Russia’s sports officials cry foul as WADA eyes four-year Olympic ban

first_imgBy Gabrielle Tétrault-FarberMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russian sports officials yesterday spoke out against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) committee’s recommendations that the country be banned from the Olympics for four years, saying this was overly harsh and would hurt sport there.The recommendations, published on Monday, mean Russia could miss out on the next two Olympic Games and world championships in a wide range of sports.WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee recommended the ban after Moscow provided WADA with laboratory data that was found to have been doctored. “It’s sad. I can only call these recommendations unfair,” Umar Kremlev, head of Russia’s boxing federation, said in a statement.“Russia plays an important role in the development of global sport. How can such a country be banned?” The committee’s recommendations will be put to the agency’s executive committee in Paris on December 9.For Dmitry Svishchev, president of Russia’s curling federation, the country has already sufficiently been punished for its doping scandals.“These recommendations are harsh, baseless punishment for old problems for which Russia has already been punished,” he told Reuters. “Russia has made great progress in fighting doping. To punish the next generation in such a harsh manner is too much.”Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov linked the recommendations to what he called broader attempts by Western countries to reprimand Russia. “The more these types of decisions are made, the better it is … for their anti-Russian argument,” Lavrov said.HOSTING EVENTSRussia was banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for alleged state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.But some Russian athletes with no history of doping were cleared to compete as neutrals.Under the latest recommendations, some Russians without a history of doping could be cleared to compete in major international events as neutrals, as was the case in Pyeongchang. The IOC said in a statement it welcomed the opportunity for clean Russian athletes to compete, saying WADA did not indicate “any wrongdoing by the sports movement in this regard, in particular the Russian Olympic Committee or its members.”The committee also recommended barring Russia from hosting major sporting events for four years, and moving major events for which Russia has already won hosting rights elsewhere “unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so.”Russia is currently set to host the 2023 men’s world ice hockey championships. St Petersburg is due to host four matches in the 2020 European championships and was selected to host the Champions League final in 2021. These fixtures may not be affected by a new WADA ban as European football’s organising body UEFA is not on its list of signatories.“Given that UEFA is not a WADA signatory and Russian soccer players have not been caught doping, I am 99.9% certain that nothing will happen with the Euro next year,” parliamentarian Igor Lebedev, a former member of the Russian Football Union’s executive committee, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in St Petersburg today.last_img read more

Hale to miss 2013 season

first_img Published on April 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Syracuse wide receiver Keenan Hale will undergo surgery for a lower-body injury and miss the 2013 season, SU Athletics announced in a release on Friday.The 6-foot-2, 290-pound junior from Georgia didn’t play in any games last season, but with the graduations of Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon, there was a chance Hale could be called upon to help fill the Orange’s void at wide receiver.The injury leaves Syracuse with eight wide receivers on the roster heading into Saturday’s Spring Game. The Orange also lost Kyle Foster earlier in the spring after he left the team. Quinta Funderburk, Jeremiah Kobena and Jarrod West have gotten most of the reps with the first team in the spring. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Wisconsin junior midfielder Rose Lavelle named semifinalist for MAC Hermann Trophy, called up for U.S. National Team stint

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team may have suffered an abrupt end to a promising season, but the shortcomings of the team haven’t deflected any attention to the quality season of midfielder Rose Lavelle. As the only unanimous selection to the all-conference team, Lavelle once again showed the Big Ten why she is considered among the country’s elite players.Coming into the season on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, which honors the best male and female soccer player in the NCAA, Lavelle managed to lead a depleted Wisconsin attack to an unlikely regular season conference crown, scoring seven goals and tallying three assists along the way. In addition to her impressive stat line were the intangible benefits she brought to the team, which include her ability to draw multiple defenders to the ball and maintain her spring speed while dribbling like few others can.Women’s soccer: Lavelle, unsure at start of college career, has found home at WisconsinAs a two-time all-conference selection and national player of the year candidate, it’s hard to imagine a player of Rose Read…It was a 2015 campaign that left no one surprised at her being selected one of the 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, joining Penn State star forward Raquel Rodriguez as the only Big Ten players to earn the nomination. Lavelle is the first Badger semifinalist since goalkeeper Heather Taggart in 1991, who went on to finish as the runner up.The next cut of nominees will occur on Dec. 11, which will leave three women left for consideration. If Lavelle were to advance, she would earn the chance to become the first woman in school history to walk away with the award.Certainly helping her case for the award will be her call up to the U.S. Women’s National Team. As a member of the squad’s last four matches of their Victory Tour, Lavelle will suit up for her first match Dec. 6 against Trinidad and Tobago at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.Noting a mix of nerves and excitement in reaction to the promotion, Lavelle said playing with some of her childhood idols will be a surreal experience, namely legend Abby Wambach, who will play her last game as a professional at the tour’s end in New Orleans.“I’ve grown up watching her,” Lavelle said. “It will be really exciting to be there to send her off in person. It still seems a little unreal that I’ll be there for that.”last_img read more