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  • Fight Against Doping: WADA Conference, Thorpe, Beijing


    11/09/07


     
    One Week Until WADA Conference

    The World Anti Doping Agency will elect new leadership and adopt the latest revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code at the 3rd World Conference on Doping in Sport, set to take place in Madrid from November 15 to 17.

    The WADA Code revisions will be the main focus of the event. The code was first adopted in 2003 and these latest revisions began in 2006.

    A successor to WADA President Richard Pound will be named at the end of the conference. John Fahey of Australia is expected to win the election for president; he’s the only candidate.

    WADA will broadcast the proceedings at the conference website.

    Several nations which have failed to pay their allotment of WADA dues will be accorded observer-only status for the conference and will not be allowed to make interventions. These countries include: Bahrain, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dominican Republic, Guinea, Moldova, Niger, Paraguay, Togo and Venezuela.

    FINA Drops Thorpe Probe

    Saying there is “not sufficient evidence” Australian Ian Thorpe used performance enhancing drugs, FINA, the International Swimming Federation has dropped its case against him.
    The Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority had already abandoned its case against the nine time Olympic medalist.

    Abnormal results from a 2006 urine test led to the allegations of drug use.

    Thorpe’s lawyers are considering legal actions against FINA because of the damage to his reputation. His legal team is waiting for FINA to clarify several items before they decide if legal action will be pursued.

    News of the test was leaked to French newspaper l’Equipe in April from an anonymous source.

    Beijing Preparations

    Five Chinese governmental agencies are teaming up to crack down on manufacturers and retailers of performance enhancing drugs and supplies.

    The effort is being led by the State Food and Drug Administration.

    SFDA spokesman Yan Jiangying said at a press conference that investigations will begin in the next few days.

    “The Chinese government has continually strengthened supervision since March 2004, when the anti-doping regulation was adopted” she said.

    “This is aimed to further understand and promote implementation of the regulation and is also aimed at creating a clean and fair competitive environment for the 2008 Olympic Games.”

    Every Chinese pharmaceutical plant will be investigated leading up to the Opening Ceremonies and customs will tighten import and export inspections. Additionally, all Chinese companies will be forbidden to sell protein supplements that could be used for doping and companies
    Martina Hingis retired last week after her postitive drug test saying that she had "no desire to spend the next several years of my life reduced to fighting against the doping officials."  (Getty Images)  
    will have to display sales records when asked.

    In order to produce various proteins and hormones, all companies will need a permit from the state government.

    Hingis to Fight Positive Drug Test

    After previously saying she would not fight her positive cocaine test, Martina Hingis announced on Wednesday she will appeal the test result.

    Hingis tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon this year and said “I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous, that I have decided to confront it head-on by talking to the press.”

    When the news surfaced, Hingis said she was “100 percent innocent” but retired instead of appealing the test.

    Hingis’ manager said “she will be fighting this, of course. You can be clear about that. The matter is currently with her lawyer.”

    Hingis

     
    claims a testing error could be the reason for the positive test or that her drink was spiked.

    Doping Briefs

    The International Ski Federation said a decision on the Austrian Cross Country team drug violations in Turin will be announced by the end of the year. Several skiers were found with bags of blood in their team apartment during the Olympics...

    Danish cyclist Bo Hamburger admitted to using EPO during the 90’s in his autobiography. He tested positive for EPO in 2001, but later was cleared of charges due to doubts of the testing process. Hamburger admits that “doping was part of cycling during the mid-nineties” and that he had no alternative if he wanted to compete...

    Show Jumper Jessica Kurten has until November 12 to explain why her horse tested positive for a banned drug in May. Castle Forbes Maike twice tested positive for Etoricoxib, an anti-inflammatory drug. Kurten denies doping her horse but said she would accept punishments...

    Brazilian swimmer Rebeca Gusmao was suspended by FINA until her doping case is resolved. Gusmao tested positive for testosterone during the Pan American Games in Rio in July. She told Brazilian media her body naturally produced high levels of testosterone...

    A recent study at the University of Turin found that replacing morphine with a placebo on the day of competition improves physical performance. WADA rules state that athletes may take painkillers such as morphine during training, but not on competition day. Alain Garnier, medical director of WADA said they were aware of the results but it was not easy to say what should be done...

    Neville McCook, general secretary of the Jamaican Olympic Association warned track and field athletes about using performance enhancing drugs saying there will be extra scrutiny on Jamaica’s athletes. "We know that the temptation is there,” he said. “Athletes have said in interviews that they would rather take support and win a gold medal and die at 30 rather than not win a medal at all." McCook also asked officials to be “vigilant” when looking for doping...

    Compiled by Ed Hula III.

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