June 1, 1989
European sports ministers called Wednesday for strong anti-drug legislation that would facilitate year-round testing of athletes throughout Europe, even though some officials expressed doubts about its legality. The proposals, which come up for a final vote by the Council of Europe ministers today at Reykjavik, Iceland, also would recommend penalties for doctors and coaches who supply athletes with banned substances. "We need to ensure that measures are harmonized between countries, so competitors and their supporters will know they face similar regimes of doping control no matter where they compete," British Sports Minister Colin Moynihan said.
August 18, 2008 |
As athletes in Beijing vie for medals, fame and fortune, Iraqi distance runner Mahmoud Kamil Ahmed competes thousands of miles away for a different reason: to forget. A year ago, while Ahmed trained in Cairo, Sunni Muslim insurgents surrounded his family's homestead in Diyala province, machine guns and rockets blazing. All 27 of his relatives inside were killed, including his mother, father and two brothers. Now, the 27-year-old lives in a Baghdad University dorm, still running, still winning some races, still struggling with the despair that haunts every turn around the searing track where he trains.
April 10, 1989
Bishop Dolegiewicz, a shotputter for the University of Texas in the mid-1970s and a member of the Canadian Olympic teams in 1980 and '84, purchased large amounts of steroids from a Texas pharmacy, according to the Austin (Tex.) American-Statesman. At the ongoing Canadian steroid inquiry in Toronto, Dolegiewicz earlier was named by Charlie Francis, coach of sprinter Ben Johnson, as a supplier of steroids to the Canadian team from 1980 until 1986. Two former employees of Austin pharmacist Donald Von Minden told the American-Statesman that Dolegiewicz bought steroids to supply about six athletes.
June 29, 2012 |
Part 1 of a two-part series on concussions in action sports. Part 2 Sunday will focus on 40-year-old BMX rider Kevin Robinson. Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana tells a story about his uncle, Alan Pastrana, who suffered a major concussion near the end of his two-year tenure as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the late 1960s. He was 26 when his NFL career ended. "He went from a very tough, tough guy to super emotional, super sensitive, the most 'huggy' man you'd ever see," Travis says.
August 4, 2008 |
Sure, smoking is bad for you -- but what happens when you combine it with something really good -- like running eight miles a day? Do you get a healthier smoker? Or an unhealthy athlete? It's one of those is-the-cigarette-half-smoked-or-half-unsmoked conundrums. And there's no definitive answer. "If people can quit, that's the best thing," says Dr. Robert Sallis, director of sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana.
January 21, 1992 |
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.