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Tuesday 21, Aug 2012

Polish Canoeist Banned For Two Years

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Adam SeroczynskiPolish sprint canoer, Adam Dariusz Seroczynski, was suspended by the International Canoe Federation for using the banned anabolic steroid, clenbuterol. The canoeist finished fourth in Beijing in the flatwater K2 1,000-meter class with Mariusz Kujawski and was ineligible to compete at the London Olympics as the IOC guidelines bar any athlete who serves a doping-related ban of more than six months.

The 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalist competed in the Kayak double (K2) 1000m Men team event in Beijing Olympics and was asked on 22 August 2008 to provide a urine sample for a doping control.

The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the A sample, prepared by the Head of the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Beijing, indicated the presence of Clenbuterol. On 4 September 2008, Adam Seroczynski requested for the analysis of the B sample that confirmed the finding of the A sample analysis and indicated the presence of Clenbuterol, a commonly used body fat and weight loss drug, in the B sample. Seroczynski said that he suspected food tampering by the “organizers”, which was rejected by the IOC saying his was the only case of an athlete doping in Beijing Olympics with Clenbuterol.

The IOC then disqualified Adam Seroczynski from the Kayak double (K2) 1000m Men event, where he had placed 4th and a two-year ban was imposed on him and his suspension runs through 3 February 2011. With the positive test, Seroczynski became the first canoeist to fail a doping test during the Summer Olympics. Born on March 13, 1974 in Olsztyn, Adam Seroczynski won three medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with silver (K-2 1000 m: 2007) and two bronzes (K-1 1000 m: 2002, K-2 1000 m: 2006). He won a bronze medal in the K-4 1000 m event at Sydney in 2000 and competed in three Summer Olympics.

Marketed as Spiropent and Ventipulmin, Clenbuterol is a sympathomimetic amine used as a decongestant and bronchodilator by patients with breathing disorders. The chemical name of Clenbuterol (Clenbuterol Hydrochloride) is 4-Amino-alpha-[(tert-butylamino) methyl]-3, 5-dichlorobenzyl alcohol Monohydrochloride and the compound is featured by an oral bioavailability of 89 to 98 percent. Sold in the market under different names (Ventipulmin, Contraspasmina, Broncodil, and Spiropent), Clenbuterol has the molecular formula of C12H18 CI2N2O, active life of approximately 68 hours, and half life of about 36-39 hours. The fat loss drug has the molecular weight of 277.193 g/mol at the base.

The β2 agonist with some structural and pharmacological similarities to epinephrine and salbutamol can promote improvements in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation, oxygen transportation, and an increase in blood pressure. Use of Clenbuterol is made by sportsmen to experience dramatic and nearly permanent gains in the context of muscle definition, weight loss, body fat loss, protein synthesis, and nitrogen retention. It is also admired by sportsmen as it promotes lean muscle mass and body strength while losing body fat and weight. Sportsmen using Clenbuterol can expect to lose 2-5 lbs per week and all these benefits can be availed by them without worrying about side effects of estrogens such as oily skin, bloating, acne, and gynecomastia.

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Monday 20, Aug 2012

Anti-Doping Policies Defended By Football Association

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dopingThe Football Association have defended its anti-doping rules after Dispatches program of Channel 4 revealed names of several players who have failed drugs tests. The Association said its policy is to keep names of players who fail tests for social drugs out of competition private though a punishment of up to six months for first-time offenders can be given out.

Players should be allowed privacy to get help for their problems, when required, according to the association that added that there is no guideline for identifying those who have failed tests for recreational drugs away from game time.

The Dispatches program named players with experience of the Premier League but not active in the top flight for testing positive for cocaine. It was stressed by the FA that it is working hard for eliminating all illegal substances and underlined that players testing positive for social drugs would face punishment even if their names were not disclosed.

