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Tuesday 31, Jul 2012

Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test

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Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test – Cliff Notes

chris leben 4 - drugtestThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has suspended Chris Leben, an American mixed martial artist, after the veteran middleweight failed a drug test.

Leben was banned for one year after he tested positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone after his second-round TKO loss to Mark Munoz on November 5 at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.

“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” said UFC President Dana White. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

“I like Chris, and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” White stated. “If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the octagon but in his personal life.”

This is the second suspension received by Leben from the UFC. The MMA star was handed a suspension of one year back in 2008 and 209 for using stanozolol and made a quick apology. He tested positive for Stanozolol after a unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping in October 2008. The MMA fighter was sentenced in April 2008 to 35 days in jail for a probation violation stemming from a DUI charge that caused his match against Michael Bisping at UFC 85 to be rescheduled for UFC 89.

“I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and sport of mixed martial arts,” Leben stated. “I’m learning that I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. I can’t succeed in the octagon or in life behaving this way. I’ve got to make some real changes over the next year, and I’m going to focus on getting my life and career back on track. Again, I’m sorry to the UFC and fans that’ve supported me since my days on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’”

 Chris Leben Suspended from UFC for One Year for Failed Drug – Video


In 2005, Leben (22-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC) first joined the UFC and was on a stellar 4-1 run before the loss to Mark Munoz (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC). Munoz earned a second-round TKO victory when a corner by Leben deemed him unable to continue for the third round.

Nicknamed “The Crippler”, Leben was one of the most controversial and outspoken fighters on The Ultimate Fighter 1 because of his melancholy and variously abrasive personality.

“Right now life is actually going well for me — it’s going great, considering,” Leben recently said. “Life’s going really good, better than it has in a long, long time.”

He recently tweeted a picture of his newly-earned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt, awarded under Sidney Silva, himself a black belt under Professor Gutenberg Melo. “Chris has a really good ground game. He has a complete notion of basic movements, and as he’s temporarily suspended from fighting and without a date for his next fight, he’s been paying special attention to his ground game, especially in the gi—something he’s been working on for about eight months,” Sidney Silva said. “The guy’s great people, a warrior, and he’ll throw down with anyone. He’s at a great stage in his life, is healthy and focused on his UFC return, which should happen shortly. I feel he’s going to make the middleweight division all the more exciting,” said the wise Jiu-Jitsu professor in conclusion.

Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test

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Monday 30, Jul 2012

Olympic Gymnast Suspended Over Doping In London Olympics

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Olympic Gymnast Suspended Over Doping In London Olympics – Cliff Notes

Luiza Galiulina 2 - DOPING

The International Olympic Committee said on Sunday that an artistic gymnast from Uzbekistan has been handed over a provisional suspension after she tested positive for a banned substance. The 20-year-old Luiza Galiulina was found to have taken a diuretic, which is used for masking the presence of prohibited drugs, the IOC said. She was tested July 25, four days before the start of the women’s gymnastics competition.

In the second doping case during the ongoing London Olympics after a ban on Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku for a banned steroid, stanozolol, the female gymnast from Uzbekistan was found testing  positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a pre-games urine control in London on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old athlete was suspended pending the testing of her backup “B sample Sunday afternoon after she attended a hearing on Saturday night. Galiulina – a lesser-known name with no medal hopes – had been due to compete in women’s qualifying on Sunday. The 20-year-old was scheduled to compete in artistic gymnastics on Sunday; she appeared at an IOC hearing along with the team coach, personal coach, and two Uzbek officials.

At the 2010 Asian Games, Galiulina won bronze on balance beam and this was her second Olympics after finishing 60th in 2008. Galiulina contended she did not take furosemide and claimed she was been treated by her mother last month and used some medications for a heart condition in July besides using “numerous other products and natural herbs” to help her sleep and relax.

The International Olympic Committee said it found “no corroborating evidence” to support her claims that Galiulina had not intended to improve her performance or mask the use of a banned substance. “Once the results of the B sample have been received, a definitive decision will be announced by the disciplinary commission,” said the IOC.

 Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina suspended for doping from Olympics – Video

The International Olympic Committee announced: ‘The athlete, Mrs Luiza Galiulina, Uzbekistan, Artistic Gymnastics, is provisionally suspended from competing in the Games of the XXX Olympiad, with immediate effect.’ The IOC also announced: ‘The athlete declared she did not take furosemide, but that she knew what it was and its effects.’
If her “B” sample also test positive, the 20-year-old Galiulina would be barred from competing in London and may face a maximum ban of two years as a first-time doping offender.

In another doping case, two more athletes were caught doping at the London Olympics. On Sunday, St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Tameka Williams admitted using a banned substance.

“In discussion with team management, Ms Williams volunteered information to the effect that she has been using a substance which the SKNOC considers to fall outside the internationally accepted medical code,” the country’s Olympic Committee said. The committee, however, didn’t offer any details on the drug in question or the circumstances under which Tameka Williams took it.

The IOC has said it expects to carry out some 5,000 tests – 3,800 urine and 1,200 blood over the course of the London Olympics and said all medalists would be tested.

Olympic Gymnast Suspended Over Doping In London Olympics

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Sunday 29, Jul 2012

Athletes Banned For Doping In Lead-Up To Olympics

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World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey recently announced the results of a program that was designed to test athletes under suspicion before they arrived in London.

At least 107 athletes drew doping bans, ruling them out of the games, in the six months to mid-June, Fahey said and acknowledged that perhaps not all would have qualified to compete.
“Had that been their ambition, then I am pleased to say that they are not with us in London,” Fahey told the International Olympic Committee’s annual gathering.

Some of the Athletes who tested positive for Doping with Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

In another announcement, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) handed over lengthy bans to nine track and field athletes for doping violations in a crackdown on the use of prohibited substances in the lead up to the London Olympics.

The nine athletes, include Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, have tested positive for “sophisticated doping” offenses. Six of these athletes (Morocco’s Abderrahim Goumri, Greece’s Irini Kokkinariou, Turkey’s Meryem Erdogan, and three Russians — Svetlana Klyuka, Nailiya Yulamanova, and Yevgenina Zinurova) were caught for using a new “biological passport” method that builds up a profile of each over a period of time. Erdogan, Klyuka, Yulamanova, and Zinurova admitted the offense and waived the right to a “B” sample.

The remaining three, including Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, were suspended after further analysis of samples they gave at the World Championships in Daegu last year. Bulgaria’s Inna Eftimova tested positive for a synthetic growth hormone, while Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova was charged after synthetic testosterone was found in their systems. All the three athletes admitted the offense and waived the right to a “B” sample.

“Today’s announcements underline the IAAF’s continued and unwavering campaign against doping in athletics,” IAAF President Lamine Diack said in a statement. “They demonstrate the IAAF’s commitment to use advanced methods to detect doping and to enforce increased sanctions when justified. We will not stint in our resolve to do everything in our power to eradicate cheating.”

London Olympics 2012: Doping Scandal (RT)

Moroccan runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli was also suspended by the IAAF from the London Olympics after she tested positive for doping. Selsouli tested positive for the diuretic furosemide at the Paris Diamond League meeting on July 6, the governing body said. The runner became an Olympic medal favorite after clocking 3 minutes 56.15 seconds in the 1,500 meters.

”Selsouli has waived her right to the B (backup sample) analysis, and as a result has now been provisionally suspended from all competition in athletics,” the IAAF said in a statement.
The World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited substances includes Furosemide and is used by sportsmen as a masking agent for disguising the presence of performance enhancing drugs.

According to another announcement, Greek athlete Paraskevi Papachristou was expelled for posting an offensive comment about African immigrants on Twitter. “With so many Africans in Greece, the mosquitoes from the West Nile will at least be eating some homemade food,” Papachristou said on Twitter.

“I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account,” she later wrote on Facebook.

