In a statement, the Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal said both parties were set to quash their respective appeals.

The decision on whether the cricketer should serve a longer ban for breaches of the whereabouts rule now rested with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Previously, JADCO had sought an extension of the ban to two years.

JADCO Chairman Alexander Williams told a media conference WADA has the right to take the matter elsewhere. Williams said the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission had been in discussions with Jamaica’s Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte about the issue before it came up with the decision to drop the appeal. The JADCO Chairman said we would have to explain to WADA the reasons for the appeal being withdrawn and he believes we are comfortable in our explanation.

It was indicated by Alexander Williams, the chairman of JADCO’s board of directors, that a “misunderstanding” had caused Carey Brown, the executive director of the local anti-doping body, to instruct the lodging of an appeal without prior consultation with the board. Williams, flanked by Brown, as well as Allie McNab, the vice chairman of the JADCO board and Zachary Harding, a board member, remarked the move to withdraw the appeal was guided by “post-decision review” and advice from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte. Williams, drawing reference to the replacement of the Anti-Doping in Sport Act of 2008 with the 2014 edition, also commented that it is fair to say there was a misunderstanding about what the new law prescribed.

On January 31, the 29-year-old Russell was given a one-year ban he failed to file the necessary paperwork on his availability for drug testing three times in 2015 that constituted a failed test according to WADA rules. Russell had filed an appeal against the ban that had now been withdrawn, according to the head of his legal team Patrick Foster.

The appeal tribunal was chaired by Justice Karl Harrison, a retired court of appeal judge. The other members were Dr Audley Betton, Dr Maria Smith and Justice Marva McIntosh.

Russell, who plays for the West Indies internationally and for Jamaica in West Indian domestic cricket, is widely regarded as the biggest hitter of the cricket ball. The Jamaican cricketer made his Test cricket debut against Sri Lanka in November 2010.

The fast bowling all rounder made his ODI debut in the 2011 Cricket World Cup match against Ireland. Russell became the first bowler in T20 to take 4 wickets in 4 successive deliveries in a match against India A on 21 September 2013 when he took the wickets of Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha, and Yusuf Pathan. Russell also played for Islamabad United in the 2016 Pakistan Super League and has scored the fastest Caribbean premier league century. Russell also played a big role in the success of the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash League.

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Thursday 18, Aug 2016

  Russian Long Jumper Survives Being Banned From Olympics

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Russian long jumper Darya Klishina, who was the only Russian track and field athlete allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics, has managed to survive against a potential ban from competing in the Rio games.

There were rumors that Klishina had been suspended as new evidence had emerged in relation to the McLaren report, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report.

The International Association of Athletics Federations previously confirmed Darya has been banned “based on new information.” The long jumper from Russia appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Klishina’s appeal against the ban. In a statement, the CAS said the parties were informed that the application was upheld and that the athlete remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio. CAS said the permanent residence of Klishina in the United States meant she still met the IAAF’s competition criteria despite the additional information provided by Professor McLaren. The CAS statement further reads the athlete established that she was subject to fully compliant drug testing, in and out of competition, outside of Russia. It was also remarked the CAS Panel applied the IAAF competition rules to conclude that the previous decision of the IAAF DRB (Doping Review Board), that the athlete complied with the relevant criteria because of her permanent residence outside Russia, still applied despite the additional information provided by Prof. McLaren and the athlete relevantly established that she was subject to fully compliant drug-testing in – and out-of-competition outside of Russia for the ‘relevant period.

Klishina’s lawyer Paul Greene said the IAAF claimed three anti-doping samples Darya Klishina gave before and during the 2013 World Championships in Moscow showed evidence of being opened and then resealed. This method of manipulating drug tests was identified in an explosive report into Russia’s state-run doping program by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

The IAAF had recently confirmed it had withdrawn her special eligibility status. Klishina said he is appealing decision by the IAAF Doping Review Board to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban her from the Rio Olympics. The Russian long jumper added she is a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt. Darya added she is falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes.

Klishina was the only athlete (of 136) to be granted such an exemption. The 25-year-old is a two-time long jump champion of the European Indoor Championships and also took third in the Outdoor Championships in 2014 and tenth in the World Championships last year. On 26 June 2010, Klishina achieved a jump of 7.03m, a Russian junior record and the second best junior mark of all time, which was also the second best jump in the world that year, behind only her teammate Olga Kucherenko’s mark of 7.13m that year.

