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IAAF accused of suppressing athletes’ doping study

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New York, The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been accused of blocking a study which showed as many as a third of the world’s top athletes violating anti-doping rules.

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The University of Tubingen in Germany is reported to have said that the IAAF blocked publication of the study, Sunday Times reported on Saturday.

Hundreds of athletes apparently told researchers in 2011 that they had cheated.

The IAAF said discussions were going on about the report’s publication.

In a statement to the newspaper, the university said: “The study is an independently initiated scientific research project and was not commissioned by the IAAF. The IAAF’s delaying publication for so long without good reason is a serious encroachment on the freedom of publication.”

The governing body responded saying: “Discussions are ongoing with the research team and WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency – the other partner in the project) regarding publication of the study.”

Four years ago, a team of academic researchers interviewed hundreds of athletes at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The Sunday Times reported the study concluded that 29 to 34 percent of the 1,800 competitors at the championships had violated anti-doping rules.

It said that a month after collecting the information, the researchers were told to sign a confidentiality agreement to prevent them speaking out about the admissions.

A leaked copy of the full study has been seen by the Sunday Times. “These findings demonstrate that doping is remarkably widespread among elite athletes, and remains largely unchecked despite current biological testing programs,” the newspaper concluded.

The findings are similar to the newspaper’s revelations a fortnight ago after it obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes.

Two leading anti-doping experts found that, between 2001 and 2012, a third of medals, including 55 golds, were won in endurance events in the Olympics and World Championships by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.

(IANS)

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In a first, government to confer Khel Ratna to 4 athletes

The Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Satti Geetha (athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (rowing).

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New Delhi, August 22,2016: In an unprecedented move, the country’s highest sporting award – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna-will be conferred upon four athletes with Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik set to be honoured alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and ace shooter Jitu Rai.

The Sports Ministry announced this to day.

While shutter Sindhu created history by becoming the first female athlete from India to win a silver in the just-concluded Rio Olympics, Sakshi bagged a bronze in the 58kg female wrestling.

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Rio Olympics 2016
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Dipa, India’s first female gymnast to qualify for Olympics, went on to miss a bronze by 0.15 points but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault won the hearts of the nation, while Jitu bagged over half a dozen medals in the past two years, including gold at Asiad and Commonwealth Games and a silver in World Championships, which booked his ticket to Rio.

Besides, the Ministry also selected 15 athletes for this year’s Arjuna Award. The notable names in the list are boxer Shiva Thapa, long distance runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, hockey players VR Raghunath and Rani Rampal among others.

This year’s Dronacharya Award has been conferred upon six coaches, the most notable among being Dipa’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi and India Test team captain Virat Kohli’s mentor Raj Kumar Sharma.

Besides Nandi, others who will honoured with the Dhronacharya Award are Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Pradeep Kumar (swimming, lifetime) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling, lifetime).

The Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Satti Geetha (athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (rowing).

Besides, the Punjabi University of Patiala will be awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.

The National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports.

The Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. Apart from a medal and a citation, the Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.

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The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performance over four years, while the Dronacharya Award is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events and the Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime contribution to sports development.

Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.

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The Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs 10 lakh and certificates (IANS).

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Indian Cuisine on menu at Rio Olympics, daily allowance doubled: Sports Ministry

More than hundred sports person will represent India in Rio Olympics, which will begin from August 3

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Indian athletes travelling to Rio pose with PM Modi. Image Source: zeenews.india.com
  • The Sports Ministry said that some athletes had insisted on getting Indian cuisine during their stay
  • The Indian Olympics Association had also requested Olympics Organising Committee to add Indian food in the menu at the Games Village
  • Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav revealed that athletes will also be given their daily allowance from the very moment they reach Rio

NEW DELHI: Indian athletes representing the country in Rio de Janerio Olympics next month, in August, will get Indian food in the Games Village.

The Sports Ministry said that some athletes had insisted on getting Indian cuisine during their stay.

TOI quoted the Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav as saying, “We have got confirmation from Rio Olympics organisers that our athletes will be served Indian food throughout the Games. It will be part of the official Games’ menu.”

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Reportedly, the Indian Olympics Association had also requested Olympics Organising Committee to add Indian food in the menu at the Games Village.

Yadav also revealed that the athletes will be given their daily allowance from the very moment they reach Rio.

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Rio Olympics Logo. Image Source: YouTube.com

Notably, the athletes will be given a double daily allowance from this time on.

“We have doubled the daily allowance too, from $50 to $100. Some of the athletes had mentioned to us that the earlier amount was not enough,” Yadav said.

Interestingly, India is sending its largest ever contingent to participate in the games. More than hundred sports person will represent the country in Rio Olympics, which will begin from August 3.

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Talking about the ministry’s medal projection, Yadav iterated, “It is difficult to predict but we are hopefully of getting into the double digits.”

India had put up a remarkable show at the 2012 London Olympics, bagging unprecedented six medals- two silver and four bronze.

– prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter: iBulbul_

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Inderjeet, Chand, Babar bag gold at national athletics

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Kolkata: Three of India’s top athletes Lalita Babar, Inderjeet Singh and Dutee Chand bagged gold in their respective events on the second day of the 55th National Open Athletic Championship at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here on Thursday.

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In the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, Railways athlete Babar was by far the strongest as she clocked 9:39.83, registering a new meet record and beating the previous mark of 10:8:50 set by Sudha Singh last year. Singh came second this time around with a timing of 9:47:31.

Chand marked her return to the nationals by laying her hands on the coveted gold in women’s 100m sprint. She did not start off well, but was at her best in the last few metres as she edged past rival Srabani Nanda, who stood second.

Chand clocked 11.68 seconds, just ahead of Nanda who crossed the line in 11.70 seconds. The Railways athlete, however, fell short of the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.32 seconds.

Earlier as well, in the heats conducted on Wednesday, Dutee was a notch above the rest.

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The sprinter was banned last year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as her body produced testosterone at levels which were deemed higher than the accepted limit for women sportspersons.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July cleared the sprinter by suspending the ‘hyperandrogenism’ rules, which may also be scrapped if the IAAF fails to provide evidence.

Shot putter Inderjeet too had a good day in office as he was a par above the rest in his event, clinching the gold medal with a meet record of 19.82m.

He broke the previous record of 19.59m set by Bahadur Singh in 2003. Om Prakash Singh managed to pocket the second position with a throw of 17.96m. Tajinder Singh got hold of the bronze with 17.87m.

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In men’s javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra bagged the meet record with a 77.67m throw, going past the previous best of 77.39m which was set in 2002 by Harminder Singh. However, it was quite far from the Olympic qualifying mark of 83m.

Even though Railways, Services and ONGC dominated on the second day, other states like West Bengal put up with some good performances, bagging three medals.

All three medals claimed by host West Bengal on Thursday came in the women’s section. Sugandha Kumari and Lily Das clinched gold and bronze respectively in the 1500m while Debashree Majumdar took silver in the 400m.

(IANS)