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Friday 20, Jan 2017

  Anti-Doping Initiatives Welcomed By Kenyan Athletes

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Elite Kenyan athletes have welcomed the recent move by Athletics Kenya, the governing body for track and field in the East African country, of getting a ‘trustable’ team of doctors to monitor top athletes.

The doctors are Victor Bargoria, David Muhindi, Fredrick Kipkorir, Mwithia Ngundo, Wycliffe Koskei, and Castro Mugalla. They have been chosen by Athletics Kenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in an attempt to fight against doping that has brought shame to the sport in Kenya. The country is still on the watchlist of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Athletics Kenya Chief Jackson Tuwei said the doctors will be preparing a report on a monthly basis that would be sent to the IAAF medical and anti-doping commission. Tuwei added an initial team of five “trustable Kenyan doctors” had been picked to monitor top runners of the country. The Athletics Kenya chief added this step would limit bad medical practices and doping-promoting behaviors by some Kenyan health professionals.

The AK Chief also issued a warning to dopers by saying that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected for international competition. Tuwei added it is absolutely mandatory for these elite athletes to go through this network and said he can understand that it is painful, it is strict, it is critical but we have to do it. The move aimed at curbing the doping menace in the country is expected to be fully operational within a week.

Tuwei added forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the World Anti-Doping Agency code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code. Tuwei also remarked we saw it fit to have all athletes in such a similar so that we familiarize ourselves on laws and regulations of doping.

Olympic champion and London marathon winner Jemima Sumgong remarked this anti-doping initiative would help honest athletes. Sumgong added it will make it easier and faster to do a medical, now that there are six doctors whose contacts have been given to us and added this is a good start to eliminate doping. Sumgong, who won Kenya’s first women’s marathon gold in Rio last year, said it will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises.

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said this is a good step and a major development for our country. Kipchoge added he is happy with it and added authorities would still need to make athletes aware of the dangers of doping.

The initial list of 109 elite athletes includes women’s 5000m Olympic champion, Vivian Cheruiyot and three-time steeplechase world champion Ezekiel Kemboi. It also includes Kipchoge, Sumgong, two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record holder, David Rudisha, and javelin world champion, Julius Yego.

The world governing body of athletics, the IAAF, commented that this step is not meant to vet athletes, but to provide good quality medical support. Chris Turner, a spokesman for IAAF, remarked the network comes as part of the preventive measures intended to address the proliferation of rogue doctors, limit poor medical practice, and address the supply of prohibited substances.

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Thursday 14, Apr 2016

  WADA Announces Meldonium Amnesty

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The World Anti-Doping Agency has given a potential lifeline to athletes who have tested positive for the recently-banned drug Meldonium. The anti-doping agency made the decision after admitting it is not sure how long it takes the drug to leave the body.

Presently, studies are being conducted into the renal elimination of Meldonium and new guidelines have been issued by WADA that could see some athletes cleared.

The World Anti-Doping Agency remarked that Meldonium could be detectable for several months after it had last been ingested based on the preliminary results of those studies. It remarked there is currently a lack of clear scientific information on excretion times in the case of Meldonium. WADA also said athletes could be cleared of blame if the amount of Meldonium detected was less than one microgram per milliliter and while the same applies if the sample was taken before March 1 and the concentration was between one and 15 micrograms.

The substance was added to the banned list at the start of this year and more than 100 sportsmen and women so far have failed tests for it. According to reports, doping samples from 158 athletes from 15 countries have proved positive for Meldonium and at least 31 Russian athletes are suspected of using the banned substance.

Head of the Russian Speed-Skater Union Alexei Kravtsov announced Russian speed skaters Pavel Kulizhnikov and Ekaterina Konstantinova and short-track speed skater Semion Elistratov may be amnestied by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Kravtsov remarked the concentration of Meldonium in the doping samples of the skaters was significantly less than the acceptable amount of one microgram that the World Anti-Doping Agency made public on April 13. Benefits of the amnesty could also be reaped by four-time swimming world champion Yulia Yefimova and volleyball player Alexander Markin. The amount of Meldonium in their doping samples is also less than the threshold level.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova was the highest-profile athlete to have tested positive for Meldonium. However, it is not clear whether this new guidance could possibly save her and help her case given she admitted not knowing Meldonium had become a banned substance. The Russian professional tennis player is presently serving a provisional suspension after she tested positive at the Australian Open in January. Among other athletes, Swedish runner Abeba Aregawi, Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, and Russian Olympic speed-skating champion Semion Elistratov are some of the other athletes to have failed tests.

