Now IOC President Jacques Rogge is apparently in favor of doubling the doping ban on Olympic athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs from two years to four years, and said at a conference in Amsterdam Monday that the measure “satisfies” the IOC’s desire to increase sanctioning on doping.
“We are waiting for the final text but already what is on the table today is something that is heartening for us,” Rogge told the crowd.
The plan would basically suspend an athlete for one Olympic cycle, and calls for stiffer penalties on athletes caught using anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, and masking agents, and those caught trafficking. The proposal will be up for review next year and could go into effect as early as 2015.
Rogge said the new proposal was “in line” with the Osaka Rule, a previous measure to ban athletes for an Olympic cycle if they were suspended for more than six months. That one was tossed out last year by the court of arbitration because it was seen as a way of punishing an athlete twice for the same offense.
Of course, the Australian Olympic Committee accepted a proposal earlier this month to throw you in jail if you’re caught lying about your doping history, so a four-year suspension seems pretty fair.
We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.
One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.
Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.
“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?”
When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).
Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.
“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”
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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.
Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.
Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.
Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.
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