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  • Fight Against Doping: Landis Appeal, Jones Reaction, German Amends for GDR


    10/12/07

    Floyd Landis says the accusations against him are "simply wrong". (Getty Images)  

    Landis will Appeal Ruling

    Floyd Landis is about to pay the price for a positive drug test from the 2006 Tour de France. Race organizers are set to award the title Monday to second place finisher Oscar Pereiro, even as Landis launches his last chance to overturn the doping conviction.

    Landis says that he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport the decision from an arbitration panel upholding a positive test for testosterone from the 2006 Tour. The panel ruled 2-1 against Landis last month.

    In a statement on the website for the Floyd Fairness Fund, Landis said “knowing that the accusations against me are simply wrong, and having risked all my energy and resources – including those of my family, friends and supporters – to show clearly that I won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square, I will continue to fight for what I know is right”.

    United States Anti Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said he expects “the same outcome if the decision is based on the evidence”.

    The appeal was filed on Monday. A statement from CAS confirming the appeal had been filed explained that “the American rider requests the CAS to annul the AAA decision”.

    CAS will announce details of the hearing shortly. It is likely that a decision in Landis vs. USADA will be known sometime next year, as CAS generally rules within four months of the hearing.

    Landis spent more than $2 million on his appeal to AAA. It is not known how much this appeal will cost.

    Landis’ lawyer Maurice Suh said this case is not based on technicalities, even though the Landis’ defense rests on how the drug tests were performed. “This wasn't a technical defense. It wasn't: 'You didn't do this right. You didn't put the beaker in the right case.' This was a case that showed that they came to the wrong result”.

    Germany Repays Athletes

    The German Sports Union has doled out more than $4 million to former East German athletes who were victims of institutionalized doping.

    Under the communist country’s regime, young athletes were given drugs which the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the DOSB said caused cancer, heart problems, and other medical conditions.

    “It was important to us that German sport live up to its moral responsibility” DOSB Secretary General Michael Vesper is quoted as saying.

    157 former athletes filed the lawsuit.

    Marion Jones Reaction

    Former competitors have some hard feelings against the doping discredited Marion Jones, who has taken a tumble in the past week with her admissions of doping during the Sydney Olympics.

    “She needs to go to jail. That's just how I feel. She robbed Pauline [Davis Thompson] of her gold medal in Sydney, she robbed me of my gold medal in Edmonton,” said Debbie Ferguson of Bahamas, who won the Sydney gold in the 4x100m relay. Jones’ team finished third.

    Bronze medalist in the 100m Tanya Lawrence said she was suspicious that Jones was using performance enhancing drugs.

    “I was like, this girl is like superwoman. There is no way that when you should be decelerating, you are accelerating - that's what made me think that something is wrong. That's what brought the suspicion to me”.

    Lawrence added “I am just happy that it is out because I worked really hard, and to get a bronze, but there's no telling what my career could have become after that one race and for her to take away so much from everybody who was in that race, it's just hurtful”.

    Passion Richardson, Jones team mate in the 4x400m said she will not return the gold medal she won with Jones to the IOC, even though she may face pressure

    Debbie Ferguson says that Marion Jones "needs to go to jail" for using performance enhancing drugs. (Getty Images)  
    to follow Jones’ example. She turned over her five Sydney medals to the USOC this week for return to the IOC.

    “I competed fairly, and I should not have to suffer the consequences for someone else's bad decisions and choices” Richardson said on U.S. TV.

    Hellenic Olympic Committee President Minos Kyriakou told The Associated Press the HOC would support the IOC’s decision to give the gold in the 100m to Greek Katerina Thanou.

    Thanou, silver medalist in Sydney, four years later was disgraced for missing drug tests in advance of the Athens Olympics. She withdrew from the Games and was banned from competition for two years.

    “We can't say anything until the official decision of the International Olympic Committee, as it is their issue. If the decision is positive, of course we will applaud it. She deserves the gold,” says Kyriakou.

    Rugby World Cup Clean

    Rugby World Cup organizers have performed 173 drug tests without a positive test.

    Four players in every match, and five on every

    Phil Mickelson says there are no drugs in golf. (Getty Images)  
    semi finalist teams, as well as unannounced out of competition test have been performed.

    “The IRB will consider the further implementation of blood testing across its family of tournaments at the conclusion of RWC 2007 when the working group will meet to evaluate the process implemented during the tournament” said International Rugby Board Anti-Doping manager Tim Ricketts.

    Doping Briefs

    After coming under fire for the lack of drug testing policy in golf, Phil Mickelson says that golf is clean. “I know that next year the PGA Tour and the other governing bodies have got together to have a unified drug testing policy and I think it will be very good for the game of golf” he said. But I don’t think one person will test positive for any drugs. I would be shocked if a single person ever tested positive for drugs in the game of golf”…

    India has formed a National anti doping agency. After visiting India’s new drug testing lab, WADA Secretary General David Howman said he hopes the lab and agency will be fully accredited by early 2008…

    Asian triathlon champion Wang Hongni has been suspended by the International Triathlon Union for two years. Hongni was found with metabolites of testosterone in a drug test from earlier this year. Hongni will miss the Beijing Olympics…

    The 2010 Commonwealth Games organizers have established an anti doping center. “We are complying by the rules set by the Commonwealth Games Federation said Amrit Mathur, director of the OC for the games in New Delhi…

    Sports officials in Germany have established a center to prevent doping in youth athletes. The center will be based at Heidelberg University and will focus on education and prevention. Gerhard Treutlein director of the center said they will “show young people alternatives to consider, but it's up to them to make the decision [not to dope]”...

    Jumper Jessica Kuerten has refused to accept punishment from the International Equestrian Federation after her horse Castle Forbes Maike tested positive for Etoricoxib. Kuerten will not sign the letter of acceptance from FEI and will take her case to the federation’s tribunal, arguing the test was not administered well. Her mare tested positive at an event in France last May and was forced to pay a fine and return her winnings, she insisted on the B sample being tested.

    Compiled by Ed Hula III, ebh3@aroundtherings.com

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