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Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… dont cut the pipeline

Sir Clive Woodward: Funding is the oxygen for British success in sports like basketball… don’t cut the pipeline

. Several sports – including basketball – have seen their funds slashed.

There is a growing furore over the Olympic sports which have missed out on funding from UK Sport’s 347m pot of gold for the so-called 'Road to Rio'.

Those sports which are deemed not to be ‘podium contenders’ have been left at the starting blocks and pondering their very future and even their existence.

Understandably, administrators, players and fans are angry and frustrated given the very noisy and public commitment to fulfil an Olympic and Paralympic legacy, which was at the core of our successful Bid in 2005 and to Inspire a Generation.

As someone who has worked at the very
heart of elite sport and performance, I have sympathy and support for
these sports, which include basketball, handball and volleyball, which
all attracted massive crowds last summer.

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

Struggles: Britain's basketball stars will find it difficult to compete on the world stage

In terms of potential medal winners at Rio in 2016, those who hold the purse strings probably got it right as judged by their own very strict criteria but we must not develop tunnel vision focused only on the podium.

We must adopt a broader and longer-term vision and aspiration rather than leave ourselves accused of developing an unhealthy lust for medals at all costs, and invest and develop other sports, especially team sports on the back of our Olympic and Paralympic triumph.

It is much more difficult to win medals in team sports compared to individual sports and, traditionally, they do not add many medals to the final medal table because they are not multi-discipline events like rowing, cycling boxing, swimming and athletics. In team sports like basketball you usually only have the men’s team and women’s team.

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Road to Rio: The countdown is already on for Britain's trip to Brazil in 2016

Yet, if you analyse the low cost and highly accessible aspect of most team sports, compared to other sports and those which sit comfortably in our inner communities, it is completely baffling to me, why funding has been completely stopped in this area.

In the wake of London 2012 I had hope our cities would be crammed with courts for kids to play team sports, emulating their heroes and nurturing a love for team sport and the camaraderie and spirit, such sports inspire.

My solution to this currently unacceptable situation is to make a special case for these sports with a completely separate pool of funds made available through a new specially set up division of UK Sport called the 'Olympic Development Sports' providing specific support for sports where existing funds cannot be justified.

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

Heady times: London 2012 captivated the nation last summer

These sports should sign up to a long term business plan, say over 12 years with the aim of qualifying for and winning medals not, just for the next Olympics in 2016 but in 2020 and 2024.

This is investing and building for the future and totally fulfils the Legacy aspiration albeit over a much longer period. These sports should be supported and helped to reach a level where funding can be justified in their own right, and at which stage they will be promoted from the 'Olympic Development Sports' category.

After such a momentous year for sport in Britain, it would be scandalous if these sports did not receive the extra funding they need to continue their exciting journeys and help realise the dreams of thousands of youngsters who simply want to throw a ball into a hoop or push a ball over a net on the sand.

Funding is their oxygen for success. Don’t cut the pipeline.

Manchester United Christmas party pictures – The Red Devils are Christmas angels

The Red Devils are Christmas angels as United stars toe party line

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00:35 GMT, 16 December 2012

Manchester United's players were on their best behaviour on Saturday night as they enjoyed a low-key Christmas party, under strict orders from manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hours after beating Sunderland 3-1 to hold a six-point lead over title rivals Manchester City, Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young led the festive celebrations at Rio Ferdinand's Italian restaurant, Rosso, in Manchester.

But there was no sign of Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Christmas cheer: Ryan Giggs (left) and Robin van Persie (right)

Cracking time: Rio Ferdinand, Alexander Buttner and Van Persie

Cracking time: Rio Ferdinand, Alexander Buttner and Van Persie

The England striker had missed last year's get-together to watch boxer Amir Khan lose his title fight against Lamont Peterson at home on TV.

And Rooney may have decided to stay in again on Saturday night as Khan was due to fight Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

For years United's players celebrated the festive season by visiting a number of pubs and bars in Manchester.

But Ferguson called time on the benders after his players partied with over 80 women during a 15-hour boozing marathon in 2007.

