WADA Report: NADA records 71 positive tests but less samples collected

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Athletics continued to be India’s achilles’ heel in its anti-doping campaign, accounting for 21 of the 71 positive tests recorded by the National Anti-Doping Agency in the last one year, according to the latest WADA report. According to the report, NADA tested 3174 urine and blood samples during the last year which showed 71 Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), which indicates the number of positive tests. There were 9 Atypical Findings (ATF), samples that were found suspicious and possibly required further investigations, as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). While the number of dope cheats has reduced from 110 in 2015 to 71 in 2017, it needs to be factored in that NADA tested a bigger pool of 4734 players back then. A break up of the NADA testing reveals that in athletics, 815 Tests were conducted in 2017 with 502 being In-Competition (IC) and 229 being OOF (Out Of Competition). Of these 84 were blood samples. The second highest number of dope offenders came from Power Lifting, which made up for 14 positive tests out of the 50 IC samples collected. Weightlifters also predictably remained in the top bracket of dope offenders with 11 positive tests out of 359 collected samples. The most startling revelation is the sport of Bodybuilding where NADA collected only 18 samples and 9 turned out to be positive. Popular sports like football and hockey had one positive report each from the 318 and 156 samples respectively. Wrestling had four dope cheats among the 199 tested. Volleyball and Judo had two positive reports each while boxing had four such results. Interestingly, Indian boxers had the highest number of Out Of Competition (OOC) testing — 270 which is more than always-under-the-scanner athletics (229).advertisement The next highest OOF is that of weightlifting with 177 Tests. PTI KHS PM PM PMlast_img read more

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BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry ready to assist probe panel for Rahul Johri case

first_imgBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has written to the independent probe panel in the alleged sexual harassment case against CEO Rahul Johri, becoming the first high profile BCCI office bearer to offer assistance in the matter.The three-member probe panel had given a deadline of November 9 for anyone wanting to assist the committee in the probe against Johri to email them.”Yes, Anirudh had emailed to the panel on Friday night itself offering to help them in the probe. He is the first high profile official who has come out in the open and mailed to the Committee,” a senior BCCI official who is aware of the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.READ – MeToo movement in cricket: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accused of sexual harassmentThe BCCI treasurer offering to assist the Committee in the probe can be seen as a big development.”Earlier the Committee did not summon IPL petitioner Aditya Verma, who wanted to depose before the panel as they were not sure of his locus standi. Now a current office bearer has raised his hand and written an email. This is becoming serious now,” the official said.Chaudhry could not be reached for his comments on the issue.WATCH – Rahul Johri accused of sexual harassment, BCCI wants explanationJohri currently has been sent on leave till the probe gets over.The panel is expected to summon people for deposition for a couple of days and finish the probe by November 15.Earlier, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had raised concerns with reports of sexual harassment against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and added he was worried with the way the Committee of Administrators handled the case.advertisementIn a letter (which is in possession of India Today) addressed to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and acting president CK Khanna, Ganguly said he had a “deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going.”READ – Ganguly blasts CoA over its handling of sexual harassment allegation against JohriGanguly said the reports of sexual harassment against Johri and the way the allegation was handled, has shown the Indian cricket board in poor light.”I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly.. more so the way it has been handled… The Comittee of Administrators from four has come down to two and now the two seem to be divided,” Ganguly wrote in the letter which is in possession of India Today.(With inputs form PTI)last_img read more

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2020 Volvo V60 XC60 get the Polestar Engineered treatment

first_imgA trio of Polestar Engineered Volvos — how lovely. Volvo If you’re bummed you didn’t get one of Volvo’s superlimited-production S60 Polestar Engineered sedans before they sold out, well, buck up, little camper. Volvo announced Wednesday it’s bringing a few more high-performance treats to the US — and this time, they’ll even be wagon- and SUV-shaped.Starting this summer, you’ll be able to order Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 wagon and XC60 crossover. These cars get the same upgrades as the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan, including a nifty Öhlins suspension and bigger brakes with gold-painted calipers. On top of that, you’ll get a similar list of visual enhancements, including new wheels, black chrome tailpipes and a gloss black grille.Of course, you also get a power boost. All Polestar Engineered cars are powered by a higher-output version of Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, putting out 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Compared with the standard XC60 T8, that’s an increase of 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet. And since Volvo doesn’t offer a T8-trim V60 in the US, this is your only way to get a plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s excellent wagon.Volvo Polestar Engineered ModelsBig wheels and gold calipers look rad on the XC60 crossover. Volvo We’ll admit, the Polestar Engineered model isn’t our favorite version of the S60 sedan. Its powertrain isn’t as smooth as the turbocharged T5 and turbocharged-and-supercharged T6 options. Plus, the transition between regenerative and mechanical braking is really harsh. We found this to be true of the not-for-US V60 T8, as well.Volvo hasn’t announced pricing for these models, but based on current XC60 T8 numbers, it’s safe to assume they’ll land somewhere north of $60,000. Unlike the 2019 model year S60 Polestar Engineered, which was limited to just 20 cars for the US, there will be “considerably more” 2020 models, a Volvo spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow. That includes a second run of S60s, and Volvo says the 2020 models “will be available via traditional channels and not through Care by Volvo” (the automaker’s subscription service).Considering the buzz the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan generated when it launched, I can’t imagine Volvo will have a hard time finding homes for its latest batch of hot hybrids. Besides, that V60 just looks hella good. Polestar Engineered parts for Volvo 60-series T8 models Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 7 Photos Comment Polestar Volvo 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Share your voice 1 Volvo Originally published April 3, 10:22 a.m. PT.Update, 10:40 a.m.: Adds comment from Volvo. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img read more

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