‘Serious failings’ at Rio Olympics – WADA

first_img(BBC) – A Wada report on the anti-doping methods employed at Rio 2016 has highlighted “serious failings”.The World Anti-Doping Agency said many athletes who had been targeted for testing “simply could not be found”.It added that, on some days, “up to 50% of tests were aborted”.Its Independent Observers report said there was a “lack of coordination or unified approach among the management team in the Rio 2016 anti-doping department during the Olympic Games”.Wada’s report did praise improvements made to Rio’s anti-doping laboratory, however.The organisation had suspended the lab just six weeks before the Games opened, because it failed to comply with international standards.But Wada said it had been “superbly equipped”, and was “operated very securely and generally very efficiently”.It said it now represents an “outstanding legacy from the Games for the anti-doping movement in South America”.However, other “failings” highlighted in the report include inadequate support for the chaperones employed to notify athletes of testing.Wada said that on several occasions more than half of these failed to turn up, or turned up very late. It said they were “disincentivised” because of a lack of training, poor travel arrangements, and the fact many could not speak English.In one of its recommendations, it said: “Untrained and inexperienced chaperones should not be working at the Games.“It undermines respect and trust among athletes in the anti-doping program, and provides opportunities for experienced and unscrupulous athletes who would want to abuse the system to manipulate the doping control process.”The report also highlighted:an apparent breakdown in the transfer of knowledge from previous Games to Rio 2016, in terms of training materials and guidelines,little or no in-competition blood testing in many high-risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting,no out-of-competition testing conducted in football, which Wada found “surprising”last_img read more

Juventus edge Monaco with Vidal penalty

first_imgJuventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof of the net in the 57th minute after Ricardo Carvalho bundled over Alvaro Morata, who had been sent clear by Andrea Pirlo’s lofted through ball.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side faced a Monaco team that had conceded only four goals in eight previous games in the competition, had predicted that the match could be boring but it was completely the opposite.Although Italian champions Juve dominated possession, Monaco were always a threat on the break and forced Gianluigi Buffon into three top-class saves to deny them an away goal ahead of the second leg on April 22.Carlos Tevez and Vidal missed excellent openings for a jittery Juventus in the first half and the hosts were lucky to reach the break without conceding a goal.Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco should have given Monaco the lead when he shot weakly at Buffon and the Belgian had another effort turned away by the veteran keeper shortly afterwards. Juve playmaker Andrea Pirlo was thrown into the fray for his first match after a seven-week injurylayoff and the risk paid off as he set up the winning goal by lofting a pinpoint ball over the defence for Morata.Carvalho clipped the striker right on the edge of the area and Czech referee Pavel Kralovechesitated slightly, possibly consulting the goal line assistant, before pointing to the spot and booking the Portuguese defender before Vidal fired home.Juventus still had another escape to come when Buffon tipped over a rasping Geoffrey Kondogbia drive after the hosts lost possession in midfield and will be mnore than happy to travel to the French principality with a clean sheet from the first leg.–last_img read more