China Criminalises Doping

first_img“We are nearing the end of our study and research into a judicial interpretation on anti-doping,” the Director of China’s General Administration of Sport, Gou Zhongwen, told Xinhua.“It will be promulgated in 2019, probably in early 2019.“Those guilty of doping will face criminal punishments.”China is the latest country to make doping in sport a criminal offence.Germany introduced a law in December 2015 that mean athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing substances could face a prison sentence, although so far no-one has been charged with such an offence.Earlier this month, United States senators introduced the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act in the House of Representatives, which they claim will establish criminal penalties for doping offences.The senators claimed the Act will establish criminal penalties for participating in “a scheme in commerce to influence a major international sport competition through prohibited substances or methods”.They warned this will apply to all major international sport competitions in which US athletes participate, as well as where organisers receive sponsorship from companies doing business in the US or are compensated for the right to broadcast their competition in the country.Zhongwen revealed  that traces of performance enhancing drugs had been found in several samples taken from students applying to sports schools.“It is our will to show the world we are really serious about anti-doping, and are taking concrete measures on fight against doping,” he said.Previously punishments for doping in China have been restricted largely to fines and bans, but according to Xinhua, calls for doping to be made a criminal offence have been widespread.A judge from China’s Supreme People’s Court has also been quoted as saying they want to tackle doping.“We are studying and drawing up judicial interpretations on the application of law in handling criminal cases related to the use, manufacturing, sale and smuggling of performance-enhancing substances,” Jiang Qibo said.“With China strengthening the rule of law and anti-doping being included in the process, we, as China’s highest judicial organ, feel obliged to do our part in cracking down on doping.”The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), however, have consistently criticised moves to criminalise doping.In January 2017, three Chinese women’s weightlifting gold medalists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were disqualified and stripped of their medals for doping following a reanalysis of their drug tests.Whilst the country now appears to be taking a strong stance against doping, last year former Chinese team doctor, Xue Yinxian, alleged the country ran a compulsory doping programme in the 1980’s and 1990’s that affected 10,000 athletes across all sports.A WADA investigation was launched in October last year and in March they said they were still investigating. So far, no evidence of such a programme has been found.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram China is set to make doping a criminal offence, with any athletes found to have broken the law handed jail terms and “criminal punishments”, it has been reported.According to China’s official state news agency Xinhua, the country will make doping criminal in 2019, with the Sports Ministry and judiciary currently creating a draft proposal.Xinhua claimed it is a “strong signal” that China is against doping.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 89-79 loss to Georgetown

first_img Published on December 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — One week after tying its best offensive output of the season, Syracuse lost 89-79 to Georgetown on Saturday afternoon in Capital One Arena. Buddy Boeheim, who didn’t score in the first half, led all scorers with 25 points while Elijah Hughes added 21. For the Hoyas, sophomore guard Mac McClung scored 26 points while center Omer Yurtseven added 19 points and nine rebounds. Below are three takeaways from the Syracuse (5-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) loss. A zone with holes The obvious soft spot in the Syracuse zone, the high post area, was exploited to no end on Saturday. Georgetown repeatedly hammered the ball in between the top two men of the zone with a bounce pass. From there, the options were plentiful and all of them led to points. A Hoyas player, sometimes a streaking guard in Terell Allen, would either pull up for a jump shot, or force the defense to collapse around him. Wherever the pressure came from, the Hoyas sent the ball in that direction for open 3-pointers or easy buckets from the wing. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgetown finished 11-of-25 from 3-point land including a 4-of-5 start to the game that boosted its first half scoring.When the Orange attempted to mount a comeback late in the second half, they shifted to a full court press, a defense Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has noted in the past is not a strength for this team. The ball whipped through the mid-court, with nothing but a Syracuse foul stopping the charing Hoyas. The plays often ended with a few passes and a Yurtseven dunk or Hoyas free throws.Big MacGeorgetown separated from Syracuse at the end of the first half behind a string of points from McClung. The 6-foot-2 guard ran free in the fast break for several layups off Syracuse turnovers. Then, as Georgetown possessed the ball with less than 10 seconds remaining, McClung pulled up from beyond the arc with a Syracuse defender in his face and swished a 3-pointer. With his tongue hanging out of his mouth and fans screaming, McClung looked toward the bench and pointed down on the court in celebration. In need of helpThroughout the first half, Syracuse just needed another scorer. As he’d done against Georgia Tech, Hughes scored seemingly at will, hitting turnaround and mid-range jumpers, and 3-pointers, when Syracuse needed baskets. But through one half of play, Elijah Hughes had 18 points and no other Syracuse player had double-digit points. While Hughes kept Syracuse in the game, no other Orange player helped push past Georgetown. The misses came from several areas, and sometimes were mishaps before the ball went toward the basket. On one play, Howard Washington threw the ball to where he though Joe Girard III would be – but wasn’t – and the pass sailed out of bounds. On another, Buddy committed an offensive foul. A couple Girard drives to the basket resulted in turnovers and not the fouls the Syracuse bench pleaded for. In the second half, Buddy’s shots started to fall. He converted on 7-of-13 3-pointers, many with a defender in his face from the wing. What started as a Hughes shooting brigade turned into an offense finding ways for Buddy to score.But by the time Syracuse found its scoring touch, it was too late. The press was weak and Georgetown couldn’t be stopped.  Commentslast_img read more