Athletics faces new doping crisis after ‘biggest leak’ of test results

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I think it is very nearly, popcorn time!

http://www.evolutionary.org/count-of-brazilian-olympic-teams-drug-test-samples-questioned/

"The World Anti-Doping Agency has learned that there may actually be not enough samples to test the Brazilian Olympic contingent - the second largest at the games. According to reports, the Olympic team of Brazil gave about a third as many samples as normally expected in the crucial month before the Summer Olympics started.

Brazil has already been sanctioned by WADA over concerns its testing of its own athletes ahead of the Games was delayed, and perhaps compromised. Now, WADA officials are reviewing as to why Brazilian athletes gave a significantly reduced number of samples in the first three weeks of July. WADA said the gap in samples collected by the anti-doping agency was unacceptable practice particularly at such a crucial time before the Olympic Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency added these numbers are not in line with an effective program and it may have left a "big gap."

It is no surprise that Luis Horta, the former head of Portugal's anti-doping agency who was given a role as an adviser to Brazil, alleged recently he faced immense pressure from the country's sports ministry and Olympic committee to reduce testing.

A spokesman for WADA, Ben Nichols, said we wrote to the ministry pressing our concerns and demanding to know why testing had stopped. The WADA spokesman added their response was not satisfactory and the situation was unacceptable. It was confirmed by Nichols that 110 samples had been collected for testing in the July 1-24 period.

WADA deputy director Rob Koehler said a letter was sent by the World Anti-Doping Agency to the minister of sport and the executive director of the Brazilian national anti-doping agency and concerns about why testing had been stopped in Brazil were raised. Koehler added the explanation that it had come about due to the changing of the guard in the ministry and the agency was not acceptable to us.

The Brazilian Ministry of Sport remarked the allegation is absurd and makes no sense. The sport ministry further commented that the Brazilian National Anti-Doping Organization, NADO, under the Ministry of Sport, follows international codes to the letter and is committed to consolidating anti-doping policy in Brazil. The country's sports ministry refuted allegations it was a political decision to ensure the Games were not plunged further into crisis.

Responding to Brazilian Ministry of Sport claims, WADA said the anti-doping authority of Brazil should have -- as part of established practices in sport -- sent all Brazil's samples to another laboratory during the period in which the main laboratory in Brazil was suspended.

In response to WADA claims, a spokesman for the Brazilian Ministry of Sport, Paulo Rossi, remarked the Brazilian team of 477 athletes gave a total of 110 samples in the first 24 days of July. The spokesman described the average amount they would be expected to give in that period as he thinks about 300 or possibly less. The Brazilian Ministry of Sport spokesman also said the anti-doping agency of Brazil was finding it hard to process samples as its laboratory was suspended by WADA. In a statement, the Brazilian Ministry of Sport said 2,227 tests had been done in Brazil between January 1 and June 22, when the laboratory was suspended."
Can't wait until they address this on Sunrise..:rolleyes:
 

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Can't wait until they address this on Sunrise..:rolleyes:
Refusing a random, out of competition, drug test and then winning an Olympic Gold medal less than 2 months later, can't be a good look.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/08/majlinda-kelmendi-kosovo-judo-olympic-champion-refused-drugs-test

Us Aussies would never do that though, we're clean, we'll take any tests, anywhere, anytime ... we're "The Goodies" of the world's athletes!
We'll just whinge like **** afterwards!!:oops:

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics/rio-2016/rio-olympics-2016-australia-unhappy-with-early-morning-drug-tests-20160809-gqotc8.html
 

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What an 8 year ban looks like .... a warning to any footy player with a previous violation.

http://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Release_4707_final_d__English_.pdf

MEDIA RELEASE

ATHLETICS – ANTI-DOPING
CAS DISMISSES THE APPEAL FILED BY ALEX SCHWAZER (ITALY)
AND IMPOSES AN 8-YEAR PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY ON HIM
Lausanne, 11 August 2016 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Italian racewalker Alex Schwazer who challenged the provisional suspension imposed on him by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Furthermore, the CAS sanctioned him with an eight-year period of ineligibility starting on the date of today, less any period of provisional suspension effectively served as of 8 July 2016.

All competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes.

On 18 July 2016, the CAS already dismissed an urgent request for provisional measures filed by the athlete.

On 8 May 2016, the athlete returned to competition following the expiry of a period of ineligibility imposed upon him in relation to an anti-doping rule violation committed shortly before the London 2012 Olympic Games. On 8 July 2016, the athlete was provisionally suspended by the IAAF while an
investigation into a new alleged anti-doping rule violation was carried out by the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL).

Alex Schwazer filed a statement of appeal and request for provisional measures with the CAS on 14 July 2016 challenging the IAAF’s decision to impose a provisional suspension on him.

Following the decision rejecting the request for provisional measures, the parties, at the suggestion of CAS, agreed to an expedited arbitration procedure with a hearing, in presence of the athlete, in Rio de Janeiro
on 8 August 2016 in order that a final decision on the merits of the case be issued prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The IAAF, the Italian National Anti-doping Organization (NADO Italia), FIDAL
and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) were the Respondents in this arbitration procedure.

The full award with the grounds will be issued within the next days."
 

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What an 8 year ban looks like .... a warning to any footy player with a previous violation.

http://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Release_4707_final_d__English_.pdf

MEDIA RELEASE

ATHLETICS – ANTI-DOPING
CAS DISMISSES THE APPEAL FILED BY ALEX SCHWAZER (ITALY)
AND IMPOSES AN 8-YEAR PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY ON HIM
Lausanne, 11 August 2016 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Italian racewalker Alex Schwazer who challenged the provisional suspension imposed on him by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Furthermore, the CAS sanctioned him with an eight-year period of ineligibility starting on the date of today, less any period of provisional suspension effectively served as of 8 July 2016.

All competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes.

On 18 July 2016, the CAS already dismissed an urgent request for provisional measures filed by the athlete.

On 8 May 2016, the athlete returned to competition following the expiry of a period of ineligibility imposed upon him in relation to an anti-doping rule violation committed shortly before the London 2012 Olympic Games. On 8 July 2016, the athlete was provisionally suspended by the IAAF while an
investigation into a new alleged anti-doping rule violation was carried out by the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL).

Alex Schwazer filed a statement of appeal and request for provisional measures with the CAS on 14 July 2016 challenging the IAAF’s decision to impose a provisional suspension on him.

Following the decision rejecting the request for provisional measures, the parties, at the suggestion of CAS, agreed to an expedited arbitration procedure with a hearing, in presence of the athlete, in Rio de Janeiro
on 8 August 2016 in order that a final decision on the merits of the case be issued prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The IAAF, the Italian National Anti-doping Organization (NADO Italia), FIDAL
and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) were the Respondents in this arbitration procedure.

The full award with the grounds will be issued within the next days."
Whoa. That's the end of his career right there.
 

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Whoa. That's the end of his career right there.
Yup - and we may see some more of these off the back of Rio, with the number of athletes with previous violations competing and winning medals.

Timing is almost perfect for the tit-fot-tat-spats we are seeing between athletes and others around them, in Rio at the moment.

Expecting we may see a rash of late injury withdrawals.
 

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Yup - and we may see some more of these off the back of Rio, with the number of athletes with previous violations competing and winning medals.

Timing is almost perfect for the tit-fot-tat-spats we are seeing between athletes and others around them, in Rio at the moment.

Expecting we may see a rash of late injury withdrawals.
Jarred Tallent says thank you for another gold medal.
 

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And then there were none .... the only Russian cleared to compete in Olympics Athletics now banned. Maybe some more info out of McLaren's followup information is trickling to the IOC and IAAF finally?

Rio Olympics 2016: Russia's Darya Klishina banned by IAAF - BBC Sport http://m.bbc.com/sport/olympics/37073758


Seems to be the case, from another report quoting an "inside source".

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-14/rio-2016-russia-darya-klishina-suspended-reports-say/7732506

"No details of the suspension were immediately available, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had received an appeal from the long jumper against an eligibility issue of the international athletics federation (IAAF).

