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Friday 31, Aug 2012

Guillermo Mota Back With Giants

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On Tuesday, San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was activated from the restricted list after he served a suspension of 100 games for his second positive drug test. Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt has been placed on the paternity list by the Giants to make room on the roster for Mota.

The Giants reliever was suspended for Clenbuterol, which he claimed was in a cough syrup for children. He was previously suspended in 2006 when he was with the New York Mets and the team was eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. Mota was traded by the Mets for starting catcher Johnny Estrada. A third positive test would mean a lifetime ban for Mota and he said he would be more careful in the future.

Guillermo Reynoso Mota was born on July 25, 1973 and has pitched for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. Mota is presently with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Signed by the New York Mets in 1990 as an infielder, Mota had a batting average of .249 with one home run and one stolen base and amassed a .934 fielding percentage in 43 game when he was assigned to the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Mets in 1993 as a third baseman.

He was moved to the shortstop position and assigned to the single-A Capital City Bombers of the South Atlantic League in the year 1995 and batted .243 and struck out 127 times in 400 at bats while committing 40 errors at shortstop. Mota made a return to St. Lucie Mets in 1996 where he batted .234 with 90 strikeouts in 304 at bats while committing 21 errors and was converted into a pitcher in 1997. In 1997, the Dominican baseball player was assigned to the Cape Fear Crocs of the South Atlantic League and he had a 5–10 record with a 4.36 earned run average (ERA) and 112 strikeouts in 126 innings. In 1999, he started with season with the Ottawa Lynx of the triple-A International League and had a 2–0 record with a 1.89 ERA and five saves in 14 games.

Mota Suspended 100 Games – Video

In the year 2003, he had a 6–3 record with a 1.97 ERA in 76 games and went on to become the setup man to closer Éric Gagné in 2004. After being suspended in November 2006 for using performance enhancing drugs, Guillermo Reynoso Mota was re-signed by the Mets to a two-year, $5 million contract on December 7 and was traded on November 20, 2007 to the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 2010, Guillermo Mota signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and won his first career World Series despite struggling at times during the season. He became one of three players in the history of Major League Baseball to fail a drug test twice when it was shown he tested positive for Clenbuterol. He was suspended for 100 games on May 7, 2012 by MLB after he tested positive for Clenbuterol.

 

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Thursday 30, Aug 2012

Frankie Andreu Responds To Ban On Armstrong

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Frankie Andreu Responds To Ban On Armstrong – Cliff Notes

Frankie Andreu doping lance armstrongA professional from 1989 to 2000 and a member of the US Postal Service team’s roster during the first two Tour de France victories of Lance Armstrong in 1999 and 2000, Frankie Andreu, has expressed surprise that a fighter on the field like Armstrong has decided not to fight the doping charges against him.

Frankie Andreu is a former professional cyclist who was the team captain of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team along with Lance Armstrong in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He admitted that he was introduced to performance enhancing drugs in 1995 while he was riding for Motorola.

Andreu said while discussing the ban of Armstrong that Lance is a fighter and the fact that the U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) has enough information to strip him of his Tour de France titles is surprising.

In 2010, Frankie Andreu and his wife Betsy told a federal agent investigating the case of Armstrong and other cyclists that Lance admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in a hospital room while battling cancer in 1996, which was vehemently denied by Armstrong.

In 2006, Frankie and his wife were called to testify under oath at a civil suit between Armstrong and SCA Promotions in a case where the underwriter (SCA Promotions) refused to pay a bonus of $5 million for his sixth Tour victory because of allegations Armstrong had used banned substances in order to win. At the hearing, the Andreus testified that Lance admitted to using a list of substances, including growth hormone, cortisone, EPO, anabolic steroids, and testosterone to his doctors. In the same, the primary doctor of Lance submitted an affidavit that he had never seen any evidence that indicated that the cyclist admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs.

