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  • Fight Against Doping – Tiger Woods Supports Testing, IOC Pres Warns of Games Bans, Operation Raw Deal


    Jacques Rogge says athletes who are banned for more than six months of competition after the Beijing games will miss the next Olympics. (ATR)  

    Rogge: Athletes who Dope will Miss Next Games

    International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said that athletes who are caught using performance enhancing drugs after the Beijing Olympics, will miss the next Games and extraordinary offenses could lead to a lifetime ban from the Olympics.

    Rogge, who was speaking at a press conference in Sochi said the “executive board has decided that any athlete who has been sanctioned for more than six months would not be allowed to participate in the next games”.

    Rogge said to ban athletes from next year’s Beijing games would be “unfair” because athletes have already begun qualifying for the Olympics. “We will start applying the sanctions immediately after the Games in Beijing, so whoever gets more than a six month penalty would be banned from the London Games in 2012”.

    The decision to ban athletes who are suspended from competition for more than six months Rogge said, is because those athletes were caught using “the most powerful doping agents and also the most dangerous”.

    Olympians Could be on Raided Drug Companies Client List

    The largest steroids bust in the United States history, Operation Raw Deal, could have Olympic ties says World Anti Doping Agency President Richard Pound.

    Pound said “we need to get that information sooner rather than later”. Pound hopes to get the information of who was involved so that WADA could enact punishments before the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

    Travis Tygart, Chief Executive of the United States Anti Doping Agency was more confident than Pound saying “I’m pretty confident we will have few, if any, Olympic athletes that fall under our jurisdiction”.

    Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the US Drug Enforcement Agency, which carried out the raids, said “everybody recognized the timing [of the raid]. Olympic officials have been very interested in this and are obviously very pleased”.

    Operation Raw Deal began earlier this month but details of the raids were announced this week. So far 56 labs have been shut down, 124 arrests have been made and $6.5 million in cash and more than 11 million steroids units have been seized.

    In addition the DEA has located 37 factories in China that were supplying materials to US labs to manufacture performance enhancing drugs. Nine countries, including China, cooperated in the investigation.

    Pound said of China’s involvement “we learned that the Chinese officials have been in active communication with the investigative authorities and are committed to rooting out any related illegal activity within Chinese borders and taking the appropriate actions”.

    Doping in Golf

    Golf superstar Tiger Woods says an anti-doping program for the sport carrying penalties is a must for the future of the sport.

    “Given our reputation in our sport, how honorable our sport is and always has been and will continue to be, I think that the penalty's got to be somewhat significant,” said Woods, speaking in Montreal.

    While adopting a plan to begin testing in 2008, the governing bodies for golf will follow a different list of prohibited substances than the one published this week by the World Anti Doping Agency.

    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says “we have stated the reasons why we did not include two categories of substances that are on the WADA list. The two main reasons are they are substances which are very common in the marketplace and that as a consequence create significant administrative burdens

    Tiger Woods wants strict doping penalties to preserve the integrity and honor of golf. (Getty Images)  
    with granting therapeutic use permits or exemptions”.

    Last week Pound called Golf’s decision to not adopt WADA’s list “disappointing”.

    Floyd Landis Reactions

    In the week since an arbitration panel ruled against Floyd Landis in his appeal of a positive test from the 2006 Tour de France, plenty of people have made their voices heard.

    Landis spoke to his fans in a letter posted on his website, the Floyd Fairness Fund. In the letter he says he is “angry” about the decision and repeats his claim of innocence.

    “I can sleep well at night knowing that I won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square”. Landis added “at the end of the day, I am proud of what I accomplished in winning the Tour and I’ll always consider myself the rightful winner of the Tour”.

    “If any good has come out of this, we have shown that the anti-doping system is corrupt, inefficient and unfair. The content of this decision unfortunately highlights this once again. The straightforward and clear dissent in support of

    “Just because two men say he’s guilty and one man says he isn’t doesn’t prove his guilt”, said Arlene Landis about the loss of her son’s doping appeal. (Getty Images)  
    my case contrasts sharply with the scientifically flawed and illogical majority decision against me” he said.

    Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was recently asked what he thought of Landis and said “I'd love to answer the question but unfortunately I'm out of that business” and claims he does not follow competitive cycling regularly now.

    Cycling, Armstrong said, is “just a distraction for me”.

    Christian Prudhomme, Race Director for the Tour said “we have waited a long time, too long.

    Prudhomme also called on cycling to expedite the adjudication process for athletes charged with doping.

    "It's quite logical that Floyd Landis did everything he could to defend himself”, he said. "But of course, it would be quite normal in the future that cycling authorities could work on a system that would be quicker”.

    Brief Notes

    Finnish Minister of Culture and Sport Stefan Wallin says in an article this week that Finns are not talking about the dangers of doping enough and that the use of performance enhancing drugs is on the rise in youth and amateurs… The government of Malwai announced Friday they were forming a national anti doping organization. The decision came after representatives from the southern African nation attended a WADA regional organization meeting…Olympian Genevieve Jeanson admitted to doping in a TV interview. The Canadian said she doped for the 10 years of her career which started when she was sixteen and ended in 2006. She tested positive for EPO in 2006 but denied using the banned substance until last week…The International Tennis Federation has suspended Brazilian Marcelo Melo for two years after testing positive for the banned substance isometheptene…A report from German scientists shows that hair follicles can create the banned substance EPO. A researcher on the article said the discovery would help doctors produce EPO “safely and at a low cost” for patients who need it for medical reasons…Mukhit Usenbaev of Kazakhstan and Hnin Thant Zin of Myanmar were disqualified at Weightlifting World Championships for failing to follow doping test procedure and trying to manipulate their samples… G’Iro d’Italia winner Danilo di Luca withdrew from the UCI World Championships Thursday. Di Luca was banned by the Italian Olympic Committee for four months for alleged doping. Di Luca denies using performance enhancing drugs and claims he will be cleared.

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