Austrian ski veteran Reichelt quizzed in blood doping case

Sports 05/27/19, 14:28

Alpine ski veteran Hannes Reichelt has been questioned by police investigating a blood doping ring in sports, the Austrian ski federation said on Monday.Reichelt denies wrongdoing in the case known as Operation Aderlass, the Austrian federation said .He won 13 World Cup races in his career and a 2015 world ...

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

Sports 05/27/19, 08:41

A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport's new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday .Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Kenya’s Olympic track coach banned 10 years for corruption

Sports 05/22/19, 09:22

The Kenyan track team coach who was sent home from the 2016 Olympics was banned for 10 years Wednesday for seeking a bribe of $12,000 to help athletes beat doping tests.Michael Rotich was banned by the IAAF ethics board following a three-year investigation prompted by an undercover sting by British ...

Former Olympic swimming champion Meilutyte retires at 22

Sports 05/22/19, 07:49

Former Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte retired from the sport Wednesday after missing three doping tests.The 22-year-old Meilutyte said she wants to focus on her studies and other interests, rather than a third Olympics next year."I have given all of myself to swimming. I used to live with it since ...

‘Harsh,’ ‘disrespectful,’ but no bullying in WADA case

Sports 05/15/19, 21:57

Witnesses saw tears in Beckie Scott's eyes following a meeting in which one man called her attitude "victimistic" and another questioned whether the athletes' committee she led even needed to exist.In the end, investigators looking into the meeting that left Scott "angry," ''close to tears," and "shaky," according to witnesses, ...

Polish sports minister is choice for next WADA president

Sports 05/14/19, 12:30

Polish Sports Minister Witold Banka is the choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.Banka defeated Marcos Diaz of the Dominican Republic in a meeting Tuesday of government representatives, who were choosing a successor to Craig Reedie to lead the drug-fighting body.Banka entered as Europe's nominee over ...

Russian anti-doping head demands purge of track federation

Sports 05/13/19, 15:01

The entire management and coaching staff of Russia's athletics federation should be removed from their posts, the CEO of the country's anti-doping agency demanded on Monday.In a bid to end a years-long stalemate over drug use which has led to many Russian stars being barred from major athletics events, Yuri ...

WADA bullying probe once again done without victim’s input

Sports 05/13/19, 01:42

Along her journey in the fight for clean sports, Beckie Scott has been cheated, harassed, bullied and brushed aside.The next step on that journey will conclude when the results of an investigation that stemmed from her most-recent experience are revealed at the World Anti-Doping Agency meetings this week.Last fall, the ...

OIympic race walk medalist banned for 4 years for doping

Sports 05/10/19, 05:01

Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker's ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.Gonzalez's results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep ...

After cover-ups, Moscow’s doping lab makes quiet return

Sports 05/03/19, 13:02

The Moscow laboratory that was shut down in 2015 following doping cover-ups has quietly become a crucial part of the world's drug-testing system once again.Under an often-overlooked provision in anti-doping rules, the lab handled 1,763 blood samples last year from athletes, including foreign tennis stars, and a total of 3,539 ...

Column: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs

Sports 05/01/19, 17:05

Everyone is supposed to be doing their best to rid sports of doping.Yet, in a baffling decision Wednesday, South African star Caster Semenya was ordered to take drugs if she wants to keep running for championships.Talk about sending the wrong message.FILE - In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 file photo ...

Doping fight: WADA gathers 2,200 samples from Russian lab

Sports 04/30/19, 15:35

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has gathered more than 2,200 samples from a Russian laboratory that can be used to potentially corroborate doping positives uncovered by an investigation into a massive government-directed program designed to win Olympic medals.Obtaining the samples, along with data still being analyzed by WADA scientists, ...

WADA’s Scott won’t partake in bullying investigation

Sports 04/26/19, 07:45

Athletes' representative Beckie Scott will not participate in the inquiry over her bullying allegations against officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency, insisting WADA's rebooted effort to look into the matter lacks transparency and is "akin to a kangaroo court."Attorneys for Scott and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chairman Edwin Moses, who says ...

Italian swimmer Vergani provisionally suspended for cannabis

Sports 04/20/19, 08:37

The Italian swimmer who posted the world's best time in the men's 50-meter freestyle this year has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cannabis. Nado Italia, the country's anti-doping body, says Andrea Vergani failed a test taken April 2 during the national championships in Riccione. During the same competition, he won ...

Former Olympic champion Kiprop gets 4-year doping ban

Sports 04/20/19, 07:15

Former Olympic and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya was banned for four years Saturday for testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO after his claim that urine samples might have been tampered with by disreputable doping control officers was rejected.The 2008 Olympic 1500-meter champion failed an out-of-competition test ...

Marathon runner Calvin’s suspension lifted by French court

Europe 04/13/19, 02:58

European marathon silver medalist Clemence Calvin will be allowed to run the Paris marathon after a French administrative court lifted her provisional ban.Calvin was provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) on Wednesday for allegedly obstructing a doping test last month in Morocco.But France's highest administrative court, the Council ...

Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals

Sports 04/12/19, 03:07

After years of using hacked data to vilify Western athletes as cheats who bend the rules to take banned substances, Russia is warming to a controversial part of the anti-doping system.Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2017 that the country's rivals were using Therapeutic Use Exemptions to game the system. ...

French marathon runner Calvin suspended in doping case

Sports 04/10/19, 10:17

European marathon silver medalist Clemence Calvin has been provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency for allegedly obstructing a doping test last month in Morocco.Calvin denies any wrongdoing and claims she was brutalized by testers who pretended to be police officers when she was arrested in the city of Marrakech ...

Milan-Cortina 2026 bid boosted by government support

Sports 04/05/19, 09:37

The Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics received a boost Friday by a key letter of financial support from the Italian government.The letter was signed by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and handed to Octavian Morariu, the chair of the IOC's evaluation commission, which is concluding a weeklong inspection ...

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