The association remarked that any player who fails to clear a test for a performance enhancing drug is named, irrespective of whether he or she is tested in or out of competition. The FA said in a statement that the association conducts a comprehensive anti-doping program that is the largest of any sport in the United Kingdom besides prohibiting all the doping offences listed in the World Anti-Doping Agency code and applies all the sanctions laid down in the WADA code for the offenses. It added that the association that is supported by all the football stakeholders recognize the issues that are or may be caused by use of social drugs by players and even choose to go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency code by proactively testing all samples for social drugs, irrespective of whether the tests are conducted in or out of competition.

The Football Association added that football is one of the only sports in the United Kingdom that ban use of social drugs at all times and every defaulting player is charged and sanctioned that ordinarily includes a suspension from all football activity for a period of up to six months for a first time offense. The players are also subjected to target testing for a period of two years and names of such players may not be reported to help the player undergo any necessary rehabilitation and counseling. The FA added that while Premier and Football League clubs and players are subject to strict FA whereabouts regulations, all England representative teams are subject to UEFA and FIFA regulations and further added that players are drug tested on a no-advance notice basis. In case of any breach of the FA whereabouts regulations, the clubs or players are subject to disciplinary processes.

David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Agency, said the Football Association should consider naming all drug-using players, no matter what they are found to have taken or when they are tested. Howman added that the FA should do well to make its doping detection program fully transparent and avoid so much secrecy.



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Saturday 18, Aug 2012

Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive For Doping

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Nadzeya Ostapchuk DopingNadzeya Ostapchuk, a former world champion from Belarus, has tested positive for anabolic steroids just hours after the close of the London Olympics.

With the disqualification, the gold medal was awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand who became an Olympic champion for the second time in a row. The International Olympic Committee said the female shot putter from Belarus tested positive for anabolic steroids both before and after winning the shot put last week for her first Olympic gold.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was disqualified from the Women’s Shot Put event, where she had placed first and her Olympic identity and accreditation card was immediately cancelled and withdrawn. The second and third places were awarded to Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko and Lijiao Gong of People’s Republic of China.

Ostapchuk was asked to provide a urine sample on 5 August 2012 for a doping control in London and was then asked to provide a urine sample after her gold medal on 6 August 2012. The sample indicated the presence of metenolone and its metabolite, which are classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List. The analytical report of the A sample of the second sample’s laboratory analysis indicated the presence of metenolone, classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List.

 Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of Olympic gold medal for doping – Video

Metenolone tends to “masculinize” women and can increase women’s bulk and body hair while shrinking their breasts and womb, New Zealand anti-doping chief Jane Kernohan said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that catching drug cheats sends a strong message to all those who dope that we will catch them. The IAAF, Track and field’s governing body, would consider further action against the shot putter from Belarus, who may face a ban of two years from the sport. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that all samples from London can be reanalyzed, results can be revised, and medals can be reallocated until the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

World champion in 2005, the 31-year-old Ostapchuk recorded the biggest shot put mark in a decade in the lead up to the Olympics to won the gold with a mark of 21.36 meters. Ostapchuk’s positive test is the second Olympic doping scandal for Belarus. Hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan’s samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics were retested and came positive.

The IOC said the Belarus Olympic Committee and national anti-doping agency will investigate and “take the appropriate measures.”

Born on October 28, 1980, Nadzeya Ostapchuk was the bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the World Indoor and European Champion in 2010. Ostapchuk holds the Championship record for the former event, with her winning throw of 20.85 m in 2010. Her achievements include the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships and then the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships and winning two consecutive silver medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships and then became 2005 World Champion. At the 2012 Diamond League in Doha, Ostapchuk reached 20.53 m to win the first leg; she also registered a win at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing. She had a world-leading throw of 21.58 m immediately before the London Olympics.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive for Doping
 

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Friday 17, Aug 2012

Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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Melky Cabrera - testosteroneSan Francisco Giants left fielder @Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by the Major League Baseball after he tested positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension puts an abrupt end to what had undoubtedly been an MVP-caliber regular season and throw the playoff hopes of Giants into doubt.

