Biggest sports controversies of 2015

Biggest sports controversies of 2015

Like always, the sports fraternity witnessed numerous shocking controversies in 2015. 

Italy athletics chiefs say doping scandal is procedural mix up

Italy athletics chiefs say doping scandal is procedural mix up

On Wednesday, NADO called for two-year bans for 26 athletes, including many champions of the last 10 years.

No regrets on exposing Russia doping: Whistleblowers

No regrets on exposing Russia doping: Whistleblowers

Yulia Stepanova and her husband Vitaly secretly recorded Russian coaches and athletes describing how they used performance-enhancing drugs.

Russia ready to create new anti-doping agency: Sports Minister

Russia ready to create new anti-doping agency: Sports Minister

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that they are ready to create a new anti-doping organisation.

Doping-money at heart of athletics cover-up, says former BALCO chief

Victor Conte, the man at the centre of what was the United States` biggest doping scandal, believes the latest drug scandal to rock the sports world is all part of a coverup to protect the bottom line.

Athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik finally arrives four years after getting the boot

Four years after he was unceremoniously sacked in the wake of the 2011 doping scandal, Ukrainian Yuri Ogorodnik has returned to the country, ending days of speculation over his appointment as athletics coach to prepare the women quartermilers for Rio Olympics.

Jamaica on the verge of blood testing athletes

Jamaica on the verge of blood testing athletes

Jamaica is on the verge of introducing blood testing for its athletes as the country continues its effort to recover from a doping scandal which rocked the sport of track and field here nearly two years ago.

Swimmer Park Tae-hwan hires foreign attorney ahead of hearing

Swimmer Park Tae-hwan hires foreign attorney ahead of hearing

South Korean swimming star Park Tae-hwan Thursday hired a foreign attorney in preparation for his international doping hearing.

Armstrong probe findings due in a year, says UCI

An inquiry team probing the role of cycling`s leaders in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will deliver its report by next year, the head of the sport`s global governing body UCI said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan starts probe into lifters` doping scandal

Azerbaijan has started investigations on the disqualification of nine of its weightlifters for a doping scandal.

Godolphin doping scandal: Internal inquiry clears Sheikh Mohammed

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum was cleared of any direct involvement in the Godolphin doping scandal by an internal inquiry Wednesday.

Powell’s sponsorship woes

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has started facing the side effects of being trapped into the doping net.

Danish cycling Olympic medallist admits to doping

Danish cyclist Rolf Soerensen has admitted, that he had used ‘blood-boosting EPO’ and ‘Cortisone’ in the 1990s.

Armstrong’s ‘banned’ doctor denies doping link

Lance Armstrong`s former physician Michele Ferrari has claimed he never saw the American cyclist indulging in doping activities, and added he had no knowledge of the banned cyclist engaging in doping activities.

IOC contemplates stripping ‘disgraced’ Armstrong of bronze medal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pondering over stripping Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal he won twelve years back in the road time trial at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Banned athletes to appeal against NADA panel decision

The 11 athletes who were handed two year ban by a NADA panel for flunking dope tests, including Asian Games bronze medallist wrestler Mausam Khatri, are expected to appeal against the decision.

UCI under pressure over being ‘complicit’ in Armstrong doping scandal

The International Cycling Union (UCI) continues to face pressure from various sports sponsors and figures, after a major Australian clothing brand claimed that the organisation was ‘complicit’ in sweeping disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal under the carpet.

Matt Damon up for Lance Armstrong biopic

Actor Matt Damon is reportedly in talks to play cyclist Lance Armstrong.

UK cyclist Cavendish says cycling still ‘cleanest’ sports despite Armstrong shame

British cycling ace Mark Cavendish has claimed cycling is still the cleanest sport in world despite Lance Armstrong getting banned from the sport for leading the most sophisticated doping scandal ever in sports history.

Contador says Armstrong was ‘humiliated, lynched’ during doping investigation

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador believes banned Lance Armstrong has not been treated with proper respect throughout the doping investigation, and added that the American was humiliated and lynched by doping accusations.