[Cevdopagem] DAILY SPORTS NEWS – JANUARY 19 2006

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Olympic anti-doping lab ready
Jan 19, 2006

The hi-tech anti-doping laboratory for the Winter Olympics is ready for next 
month's Games but it remains unclear whether athletes caught cheating could 
face jail sentences under Italian law.

While an 80-strong staff of Italian and foreign specialists are in place to 
begin testing around 100 urine or blood samples each day, Italy has refused 
to bring its doping laws into line with Olympic rules and respect a 
commitment made by organisers when the country was awarded the Winter Games.

"The Italian Parliament has been very determined, criminal sanctions will 
stay in place," Mario Pescante, Torino Games chief and Culture Ministry 
under-secretary told Reuters Television.

The government said in December it would not drop jail sentences for doping 
offences committed at the Games, which run from February 10-26, but sought 
to appease organisers by compromising on the list of drugs considered 
serious enough for criminal charges.

But Italy's Health Minister has sought to block that compromise move by 
saying the Italian list of banned drugs will not be diluted and his ministry 
will oversee all testing.

Francesco Storace has said he wants Health Ministry officials to oversee all 
testing - the International Olympic Committee has said it will handle it.

"It is a last-minute hitch. But we will find a solution," said Pescante, who 
is hoping that a meeting of ministers this week will find an answer to the 

While no athlete has ever been jailed under Italy's laws for doping 
offences, several have been handed suspended sentences.

For those charged with the task of testing the samples at the anti-doping 
centre in Turin, the dispute is a distraction from the main task of getting 
ready for a 24-hour a day operation, working to short deadlines.

"The laboratory and the people working at the laboratory are a technical 
body, so we don't have any responsibility in the selection of the athletes 
and we don't have any responsibility for the use that will be made on the 
basis of our results," Francesco Botre, head of the centre, told Reuters.

"We follow the requirements and the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping 
Agency (WADA) and if somebody that is authorised to sends us some samples, 
we analyse them," he said.

Botre is sceptical that Italy's laws actually have a major impact in the 
struggle against illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

"I don't think that penal law will stop doping in sport, it will have more 
of an impact on the smugglers and the illicit trade in drugs," he said.

"If you say to an athlete that they might face, say, three years jail in 10 
years time or two years out of sport from now, they would be more worried 
about the latter outcome."

Although drugs are more commonly associated with the Summer Games, where 
there have been a series of high-profile cases, Botre says doping is a 
threat across all sports.

"Cheaters are everywhere and if you want to cheat it doesn't make a 
difference which sport you are in," he said.

At the Torino games, competition will face tests during competition and also 
surprise controls in training.

The anti-doping centre has 24 hours to report back on negative samples, 48 
hours for positive results with an extra day given for cases involving 
specific drugs such as EPO.

The centre, based at a Torino hospital complex, began operations in August.

Nitu Sharma reported for doping violation

Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI: Delhi lifter Nitu Sharma has been reported for a doping violation 
during the National weightlifting championship in Yamuna Nagar last month.

A doping officer is reported to have caught Sharma while he tried to 
manipulate his urine sample soon after winning the men's 94kg gold on 
December 28, according to a report forwarded to the Indian weightlifting 
federation by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

"Nitu Sharma had tied a plastic bottle to his waist. He tried to manipulate 
his urine sample but was caught before he could do so," the doping officer 
mentioned in his report

The World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) regulations call for immediate action 
against any athlete found manipulating the urine sample. The doping officer 
at Yamuna Nagar, however, confiscated the plastic bottle Sharma had 
allegedly carried inside the dope control station and then asked the lifter 
to provide his urine sample. Thirty lifters are currently at the NIS, 
Patiala, training in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The Indian team 
for the Melbourne Games would be selected on February 7.

The federation had not picked Sharma or any other lifter in the men's 94kg 
class for the camp. Sharma had lifted 145kg in snatch and 174kg in clean and 
jerk to win the gold at the National.

UK Sport anti-doping chief quits

Andy van Neutegem is to resign as UK Sport's head of anti-doping after only 
six months in the role.

Van Neutegem cited personal reasons for his decision and will return to his 
native Canada at the end of next month's Winter Olympics.

"It's been a fantastic experience and one I've enjoyed immensely," he said.

UK Sport director of drug-free sport John Scott takes responsibility for the 
day-to-day running of the anti-doping team while a replacement is sought.

"I leave behind a team that has the experience, expertise, dedication and 
drive to further build on the excellent work that I've witnessed over the 
past few months and I wish them every success for the future," added Van 

Van Neutegem's departure comes only two years after the departure of his 
predecessor Michele Verroken.

Van Neutegem had been in the process of 'target-testing' individuals 
suspected of taking drugs.


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