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Victoria Ohuruogu in trouble after training with banned boyfriend

Victoria Ohuruogu is being investigated for training with her boyfriend – who is currently serving a doping ban. In an investigation conducted by The Times, the Team GB 400m star, 29, was photographed training alongside her long-term partner Antonio Infantino, who was born in England but now represents Italy.

It was announced in April that the sprinter, who specialises in the 100 and 200m and competed at the Tokyo Olympics, had been banned for failing a drugs test. The couple, who have been in a relationship for 10 years, were spotted at Willesden Sports Centre in northwest London completing two 150m sprints by a reporter at The Times.

Under article 2.10 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, an athlete is banned from association “in a professional or sport-related capacity with any athlete support person who is serving a period of ineligibility”. The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organisation opted not to comment on any active investigation on Ohuruogu.

Infantino told The Times: “Victoria has been my partner for over 10 years, and we live together and share a car,” he said. “I was running my own 150m session that Saturday. I still like to work out but have no intention of returning to track professionally. Vicky had a longer 400m session with her training partner, set by her coach [Christine]. As far as my lawyers have made me aware, I am allowed to be around Victoria, but not advise or support professionally.

“Christine has given Victoria her old training diaries and has done an incredible job since our old coach passed away last year. I do not wish for what happened with me to implicate her and we have been very careful for me not to be involved in any professional capacity.

“I do not coach, write the programme or advise in any sense. I was not at any of her major championships, as Christine attended these. I didn’t want my own problems with the sport to impact her — and now this has. I believe I have been careful not to breach what I understand to be the rules.”

UK Athletics have issued a statement regarding the photographs which read: “Athletes who compete for GB & NI and members of the world-class programme receive regular anti-doping education which outlines their responsibilities towards clean athletics and adhering to the WADA code.

“We will be communicating with the athlete concerned to ascertain the facts before making any further comment.” This is not how Ohorugu would have wanted her 2022 to end given the breakthrough year she has had on the track.

She ran a 400m personal best of 50.50 and claimed a Commonwealth silver medal as well as relay bronze at the World Championships in Eugene and the European Championships in Munich.

Russia’s doping suspension will be lifted week

Russian athletics chiefs are hopeful that their global ban for doping will be lifted, sources in the country have told the Daily Mail.

World Athletics are due to discuss the prospect of removing the Russian federation’s suspension, which has stood since 2015, at a meeting of the ruling body’s council in Rome.

The Russian Athletics Federation has worked hard to get its house in order since a systemic doping regime was revealed amongst its athletes.

And, though Russian athletes will remain banned from representing the country as a result of the war on Ukraine, their ruling body could be welcomed back into the fold.

World Athletics, whose president is Seb Coe, imposed the eight-year ban after a damning investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed the scale of Russian drug-taking.

The huge, state-sponsored regime sabotaged London 2012 and, according to the investigative report, included ‘cover ups, destruction of samples [and] payment of money to conceal doping tests’.

The Russian federation was hit with further sanctions in 2020, including a $10million fine, after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) found senior individuals had conspired to break anti-doping rules.

In a separate WADA case, its investigators found that data from a Moscow anti-doping laboratory had been tampered with. It meant the Russian anti-doping agency remained suspended, a sanction which will be reviewed next month.

Only 10 Russian athletes, meanwhile, were allowed to compete as ‘Authorised Neutral Athletes’ at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

However, the Russian federation is now confident that the corrupt individuals have been weeded out and its system is compliant with anti-doping regulations.

Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the Russian taskforce, was due to deliver a report to the World Athletics council updating them on this progress.

The council began its two-day meeting in the Italian capital on Tuesday. They were also due to discuss the spate of doping sanctions levelled against Kenyan athletes, amid reports that their national federation could be at risk of a suspension.

However, the Kenyan government last week pledged $5million to fight doping after Brett Clothier, the head of the AIU, said increasing resources was ‘where this fight goes next’.

Coe is entering the final year of his second term as World Athletics president and will need to decide shortly whether to run for office again. He has been linked with the presidency of the International Olympic Committee, with Thomas Bach’s second term coming to an end in 2025.

CJ Ujah will be selected for GB once doping ban is over

CJ Ujah has been told he can return to the Great Britain fold once he has served his drugs ban, which ends on June 5, 2023.

