French rider Houanard gets two-year ban for doping

Updated 22 January 2013
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French rider Houanard gets two-year ban for doping

PARIS: French rider Steve Houanard was on Tuesday banned for two years by world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO.
Houanard, who has no major wins to his credit, raced for the AG2R La Mondiale team, which has not renewed his contract.
A professional since 2009, he tested positive in an out-of-competition urine test on September 21.
The UCI added that it had asked the Belgian cycling federation to instigate a disciplinary procedure against Belgian rider Leif Hoste “for an apparent violation of the anti-doping rules, on the basis of information provided by the blood profile in his biological passport.
“Mr Hoste shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter,” the UCI said.
“In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”


Saudi Arabia's Al-Wehda FC have FIFA suspension lifted

Updated 3 min 53 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia's Al-Wehda FC have FIFA suspension lifted

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s Football Federation chief Adel bin Mohammed Ezzat has thanked the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Sports Authority Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh for his support for Al-Wehda Football Club and his contribution to lifting a ban imposed by FIFA.
The ban on the club from football’s governing body was imposed because the management did not pay a sum of money that was due to Uruguayan footballer Adolfo Lima during the 2016-2017 season.
Ezzat stressed that this support from Al-Sheikh is an extension of the support from the Saudi football federation to all clubs.
Al-Wehda have won promotion back to the Saudi Pro League after finishing as champions of this season’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman league, Saudi Arabia’s second tier of professional football.