Issues in Physical Activity and Sport:
      Drugs in Sport

  1. Serbian former world No.12 tennis player Viktor Troicki is banned for 18 months for failing to provide test sample.
Source: The Telegraph UK
Date of Publication: 25th July, 2013

  * Troicki’s claim that he had been given permission to skip the April 15 test because he was feeling unwell was rejected by the International Tennis Federation

  * Troicki managed to reach the third round of Wimbledon. He will be banned until 24th January, 2015, unless he appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  * He must also forfeit all of his prize money and rankings points earned at Monte Carlo, where the test took place.

  * The ITF reported: “Viktor Troicki has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.3 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (refusing or failing without compelling justification to submit to sample collection).

  * He was notified on 15th April, 2013 that he was requested to provide a urine sample and a blood sample. He provided the urine sample but not a blood sample.

  * Troicki asserted that he was feeling unwell and was under duress, as before the trial he had lost to Spain’s Tommy Robredo. The tribunal accepted this and he was given his 18-month ban as punishment.

  2. Top 18 riders in the Tour de France have been caught using blood-boosting agent EPO. Lance Armstrong ‘not surprised’.
Source: The Telegraph UK
Date of Publication: 25th July, 2013

  * The French Senate has released names of 18 riders who tested positive for EPO, including the top two: Italian Marco Pantani and German Jan Ullrich. 13 others were also named as having suspicious samples.

  * Armstrong stated: “My initial reaction is that I’m not surprised. Virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.”

  * The results of the 1998 Tour de France tests revealed Armstrong also tested positive for EPO. He has been stripped of...