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Category: Drugs in sport

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How Lamine Diack’s 16-year reign in charge of IAAF led to a jail term

Diack’s corruption, covering up Russian doping cases for bribes, was discovered after police raided a Paris hotel The unmasking of Lamine Diack as one of the great sinners in the history of sport began with a police raid on All Saints’ Day in 2015. At …

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Wada set to downgrade bans for out-of-competition recreational drug use

Two-year bans could be reduced to a month from 1 January‘We are here to catch cheats,’ says UK anti-doping authorityA substantial change in anti-doping policy could mean athletes escape with only a month’s ban if they are caught using recreational drug…

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Russia finally opts to pay £5m fine for doping offences as it seeks way back

World Athletics wants to see credible plan before reinstatementRussia’s sports minister given until 15 August to pay upRussia has escaped expulsion from World Athletics – for now – after the country’s minister of sport, Oleg Matytsin, stepped in at the…

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Kipsang hit with four-year ban for fake photo and violating anti-doping rules

Kenyan used fake photo to justify missed test38-year-old twice won the London MarathonThe former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years for a series of anti-doping violations – including using a fake photograph of an…

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Christian Coleman provisionally suspended over missed drugs test

100m world champion could miss Tokyo OlympicsColeman accuses AIU of setting a trap for himWorld 100 metres champion Christian Coleman has been provisionally suspended and faces the prospect of missing next year’s Tokyo Olympics after he was accused of …

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AIU says Salwa Eid Naser missed three drug tests before world 400m title win

Athlete under investigation at the time of Doha worldsNaser provisionally suspended after fourth missed testThe curious case of Salwa Eid Naser’s missed drug tests deepened on Sunday when it emerged she was allowed to run at the world championships las…

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Salwa Eid Naser, 400m world champion, faces two-year drugs ban

Naser provisionally suspended for missing three drug testsBahrain athlete ran third-fastest 400m time in historySalwa Eid Naser, who ran the third-fastest 400m time in history when winning gold at last year’s world championships in Doha, is facing a tw…

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Young NRL star Bronson Xerri suspended after failing doping test

Positive result returned from test last yearCronulla prospect can have B-sample analysedIn a blow to hopes the NRL season would resume this week without scandal, one of the league’s brightest prospects, Bronson Xerri, has been provisionally suspended a…

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In a new documentary, Lance Armstrong shows plenty of rage but little regret

ESPN’s new film on the cyclist is a compelling study in the corruption of the male athletic ego“It’s a miracle I’m not a mass murderer,” Lance Armstrong, reflecting on his mother Linda’s laissez-faire approach to parenting, muses in the opening scenes …

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UK anti-doping chief warns cheats: lockdown won’t stop you being caught

Talks on ramping up testing are under way, says Nicole Sapstead‘Our intelligence and investigations team continues to be busy’The head of the UK Anti-Doping Agency has warned drugs cheats that the lockdown will not stop them from getting caught – despi…

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Banned swimmer Sun Yang lodges appeal in effort to make Tokyo Olympics

Chinese star takes case to Swiss federal courtSun claims correct testing procedures were not followedDisgraced Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has made a last-ditch attempt for eligibility at the Tokyo Olympics by lodging an appeal against his eight-year ban….

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Doping charges for top trainers leave US racing desperate to clean up sport

When two high-profile trainers were indicted on drug-related charges on north American tracks last month the reaction within racing was actually one of celebrationIt is a sign of how desperate things had become in American racing that when the high-pro…

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Larry Olubamiwo: ‘Athletes dope for money. My goal was to make a living’ | Donald McRae

The former boxer and Ben Johnson fan banned for doping shares his views while challenging received wisdom on drugs in sport“I have a very pragmatic approach to doping,” Larry Olubamiwo says after he has told me of another sporting great he is convinced…

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Survey shows many potential doping whistleblowers unsure where to turn

More than 400 elite UK and US sports people questionedLeeds Beckett University’s work for Wada exposes problemA groundbreaking survey of more than 400 British and US elite athletes and coaches has found that fewer than half feel their sport actively en…

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‘I genuinely forgot’: Mo Farah explains changing story over taking supplement

Farah questioned on taking L-carnitine before 2014 marathon‘If I was a liar, why would I go straight back in?’Mo Farah has explained how he came to change his account when questioned in 2015 about taking the supplement L-carnitine before the 2014 Londo…

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Tyson Fury could face fresh Ukad investigation over farmer’s meat claim

Ukad poised to look into farmer’s false-alibi allegationFury’s promoter Frank Warren calls claims ‘outrageous’The UK Anti-Doping Agency is poised to launch an investigation into allegations that a member of Tyson Fury’s team offered a farmer £25,000 to…

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Three strikes and you’re out: ECB softens policy on recreational drugs

ECB drops clandestine 21-day ban that applied to HalesChange should prevent pre-World Cup controversyThe England and Wales Cricket Board has softened its recreational drugs policy and dropped the clandestine 21-day ban that led to Alex Hales missing ou…

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Trainer fired after being charged for doping Maximum Security

Jason Servis indicted in US over alleged mass doping schemeMaximum Security considered one of world’s best racehorsesThe owner of Maximum Security has fired the racehorse’s trainer after he was charged in a wide-ranging doping scandal.Indictments in fe…

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Trainer of Maximum Security among dozens hit with doping charge

Jason Servis alleged to have doped majority of his horsesAllegations say vets and trainers’ actions harmed horsesThe trainer of Maximum Security, one of the best racehorses in the world, is among more than two dozen people who have been charged in what…

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Cas criticises Sun Yang for lack of remorse during swimming doping case

Cas says Sun had sought to shift blame to testers Chinese Olympic champion banned for eight yearsThe Court of Arbitration for Sport criticised Chinese swimmer Sun Yang for showing “no regret” for his actions during an aborted drugs test that resulted i…