In a statement, the Russian Sports Ministry gave its reaction and said the Russian Sports Ministry supports and welcomes the decision made by WADA because it has showed a willingness to understand the situation, rather than stick to the rulebook. The statement further reads they were ready to study how long it would take for Meldonium to be eliminated from the body of an athlete and added the World Anti-Doping Agency has sent recommendations to all the anti-doping organizations, which will allow them to make fair decisions based on the actual guilt of an athlete. The Russian Sports Ministry statement also said WADA has demonstrated impartiality and being objective in the fight against doping in doing so.

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Wednesday 06, Apr 2016

  UK Anti-Doping To Face A Government-Mandated Investigation

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Britain’s anti-doping agency will face a government-mandated investigation into why it dismissed allegations that a “tainted” doctor prescribed performance enhancing drugs to a sportsman. Andy Ward, who stood down as Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in January, has been appointed by the UKAD board with the agreement of Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to review UK Anti-Doping’s handling of the Dr Mark Bonar saga.

Recently, the Sunday Times newspaper revealed that documents implicating Dr. Mark Bonar were handed to UK Anti-Doping in 2014 by an unnamed sportsman who had been suspended for breaching doping rules. It was confirmed on Sunday by UK Anti-Doping that an investigation had been opened into the doctor after interviewing a sportsperson in April and May 2014.

The Sunday Times also managed to secretly record Bonar making allegations to an unnamed “aspiring Olympic runner” who was sent by the newspaper house to him about how banned performance enhancing drugs had been prescribed for sportspeople. Bonar was recorded as saying some of these treatments he uses are banned on a professional circuit and therefore the “athlete” should be mindful of that but he has worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments.

Britain’s anti-doping agency further revealed it let off the doctor as he fell outside its jurisdiction because he was not governed by a sport. In a statement, UKAD said it had no other intelligence to corroborate the sportsman’s allegations. UK Anti-Doping further added it as a result recommended to the sportsperson that more information was needed and that information could be passed, if appropriate, to the General Medical Council, which does have the powers to investigate possible medical malpractice and pursue if necessary.

Britain’s culture, media, and sport department wants UK Anti-Doping about its handling of the case. In a statement, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said he had asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean. Whittingdale added there is no room for complacency in the fight against doping and the government is already looking at whether existing legislation in this area goes far enough and added if it becomes clear that stronger criminal sanctions are needed then we will not hesitate to act.

Reacting to the case, the General Medical Council, the regulatory body for doctors, said Bonar does not presently hold a license so cannot practice medicine in Britain. GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said these are serious allegations and we will follow them up as a matter of urgency.

The Sunday Times reported that Bonar later denied doping sportspeople. The newspaper quoted Bonar as saying the fact that some of my patients happen to be professional athletes is irrelevant. Bonar also said if they have proven deficiencies on blood work and are symptomatic, he will treat them and also added that they are well fully aware of the risks of using these medicines in professional sport and it is their responsibility to comply with anti-doping regulations.

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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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Friday 12, Sep 2014

  Turkish Government Donation Shows Zero Tolerance Approach To Doping

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 A $250,000 (£153,000/€193,000) donation by the Turkish Government to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is proof of the strong “zero tolerance” policy regarding doping in the country, said Turkish Olympic Committee President UÄŸur Erdener.

Turkey’s move was praised by WADA President Sir Craig Reedie who remarked Turkey has firmly nailed its colours to the anti-doping mast by donating such a significant amount of money to innovative research. The WADA chief added this is a positive contribution to the clean sport movement, and sends the right message to clean athletes, right across the world and also remarked this signal sent by the Turkish Government is a further boost to Governments’ aim to match the IOC’s $10 million (£6 million/€8 million).

     Sir Reedie also said research is crucial to all that the anti-doping community does, and his personal thanks go to Akif ÇaÄŸatay Kılıç, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey, and to Professor Dr UÄŸur Erdener, for their country’s commitment. Reedie also said he looks forward to further engaging Governments over the coming weeks so that we can continue to advance the anti-doping cause.

In the recent years, Turkey has been struggling to win the fight against doping with 31 of its athletes receiving suspensions by the Turkish Athletics Federation in the summer of 2013 alone. Country’s top athletes including Asli Cakir Alptekin and Nevin Yanit were suspended for doping violations though Alptekin was later cleared. Abnormal blood values were found in the biological profile of the athlete. One of Turkey’s most decorated athletes, Alptekin was later cleared of doping violations by the Turkish Athletics Federation.

