O’Grady asked to quit Olympic role after EPO admission

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Olympic Committee(AOC) has called on cyclist Stuart O’Grady to step down from its Athletes’ Commission after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France.

 O’Grady, who announced his retirement this week, told a newspaper on Wednesday that he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour, where he became only the second Australian to wear the yellow jersey.

 AOC secretary-general Craig Phillips contacted O’Grady by e-mail asking for his immediate resignation from the 10-member advisory body, the AOC said on Thursday.

 “Members of our London Olympic team, who elected Stuart to theAthletes’ Commission, are entitled to be angry knowing they had supported an athlete who had cheated,” AOC president John Coates said in a statement.

“Athletes’ Commission members are chosen for their qualities of integrity and leadership and by his admission Stuart does not deserve to be a member of that group.”

 A report by a French Senate inquiry released on Wednesday found the top three finishers at the 1998 tour – Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich – were among 18 riders who had tested positive for EPO.

The 1998 race was overshadowed by the scandal involving the Festina team, who were kicked off the race after a medical team member was arrested at the French border and customs officers seized banned substances.

O’Grady was listed by the French Senate report among 12 riders whose tests were said to be “suspicious” but he confirmed using EPO to the Adelaide Advertiser, insisting he had acted alone in sourcing it.

O’Grady announced his retirement after helping his GreenEdge team to a team time trial victory in this year’s Tour, saying he wanted to go out on a high despite being expected to race on until 2014.

The Australian team said it supported O’Grady “as a person and an advocate for a clean sport”.

“Like the majority of the riders in his generation, he was also exposed to the issues and wrongdoings of the sport and made some wrong choices in that environment,” the team said in a statement on its website (www.greenedgecycling.com).

“We would like to underline that in all of our interactions with Stuart, he has always been extremely clear about the right path for the sport and we believe that certain mistakes in the past shouldn’t be allowed to tarnish his entire career and his integrity as a person.”

Cycling Australia also declined to condemn O’Grady, blaming the era and the European “environment”.

“The late 1990’s was clearly a dark period in cycling’s international history,” the governing body said in a statement.

“(Australian) Athletes transitioning from the strict anti-doping regimes enforced under the domestic … programs were faced with a very different environment when they landed in Europe.”

Coates, though, said the “everybody else was doing it” line was no defense for using banned substances.

 “This was a shameful period for the sport of cycling which has been well documented, that is no excuse for the decision taken by Stuart O’Grady,” he added.

Serena Williams and LeBron James, Best Athlete version of Espy Award 2013

LeBron James and Serena Williams got a gift as the best male and female athletes Espy version (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award 2013, held at the Kodak Theatre on Wednesday (07/17/2013) local time.

James, who had just delivered the Miami Heat won the NBA title two years in a row, beating candidates such as Miguel Cabrera baseball players, football players Adrian Peterson, and swimmer Michael Phelps.

This is the title back-to-back for James. In addition, he was also named the Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player.

After receiving the trophy as the best athlete, James-nominee name another nominee, then said, “(Trophy) for the four of us, man, I just keep it in my house.”

On the women’s side, Williams defeated gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin, and basketball player Brittney Griner. Aside from being selected as the best female athlete, Williams was also selected as the best tennis player.

Other tennis player ever to be selected as the best athlete is Monica Seles (1993) and Venus Williams (2002).

Espy Award is an annual event to give awards to athletes, individuals or the best team, which is initiated by one of the cable television network in the United States, ESPN.

The event was held since 1993, in February or March, every year. However, since 2003, the event was held on Wednesday in July, the day after the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game.

This is the season when the branches of the sport in the U.S. is not being rolled, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Contribute Weightlifting Silver One for Indonesia in the Universiade 2013

Contribute Weightlifting Silver One for Indonesia in the Universiade 2013
Kazan – Until the 10th Universiade championship in 2013, Indonesia has to get a silver medal. Medals were donated from weightlifting branch.

Universiade is a championship fight for a lot of sports like the Olympics. The difference is, the athletes who competed here are the students.

