March 19, 2014 |
The past year has been rough for Jamaican track and field, which came under heavy scrutiny after a string of high-profile athletes failed drug tests around the time of the 2013 national championships. On Wednesday, the Jamaicans got some good news. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that the island nation had corrected a number of significant flaws in its drug control program. "They've done exactly what we've asked them to do to put their program into place," David Howman, WADA's director general, told the Associated Press.
January 29, 2014 |
Ten days before opening ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the host country has suffered the embarrassment of having one or more of its athletes suspended for a failed drug test. The International Biathlon Union announced Wednesday three competitors from Russia and Lithuania were found to have an unnamed prohibited substance in their samples. "According to the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] code, the IBU therefore provisionally suspended the respective athletes from any IBU competitions until the decision of the anti-doping hearing panel is reached," the statement said.
January 14, 2014 |
Georges St-Pierre said Tuesday the lack of stringent drug testing for mixed martial arts fighters contributed to his decision to take an indefinite leave as Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion. In an interview with reporters in Montreal, St-Pierre in a story published by Canadian Press said the absence of a uniform drug-testing policy up to his satisfaction “bothered me greatly. It was one of the reasons I decided to step aside.” St-Pierre, who endured sometimes brutal punishment in November to successfully defend his welterweight belt against Johny Hendricks by split-decision in Las Vegas, originally wanted Hendricks to participate in drug testing overseen by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Assn.
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December 27, 2013 |
The upcoming New Year's crackdown on drunken driving will include a new test for many people who are pulled over - an oral swab that checks for marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. The voluntary swabbing has been used just 50 times this year. But Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is pushing to use it at more checkpoints and jails as officials try to limit the number of drivers impaired by substances other than alcohol. “Traditionally, our office has focused on drunken driving cases,” Feuer said at a news conference Friday.
November 15, 2013 |
With less than three months to go before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the principal drug-testing laboratory in Russia could lose its international accreditation. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the Moscow facility -- which handled testing for the recent world track and field championships -- to be sure it is compliant with agency standards. Arne Ljungqvist, the medical commission chairman for the International Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press that he expects to receive the investigation's findings soon.
November 14, 2013 |
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.