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Saturday 28, Jul 2012

Jason Giambi Placed On 15-Day Disabled List

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Jason Giambi has been put by the Colorado Rockies on the disabled list after he was found suffering from viral syndrome. The placement of Giambi is retro-active to July 21st on the disabled list.

This season, the 41-year-old has batted .241 (19-for-79) with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 7 runs and 17 walks in 47 games for Colorado Rockies and has been a member of the team since September 2009. The West Covina, California native has batted .251 (103-for-410) with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 48 runs and 76 walks in 217 games with the Rockies and is a ) career hitter with 395 doubles, 429 home runs, 1,405 RBI, 1,203 runs scored and 1,331 walks in 2,150 career games with Oakland (1995-2001, 2009), the New York Yankees (2002-08) and Colorado (2009-2012).

 Scott Miller: Giambi and MLB


The American professional baseball first baseman with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball was born on January 8, 1971 and was the American League MVP in 2000 while with the Oakland Athletics.

He was named one of the Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes by Men’s Fitness. In the year 1992, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round in 1992 and spent the 1993 season playing for the Modesto A’s, the Oakland Athletics’ single A farm team. In 1995, Jason Giambi made his major league debut in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics and led the team in 1998 with 27 home runs, 110 RBIs, and a .295 batting average.

Jason signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the New York Yankees on December 13, 2001. Giambi hit his 300th career home run off of Esteban Yan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 31, 2005 and ended the 2005 season leading the major leagues in walk percentage (20.6%) and leading the American League in walks for the 4th time in his career (109), and in OBP for the 3rd time in his career (.440, as well as in fly ball percentage (47.7%).

In 2003, the baseball player admitted before a federal grand jury in 2003 that he used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to transcripts of testimony.

The former American League MVP told the grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids case that he made use of anabolic steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds. He described the products received from Anderson “undetectable” steroids known as “the clear” and “the cream” and added he injected human growth hormone into his stomach and testosterone into his buttocks.

“The clear” is a liquid drug that is administered under the tongue a few drops at a time while “The cream” is a testosterone-based balm rubbed onto the body. Anderson described “the cream” and “the clear” as “an alternative to steroids, but it doesn’t show on a steroid test,” Giambi said. Jason Giambi also apologized for using performance enhancing drugs his career. Jason’s younger brother Jeremy, a former Oakland outfielder, also told the grand jury that he injected banned drugs received from Anderson.




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Friday 27, Jul 2012

Maradona Sacked By Al Wasl

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diego maradona 1United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl has sacked former Argentina World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona after the team failed to win any silverware under Maradona during his season at the helm. The team was knocked out of the UAE league cup at the semi-final stage by Al Ahli, the eventual winners and even ailed to progress past the second round of the President’s Cup under Maradona.

Judgment of the former Argentina captain at Al Was had been questioned through his decision to select goalkeeper Majid Naser despite him being in the middle of a 17-match domestic ban for slapping Al Ahli coach Quique Sanchez Flores after a match between the two sides.

“Following a meeting held by the board of directors of Al Wasl Football Company to evaluate the technical staff of Al Wasl under the leadership of coach Diego Maradona, it was decided to terminate the services of coach Diego Maradona and his technical staff,” a club statement said.

Considered by many as the most gifted football players, the association of Maradona with controversies is not new. During the 1994 World Cup, he was sent home after failing to clear a drug test for ephedrine doping, which he claimed were due to the power drink Rip Fuel given by his personal trainer. An excellent strategist and a team player, Diego Armando Maradona Franco is rated very highly by many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans.

Maradona is the only player in the history of football to set world-record contract fees twice. During his illustrious career, he played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys and earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals while playing for Argentina. He reached the peak of his professional career at Napoli and elevated the team to the most successful era in its history by helping the team win their only Serie A Italian Championships in 1986/87 and 1989/1990, placing second in the league twice, in 1987/88 and 1988/89. The #10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired in honor of the football player and his achievements during his career at Napoli.