In an article appearing in the New York Times in 2006, Lance Armstrong said Betsy lied because “she hates me” and Frankie lied because “he’s trying to back up his old lady.” The statement of Armstrong also suggested that the wife of Frankie Andreu may have got confused with possible mention of his post-operative treatment that included anabolic steroids and EPO, which are routinely prescribed to counteract wasting and red-blood-cell destroying effects of intensive chemotherapy.

Frankie Andreu Responds To Ban On Armstrong – Video

Frankie added that Armstrong’s statement accusing USADA of unconstitutional witch hunt left him unimpressed and added that the efforts of the anti-doping agency is to punish dopers and he fully supports that. He added that doping bans by USADA to cheaters would send a pointed lesson to all the riders that the sport is changing and it is for the better. Frankie remarked that only riders can clean up cycling and added, “There’s always going to be the guy who denies and denies that he’s ever used something,” Frankie said. “Nobody really knows what that guy is really doing when he goes home and closes the door.”

Armstrong, in replies of accusations of drug use, said he has been tested hundred times for performance enhancing drugs. He only tested positive for positive for cortisone at the 1999 Tour but was not penalized after he produced a prescription from a doctor that the cortisone was in a skin cream he used for saddle sores.

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Wednesday 29, Aug 2012

Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement

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Stephan Bonnar steroidsUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight @Stephan Bonnar is running out of options these days. Bonnar who was campaigning to get in front of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cameras opposite longtime rival and original castmate Forrest Griffin has given some hints of retirement.

Bonnar was suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for anabolic steroids after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral. The banned substance in the post-fight urine sample of Bonnar was Boldenone Metabolite, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Boldenone or Equipoise is a banned substance and anabolic steroid on the list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.

The American mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rose to fame after he took the second spot on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Bonnar is well-known in the world of MMA for never being knocked out or submitted in MMA competition and earned his Taekwondo black belt at the age of sixteen.

The MMA fighter was awarded a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship after he exhibited good skills in the light-heavyweight finals, where he lost against Forrest Griffin by unanimous decision (29–28). The 2002-04 Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight champion and Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight champion trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie has also trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Fan of the rock band The Who, Stephan Bonnar uses their song “Eminence Front” as his entrance music to UFC fights. Bonnar has gone on to take part in some of the bloodiest wars in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) since the infamous brawl night in April of 2005 with fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one contestant, Forrest Griffin.

Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Video

Born on 4th April 1977 and nicknamed “The American Psycho“, Stephan Patrick Bonnar has announced his plan to retire from MMA unless a third fight with Forrest Griffin or Quinton Jackson comes his way that is highly unlikely as Griffin will meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 and Jackson is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

In 2005, the MMA fighter was part of the first class of TUF alongside other future UFC staples like Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, and Chris Leben.

In a recent interview, Bonnar said while addressing rumors of his potential retirement that retirement is not his preference, but he just has not had any offers that have been worth time. Bonnar remarked, “I fought every second of every fight I was in. I’ve never been stopped, legitimately, and I’ve only lost to champions. I’ve been hit with a ton of shots. I’ve never so much as acknowledged one of them.” The MMA fighter is present lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With neither of his requests like to be entertained, the world may have already seen the last of Bonnar in the cage. Bonnar won his last three fights, with consecutive victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski.

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Tuesday 28, Aug 2012

‘Truthful’ Armstrong Might Have Kept Tour Titles

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‘Truthful’ Armstrong Might Have Kept Tour Titles – Cliff Notes

United States Anti-Doping Agency executive Travis Tygart recently said Lance Armstrong might have kept up to five Tour de France titles had he fully cooperated with the anti-doping investigation which alleges the American is a cheat.

Armstrong could have been protected by an eight-year statute of limitations had he worked with investigators, said Tygart. The cyclist, seven-time winner of Tour de France, was accused by the USADA of using banned drugs and blood transfusions as part of an elaborate covert doping scheme. Armstrong said he had been tested hundreds of time and innocent but opted not to fight his case against the ant-doping agency in a formal court setting because he argues it is a “witch-hunt.”

