O’Grady asked to quit Olympic role after EPO admission

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Olympic Committee(AOC) has called on cyclist Stuart O’Grady to step down from its Athletes’ Commission after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France.

 O’Grady, who announced his retirement this week, told a newspaper on Wednesday that he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour, where he became only the second Australian to wear the yellow jersey.

 AOC secretary-general Craig Phillips contacted O’Grady by e-mail asking for his immediate resignation from the 10-member advisory body, the AOC said on Thursday.

 “Members of our London Olympic team, who elected Stuart to theAthletes’ Commission, are entitled to be angry knowing they had supported an athlete who had cheated,” AOC president John Coates said in a statement.

“Athletes’ Commission members are chosen for their qualities of integrity and leadership and by his admission Stuart does not deserve to be a member of that group.”

 A report by a French Senate inquiry released on Wednesday found the top three finishers at the 1998 tour – Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich – were among 18 riders who had tested positive for EPO.

The 1998 race was overshadowed by the scandal involving the Festina team, who were kicked off the race after a medical team member was arrested at the French border and customs officers seized banned substances.

O’Grady was listed by the French Senate report among 12 riders whose tests were said to be “suspicious” but he confirmed using EPO to the Adelaide Advertiser, insisting he had acted alone in sourcing it.

O’Grady announced his retirement after helping his GreenEdge team to a team time trial victory in this year’s Tour, saying he wanted to go out on a high despite being expected to race on until 2014.

The Australian team said it supported O’Grady “as a person and an advocate for a clean sport”.

“Like the majority of the riders in his generation, he was also exposed to the issues and wrongdoings of the sport and made some wrong choices in that environment,” the team said in a statement on its website (www.greenedgecycling.com).

“We would like to underline that in all of our interactions with Stuart, he has always been extremely clear about the right path for the sport and we believe that certain mistakes in the past shouldn’t be allowed to tarnish his entire career and his integrity as a person.”

Cycling Australia also declined to condemn O’Grady, blaming the era and the European “environment”.

“The late 1990’s was clearly a dark period in cycling’s international history,” the governing body said in a statement.

“(Australian) Athletes transitioning from the strict anti-doping regimes enforced under the domestic … programs were faced with a very different environment when they landed in Europe.”

Coates, though, said the “everybody else was doing it” line was no defense for using banned substances.

 “This was a shameful period for the sport of cycling which has been well documented, that is no excuse for the decision taken by Stuart O’Grady,” he added.

Phelps Breaks World Record (Again)

Indianapolis – Just about two months after the post back in the pool slide was suspended, Michael Phelps has recorded a special achievement. He broke the world record 100m butterfly.

Phelps broke the record while competing in the final of the 100 m butterfly U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Thursday (09/07/2009) local time, with a time of 50.22 seconds.

Note that sharpens the previous world record, which is 50.40 seconds set by compatriot Phelps, Ian Crocker, in Montreal in 2005.

Phelps followed by Tyler McGill who finished second with a time of 51.06 seconds. While Aaron Peirsol clocked 51.30 seconds for third rank.

This is the first world record was broken by Phelps after a 24-year-old boy broke seven world records – four personal record and a record three teams – at the Beijing Olympics last year.

Phelps is just two months returned to the pool after being suspended for three months by USA Swimming last February due to the middle of the picture taking bong (sucker marijuana) in the British tabloid News of the World.

In 2003, Phelps broke the world record in fact ever 100m butterfly in Barcelona, but the day after the record-breaking Crocker and sharpening twice.

“I still remember the day I broke the world record and the next day Crock Crock broke it and hang on. Could pass again today means a lot,” said Phelps told the Associated Press.

Phelps currently holds eight world records, the 400m medley, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m medley 100m butterfly (individual records), and the 4×100 m freestyle, 4×200 m freestyle and the 4×100 m medley (team record).

Contribute Weightlifting Silver One for Indonesia in the Universiade 2013

Contribute Weightlifting Silver One for Indonesia in the Universiade 2013
Kazan – Until the 10th Universiade championship in 2013, Indonesia has to get a silver medal. Medals were donated from weightlifting branch.

Universiade is a championship fight for a lot of sports like the Olympics. The difference is, the athletes who competed here are the students.

In 2013 the event was held in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. President Vladimir Putin was officially opened on July 6, 2013 and contesting 27 sports, including rugby 7, soccer, swimming, volleyball, beach volleyball, chess, weightlifting and badminton.

In 2013 Kazan Universiade in particular also competed typical folk wrestling Tatarstan “Cyrus” who competed for the first time at the Universiade.

From 6 sports that followed, the new Indonesia won one silver medal from weightlifting 56 kg branch on behalf Surahmat Suwito. These achievements to repeat the success in the Universiade Shenzhen 2011.

“University Students Abulyatama Banda Aceh is back to repeat his performance at the Universiade Shenzhen 2011,” said Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus Djauhari Oratmangun release received detikSport.

