Anti-doping group moves to close loophole with lab in Kenya

first_imgBlood doping is especially relevant in distance running, where Kenya has been a powerhouse for decades.The new lab should stop athletes who train in remote regions in the high-altitude west of the country from being given prior warning of out-of-competition tests by sample collectors.Out-of-competition checks are meant to be sprung on athletes by surprise.But the time required to reach athletes and get samples to Nairobi — and out of the country to an approved testing lab within the 36-hour limit — had meant it became easier for officials to give a group notice a day before to gather at a specific place to be tested together.Experts say, though, that drug cheats could use the advance notice to dilute their blood — either by drinking copious amounts of fluid or by infusing saline — and beat the test.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It is the first World Anti-Doping Agency-approved facility in East Africa, and the only one in Africa after South Africa’s lab had its accreditation revoked last year.The AIU is the independent unit set up in 2017 to prosecute doping cases in international track and field. It funded the Kenyan laboratory with help from athletics governing body, the IAAF.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Previously, blood samples taken from Kenya’s world-beating distance runners had to be flown to South Africa or, more recently, Europe to be tested at an approved lab within 36 hours — a challenging race against time that led to the regular bending of anti-doping rules, as revealed by The Associated Press in 2016.Top distance runners from North America and Europe have also used the high-altitude regions in Kenya and East African neighbor Ethiopia for training bases. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The lab belongs to the Lancet healthcare group. It’s not a fully accredited WADA lab, but the world anti-doping organization allows a facility to handle tests for cost and geographic reasons as long as it meets criteria.Kenya’s reputation has been seriously damaged by the upsurge in doping cases in recent years, which has been accompanied by multiple incidents of rule-breaking and corruption.Kiprop revealed in May he received prior warning of his urine test. He also admitted to giving the doping control officer money for tipping him off.Kiprop also faces a potential four-year ban. He was elevated to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after Rashid Ramzi was stripped for doping.Other Kenyans currently charged with doping include former 10,000-meter Commonwealth champion Lucy Wangui (morphine) and 2017 Athens Marathon winner Samuel Kalalei (EPO).Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born 3,000-meter steeplechase prodigy who won gold at the 2016 Olympics aged 19, was also suspended this year and charged with using EPO.Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, won the Asian senior title at 16 and broke the world record at 19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The 800 meters world championships bronze medalist Bett has tested positive for the blood-booster EPO having already been suspended and charged with evading a doping test. He faces a four-year ban. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Kenya’s first WADA-approved drug-testing laboratory will be operational early next month, anti-doping authorities said Monday as they aim to close a loophole that some fear had allowed athletes from the East African distance-running powerhouse to beat controls for years.The lab in the capital, Nairobi, will focus on blood analyses, although it will also be able to carry out other doping tests, the Athletics Integrity Unit said.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, alluded to that on Monday.“From now on, the analyses of blood samples will be performed locally,” he said. “This will give us more efficiency, more responsiveness and less predictability.”Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said: “It means everything will be easier.”The lab should address similar problems for Ethiopia, which has signs of a doping problem.The AIU’s announcement on the Kenyan lab came a day after it confirmed 2017 world championship bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett of Kenya had failed a doping test.Bett tested positive for the blood-booster EPO and the 800-meter runner, world junior champion in 2016, faces a four-year ban.The 20-year-old athlete had already been suspended for evading a doping test. He is the fourth Kenyan to face doping charges in 2018.Former 1,500-meter Olympic winner and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop has been charged with using EPO, while women’s Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years for EPO last November.They are some of the latest cases casting doubt on Kenyan claims that its top athletes are clean and that doping is confined to lesser-known runners.The AIU said it collected more than 3,500 blood samples from across the world in 2017. It expects the new lab to handle between 800 and 1,000 a year from the East African region, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Eritrea.last_img read more