Russia’s Olympics chief Alexander Zhukov had earlier remarked the situation with Darya Klishina appears to be cynical mockery of the Russian sportswoman by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Thursday 12, May 2016

  Russian Authorities Frustrate Doping Testers Before Olympics

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) officials are facing huge challenges in their attempts to test athletes of Russia, which has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of tests that will be carried out before the Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) asked UKAD to take over drug testing earlier this year. This was after allegations of state-supported doping within Russian athletics emerged. The world governing body of athletics suspended Russia and athletes of the country were ejected from international events. Moscow’s laboratory lost its accreditation to carry out tests and the Russian anti-doping agency was disbanded.

In January, UK Anti-Doping officials started testing Russian athletes but now it has emerged that Russian officials have been asking for 30 days’ notice of tests and payments for doping control officers are being disputed by Russian authorities. In addition to this, significant delays are made at the end of Russian customs that are preventing blood samples’ transportation to laboratories outside the country within the 48-hour window required for accurate testing. Due to this, the number of tests carried out by the UKAD-run team is falling well below the almost 1,000 tests per-month that were conducted by the Russian anti-doping agency.

These challenges will be brought into the notice of WADA board members when they will meet this week in Montreal. These revelations could further harm the chances of Russia of being readmitted to track and field in time for the Rio Olympics. Furthermore, these claims could possibly have a big impact on public confidence in Russian athletes across other sports who will compete in Brazil.

Reacting to these claims, the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko insisted Russian athletes should be allowed to travel to the Olympics and are cooperating with the UKAD operation. Mutko remarked there is no basis for our team not to be participating in the Olympic Games and added athletics is hugely popular in Russia, most of our athletes are honest. The Russian sports minister added we have been working with UKAD for four months and it took 67 tests the first month, the next month 150, now it is 200. Mutko added the amount of positive tests by the end of the year will be no larger than when we did it ourselves.

British athlete Paula Radcliffe, one of the most vocal advocates of clean sports, said it was not fair that Russian athletes in other sports had not been punished, sanctioned, or banned from competing in Rio. The world record holder for the women’s marathon remarked it was obvious from the beginning this wasn’t just an athletics problem. Reacting to troubles faced by UKAD anti-doping staff at the hands of Russian officials, Radcliffe said they know what they have to do if they want to get back in. The British athlete also commented they first of all have to accept that there is a problem, and then actively do something about it.

UK Anti-Doping declined to comment and the World Anti-Doping Agency remarked it would respond to these claims once the issues have been discussed by its board.

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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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Wednesday 06, Mar 2013

  Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

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Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

Baseball union head Michael Weiner has announced that there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating the drug testing program of baseball.

Weiner said baseball already has the toughest penalties of any team sport and a ban of fifty games is more than one can see for the first time in hockey, basketball, and football. The baseball chief also said many players have expressed their desire to increase the penalties for sport cheaters and that may happen in 2014. However, any changes to the drug program must get the approval of both Major League Baseball and the players’ union.

The 51-year-old Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head in 2009 and announced in August he is being treated for a brain tumor.

The Baseball union head added that one area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone and remarked that the players approved this change to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH and the players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component. Testing for human growth hormone began last year but was limited to spring training. Weiner also added that he will have discussions with the players who were named in a report by The Miami New Times as having allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.

He, however, said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to the clinic accused of distributing banned performance enhancing drugs and said Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, the defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Meanwhile, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance enhancing drugs that he provided have come back negative. He and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of Biogenesis of America. Gonzalez said in a brief statement he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs.

Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, as part of the change to the joint drug agreement will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. He also went on to remark that players understand it is important to have the strongest program possible, and given both the testosterone changes and the HGH changes, they are very much for it.

In a statement, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said one of the strengths of baseball’s Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective. Manfred remarked that we are looking forward to discussions with the Major League Baseball Player Association about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.

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Tuesday 26, Feb 2013

  Donaire And Rigondeaux Agree To Let VADA And USADA Test For PEDs

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Donaire And Rigondeaux Agree To Let VADA And USADA Test For PEDs

At the start of the press conference at B.B. King Blues Club at Times Square on Thursday, Junior featherweight boxers Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux agreed to have two separate anti-doping agencies conduct drug testing, leading up to their April 13 bout at Radio City Music Hall.

Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, said he would not fight Rigondeaux unless he agreed to sign a contract with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) to submit to testing for performance enhancing drugs. Rigondeaux and his representatives, on the other hand, said they would agree to testing, but only with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). However, both sides agreed to have both agencies (USADA and VADA) conduct test, with the results being forwarded to the boxers, the promoters, and the New York State Athletic Commission.

Melvina Lathan, the chairwoman of the NYSAC, said she is one the board with whatever contractual obligations both Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux agree upon with regards to drug testing and added that we have our own testing procedures pre-and-post fight and we also have the finest medical team in the country. She went on to add that there would be no problem pulling the plug on the match, if either boxer tests positive.

Boris Arencibia of Caribe Promotions, Rigondeaux’s promoter, said he has no problem with drug testing but he does not trust Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency as it has links to Victor Conte, the former head of BALCO. Meanwhile, Pedro Diaz, Rigondeaux’s trainer, said he respects the USADA and said the anti-doping agency conducts testing for Olympic athletes in the United States and it is also the testing agency that the best boxers in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, uses. Diaz added that it is why we proposed to Nonito and his team that we can have USADA be a part of this testing.

However, this seems unlikely as it is still not clear if USADA and VADA would agree to such an arrangement. The announcement comes as news to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and a USADA spokeswoman said this is the first we ever heard about it. Irrespective of that, the commission would have the authority to cancel the fight if either boxer tests positive for banned substances if any of the agency alerts the New York State Athletic Commission of a positive result.

A few weeks back, Erik Morales and Danny Garcia agreed to be tested by USADA prior to their match at Barclays Center and Morales tested positive for Clenbuterol, a banned substance. After this, the New York State Athletic Commission was notified of the positive result 24 hours in advance of the fight, but Morales and Garcia went ahead with their bout anyway. The two fighters agreed to have any adjudication process go through USADA by signing a contract with it. Morales and Garcia were still eligible to compete and the NYSAC allowed the fight to proceed as the legal process had not been completed by the time of their match. Thereafter, the United States Anti-Doping Agency wrote a letter to Morales and indicated that he will be banned for a period of two years if he does not contest the sanction.

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Monday 21, May 2012

  Mixed martial arts should abolish drug testing

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Known for his blunt honesty, UFC fighter Sean McCorkle recently said the MMA community should level the playing field by doing away with drug testing.

This remark from McCorkle came after Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal tested positive for steroids and a screening policy was announced by the UFC.

“There’s stuff at [nutrition store] GNC that will make you pee hot for a PED, and it’s not necessarily something that’s going to enhance your performance at all,” McCorkle said. “It’s just something that’s banned.”

Sunday 13, May 2012

  Surfers will be subjected to comprehensive drug testing

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The international governing body of surfing is presently making plans for launching a comprehensive drug testing for professional surfers.

The Association of Surfing Professionals will be rolling out a policy in 2012 to screen competitors and officials for performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.

“I have seen guys who are stoners and they drop off the scene because it is not sustainable,” he said. “Athletes are training hard. The way the contests are now, it will catch up with you,” Gerry Fitzgerald, a professional in Ireland, said.

Monday 13, Feb 2012

  MMA Should Do Away With Drug Testing

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UFC fighter Sean McCorkle, who has always been known for his blunt honesty, recently remarked he would level the playing field by doing away with drug testing completely.

McCorkle made the remark after former Strikeforce light-heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal tested positive for steroids and the UFC announced the implementation of a performance-enhancing drugs screening for all new fighters about to sign a contract with the promotion.

“There’s stuff at [nutrition store] GNC that will make you pee hot for a PED, and it’s not necessarily something that’s going to enhance your performance at all,” McCorkle said. “It’s just something that’s banned.”

Sunday 08, Jan 2012

  Top Jamaica horses withdrawn from meet

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The last-minute withdrawal of some of the best horses from Jamaica from the December 3 Caribbean National Racing Challenge raceday at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad and Tobago has sparked off a firestorm of criticism about drug testing in local racing.

Eighteen local horses were nominated at various stages for the rich race meet that attracted entries from Jamaica, Barbados, and St Lucia, in addition to the Trinidadian runners.

Dr Paul Wright, owner’s representative for the three horses who will race in Trinidad and Tobago, said steroids use is rampant at Caymanas Park.

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