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    Allegations that Varvara Lepchenko failed a meldonium test early this year as well, but was not publicized by the ITF:

    I also have another question. At about the same time as Masha, meldonium was found in the body of an American tennis player originally from the former Soviet Union - Varvara Lepchenko. I talked with her ​​dad, too, I know about it from his lips. However, the ITF has become not to make this story public. Moreover, Lepchenko already amnestied and continued his speech. If it's another drug concentration - then fine. But even in this case, the position and procedure of the International Tennis Federation should be the same.

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    Allegations that Varvara Lepchenko failed a meldonium test early this year as well, but was not publicized by the ITF:

    Hmm... Glebov is a long-time physio for the Russian Fed/Davis Cup teams

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    WADA appoints McLaren to oversee Sochi investigation
    May. 19, 2016 8:32 PM EDT

    SYDNEY (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie has appointed Richard McLaren as the independent overseer of an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

    Reedie issued a statement late Thursday saying McLaren, a long-standing member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a member of WADA's three-person independent commission which exposed wide-spread doping in Russian track and field, would investigate allegations published by CBS' "60 Minutes" and the New York Times in the relation to the Sochi Olympics.

    A WADA report last year outlined a state-sponsored doping scheme in Russia. Then, in an interview published last week in the Times, Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian lab now living in Los Angeles, said that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the doping lab used for the Sochi Games, with help from people he believed to be officers of the Russian security services.

    "60 Minutes" also aired a report last week with a whistleblower who said he sent 200 emails and 50 letters about Russian doping to WADA, but was told the agency didn't have the power to investigate inside the country. CBS later reported that the FBI was looking into allegations surrounding Russian doping.

    Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko acknowledged that Russia has a problem with doping, and said Russia was "ashamed" in a column for the British newspaper The Sunday Times. But he did not admit any involvement by the Russian government. Other Russian officials have firmly denied the allegations and have threatened to sue the Times.

    Russian and U.S. prosecutors are also investigating the allegations.

    Russia will learn on June 17 whether its athletics federation has met the reform criteria to return to competition in time for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
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    How it works: a look at the retests of Olympic drug samples
    AP 11:10 a.m. EDT May 22, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) — Inside a non-descript concrete building in a Swiss parking lot lies evidence that could take down dozens of Olympic athletes.

    The anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne holds the stored urine and blood samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics that are being retested with improved techniques to catch drug cheats who escaped detection at the time and to keep them out of this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro.

    So far, 31 unidentified athletes in six sports from 12 countries have been caught during retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. Results on tests of 250 samples from the 2012 London Olympics will be known soon.

    Some things to know about the retesting program:



    It's officially called the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses, or by its French acronym LAD. It's one of 34 labs around the globe accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and is affiliated with the University Hospital of Lausanne. The lab is located in a drab building near a small Coop supermarket, beside a main road and at the end of the M2 metro line. Visitors have to be buzzed in to take the elevator up the three-story building.

    The lab director is Martial Saugy, a Swiss scientist with long hair and a soul patch above his chin that gives him the look of a jazz musician. Saugy and his lab have often been caught up in major doping cases. Lawyers for Lance Armstrong tried to undermine Saugy's evidence about the cyclist's suspect samples from the 2001 Tour de Suisse. Saugy also met with Armstrong's entourage ahead of the 2002 Tour de France when he was a witness for anti-doping authorities in their case against the American rider.



    Links between Russia and the Lausanne lab were questioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry team that detailed state-sponsored cheating in a report last November. Panel chairman Dick Pound said the lab did not have a convincing explanation for destroying 67 samples that were sent from Moscow in 2013.

    An inquiry witness in Russia implicated Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov in a plot to retain clean samples for 67 athletes ahead of the London Olympics. If any of the athletes later produced a positive sample, it would be replaced by their clean sample and the athlete would pay Rodchenkov.

    In late 2012, WADA asked for all 67 samples to be retested in Lausanne. One tested positive for low levels of a banned substance, 54 were clean and 12 had too little volume for proper testing. The Lausanne lab destroyed the samples after a standard three-month storage period despite a request from WADA to keep them.

    An investigation by the Lausanne hospital, opened within days of the Pound report, cleared the lab of wrongdoing. Rodchenkov is now at the center of a scandal over Russian doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He says he helped Russian athletes dope before Sochi and switched their tainted samples for clean ones during the games. Sochi samples are also stored at the Lausanne lab and the International Olympic Committee says it plans to retest those as well.



