30 percent of athletes at 2011 worlds admitted doping – report

first_img“The figures are clear.“Aside from the fact that I know the questions the researchers asked and how robust the data is, the results have a terrifying value.”When the research team asked the same questions to athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games held in Qatar, the figure was even higher at 45 percent.More than 5,000 athletes competed at the two events and 2,167 were asked if they had taken banned drugs in an anonymous survey.Doping has cast a dark shadow over the sport in recent years after the Russian athletics team was banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics after an investigation into a state-sponsored doping programme.Re-testing of old samples using new methods by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has found more than 100 athletes used banned substances at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Share on: WhatsApp Berlin, Germany | AFP | At least 30 percent of those who competed at the 2011 IAAF World Championships admitted to having used banned substances during their careers, according to a report.The research was carried out by Germany’s University of Tuebingen and America’s Harvard Medical School in 2011, but legal wranglings meant the report was only recently made public.The study, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), calculates that at least 30 percent of the athletes at the world championships six years ago were doping, but admits the real figure could be even higher.Only 0.5 percent of those who competed at the 2011 worlds in Daegu, South Korea, failed regular testing.The team from the German university say their findings were delayed for so long due to talks between WADA and athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, as to how the study should be published.“I have long demanded that this study be published,” German athletics federation president Clemens Prokop told AFP subsidiary SID.“In the anti-doping battle, there can only be one guideline: total transparency.last_img read more

Search suspended for Vero Beach High School senior missing at sea

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard announced on Saturday, May 16, 2020 that it suspended the search for mdissing Vero Beach High School senior who got lost at sea.18-year-old Lenton Ward went missing after swimming near Jensen Beach on Wednesday.Family members said Lenton “Ty” Ward was at Dollman Park Beachside with friends Wednesday, celebrating their upcoming graduation from Vero Beach High School. He was a football and lacrosse player for the school.According to an incident report, Ward was last seen about 150 yards offshore. Deputies said the surf conditions were “extreme” when he vanished.U.S. Coast Guard crews searched for Lenton Ward a total of 58 hours, covering 907 square miles, an area roughly the size of Rhode Island.The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office conducted an aerial search, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Martin County Sheriff’s Office and U.S Border Patrol also searched for Ward.Family members also searched along the beach Thursday night for any sign of Ward.CWO Clint Smith, SAR Controller for Sector Miami said, “The decision to suspend active searching in any case is never one we come to lightly. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Ward in this difficult time.last_img read more

England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship

first_img28 May 2012 England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship England girl international Emily Taylor won the Irish women’s open stroke play championship by three shots in testing winds at The Island, near Dublin. The 17-year-old from Royal Lytham and St Annes (image © Leaderboard Photography) defied winds gusting up to 35mph on the first day to post the low score of the tournament with a two-under 72 in the second round. Her score, combined with her opening 85, put her within one shot of the lead held by Ireland’s Gillian O’Leary. In the third and final round Emily moved ahead to secure the win, shooting 76 in blustery conditions, with  birdies on eight, ten, and 15 before she holed from 12ft on the last. The field included Irish Curtis Cup player Leona Maguire, who was unable to break 80 throughout the tournament and finished in a share of 10th place with scores of 82 83 80. Her twin, Lisa, a Curtis Cup reserve, was fourth. Already this season Emily has finished fifth in the English women’s amateur championship and helped England win the Vilmorin Cup at the French Lady Junior Championship. She is a past winner of the Scottish U16 open stroke play title.   Leading final scores Par 222 (3 x 74) CSS 80 79 77 233 Emily Taylor (ENG) 85 72 76 236 Mary Dowling (New Ross) 81 79 76 Gillian O’Leary (Cork) 79 77 80 238 Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 81 79 78 239 Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) 83 75 81last_img read more