The 28-year-old was slapped a with a backdated 22-month ban after failing a drug test which resulted in Team GB being stripped of their silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the 4x100metre relay.

Ujah had tested positive for banned substances ostarine and S-23 back in August last year, denying the Team GB quartet – which also included Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – silver. Despite the suspension, he was cleared of intentionally taking a prohibited substance by the Athletics Integrity Unit and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The 28-year-old admitted that he had “unknowingly consumed a contaminated substance” and said that he would “regret for the rest of his life” the situation.

Ujah will be available for next year’s World Championships in Hungary and after his ban was confirmed, new UK Athletics technical director Stephen Maguire insisted he will be in the frame for the British team if he is quick enough.

“If he’s available to compete we will select him. I haven’t spoken to CJ in a couple of years. He made a mistake and that’s clear,” he said. “I need to see what the environment is like. CJ, first of all, has to run fast anyway.

“It’s looking at that environment and where it all fits. Hopefully things go easy for CJ in coming back and it would be great to have that choice in selecting CJ. The 100m and 4x100m is going to be tough for anyone.

“I’ll definitely be chatting to CJ. I’ve (also) had a couple of conversations with the BOA (British Olympic Association). It’s getting to know them now the CJ news has broken. He’s eligible next year. It’s a conversation I’ll need to have.”

Mark Kangogo banned for three years

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Mark Kangogo of Kenya for 3 years for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Norandrosterone & Triamcinolone acetonide), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 33 year-old was busted at the Sierre-Zinal race in Switzerland, on August 13, after providing the urine Sample for the In-Competition test. He won the race in a time of 2:27.31 ahead of Andreu Blanes of Spain and becoming the first African runner to win the historic village-to-village race that includes 7,200 feet of climbing and 3,600 feet of descending.

Kangongo who also holds the Luxembourg Marathon course record of 2:12.10 that he set in 2018, will start serving his three years sentence from September 9,  2022 and all his results from 13 August 2022 have been disqualified.

Kangogo belongs to the Kenya Sky Running Project Camp and is coached by coach Julien Lyon from Swiss who made an official statement distancing himself from the athlete.

Kenya was place on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) compliance watch list in 2016 along with Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Bahrain, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Mark Kangogo suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Mark Kangogo for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone & Triamcinolone acetonide) (Article 2.1 and Article 2.2), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Kangongo who holds the Luxembourg Marathon course record of 2:12.10 that he set in 2018, adds to the list of 20 Kenyan athletes, who have now been sanctioned by AIU this year alone.

Kenya was place on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) compliance watch list in 2016 along with Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Bahrain, Belarus, and Ukraine.

CJ Ujah cleared of taking banned drugs

CJ Ujah, whose failed doping test cost Team GB Olympic relay sprint team silver, has been cleared of deliberately taking banned drugs.

As a result of the new ruling, the Athletics Integrity Unit and the World Anti-Doping Agency will allow him to return to competition next year.

Ujah, who initially faced a potential four-year ban from the sport, had consistently insisted he did not knowingly take ostarine and S-23, adding it “is something I will regret for the rest of my life”.

However, the British men’s sprint relay quartet’s career-defining performances in the 4x100m Tokyo final last year remains deleted from the history books.

Ujah had run the opening leg but then tested positive for two prohibited substances, ostarine and S-23.

The AIU has now confirmed, however, that Ujah is now serving a reduced term of 22 months, which means he can return to racing next June.

“The AIU and Wada were satisfied that the sprinter’s anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was not intentional as a result of his ingestion of a contaminated supplement and the applicable two-year period of ineligibility was reduced by two months on account of how promptly he admitted the violation,” a statement from the AIU says.

Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, added: “In this case, after a thorough examination of the facts, we were satisfied that Mr Ujah did indeed ingest a contaminated supplement, but he was unable to demonstrate that he was entitled to any reduction in the applicable period of ineligibility based on his level of fault. “Taking supplements is risky for athletes as they can be contaminated or even adulterated with prohibited substances. Athletes owe it to their fellow competitors to be 100 per cent certain before putting anything into their body.

If there’s the slightest doubt, leave it out.” It remains to be seen how his relay team-mates Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will take the news, having been all been stripped of medals over the furore.

