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  • 19 Jul
    导出博客文章Paul Gallens State of Origin highlight was never going to be his debut.In the
    same match as the ill-fated Brett Hodgson pass, 24-year-old Gallens entry to the
    representative arena in game III, 2006 coincided with the beginning of the
    darkest era in NSW Origin history.Nor will he remembered most for the punch that
    ended all punches.A crushing blow to the forehead of Nate Myles in 2013 that
    brought an end to brawls in rugby league, but in his eyes represented a moment
    where the Blues showed they were ready to fight back.The crowning moment of his
    career so far - when he became the first NSW skipper to lift the shield in nine
    years in 2014 - is also by no means his most powerful.Although it was a fitting
    reward.Instead, Gallens legacy was created in Game II of 2011, when a colossal
    80-minute, 212m performance in his second game as skipper put pride and starch
    back into the Blues jersey.In the four years that preceded that game, NSW had
    won just won just one live fixture.Since then, they have claimed six and Gallen
    has carried his NSW side both on the field and off it.As a kid I never followed
    an NRL team, Gallen said.But I always followed NSW.The numbers alone are not
    kind to Gallen.His 15 losses from 23 games are the most for any player in Origin
    history, however it says more about him that he has been selected consistently
    to play that many games in an era during which the Blues have churned through 97
    players.So too does the fact he led the Blues forwards in average run metres in
    every series between 2010 and 2014.Further proof that Gallen gave Blues fans a
    reason to believe lies in attendance figures at ANZ Stadium which have not
    dropped below 80,000 since he became captain in 2011 - a figure they didnt reach
    in any of the games in the five years before that.Ive played the villain a bit
    to keep people interested, Gallen has admitted.And with every pre-Origin spiel,
    he showed not only an understanding of Origin football but the steel NSW
    required to rebuild from the ruins.Its also why Gallen understands how
    Wednesdays dead rubber is just as important for not only his legacy, but the
    Blues one that carries on after him.The young boys moving forward, they need
    some confidence going into next year, he said.Thats why we need to be totally
    desperate on Wednesday night in everything we do.PAUL GALLENS ORIGIN
    CAREERGames: 23Record: 8-15Games captained: 15Debut: Game III, 2006Tries:
    1Average minutes: 63Average metres: 139.8Average tackles: 30.8* Statistics
    courtesy Fox Sports Stats
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    members of anti-doping agencies under new proposals for tackling drugs in
    sports.Leaders of 17 anti-doping organizations met in Copenhagen this week to
    consider ways of fixing a global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged
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    state-sponsored doping in Russia. Reedie served as an IOC vice president and
    member of the policy-making executive board until his term expired during the
    Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is now a regular IOC memberThe Copenhagen summit
    proposed a rule that would forbid officers, directors, employees and all
    decision-makers of anti-doping bodies from also holding a top position in any
    international federation or major event organization.The Institute of National
    Anti-Doping Organizations said the proposal would prevent the inherent conflict
    of interest that exists when a sports organization is tasked with both promoting
    and policing itself.The IOC set up WADA in 2009 and provides 50 percent of the
    agencys funding, with national governments covering the other half.IOC President
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    organizations and called for the creation of an independent agency to carry out
    global drug testing. The IOC has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 8 to consider ways
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    Russia has led to a crisis in confidence in the entire global anti-doping fight.
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    banning the country entirely from the Rio Games.ddddddddddddThe anti-doping
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    States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Britain.They said WADA should be
    strengthened and given the independence and authority to impose sanctions for
    large scale subversions of the anti-doping system, such as the state-backed
    system in Russia. WADA currently has had no power to impose sanctions against a
    sport or a country, leaving that to the IOC and other bodies.WADA must have
    authority and capacity to investigate and to impose proportional sanctions and
    consequences for all instances of code non-compliance, the officials in
    Copenhagen said in their final statement.They also expressed unequivocal support
    for the completion of the investigation into Russian doping by Canadian lawyer
    Richard McLaren. His report detailed manipulation of drug samples at the 2014
    Sochi Winter Games, as well as cover-ups of doping tests across dozens of summer
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