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Leguan man slapped with capital offence

first_imgA 40-year-old farmer was arraigned on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the capital offence of murder.Phillip Jhagroo called “Tanky” of Good Intent, Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), stood before Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plea to the indictable charge. The murder charge stated that between March 30-31, 2019, at School Dam, Richmond Hill, Leguan Island, he killed Mark Narine.On Tuesday, Police Prosecutor Stacy Gittens told the court that Narine was on his way home when he was lashed off his motorcycle by the accused. The accused allegedly tossed Narine’s body in a nearby trench. The body was found the following day, submerged in the trench.Jhagroo was remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 30, 2019, at the Leguan Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Former West Ham defender set for Creteil move

first_img1 Herita Ilunga in action for Rennes Herita Ilunga, the former West Ham defender, is on the verge of signing a deal with French second-tier club Creteil.The DR Congo international has been on trial at Creteil and has impressed their manager Philippe Hinschberger.And sources in France now claim the 32-year-old will put pen to paper on a two-year deal on Friday.Ilunga initially joined West Ham on loan from Toulouse in 2008 and moved to Upton Park on a permanent deal the following summer.He has had spells at Doncaster Rovers, Rennes and Carqefou since leaving east London in 2012.last_img read more

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Mahrez back in better shape at Leicester – Puel

first_img0Shares0000Mahrez returned from his self-imposed exile as a substitute at Manchester City © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – Leicester City boss Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is in “better” shape than before his self-imposed Foxes exile.The Algerian looks set to return to Puel’s starting line-up for Friday’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against Sheffield United after a three-game absence. Mahrez missed training for 10 days following Leicester’s refusal to entertain a bid from runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City before last month’s transfer deadline.However, he made his Leicester comeback as a second-half substitute against prospective employers City last weekend just a day after returning to training as Puel’s men were thrashed 5-1.“I think better,” said Puel when asked if Mahrez is still in the form that has seen him score nine goals and provide nine assists this season.“He enjoys to play and train with his team-mates and he is at a good level with no problem.“He has come back with a smile. The story is behind him, all the players want to move on.”Leicester are one of few Premier League sides without a relegation battle or fight for Champions League places on their hands, allowing Puel to concentrate on a bid for Cup glory.And the Frenchman is hoping the best of Leicester’s season is still to come with the Mahrez saga put to bed.“It is important to put an end to the talking about Riyad, he came back to the game at Manchester City,” he added.“We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team. The most important thing is in front of us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson denies three charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16

first_img1 Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has denied three charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16 in his first appearance at Crown Court.The 27-year-old England international, who appeared in the dock at Durham Crown Court dressed in a grey suit and white shirt, also denied one charge of grooming.Johnson entered the court surrounded by his legal team, and spoke to enter his not guilty pleas.The winger was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.The three counts of sexual activity with a child were alleged to have taken place on one night in January at two locations in County Durham, while the offence of meeting a child after sexual grooming was alleged to have happened between December and February.The winger, who has played 12 times for England, lives in Castle Eden, County Durham.Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10million in 2012. Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League striker Jason Euell to look ahead to the first round of games in 2016.Jason tells us that this is Arsenal’s title to lose this season… but also thinks the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham have a great chance.The former Coventry City striker Mick Quinn gives us his three to watch and Alvaro Romeo, talkSPORT’s Spanish Editor, plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

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Champions League draw: Is this Liverpool’s worst-case scenario?

first_img gameday BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 Due to their UEFA Coefficient, the Reds are stuck in Pot 3 in the Champions League draw and know they will be facing at least two top teams.But, when you have a front three like Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, elite sides will be more worried about ending up against Liverpool.So, what is the worst-case scenario for Jurgen Klopp’s side? talkSPORT.com takes a look. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights Last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool get another shot as they enter their second consecutive season in the competition.The will want to avenge their defeat at the hands of Real Madrid this year but could face a tough group. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade MONEY Pot 2 – Borussia Dortmund The German side may have lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but they are improving as they bring youth into their team, including English starlet Jadon Sancho, once of title rivals Manchester City. As they look to get back amongst the European elite they could rock Liverpool. After a lengthy absence from the Champions League, Internazionale are in Pot 4 so will be the team everyone wants to avoid. Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij in defence, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic in midfield, and Mauro Icardi in attack, they will be tough opponents – and then you have to try and beat Samir Handanovic between the sticks! impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Pot 1 – Barcelonacenter_img possible standings RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Latest Football News 4 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Salah was forced off with injury in the Champions League final Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 4 4 Liverpool lost the final to Real Madrid last season but playing Barcelona will worry them this time out. Even with Virgil van Dijk you have to worry about how a full strength Barcelona would look against them. Lionel Messi would potentially target his partner, while their full-backs could be pinned back by the likes of Jordi Alba. Pot 4 – Inter Milan How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware last_img read more

