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  • Fight Against Doping: WADA tells Feds to Catch Up, More Positive Greek Tests


    05/16/08

    John Fahey wants 100% Code compliance by November. (Getty Images)  
    Potential WADA, Federations Showdown

    The leader in the worldwide fight against doping said that "several organizations" were not in compliance with the WADA Code, giving them four months to come up to speed.

    John Fahey delivered the warning May 12, after leading his first meeting of the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Board.

    Fahey wouldn’t name which organizations were not in compliance but said "the deadline is in November" to meet the organization’s standards.

    Organizations which fail to comply with the code can be turned over to the WADA stakeholders for appropriate punishment. Severe cases of countries or sports failing to meet the criteria set forth by WADA could face IOC sanctions, including banishment from the Olympics.

    Fahey said WADA’s goal was "full compliance" from all stakeholders to the code.

    Another Positive Greek Drug Test

    One more athlete has embarrassed Greece by testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The Greek Swimming Federation announced on Tuesday that one of their swimmers failed a drug test.

    The KOE would not name the swimmer.

    The swimmer failed an out of competition doping test carried out by the Greek Anti-Doping Organization earlier this year and is awaiting the results of the "B" test being performed by the World Anti-Doping Association.

    This is the second scandal marring Greece ahead of Beijing. In April word came that 11 members of the Greek weightlifting team failed drug tests. The coach of the team is accused of supplying tainted supplements to the athletes.

    That scandal led authorities in Greece to reexamine drug test samples from many Greek athletes, including the swimmer now under scrutiny.

    "KOE expresses its regret at this incident, which in no way can blacken the efforts of hundreds of athletes of our national teams and the 51 athletes that have already made Greece’s Olympic team" the federation said in a statement.

    Gusmao Cleared by CAS, Still Faces One More Hurdle

    Brazilian swimmer Rebecca Gusmao’s path to Beijing cleared one hurdle but is not yet over.

    The Court of Arbitration of Sport absolved a case from 2006 case saying that the court had no jurisdiction. CAS also ruled on Gusmao’s 2007 case from the Pan American Games where she tested positive for testosterone. That case was also dismissed, with a ruling to be announced later.

    Newspapers in Brazil wrote on Tuesday that Gusmao "is going to Beijing and will bring back a medal."

    Gusmao must now wait to see if the International Swimming Federation will lift its suspension,
    Rebecca Gusamo may be able to compete in Beijing now. (Getty Images)  
    the last obstacle on her road to Beijing.

    FINA declared all her qualifying times null and void when they announced her positive drug test.

    Skier Successfully Sues Drug Maker

    Hans Knauss won a settlement from Ultimate Nutrition Inc. after the company sold him a tainted supplement which cost the Austrian his career.

    Knauss tested positive for norandrosterone in 2004. His unintentional doping offense cost him a trip to the Turin Olympics. He retired in order to dedicate his time to the lawsuit.

    "I can tell you that Hans was very happy with the terms of the settlement, and he's looking forward to the next thing," said the skier's American lawyer, Howard Jacobs.

    "That's one of the things that doesn't get talked about. A lot of the athletes have positives not because they're trying to cheat. It's because of inadvertent things," said Jacobs.

    Ultimate Nutrition Vice President Brian Rubino has little to say: "all we're able to say is that the case has been settled."

    Ultimate Nutrition had been sued by before another Olympian. American swimmer Kicker Vencill successfully sued Ultimate Nutrition after he tested positive for steroids in a tainted supplement in 2003 and missed the 2004 Olympics.

    ...Briefs

    ...The World Taekwondo Federation adopted the WADA Code at the federation’s general assembly in Turkey. "We are happy to adopt the 2009 edition of the world anti-doping code," said WTF President Choue Chung-won. The Code goes into affect in January.

    ...A recent increase in funding for Jamaican sport in the national budget is benefiting the country’s anti-doping organization. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s budget was increased from $8 million to $53.3 million. An additional $9 million was allocated to keep the nation current with all dues to WADA and international treaties on doping.

    ...Irish show jumper Jessica Kurten will appeal her two-month suspension from competition to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Kuerten’s horse was found to have a banned substance in its system after a competition in France last year. Kuerten said in a statement: "I am not guilty, I gave my horse nothing." FAD reported last week that her suspension would prevent her from competing in show jumping. FEI says Kuerten can compete in all events.

    ...The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco’s two year ban for a failed drug test. Gibilisco won a bronze for Italy at the 2004 Olympics. Gibilisco said he wanted to compete in Beijing, now that his band was rescinded. "In the past eight months, I continued to train without a trainer. I had some terrible moments, but there were people who told me not to give up. I'm not in perfect shape now, but I'm in good condition and I'm looking forward to the Olympics."

    Media Watch

    Angel Heredia, the man who supplied performance enhancing drugs to coach Trevor Graham is interviewd by London’s Times.


    McClatchy Newspapers in the United States has a profile on "the next frontier of performance enhancers", gene doping.

    Australian athlete Donna MacFarlane writes about the experience of getting tested for drugs.

    Lionel Birnie writes about the first positive drug tests in this year’s Tour of Italy.

    The Rocky Mountain News profiles drug testing for athletes in U.S. High Schools.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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