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

POMRFL to play curtain raiser for Hunters and Digicel Cup matches

first_imgThe two sides play in men’s U20 division of the SP Port Moresby Rugby Football League (POMRFL) competition and will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of what is expected to be sell-out crowd at the NFS.The curtain raiser will kick off at 4:40pm.On Sunday, another U20 fixture between the Dobo Warriors and the Kone Storms will play the curtain raiser to the official opening match of the 2016 Digicel Cup at the NFS.This game kicks off 1:00pm before the PRK Gulf Isapeas and SNS Port Moresby Vipers do battle at 3pm.Meanwhile, all other round 4 POMRFL games in the U20 men’s, women’s and A grade men’s will go ahead as scheduled.Games will start today at 1pm and will run through to Sunday. Games will be played at Oval two at the NFS and the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.last_img read more

Star hails new venue for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

first_img“For me the Paralympic Games start now”. These were the words of Maciel Santos, a boccia gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, during the inauguration of the venue that will host his sport at Rio 2016. Carioca Arena 2, which will also stage judo and wrestling during the Olympic Games, was unveiled on Saturday (14 May) in Barra Olympic Park.Santos, who won gold in the individual BC2 category in London, and will compete at the new arena in September, has already started to envisage stepping out in front of a home crowd. “You see yourself, the court, the crowd, your relatives, the Brazilian fans. It will be like how we saw in London. I hope the Brazilian public really gets behind this Paralympic sport.”Olympic champion Sarah Menezes was also excited by the opening of the new arena. “To see everything ready like this is even more motivation. It’s a sign that it’s nearly here, it’s close,” said the gold medallist in the -48kg class at London 2012. “It’s good to know that everything is on track, that the structural things are being sorted.”The keys to the new venue were handed over from Rio mayor Eduardo Paes to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. Also present was Christope Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s sports director, and Brazil’s new sports minister Leonardo Picciani, on his first official engagement. Dubi was full of praise for the new venue, saying: “When you see an arena like this, everyone (involved) should be proud and I hope they are.”After the Games, Carioca Arena 2 will become a training facility for weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and table tennis. It will comprise part of the Olympic Training Centre, the main sporting legacy of the Rio 2016 Games.last_img read more

Marcelo and Lucas, reinforcements for Zidane to start 2020

first_img2020 comes with good news in the form of reinforcements for Zidane. Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez, who on December 31 were part of the session with their classmates, trained on January 1 at the same rate as the rest of the group for the first time since they were injured. Both, therefore, are fit for the Saturday, against Getafe (16:00 hours, Movistar LaLiga). 17 Last December 5 it was learned that Marcelo suffered a muscle injury that made him doubt for the Classic of December 18, which he finally did not reach. After missing five matches, you will return to the list in the Coliseum. From Luke, on the other hand, it was learned on November 21 that the fall of a weight left him out of play for the final stretch of 2019. His initial goal was to be for Camp Nou, but after not getting it he did not appear against Athletic either, adding eight consecutive absences.center_img Otherwise, The first training of the year consisted of physical and ball-warming exercises, followed by possession and pressure work, and a small partisan field. They did not participate in this routine, before which Florentino Pérez greeted the players, the injured, Asensio and Hazard. Zidane will not be able to count on them or the sanctioned Ramos on Saturday, when he will really start this demanding month with six games and the Spanish Super Cup in Arabia.last_img read more

