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Russia won eight gold medals at 2012 Olympics. Now it’s two, after another ban

Russian race walker Yelena Lashmanova has been banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the use of prohibited substances which is a violation of the World Athletics anti-doping rules.

 Lashmanova will be stripped of 2012 Olympic and 2013 World titles, marking the sixth Russian track and field gold medal from the London Games to be taken away due to doping.

The 29 year-old accepted a two-year ban, retroactive to March 2021, and all of her results being disqualified from Feb. 18, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2014.

The charges were based on data and evidence from probes that began several years ago into institutionalized doping in Russia, the AIU said on Monday.

Lashmanova was previously banned for two years after a positive drug test in 2014 and has not competed outside of Russia.

Russia originally won 18 medals, eight golds in track and field at the 2012 Olympics.

Lashmanova’s ban means that the total medals stripped from Russian athletes will be seven medals and two golds.

The other Russians previously stripped of 2012 Olympic track and field gold medals for doping include, race walker Sergey Kirdyapkin, high jumper Ivan Ukhov, hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko, 800m runner Mariya Savinova and 3000m steeplechase runner Yuliya Zaripova.

China’s Qieyang Shenjie is in line to be upgraded to gold in the women’s 20km race walk. Chinese athletes would sweep the medals should they be reallocated. The three Chinese walkers originally finished third, fourth and sixth.

Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by World Athletics in 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report containing allegations of state-supported doping, which Moscow denied.

Great Britain stripped of Olympic silver medal after Ujah doping confirmed

Great Britain’s 4x100m relay team has been stripped of its Olympic silver medal in the men’s 4x100m relay that they won in Tokyo last August after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Chijindu Ujah’s anti-doping violation on Friday.

Ujah has been provisionally suspended since Ostarine and S-23 — both substances prohibited by World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) — were detected in his sample in Tokyo.

The CAS had the hearing in November but only revealed on Friday. It found that the 27-year-old sprinter did have two banned substances in a urine sample, ostarine and S-23, which are known as selective androgen receptor modulators that mimic testosterone in the body.

Ujah had blamed his failed test on a contaminated supplement. However under the strict liability rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency that is no defence.

The British men’s quartet of Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake missed out on the 4x100m title by just a hundredth of a second in Tokyo, as the anchor-leg runner Mitchell-Blake was overhauled on the line by Italy’s Filippo Tortu.

Canada will now be upgraded to silver with China moving into the bronze medal position. “I accept the decision issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport today with sadness,” Ujah said in a statement issued by UK Athletics.

“I would like to make it clear that I unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement and this was the reason why an anti-doping rule violation occurred at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “I would like to apologise to my teammates, their families and support teams for the impact which this has had on them. I’m sorry that this situation has cost my teammates the medals they worked so hard and so long for, and which they richly deserved. That is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”

Sebastian Coe: Russia must complete ‘recovery plan’

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has reportedly said that bosses “cannot trust the system” which would potentially allow Russia to return from its sanctions imposed as a result of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruling.

A WADA verdict in 2020 ordered Russian athletes to appear at major events under the Russian Olympic Committee banner for four years, although the decision was later halved and is due to run until December 2022.

Competitors have been forced to compete with a neutral flag and national anthem at competitions including the summer Games in Tokyo in 2021 and the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) was suspended by the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations at a meeting chaired by British Olympic legend Sebastian Coe in 2015.

Now Coe has said that the sanctions approved by his organization will depend on the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

“Russian athletics will return to the international arena after the recovery plan is fully implemented,” Coe told TASS. “It is important that progress is monitored. I am confident that I can provide the World Athletics board with such a recommendation, and this is possible only if the recovery plan is fully implemented. We are not yet fully confident that we can fully trust the system.”

WADA’s ruling also banned Russian officials from attending events and prohibited the country from hosting international showpieces.

That would have outlawed Russian president Vladimir Putin from attending the Beijing Games had he not received an invitation from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

“It is known that one of these elements is outside our jurisdiction,” Coe cautioned of World Athletics’ potential decision. “I am talking about the status of RUSADA, which is handled by the World Anti-Doping Agency. But it is an integral part of this process. “We are moving in the right direction. Now there are two good independent experts working in ARAF. They report to us on what is happening.”

Coe’s organization has doubled the quota of Russian athletes allowed at major international competitions, increasing the number of Russians who will be able to participate in the 2022 World and European championships under neutral status to 20.

Source: rt.com

Antonio Infantino suspended for doping violation

Antonio Infantino was on Wednesday (15) suspended by the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL) for doping violations.

Antonio broke the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules 2.1 and 2.2 relating to the “presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample” and “use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or prohibited method”.