In 2013 the event was held in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. President Vladimir Putin was officially opened on July 6, 2013 and contesting 27 sports, including rugby 7, soccer, swimming, volleyball, beach volleyball, chess, weightlifting and badminton.

In 2013 Kazan Universiade in particular also competed typical folk wrestling Tatarstan “Cyrus” who competed for the first time at the Universiade.

From 6 sports that followed, the new Indonesia won one silver medal from weightlifting 56 kg branch on behalf Surahmat Suwito. These achievements to repeat the success in the Universiade Shenzhen 2011.

“University Students Abulyatama Banda Aceh is back to repeat his performance at the Universiade Shenzhen 2011,” said Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus Djauhari Oratmangun release received detikSport.

Surahmat silver medal with a total force obtained weighing 250 kg, 16 kg lighter than the gold medalist from China. Class 56 kg bronze medal won by athletes Moldova with 246 kg total force.

“Although it has not managed to get a lot of medals, but the Indonesian team could learn quite a lot from Kazan Universiade 2013. Particular how the Russian government to prepare all facilities and of course all athletes prepare seriously to buy almost all the medals in all sports,” said Oratmangun .

Kazan is no half-and-half to host Universiade this year. They not only freshen up, but also primp.

Kazan city faces filled with flowers which were scattered in every corner of the city, really liven up summer in Kazan – which is pretty well known in the summer.

New facilities are also built specifically for the success of the Universiade Kazan 2013 Universiade Park, among others, the construction of which was opened officially on July 4, 2013.

Universiade Park is the center of the ongoing cultural activities that a side event of the Kazan Universiade 2013, where participants Kazan Universiade and the community can enjoy a variety of entertainment from rock music to the famous circus “Cirque Du Soleil” is performed every night during the Universiade Kazan 2013.

Universiade itself will be closed on 17 July. So far, Russia still leads the medal table with a record 102 gold, 54 silver, and 48 bronze. While Indonesia is in the top 46 contestants from 162 countries.

Mo Farah breaks record 2 1500 Meter Run

Mo Farrah (foto : Reuters)

MONACO – Mo Farah broke the record for the United Kingdom category run 1500 meters when undergoing Diamon League in Monaco yesterday (07/20/2013). Previously, Steve Cram holds the record for the last 1985 years.

See his record broken by the Somali-born runner, Cram said he was surprised considering he was laughing at a joke before Mo who want to break that record.

“I was surprised. Mo had joked to record megalahkan United Kingdom and I laughed. But I have to take my hat off to him, to 5000 meter runners seemed, could berlaris eperti it very hard to believe, “said Cram told BBC Sport.

3 minutes 28.81 seconds was the time recorded by Farah Cram to pass time record for 3 minutes 29.67 seconds which had stood for 23 years. In addition, a time of Mo also passed a European record for the fastest, Fermin Cacho who recorded a time of 28.95 seconds for 3 minutes.
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Forget the Tour de France, It’s He Running Tours Around Paris

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Paris – As the most famous bicycle race in the world, many tourists who watch the Tour de France. In fact, you could just take a tour around the city of Paris run. Travelers will run round the famous icons in the romantic city.

Reporting from New York Times, Monday (22/07/2013), this tour is named Nike Running France. The tour is held free every week, with participants between 150-200 people. Besides the tourists, Parisians also enthusiastically following the event run so far is 10 Kilometers. There expatriates, chefs, graphic designers, students, teachers, housewives, and journalists.

Tours run started at 18:00 local time, right at dusk. Participants will gather in front of the Nike store at the Champ-Elysees, luxury shopping area in the city of Paris. Relax, tourists will be guided by a tour guide who already holds a certificate of Nike Running France.

The journey began. Hundreds of tourists will belari across the famous icons in the city of Paris. Starting from the Champ-Elysees, Louvre Museum, and of course the Eiffel Tower. You will pass the Trocadero, entering tunnels underground stations, and winding between Paris citizens who sit calm while sipping coffee at a cafe.

This tour is not the first run. 2007-2008 years ago was named Paris Running Tours Tour the same distance, 10 Kilometers. Participants increased 10% from year to year. It seems enthusiastic travelers touring around the city this run.

