Elliott defends IAAF against doping allegations

first_imgDR Herb Elliott, a Jamaican former member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-doping Panel, has come out in staunch defence of the beleaguered organisation following the latest series of allegations of mishandling of doping matters. The IAAF announced yesterday that it had started disciplinary proceedings against 28 athletes who had returned adverse findings stemming from reanalysis of samples taken during the 2005 Helsinki and 2007 Osaka World Championships. The announcement came just over a week after British newspaper, The Sunday Times, and German broadcaster, ARD/WDR, published a report saying it had gained access to 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes with the results showing “the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world’s most prestigious events”. However, Elliott, who sat on the IAAF’s doping panel for 16 years, including during the period in question, suggested that many of the findings would be from African athletes and that the retests would prove nothing. “They will find nothing,” said Elliott. “They will find unusual blood types, but this doesn’t indicate that anybody was doping. They have been after the Kenyans for a while. They will try to go after the Ethiopians, too.” Elliott said that like many Caribbean people of African descent, many Africans carried sickle-cell trait, which could account for some of the unusual findings. “There are some technical details that came up, and we went to a lot of people who are haematologists. Many Africans, like Jamaicans, have sickle-cell trait. The blood pool in Africa is not as straight as the European one. You will find that there are problems. It doesn’t mean that they are doping it means you have haemoglobin that looks funny. You can say it looks funny, but to say they are doping, you have to prove that it’s doping.” Elliott added that the panel did not conduct tests themselves, but they agreed with the findings of the lab. “We agreed with it because of what we knew,” said Elliott. “The IAAF has been one of the most vigilant people in regards to doping and for dope-testing it has led the fight more than any other organisation,” he added. He also noted that Italians, a people of southern Europe, also had a blood condition which caused some of their blood tests to also show up unusual findings. The condition – thalassemia – is defined by the United States National Library of Medicine as “a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin.” It added that haemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood, while the “disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anaemia”. “These things were released five years ago,” Elliott argued. “I don’t know why now they go and resurrect them.” On Monday, a group of athletes, led by German Olympic discus champ, Robert Harting, criticised the IAAF and accused it of betraying and damaging the sport. “Dear IAAF, we cannot trust you any more, you damaged our sport, we have to act now,” Harting said in a video. “The IAAF was surprised and extremely saddened by statements made by representatives of the London Marathon,” the IAAF said in response. “This statement manages to be both outrageous and insulting at the same time.” Incidentally, Harting withdrew from this month’s World Championships in Beijing yesterday, citing a knee ligament injury from which he had failed to fully recover. blood conditionlast_img read more

Windies fifth in ICC women’s rankings

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): Cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), launched its official women’s team rankings yesterday, with West Indies installed at number five in the table. The rankings will be based on a multi-format system, incorporating results from all three forms of the game. According to the ICC, Tests, one-day internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) will be treated equally, with rankings points available from every international game. Rankings will be based on results of the last three to four years, with the first two years being counted at only 50 per cent. Results between October 2012 and September last year have been also counted at 50 per cent, while results since October last year will be counted at 100 per cent. As expected, Australia top the rankings with 134 points, with England lying second on 124 points. New Zealand are third on 109, India fourth with 105, while the Windies are close behind on 99 points. The top eight are rounded out by sixth-placed South Africa (92), seventh-placed Pakistan (81), and Sri Lanka on 74 points. “The launch of ICC women’s team rankings is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to investing, incentivising, promoting and publicising women’s cricket, which has already started to drive substantial increase in public interest and participation as well as a marked improvement in the standard of the international game,” the ICC said in a statement. West Indies will have a chance to improve their ranking when they face Pakistan in four ODIs and three T20s in St Lucia and Grenada later this month, and when they head to a South Africa for a similar series starting in late February. The regional side will face the Proteas in three ODIs from February 25-29 and in three T20s from March 4-9.last_img read more

Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup: Philippines racks up 2 wins but fails to enter quarters

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ricci Rivero carries PH team. photo from fiba.basketballThe Philippines put up a valiant stand with wins over Turkmenistan and China Friday but missed the cut for the next round of competition in the Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup in Xi’an, China.The 19th-ranked Filipinos scored an impressive victory over no.14 team Turkmenistan, 21-8, and an upset over no.3 team China, 21-15 after coming up empty-handed last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robinsons: Loss to Letran will only make Lyceum ‘sharper’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Despite the wins, the Philippines finished third in Pool C with a 2-2 record behind China and Slovenia, which willadvance to the next round.Only top two teams in each bracket will move on to the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRhon Jay Abarrientos finished as the Philippines’ top scorer with a total of 27 points across all four games while Ricci Rivero compiled 25. View commentslast_img read more

