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WADA sets deadline for Sochi Olympic doping investigation

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MONTREAL (AP) — WADA’s independent investigation into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be completed by July 15.

The World Anti-Doping Agency specified the date in the “terms of reference” for the probe, which is being carried out by Canadian arbitrator Richard McLaren.

The inquiry will look into allegations by Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of the Moscow anti-doping lab, that he helped Russian athletes dope before the 2014 Winter Olympics and switched tainted samples for clean ones during the games.

WADA said the probe began last week and will finish when the report is presented to the agency “at the latest on 15th July 2016.”

That’s just over a month after the IAAF is set to decide whether to lift is suspension of Russia’s track and field federation, and six weeks before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

WADA said its president, Craig Reedie, can extend the mandate if necessary.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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