Hadi Escaped to Ukraine

Sudirman Hadi, from West Nusa Tenggara sprinter managed to qualify for the Youth World Athletics Championships 2013 in the Donetsk, Ukraine. The championship will take place on 10-14 July.
According to Secretary PB PASI, Tigor Tanjung, Sudirman managed to record time 10.96 seconds in the men’s 100m at the National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013.
“The times were owned Sudirman deliver him to the World Junior Championships. World Championship record limit is 11.15 seconds, in the junior category, “he said in Jakarta, Monday (8/4).
National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013, which was held in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta on 3-6 April is the effort of PB PASI doing coaching athletes. In this tough competition occurs among athletes who make the emergence of a record-national record.
Tigor adds, national record through tough competition in the junior and youth categories this year increased. Last year only six rekornas that telampaui, but now increased to 11 rekornas.
“These conditions provide fresh air to coaching track and field athletes from all over the country. Therefore, in addition to be a junior championship qualifying event to the world championships, also a sustainable level of coaching athletes, “he said.

Gerdi Zulfitranto Not Satisfied with Two Gold

Swimmers Jakarta State University (UNJ), Gerdi Zulfitranto, won two gold on the first day Student League (LIMA) Swimming in 2013, which took place at the Swimming Pool Pertamina Simprug, South Jakarta, 29-30 June 2013.

Gerdi won gold on the 200 meter breaststroke with a record of 2 minutes 30.17 seconds, and the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 31.31 seconds.

Gerdi student who is majoring in sport in UNJ failed to win gold in the 200-meter medley. He had to settle for a silver medal.

“If there is no Idam Dasuki, could possibly be gold. He’s a former national training athletes, “said Gerdi after the game in Swimming Pool Pertamina, Simprug, South Jakarta, Saturday (06/29/2013).

Gerdi and other participants did not expect to meet in the Student League Swimming Idam. Craving is a student STKIP Bandung. On the first day, she won the 200 meters gold and silver medley 50 meter breaststroke.

“I think he’s still in pelatnas. Because I understand that athletes are competing at the national training Asian Indoor Games in Korea. Turns out he was not a baseball athletes participate for national training, “said another swimmer UNJ, Rays Tri U Chaniago, who also successfully won gold in the 100m backstroke.

After bagging two gold and one silver, Gerdi hoping to add another gold while down in the 100-meter breaststroke on the second day, Sunday (30/06/2013).

“Actually, only FIVE warming. I put the target in the Governor’s Cup July 4 to 6 later because the results will be very influential to be drawn into Pelatda city, “said Gerdi who joined the swimming club Kusuma Hope.

Phelps Breaks World Record (Again)

Indianapolis – Just about two months after the post back in the pool slide was suspended, Michael Phelps has recorded a special achievement. He broke the world record 100m butterfly.

Phelps broke the record while competing in the final of the 100 m butterfly U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Thursday (09/07/2009) local time, with a time of 50.22 seconds.

Note that sharpens the previous world record, which is 50.40 seconds set by compatriot Phelps, Ian Crocker, in Montreal in 2005.

Phelps followed by Tyler McGill who finished second with a time of 51.06 seconds. While Aaron Peirsol clocked 51.30 seconds for third rank.

This is the first world record was broken by Phelps after a 24-year-old boy broke seven world records – four personal record and a record three teams – at the Beijing Olympics last year.

Phelps is just two months returned to the pool after being suspended for three months by USA Swimming last February due to the middle of the picture taking bong (sucker marijuana) in the British tabloid News of the World.

In 2003, Phelps broke the world record in fact ever 100m butterfly in Barcelona, but the day after the record-breaking Crocker and sharpening twice.

“I still remember the day I broke the world record and the next day Crock Crock broke it and hang on. Could pass again today means a lot,” said Phelps told the Associated Press.

Phelps currently holds eight world records, the 400m medley, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m medley 100m butterfly (individual records), and the 4×100 m freestyle, 4×200 m freestyle and the 4×100 m medley (team record).

