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CAS blasts Jamaica over sloppy anti-doping procedures

(Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) blasted Jamaican anti-doping officials on Tuesday for the mishandling of a drug test by sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown that led to a successful appeal of the three-time Olympic gold medalist's two year ban.

Polish bobsledder Zalewski tested positive in Sochi: IOC

BERLIN (Reuters) - Polish bobsledder Daniel Zalewski tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi winter Olympics and his four-man team have been excluded from those Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. He becomes the seventh athlete to be sanctioned for doping offences at the Olympics that ended on February 23, six more than at the Vancouver 2010 Games. "Zalewski, 22, tested positive on 22 February for the banned substance N-ethyl-1-phenylbutan-2-amine," the IOC said in a statement.

Cycling: Armstrong probe findings due in a year, says UCI

An inquiry team probing the role of cycling's leaders in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will deliver its report by next year, the head of the sport's global governing body UCI said on Wednesday. Brian Cookson, who won an ugly UCI leadership contest in September 2013 vowing to right past wrongs, said the three-member independent commission of inquiry had a crucial role and would publish its findings within 12 months.

Jamaican sprinter Simpson handed 18-month doping ban

By Kayon Raynor (Reuters) - Athens Olympics relay champion Sherone Simpson has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant during last June's Jamaican trials. Simpson was the second Jamaican athlete to be handed a doping ban on Tuesday as Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall was suspended for two years after she too failed a drugs test during the 2013 national trials.

MLB, union increase penalties for drug cheats

(Reuters) - A player suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs will be deemed ineligible for the postseason, one of several stiffer penalties announced on Friday by Major League Baseball and the union representing its players. Longer bans for first-time offenders plus an increase in the number of in-season random urine collections and unannounced blood collections for the rest of a player's career are among the other penalties introduced effective immediately.

Cycling: IOC should mull sports overhaul - Cookson

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should consider moving sports such as track cycling, judo and badminton to the Winter Games, according to the president of world cycling's governing body, the UCI. Brian Cookson, in an interview with Press Association Sport released Tuesday, said such a change could take the pressure off the "overheated" Summer Olympics and allow those sports to have more events and more medals.

Russian Biryukova provisionally suspended after failed test

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian indoor long jump champion Svetlana Biryukova has been temporarily suspended from her country's training camp after failing a drugs test, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Friday. "Biryukova's 'A' sample was taken on 26th February 2014 at an athletics training camp in Novogorsk. The athlete has been informed about her rights and the fact that she may have broken anti-doping rules," RUSADA said in a statement in its website.

Athletics: Russian champ Biryukova gets provisional doping ban

Russian indoor long jump champion Svetlana Biryukova has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned drug, Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said Friday. Biryukova, 22, won this season's Russian indoor championships in February with a winning best of 6.75m, having also set a season leading 6.98m in January. RUSADA added that 400m runner Roman Semakin, 20, was also provisionally sidelined after also failing a doping test.

Athletics: Bolt 'let down' by Jamaica, says US anti-doping chief

Usain Bolt is suffering from Jamaica's much-criticised drugs policy, according to United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart. Bolt's fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, the two-time Olympic 200 metres champion tested positive for the specified substance hydrochlorothiazide last May, but she argued the urine sample collected had been compromised and saw a two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Athletics: Jamaica changes encourage WADA chief

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief executive David Howman said Wednesday that Jamaica's testing system was now "back in place" following the controversial case of Veronica Campbell-Brown. The two-time Olympic 200 metres champion tested positive for the specified substance hydrochlorothiazide last May, but she argued the urine sample collected had been compromised and saw a two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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