Murofushi won’t receive medal

first_imgLONDON (Kyodo) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld the appeals filed by two Belarusian hammer throwers against the International Olympic Committee’s decision to strip them of their medals for doping violations at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Koji Murofushi was set to move up from fifth to third place when the IOC ruled in December 2008 against the Belarusians, who tested positive for traces of testosterone after the hammer throw final, but the silver and bronze medals will now be returned to Vadim Deviatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, respectively. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “I heard about it through news reports. Doping is gaining more and more attention and this will result in stricter tests,” said Murofushi, who spoke with reporters after attending a funeral service for Japan Association of Athletics Federations honorary chairman Hanji Aoki. “I think this will be a plus for me at the London Olympics.”The CAS panel established that there had been a violation of the testing laboratory’s documentation and reporting requirements, as well as a violation of the “different analysts” rule.“The same laboratory analyst should not have performed activities on the ‘A’ and on the ‘B’ samples,” which constituted a clear violation of the international standards for laboratories, the panel said. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Reed and Bern named in Red Roses squad

first_imgThe Red Roses begin their campaign against France in Pau this weekend (Sunday, February 2nd, 12:30pm), before travelling to Glasgow to face Scotland Sunday, February 10th, 12:10pm).Middleton’s side then return to Doncaster for a third time as they welcome Ireland (Sunday, February 23rd, 12:45pm)  before taking on Wales at Harlequins’ Twickenham Stoop, (Saturday, March 7th, 12:05pm).The reigning champions then travel to an Italian side who finished runners-up last year as they head to Padova on Sunday, March 15th (1:30pm).Simon Middleton said: “We’ve named a squad that certainly reflects not only the immense experience in the English women’s game but also some of the outstanding young talent that we are now seeing emerge from the Tyrrells Premier 15s.“In terms of the overall squad, we are looking forward to seeing how this group, especially those who have emerged over the last 18 months, take the next step onto more senior roles and are pushing to be starters. “We are looking forward to getting out to France which is always a great contest and starting our campaign in Pau.”England Women squad in full:BacksJess Breach, Katy Daly-McLean, Abby Dow, Zoe Harrison, Natasha Hunt, Claudia Macdonald, Sarah McKenna, Amber Reed, Leanne Riley, Emily Scarratt, Emily Scott, Kelly Smith, Lydia Thompson, Millie WoodForwardsZoe Aldcroft, Sarah Beckett, Sarah Bern, Hannah Botterman, Shaunagh Brown, Rowena Burnfield, Bryony Cleall, Poppy Cleall, Amy Cockayne, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Vicky Fleetwood, Amelia Harper, Sarah Hunter, Heather Kerr, Harriet Millar-Mills, Abbie Scott, Morwenna Tallinglast_img read more