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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.

Olympics: IOC sanction Austrian, Pole for failed Sochi dope tests

Austrian cross country skier Johannes Duerr and Polish bobsleigher Daniel Zalewski were on Wednesday sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing drug controls at the Sochi Olympics. Duerr, 27, has been disqualified from the men's skiathlon in which he finished eighth after testing positive on February 22 for the banned substance recombinant erythropoietin (EPO). Zalewski tested positive for the stimulant phenethylamine on February 23, and has also been disqualified. The Polish four-man team placed 27th.

Athletics: Multi Olympic medallist Simpson banned for doping

Jamaica's 2008 Olympic 100 metres silver medallist Sherone Simpson received an 18 month suspension for doping from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday. The 29-year-old, who won 4x100m relay gold in the 2004 Olympics and silver in the same event at the 2012 Games, tested positive for a stimulant, oxilofrine, at the Jamaica National Championships in June 2013. Simpson said the substance was found in a new supplement given to her by Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb.

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.

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.
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