International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack had remarked that Turkey needs to “clean their house”, while the issue an issue in defeat of Istanbul to Tokyo in the race to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Erdener, also the President of World Archery, now says the announcement underlines the huge progress that has been made. He remarked his Minister immediately arranged an important money transfer, directly to WADA, showing our strong support for a zero tolerance policy and added now the National Olympic Committee and Ministry of Youth and Sport has a strong zero-tolerance policy in Turkey. Speaking ahead of the final day of the Archery World Cup Finals here on the shores of Lake Geneva, Erdener said we as a result of this have had very strong improvements in our anti-doping policies, particularly in the last two years, and now we have very limited cases in Turkey. Erdener went on to add that our Government immediately contributed important money for the new anti-doping fund, for supporting anti-doping projects, and this is a further important signal.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach called on international governments last December to match the pledge of IOC to invest $10 million (£6 million/€8 million) to fund innovative, athlete-centered anti-doping research, including new techniques to detect banned substances.

Recently, China announced a contribution of $1 million (£610,000/€770,000) while it was indicated by the United States that it will make $6 million (£3.5 million/€4.5 million) available over the next three years, via the Partnership for Clean Competition.

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Monday 08, Sep 2014

  China Commits US$10 Million In Anti-Doping Research

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China Commits US$10 Million In Anti-Doping Research

China has become the first country to formally announce an investment of US$10 million in anti-doping research following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) pledge to its member nations for their contribution to a government equivalent fund.

The IOC President Thomas Bach in December 2013 announced that the organization would invest US $10 million to fund innovative athlete-centered anti-doping research, which would include new techniques for detecting prohibited substances and methods, and further called on governments to match the amount. WADA President Sir Craig Reedie since then has been encouraging world governments to pledge their own support to protect clean athletes by making commitments before 16 November to make contributions that will help raise the total research fund for the joint IOC / WADA initiative to US $20 million.

The Vice Premier of State Council for China, Ms. Liu Yandong, has become the first national government leader to commit support by contributing $1M to the cause. Sir Craig Reedie remarked WADA is hugely appreciative of the support shown from the Chinese government in contributing to this fund for innovative anti-doping research and added that this marks a significant step forward for the anti-doping community. The WADA President added the IOC’s initial commitment to the research, and the signal sent by the Chinese government, provides an excellent example of how sport and government can work together for the greater anti-doping good and, importantly, to help give athletes the level playing field they so deserve.

Sir Reedie also added following a very productive personal meeting on a wide range of anti-doping matters with the Vice Premier of China, Ms. Liu Yandong, he would like to offer my thanks to her government and also to Mr. Liu Peng, the Minister for Sport for China and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, for their strong demonstrations of support in the protection of the rights of clean athletes. China has led the way and set an example for other national governments to follow. The WADA chief added over the coming weeks, as the IOC’s 16 November deadline approaches, he will continue to engage governments and encourage them to follow China’s lead so that we can keep sport clean for all athletes.

IOC President, Thomas Bach said it is vital for the future of sport that we protect the clean athletes and that is why he so warmly welcomes this contribution by the Chinese government. Bach urged other governments to follow suit and match the ten million dollars the IOC has provided to improve anti-doping research and added without clean athletes there can be no credible competition, and without credible competition sport will also cease to be attractive to spectators and fans and would ultimately wither and die.

Vice Premier of China, Ms. Liu Yandong said she would like to thank WADA for its significant contribution to the development of anti-doping in China over the course of many years. Sport is an integral part of social development. Ms. Yandong added the Chinese government always attaches great importance to the development of sport and its instrumental role in society, and anti-doping plays a critical role in the healthy development of the Olympic Movement. She also remarked the Chinese government is continuously committed to the fight against doping in sport, and the promotion of clean sport and upholding a “zero tolerance” of doping.

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Tuesday 05, Aug 2014

  WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

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WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA since January 2014, recently expressed his opinion on the fight against doping in the future.

Reedie, the former Chairman of the British Olympic Association, remarked sport in the main, and certainly elite sport in the main, is believed and trusted by spectators. The WADA President remarked he does not think anyone could have watched the recent World Cup without realizing that that was real and well organized. He added if you look back to the London Olympic Games, he thinks Olympic sports came out of London in as good a position as it has been for years and there has been very little doping activity in either of these two events.

