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WADA wants answers after banned Sun's 'Olympic training call-up'

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Banned Chinese swimming star Sun Yang has reportedly been called up for national training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

BARRED. The Chinese Swimming Association insists Sun Yang has been serving his suspension. Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA-EFE

Russia challenges WADA doping ban

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other major global events, Russia argues that majority of its athletes are clean and should not be deprived of the right to compete

CHALLENGE. The World Anti-Doping Agency confirms that Russia has sent a legal challenge to its decision to ban the country from sporting events. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can prove that they were not part of a state-sponsored system of doping

A person walks out of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) headquarters in Moscow on December 9, 2019. Russia will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned the powerhouse from global sporting events for four years over manipulated doping data. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

No Olympics for Russians who had life bans lifted

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

15 Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week are barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee says

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows a man talking on the phone in front of the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia court issues arrest warrant for doping whistleblower

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov is the former director of Moscow's anti-doping lab that oversaw drug testing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Testosterone a 'significant' boost for women athletes

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Hyperandrogenism is a condition that causes high natural levels of the male hormone testosterone in women

SIGNIFICANT BOOST. High levels of testosterone that are naturally produced by some elite female athletes give them a 'significant' competitive edge in athletics events. Dutee Chand, an Indian athlete with the condition, successfully challenged the IAAF regulations before the Court of Arbitration for Sports. File Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP

Russian officials acknowledge doping 'conspiracy' - report

Dec 28, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Russian anti doping officials continue to reject claims of the government s involvement

DAMNING REPORT. Professor Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

28 Russians face action over Sochi Olympics doping – IOC

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The IOC said the action was being taken following evidence produced by World Anti Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren who released his latest report on December 9

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

Salt and coffee used to hide tainted Russian doping samples

Dec 10, 2016 - 10:46 AM

The former head of Moscow s main anti doping laboratory had to resort to desperate measures because of the potential time bomb of being found out by WADA

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

5 key points from new Russian doping report

Dec 10, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Here are important points from the new Russian doping report published by investigator Richard McLaren

DAMNING REPORT. Professor Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

No Putin link to Russian doping, says investigator

Dec 10, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Despite doping invesetigator Richard McLaren saying senior officials within Russia s ministry of sports actively supported the practice he found no links to president Vladimir Putin

This file photo taken on May 16, 2011 in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar shows Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) listening to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko while visiting a sports complex under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. ALEXEY DRUZHININ / POOL / AFP

Russia faces calls for total ban over doping

Dec 10, 2016 - 10:14 AM

The IOC this week extended sanctions against Russia while the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF recently renewed its suspension of the country

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

Russia denies state doping program in sports after fresh revelations

Dec 10, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Moscow consistently denies the existence of any government run scheme to cheat its way to medal glory

DOPING. Professor Richard McLaren (L) sits alongside the report's chief investigator Martin Dubbey, during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Photo by Adrian Dennis/ AFP

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 'institutionalized' doping – report

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED International sport had been hijacked by the Russians according to Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren who has previously accused Russia of state sponsored cheating

DAMNING REPORT. Professor Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Suspended Sharapova to play Madrid exhibition match in December

Oct 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Maria Sharapova who is banned from the WTA Tour until April 2017 for a positive test for meldonium will play Garbine Muguruza in Madrid

STAYING BUSY. Maria Sharapova, who hasn't played a competitive tournament since the 2015 Australian Open, isn't eligible to return to the WTA circuit until next April. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Doping: WADA fury as Russian hackers release Williams', Biles data

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:21 AM

WADA said in a statement that the Russian cyber espionage group Tsar Team APT28 also known as Fancy Bears had broken into its Anti Doping Administration and Management System ADAMS database

US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the women's floor event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. Thomas Coex/AFP

Olympics: WADA chief insists anti-doping system 'not broken'

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Days before the Olympics start the WADA came under attack from the IOC

NEW LEADER. IOC deputy president Craig Reedie was elected head of global anti-doping body World Anti-Doping Agency. Photo from AFP

Olympics: Russia faces calls for all-out Rio ban

Jul 22, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on Russia s athletics team is seen as a key indicator as the International Olympic Committee debates whether to order a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Games

Olympics: Russia doping state-dictated with secret service backing – report

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Richard McLaren: The Moscow laboratory operated for the protection of doped Russian athletes within a state dictated failsafe system

ANTI-DOPING. Richard Pound (C), head of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and members of the commission Richard H. McLaren (L), and Guenter Younger, hold a press conference in Unterschleissheim, Germany, January 14, 2016. Photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA

Olympics: Key Russia findings could cast shadow over Rio

Jul 17, 2016 - 11:25 AM

A World Anti Doping Agency decision on whether to let the Rio doping laboratory reopen could also hamper International Olympic Committee preparations

