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Olympics: 'Sooner or later we'll get you,' IOC warns dopers

The International Olympic Committee is adjusting its tactics at the Sochi Games to send a stark warning to potential doping offenders -- if we don't get you now then we will catch you later. The IOC will be overseeing almost 2,500 doping tests at these Winter Olympics, with a reduced emphasis on post-competition tests and more on pre-competition in a bid to catch potential offenders unawares. Meanwhile, greater use is being made of intelligence from various sources -- including governments -- to carry out target testing on suspect athletes.

Kenya sport gets doping 'wake-up call'

Kenyan sports has received a "big wake-up call" on doping but is finally grappling with the issue, the official leading an independent investigation told AFP Thursday. Lawyer and sports medicine specialist Moni Wekesa said his probe into alleged doping among Kenya's legendary runners, rising rugby stars as well as into a host of other sports was making solid progress in figuring out how bad cheating was in the country.

Cycling: inquiry offers reduced sanctions for doping confessions

An inquiry commission set up by cycling's global governing body the UCI on Tuesday appealed to riders who were doped in the past to come forward in exchange for reduced punishment. "The primary purpose of our investigation is not to punish doping offenders but to learn from the past so we can help ensure a better future for cycling," commission chief Dick Marty said in a statement. "We will treat all witnesses fairly and so I urge anyone in the cycling community with information that can help our investigation to come forward," he added.

Athletics: Kenya gets more funds for doping probe

The Kenyan government has agreed to give additional funding to a special taskforce probing doping allegations amid renewed pressure from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sports Minister Hassan Wario said. The investigations started late last year but then stalled due to lack of funds, again raising the prospect of WADA sanctions against the distance-running powerhouse. But Wario said the government had agreed to bankroll the probe and that a final report on their findings would be published before the end of March.

Olympic anti-doping efforts get boost from drug industry intelligence

WASHINGTON - Some of the world's biggest drugmakers are playing a larger role in anti-doping efforts at this year's Winter Olympics: They're providing information on drugs that once would have been considered proprietary trade secrets. GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen and Roche are among the drugmakers that have begun sharing "confidential research and data" with anti-doping officials about experimental drugs they are developing, as part of an effort to stay one step ahead of drug cheats.

Lack of World Cup doping lab won't affect testing - WADA

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The absence of an accredited doping laboratory at the World Cup in Brazil in June will not affect drug testing, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie said on Friday. Samples taken at the World Cup will need to be flown across the Atlantic to Switzerland, raising doubts that positive tests from players will be discovered before their next matches.

Olympics: Estonia's double gold Smigun-Vaehi denies fresh doping claims

Retired Estonian Olympic hero Kristina Smigun-Vaehi, who won two golds in cross-country skiing at the 2006 Turin Olympics, on Friday denied using banned substances after a re-test of an old sample raised suspicions. Russian sports website Ves Sport reported Thursday that "one or two" Estonian cross-country skiers failed a re-tests on samples taken during the 2006 Turin Olympic Game and tested again in 2013 by the International Olympic Committee.

Olympics: Doping shadow falls again on past offender Russia

Russia goes into the Winter Olympic Games facing renewed scrutiny of its record on doping, despite years of efforts aimed at shedding its reputation as one of the worst drugs offenders in sport. The nightmare of many Russian sport officials came true in the days leading up to the Olympics when one of the potential female Russian stars of the Sochi Games, biathlete Irina Starykh, withdrew after an 'A' sample tested positive. She is now waiting the 'B' sample result.

Biathlon: Russia's Starykh off Olympic squad after failed dope test

Russian biathlete Irina Starykh, already provisionally suspended by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) after failing a drugs test, was excluded from the country's Olympic squad on Thursday at her request. The IBU had announced on Wednesday that three biathletes representing Russia and Lithuania had been provisionally suspended for doping. And the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) said the decision to leave Starykh out of their squad came at the athlete's request until after the investigation into her failed test was completed.

Olympics: Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world's worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics. Russian officials are acutely aware that a single positive doping test by a Russian athlete at the Games, which which open on February 7, would cast a shadow over the entire event and further tarnish the country's reputation.
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