Infantino’s athletics career saw him win three English Schools sprints titles and three victories over 200m at the British Indoor Championships before he switched to represent Italy five years ago and has since raced for the Azzurri at the World Championships and Olympics.

Infantino studied philosophy at King’s College London he won the British Universities 200m title and went on to finish first at the British Indoor Championships over 200m.

He did not always receive the gold medal for these victories, though, because he switched to run for Italy in 2016 and won the 2018 British indoor 200m, for example, wearing Italian colours, with the British title instead going to runner-up Edmond Amaning.

Infantino also won AAA and Inter-Counties titles and then took Italian 200m titles when he switched nations.

In 2016 he reached the European 200m semi-finals in Amsterdam for Italy, ran in the heats of the World Championships in 2019 and at the Tokyo Olympics this year finished fifth in his heat in 20.90. His best times, however, are 10.26 for 100m and 20.41 for 200m – both of which were set in 2019.

Halima Hachlaf banned for six years for doping violation

The 2009 Mediterranean Games silver medallist Halima Hachlaf has been banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping violations.

The 33 year-old has been given six years for a second violation which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

On 23 January 2014, the Fédération Royal Marocaine d’Athlétisme (“FRMA”) Disciplinary Commission issued a decision confirming that the Athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Rule 32.2(b) (Use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method) of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules based on an Adverse Passport Finding in relation to her Athlete Biological Passport and that a period of ineligibility of four (4) years from 19 December 2013 was imposed.

The second doping violation happened on 17 January 2021, when the Athlete provided a urine Sample, In-Competition, at the ‘4ème Meeting Fédéral’ held in Rabat, Morocco.

On 10 February 2021, the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland (the “Laboratory”) reported an Adverse Analytical Finding in the Sample for the presence of Methylprednisolone (the “Adverse Analytical Finding”).

Methylprednisolone is a Prohibited Substance according to the WADA 2021 Prohibited List under the category S9. Glucocorticoids. It is a Specified Substance prohibited In-Competition when administered by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes.

The Moroccan received the hefty penalty after failing to respond to the charge given to her by the set deadline leaving the AIU with no option but to ban her for six (6) years for a second anti-doping rule violation under the ADR.

President Vladimir Putin orders Sports Ministry to settle reinstatement issues with WADA

President Vladimir Putin ruled on Friday that the Russian Sports Ministry as well as all of the involved national sports organizations must resort to measures aimed at the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) with WADA and of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) with World Athletics.

The Russian Sports Ministry is now set to present a report regarding RUSADA’s reinstatement process before March 30, 2022 as well as a report on RusAF’s membership reinstatement progress before December 26, 2022. RUSADA-WADA case The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland’s Lausanne upheld on December 17, 2020 WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

In particular, CAS upheld WADA’s decision to declare RUSADA as non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. The court, however, ruled to cut the previously proposed four-year term of sanctions to the period of two years. The Swiss-based court said in a statement on December 17 that the CAS Panel “unanimously determined RUSADA to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) in connection with its failure to procure the delivery of the authentic LIMS data (Laboratory Information Management System) and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory to WADA” in the period between 2012 and 2015.

The Russian authorities deny accusations of manipulation. CAS held hearings on a legal debate between RUSADA and WADA in the period between November 2 and 5, 2020. Appointed judges in the CAS case between RUSADA and WADA were Mark Williams (Australia), Luigi Fumagalli (Italy) and Hamid Gharavi (France). According to the CAS decision as of December 17, 2020, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.

The national anthem of Russia was also ruled out to be played at international sport tournaments in the course of the next two years, including at the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan this year. The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for the period of two years.

WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022. World Athletics and RusAF World Athletics suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue. World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated.

The ANA status prohibits Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag. The World Athletics Council announced on November 22, 2019 its decision to suspend RusAF’s reinstatement process based on charges brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). According to World Athletics, the AIU charged RusAF on November 21, 2019 “with obstructing an investigation and provisionally suspended several senior federation officials for tampering and complicity.”

The provisionally suspended senior officials at that time were then-President of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin and several more high-ranking people from the federation for helping to falsify documents, which Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko presented as his excuse for skipping doping tests. Shlyakhtin submitted his letter of resignation on November 23.

Source: tass.com

Blessing Okagbare charged with three Anti-doping offences

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has issued charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three separate disciplinary matters.

The athlete has been charged with the presence and use of a prohibited substance following the detection of Human Growth Hormone in a sample collected out-of-competition on July 19 in Slovakia.

An AIU statement said: This matter was publicly announced on 31st July when Okagbare was provisionally suspended. She had been scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the Toko 2020 women’s 100m that day.

The athlete has also been charged with the presence and use of a prohibited substance following the detection of recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) in a sample collected out-of-competition on 20th June in Nigeria.

