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Wednesday 01, Feb 2017

  Russian Olympic Bobsled Champion Banned For Doping

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Dmitry Trunenkov, who won the four-man bobsled at the Sochi Games, has been banned by the Russian Bobsled Federation after he tested positive last year.

RBF president Alexander Zubkov, who was the teammate of Trunenkov at the 2014 Olympics, remarked we are very disappointed. Zubkov added we will look into how this happened. The RBF imposed a doping ban of four years on Dmitry. His ban is backdated to April 2016, four months before he announced his retirement from competition to focus on his role to lead a patriotic youth group set up by the Russian armed forces.

Dmitry won the silver medal in the four-man event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Germany. The Russian bobsledder who has competed since the early 2000s also won a gold medal at the 2009 Bobsleigh European Championship in St. Moritz, Switzerland and three European silver medals, all in the four-man event. Dmitry took up sprinting originally whilst at university before he switched to bobsleigh at the age of 21.

Born in the village of Taseyevo in the Krasnoyarsk region, Trunenkov has a degree in industrial and civil construction from the Academy of Architecture and Construction. Considered by many as the best driver in the Russian national bobsleigh team, Dmitry Trunenkov has twice became winner of the World Cup following results of the season for four-man bobs and once for two-man bobs.

In another development, a ban of four years was announced by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on Alexander Yargunkin, who tested positive shortly before he was due to represent Russia at the 2015 world track championships. A sanction of one year was imposed on rower Yulia Solomentseva, who won silver at the 2014 world junior championships, after being found guilty of failing to make herself available for testing.

Yargunkin gave a positive test for the banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO) and was made to quit the 2015 world championships following reports that he has failed a drugs test. Yargunkin was expected to be Russia’s sole representative in race walking at the IAAF 2015 World Championship in Beijing.

Nikita Kamaev, the executive director of RUSADA, had remarked Yargunkin definitely would not compete at the world championships in Beijing and added the sportsman has been temporarily suspended from competition while an investigation takes place. Kamaev had also remarked that everything that is part of the probe into this athlete is confidential information and RUSADA would not comment on anything until its disciplinary committee passes a decision. Kamaev also commented that an athlete in case of revealing possible breaches in individual disciplines is suspended from competitions for the time of the probe.

Reacting to the positive test, Yargunkin then had remarked this news really was a shock for him. The athlete’s coach, Konstantin Golubtsov, had then remarked that he cannot understand how this could have taken place. Golubtsov went on to add that he wants everyone concerned to study this situation and make it clear how it has so happened that international anti-doping services have not found any banned substances in Yargunkin’s body system but RUASADA has found them.

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Sunday 25, Sep 2016

  Tyson Fury In Doping Scandal

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World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is embroiled in a fresh doping scandal amid claims that he recently missed a drugs test.

Tyson refused to undergo a check when visited by inspectors from UK Anti-Doping. The representatives of the boxer tried to contact the drug testing body to reschedule after the snub but that has not yet happened.

       Athletes who are found to have refused a drugs test or tampered with their sample face a minimum ban of four years.

Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, declined to comment and this is all confidential information so he can’t discuss anything relating to UKAD allegations. Peter added it is private information and he is not allowed to divulge anything about the doping allegations at all.

The revelations come just months after it was revealed that Tyson Fury was being probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were allegedly discovered in a sample taken last year. Unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in a sample taken before he won the world title from Wladimir Klitschko. Nandrolone is known to improve muscle growth and the semi-synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) derived from Testosterone also results in appetite stimulation, increased red blood cell production, and bone density. Medically, it is used in treating anemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer and also acts as a progestin-based contraceptive.

Fury was scheduled to put the WBA super and WBO titles on the line at the Manchester Arena on October 29 when he was due to go toe-to-toe with Klitschko but his promoter made a shock announcement that the WBA Super and WBO champ is “medically unfit to fight”. No specific condition has been confirmed but it is speculated that Fury has suffered a recurrence of his mental health problems. The 28-year-old has spoken before about his battle with depression. Fury admitted he has had suicidal thoughts and it is rumored that he has checked into a clinic for treatment.

A statement from promoters Hennessy Sports said it is with the deepest regret that we have to announce the world heavyweight championship rematch between will not be going ahead. The statement added Tyson has been declared medically unfit to fight and it was added that medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. The promoters’ statement further reads that Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery and added we and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch.

Peter Fury demanded his nephew is not stripped of his belts. Peter remarked he cannot be held culpable as he is medically unwell and therefore should not be stripped of belts.

Fury ended a decade of dominance of Klitschko with a unanimous points’ victory in Germany last November. He was quickly stripped of the IBF title after the veteran Ukrainian triggered the contracted rematch clause that left the new champ unable to face the governing body’s mandatory challenger.

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Sunday 27, Mar 2016

  Doping Leakers Should Be Prosecuted, Says Russian Sports Minister

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has remarked he plans to make it illegal for sports officials to publicly report in the event of an athlete failing a drugs test.

Mutko said “noise and uproar” happen when names are leaked to the public and violates the presumption of innocence. The sports minister added we are now going to administratively and criminally forbid the leaking of names before the B sample is released. Russian sports federations were accused by Mutko of routinely leaking drug test results to media outlets before “B” samples are tested. The Russian minister everyone has already forgotten that an athlete was justified if his or her name is leaked and later cleared.

A few days back, Vitaly Mutko said he is ready to resign if asked to do so over Russia’s series of doping scandals but Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Mutko would remain in his post. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mutko will continue to work as the sports minister and added let us not forget that the president ordered an in-depth investigation into the Meldonium scandal. Peskov also said we in this case need to reconstruct events to avoid this in the future.

In neighboring Georgia, there have been six failed doping tests for the same drug in the nation’s wrestling team, including Olympic silver medalist Davit Modzmanashvili who is facing a possible life ban for a second career offence.

Earlier this month, former World no. 1 tennis star Maria Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open. The Russian tennis star admitted she had tested positive for Meldonium that has only been banned by WADA since the beginning of 2016. Later, it turned out many other Russian athletes had not picked up on the fact that the substance had recently been banned, including short-track athlete Pavel Kulizhnikov and figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova, both Sochi Olympic champions.

Recently, the head of the Russian wrestling federation recently said Russian national team wrestlers Sergei Semyonov and Evgeny Saleyev had tested positive for the recently banned endurance-boosting drug Meldonium. Mikhail Mamiashvili said there were “several tens” of doping cases in Russia in speedskating, figure skating, swimming, and other sports. Russia won seven gold medals at this month’s European championships and finished at the top of the medals table in wrestling at the 2012 London Olympics.

In another development, Russian NBA stars Timofey Mozgov, Sasha Kaun, and Sergey Karasev remarked the recent doping scandals involving Russian athletes have dealt a big blow to sports in the country. The basketball players said they are however hopeful that the national athletics team of Russia will be allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics this summer. Timofey Mozgov of the Cleveland Cavaliers said the Russian doping scandals should “be a good lesson for everybody.”

Sasha Kaun said it is just hard to see so many athletes get banned from their sports. Kaun added he is sure a majority of those athletes are not at fault and it is the doctors that don’t follow the rules and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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