IOC disqualifies a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist for doping

Sports 03/29/19, 06:22

The IOC disqualified three athletes, including a bronze medalist weightlifter from Azerbaijan, on Friday for doping at the 2012 London Olympics.Valentin Hristov was stripped of his third-place finish in the 56-kilogram class. His positive test for oral turinabol, the anabolic steroid linked to East Germany's doping program in the 1970s ...

Putin calls on Russia to play by doping rules for Olympics

Sports 03/27/19, 07:45

Vladimir Putin says Russian athletes and officials should play by anti-doping rules ahead of next year's Olympics.In televised comments, the Russian president said efforts should be made "so that we don't give any pretext to those who use sport for political ends, to act against Russia's interests."Russia's team was barred ...

Column: IOC must wield big stick to clean up weightlifting

Sports 03/26/19, 06:36

No carrots. To save weightlifting from the rot of doping, the International Olympic Committee must continue to wield the big stick.When initial drug testing came back negative from the most recent world championships, it fleetingly seemed that weightlifting might be starting to turn a corner. Perhaps the fight launched against ...

PGA Tour suspends Robert Garrigus for failed drug test

Sports 03/22/19, 14:46

Robert Garrigus became the first PGA Tour player suspended for a drug of abuse, saying on Twitter that he had a relapse with marijuana.The tour announced Friday that the 41-year-old Garrigus, whose only PGA Tour victory was at Disney at the end of the 2010 season, has been suspended for ...

World champion walker Ivanov banned for doping

Sports 03/22/19, 11:12

Russian race walker Alexander Ivanov was stripped of his 2013 world championship title after being found guilty of doping, the country's track federation said Friday.Ivanov was handed a three-year ban after blood data in his biological passport showed signs of doping. The ban was backdated to May 2, 2017, when ...

Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

Sports 03/20/19, 02:25

When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.Whereas the ...

Interview: Polish WADA hopeful touts anti-doping plans

Sports 03/18/19, 14:59

Poland's sports minister said Monday the steps he has taken to fight doping in his country have given him the experience needed to become the next head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.Witold Banka says that in his three years as minister, he changed the law to start an independent panel ...

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s doping case heads to court

Sports 03/13/19, 07:02

A doping case involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could lead to a ban from competition, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed against a decision by swimming's governing body to only give the three-time Olympic champion a ...

Mixed blessing for cycling from Pope Francis

Sports 03/09/19, 09:06

Pope Francis has praised cycling for the value it places on discipline, selflessness and courage but warned that the sport can become tainted by doping, dishonesty and corruption.Francis met Saturday with European and African cycling federations during their annual assembly in Rome.The Argentine Jesuit cited the team spirit often seen ...

Thailand pulls out of 2020 Olympic weightlifting over doping

Sports 03/08/19, 05:18

Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is precarious.The self-imposed ban also means Thailand will still stage the world championships in Pattaya in September but with no home competitors, the ...

Swiss federal judges reject final appeal by Peru’s Guerrero

Sports 03/07/19, 06:55

Peru forward Paolo Guerrero lost his final appeal against a 14-month ban by FIFA for a positive doping test.Switzerland's supreme court said on Thursday its panel of five federal judges rejected Guerrero's appeal against FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.The Swiss Federal Tribunal ruling announced on Thursday delays the 35-year-old ...

Another Austrian cyclist admits blood doping as case widens

Sports 03/04/19, 10:01

Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has admitted to blood doping linked to a case in which five skiers were arrested, his professional team Groupama-FDJ said Monday.Preidler offered "his immediate and spontaneous resignation, justified by his inexcusable involvement" in the doping case, Groupama-FDJ said. He had allegedly undergone "blood collection" procedures twice ...

Cyclist admits blood doping amid investigations into network

Sports 03/03/19, 10:46

The blood doping case which started with police raids at the Nordic skiing world championships four days ago spread to cycling on Sunday.In Austria, authorities confirmed local media reports that an Austrian professional cyclist admitted to doping after being arrested on Friday following investigations into an alleged blood doping network.Innsbruck ...

Austrian police investigating man who leaked raid video

Sports 03/01/19, 08:05

The leaking of a video showing Austrian skier Max Hauke apparently caught with a needle in his arm during a police raid on an alleged doping network has led to consequences for the leaker.Austria's Federal Police Office said on Friday the person who shared the video of the Wednesday raid ...

Kazakhstan says 4-time Olympian arrested in doping raids

Sports 02/28/19, 03:26

The Kazakhstan Olympic Committee says four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin is among five skiers arrested in Austrian police raids targeting an alleged doping network.Poltoranin, who has won two world championship medals, was a non-starter at the world championship 15-kilometer race after Wednesday's raids.Samal Nauryzova, a spokeswoman for the Kazakh cross-country ski ...

9 people arrested in doping raids in Austria and Germany

Sports 02/27/19, 09:14

Five elite athletes and four others were arrested Wednesday in doping raids in Austria and Germany amid the Nordic skiing world championships.Austria's Federal Police Office said the raids targeted "a doping network operating worldwide" and focused on Seefeld, where the championships are taking place. Police said two Austrian athletes were ...

IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals

Sports 02/21/19, 05:53

Russia's officially neutral track and field team swelled in size as the IAAF approved 21 more athletes on Thursday to compete internationally before the European indoor championships next week in Glasgow.Yelena Sokolova, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in long jump, returns to international competition for the first time since Russia's ...

Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

Sports 02/19/19, 16:17

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other criminal activities involving minors.The staff at greatcoach.com compiled the list ...

Koreas visit IOC about helping the North at Tokyo Games

Sports 02/15/19, 05:54

The IOC is hosting delegations from North and South Korea to try and help North Korea take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games through better training programs or a combined team.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says on Friday the delegations "are very much interested in having some joint ...

New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports

Sports 02/13/19, 10:49

An Olympic gold medalist and a former executive at the World Anti-Doping Agency are forming an organization designed to give athletes a stronger voice in the fight against doping and the powers that police it.The group, called Global Athlete, is being organized by British cyclist Callum Skinner. Rob Koehler, who ...

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