WADA issues list of disqualified personnel

first_imgMONTREAL (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency has published a list of 114 support staff with “disqualifying status”, giving athletes advance notice of some people to avoid when they’re considering coaches, trainers or medical consultants.Under the new Prohibited Association rule, athletes subject to the WADA code are not allowed to work with support personnel who are currently sanctioned, or have been sanctioned within the previous six years, for an anti-doping rule violation.It leaves athletes open to sanctions for knowingly working with support personnel who have been banned.WADA president Craig Reedie said Monday that anti-doping authorities are “increasingly of the belief that athletes do not dope alone, and that often there is a member of their entourage encouraging them to cheat”.He said the new rules sent a message to athletes: “Do not associate with individuals that have breached anti-doping rules as they could encourage you to cheat the system and to rob your fellow athletes of their right to clean sport.”By publishing this list, WADA is helping athletes know which individuals to evade if they are to avoid violating the rules themselves,” he said.The list, which is expected to be updated on WADA’s website every three months, does not include cases that are currently under appeal.Anti-doping agencies in some countries previously made a list of banned coaches and trainers available in certain cases and have gone after support personal before. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gave a lifetime ban to Trevor Graham, who worked with Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and others involved in doping scandals.Graham and Jon Drummond, who was banned last December for eight years by USADA for his role in sprinter Tyson Gay’s doping case, were included on WADA’s list of 114.More than half of the staff on the list are Italians, something that Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said was a sign of a robust anti-doping program.”The fact that there are 61 Italians on this list is a matter of pride for us,” Malago said. “It means we’re doing our job seriously.”The list, which covers sports as diverse as weightlifting and basketball, includes some staff who had never previously been declared to be serving bans. They include Pavel Korolyov, a coach for Russian cyclists, and Evgeny Evsukov, the coach for a Russian race walker who withdrew from the world championships last month amid doping allegations.last_img read more

The Wright View | State funding for Olympians

first_img NATIONAL TREASURES The Rio Olympics are over and can claim to have been an athletic success. Pre-game warnings about guests and athletes running a great risk of being robbed, shot, falling sick with the Zika virus, or getting violently ill by coming in contact with sewage-contaminated water proved to be greatly exaggerated. Of course, there were reports of robberies and athletes and guests becoming ill, but so far, nothing on the scale of the pre-game predictions. Jamaica had a very successful Rio Olympics. We ended up with 11 medals, one short of the 12 garnered in Beijing, but with more gold than the record Beijing haul. Sadly, our nation says goodbye to the greatest male athlete of all time, as our ‘hero’ Usain Bolt has stated that Rio would be his last Olympics. The question for me (and hopefully the nation) is: what next? Without Bolt’s guaranteed three gold medals, will our medal tally suffer in Tokyo, the venue of the 2010 Olympic Games? The answer lies in planning. The nation’s sports administrators need to start planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from September 2016. Talent of Jamaicans in multiple sports need to be identified and nurtured in order to qualify for the next Olympics. Once identified, these athletes need to be supported financially, medically and with the best coaching that money can buy. Yes, what money can buy; as a previous prime minister said, “it takes cash to care.” Money is a performance enhancer. When communism was rife, countries that realised the importance of sports would ’employ’ athletes in order to ensure that they could spend all their time practising (training), thus resulting in them being better able to win medals in games like the Olympics. Western countries frowned on this practice as these countries (albeit with the aid of drugs and corruption) dominated the medal table. With communism being defeated, what now entails is much of the same. Some of the countries that were most vociferous in condemning the practice of state-sponsored professional athletes now find themselves doing the same thing. In 1996, England subsidised the participation of its athletes in the Olympics to the tune of £5 million. They won 15 medals at the Olympics. This embarrassing result saw England subsidising sports to the tune of £54 million in 2000. England garnered 28 medals. In 2012, England subsidised sports to the tune of £264 million: England garnered 65 medals. This year (2016), England subsidised sports to the tune of £350 million and they surpassed that amount of medals this year. England gave their athletes £28,000 annually to allow them to concentrate on training. This is exactly what communist countries were doing in the past. This year at the Rio Olympics, England increased their medal tally and was just edged out on the last day of competition from second place in the medal tally. Back home, here in Jamaica, the Government has announced a subsidy reported to be in the region of J$60,000 monthly. It is a literal drop in the bucket, but a very important start that needs to be increased, especially with no present male superstar on the horizon. When one looks at the reality of an Olympic athlete’s financial support in the build-up to Olympic qualifying performances, it is soon recognised as very obvious that if it wasn’t for our natural west African genetic superiority, Jamaica would not be the world athletic power that it most certainly is now. We need to understand the potential benefits to be reaped from our athletes’ performances on the world stage. We need to invest more in their preparation (facilities, coaching, medical issues and anti-doping) and upon doing so with taxpayers’ money, we (Jamaica) need to ensure that these athletes are not exploited by greedy support staff, who see these athletes as a money tree and not as national treasures. It takes cash to care. Let us, with one accord, insist on a state-sponsored fund geared specifically for Olympic preparation. Our athletes deserve no less. Congrats to our Jamaican Olympians. You are all national treasures. Thanks.last_img read more