Ten greatest athletes in Kansas City sports history

While the history of sports in Kansas City is largely tied to the Chiefs (NFL) and the Royals (MLB), the narration is threaded much deeper than the names on the front of the jerseys. The “team first” mantra will always ring true, however, there are some athletes that are Considered the anchors for their colleagues, Organizations, cities and even generations.
Though not as vast as some of the bigger cities of the – oftentimes resulting in an astronomical popularity – Kansas City has seen some of the best call it home.

Here are the 10 most beloved athletes of professional sports in Kansas City history.
Who sits atop this list for you?
* List is in alphabetical order
* List includes only athletes; no coaches or owners INVOLVED
Nate “Tiny” Archibald (Kings, 1972-76)
His nickname may be “Tiny,” but he had a big game. With the Kings / Omaha Kings, Archibald enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA.

In the 1972-73 season, his first year with the Kings, the point guard averaged 34 points and 11.4 assists per game – leading the league in both categories. In fact, Archibald Became one of the rare players to lead the NBA in both assists and points in one season.
With the Kings, Archibald was a three-time All-Star, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

George Brett (Royals, 1973-93)

The unequivocal leader of the Royals during their glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, Brett’s name is synonymous with Kansas City sports – even leading the team to its lone World Series title over cross-state rival, the St.. Louis Cardinals, in 1985.
Having played his entire career with the Royals, the Hall-of-Fame third baseman is also the franchise leader in most major statistical categories.

Brett stayed in the Kansas City area following his playing days and has always been closely tied to the organization. He was named the team’s interim hitting coach Earlier this season.

Len Dawson (Chiefs, 1963-75)

Not originally a member of the Chiefs, Dawson’s career did not really get going until joining the Dallas Texans five years into his professional football days. The franchise moved to Kansas City one year later, and the rest is history.
Dawson led the Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances, losing the very first one to the Green Bay Packers and winning the franchise’s lone Super Bowl title three years later against the Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
His close connection to the organization and the city after his player career keeps Dawson’s name among Kansas City’s elite.

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs, 1997-2008)

Though Gonzalez is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, he will be best remembered for his days donning Chiefs’ red at Arrowhead Stadium – at least in the eyes of Kansas Citians.
Gonzalez has made the best-tight-end-ever argument an open-and-shut case, having tallied 1,242 receptions for 14.268 yards and 103 touchdowns – all records for his position. These numbers, however, make it imperative to include his name among the greatest pass-Catchers of all time, Regardless of position. The 16-year veteran ranks second in catches, seventh in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions in NFL history.
Even though he did not get a postseason victory until joining the Falcons, Gonzalez will forever be a part of the Chiefs’ family.

Maurice Greene, the Olympians (Track and Field)

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Greene took the entire world by storm by being Anointed the world’s fastest man back in 1999. The speedster would go on to take gold in both the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Greene’s stretch of dominance from 1997-2001 is one that will not soon be forgotten. He has been an avid participant at the Kansas Relays and is now a track and field coach at UCLA.

Bo Jackson (Royals, 1986-90)

Bo Jackson hit 109 HRs in four-plus seasons with the Royals. (USA Today Sports)
Though it may have seemed like a flash in the pan, it is debatable that no other Kansas City athlete’s Stardom and fame shined brighter than that of Jackson’s.
One of the greatest pure athletes that we will ever see, Jackson’s football career with the Los Angeles Raiders was cut all too short after he sustained a freak hip injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January of 1991. He would never be the same either on the baseball field.

An example of just how well he is Regarded in Kansas City was during MLB’s 2012 All-Star Game festivities. Jackson was the coach of the American League celebrity softball squad that also featured Brett, among other greats and big names in the world of pop culture; but it was Bo who stole the show.

It was late in the game with his team way down on the scoreboard when the fans started chanting his name relentlessly. They wanted Bo to take one final at bat in Kansas City as if to signify what they had missed out on over a decade before.
It was supposed to be Joe Carter’s turn at the plate – who also has ties to the Kansas City area – but he INSISTED that Bo do the honors. It was the most breathtaking infield pop-out that the game has ever seen.

