Kenya could face Rio 2016 ban

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has warned that Kenya could be banned from competing at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should they be declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.

WADA have expressed concerns about the country following the publication of its first Independent Commission Report in November, which confirmed allegations of state-supported doping within Russian athletics, leading to the country being banned by the IAAF.

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Call for IAAF to suspend the Russian Athletics Federation

The eagerly anticipated World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Commission Report into alleged systematic doping within Russian athletics has been unveiled in Geneva.

A three-man panel, chaired by Canada’s founding WADA President Richard Pound, presented their report entitled “Top secret doping – how Russia makes its winners?” at a specially convened press conference in the Swiss city.

The major outcomes include a call that Russia should be suspended from competition until improved measures are taken.

They’ve also accused the Russian government of ‘direct intimidation’ over their Moscow doping lab, which they say should lose its accreditation.

A further recommendation says that 5 athletes and 5 coaches should be given lifetime doping bans.

Pound was  joined by his panel colleagues Günter Younger of Germany and Canadian legal counsel Richard McLaren.

The Committee was set-up in January following allegations published on German television and in the Sunday Times alleging systematic doping.

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Have the limits of human performance in the 100 metres been reached?

Usain_Bolt_Olympics_cropped Human upper performance limits in the 100 metre sprint remain the subject of much debate.

The aim of a new commentary, published in the March 2015 issue of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (IJSPP), is to highlight the vulnerabilities of prognoses from historical trends by shedding light on the mechanical and physiological limitations associated with human sprint performance.

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