Kilty has previously said he felt “let down” by his team-mate, adding how the team “heard nothing from” Ujah for six or seven weeks and they “didn’t have a clue” when the positive test was first disclosed after the Games. “Then we had a Zoom call maybe six weeks ago, and he just said to us that he thinks it was in a supplement,” Kilty added. “The supplements he was taking were not Informed Sport, which is not following the rules. As a team-mate I feel let down. For the last 20 years of my career – the same as the other two lads – we have worked our asses off. We have followed the rules, in and out.”

The British relay team automatically forfeited their medals in February, after Ujah did not challenge his adverse analytical finding at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing.

Ujah previously said: “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.

 

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Cannabis to remain banned substance in athletics

Cannabis will remain a banned substance in sport after a review by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after receiving a one-month ban for using the drug last year.

Wada agreed to review the cannabis ban after requests from “stakeholders”.

But it decided on Friday at a meeting of its executive committee to maintain the ban because the use of the drug “violated the spirit of sport”.

The ban for recreational drug use by athletes who test positive out of competition was reduced from two years to one to three months last year.

“Wada is aware of the diversity of opinions and perceptions related to this substance around the world, and even within certain countries,” director general Olivier Niggli said.

“Wada plans to continue research in this area in relation with [its] potential performance enhancing effects, its impact on the health of athletes and also in relation to perceptions of cannabis from athletes, experts and others around the world.”

In the UK cannabis is a class B drug and possession carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.

The organisation also announced that the painkiller tramadol is to be added to the list of banned substances for athletes in competition from 2024. ”

Tramadol abuse, with its dose-dependent risks of physical dependence, opiate addiction and overdoses in the general population, is of concern and has led to it being a controlled drug in many countries,” Wada said in a news release.

WADA Chief Operating Officer passes away

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that their Chief Operating Officer Frédéric Donzé, has passed on.

The 50 year-old who joined Wada in 2002 as its media relations and communications manager passed on after a short a short illness.

In 2011, he became director of WADA’s European regional office and relations with international federations in Lausanne, a position currently held by Frenchman Sébastien Gillot, before being appointed director of operations in 2016.

“For 20 years, Fred has been a cornerstone of the life and soul of WADA,” said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli. His extraordinary work ethic, intelligence and authenticity made him an inspiration to his colleagues and a confidant to athletes and all those involved in the fight against doping around the world. His passing is devastating for all of us who had the great fortune to know him, to work alongside him and to call him our friend. ”

Donzé was one of the longest-serving members of the WADA executive, joining the agency in 2002 as its first media director. He served as director of the European office before returning to headquarters in 2016 as COO.

Frustrated by Athletics Kenya Kiptomo on road to change citizenship

Frustrated by Athletics at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games trials, Brian Kiptomo Otongolo, not his real name has decided to change his citizenship to another country where federations respect the will of athletes.

Otongolo, just like many Kenyan athletes who missed to compete at the trials after missing the required qualification, especially missing on drug test by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

“At the moment, after missing to compete at the trials, am changing my citizenship. Am in the process of doing that. I don’t think of coming back to Kenya, hopefully I will compete against Kenyans wearing another country’s jersey,” said Otongolo.

He said that he is Kenyan but he is not going to represent Kenya at all and he would do everything in his power to train hard than before to compete against Kenyans and beat them.  And to change citizenship, there are many options like filing a petition that costs a lot of money.

“Basing on my experience, those who are going to represent Kenya are not the best because I was the best but I was not selected that means someone who was not the best is going to compete for Kenya and am going to beat them because am 100% sure athletes know me very well. If everything goes on well as planned I will meet with them at the championships,” explained the frustrated athlete.

He says that the current economy has put pressure on him and his colleagues, making life expensive traveling all the way from the USA, Japan and other nations to come for trials, with the flight being so
expensive, it costing about 3,000 dollars, which he says it wastage of time in traveling, money wastage and for students, they miss classes, which is frustrating.  For students, when classes are going on, you have to get permission to travel to compete for Kenya

“If one travels and get the opportunity to run and get into the team, it won’t be waste of time and money. But right now, where am I headed to, what is the purpose of me competing for Kenya? I will have that mindset like am not a Kenyan and I will say a patriot? Right now I don’t think like being a patriot. I feel like am not a Kenyan because as an athlete it requires time, sacrifices to reach certain level like running away from poverty but all over a sudden when you go up, someone presses you down. For upcoming athlete, this is so frustrating. Am 100% sure that one may give up on training like going for trials and then when I qualify, still I may not represent the country,” he said.

