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Wednesday 01, Jul 2015

  Sotherton Admits To Missing Two Doping Tests

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Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton has revealed she missed two doping tests during her career. The British Olympic medalist said she has nothing to hide and thinks it is important for explain why a doping test was missed as people can assume you are doping.

Sotherton, the former heptathlete who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, called for all athletes to make their missed tests public and also remarked that there should be more transparency surrounding missed tests. Under UK Anti-Doping rules, whereabouts must be provided by athletes for an hour a day, every day. If the athlete is not available for testers three times within the space of a year, a doping offence is constituted.

The ex-heptathlete said missing a doping test can happen to even the most professional people. Sotherton also said people will understand how it can happen if you are more transparent, open and honest, and the explanations are plausible. The former athlete she missed an anti-doping test of IAAF in 2007 since she left her training venue ten minutes early and also said she missed another test in 2011 as she had made an error on the date when completing her whereabouts.

Sotherton announced her retirement two months short of a final hurrah at the London 2012 Olympics. The heptathlete had an operation for removing a piece of disc from her back and was told by the doctor that she could be running again within six weeks but that did not gave her enough time for reaching the qualifying standard before the British team is picked.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion was sidelined by her British teammate Jessica Ennis who had became the dominant force in heptathlon, after she won the World and European titles. Sotherton announced her retirement after competing at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Italy and said she knew immediately that the injury was serious enough to end her dream of competing in the London Olympics. Sotherton added she will be extending her support to former rival Jessica Ennis and backed her to claim gold for Great Britain in the heptathlon at London 2012 Olympics.

Born on 13 November 1976 in Newport (Isle of Wight), Kelly Sotherton played netball for the Isle of Wight as a teenager and became a member of Birchfield Harriers athletics club in 1998. In 2002, Kelly made her senior British team debut and gained international recognition in 2004 when she surprised one and all by unexpectedly winning a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

The English former heptathlete and 400m sprinter was fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was the bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Sotherton also bagged the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. Since retiring in 2012, Kelly has undertaken a course in journalism and regularly appears in the media. She has been commentating and guesting on different productions including those by FiveLive and Talksport and has undertook public speaking engagements. Kelly Sotherton participated in the 2013 London Marathon in aid of AgeUK and completed the Deloitte Ride Across Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats.

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Sunday 23, Jan 2011

  Kelly Sotherton hopes it is all over for Blonska

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Kelly Sotherton hopes it is all over for BlonskaKelly Sotherton hopes the career of heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska is over after the athlete from Ukraine failed a drugs test for the second time.

It was confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Blonska has been “removed from the Olympic Games” and that she will not compete in the long jump final.

Former Olympic champion Denise Lewis, who won gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, expressed her “complete and utter joy” at Blonska’s downfall.

Saturday 23, Aug 2008

  You win some and you lose some on steroid use

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Lyudmila Blonska steroidsA grim fate may await Ukraine’s heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska. The hepathlete A sample has tested positive for a banned compound anabolic steroid methyltestosterone and could likely bite the dust should the quagmire she’s in turns for the worse.

The test was carried out at 2 a.m. in the morning after her competition. In the stepped-up anti-doping procedure adopted by the International Olympic Committee in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Committee, all top five finishers in the Beijing Olympics will be tested for banned compounds like anabolic steroids.

According to the International Association Athletics Federation, the world governing body for athletics, Blonska’s B sample will be tested later on Wednesday. If her second sample yields the same result, Blonska’s could face a lifetime ban since this, if proven guilty, would make her second infringement.

Under the WADA’s rules an athlete could face a lifetime ban if guilty of violating anti-doping rules for the second time. The 30-year-old Ukrainian had just returned to competition in 2005 after she was exposed and banned for using stanozolol in 2003. The lifetime ban could also mean the loss of the silver medal she recently won in Beijing.

A meeting of IOC chiefs will decide on Blonska’s case.

“This athlete has tested positive. Her B sample will be opened later…. and there will be a hearing…,” IAAF President Lamine Diack told reporters.

“We live in a society where people cheat, doping is never in the past. We can’t lower our guard,” Diack said.

When interviewed after her second-place finish on Saturday, Blonska’s shrugged off comments relating to athletes being banned from the Olympics if they have tainted doping records.
“That is all in the past… I made a mistake, but I returned,” Blonska said on Saturday. “Those who say I should be banned should look in the mirror.”

One of her detractors is British athlete Kelly Sotherton who competed against Blonska and finished fifth. “I’m pleased her teammate beat her,” Sotherton said last Saturday. “That makes it bittersweet. I’d have been really upset if she’d won gold. The penalty you should pay if you take drugs is not to compete at the Olympics.”

Blonska’s fellow Ukrainian Nataliaa Dobrysnska took the gold while American Hyleas Fountain won the bronze. Russia’s Tatiana Chernova finished fourth and, if Blonska is disqualified, Chernova would move up from fourth to the bronze.