Maradona Goal of the Century – Víctor Hugo Morales commentary – Argentina-England 2-1 1986

Diego is the only player to win the Golden Ball at both the FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup, in 1979 and 1986. Diego Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments and won Argentina the 1986 World Cup against West Germany in the final and was even awarded the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. In the quarterfinals of this World Cup, Maradona scored the “Hand of God” and a 60 m (66 yd) goal while dribbling past five England players (Peter Beardsley, Steve Hodge, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher, and Terry Fenwick) and goalkeeper Peter Shilton, which was voted “The Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

Diego Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego (“I am The Diego”) in 2000 that became an instant bestseller and won FIFA Player of the Century award in 1999. The Times, a London based newspaper, selected Maradona as number 1 in The Greatest 10 World Cup players of all time on 22 March 2010.

Maradona Sacked By Al Wasl – Cliff Notes

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Thursday 26, Jul 2012

Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss

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Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss – cliff notes

Alex Rodriguez, popularly known as @A-Rod, may not be able to play any more this season after fracturing his left hand.

Rodriguez was hit by an 88 mph change-up from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning and went down immediately in considerable pain.  According to a statement by his team Yankees, Alex Rodriguez has a non-displaced fracture of the left hand. The team also remarked that there is no time defined for his return and A-Rod would be placed on the disabled list.

”You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that,” Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ”I had a weird feeling it wasn’t good.”

The injured baseball player joins the Yankees’ list of injured players along with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, and Brett Gardner.

An American professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 and previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

He is considered by many as one of the best players of baseball and is credited with the distinction of being the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, the youngest to hit 600, and having fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career. In 2010, A-Rod became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent when he hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa (609 HRs).

He was first implicated for steroid use in Jose Canseco’s book, Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball. Canseco claimed to have introduced A-Rod to a trainer who was a steroid expert and supplier.

On February 7, 2009 it was reported by Sports Illustrated that the baseball player tested positive in 2003 for anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Primobolan. His name even appeared on a government-sealed list of 104 major-league players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. On February 9, 2009, Alex Rodriguez admitted to making use of anabolic steroids while saying that he used them from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers because of what he called “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, he was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and signed by Roger Jongewaard right out of high school. A-Rod was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year in 1996 and was just close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the history of baseball but fell short to Juan González in one of the most controversial MVP elections. In the year 2000, the baseball player was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting.

In 2001-02, his 109 home runs were the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive season. During his last season with Texas (in 2003), he led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage to win his second consecutive Gold Glove Award. His career was on an all-time high when led the American League with 52 HR, 133 runs scored, and 393 total base in the 2001-02 season. In 2002, Rodriguez had a major league-best 57 HR, 142 RBIs and 389 total bases to become the first player ever to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984.


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Wednesday 25, Jul 2012

Steroids Were Found In Body Of Chris Benoit

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Steroids Were Found In Body Of Chris Benoit – cliff notes

Dr. Kris Sperry, Georgia’s chief medical examiner, has revealed that professional wrestler Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and son before hanging himself, injected anabolic steroids not long before he died. The medical examiner also said the son of Chris was sedated before his death.

The 40-year-old wrestler, who was nicknamed “The Rabid Wolverine” and “The Canadian Crippler,” as found dead with his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, on June 25, 2007 in their suburban Atlanta home.

Toxicology tests found drugs in all three Benoits, according to Dr. Sperry, who said elevated levels of steroid testosterone were found in the body of Chris Benoit and the anxiety drug Xanax was in the body of his 7-year-old son, Daniel.

The elevated level “is an indicator that he had been injecting testosterone, but how much, how frequently, how often and for how long is something that cannot be answered through this,” Dr. Sperry said.

According to investigators, anabolic steroids were among prescription drugs found in the home of Benoit. The urine of Benoit had about 10 times the normal level of testosterone, which is a form of doping in sports. The wrestler’s body also had traces of hydrocodone, a pain reliever, and Xanax and no other steroids were found.

Chris Benoit’s Last Match

The employer of Benoit, @World Wrestling Entertainment, made a statement that the professional wrestler had passed a random drug test in April.