Reedie, a member of the Order of the British Empire, is still a serving representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Recently, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak admitted that there is an urgent need to change detection strategies in football. WADA recommends blood testing figure should be 10 percent while just over 2 per cent of doping controls in football are done via blood testing. Reedie remarked he discussed this with Jiri Dvorak when he was in Rio for the FIFA Congress. He remarked FIFA tests at its own events which would be the World Cup and the Confederations Cup and almost all the other tests are done by national football associations. The WADA chief also said so FIFA are encouraging them to be more proactive in what they do and also remarked secondly, in this World Cup, they pre-tested every player before they came to Rio and that’s a good thing. He also commented that they’re also developing a blood passport program and that one needs to be developed a little further than simply the players who went to Rio.

Reedie, while commenting on doping control in tennis, Reedie said where he knows tennis has been criticized is comments made by some of the very senior players, who actually say ‘we want more’ and added he is pretty confident that the testing program that they operate is effective for the sport and is run by people who take the challenge seriously.

Reedie also remarked he believes the world governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking doping in cycling seriously in comparison to the Lance Armstrong era. During last year’s Tour, there were no positive tests and this year’s Tour de France has been largely free of the doping stains. The WADA President said it is good to know that cycling has finally decided to come clean with anti-doping unit of the UCI made independent. He explained that there have been past evidence of a new Erythropoietin (EPO) which is called Continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA) and remarked we knew about that and the information came from the pharmaceutical industry. He added a test was developed and we didn’t tell anybody and some cyclists tested positive for CERA. On the subject of bans, Reedie said he believes sanctions have to be proportionate, with life bans potentially subject to challenge in the court.

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Sunday 06, Jul 2014

  Sporting Community Must Maintain Its Support For Substantial Assistance

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UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson recently emphasized on the importance of substantial assistance and why sporting community must maintain its support for it in a serious fight against doping.

Parkinson remarked the world will have a new anti-doping Code from January 1, 2015 and the purpose of these rules is to bind sports, anti-doping organizations, athletes and athlete support personnel to an agreed approach to tackling the global problem of doping in sport. The UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive added this New Code reinforces accepted principles and practices from the past decade and introduces new ways in which all those involved in sport can protect athletes at risk of making the wrong decision.

The UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive went on to add that the first thing to recognize is that a doping athlete does not always, or indeed normally, work in isolation and added that all too often we see that the athlete is just the tip of an iceberg of highly profitable and illegal activities. He further remarked this is why we work with law enforcement agencies, to shape our understanding of the trafficking, importation and manufacture of performance-enhancing substances and this information influences how, when and who we might pursue, and where our focus needs to lie and added that sufficient evidence can lead, and has done in many jurisdictions including in the UK, to the successful prosecution of both athletes and their entourage.

Parkinson also said it follows that those that we catch can also provide us with invaluable information and evidence, such as how they sourced doping substances, or who else was involved and this can help us prevent other athletes going down a similar path in the future and can assist all anti-doping organizations in refining their strategies to prevent doping. He also said the Code states that, if the information provided does not result in such an outcome, the suspension can be lifted with the original ban returned and this provision exists in the current rules and will remain largely unchanged from 1 January 2015, except for one significant modification where, in truly exceptional circumstances, the World Anti-Doping Agency may agree the suspension of bans greater than those permitted to be agreed by other anti-doping organizations.

While explaining the role of substantial assistance, Parkinson added we understand that this is sometimes a difficult concept to support, the idea of lessening a doper’s ban in return for information but remarked if we really want to prevent doping, we must recognize that as the end user, the doping athlete may not be exclusively culpable for their activities. He also said athletes regularly tell us that the entourage involved in doping need to be held to account and substantial assistance offers one means to receive the evidence to achieve this aim.

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson added that recent media coverage shows varying degrees of understanding and acceptance of the World Anti-Doping Code provision for substantial assistance, a tool that allows for credit to be given to athletes and support personnel who assist anti-doping organizations pursue others involved in doping. He said in any such situation, part of a ban imposed on an individual can be suspended on the basis that information provided results in discovering or establishing an anti-doping rule violation or criminal conviction of another person.

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Wednesday 07, May 2014

  More Research Required To Catch Cheats, Says WADA Vice-President

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More Research Required To Catch Cheats, Says WADA Vice-President

World Anti-Doping Agency vice-president Makhenkesi Stofile has remarked sport is going to be free of cheats only if science is ahead of the dopers. The WADA VP said pharmaceutical companies assisting WADA is a big step in the fight against cheats.