In the meanwhile, the USADA has also banned supporters of Lance Armstrong from its Facebook page and even banned many Facebook users from commenting on its page.

With Armstrong dropping the case, the USADA stripped him of seven Tour de France titles to erase one of the most incredible achievements in sports. The cyclist was given an option to answer the charges at arbitration, but declined leading USADA to impose sanctions. The anti-doping agency remarked that the cyclist and five others deliberately concealed their doping for almost a decade. Tygart also said that the lifetime ban on Armstrong may be revisited if he comes clean about doping in cycling and added that there would be a reduction in Armstrong’s punishment if he would have been truthful and willing to meet to help the sport move forward for the good.

French anti-doping agency adviser Michel Rieu told Le Monde newspaper that Armstrong had a string of accomplices who helped him disguise use of performance-boosting EPO. Rieu added that Armstrong could thin his blood or replace his urine and was using EPO only in small quantities, so it was no longer there to detect.

The lawyers of Armstrong claim that the USADA doesn’t have the authority to issue sanctions against their client, claiming that is the remit of the International Cycling Union. Armstrong’s former coach Chris Carmichael said Lance Armstrong succeeded because he was the best trained, the most focused, the most disciplined, and the most dedicated to excellence and the cyclist was the most talented and gifted athlete there was out there.

During a deposition, French newspaper Le Monde reported claims by Betsy and Frankie Andreu that the cyclist had admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to his physician just after brain surgery in 1996. A former employee of Armstrong, Mike Anderson, claimed in 2005 that he discovered a box of androstenone while cleaning the apartment of Armstrong that was denied by Armstrong; Anderson and Armstrong reached an out-of-court settlement in November 2005. Armstrong was accused by his former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, that he and Lance had together taken EPO before and during the 1999, 2000, and 2001 Tours de France. According to Floyd Landis, Armstrong had been a willing participant. Two of his other accomplices, Frankie Andreu and George Hincapie, told federal investigators that they witnessed Armstrong taking banned substances. Before this, it was reported by French newspaper L’Équipe that six urine samples taken from Armstrong during the prologue and five stages of the 1999 Tour, frozen and stored at a French lab, had tested positive for EPO in recent retesting.

 

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Monday 27, Aug 2012

Hypocrisy Of USADA Exposed

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Lance ArmstrongThe USADA officials may have been feeling proud after banning one of the greatest legends of cycling, @Lance Armstrong, but actions of the anti-doping agency have received negative comments from sport lovers and coaches across the world.

Even U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who dismissed lawsuit of Armstrong said that the conduct of the anti-doping agency raises serious questions about its interests. The Judge said it cannot be easily determined whether the USADA is more interested in charging the cyclist to combat doping or if it is acting according to less noble motives. He went on to add that he was disturbed by “apparent single-minded determination” of the USADA to go after the cyclist and force him before CAS and also said that the deficiency of USADA’s charging document is of serious constitutional concern.

 Lance Armstrong Doping – Guilty? – Video

The same can even be said of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where American athletes have lost 58 of 60 cases and the Alberto Contador case is the best example of it. Despite the fact that the cyclist blamed clenbuterol-contaminated meat to be the reason behind the positive test and a minuscule amount of clenbuterol was found in his urine, the CAS said the substance was too small to have been performance enhancing in nature but still Contador was banned for two years while FIFA had cleared a majority of the players tested at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico who also tested for clenbuterol and blamed the same on clenbuterol contaminated meat.

One member of the panel hearing Contador case said, “There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years.” The former prime minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, openly extended his support for the cyclist and remarked that the ruling against Contador was so irrational that it gave “sufficient reasons to open a debate about their fairness.” WADA President John Fahey, in a rant, suggested that the cyclist was given a two-year ban instead of one because Spain PM had dared to open his mouth.

In the case of Armstrong, it is bizarre to even think of an agency that is too anxious to invalidate the results of a sportsman who has tested for hundred times and came clean during all. Moreover, all performances of Armstrong were achieved in Europe and the USADA has no control over cycling.