Costco Products Recalled – Listeria Contamination

first_imgCostco stores are warning their customers that some of their products may be contaminated the Listeria virus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Costco Wholesale Canada issued a joint press release today warning that some of Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand platters may carry Listeria monocytogenes. The platters contain a deli meat recalled by Maple Leaf foods. Costco has issued a voluntary recall of any Kirkland Signature Croissant Platter and Kirkland Signature Meat and Cheese Platter products with best before dates up to and including August 29th. The affected products were sold at Costco stores nationwide. No illnesses have been reported as a result of eating the products. Costco is in the process of contacting members who purchased the platters from its stores.- Advertisement –last_img read more

22 golfers to represent Guyana in Suriname Open

first_imgAhead of the upcoming Guyana Open Golf tournament, local pros will get ideal preparation in the rivalry between Guiana Shield countries, which is slated to run on October 6-7th in Suriname. Twenty-two of Guyana’s best are set to wing out to Suriname to participate in this tournament.Guyana will be hosting its major tournament of the year on November 3-4, followed by French Guiana completing the tour on November 10-11.The Lusignan Golf Club has a proud history of sending its best players to represent Guyana; and this year is no different, as the selected 22 players will take their talents to Suriname in the hope of bringing home as many honours as possible.In the ‘A’ Division, current 8-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud will be joined by a seasoned bunch that would include Munaf Arjune, Kalyan Tiwari,Avinash PersaudAlfred Mentore and Club President Aleem Hussain.The ‘B’ Division will feature another crop of pros, namely Pur Persaud, Max Persaud, Lakeram Ramsundar (Panko), Videsh Persaud, Brian Hackett, Patrick Prasad, Jax Harry, Aasroodeen Shaw, Jerome Khan, Paton George, and John Tracey.Former Guyana Open Women’s champions Joann Deo and Shanella Webster will represent the female team.The ‘C’ Division would be represented by ANSA McAL executive Troy Cadogan, Dino Bissessar, Dr Philbert London and Eon Blue.The Suriname tournament is an invitational event, whereas the Guyana Open is the grandest of all events, as 100 players from more than 12 countries are expected to show up in attempting to wrest the title from Guyanese hands.Several major companies have already expressed support for the Guyana Open, among which are Builders Lumber Yard, Giftland OfficeMax, Banks DIH, ANSA McAL, Kissoon’s Furniture, AR Printery, DDL El Dorado, 2017 main sponsor Ganesh Parts, Assuria General, Hand-in Hand Mutual, Chetsons, Foodtown Restaurant, New Trend Auto, and Trans Guyana Airways/Baganara Resorts.It is expected that more than 65 companies would support the Guyana Open tournament, and fans would be eligible to win more than $500,000 in giveaways on tournament days.The activities kick off next weekend at the Giftland Mall, where persons will have a chance to try their hand at pulling to win free tickets and beverages courtesy of Banks DIH, or simply by shopping at any Giftland Mall store.last_img read more

DWP exec doubted bills

first_imgAt one point, he said, he talked to Wiggs about the amount of the Fleishman-Hillard billings being more than the work being done. “He asked me to (get) with Fleishman-Hillard and bring (them) into line,” Howard said. Howard also said he raised the billing issues with Dowie, who worked closely with Edwards and provided free political advice and strategy for the Hahn administration, and that Dowie defended the firm’s work. Dowie and Stodder were indicted by a federal grand jury last year in connection with allegedly bilking the DWP of more than $300,000 and overbilling other clients. They have pleaded not guilty. At Salas’ direction, Howard said he drafted a task order for the DWP to pay an estimated $75,000 for Fleishman-Hillard’s support of the administration’s November 2002 trip to Asia. Wiggs, Salas and Edwards could not be reached for comment Friday. Wiggs and Salas met weekly with Dowie, who charged $425 an hour, Howard said. In addition to Dowie and Stodder, who billed $315 an hour, 18 or so people worked on the DWP account, he said. The defendants’ attorneys say any improper billings were the result of subordinates acting on their own. But prosecutors say the defendants “lied and stole” by fabricating hours they did not work and including them in bills for the DWP, Harbor Department, architect Frank Gehry’s firm and the World Wide Church of God. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executive who raised concerns with his superiors over Fleishman-Hillard’s billings for meals, martinis and other items testified in federal court Friday that he was warned against “pushing too hard” on the account and was later reassigned. In the second day of the conspiracy and wire fraud trial of former public-relations executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder, the DWP’s former director of corporate communications, Randy Howard, testified he became concerned about the billings a few months after becoming director of corporate communications in September 2002. He said he took his concerns to then DWP Chief Administrative Officer Frank Salas, then DWP General Manager David Wiggs and former Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards, who was Mayor James Hahn’s liaison to the DWP, as well as Dowie, Stodder and others. By August 2003, Howard said, he went directly to Edwards expressing his doubts about billings for dinners, drinks and other expenses – including a martini that showed up on Edwards’ tab. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe noted that at some billed events, DWP representatives weren’t present. Shortly thereafter, he said, Salas told him he was being reassigned. “The conversation was around, I’d raised concerns over the (Fleishman-Hillard) agreement and had pushed a little too hard on the Mayor’s Office.” Howard said he had suspected – but had no specific examples – that priorities under Fleishman-Hillard’s $3 million-a-year DWP contract had been shifted “to better fit the mayor’s priorities.” He added that Edwards would “give guidance” but not actually delegate work from the Mayor’s Office. last_img read more

