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Asafa Powell appeals doping ban

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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has appealed his doping suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and wants it cut to three months, according to Agence France-Presse.

No date for his appeal hearing has been set, according to AFP.

Powell, 31 and a three-time Olympian, was banned 18 months in April for a positive drug test last June. The suspension was backdated, meaning he could return to competition Dec. 28 of this year.

A statement on Powell’s website in April said that the sprinter planned to appeal.

“This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust,” the statement read. “Panels such as these, I understood, were assembled to allow athletes who, consciously or unconsciously come into conflict with the rules of sport, a chance at equitable redemption. Unfortunately, this was not the case.”

Powell’s Olympic teammate, Sherone Simpson, also appealed her 18-month suspension, according to AFP. Powell and Simpson both tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine in June. Trainer Chris Xuereb was blamed.

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Equestrian horses begin boarding airplanes for Rio Olympics

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The first group of horses set to compete in the Rio Olympic equestrian events boarded a Boeing 777-F and departed from London’s Stansted Airport on Friday.

In all, 34 horses from 10 nations were part of the first of nine shipments delivering more than 200 horses to Rio. That’s nearly 20 tons of horses on Friday’s shipment alone.

Horses will also depart from Liege, Belgium, and Miami ahead of the Olympic competition.

More information on horse travel to Rio is available here from the International Equestrian Federation.

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Entire Russian weightlifting team banned from Olympics

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”

Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.

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