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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Another London weightlifter disqualified, new doping rules about contaminated meat,...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The International Olympic Committee announced another doping positive from its re-testing program from the 2012 London Games, and of course it was another weightlifter. Florian Croitoru (ROU), who placed ninth in the men’s 56 kg division, found to have three […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Who is Kenny Bednarek and how did he just run...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● It’s a World Championship year, so crazy things are happening. Like Kenny Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College running a wind-aided 19.49 in the prelims of the National Junior College Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico. What? 19.49? What? […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: WADA chief Reedie says he is “unsure” of winning against...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Britain’s Craig Reedie is the elected head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the lead actor in the world’s fight against doping in sport. In an interview with the SportAccord conference newsletter, The Daily, he noted: “I am unsure whether sport […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Raelene Boyle rightly calls on the IOC to redress East...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Meeting drew a lot of attention over the weekend, with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visiting and speaking to the assembly. The delegates – and Bach – also heard from Raelene Boyle, now […]
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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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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: 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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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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