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso in Manchester City centre for their Christmas party

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso in Manchester City centre for their Christmas party

All booked: The United party could be sure to to get a table at Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

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20:18 GMT, 7 December 2012

The people at ITV will have you
believe that all this weekend's fireworks are reserved for the X Factor
final but, for National Hunt fans, there are two explosive chasers at
Sandown today for whom that description fits adroitly.

Both Sprinter Sacre and SANCTUAIRE
(Sandown, 3.05) boast the star quality that X Factor finalists can only
dream of, although the progression through the series of favourite James
Arthur does in a way mirror that of Sanctuaire.

tale of the tingle tape

Peter Scudamore's view

The Tingle Creek Chase provides the clash between Sanctuaire and Sprinter Sacre that we’ve been waiting for since the Spring and, with both unbeaten over fences, something has to give. My worry is the ground is going to play a part. Jockey Peter Buchanan, who landed the big race yesterday on Bold Sir Brian, described conditions on Sandown’s chase course as ‘hard-work ground’.

The big two have both had breathing operations in the past. You can never be totally confident how they will react in arduous going.
I’d also be concerned that the ground will negate the immense jumping of Sprinter Sacre. He is a horse with natural spring in his legs. His technique last year was outstanding and some of his leaps spectacular.

His defeat of Cue Card at the Cheltenham Festival was a piece of form to drool over. He has already shown the potential to be not only the most exciting steeplechaser in training but also the best pound for pound across the distance spectrum. Despite my concerns I can’t desert the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite.

A troubled soul at the start of the
series, the talented Arthur has prospered due to a strict regime of
rehearsal and training and much the same can be said of the headstrong
Sanctuaire

It is only in the past 12 months that trainer Paul Nicholls and his team has managed to resolve the physical and mental issues that were stopping his charge from ascending the chasing tree.

The result has been three unblemished chasing victories by an aggregate margin of 74 lengths, two of which were achieved at today's venue.

It is those front-running demolitions that Sanctuaire's supporters will put their faith in as he bids to see off the imposing claims of Sprinter Sacre.

Nicky Henderson's hot favourite is yet to taste defeat over fences.

A six-length defeat of Cue Card in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival looks all the more creditable given the runner-up's subsequent efforts.

However, Sanctuaire's experience of the tricky Sandown fences could prove decisive in springing a mini surprise.

Ali Carter has UK Championship title in his sights after beating Mark Joyce

Ali has diet for success: Carter has his eyes on UK Championship title

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00:45 GMT, 5 December 2012

Ali Carter reached the World Championship final in May on a diet fuelled by carrot juice, but curry and beer could carry the Crohn's disease sufferer to UK glory in York.

The 33-year-old Essex man has been struggling to stay on top of his condition for the last decade, and has recently ditched pills due to the fear they would cause him long-term health problems.

However, Carter has no problem sinking pints, providing they are low in wheat and gluten, and mild curries go down a treat with the two-time Crucible runner-up.

Going through: Ali Carter on his way to victory over Mark Joyce

Going through: Ali Carter on his way to victory over Mark Joyce

Now he has the williamhill.com UK Championship title in his sights after knocking out world No 1 Judd Trump's conqueror Mark Joyce 6-2.

Former world champion Shaun Murphy, in-form Basildon potter Stuart Bingham and Welshman Matthew Stevens were also winners at the Barbican Centre as the quarter-final line-up began to take shape.

Going by the wayside and out of the tournament were a despondent Graeme Dott and his fellow Scot Stephen Maguire, along with Marco Fu.

With a curry house just over the road from the tournament venue, Carter, a trim cueman who is also a keep-fit fanatic, does not need to look hard for a curry fix.

Inspired by Peter Ebdon, who has committed to a strict vegan diet in recent seasons, Carter downed glass after glass of carrot juice in Sheffield this year, and reported it had a hugely positive impact on his well-being.

Not going to plan: Mark Joyce looks on as he goes out to Carter

Not going to plan: Mark Joyce looks on as he goes out to Carter

'But I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy myself some carrots and stick it in a juicer,' Carter said. “It was just something Peter was doing, I was part of it and we were all having a laugh and it was good.