    By the end of any Olympics, IOC testers are in control of as many as 5,000 urine samples.

    Samples are divided into "A'' and "B'' bottles, and the "B'' samples are available in case they're needed to corroborate a positive result in the "A'' bottle.

    The initial tests take place in the lab located in the Olympic city. Because of the huge number of samples and tests that need to be conducted in a short period of time, not every sample is tested for every drug. Experts take educated guesses on which set of athletes are more likely to use certain drugs and run the according tests.

    After those tests, the leftover urine is placed into a cargo container that's refrigerated, then loaded on an airplane that goes to Geneva. From there, the samples are transported to the lab in Lausanne and stored in a large vault, where they can be stored in a locked freezer at one of two temperatures — minus 20 or minus 80 Celsius, depending on the type of freezers the lab buys.

    "Chain of command" is a critical part of the anti-doping process, and every time the bottles change hands, or locations, forms must be filled out to acknowledge who has been in contact with the bottles. A missing link in that process can invalidate a positive test.

    Under new rules, the IOC can hold the bottles for up to 10 years, and can thaw the urine for a retest any time during that window.

    The limit was recently raised from eight years, which gives scientists more time to identify new drugs, then develop new tests to identify them. Also, scientists can develop more sensitive tests for metabolites — residue — of known drugs that are found in urine. And, if a test for a certain drug wasn't completed at the Olympics, it can be done in a retest years later.

    "The anti-doping guys have an arsenal that they don't make public," said Tom Brenna, a Cornell University professor and an expert on anti-doping laboratories.

    An example Brenna gave was the discovery of a test for plastic residue from the bags some cyclists used for EPO-laden blood transfusions. Because EPO has been notoriously difficult to detect, the test for the "plasticizer" gave the drug-fighters a back-door method to prove someone was using the drug.



    The IOC is notifying the 12 national Olympic committees whose athletes have been caught in the Beijing retests. Names and details have been kept confidential for legal reasons. If athletes are found guilty of doping and stripped of medals, any reallocation won't take place immediately. The IOC will retest the samples of those athletes who stand to move up in the medals to make sure they were clean.



    The 31 new cases from Beijing represent by far the highest number of positive tests from a single Olympics. Beijing had already produced 14 doping cases during the games, plus six cases involving doping of horses. Retests of Beijing samples in 2009 produced five more cases for the blood-boosting drug CERA. The new retests bring the overall total to 56. The previous high was held by the 2004 Athens Olympics, with 26 cases.


    Wilson reported from London, Dunbar from Geneva and AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed from Denver.

    Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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    London 2012 Olympics: 23 competitors return positive drug tests

    Olympic chiefs have announced 23 competitors at the London 2012 Games have failed retrospective doping tests.

    Those athletes are from five different sports and six different countries.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing and a further 265 from London 2012.

    It said the retests, conducted using the latest scientific methods, were focused on athletes who could take part at this year's Rio Olympics.

    "These re-analyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping," said IOC president Thomas Bach.

    "We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro."

    The re-analysis programme remains ongoing.

    UK Anti-Doping's director of operations Pat Myhill said: "The ability to retest samples, as a result of new intelligence or the development of new testing techniques, is a vital tool in the fight against doping in sport.

    "It sends a clear message to those who dope - if you chose to make that choice, and think that you've got away with it, think again. We can, and will, catch you."

    Last week, the IOC announced 31 athletes from the 2008 Games had tested positive following re-examination of their samples.

    Russia confirmed 14 of those positive retests from Beijing concerned their athletes and included some medallists.

    High jumper Anna Chicherova, who won bronze in 2008, vowed to clear her name after learning she was one of them.

    "It's the most complete shock," she said. "I can't explain how it could have happened. I was always sure what supplements and medicines I was using."
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    Which only means that they still can't test for all the substances used by all the other cheats that have not been caught. That's all.
    Missing winter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Which only means that they still can't test for all the substances used by all the other cheats that have not been caught. That's all.
    Or it means the cheaters are just staying one step ahead of the testers, if they're only "getting caught" 4 years later. They'll probably be using a bunch of new things this time around, and they'll figure out how to test for them in a year or 2.

