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Friday 31, Jan 2014

Vancouver Cyclist Suspended For Two Years

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Vancouver Cyclist Suspended Two Years

Vancouver cyclist Sebastian Salas has received a suspension of two years for tampering with doping control during in-competition testing last summer, according to an announcement by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

Salas tampered with a doping control during an in-competition test on July 10, 2013, at the Gastown Grand Prix, held in Vancouver, according to a release from the CCES. The cyclist is now banned from the sport through August 1, 2015. The release from the CCES reads that Salas in response to the CCES’ notification of the violation fully explored his rights under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) and eventually chose to admit the doping control violation, waive his right to a hearing, and accept a two-year sanction ending August 1, 2015. The statement added that Salas, who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

In a statement, Cycling Canada president John Tolkamp said it is unfortunate to learn that an athlete in our sport has been seen to have competed outside the rules of the Canadian Anti-doping Program. He added that the fact that the rigorous testing regime of the national body with the collaboration of the CCES identified the problem should serve as a reminder to any that would cheat that they will be caught and sanctioned appropriately. Tolkamp also remarked we will continue to enhance our efforts to educate around doping in our sport so that all athletes are able to compete on a fair and equal basis.

The Optum team of Salas suspended him following the abnormal test and did not renew him for 2014. In a statement, managing director Charles Aaron said Salas due to our team policy was suspended within 24 hours of his late arrival to an in-competition control at the Gastown Grand Prix. Aaron added that removing him from all 2013 rosters and excluding him from consideration for 2014 was the strongest course of action available to our organization. He also remarked that CCES has since concluded Salas was in breach of the rules and we fully support the actions of CCES as well as USADA and WADA in their continued efforts to protect clean sport.

Salas won the king of the mountains classification at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California and the rider was placed in the top 10 at the both the Tour de Beauce and SRAM Tour of the Gila that season. He rode for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies for the last two seasons, but did not re-sign with the team for the upcoming season. Salas is the Grouse Grind record holder after having completed the arduous North Shore hiking trail in 23 minutes and 48 seconds. He won the Grouse Grind Mountain Run for five consecutive years, from 2008 through 2012. Salas’s record will stand for now, noting it was set in 2010, well before he was sanctioned by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Grouse Mountain representative Jacqueline Blackwell. She added the record set in our recreational race will stand as a formal Grouse Grind Mountain Run record as we have so far not received information suggesting Mr. Salas’ violations date back to 2010 or prior but added we will certainly examine it if further evidence comes to light.

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Wednesday 29, Jan 2014

Italian Cyclist Receives Doping Suspension

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Italian Cyclist Receives Doping Suspension

The 2008 world road race champion, Italy’s @Alessandro Ballan, has received a doping ban of two years from Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI). The Italian’s BMC Racing team announced soon after the verdict that it had terminated its contract of Ballan.

The 2008 world road champion was banned for two years by the Italian Olympic Committee for using ozone treatment in 2009. Ballan claimed he used the ozone treatment for cytomegalovirus when he was ill and it was not to improve his cycling performance. Ballan’s name figured in the Mantova-based doping investigation that was centered on his former Lampre team. According to phone taps from investigators, the cyclist had undergone a blood transfusion in the spring of 2009, which was his final season at the Lampre team before he joined BMC.

In a release, team president Jim Ochowicz said Ballan received a two-year suspension from CONI Friday for charges in connection with his former team. He added that Ballan is no longer a member of the BMC Racing Team in accordance with the BMC Racing Team’s strict anti-doping policy. A BMC statement revealed that it is terminating the contract of Alessandro Ballan who received a two-year suspension from CONI for charges in connection with his former team.

CONI’s anti-doping tribunal ruled that Ballan had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to the use or attempted use of banned substances. According to a statement by CONI, Ballan received a suspension of two years with effect from January 17, 2014 until January 16, 2016 and has also been condemned to pay the costs of this proceeding, estimated at 400 euros and was also asked to pay a fine of 2,000 euros.

The Italian cyclist was suspected to being involved in a doping affair that also implicated two doctors, Guido Nigrelli and Fiorenzo Egeo Bonazzi, who have aided Ballan’s attempt to procure and use banned substances. CONI banned Nigrelli for life and Bonazzi for four years. According to the CONI statement, Nigrelli was punished under article 2.7 and 2.8 of the World Ant-Doping code and has ordered him to be banned from practicing for life from January 17, 2014 while Bonazzi has been sanctioned for a period of four years, from January 17, 2014 until January 16, 2018.