The AIU requested EPO analysis be conducted on the sample on 29th July and the adverse analytical finding was reported to the AIU on 12th August.

Okagbare was notified of the adverse analytical finding on 20th August. Human Growth Hormone and EPO are non-specified substances on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

A provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such a substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules and the athlete remains provisionally suspended. Finally, the AIU has issued a further charge against Okagbare in accordance with Rule 12 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules following the athlete’s refusal to co-operate with the AIU’s investigation into her case.

The athlete failed to comply with a formal requirement to produce relevant documents, records and electronic storage devices, which was issued to the athlete by the AIU on 15th September. The athlete denies all charges and has requested that each of them be submitted to a hearing before the Disciplinary Tribunal.

Doctor banned for Life for doping violations

A Moldovan doctor has been given a life ban from sport after being found guilty of arranging for lookalikes to give drug testing samples under the names of real weightlifters heading for the world championships.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Thursday that Dr. Dorin Balmus represented three Moldovan athletes in 2015 when they were asked to provide samples shortly before competing at the world championships in Houston.

The ITA said three lookalikes took on the identities of the weightlifters because they were “each undergoing a doping cycle at the time” and risked testing positive. All three were able to compete at the world championships but later received drug-related bans.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed the decision by the ITA to sanction the Doctor for a range of Anti-Doping Rule Violations related to tampering with the anti-doping process in the sport of weightlifting.

In a television documentary, aired by German broadcaster ARD in January 2020, Dr. Balmus was recorded admitting that he had used surrogates, or “doppelgängers”, during sample collections of a number of Moldovan Weightlifting Federation athletes.

This substitution of urine samples was confirmed by further ITA enquiry, prompted by an investigation known as ‘Operation Arrow’ that had been initiated by WADA’s independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) Department in October 2019. ‘Operation Arrow’ is part of a wider WADA I&I investigation into weightlifting that began in August 2017.

WADA to review cannabis’ status on Prohibited List

United States Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Olympics due to testing positive for the recreational drug which has forced the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee to endorse a scientific review into cannabis’ status as a banned substance.

The WADA’s Prohibited List has named Cannabis’ as one of the banned drugs which has come under fresh scrutiny after Richardson missed the Olympics due to returning a positive result after injecting herself. This banned drug is legal in many American states and decriminalized across much of the world.

Richardson won the women’s 100m at the US Olympic trials but failed to travel with the team to Tokyo after she was banned by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a month and her results at the trials disqualified.

Richardson said she had ingested marijuana after learning from a reporter that her biological mother had died and was in Oregon, where it is legal.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe is among those to have queried the cannabis ban, saying a review “should be” carried out, while Richardson’s suspension sparked particular backlash in the US.

Cannabis will remain banned in 2022 while the review initiated by WADA’s List Expert Advisory Group is carried out.

WADA said “there will be limited modifications” only to the Prohibited List for 2022, following the Executive Committee’s latest meeting in Istanbul.

A modification prohibiting all injectable routes of administration of glucocorticoids in competition was approved in September 2020, and will be implemented from January 1 next year.

The delay was made to allow more time for communication and education of athletes and medical personnel with regards to the change to help them avoid inadvertent adverse analytical findings and for laboratories to update their procedures.

Cannabis rules in sport should be reviewed-World Athletics chief

The rules on the use of cannabis by athletes should be reviewed, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Tuesday, after rising track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Games following a positive test for the substance.

The sprinter, aiming to become the first American in 25 years to win the women’s 100m Olympic title after Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 gold, tested positive for cannabis last month at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials after streaking to victory in the 100m.

She was hit with a one-month ban and had her trials results annulled, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games. Richardson said at the time her action came while she was dealing with the news of the death of her mother. She also took the drug in Oregon, where its use is legal.

“It should be,” Coe told a small group of reporters on Tuesday when asked if the rule should be reviewd. “It is sensible, as nothing is set in tablets of stone.”

“You adapt and occasionally reassess. The Athletics Integrity Unit is absolutely the best organisation to look at this,” said Coe, a former double Olympic 1500m champion.

“I have spoken to (AIU chairman) David Howman about that. The AIU will look at this in the light of current circumstances.”

Richardson’s suspension sparked an outpouring of sympathy, including from President Joe Biden, and calls for a review of anti-doping rules. The Games, however, will take place without one of the biggest young names in athletics.

Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but if athletes can prove that ingestion is unrelated to performance, then receive a shorter ban than the usual two or four years for other banned substances.

“I am sorry for her,” Coe said. “That we have lost an outstanding talent.”

“It is not unreasonable to have a review on it. She will bounce back. It is a loss to the competition.”