WADA Board approves changes to sanctioning powers

first_imgMONTREAL, Canada, (CMC) – The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Foundation Board has approved the development of a framework that specifies a range of graded, proportionate and predictable consequences for national Olympic committees that are non-compliant.A stakeholder consultation process will start in early June, with a view to the proposal being approved at the next board meeting in November and the changes coming into effect early next year.“WADA is pleased that the board supports development of a graded sanctioning framework, which addresses the strong call by stakeholders, in particular athletes, for a clear and transparent procedure that addresses non-compliance by signatories,” WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said.Beckie Scott, WADA’s Athlete Committee chair, added: “It is very important that all signatories are held to the same standards within the code. Athletes are expected to uphold a very high standard of compliance and now is the time for all members of the clean sport movement to do the same. The WADA Athlete Committee believes this is a critical step towards ensuring a level playing field.”At the same meeting, the WADA Board selected Katowice, Poland, as the host city for the next World Conference on Doping in Sport which is to be staged in November 2019.The Board also approved a recommendation that the embattled Russian Anti-Doping Agency be permitted to plan, coordinate and execute testing using its trained doping control officers under the supervision of two WADA-appointed international experts and UK Anti-Doping, once a number of conditions have been met.The Board was updated on WADA’s strengthened Intelligence and Investigations Department and gave their approval on a policy and framework that grants the department with full independence in its work, along with approval of an independent supervisor that will audit its performance.The Board also approved the mechanism for appointment of the Independent Testing Authority board, along with principles which were agreed earlier this month by a WADA Working Group comprised of the sports movement and governments.The ITA, which was first proposed by the Olympic Summit in November 2015, will assist international federations that wish to delegate their anti-doping programmes to an independent body.Importantly, the Board also approved that WADA explore development of an international standard for education and information, which would elevate the importance of values-based education within the World Anti-Doping Programme and guide stakeholders in developing and carrying out effective programmes.last_img read more

Day’s Den: Irving deal highlights Celtics’ ambition

first_imgThe Boston Celtics were clearly in “rebuild mode” after the days of Doc Rivers, and many questioned president Danny Ainge’s ability to erase that label. As of last year, the Celtics had come a long way, led by 5-foot-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas and appearing to be the second best team in the East. But there was something missing when the C’s fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.The Celtics, who were a playoff-caliber team built on stingy defense, had an undersized prolific playmaker in Thomas. He was an obvious hindrance on the defensive end at times, and there was little he could do about it.  When he was limited offensively versus better squads, the Celts would have their backs against the wall if no one filled his void. Against what looked like a very determined team in the Cavaliers, Thomas and the Celtics didn’t have much of a chance.This offseason, Ainge isn’t going quiet into the night. He’s shaking up the roster big time after acquiring All-Star Gordon Hayward in July. And recently, the wildest occurrence is the arrival of Kyrie Irving via a trade that sent Thomas, Jae Crowder, 2017 first-rounder Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland.Anyone who says Crowder and Thomas were integral to the Celtics in last season is right. But the C’s still have the services of Al Horford, an improved Marcus Morris and promising youngsters Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. With Hayward, Irving and head coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics squad could’ve lost Horford or never signed Morris and would remain a main contender in the East. I’m saying this because Hayward and Irving alone should change the game for Stevens, a one-of-a-kind coach with a knack for competing regardless of the talent at his disposal.The question I ask myself is, how much simpler do Irving and Hayward make Stevens’ job? He can win with a rag tag group, but that isn’t to say he can contend for a crown without high-caliber ballers like Irving and Hayward. Stevens needs someone to shoulder the burden of scoring and playmaking, and Irving wants to be that guy. Stevens coached Hayward at Butler University, and is probably very familiar with the former Utah Jazz standout’s evolution from college to present day. The main drawbacks of this trade could be a) in the long term — Zizic turns out to be one of the best big men in the NBA, or b) in the short term — Thomas and Crowder perfectly supplement Kevin Love and an aging LeBron James to win the East. While the first possibility is somewhat of an unknown value given the unpredictability of NBA first rounders, the second option is not entirely out of the question.But the bottom line is the highest expectations will have to trump the reality of the Golden State Warriors’ existence. Somehow, the Warriors will have to crash and burn for a title to be within the Celtics’ grasp. The primary way I can see that happening is through injuries. But the same thing can happen to the Celtics and Cavs as well, and it would probably hit them harder than the depth-heavy Warriors. The Warriors, though, are a bit weaker than you think. Teams can shut down Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter. But with the long-armed, multi-skilled Durant, most defenders are at a significant disadvantage when matching up with him. So for me, Durant is that one player on the Warriors that matters the most to their championship desires.Due to the defensive liability aspect, I would rather lose Thomas to injury than Irving. However, that means if the Celtics were to lose Irving to injury in playoff time, their ability to win would very noticeably diminish. After all, Irving was the man who delivered magnificent performances  game after game when the headlines read that James had brought the title home. The 2017-18 season is Irving’s extended moment to show the world how gifted he is without James.I don’t think you can say the Cavaliers drop off the map with this trade, although they are most definitely not any closer to beating the Warriors. LeBron James’ opportunity to win another championship with the Cavaliers should be finished. But it’s not, really, because although he was mortal versus the Warriors in the 2017 finals, he’s one of the best of all time. So it’s tough to rule him and his team out, even though many would agree that he’s out of his prime as he approaches his mid-30’s.It’s under these circumstances that lofty predictions exist for the C’s with Irving and Hayward taking over, and all signs point to a much awaited Cavs-Celtics rematch in the playoffs, where Irving can show LeBron James who’s boss.Duncan Day is a senior studying print and digital journalism. His column, Day’s Den, runs on Thursdays.last_img read more