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Ex Arsenal defender arrested

first_img Tags: Emmanuel Ebuoe Emmanuel Eboue was in Uganda last weekEx Arsenal FC footballer Emmanuel Eboue has been arrested on suspicion of arson, days after leaving Uganda.Emmanuel Eboue arrived in Uganda on Tuesday 20th June   for charity purposes and departed the country early last week.The former defender, 35 was   held by cops probing the alleged attack outside his home in Enfield North London.He is currently being quizzed by detectives in custody on suspicion of Arson and malicious communications outside of his home on Saturday 7th July.A police statement read “ police investigating an alleged arson at a residential address in Enfield on Saturday 30th June, arrested a 35year old man on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside the address.” Mirror reports.He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains.Eboue has spoken out recently about his heartbreaking downward spiral that has left him feeling abandoned.“All I want is to return to football once more because I feel I have the possibilities, Ebue said early this year.“I don’t have my kids and no one on my side I just feel abandoned nowadays.The defender spent seven years in the premier league and pocketed millions of pounds during his time with Arsenal.He then moved to Galatasary on a 3.5 million move before transferring to Sunderland where he stayed until 2016 having not made a single appearance.Comments last_img read more

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GeoTourSwe – The Southern — Geocache of the Week

first_imgA historic building? Great views of the city? Daring feats of adventure? This geocache has it all!Welcome to Örebro, the seventh largest city in Sweden. Known for shoe manufacturing and biscuit making, Örebro is also the site of multiple buildings dating back to Renaissance times. The cache is located in Örebro’s southern water tower, which provided water for the city from 1887 until 1958 when it was replaced by a mushroom-shaped tower. Although no longer active, it provides the perfect setting for this T5 Mystery Cache. Where is the cache, you ask? To find out, you’ll have to strap on a harness and get ready for a thrilling adventure. SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Get Inspired By These Epic GeoToursMay 27, 2016In “GeoTours””Entrance to Mordor” GC14NA0 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 7, 2011February 7, 2011In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More MysteryGC6KP0Kby Team Davidsson 1234567<>center_img Difficulty:2Terrain:5 The quest begins at the bottom of the 43 meter (141 foot) tall tower. A stairway leads up the side of the structure to a door that only geocachers can open. From there, about halfway up the tower, you must rappel through a hole down two stories until you find a clue. The clue leads you out a window, where you’ll have to rappel once again down the side of the building to more clues that lead to the final location. The cache owners, Team Davidsson, said their goal was simple: create a cache that offers “an interesting and historical place, some adrenaline, a small challenge to arrange the clues, a great place to have coffee, and a great opportunity to interact with new and old friends.” According to the 225 logs and 187 Favorite points, they succeeded in their mission.Bonus: this cache is part of The Heart of Sweden GeoTour, a 92-cache adventure around Örebro County. Are you up for the challenge? Location:Örebro, SwedenN 59° 15.716 E 015° 11.762last_img read more

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3 Inventive DIY Camera Sliders

first_imgLearn how you can create your own DIY camera slider in these informative how-to videos!A professional camera slider will set you back a few hundred bucks – out of reach for some newbie shooters and hard to justify the cost if you won’t be using it often. Get dramatic, moving shots by creating your own DIY camera slider!  Although there are quite a few DIY slider projects online, these 3 were featured because:The steps to create your own are well laid outThe parts can be found at a local hardware storeThey are all VERY inexpensive to buildIf you’re looking for a DIY slider option for your own shooting, see if one of these homemade projects fits the bill!PVC SliderCost: $20  The guys from Backyard FX have put together this instructional (and funny!) how-to video for their wood and PVC camera slider.  This DIY slider balances on top of a tripod, so you can easily adjust the height.  Two PVC pipes are screwed down onto a 1X4 and used as rails for the sliding camera platform.Steel DIY SliderCost: Under $50  This DIY camera slider utilizes steel rods and sheet metal for a strong sturdy design.  Using products found at his local hardware store, shooter Austin Wilson created this tripod mounted camera slider that looks and functions similar to many pro models.  Spray those rails down with WD40 and you’ve got really smooth slides!Gutter SliderCost: $13  This may be the most low-tech camera slider of the three, but if you’re in a pinch you can build it quickly and for VERY little cost.  Using rain gutter parts you can create this DIY slider that runs the length of the gutter.  Definitely not as stable as professional camera slider models, but major points for ingenuity!last_img read more

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