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Sport Sport braces itself as DCMS panel says doping and governance reports are coming

19:04  12 january  2018
19:04  12 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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The Digital, Culture , Media and Sport ( DCMS ) select committee said it is "not in a position" to state The long-awaited "Combatting Doping in Sport " report , also states Lord Coe, the president of Got a big cycling race coming up? Make sure you make the most of your warm up with this 20-minute guide.

DCMS chairman Damian Collins said the committee was "looking forward to a productive start to 2018". Parliamentary reports into doping and sports governance are expected to be published by the end of February.

Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Damian Collins is looking forward to a productive start to 2018: Damian Collins visit © PA WIRE Damian Collins visit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee's much-anticipated reports into doping and sports governance will be published by the end of February, it has been announced.

The doping report is scheduled for publication by the end of January, with the governance report coming in February.

The former is expected to recommend the criminalisation of doping - contrary to government policy - and more funding for anti-doping efforts.

The latter is likely to call for a new sports ombudsman who would deal with grievances from athletes, coaches, parents and staff independently, as opposed to British sports' current in-house procedures.

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But a report by the DCMS committee inquiry, published on Monday , criticises Coe for what appears to be wilful ignorance on the part of the 61-year-old. A UK Athletics spokeswoman said : “UK Athletics acknowledges the publication of the Select Committee report Combatting Doping In Sport .

The Digital, Culture , Media and Sport ( DCMS ) select committee said it is "not in a position" to state The long-awaited "Combatting Doping in Sport " report , also states Lord Coe, the president of Got a big cycling race coming up? Make sure you make the most of your warm up with this 20-minute guide.

The ombudsman idea is understood to be unpopular with most major national governing bodies and elite funding agency UK Sport.

Both inquiries started under the last parliament, with the "Combatting Doping in Sport" inquiry beginning after the Sunday Times published a leaked International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) database of suspicious drug tests in August 2015.

That inquiry then moved onto the recent UK Anti-Doping investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky and it has seen the likes of IAAF president Lord Coe and Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford face deeply uncomfortable questions from the panel of backbench MPs.

Its most memorable moments have centred on the 'Jiffy bag' delivered to British cycling star Sir Bradley Wiggins' doctor at a race in France in 2011. UKAD has effectively closed its investigation of the matter, saying it is unable to prove or disprove that it contained a banned substance because of missing medical reports.

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Department for Digital, Culture , Media and Sport ( DCMS ) announced that UKAD would receive As with all investigations, UKAD may revisit matters if new material and information were to come to Role of the National Anti- Doping Panel . “It is not correct to say that “UKAD are running the courts

An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report : ‘Combatting doping in sport ’ – Part 3 – ‘UK Athletics’ and ‘Criminalisation of doping in sports ’. Currently, UKAD’s funding comes mainly from grant-in-aid funding from the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport , with some from the

The "Sports Governance" inquiry followed on from earlier looks at FIFA and football in general, and it has investigated issues stretching from the Football Association's handling of the bullying and racism allegations made by Eni Aluko, to concerns about Paralympic sport's classification system.

It is also possible that the committee will publish more written evidence - correspondence with the key players and statements from witnesses unable to attend hearings - in both inquiries.

In a statement, chairman Damian Collins said the committee was "looking forward to a productive start to 2018, when we'll conclude some important work on the role of sporting bodies for athletes (and) allegations around doping in sport".

As the committee monitors the entire brief of the DCMS department, it is also publishing its report on the potential effects of Brexit on the creative and tourism sectors.

Looking ahead, it will continue its "Fake News" inquiry, take evidence on the gender pay gap at the BBC and investigate why so many live music venues are struggling.

On the sports side, Collins said it wanted "to hear from people about ways in which taking part in culture and sports can have a positive impact on society" and that would be one of 2018's new inquiries.

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World number 42 Alize Cornet says she had "valuable reasons" for missing three drugs tests and will present her case in March.Alize Cornet could face a ban after missing three drugs tests in the space of a year.

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