A long-time advocate of doping-free sport, Stofile said it is positive to see some of the pharmaceutical companies putting their efforts to assisting (WADA) in the fight against doping, because until science consistently stays ahead of the dopers, we are not going to be entirely rid of a cheating culture. He added in this regard, more and more research is going to be crucial in order to sharpen our skills.

The World Anti-Doping Agency vice-president said WADA has done a great job in very difficult circumstances and said he remember in Athens in 2004 that cheating in sport was not only the crime of the athletes, but also the crime of the coaches and, in some cases, the crime of friends or relatives or even governments. He added all these people need to take responsibility for this issue and the numbers of those getting caught is certainly increasing; even the big cheats in sport spend a great deal of time discussing their misdemeanors. The WADA VP added we also have a greater level of cooperation taking place between different stakeholders: the Sports Movement, the International Olympic Committee and of course the public authorities across the world and unless we work together in this way, side by side, we will not succeed in catching the cheats.

He further remarked all the countries need to help in the process of implementing the WADA code and said what needs to be done now, with the implementation of the Code, is the introduction of necessary rules in order to facilitate the process of implementing the Code and all countries and all NADOs and RADOs will need to work with WADA in establishing the legal framework. Stofile added it has a busy first three months, especially with the Sochi Games which was the first Paralympic Winter Games he attended. He remarked he also had an opportunity to visit the WADA Athlete Outreach and Independent Observer teams in Sochi, both of whom demonstrated a wonderful spirit behind their work, and wonderful cooperation and motivation for the athletes, managers, WADA members, and of course the whole anti-doping system, too.

Stofile, who took charge as the vice president of WADA, served on the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board from 2004-2010. Stofile was elected by the Foundation Board as WADA’s new Vice President and his three-year term began on January 1, 2014.

In another development, new recommendations have been made from 24 international sports bodies aimed at tackling doping. This includes the storage of samples for up to 10 years that will facilitate more extensive retrospective testing as newly devised methods are put in place. Jiri Dvorak, Chief Medical Officer of FIFA, remarked the fight against doping has intensified over the past 10 to 15 years, but the increase in simple sampling procedures has not stopped some athletes from continuing.

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Tuesday 10, Dec 2013

  Doping In Tennis Not A Problem

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Doping In Tennis Not A Problem

World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman has surprised all by remarking that tennis does not has a problem with performance enhancing drugs. In recent times, Viktor Troicki and Marin Cilic have received suspensions for testing positive and the anti-doping program of tennis has been criticized by several top tennis stars.

Big names like Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic have urged tennis’s governing body to do more testing. Howman applauded the demand for more stringent anti-doping measures but said the sport doesn’t have a major problem. Howman remarked he doesn’t think tennis has a problem, per se and he thinks tennis has a high profile issue in that the athletes at the helm are saying ‘we want more’ and he thinks that’s a good thing.

The WADA director general remarked he thinks if you have athletes praising the fight against doping and asking to be tested more, then the response from the national federation will be: ‘We will do it,’ and added if they don’t, they’ll be risking the wrath of their top players which he doesn’t think any international federation would want. Howman said having athletes speak out is the best possible progress we could make from our perspective and having athletes support what we do is even better and when we recall some of those tennis players, Andy Murray in particular, three or four years ago, he was very critical of anti-doping in general and now, he’s one of the ones calling for more, which shows a very good shift.

Howman, while referring to anti-doping measures in Jamaica, said he has gone through the recommendations that we’ve made, to make sure that their program returns to the robust program it was several years ago. He added that Jamaica’s Minister with responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita Headley, has agreed entirely with the recommendations and some of those are strong and we have asked her to review the legislation in the country, we’ve asked her to review the governance of the body responsible for overseeing it and several other operational matters. He went to add that Neita came to him and said we are committing eight million Jamaican dollars to the program immediately and are hiring the people you suggested. Howman also added that he communicated to her that WADA will be monitoring and will get the country to work with one of the strong anti-doping agencies, so you get mentored properly and we’ll be reporting back to the board on that progress next year.

In a statement released in Kingston, the country’s minister with responsibility for sport recently said the Commissioners of Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have taken a decision, in the national interest and in order to facilitate the re-structuring of JADCO, to tender their resignations which will take effect on December 31, 2013. JADCO has been under fire since former senior JADCO official Renee Anne Shirley said the authority had carried out just one out-of-competition test from February 2012 to the start of the London Olympics in July.

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