The words of Armstrong say it all. The cyclist while dropping the case said ‘enough is enough’ for him and he does not find it good to contest a case against an agency that is so one-sided and unfair. The USADA may have shown its power to the world by banning the cyclist for life and taking all his wins and medals but the entire procedure followed by it could easily smell like malicious intents.

The cyclist may still has hopes that he would ultimately be able to retain his seven titles as governing body of cycling and race organizers wrestle with USADA over who has the authority to strip the cyclist of the wins. The UCI has already asked the USADA to explain its case against Lance Armstrong on why the cyclist should lose his seven Tour de France titles.



Hypocrisy Of USADA Exposed

Saturday 25, Aug 2012

Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test

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Bartolo ColonOakland Athletics’ right-handed pitcher @Bartolo Colon has been suspended for fifty games after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The suspension was announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball (MLB).

In a statement released through the MLBPA, the 39-year-old Colon rendered an apology to his fans, teammates, and his team while accepting responsibility for his actions. Colon added that he is ready to serve suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.

The suspension of Colon was the second ban of 50-game imposed by the MLB this week after Giants’ All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone last week.

Bartolo Colon has a career record of 171-122 and a 4.05 ERA and signed a $2 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, his seventh Major League team, for a period of one year. His failed test for testosterone immediately led to the removal of his belongings from his locker at Oakland Athletics and his nameplate was also taken down.

A person familiar with the suspension said the baseball pitcher has not filed grievance at all and added that the Major League Baseball had not found any links between Colon and Cabrera at this point.

Joseph R. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon in Florida, had revealed last year that he assisted a team of doctors in Dominican Republic with the treatment of Colon and added that he had used human growth hormone in the procedure, but not in this case.

The former Cy Young Award winner joins San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season with the suspension announcement. Colon would be missing the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the post-season if Oakland gets that far. If not, any reminder of the suspension would be served in a future season of another league contract is signed by Colon.

Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test – Video

In a statement, Oakland Athletics said the team is really disappointed to learn of Colon’s suspension as he was one the team was relying on. The place of Colon was given to Tyson Ross by General manager Billy Beane. Colon has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons and the right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award when he was the Los Angeles Angels. After the suspension, he would be losing $469,945 of his $2 million base salary this year and it would also cost him the chance to make $850,000 in additional bonuses based on innings.

This year, five players have been suspended under the big league drug program. In June, Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis (clostebol metabolite) and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd (tamoxifen) were suspended for fifty games each and San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota (clenbuterol) was penalized for 100 games in May. The 50-game suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun was overturned after it was argued that his urine sample was not handled according to the rules in the drug program specified at the time. Under the minor league drug program, there have been 76 suspensions this year.

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Friday 24, Aug 2012

Lance Armstrong To Be Banned

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lance armstrong caught dopingSeven-time Tour de France winner, @Lance Armstrong, may lose his titles and may be banned from cycling for life. This was after the cyclist dropped his fight against drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the all-time greats.

Armstrong won the sport’s ultimate contest from 1999 to 2005 before retiring. The cyclist said his dropping charges against the USADA is not an admission of guilt and remarked that he was growing weary of the fight and the strain doping accusations had put on his personal and professional life. The cyclist won his first Tour at a time when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine sample and cycling officials remarked that he was authorized to make use of a small amount of a cream for treating saddle sores.

The chief executive of USADA, Travis Tygart, said the cyclist may be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Under the WADA code, Lance Armstrong may lose his 2000 Olympics bronze medal besides losing awards, cash earnings, and event titles. Armstrong would be stripped of all his results dating back to August 1, 1998, said USADA chief Travis Tygart. He added that this is an example and reassuring reminder to all clean athletes that there is a big hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without using performance enhancing drugs.