Minibus driver jailed on causing death charge

first_imgTherwin Hopkinson, the minibus driver charged with causing the death of William Trim on March 5, was on Monday jailed for four years.He was convicted of driving minibus BBB 1302 in a manner dangerous to the public thus causing the death of Trim on March 5, 2016 at Aubrey Barker Public Road, Greater Georgetown.The Court heard that on the day in question, the defendant had passengers in his bus and was driving in a reckless manner, overtaking several motor vehicles, when he collided with the car driven by the now dead man.The impact of the collision caused the motor car to move some distance away from the point of impact and Trim to be thrown from the vehicle. He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.In handing down the sentence, Magistrate McLennan stated that the prosecution’s witnesses were found to be credible. She added that the Court was also satisfied with the evidence that was presented by the prosecution.McLennan noted that the injuries sustained by the deceased as a result of the accident were the cause of his death. Thus, she said, the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.The Chief Magistrate revealed that the Court did not find credible the defendant’s defence that theMcLennan found the defendant guilty as charged of the offence.Upon hearing the court’s decision, Hopkinson begged for leniency on the grounds that he has two young children – 18 months old and 4 years old respectively.However, McLennan did not waver in her decision, stating that a life was lost.last_img read more

US$7M rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre handed over to Govt

first_imgAfter months of rehabilitation works, the newly refurbished Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) was on Thursday handed back over to the Guyana Government in a grand ceremony that paid homage to the former Guyanese Head of State.President David Granger and Ambassador Jianchun, along with Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo following the unveiling of the newly rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre on ThursdayFormer President Arthur Chung, who served as Guyana’s Head of State from 1970 to 1980, would have celebrated his 100th birth anniversary in January, thus making the commemoration much more symbolic.Upon the completion of construction back in 2006, the Chinese Government handed over the Conference Centre to Guyana. The facility was then renamed after Guyana’s first President in 2015 when the coalition Government took office.Having funded the construction of the Conference Centre, the Chinese Government in late 2016 retook possession of the facility and under the 2011-2012 Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Guyana and China, rehabilitation works were carried out.The US$7 million project was undertaken by China Railway Group, the same Chinese company that constructed the facility over 10 years ago. It was completed within the 18-month timeline.In reflection on the work of the former President during the ceremony, his niece, Leila Walker, recalled his early life and his journey in the Public Sector serving Guyana.President Granger testing the new equipment in the main conference room at the refurbished Arthur Chung Conference CentreMeanwhile, President David Granger said the occasion is even more symbolic as it pays tribute to an eminent citizen and true patriot, who guided the country amidst uncertainly and was the face of a newborn Guyana on the international front.“His appointment was historic… He became President at an important stage in Guyanese history. It was a period of international turmoil and national transformation… And he helped with his own character and personality to shape the identity of our new republic amidst all that was taking place in our country and around the world,” President Granger noted.According to the Head of State, former President Chung had cemented the foundation of relations between China and Guyana, which has strengthened over the years and is evident in the many contributions the Asian nation has made towards local development.“The Arthur Chung Conference Centre now, and for generations to come, will ensure that the contributions of Arthur Chung… and of the People’s Republic of China will be remembered and sustained,” the President posited.These sentiments were shared by Chinese Ambassador, Cui Jianchun, who said his Administration will continue to support and deepen its relation with Guyana. In fact, he noted that while much has been done over the years, there are much more avenues for Chinese to lend assistance to Guyana, something which he is committed to work on.Among the works done at the facility are upgrades to the exterior and interior of the building, and the main and smaller conference rooms were also refurbished, with the former now being equipped with a new digital conference system and interpretation booth that can process up to three languages simultaneously. There is also a new WiFi system that will make the ACCC an Internet hotspot as well as an IT room upgraded with 20 new computers.last_img read more