Previously, Ballan was suspended by BMC Racing because of doping allegations but the cyclist resumed racing after being cleared by the Swiss-American team. Ballan won the Tour of Flanders in 2007 and the road race at the 2008 worlds in Varese.

Meanwhile, Australian cycling star Cadel Evans has defended former BMC teammate Ballan. Evans said he does not know all the details and so on but the only thing that appears to him is it must really be the only profession in the world that for looking after your health and trying to be healthy, you can ruin your career and ruin your whole life. The Australian cycling star said Ballan was trying to treat his health as far as he can understand.

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Monday 27, Jan 2014

Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

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Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez may have sued Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) against his reason season suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement, but it seems the Yankees third batsman is coming to terms with the fact that he will not be playing Major League Baseball in 2014.

The New York Yankees third baseman however expressed confidence that he will be back. Rodriguez remarked the full-season doping suspension he is scheduled to serve this year may actually turn out to be a “big favor” as he has been playing for 20 years without a timeout. According to the translation of a video at a promotional event in Mexico City, Rodriguez said he believes 2014 will be a good year to rest physically, mentally, and to prepare for the future and to start a new chapter of his life. A-Rod, who will be 39 when he is eligible to make a comeback, expects to return to the Yankees in 2015 and said there are three years left in his contract starting in 2015, and he expects to play very well and finishes his career in New York.

These remarks of Rodriguez were his first ever since an arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, reducing it to a full season of 162 games and the postseason. Alex Rodriguez has decided to continue his fight against the doping battle and his lawyers filed suit in a federal court, taking aim at Major League Baseball, the players union, and the arbitrator who heard his case, asking a judge for vacating his punishment. Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman, said this process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past eight months and Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge – whatever he decides – and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz found the baseball star using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts for obstructing MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

It is widely believed by some legal experts that the chances of a federal judge throwing out the decision reached by Fredric Horowitz, MLB’s chief arbitrator are bleak to say the least. It is not common for judges to intervene in cases where private parties – the league and the union – have agreed to an arbitration process for handling disputes and a judge will act only if Alex Rodriguez could prove that Horowitz was unfair or biased.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has revealed that Rodriguez wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration to stop attempts for disciplining the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also urged that two Rodriguez lawsuits in Manhattan federal court be combined into a single case. The attorney said Alex Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to `stand up’ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Saturday 25, Jan 2014

Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

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Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, has claimed that he walked away from the UFC because of the promotion’s stance toward testing for performance enhancing drugs. St-Pierre recently said a lack of strenuous drug testing was one of the factors that led to his decision to step away from the sport.

The UFC fighter tried to get Hendricks to agree to random, unannounced drug testing prior to his fight at UFC 167 on November 16 with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks agreed initially but then decided not to and said he wanted the testing to be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, St-Pierre had arranged the deal with the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and went through the testing himself and passed all of the tests he was given. Georges St-Pierre believed that the UFC didn’t supported hum in this efforts of implementing the testing that prompted UFC president Dana White to call the situation “weird” during an interview.

St-Pierre went on to remark that he is still undecided on whether or not to make a return to the sport that he dominated for as many as seven years. The fighter remarked he would not make enhanced drug testing a condition of his return.

Meanwhile, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said he was disappointed to learn of the comments of St-Pierre and said he would call on the fighter once he is done with reading all of the stories from the interview St-Pierre gave. The UFC CEO went on to remark that UFC has a very, very strong stance against any performance enhancing drugs and it would surely be supporting whatever drug testing a state athletic commission would request of a UFC fighter. He also remarked that he would be fully supportive even if a commission wanted to test UFC fighters both before and after a fight.

Fertitta also pointed that UFC paid for enhanced testing for both Travis Browne and Josh Barnett prior to their bout at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas. Fertitta added that the topic of drug testing did not surface when Georges informed the promotion he was vacating the title in December. He said we have made it clear, through presentations at various athletic commissions, that we advocate for the most rigorous drug testing possible and we’ve actually advocated for harsher penalties for PEDs. The UFC CEO and co-owner also said the UFC never has turned down a request from an athletic commission to pay for additional drug testing. Fertitta also remarked that maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing and they are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else — and they are very capable. Fertitta also went on to say that we obviously know there are some athletes that do cheat, but we are catching them and hopefully, because the penalties for being caught have gone to the extent they have — monetary, suspensions, and revocations of licenses – it is convincing these guys it’s not worth it.

