Saturday 21 October 2017

USADA chief to tackle Jamaica

ATHLETICS

The man who brought down Lance Armstrong has been recruited by the World Anti-Doping Agency to tackle Jamaica's drug problem.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has accepted the challenge of making the anti-doping regime of the world's leading sprint nation more robust.

Usada tried to do the same four years ago, only for Jamaica to snub its efforts, but the stakes are much higher this time, with the island having been hit by a flurry of failed drug tests, including that of former world record holder Asafa Powell.

World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey has said it would take something "close to a miracle" for Lance Armstrong to have his lifetime ban from cycling – imposed after admitting using performance-enhancing drugs – reduced even if he co-operated with an inquiry into doping.

UCI, the international cycling union, under new president Brian Cookson, is putting together an independent commission to investigate doping in the sport's past and says it will make contact with Armstrong, who has indicated he is willing to assist an inquiry.

Meanwhile, it has emerged the cost of Cookson's campaign to beat Pat McQuaid for the UCI presidency was £120,000.

SIX Irish boxers will be aiming for at least a bronze medal each at the European Junior Championships in Anapa, Russia today and tomorrow.

Ger French, Liam Callaghan, Martin Stokes, Frankie Cleary, Oliver McCarthy and John Joyce are through to the quarter-finals.

French bounced back from receiving a public warning for holding to get a split decision over Artur Kislev of Belarus.

But Aidan Walsh and Brett McGinty bowed out at the last-16 stage following reversals to Vladislav Tugui of Moldova and Sava Parshayev of Belarus.

Irish Independent

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