BP Ennis 2013Two major international sponsorships have been confirmed in two sports that remain under pressure from old or new problems with doping.
BP has confirmed its support for the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations through to beyond Rio 2016 and Europcar has confirmed it is to stick with it’s support of the eponymous french cycling team for at least another two years.
Athletics has been stunned by the recent positive dope tests on world class sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell as well as allegations of programmed doping within the athletics programme of Turkey which is bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Istanbul.
Cycling has also yet to escape the long shadow of the Lance Armstrong years with Tour de France leader Chris Froome answering more questions about injections of drugs than injections of pace after his tenacious performance on Mont Ventoux on Sunday.
Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford has offered to make public all the training data on each of the cyclists in the squad in a bid to head off any doubt about the next generation of cycling leaders.
The Irish Sports Council has announced two violations in recent months, one in boxing for failure to declare whereabouts to testers and one in rugby for taking of cannabis.
Last year there were eight violations, four of which were also for cannabis.
Irish Sports Council anti doping 2012
sfb_roundtable_banner hpslider-1Sports Tourism Seminar at Croke Park (September 19th)
Sport for Business 20/20 at Ulster Bank HQ (October 8th)
The Business of Youth Sport Seminar (November 28th)