Buck O’Neil (Monarchs, 1938-43, 46-48)

O’Neil on coming to Kansas City: “I knew I was coming to the Heart of America … I did not know I was coming to the center of the universe!”
“O’Neil loved Kansas City and Kansas City loved him back. You’d be hard-pressed to find any one individual who did more to raise the profile of our great city and he did so unassumingly and selflessly. The barbecue baron, Ollie Gates, has Often said that the two most important people in Kansas City history were H. Roe Bartle and John ‘Buck’ O’Neil.: I could not agree more! ” – Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District.

Derrick Thomas (Chiefs, 1989-99)

Though his time with the Chiefs and on this Earth were abruptly cut short back in the winter of 2000 after a tragic car accident, Thomas will certainly never be forgotten for what he meant to this organization and to this city.
On the field, the nine-time Pro-Bowler was one of the most feared pass rushers the game has ever seen – tallying 126 1/2 career sacks and an NFL-record seven sacks in one game against the Seattle Seahawks during the 1990 season. Off the field, Thomas planted himself in the Kansas City community early in his career by starting the Third and Long Foundation.
The Chiefs organization has since named its player of the year award after Thomas and a charter school opened in his name (Derrick Thomas Academy) in 2002.

Tom Watson, Professional Golfer

Born in Kansas City, Watson paved a career during the 1970s and 1980s that saw him Become one of the greatest golfers of all time. He won eight Majors from 1975-1983, Including the British Open five times.
Watson has tacked on another six Major tournament on the Champions Tour Victories.
While his hometown is not Regularly featured on the Tour, Watson’s name is peppered all over the golfing community in Kansas City – Including his involvement in designing the new Loch Lloyd Country Club and also The National Golf Club of Kansas City, located on Route 45 , or better known as Tom Watson Parkway.

Frank White (Royals, 1973-90)

One of only four jersey numbers retired by the Royals (Brett, Dick Howser and, of course, Jackie Robinson), White played his entire 18-year baseball career in Kansas City.
Though born in Mississippi, White’s story really Began in Missouri.
In 1970, then owner Ewing Kauffman started the Royals Baseball Academy Essentially which was designed to develop inner-city athletes into baseball players. White spent 18 months in the program before being signed to one of the organization’s minor league affiliates.
White played by Brett’s side during the Royals’ glory days, winning one World Series title (1985), an ALCS MVP (1980), a Silver Slugger Award (1986), eight Gold Gloves, and was named to five All-Star teams. The slick-fielding second baseman has stayed close to the game, most recently as a coach for the Kansas City T-Bones who play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

“Related to Doping, Time Athletes Be Knight”

Asafa Powell (Foto: Ist)

MIAMI – Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Tyson Gray is still denied doping being twisted them. The world Sprinter compact answer did not understand why their results showed a positive doping test.

Powell, Gay and Simpson are three of the six runners who shocked the athletics world, because of doping problems that ensnare them. All three tested positive in a doping test conducted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when appearing in Jamaican National Championships in June.

However, the three did not admit it. They argue that it is a positive doping results because they do not know any illicit substances contained in the food, beverage or supplement them.

Athletes above statement echoed by Paul Doyle, an agent of Asafa Powell. He even accused Chris Xuereb, coach of Powell and Simpson deserve to be blamed for the incident.

However, immediately denied the accusation Xuereb, who hope the athletes can be a gentleman to confess. As in the case of Powell, where the Italian police investigators found a number of drugs (supplements) in the former hotel rooms in the world’s fastest runner.

“It is time the athlete is responsible for doping cases they do. This is better than making people surrounding dis scapegoat, whether it be a therapist, bartender or whoever, “Xuereb said as quoted by Super Sport.

“I’m very disappointed they are blaming me for this. WADA and the public should stop receiving a story like this, “he continued.

Further, during his stint as a therapist, Xuereb never give medications or supplements that violates the rules. “Most importantly, I’ve never given a substance that is illegal or prohibited to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson,” he added.

“When recommending vitamins, all vitamins that I recommend is the famous brand and everything is bought over the counter in the store leading nutrition. I bought vitamins are also under instructions from agents and athletes, “he concluded. (Acf)