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Saturday 11, Jan 2014

Clean Sport Commitment For StreetVelodrome Series

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Clean Sport Commitment For StreetVelodrome Series

InnoEvents Ltd, organizers of the StreetVelodrome Series, have worked in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for developing a Clean Sport commitment statement that demonstrates that clean sport is at the core of the organization’s values.

The StreetVelodrome Series is the only pop-up velodrome event in the United Kingdom with ten rounds being held in towns and cities across the United Kingdom in 2014. InnoEvents Ltd, by signing up to the statement, has pledged its support position of the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and undermines the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.

UK Youth and other commercial partners will be organizing initiatives to target local youth groups with focus on delivering free coaching and track time experience sessions at each StreetVelodrome Series event. The sessions will include UKAD approved anti-doping educational message for encouraging the notion that success in sports is gained through good training, commitment, and a balanced nutritional diet.

InnoEvents Director Carl Thompson said we are looking to bring the thrill of live track cycling to a broader audience, including both television viewers and those viewing track-side, whilst also inspiring 16 to 25 year olds to take up the sporting habit of a lifetime. He added our ethos is to make track cycling accessible and relevant to local communities, to promote youth participation and champion the positive social impact of sport. Thompson also added that we strongly believe the StreetVelodrome Series, its commercial partners, teams and both elite and amateur competitors hold a responsibility to ensure the StreetVelodrome Series plays an integral role in the promoting and maintaining the principle of clean sport in the UK.

UK Youth Chief Executive Charlotte Hill added that the education programs we run through our youth club network are all about supporting young people to make the right decisions in life and clearly seeking to take an unfair or illegal advantage is totally at odds with what we do. Hill said we are therefore delighted that UKAD is now working with us on the StreetVelodrome initiative.

UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support Amanda Batt said there is a surge in enthusiasm for cycle sport amongst young athletes following on from the British cycling successes at the London 2012 Games, and Tour de France. Amanda added the StreetVelodrome series provides a fantastic platform to promote the values and ethos of clean sport to a wider audience and deliver education and information resources to athletes.

In another development, Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has confirmed the reappointment of three UK Anti-Doping board members. Philip Carling, Janice Shardlow, and Justin Turner QC will be retaining their roles for a second term following the conclusion of their initial appointments.

UKAD Chair David Kenworthy said it has given him great pleasure to work with Philip, Janice, and Justin over the past four years and UKAD has an excellent team of expert staff benefiting from the leadership of a dedicated and committed board. He added that the reappointment of three UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) board members ensures that UKAD will continue to receive the highest level of governance, with each member possessing a great degree of knowledge in their respective fields.

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Thursday 09, Jan 2014

Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

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The final result of the so-called greatest heavyweight bout in UFC history will now have an asterisk next to it. This was after Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post-fight drug test in Australia after his December 6 fight against Mark Hunt in Brisbane. The bout’s result will be overturned to a no contest on Silva’s record and remain a draw on the official resume of Hunt.

UFC president Dana White who believed the fight between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva was one of the best fights of 2013 said he was bummed out as he loved that fight so much.

According to a statement released by the UFC officials, all fighters on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The statement added although Silva is on a medically approved regimen of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event but the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit. It was added that Silva has been informed that the elevated testosterone level is a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa. The UFC statement revealed that Antonio Silva will receive a nine month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and he must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. It was further added that Silva will additionally forfeit $50,000 in bonus money and the forfeited bonus will go to his opponent Mark Hunt.

António Carlos Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC, had been medically approved for testosterone-replacement therapy and was expected to stay within legal limits at all times to continue using the treatment. Pre-fight testing showed the UFC fighter was in line with all parameters of the legal limits leading up to the bout but his post-fight test resulted in elevated levels of testosterone. This is the second failed post-fight drug test of Silva after he tested positive for anabolic steroids following a 2008 fight in the now-defunct Elite XC promotion. Silva tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid that has also cost fighters like Josh Barnett and Phil Baroni. He was then given a one-year suspension by the California State Athletic Commission and fined $2,500.

Silva is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, a former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and a former Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. He is presently ranked the #5 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and had competed in the past for K-1 Hero’s, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce, and World Victory Road. Antonio Silva made his professional debut in the United Kingdom against Georgian fighter Tengiz Tedoradze and won by TKO only 48 seconds into the fight. Later on, he made his debut at the Cage Rage and became the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and then made a return to Cage Warriors to fight longtime veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal for the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship and won again via TKO, and became the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.

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Tuesday 07, Jan 2014

Ex-Cyclist Reveals Reasons Behind Doping Confession

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@Stuart O’Grady, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2007, has revealed there was no turning back from a doping confession after he confessed to his team and family before a French Senate investigation ultimately tabled inconclusive evidence against him.

