Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | More than 14,000 anti-doping tests on more than 6,000 athletes have been conducted in the lead up to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang next month, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.The tests, conducted between April and December 2017, represent a 70 percent increase on the same period in 2016, the IOC said.Russian athletes were particularly targeted, twice as much as those from any other country in November and December.The country was banned from the Winter Games in early December by the IOC over state-sponsored doping, in particular at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.More than 40 Russians who competed in Sochi have subsequently been banned for doping following the retesting of samples. It means Russia has lost 13 of the 33 medals originally won in Sochi.Athletes from 61 countries were tested in total. “Protecting clean athletes by fighting doping is a top priority for the IOC,” said the Olympic body’s medical and scientific director Richard Budgett in a press release.“The sporting integrity of the Games is vital, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that Pyeongchang 2018 provides a level playing field for all clean athletes.”Although Russia has been banned from the Olympics, those athletes who have never failed a drug test can compete in South Korea under strict conditions.They will be allowed to compete as neutrals but will not be permitted to wear the Russian kit, use their country’s flag or hear its anthem should they win gold.Those Russians present can expect to be tested even more as the IOC said it was operating “an improved intelligent testing system” in Pyeongchang and beyond.“This more targeted testing focuses on specific disciplines and nationalities that are at particular risk, as well as individual athletes and groups of athletes selected based on their ranking, and any suspicious change in performance or adverse testing history,” added the IOC.Share on: WhatsApp
Rwanda’s women’s coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga said that they are preparing a strong team because they need to prove a point at home. ” We are taking this tournament very seriously because we must impress in-front of our fans,” he added.The Ugandan team that finished fourth at the last Championship have also included Jean Sseninde who features for Crystal Palace Ladies team in the English Women Premier League, Fazah Ikwaput and Leticia Nabbossa who ply their trade with Gokulam Kerala in India.***URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Crested Cranes training ahead of the 2018 CECAFA ChampionshipKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwanda are preparing to host the 2018 Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Women’s Challenge Cup slated for May 12-22th at the Stade de Kigali.Bonnie Mugabe, the spokesperson and head of Communication at the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) told URN on Monday that they are ready to host the regional tournament. ” We are determined to host a successful tournament and also ensure that our team performs well,” said Mugabe.The official added that after successfully hosting the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), they are always determined to ensure tournaments organised by Rwanda are well managed.Nicholas Musonye, the CECAFA Secretary General said the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup attract eight nations which will be grouped in two pools of four teams each. The participating nations include; hosts Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti and defending champions Tanzania.The Women’s Challenge Cup was revived last year once again since 1989. Uganda hosted the 2016 edition in Njeru where Tanzania beat Kenya in the final.
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