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Racism Allegation Blocks Doping Ban

Sun Yang can swim again after court agrees decision was compromised

(Newser) - Sun Yang, the first Chinese man to win a Olympic gold medal in swimming, is free to return to international competition—for now. A federal court in Switzerland on Wednesday threw out Sun's eight-year doping ban , which was imposed in February, agreeing that the neutrality of one of the...

Court: Russian Name, Flag Banned From Next 2 Olympics

Punishment for a 2014 Olympics doping scheme

(Newser) - Russia was banned Thursday from using its name, flag, and anthem at the next two Olympics or at any world championships for the next two years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling also blocked Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years, per the AP...

Doping Scandal Rocks Horse-Racing

27 trainers, vets, others indicted in massive doping scheme that involves 2019 Kentucky Derby winner

(Newser) - More than two dozen people, including the trainer of champion Maximum Security, were charged in what authorities described Monday as an international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster. Trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes the 3-year-old champion, was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and...

China's Greatest Swimmer Hit With 8-Year Ban

Sun Yang broke anti-doping rules in destroying blood samples

(Newser) - The career of China's greatest swimmer may be kaput after he was hit Friday with an eight-year ban for destroying blood samples. Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, 28, was found guilty of breaking anti-doping rules when sample collectors paid a visit to his home following the 2018 Asian Games,...

Russia Can't Compete in the Next 2 Olympics

Nation banned from world competition for 4 years because of systematic doping

(Newser) - The official sports world is unanimous: Russia cheats. And as a result, the nation cannot compete in next year's summer Olympics in Japan. In fact, Russia is banned from international sporting events for the next four years, a span that includes the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing and the...

Athletes With 'Courage' Talked. Now, a Coaching Legend Banned

Alberto Salazar booted from track and field for 4 years over Nike-bankrolled doping experiments

(Newser) - Alberto Salazar was so excited in 2011 about the performance-enhancing supplement L-carnitine that he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong. "Lance, call me asap!" Salazar wrote. "We have tested it, and it's amazing." Salazar was prepping to infuse the supplement into his...

Swimmer Won't Share Podium With Winner

Australia's Mack Horton has accused China's Sun Yang of doping

(Newser) - Chinese swimmer Sun Yang edged Australia's Mack Horton to win a race at a world tournament in South Korea, but the real drama came afterward. Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, whom he has previously accused of sports doping, reports the Australian . Asked why he made the...

World's Top Bridge Player Flunks Drug Test

Geir Helgemo suspended, loses titles

(Newser) - The doping scandal among players has reached a new frontier: card games. Geir Helgemo, the No. 1 bridge player in the world, has been suspended after failing a drug test at a tournament in Orlando last fall. Synthetic testosterone and the female fertility drug clomifene were in his system, the...

'Greatest Treachery': Russia's Anti-Doping Agency Reinstated

Country can now bid for major events again

(Newser) - The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia's scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports' most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as "treachery" by the lawyer for the man who exposed...

Olympics Gets Its 2nd Failed Drug Test

Russian delegation announces that an unnamed athlete has failed

(Newser) - The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test, reports the AP . Two Russian state news agencies cited Konstantin Vybornov, spokesman for the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" team, as saying the delegation received an official notification from the International...

Court Overturns Olympic Ban for Dozens of Russians

Ruling is heartbreak for some Sochi winners

(Newser) - In a bombshell ruling just a week before the Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned the lifetime Olympic bans of 28 out of 43 Russian athletes accused of doping at the Sochi Games in 2014. The athletes can now keep medals they won...

The Olympics Just Banned Russia Over Doping

Nation's athletes can compete as individuals at the Winter Games in South Korea

(Newser) - Two big things will be missing from the Winter Olympics this February in South Korea: Russia's flag and the sound of its national anthem. The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned Russia because of doping in previous competitions believed to have been sanctioned by the Kremlin, reports the Washington ...

Report: NFL Teams Broke Federal Law on Painkillers

'Don’t worry, I’m pretty good at keeping them off the trail!'

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a damning report on the use of prescription painkillers in the NFL, asserting that teams have for years broken federal laws regarding how the drugs are dispensed and tracked. The story by Rick Maese, based on sealed court documents from a lawsuit by former...

Bolt Loses Gold Medal, Treble Record

Teammate doped during Beijing relay race: IOC

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has lost his claim to having won three gold medals at three separate Olympics—through no fault of his own. Bolt will be forced to return his gold medal won in the 400-meter relay in Beijing in 2008 because his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping,...

Russia Admits Doping Was 'Institutional Conspiracy'

But officials still won't say cheating was state sponsored

(Newser) - "It was an institutional conspiracy," Anna Antseliovich, acting head of Russia's anti-doping agency, admits to the New York Times , marking the first time Moscow has come clean about an elaborate doping scheme that has marred its Olympics competitions. But all is not utter contrition, notes the BBC...

Russia Doped Its Athletes on 'Unprecedented Scale': Investigator

1K athletes in 30 sports in recent years

(Newser) - The Russian doping scandal just keeps getting bigger: A new report implicates 1,000 athletes in 30 sports over recent years, along with officials at various levels of government. The upshot is sure to be increased pressure to penalize Russia ahead of the 2018 Winter Games. In the report—which...

Sharapova's Doping Ban Reduced

She'll be able to compete again in April 2017

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova can take part in next year's French Open despite an initial two-year ban from tennis. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the Russian tennis star's doping ban to 15 months on Tuesday, per the Guardian , noting she "had a reduced perception of the risk"...

No Choice Left, Athletes Turn to 'Ugly' Self-Policing

Because Olympics officials are too soft on doping: Columnists

(Newser) - Team USA's Lilly King may have drawn more attention with her public dissing of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova than with the gold medal she won . It was "equally triumphant and ugly, an appropriately uncomfortable ending to an awkward saga that will be repeated throughout these Games," writes...

Swimmer Has Single-Finger Gesture for Doping Rival

American Lilly King, Yulia Efimova face off in Monday's finals

(Newser) - American Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she's not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia. King made that clear in a finger-waving display worthy of Dikembe Mutombo as she disparaged the Russian for...

Team Russia Banned From Paralympics

Blanket ban for doping, unlike IOC's ruling

(Newser) - The entire Russia team was banned from competing in the upcoming Paralympic Games on Sunday as punishment for the country's doping operation that polluted sports by prioritizing "medals over morals." The International Paralympic Committee's blanket ban on Russia is in sharp contrast to the earlier decision...

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