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Thursday 25, Dec 2008

2008 most controversial doping cases

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steroidsThis year is Olympic year so it’s more interesting than the previous years as far as doping is concerned.

Remember the canny seven Russian track and field athletes who resorted to urine swapping to pass drug tests?

The International Association of the Athletics Federation officials became suspicious when said women athletes were always present for unannounced random tests. The Russians were also very punctual, arriving at testing places even before the IAAF officials got there.

“There were no ‘no shows’,” one official told Reuters. “The Russians were always there.”

So the officials started storing the athletes’ samples. Further investigation revealed that the latest urine samples provided by the athletes did not match the DNA of the stored samples. The Russians were later suspended. The athletes include Tatyana Tomashova, the two-time world 1,500 meters champion; and Yelena Soboleva, the world indoor 1,500 meters champion.

And who wouldn’t remember the Greek athletes who figured prominently in this year’s doping list because of quite a handful of failed dope tests.

In March, eleven of the 14 members of the Greek weightlifting team tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone in out-of-competition testing in Athens. Then there was champion hurdler Fani Halkia, sprinter Dimitris Regas, and Anastasios Gousis who got banned for testing positive also for methyltrienolone. All Greek athletes were suspended for doping.

In Tour de France four riders, including the third finisher Bernhard Kohl, were suspended for testing positive for CERA, the new generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO

There was Marion Jones’ sprint in and out of jail for her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her involvement in a check fraud case. Jones began her six-month jail term March and was released September 5.

The NFL’s diuretic case also was in the news which involved several athletes who blamed the StarCaps weight-loss pill for their failed dope tests. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Vikings were among the players who tested positive for the masking agent bumetanide.

The Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds anabolic steroids cases also dominated the sports scene in 2008 and are expected to remain in the headlines in 2009. The much-awaited Barry Bonds trial will commence March next year

Thursday 25, Dec 2008

Deceased MMA fighter Justin Levens was addicted to painkillers not steroids

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levens-steroidsUFC mixed martial arts fighter Justin Levens was found dead along with his wife in their Laguna Niguel condominium in California. Authorities believed it was a case of murder-suicide although investigation is still ongoing to determine exactly the nature of the crime.

“Nothing has been ruled out,” said Orange Country Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

The bodies of Levens, 28 and his wife Sara McLean-Levens, 25, were discovered around 2:30 pm Wednesday by the mother of McLean-Levens, saying she got worried when she had not heard from her daughter for five days. When she saw the bodies, the woman dialed 911 for help. The bodies were believed to be in the home for at least a few days.

Orange County Superior Court records indicated that Levens was convicted in 2003 of spousal injury.

His last fight was scheduled July this year, but he was banned before the fight for testing positive for oxymorphone, an opioid analgesic.

This case has spawned suspicions that the crime was caused by roid rage, a term used to refer to aggressive and violent behavior of anabolic steroid users. However, there has been no concrete indication that Levens was abusing steroids.

According to the report of LA Times, no suicide note was found but authorities recovered a handgun at the scene. Police also found huge amounts of pain killers and anti-depressants at the condo but not anabolic steroids.

It has been compared with the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide which was alleged to have been caused also by roid rage. However, people who are involved in the case, including Benoit’s father, linked the wrestler’s murderous behavior to dementia which was believed to be caused by repetitive head concussions

Wednesday 24, Dec 2008

Lance Armstrong on the radar of drug testers

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lancearmstrong-steroidsSometimes, it’s tough to be Lance Armstrong.

The seven-time Tour de France champion has been on the radar of international drug testers since he announced his comeback in September.

The 37-year-old rider says he’s been drug tested 11 times in the past 18 weeks and two days in the past four days. His most recent test was conducted by officials from the International Cycling Union on Thursday at his Texas home according to AFP.

“UCI control. They flew a guy from Germany for it. That makes a ton of sense,” Armstrong wrote on Twitter, a social networking website.
Twitter allows users to send short messages which are then posted on subscribers’ cell phones and the Internet.

Armstrong even let his Twitter readers know that he was on his way to meet with the drug testers.

“I am back from the shop after riding four hours. I hear the drug testers are waiting at the house. #11,” he wrote.

Armstrong, who plans to resume his cycling career next year, was placed under a six-month probation period by the United States Anti-doping Agency at the beginning of August.

Armstrong needs to pass USADA’s out-of-competition testing pool before his cycling comeback can become official.

News of his return has drawn mixed reviews in cycling circles.

Armstrong’s career has been dogged by doping accusations, prompting him to file several lawsuits in the past years against his detractors to refute the allegations. Most explosive of the accusations was the report published in a French sports newspaper L’Equipe in 2005 which claimed that the six urine samples obtained from Armstrong from his 1999 Tour victory tested positive for the blood booster EPO.

