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Category: Drugs in sport

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Gerbrandt Grobler: ‘If Eddie Jones came calling, I wouldn’t turn it down’

The lock remains optimistic about his future and hopes his move to Gloucester will finally turn a page on his doping pastIf Gerbrandt Grobler needed a reminder that he can never fully escape his doping past, it came within days of his arrival at Glouce…

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Cobalt does not help a racehorse, says trainer Mark Johnston

• Robin Bastiman was banned for three years for injecting cobalt• Johnston: ‘I do not believe it makes them run faster’Cobalt doping does not improve a racehorse’s performance, according to Mark Johnston, who will shortly become the most successful Bri…

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Talking Horses: medication a hot topic in wake of Bastiman case

Worrying evidence was heard last week about medication practices that apparently persisted for years at one stable The extent to which racehorses are medicated is a topic of conversation once more, or should be, following the extraordinary evidence giv…

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Samir Nasri’s doping ban extended from six to 18 months after appeal by Uefa

• Uefa argued initial ban after Los Angeles treatment was too low• Free-agent Nasri can return to training from NovemberSamir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months following an appeal against the original sanction by Uefa’s ethic…

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Froome case has ‘damaged credibility of Wada’, says Usada chief Tygart

• Travis Tygart criticises lack of transparency on salbutamol case• Wada is convinced UCI reached ‘correct and fair outcome’The handling of Chris Froome’s salbutamol case is “another shard that has damaged the credibility” of the World Anti-Doping Agen…

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Serena Williams hits out at frequency of her anti-doping tests

• American player complains about number of tests• ‘I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so’Serena Williams has again hit out at the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests. The Wimbledon runner-up took to Twi…

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Gold medallist Ruth Jebet facing disciplinary proceedings for doping

• Jebet is one of more than 100 athletes being investigated• Athletics Integrity Unit is pushing for greater transparency The world steeplechase record holder and Olympic gold medallist Ruth Jebet is among more than 100 track and field athletes and coa…

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Wada may cut permitted limit of medication at centre of Froome case

• Director general talks of ‘getting tough’ on salbutamol usage• Wada defends decision not to make Froome undergo CPKT studyThe World Anti-Doping Agency is considering whether to slash the daily permissible limit of salbutamol, the asthma medication at…

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Froome questions persist despite Wada’s statement on handling of case | Jeremy Whittle

The Team Sky rider may hope clarification from the World Anti-Doping Agency on the UCI’s decision to drop his salbutamol case is the end of the matter, but inconsistencies remainChris Froome and Team Sky will be hoping that the lengthy statement publis…

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Sport’s war on drugs is being fought on too many fronts | Sean Ingle

Wada’s budget is inadequate when compared to the amount of money in elite sportIf you remain confident that the fight against doping in sport can be won, then please accept my congratulations. You are a member of an increasingly exclusive club. “My opt…

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Team Sky rival bemoans Tour’s lack of crowd protection for ‘put-upon Froome’

• Education First claims Briton may well be a marked man• If I were Team Sky I would be concerned, says VaughtersJonathan Vaughters, the manager of the Education First team of last year’s Tour de France runner-up, Rigoberto Urán, has voiced his concern…

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Twenty years on the Festina affair casts shadow over the Tour de France

Chris Froome’s presence on the start line of the Tour has stirred up some bad memories for FranceThe echoes are everywhere. In July 1998, as an irresistible French football team closed on World Cup victory, the Grand Départ of that year’s Tour de Franc…

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Tour chiefs frustrated after Froome verdict leaves them with egg on faces

Chris Froome is clear to attempt a record-equalling fifth Tour de France victory but anti-doping experts are unhappy with the dearth of information following the resolution of his caseThe verdict fell suddenly in the nine?month saga of Chris Froome’s a…

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer voice frustrations with tennis doping tests – video

Serena Williams has described her treatment by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as shocking when asked about the news that she had not been home for an out-of-competition test. The seven-times Wimbledon champion was out when an a…

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer voice frustrations with tennis doping tests – video

Serena Williams has described her treatment by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as shocking when asked about the news that she had not been home for an out-of-competition test. The seven-times Wimbledon champion was out when an a…

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Russia drug-tested more than England and world has nothing to fear, says doctor

• Russia team have run furthest over two World Cup games• Team doctor sure England ‘have not given samples as often’Russia’s team doctor has disregarded calls for his players to be tested for doping, saying the squad have likely given more samples in t…

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Team Sky’s coaching guru launches staunch defence of Chris Froome

• Tim Kerrison attacks critics who ‘fuel anger or resentment’• ‘There have never been any question marks for me’Tim Kerrison, Chris Froome’s long-term coach, has attacked the growing criticism in the French media towards the Team Sky rider in the build…

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Bernard Hinault urges Tour riders to strike if Chris Froome takes part

• Riders should refuse to race, says Tour de France legend• Hinault: ‘Chris Froome should not be at the start of the Tour’Bernard Hinault, the five-times winner of the Tour de France, has called on riders in this year’s race to strike in protest at the…

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Former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop gives up fight to clear name of doping

• Kenyan 1500m runner found to have traces of EPO in November• ‘I have let the struggle to prove my innocence go’The former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop has given up his fight to clear his name over a positive doping sample. The Kenyan was found to ha…

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Russia may violate dope laws at World Cup, says USADA’s Travis Tygart

• Anti-doping chief says Russia should not be hosts• Country still considered non-compliant by Wada after scandalTravis Tygart, the influential US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, has warned that it would be “naive” not to think that hosts Russia co…