Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Eighteen-year-old time trial cyclist Gabriel Evans has admitted that he was temped to dope and bought erythropoietin (EPO) online after watching a BBC documentary on blood doping. Evans wrote in an online forum that a vial of EPO had been found by a teammate’s father whilst he was at a training camp in France, who reported him to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). UKAD has yet to announce a sanction.
• The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has accepted the resignation of its Director General, Ramil Khabriev. His resignation was accepted at a general meeting of the founders of RUSADA on 10 December, read a statement from the Russian Ministry of Sport.
• Hassan Al Thawadi (pictured), Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, has said that US and Swiss prosecutors investigating corruption in football have not been in touch with him. “We have not been contacted by the US Department of Justice or the office of the Swiss Attorney General in relation to their investigations”, he said in an interview published on the Committee’s internet site. “We maintain that we conducted our bid ethically and with integrity, strictly adhering to all rules and regulations of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process”.
• Iranian greco-roman wrestler, Taleb Nematpour, has been banned for life after failing a second doping test. Nematpour took gold at the 2013 Budapest World Championships in the 84kg category. He was first banned for two years after testing positive for trenbelone in 2014. His lifetime ban was confirmed through an updated list of athletes serving sanctions published by United World Wrestling on 23 November.
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