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Saturday 21, Jul 2012

Backup Sample Confirmed Schleck’s Positive Test

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Frank Schleck Fails Doping Test

Frank Schleck had tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Tour de France, according to the backup sample. The Luxembourg rider, however, maintained his innocence and said he has not doped.

“The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes,” Schleck said in a statement. “I just know that I did nothing wrong!”

On Tuesday, the RadioShack Nissan Trek leader was pulled from the Tour after the International Cycling Union said he had tested positive on July 14. His first positive test jolted this year’s Tour de France besides reviving the doping allegations that have long tarnished the image of cycling.

Schleck said after the first positive test if the backup sample eventually confirmed it, then a complaint would be filed “against an unspecified person for poisoning.” In a statement on Friday, he made no mention of poisoning or a legal complaint but remarked he was determined to find out how the diuretic, Xipamide, had turned up in his system.

“Since I didn’t take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone,” Schleck said, suggesting that he could have consumed the banned substance “through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me.”

Born on 15 April 1980, Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He is the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Some of Frank’s greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France that finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, and finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.

The 32-year-old said he has witnessed the backup sample analysis at the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry south of Paris and said he vowed to “continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body,” after seeing the test positive.

 Frank Schleck out of Tour de France after failing doping test

The World Anti-Doping Agency defines “specified substances” like Xipamide as those that are “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation” and the diuretic is classified as a specified substance and does not require a provisional suspension. According to the “Dictionary of Doping” by Jean-Pierre de Mondenard, a French expert, athletes who dope usually take diuretics such as Xipamide for masking other banned performance enhancing drugs, or as a supplement for weight loss.

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WADA Prohibited List 2012 En WADA list of Banned Substances which Contains a full set of banned Diuretics and masking agents

Friday 20, Jul 2012

Career-Ending 12-Year Doping Ban For Ricco

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The National Anti-doping Tribunal has banned Italian cyclist @Riccardo Ricco who was accused of giving himself a blood transfusion.

Born on 1 September 1983 in Formigine, Ricco is a professional road bicycle racer from Italy. In 2006, Ricco joined UCI ProTeam Saunier Duval-Prodir after two successful seasons as an amateur rider, during which he won the Settimana Bergamasca. On July 17, 2008, it was revealed that the cyclist had a non negative test for EPO, the Hematocrit boosting drug, following the Tour de France stage 4 time trial at Cholet. Riccò terminated his contract for Ceramica Flaminia in August 2010 and signed a two-year contract with Dutch Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team.

The request of Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor was accepted by the Tribunal and Ricco was handed a career-ending ban of 12 years. The cyclist, however, maintains innocence and said he merely injected himself with an iron solution but a doctor who operated on him claimed Ricco had tried to give himself a blood transfusion.

Ricco ended up in hospital with kidney problems after the apparent transfusion attempt in February last year. Ricco, close to death, allegedly told the doctor that he had given himself a transfusion with blood kept in his fridge. An investigation revealed through bacteriological analysis of blood of Ricco that his infection was caused by a failed blood transfusion after which he was sacked by the Vacansoleil team.

The former Saunier Duval rider was found guilty of illegal blood doping. In 2008, he served a ban of two years for doping during the Tour de France in which he was found to have used the banned blood-booster Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator (or CERA, a variant of Erythropoietin). Ricco went on to win another pair of stages but subsequently tested positive for doping. He was later thrown out of the race and was fired by his then Saunier Duval team.

Friday 20, Jul 2012

Meadows Handed Euro Indoor Gold

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After @Yevgenia Zinurova was one of three Russian athletes banned for doping, Jenny Meadows has had her 800m silver medal at the 2011 European Indoor Championships upgraded to gold.

The Russian Athletics Federation handed a ban of two years to marathon runner Nailiya Yulamanova and 800m specialists Zinurova and Svetlana Klyuka. All the three sportsmen will now miss London Olympics. Meadows would also be missing this summer’s Olympics after not being selected in Team GB’s athletics squad. The 31-year-old who lost out to Zinurova in Paris in 2011 when the Russian passed her in the home straight had suggested before a team announcement that she will be making an appeal if not selected but have decided not to fight the decision.

Russian trio Yulamanova, Zinurova and Klyuka were also suspended for “abnormal indexes in their biometric passports” in addition to doping charges, the first time Russian athletes have been banned for such offences. The 31-year-old Yulamanova finished second in the marathon at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona. She was awarded the gold medal after Zivile Balciunaite of Lithuania, the original winner, was disqualified and banned for using steroids.