The pioneers of the Eva Duarte Cup

first_imgThe RFEF president Armando Muñoz assumed the organization. In fact, there are documents that prove the direct connection of the RFEF, as evidenced by different articles made by CIHEFE, such as a study by historian Javier Sánchez.That RFEF participation would give official title and what would differentiate him from other Super Cup matches. For example, in 1940 they faced Espanyol (Cup champion) and Atlético Aviacion (League champion) in the so-called Spanish Champions Cup, although this match was friendly. Another tournament with similarities to the Super Cup was the Gold Cup Argentina, which faced Barcelona and Athletic in 1945, which came from winning the League and the Cup. But unlike the Eva Duarte Cup, this tournament was sponsored only by the Catalan Federation and not by the RFEF. Valencia and Real Madrid premiere the new format of the Spanish Super Cup as in his day, specifically on June 13, 1948, were also the pioneers in disputing the first of the seven editions of the Eva Duarte Cup, the “official precedent” of the Super Cup, as cataloged to the tournament in an article published in 2015 on the website of the RFEF.Despite such official rank, in the winners of their respective official websites, only said tournament include Barcelona and Athletic, not so the other three clubs that were champions: Real Madrid, Athletic Y Valencia (Although in the official book of the Centenary of Valencia the achievement of the Eva Duarte Cup that he won in 1949 is reported).The Eva Duarte Cup was the idea of ​​the Argentine ambassador to Spain, Dr. Pedro J. Radío, as a tribute to the wife of the president of the Argentine Republic, a country that supplied Spain with basic products in the postwar period, in an era of international isolation from the Franco regime. In their first edition they faced the Champions League (Valencia) and Copa (Real Madrid) of 46/47. It was played in Chamartín and Madrid won in extra time (3-1).last_img read more

Baroni, the intermediary: “I charge my commissions, but that has no relation to wages”

first_imgLast night, ‘El Larguero’ of the Cadena SER issued new audios related to this case and presented in the complaint that the RFEF has raised to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and that LaLiga is also investigating, as this body admitted in an informative note published yesterday Monday. In them Advíncula was heard asking not to alarm the intermediary Ronald Baroni. “Try not to say anything to him. He thinks everything is fine, I want him to keep thinking that everything is fine, you understand me? As he thinks everything is fine, he will pay me “, said the defense. New testimonies appear every day about the ‘Advíncula Case’. Now has been Ronald Baroni who He has taken a step forward. The Peruvian former player and representative wanted to deny any connection with the alleged irregularities in the payments to the side of the Ray. “I am oblivious to any situation that is not logical. Yes I took Luis al RayoIt was very nice to see him go to Spain, Then I did not intervene in any other operation. I did my intermediary function and nothing else. When I do an operation, I charge my commission, but that has nothing to do with wages. I charged the operation and period, each theme went ahead, “Baroni explained in the program ‘Negrini knows it’ of Radio Ovación. His name jumped to the forefront when the complaint to Rayo was known, on behalf of Advíncula, before the RFEF and LaLiga. In this it was pointed out that a part of the player’s salary was paid in Panama and through Baroni. Something that he uncheck himself, pointing in another direction in this whole matter: “I think that unfortunately in the world in which we are today agents and intermediaries there is much evil. Surely there are people behind wanting to take some project or business to Luis and he has tried to harm everyone. By my side, I am more than calm. I have no problem with anything. Luis is a great professional, he is happy in Rayo and that’s what I know. “last_img read more

