With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it by creating a fake hospital.With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it by creating a fake hospital. *PDF of Full Decision
“I would be very surprised if there was any thought that a deal is going to be struck here or in any of these cases. It’s just not the system. That is not what the AIU does. ...Look, I don’t think it is that complicated. I really don’t. The athletes are asked to give their whereabouts for one hour a day, and there is plenty of scope if that one hour suddenly becomes a problem. It’s not arcane maritime law. I’m sorry, you don’t need a degree of logistics from Cambridge to figure that out. If you’re hanging by a thread on one or even two [missed tests], then my instinct would be to be sitting by my front door for that hour. You wouldn’t risk not being there. If they fall foul of this regularly they will be banned. I can’t put it in any blunter way. And that is what the AIU is there to do. And that is what the AIU is there to do. It’s not a sort of an afterthought. Alongside biological passports and adverse analytical findings it is a central part of the anti-doping landscape. ...It’s the world [athletes] live in. They accept it. And they’re actually quite grateful that we’ve got systems in place that are actually protecting them.”
Dan Roan writes that part of the fallout from this move will be that WADA will no longer trusted after it effectively left Russia "off the hook."
1600 words on Salazar and the NOP doping investigation. Includes some thoughts from former Boston winners Greg Meyer, Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot who all defend Salazar to some extent.
Michael A. Moorcones' customers included professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA and track and field. In one year, he shipped to more than 8,000 people and had $1 million in sales.
Lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov rips CAS, the IOC and Thomas Bach for not doing more to punish Russia for their state-sponsored doping.
He has pbs of 10.03 and 20.13.
He must check-in with the judge twice a month and can't leave Spain.
That includes you - shady agents, federations and athletes that look the other way.
The Russians have come up with the novel excuse that WADA should be blamed since the head of Moscow's now discredited lab was licensed by WADA.
British journalist Steve Scott found Gatlin "softly spoken and surprisingly eloquent" and writes how Gatlin was bothered most in London by the boos hurting his parents in the stands.
The article gives props to the IAAF for being a "lone wolf" with the Russian ban and reminds you not to feel too much (or any) pity for the neutral Russians who had to compete without a country.
Renaldo Nehemiah: "I don't condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it."
Cathal Dennehy wasn't thrilled by Bolt's response to a doping question at the 100m press conference.
*MB: Most Entertaining Part of Press Conference: Usain Bolt Takes Offense at Reporters Anti-Doping Question
*MB: Was Usain Bolt's stunning loss last night actually a great development for track as it proves Bolt is clean?
It was originally supposed to be at 8PM when the stadium would be packed, but was moved to 6:50PM.
John O'Sullivan writes that their "treatment of Gatlin is in stark contrast to the refusal to ask questions about Mo Farah [and Alberto Salazar.]