February 18, 2020

Dr Paul Wright: Drug-free sport is attainable

first_img UKAD being investigated We now hear that this same group is being investigated by a former assistant police chief constable in Britain, Mr Andy Ward. This investigation became necessary as a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, published a report that alleges that a British doctor, Mark Bonar, had claimed that he provided numerous athletes, including Premier League footballers, England cricketers and Tour de France cyclists with banned substances such as EPO growth hormones and steroids. Amazingly, the report also indicates that UKAD was given information about the activities some two years ago by an athlete who was trying to reduce possible sanction after failing to submit to a drug test when called upon to do so. This whistle-blower even provided signed prescriptions for banned substances signed by the doctor, but alleges that UKAD refused to probe further, claiming that the accused physician was not associated with any organised sport. Yes, UKAD, the same organisation selected to lead the fight against doping in sports leading up to the Summer Olympics this year! Icons protected It appears that anti-doping organisations around the world have very little interest in finding and announcing positive drug test results for the so-called icons of sports. We now know that credentials and expertise in anti-doping could also mean very little when a nation’s credibility is at stake. Lord Coe lamented publicly his disappointment at the absence of Russia from the World Indoor Championships, as he simultaneously held out hope that Russia could still send athletes to the Rio Olympics. Kenya had dates for compliance with World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) directives repeatedly postponed seemingly in a desperate effort to have them compete in Rio. The announcement that Ethiopia, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are all on a list of countries not fully compliant with WADA’s anti-doping code was quickly followed by assurances that these countries were not banned from competing in the Olympics. The obvious question is: ‘What on earth is going on?’ The call from British athlete, Paula Radcliffe, for drug testers to be allowed visa-free entry to countries where independent testing is scheduled (as the issuance of a visa will alert cheaters that the tester is coming) has not received any support from the authorities, including the new head of the medical and anti-doping commission of the IAAF, South African Harold Adams, who replaced Gabriel Dolle, who is now banned for bribing athletes to conceal positive results. The answer to clean sports will only be achieved when those previously present when corruption was rife are removed and the selection of their replacements be removed from government appointees. Drug-free sport is attainable. All that is needed is the will to make sports drug-free. Athletics remains the number one watched sport in the Olympics. This fact will be questioned as the fans of the sport watch the build-up to the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil this year. Doping scandal after doping scandal has left some of the fans wondering ‘just who is clean’. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the Swedish runner, Abeba Aregawi, has tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance meldonium and is provisionally banned from competition. Aregawi was the Ethiopia World indoor 1500-metre champion who switched allegiance to Sweden after the 2012 Olympics. Her ‘excuse’ for the positive test is that she was given tablets by a doctor in Ethiopia that she thought was vitamins! Thanks to whistle-blowers, we now know that doctors, coaches, drug testers and even those in charge of Anti-Doping Commissions have aided and abetted cheating in the sport of athletics. The present head of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, is facing mounting criticism as he tries to clean up a sport that now seems destined for life support as major sponsors withdraw their support. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping organisation (UKAD) was recently named as the body to oversee the anti-doping programme in Russia, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed UKAD as the secretariat for the task force that will coordinate the fight against doping in the build-up to this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more

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JN pumps $4m into 2016-17 KSAFA Jackie Bell KO

first_imgJamaica National Building Society, through its Visa credit card brand has pumped $4 million into the staging of the 28th Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout competition. Plans for the 2016-17 KSAFA/JN Visa Jackie Bell KO were unveiled during a press launch at Jamaica National head office, located in Half-Way Tree, yesterday. Associate sponsor Avis Car Rental has provided a further $400,000 in the budget to run the competition that is tentatively set to kick off on Saturday, December 17. Soccer Express will provide 25 match balls to be used from the quarter-final stage, and Peak Bottling Company is the new hydration sponsor. Thirty-five clubs from the Corporate Area will participate in the competition, which began in 1987 in memory of the late football coach and administrator Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell. In the first round, the 12 KSAFA-Magnum Super League teams and 16 Major League clubs will compete. The seven KSAFA clubs that are currently participating in the Red Stripe Premier League will step in during the third round. First-round draw: New Kingston vs Allman/Woodford; Rae Town vs Barbican; Rockfort vs Whitfield Town, Constant Spring vs Browns’ Town; Molynes United vs Bull Bay; Central Kingston vs Cooreville Gardens; Olympic Gardens vs Santos; Stony Hill vs Cavalier SC; Meadforest vs Swallowfield; Seaview Gardens vs Mountain View; Police National FC vs Pembroke Hall; Maxfield Park vs JDF FC and Greenwich Town vs Duhaney Park; Real Mona vs Shortwood United. President of KASAF A. B. Stewart Stephenson commended Jamaica national for its sponsorship of this season’s competition. “We welcome Jamaica National’s $4 million sponsorship of the Jackie Bell. They have been supporting KSAFA since 1996, and this year, JN will be using our competition to promote their Visa card brand,” Stephenson said. Carlene Edwards, JNBS promotion and sponsorship manager, said her company continues to enjoy a very rewarding partnership with KSAFA. “Our support of the 2016-17 knockout competition comes at a time when Jamaica National, as one of the leading financial organisations in our country, is undergoing tremendous changes as we embark on a transformation of the structure to the JN Group. However, within our new context, there are some fundamental elements of our JN ethos and culture, which will not be changed and that includes our commitment to sports and community development,” Edwards shared. REWARDING PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

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