The suspensions of Yulamanova and Klyuka have been backdated from February 2012, while the ban of Zinurova, the 800m indoor European champion, began in September 2011.

Jenny Meadows runs superb 800m at Aviva Indoor Birmingham and breaks national record of Holmes

 The suspensions mean all threw would be ineligible to compete at Russian championships in Cheboksary, and therefore cannot compete at London 2012.

“This is the first time athletes have been suspended in Russia because of abnormality of their biometric passports,” said Russian Athletics Federation president Valentin Balakhnichyov. “We know such practice has been widely used in cycling but unfortunately it’s now been the case with our athletes as well.”It’s a huge loss for our team but their guilt has been proven beyond doubt.”

Thursday 19, Jul 2012

Roger Clemens Verdict – The Needle And The Damage Done

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Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, William @Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed “The Rocket” and popularly known as Roger Clemens, was recently acquitted from all charges against him. The baseball player was facing one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury.

Born on August 4, 1962 in Dayton (Ohio), Roger Clemens was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1983 amateur draft. He made his Major League Baseball debut on May 15, 1984 and won seven Cy Young Awards (he won the AL award in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 2001, and the National League award in 2004), an MVP and two pitching triple crowns. The baseball player also won The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986. He got his 1,000th strikeout as a Yankee on August 18, 2007 and is only the 9th player in MLB history to record 1,000 or more strikeouts with two different teams.

The verdict may have allowed Clemens to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history, but the verdict was a clear blow to the legal pursuit by the government of athletes accused of illicit drug use. Moreover, the clean chit given to Clemens also raised questions on the purpose, credibility and execution of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball that mentioned his name 82 times. In the report, former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee stated that he injected Roger Clemens with Winstrol (stanozolol) during the 1998, 2000, and 2001 baseball seasons.

60 Minutes Does a hit piece on Roger Clemens

The verdict also brought an end to the testifying of convicted drug dealer Kirk Radomski that he supplied human growth hormone to McNamee for a starting pitcher and even sent a shipment to house of Clemens. Radomski however had no ideas whether or not the HGH was specifically used on Roger Clemens. Debbie Clemens, Clemens’s wife, admitted that she received a human growth hormone injection from McNamee though the versions of both (Clemens and McNamee) differ over when the injection was administered and whether or not Roger Clemens was present at the time of HGH administration. The verdict also suggested that steroids actually work and they can be extremely beneficial to obliterate home run records or win gold medals.

It also indicates that steroid users are more likely to succeed and can still come out clean and sportsmen who do not take anabolic steroids would always find it difficult to compete against them.

The charges that Roger Clemens may have used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone during a career spanning 24 decades and producing 354 victories have been brought down by the verdict, but many still feel that he was not as clean as portrayed.

Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

Amir Khan Wants Drugs Cheat Banned For Life

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Former two-time world champion, and former unified WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight champion, Amir Iqbal Khan, recently said he want a lifetime ban for his steroid-using opponent Lamont Peterson.

Born on 8 December 1986, Amir Khan is a British professional boxer and the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17. Nicknamed “King Khan”, he is also one of the youngest British world champions ever, winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22.

Khan said he does not mind Peterson getting an exile from boxing permanently even if that costs him the millions he would have made if the pair were to fight again.

Peterson, however, refused to give up belts after he failed to clear a drug test and said he never cheated in fight with Amir Khan. The American boxer said he deserved to keep his world titles as he was unaware that his treatment for abnormally low levels of testosterone was contrary to anti-doping rules. At the time of his fight with Amir Khan, Peterson had testosterone pellets inserted into his hip before he claimed a controversial split-decision win in December.

Khan says: ‘Anyone who has been done for drugs should be banned for life. Peterson failed a test and that should be his punishment.’ He branded Peterson “a cheat” and called for the American to be stripped of both titles and the December bout declared a ‘no-contest’.

After his bout was canceled because of Peterson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, Khan started preparing for a world light-welterweight title fight with the rising Philadelphian star, Danny García, as the World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion on July 14. Khan was hoping to defend his title against Garcia and surely deserved the distinction of entering the ring as a world champion. But destiny had other plans for him as he was crushed by Garcia and the Bolton fighter was left dispirited and confused.