Lewandowski breaks silence on wish to leave Bayern Munich

first_img0Shares0000Poland forward Robert Lewandowski says the support of fans has given him motivation to help Bayern Munich win titles this season despite expressing a desire to leave in May. © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 22 – Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski has broken his silence about wanting to leave the Bundesliga giants in May — but insists he is ready to win titles again this season with the Bavarians.“In April, May, almost everyone took a shot at me,” Lewandowski, who turned 30 on Tuesday, told German magazine Sport Bild. “I felt no protection from the club and felt alone in the situation.“I didn’t score in two or three important games and suddenly it was ‘fire at will against Lewandowski’.“I didn’t see anyone behind me at the time.“Neither of the bosses defended me,” he added referring to Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.This is the first time the striker has commented on his desire to leave Bayern, whose senior figures have repeatedly said there is no possibility of him leaving before his contract expires in 2021.He has won eight titles in four years with Bayern, but Lewandowski was widely criticised in April and May after failing to score in the quarter and semi-finals of the Champions League, against Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively, in two-legged ties.Lewandowski, last season’s top-scorer in the Bundesliga with 29 goals in 30 league games, shocked the club in May when his agent Pini Zahavi revealed the Poland star’s desire to seek “a new challenge”.Now he says support from Munich fans has given him fresh motivation to win titles when Bayern kick-off the new German League season on Friday by hosting fellow Champions League side Hoffenheim.“I’m back putting my heart into Bayern. I noticed here in Munich how the fans are behind me and I realised, they still want me,” he said.And Lewandowski played down the significance of working with Zahavi, one of the most powerful agents in world football, after parting ways with his previous agent on 10 years in late February.“That does not mean that he has to fix a transfer for me – there are enough things that a consultant can take care of,” said Lewandowski.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SADNESS EXPRESSED AS LIMELIGHT NIGHTCLUB GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgThe Limelight Glenties has gone into receivership.One of Donegal’s most famous nightclubs ‘The Limelight Glenties’ has gone into receivership. The hugely popular nightspot regularly attracted thousands of club goers to its premises every weekend.However, the popularity of the venue has dwindled over recent years as a combination of emigration and alternative clubbing options swayed the public away from The Limelight. The Limelight is owned by Declan Boyle and Michelle Boyle who are from nearby Leitirmacaward.Declan Boyle is a well-known figure in rallying circles, and last month made history, when he became the first Donegal man in over thirty years to win the Donegal International Rally.However, last week Grant Thornton was appointed receiver by Danske Bank.The Limelight had been on the market in 2006 for €2.5 million which was bought by the current owner Declan Boyle. Although in March 2013, it went on the market for just €625,000.The Limelight underwent a significant refurbishment over the years to become a state-of-the-art clubbing venue.The Limelight has two dance venues, a state-of-the-art lighting system, six bars, cloakrooms, toilets and a number of storage facilities.The Limelight is also famous for hosting underage discos, and the news it has entered receivership has been met with sadness both locally and across the county.Many would’ve regarded The Limelight as the best clubbing outlet in Donegal, and the venue attracted bus loads of revellers every weekend all the way from Gweedore to Glencolmcille. Boyzone star Mikey Graham once revealed they had to fight there way out of the club after the partisan crowd turned on them, the crowd became jealous of the admiration they were receiving from the local females in attendance at the concert.https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/08/22/boyzone-star-reveals-he-had-to-punch-his-way-out-of-a-donegal-nightclub/SADNESS EXPRESSED AS LIMELIGHT NIGHTCLUB GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDanske BankGlentiesnewsPoplularReceivershipSadnessThe LimelightVenuelast_img read more

Tottenham need to ditch Hugo Lloris to win top trophies, talkSPORT told

first_img 3 Fortunately for him, the game was already all-but over when his clumsy footwork allowed Mario Mandzukic to pull one back, and he lifted the trophy after a 4-2 win.A world champion he may be, but Cascarino is not convinced by the error-prone Frenchman and believes Spurs will struggle to win any top titles with Lloris between the sticks.“Hugo Lloris is Tottenham’s club captain and he’s won the World Cup, but I don’t actually think he’s that good,” the former Chelsea striker told talkSPORT host Jim White.“He’s a great shot-stopper, he’s always had that ability, but I’ve never felt he’s been that commanding. He’s lightweight, he’s not very good with the ball at his feet and he makes rash decisions, he comes tearing out of his 18 yard box.“I’ve never felt he’s going to be a goalkeeper that leads Tottenham close to a title.“He’s a bit of a liability at times for Spurs and it’s cost them in some big games.“He has these brainstorms in his game every now and again.” Burnley’s Nick Pope, Joe Hart and Tom Heaton are all better goalkeepers than Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris, says Tony Cascarino Tottenham need to ditch ‘liability’ Hugo Lloris as their number one goalkeeper if they want to get to the next level, according to talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino.The Frenchman is facing heavy criticism for his performance in Spurs’ 4-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night.It was the goalkeeper’s mistake – needlessly rushing out of his goal – which allowed Philippe Coutinho to open the scoring at Wembley inside two minutes, with manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting the early strike ‘destroyed’ his game plan to stop the Spanish champions.It appears supporters are no longer fully convinced of their club captain’s ability after the latest in a series of mistakes by the 31-year-old.Lloris captained France to World Cup glory in the summer, but even in the final he was guilty of a howler which threatened to spark a late Croatia comeback. Lloris’ mistake almost cost France in the World Cup final 3center_img Cascarino believes Tottenham should take a leaf out of Liverpool’s book, and sign a new, more reliable number one at the soonest opportunity.And he suggests Burnley have three top class goalkeepers to pick from, if Spurs are looking for a replacement.“I look at it in the same way as the problem Liverpool had with Simon Mignolet,” the ex-Republic of Ireland international added.“They made a massive decision to go and get Alisson, because the manager knew they had to reach another level.“I look at Lloris and I just think there are better goalkeepers out there who could be the number one for Spurs, and I think that will be the next thing Pochettino will do.“I’d argue that Burnley have got three goalkeepers who are every bit as good, if not better, than Hugo Lloris.” Lloris conceded four goals against Barcelona at Wembley – a result which leaves Spurs with a mountain to climb in the Champions League hopes 3 Listen back to Tony Cascarino on talkSPORT above!last_img read more