Last weekend he explained that he met face to face with his first experience ever that all disciplines were finals. He said that initially AK used to have heats to semis then finals, but last weekend was a deal
to lock out other athletes especially those from abroad who wanted to make Team Kenya because some of athletes who live in the USA, Japan and other countries were not tested by ADAK.

“AK said that that for one to compete at the nationals, one has to be tested by ADAK only which was frustrating because most of athletes travel across the globe just to come and compete in Kenya but when they come back, things change because they are not tested by ADAK,” he said.

He said that the rules will affect medal prospects for the country in middle and long distance especially for the young athletes, whose names were ejected from the final list even after qualifying. He said that
they should have been given a chance to compete with the global stars in future but AK shut their dreams.

“My frustration was that the federation should give all athletes a chance to compete especially the young ones. Or if they knew that they were not going to compete, they should have told them that there are no
chances for you guys and no need for trials. On my behalf and others, ADAK through the federation they could have told them earlier that all athletes from abroad they did not need to come to Kenya for trials. Such athletes should be send a memo or being tracked by ADAK or alternatively, they should send someone to such countries to track them. Every time there are track events like in the USA or japan, the federation or adak should plan for them to be tested,” he said.

“They should support these young ones who have a great future. We don’t know what the future holds for them. Someone like Eliud Kipchoge was struggling before he was put into the limelight. Before you get to the top, you should have come from bottom and we athletes we understand and we follow the footsteps of some people like me I follow my sister (name withheld) who was my role model. I saw her perform well and I wanted to be like her. And when I talk to her, she used to tell me that she used to run barefoot. Even me, I never used to wear shoes while running until I got a scholarship to study abroad,” he said.

Despite producing documents to prove that he was tested by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) the federations insisted that he was not going to run at all costs.

“My frustration came in when I was told that I had never done any drug test by ADAK but I was tested by WADA not ADAK for almost like six times this year. I tried to show AK my drug test documents but they rejected and told me that I should have been tested by ADAK and that is how my dreams were shuttered,” he said.

“When I went to ADAK’s representative at the Kenyan trials, they told me they don’t have the power to test an athlete but they should get names from AK because Adak don’t know athletes and AK know athletes. After AK gives the names to ADAK, ADAK then tests them according to the names from AK,” He added.

Otongolo competed in four Track and field meetings but he was never tested too. He competed in Mumias, Kisumu and two in Nairobi but never got tested. He alleges that he even gained interest and went to ADAK to be tested but he was told me that to get tested, he need to go through some questions, which he did and felt happy that it was the right time to be but it never happened.

“They lied to us that they have to get a list from AK and I would have gone there to ask for testing may that could have been the short cut,” he expressed.

He also lamented that athletes’ representative Milach Chemos, who was an athlete and understand the needs of athletes did not bother to check on how we were fairing on.

“I met with athletes’ representative Milcah Chemos, send her text messages and calls, she takes long time to reply. I know her as an athlete and she understands the journey of athletes and should be the first person to respond to athletes’ calls. She knows that these are athlete so and so in the USA and Japan and they were not shortlisted because they did not have drug test, have qualifying time and documents
from WADA or any drug testing body but she doesn’t do that all,” he narrated.

He alleged that Chemos has no concern on athletes where she should be helping athletes to get to another level.

“Athletes depend on her, we expect more from her. We expect her to do more and she should come up with an idea to help upcoming athletes,” he said.

Alex Wilson banned four years for doping

Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson was banned for four years on Tuesday after an anti-doping tribunal judged he intentionally used an anabolic steroid.

The case flared at the Tokyo Olympics last July when Court of Arbitration for Sport judges reinstated Wilsons provisional suspension days before he was due to compete in the mens 100 and 200 meters.

Wilson, the 200 bronze medalist at the 2018 European Championships, tested positive for the steroid trenbolone in an out-of-competition sample taken in March 2021.

He was allowed to continue competing ahead of the Tokyo Games after blaming contaminated meat he ate in Las Vegas, the Swiss Olympic committee said in announcing the latest ruling of its tribunal.

Wilson’s provisional ban during a disciplinary investigation was reinstated in Tokyo after the World Anti-Doping Agency and World Athletics intervened with CAS.

The Swiss Olympic tribunal now ruled the 31-year-old Wilson intended to use doping and imposed a ban that runs into April 2025. He can appeal against the verdict at CAS.

Source: espn.com