Dominic Thiem goes to quarters in Rio after beating Munar

first_imgThe Austrian tennis participant Dominic Thiem, fourth finest in the world and favourite for the Rio de Janeiro Open, the one ATP 500 in South America, superior this Thursday to event quarterfinals Brazilian when imposed on Spanish Jaume Munar 6-7 (5-7), 6-Three and 6-4 in a tough duel of two hours and 41 minutes.Thiem, champion of the Open of Rio in 2017, that this month was finalist on the Australian Open and ready for the 500 champion factors in Brazil to displace from third place in the world rating to Roger Federerhad extra difficulties than anticipated to affirm your favourite place earlier than Munar (99 ATP), which shocked to beat the primary sleeve in the tiebreaker.The Austrian now he’ll outline a quota on Friday semifinals with the italian Gianluca Mager (128 ATP), which beat this thursday 6-Three and 7-6 (7-5) to Portuguese Joao Domingues (169 ATP) and certified for the primary time in his profession a quarter-final of an ATP event.The first sleeve, which prolonged throughout one hour and 5 minutes, was completely even and every participant confirmed his service till 6-6, though Thiem scored three ‘aces’ towards none of Munar, who benefited from the 4 double fouls of the Austrian. In a thrilling tiebreakerMunar got here to open a distinction from 3-1, however allowed the response of Thiem, who traced up to 4-3. Nonetheless, the Spanish additionally reacted and ended up prevailing in the tie break by 7-5 and preserving the set 7-6. Within the second sleeve the Spanish He began significantly better and, after confirming his first service, broke the primary of the Austrian after a really lengthy recreation in which each abused crossed and encompassed balls, to open a 2-Zero benefit. Thiem reacted instantly and responded with the identical forex and, a lot quicker, broke the following two companies of the participant of Santañí, whereas confirming his personal for open a 4-2 lead, that he saved till definitive 6-3.Within the third and last set, the 2 have been confirming their companies till sixth recreation, when the Austrianor broke the service of an evidently extra drained Munar and opened a 4-2 benefit. However the Spaniard responded instantly and managed to match 4-4. The Austrian outlined the sport in the tenth and last recreation of the third spherical by breaking once more the service of Munar and hold the set 6-4.This was the third victory from Thiem in three video games towards Munar, which had already defeated twice in Barcelona (2018 and 2019), each by two units to zero. In Rio, nonetheless, the Spaniard managed to beat him for the primary time in a set.High favourite to the title reached eighths last after having imposed on Tuesday 6-2, 4-6 and 6-1 to bfrom Felipe Meligeni (341 ATP) regardless of the discomfort in his left knee that pressured him to search medical consideration.Munar, in the meantime, superior to eighth thanks to a simple victory by 7-5 and 6-4 about italian Salvatore Caruso (97 ATP). The Spaniard, who final 12 months reached the quarterfinals on the Rio Open, mentioned goodbye to the Brazilian competitors in the second spherical, as occurred this 12 months on the Australian, Adelaide and Cordoba openings.last_img read more

Agnelli: “De Laurentiis has called Messi, he wants to take him to Naples”

first_imgAndrea Agnelli, president of Juventus, spoke on the program ‘Tutti Convocati’ of ‘Radio24’, commenting on the moment of Italy with the coronavirus emergency and the sports news of the bianconeri, also making headlines about the future of Leo Messi.Coronavirus: “At this moment the priority is public health: there is a dialogue with all parties, but interrupting the entire sports system is complicated. It’s a shame to play behind closed doors, but moving a game like Juve-Inter to another stadium is very complicated. Theoretically the closure comes until Saturday, we must see how the situation evolves. “Messi: “You can go free of Barça, I know. De Laurentiis has called him, he said he is trying to take him to Naples (laughs). If he arrived in Italy it would be a great stimulus for the entire Serie A. On a commercial level, the first five teams from Calcio are Juventus, Milan, Inter, Rome and Naples. If all those teams signed a player from the level of Cristiano and Messi it would be a benefit for all. “ Christian: “Juventus always aimed to win titles and sign to increase its sports dimension, did the same with Platini and Zidane. Now the economic dimension is greater. Cristiano has been the first player for whom the sports and economic areas of the club reflected together It gave us something more in the field and increased the strength of our brand globally. Soon we will be the fourth club in the world for followers on social networks. “Sarri: “The first semester of Sarri was outstanding, except the stumbling block in the Super Cup. There are criticisms out of place. His technical model is the one that could guarantee us success. I spoke with him for a one-two year project: we want a cycle like the previous two. “Guardiola: “Not thinking about him is heresy, but right now Pep is happy elsewhere. If he is released next summer? We are also happy with Sarri.”last_img read more

Infantino and his project: “Our mission is to globalize football”

