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Dick Pound to head up doping investigation

Dick Pound will head up the investigation. Credit: Reuters

Dick Pound, the hard-hitting former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

Pound will chair the three-man commission and will be joined by fellow Canadian Professor Richard McLaren, a longstanding member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It follows a programme broadcast by German TV station ARD on doping in Russia, which also alleged the IAAF world athletics body had failed to follow up on more than suspicious blood tests from more than 150 athletes including three from Britain.

A third member of the independent commission will be announced by WADA at a later stage.

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Iraqi runner wins Games gold despite finishing fourth

Almntfage celebrates his 800m gold at the Asian Games. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi 800m runner Adnan Almntfage has won gold at the Asian Games in bizarre circumstances despite crossing the line in fourth place.

Saudi Arabian Mohammed Abdulaziz finished first, but was disqualified for obstruction.

Qatar's Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla and Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain, who finished second and third, were also disqualified for lane infractions.

China's Teng Haining won silver with Qatar's Jamal Hairane taking bronze. Credit: Reuters

The errors allowed Almntfage to claim Iraq's first gold medal of the games, after which he declared:

“I am truly thankful for the medal I won today.

“I would like to say that the Bahraini, Qatari and Saudi opponents were very worthy opponents, however they made mistakes at the 200m mark.

“And these mistakes were against the rule of the competition, I hope these mistakes won’t happen again in such a competition.”

Rutherford helps GB athletes to record 12 Euro golds

Greg Rutherford won the men's long jump on the final day in Zurich. Credit: PA

British athletes have won a record-breaking 12 gold medals at the European Athletics Championships after winning five golds on the final day of competition in Zurich.

Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, the men's 400m relay quartet and both sprint relay teams all won their events on Sunday to beat the previous GB record of nine golds.

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'There's more doping because there's more prize money'

There is more doping in athletics now because the potential prize money available is "bigger than ever", according to a former US sprinter who was himself banned from the sport in 2005.

Tim Montgomery was speaking after a decision today to ban the Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell for 18 months after he tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine.

Montgomery said he could not see why an athlete would "go into a competition not knowing what they're taking".

Sprinter Asafa Powell: Doping ruling 'patently unjust'

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has issued a statement calling his 18-month ban for taking a banned substance 'patently unjust'.

Powell, 31, said he had unknowingly taken oxilofrine when he was using a legal supplement called Epiphany D1.

He added that his team had contacted doping authorities to point out that oxilofrine was not listed as an ingredient for Epiphany D1.

Asafa Powell issued a strongly worded statement after his 18-month ban for doping Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

The former world record holder also questioned the severity of his punishment, claiming it was "clearly not based on the offense nor the facts surrounding it".

Powell's team is now preparing to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell banned for 18 months

Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned from athletics for 18 months for doping.

Asafa Powell has been banned from athletics for 18 months Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP/Press Association Images

The 31-year-old Jamaican sprinter has competed at the last three Olympics and broke the world record in 2007 when he ran the 100 metres in 9.74 seconds at an event in Italy.

Powell tested positive for a banned substance in July of last year.

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