'I've stopped red meat, which I like, dairy, wheat and gluten. When I'm at home I eat well, salads and fish. I eat curries if they're not too spicy and not too much cream, but it's just a nightmare.

'A curry and a lager, yeah. But I try to get in the gym and keep myself trim. I don't live on curry and lager, believe it or not.'

Such an indulgence would make Carter sound like a caricature of an old-school snooker player, yet life on a busy sporting tour inevitably means he spends much of his year living out of a suitcase and eating in restaurants.

It makes dealing with Crohn's disease, which also afflicts Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and causes inflammation of the bowels, particularly difficult.

Carter thought about retiring a year ago, and said after seeing off Joyce: “I don't feel that well presently.

Eyes on the ball: Carter on his way to victory

Eyes on the ball: Carter on his way to victory

'I'm looking forward to better days to come with my stomach.'

In the quarter-finals, Carter will tackle Bingham, who was terrific in seeing off Maguire 6-4 this evening, firstly going 4-2 ahead before being hauled back to 4-4 and then responding with a break of 120 followed by a match-clinching 54.

Bingham, due to marry fiancee Michelle at the end of the season, has taken the Australian Open and Premier League titles this year and amassed over 150,000 in prize money.

This is an outstanding opportunity to land silverware in one of snooker's premier events, and Bingham said: 'A lot of my success has been overseas and to do it in the UK is massive.

'I'm very happy with my game. I came up against a really good opponent today and came through. I'm over the moon with the result.'

Stevens was also a 6-4 winner, surviving a gruelling match against Hong Kong's Marco Fu.

Stevens, now 35, won the UK title in 2003 but had not reached the quarter-final stage again until now. He will face John Higgins or Mark Davis next.

He said: 'I'll have to play a lot better than that if I'm to go any further.'

Murphy impressed this evening in a 6-2 win over his fellow former world champion Dott.

The 30-year-old world number four had a total clearance of 130 in a victory that sets up a quarter-final against Mark King or 17-year-old Luca Brecel, who knocked out Ricky Walden last night.

Dott was dismayed by his own performance, with the 35-year-old Scot saying: 'I just don't think I'm the same player I was. I don't think there's anyone else in the top 16 that can play as badly as I can play.

'It's not good enough.'

Dott, Crucible champion in 2006, added: 'Hopefully it's not just because of my age. I'd don't know if I've had it. Maybe I'm finished.'

The Larkhall man was quick to stress that did not mean he would be retiring, adding: 'Maybe it's just a bad patch but it doesn't feel that way.'

BBC to crack down on ticket companies for Sports Personality

BBC to crack down on ticket companies after SPOTY briefs hit 600 online

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01:01 GMT, 31 October 2012

The BBC have vowed to clamp down on the companies who are reselling tickets to this year’s Sports Personality of the Year show at up to 12 times their face value.

Tickets went on sale at 9am on Tuesday for the December 16 show at 50 apiece, but huge demand meant they sold out within half an hour.

The BBC would not reveal how many tickets were sold for the event at the 15,000-capacity ExCeL centre, where Bradley Wiggins, Andy Murray and Mo Farah are favourites for the award after an incredible year for British sport.

In the running: Bradley Wiggins is one of the favourites for the award

In the running: Bradley Wiggins is one of the favourites for the award

But fans were left stunned and angry when tickets appeared for sale elsewhere, with ticket marketplace Viagogo offering seats at prices ranging from 99 to 599. Bids on eBay reached 510 for four tickets.

The BBC insisted it would take legal action against any company breaching its strict guidelines on the sale of tickets that do not come from one of its authorised outlets.

A spokesman said: ‘Safeguards in place are stated clearly in the ticket terms and conditions — maximum six tickets per transaction, sold through a reputable experienced company. The BBC legal department are actively pursuing individual websites.’

Fans who missed out on tickets complained that the sales process was worse than the much-criticised London 2012 Olympics ticket website, which repeatedly stalled during ticket sales.

