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Sprint king Bolt welcomes hair follicle testing

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaica's Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has "no problem" with plans by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to test the hair follicles of athletes in a bid to clamp down on drug cheats in sport. "This is the first I'm hearing it," Bolt said minutes after collecting his 5th RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award in Kingston late on Friday.

Tests show Simpson's supplement contained banned drug

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jan 8 - The majority of tests conducted on a supplement suspended Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson was taking revealed a banned substance, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist's doping hearing was told on Wednesday. Simpson and former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell, who also testified at Wednesday's hearing, returned adverse findings for the banned drug, oxilofrine, at June's Jamaican championships. Both face two-year bans if found guilty of doping violations.

Athletics: Olympic champ exonerated over doping

Olympic 1500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey was Thursday exonerated of doping by the Turkish Athletics Federation. Back in April, Alptekin had been provisionally suspended by her Federation and charged with doping by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) after anomalies were discovered in her biological passport. "It has been decided that there is no grounds for national sporting sanctions against Asli Cakir Alptekin as she did not violate any anti-doping rules," said a statement from the disciplinary commission on the Turkish federation's website.

Rogers must get maximum ban if guilty: Cycling Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cycling Australia (CA) will seek maximum punishment for Michael Rogers if the rider is found guilty of doping, the governing body of the sport in the country said on Thursday. Rogers, 33, was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol. The three-time world time trial champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist denied any wrongdoing and blamed food contamination for the failed test.

Cycling: Rogers blames contaminated food for positive test

Australian triple world time-trial champion Michael Rogers claims contaminated food may have caused him to test positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, his Saxo-Tinkoff team said. World governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday provisionally suspended Rogers and Belgian Jonathan Breyne over alleged doping offences. In a statement, the UCI said that clenbuterol was detected in a urine sample given by Rogers at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race on October 20.

Cycling: UCI suspends Australian Rogers, Belgian Breyne over doping

World cycling governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday said it had provisionally suspended Australia's three-time world time-trial champion Michael Rogers and Belgian Jonathan Breyne over alleged doping offences. In a statement, the UCI said that the banned substance clenbuterol was detected in a urine sample given by Saxo-Tinkoff rider Rogers at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race on October 20.

Sports: India busts 467 drug cheats since 2009

Some 467 Indian sportsmen and women have been prosecuted for failing drugs tests since 2009, with track and field athletes and weightlifters leading the pack, according to the country's anti-doping agency. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) posted the list on its website which showed that 110 athletes and 85 weightlifters have been slapped with sanctions over the past five years. Kabaddi, body-building, power-lifting, wrestling, boxing and judo were some of the other sports that thew up drug cheats, the list indicated.

Racing: Butler appeals against five-year doping ban

Irish trainer Gerard Butler has appealed against his five-year suspension over doping offences, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced on Wednesday. The 47-year-old was handed the ban earlier this month after admitting to seven charges relating to the use of substances containing the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol. Nine horses in Butler's care tested positive for illegal substances, including the powerful bodybuilding steroid Rexogin.

Nigeria's Olympic Committee calls for establishment of anti-doping body

LAGOS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has called on the government to fast-track the establishment of the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) in the country. The establishment of the body would help the West African country fulfil the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), President of the organization Sani Ndanusa told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria's capital on Friday. An anti-doping committee was set up in 2011 to act on all anti-doping issues, including sanctioning athletes involved in doping, he added.

New anti-doping code may push for law amendments

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A thorough review of domestic law concerning doping control need to be carried out by China to see whether it is sufficient for the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, a World Anti-Doping Agency senior official said here Thursday. Rune Anderson, head of WADA' s Standards and Harmonization department, suggested Chinese anti-doping authorities started the review work before the new Code goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
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