The retired Australian professional road bicycle racer insisted that he committed a one-off experiment with Erythropoietin (EPO) in the infamous 1998 Tour de France where some cyclists were jailed because of doping. O’Grady said he can comfortably sit back and he knew that no one can come along and say he had a positive test anywhere else and added his grandchildren won’t be hearing any news stories about his racing past in 100 years. The ex-cyclist said he won Paris-Roubaix and his Olympic gold medal plus all his other Tour de France successes clean and he is happy for all his tests ever taken after 1998 to be re-tested.

Stuart O’Grady remarked there was no incentive for him to come forward and face the consequences for doping before the French Senate investigation forced him to after the investigation released names of thirty riders who returned suspicious or positive urine samples in retrospective testing from 1998. O’Grady, who rode as a professional between 1995 and 2013, said he knew he would be implicated and didn’t know exactly what would be revealed. The cyclist was originally listed as a rider who returned a suspicious urine sample, but Stuart O’Grady decided to come clean to his family and Orica-GreenEDGE team boss Shayne Bannan.

Immediately after his doping confession, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) had called O’Grady to resign from its Athletes’ Commission. Dave Sanders, who has mentored some of Australia’s finest road cyclists including Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans, said the doping confession of Stuart O’Grady was his greatest disappointment in a lifetime working in the sport. One of Australia’s most experienced cycling coaches, Sanders said of all the things that have happened, it’s probably the biggest thing that’s just gutted him personally in his own soul as he thought Stuart as is the greatest – the greatest – all round cyclist that’s ever come out of Australia.

In the book (Green, Gold & Bold: Australia at the 100th Tour de France, written by Olympic cyclist-turned-race director John Trevorrow and journalist Ron Reed), O’Grady remarked people told him his test came back suspicious – not positive – and why didn’t he just tough it out but said there was no going back after he opened up to Shayne and his family. O’Grady recalls in the book he just didn’t want to be at the Tour and he knew it was time to retire and added he was dreading the Alpe d’Huez stage and wasn’t sure, but he knew there was a possibility his name would be there. O’Grady added he sourced EPO two weeks before his second Tour de France, without informing his French GAN team. He went on to add it was not systematic doping and he wasn’t trying to deceive people and he was basically trying to survive in what was a very grey area.

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Sunday 05, Jan 2014

Surgical Repair Of Shoulder Tears Improves With Anabolic Steroids

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Surgical Repair Of Shoulder Tears Improves With Anabolic Steroids

A new research has revealed that surgical repair of massive or recurrent tears of the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons can be improved from treatment with anabolic steroids.

The study appeared in an issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, and was led by Dr. Spero Karas, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine. Support for the study came from the National Institutes of Health. Most of the patients were between 50 and 70 years of age but many were very active and comprise a much larger demographic in society than the athlete.

Massive or recurrent tears of the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons are common among high-performance athletes, professional, and collegiate. These injuries are also common among older weekend athletes, including golf and tennis player.

Karas remarked anabolic steroids prove beneficial to millions of people every year, including those with burns and sex hormone deficiencies who need to build up their metabolism for repairing musculoskeletal tissue. Anabolic androgenic steroids are also approved by the US FDA to treat anemia as they have the potential to assist the body rebuild blood. Karas, keeping in view the properties of steroids to build muscle mass and body strength, said he believed these properties could be applied to shoulder tissue and a bioengineered tendon developed in the study’s experiments by Dr. Albert J. Banes, professor of orthopedics and biomedical engineering at UNC might provide the appropriate model for testing.

Karas remarked supraspinatus tendon cells were harvested from his patients during rotator cuff surgery, isolated, and then sent to Albert’s lab and the cells were then grown in his culture media to coalesce and form this experimental tendon model, the bioartificial tendon. Before applying mechanical strain, some of the developing tissues were treated by the researchers with the anabolic steroid Nandrolone Decanoate, which was administered directly into the lab dish via pipette, or dropper. Karas noted that we clearly found that when you looked at the bioartificial tendon matrices that were treated with anabolic steroid and then mechanical load or strain, we saw significant increases in their biomechanical properties. He also added that the tendons were smaller, more dense, stronger, more elastic and had better remodeling properties than tissue cells not treated with steroid or placed under strain and they responded better to the load and formed a more normal appearing tendon, versus a more disorganized matrix we see in the untreated bioartificial tendon. Karas therefore remarked that it appeared that anabolic steroid and load “act synergistically” to improve the characteristics of tendon.

Karas also said the crucial implications of this new study could be applied to the post-surgery healing of tendons that have been torn or retracted for a long time and added there is a possibility that bioartificial tendon matrices might literally help bridge the gap between deficient human tissue and the normal state. He said we might be able to modulate tendon-to-bone healing in this postoperative period with FDA-approved drugs taken at the appropriate dosages for the appropriate occasions.