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Thursday 23, Jan 2014

MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

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MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

The Major League Baseball Players Association fired back on Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the 162-game suspension issued by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez was given a reduced suspension from 211 to 162 games by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz who also ordered that the third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well.

Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic scandal that provided banned performance enhancing drugs to baseball players. Arbitrator also found Rodriguez using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts to obstruct MLB investigation.

Union chief Tony Clark challenged inclusion of the MLBPA in the federal lawsuit by Rodriguez and called the claim completely without merit. Tony Clark, who replaced highly regarded union chief Michael Weiner in December, issued a statement to challenge inclusion of the union by Rodriguez in the federal lawsuit he filed earlier in the day against MLB and the MLBPA. In a statement, Clark wrote it is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association and his claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.

Clark was outraged that the New York Yankees slugger decided to attack Weiner in his lawsuit. A-Rod questioned the comments by Weiner, who died from a brain tumor, which suggested that the union would recommend the player make a deal if Major League Baseball has overwhelming evidence linking a player to a violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. Weiner had remarked we are not interested in having players with overwhelming evidence that they violated the (drug) program out there and added that most of the players are not interested in that and we did like to have a clean program.

The 41-year-old Clark was serving as the MLBPA’s acting executive director since  former executive director Michael Weiner passed on November 22. Jeremy Guthrie, who, along with Curtis Granderson, serves as MLBPA association representative, the union’s most senior player-leadership position, said at the appointment of Tony Clark as the union’s next executive director that although the need to name a new executive director was brought about by the tragic passing of Michael Weiner, a man we all loved and respected, we’re very happy to have someone like Tony take the helm of our union.

The Major League Baseball Players Association chief Clark remarked the Players Association has vigorously defended Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. He added that Rodriguez’s allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on the former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, and he is confident the Players Association will prevail.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has remarked that A-Rod wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration for stopping attempts to discipline the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also said Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘stand up’ to the Major League Baseball and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Tuesday 21, Jan 2014

Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

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Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel that he didn’t disclosed to a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking as the products were new to him and he could not recall their names.

The 31-year-old sprinter made this comment while testifying before a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) panel. Powell, who lowered the 100m world record to 9.74 seconds in 2008, and his attorneys, will try to explain why the sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Powell blamed his newly-hired physiotherapist Canadian Christopher Xuereb who provided them with supplement regimes. Powell’s former teammate Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, also tested positive for the same stimulant at the Jamaican national trials in June.

Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships besides Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson. Powell was the last man to hold the individual 100m world record before his record was broken by compatriot Usain Bolt in 2008. Asafa Powell later helped Jamaica in winning the 4x100m relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Powell testified that he received nine supplements from Xuereb, including Ephiphany D1, which laboratory tests later found to contain Oxilofrine. Powell remarked he started using Epiphany and other new supplements after he and a friend researched them extensively online and found no prohibited substances. He also said he also had the go-ahead from agent Paul Doyle, who Powell testified had recommended Christopher Xuereb. Agent Doyle has said Powell was referred to Xuereb through other physiotherapists who Doyle’s clients had worked with in the past.

Powell also testified that he quickly became good friends with Xuereb and remarked he trusted Xuereb so much that he invited him to live in his home. Powell said he took four Epiphany D1 capsules at the suggestion of Xuereb and did not tell the doping officer about all the new supplements, only listing three on his declaration form. Powell said he was too excited and couldn’t remember their names while filling the declaration form. Powell was accused by JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson Of being Significantly negligent after hearing the excuse offered by Powell that the thrill of attending the trials caused him to forget many of the supplements’ names.

Meanwhile, Xuereb has claimed that he didn’t provided any performance enhancing drugs to Powell and Simpson and only purchased major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb said both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat and aid Powell was taking a supplement that he did not tell him about.

In another development, Sherone Simpson, the Jamaican sprinter who won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at London 2012, has put the blame on a contaminated supplement she believed was clean for her positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine. Simpson, speaking on the opening day of a hearing into her case by a disciplinary panel of Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) in Kingston, said she had spent several hours researching the supplement Epiphany D1, which she said was given to her by her trainer, Chris Xuereb.

The hearing of Powell’s case was adjourned until February 12.