 Khan was already making plans to face WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather after registering a win over Garcia; Khan was also planning to have a future bout with Timothy Bradley, who has previously rejected a fight with Khan in order for a big pay day against Manny Pacquiao.

Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

Tuesday 17, Jul 2012

Contador eyes comeback at Tour of Benelux

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Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador recently said that he hopes to make a comeback from a two-year doping ban at the Tour of Benelux in August. The week-long Tour of the Low Countries begins on August 6, the very day that ban of Contador comes to an end.

Contador was banned for testing positive for the anabolic steroid clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.

The 29-year-old reiterated that he had “lost confidence in sporting justice” after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned him for two years and blamed his positive test on a contaminated steak that he ate during that year’s Tour.

The cyclist added he is targeting a place in the Spain team at September’s World Championships in the Netherlands and expressed intent to compete in both the road race and the time trial.

Tuesday 17, Jul 2012

Charlie Sheen took steroids during shoot

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Actor Charlie Sheen has revealed that he took anabolic steroids while he was shooting for sports movie “Major League” to get the grip of the game.

Sheen played Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a flamethrower with an edge in the worst-to-first baseball film, “Major League.” The actor is also friend with admitted steroid user, Lenny Dykstra.

Sheen kept his bad boy image mostly on film and his admission in this week’s Sports Illustrated comes at least semi-unexpectedly.

The former “Two and a half men” star added he used anabolic steroids during filming for three months, but soon realized the downside of performance enhancing drugs.

The Anger Management star continued that he had a smart trainer who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League and knew enough sportsmen using steroids.

Tuesday 17, Jul 2012

Hardy makes Olympics comeback after ban

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World record-setting swimmer Jessica Hardy has survived a doping suspension that prevented Hardy from competing in the 2008 Olympic Games to make a comeback to the London Olympics.

It was ruled by two panels that the positive test of Hardy was a result of her unknowingly ingesting a tainted supplement.

Hardy arrives in London as a contender for medals in the two freestyles as well as the 400-meter freestyle and 400 medley relays. Her family provided samples of supplements left over from the batch she used at the Olympic Trials to be tested by Anti-Doping Research Inc. and clenbuterol was found in an AdvoCare drink supplement.

Hardy recently was placed first in the women’s open 50 LC meter freestyle championship final during the 2012 TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Championships at Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on April 21.

Monday 16, Jul 2012

Clenbuterol Cycle Tips

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Clenbuterol is regularly used along with HGH with T3 Cytomel for a steroid cycle of six to eight weeks. It may be used alone in a Clenbuterol only cycle, also known as a Clen only cycle, to access extraordinary and nearly long lasting upgrades in the perspective of muscle definition, weight loss, body fat loss, protein synthesis, and nitrogen retention.

To get the best value from the Clenbuterol only cycle, dosages of this weight loss drug should be properly selected. The most typical quantity routine followed by men is between 60-140 mcg every day and ladies use Clen mostly in doses of 40-120 mcg every day. It is worth noting that the doses should be increased by 20 mcg every day from the lowest to arrive at the highest stage (140 mcg for men and 120 mcg for women) and then decreased by 20 mcg every day from the highest possible to arrive at the lowest stage (60 mcg every day for men and 40 mcg every day for women).

A perfect Clenbuterol only cycle for men would be in the order of 60mcg, 80mcg, 100mcg, 120mcg, 140mcg, 120mcg, 100mcg, 80mcg, and 60mcg and the best Clenbuterol only cycle for women the order would be 40mcg, 60mcg, 80mcg, 100mcg, 120mcg, 100mcg, 80mcg, 60mcg, and 40mcg.

Most athletes choose using Clenbuterol in a 2-day on and 2-day off or 3-week on and 3-week off cycle as it allows their individual body not get safe from the activity procedure of the medication.

Clenbuterol use is also contraindicated to those suffering from health problems such as tachycardia, tachyarrhythmia, heart or thyroid diseases, urinary retention, glaucoma, ischemic heart disease, hyperthyroidism, myocardial infarction (acute period), high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, prostatic hypertrophy, hyperthyroidism, or hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Sportsmen and others who are already making the use of drugs such as terbutaline, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, cardiac glycosides, oxytocin, propanolol, digoxin, dinoprost (Lutalyse, Prostamate), beta-blockers, sugar lowering drugs, insulin, CNS stimulants, MAO inhibitors, and sympathomimetic agents, or inhaled anesthetics, should avoid this weight and fat loss drug.

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