Record number of anti-doping tests expected during World Championships. Lausanne, 16 October 2017: With just over 50 days remaining to the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim (USA), Dr Patrick Schamasch of the IWF’s independent Anti-Doping Commission outlined the outstanding preparations that aim to ensure clean competition. The IWF is completely committed to protecting clean athletes and through its Anti-Doping Commission and Clean Sport Commission has already begun implementing anti-doping measures to ensure a level playing field at the upcoming World Championships. More anti-doping testing is expected to take place at this year’s World Championships than at any previous edition. The latest featured 584 athletes and 288 tests were carried out representing 49% of the athletes participating at the event. This will be accompanied by widespread outreach and educational programmes, organised in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and USADA, which aim to increase awareness and understanding and support cultural change.

The first Board meeting of the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA) will take place before the end of the year, with appointment of the body’s first director general among items up for discussion. Valérie Fourneyron, the ITA’s recently-appointed chair, made the disclosure in an emailed response to questions sent to her by insidethegames. Fourneyron, a former French Sports Minister, was confirmed last week as chair of the organisation being formed to take over drugs-testing procedures for international sport. The director general’s post is currently being displayed on the website of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, with a closing date for applications of November 1. Fourneyron said she wanted to "control the process".  

Rafa Nadal's lawyers have claimed for 100,000 Euros in damages from ex-French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she accused the tennis star of doping. In March last year, Bachelot claimed that Nadal had been taking illegal substances when he was suffering from a tendon problem in 2012. "It is well known that the famous injury of Rafa Nadal, when he was out for seven months, was actually to avoid being found positive by doping control," said the sports minister, from 2007 to 2010, on the French sports channel D8. Nadal's lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, stressed the 'enormous weight of importance' of the comments during a hearing at court in Paris on Friday, which neither the tennis player nor the ex-minister attended.  

The World Anti-Doping Agency announces that its Executive Committee has ratified the Board Membership of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA). Therefore, with immediate effect, the approved Members are: 1. Independent Chair: Dr. Valérie Fourneyron, France 2. IOC representative: Prof. Uğur Erdener, Turkey 3. International Federation representative: Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, Italy 4. IOC Athlete Committee representative: Ms. Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe 5. Independent Member: Prof. Dr. Peijie Chen, China  

Italian police searched football club «Benevento» main office because of investigation of positive doping test of Fabio Lucioni. The security forces also searched the club training base, Ciro Vigorito stadium and the Roman hotel «Mancini» where the team had recovery procedures. In the middle of September was reported that in the blood sample of the captain "Benevento" Lucioni was found prohibited substance Clostebol. A player who faces disqualification from one up to four years, denies the intended use of doping. Source: www.itasportpress.it

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Former Olympic road cycling champion Samuel Sanchez, who returned a positive doping test in August, had his B-sample confirmed Wednesday and was promptly fired by the BMC Racing Team. Sanchez's out-of-competition test revealed growth hormone-releasing peptide 2, or GHRP-2, a drug that increases a body's level of growth hormone. Several cyclists have tested positive for the drug, among them Italian rider Stefano Pirazzi, who was given a four-year ban earlier this week. The U.S.-based BMC Team said in a statement Wednesday that it was adhering to its zero-tolerance policy toward doping by terminating the Spaniard's contract "with immediate effect." The 39-year-old Sanchez, who had been provisionally suspended, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Source: www.espn.com

A Christchurch man sentenced to prison for operating a black-market steroid business has failed to appeal the verdict. Joshua Townshend lived a high-flying lifestyle in a fancy Cashmere house, turning over a more than $300,000 profit each year – until the start of his two-year prison term in September 2016. The 30 year old pleaded guilty and was convicted of 129 offences under the Medicines Act in May. His appeal in the Christchurch High Court in August claimed the two-year sentence, cobbled together from three shorter terms, was "manifestly excessive". Sentencing Judge David Saunders chose "a figure plucked out of the air", rather than referring to maximum penalties outlined in legislation, Townshend's lawyer claimed. High Court Justice David Gendall disagreed: "This is a case where the overall culpability of the offending would not be recognised by concurrent [non-cumulative] sentencing," he said in the recently-released decision.

International federations (IFs) and major event organisers will be able to delegate anti-doping tests to an Independent Testing Authority (ITA) in time for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in February next year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Lima. WADA told the IOC that the ITA would be established with ‘full independence, constituted through a new Swiss Foundation’. However, as previously reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, concerns remain about the ITA’s true independence from the IOC and WADA. The WADA recommendation to the IOC Session mentions that the IOC is the founding body of the ITA and would be responsible for its initial funding. It proposes that the ITA Board should comprise five members:

Russian judoist Madina Taymazova was disqualified at the European Junior Championships in Slovenia because of a mobile phone has fallen out of her kimono. The incident happened during the semifinals of the team tournament, where Russian judoists met with the French team. During the fourth fight the mobile phone has fallen out of Taymazova's kimono, which caused her to be disqualified. At that time Russian athletes lost to the national team of France with the score 1:2. Taymazova's disqualification has brought a decisive third point to the opposing team. In the competition for the bronze medals, Russian athletes prevailed over the athletes from Italy. The European Judo Championship U 21 was held in Slovenia, Maribor from 15 to 17 September. Source: lenta.ru Photo: dynamo.su

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