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    Eight Russian Athletes Test Positive for Doping in 2012 Olympics
    Second admission in a month raises uncertainty about Russia’s participation in Rio de Janeiro games

    Updated May 28, 2016 4:48 p.m. ET

    MOSCOW—Eight Russian athletes who took part in the London Olympics tested positive for doping during the 2012 games, the Russian Olympic Committee said Saturday.

    It was the second admission in a month that Russian athletes could have used illegal substances, and it raises uncertainty about Russia’s participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. Risks that Russia could be banned from the Rio games emerged after an examination by the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, suggested that Russia could have used a wide-scale doping program. Russian officials have acknowledged the possibility of missing the Summer Games.

    Moscow said earlier this week that it was informed that 14 of its athletes from the 2008 Beijing Games, including several medal winners, were among a wider group of athletes from various countries who tested positive.

    The Russian Olympic Committee said its was officially informed by the International Olympic Committee that eight A biological samples from Russian athletes in three sports at the London Games tested positive.

    The WADA usually collects two urine samples, A and B. The A sample is used to analyze the content of urine and, if the A sample reveals some illegal substances, experts check the B sample to confirm the findings.

    The Olympic Committee of Russia said Saturday it will soon inform the IOC who of the suspected athletes from the London Games will be present at the retesting of their B samples. Citing international rules, Russia said it won’t disclose the names of the athletes until the initiation of an official procedure.

    Russia is now under multiple investigations for allegedly running a state-sponsored doping program and corrupting the testing lab at the Sochi Olympics.

    Though some Russian officials claim that the recent round of antidoping examination is just Western propaganda, Moscow seems prepared for the worst. Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday that he can’t rule out “the worst scenario” under which Russia may not be allowed to compete in Rio.

    It was unclear whether the eight athletes involved in the Saturday announcement planned to take part in the Rio Games.

    President Vladimir Putin acknowledged earlier this year that Russia has issues with doping and has criticized his country’s officials for failing to take antidoping efforts seriously enough.
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    If the Russians did all these, I wonder what did the Chinese do at Beijing.
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    "Swift and decisive action" promised after mass doping failures in canoeing
    By Dan Palmer

    The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has promised "swift and decisive action" against drugs cheats after mass failures within the Belarus and Romania sprint teams.

    Canoeists from Kazakhstan also tested positive with a number of athletes who are due to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics implicated.

    Most failed for heart attack drug meldonium, the substance that was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from January 1 which has been detected in dozens of athletes since then

    All of those to have failed have been provisionally suspended by the ICF following the out-of-competition tests.

    They face missing Rio and entire Federations could also be banned, the governing body said.

    However, the question marks over how long meldonium stays in the human body has created a stumbling block.

    WADA were forced to admit in April that "limited data exists to date" on the urinary excretion of the drug while the renal elimination is said to "vary significantly between individuals".

    Some athletes claimed that they stopped taking meldonium before the January 1 deadline with the results of new WADA research due later this month.

    It means some athletes could potentially be cleared depending on how much of the substance - which is said to boost endurance - is detected.

    “We have been made aware of the positive tests and are currently working with each of the National Anti-Doping Agencies to clarify the results," said ICF secretary general Simon Toulson.

    "The ICF operates a zero-tolerance approach to doping violations and will suspend any athlete or Federation found guilty.

    “The ICF is not the result manager for any of these cases and the process of hearings rests with the National Anti-Doping Agencies.

    “However, we are collaborating with these organisations on a daily basis to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    “We are saddened that this has become an issue in our sport and are working swiftly to ensure the right actions to address the present situation are taken."

    The ICF will now work with relevant authorities while awaiting the results of the WADA research.

    The Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee earlier confirmed that C1 entrant Leonid Carp and C2 partner Ştefan Strat failed for meldonium along with women's K2 paddler Elena Meroniac, a silver medallist at the Baku 2015 European Games.

    The entire world champion C4 1000m quartet of Traian Neagu, Catalin Turceag, Daniel Burciu and Petrus Gavrila have also failed, with all seven due to compete in Rio.

    Seven-time world champion canoeist Liviu Dumitrescu also tested positive for human growth hormone.

    French newspaper Le Monde, meanwhile, reported that five members of the Belarus canoe sprint team had also failed for meldonium, including brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich, the C2 1000m Olympic champions at Beijing who won silver four years later in London.

    They were each reportedly caught following a surprise visit during a training camp by testers led by former cyclist Christophe Bassons.