The source, close to the proceedings, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the long jumper had been suspended as new evidence had emerged in relation to a World Anti-Doping Agency report — the McLaren report — and Klishina."
 
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And she's back again ... I'm running out of popcorn!

So can WADA also appeal now?

Rio 2016: Tribunal lets Russian long jumper Darya Klishina back into Olympic Games - Rio Olympics 2016 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-15/rio-2015-tribunal-lets-russian-klishina-back-into-rio-games/7736446

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The doping review board told the CAS hearing that "certain of the athlete's samples has been subject to tampering and manipulation", according to the tribunal's statement.

Media reports have said two bottles of Klishina's urine samples had been tampered with and one of the samples contained two different kinds of DNA.

The CAS panel decided however that despite Professor McLaren's new information, Klishina "complied with the relevant criteria [to compete at Rio] because of her permanent residence outside Russia".
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/15/russian-whistleblower-yuliya-stepanova-email-hacked-fears-for-her-safety/88772528/

Yuliya not loving life. :(

The couple and their young son have relocated within the United States.

“What I would like to say is that if something happens to us, all of you should know it is not an accident,” Stepanova said through a Russian translator on a video conference call with reporters on Monday. “We are trying to take every measure possible to keep ourselves safe, which is why we moved. At the same time, we realize that if somebody really wanted to do something to us, they would probably succeed.

“We are very worried about our safety because we have a small child.”
 

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Rio Olympics 2016: Anti-doping measures the 'worst' ever


Rio de Janeiro: Anti-doping at the Rio Olympics was branded the "worst" ever at a Games on Wednesday after the process of sample collection was compromised by a wave of no-shows and walkouts by volunteers and testers, as well as a series of security lapses.

London's Daily Telegraph has learnt that efforts to keep the first Olympics since the Russian doping scandal clean are in danger of being wrecked by the organisational chaos to engulf the Games in Brazil.
 

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IOC now wants an "Integrity Unit", they must be very impressed with the AFL's example of carpet-sweeping-under-ry that the "Integrity Unit" here has provided.

Who says we don't lead the world in doping-control practices!

Although I personally would prefer we were a world leader in ANTI-doping control practices.:oops:

Cue David Howman ...

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1041502/exclusive-howman-fearful-of-ioc-plans-for-future-of-anti-doping-amid-criticism-of-russian-response:oops:

" ...

It is thought increasingly possible, however, that the IOC could advocate a new "Integrity Unit" set-up with less WADA involvement in order to collectively administer the issues of anti-doping, match-fixing and corruption.

“This concept of some kind of integrity unit is something I have talked about and supported for a long time, but not in the form the IOC are thought to be advocating," the New Zealander told insidethegames.

"For them it seems to be about retaining control rather than ensuring full independence.

“There appears to be an issue of frustration [from the IOC] with what WADA advocated regarding Russia.

"But nobody has asked the IOC why they are not happy with WADA?

“Is it the evidence they have found [regarding Russia] or the results of their investigations?

“The IOC supported the new WADA Code when it came into operation in 2015 and permitted samples to be stored for 10 rather than eight years - thus leading to the Beijing and London retests which have given the IOC much positive publicity.

"The only issue which has occurred since then is that WADA conducted an investigation [permitted under the new Code] and found all sorts of horrendous doping [in Russia] similar to what we saw in East Germany in the 1970s and 1980s.

“There has been a long running battle between those in the sports movement, who want WADA to be a service-based body, and the Governments, who want it to be regulatory.

"This has now come out into the open and we have a stand-off."
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Jarred Tallent says thank you for another gold medal.
Does Tallent pick up another medal - perhaps not gold this time but a silver upgrade?

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-14/five-russian-race-walkers-handed-four-year-bans/7931960?pfmredir=sm

Five Russian race walkers handed four-year bans by CAS for EPO use

Five Russian race walkers have been handed four-year bans by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO in June 2015.

Elmira Alembekova, Ivan Noskov, Mikhail Ryzhov, Vera Sokolova and Denis Strelkov have also had all their competitive results between June 2, 2015 and July 15, 2015 disqualified.

