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Saturday 29, Nov 2014

Life Bans Must Be Given To Doped Horses, Says BHA Chief

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Life Bans Must Be Given To Doped Horses, Says BHA Chief

British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive has remarked that life bans should be given to all doped horses and therapeutic exemptions should not stand.

Paul Bittar, the most senior executive in British racing, remarked that time had come for the BHA to take “a strong stand” against anabolic steroids by outlawing them completely. Bittar admitted it was important to retain public confidence in horse racing. Bittar has been hailed very highly in the world of horse racing. He is credited with transforming the fortunes of the British Horseracing Authority during his two years in charge. Bittar advocated a zero-tolerance approach to the use of steroids in British racing even if the horse has a genuine medical reason for being administered those substances.

According to the recommendations of an independent report commissioned in the wake of the Godolphin and Sungate scandals last year, there may be an increase in suspension. Presently, racehorses serve a six-month suspension if they are found to have used steroids. However the report by Sandy Love, professor of equine clinical studies at Glasgow University, is set to spark a debate among the British Horseracing Authority board when the report will be discussed in the coming weeks.

The British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive believes the science behind the effects of anabolic steroid use in horses is not robust enough for any exemptions to be granted. The Mahmood Al Zarooni and Gerard Butler doping sagas and recent revelations that Irish trainers Philip Fenton and Pat Hughes had appeared in court charged with possession of anabolic steroids could help Bittar made a strong case for increased suspensions. The British Horseracing Authority was left in a dilemma after criminal proceedings were initiated against Fenton, with three of his horses scheduled to run at Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup third favorite Last Instalment.

Bittar also admitted that a massive cut in budget of the BHA in the three years before he became chief executive led to it being definitely cut back too far in testing and exposed British racing to some of the risks that we saw last year.

The BHA Chief Executive however has some reasons to smile. A few days back, the Government said it was backing the BHA’s bid to extend the Levy to offshore bookmakers operating within the UK. Bittar pledged any increase in the Levy as a result of an amendment to the Gambling Act going through Parliament would result in even more investment in the British Horseracing Authority’s integrity services.

Bittar’s focus as of now is on Cheltenham. Bittar said it is the best racing festival in the world, so you want it to be about the racing, you want it to be about the stories and remarked you want it to be about Britain versus Ireland and everything that comes with that. He also remarked so if we can get through the week, decent weather, people talking about racing and from a welfare perspective it’s been a good week, that is the best possible outcome for us.

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Thursday 27, Nov 2014

Probation Of Escambia Doctor May Be Revoked

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Probation Of Escambia Doctor May Be Revoked

Dr. Mark Peter Koch, an Escambia County doctor who pleaded guilty to participating in a steroids ring, is facing new allegations that he has violated the terms of his probation of 2012.

Koch waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the matter. He was ordered by a magistrate judge to appear for a revocation hearing on December 19 before Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele. In September 2011, Koch, who had offices in Atmore and Monroeville, admitted that he sold and consumed anabolic steroids.

It was alleged by law enforcement authorities that Dr. Koch conspired with Ashley Dewayne Rivers, a satellite technician from Morgan County. It was later acknowledged by Koch that the conspiracy involved more than 300 grams of anabolic steroids. Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele sentenced Koch in February 2012 to five years’ probation. However, Dr. Koch remains licensed to practice in Alabama but faced regulatory difficulties in rebuilding his career while serving probation.

Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart determined in March that Koch “lacked condor” about his association with anabolic steroids and failed to accept complete responsibility for his conduct. Michele Leonhart, following the recommendations of Administrative Law Judge Gail Randall, revoked Koch’s DEA certificates of registration in Minnesota and Alabama that had allowed him to prescribe Controlled Substances.

First licensed to practice medicine in Alabama in 1993, Koch accepted restrictions in 1997 after an evaluation for substance abuse while he was practicing in Russellville. In the past, the FBI contended that Dr. Koch used the performance enhancing drugs and sold them to at least 2 other people after buying steroids from an underground lab run by a north Alabama man.