Lance Armstrong BANNED, USADA Strips Titles – Video

Armstrong said in a statement that there comes in a point of the life of every man when he has to say ‘enough is enough’ and that time is now for him. He termed the investigation of the anti-doping agency an “unconstitutional witch hunt.” The cyclist added that he has passed hundreds of drug tests during his illustrious career and he adhered to all rules that were in place at the time of his Tour de France wins. The cyclist added that the USADA has used heavy-handed tactics to pursue him and even broke the law and remarked that he refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. The investigation, from the beginning, has not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling, but about punishing me at all costs, said Armstrong.

The statement was very soon taken by the USADA as an admission of guilt on an athlete who was a hero to many for overcoming testicular cancer and the support of his foundation for cancer research. Tygart added that it is a sad day for all who love sports and athletes and said that there is no success in cheating to win.

The anti-doping agency has maintained that Armstrong had made use of banned substances such as EPO and anabolic steroids as well as blood transfusions as far back as 1996 for boosting his performance. John Fahey, the President of the WADA, said decision of the cyclist to drop his fight against drug charges was an admission that the allegations against him “had substance in them.”

The International Cycling Union that had backed legal challenge of the cyclist may take the case before the International Court of Arbitration.

 

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Friday 24, Aug 2012

What Is Blood Doping?

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The desire to succeed at all costs is one of the biggest motivators for budding and professional sportsmen to try anabolic steroids, performance enhancing drugs, and even blood doping.

In the world of professional sports, blood doping has replaced steroids and other drugs lately. In this form of doping, sportsmen make use of specific techniques and substances for increasing mass of red blood cells. This allows the body to transport more oxygen to the muscles, which dramatically enhance performance and stamina.

Medically, this procedure is used for emergencies when there is no time or little time in ascertaining and cross-matching a patient’s blood-type for transfusion or when there is lack of blood supply for a specific blood type is available or when there is a high risk of infection.

There are three methods of blood doping, namely, blood transfusions, synthetic oxygen carriers, and erythropoietin (EPO) and all of these methods are prohibited under WADA’s List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. Blood doping is common among sportsmen participating in high endurance races such as cross-country skiing and cycling.

During the process of blood doping, athletes remove 2 units (approximately two pints) of blood several weeks before a competition. The withdrawn blood is frozen until one or two days before the competition. Thereafter, it is thawed and injected back into the athlete so that the body has high count of red blood cells and more oxygen is transported into the body that leads to dramatic stamina and performance improvements.

However, blood doping may lead to side effects such as myocardial infarction (heart attack), cerebral embolism, infections, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), and increased blood viscosity (thickness).

Thursday 23, Aug 2012

FK Rabotnicki Players Suspended For Doping

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Two FK Rabotnicki players, Milovan Petrovic and Dino Najdoski, have been suspended for one year following positive doping tests carried out at the UEFA Europa League match between S.S. Lazio and FK Rabotnicki (6-0) on 18 August 2011. The period of the provisional suspension imposed on both players, i.e. 45 days, is deducted.

Physiotherapist Darko Velcevski and club doctor Mihajlo Ivanovski have also been suspended for a period of three and two years respectively from any football-related activity. Rabotnicki has been suspended for one UEFA club competition for which they qualify during the next four seasons and the exclusion is suspended for four years. The team has also been fined €30,000 ($37,000). Though the involved substance was not identified, it has been reported in the Macedonian media that it is the stimulant methylhexaneamine. A 22-year-old forward, Petrovic, and Najdoski, a 20-year-old defender, would miss the entire season and will only be eligible to play again next July.

UEFA, the governing body of European Football, have handed Macedonian club Rabotnicki a suspended four-year ban from continental competitions after the two players tested positive for banned substances after their 6-0 defeat to Serie A outfit Lazio in a Europa League play-off tie last season. The governing body also made a request to global governing body FIFA to extend the punishments to a worldwide ban.

Milovan Petrovic, born on 23 January 1990, is a Macedonian–Serb footballer who plays as a striker or left-winger for FK Rabotnički in the Macedonian First League. Petrovic previously played for FK Tikveš and FK Pobeda and was also a member of the Macedonia national under-21 football team.

