“Also, look for our medical team to give advice on what medication can be taken to avoid inadvertent mistakes that could jeopardise the careers of athletes.” From now on, all of the WBA’s world-rated fighters must enrol in the Fair Boxing programme, especially if they want to be able to fight for world titles. In addition to typical anti-doping methods around fights, boxers will also be randomly tested to ensure better monitoring and fair competition. The programme began last Saturday in the fight between Demetrius Andrade and Jack Culcay for the WBA super-welterweight crown. Advice PANAMA CITY, Panama (CMC): The World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the four major organisations that sanction professional bouts, officially launched its programme to combat the use of prohibited substances in the sport on Monday. ‘Fair Boxing’ is organised by the WBA in conjunction with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and will integrate all boxers in the WBA world rankings. “This is made possible by the WBA Medical Committee, who met in Panama to make Fair Boxing a reality,” WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said. “This is also the product of a meeting with Mauricio Sulaiman (president of the World Boxing Council) in which we talked about how pre-competition anti-doping testing is much more important than post-fight testing, because there are substances that aren’t detected afterwards.” Mendoza added: “The solution is not in punishing the athlete, but to educate them so this doesn’t happen. This is why we’ll implement seminars and courses, so that we can offer a complete programme.
SACRAMENTO – Democrats began a debate Tuesday on how to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Californians, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ideas were not on the table. A near universal coverage plan by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, passed its first committee, over the objections of the minority Republicans. Another plan, by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, will be heard today. Neither of the Democrats is going as far as the governor, who wants to require every Californian to have health insurance. And it’s not yet clear how the governor’s proposal, which has not been embraced by either Democrats or Republicans, will factor into the debate. His advisers say they deliberately avoided putting his plan into a bill to prevent it from being picked apart in hearings. Instead, they appear to be waiting to bring it up in negotiations later in the legislative session. But Nu ez offered no estimates on what his plan would cost. An economist is still crunching the numbers. Republicans predicted it would be too expensive and said the costs eventually would be picked up by the state. “Literally, we are just opening our doors to the entire world at the expense of California’s generous taxpayers,” said Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks. Democrats are rejecting the fees Schwarzenegger wants to levy on doctors and hospitals to help pay for his plan, much of which relies on increased federal funding. Schwarzenegger’s advisers have been meeting for months with interest groups, seeking their support. But a consensus has yet to develop. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the absence of a bill means the Legislature is moving forward with a very different approach from the $12 billion plan Schwarzenegger outlined in January. Both Nu ez and Perata have rejected the idea of mandatory health insurance, the linchpin of the governor’s plan. Unions oppose the idea, unless the working poor are heavily subsidized, an expensive proposition in a state that has more than 6 million uninsured people. Instead, Democrats want to cover all children and many adults, through a combination of government subsidies and a requirement that most businesses insure their workers. Democrats passed a similar business mandate in 2003, only to watch voters repeal it the following year with Schwarzenegger’s help. In presenting his plan to the committee, Nu ez called it conservative and said it was urgent for the state to act now to avoid an implosion of the state’s health care system. “I don’t think that we can miss this opportunity,” he said. read more
0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) Fellow English side Chelsea who progressed with a thumping 8-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kiev will head to the Czech Republic to face off with Slavia Praha.There will be a mouth-watering all Spanish fixture in the last eight with Villareal paired against Valencia CF while on-form Benfica will play against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt.FULL EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERS DRAWNapoli v ArsenalVillareal v ValenciaBenfica v Eintracht FrankfurtSlavia Praha v Chelsea 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka (right) celebrates scoring against Manchester UnitedNYON, Switzerland, Mar 15 – Unai Emery’s quest for a fourth Europa League title as coach will face the mettle of Italian side SSC Napoli after the two sides were paired together for the quarter finals of the competition.Arsenal who needed a second leg comeback to beat French side Rennes will start the tie away from home before welcoming the Italians at the Emirates Stadium in London. read more