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Sunday 19, Jan 2014

Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

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Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

Anthony Bosch, the founder and former proprietor of the infamous anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, has remarked Alex Rodriguez was meticulous in his quest to exploit the advantages of performance enhancing drugs to gain a distinctive edge. Bosch said Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, wanted to become the sole member of the 800 home run club.

Speaking in an interview with the CBS News program 60 Minutes, Bosch said he personally injected the New York Yankees third baseman with performance enhancing drugs as A-Rod was “scared of needles.” According to a publicity release, Bosch said in the interview that Alex would ask him to inject at times. The 60 Minutes segment also disclosed that the baseball star spent $12,000 a month in doing business with Bosch, who claimed the most important objective of A-Rod was the 800 home run club. Bosch featured alongside Major League Baseball’s Rob Manfred in the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

The three-time American League MVP was the biggest name along with one-time MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Recently, the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez from Major League Baseball was lowered by an arbitrator to 162 games, plus any 2014 playoff games. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the suspension imposed on Rodriguez’, originally levied by Major League Baseball in August 2013, from 211 to 162 games and ordered that the New York Yankees third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well. In a lawsuit, MLB had claimed that Biogenesis and Bosch, along with others, created a violation of the players’ contracts by supplying them with banned performance enhancing substances. Rodriguez has never tested positive for a banned substance since he joined the New York team.

Bosch told CBS anchor Scott Pelley that he personally delivered banned substances including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1, and human growth hormone to Alex Rodriguez at least a dozen times and the baseball star paid him $12,000 a month in cash. Bosch added that A-Rod asked him for what he gave MLB superstar Manny Ramirez, a former Bosch client. Bosch also claimed that the associates of Alex Rodriguez tried to intimidate him for preventing him from helping with the MLB investigation into the player. Manfred told Pelley during the interview that he believes the threats Bosch said he received could be legitimate. He added the concerns seemed credible, particularly given that he identified individuals that we had our own concerns about, said Manfred.  Bosch also showed text messages between A-Rod and himself that demonstrated that the two at times were in contact daily.

MLB’s COO Rob Manfred and MLB dropped a lawsuit against Bosch and they are now paying for security guards for Bosch. They have agreed to cover his legal fees in return for his cooperation.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez issued a statement that said he had been clear that he did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court.

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Friday 17, Jan 2014

Frank Schleck Resumes Racing After Doping Ban

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Frank Schleck Resumes Racing After Doping Ban

Cyclist Frank Schleck, the ex-RadioShack Nissan Trek leader who tested positive for banned substance at 2012 Tour de France, has denied being a drug cheat. Schleck made this statement after arriving in Australia to resume racing after a ban of twelve months.

Frank Schleck was banned by the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for Xipamide during the Tour de France in 2012. At that time, the cyclist remarked of course he is disappointed by the verdict that has just been announced and added he thinks that the decision to suspend him during one year is too severe considering the fact that the Council acknowledged that he unintentionally consumed a contaminated product. Schleck added unfortunately the provisions of the UCI are such that an involuntary contamination is sufficient in order to pronounce a punishment. He however expressed satisfaction by the verdict by saying he is however relieved that the judges acknowledged that the present is not a case of doping and that he had no intention to enhance his performance. Schleck went on to add that this is very important for him, his family, for his team and all those who support him.

The Tour de Suisse and Amstel Gold champion will make a comeback with the Santos Tour Down Under, a UCI WorldTour cycling race, in Adelaide in January. The 33-year-old Luxembourger will head the new-look team Trek Factory Racing alongside new Australian signing Calvin Watson from January 19-26 in the WorldTour season opener.

Known as a strong rider in the hilly one-day classics and contender in the Grand Tours, Franck Schleck was banned from 14 July, 2012 and his ban expired on 14th of July 2013. Frank missed the Tour de France 2013 that started on June 29.

Schleck remarked first of all he wanted to start (the season) straight away, so he had the option between Argentina and Australia, and Australia has a big passion and commitment for cycling, there are great people over there who love cycling and that’s why he is really excited to go there. Frank’s brother and former Tour de France champion, Andy (who was handed the 2010 Tour title after Spanish winner Alberto Contador was disqualified for a positive doping test), will not be returning to Adelaide and will instead attend a team training camp in Spain. Franks said Andy told him a lot about it, he said it’s a greatly organized race, it’s really warm though and you’ve got to fight the heat and jet lag but he said you will enjoy the race, and he checked the parcours and they made it hillier and harder so he is looking forward to it.

