LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies. “I am not surprised,” the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. “As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.” The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping, called for cycling to address its doping past in a “collective and co-operative manner”. “If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed,” he said. Armstrong admitted having taken performance-enhancing drugs in January and was stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said it had uncovered a sophisticated doping programme. Armstrong did not compete in 1998 because he was battling cancer but the French Senate inquiry, published on Wednesday, named him as testing positive for EPO in 1999. Italian Marco Pantani, who won the Tour in 1998 and died of a drug overdose in 2004, and Jan Ullrich of Germany, who finished second in 1998, were among those named in the 918-page report compiled by a parliamentary group who called for a “truth and reconciliation” commission (TRC) to be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices. Since Armstrong confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show in January he has called for a truth and reconciliation programme on several occasions. WADA, the world anti-doping agency, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and national federations have been wary of the suggestion, although UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has appeared open to the suggestion of Armstrong sharing his past. Armstrong continued: “I… Read more »
Your dog can suffer just as much as you do from allergies. One look at your puppy’s runny eyes, red ears and flaky skin can let you know there’s a problem it’s important to have a veterinarian examine your dog to rule out thyroid disease or other types of problems; but often allergens are the culprit. Allergy medicine for your dog is available. There are to two major types: corticosteroids and antihistamines. A look at each of the types will give an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of these treatments. There also are other, non-medicinal ways to reduce your pet’s allergy suffering. Corticosteroids Prednisone is one commonly used corticosteroid for dogs. This type of allergy medicine for your dog works well and fast. However, there are a number of side effects, some of which are mild but others that are potentially lethal. Corticosteroids can possibly suppress your dog’s immune system. Short-term use of this allergy medicine for your dog is okay but long-term use should be avoided. Give these drugs in as low of a dose as possible. Antihistamines Antihistamines are a much safer allergy medicine for your dog than corticosteroids. But it may take a while to find the most effective type for your dog. Also, antihistamines will probably have to be administered to your dog several times a day. Giving pills to your dog is not fun, and doing it three times a day can become a real chore. Antihistamines can also make your dog drowsy and may not work for all dogs, and some experts say antihistamines only work in 20-30% of dogs. Non-medicinal treatments Supplementing the allergy medicine for your dog that you decide on with non-medicinal treatment has shown benefits. Often, changing your dog’s diet can help as your dog could have a food… Read more »
Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later. Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event. It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo. Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries. The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo. The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City. According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has… Read more »
Manchester United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, is considering to do a little modification to the club’s official emblem. The words “football club”, which is removed in 1998 because of changes in the image, the plan will be re-listed. The omission of the article and a half decades ago is fairly controversial and invite anger most Red Devils supporters. Woodward himself admitted he did not like the change and ready to show again “football club” to the United badge. “I do not like the turn the badge. [Joint-chairman] Joel [Glazer] also did not like the change. We will examine and consider about it,” he told the British media on Sunday (21/7) this. “We are a football club, not a business.” “I have explained to our staff that we are a 135-year old club and that is that you must remember. We are a football club, a club [club] with a capital C.” “And those who are bound in the inside there is a commercial business that will finance the purchase of a lot of players forward and we should be supportive of them.” “We have to make sure these two elements go together but not mutually affect each other and that’s where we try to balance it.”
Sunderland is closing in on the signing of Velez Sarsfield fullbackGino Peruzzi despite the player failing initial medical tests, the Argentine club has confirmed. Peruzzi has agreed in principle to join the Black Cats, and he travelled with Velez general managers Julio Baldomar and Eduardo Ordonez to England to further the negotiations. He was found to have an issue with his knee ligaments, which were initially damaged during a Copa Argentina defeat to Olimpo in April. Sunderland insisted on further tests being carried out at the Villa Stuart Sport Clinic in Rome, but exercises of the affected area yielded positive results. Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio and his squad have travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy, but club officials have indicated to Velez that the deal will be finalized later this week. Di Canio has been busy re-shaping his squad during the offseason, as he looks to build on a 17th-place finish during the previous campaign. Peruzzi would become the Di Canio’s 10th signing of the transfer window, joining the likes of USA striker Jozy Altidore, Modibo Diakite and Emanuele Giaccherini in making the switch to the Stadium of Light.
