MOSCOW: Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on the country into turmoil. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men's skeleton and men's 50-kilometre cross-country skiing.Eleven more Russians were ruled to have been guilty of doping, but had lifetime bans imposed by an IOC disciplinary panel two months ago cut to a ban only from the Pyeongchang Games, which open next week.“This does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent, but in their case, due to insufficient evidence, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi are reinstated,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said in Pyeongchang.The IOC said it had taken note of the CAS decision “with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other,” adding … [Read more...] about 28 Russians have Olympic doping bans lifted
Russia’s Olympic committee announced they are sending 169 athletes to the Pyeongchang Olympics. Only three countries had at least 169 athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including Russia. This is despite a ban on Russian athletes from the Winter Olympics due to doping violations. The 169 athletes have passed a specialized vetting process that cleared them of being part of the doping program and they will compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” Among the athletes who will compete is figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva who had argued that the ban was unfair to some athletes. Russia may have been banned from the Winter Olympics but they are still going to have one of the largest groups of athletes at the games. The Russia’s Olympic Committee announced on Thursday that it will send 169 athletes to South Korea to compete in the games. Only three nations had at … [Read more...] about Russia is still sending one of the largest groups of athletes to the Winter Olympics despite doping ban
MOSCOW—Russia’s going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics.Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month’s Winter Games for doping offences, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago.Going Vertical tells the story of the Soviet Union team that won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at the Olympics.It’s a tale of Cold War rivalry, inspiring speeches and something very familiar to Russian sports fans after recent scandals — a gold medal decided by officials. Read More: … [Read more...] about Basketball film lets Olympic fever grip Russian cinemas despite doping scandals.
MOSCOW—The Russian equivalent of the FBI said Tuesday that it had found evidence rebutting the accusations of systematic doping raised by a whistleblower who coordinated drug testing during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that it had obtained documents relating to the doping samples of 15 Russian athletes who were recently banned for life from the Olympic Games, following revelations that their urine samples had been surreptitiously tampered with overnight in Sochi to conceal the use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.Those documents, the committee said, stated that doping samples “were delivered to the Sochi laboratory in the daytime, were registered within 30 minutes to two hours and were later transferred for analysis.” Read more: IOC imposes drab logo, uniform rules on ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’ … [Read more...] about Russian investigators say they have evidence rebutting doping whistleblower’s claims
The PGA has suspended Canadian golfer Brad Fritsch three months for violating its anti-doping policy.The PGA said in a release Monday that Fritsch self-reported the violation after discovering an ingredient in a supplement he was taking was on the Tour’s list of prohibited substances.The suspension is retroactive to Nov. 30, when Fritsch reported the violation. Fritsch, from Ottawa, is eligible to return to the Tour on Feb. 28.Fritsch said in a Facebook post that the banned substance, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone, was in a weight-loss supplement he was taking.“I’m just so upset with myself that I didn’t think to question what was in the supplements. But I never did,” Fritsch said in the post. “And in the program rules, it stipulates that a self-report is the same as a positive test. I did know this when I sent the text to (PGA vice-president) Andy Levinson. … [Read more...] about PGA suspends Brad Fritsch after Canadian self-reports anti-doping violation