Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zieliński (pictured) has been sent home from the Rio 2016 Olympics after failing a doping test. ‘The Polish team received from the IOC information that study of his B sample revealed the forbidden method detected in the A sample’, read a statement from the Polish weightlifting federation (PZPC). ‘In light of this, the President of the Polish Olympic team and President of the Polish Olympic Committee, Andrzej Kraśnicki, decided to exclude Tomasz Zielinski’.
• Italy’s Ministry of Heath sent a sports doctor to perform doping tests on cyclists competing in an under-13 event, reports La Gazetta dello Sport. “I have never seen anything like it in 30 years of cycling”, sports doctor Carlo Guardascione told the newspaper. “According to the regulations of the Italian cycling federation, we start to talk about the ‘competitive spirit’ from the age of 13 – the debutant category […] it is not an illegal measure, but not something we are used to”.
• The Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) has confirmed that Michael O’Reilly has been excluded from the Rio 2016 Olympics, after deciding against appealing a provisional suspension imposed on 4 August. ‘We acknowledge receipt of Michael’s statement today, Tuesday 9th August in which he admits that he unintentionally took a supplement that may have contained a prohibited substance’, read an IABA statement. ‘The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will be making arrangements for him to return to Ireland as soon as possible’.
• The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has launched an investigation after two individuals were found in possession of Rio 2016 Olympic tickets allocated to them, available for purchase on the black market. ‘The OCI has launched an immediate investigation with our Authorised Ticket Reseller, Pro10, into how the individuals were allegedly in possession of OCI allocated tickets’, read an OCI statement. The tickets were found after the police arrested two people, one of which appeared to be selling tickets on behalf of ticket retailer THG at inflated prices, reported The Guardian.
• Kyle Lafferty, who plays for Norwich City in England’s Football League Championship, has been charged with breaching the Football Association rules on betting. ‘It is alleged that on 20 February 2016, the Norwich City forward placed a bet on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition in breach of FA Rule E8’ read an FA statement. ‘He has until 5 August 2016 to respond to the charge’.
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