    According to Le Monde, other doping equipment was reportedly seized during the raid.

    Names of the Kazakh canoeists to have failed have been revealed while they are awaiting the results of their B samples.

    Dr Donald McKenzie, the ICF's chair of medical and anti-doping, said: “The ICF has a strong anti-doping programme that meets or exceeds all of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s requirements.

    “We have continued to expand our out-of-competition target testing and biological passport programme, these steps underline our sports commitment to ensuring clean competition.

    “We also see education as a key element to achieve a clean sport and have over 4,000 registrants on our anti-doping education programme, Pure Paddling Performance.”

    Tony Estanguet, France's triple Olympic canoeing gold medallist who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, said that clean competition was "crucial".

    "I have been working closely with our athletes and the medical and anti-doping committee to ensure that the ICF continues to win the battle against cheats within our sport," said Estanguet, also the co-chairman of the Paris bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and the ICF's third vice president.

    “As a member of the WADA Executive Committee I am close to the ongoing issues that embroil sport and am confident in the ICF's processes to ensure clean competition.”
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    So at this point, why not legalize everything -at least we'll be honest- and just hold the Pharmalympics...
    Meet again we do, old foe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    So at this point, why not legalize everything -at least we'll be honest- and just hold the Pharmalympics...
    Because PEDs will do this to you:

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    Because PEDs THE SUICIDE POOL will do this to you:

    This was my reaction when I found out Sloane only won 3 games against Pironkova.

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    02 June 2016 - 19H25
    Doping accused takes over Russian bobsleigh federation

    MOSCOW (AFP) -
    Weeks after his name emerged in damaging doping allegations two-time Olympic champion Alexander Zubkov has been elected president of Russia's troubled bobsleigh federation, local media reported on Thursday.

    The former head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory alleged last month that Zubkov, 41, was among those involved in an elaborate doping cover-up scheme during the Sochi Games in 2014.

    Zubkov has rejected the claims made by Grigory Rodchenkov, saying they were "not backed up by any facts."

    Sports minister Vitaly Mutko -- who is battling a slew of doping allegations against Russian competitors that has seen its athletics federation suspended ahead of the Rio Games -- welcomed Zubkov's election.

    "Professionals from the sports world should be in charge of sports in the country," Sovietsky Sport quoted Mutko as saying.

    "Meanwhile, we will help them, support them. This is a special federation -- (bobsleigh) is a technical kind of sport. Zubkov knows everything there, God bless him."

    The delegates demoted the federation's former chief, Georgy Bedzhamov, who requested political asylum in Europe earlier this year after fleeing Russia.

    Bedzhamov, the co-owner of Vneshprombank, left Russia after the central bank put the lender -- which was among Russia's top 40 banks -- into temporary administration.

    Bedzhamov's sister Larisa Markus, president of Vneshprombank, has been accused of fraud and was detained shortly after.

    Media reported that Bedzhamov was detained in Monaco on Russia's request in April. Authorities in Monaco are currently considering whether to extradite him to Russia.
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    June 6, 2016
    WADA suspends the accreditation of the Madrid Laboratory

    WADA has suspended the accreditation of the Laboratorio de Control de Dopaje (Laboratory) in Madrid, Spain. The decision, taken by WADA’s President, is a direct result of the WADA Foundation Board’s 19 March decision to declare the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD) non-compliant.

    The suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Laboratory from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

    Pursuant to Article 4.4 of the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), in order for a laboratory to maintain its accreditation status, the NADO of the country of the laboratory must be Code compliant, as determined by WADA. However, following a revision to ISL rules effective 2 June 2016, WADA may decide not to suspend a laboratory’s accreditation in a case of non-compliance of that country’s NADO if, in the year before the declaration of non-compliance, at least 60% of samples analyzed by that laboratory were provided by Anti-Doping Organizations other than the NADO of the country’s laboratory.

    In light of the fact that, between 19 March 2015 and 19 March 2016, 69% of the samples analyzed by the Laboratory were received from AEPSAD, the above-mentioned exception provided for in the ISL does not apply and the Laboratory’s accreditation must be suspended until AEPSAD is declared compliant. Pursuant to Article 13.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the Laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.

    It is also important to note that, in light of the above, Spain’s other laboratory in Barcelona (Fundació Institut Mar D'Investigacions Mèdiques - IMIM) has maintained its accreditation.
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