Surahmat silver medal with a total force obtained weighing 250 kg, 16 kg lighter than the gold medalist from China. Class 56 kg bronze medal won by athletes Moldova with 246 kg total force.

“Although it has not managed to get a lot of medals, but the Indonesian team could learn quite a lot from Kazan Universiade 2013. Particular how the Russian government to prepare all facilities and of course all athletes prepare seriously to buy almost all the medals in all sports,” said Oratmangun .

Kazan is no half-and-half to host Universiade this year. They not only freshen up, but also primp.

Kazan city faces filled with flowers which were scattered in every corner of the city, really liven up summer in Kazan – which is pretty well known in the summer.

New facilities are also built specifically for the success of the Universiade Kazan 2013 Universiade Park, among others, the construction of which was opened officially on July 4, 2013.

Universiade Park is the center of the ongoing cultural activities that a side event of the Kazan Universiade 2013, where participants Kazan Universiade and the community can enjoy a variety of entertainment from rock music to the famous circus “Cirque Du Soleil” is performed every night during the Universiade Kazan 2013.

Universiade itself will be closed on 17 July. So far, Russia still leads the medal table with a record 102 gold, 54 silver, and 48 bronze. While Indonesia is in the top 46 contestants from 162 countries.

Cycling-Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies.

 “I am not surprised,” the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. “As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.”

The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping, called for cycling to address its doping past in a “collective and co-operative manner”.

“If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed,” he said.

Armstrong admitted having taken performance-enhancing drugs in January and was stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said it had uncovered a sophisticated doping programme.

 Armstrong did not compete in 1998 because he was battling cancer but the French Senate inquiry, published on Wednesday, named him as testing positive for EPO in 1999.

 Italian Marco Pantani, who won the Tour in 1998 and died of a drug overdose in 2004, and Jan Ullrich of Germany, who finished second in 1998, were among those named in the 918-page report compiled by a parliamentary group who called for a “truth and reconciliation” commission (TRC) to be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices.

 Since Armstrong confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show in January he has called for a truth and reconciliation programme on several occasions.

 WADA, the world anti-doping agency, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and national federations have been wary of the suggestion, although UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has appeared open to the suggestion of Armstrong sharing his past.

Armstrong continued: “I have not been contacted by anyone. I suspect in many ways they (WADA) are afraid of a TRC as it would fly in the face of the now famous talking point ‘the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of the world’.”

Asked if the Senate’s findings would benefit the sport, Armstrong told Cyclingnews: “I don’t know. I really don’t.

“I’d like to think that there is some good in all this but from my perspective, sitting here today, there has been nothing but damage done to the sport.” (Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Clare Fallon)

Jokowi Open MUSORPROV X KONI Jakarta

Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo officially opening the X Provincial Sports Council (Musorprov X) KONI Jakarta in 2013 at the Hotel Mercure Ancol, Jakarta, on Saturday (6/4).
On that occasion, Jokowi, greeting familiar Joko Widodo also presented awards to six athletes in the sport DKI tennis and track and field athlete ever to ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta.
“By saying bismilah, Province X Koni Sports Council of Jakarta in 2013 was officially opened this morning,” said Jokowi.
After a welcome start, Jokowi, which comes with a white shirt and black pants, immediately start hitting the gong sign Musorprov event X KONI Jakarta in 2013. He hoped that the event will run smoothly.
As is known, this Council was held to discuss the three main agenda. Ie to discuss the report of activities DKI KONI 2009-2013 tenure. The second item on the agenda to discuss and establish a draft work program KONI Jakarta term of office from 2013 to 2017. After that, the activities will be followed by the election of the Chairman of KONI Jakarta period 2013-2017.

Translucent hard athletic dominance Mideast-Africa

Atletik Sulit Tembus Dominasi Timteng-Afrika

Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later.

Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event.

It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo.

Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries.

The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo.

The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City.

According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has experience in carrying out similar activities at SEA Games 2011.
“We are ready to help a team of PB PASI because here has the best facilities,” said M. Zulfaini Ropi. He explained that in Jakabaring athletics track has eight oval track for runners.

Meanwhile, outside the main path is also available a similar trajectory to six runners. The track serves as a warming trajectory. Until now, the facility is well maintained though rarely used.

Sebastian Coe wants four-year ban for failed drugs tests

Sebastian Coe

“We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport,” Lord Coe told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“It is for the clean athletes. I don’t care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport.”

While the 1500m gold medallist from Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 does not believe trust in the sport has completely evaporated, Lord Coe is concerned people are losing faith in athletics.

“It is depressing. Trust sits at the heart of this,” said Lord Coe, who is also vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“I don’t think trust is gone entirely, but it was a bad day for the sport. The big challenge here is to go on fighting, this is not a fight we can afford to lose.