Frank Schleck also remarked the team also wanted him to go to Australia to represent a strong team and he strongly believes he will be all right, and he will do his best to get a nice result. He also remarked he is all excited and happy to race again there are going to be a lot of guys who are going to be fresh for the first race of the season.

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Wednesday 15, Jan 2014

Armstrong Vows To Help Doping Inquiry

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Lance Armstrong has vowed to cooperate honestly and openly with an independent commission into the doping past of cycling having conceded that the life ban imposed on the disgraced cyclist might not be reduced in exchange for a full confession.

The American ex-cyclist confirmed via his Twitter account his willingness to testify before a strong panel of three members (a politician, professor, and a war crimes investigator), the composition of which was announced recently by the UCI, the sport’s world governing body. The Cycling Independent Reform Commission is chaired by Dick Marty, a Swiss member of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly and former state prosecutor who is considered an expert in organized crime and drug abuse. His vice-chairmen are Ulrich Haas, a German law professor at the University of Zurich and a specialist in anti-doping, and Peter Nicholson, a former military officer who has led several war crimes investigations for the United Nations. The UCI President set a deadline of the end of 2014 for the commission to complete its work and vowed that it would be completely autonomous.

The UCI president, Brian Cookson, confirming the commission had already begun its work, said this commission will investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past. Cookson added that their work will also be focused on understanding what went so wrong in our sport and they will make recommendations for change so that, as far as possible, those mistakes are not repeated. The immediate predecessors of Cookson, Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid, are also expected to be approached. Both former UCI Presidents are accused of helping in covering up the doping activities of Lance Armstrong and others though both have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

In November last year, Lance Armstrong indicated that his participation in the truth & reconciliation commission will be dependent on whether he was treated like everybody else who took part, drawing particular attention to the disparity between his lifetime ban (that he termed as death penalty) and punishments for those who also doped during his seven Tour de France victories.

It later emerged that the commission would be prevented from giving Lance Armstrong any incentive like what is provided to other cyclists who spoke against hum though the commission would be empowered to offer what amount to full amnesties to those not already convicted of doping offences. It was also revealed that the commission would not be empowered to allow Armstrong to return to competing in triathlons.

Meanwhile, Johan Bruyneel, a United States Anti-Doping agency spokesperson, said that Armstrong despite publicly claiming he wants to help has repeatedly rejected the opportunity to do so and has shut the door on his chance. He added that much of the information we understand that Armstrong could have provided is of little, if any, value now, as it has already been uncovered through other avenues or soon will be. Armstrong was banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for indulging into banned performance enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.

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Monday 13, Jan 2014

Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

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Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid star of baseball, has been suspended for the entire 2014 season in a doping scandal. The New York Yankees third baseman was given a 162-game doping ban by an arbitrator instead of the 211-game ban imposed upon Rodriguez last August by the Major League Baseball.

The ruling by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz means that the slugger from New York Yankees will be losing more than $22m (£13m) for the games he is missing. The 38-year-old Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, was one of the few players who were linked with a now-closed Florida clinic that allegedly supplied banned performing enhancing drugs. Rodriguez said he would fight to reverse the ban and attack the ruling by terming it as one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve him having failed a single drug test, and is at odds with the facts. Rodriguez said the number of games sadly comes as no surprise as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. Rodriguez added he has been unfairly targeted as a first step for club owners for abolishing guaranteed contracts and imposing life bans for doping in the next contract with the players union.

A-Rod went on to add that he had been clear that he did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court. The ban imposed on Alex Rodriguez is the longest in the sport’s history for doping. Not only this, it raises the possibility that A-Rod will not play again. On the other hand, the Major League Baseball union said it “strongly” disagreed with the ruling but recognized that a final and binding decision has been reached. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) said we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached. A statement issued by MLBPA added that we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process which led to the decision.

Last year, Alex Rodriguez was suspended along with 13 other players include the Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun of Milwaukee Brewers, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera all of whom received a ban of 50 games.

Major League Baseball said the punishment imposed on Alex Rodriguez was over his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. The MLB also accused A-Rod of attempting to cover up his violations by obstructing the investigation.

Rodriguez and other baseball players were accused of buying and using performance enhancing drugs from a now-defunct Florida drug clinic, Biogenesis. A-Rod was also accused of interfering with the Major League Baseball investigation into Biogenesis, which many believed resulted in a harsher penalty. This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been associated with performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted to using these drugs while playing for a Texas team (between 2001 to 2003) but had denied using anabolic steroids since.

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