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More than 500 athletes suspended after doping

Athletics one of the ‘dirtiest’ global sports over the past years

More than 500 athletes suspended after doping

519 athletes are currently suspended, as appears from the newest statistics of the Athletics Integrity Unit, formed after the doping scandals in athletics a few years ago. What do you mean, cycling the ‘dirtiest’ sport? Not so.

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Athletics one of the ‘dirtiest’ global sports over the past years

More than 500 athletes suspended after doping

519 athletes are currently suspended, as appears from the newest statistics of the Athletics Integrity Unit, formed after the doping scandals in athletics a few years ago. What do you mean, cycling the ‘dirtiest’ sport? Not so.

Hans Jacobs

 

1. Preferably, 519 athletes?
So much?

Yes, and – for clarity – these are only the athletes who are effective at this time suspended for doping. Are not counted: the numerous athletes who have a suspension, but that, for example, still able to lodge an appeal, and of whom the suspension therefore is not yet final. As the Russian snelwandelaar Anisa Kirdyapkina, who yesterday sportrechtbank BAG was suspended. He may continue until mid-February, has a right of appeal. Or the eleven Russians at the end of last week were suspended, under whom olympic hoogspringkampioen Ivan Ukhov, still able to lodge an appeal.

The sanctions vary: in both the few who are lifelong no sports are allowed to practice, because they, for example, for the second time in their career against the lamp walked, to the bulk that four years was the most common rate, until some eighteen months, depending on the dopingproduct or the circumstances.

2. Is there the past few years, more doping taken in the athletics?

Not necessary. Dopingjagers traces the recent years especially, more targeted and refined.

Not coincidentally falls the establishment of the Athletics integrity unit, the official dopinginstantie of the international athletics federation that the suspended athletes publish, in the aftermath of the shock wave created by the Russian sports went. After bekendraakte that Russia is a ball of goofy in just about all sports, was in a higher gear switched. Dopingcontrolestalen of medal winners of the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were re-discovered to many years later to be re-tested. Steel which at the moment no obstacles to the air, it seemed, were many years later still positive. The reason: there could be tested with better opsporingsmethodes.

So were a lot of athletes against the lamp, however ‘old-fashioned’ doping products, classics such as anabolic steroids. The reason: with the modern opsporingsmethodes may, for example, the opsporingstijd of some of the products for which the body have disappeared, with less than one year to be extended compared to the past. Athletes who thought that nothing more could be traced, were geklist.

Also, over the last few years, more and more buitencompetitiecontroles decreased in athletics, it is still the most efficient way to dopingzondaars to address. Last year there were almost six thousand per year worldwide, five years ago, less than 1.500.

3. Russia supplier,
and for those who don?

Russia is called the ‘royal warrant holder’ of the sad figures – thanks to the staatsgestuurde doping system over the past few years that was unravelled – but by far not the only country with high statistics. At this time, for example, more than thirty Kenyans a suspension to sit out, confirms only the presumption that the genetic talent of the langeafstandswonders sometimes a little bit was helped on a non-allowed way. Only: that was suspected but until the beginning of 2016 (!) were Kenyan athletes in his own country, barely tested.

4. Why, is
cycling or not
the ‘dirtiest’ sport?

However, that perception is alive but she is not right. Publish the MPCC, the movement for a credible cycling, each year, a summary by sport of the dopinggevallen. In 2018, was athletics leader with 98, after baseball, weightlifting, soccer, equestrian, powerlifting, cricket, American football, rugby, biathlon, tennis and boxing came cycling with 17 cases. Last year is no exception, also in 2017 was athletics (45 dopinggevallen) with baseball and weight lifting in the top three, and cycling (11 dopinggevallen) in the middle.

Also in the statistics of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) of divergent test results (not every abnormal test results in a suspension but it is still an indication) of the last years “bears” athletics invariably among the leaders.

That there is in the meantime in athletics “better” searches than in cycling, is not going on. So, for instance, both profwielrenners as a professional the same biological passport, that fluctuations in the blood (which can indicate doping) controls. So both profwielrenners as professional their whereabouts, the whereabouts that unannounced doping controls might make, fill.

5. There are large names in between?

What the brand awareness is concerned: no, the list, with nearly five hundred names do not immediately go to the most ring a bell, at least not like Usain Bolt. What their performance is concerned: yes, a lot of men/women who medals at Olympic Games, world championships, European championships and other continental championships, are up against the lamp walked. Elena David, for example, world high jump at the time of Tia Hellebaut. Or Jon Drummond, former world champions 100 and 200m at the London 2012 Olympic Games is still the coach of the American estafetteploegen. Or Steve Mullings, the Jamaican 4x400m relay world champion and now lifelong suspended.

6. And in Belgium?

At this moment, it is only a single Belgian athlete suspended. Rik Demuynck got a four-year suspension (from 21 June 2016 to June 20, 2020). Demuynck is not a great sporting fish – that is to say: not of the reputation of, say, the Borlées or Nafi Thiam. He is not even profatleet, in contrast to most other athletes on the ‘prohibited list’, but a vijftigplusser who, in his leisure, shot put and other werpdisciplines practices. In the male, a”, in 2016 a cannabisplantage found.

In Flanders, it is often checked – what is the number of tests per olympic participant, we are in the top five.

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