Russia’s Paralympic doping suspension lifted

Sports 02/08/19, 04:28

Russia will rejoin the Paralympics after a suspension of more than two years for widespread doping, the International Paralympic Committee said Friday.The IPC ruled reforms in Russian sport to crack down on doping and limit government interference are enough to allow the country to compete under its own flag ahead ...

Russian race walker Kirdyapkina banned for doping

Sports 02/07/19, 06:34

Russian race walker Anisya Kirdyapkina, a two-time world championship medalist, has been banned for using performance-enhancing drugs, further dismantling one of the most successful doping programs in history.Kirdyapkina was the only athlete from Russia's nine-person Olympic walk team in 2012 never to have served a ban despite multiple investigations into ...

Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping

Sports 02/01/19, 11:04

Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov was among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty Friday of taking part in state-backed doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Ukhov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics, while hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and high jumper Svetlana Shkolina also have ...

Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games

Sports 01/30/19, 07:34

Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."Kazan ...

Update: Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled

Sports 01/22/19, 08:43

The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local):___4:35 p.m.Alexander Zubkov says he is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years in a doping case.Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled ...

Kremlin ‘optimistic’ ahead of WADA doping ruling

Sports 01/22/19, 06:02

Russia is "optimistic" ahead of a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling on whether the country's authorities met demands to turn over lab data, Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Tuesday.The WADA executive committee reinstated Russia's anti-doping agency in September — despite protests from many Western athletes and officials — on condition the country ...

WADA: Lab data retrieved and being moved out of Moscow

Sports 01/17/19, 14:56

Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency have finished retrieving data from the Moscow lab that could lead to sanctions against Russian athletes implicated in the country's wide-ranging doping conspiracy.WADA announced Thursday that the data has been transferred out of Russia for analysis by agency experts. WADA president Craig Reedie called ...

Training at Man United helps Rossi in search for new team

Soccer 01/17/19, 09:31

Giuseppe Rossi hopes training at former club Manchester United helps his search for a new team.The New Jersey-born Rossi escaped a doping ban last year after testing positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent.The former Villarreal and Fiorentina striker's career has been slowed by ...

Zubkov among 4 Russian bobsledders banned for Olympic doping

Sports 01/16/19, 08:49

Five years after the Sochi Olympics, the man who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony has been banned for doping at those games.Alexander Zubkov, already stripped of two Olympic gold medals, was among four Russian bobsledders banned Wednesday until December 2020 for their part in organized doping at ...

Russia’s anti-doping agency welcomes lab data progress

Sports 01/11/19, 14:09

The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has welcomed an apparent breakthrough in a standoff over data sealed in a Moscow laboratory that could implicate numerous Russian athletes in past drug cases.Russian authorities failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to hand over the data but the Russian Sports Ministry ...

Russian court says bobsledder can keep Olympic titles

Sports 01/11/19, 09:10

Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling on Friday that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals.The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. ...

Russian curler Krushelnitsky drops plans for doping appeal

Sports 01/11/19, 08:11

The Russian curler stripped of a bronze medal for doping at last year's Winter Olympics, Alexander Krushelnitsky, has dropped plans to appeal against his four-year ban.Krushelnitsky's agent, Andrei Mitkov, said on Friday in a statement that "yesterday (Krushelnitsky) decided to abandon the appeal to (the Court of Arbitration for Sport). ...

Russia says WADA has started copying doping data

Sports 01/10/19, 09:36

Russia says World Anti-Doping Agency experts have started copying data from a Moscow laboratory which could implicate numerous Russian athletes in past drug cases.Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says in televised comments that "work has started with the equipment, setting the equipment up and copying the database."He adds "work is proceeding ...

German skier stripped of World Cup win for oxygen tank use

Sports 01/10/19, 08:09

The International Ski Federation has disqualified Stefan Luitz from his first World Cup win for inhaling from an oxygen tank between giant slalom runs.FIS says the German racer will lose his prize money of 45,000 Swiss francs ($46,000) and 100 World Cup points for the Dec. 2 victory in Beaver ...

In shaming 90-year-old rider, anti-doping earns a black eye

Sports 01/09/19, 12:38

With each pedal-stroke of his 80- and now 90-year-old legs, Carl Grove sought to show his fellow Americans that old age can be rich and rewarding.His bike is his soapbox. As time caught up with many of his peers, the former United States Navy Band saxophonist , who played for ...

Russia says ‘understanding’ reached on doping data for WADA

Sports 01/09/19, 05:34

The Kremlin says there is "understanding" on how crucial data on drug use by Russian athletes will be handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency.WADA officials are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for their third visit seeking the lab data. The Moscow laboratory data could help WADA file ...

WADA to return to Moscow lab in search of elusive data

Sports 01/07/19, 14:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency is returning to the Moscow anti-doping lab this week in hopes of obtaining data it did not receive before a Dec. 31 deadline.The Russians were supposed to turn over the data as part of an agreement to reinstate Russia's anti-doping agency. But WADA officials were turned ...

Deadline passes without Russian turnover of data to WADA

Sports 12/31/18, 22:43

The deadline for Russia to turn over samples and other data from its Moscow anti-doping lab has passed, leaving the World Anti-Doping Agency to decide whether to reinstate the ban it had lifted in September.WADA's decision to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency compliant came with the requirement that it turn ...

Nasri completes move to West Ham as doping ban ends

Soccer 12/31/18, 13:30

Former France midfielder Samir Nasri has completed his expected move to Premier League team West Ham on a deal to the end of the season after he finished a doping ban.The Hammers on Monday announced the signing of the 31-year-old Nasri, who is available to play from Tuesday after an ...

Russian biathlon champion in doping scandal retires

Sports 12/25/18, 08:06

Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, announced his retirement on Tuesday.Shipulin, 31, told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of Russian athletes banned ...

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