Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2015 Contents organization s biological passport system while insisting
on her duty to protect the athletes right to privacy.
"UK Anti-Doping advises any athlete that it is their
choice as to whether to share personal medical infor-
mation, which has been collected during the anti-doping
process," she said. "UKAD will never disclose or discuss
individual athlete data or personal information."
Earlier this week, former Russian marathoner Liliya
Shobukhova s doping ban was extended by 14 months
to March 2016 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Shobukhova s two-year suspension by the Russian ath-
letics federation was to end in January, but the IAAF
appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, citing
She was originally guilty of abnormal biological pass-
port values. The Sunday Times claimed that she "record-
ed extreme blood scores for nine years before action
was finally taken against her. Two of her scores had a
billion-to-one chance of being natural."
that blood doping was rampant, citing test results from
an IAAF database that were leaked by a whistleblow-
er.The World Anti-Doping Agency has since set up a
commission to investigate the allegation that IAAF files
showed 800 suspicious results in blood samples from
5,000 athletes in the years from 2001-12. The results
were analyzed by antidoping experts Michael Ashenden
and Robin Parisotto.
According to The Sunday Times, the winners of 34
of the major marathons across the world, who collected
more than 3 million pounds ($4.65 million) in prize
money, registered suspicious results suggesting potential
blood doping. The newspaper reported that London
and Chicago marathon organizers blamed IAAF and
their respective national anti-doping agencies for not
letting them know that some athletes "were competing
with blood so heavily doped that it threatened their
The newspaper said that eight British athletes including
double Olympic champion Mo Farah have decided to
publish their blood data to prove they are clean. According
to The Sunday Times, a total of 20 of Farah s blood test
results from June 2005 to May 2012 on the IAAF s data-
base did not show anomalies.
"I ve always said that I m happy to do what it takes
to prove I m a clean athlete," said Farah, whose coach
Alberto Salazar has been targeted by doping allegations.
UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead defended her
Monday, August 10, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
London Marathon organisers com-
plained about the lack of transparency
and coordination in the handling of anti-
doping tests following claims by a British
Sunday newspaper that the race was
won seven times over a 12-year period
by athletes who recorded suspicious
In the latest allegations of widespread
doping in track and field, The Sunday
Times newspaper reported that almost
30 percent of winners in the 24 men s
and women s London races are suspected
It also said that one in four winners
of the six biggest city marathons around
the world "had given blood tests that
suggest they may have doped to improve
their performance over time."
The suspected athletes were not
named, and race organizers said they have
never been informed of abnormal anti-
doping test results at their event "between
2001 and 2012, or subsequently."
"We continue to be at the forefront of
anti-doping measures for marathon run-
ners as we are determined to make
marathon running a safe haven from dop-
ing but we cannot do it all on our own
and rely heavily on the IAAF," said London
Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel in a
statement yesterday. "We are therefore
very concerned by the allegations (...)
and we will be discussing the implications
of the allegations with the IAAF."
Bitel added that the London Marathon
pays for the testing of athletes but does
not administer the tests. This is done by
the UK Anti Doping Agency (UKAD),
The statement also said organizers
would seek repayment of prize money
from athletes who fail doping tests.
In an interview with BBC Radio Five,
Bitel rued the International Association
of Athletics Federations (IAAF) s "failure
to take effective action."
"The IAAF needs to do more to stop
people from starting (a race) that have
blood values that are out of normal range,"
he said. "What is concerning is that we re
never told these results even though we re
paying tens of thousands of pounds to
get these athletes tested."
Athletics was thrown into turmoil last
week when German broadcaster ARD and
The Sunday Times newspaper alleged
Israel says badminton
player can't get visa
JERUSALEM---The Olympic Committee of Israel
says Indonesia has denied one of their athletes a
visa to participate in the upcoming Badminton
World Championships in Jakarta, which start today.
OCI secretary general Gili Lustig says badminton
player Misha Zilberman has not been granted a visa
to enter Indonesia---the world s most populous Muslim
country---because he is Israeli.
Zilberman has been waiting in Singapore for more
than two weeks after making an initial application
six months ago, Lustig says.
The committee is working with the Badminton
World Federation to try to resolve the issue in time
for Zilberman to compete.
Israel does not have formal diplomatic relations
with Indonesia and many other Muslim-majority
countries, some of whom have previously denied
Israeli athletes visas to compete.
DURBAN---Springboks captain Jean de Villiers is
facing another injury battle ahead of the Rugby
World Cup after fracturing his jaw in the 37-25 defeat
to Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
De Villiers, who only just returned from an eight-
month layoff following knee surgery, will be out again
for 4-6 weeks, the South African Rugby Union said
on Sunday. South Africa s first game at the World
Cup in England is against Japan on September 19, in
six weeks time.
The 34-year-old De Villiers, who has played 107
tests for South Africa, previously missed the entire
2003 World Cup and most of the 2007 and 2011 tour-
naments with injury.
He will now stay at home and is out of South Africa s
World Cup warmup game against Argentina next
weekend in Buenos Aires, as are two other injured
players, flanker Marcell Coetzee and fullback Willie
Coetzee has a left knee ligament injury that will
rule him out for six weeks. Le Roux has an ankle prob-
lem. A diagnosis on how long he ll be out hasn t been
made yet, SARU said, ahead of scans of the injury.
South Africa lost a test against Argentina for the
first time on Saturday, with the two-time world cham-
pion completely outplayed in Durban to finish last in
the four-nation southern hemisphere competition
with three losses from three games.
That put South Africa s World Cup preparations in
serious trouble and De Villiers, who was playing his
first test since his knee injury last November, called
the defeat a "low point" of his career.
Springboks team doctor Craig Roberts said on Sun-
day that forwards Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe,
Willem Alberts and Warren Whiteley, and center Jan
Serfontein had all recovered from their injuries to be
fit for selection in Argentina.
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International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack, right, speaks with a
fellow International Olympic Committee member during the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia last week. Three weeks before the world championships, athletics was thrown into
turmoil by new accusations of widespread doping and experts denouncing an anti-doping
system compromised by leniency. AP PHOTO
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