Best of British: Mark Cavendish took the honours last year

Best of British: Mark Cavendish took the honours last year

Online sport magazine SportChickUK tweeted: ‘Sports Personality just like the Olympics — unable to get tickets and sold out.’

Fan Stefan Linnane, from Northampton, tweeted: ‘Ticket website more frustrating than Olympics website.’

A source at See Tickets, which operated the seats sale for the BBC, said: ‘Demand was massive despite our call centre being fully staffed after we got extra staff in.’

The BBC said fans will have another chance to buy tickets when a second wave is released in late November.

Throw Manchester City out of Champions League over funding, blast Borussia Dortmund

Throw City out of Champions League over 'back-door' funding, blasts Dortmund chief

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10:04 GMT, 3 October 2012

Borussia Dortmund have attacked Manchester City's reliance on Sheik Mansour ahead of the two clubs' Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

The Bundesliga champions' chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, says clubs should be thrown out of the competition should they enter into big sponsorship deals with companies controlled by the same club's owners – just as City have with Etihad, whose shirt and stadium sponsorship will net the Premier League champions 350million over 10 years.

Watzke called such deals 'back-door funding' and also said he would dismiss out of hand investment from any rich foreign businessman in Dortmund, which is 51 per cent owned by its supporters.

Warming up: Roberto Mancini oversees Manchester City training ahead of the match against Borussia Dortmund

Warming up: Roberto Mancini oversees Manchester City training ahead of the match against Dortmund

Warming up: Roberto Mancini oversees Manchester City training ahead of the match against Borussia Dortmund

The German giants have strict rules on spending and are advocates of UEFA president Michel Platini's new Financial Fair Play rules, which seek to limit each club's expenditure based on its revenue.

The penalty for not complying could be expulsion from the Champions League – the biggest cash cow for Europe's elite clubs.

And the Dortmund chief says that UEFA must crack down on clubs like City and prevent them from bending the rules.

'UEFA must find the thin line between sponsorship and excessive back-door funding – they must show strength to expel big clubs,' said Watzke.

'No tycoon should be allowed to pump crazy money into a club with sponsorship from five companies he controls. If that happens, financial fair play will fail.'

Watzke cited the example of Spanish club Malaga to demonstrate what he thinks the dangers are of rich, foreign investors in football clubs.

Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani appeared to have lost interest and the club began selling players, such as Santi Cazorla to Arsenal, but the club insist that they are simply restructuring to fit the new FFP rules and that the Sheik is still committed to the club.

But when asked if Dortmund would talk to
a potential rich investor such as Sheik Mansour or Sheik Abdullah,
Watzke replied: 'I would not even welcome him.'

Tough test: Borussia Dortmund's squad in training ahead of their Champions League date in Manchester

Tough test: Borussia Dortmund's squad in training ahead of their Champions League date in Manchester

Tough test: Borussia Dortmund's squad in training ahead of their Champions League date in Manchester

He added: 'What if the sheikh, as shown by Malaga, lost interest

'The fact is that the Bundesliga has caught up considerably, thanks to their sound banking practices. This will eventually be expressed by results.'

The match is likely to prove a difficult game for City against the German champions.
Dortmund won the first game of their Group D campaign at home to Ajax,
with Lewandowski scoring the only goal, and on Saturday they put five
past Borussia Monchengladbach.

Big money: City host Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium, which is sponsored to the tune of 350m

Big money: City host Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium, which is sponsored to the tune of 350m

The pressure is on Mancini and his side to make their mark on the competition after failure last season, particularly after losing their opening game 3-2 at Real Madrid last month.

Mancini has attempted to apply a touch of realism ahead of the match at the Etihad. In Madrid he had likened his side to a Ferrari. At Carrington on Tuesday he said that although ‘the moment will arrive when City can win the Champions League’, they are ‘not there yet’.

He also acknowledged what a tough challenge Jurgen Klopp’s side represent when City are looking to avoid a third consecutive home game without a win.

Danger men: Dortmund's attacking triumvirate of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus

Danger men: Dortmund's attacking triumvirate of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Bayern Munich for the last two years,’ he said in reference to the problems his side experienced against Bayern last season.

