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Fresh blow for Bulgaria as youth champion banned for life over doping

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian weightlifting suffered another blow on Friday when European youth champion Dayana Dimitrova was banned for life after a second doping offense since April 2017, the Balkan country’s federation said on Friday. The life ban for the 18-year-old, who won the European women’s title in the 48-kg category in Poland last month, comes as Bulgaria struggles to restore its reputation in a sport already under fire over widespread doping offences. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has threatened to remove weightlifting from the Paris 2024 Games if it…

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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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Wada officials visit Russia labs after doping scandal suspension

Rusada’s suspension was imposed in November 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency officials have held talks with Russian officials and visited a suspended Moscow anti-doping laboratory. Wada ended a three-year suspension of Russia in September, following a scandal over state-sponsored doping. But it ordered it must be granted access to Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory before the end of the year. “We had open and productive meetings with the Russian public authorities,” Wada’s Dr Olivier Rabin said. “Progress is being made but some points still need to be ironed out before we can proceed…

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Athletics: British sprinter Levine gets four-year doping ban

(Reuters) – Britain’s Olympic sprinter Nigel Levine has been banned from the sport for four years after failing a drugs test. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Nigel Levine competes at Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 19/08/2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Levine was provisionally suspended in February and on Tuesday UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed the 29-year-old’s ban. UKAD said Levine “tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance clenbuterol, an Anabolic Agent, following an Out-of-Competition test on 24 November 2017.” Levine, who specializes in the 400 meters, competed at the 2016…

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Doping: World record weightlifter Lin banned for eight years

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan’s Lin Tzu Chi is pictured with her gold medal after setting a new world record weight of 145kg in the women’s 63kg clean and jerk weightlifting competition at the Moonlight Festival Garden during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed ZURICH (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Lin Tzu-chi, a former weightlifting world record holder, has been banned for eight years for a doping offense by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the tribunal said in a statement on Thursday. Lin, who broke two world…

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Doping: WADA to conduct further investigations into bullying allegations

(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct further enquiries into accusations of bullying by executive committee members after an initial probe was unable to prove any improper behavior, it said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks into the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo Athletes’ committee chair Beckie Scott told the BBC last month that she was “treated with disrespect” and faced “inappropriate” comments and gestures for opposing the reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping organization at…

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Doping: White House adds voice to calls for WADA reform

(Reuters) – A White House summit on doping in sport on Wednesday called for the embattled World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to enact reforms and provide stronger leadership in the fight for clean sport. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks into the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo The forum, convened by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), added its voice in calling for an urgent restructuring of the…

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Bellew v Usyk: Briton says frequency of doping tests proving an issue

Bellew faces Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk for all four world cruiserweight titles on 17 November British cruiserweight Tony Bellew says doping tests are having an impact on his training camp and that he has provided five samples in seven weeks. The 35-year-old challenges Oleksandr Usyk for all four world cruiserweight titles in Manchester on 10 November. Since starting his training camp in early September, Bellew has tested for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad). “I know they ain’t testing others as frequently as me,” Bellew tweeted. Shortly after…

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Kenya’s Kalalei gets four-year doping ban

(Reuters) – Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei, who won the Athens marathon last November, has been banned for four years after testing positive for blood-booster EPO, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has said. FILE PHOTO – Athletics – Athens Marathon – Athens, Greece – November 12, 2017 – Kenyan Samuel Kalalei reacts while finishing first in the Athens Marathon Men’s race. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Kalalei’s urine sample, which was collected after the Rotterdam Marathon in April, had returned positive for EPO. The 23-year-old was provisionally suspended by AIU, the independent agency…

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Russia calls on IAAF to lift doping ban

The Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada) headquarters in Moscow The Russia Athletic Federation (Rusaf) has called on athletics governing body the IAAF to lift its ban on its athletes and has launched a legal challenge to overturn it. Last week Wada ended its three-year suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency. But the IAAF’s ban is still in place. “We are guided solely by the interests of fairness, justice and equal treatment of clean athletes,” Rusaf said in a letter to the IAAF. The Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada) had been suspended since 2015…

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