WADA keeps thyroid medication off banned-substances list

first_imgAfter reports that a number of athletes coached by former Boston and New York Marathon winner Alberto Salazar use the medication, the British anti-doping agency and others asked WADA to consider putting it on its banned-substance list.But when the list came out last week, that medicine wasn’t on it.Olivier Rabin, the science director at WADA, said Wednesday that because the medicine stops the body from producing its own hormones once they reach a certain level, there’s no scientific reason to believe it enhances performance.He called athletes using thyroid medicine an example of the “medicalization of sports.””That’s a reality,” Rabin said. “But our job is to draw a line between what is doping and what is not doping.”The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is investigating Salazar, who has been accused of skirting anti-doping rules while training some of his athletes.Among the allegations leveled against Salazar in a story this summer by ProPublica and the BBC was that he told his athletes to get prescriptions for thyroid medication before they started training with him at the Nike Oregon Project.Among those using the medicine were Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters. In an open letter defending his program, Salazar said Rupp is one of five athletes — out of 55 he has coached — who have been diagnosed with thyroid disease.Thyroid medication is sometimes used to control weight or act as a stimulant. Data from the American Thyroid Association website said more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. It said women are between five and eight times more likely to develop a condition than men.The WADA banned list is reviewed every year, and it’s possible the status of thyroid medication could change.”I tend to be prudent because science tends to evolve,” said WADA chief operating officer Olivier Niggli. “I’m always suspicious when so many of them are using it. So, if they do use it, what benefit do they find? But we have to rely on science. Today, science is telling us, ‘No, we don’t think it works.’ But I think we’re going to stay awake on this subject.”last_img read more

End of contracts creates trouble for stars and clubs

first_imgUEFA’s decision to bring football into the summer and thus overcome the barrier of June 30 may pose an insurmountable legal problem in the world of football. Many contracts conclude that day and it will take an almost exhaustive review of each of them to allow them to be skipped. FIFA has already said it will give the relevant authorizations through moratoriums. But it won’t be easy.According to legal experts, footballers who end their relationship or even those who have already signed for other clubs could refuse to play beyond June 30. That date is historically used to limit contracts. The connections end and start from the 30th. “FIFA is not part of the contract, does not pay the salary and is not responsible if something happens. It is an employer-employee relationship,” says the prestigious sports lawyer Gerrit Pieter Poiesz at Telegraaf .According to Ko Andriessen, director of the Dutch players’ union ProProf, it is likely that under labor law it is not possible to force footballers to play. “There should be a deal. It often happens when a player sells from season to season. It is not until July that he trains with his new club, but being under contract with his old club, he can and should do so until June 30. “ That is, according to the labor law of each country, those who must reach an agreement are the player and the club, it is not worth an imposition by anyone. There are many important footballers whose contract expires in June and who would find themselves in this situation: Willian (Chelsea), Mertens (Naples), Meunier (PSG), Cavani (PSG), Vertonghen (Tottenham), Silva (City), Pedro (Chelsea), Alley (Naples), Giroud (Chelsea) …The problem is compounded when a third club is involved. An obvious and public example is that of Ziyech. The Moroccan winger has already been transferred from Ajax to Chelsea for 40 million and since July 1 belongs to the English team, not the Dutch. That he can play with Ajax beyond that date is difficult to imagine. Neither Chelsea nor the player is going to risk serious injury, for example. This occurs with all footballers already signed and transferred.“Chelsea could cede Ajax to Ziyech only during the summer time. Being creative is not prohibited in contracts, but only possible if clubs and players agree. FIFA can never impose that binding, “recalls Ko Andriessen. “In this case, it would mean that the transferred players don’t leave a little earlier, but rather stay a little longer.” It is a solution, although remote.Therefore, the issue goes beyond the intentions of FIFA and FIFPro, the soccer union. The highest body, which smelled what was going to happen, was quick to point out that it would grant permits to those clubs and players who ask for it. FIFPro also understands that if a footballer has been in a club all season, he must finish it in the same season.. The logic is that; the laws, others.last_img read more

