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  • Pound Could Lead CAS, Chambers Runs Under Cloud, More Russian Rowers in Trouble


    02/07/08

    Richard Pound hopes to lead the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (ATR)  
    Court Sets Election Date for New President, Will it Be Pound?

    The man who most recently led the fight against doping might lead the court that is the final appeal involving doping cases and other sports disputes from around the world.

    Former WADA President Richard Pound is one of two nominees to become the new president of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, along with Swiss lawyer Robert Briner, a well-known international arbitrator. Pound, 65, is the senior IOC member from Canada.

    At a meeting at CAS headquarters in Lausanne this week, April 3 was set as the date for the vote by the 19-member International Council of Arbitration for Sport, which oversees operations for the Court. The vote will be held in Monaco.

    Pound has expressed an interest in the CAS presidency, a job which opened a year ago with the death of Keba Mbaye, an international jurist and IOC member in Senegal. Mbaye had served as CAS president since the court was founded in 1984.

    "It would be the first time in 30 years that the IOC has given me a job that I actually understand," Pound has said.

    Chambers Cleared to Compete

    Olympian and London Olympics leader Sebastian Coe said he does not approve of Dwain Chambers competing again for the United Kingdom.
    Dwain Chambers may compete for the U.K. again, to the consternation of sport leaders. (Getty Images)  


    "If you are asking me as an individual, would I be comfortable seeing Dwain Chambers in an Olympic vest, the answer is no," said Coe, who is also a vice president of the IAAF.

    Chambers was granted approval from UK Athletics to compete at the national indoor championships, after he threatened legal action against UKA.

    UKA said that Chambers, who hadn’t been tested for drugs in more than a year, was ineligible to compete under IAAF rules. A ruling from the athletics body last week said this rule was not applicable to Chambers’ situation and he could race in official events. Despite this, UKA tried to bar Chambers from competing for Britain under its own life time ban policy.

    Chambers is competing for a spot on Great Britain’s team at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia in March.

    Niels de Vos, UKA chief admitted there were no IAAF rules to keep Chambers from competing anymore.

    Chambers said "I am relieved and delighted about UKA's decision allowing me to run. I would like to thank Mr. de Vos personally. As for the future, I just want to concentrate on Sunday."

    "I would love to compete in Beijing, any athlete would."

    Fahey Vows to be as Tough as Pound

    The new president of WADA, John Fahey said that he will be just as tough as his predecessor in getting drugs out of sport.

    "If anyone was looking for someone softer, they haven't seen it" Fahey said to Nicole Jeffery, returning to his home of Australia after meeting with European sports ministers.

    "You either comply with the Code or if you don't want to comply then get out of the sport. My role is to ensure the Code is enforced and done smarter and better than we have in the past," he said.

    "The Code is the Code and I will reflect the views of the WADA board".

    After the contentious election in November when he was elected, there were fears that Europe would try to form its own anti-doping agency, but Fahey dismissed those fears after his meeting.

    On February 27, Fahey will meet with journalists for the first time as WADA president during WADA’s media symposium at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

    More Russian Rowers Banned for Doping

    Two new names were added to the doping controversy surrounding Russian rowing.

    Anastasia Fatina and Anastasia Karabelshchikova
    Simon Daubney was the first sailor to fail a drug test in the history of the America’s Cup. (Getty Images)  
    were banned by the International Rowing Federation for two years after DNA tests proved they received “intravenously infused substances for a non-legitmate acute medical reason” according to a FISA statement.

    The two are the last rowers to be identified after a discarded bag of medical supplies was found outside the Russian hotel at the World Championships last year.

    Last week, FISA had announced a ban of all Russian Rowing Federation officials from taking part in any FISA events for one year. According to FISA Rules the officials of a national federation can be banned if four or more violations of the Anti-Doping Code are committed within a 12 month period.

    ...Briefs

    ...The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld suspensions against two Bulgarians. High jumper Venelina Veneva and 400m sprinter Vanya Sambolova, each tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition test in January 2007. The Bulgarian Athletic Federation cleared both cases in July, which then prompted the IAAF to send the cases to CAS, because the decision did not follow IAAF doping protocol.

    ...Simon Daubney, a former member of the Swiss sailing team the Alinghi, was cleared this week of doping charges by the International Sailing Federation. The Kiwi tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at the America’s Cup last June. However denied he had knowingly taken the banned substance. He was the first sailor to fail a doping test in the history of the cup.

    ...Following a third doping rules violation, U.S. cyclist Stephen Alfred received a lifetime period of ineligibility from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Alfred’s most recent violation stemmed from a refusal to take part in an out-of-competition test last November. Athlete non-compliance with testing requirements without compelling justification is an anti-doping rules violation, according to the International Cycling Union and USADA.

    Compiled by Ed Hula III.

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