Last month, Armstrong said that should he decide to join the Tour next year he said he fears for his personal safety due to a lot of resentment towards him France caused by negative publicity.

Wednesday 24, Dec 2008

Only athletes who use steroids and/or gene doping can break records after 2060 – French Institute of Sport

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olympic-steroids1 Sports associations like the International Olympic Committee will be having difficult time generating revenues from promoters and sports fans as the years go by. This is because a recent study by France’s Institute for Biomedical Research and Sports Epidemiology (IRMES) says that after 2060 athletes will no longer be capable of breaking world records since by then they would have reached their physiological limits. Considering majority of promoters and fans shell out dough to witness record-breaking performances (that’s why track and field and swimming are the most popular spectator sports in the Olympics) one wonder how the sporting world can cope 50 or 60 years hence.

The study says that only way athletes can break records at that time is with the use of “industrial amounts of anabolic steroids or a product of genetic doping, or indeed both” says an article on Irish Times. Would sports organizations legalize performance-enhancing drugs by then?

But just how exactly IRMES arrived at these conclusions? More on this from the Irish Times.

Irmes analysed all 3,260 world records set since the first modern Olympics in 1896, and, in the end, reckoned athletes are coming very close to reaching their physiological limits. They noticed a common pattern for all events, and based on their mathematical model, estimated that athletes were operating at 75 per cent of their potential in 1896, while in 2008, they would be operating at 99 per cent.

By 2027 the athletes in about half of the events will have reached 100 per cent, and by 2060 they all will. After that the only way a world record is likely to be broken is if the athlete is on industrial amounts of steroids or a product of genetic doping, or indeed both.

That’s a study for another day, and in the meantime it’s up to athletic freaks such as Usain Bolt.

But what the Irmes study didn’t predict was where exactly the records will finish at. Some may well be finished already. The 10.49 that Florence Griffith-Joyner ran for the 100 metres back in 1988 hasn’t been touched in the years since, nor does it look likely to be. Without going into the gruesome details of the rise of Flo-Jo, as she was affectionately known, (widespread rumours of steroid abuse, dead at 38) only one other women has run under 10.7 seconds for the 100 metres, and that was Marion Jones.

In other words Flo-Jo’s record is unlikely to be broken before 2060.

There are several other dodgy records in the books and they are unlikely to be broken before 2060 either. Unless of course the IAAF finally gets some sense and remove all world records from the drug-infested 1980s

Tuesday 23, Dec 2008

Michael Bisping’s gym to test internally for anabolic steroids

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mma-steroids1Michael Bisping’s gym is now in another type of arena as it leads the fight against use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.

Wolfslair MMA gym in Widnes wants to prove to the followers of the sport that its fighters are not involved in steroid abuse.

American Chris Leben tested positive for the stanozolol following his encounter with Bisping. The American fighter got suspended for nine months and was asked to pay the fine amounting to a third of his fight purse by the UFC. Leben lost to Bisping in points in at the UFC 89 that took place Oct. 18.

Wolfslair owner Anthony McGann stated: “With regards to steroids in the sport, we go one step further than the UFC and test internally. We test in-house before fights. Not because we think our fighters are taking anything but because we don’t want to get tarred with that brush.”

Aside from Bisping, other notable charges of the gym include Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Cheick Congo.

McGann along with another MMA fan Lee Gwynn have been able to establish Wolfslair as UK’s premier training ground for high-level MMA fighters. Not bad for something which has started as a hobby for both its founders.

Tuesday 23, Dec 2008

Brian McNamee says he’s been coerced to testify in Roger Clemens’ steroid case

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clemens-steroidsBrian McNamee, former friend and trainer of Roger Clemens, claims he was coerced by federal agents into identifying the slugger as a steroid user in a 2007 baseball investigation. And if he proves that there was indeed coercion, he may be granted immunity in a defamation suit Clemens has lodged against him, according to Bloomberg.

To back up McNamee’s claim, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella, who is investigating the use of anabolic steroids and other prohibited drugs in the sport, has submitted sworn statements in a Houston federal court Dec.18.  Parrrella said he told McNamee that the former trainer may become a target of investigation if he refused to tell what he knew about Clemens and other players.

“I told McNamee that speaking to the Mitchell Commission was part of his cooperation with the investigation in order to maintain his witness status,’’ Parrella said in his affidavit. “Prior to the interviews with the Mitchell Commission, I informed McNamee that the proffer agreement executed earlier would cover those interviews and that he could also face prosecution’’ if he made false statements to the Mitchell panel.

