21 athletes, 5 sports in focus as doping probe expands
MUNICH (AP) — As many as 21 athletes from five sports may have been part of a doping ring stretching around the world, German prosecutors said Wednesday.
PARIS (AP) — When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's sports minister said Monday the steps he has taken to fight doping in his country have given him the experience needed to become the next head of the World...
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian doping-test company denies accusations its staff gave athletes advance warning of tests.
The Russian anti-doping agency has alleged that Anti-Doping Initiative's...
Russian doping officers accused of warning athletes
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian anti-doping inspectors have again been accused of giving athletes advanced warning of what are meant to be surprise drug tests.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has given German skier Stefan Luitz his first World Cup win and 45,000 Swiss francs ($45,000) in prize money.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's 2½-year suspension from the Paralympics was lifted Friday, though the country's athletes face extra doping tests ahead of next year's games in Tokyo.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — European weightlifting champion Florin Ionut Croitoru has tested positive for three different steroids in a retest of his sample from the 2012 Olympics.
2 Russian cross-country skiers banned for doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for doping, the latest blow to a sport already struggling with a drug problem.
Correction: WADA-New President story
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a story March 14 about the candidates for president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Witold Banka voted to reinstate...
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s doping case heads to court
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A doping case involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could lead to a ban from competition, including the 2020 Tokyo...
Kazakhstan comes to defense of skier arrested for doping
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — The government of Kazakhstan has come to the defense of a skier arrested in the Austrian doping raids, saying he didn't use performance-enhancing drugs even though he...
Estonian ski coach faces investigation in doping ring
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Prosecutors in Estonia say they have opened criminal proceedings against a veteran ski coach linked to a doping ring.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Russia's doping ban from international track and field will remain in place until the Moscow laboratory data has been analyzed, a process that could lead to the country's...
Mixed blessing for cycling from Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised cycling for the value it places on discipline, selflessness and courage but warned that the sport can become tainted by doping, dishonesty and...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Peru forward Paolo Guerrero lost his final appeal against a 14-month ban by FIFA for a positive doping test.
Switzerland's supreme court said on Thursday its...
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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union suspended two Austrian riders on Tuesday because of their role in an international blood-doping ring.
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has admitted to blood doping linked to a case in which five skiers were arrested, his professional team Groupama-FDJ said Monday.
VIENNA (AP) — The blood doping case which started with police raids at the Nordic skiing world championships four days ago spread to cycling on Sunday.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The World Bridge Federation says the world's No. 1 bridge player has been suspended after failing a drug test.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jon Jones used to cry for days when he heard about his positive doping tests.
Although his system still isn't clean, Jones' eyes are finally dry heading into UFC...
VIENNA (AP) — A police video showing Austrian skier Max Hauke apparently caught with a needle in his arm during a doping raid has led to consequences for the leaker.
Russia to bar athletes drinking beer at doping tests
MOSCOW (AP) — A beer with your urine sample? No longer in Russian sports.
Citing "aggressive" athletes and interference with drug-testing results, Russia has barred sportspeople from...
Kazakhstan says 4-time Olympian arrested in doping raids
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin was among five skiers arrested in Austrian police raids targeting an alleged doping network centered on a doctor who once worked with...
9 people arrested in doping raids in Austria and Germany
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) — Five elite skiers and a doctor were among nine people arrested Wednesday in doping raids in Austria and Germany amid the Nordic skiing world championships, and police say...
Another Russian biathlete faces doping ban for missing tests
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian biathlete is facing a two-year ban for missing three doping tests.
Margarita Vasilyeva has had a strong debut World Cup season but is said to have missed three tests...
Nikitina, implicated in Sochi, wins World Cup skeleton title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elena Nikitina, one of the athletes who was implicated in the doping scandal that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has become the first Russian to win the World Cup...
Ukhov among 5 Russians to appeal doping bans
MOSCOW (AP) — Five Russian track and field athletes, including former Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov, have filed appeals against doping bans which cost them key medals.
IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's officially neutral track and field team swelled in size as the IAAF approved 21 more athletes on Thursday to compete internationally — but Russia says it's too late for next...
Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics
An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S....
IOC chief: North Korea commits to ‘remedy’ anti-doping issue
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC received commitments from North Korea that it will work to "remedy" its anti-doping controls that led to the country's testing agency being suspended this week.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with sports and government officials from North and South Korea on Friday, and they talked about creating combined teams in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Russia says another Olympic bid possible, despite doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said Thursday the country is interested in hosting the Olympics in 2032 or 2036, even as it still faces the fallout from years of doping scandals.
"As regards organization and hosting there are no doubts that Russia would be up to the task of hosting these competitions," Kolobkov told state news agency Tass. "It's very interesting for us in principle and we need to look at it more."
