Doping, how it’s tested and athlete complications

With the Olympics just around the corner and drugs/doping getting most of the ‘pre Olympics’ headlines we had a look into the process of how dopers are caught and how the illegal substances are detected.

The majority of drugs used by athletes can be detected in samples of urine. An athlete is told by a drug control officer to submit a urine sample for testing, these are often completely random. Some sports only test during the season (Ice Hockey for example) however most sports can test their athletes at any point 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whether it be 5am wake up call or directly after competing.

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Youth Sport Trust National School Sport Week

The Youth Sport Trust is busy gearing up for its annual celebration of the benefits of being active — National School Sport Week (NSSW).

This year’s event will take place from the 20-24 June at schools up and down the country.

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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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Sport funding facing major overhaul

ParkrunSport funding is facing a major overhaul in a bid to reverse recent disappointing participation figures.

Amid increasing concerns that Britain is failing to live up to the legacy promise of the London 2012 Olympics, a public consultation has been launched to mark the start of a new strategy for sport.

And the government has warned that the mounting cost of success for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is “at odds with the current financial climate”.

Almost 250,000 people have stopped taking part in regular activity over the past six months and a major shake-up of the way sport is funded will now be considered, with money potentially diverted away from national governing bodies (NGBs).

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Sport has such a positive impact on people’s lives and I want to embed participation into this nation’s DNA.”

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