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Category: Drugs in sport

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Chris Froome could miss world road race championship if drug case drags on

• Great Britain cycling performance director admits concern• Stephen Parks: ‘Hopefully it will all be done and dusted by then’The Great Britain cycling performance director, Stephen Parks, is concerned that if Chris Froome’s salbutamol case drags on wi…

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Facts can be stranger than fiction when it comes to failing drug tests | Andy Bull

Athletes are becoming more susceptible to being spiked and more prone to outlandish explanations if the recent case of a couple of Japanese kayakers is anything to go byThere are all manner of reasons why an athlete might fail a drug test and it seems …

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Russia opens criminal investigation over Winter Olympics drug test failure

• Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium• Positive test sparks more debate about Russian athletes at GamesA criminal investigation has been opened by Russia into the circumstances which resulted in the medal-winning curler Alexand…

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Professional rugby in England gets clean bill of health on drugs

• No player failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016-17• Concern raised over banned substances in schoolsNo player involved in professional rugby in England failed an anti-doping test in 2016-17 for performance?enhancing drugs but there is…

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Team Sky’s Chris Froome ready for first race since failed drugs test

• Froome failed drugs test last September but clear to race• Briton has been training hard for Ruta del SolChris Froome will compete for the first time since his failed drug test became public, beginning a five-stage race in Cala de Mijas on Wednesday,…

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Thomas Bach defends IOC’s approach to Russian doping problem

• IOC president insists 2014 findings have been dealt with correctly• Decision soon regarding Russian involvement at Winter OlympicsThomas Bach has defended the International Olympic Committee’s approach to the Russian doping problem, even though the f…

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British boxer Muhammad Ali gets two-year ban for positive steroid test

Yorkshireman failed test following World Series of Boxing matchAli protested innocence of intentional wrongdoingThe British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for a steroid last year, the sport’s world gover…

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IOC considering appeal against Cas ruling on Russian doping bans

• Cas says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to uphold suspensions• Aiba governance could threaten boxing place at 2020 OlympicsThomas Bach has confirmed the International Olympic Committee is contemplating an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for…

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Russia’s backdoor Olympics | Sean Ingle

Russia was banned last year from the Winter Games because of its state-sponsored doping system but the IOC will still allow 169 of its athletes to compete in Pyeongchang this monthIt is a plotline worthy of Mikhail Bulgakov, or another of the great Sov…

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IOC in the dock as Russia rejoices in absolution of its doping damned | Martha Kelner

Ruling by the court of arbitration for sport, overturning lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes, leaves Olympic movement in state of chaos on the eve of Pyeongchang GamesA month before Rio 2016 a report authored by the Canadian lawyer Richard Mc…

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Russians hail ‘triumph of justice’ as IOC doping bans are overturned

Decision that puts country back top of Sochi medals table welcomed by athletes and politiciansRussian officials and athletes have hailed a decision by the court of arbitration for sport to overturn Olympic doping bans on 28 of the country’s athletes, w…

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Twenty-eight Russian athletes have doping bans overturned by Cas

• IOC’s policy on Russian doping thrown into turmoil• Eleven other athletes had lifetime bans cutTwenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned on Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on Russian doping…

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Chris Froome says report of plea bargain over failed drug test ‘completely untrue’

• Team Sky rider denies he is willing to accept six-month ban• Froome still committed to finding reason for failed test at VueltaChris Froome has denied he is ready to accept a six-month ban from cycling by admitting negligence following his failed dru…

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Ukad to receive £6m cash injection after government review

• Wiggins Jiffy bag case exposed anti-doping agency’s limitations • Sports minister Tracey Crouch confident money will be a huge helpThe UK Anti-Doping Agency is to receive a £6m cash injection, boosting its annual budget by more than 50%, after high-p…

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Michael Jamieson: ‘Swimming has a problem. Micro-dosing is a huge issue’

Michael Jamieson went from the high of an Olympic medal to the dark lows of depression and while that has been his biggest personal challenge he says his sport must do more to combat doping‘It’s a challenge,” Michael Jamieson says with a little smile, …

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French cyclist Romain Bardet calls for swift end to Chris Froome case

• Bardet wants Froome asthma case resolved before Tour de France• Frenchman says ‘cycling would make no sense’ if Froome rides onThe third finisher in the 2017 Tour de France, Romain Bardet, has said that, if Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding f…

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Maria Sharapova’s reception a reminder of indifference to doping | Sean Ingle

Melbourne crowds are likely to offer warm support to her this week and research suggests fans continue to back stars and sports laid low by doping scandalsHere is a prediction. Every time Maria Sharapova steps on to court at the Australian Open this ye…

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Russia accuses British media of ‘pumping out’ propaganda against World Cup hosts

• Foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova says press ‘conjuring’ stories• ‘We learned that reporters received a state order to launch a smear campaign’Russia has accused the British media of “conjuring” up government-led propaganda in the leadup …

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IOC accused of ‘backroom deals’ with Russia over doping scandal

Film-makers behind Olympic doping exposé say athletes may be allowed to take part as neutral competitorsThe film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC…

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Inhaler use is ‘cheating’, says cyclist who pulled out of Tour with breathing issues

Tim Wellens pulled out of 2017 Tour with breathing issuesChris Froome failed drugs test over excessive level of an asthma drugThe Belgian rider Tim Wellens has described the use of anti-asthma inhalers as tantamount to cheating, after the four-times To…