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Aug 10, 2015

Soccer-Lesser lights sparkle on opening weekend in England

LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Despite a splurge of summer spending of more than 500 million pounds ($1.55 million) and counting, it was a free transfer from France who provided one of the standout moments of the Premier League’s big kickoff.

Ghanaian Andre Ayew, signed by Swansea City from Olympique de Marseille, capped a lively debut with a dazzling piece of footwork to score his side’s first equaliser in a 2-2 draw at champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Aug 8, 2015

Former WADA vice-president throws weight behind IAAF

LONDON (Reuters) – The IAAF has continued its fightback against widespread allegations that it failed to act on hundreds of suspicious blood tests by highlighting a strong message of support from one of the “pioneers” of the anti-doping movement.

Since last weekend’s revelations by The Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD, track and field’s governing body has been working overtime to repair an image sullied by leaked data connected with thousands of anti-doping tests between 2001-12.

Aug 8, 2015

Athletics-Former WADA vice-president throws weight behind IAAF

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The IAAF has continued its fightback against widespread allegations that it failed to act on hundreds of suspicious blood tests by highlighting a strong message of support from one of the “pioneers” of the anti-doping movement.

Since last weekend’s revelations by The Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD, track and field’s governing body has been working overtime to repair an image sullied by leaked data connected with thousands of anti-doping tests between 2001-12.

Aug 5, 2015

Experts defend doping analysis, Coe decries ‘betrayal’

LONDON (Reuters) – The two scientists whose analysis of leaked anti-doping data from the IAAF’s database has thrown athletics into crisis defended their findings on Wednesday after their claims were rubbished by the world governing body.

A report in British newspaper The Sunday Times and by German broadcaster ARD/WDR at the weekend accused the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) of failing to investigate hundreds of “suspicious” drug tests between 2001 and 2012, including many Olympic and world championship medal winners.

Aug 5, 2015

WADA condemns leak of confidential blood data

LONDON (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has condemned the leak of information from a database containing thousands of blood values from athletes and said it did not come from its own files.

Data from thousands of blood tests performed between 2001-12 came to the attention of the Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD, leading to damning accusations that athletics governing body the IAAF had failed to act on hundreds of suspicious results, many involving Olympic medalists.

Aug 5, 2015

Athletics-WADA condemns leak of confidential blood data

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has condemned the leak of information from a database containing thousands of blood values from athletes and said it did not come from its own files.

Data from thousands of blood tests performed between 2001-12 came to the attention of the Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD, leading to damning accusations that athletics governing body the IAAF had failed to act on hundreds of suspicious results, many involving Olympic medallists.

Aug 5, 2015

Athletics-Coe on attack in doping storm, Bubka wants more transparency

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The two men bidding to lead world athletics into a new era, Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka, offered contrasting reactions on Wednesday to the latest doping storm to engulf the sport’s governing IAAF.

While Coe, who is going head-to-head with fellow Olympic champion Bubka to win the election to become president of athletics’ world governing body in August, went on the attack, his rival offered a more conciliatory tone.

Aug 5, 2015

Scientists at heart of doping storm defend findings

LONDON (Reuters) – The two scientists whose analysis of leaked anti-doping data from the IAAF’s database has thrown athletics into crisis, defended their findings on Wednesday after their claims were rubbished by the world governing body.

Australian blood experts Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto interpreted data from 12,000 blood tests, involving 5,000 athletes, from 2001-2012, which was obtained by British paper the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD.

Aug 5, 2015

Athletics-Scientists at heart of doping storm defend findings

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The two scientists whose analysis of leaked anti-doping data from the IAAF’s database has thrown athletics into crisis, defended their findings on Wednesday after their claims were rubbished by the world governing body.

Australian blood experts Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto interpreted data from 12,000 blood tests, involving 5,000 athhletes, from 2001-2012, which was obtained by British paper the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD.

Aug 5, 2015

Sebastian Coe says IAAF angry and betrayed over doping claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Sebastian Coe, the former Olympic champion in the running to become the next president of the world governing body of athletics, said the sport felt angry and betrayed over accusations it failed to investigate hundreds of “suspicious” drug test results.

A day after the IAAF hit back at last weekend’s allegations by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster, Coe made an impassioned defence of track and field, telling the BBC the claims were “a declaration of war” on the sport.