North Korean athlete drug testing program ruled sub-standard
MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says it ruled North Korea's testing program non-compliant for failing to meet international standards.
The judgment casts doubt on how North Korea's athletes are tested as the International Olympic Committee explores options to field combined Korean teams at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
WADA says its concerns will be raised when the IOC meets Friday with sports and government officials from North and South Korea.
New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports
An Olympic gold medalist and a former executive at the World Anti-Doping Agency are forming an organization designed to give athletes a stronger voice in the fight against doping and the powers that police it.
The group, called Global Athlete, is being organized by British cyclist Callum Skinner. Rob Koehler, who quit his post as deputy director general at WADA last year, will be the group's director general.
Russia’s Paralympic doping suspension lifted
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will be able to compete at next year's Paralympics in Tokyo after being reinstated Friday, more than two years after the country was suspended for widespread doping.
The IPC ruled reforms to crack down on doping and limit government interference are enough to allow Russia to compete under its own flag ahead of the 2020 Paralympics.
The reinstatement is expected to be formalized by March 15.
Russian race walker Kirdyapkina banned for doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian race walker Anisya Kirdyapkina, a two-time world championship medalist, has been banned for using performance-enhancing drugs, further dismantling one of the most successful doping programs in history.
Kirdyapkina was the only athlete from Russia's nine-person Olympic walk team in 2012 never to have served a ban despite multiple investigations into organized doping involving her coach, her teammates and her gold medal-winning husband, Sergei.
Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping
GENEVA (AP) — Evidence that Russia ran a state-backed doping scheme for several years has been used to prove new cases of cheating by track and field Olympic and world champions.
Ivan Ukhov, the 2012 Olympic high jump champion was among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty Friday of taking part in "systemic doping," the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.
Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.
Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."
Russia drops appeal against athletics doping ban
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's athletics federation has dropped its legal challenge against its ban from international competitions.
Russia has been banned from international meetings since 2015 because of doping, though dozens of top athletes have been allowed to compete by the IAAF in a neutral status.
If the ban isn't lifted by Sept. 27, Russian athletes will compete in Qatar at a second world championships as neutrals.
Olympic marathon champion Sumgong banned 8 years
MONACO (AP) — Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has banned for eight years after being accused of lying at an earlier doping hearing.
Sumgong was already banned for four years after testing positive for the banned substance EPO in 2017, but is now out of action until 2027 after an arbiter ruled she deliberately produced false records of a hospital visit to explain the failed drug test.
Sumgong turned 34 last month, making it unlikely she will return to elite-level running when her ban ends.
Norway lawmaker launches her bid to lead anti-doping body
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian lawmaker Linda Helleland has formally launched her World Anti-Doping Agency presidential campaign as a candidate who took tougher positions on Russian doping than Olympic leaders.
Helleland says in her manifesto that she "never shied away from promoting athlete rights," which has won support from national anti-doping agencies.
Her views while WADA vice president have conflicted with IOC officials on the doping agency's executive committee.
Russian Olympic Committee rejects prospect of 2020 ban
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday there is no chance its team could be banned from next year's Olympics, even though that's the consequence threatened by a key World Anti-Doping Agency committee if it finds Russia faked key lab data.
After Russia turned over data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, more than two weeks after a Dec. 31 deadline, WADA said Tuesday it wouldn't ban Russia's anti-doping agency for missing the deadline.
Olympic champion among 4 Thai weightlifters to test positive
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An Olympic champion was among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for doping, the International Weightlifting Federation said Tuesday.
Sopita Tanasan, who won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, tested positive for steroids and artificial testosterone after finishing fourth at the world championships in November.
Doping agency forgives Russia, but says more work needed
The World Anti-Doping Agency straddled the wide gulf between vindication and capitulation Tuesday, agreeing to keep Russia's anti-doping operation in business after receiving much-sought-after lab data that could be used to prosecute hundreds of cheaters.
But the decision came with a warning: Fool us again, and we can bar you from the Olympics.
The Latest: Russia praises cooperation with WADA
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local):
Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says the World Anti-Doping Agency engaged in "constructive cooperation" on a much-criticized data transfer.
Russian authorities turned over crucial data from the Moscow lab at the center of years of doping scandals last week, more than two weeks late, but WADA opted not to punish the country.
Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled after doping ban
MOSCOW (AP) — Alexander Zubkov is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years for doping at the Olympics.
Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled gold medals which were later stripped for doping. He denies taking any banned substances.
Lawyer: IOC loses Swiss supreme court appeal in Russian case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A lawyer for Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov says Switzerland's federal court has dismissed the IOC's appeal against Russian athletes being cleared of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Lawyer Christof Wieschemann says in a statement "Alexander Legkov can rightly claim: 'My medals are clean!' Congratulations."
The IOC had stripped Legkov of his gold medal in 50-kilometer freestyle and silver in the 4x10-kilometer relay.