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Friday 03, Jan 2014

Powell Doping Case Needs To Speed Up

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Powell doping case needs to speed up

Sir Craig Reedie, the new president of World Anti-Doping Association, has urged the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission for a speedy resolution in the case of Asafa Powell, the former 100 meters world-record holder.

In June last year, Powell tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine at the Jamaican national trials but it is not expected to face a disciplinary hearing before this month. Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Powell’s training group, also tested positive for the same drug.

Powell, the Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters, held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. The 30-year-old Powell insisted he had done nothing wrong and remarked he had never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. He added the positive doping test has left him completely devastated and he is reeling from this genuinely surprising result. Powell also remarked his fault is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant and said he wanted to reiterate that in his entire career as an athlete he had never sought to enhance his performance with any substance, and said it is not a part of who he is or what he believes in.

Reedie remarked Jamaica has taken too long for dealing with the Asafa Powell doping case. Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee Vice-President, took over as WADA President on January 1, 2014 and said there are a few cases ongoing in Jamaica, one of them a very high-profile one, and one of the issues is that it is taking too long to come to a conclusion. Reedie added he has been under a cloud and if he has broken the rules then sport wants the case finalized, if he hasn’t then he wants the cloud lifted.

A few weeks back, Reedie met new JADCO chief executive Carey Brown in Montreal and said he believes Jamaica is improving its testing regime after disclosures that only one out-of-competition test was conducted in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The WADA President added the World Anti-Doping Agency has been asked to go to Jamaica and help them with their structure and the sports minister has announced extra money for testing so one hopes they have got the message. He went on to add that the island country relied heavily in the past on the International Association of Athletics Federations, especially for out-of-competition tests. Sir Craig Reedie also believes that the clouds of suspicion should not be directed at current 100m world record-holder Usain Bolt or any Jamaican sprinter just because others have tested positive.

The WADA chief added people have to understand that Jamaica is not a test-free zone but they probably have relied too often on the IAAF’s (International Athletics Federation) efforts and added he knows from the IAAF figures that he [Bolt] has been tested very regularly throughout 2013 and before. Reedie also said all of the top Jamaican athletes have been tested regularly by the international federation.

In 2013, high jumper Demar Robinson, discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle were under investigation for failed tests but none of them have received a disciplinary hearing or the final verdict.

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Wednesday 01, Jan 2014

Sochi 2014 WADA Observer Program To Be Headed By UKAD Chief

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Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, has been named to head the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Observer (IO) Program at Sochi 2014.

Parkinson will lead a team an eight strong team that is responsible to oversee and monitor doping control operations in an unbiased manner at next year’s Winter Games, which get underway in 40 days’ time. Parkinson has been involved in a number of IO programs, including at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and 2010 Tour de France.

The committee Рmade up of Thierry Boghosian, Fran̤oise Dagouret, Rob Koehler, Mich̬le Mercier, Tim Ricketts, Huw Roberts and Annelies Vandenberghe Рduring Sochi 2014 will observe the test planning and delivery, laboratory analysis, doping control, and results management besides producing a report on their findings following the conclusion of the Games. This committee will also be offering its recommendations for improvements for any events in the future and interact on a daily basis with officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) anti-doping program for highlighting changes if any that require immediate attention.

Parkinson said the WADA IO Program to date has proved an excellent means to help anti-doping organizations learn from major event anti-doping programs operate and improve standards globally. He added that athletes should have confidence that WADA will be attending the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and that experts from around the world will be on hand to assist both the International Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee.

The Independent Observer (IO) Program was launched at the invitation of IOC at the Sydney 2000 Summer Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency explained that it is now a much more collaborative exercise than it was during its infancy. Fahey added that WADA works closely with the IOC testing team right throughout the event to ensure that any necessary corrective action or improvements can be made during the event itself. He went on to remark that this daily reporting method, as opposed to the provision of one final report, has been well received in recent IO missions, and helps ensure that an effective and robust testing program is in place.

In another development, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach issued a warning that a positive drugs test would overshadow the achievement of any team at Sochi 2014. Addressing the 42nd European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly, Bach promised that the anti-doping program at Sochi 2014 will be the toughest for any Olympics with 57 per cent more tests, due to be conducted than the 2010 Vancouver Games. Bach told delegates from 49 European countries that they speak with their governments, national federations, and perform pre-competition testing and make sure that they, as National Olympic Committees (NOCs), can be proud of their team in the end. Bach said you can win as many medals as you want in the Olympic Games but if you have a doping case by one of your successful athletes, the image of your team is tainted and so it is in your own interest to arrive in Sochi with clean athletes.

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