May 12, 2020

IAAF says it spends more than UCI in anti-doping fight

first_imgMONACO (AP):The International Association of Athletics Federations says it spends more money than cycling’s governing body, Union Cycliste International (UCI) in the fight against doping.A day after two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome recommended that athletics invest more to fight doping, the IAAF said it spent more than $2 million on its 2014 anti-doping programme while cycling’s governing body “spent approximately 1.1 million” Swiss francs (US$1.1 million) in 2013.Citing World Anti-Doping Agency figures, the IAAF said it performed more than 25,000 tests in 2014, compared to cycling’s 23,000.Earlier this month, two anti-doping scientists who reviewed data obtained by media outlets suggested blood doping was widespread in track and field. They compared the IAAF’s current doping problems with those faced by professional cycling 20 years ago when the use of the blood-booster EPO was common practise.last_img read more

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JIM ‘THE REDEEMER’ GETS HIS OWN STATUE OUTSIDE CROKE PARK!

first_imgThe statue erected to Jim McGuinness outside Croke Park today!A lot of people in Donegal think Jim McGuinness can perform miracles.But now Ireland’s favourite bookmaker has given him almost God-like treatment.As the countdown to the Ireland goes into overdrive, Paddy Power honoured the Glenties man McGuinness with the unveiling of Jim The Redeemer statue at Croke Park. The statue is a throwback to his playing days when McGuinness bore a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ.It comes complete with his then-trademark goatee, long locks, manly bulge and a torso embossed with a retro Donegal jersey.Standing 12 feet tall, the structure also references the county team’s unofficial anthem ‘Jimmy’s winning matches!’ with the base emblazoned with “Jim The Redeemer – For Services To Winning Matches”.Donegal find themselves in the final despite being written off by both the bookies and the pundits throughout the year. Starting the championship at 25/1 the men from the hills entered their semi-final against Dublin as 6/1 outsiders to reach the final before vanquishing Jim Gavin’s men, resulting in our biggest-ever loss in a single GAA game.Paddy Power said “Now that Jim McGuinness has his very own statue it’s not just looks and god-like powers that he has in common with the son of the almighty. Jesus Christ was a great lad but I doubt he’d have managed to get Donegal to two All-Ireland finals and their fans will be hoping that Jim has one more miracle in his back pocket to ensure his sainthood in the hills.”Statue Facts:• The Statue is made of polystyrene then filled and sanded before application of an F/R polyurethane hard-coat.• The height of the figure is about 2.5 metres and the base is nearly 1 metre high. • It was made in one week with one main sculptor and an assistant.JIM ‘THE REDEEMER’ GETS HIS OWN STATUE OUTSIDE CROKE PARK! was last modified: September 19th, 2014 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:all-irelandCroke ParkdonegalJim McGuinnessstatuelast_img read more

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