Results: Mark Schmidt

08/11/2021

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 5 November 2021

Six athletes from four countries competing in four sports were involved in anti-doping proceedings this week, excluding the strange case of Franconia, a British horse that tested positive due to a human staff member’s recreational use of horse tranquilliser. The major news is that former professional cyclist Pirmin Lang,...

04/11/2021

Pirmin Lang has already served 18 month ‘Operation Aderlass’ ban

Pirmin Lang, the former professional cyclist who confessed to being part of the ‘Operation Aderlass’ blood doping network orchestrated by Dr. Mark Schmidt, has been sanctioned with a backdated 18 month ban that expired on 19 August this year. ‘As part of the extensive investigations, Pirmin Lang made an...

02/10/2021

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 1 October 2021

This week’s SII Anti-Doping Monitor recorded 22 doping cases involving 21 Athletes and a Coach from eight countries, competing in eight sports. The story that grabbed headlines was the life ban issued to Liu Ning, the Chinese former Coach of the Thai weightlifting team. During the lead up to...

14/09/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2021

• Anti-Doping Switzerland has sanctioned an athlete from the traditional sport of Hornussen (click here for a YouTube video of the sport) with a six year ban for attempted use of testosterone and clomiphene, as well as tampering with the doping control process. ‘As part of a postal control,...

14/04/2021

Andrus Veerpalu guilty of participation in “Operation Aderlass”

• Former cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu (EST) guilty of participation in the “Operation Aderlass” On 17th March 2021, the CAS Anti-Doping Division found Andrus Veerpalu (EST) guilty of participating in the blood doping scheme known as “Operation Aderlass” and banned him for two years from FIS-sanctioned events. This was...

10/03/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 March 2021

• Andrea Antoni has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone and its metabolites, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. The amateur cyclist returned his AAF at the ‘7th Trofeo Paradise’ in Monsano on 7 February. Mattia Marcelli was also...

20/02/2021

Will ‘Roda’ Replace WADA in 2021?

• This article was originally published by The Outer Line on 10 February 2021. Click here for the original. Criminal legislation against sports cheating is currently in the limelight, given the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) effective rollback of sanctions against Russia for the Sochi doping scandal, and...

04/02/2021

NADA Germany initiates proceedings against Björn Thurau

Germany’s national anti-doping agency (NADA Deutschland) has ‘initiated proceedings’ against Björn Thurau for several possible anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). The former professional cyclist was a presenter on the Global Cycling Network’s GCN auf Deutsch, which launched in January last year. NADA Deutschland said that it had notified Thurau, the...

22/01/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 January 2021

• Dr. Mark Schmidt was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison by a court in Munich, reports AFP. The German doctor was found to have operated a blood doping ring as a result of the Operation Aderlass investigation by Austrian and German police, which began in...

28/12/2020

Austrian marathon runner sanctioned with ten year ban

Marathon runner Cornelia ‘Conny’ Köpper has been sanctioned with a ten year ban until 10 December 2030, for trafficking erythropoietin (EPO), Genotropin and testosterone to triathletes; and for possession and use of human albumin and prohibited infusions. The Austrian anti-doping rights commission (ÖADR) found that Köpper had used prohibited...

03/12/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 December 2020

• Rinaldo Nocentini, a former professional cyclist and holder of the yellow jersey in the 2009 Tour de France, has been sanctioned with a four year ban  for use/attempted use of a prohibited substance, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. “At 41, why would I have rested to...

21/11/2020

Biathlon review gives rare insight into Russian State doping

An External Review Commission (ERC) tasked with investigating allegations of past wrongdoing within the International Biathlon Union (IBU) has found that there was a conspiracy to cover up eight Russian doping cases. The connections between the officials involved also gives a rare insight into how Russian State doping may...

17/11/2020

Rodchenkov Act’s passage heightens friction between WADA & the US

The passage of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA) by the US Senate yesterday has heightened frictions between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the US. The Act (H.R.835) aims to establish criminal penalties for defrauding international sporting competitions through doping schemes, however WADA is concerned about its extra-territorial reach. ...

04/11/2020

Estonian ski coach provisionally suspended for working with Alaver

Ski coach and former Olympian Aivar Rehemaa has been provisionally suspended by the Estonian anti-doping agency (EAD), after evidence suggested he had worked with Mati Alaver, a former national ski coach sanctioned for doping. Article 2.10 of the World Anti-Doping Code prevents anyone subject to the rules of an...

08/10/2020

Has Russia scored an own goal?

It still sounds fantastical. That Russia engineered a sample swapping system within the official anti-doping Laboratory at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, the aim of which was to allow its ‘protected’ athletes to dope unimpeded. Irrespective of whether or not you accept the evidence that such a scheme took place,...

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