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LANE ONE: What do federation review commissions do anyway? In Biathlon, quite a...

For those who are not close watchers of the Biathlon scene, these have been troubled months for the International Biathlon Federation. Last year, the federation saw the resignation of its long-time President, Anders Besseberg (NOR) and Secretary General, Nicole Resch (GER) after allegations of bribery over Russian doping positives surfaced from an investigations by Austrian […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms 12 Russian track &...

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) came under enormous criticism after reversing 28 suspensions handed out by the International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission last year, mostly on grounds that actual evidence of tampering with samples had not been definitively shown. But on Friday, CAS announced that it had confirmed 12 cases of doping in […]
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LANE ONE: WADA lets Russia skate for now, but there is a new...

There wasn’t much surprise from the conference-call meeting of the World Ani-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd) as it confirmed the continuation of Russia’s status as a “compliant” member of the anti-doping community … for now. The collective anger of those who want Russia re-suspended for its state-sponsored doping program from 2011-15 has been […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA team “successfully” retrieves Moscow Lab data

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday that its data-retrieval team had completed its mission to obtain the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory at the center of the four-year doping scheme operated within the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). From the statement: “A three-person World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expert team has successfully retrieved the data from […]
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DOPING: WADA Compliance Review Committee meeting this week on Russia

The continuing saga of the World Anti-Doping Agency trying to get its hands on a complete and correct copy of the 2011-15 testing database...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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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’s head of anti-doping asks for Putin’s help to resolve...

The drama over access to the Russian doping database in Moscow continues, with discussions reportedly taking place over another visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency. A WADA team was not allowed to complete its review of the database earlier in December and a WADA statement explained that “the team was unable to complete its mission […]
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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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DOPING: WADA sending “technical mission” to Moscow next week

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced last Friday that “A full technical mission from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be in Russia next week to retrieve data from the former Moscow Laboratory. “The five-person delegation will travel to Moscow on Monday 17 December to access the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the underlying raw […]
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DOPING: Russian NOC appeals Moscow decision to ignore Zubkov’s Sochi doping

In a move dripping with political calculations, the Russian National Olympic Committee appealed the decision of the Moscow City Court that invalidated the doping...

LANE ONE: This is the season to be thankful … you are not...

The traditional Thanksgiving holiday in the United States came yesterday, with millions remembering the many blessings in their lives, along with the challenges ahead of them. One of the things everyone in the Olympic Movement is thankful for is that they are not in Yury Ganus’s shoes. Who? Ganus is the 54-year-old Director General of […]
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LANE ONE: WADA Board holds the line on Russia, expands internal independence drive

There was no clap of thunder or bolt of lightning which came from the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board meeting in Baku (AZE) on Thursday, and in many ways, that’s a good thing. There were three themes coming into the meeting which needed attention and all were addressed: • The status of the reinstatement of Russia’s […]
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LANE ONE: Fasten your seat belt: The Olympic Movement has a rough November...

This promises to be a turbulent week for the Olympic Movement with two major off-the-field events taking place in Canada and Azerbaijan and at the end of the month in Japan: • 13 November (Tuesday): Referendum on the city’s bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (CAN). • 15 November (Thursday): Meeting of the World […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC tells Int’l Biathlon Union they are OK (and starts...

One of the international sports federations in hot water over the past several months has been the International Biathlon Union (IBU), which had its president step aside and its secretary-general suspended over an investigation of possible bribes to ignore Russian doping positives. The International Olympic Committee noted the turmoil and suspended payments of Winter Games […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: “Emergency summit” rips WADA for Russian reinstatement

An “emergency summit” of national anti-doping agencies and athletes was called by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and held on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to promote reform of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This is the latest pressure tactic – coming two days […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Civil war among the anti-doping agencies? Yes!

The internal battle in the world anti-doping community is continuing unabated, as the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) is calling for “meaningful reform of WADA governance.” It its latest statement, the group of 17 of the largest anti-doping organizations – including the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – met in an “emergency summit” in Paris (FRA) […]
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