Cabrera, who began his major league career with the Yankees, was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and leads the National League with 159 hits. He is second in batting average behind Pittsburgh‘s Andrew McCutchen. Despite the suspension, Cabrera may still be able to win the NL batting title as he has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum needed to win a batting championship for a player on a team playing 162 games. Under 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, Melky Cabrera may win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

In a statement, the San Francisco Giants said the team fully supports the policy of Major League Baseball and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from baseball. With the suspension, Cabrera became the second player of Giants to receive a drug suspension this season. In May, reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized for 100 games and became just the third player of the Major League to be disciplined twice for positive drug tests.

Melky Cabrera tests positive for Testosterone – Video

Born on August 11, 1984, Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball player presently playing for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been associated with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Royals in the past. In 2005, Melky Cabrera made his MLB debut for the Yankees and won the All Star Game MVP Award in 2012.

The 28-year-old Cabrera produced a 51-hit month in May and was given nicknames like “Got Melk?” ‘‘Melk Man” and “Melky Way.” In May, Melky Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs and hit safely in 25 of 29 games. His 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958. He also set the record of most hits for San Francisco in May and surpassed Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958. The baseball player ranks second in baseball with a .346 batting average. The failed test may end up costing the baseball player in excess of $60 to $70 million this winter, which may be the highest cost any player has ever paid for failing a drug test because of the timing of the suspension.

The news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone even draw comments from Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO that was at the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal. Conte said as half of all baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs and added that the only players that get caught are “the dumb, and the dumber.”

 

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Views On Anabolic Steroids

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@Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and the Austrian-born former actor, has no fears or ashamed of using anabolic steroids during his years as a champion body builder.  In fact, we have speculated in the past about what Arnold Schwarzenegger cycles used.

Schwarzenegger had remarked in the past that he has no regrets about using performance enhancing drugs as he used them under the supervision of a doctor and steroids were very much legal at that time. The former seven-time Mr. Olympia however said he would not encourage use of steroids as that will send a wrong message to children but added that he has no problems with sportsmen making use of nutritional supplements and other legal substances for improving their performance.

Born on July 30, 1947 as Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, the Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder began weight training at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, Arnold Schwarzenegger chose bodybuilding over football as a career at the age of 14 and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest while serving in the Austrian Army in 1965.

His first attempt to Mr. Olympia failed when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva in 1969 but won the competition in 1970 to become the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23. At the age of 23, the bodybuilder captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York in 1970. He played the role of Hercules in 1970′s Hercules in New York and was followed by director Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) and Stay Hungry (1976) but his rise was primarily attributed to his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron (1977). In addition to this, Schwarzenegger appeared in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982 that was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and then made a huge impact with director James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator.

His autobiography/weight-training guide Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was published in 1977 and became an instant hit. In 1977, Schwarzenegger admitted to using anabolic steroids which were legal at that time and said he used the performance enhancing drugs to maintain muscle size while on a strict diet. He added that his use of steroids was for muscle maintenance when cutting up and not for muscle growth.

Schwarzenegger’s personal records include Clean & press – 264 lb (120 kg), Squat – 215 kg (470 lb), Deadlift – 310 kg (680 lb), Clean & jerk – 298 lb (135 kg), Snatch – 243 lb (110 kg), and Bench press – 200 kg (440 lb).

Legacy of Schwarzenegger is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition and he is considered as one of the most important figures in the history of body building. Arnold has presided over many contests and awards shows besides being a prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long after retiring.

Pumping Iron (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Movie – 12 part series, this is part 1

 

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

Lamont Peterson Cleared Of Doping

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Lamont Peterson 1The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has allowed Lamont Peterson to keep the IBF title. The junior welterweight boxer failed a drug test after testing positive to anabolic steroids before his canceled bout with former titlist Amir Khan.

The IBF belt was awarded to Peterson even with the failed test as the levels of testosterone were found to be consistent with levels used for therapy purposes. Last year, Peterson admitted to making use of testosterone pellets before his first bout with Khan in December of 2011. The revelation was made by Jeff Fried, the attorney of Peterson, to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer during a phone call. Kizer confirmed that two drug samples from Peterson from the same collection came back positive for synthetic testosterone.

