Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weightlifting News: Yet Another Turkish Doping Avalanche

Meanwhile in Turkey …

Remember when earlier this year the entire Turkish U23 team tested positive? That was just the tip of the iceberg.

As you might have heard there was a German news report (original report here, machine translated article here) about new testing methods which revealed hundreds of new positive doping cases.
Now there is another German report. Turkey seems to have been hit hardest (although I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries challenge its pole position soon).

So with these new testing methods more than 100 doping cases (just in Turkey) came to light in the first half of 2013 alone.

Leading in the race for the top spot is track & field with 49 cases, closely followed by 48 cases in weightlifting.
Far behind (are you even trying??):
  • wrestling – 20 cases
  • bodybuilding – 15 (lolwut? less than WL?)
  • diving – 3
  • swimming -2
  • cycling, taekwondo, disabled sport - 1 each
The article explains that most athletes accepted the outcome of the A probe.
Rustu Guner, member of the Turkish national Olympic Committee called it “Very annoying for us”.
Most of the cases involved the good ol’ Stanozolol (trade name Winstrol) and Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (trade name Oral Turinabol, developed in East Germany).
“Since beginning of 2012 we received many hints on doping in athletics and weightlifting”. So they specifically checked the suspicious athletes in training and competition.
While we are on the topic. WADA recently had a conference in which they agreed to stricter sanctions. You can find the PDF here.

For example, starting in 2015 the default ban for will be four years (instead of 2).  Also ”prompt admission” no longer automatically reduces a potential 4 year ban to 2 years (I didn’t even know that was possible until now).

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