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WADA approves plans for Code implementation and compliance reporting

Find how a revised World Anti-Doping Code for athletes will be implemented starting in 2015.

Two people give a thumbs up and a peace sign in front of a Team officials support WADA's "Say No! to Doping" campaign at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. © • WADA
By WADA

“We covered a series of significant and pressing topics this weekend, particularly the matter of ensuring all signatories have the opportunity and motivation to have Code compliant rules ahead of the revised Code coming into effect at the start of 2015.”

The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA)’s Foundation Board approved key plans relating to Code implementation and Compliance reporting, and was presented with technical documents and matters relating to the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and the addition of a substance to the 2014 Prohibited List during its meeting in Montreal, Canada, this month.

WADA’s President Sir Craig Reedie chaired his first Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings, and was pleased at the outcome.

He said: “We covered a series of significant and pressing topics this weekend, particularly the matter of ensuring all signatories have the opportunity and motivation to have Code compliant rules ahead of the revised Code coming into effect at the start of 2015.”

World Anti-Doping Code implementation

Following the approval of the revised Code and International Standards in November 2013, WADA has been assisting and guiding signatories through a series of steps aimed at adopting the rules required to become Code compliant. This is a process that will continue throughout the remainder of 2014.

The Foundation Board confirmed that WADA would publish a list of signatories who have – and a list of signatories who have not – amended their rules appropriately and implemented them in line with the revised Code by 1 January 2015.

As part of the implementation process, the Foundation Board received an update on the Athlete Guide to the Code, a tool aimed at helping athletes understand the rules of the Code ahead of its introduction in 2015. The Guide will be published in electronic form later in 2014.

Working group on compliance reporting

As a continuation of the working group which addressed the Ineffectiveness of testing in 2012-2013, the Group produced a report on code compliance. The report considers several aspects, including: the process of becoming compliant; the measurement of compliance of quality programs; remedial and other measures to be applied when Code compliance has not been achieved by any particular signatory or group of signatories; and the recommendation that an independent group is involved in compliance assessment.

Technical Documents

As a result of the approval of the 2015 Code, the Executive Committee endorsed six Technical Documents (TDs) which will assist with the scientific analysis of samples.

Sport-specific analysis

The Foundation Board heard a report on the Technical Document in relation to sport-specific analysis. This Technical Document - under the new International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) - establishes a risk assessment in which prohibited substances and methods are most likely to be abused in particular sport disciplines. A guideline to support the development and implementation of more effective test distribution plans is also being issued, and was discussed during the meeting.

WADA will continue to consult with International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) in collaboration with the Expert Group in relation to the physiological risk assessment against the performance enhancing benefits of the prohibited substances and methods contained in the Technical Document. The Technical Document will be released after it is approved at the next Executive Committee meeting in September.

Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)

The Foundation Board considered a report on the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) Operating Guidelines, which covers both Haematological (blood) and Steroidal (urine) modules, the latter of which became operational on 1 January 2014. The integration of both modules into the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) was also discussed.

It was reported that the Haematological Module – which has now been implemented by 40 ADOs – has resulted in 53 ABP-related anti-doping rule violations since 2010.

The ABP now uses the athlete’s own Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) values rather than population values as a basis for evaluation, thereby ensuring a robust, more individual and fully cost-efficient system.

“The introduction of the Steroidal Module earlier this year represented a significant step forward for clean sport,” said Reedie.

“Given that every athlete can automatically have their own Steroidal Profile by providing urine samples, this module brings great strength to the overall Passport programme.

“The ABP’s strength lies in the fact that not only can it be used to directly pursue rule violations as stated in the Code, but it also allows the anti-doping community to identify and target athletes for specific analytical testing by interpreting the data in an intelligent and timely fashion.”

Amendment to the 2014 Prohibited List

Having been alerted to the substance of Xenon and its potential performance enhancing characteristics in February, the WADA List Committee discussed the matter during its April meeting.

Following its consideration, the Executive Committee approved the option to modify Section S.2.1 of the 2014 Prohibited List, which will be effective following the required three-month notice period:

S2. PEPTIDE HORMONES, GROWTH FACTORS AND RELATED SUBSTANCES

The following substances, and other substances with similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s), are prohibited:

1. Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents [e.g. erythropoietin (EPO), darbepoetin (dEPO), hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizers and activators (e.g. xenon, argon), methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta (CERA), peginesatide (Hematide)];

The process means that the amendment to the 2014 Prohibited List will not come into effect until three months after UNESCO has appropriately communicated the amendment to all States Parties.

Vote now for April’s IPC Athlete of the Month

Nominees include: Ali Jawad, Tatyana McFadden, Sherif Othman, Sarah Storey and Ingrid Thunem.

