Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Tuesday News Roundup: Second UK laboratory voluntarily drops WADA Accreditation

And then there were thirty-three...

The Cambridge Evening News (fond memories for TeamZEN; summer of 1995, International Law studies at Cambridge, Downing College) has a hot article, stating that one of the TWO UK laboratories to have earned a WADA accreditation is backing out of testing on human sporting personalities:

HFL, formerly the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory, has withdrawn from World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA) accreditation which could have seen the Fordham company testing samples from Olympic athletes.

The company, which employs 130 people, gained accreditation three years ago, but the company has said it will now concentrate on screening food supplements for athletes to ensure they do not contain any banned substances.

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Some may chafe under their necks, but here's a cool extract of an article from the site BikeRadar.com, entitled "Humour: How to talk to non-cyclists"

(By Elden "The Fat Cyclist" Nelson):

Rule 4. Act like their theory on doping in cycling is very interesting

A tactic non-cyclists will often employ, once they have discovered you are a cyclist, is to try to talk with you about cycling. This usually takes the form of trying to talk with you about doping in cycling.
You will, no doubt, be tempted to gouge your ears out rather than hear their simplistic, uninformed opinion ("Doping is bad") to its rambling, incoherent conclusion. After all, as a cyclist, you have no doubt been pummelled with story after story after story about doping. You have heard so much about doping that you could now be called as an expert witness at the next doping trial. Or open a lab. Or be the next president of WADA (and you're rightly confident you'd do a much better job).

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The website for the Ledger-Inquirer has this follow-up story, "
IOC aims to strip Jones of Sydney medals" from Associated Press sports writer Stephen Wilson, regarding Marion Jones:

"This is a sad day for sport. The only good that can be drawn from today's revelations is that her decision to finally admit the truth will play we hope, a key part in breaking the back of the BALCO affair," IOC president Jacques Rogge said. "The IOC has since 2004 wanted to ascertain the extent to which the case has had an impact on the Olympic Games. Our disciplinary commission, which has been working on this file over the past years, will now glean what it can from her comments, and work with the IAAF and the USOC on how to finally get to the bottom of this sorry case."

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WADA attempts appeal in spite of Federation not being a Signatory of WADA Code.

The ICC, or International Cricket Council, became a WADA Signatory after two of its international stars were 'chastised' for nandralone testing.

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ICC's delay in signing WADA code let Shoaib, Asif go scot-free " at the India Times site:

WADA Director General David Howman said they were not impressed with the ICC's handling of the doping fiasco involving pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, who had tested positive for banned drug nandrolone in an internal test conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board before the Champions Trophy last year.

"We were not happy with the manner in which the issue was dealt with but could do nothing about it," Howman said referring to PCB appellate tribunal revoking the bans on the bowlers despite the two admitting that they had taken the banned substance "unknowingly."

"We went to CAS but they said they had no jurisdiction over the matter as the ICC were not signatories to the WADA code then..."

WADAwatch comment:

Should this clarify if CAS said that the case from WADA was not receivable, because WADA had no jurisdiction to appeal from a non-Signatory Federation's case? CAS as far as WADAwatch knows, is available to arbitrate any sporting decision between the parties.

If WADA was not a party to the ICC case, why is it wasting its financial resources to seek an appeal where it has no standing (a legal 'term of art')?


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