FK Rabotnicki Players Suspended For Doping – Video

Dino Najdoski, born on 8 May 1992 in Belgrade, is a Macedonian footballer playing for FK Rabotnički and is a regular member of U-19 national team. He made his debut in the Macedonian first league for FK Rabotnički when he was of 16 years signed a contract with Swiss Super League team AC Bellinzona on 2 June 2010 but made a return to Macedonia to play again for FK Rabotnički. Dino is the son of the famous Yugoslav and Macedonian international footballer Ilija Najdoski.

The ban was reduced by 45 days by UEFA for time served while provisionally suspended; all the sanctions can be appealed. Rabotnicki team was banned by the UEFA disciplinary panel from the next European club competition it qualifies for, though this sanction is deferred for a four-year probationary period. The team lost 6-0 in Italy, and was beaten 3-1 by Lazio in the return match in Macedonia despite having two players on drugs. Both Milovan Petrovikj and Dino Najdoski have been suspended for one year but that will soon expire which will make both players eligible to return to the pitch after the 18th of September and FIFA has been asked to extend the suspensions to send a loud statement globally for discouraging players from using banned substances.

In another development, the former manager of clubs such as Club Brugge and Crvena Zvezda was named as the new manager of Macedonia. The 51-year-old Chedomir Janevski will be officially announced as the new manager of Macedonian later in the week.

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Wednesday 22, Aug 2012

Armstrong Suit Against Anti-Doping Group Dismissed

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On Monday, a federal judge dismissed the latest lawsuit filed by champion cyclist @Lance Armstrong that was aimed at stopping the case against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said the court cannot interfere, contrary to the will of Congress and agreement of Lance Armstrong to arbitrate, on the basis of a speculative injury. The USADA had accused the cyclist of using, possessing, trafficking, and giving performance enhancing drugs to others and covering up doping violations.

Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, requested the court for action against the anti-doping agency for a host of reasons and said he has never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The cyclist also accused the USADA and its CEO, Travis Tygart, of being out to get a “big fish” for justifying existence of the agency.

Judge Dismisses Lance Armstrong’s Suit – Video

The assertions of Armstrong were ruled out by Judge Sparks in his ruling. The Judge added that Armstrong did not have the right to due process “fail as a matter of law, and must be dismissed.” Last month, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, in Austin, Texas, dismissed the original bid of Lance Armstrong o stop the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) from proceeding with its case and termed the lawsuit a “lengthy and bitter polemic.” The lawsuit was not entertained by the Judge though he did allow the lawyers of Armstrong to file an amended lawsuit.

Armstrong has been accused of doping since long. The USADA said in a June letter to Armstrong that it collected blood samples from the cyclist in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”

Attorneys of the cyclist said he has “passed every drug test ever administered to him in his career – a total of 500 to 600 tests… more drug tests than any athlete in history.” The attorneys added that it was the International Cycling Union and not the USADA that has proper jurisdiction in the case.

The Texas court ruling means that the seven-time Tour de France winner would now have to face the doping charges and could lose his record-breaking seven Tour de France titles, if he is found guilty.

US District Judge Sam Sparks noted “troubling aspects” of the USADA’s case despite dismissing Armstrong’s case against USADA by remarking upon the contrast between determination of the agency to pursue with the hearing “in direct conflict” with the “equally evident desire” of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, not proceeding against him. The case of Armstrong may ultimately be escalated to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if he decides to answer the charges.

Armstrong has previously accused the agency of pursuing a vendetta against him when the USADA handed out lifetime bans to three of the six men named in the Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy case. Luis Garcia del Moral, Michele Ferrari, and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti. Marti was a trainer for the USPS and Discovery Channel Cycling Teams during the period from 1999 through 2007 and Dr del Moral was team physician for the USPS Cycling Team from 1999 through 2003. Dr Ferrari was a consulting doctor for the same team between 1999 and 2006.

Armstrong Suit Against Anti-Doping Group Dismissed

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