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THE BIG PICTURE: Kenyan doping still an issue as Kiprop case proceeds with...

While the doping problems in Russia – and the cover-up – are still very much in the news, so is the less-well-publicized, but continuing problem of Kenya. The IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit posted a four-year suspension of 2008 Olympic 1,500 m champion Asbel Kiprop, further plunging the 2011-13-15 World Champion into disgrace. At age 29, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Howman pushing for more innovation in doping control

When David Howman talks, people in the sports world should listen. The former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency is increasingly critical of the standard testing program now in place, which still relies primarily on taking urine samples. Reuters reported on his Monday remarks to a conference of the Partnership for Clean Competition in […]
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LANE ONE: The anti-doping fight isn’t easy and it’s going to get harder...

There appears to be considerable momentum in the fight against doping in the aftermath of the exposure of the Russian doping program beginning in 2015. The testing program and investigative arm of the World Anti-Doping Agency continues to grow, the new International Testing Agency promises to provide a completely independent process of doping control for […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Ten more world leaders, including 21.91 m (71-10 3/4) for Tom...

As the outdoor season gets going, there are plenty of new, outdoor world-leading marks, but hardly any to really be excited about. Of 10 outdoor leaders over the last weekend, the best was a victory for Commonwealth Games champion Tom Walsh (NZL) in the Australian Nationals in Sydney, reaching 21.91 m (71-10 3/4). Good, but […]
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LANE ONE: Weightlifting confirmed for Paris 2024 by the IOC Executive Board

The International Weightlifting Federation was the big winner on the first day of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board in Lausanne (SUI) on Tuesday, winning confirmation of its place on the program of the 2024 Olympic Games. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell (AUS) told reporters: “Today, the Executive Board noted a number of areas that […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia still at the center of World Anti-Doping Agency’s annual...

The continuing question of Russian doping cast a long shadow over the Annual Symposium of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) during its Annual Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Just prior to the meeting, the leadership of 18 National Anti-Doping Organizations issued a statement that noted the forthcoming election of a new WADA […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Thailand to skip Olympic weightlifting to atone for eight Worlds...

Weightlifting has become a favored sport in Thailand, especially after the 2016 Olympic Games, in which Thais won four medals, including golds in the women’s 48 kg for Sopita Tanasan and 58 kg, by Sukanya Srisurat. But the Thai weightlifting program was also shamed earlier this year with seven separate announcements of doping positives between […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Estonian skier admits to doping for years

The stunning arrests of five Cross Country skiers at the FIS Nordic World Championships in Seefeld (AUT) for doping has provided a clear signal that doping is hardly a thing of the past. On Friday, the identities of all five skiers became known and led to a statement from the Estonian Ski Association: “The Estonian […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Doping arrests shock World Nordic Ski Championships in Austria

The excitement of the World Nordic Skiing Championships, and the amazing exploits of Norway’s Therese Johaug, were interrupted by the stunning announcements that five athletes had been arrested in morning raids on Wednesday (27th). Reuters reported that nine people were arrested during the course of 16 raids carried out, including two athletes from Austria, two […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Doping rumors about China’s Yang Sun, and a cancer challenge for...

Rough news this week for two of the finest swimmers in the world, both from the medical side: ● China’s Yang Sun, the triple Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Champion in distance Freestyles, is in the news thanks to a sensational story in the Sunday Times (GBR) that “A clash with anti-doping testers ended […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Another doping positive from London raises the total to 121

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that “Davit Modzmanashvili, 37, of Uzbekistan, competing in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling 120kg event (Qualifications and Finals) in which he ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Modzmanashvili’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC loses Legkov appeal in Swiss Federal court

“It is with disappointment that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been informed of the ruling by the Swiss Federal Tribunal rejecting the IOC appeal against the CAS decision dated 23 April 2018 regarding the Russian Cross Country skier Alexander Legkov.” That was the introduction to the IOC’s statement concerning not only the Legkov case, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip to Moscow. Once again, the goal will be to extract a comprehensive copy of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory which was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping program […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: No data by 31 December, so what happens to Russia...

Russia has thrown one of the hottest potatoes in international sport right back into the hands of the World Anti-Doping Agency. While a WADA team was in Moscow two weeks ago, and ready to proceed with the transfer of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory that was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia refuses WADA team full access to Moscow lab data;...

The simmering fight within the anti-doping movement over Russia’s reinstatement by the World Anti-Doping Agency is now getting ready to boil over. WADA released a statement on Friday which noted that its technical team was not allowed to obtain the data it was seeking from the Moscow laboratory: The team accessed the laboratory and progress […]
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WEIGHTLIFTING: 13 doping positives is not good news

For a sport which is under threat of removal from the 2024 Olympic program by the International Olympic Committee, the weekend brought bad news....

LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
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ANTI-DOPING: A call for ethics in sports medicine

The chief of the United States Anti-Doping Agency is now campaigning about more than doping; he’s now working on ethical use of allowed drugs. Travis Tygart told the online version of the British newspaper The Daily Mail that “‘The days of blood transfusions, and open and obvious growth hormone and testosterone use we saw at […]
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THE 5-RING CIRCUS: U.S. Justice Dept. indicts seven Russian hackers

The United States Department of Justice announced on Thursday a series of seven indictments against members of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a unit of the Russian military. The announcement of the indictments noted that “Among the goals of the conspiracy was to publicize stolen information as part of an influence and disinformation campaign […]
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