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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.

Henao returns to Colombia after test anomalies

(Reuters) - Team Sky Colombian rider Sergio Henao has been sent home and will not race for eight weeks after questions were raised about results he provided from out-of-competition dope tests at altitude. Team principal Dave Brailsford said Sky wanted to conduct tests with the accomplished climber at altitude to resolve issues thrown up by an internal process looking at every rider's physiological profile.

Jamaican anti-doping errors led to sprinter's clearance: lawyer

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Mistakes made by Jamaican officials during anti-doping procedures, not technicalities, led to double Olympic 200 meters champion Veronica Campbell-Brown being cleared of doping charges, her lawyers said on Friday. The errors included the failure to properly seal one of Campbell-Brown's partial urine samples and resulted in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in favor of her appeal of a two-year ban, attorney Howard Jacobs told a news conference.

Australia drugs probe over, ex-judge to review evidence

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's peak anti-doping agency has completed a 13-month probe into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in local sports and a retired judge will now decide whether to pursue individual cases, the country's anti-doping chief said. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation has cast a pall over the country's top-flight Australian Rules football and rugby league competitions for over a year, but has so far resulted in only one player ban.

Speedskating: American Perry gets nine-month doping ban

Speedskater Brett Perry has received a nine-month doping suspension after a positive test for a banned substance at last December's Sochi Winter Olympic trials, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday. The 21-year-old tested positive last December 28 for the stimulant methylphenidate, a specified substance that can result in reduced sanctions, and will be eligible to compete again when the 2014-2015 season begins later this year.

Olympics: Russia sees 'nothing wrong' in athletes inhaling xenon

The use of the gas xenon to improve the performance of athletes is not banned and there would be "nothing wrong" if Russian athletes were using it, a top Russian medical official said Wednesday. Germany's WDR television this week and other reports this month claimed that top Russian athletes have been using xenon to improve their performance at Olympic Games from Athens 2004 right up to the just completed Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

Aussie sports still in dark a year after 'blackest day'

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The release of an explosive report into the use of performance-enhancing drugs among Australian athletes prompted the country's former anti-doping chief Richard Ings to describe February 7, 2013 as the "blackest day" in the country's sporting history.

Olympics: Russia celebrates as curtain falls on Putin's Games

Sochi's $50 billion Olympics, closely interwoven with President Vladimir Putin's image and plagued by controversy in the build-up, closed Sunday with bold praise and Russia supreme on top of the medals table. In a glitzy closing ceremony, aimed at conveying a confident state at ease with its past as well as present, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said "Russia delivered all what it had promised". "What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in just seven years," he said.

Olympics: Sweden level guns at IOC over Backstrom test

Swedish national hockey team general manger Tommy Boustedt accused the International Olympic Committee of sabotaging their gold medal dream after forward Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for an allergy medication. Boustedt slammed the IOC doping officials saying they likely knew Backstrom's positive result sooner but delayed telling anyone because they wanted to wait until just before the Sochi Olympics showcase event, the gold medal hockey game. That way they could better promote for their ongoing fight against drug cheats, he claimed.

Olympics: Russia celebrates as curtain falls on Putin's Games

Sochi's $50 billion Olympics, closely interwoven with President Vladimir Putin's image and plagued by controversy in the build-up, closed Sunday with bold praise and Russia supreme on top of the medals table. In a glitzy closing ceremony, aimed at conveying a confident state at ease with its past as well as present, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said "Russia delivered all what it had promised". "What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in just seven years," he said.
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