“We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport,” Lord Coe told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek. “It is for the clean athletes. I don’t care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport.” While the 1500m gold medallist from Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 does not believe trust in the sport has completely evaporated, Lord Coe is concerned people are losing faith in athletics. “It is depressing. Trust sits at the heart of this,” said Lord Coe, who is also vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). “I don’t think trust is gone entirely, but it was a bad day for the sport. The big challenge here is to go on fighting, this is not a fight we can afford to lose. “It is about trust. If fans can’t trust the athletes and go there knowing what they are watching is questionable, then we will descend to American wrestling where most of the crowd know it is fake and, worryingly, don’t care.” Lord Coe believes that athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent. But the London 2012 organiser and current British Olympic Association chairman knows that lifetime bans are not possible. The BOA, before Coe was elected chairman, had a policy of banning any British athletes from competing in Olympic Games for life if they had previously failed a drugs test. However, in April 2012 the governing bodylost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to keep the policy. It allowed athletes such as Dwain Chambers, who failed a drugs test in 2003,… Read more »
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has withdrawn from Sunday’s German grand prix and needs another operation on his left shoulder after he crashed in practice at the Sachsenring on Friday. The Spanish Yamaha rider, who is second in this year’s standings behind compatriot Dani Pedrosa of Honda after seven of 18 races, was running quickest in the afternoon session but lost control at turn 10 and landed heavily on his left shoulder. “The Mallorcan was taken to the Clinica Mobile, where examinations indicated that the eight screws in his shoulder were in tact but that the titanium plate itself had been bent by the impact,” organisers said on the MotoGP website (www.motogp.com). The 26-year-old had the screws and plate inserted two weeks ago after sustaining a broken collarbone in practice for the Assen grand prix and despite the injury flew back to Netherlands after surgeryin Barcelona and finished fifth. After the setback in Germany, he now faces a race to be fit in time for the U.S. grand prix at Laguna Seca next weekend. “I have decided to go home and recover after today’s crash at Sachsenring,” Lorenzo said on the Yamaha Factory Racing website (www.yamahamotogp.com). “I prefer to focus on surgery to fix the plate that was unfortunately bent during the crash. I will try to recover and be back as soon as possible.”
Laughter is an alternative medicine that improves health, wellness and job performances. Professionals having high-stress occupations mainly benefit from this alternative medicine. Laughter therapy combines simple laughter exercises and gentle yoga breathing. These exercises turn into real laughter when practised in a group. Yoga of laughter is something that we all can achieve regardless of limitations. When we consider some facts on laughter therapy, it seems clear that almost everyone can benefit from regular use of this new technique that is sweeping across the globe. It is regarded as a sacred practice that calms the nerves and balances the body, mind and spirit. Laughter therapy helps in lowering blood pressure, improves digestion, concentration, flexibility and reduces stress. Its benefit is seen as alternative medicine that helps to relieve anxiety in a variety of ways. This therapy reduces the stress hormone and increases the level of happiness hormone in the body. Yoga for laughter is considered an alternative medicine for stress management. You can get rid of anxiety and stress by just practising laughter exercise for few minutes everyday. Regular practise of laughter yoga can boost your immune system. Laughter increases the natural killer cells that have the ability to destroy tumors and viruses. It increases disease destroying antibodies and also increases the concentration of salivary immunoglobulin that defends against the entry of infectious organisms through the respiratory tract. Therefore, laughter is considered as an alterative medicine that brings balance to all the components of the immune system and heals the pain. Laughter therapy makes it easier to cope with life and its challenges. It makes us feel good because it defuses the most aching feelings by releasing them through a painless mechanism. It invokes feelings of joyfulness and happiness. Being an alternative medicine, laughter lifts the spirits and provides new… Read more »
Group of Chelsea’s squad is scheduled to land at Halim Airport, East Jakarta, Tuesday (23/7) at 13:00 pm. Their arrival to Indonesia is the last tour after undergoing a series of games in Thailand and Malaysia. In the game counter Malaysia, the success destroys the host Blues, 1-4. Chelsea striker, Demba Ba, really enjoyed the trip to Malaysia. Aware of a few hours to set foot in Indonesia, Ba had to comment first. Through his Twitter account, @ dembabafoot, he took time to greet supporters in the country, before boarding the plane. “Great time in malaysia kl. Off to jakarta, see you in few hours ….. Insha’ALLAH (Great Moments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Towards Indonesia, met with fans in a few hours. Insha Allah, “said the player who is identical to celebrate this thanksgiving prostration. Unlike in Thailand and Malaysia, coach Jose Mourinho is sure BA will play from the first minute. In the previous two games, the position of striker Romelu Lukaku inhabited. While Ba only act as a substitute.
Jose Mourinho seemed to be doing his sensational career trail with re-refine the clubs have ever coached. The Special One is currently back sitting in the Chelsea reserves as steering strategy game Frank Lampard et al, and it turns out that recognition by Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti, Mourinho also promised to return to coaching Inter. “I contacted Mourinho to congratulate her on her return to Chelsea and he told me that within three years we would meet back at Inter,” Moratti said. If what is said is true Mou means that 2016 will turn trained Mourinho’s Inter. Mou did take it apart once admitted Chelsea, Inter is a club he loves. With Inter from 2008 to 2010, he was offered two Portugal Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League trophy.