WEATHER WARNING: GARDA CHIEF PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO SLOW DOWN AS RAINFALL WARNING ISSUED

first_imgGardai have asked people to slow down amidst heavy rainfall across Donegal this evening.The head of the Donegal Garda Traffic Corps has pleaded with people to slow down following torrential rain this evening.Heavy water has gathered on many of the county’s roads making driving dangerous.And met Eireann has now issued a yellow warning alert for up to 40 mms of rain to fall in Donegal overnight. Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that driving conditions are treacherous in many parts of the county.“I have just come in from driving and the road conditions are just treacherous.“I am asking people to slow down, take care and not to take any chances on the roads tonight.“People should be aware that there is a lot of surface water and braking conditions will be very difficult,” he said. His warning comes as road fatality figures for Donegal increase compared with last year.Already this year, one more person has died already this year compared with the entire of 2013.Ten people have now died on Donegal roads compared with nine last year. WEATHER WARNING: GARDA CHIEF PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO SLOW DOWN AS RAINFALL WARNING ISSUED was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardairainfallROADSwanringlast_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL STAR REVEALS MINOR PLAYER TAUNTED OVER DEATH OF HIS FATHER

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Brendan Devenney has weighed in with his opinion on the on-going ‘sledging’ saga that has arose since Donegal’s Ulster SFC win over Tyrone.Brendan Devenney has made stomach curdling claims that a Donegal minor was taunted over death of his father.Devenney claimed that a Donegal minor player was taunted over the death of his father during a game.The former St Eunan’s attacker is worried about the mental health of GAA players who are subjected to this type of disgusting behaviour. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Devenney said what he witnessed in Ballybofey on Sunday was a ‘pile of sh**e.Devenney said, “Up in Ulster, there is this perceived rest of the country versus Ulster attitude when it comes to football and how it is played. You have people down South criticising the sledging, goading and cynicism that goes on in Ulster and those inside the province don’t like it.“As somebody from Ulster, I have to say that what is going on and what we witnessed in Ballyboyfey in the senior game was a pile of s***e.“There is this harshness up North, particularly with the six counties. When I played with Donegal, we were seen as a soft touch. “Armagh would have used those tactics of goading we saw at the weekend. Down would have done so, Tyrone too.However, Devenney most shocking claim is that a Donegal minor player was taunted and goaded over the loss of his father to cancer.“I heard back from a very good source that one Donegal minor, who lost his father to cancer, was taunted about that during a game.“That would turn your stomach.“There is the mental health element here and are players able to take what is being said to them? “What must that minor have been thinking after the game?”Is it time the GAA done something to eradicate ‘sledging’ from the game?Let us hear your thoughts?FORMER DONEGAL STAR REVEALS MINOR PLAYER TAUNTED OVER DEATH OF HIS FATHER was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan DevenneydonegalGAAmental healthMinornewsSledgingSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more

Farmer caught driving motorbike into verge on way home from pub

first_imgAn elderly farmer was caught by Gardai after continuously driving his motorbike into a grass verge on the way home from the pub.Albert Robinson was stopped by Gardai in Convoy, on February 12th last. He had been spotted colliding with the ditch and was pulled over.The 68-year-old from Mullaghan in Convoy immediately admitted having a few drinks.When breathalysed, Mr Robinson sucked on the apparatus instead of blowing into it and a reading could not be taken.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but he also failed to provide a specimen of his breath there.Solicitor for Mr Robinson, Frank Dorrian, said his client was a pleasant man and that it was sad that he found himself in such a situation for a second time.Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused man had a similar conviction dating back to 2007.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Robinson €300 and banned him from driving for four years.Farmer caught driving motorbike into verge on way home from pub was last modified: July 21st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoycourtdonegalfarmermotorbikelast_img read more