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  • Fight Against Doping: Hungary, USA, Italy



    Hungarian Olympians Will Face Multiple Tests

    Hoping to avoid the embarrassment of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where five Hungarians tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, the Hungarian Olympic Committee will test all of their Beijing bound Olympians twice.

    “We tested around 90 percent of our athletes before Athens, but we need to do more. Now all aspects of our anti-doping efforts are being improved,” says Jeno Kamuti, Secretary General of the HOC.

    Kamuti said one positive drug test could cause “irreparable damage” to Hungary.

    Plans were also announced to have a WADA accredited drug testing lab in two years and a way to enhance the collection process of samples.

    Paralympian Accepts Suspension

    The United States Anti Doping Agency announced Tuesday that Parlaympian Brandon Caswell has accepted his two year suspension.
    Caswell, 19, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a byproduct of cocaine at the US Paralympics National Track and Field Championships in Atlanta on July 1.

    Benzoylecgonine is banned by WADA, the International Paralympic Committee, and the U.S. Paralympic Committee.

    The terms of his suspension cause him to forfeit all results from July 1 on, USADA said in a press release.
    Brandon Caswell. (Getty Images)  

    Gibilisco Ban Lifted

    The Italian Athletics Federation voted to appeal the two-year doping ban for pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco. Gibilisco, who won a gold medal at the 2003 IAAF world championships and bronze at the Athens Olympics, was suspended in July at the request of Ettore Torri, anti-doping prosecutor for the Italian Olympic Committee.

    At the time, CONI said that Gibilisco was accused of "the use or attempted use of a banned substance or of a prohibited practice" and that he was implicated in an Italian police investigation into doping in sport. However, a spokesman for the Italian Athletics Federation said that Gibilisco never failed a doping test, leading to the ban being lifted.

    Cycling Doping Summit

    The World Anti-Doping Agency will hold an international summit on doping in cycling next month. The summit, scheduled for Oct. 22 and 23 in Paris, is expected to be attended by International Cycling Union representatives, cycling event organizers, national cycling federations and national doping agencies. The meetings are being held in the wake of several doping scandals during this year’s Tour de France.

    Weightlifter to Appeal Positive Results

    David Obiero, a Kenyan weightlifter, tested positive in a drug test in June. He was banned for two years by the International Weightlifting Federation.

    Obiero said he was “shocked and surprised” when he got news of the positive results. He plans to appeal the two-year ban claiming innocence.

    "I have known strength enhancers such as anabolic steroids but never used them. Why should I use them now when I am about to announce my retirement?" Obiero asked.

    The Kenyan Weightlifting Federation had earmarked him as future coach of the national team.

    Ovaries Cause Positive Results

    Test results in April showed abnormal levels of testosterone for Brazilian swimmer Rebecca Gusmao. Gusmao says the results are due to an ovary problem that she’s known about since 2003.
    "I have several cysts in my ovaries and this alters
    Gusmao at the Athens Olympics. (Getty Images)  
    my hormones. I have test results to prove this," she said.

    "I have to take contraceptives and cortisone. This has been holding back my performance."

    Gusmao won two gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games.

    ASADA Implements Anti-Drug Education Program

    The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority announced a new educational program Tuesday. The program is called the Education Service Charter.

    The charter was developed with consultation from WADA and will focus on young athletes who are often not targeted in anti-doping measures. In addition to reaching out to young athletes, the program will also extend its work into smaller cities throughout Australia.

    “ASADA, through a range of seminars, workshops and other outreach activities will educate a new audience of athletes and their sport personnel at the sub elite and school aged level and deliver a strong message of pure performance,” says Richard Ings, ASADA chairman.

    More Questions for Ullrich

    Jan Ullrich may have retired from cycling, but more questions are surrounding his career.

    German prosecutors allege that the 1997 Tour de France winner transferred almost $35,000 to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in 2004.

    Dr. Fuentes has been linked to the ongoing Operation Puerto doping investigation and was arrested in 2006 on suspicion that he is the lead doctor in the drug ring.

    Investigators are also looking at a similar transaction in 2006 and if it is linked to Fuentes.

    Investigators found a blood sample that matched Ullrich’s DNA in Fuentes’ possessions last year.

    Ullrich has denied doping through out his entire career.

    Saint Kitts and Nevis Ratify UNESCO Treaty

    The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis ratified the UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention Tuesday.
    Ratifying the convention means that the Caribbean nation will be in international compliance with their anti-doping measures.

    Compiled by Ed Hula III.

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