Fast reactions from Syracuse’s 71-70 loss to Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 A missed shot on one end quickly turned into Clemson running the floor. As Syracuse’s defense scrambled, the Tigers drove into the lane. Joe Girard III couldn’t fully stop the drive. Jesse Edwards was too far up. The ball went to Clyde Trapp, who sank a layup in Edwards’ face in the eventual 71-70 Clemson win on Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. Edwards, who had slowly fallen out of the rotation and not played over the last three games, shouldn’t have been in the game. But the big men in front of him couldn’t stay in the game. As Syracuse approached a 10-point second-half lead, center Bourama Sidibe reached behind a Clemson defender’s back and picked up his fourth foul with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game. At the time, both he and forward Marek Dolezaj had four fouls. With freshmen Edwards and Quincy Guerrier in for the two upperclassmen, Clemson scored three consecutive points and Dolezaj returned. About four minutes later, Dolezaj fouled out. “A couple fouls you can’t commit,” said head coach Jim Boeheim. “We need him in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen a little more than two minutes after Sidibe was forced back in, he too fouled out. Down the stretch, the fouls led to a 3-point play allowed by Edwards and a turnover with under a minute to play. Then came the final play, a scrambled mess that ended with a layup in Edwards’s face and halted Syracuse’s winning streak at five. Shooters? Clemson entered the game shooting 32% from beyond the arc but relied on three-pointers for 38% of the total scoring. The Tigers started the game with the strong shooting performance they’d need to defeat Syracuse, hitting three of their first four 3-point shots. Syracuse rotated well on defense for much of the half and forced Clemson into often contested outside shots. Still, the Tigers hit 7-of-17 3-pointers in the first half, converting at a clip about 10% higher than their usual number. The Tigers eventually cooled off and hit just two 3-pointers in the second half. Same story, different night Syracuse’s top scorers did just that on Tuesday night. Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes combined for 44 points on a combined 15-of-35 shooting.With the Orange struggling to score early, they turned to the ACC’s top scorer. Hughes hit two 3-pointers before later sinking all three free throws on a fouled 3-point attempt, and then converted a layup on the subsequent possession. He finished the first half with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. To start the second half, Buddy came alive. After nearly turning the ball over, Buddy snagged the loose ball and finished a layup, furthering his recent surge of scoring inside. Then he went back out to where he often hits, beyond the 3-point line and sank a triple. A few possessions later, he hit once more from well beyond the arc with a hand in his face. “Elijah and Buddy kept us in there,” Boeheim said. “Marek is key for us, and him being in foul trouble hurt. That happens sometimes. Unbelievable effort and they made the last play.”Girard had hit the shot that few can so many times before. He started far out, near the halfcourt line and crouched. After a step or two, still standing several feet from beyond the 3-point line, Girard pulled up when his defender didn’t expect it. In the end, Hughes missed a final heave and the duo’s scoring wasn’t enough for the Orange to steal a victory on the road. Commentslast_img read more

Decathlon to open West Africa’s largest sports store in Accra

first_imgLeading French sports equipment and sportswear company Decathlon is set to open West Africa’s largest sports store in Accra in April this year.The store will be located at the Junction Mall in Nungua, Accra from a 1,245 square meter area.They have over 3,000 products across 40 sports ranging from popular sports such as football, basketball, swimming and cycling; to lesser known sports such as archery, hiking, kayaking and so on.Decathlon will provide a football pitch, table tennis area, basketball court and turn-ball a Decathlon innovative product, specially designed for discovering racket sports, speedball or the pleasure of developing agility.With its affordable prices of products, Decathlon offers sports users two (2) year warranty on all their products, an attestation to their superior quality.The company also manufactures its own products from eco-friendly material and has won countless awards to that effect, across Europe. Decathlon Ghana CEO Kwasi Tabury said: ”We are very excited to be making history in Ghana in my own country where Decathlon is really needed because we can change lives of many people.”We are here in Ghana living our GHANAIAN DREAM to make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to everybody. We just want to see sport everywhere, in every corner of Accra to start.”Making sports accessible and affordable to every person irrespective age, sex or creed is at the core of what Decathlon stands for.”I truly look forward to seeing Ghanaian takes up sports as an everyday activity and try out new sports, new exercises as we introduce a wide array of sports to the Ghanaian Market.”Decathlon Ghana will be introducing 40 new sports to the Ghanaian market including skating, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and kayaking. Equipment and gear for these sports will be available at the Decathlon store and on the website www.decathlon.com.gh.             In addition, Decathlon will be embarking on various activities to promote different types of sports in Accra.Already the brand has partnered the likes of the recently launched Marcel Desailly Foundation to support children in their football dreams by supplying them with some of the top quality football gear.As Decathlon is known for its innovative products and value for money, it will showcase its own brands to the Ghanaian market.This includes groundbreaking designs such as Kalenji (running wear), Kipsta (team sports), Quechua (hiking and camping), Domyos (fitness), Artengo (rackets sports) and Inesis (golf),  which have not only proved popular among patrons across the world but have helped Decathlon truly follow its belief in making the pleasure and benefits of sports accessible to all. Enthusiasts can expect regular cycling, running, skating, tennis and basketball tournaments along with Skating and Yoga workshops through the year at Decathlon’s Junction Mall store.Decathlon is an innovative retail chain producing and selling brands that provide enjoyment for all sports people.They are in Ghana to make sports accessible and affordable to every Ghanaian.The price range for products at the store starts at GhC 10.last_img read more