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Feb 8, 2014

Politics had no role in Sochi torchbearer choice: chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Picking triple Olympic champion Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic flame at the Sochi Winter Games was not a political choice despite a controversial photo she had tweeted, Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Saturday.

A national hero in Russia and member of parliament loyal to President Vladimir Putin, former figure skater Rodnina caused an outcry in the United States last September by re-tweeting a photoshopped picture showing President Barack Obama chewing and a hand waving a banana in front of him.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Politics had no role in Sochi torchbearer choice-chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Picking triple Olympic champion Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic flame at the Sochi Winter Games was not a political choice despite a controversial photo she had tweeted, Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Saturday.

A national hero in Russia and member of parliament loyal to President Vladimir Putin, former figure skater Rodnina caused an outcry in the United States last September by re-tweeting a photoshopped picture showing President Barack Obama chewing and a hand waving a banana in front of him.

Feb 7, 2014

Anti-doping’s biggest ally is time – WADA chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Drugs cheats can run but they cannot hide as testers can wait for years to retest samples that will eventually root out any doping offenders, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Craig Reedie said on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee is re-testing samples from past Games years later, using more advanced methods than were available at the time or looking for substances that could not be traced during initial testing.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Anti-doping’s biggest ally is time – WADA chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Drugs cheats can run but they cannot hide as testers can wait for years to retest samples that will eventually root out any doping offenders, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Craig Reedie said on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee is re-testing samples from past Games years later, using more advanced methods than were available at the time or looking for substances that could not be traced during initial testing.

Feb 7, 2014

Lack of World Cup doping lab won’t affect testing – WADA

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The absence of an accredited doping laboratory at the World Cup in Brazil in June will not affect drug testing, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie said on Friday.

Samples taken at the World Cup will need to be flown across the Atlantic to Switzerland, raising doubts that positive tests from players will be discovered before their next matches.

Feb 7, 2014

Soccer-Lack of World Cup doping lab won’t affect testing – WADA

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The absence of an accredited doping laboratory at the World Cup in Brazil in June will not affect drug testing, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie said on Friday.

Samples taken at the World Cup will need to be flown across the Atlantic to Switzerland, raising doubts that positive tests from players will be discovered before their next matches.

Feb 7, 2014

Sochi Games to top Beijing coverage, threats no concern

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics will generate more worldwide broadcast coverage hours than the 2008 Beijing Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Friday.

Winter Games have far fewer sports, with only seven federations taking part compared to 28 at summer Games.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Sochi Games to top Beijing coverage, threats no concern

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics will generate more worldwide broadcast coverage hours than the 2008 Beijing Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Friday.

Winter Games have far fewer sports, with only seven federations taking part compared to 28 at summer Games.

Feb 7, 2014

Former cross-country champ Smigun denies Turin doping

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Retired Estonian cross-country skier Kristina Smigun-Vaehi, who won two gold medals at the Turin Olympics, denied on Friday taking banned substances after she was told a retest of her sample from the 2006 Games was suspicious.

Smigun-Vaehi, who won two golds in Turin and a silver medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010 before retiring, said she had done nothing wrong.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Former cross-country champ Smigun denies Turin doping

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Retired Estonian cross-country skier Kristina Smigun-Vaehi, who won two gold medals at the Turin Olympics, denied on Friday taking banned substances after she was told a retest of her sample from the 2006 Games was suspicious.

Smigun-Vaehi, who won two golds in Turin and a silver medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010 before retiring, said she had done nothing wrong.

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