“He didn’t do it voluntarily, but under the threat of prosecution as part of his agreement with the government,’’ Richard Emery, McNamee’s lawyer said. “He didn’t want to say anything about Clemens. But in order to protect his children, he testified.’’

Clemens filed a lawsuit against McNamee for defamation of character in January this year. Clemens accused his former trainer of lying and ruining the pitcher’s reputation, Clemens also claimed that McNamee’s testimony may ruin his chances of getting elected to the sport’s Hall of Fame.

MLB commissioner had asked former senator George Mitchell to conduct an independent investigation on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the pro baseball. McNamee was among the key witnesses interviewed by the commission. McNamee said he began injecting Clemens with steroids during the 1998 season and that he continued to provide these steroids through 2001.

Monday 22, Dec 2008

Drug bust involving ice and steroids was not a “record bust”

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steroids-bustAustralian police initially claimed it was a “record drug bust”, estimating the amount of seized illegal drugs at $650,000. Now, they found out that the 1.5kg of white powder was not the drug ice as presumed, according to GoldCoast.com report.

Police reported that they found white powder in sealed bags and plastic containers as well as anabolic steroids, scales, mobile phones, an extendable baton and other drug paraphernalia at the luxury apartment of Daniel Kajala.

The 28-year-old Kalaja was subsequently charged with possessing a large quantity of methylamphetamine, supplying the drug, possessing 40ml of testosterone, possessing a .357 Magnum handgun and possessing drug utensils and an extendable baton.

But after scientific testing was conducted, authorities dropped the supply charge and downgraded possession charges, and Kalaja pleaded guilty to the remaining counts. The testing revealed that only 3.729 per cent of the powder was methylamphetamine, commonly known as ice, and the remaining powder was chemical mixture used as a ‘cutting agent’ used in the manufacture of dangerous drugs.

Consequently, Kalaja also lost the nickname “The Ice Man” he’s been dubbed with following the much publicized raid on his apartment in the Southport area on the Gold Coast.

“The police asserted that the substance was ice to the media and publicly congratulated detectives despite not fully knowing what the substance contained,” said Kajala’s solicitor Bill Potts. “Why would a senior officer perpetrate fraud on the public in this way?”

Kalaja was fined $8500 in default 170 days in jail.

Monday 22, Dec 2008

Newer and more reliable test for HGH developed by two university professors

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hgh-steroidsGood news for the George Mason University, bad news for athletes who use human growth hormone.

Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin and Lance Liotta, GMU professors, have developed the first urine test for human growth hormone. This is a welcome breakthrough in the anti-doping world since prior to this test screening for HGH is done through blood samples, which has been considered as expensive and rarely reliable. With this recent development, an erring athlete can be flagged on a $100-budget or less, according to the USA Today report.

Thanks to the success of Liotta and Petricoin GMU has risen from its obscurity.  From a relatively unknown learning institution GMU is now a member of the “Up-and–Coming Schools” category in the U.S. News and World Report.

Petricoin and Liotta were actually designing a test to detect cancer at its earliest stage when they found HGH in urine samples.

Mixing chemicals that cost less than $100, Petricoin and Liotta created a reaction in the lab that creates millions of nanoparticles tailored to find HGH — and, one day, possibly cancer. The particles, which would be placed in a specimen container before collection, find, trap and preserve the compound so standard testing equipment can detect HGH.

By the looks of it the professors’ testing method will have a warmer reception within the anti-doping community than its older counterpart. Blood testing for HGH has been around for quite some time now and it has been used at the last three Olympics but so far no athlete has been caught using the prohibited compound. HGH like anabolic steroids is believed to be a performance-enhancing drug.

The next step is having their research accepted by the scientific, athletic and legal communities. That process took a step forward last week when their research into the HGH test was published in Nano Research, a peer-reviewed journal specializing in the science of engineering on an atomic and molecular scale.

Ceres, the biotech company, is cooperating with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for the next phase: identifying a normal range of HGH in the body. The study will take urine from dozens of adults 18 to 45 who volunteer to give samples at an on-campus athletics facility.

The professors are still early in the approval process, which could take years, according to Frederic Donze, a spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency, which approves testing procedures used in Olympic sports.

“There is usually a long way between research and implementation of a methodology for anti-doping purpose,” Donze says via e-mail. “A significant element of this process is that the anti-doping community needs to make sure that any detection method can withstand any … scientific and legal challenge.”

Sunday 21, Dec 2008

Shane Mosley could lose his victory over Oscar De La Hoya due to steroid use

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mosley_hoya_steroidsIn light of Oscar De La Hoya’s devastating loss to Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6, the Golden Boy may have some luster back in his career should he decide to sue Sugar Shane Mosley over the latter’s unanimous victory over him back in September 2003.