A picture taken on November 18, 2015 shows the glass window displaying the Olympic Rings at the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Sharapova lawyer blasts WADA chief over income comment

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The WADA head complains his organization s yearly budget is potentially less than Maria Sharapova s annual earnings

MANDATORY VACATION. Maria Sharapova will be banned from tennis until January 2018 after failing a drug test at this year's Australian Open. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Federer backs Sharapova suspension: 'It's about zero tolerance'

Jun 10, 2016 - 3:55 AM

Roger Federer feels ITF made the right call in banning Maria Sharapova for two years for failing a drug test at the Australian Open

COURT OF OPINION. Roger Federer, seen with Maria Sharapova in 2006, feels it's the player's responsibility to know what they put in their bodies. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

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Maria Sharapova: From rags to riches to doping shame

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:08 AM

The world s richest sportswoman finds herself on the outside looking in after a failed drug test costs her a two year suspension

HEAVY PRICE. Everything Maria Sharapova touched seemingly turned to gold until she failed a drug test at the Australian Open earlier this year. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Maria Sharapova handed two-year doping suspension, vows to appeal

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:27 PM

Maria Sharapova s positive doping test for meldonium at the Australian Open will cost her a two year suspension from the ITF

MANDATORY VACATION. Maria Sharapova will be banned from tennis until January 2018 after failing a drug test at this year's Australian Open. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Professional boxers can compete at Rio Olympics

Jun 01, 2016 - 6:50 PM

It is still unlikely however that boxing s biggest names will enter the Olympic ring in Rio

Suspended Sharapova named on Russian Olympic team

May 26, 2016 - 9:55 PM

Russia has included Maria Sharapova in their Olympic tennis team despite the star player being suspended over a positive test for the banned drug meldonium

SUSPENDED. Maria Sharapova's participation in the 2016 Olympics may be compromised due to her positive test for meldonium. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

31 Beijing Olympics athletes test positive after new analysis - IOC

May 18, 2016 - 2:11 AM

Up to 31 athletes from 12 countries could be banned from the Rio Olympics for doping after new tests on samples from the 2008 Beijing Games

DOPING TESTS. The suspect athletes from the Beijing Games took part in 6 sports, but none were named by the IOC. File photo by Gero Breloer/EPA

Kenya avoids Olympics ban with anti-doping bill

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Kenya had been threatened with a ban from the Rio Games if the country did not apply new anti doping legislation to tackle a spate of damaging positive drug tests

SKIRTING BAN. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Hassan Wario, delivers his speech during an award gala ceremony at the Fifth Athletics Kenya Golden Gala in Nairobi, Kenya, 10 December 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Rafa Nadal fires back at drug test cover-up claim

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Rafael Nadal hits back at a claim that he faked an injury in 2012 to cover up a failed drugs test saying I am tired of all of this

CLEAN CLAIM. Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champ, did not take kindly to a suggestion that he had covered up a failed drug test. File photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

Sharapova lashes out at critics: 'I’m proud of how I have played the game'

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Sharapova disputes claims that she had been warned on 5 occasions about meldonium being added to WADA s banned list

YOU GOT SERVED. Maria Sharapova isn't keeping quiet in the face of the criticism she has received. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Maria Sharapova remains determined to play again after drug test fail

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Sharapova posted on Facebook that her inbox was full capacity of love and compassion following her announcement that she failed a drug test

Rafa Nadal denies doping rumors after Sharapova controversy

Mar 10, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Rafael Nadal says he s only used legal methods to recover from his injuries over the years

CLEAN SPORT. Rafael Nadal wants to let the world know he is a clean athlete. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Nadal says Sharapova 'should be punished' to set an example

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The 14 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal lauds the sport s anti doping program saying the sport must keep a clean image

Rafael Nadal was one of several tennis players to offer opinion on Maria Sharapova's failed drug test. Photo by Christophe Karaba/EPA

Sharapova's lawyer confident of a lenient ban after failed drug test

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:36 AM

Sharapova s team begins the process of securing a penalty less than the 4 year ban she could face for failing a drug test

FACING SUSPENSION. Maria Sharapova is hoping for a shorter ban than the possible 4-year suspension she could face. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

490 athletes may have used meldonium at European Games - report

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Some 490 athletes including 13 medalists may have taken meldonium the drug responsible for tennis star Maria Sharapova s failed dope test

RAMPANT USE. Meldonium, prescribed primarily for heart issues, may have been in heavy use at the 2015 Baku Games. File photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Sharapova's doping failure an isolated case - Kremlin

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The Kremlin doesn t want Maria Sharapova s failed drug test to cast a bad shadow over Russian sports

