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 Post subject: Re: Is Usain Bolt guilty by association?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:26 pm 
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It is understood that WADA is probing anti-doping claims that drug testing of the country’s all-conquering sprinters broke down before the Games.

WADA will undertake an ‘extraordinary’ audit of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after its former head claimed out-of-competition testing all but vanished between January and July 2012.

Usain Bolt won three gold medals while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed a gold and two silvers, with Yohan Blake also claiming three medals.

WADA has confirmed to the AP that there was “a significant gap of no testing” in the run-up to the Olympics and that it is subsequently concerned enough to investigate the issue.

"There was a period of - and forgive me if I don't have the number of months right - but maybe five to six months during the beginning part of 2012 where there was no effective operation," WADA Director General David Howman said in an interview.

"No testing. There might have been one or two, but there was no testing. So we were worried about it, obviously.

"It's an extraordinary visit. [Jamaica is] a high priority, they're on our radar".

JADCO chairman Herbert Elliott has dismissed Renee Anne Shirley’s figures as lies in an interview with the Associated Press, however.


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World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey has slammed Jamaican authorities for failing to accommodate an independent audit of their anti-doping regime until next year.

WADA said last week Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller had invited a special team to inspect the country's anti-doping authority but the global body was "unhappy" the visit could not be arranged this year in the wake of a string of drugs offences involving local athletes.

"The current position is unacceptable to WADA and we're not going to take it lying down, their suggestion that they'll talk to us next year," Fahey told the Daily Telegraph.

"To suggest to WADA they're not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until some time next year is unsatisfactory, it's totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame."

Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games 4x100 relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson all failed drug tests and were left out of Jamaica's athletics team for the world championships in August.

The credibility of Jamaica's anti-doping work has been further called into question by Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior official with the country's anti-doping agency, who told Sports Illustrated in August the authority had carried out just one out-of-competition test from February 2012 to the start of the London Olympics in July.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has denied any problem and questioned Shirley's character.

Fahey stopped short of threatening sanctions but said there were "a number of options" open to WADA.

The most severe would be to declare Jamaica "non-compliant" with the WADA code, which would pave the way for global sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee or international federations to impose punitive measures.

Only WADA code-compliant sports can participate in the Olympic Games.

JADCO were not immediately available for comment.


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Jamaica's recent failed drugs tests may be just "the tip of the iceberg", according to the country's most senior drug tester. Five athletes who competed at London 2012 have since tested positive, including the former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and the Olympic 4x100m silver medallist Sherone Simpson.
Dr Paul Wright's comments come after the World Anti-Doping Agency visited Jamaica following allegations by Renée Anne Shirley, the former executive editor of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco), that there was "a significant gap of no testing" on the island between March and July 2012 while its athletes prepared for the Olympics. Shirley said only one random test was conducted in that time.
"The results are not good," Wright told the BBC of the failed tests. "This year alone the results really point the finger. Remember, all of these results except one were caught by Jadco. The problem is these people were tested positive in competition. What that means is months before you know the date of the test and the approximate time of the test.
"So if you fail an in-competition test you haven't only failed a drugs test, you have failed an IQ test. This could be the tip of the iceberg to have so many positives coming in competition. What is going to convince me is if there is an out-of-competition test that's unannounced, that includes blood testing and which tests for EPO. Then we can hold up our heads high and say we know there's nothing."
The head of the Jamaican Olympic Association, Mike Fennell, rejected Wright's comments, saying he was "being dramatic". Fennell added: "I think that's massively overstating it. There's no evidence to suggest that it's the tip of the iceberg."
The Jamaican minister for sport, Natalie Neita Headley, has said more money will be put into a drug-testing programme. She said it would include blood testing, more testers and a significant increase in the number of tests. She added: "Our athletes, as confirmed by the IAAF [world governing body], were the most tested in the world of athletics, so to say our athletes weren't tested is not exactly true."


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The entire board of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has resigned with immediate effect in the wake of an emergency visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to the Gleaner newspaper.
The minister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said the resignation of the 12 commissioners was necessary for public confidence in Jadco.
Neita-Headley met with Wada this month following revelations by the former head of Jadco, Renee Anne Shirley, of a lack of drug testing in the country.
Shirley told Sports Illustrated magazine the agency did not have the staff to carry out rigorous anti-doping programmes.
She claimed there had been only one out-of-competition test between February 2012 and the start of the London Olympics five months later, and that Jadco had no officer keeping track of athletes so that they could be subject to on-the-spot tests.
Jamaica's prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, had promised Wada that drug-testing of the country's sports stars would be a top priority after five Jamaican athletes tested positive for banned substances this summer, including the former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell.
As well as Powell testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, Sherone Simpson, a 4x100m silver medallist at London 2012, also failed a drug test for the same substance.
In May, the Jamaican world 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic. The Jamaica Athletics Administration Association recommended that a public warning should be sufficient punishment but Campbell-Brown still has to satisfy both the IAAF's doping review board and then Wada before being allowed to compete again.


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Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.

His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented 'triple triple' in Rio last summer.

He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He ran the first leg for Jamaica's 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.

The team won in a then world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who will now have their medals upgraded. Brazil will receive bronze.

Russia's Tatiana Lebedeva has also been stripped of her Beijing long jump silver after dehydrochlormethyltestosterone was found in one of her samples.

The test and what happened next?

Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no "adverse analytical finding".

More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, but just nine athletes were caught cheating.

An anomaly was discovered in Carter's submission following the IOC's decision to retest 454 samples from Beijing using the latest scientific analysis methods.

Carter and the Jamaican National Olympic Committee were told of the adverse finding in May - before the Rio Games - and told his B sample would be tested.

It was reported by Reuters in June that Carter's A sample had been found to contain methylhexanamine, which has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list since 2004.

It was reclassified in 2011 as a "specified substance", meaning one that is more susceptible to a "credible, non-doping explanation".

Sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983, methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

Analysis - 'It takes the shine off Bolt's achievement'

Britain's two-time Olympic silver medallist Roger Black on BBC Radio 5 live

It takes the shine off Bolt's achievement. Eight doesn't have the same ring - 'double treble, plus two'.

It will be really frustrating for him. You can only account for yourself, you cannot account for your team-mates.

We know it has nothing to do with Usain Bolt - it will not damage his reputation - but it will affect it, take shine off it and he won't be a happy man.

When I hear stories like this, a part of me does celebrate. If athletes think they have got away with, then with retrospective testing they can never sleep peacefully.

It has to be the strongest deterrent the sport now has. Even when athletes retire they can still have their medals taken away. That is a really good deterrent.


It's a shame for Bolt but in a team sport like the relay you can't complain if one fails you all fail shame really he could've just run 200m and they'd probably have still win by a mile.


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