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Monday 31, Jan 2011

Eight Indian athletes suspended after doping tests

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Eight Indian athletes suspended after doping testsIn an embarrassing blow a month before India hosts the Commonwealth Games, eight of its prospective Commonwealth athletes have been suspended after failing drugs tests.

Six wrestlers, a shot putter and another athlete, tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant used as a Nasal decongestant, according to officials in Delhi.

Five of these athletes were to have competed in the Games; one was considered a gold medal prospect.

Monday 31, Jan 2011

Former bodybuilder jailed for five years

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Former bodybuilder jailed for five yearsMark William Rainbow, a former bodybuilder, was recently jailed for five years over the illegal importation of anabolic steroids.

The 43-year-old was sentenced in Auckland District Court after earlier admitting breaches of the Medicine Act 1981 including importing, possessing and supplying prescription and other medicines.

The steroid containing imported medicines from Thailand in May 2008 had been concealed in bottles falsely labeled as “Gay Lube Oil”.

Monday 31, Jan 2011

Duane Ross banned by USADA

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Duane Ross banned by USADAHurdler Duane Ross has been banned for a period of two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after evidence of drug use was uncovered.

The results of Ross since November 2, 2001 will be scratched from the records after new information emerged from the ongoing investigation into the BALCO scandal.

The ban means that Ross will keep his 1999 World Championship bronze medal, won in a personal best of 13.12 seconds in Seville.

Sunday 30, Jan 2011

More Australian kids abusing steroids

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More Australian kids abusing steroidsA major survey conducted in secondary schools has found 2.4 per cent of 12 to 17 year olds reported using the muscle enhancing injections. After the survey results were disclosed, Australian schools have been told to broaden their drug education programs.

This was a much higher usage rate than that seen across the population, according to Dr Matthew Dunn, a researcher at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC).

Dr Dunn said school sport and athletics programs should also highlight the risks involved in steroid abuse.

Sunday 30, Jan 2011

WADA keeping close eye on Delhi race

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WADA keeping close eye on Delhi race

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is keeping a close eye on things as India trains doping control officers (DCOs) to keep the games free from doping.

The Delhi laboratory, accredited by WADA, has worked successfully through several curtain-raisers, including the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, the Hockey World Cup, and the Commonwealth Boxing Championships.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand boss Graeme Steel said India is vital experienced and well-trained officials are on the job, much like bringing in top-match officials or referees.

Saturday 29, Jan 2011

Death of Terry Newton may be drugs warning to others

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Death of Terry Newton may be drugs warning to othersTerry Newton, the former Great Britain hooker, had traces of anabolic steroids, cocaine, and amphetamines in his system when he killed himself in September.

The former hooker became the first professional sportsman to test positive for human growth hormone in February and was serving a two-year suspension when he took his life at the age of 31.

It is believed by some experts that death of Newton had delivered a macabre warning to others about the dangers of taking performance enhancing drugs.

Saturday 29, Jan 2011

Tiger sticks by coach to deny drug rumors

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Tiger sticks by coach to deny drug rumorsTiger Woods recently said that he is still working with coach Hank Haney and does not care that a significant minority of his peers is of the view that he makes use of performance enhancing drugs.

The statement was made by Woods in 21-minute news conference ahead of the Players Championship.

The suspicions started ever since it was revealed that Woods received treatment last year from Canadian doctor Tony Gallea, who is under investigation by American and Canadian authorities for supplying doping products to athletes.

Friday 28, Jan 2011

Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic Games

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Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic GamesFacourou Sissoko from Mali and Ukrainian Liudmyla Osmanova have been excluded from the Paralympic Games following doping violations.

The duo tested positive in pre-Games out-of-competition tests for boldenone metabolite and 19-Norandrosterone (anabolic agents), respectively.

Both Sissoko and Osmanova have been disqualified from the Beijing Games and banned for two years.

Friday 28, Jan 2011

Daniel Chick pleads guilty of importing steroids

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Daniel Chick pleads guilty of importing steroidsFormer West Coast Eagles premiership player Daniel Chick has been fined $7000 with $1000 costs after he pleaded guilty to importing performance and image enhancing steroids from Thailand.

Chick was caught with nine vials and a number of pills of anabolic steroids concealed in his luggage after landing at Perth Airport.

The footballer had been prescribed steroidal drugs for asthma and chest infections, according to a statement by friends of Chick to The Sunday Times.

Friday 28, Jan 2011

Grady Jackson sues diet pill manufacturer

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Grady Jackson sues diet pill manufacturerGrady Jackson of the Atlanta Falcons has sued the manufacturer of a diuretic that led to his suspension of four games from the NFL.

Jackson filed the suit in Superior Court of California against Nikki Harrell’s StarCaps diet pills, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The player is seeking restitution and damages for false advertising and unfair business practices against the retailers and StarCaps.

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