Skipper Holder upbeat ahead of ODI clash

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): West Indies once against find themselves in the unenviable position of hoping to make a fresh start, when they clash with Pakistan in the opening one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series here today. The hosts were completely outplayed in the four-match Twenty20 series over the last two weeks, culminating in a 3-1 defeat and the squandering of precious momentum ahead of the one-day series here at the Guyana National Stadium. Despite the run of poor form, however, captain Jason Holder said his side remained buoyant and were focused on drawing first blood. “The mood in the camp is very good. I think everybody is positive going into this series,” the all-rounder told media here yesterday. “There’s no point dwelling on the past. We obviously have to learn from the past, but it’s a fresh series and we’ve got something to look forward to here in Guyana. “Guyanese people always come out and watch cricket and they are avid cricket fans, so it would be good to start the series well here in Guyana and give them something to shout about.” PAKISTAN AS FAVOURITES SQUADS WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton PAKISTAN – Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar. Pakistan will start as favourites, especially based on recent and past history. Last October, they trounced the Caribbean side in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral series in 26 years, and have lost nine of the last 13 ODIs against the Asian side in the Caribbean. Holder was quick to acknowledge the Windies’ status as underdogs in the series but said it could also work in their favour. “Pakistan are ranked higher than us and they’ve obviously beaten us in the last series we played in the UAE (United Arab Emirates),” Holder pointed out. “They’ve started this tour well. I believe we’re probably the underdogs right now. It’s not a bad tag to have. The expectation is pretty much on Pakistan to beat us, and that’s incentive for our guys. We must go and show them that we can beat Pakistan.” Put under severe pressure in the T20 series by 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan, Holder said it was imperative the Windies batsmen did not repeat the same mistakes. “I think it boils down to each individual. We’ve go to work out our game plans for certain bowlers,” he explained.last_img read more

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay agree on 2030 World Cup bid

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “At all times we found (Messi) willing to help us spread the word about the possibility that the three countries organize the World Cup,” Argentina’s Sport Secretary Carlos Mac Allister said. “It’s very important for us to feel that we have the support of players and that it is completely unattached from any political connotation.”Messi and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez have already publicly backed the plan. During a recent Argentina-Spain friendly, Messi was expected to wear a bracelet that read “2030 together,” but he was sidelined due to an injury. The bracelet was worn instead by Javier Mascherano.So far, the co-organizers have not said how much the tournament would cost if they were to win the bid.“Today, we can’t say what the final costs will be to each of our countries, but it cannot be measured only in the building of infrastructure,” Uruguay Sports Secretary Fernando Caceres said.“There’s an intangible measure, which is how much a country earns in coexistence, in integration, identity, and the construction of citizenship by hosting an event of this magnitude.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Roma seeks a ‘miracle’ against Barcelona armada in Champions League Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have agreed on 12 cities where they want to host the centenary World Cup in 2030.The Argentine Football Association said on Monday the plan would grant eight cities to Argentina and two each for Paraguay and Uruguay. The names of the cities were not disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Bidding is not due to open for another four years but leaders of all three national bodies say they want to make a joint bid.The South American nations are expected to face tough competition for the hosting rights of a tournament that will likely feature 48 teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUruguay staged the first World Cup in 1930 and has long been expected to seek hosting rights with Argentina. Paraguay later joined the initiative.Argentine soccer officials said they met with national captain Lionel Messi during a recent trip to Spain. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

South Korea still confident of making World Cup knockout stages

first_imgNow the Koreans face Mexico, and another loss would probably end their chances of making the knockout stages for the third time since they co-hosted the tournament in 2002. “We can go to the last 16 if we believe in the manager and play well in the last two games,” forward Lee Seung-woo said on Wednesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Ever since I was a child, I have always dreamed of playing in a World Cup for Korea. The team has not given up because we lost. “Our players believe they can do it. I believe in the players and believe in the coaching staff.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA: Ginebra hammers Columbian, climbs to sixth place Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ South Korea players walk in dejection end the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)South Korea has not given up hope of reaching the World Cup’s last 16 and are drawing inspiration from their Asian rivals ahead of a crunch game against Mexico on Saturday. An opening defeat to Sweden has left Shin Tae-yong’s side playing catch-up in Group F, particularly after Mexico pulled off the shock of the first round by beating Germany. ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Asia’s teams have enjoyed mixed success so far, with Saudi Arabia struggling in Group A while Iran edged past Morocco and Japan overcame 10-man Colombia. “Our Asian teams have been winning, both Iran and Japan,” midfielder Jung Woo-young said. “I had a suspicion the Asian teams in this World Cup would do well and I had the idea that we would do well as an Asian team too. “It has caused a lot of excitement for us and we are even stronger in our belief that we can do it.” ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

West Berbice man jailed for breaking into church

first_imgA West Berbice man was on Friday jailed for four months by city Magistrate Fabayo Azore for breaking and entering a church.The accused, Raul Ramsaywack, told the court he is 25 years old and originally from Rosignol Village, West Bank Berbice.He pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on April 21, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, he broke and entered the Bethel Full Gospel Church with intent to commit a felony.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that on the day in question, the defendant was seen hiding behind a piano in the church when he was caught.The Police were summoned to the scene and the man was told of the allegation. According to Prosecutor Payne, he remained silent during questioning and was taken to the Police station.When given a chance to speak, the defendant told the court that someone took him to the church but ran away and left him when he was caught.As such he was sentenced to four months in prison.last_img read more