The first one was in mid-April from the “A” sample taken after a press conference touting drug testing on March 19 in Los Angeles and the testing of the “B” sample again on May 3. According to Kizer, the “A” and “B” samples from the first test both registered positive and were analyzed by making the use of the sophisticated carbon isotope ratio (CIR) testing method. The junior welterweight boxer admitted to having a testosterone pellet surgically implanted into his hip on November 12 by Las Vegas-based Dr. John Thompson after being diagnosed with an abnormally testosterone level.

This would mean Peterson can resume his career and his stop to return will be against mandatory challenger Zab Judah, who was awarded the status by defeating Vernon Paris by TKO in an elimination bout this past March in New York. Winner of the Judah-Peterson match would set himself up for a possible bout with newly crowned WBA super, Ring and WBC junior welterweight title holder Danny Garcia.

Findings of the IBF were based on the findings reported by an independent physician with certifications in internal medicine and endocrinology. The physician determined that the levels of testosterone as noted in the VADA report are consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone and not for the purpose of performance enhancement.

After the news of Peterson’s failed test, Amir Khan urged the authorities to ban Peterson for life and eradicate drugs cheats from boxing. Khan added that he has been “tested for drugs over one hundred times” in his Olympic and professional career.

Born on January 24, 1984, Lamont Peterson is an American professional boxer competing in the light welterweight division and is the current IBF Light Welterweight Champion. In 2003, Peterson became 141 lbs US champion and was the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion in 2011.

In the meanwhile, Peterson has quickly applied for a license in Nevada hoping that the Nevada State Athletic Commission may grant him a license despite his admission to using the banned substance. He claimed to have used synthetic testosterone (testosterone replacement therapy) for medical reasons but failed to disclose it ahead of time or even seek a medical exemption and Khan is furious and frustrated to see the IBF title going back to Peterson.

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Wednesday 15, Aug 2012

Alex Schwazer Relieved By Doping Ban

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Gold medal-winning race walker @Alex Schwazer gave a tear-filled press conference after he was kicked out of the London Games for blood doping. The defending Olympic gold-medal champion race walker said he was actually happy that he had been caught making use of illegal substances.

In an emotional press conference, Schwazer said it is not nice to lock yourself in the bathroom and inject EPO in the veins while the girlfriend is going for training. He added he was not made to use drugs or deceive people but enough is enough for him and he is actually elated that the whole thing has finally come to an end.

Schwazer’s blood sample was taken just before the opening of the Olympics and tested positive for erythropoietin or EPO that can enhance oxygenation of the blood. After this, the race walker was suspended by the National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI). The test indicated the presence of the prohibited substance recombinant erythropoietin (rhEPO); Schwazer was to compete on Saturday 11 August, at 09:00 in the Men’s 50km Walk Race. After the initial sample tested positive, the walker requested for the analysis of the B sample that happened on 7 August 2012 at the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Cologne. On August 8, 2012 he admitted to buying EPO in Turkey for 1500 euros at a local pharmacy and said he last injected EPO on 29 July 2012 and accessed the internet for using EPO and how to buy it.

The drug has been a recent favorite with endurance athletes. The race walker said he only took EPO in the month leading up to the London Olympics. The drug was obtained in Antalya, Turkey and Schwazer stored the drug in the refrigerator he shares with his girlfriend, world-champion figure skater Carolina Kostner. Schwazer told Carolina that his EPO stores were actually vitamins for months.

The Italian race walker was the Olympic 50k walk champion but retired during the 2012 Olympics after testing positive for EPO. Born on December 26, 1984, Schwazer won the bronze medal in the 50 km race at the 2005 World Championships with a national record time of 3:41.54 hours. Alex Schwazer was the runner-up at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup and went on to win gold at the 50 km walk at the 2008 Summer Olympics after setting a new Olympic record with his time of 3:37:09. He won the Gran Premio Città di Lugano in an Italian record time and the Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni in 2010. In 2012, he walked an Italian record of 1:17:30 hours to win at the Memorial Mario Albisetti 20 km walk and won at the Dudinska patdesiatka.