‘For this reason I think it will be a very difficult game. In my opinion Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe. They won the Bundesliga. They are very strong and in players like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze they are dangerous going forward. If we concede space, like we did in Madrid, we will make it difficult for ourselves.

In Madrid the problems we had in the first half were normal. But we conceded too much space to players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the last five minutes and that made them dangerous.’

Andy Murray wins US Open: Team Murray

Andy hit the winning shots… but who's who in Team Murray

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15:12 GMT, 11 September 2012

Andy Murray made history on Tuesday morning when he became the first British man to win a Grand Slam in 76 years, beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

It is not all about the Scot, though, as there is a trusted team supporting him off the court.

Here, Sportsmail looks at 'Team Murray'.

JUDY MURRAY

Andy's mum, Judy is a long-standing tennis coach and taught both Andy and brother Jamie as juniors. She is now the captain of Britain's Fed Cup team and is so often seen leading the encouragement for her sons from the players' box.

Proud mum: Judy Murray celebrates her son Andy's US Open triumph

Proud mum: Judy Murray celebrates her son Andy's US Open triumph

WILLIE MURRAY

Andy's dad, he is not as prominent as Judy, and juggles running a chain of newsagents in Scotland with following his son around the world.

KIM SEARS

As firm a fixture in the player's box as Tim Henman's dad once was, Kim is Andy's girlfriend of seven years. She is the daughter of former Lawn Tennis Association head of women's tennis Nigel Sears and was once described by Judy Murray as 'the best thing to happen to Andy'.

Happy couple: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears is a regular in his courtside box

Happy couple: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears is a regular in his courtside box

IVAN LENDL

After a long search for a permanent coach following his split from Miles Maclagan, Murray turned to eight-time grand slam winner Lendl at the start of 2012. A cool head, Czech-born Lendl is credited with toughening Murray up and, like his player, lost his first four grand slam finals himself.

JEZ GREEN

Green is Murray's fitness coach and widely credited for turning Murray from a skinny youngster to a bulked-up athlete. He puts Murray through a punishing fitness regime, often in the baking heat of Miami, and has him on a strict diet that can often include up to 50 pieces of sushi in one meal.

Jez Green

Ivan Lendl

Team Murray: Fitness coach Jez Green (left) and coach Ivan Lendl have helped hone the Scot's game

ANDY IRELAND

Physio Ireland insists Murray takes ice baths after games, meaning he can often take over an hour to arrive at his post-match press conferences. Murray has said in the past that he spends more time with Ireland than he does on court.

DANI VALLVERDU

A former singles player himself – if only ever reaching No 727 in the world – Venezuelan Vallverdu has known Murray since he was 14 and is part of his coaching team and acts as his regular hitting partner.

LOUISE IRVING AND MATT GENTRY

Murray turned to XIX Entertainment – the company formed by Spice Girls svengali Simon Fuller – four years ago as his profile grew. Between them, Irving and Gentry take care of all of Murray's PR, with Gentry acting as his main agent.

VIDEO: Andy Murray reflects on the support of the public and of his family

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London 2012 Olympics: Philips Idowu"s medical records wanted

EXCLUSIVE: D-Day for Idowu! Prove you'll be fit, GB chiefs tell star

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21:30 GMT, 23 July 2012

Olympics 2012

British Olympic officials have finally called time on Phillips Idowu’s injury charade by demanding to see his medical records.

On the day the triple jumper pulled out of Britain’s final pre-Olympic training camp in Portugal, the BOA invoked a clause in their team member’s agreement that allows them to ask for information which ‘could impact on an athlete’s ability to perform at the Games’.

BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel confirmed to Sportsmail: ‘We have written to Phillips and his agents asking that he provides the relevant material relating to his injury and the treatment he is currently receiving to our chief medical adviser, Dr Ian McCurdie.’

Exit: Idowu has pulled out of the warm weather camp in Portugal

Exit: Idowu has pulled out of the warm weather camp in Portugal

It is understood the information will be provided on a doctor-to-doctor basis and treated in strict confidence.