Djokovic wins third US Open, equals Sampras

first_imgIt was also the third time the 31-year-old Serb — who missed last year’s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis — completed the Wimbledon-US Open double.“I want to say Pete, I love you, you’re my idol,” said Djokovic of Sampras.“To the support of the loved ones, my kids, my wife, my small team of people that has been there with me through difficult times as well,” added the Serb who underwent elbow surgery after the Australian Open in January.For world number three Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion before a long battle with wrist injuries pushed him into depression and to the brink of retirement.“When I had my surgery I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through when he had surgeries that kept him away form the tour for two or three years,” added Djokovic.It was Djokovic’s 15th win over the Del Potro and fifth in five at the Slams.It came in a final which was business-like rather than thrilling, a relief for a tournament still reeling from the controversial women’s final on Saturday.The result also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been won by the ‘Big Four’ of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray.Del Potro backed Djokovic to surpass Federer’s mark of 20 Slams.“Of course he can. Novak has everything to make records in this sport,” said the Argentine.– ‘My idol’ Djokovic –Best of friends: Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro embrace © AFP / Eduardo MUNOZ ALVAREZ“I was so happy to be playing the final against this magnificent idol,” added Del Potro of his close friend Djokovic.“He knows that he’s one of my friends on tour and he knows he’s one player I want to watch win on tour. Of course I’m sad to lose but I’m happy for Novak as well. You deserve to win.”With the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed as heavy rain swept New York, conditions were slow and sluggish.After taking just two points off Del Potro’s first three service games, Djokovic, in his 23rd final at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3.The key was his success with a lung-busting 22-shot rally and he pocketed the set when the 29-year-old del Potro netted a forehand.It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament.For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren.Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3.He had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20-minute game which left even Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep clasping her head in astonishment.The effort took its toll on a suddenly weary-looking Del Potro as a 95-minute set was claimed by Djokovic in the tiebreak.Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonzales in 1949 to win the US title from two sets down.Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3.But off the back of a 24-shot rally, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and he was within tantalising touching distance of his 14th Grand Slam title, just three months after he had left Roland Garros in despair after a shattering quarter-final exit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mighty roar: Novak Djokovic celebrates a point © AFP / Eduardo MUNOZ ALVAREZNEW YORK, United States, Sep 10 – Novak Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams.Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the all-time record 20 held by Roger Federer.last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, February 25

first_imgListen to the best bits from Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, with Sam Delaney standing in for Andy.last_img

HUGE TRANSFER NEWS! John Stones set to join Manchester City in world record deal

first_img John Stones in action for Everton 1 Manchester City are set to wrap up the record-breaking signing of John Stones in the next few days, talkSPORT understands.Pep Guardiola, who officially began work as City manager on July 1, has already completed deals for Spain forward Nolito and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer.Now Guardiola is on the verge of making England centre-back Stones the third major addition to his squad.City have made contact with Everton over a deal for the 22-year-old and Stones is understood to have informed Ronald Koeman, the Merseysiders’ new manager, of his desire to seal a move to the Etihad Stadium.talkSPORT understands the two clubs are now close to agreeing a deal which will see Stones become the most expensive defender in the world.David Luiz currently holds that tag having left Chelsea for Paris Saint-German for £50million in 2014, but City are prepared to surpass that amount to secure Stones’ signature, with the fee expected to be around £53m.Stones, who has ten England caps but failed to see any action at Euro 2016, was eager to join Chelsea last summer after then Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a move.Chelsea saw three bids rejected for the player before giving up their pursuit and their interest waned following Mourinho’s departure.Mourinho, now in charge of Premier League rivals Manchester United, has been linked with a bid to take him to Old Trafford.But Stones has set his sights on linking up with Guardiola at City – and looks set to wrap up the move this week.last_img read more

Javier Mascherano becomes Argentina’s most-capped player of all time

first_img Messi missed a penalty against Iceland 2 Mascherano made his debut 15 years ago in 2003 against Uruguay in a friendly and has been an immovable force for his country ever since.Like Zanetti, Mascherano does not have a World Cup to show for his efforts, despite reaching the final in 2014.This will certainly be his last chance to put that right, although Argentina did not get off to the best start after stumbling to a 1-1 draw with Iceland.Mascherano has spoken of his desire to deliver the trophy for Lionel Messi to crown the Barcelona icon as the greatest player of all time. He said: “One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version.“It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.”However, it was Messi who missed a crucial penalty as his side failed to win their first group game. 2 Javier Mascherano is now the most-capped player in Argentina’s history.The 34-year-old surpassed Javier Zanetti by making his 144th appearance against Iceland in the Albiceleste’s World Cup opener. Mascherano has been a regular for the Argentines for 15 years last_img read more