Gym users flee drugs test

Around ten gym users at the Friskis & Svettis gym in Uppsala were seen leaving the club in a hurry on Tuesday athletics officials turned up to carry out random drug tests.

The testers from the Swedish Sports Confederation turned up on Tuesday to carry out spot tests on gym users at the Väderkvarnsgatan branch of Friskis & Svettis. The ten gym users were reported to have left “at great speed”, Uppsala Nya Tidning writes.

Friskis & Svettis, which is run as a not-for-profit organization, invites the Swedish Sports Confederation to carry out tests at its premises around the country. The testers always turn up without warning; staff and management are never warned in advance when a test is due to take place.

The aim of the tests is to prevent the use of drugs in athletics. So far this year, seven urine samples have been taken from gym users at the facility in Uppsala. Those who refuse to cooperate are banned from the gym for two years.

One user of the Uppsala gym was banned earlier this year after refusing to give a urine sample. None of those who disappeared from the gym on Tuesday was identified, meaning that they cannot be punished for not taking part in the test.


Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Three Swedish universities made it into the top 100 in an annual ranking of the world's best schools on Tuesday, but some of the country's higher education seats dropped from last year.

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Students at Lund University. Photo: Aline Lessner/

Lund in southern Sweden was again picked as Sweden's top university and came 73rd in the QS World University Rankings, but dropped three ranks on last year (and down from 60 in 2014).

Eight Swedish universities feature in the QS rankings, and all but three fell in the global list.

The ancient Uppsala University climbed back to the top 100, landing a spot in 98th place. Further down the list, Linköping and Umeå Universities both edged up to 282nd and 294th place, up from 286th and 319th, respectively.

The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) dropped from 92nd to 97th place. Gothenburg-based Chalmers University of Technology fell from number 132 to 139 (which is still an improvement on its 175th place in the 2014 QS World University Rankings).

Lund was given a five-star ranking in addition to its place in the list. “Lund is Sweden's most attractive study destination. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations,” read the QS description.

“The university has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries. Funding of more than 5 billion kronor a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives Lund one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity.”

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Now in their 13th year, the annual rankings are compiled by global higher education analysts Quacquerelli Symonds (QS), and rank 916 institutions according to four key pillars: research, teaching employability and internationalization.

For the first time in more than a decade US universities took all three top spots, with MIT placing first for the fifth successive year ahead of Stanford and Harvard, knocking Britain's Cambridge to fourth.

Tuesday's list comes less than a month after the Shanghai Rankings, which picked the Karolinska Institute as the best university in Sweden.