Mosley is now on the headlines due to his testimony before a grand jury that took place nearly three months after his win over De La Hoya. Mosley testified under oath that he used anabolic steroids and EPO in the lead-up to his fight against De La Hoya. His testimony was part of the BALCO file which was under protective order before a US federal judge recently released them in connection with the Barry Bonds doping case.

The Daily News did an interview with the Golden Boy’s managers prior to the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight and it was apparent that they were considering action against Mosley’s tainted victory.

Excerpts from the Daily News report:

Oscar De La Hoya’s managers will sit down with him after his fight Saturday night in Las Vegas and discuss whether he should appeal Sugar Shane Mosley’s unanimous decision over him in 2003.

“I think once we find out what the facts are it’s going to be up to Oscar to decide what he wanted to do. I wasn’t going to bring this up with Oscar this week with him trying to concentrate on the fight,” Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Boxing, told the Daily News. Golden Boy promotes both De La Hoya and Mosley and Schaefer said he will also discuss the transcripts with Mosley and his lawyer.

One way to settle the issue, Schaefer said, is if Mosley is willing to fight De La Hoya in the event that Mosley wins his fight against Antonio Margarito in L.A. on Jan. 24.

“We could probably work something out like that, possibly for next September,” Schaefer said. “That may be the best way to settle it.”

On Wednesday, Schaefer asked the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission if there were any grounds to overturn the decision.

Keith Kizer, the commission’s executive director, told Schaefer that to his knowledge, there wasn’t a basis to do so because the commission has to go by what the law said in 2003 when the match took place. At that time, there were no laws forbidding the usage of EPO in Nevada and the commission wasn’t given the authority to issue a “no-decision” in such a case until 2005.

As the alleged aggrieved party, however, De La Hoya has the option to file a request to have the decision overturned, Kizer said.

Saturday 20, Dec 2008

WBC may disqualify Shane Mosley for steroid and EPO use

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shane_mosley-steroidsAccording to the New York Daily News, boxer champ Shane Mosley is on the verge of being disqualified from the boxing world.

This developed as court transcripts revealed that prior to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2003 Mosley had used anabolic steroids and EPO. Mosley won the title in said encounter. In a little under three months, Mosley confessed his doping activity before a grand jury.

The court transcripts were formerly held at protective order until they were recently released by US District Judge Susan Illston in connection with the Barry Bonds doping trial.

Because of Mosley’s apparent violation of the sport’s anti-doping policy, the World Boxing Council is taking steps to address the issue.

“It was a real surprise to read that Mosley has confessed that he did take those medicines, those drugs that are totally prohibited by the WBC,” said the Council’s president, Jose Sulaiman. “The WBC rules state that we must have a hearing. This is a matter of serious concern to us.”

“Thus far the WBC has seen only press reports, and must therefore investigate any available evidence and review it, in terms of the WBC rules and regulations’ anti-doping provisions,” said Robert Lenhardt, an attorney for the WBC.

WBC’s board of governors has the power to disqualify or fine a boxer even after the conclusion of a fight.

According to the WBC rules, no boxer “shall be under the influence of any drug during the contest that will in any manner affect their performance in the ring.”

Mosley’s next ring assignment is slated Jan. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He’s due to exchange blows with WBA welterweight title holder Antonio Margarito.

The Daily News had also reviewed the “doping calendars” seized at the BALCO raids in which Mosley’s doping activity was recorded. Below is its interpretation of the BALCO’s doping calendar and testimony.

The notations include the letters “L”, “C” and “E,” along with notations for when to take iron (2 iron), vitamin E (vit), folic acid (1 f) and B12 (1 B12). “L” stands for “liquid,” or “the clear,” which is the designer steroid THG. “C” stands for “the cream,” which is an epitestosterone/tesosterone substance. “E” stands for the blood booster EPO.

During the month of August, Mosley’s calendar says he took EPO eight times, injecting himself twice on each occasion on each side of his belly button.

At the bottom of the calendar the date of his fight with De La Hoya is noted – Sept. 13.

There are also notations at the top of the July calendar for the money Mosley paid Conte for his drugs. He paid the BALCO founder a total of $1850.

Here is the breakdown of Conte’s complicated math:

$1,650 = $900 (for EPO) + $600 (for “the clear and the cream”) + $150 (for blood tests)

$1,650 – $500 (paid in cash) = owes $1,150

$1,150 + $200 (Gateway Limo to airport) = $1,350 (paid by check)

In his grand jury transcript, Mosley admits to paying $500 in cash and $1350 by check.

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