The family physician, Phillippe Astin, M.D., who prescribed anabolic steroids to Chris Benoit in the year before the double murder-suicide went to trial on March 16, 2009 though there was not even a single charge related to anabolic steroids against him. The doctor faced charges of distributing and dispensing approximately one million dosage units of painkillers and stimulants classified as controlled substances, which included Percocet, Oxycontin, Demerol, Lorcet, Ritalin, Vicodin, Xanax, Klonipin, Methadone, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine and Soma “for other than a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice.”

Chris Benoit was identified by DEA Diversion Investigator Anissa Jones as an “excess purchaser of injectable steroids” during a federal investigation of Rx Weight Loss in Marietta, Georgia. Prescription records obtained from Jones Pharmacy in Fayetteville, Georgia suggested that Chris Benoit was prescribed 10-month supply of testosterone cypionate every 3-4 weeks from May 4, 2006 to May 9, 2007 on the prescription of Dr. Phil Astin.

In February 2006, Benoit received steroids from Signature, based on a prescription by Florida physician Gary Brandwein. The steroid pharmacy was also supplying anabolic steroids to top wrestlers Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Jr., Adam “Edge” Copeland, Robert “Booker T” Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike Bucci, Anthony Carelli, John “Johnny Nitro” Hennigan, Darren “William Regal” Matthews, Ken “Mr. Kennedy” Anderson, Eddie “Umaga” Fatu, Shoichi Funaki, and Chavo Guerrero.

Over a period of approximately 30 months between December 13, 2004 and June 22, 2007, Chris Benoit was prescribed 5,580 tablets of Lorcet (10mg), 3,600 tablets of Xanax (2mg), and 1380 tablets of Soma (350mg) while 3,690 tablets of Lorcet (10mg), 600 tablets of Xanax (2mg) and 240 tablets of Soma (350mg) between June 6, 2005 and May 30, 2007 to Nancy Benoit, his wife.


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Tuesday 24, Jul 2012

Motion Filed To Dismiss Lance Armstrong Suit

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit by @Lance Armstrong that was aimed at preventing the anti-doping agency from pursuing doping charges against him. The lawsuit by Armstrong also accused USADA’s chief executive, Travis Tygart, of waging a personal vendetta against the cyclist.

Armstrong asked the court to issue an injunction and may receive a lifetime ban from cycling and be stripped of his Tour de France victories, if found guilty.

The Best Of Lance Armstrong

The motion was filed recently in Austin, Texas and cited the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act that gives USADA jurisdiction over athletes who compete in Olympic sports. The current case by USADA may cost the cyclist seven Tour de France titles and is based on evidence other than positive doping tests.

“The motion confirms the salient point that Mr. Armstrong has passed every drug test administered by USADA itself in its anytime, anywhere 24-7-365 program, which it swore was the most stringent testing program in the world,” Armstrong’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said.

Armstrong filed a lawsuit on July 9, which was quickly thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks in Austin. The judge dismissed the 80-page complaint that was aimed at stopping USADA from pursuing its case. While throwing out the lawsuit, the judge criticized Armstrong for grandstanding and using it as a publicity stunt. “This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims,” Sparks wrote.

Born on September 18, 1971 as Lance Edward Gunderson, Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France title a record seven consecutive times after surviving testicular cancer. The cyclist is the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1999 and won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports in 2000. Lance Armstrong was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine in the year 2002 and received ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003. He made his appearance for competitive cycling on February 16, 2011.

Armstrong has faced persistent allegations of doping for much of the second phase of his illustrious career. He submitted to 24 unannounced drug tests in the fall of 2008 through March 2009 by various anti-doping authorities and all of these tests were negative for performance enhancing drugs. The cyclist was charged by the USADA with the consumption of illicit performance enhancing drugs based on testimonies from other cyclists and blood samples from 2009 and 2010, which were vehemently denied by the cyclist.