BAD PUBLICITY. Maria Sharapova faces a possible ban after testing positive for a banned substance at this year's Australian Open. Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Russia could face 2016 Olympics ban over doping - former WADA chief

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Former WADA chief Dick Pound warned that Russia s international ban may still be in force at the Rio Olympic Games

DOPING SUSPICIONS. A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (R) and the Russian flag (L) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

How the World Anti-Doping Agency prepares yearly banned list

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Here is an explanation of how WADA comes up with the Prohibited List of substances and methods each year and where the 2016 list can be found

BANNED. A file picture made available in September 2015 of the production of 'Mildronate' at the pharmaceutical company Grindex in Riga, Latvia, 23 November 2010. 'Meldonium', also known as 'Mildronate', is produced in Latvia and is used to treat slow blood flow or a lack of it, known as ischemia. Maria Sharapova tested positive for Meldonium during the 2016 Australian Open. Photo by VALDA KALNINA/EPA

Ex-WADA boss to BBC: Sharapova 'reckless beyond description'

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:31 AM

You are taking something on a list I am sorry That is a big mistake Of course she should have known says Dick Pound WADA boss from 1999 to 2007

DOPED. Maria Sharapova is the highest profile athlete to test positive for the recently banned Meldonium. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Sharapova not alone: More Russian athletes fall victim to Meldonium

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:19 AM

Russia s sports minister Vitaly Mutko says he was shocked by the avalanche of positive tests for the medicine which he claims doesn t enhance an athlete s performance

FAILED. Russians athletes Alexander Markin (L) and Pavel Kulizhnikov have failed a doping test for Meldonium. File Photos by VASSIL DONEV, JEON HEON-KYUN/EPA

Sharapova business empire in doping turmoil

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Maria Sharapova whose rags to riches story was the stuff of Hollywood dreams now risks a ban of up to 4 years which could see her carefully constructed marketing empire collapse

TURMOIL. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's empire is in turmoil in the aftermath of her announcement she tested positive for a banned substance. Photo by LUKAS COCH/EPA

Banning Meldonium is a 'human rights' violation, says drug creator

Mar 09, 2016 - 3:32 AM

The creator of the drug tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for says it isn t a performance enhancer and banning it would prevent athletes from caring for their health

SUSPENDED. Maria Sharapova claims she took the recently-banned medication for legitimate health reasons. File photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Serena: Sharapova ‘showed a lot of courage’ in drug confession

Mar 09, 2016 - 2:23 AM

Serena Williams gives high marks to her Russian rival for being up front and very honest in addressing her failed drug test

FRIENDLY RIVALRY. Serena Williams (R) expressed support for Maria Sharapova (L) after her failed drug test at the Australian Open. File photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Normal Meldonium course is 4-6 weeks - not 10 years, says manufacturer

Mar 09, 2016 - 1:48 AM

The manufacturer of the drug which Maria Sharapova tested positive for says the course can be repeated 2 3 times a year

DRUG CONTROVERSY. Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova shocked the sports world after admitting that she had failed a drug test at this year's Australian Open. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Pacquiao, Sharapova are not the first to fall out with Nike

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Look back at the athletes Nike has dropped and stuck by through controversy

UN-ENDORSED. Maria Sharapova and Manny Pacquiao are not the first athletes to fall out with Nike. Sharapova file photo by EPA, Pacquiao file photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Porsche becomes latest sponsor to suspend Sharapova

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:43 PM

German car manufacturer Porsche becomes the third big name sponsor to distance themselves from Maria Sharapova

FALLOUT CONTINUES. Maria Sharapova's deal with Porsche is now up in the air after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Russia sports minister backs Sharapova after failed drug test

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:59 PM

Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko warns that there may still be some more cases after Maria Sharapova tests positive for Meldonium

SCANDAL. Maria Sharapova still has the support of the Russian sports head despite losing major endorsements. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

TAG Heuer won't renew Sharapova contract after positive drug test

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The Swiss watchmaker announces it won t renew its contract with Maria Sharapova after she failed a doping test at the Australian Open

FALLOUT. Maria Sharapova announced her positive test for Meldonium at a press conference on Tuesday, sending shockwaves through the sport. Photo by MAST IRHAM/EPA

Capriati slams Sharapova: 'Every title should be stripped'

Mar 08, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Retired tennis champion Jennifer Capriati feels the 5 time Grand Slam champ should be stripped of her titles after failing a drug test

NOT BUYING IT. Jennifer Capriati, seen during the 2002 Wimbledon, isn't buying Maria Sharapova's claims that she had used Meldonium for legitimate medical reasons. Photo by Gerry Penny/EPA