An athlete shows off his medal to a crowd, holding up a stuffed animal mascot with the other hand. Egypt's Sherif Othman celebrates after receiving his gold medal for winning the men's -54kg competition at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE. © • IPC
By IPC

The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 9 May to vote for which athlete it thought had the best performance last month.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced its shortlist for April’s Athlete of the Month award, and the public can now vote for the winner via the poll on the www.Paralympic.org homepage.

The month’s nominees include:

Ali Jawad (Great Britain): He won gold in the men’s -59kg category at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, where he recorded a world-record lift of 190kg.

Tatyana McFadden (USA): Just 32 days after winning Sochi 2014 silver, she raced to victory in the London Marathon women’s wheelchair race in a course-record time of 1:45.12. A week later, she won her second straight Boston Marathon in a time of 1:35.06 on her 25th birthday.

Sherif Othman (Egypt): The double Paralympic champion broke his own world record four times on the way to winning gold in the men’s -54kg competition at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships. His best lift of 205kg was 24kg better than his previous record set just a year prior.

Sarah Storey (Great Britain): She won gold in both the women’s 3km pursuit C5 and scratch race C1-5 at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She set a new world record of 3:32.050 in the pursuit and also won bronze in the 500m time trial C5 event.

Ingrid Thunem (Norway): The S1 swimmer broke four world records at the 28th Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaft competition in Berlin, Germany, setting new top times in the women’s 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 150m individual medley.

The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 9 May to vote for which athlete it thought had the best performance last month.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

Sherif Othman

Sherif Othman

IPC Powerlifting Dubai

IPC Powerlifting Dubai

Powerlifting takes step forward in Turkmenistan

An Agitos Foundation supported project, a first of its kind in the country, trains powerlifting referees and classifiers with the aim of holding national championships in the future.

34 people sit and stand in front on a wall for a group picture Participants of the seminars for powerlifting referees and classifiers in Turkmenistan line up for a group picture © • IPC
By IPC

The project was one of more than 30 from around the world that were successful in applying for support through the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee, the Agitos Foundation.

Turkmenistan have held the very first seminars for powerlifting referees and classifiers, following support received through the 2013 Agitos Foundation Grant Support Programme.

The aim is to develop the technical aspects of the sport in the country so that in the future there are enough resources and expertise to hold a national powerlifting competition that can be recognised by IPC Powerlifting.

Earlier on in March, 15 powerlifters, coaches and referees with experience of able-bodied lifting gathered in the capital Ashgabat to take part in the referees course. A group of medical professionals also attended the classifiers course.

The referees course was conducted by Mr. Azzam Sari Ali Al-Zubi from Jordan, IPC Powerlifting Head of Officiating, international referee category 1, and the classifiers course by Ms. Nor Azimah Bahauddin of Malaysia, an international powerlifting classifier.

Following the seminars, IPC Powerlifting reviewed the results of the examinations and 14 national referees and 9 national classifiers were awarded their status.

The project was one of more than 30 from around the world that were successful in applying for support through the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee, the Agitos Foundation.

Nearly 630,000 Euros was distributed to para-sport development projects through the 2013 Grant Support Programme.

Raise the Bar campaign exceeds all expectations

IPC Powerlifting's Raise the Bar anti-doping campaign reached hundreds of lifters from all over the world, climaxing at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships.

Sherif Othman raise the bar Sherif Othman, who won the men's -54kg and broke the world record an incredible four times at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, supported the Raise the Bar campaign. © • Richard Kalocsai
By IPC

“A good lifter is pure. When an athlete competes pure he is a good sport. For me sport is only sport, no ‘I beat you, you beat me’.

IPC Powerlifting’s dedicated anti-doping campaign has reached more than 850 athletes and team officials in total, smashing the original target of 500 when the project was launched in October 2013, and reaching its climax at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships which concluded Friday (11 April).

Funded by the Agitos Foundation, Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping’s fundamental aim was to reach out to athletes and their support networks at international competitions, giving them the opportunity to speak with and learn from experts with years of anti-doping knowledge and experience through education seminars.

Jon Amos, Chairperson of IPC Powerlifting's Sport Technical Committee said:

“The numbers of teams and people that we have through the doors of the seminars has been extremely encouraging.

“We hope that they have benefitted from what they have learnt so that in the long-term we can further reduce the numbers of athletes who dope, proving that we are taking the issue seriously and setting the standard high within our sport. We are totally committed and dedicated to this aim.”

At the World Championships in Dubai, UAE, alone, 364 athletes, coaches, doctors and support personnel from 50 different countries attended dedicated sessions across just two days. They then had the opportunity to take a quiz on what they had learnt and show their support for Raise the Bar by having their picture taken in front of banners and through branded merchandise.

The competition venue was also branded, including the competition bench.

Sergio Durand, Secretary General of the Mexican Paralympic Committee, took part in one of the seminars:

“The athletes told me that they found the seminars so useful.