The IOC suspension means that Schwazer shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately cancelled and withdrawn. Schwazer denied getting EPO from the Italian doctor, Michele Ferrari, who in 2002 was banned by the Italian Cycling Federation and also was a consulting physician for seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. The IOC has opened an investigation and may test the samples of the 2008 gold medalist from Beijing though Schwazer said he was clean at that time.



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Tuesday 14, Aug 2012

Nick Delpopolo Fails Drug Test

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Nick Delpopolo 4 - Copy@Nick Delpopolo, the American judoka, has failed to clear a drug test after his urine sample tested positive for the metabolites of cannabis.

Nick Delpopolo was requested on 30 July 2012, in London, at approximately 3:15 p.m. to provide a urine sample for a doping control. The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the A sample, which was issued by the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Harlow, dated 30 July 2012, indicated the presence of 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid of exogenous origin. Delpopolo requested the analysis of the B sample that happened on 4 August 2012 at the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Harlow, in the presence of the Athlete’s representative, Mr. Bill Moreau. In a statement dated 5 August 2012, Nick Delpopolo accepted the disqualification of his result from the men’s 73 kg Judo event of the London Olympic Games, and declared that he would return his Olympic identity and accreditation card, and leave London to return to his USA home on 7 August 2012. The American judoka further indicated that he has waived his right to be heard before the Disciplinary Commission.

 Nicholas Delpopolo Disqualified For Marijuana – USA Judo London 2012 Olympic Games – Video

Delpopolo beat opponents from Belgium and Hong Kong and lost to Mongolia and South Korean fighters and tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30, the day of his event. He said the positive test was a result of an inadvertent consumption of food baked with marijuana and rendered an apology to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to teammates, and to his fans.

U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said any positive test for a banned substance comes with the appropriate consequences and the Committee absolutely supports the disqualification. The Committee disclosed that Delpopolo had eaten a brownie containing marijuana. The judoka only narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the 73kg category and said he was aiming for 2016 Games in Rio. The 23-year-old Delpopolo was born at Belgrade, Serbia Montenegro and is coached by Jason Morris. He won the gold in 2010 Venezuela World Cup and El Salvador World Cup and bagged the silver in USA Judo Senior National Championships and bronze in the USA World Cup. The judoka is the first Olympian out of more than 10,000 in the London Games to fail an in-competition doping test.

When he was 12, Delpopolo went to upstate New York for training with Olympic medalist Jason Morris and the made a return to New Jersey at the age of fourteen and became a wrestling star at Bergen Catholic High School.

Cannabis or marijuana qualifies as a forbidden drug under the present rules and athletes face a ban of two years if marijuana is found in their body. The use of cannabis can be associated with reduced anxiety and fear besides improving some types of oxygenation and concentration and may even reduce cognitive performance and pulmonary toxicity.

Delpopolo joins Colombian 400 meters runner Diego Palomeque Echevarria and Russian cyclist Victoria Baranova who both tested positive for testosterone. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in the meanwhile, has disclosed that Belarussian hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan and Moroccan runner Amine Laalou were ruled out after being charged with anti-doping rule violations.

Nick Delpopolo Fails Drug Test
 

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Monday 13, Aug 2012

Bolt ‘Loses All Respect’ For Carl Lewis

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After basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double, @Usain Bolt took a momentary break to fiercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.

Bolt said Lewis had “lost all respect” in his eyes after the former athletic great said the doping controls of Jamaica were not as strong compared to other countries. In recent years, Lewis has said drug testing procedures in Jamaica might need to be tightened though he did not make any direct accusation. Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner after being asked if he did like to be compared with Lewis or the great Jesse Owens. Bolt remarked he does not have respect for Carl Lewis and added that it is really downgrading for track athletes to make accusations against others athletes and Lewis did this all only to gather attention as no body really talks about him.