SOCCER: DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO RESULTS

first_imgWillie Duffy Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic 4 Milford United 1Glencar Celtic 4 Dunfanaghy 3Gweedore Celtic 4 Gweedore Utd 2Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Erne Wandrs 2Glencar Inn Saturday League Division TwoDeele Harps OFF Downtown UtdGlenree United 0 Fintown Harps 4Ramelton Mariners 8 Donegal Town 1Brian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionDunkineely Celtic 1 Lagan Harps 1Eany Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 2Lifford Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic 2Milford United 4 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 Milford Inn Division OneArranmore United 2 Cappry Rovers 3Curragh Athletic 2 Dunlewy Celtic 0Donegal Town 2 St.Catherines 2Gweedore United 1 Raphoe Town 0Rathmullan Celtic 4 Convoy Arsenal 1CT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 1 Keadue Rovers 4Cranford United 1 Whitestrand FC 0Glenree United 3 Copany Rovers 2Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Kerrykeel 71 FC 1© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSOCCER: DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO RESULTS was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SOCCER: DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO RESULTSlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC STAR FODHLA MCFADDEN QUALIFIES FOR IRISH SCHOOLS FINAL

first_imgIrish Schools Final Qualification for Fodhal.A huge congratulations to Club athlete Fodhla McFadden who had a very successful day at the Ulster Secondary Schools finals in Antrim Forum yesterday. Competing for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair (P.S.G.) in the senior girls triple jump she qualified for the prestiges Irish schools finals to be held in Tullamore at the beginning of next month. The youngest competitor in the event, Fodhla has another two year competing in this age group and will no doubt have her sights clearly fixed on an Irish title in the future. A great achievement by her and a great honour for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. Well done from all at Rosses Athletic Club. Ardara G.A.A 5K:A great performance by Michael Logue winning the Ardara 5k in a fast time of 17.51.  Michael trains extremely hard and its great to see his dedication paying off.Donegal Childrens Games:Thanks to Finn Valley AC for hosting the Donegal childrens games yesterday evening and for all the officials that helped out. There was impressive performances from Tara McElroy, Aine Ferry, David Geoghegan and Joe McElroy. Well done to our up and coming stars. Cavan T&F Championships :Great performances in Clones at the weekend by Leah McGarvey, Emma brown and Joe Sharkey.  All three picked up medal in a number of events. Its great to see our young athletes willing to travel to various meets to gain valuable competition experience.Table Quiz a Great success.The Rosses Athletic Club would like to thank all those who came out last night and supported the Table quiz. We had a total of 12 tables. A special world of thanks to John Bosco and his team and to Caislean Oir for their generosity and use of facilities.Training Times:Track & Field: Tue/Thur all ages 7+.  Sunday 13yrs and older.Endurance training:Industrial estate, Tue/thur 7pm and Sunday 11am blue bridge. PICTURE FOR PAPER:Ulster Schools Track & Field Championships:Rosses AC athlete Fodhla McFadden, who competed for Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair (P.S.G.) in the senior girls triple jump at the Ulster Schools Track & Field Championships in Antrim Forum at the weekend. Fodhla jumped superbly and qualified for the prestiges Irish schools finals to be held in Tullamore at the beginning of next month.ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC STAR FODHLA MCFADDEN QUALIFIES FOR IRISH SCHOOLS FINAL was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AtleticsFodhla McFaddenROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

Bids have still not been made for Newcastle target

first_img1 Sturaro has been told he can leave Juventus this summer Atalanta and Genoa have not yet made a move for Newcastle United target Stefano Sturaro.That is according to the player’s agent, Carlo Volpi, who has been responding to speculation surrounding his client.Sturaro has been told he can leave Juventus this summer for around £9m and several clubs are interested in him.Newcastle are very keen on the Italian midfielder, but in recent days it was reported that Atalanta and Genoa had snuck in ahead of them.Now, though, Volpi has explained that neither club have made contact with him about his client.“To date there has been no contact with Atalanta,” Volpi told CalcioAtalanta.“I repeat, today there is nothing, if not mutual esteem between Stefano and the Atalanta coach.“I also learned from the newspapers about interest from Genoa, but they also have not contacted me.”last_img read more