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

Memorial Service for Garpous, New Kru Town Church Founders

first_imgThe Church of Conquerors Tabernacle has planned a memorial service for the late Rev. Varney Garpou and his wife, Mother Williette.They were founders and General Overseers of Jesus Christ Conquerors Evangelistic Ministries, Inc., located in New Kru Town, on the Bushrod Island, Monrovia.The late Rev. Garpou, died at age 50, and his wife Mother Williette, 52, on August 21 and September 5, 2014, respectively.The memorial service is slated to be held on Saturday, March 14, at the 10:00am at the church’s edifice in New Kru Town.The church asked sympathizers and friends to be in attendance to remember, “Our fallen Generals of the Lord who have been called from labor to rest.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers were 2,16,18,23 and the match 3 winner was Karen mc hugh. Next weeks jackpot is €3,780. Sellers this week are Eunan McBride and Charlie gallagher.Membership is now being taken by the club registrars Paddy Mc Connell (086 3155111) and Thomas Simmons (087 2063018) and the club would like to encourage anyone who has yet to register for 2012 to do so.There is a variety fundraiser “giggles and good tae” taking part in the clubhouse hall this Friday the 16th at 8pm, a great nights entertainment is lined up and your support would be greatly appreciated. The Zumba classes are finished until later in the year.Speedy recovery to james pat mc daid who hurt his wee finger against st michaels at the weekend.Best wishes to Straithemoire N.S pupils Caoimhe Gallagher, Jade Farrell and Rebecca Bradley who will be participating in the Ulster final of the INTO handball competition in Belfast next weekend, also to the girls football team who qualified for the semi final in Cumann na mbunscoil.  The annual Mass will take place in the clubhouse on Monday 19th March at 8pm. Well done to the Senior team on their win in the Gaeltacht on Sunday against St Michaels. Unfortunately the Reserve team suffered a defeat on Saturday against Termon Senior team. Can all members please check their attics/sheds for the set of jerseys that may have been put away with the Christmas decorations.All bookings for the Hall and clubhouse rooms must be made through Karen McHugh.     GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more