 

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

 

Lewis while talking to Sports Illustrated said that countries such as Jamaica don’t have a random testing program and this means that athletes can go on for months without being tested. He added that his statement is not meant to accuse any one of anything, but every athlete should be on a level-playing field.

Widely regarded as the fastest man ever, Usain St. Leo Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay and also the first man ever to achieve the distinction of the “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 & 2012). The achievements of Usain Bolt in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt” and he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.

‘I have no respect for Carl Lewis’: Usain Bolt – NewsX – YouTube Video

Bolt, under the guidance of coach Fitz Coleman became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds to take the world junior record outright with a time of 19.93 s. On May 31, 2008 Bolt established a new 100 m world record after registering a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City and broke the record of compatriot Asafa Powell. After his return to Jamaica from Golden League final in Brussels (2008 athletics season), Bolt was selected as the IAAF Male Athlete of the year and won a Special Olympic Award for his performances and was selected in 2009 as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second year running. He came second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials in both 100 m and 200 m but won the Olympics 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds to set a new Olympic record for that distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is ironical to learn that a man himself accused of failing drug tests is accusing others of wrongdoings. The United States Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, Dr. Wade Exum, gave copies of documents that revealed that 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were allowed to compete and Carl Lewis was one of them. The document copies revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. Lewis didn’t deny the test results and said he was treated the same as other athletes from the United States in similar positions.

 

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Sunday 12, Aug 2012

Tyler Hamilton To Be Stripped Of Olympic Gold

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Tyler Hamilton dopingThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to officially strip American cyclist @Tyler Hamilton of his Athens 2004 Olympic gold medal just before the end of an eight-year statute of limitation.

The IOC said a disciplinary commission would issue a final ruling on the matter after Hamilton admitted to doping. This would mean that retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov would get the gold, making him a three-time Olympic champion (the other two being the track team pursuit at the 1988 Seoul Games and the road time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics ) with American Bobby Julich awarded silver and Michael Rogers of Australia moving up from fourth to bronze. Ekimov rode with Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel teams and retired at the end of the 2006 season from cycling but remained in the sport as a director of the Discovery and RadioShack teams.

Last year, Hamilton handed the medal back to USADA and regretted making use of performance enhancing drugs, which was appreciated by IOC President Jacques Rogge. Rogge said the fact that Hamilton himself admitted to using performance enhancing drugs would discourage others from using such drugs. On June 28, a letter was sent to IOC President Jacques Rogge by Hamilton saying that he would like to give up the medal and withdraw his name from the record of Olympic champions.

 Tyler Hamilton on Lance Armstrong doping affair – Video

Born on March 1, 1971, Marblehead, Massachusetts, Tyler Hamilton is a former American professional road bicycle racer. In 2005, the cyclist was accused of blood doping and was initially allowed to keep his Olympic time trial gold because the blood sample he gave in Athens was destroyed. But he has now been stripped of his gold medal after he made an admission about performance enhancing drugs. In 2006, Tyler Hamilton was associated with the Spanish doping scandal dubbed, “Operation Puerto” before testing positive for anabolic steroids. The American cyclist was given a ban of eight years after he remarked that he used an over-the-counter treatment for depression. In 2011, the cyclist admitted he had used performance enhancing drugs.

The International Olympic Committee was keen to close this case before end of the eight-year statute of limitation but had waited for information from the USADA in case there was involvement of some other riders or coaches in that race. Last year, Tyler Hamilton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he repeatedly made use of drugs and was stripped; the eight-year statute of limitation was to expire at end of this month. In the CBS interview of doping, Hamilton accused Lance Armstrong who has already denied all charges of using performance enhancing drugs.

During the Athens Games, Tyler Hamilton had already come under investigation by the IOC when his initial doping sample tested positive for blood transfusion, but the case was soon dropped after his backup “B” sample was mistakenly frozen and could not be properly tested. A month later, he tested positive at 2004 Vuelta a España. Hamilton made a return to cycling after serving a ban of two years but tested positive again in 2009 for a banned substance and was banned for eight years.

Tyler Hamilton To Be Stripped Of Olympic Gold

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