“Education is important in all sports, not just in powerlifting. There are some athletes who want to take advantage but there are some who just need education, so it is absolutely crucial that they, as well as their coaches, have the opportunity to learn.”

Egypt’s Sherif Othman, who won the men’s -54kg world title on 6 April with four successive world record lifts, had this message for up-and-coming powerlifters:

“A good lifter is pure. When an athlete competes pure he is a good sport. For me sport is only sport, no ‘I beat you, you beat me’.

“No! If you beat me, I say ‘fair enough’.”

Education seminars were also run at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the IPC Powerlifting Brazilian Invitational Championships in Fortaleza, Brazil, and at the IPC Powerlifting Hungarian Open Championships in Eger, Hungary, as well as a pilot project run at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Open European Championships in Aleksin, Russia, in May.

Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping was funded through the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Agitos Foundation, which in 2013 gave 630,000 Euros to development projects through its Grant Support Programme.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, concluded Friday (11 April) and saw world records set in 16 events across all weight categories.

Glasgow 2014 marks 100 days to Commonwealth Games

The next Commonwealth Games will include more medals and sports for para-sport than ever before.

Picture of Glasgow 2014 stadium with 100 days to go written in the grass Hampden Park will host the athletics competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. © • Glasgow 2014
By IPC

There will be 22 para-sport medal events at Glasgow 2014 – compared to a previous high of 15 – across five sports, including athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, powerlifting and swimming.

Glasgow 2014 marked 100 days to go until the Commonwealth Games on Monday (14 April) with a stunning aerial shot of Hampden Park - Scotland’s national football stadium temporarily transformed into an athletics venue for the Games

The venue has a giant “100” painted onto the grass infield for an iconic image which shows the still in-construction running track for the first time

Hampden will be the centrepiece of the Games, which will feature the largest para-sport programme in the history of the event in terms of medal events and sports from 23 July – 3 August.

There will be 22 para-sport medal events at Glasgow 2014 – compared to a previous high of 15 – across five sports, including athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, powerlifting and swimming. These events will be fully integrated into the Glasgow 2014 schedule and the results will count toward the overall medals table for the Games.

Beyond the Commonwealth Games, the city will host the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships with the same accessibility requirements in terms of transport and security.

With 100 days to go until Glasgow 2014, New Zealand announced that Sophie Pascoe and Nikita Howarth - who won six medals between them at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships - will compete at the Commonwealth Games.

For more information on the next Commonwealth Games, please visit the Glasgow 2014 website.

Sherif Othman raise the bar

Sherif Othman raise the bar

Men's -54 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Egypt’s double Paralympic champion Sherif Othman broke his own world record four times on the way to winning gold in the men’s -54kg at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Sunday (6 April) finishing with an incredible fourth lift of 205kg.

The new mark added an impressive 24kg to his previous record of 181kg set just over a year ago and soon after winning gold, the 31-year-old revealed he is considering a new challenge ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“Today I got my dream,” said Othman who also won gold at the 2010 World Championships.

"After this I will think about entering a heavier weight category, maybe the -59kg. In Rio maybe I will be there."

Stalking the bench on entry to the venue before each lift, Othman’s started his record breaking day with a first lift of 187kg, adding 6kg to his previous best. In the next round he lifted 193kg, bettering closest competitor Vladimir Krivulya (180kg) of Russia by 13kg.

The battle for bronze went to the third round of lifts and it was China’s Qi Feng (177kg) who eventually managed to push the extra weight required to make the podium.

After Othman lifted 202kg in the third round, he opted for a fourth lift under the watchful eye of IPC President Sir Philip Craven who was later joined by Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The crowd fell silent before erupting in applause as Othman succeeded in lifting 205kg, almost four times his own body weight.

The junior gold went to Greece’s Paschalis Kouloumoglou (144kg). Great Britain’s Panagiotis Mamuneas (121kg) took silver and Iraq’s Ahmed Al-Majmaie (115kg) the bronze.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite: http://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2014

Athletes:

AUS Nang Nguyen

CHI Jorge Carinao

CHN Qi Feng

CHN Jun Li

CIV Alidou Diamoutene

EGY Sherif Othman

GBR Panagiotis Mamuneas

GRE Paschalis Kouloumoglou

GRE Dimitrios Bakochristos

HUN Nikosz Dudas

IRI Samad Abbasi

IRQ Ahmed Al-Majmaie

JPN Tetsuo Nishizaki

KEN Gabriel Magu Wanjiku

KGZ Esen Kaliev

NGR Ikechukwu Obichukwu

PNG Ziggy Satkurin

RUS Ildar Bedderdinov

RUS Vladimir Krivulya

TKM Mekan Agalikov

TUR Suat Guven

TUR Mustafa Gul

UKR Sergii Khvalinskyi

VIE Binh An Nguyen