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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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IOA Sets Limits to Fast-Rising Talents For Asiad 2018

A qualification criteria for the performers

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IOA Sets Limits to fast-rising talents For Asiad 2018
IOA Sets Limits to fast-rising talents For Asiad 2018. Pixabay

Apart from fast-rising talents, only the top-eight performers in team events and the top-six performers in individual events in the last four years’ continental competitions will be part of India’s contingent for the Asian Games later this year, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced on Saturday.

IOA president Narinder Batra said that they have shared the qualification criteria with the sports federations at the Executive Council Meeting held earlier on Saturday.

The qualification criteria means that even if someone has crossed the performance criteria approved by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) but has not finished in the top-six in individual events in continental championships or the 2014 Asiad, he or she will not board the flight to Indonesia.

However, Batra said that IOA’s performance analysis team will consider athletes who would have shown upscale performances.

“This is the criteria set by us and athletes need to meet this criteria. Athletes need to earn the Indian jersey,” Batra declared at a press conference.

The IOA also announced that they have registered 2370 members, including athletes and officials, for the quadrennial showpiece to be held in Indonesia from August 18.

“The long list for the 18th Asian Games has also been submitted to the organisers of the event. We shall shortlist the final contingent at the conclusion of final selections by various federations,” explained Batra. The names of the shortlisted athletes will be finalised by June 30.

Batra also announced to submit Expression Of Interest for IOC Congress 2021 or onwards, Youth Olympic Games 2026, Asian Games 2030 and Olympic Games 2032.

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Batra also said that country should aim to win “double digit” medals at the Tokyo Olympics and around 20 at the 2024 games in Paris.

The IOA president feels that a good show will then help them gain public support in its bid to host the 2032 Summer Games.

Meanwhile, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that the dates for the upcoming National Games are yet to be finalised. According to Mehta, IOA wants it to take place in December but the 36th National Games’ organising state Goa is asking for some time and plans to host it in February.

Mehta said that during the Goa National Games, at least four events, namely cycling, shooting, kayaking and canoeing will not take place in the western state. While Delhi is to host shooting, Kerala will organise the rest of the three. Mehta also said that Karnataka may host hockey and tennis events of the National Games.

Mehta also announced the formation of an Associate Category within IOA to incorporate the disciplines which are not part of Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games programmes. “There are some sports federation which are registered with OCA but not with the IOA. Those will be part of the Associate Category,” Mehta reckoned.

However, the Associate Category will not have voting rights within the IOA.

The IOA also announced the formation of various committees like Arbitration Committee, 2024 Olympic Games Preparation Committee.

“The additional committees and new commissions have been set up to help us achieve our ambitions as a rising sporting nation. It’s imperative for the IOA to make sure there are action points to every review and a thorough process is followed for every global event,” Batra said.

“From EOI for hosting global events to announcing new committees and commissions, it’s all formally plotted in our future roadmap,” Batra concluded.

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During the meeting, it was also decided that no parents of athletes will be part of the country’s contingent for the Asiad. During the Gold Coast CWG held in April, the inclusion of Saina Nehwal’s father was controversial. (IANS)

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