CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
September 20, 2013 |
International track-and-field officials announced Friday that seven athletes failed drug tests at last month's world championships in Moscow. The International Assn. of Athletics Federations said that it collected urine samples from 538 athletes during the competition and also conducted 1,919 blood tests. “I am delighted that with the assistance of our partners the IAAF has been able to carry out such a comprehensive anti-doping testing program in Moscow,” IAAF President Lamine Diack said.
July 15, 2013 |
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field. Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis. Sunday, leading U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed they had tested positive for banned substances. There were news reports saying Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for stimulants at their national championships last month.
July 14, 2013 |
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.