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Nov 14, 2013

Tennis-Criticism of anti-doping policy unfair, says ITF

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is confident its anti-doping programmes are working effectively and labelled recent criticisms of the system by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic unfair.

“I think that tennis is doing a good job in the programmes it has and we’ve had two fairly high-profile cases recently with Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki and let’s not forget both of those cases resulted in violations for the athletes concerned,” the ITF’s anti-doping manager Stuart Miller said on Thursday.

Nov 14, 2013

Armstrong’s urge to tell all is ‘a little late’ – USADA

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong’s promise to come clean about doping is “a little late”, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday, accusing the disgraced cyclist of trying to use events to “gain advantage”.

Travis Tygart said Armstrong had been pushed into saying he would co-operate with a new inquiry into doping in cycling because of legal proceedings in the U.S.

Nov 14, 2013

Inquiry can help to restore image – UCI chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Cycling has a difficult process of soul-searching to get through if it is to restore its reputation after years of doping scandals, new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Thursday.

“Let’s get all of the allegations out, find out more of the history, let’s find out who was involved, what were the procedures, how did people manage to avoid tests for so long and yet be still using such serious substances and procedures,” Cookson told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 13, 2013

Doping-Overwhelming support for revised anti-doping code – WADA

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The adoption of a revised World Anti-Doping Code received “overwhelming support” after intense discussions on Wednesday said WADA’s president with the agency confident it will be ratified as planned on Friday.

“There was overwhelming support for the direction in which the code is heading,” World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said after the first full day of the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 13, 2013

Overwhelming support for revised anti-doping code: WADA

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The adoption of a revised World Anti-Doping Code received “overwhelming support” after intense discussions on Wednesday said WADA’s president with the agency confident it will be ratified as planned on Friday.

“There was overwhelming support for the direction in which the code is heading,” World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said after the first full day of the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 13, 2013

Need ‘more effective’ testing methods – IOC chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New testing methods are required to strengthen the fight against doping in sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday as he compared drug cheating to terrorism.

“We need even more specifically targeted tests and more scientific research. We have to focus on more anti-doping research,” Bach said on the opening day of the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 13, 2013

Doping-Need “more effective” testing methods -IOC chief

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 13 (Reuters) – New testing methods are required to strengthen the fight against doping in sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday as he compared drug cheating to terrorism.

“We need even more specifically targeted tests and more scientific research. We have to focus on more anti-doping research,” Bach said on the opening day of the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Nov 12, 2013

FIFA warn World Cup could be targeted by protests

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The World Cup could be targeted again next year for demonstrations in Brazil against graft and poor public services but FIFA should not be held responsible or made a scapegoat, general secretary Jerome Valcke warned on Tuesday.

The presence of massed world media made the World Cup “an easy platform to express concern and organize demonstrations,” he said.

Nov 12, 2013

Soccer-FIFA warn World Cup could be targeted by protests

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The World Cup could be targeted again next year for demonstrations in Brazil against graft and poor public services but FIFA should not be held responsible or made a scapegoat, general secretary Jerome Valcke warned on Tuesday.

The presence of massed world media made the World Cup “an easy platform to express concern and organise demonstrations,” he said.

Nov 12, 2013

Armstrong case ‘done and dusted’ says WADA chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Only American anti-doping authorities can lift Lance Armstrong’s life ban from cycling and any review of his case would require powerful reasons, World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday, adding that he felt the issue was “done and dusted”.

“The only ones who can reopen (it), and it would have be a damn good reason, is USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency). We (WADA) can’t, no-one else can, UCI (cycling’s international controlling body) can’t,” Fahey told a news conference before the opening of the World Conference on Doping in Sport.