Accordingly, they will be stripped of any medals, titles, points, prize and appearance money received during this period, CAS said in a statement.

Alembekova is a two-time European Cup champion who won gold in the European Championships in Zurich in 2014. Ryzhov won silver in the 50 kilometres at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, finishing ahead of Australia's Jared Tallent.

Noskov won bronze in the 50km at the 2014 European Championships, while Strelkov won bronze in the 20km at the same event. Sokolova, the 2003 World Youth Champion, won the European Cup in May last year.
 

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Does Tallent pick up another medal - perhaps not gold this time but a silver upgrade?

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-14/five-russian-race-walkers-handed-four-year-bans/7931960?pfmredir=sm

Five Russian race walkers handed four-year bans by CAS for EPO use

Five Russian race walkers have been handed four-year bans by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO in June 2015.

Elmira Alembekova, Ivan Noskov, Mikhail Ryzhov, Vera Sokolova and Denis Strelkov have also had all their competitive results between June 2, 2015 and July 15, 2015 disqualified.

Accordingly, they will be stripped of any medals, titles, points, prize and appearance money received during this period, CAS said in a statement.

Alembekova is a two-time European Cup champion who won gold in the European Championships in Zurich in 2014. Ryzhov won silver in the 50 kilometres at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, finishing ahead of Australia's Jared Tallent.

Noskov won bronze in the 50km at the 2014 European Championships, while Strelkov won bronze in the 20km at the same event. Sokolova, the 2003 World Youth Champion, won the European Cup in May last year.
oh noes, i cant handle jared tallent getting his mug on the teevee more, there are few idiom's more felicitous than this one for him, what a race walker qua race walker. and no, that aint Chief, the greatest Admin in history's swear filter.

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when I see a race walker, i think
i) Suzanne Somers 1980s seppo infomercial for thigh blasters
ii) Prenatal classes for exercise and strengthening the pelvic floor

#thigh_blaster #SuzanneSomers
#Poe's_law
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Part II due out in just over a month ... give or take a targeted leak or two (e.g. bodies like IOC with divergent agendas).

Time to stock up on the buttery, salty stuff, in preparation for a good read and lots of shenanigans!


https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2016-10/statement-by-richard-h-mclaren-independent-person-concerning-release-of-his

Statement by Richard H. McLaren, Independent Person, Concerning Release of his Investigation Report, Part II

London, Ontario, Canada – 26 October 2016 – Professor Richard H. McLaren announces that he expects to release the ‘McLaren Investigation Report, Part II’, in early December 2016. More details will follow in the weeks ahead.

Professor McLaren was appointed by WADA, as the Independent Person, to head an investigative team charged with determining the facts with respect to allegations of Russian state manipulation of the doping control process, which were made by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow.

Professor McLaren released ‘Report, Part I’ on 18 July 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.
 

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An interesting side-story, whilst we wait on the second part of McLaren's report.
With sports doping again crossing over into a more normal, criminal case - it's no wonder some countries are adding doping as a criminal act.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/04/sports/marathon-doping-investigation.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0&referer=

" Days before the New York City Marathon, as runners from around the world made their way to the city this week for one of the sport’s most prestigious races, federal officials were conducting a surveillance operation on a Russian sports agent who lives on West 104th Street in New York. Officials are scrutinizing the agent, Andrey Baranov, on suspicion of bribery and corruption, according to several people familiar with the case who requested anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

The investigators are looking into whether Mr. Baranov conspired with American marathon organizers — including New York City Marathon officials — to allow athletes using banned substances to compete in their events."
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" The authorities are believed to be looking for similar offenses in their inquiry into Mr. Baranov and distance running, once again elevating a sports scandal into a possible criminal case of international interest. They are investigating whether race officials accepted bribes to allow athletes using banned substances to compete in their events, and whether people knowingly entered drugged athletes into competition, possibly defrauding organized running.

If payments — for appearance fees, race winnings or illicit reasons — traveled through American banks, the government could claim jurisdiction. Prize money is often awarded to the top 10 or 15 finishers."
 

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