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Sprinter Ben Johnson revisits scene of global disgrace

Disgraced drugs cheat Ben Johnson returned Tuesday to Seoul's Olympic Stadium -- 25 years to the day of the steroid-assisted 100m final victory that destroyed his career and reputation. The Canadian sprinter revisited the site of his stunning triumph and downfall to bring an anti-doping message for a sport still struggling to rid itself of banned substance use. "It feels good to be back," Johnson said as he stepped out onto the track where, at 1:30pm on September 24, 1988, he lined up for a 100m final that would become known as the "dirtiest race in history."

Athletics: French hurdler Decaux banned for doping

French hurdler Alice Decaux has been banned for six months for a doping offence, the head of the French Athletics Federation told AFP on Friday. Decaux tested positive for amphetamines in a test conducted at the European team event in the northern English city of Gateshead in June, according to Bernard Amsalem. "She took a food supplement without taking care to have it tested by a doctor," Amsalem said. "Unfortunately, the supplement contained a very small dose of a product from the family of amphetamines. And she produced a positive test."

Trainers cleared over horse doping

(Reuters) - Nine trainers have escaped disciplinary action over the use of a veterinary product which includes an anabolic steroid on 43 horses, the British Horseracing Authority said in a statement on Wednesday. The trainers were cleared after an investigation found that the Sungate treatment, which is used on horse joints, was administered on the advice of and by veterinary surgeons. The investigation started after nine horses in the yard of Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler failed testing in February.

Athletics: Sharp issues doping warning after delayed Euro gold

Britain's Lynsey Sharp said Wednesday that drug-taking in athletics remained a "huge problem" after being awarded a belated European Championship gold medal as a result of a rival's doping offences. The 22-year-old Scottish middle-distance runner finished second in the 800 metres in Helsinki last year but is due to be promoted to gold medal after Russia's Yelena Arzhakova was banned for two years. The Russian athletics federation said Tuesday that Arzhakova had shown an "abnormal haemoglobin profile in her biological passport" and stripped her of her title.

Concern on use of cell phones in exam cheating

Chairman Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad Prof Abdul Aziz Khanzada has said the trend of cheating in exam with use of cell phone is on the rise and the examiners have to take every possible effort to ban use of cell phones in exam halls.After conducting a surprise visit on Government Boys High School Tando Muhammad Khan during paper of Pakistan Studies, he told media that they are ensuring to hold exam in transparent manner. He regretted that last day some hooligans misbehaved a headmaster when he stopped them from exam cheating.

Olympics: IOC to study past samples for dope cheats

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to re-test doping samples given at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin before the next edition in Sochi, Russia, subjecting them to the latest methods of detection.The international body has kept every sample given by top athletes since the 2004 Summer Games in Athens in a huge freezer at its anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the hope that previously undetected doping can be exposed.“I think it is one of the strongest deterrents that the IOC has,” IOC medical and scientific director Richard Budgett told AFP.“

Lovtsova is third Russian banned for doping in two days

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Natalia Lovtsova became the third Russian swimmer to be banned for doping in two days on Saturday when she was found guilty of breaching anti-doping regulations by the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA). Lovtsova, 24, a member of the Russian 4x100-metre freestyle relay team at last year's London Olympics, was banned for two-and-a-half years starting from November 30, 2012, the agency said on its website (

Doping-Jamaican sprinter Mullings loses appeal against life ban

BERNE, March 4 (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has lost his appeal against a lifetime ban from athletics, imposed in November 2011 for a second doping offence, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday. Mullings, 30, who won a gold medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, tested positive for testosterone in 2004 and for the banned diuretic furosemide in 2011.

Olympics: Russian weightlifter stripped of bronze medal

Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov was on Tuesday stripped of his 2004 Olympic bronze medal by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a doping offence. The Uzbekistan-born weightlifter -- a two-time world championships silver medallist in 2001 and 2002 -- is the latest athlete from the Athens Games to be disqualified because his stored sample yielded a positive test.
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