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Drug cheat athletes 'took away the moment'

Retired British sprinter Roger Black has spoken out in favour of new anti-doping rules after he suffered a defeat at the hands of drug cheats.

The double World Championship gold medallist explained to Daybreak how American sprinters robbed him and his teammates of "the moment" of victory.

"What they took away was the moment. We never experienced the moment. The moment where you're standing on the rostrum with three other teammates and celebrating to be the best in the world."

Fifa: New doping tests will be 'extremely deterrent'

The new system of testing for doping in sport will have an "extremely deterrent" effect, world football body Fifa's chief medical officer has said.

Professor Jiri Dvorak said testers would now be able to freeze blood and urine samples so that scientists can re-test them later on, potentially using newer technologies to detect performance-enhancing drugs.

A blood sample is taken for analysis. Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/Press Association Images

"There is a strong evidence that if you re-analyse the samples from past years that new methods would find them, this is an extremely deterrent method," he said.

"Most of the international federations decided to freeze the samples for a number of years.

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World Cup stars to face new drug testing regime

Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are among the athletes who will face the new testing system Credit: Associated Press

Footballers at this summer's World Cup will be among the first athletes to face a new testing system designed to weed out doping in sport.

Under the new regime athletes will have blood and urine samples compared over time to create a 'biological passport' that tracks changes in their body over time.

Major sports federations, medics and doping experts agreed to the new system, which they hope will combat increasingly sophisticated doping techniques.

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.

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Armstrong 'worried of potential criminal & civil liability'

The US Anti-Doping Agency has claimed that Lance Armstrong "was worried of potential criminal and civil liability" if he gave evidence to them about doping:

We have provided Mr Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling.

Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution.

Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so.

Today we learned from the media that Mr Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.

– US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart

Armstrong questioning 'would only demonise individuals'

Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.

We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result.

In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.

– Lance Armstrong's lawyer Tim Herman

Armstrong 'won't give doping evidence under oath'

Lance Armstrong confessed to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey Credit: REUTERS/Harpo Studios, Inc/George Burns/Handout

Lance Armstrong's lawyer has said the cyclist won't be interviewed under oath by a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency official who wanted him to tell them all he knows about doping, according to the AP news agency.

USADA officials had said the disgraced cyclist must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Today was the deadline for him to agree to speak to them.

Tim Herman said the process served "only to demonise selected individuals."

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