IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Russia’s relay team from left, Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina, celebrate winning the silver for the women’s biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina have tested positive for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, their silver medals are forfeit and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, they are among five Russian athletes now banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)GENEVA — In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot.Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian cases said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Still, this was a “sophisticated” system in place and was compared to a Swiss watch by the three-man panel, comprising two from Switzerland and one from Spain.“(I)t was a very fine mechanism where many people had a role to play,” the verdict in Legkov’s case stated.A final IOC judgment on whether the Russian state ultimately corrupted the Winter Games that cost $51 billion to prepare for and stage should come next week.A separate commission chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, will give the IOC board its findings ahead of the Dec. 5 meeting to decide on punishing Russia.The latest guilty verdicts announced on Monday involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement the decisions were “the height of injustice” that lacked legal basis, and promised to contest them.The appeals route for Russian athletes is the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city of Lausanne, Switzerland.Trunenkov was already serving a four-year ban, backdated to April 2016, for a separate doping offense just before he retired.Another member of the four-man team, Alexander Zubkov, was disqualified on Friday and stripped of his golds in the two-man and four-man. That meant Alexey Voyevoda, who won both golds with Zubkov, was also stripped of the medals. His case was considered by the IOC panel last Thursday.A third member of the women’s biathlon relay, Olga Zaitseva, had her hearing last week. 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MOST READ Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ All disqualified athletes are also banned from the Olympics for life.If the 2014 medals are reallocated, the four-man bobsled gold could go to Latvia. The United States could improve to silver, and a fourth-placed Russian team could receive the bronze.In women’s biathlon, Vilukhina’s silver could pass to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, and Karin Oberhofer of Italy could be promoted to bronze. The women’s relay could see Norway could move up to silver and the Czech Republic get bronze.Legkov was among athletes on the “Duchess List” — named for a fast-acting cocktail of steroids dissolved in alcohol and used as a mouthwash — who were protected by the doping system. Their clean urine was stored to be swapped in for tainted samples during the games.Rodchenkov alleged swaps were done through a mouse hole in a lab room with FSB officers who worked out how to break into tamper-proof bottles. Scratches and marks on the glass were crucial evidence in Legkov’s case.“Whatever his motivation may be and whichever wrongdoing he may have committed in the past,” the IOC panel said, “Dr. Rodchenkov was telling the truth when he provided explanations of the cover-up scheme that he managed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

BALLYHANNA SKELETONS HELP MODERN MEDICINE TO FIGHT BONE DISEASE

first_imgA study of more than a thousand skeletons dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century shows that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis like we do today however those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age.“These clues could have vital implications for how we regard exercise in the treatment of osteoporosis today,” says Dr Carmel Silke of the Irish Society of RheumatologyThousand year old skeletons unearthed from a “lost” medieval graveyard in County Donegal are providing vital new clues which could change the way doctors treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases in Ireland, the Irish Society for Rheumatology can reveal. At its national meeting to be held in Sligo next weekend, the ISR will hear how a study of more than a thousand skeletons dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century shows that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis like we do today however those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age.Experts believe that a possible reason for this difference is the fact that those older people who suffered from softening and thinning of the bones in medieval times tended to be far more physically active than their modern counterparts.The revelations are contained in a paper to be delivered at the Sligo Clarion Hotel next weekend by Dr Catriona McKenzie of Queens University Belfast who, along with The Institute of Technology in Sligo, has been examining the bones contained in the Ballyhanna graveyard in Donegal which was rediscovered after having been lost for centuries. A total of 1,280 skeletons have been uncovered.“These clues could have vital implications for how we regard exercise in the treatment of osteoporosis today,” says Dr Carmel Silke of the ISR. Furthermore, Dr McKenzie has studied the presence of arthritis in these skeletons. Common joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, have affected humans for thousands of years. However, it is only in recent decades that revolutionary treatments have altered the disease course, allowing such patients to lead normal lives. “This year our conference is entitled “Rheumatology in transition” and most of the speakers will be from the Island of Ireland given the many radical transformations and research now taking place Irish Rheumatology.”High on the agenda is the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in young people.“People forget that children also suffer from debilitating diseases like arthritis,” says Dr Silke.  The challenges are to be outlined in a paper by Dr Orla Killeen of the National Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, who was until recently the only paediatric rheumatologist practicing in all of Ireland.The Conference, which will run on September 29 and 30 will also include the following talks: Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Disease in Transition by Prof Iain McInnes, Establishing a Database – Time to Stop Talking by Dr Austin Stack and a paper on the subject of Pharmacoeconomics (the cost of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis) delivered by Dr Roisin Adams. There will also be a debate between Mr Derek Bennett and Professor Geraldine Mc Carthy on the optimal management of osteoarthritis.ENDS The Irish Society of Rheumatology National Meeting will take place in The Clarion Hotel, Sligo September 29 – 30,BALLYHANNA SKELETONS HELP MODERN MEDICINE TO FIGHT BONE DISEASE was last modified: September 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ballyhanna skeletonsdonegal skeletonsmedical researchlast_img read more

Clausen and Glennie Named To WGCA All-American Scholar Team

first_imgClausen a senior from Hinton, Iowa maintained a 3.94 grade point average in business to receive her fourth WGCA honor, while Glennie holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in English to earn the award for the second consecutive year. CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – For the second straight year Drake women’s golfers Katie Clausen and Madison Glennie were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for their effort in the classroom. The WGCA All-American Scholar Golf Teams recognize outstanding academic and athletic achievements in women’s college golf across Division I, II and III. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with student-athletes needing to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Clausen finished the 2015-16 season with an 84.4 average over 22 rounds. Glennie posted a team-best 77.8 average over 27 rounds and garnered the 2016 MVC Elite 18 Award. She also finished tied for 15th at the MVC Championship to earn a top-18 flag honors.last_img read more