Wada report exposes ‘serious anti-doping failings’ at Rio Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency report on the anti-doping methods employed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has criticized “Serious failings”. It only shows that the system was only saved from collapsing by the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key staff.

Its 55-page Independent Observers report, which blamed primarily on budget cuts and major staff shortages, lack of coordination and tension between the local organizing committee and Brazil’s anti-doping agency, found that, 4125 out of 11470 athletes had no record of any testing in 2016 of whom 1913 were competing in 10 “higher-risk sports”

Moreover, Nearly 100 samples were not matched to an athlete because of data entry errors. One missing sample was not located until two weeks after the Games. Almost 500 fewer drugs tests were carried out and less than 10% of biological passport samples were taken than planned at this summer’s Olympics.

“The aggregate effect was to strain the basic sample collection process at competition venues and in the Athletes’ Village close to breaking point, with many discrepancies observed in the sample collection procedure,” the report said. “Ultimately, it was only due to the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key doping control personnel working at the Games that the process did not break down entirely.

The report further reveals, “Chaperones were often provided with little or no whereabouts information for athletes targeted for out-of-competition testing in the Athletes Village, and therefore, the majority of times had to resort to asking team officials and/or athletes from the same team where the athletes they were looking for were located.

“Providing the names of the athletes they were seeking was (at best) highly inefficient and obviously compromised the “no notice” nature of the testing. In addition, when initial attempts to find an athlete in his or her room were unsuccessful, chaperones often lacked the training and/or the confidence to follow up with further enquiries and effort to find the athlete in other locations in the Village (such as the dining hall).

The report also said no out-of-competition testing was conducted in football, while there was “little or no in-competition blood testing in many high risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting”. The Independent Observers said they found this “surprising”.

USA emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA’s governing council on Friday took the decision which significantly increases the chances that the event will takes place in the United States. The World Cup last took place in North America in 1994, when the US hosted the tournament for the first, and so far only, time.

FIFA ruled that it will continue its rotational policy meaning European and Asian countries will be barred from bidding to host the 2026 World Cup as Europe and Asia will host the next two World Cups, with Russia staging the tournament in 2018 before Qatar holds the competition in 2022. The 2014 World Cup was held in Brazil, while the 2010 competition took place in South Africa.

Bidding for the 2026 tournament has yet to start, and U.S. soccer officials have not yet confirmed that a bid is forthcoming, but United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati seemed cheered by the news Friday.

FIFA said Europe would be put on standby only if “none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical and financial requirements.”

Malaysian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wants answers after his engine burst into Flames

British Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, lashed out his Mercedes team after his engine burst into Flames at the start of lap 41 at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

No! No! No! Screamed in frustration as he was coasting towards the victory that would have enabled him to regain the championship lead from Rosberg.

“Someone doesn’t want me to win this year. We have so many engines made for drivers but mine are the only ones failing this year” he said to the TV cameras.

“Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. I just can’t believe that there’s eight Mercedes cars and only my engines are the ones that have gone this way. Something just doesn’t feel right. It was a brand-new engine. It’s just odd. Only mine have gone.”

Mercedes non-executive chairman, and former multiple world champion, Niki Laudat told Sky “I am really upset. We should not let him down with an engine failure. It was a fairly new engine, it was not old in the car. What went wrong I do not know and we will work to correct it?”