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Cycling - Sport looking to ban corticosteroids in 2020 - UCI boss

Thursday, 2019-03-21 06:38:36
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UCI President David Lappartient (Reuters)
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After becoming the first sport to ban Tramadol, cycling is looking to use the same “health reasons” justification to prohibit the use of corticosteroids by 2020, said David Lappartient, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

* Winger Kiril Despodov will miss Bulgaria's first Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Friday against Montengero due to muscle fatigue, the Bulgarian Football Union said on Wednesday.

* Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday (Mar 20) unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city prepares for the famed flower season to begin in coming days.

* Barclays will become the first title sponsor of English soccer's Women's Super League in a multi-million pound partnership running until 2022, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

* Iker Casillas wants to retire at FC Porto after extending his contract with the Portuguese club, the Spanish goalkeeper said on Wednesday (Mar 20). Casillas, 37, has made 149 appearances for Porto since his move from Real Madrid in 2015 and also won the Primeira Liga title last season.

* British weightlifter Sonny Webster was given an additional three-year ban from all sport for coaching three athletes during his period of ineligibility, which was in breach of anti-doping rules, United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Wednesday.

* World number one Naomi Osaka on Wednesday (Mar 20) refused to become embroiled in a dispute with one of her former coaches who is suing her for 20 per cent of her career earnings. Christophe Jean, who helped the Japanese two-time Grand Slam champion when she was a junior, wants at least US$2 million of the US$10 million of her earnings to date.

* Togolese Football Association official Kokou Hougnimon Fagla has been banned from all soccer-related activities for life after being found guilty of accepting bribes to manipulate an international friendly, FIFA said on Wednesday.

* Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad for their European Championship qualifiers due to a back injury, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

* Formula One will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday.

* Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup following a meeting of their presidents in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (Mar 20).

Reuters, CNA