Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympic Games for systematic doping

Russia's Olympic team has been barred from competing at next year's 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, amid claims of systematic doping.

The country's government officials are forbidden from attending and their flag will not be flown during the opening ceremony or games.

The IOC's dramatic move comes amid widespread evidence of state-sponsored doping. Source: 1 NEWS

Athletes with rigorous drug testing histories will be able to compete as neutrals, but the Russian national anthem will not play should they win gold.

The IOC has also imposed a lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, organizer of football's 2018 World Cup.

The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping.
The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping. Source: Associated Press/Mark Humphrey

IOC President Thomas Bach said the actions taken protect clean athletes while targetting the systematic doping schemes allegedly undertaken by Russia.

"As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOCs who are suffering from this manipulation," he said.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport.

"This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA."

Russia is expected to lodge a protest over the decision.

The IOC has also condemned Russia for manipulating the anti-doping lab at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi. Source: Breakfast

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Exclusive: Hamish Carter handed confidential athlete feedback to Cycling NZ coach Anthony Peden

In the wake of this morning's findings of the review into Cycling New Zealand, 1 NEWS can reveal that the distribution of highly confidential documents can be traced back to former triathlon Olympic gold medallist, Hamish Carter.

Carter was acting as the HPSNZ representative overseeing the sprint programme and he conducted the debrief after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Jainero.

Highly confidential athlete and staff notes from that debrief were obtained by 1 NEWS and they were given to Anthony Peden by Carter. 

Athletes have told 1 NEWS there was a bias due to Peden also being a selector. Source: 1 NEWS

High Performance Sport New Zealand boss Michael Scott says that the distribution of the confidential testimonies to Peden is "the area of the report that concerns me the most".

"Confidentiality is fundamental to having a trustful relationship with our athletes.

The breach of confidentiality was addressed by Michael Heron QC, who fronted media today.

"The person who did that has given me their explanation in detail. I've interviewed that person, I've recorded details of that explanation.

"I've found that it was inappropriate... No one else made that mistake."

In his review Mr Heron also identified how some of the sprint athletes' concerns identified in their review were not passed on to those in charge.

Mr Heron goes on to say the omissions meant the sprint report left "a materially different impression" and there was little mention of the "lack of accountability, bullying, boozy drinking culture and shit behaviour," identified by athletes and staff.

Those spoken to by 1 NEWS have said that Carter was seen as "untouchable" within the HPSNZ setup, and many knew he operated outside the rules.

HPSNZ CEO Michael Scott confirmed that the conduct of the individual in question - believed to be Carter - was now under review.

"A process has commenced with the individual concerned. The individual is still working with us but a process has commenced.

"To those athletes whose confidentiality was breached, and to any others impacted by the conduct of High Performance Sport New Zealand, I am sorry."

Carter, an Olympic gold medallist, was the High Performance Sport Representative overseeing the sprint programme. Source: 1 NEWS


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Damning review finds ‘dysfunctional culture’ within Cycling NZ’s high performance programme

A review into the Cycling New Zealand High Performance programme has found the allegations revealed by 1 NEWS about former head sprint coach Anthony Peden are true.

Michael Heron QC has spent the past five months looking into the culture at the sporting organisation and released his findings this morning.

In his 84-page report, he identified instances of bullying, an inappropriate relationship between Peden and one of the female athletes he coached and a dysfunctional culture which Cycling NZ failed to deal with.

"The Cycling NZ response was ineffective and inadequate."

He also found High Performance Sport New Zealand knew of the issues and should have done more to ensure they were dealt with.

It found a toxic culture and an inappropriate relationship between a coach. Source: 1 NEWS

"HPSNZ ought to take some responsibility for the cultural and leadership issues identified."

In regards to the relationship, the report specifically details an incident that happened weeks out from the Rio Olympics at a training camp in Bordeaux, France where Peden and the athlete remained in town drinking alone.

At 2:30am, "the coach and the athlete returned in a taxi to the team hotel. They were clearly intoxicated. A witness at the hotel describes seeing 'an intimate moment between them'."

Heron goes on to reveal how a young female athlete and the team manager were put under pressure to lie or not speak about the incident during an investigation.

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Neither Peden nor the female athlete he had a relationship with participated in the review but both gave feedback on the report in its draft stage.

In a statement, which Peden's lawyer insisted was included in full, he says "the report is grossly inaccurate in many respects" and based on "anecdote, hearsay, gossip and rumour".

However, he declined to "critique the many errors in the report... because that may only lead to the airing of further untruths and inaccuracies". He added that he's reflected on his behaviour and is committed to ensuring "no criticism can be legitimately levelled at him in the future".

In his summary, Mr Heron identified shortcomings in the high performance system including no way to escalate and deal with situations like these. He also says his findings suggest the current system may not give enough priority to athlete and participant welfare.

See Abby Wilson's full coverage of the Cycling New Zealand saga

May 30: Exclusive: Kiwi cyclists accuse NZ coach Anthony Peden, who has stepped down, of inappropriate behaviour and bullying

May 31: High Performance Sport NZ announces formal investigation into allegations against former Cycling NZ coach

June 1: Exclusive: Former Cycling NZ coach had access to deeply personal and damning confidential athlete interviews with HPSNZ

June 2: Exclusive: More people coming forward to speak out against Cycling NZ's handling of departed coach Anthony Peden

June 2: Exclusive: NZ cycling coach needed medical treatment during 2016 Rio Olympic Games after consuming alcohol

June 5: 'Controlling and intimidating' - More details emerge of Anthony Peden's inappropriate behaviour while coaching at Cycling NZ

June 8: Man who led review into All Blacks failed 2007 World Cup to investigate allegations against Cycling NZ & HPSNZ

June 18: Exclusive: Independent investigation into High Performance Sport NZ, Cycling NZ already under fire

August 30: Independent Review into Cycling NZ fails to meet deadline

Peden is accused of bullying and an inappropriate relationship with an athlete. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch as boxing champion Deontay Wilder breaks jaw of mascot in promo stunt gone wrong

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has apologised after reportedly breaking the jaw of a mascot he punched during a US television appearance.

Wilder was doing a promotional appearance on Spanish language show Nacion ESPN to promote his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury when he punched a man dressed in a mascot suit.

The WBC heavyweight champion also denied he did not know there was a person in the suit.

"Anything headlining I didn't know a human being was in there is just straight click-baiting," Wilder said on Instagram.

"I sincerely apologise to the brave man that was injured (if this is true). I have the utmost respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.”

Wilder said reports of the injury were true, he would like to invite the man to his fight on December 1 against Fury in Los Angeles where he will defend his title.

A promo for Wilder’s upcoming fight with Tyson Fury went badly wrong for the person in the suit. Source: Breakfast


Watch: Hawaii Ironman champion proposes to girlfriend after sealing title

German star Patrick Lange has made Hawaiian Ironman history, becoming the first triathlete to break the eight-hour barrier at the world championship.

Lange won the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run event in 7hrs 52min 39sec - crushing the 8:01:40 course record he set a year ago.

He was in high spirits at the finish and proposed to his girlfriend, who accepted, soon after his comprehensive win.

The Hawaiian Ironman is notorious for its brutal winds and tropical heat but Belgian Bart Aernouts also finished in under eight hours for second place with 7:56:41.

Lange was two minutes slower this year on the run but set up the title with a swim-bike that was nine minutes faster than his combination last year.

After setting a new course record, Patrick Lange popped the question. Source: World Ironman Championship


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