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Category: Drugs in sport

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Talking Horses: Rising star Kieran Shoemark faces lengthy drugs ban

Up-and-coming rider faces a long suspension after a positive test for a banned substance, believed to be cocaineKieran Shoemark, one of the rising stars of the Flat’s weighing room, faces a long suspension from riding after returning a positive test fo…

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Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year doping ban

• Levine tested positive out of competition in November 2017• Sprinter was hoping to make comeback after motorcycle crashThe sprinter Nigel Levine, who was an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been banned for …

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‘Cowardly’ Wada betraying clean athletes over doping, says Robertson

• Accusation made by former chief investigator Jack Robertson• ‘Russia has never admitted guilt, lied and destroyed evidence’The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having a “cowardly” attitude towards Russia and “betraying” clean athletes by …

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‘Cowardly’ Wada betraying clean athletes over doping, says Robertson

• Accusation made by former chief investigator Jack Robertson• ‘Russia has never admitted guilt, lied and destroyed evidence’The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having a “cowardly” attitude towards Russia and “betraying” clean athletes by …

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Bradley Wiggins: ‘I’d have had more rights as a murderer … I only asked for a fair trial’ | Donald McRae

The former cyclist says doping allegations have devastated his family life but cannot taint his love for the sport and reveals he still talks to Lance Armstrong but not Dave Brailsford“People ask me now, ‘Are you Bradley Wiggins?’ and I always say, ‘I …

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Wada’s Sir Craig Reedie rejects calls to quit and denies backroom Russia deal

• President says he will serve full term despite pressure• Reedie admits even his wife has urged him to stand downThe World Anti-Doping Agency president, Sir Craig Reedie, has vehemently denied making a backroom deal with Russia and insisted he will no…

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Wada condemned over Russian stance at emergency anti-doping summit

• US warns ‘nothing is off the table’ if Wada does not reform• Wada criticised meeting of athletes and ministers as one-sidedThe World Anti-Doping Agency was accused on Wednesday night of failing clean athletes, being soft on Russian doping and “bullyi…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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Wada is unfit for purpose, claim athletes and 17 national anti-doping agencies

• Athletes call for widespread reform of Wada• UK and US agencies stand ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with athletesAthletes have told the World Anti-Doping Agency that public confidence in the organisation is at an all-time low in a move supported by 17 natio…

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Lance Armstrong’s former team manager given lifetime ban from cycling

• Johan Bruyneel has 10-year ban increased to life ban• ‘We were all children of our era,’ says BelgianLance Armstrong’s former team manager has been handed a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping scandal that saw Armstrong stripped of his…

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Forget Tiger, Lance Armstrong may pull off biggest comeback of sport’s disgraced | Emma John

Six years after Armstrong’s lifelong ban from cycling, he is very much back in the public eye. But it would certainly be easier to enjoy his rebranding if his contrition felt less self-absorbedYou’ve got to hand it to Lance Armstrong – he’s a fighter. …

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Lance Armstrong: David Millar is ‘last person’ who should lead cyclists’ union

• Disgraced seven-time Tour winner comes out fighting• Peloton should fight for cyclists’ rights, Armstrong addsDavid Millar’s candidacy for president of the professional riders union, the CPA, may have the support of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome bu…

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Sir Craig Reedie defends Wada’s decision to reinstate Rusada

• Wada president says deal will benefit clean sport• Compromise will allow access to 2,800 samples in MoscowThe World Anti-Doping Agency president has challenged athletes critical of last week’s compromise with Russia to come up with a better alternati…

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How far has fight against doping really come since ‘dirtiest race in history’? | Sean Ingle

Exactly 30 years on from the Seoul Olympics 100m, the ineffectiveness of the anti-doping system remains a concernThirty years ago today, Ben Johnson crouched on his starting blocks before the 100m Olympic final in Seoul, waiting. A gun went off. And he…

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‘Triumph for money over clean sport’: Ex-Wada head slams Russia decision

• David Howman accuses Wada of bowing to pressure• Russia now only must admit ‘certain individuals’ were to blameThe World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency is a triumph for money over clean sport, according to t…

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‘Triumph for money over clean sport’: Ex-Wada head slams Russia decision

• David Howman accuses Wada of bowing to pressure• Russia now only must admit ‘certain individuals’ were to blameThe World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency is a triumph for money over clean sport, according to t…

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Wada lifts Russia’s three-year doping suspension and faces its biggest crisis

• Russian Anti-Doping Agency controversially reinstated• Move heavily criticised by athletes and anti-doping groupsThe World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it was widely condemned by other members of the an…

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All forgiven?: Wada lifts ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency – video explainer

The majority of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee has voted in favour of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) being reinstated. Rusada had been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed drug abuse in sport.Sportsblog: Wada appe…

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Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia ban

• UK Sport chair unhappy with expected decision• ‘The integrity of sport and competition has to be protected’The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore widespread anger from athletes’ groups and the anti-doping community by lifting the ban on the Ru…