Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 8, 2016

In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.

Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up

by CyclingTips

Olympic host nation Brazil has come under fire from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for stopping its drug testing programme in the lead-up to the Rio Games.

Olympic Games 2016 roadrace men

No anti-doping tests were carried out from July 1 to July 24, the country’s Sports Minister has confirmed, a fact WADA has described as “unacceptable”.

Brazil claims the decision to halt testing came after WADA suspended its testing lab in Rio a month earlier.

“We sent a letter to the Minister of Sport and the executive director of the Brazilian national anti-doping agency, pressing our concerns and demanding to know why testing had been stopped,” Rob Koehler, WADA’s deputy director general, told The Times in London. “The response was not satisfactory – the explanation that it had come about due to the changing of the guard in the Ministry and the Agency was not acceptable to us.

“It was unacceptable that it stopped. That was not a good move – the fact no testing was happening was a concern. At a time when the integrity of sport is on the line, it is vital that effective, rigorous testing is in place across the world so that the athletes and public have full confidence in sport.”

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