The BOA’s response highlights their concerns over the extent of Idowu’s injury 10 days before he is due to compete as one of the country’s supposed gold-medal favourites.

The intervention is also set against the ludicrous backdrop whereby he does not communicate with UK Athletics’ head coach Charles van Commenee after a public falling out last year. As Sportsmail revealed on July 16, Idowu has moved outside the UKA medical structure and funds his own treatment — a fact confirmed by his coach, Aston Moore, on Monday.

In confirming the latest setback, Moore said: ‘In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100 per cent.

No go: Idowu is not joining up with the Team GB camp in Portugal

No go: Idowu is not joining up with the Team GB camp in Portugal

‘At the weekend Phillips told me he would continue to seek treatment from a private physio in London and would not travel to prepare in Portugal, although he may join us here later.

‘He is an experienced athlete who I have worked with for more than four years and we will assess the situation again in the coming days.’

Idowu, 33, had insisted stories suggesting he was injured after pulling out midway through his last event, in Oregon in the United States last month, were no more than a ‘rumour mill’.

But days later he withdrew from the Diamond League meeting in Crystal Palace, citing a hip problem. That made a nonsense of Idowu’s protestations of fitness and substantiated Van Commenee’s earlier comments that he was ‘worried’ about the athlete’s Olympic prospects.

Long time no see: Idowu will head into the Olympics lacking practice

Long time no see: Idowu will head into the Olympics lacking practice

It appears Idowu’s contrary medical bulletin was at least partially a ham-fisted attempt to undermine his disciplinarian head coach.

Even if the physiotherapy gets him to the start of his run-up in the Olympic Stadium on August 3, it is doubtful he will be able to produce his best, given how rusty he must be after withdrawing from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the Olympic trials.

Rhythm is a key element of the triple jump and, anyway, Christian Taylor, the American who took his world title last year, is in ominously impressive form.

Enzo Maccarinelli banned for six months over failed drugs test

British champion Maccarinelli slapped with six-month ban after failing drugs test

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13:19 GMT, 18 July 2012

Enzo Maccarinelli has been banned for six months after failing a random drugs test.

The former WBO world cruiserweight champion tested positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) following his victory over Shane McPhilbin in March.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: 'This is a timely reminder that, no matter what your sport, under the principle of strict liability athletes must exercise extreme caution over what they put into their body.

In the dock: Enzo Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

In the dock: Enzo Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

'With this in mind, Olympic athletes
should be aware that they are now in-competition from 16 July until 12
August and could be tested at anytime, anywhere. MHA is available in a
range of supplement products, is banned in-competition, and can often be
listed under a number of different names.

'UK Anti-Doping continues to work closely with the British Boxing Board of Control to maintain the integrity of the sport.'

Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo, cruiserweight Terry Dunstan, light-heavyweight Michael Banbula and former British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson – are all serving bans for taking banned substances.

England face drugs crackdown at Euro 2012

England face drugs crackdown as UEFA adopt zero-tolerance policy for Euro 2012

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 23 May 2012

England and the 15 other competing nations at Euro 2012 have been warned that UEFA are planning a drugs crackdown.

For the first time, Roy Hodgson's men will be tested before the tournament starts in Poland and Ukraine.

Drugs raid: UEFA hit the Dutch training camp in Switzerland

Crackdown: UEFA hit the Dutch training camp in Switzerland

Also four players from every team could be asked to give samples after each match – compared to two previously, reports The Sun.

UEFA will adopt a zero-tolerance policy against anyone who is found guilty of a drugs-related offence.

Zero tolerance: England have been warned

Zero tolerance: England have been warned

Even the FA will not be given any notice when UEFA swoop on the England squad to prevent any leaks or tip-offs.

Holland's players were the first to experience the crackdown at a training camp in Switzerland this week.

The squad were training behind closed doors when UEFA swooped. They set up mobile laboratories and locked down the camp and up to 10 Dutch players were randomly selected to give blood and urine samples.

The players were warned that anyone who breached the strict rules would be thrown out of Euro 2012 and have no right of appeal.

All 16 countries competing in Poland and Ukraine have been informed by UEFA that they are determined to have a drugs-free tournament.