“It is about trust. If fans can’t trust the athletes and go there knowing what they are watching is questionable, then we will descend to American wrestling where most of the crowd know it is fake and, worryingly, don’t care.”

Lord Coe believes that athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent.

But the London 2012 organiser and current British Olympic Association chairman knows that lifetime bans are not possible.

The BOA, before Coe was elected chairman, had a policy of banning any British athletes from competing in Olympic Games for life if they had previously failed a drugs test.

 

However, in April 2012 the governing bodylost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to keep the policy.

It allowed athletes such as Dwain Chambers, who failed a drugs test in 2003, to compete at London 2012

“If I could bring lifetime bans in I would,” said Lord Coe.

“The legal inhibitor to be able to do that is profound. We are not going to be able to have life bans, they would be challenged and when we have done it we have lost.

“Four years does make people think, it is a big chunk of your career but two years with appeals is often only 18 months. Too many athletes have been prepared to take the risk.”

Pool League for colleger was held

Swimming pool competition between students LIMA ready to be held, organized swimming competitions Student League will take place over two days on 29-30 June 2013 held at the Swimming Pool Simprug Pertamina, Jakarta.

Appropriate target LIMA, expressed readiness to join the ten universities, six of whom have completed the requirements prescribed by LIMA, while four other universities are still in the process of completing the requirements document.

Tenth of the university is the State University of Jakarta, Universitas Mercu Buana, Pelita Harapan University, Trisakti University, London School of Public Relations, University of Karachi Siliwangi, STKIP Pasundan, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, and State University of Surabaya.

Manager of the Jakarta State University swimming team, Iqbal Hambali, expressed his readiness to compete at Swimming LIMA 2013. “Technically, our team is ready to compete, there are few constraints on the data collection process swimmers, hopefully we can proceed as soon as possible,” said Iqbal.

At this inaugural season, FIVE Swimming will play 15 numbers for men and women, consisting of freestyle, back, butterfly, and chest each bring into the distance 50m, 100m, and 200m for men and women. Three other numbers came from the 200m individual medley, the team event two freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay for boys and girls.

FIVE CEO Ryan Widodo claimed it held a swimming competition readiness is one of sport’s measurable. “Pool is a new branch that we want to work on, we’ve worked with PB PRSI and the very productive collaboration. We hope to run FIVE Swimming well,” Ryan said.

LIMA Swimming is a sport competition organized by third antarmahasiswa LIMA, LIMA has previously held a successful LIMA LIMA Basketball and Badminton.

Serena Williams and LeBron James, Best Athlete version of Espy Award 2013

LeBron James and Serena Williams got a gift as the best male and female athletes Espy version (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award 2013, held at the Kodak Theatre on Wednesday (07/17/2013) local time.

James, who had just delivered the Miami Heat won the NBA title two years in a row, beating candidates such as Miguel Cabrera baseball players, football players Adrian Peterson, and swimmer Michael Phelps.

This is the title back-to-back for James. In addition, he was also named the Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player.

After receiving the trophy as the best athlete, James-nominee name another nominee, then said, “(Trophy) for the four of us, man, I just keep it in my house.”

On the women’s side, Williams defeated gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin, and basketball player Brittney Griner. Aside from being selected as the best female athlete, Williams was also selected as the best tennis player.

Other tennis player ever to be selected as the best athlete is Monica Seles (1993) and Venus Williams (2002).

Espy Award is an annual event to give awards to athletes, individuals or the best team, which is initiated by one of the cable television network in the United States, ESPN.

The event was held since 1993, in February or March, every year. However, since 2003, the event was held on Wednesday in July, the day after the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game.

This is the season when the branches of the sport in the U.S. is not being rolled, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Forget the Tour de France, It’s He Running Tours Around Paris

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Paris – As the most famous bicycle race in the world, many tourists who watch the Tour de France. In fact, you could just take a tour around the city of Paris run. Travelers will run round the famous icons in the romantic city.

Reporting from New York Times, Monday (22/07/2013), this tour is named Nike Running France. The tour is held free every week, with participants between 150-200 people. Besides the tourists, Parisians also enthusiastically following the event run so far is 10 Kilometers. There expatriates, chefs, graphic designers, students, teachers, housewives, and journalists.

Tours run started at 18:00 local time, right at dusk. Participants will gather in front of the Nike store at the Champ-Elysees, luxury shopping area in the city of Paris. Relax, tourists will be guided by a tour guide who already holds a certificate of Nike Running France.

The journey began. Hundreds of tourists will belari across the famous icons in the city of Paris. Starting from the Champ-Elysees, Louvre Museum, and of course the Eiffel Tower. You will pass the Trocadero, entering tunnels underground stations, and winding between Paris citizens who sit calm while sipping coffee at a cafe.

This tour is not the first run. 2007-2008 years ago was named Paris Running Tours Tour the same distance, 10 Kilometers. Participants increased 10% from year to year. It seems enthusiastic travelers touring around the city this run.