The trouble with Ostarine: Jimmy Wallhead’s
16th March 2018
• Athletes competing at Tokyo 2020 are entitled to free legal representation, through a service organised by the Japanese Sports Arbitration Agency (JSAA) and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JAFBA). Over 30 lawyers will be available to represent athletes at urgent hearings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and to provide legal advice in matters involving criminal, civil, immigration, or sports law.
• A group of 12 former Olympians have written to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging him to improve protections for survivors of abuse in sport, reports CBC. The Letter (PDF below) states that cases of abuse need to be handled by independent investigators rather than sporting organisations. It was penned by Jennifer Heil, a freestyle skier, and is supported by Alex Bilodeau; Patrick Chan; Derek Drouin; Perdita Felicien; Allison Forsyth; Brent Hayden; Beckie Scott; Jessica Tuomela; Mark Tewksbury; Helen Upperton; and Lauren Woolstencroft.
• Francesco Tirabasso has been sanctioned with a four year and three month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. The weightlifter returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for oxandrolone at the qualifiers for the Italian Masters Bench Press Championships in Oratino on 2 May. His ban will expire on 24 September 2025.
• The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has selected Lebogang Shange, who has been provisionally suspended since December 2019, as a member of Team SA for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The race walker was provisionally suspended after retuning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for trenbolone, but appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). It is understood that the CAS will hold a hearing to determine if he can compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after his provisional suspension was temporarily rescinded to allow his qualification in June.
• Sha’Carri Richardson has not been included in Team USA for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after the sprinter was sanctioned with a one month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving cannabis. As Richardson’s 100m victory in the US Olympic trials was struck from the record, she technically hadn’t qualified to compete in the 100m. However, she could have been selected for the 4x100m.
First, a US athlete claimed that a dodgy burrito had terminated their Olympic hopes and...