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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.

US considers rules to require alcohol and drug testing of foreign aircraft-repair workers

U.S. aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it is seeking public comments. The agency wants to know which countries allow random drug testing and which ban it, and which drugs are most abused in other countries. Transportation workers in the U.S. are subject to drug and alcohol testing, and Congress voted in 2012 to extend the rules to foreign aircraft repair shops.

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.

Athletics: Powell now set to learn his fate April 10

Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell must wait until April 10 to learn if he can resume his career this year after submissions were completed Wednesday in a doping hearing. The three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel heard final arguments from attorneys representing Powell and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) completed submissions in the case today. Powell, a former world 100-metre champion, and training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine after the 100m final at the Jamaican national championships last June 21.

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.

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.

Austrian cross: country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr has apologized for the stupidity that saw him kicked out of the Sochi Winter Olympics after testing positive for performance-boosting EPO. The 26-year-old, who had placed eighth in the skiathlon, on Sunday became the fifth athlete to be ejected from the Games for a failed dope test.

Olympics: Two athletes expelled for doping from Sochi Games

A double gold-medal winning German female biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were expelled from the Sochi Olympics Friday after testing positive for banned substances, in the first doping cases of these Games. German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who had won two gold medals at previous Olympic Games, confirmed she had tested positive, describing it as the "worst nightmare you can imagine". Meanwhile, the Italian Olympic Committee said it had thrown Italian bobsledder William Frullani out of the Games after he tested positive for a banned substance.

Olympics: Two athletes expelled for doping from Sochi Games

A double gold-medal winning German female biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were expelled from the Sochi Olympics Friday after testing positive for banned substances, in the first doping cases of these Games. German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who had won two gold medals at previous Olympic Games, confirmed she had tested positive, describing it as the "worst nightmare you can imagine". Meanwhile, the Italian Olympic Committee said it had thrown Italian bobsledder William Frullani out of the Games after he tested positive for a banned substance.

Olympics: First doping shocks hit Sochi Games

The first doping cases to hit the 2014 Sochi Games emerged Friday after a double gold-medal winning German female biathlete and an Italian bobsledder tested positive for banned substances. German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who has won two gold medals at previous Olympic Games, confirmed she had tested positive, describing it as the "worst nightmare you can imagine". Meanwhile, the Italian Olympic Committee said Italian bobsledder William Frullani had tested positive for a banned substance and had already been kicked out of the Sochi Games.
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