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino celebrated his first Wednesday four years in office and announced his project for “a truly global football” with eleven key objectives, after an initial period of “much-needed governance reforms that have restored the image” of the organization.The document “Vision 2020-23 for a truly global football sets up a plan for modernize the world of football and make it increasingly inclusive and mark the way to the day when we have at least 50 teams and as many clubs from all continents at the highest competitive level, “said Infantino.According to FIFA in a statement, the eleven basic objectives for this are “Modernize the football regulatory framework, increase income in a sustainable way to continue reinvesting in football, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization, guarantee the success of our most emblematic competitions and globalize our competitions.”They add “increasing competitiveness on a global scale, maximizing our influence on the global development of football, accelerating the growth of women’s football, taking advantage of technology in football; safeguarding positive values ​​in football and influencing society thanks to the power of football. ““Each of these objectives rests on four pillars that range from organizing sustainable tournaments to generating more opportunities for our members to host FIFA tournaments, to create unique experiences for fans and global audiences, and to fight against racism and other forms of discrimination “, he added. Infantino recalled that the government reforms undertaken since his arrival have made FIFA “restored its image as a reliable institution that works in favor of football” and “defended that” FIFA is in a very solid position that allows it to set objectives clear and specific, to give more concrete results “.For Infantino, the important thing now is to make football, “the most popular sport in the world, practiced and revered by billions of people in every corner of the planet,” be “truly global.”“It is true that football is played throughout the world, from the streets of Kinsasa to the beaches of New Caledonia, and I feel fortunate to have been able to verify it in person, since I have visited more than one hundred countries over the past four years. However, I have the feeling that we have a lot to do and we have the great opportunity to make football really global, accessible and inclusive in the broadest sense, worldwide, “he added.In his opinion, “it is not conceivable that a sports discipline with an immense power of influence and known worldwide can only be practiced at the highest level in a few areas of the planet.”“Our main mission is to globalize, popularize and truly democratize football for the benefit of the whole world. And this is the vision I want to convey until 2023”, added Infantino, who was elected president after corruption scandals that splashed former FIFA directors on February 26, 2016, with the backing of 115 207 members in front of Barein Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, and reelected by acclamation last 5th June.last_img read more

Toni Villa: “All together to overcome this disease”

first_imgAnother of the entertainments that he likes the most is the video console, but since being glued all day to a screen is not the best, cleaning the house has also become a resource not only for Murcia, but for many. Another way to be informed and in contact are the WhatsApp groups and logically the first team of Real Valladolid has theirs: “When training stopped, they gave us a plan to be able to exercise on the street, but with the government’s decision to declare a state of alarm, the possibility of going out becomes unfeasible, like any other citizen, so we do it in home as we can. I have a small flat and I do stationary bikes, weights, exercises … “It is what they have to do, adapt and survive in the best possible way, and Toni and his colleagues are doing it like the rest of the population.In everyday life we ​​all belong to different groups and we identify with some tastes and in the case of soccer with some colors. At a time when the team is all formed in the face of adversity, Toni is clear that together we will succeed: “They are like the Club. They are fighters and have always grown in the face of adversity. There are no colors or borders here, the important thing is that we all go to one to overcome this disease and that everything goes as well as possible. “ With the physical closeness canceled, permanent contact with those people we love is essential these days. Toni has her family in a town in Murcia, Lorquí, and videoconferences or phone calls help a lot: “Being close even when we are far away, that is the most important thing.” They are complicated moments for all citizens and of course for the Real Valladolid footballers. These days we saw Captain Javi Moyano sending the message of ‘Stay at home’ which is the ‘leiv motiv’ that should move us all; In these last hours and thanks to the communication service of the private club we have known the feelings of Toni Villa, from his home in Arroyo de la encomienda in Valladolid.At the end of last week the Blanquvioleta club sent its players home and suspended all face-to-face activities and prepared a ‘home’ training plan to try as much as possible to keep the players in shape. Toni, although he is far from his family in Murcia, has the support of his girlfriend Natalia. The youth squad sent that same message of encouragement and that staying home is the best way to beat and protect those we love most: “It is tough but you have to do it in the best possible way because it is something that we all have to do for the common good. We all know what happened in China and what is happening in Italy or Spain, and we all have family members and we don’t want anything bad to happen to them, so we have to sacrifice ourselves without leaving home. “last_img read more