After his initial lawsuit was thrown out, Lance Armstrong filed a revised lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Three of his former associates (Luis Garcia del Moral, a team doctor, Michele Ferrari, a consulting doctor, and Jose “Pepe” Marti, team trainer) were recently banned for life from all professional cycling activities for drug violations.

Lance Armstrong Anti-Doping Case Simple Cliff Notes

Lance Armstrong Lawsuit

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Monday 23, Jul 2012

Contador Agrees To Rejoin Team Saxo Bank

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Alberto Contador 2Alberto Contador Velasco, the Spanish professional cyclist, who won the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team would rejoin Saxo Bank, the Danish team have announced.

Contador was stripped of his victory of 2010 Tour de France after he tested positive for clenbuterol. He was thereafter handed over a ban of two years, which was back-dated to January 2011. The cyclist had already served a provisional suspension of about six months and would be able to ride once more on August 5.

Contador said the support received from Saxo Bank and team owner Bjarne Riis has been extraordinary and he is looking forward to getting back on the bike.

The cyclist won the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France; he initially won the 2010 Tour de France and the 2011 Giro d’Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard but was stripped of these titles after being found guilty of doping. Considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world, Alberto Contador is regarded as one of the finest cyclists who excel in all aspects of stage racing that are needed for high places in the general classification. Nicknamed El Pistolero, Contador was nicknamed Pantani (after Marco Pantani, who is regarded as one of the best climbers of all times) because of his climbing skills.

The star cyclist was barred from competing at the 2006 Tour de France because of alleged connections with the Operación Puerto doping case along with give other members of the Astana-Würth team. Later on, all players were cleared of all charges on 26 July 2006 by the Spanish courts. In September 2010, he made an announcement that his urine sample taken on a rest day in the 2010 Tour de France contained Clenbuterol traces. The Spanish cyclist claimed his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Anti-doping doctor Don Catlin added credibility to the explanation provided by the cyclist by saying clenbuterol is one of the more common contaminants found in food supplements.

The Legend of Alberto Contador

The Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) proposed a one year ban in late January 2011 on Alberto Contador but later accepted appeal of the cyclist and cleared him of all charges. In March 2011, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency each appealed the RFEC decision independently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Contador lost his Tour de France 2010 title on 6 February 2012 along with losing the 2011 Giro d’Italia title. “The presence of clenbuterol was more likely caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement,” Court of Arbitration for Sport said in its ruling in Lausanne, Switzerland. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, was given the title of 2010 Tour de France.

After the ban, five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx said, “It’s like someone wants to kill cycling.” Oscar Perreiro called the verdict “disgraceful” and claimed Contador “is innocent.”

The ban means the cyclist will miss the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the London Olympics, but he will be eligible to ride in the Spanish Vuelta, which begins August 18. With the ban, he becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping after Floyd Landis, the American who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.

Alberto Contador Velasco Anti-Doping Violation


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Sunday 22, Jul 2012

Olympic Runners Suspected Of Doping

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Nordine Gezzar of France and Spain’s @Angel Mullera, have been axed from the London Olympic Games on suspicion of doping.

French runner Nordine Gezzar may face a life ban after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) and has already requested a “B” sample to be analyzed, with the results of that test due to be known next week. The 3000m steeplechaser may get banned permanently if the “B” sample also come back positive as Gezzar served a two-year drug ban when he was suspended in 2006.

In 2006, Gezzar was handed a suspension of two years when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone and the diuretic Finasteride that is used for treating hair loss but can also mask use of steroids.

French athletics federation vice-president, Michel Marle, said on Friday: “Gezzar tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended.”

“The athlete has already requested the analysis of the ‘B’ sample. That will be carried out on Sunday and we’ll probably know the results 48 hours later.”

Fourth at the European Championships in Helsinki, Gezzar was caught when was tested along with all other Games-bound competitors by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) made an announcement that Angel Mullera has been removed from their quad after reports in the local media also connecting him with the use of EPO. Mullera has been replaced by Sebastian Martos.

“This decision is independent of the eventual opening of a disciplinary process accompanied by a preventive ban,” the RFEA said.


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