Last year, Leonhart wrote respondent has been granted numerous opportunities to act as a responsible DEA registrant and has failed each time and added she does not see any conditions that could be placed on Respondent’s registration now that would ensure that Respondent would be a responsible DEA registrant. Earlier this year, Defense attorney Ken Nixon asked Steele to end the probation of Koch early and he noted that Koch had paid his $10,100 fine and completed more than 300 hours of community service ordered by the judge. Nixon wrote the probation was hurting the case of his client with the DEA and medical authorities in Pennsylvania.

The court file contains a letter from Elizabeth Borg, an attorney representing Koch in the DEA proceedings, which indicated that Dr. Koch has been drug- and alcohol-free since entering an Atlanta treatment facility in 2005. She wrote while the conviction is something which Dr. Koch will face for the rest of his life, the fact that he remains under probation may result in him being unable to earn a living practicing medicine. The request to end the probation early was denied by Steele after federal prosecutors objected. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina Vann wrote the Defendant received as a result of his conviction was lenient, and serving the remainder of his sentence would not be onerous or burdensome. The Assistant U.S. Attorney added it would in fact would send a message to the community he served that people entrusted with the health of the citizens should be held accountable for their actions.

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Tuesday 25, Nov 2014

Lack Of Blood Test Labs In Kenya Blamed For Surge in Violations

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Lack Of Blood Test Labs In Kenya Blamed For Surge in Violations

Former one-hour-run world-record holder athlete Jos Hermens has blamed absence of blood testing laboratories in Kenya for several doping violations in the recent past.

In 2012, Mathew Kisorio, who has the world’s third fastest timing of 58.46 minutes in half marathon was banned for two years. Two-time Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo recently tested positive for doping while Jemima Sumgong, who finished second to Rita in Chicago this year, received a doping ban of two years that was later reversed. These doping incidents have casted doubts about the reputation of Kenya as a powerhouse in long distance running.

Hermens, whose Global Sports Communication manages many elite African athletes, said the the news of Jeptoo returning positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) was shocking. EPO is naturally-producing hormone by the kidneys that can be artificially produced to improve endurance by injecting it into the blood. Hermens said it is a very common thing due to which athletes are getting caught nowadays. The former one-hour-run world-record holder added the doping control in Kenya is very difficult because there is no blood testing laboratory and EPO is a blood booster. For testing, the blood has to go to Europe and it is difficult to transport the blood and added blood testing is the most preferred way of catching athletes using EPO and growth hormones.

The 64-year-old, who has the distinction of covering 20,944 meters for the world record in 1976, said EPO was a very complicated substance to detect. He remarked fresh red blood cells live for 30 days only and so you not only need to consistently monitor the EPO level, but also track an athlete for more than two years to have an idea of the numbers that remain in the blood. Hermens, who competed for the Netherlands in the 10,000 meter race in the 1976 Olympics, also remarked remote location of Kenya’s training areas also made it difficult to get blood samples to any accredited labs within the mandated 36 hours. The athlete blamed sports physicians and pharmacists for the doping problems in Kenya. Hermens said long distance running is a big business in Kenya and there is a lot of competition to get into the teams and so some doctors tell them they can run faster if they follow their advice. He added several athletes are not educated enough and they fall into the trap and the doctors are to be blamed because what they are doing is crime.

Hermens also remarked the low standard of living among Kenyans made them physically tough as they are used to living with less oxygen because they live in high altitude areas.  Hermens went on to add that Kenyans have so much talent that there is no need for doping. Jos Hermens added we educate them for learning nuances of running and we manage their daily affairs. The athlete said it is very important regarding doping that every time they go to the hospital, they need to let us know because sometimes they get the wrong medicine and they can have a problem.

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Sunday 23, Nov 2014

Kenyan Politician Seeks To Criminalize Doping

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Kenyan Politician Seeks To Criminalize Doping

Kenyan marathon-star-turned-politician Wesley Korir has remarked drastic action should be taken against doping cheats. Korir announced plans to criminalize doping and said heavy actions are the only way to put a stop to a worsening sporting crisis in his east African nation.

Korir, a Boston marathon champion in 2012, remarked his own investigations had reveled evidence of a big supply of drugs being provided by a cartel of people among the east African nation’s distance runners. Korir’s announcement comes in the wake of the shock revelation last month that Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, the world’s current top female marathon runner, tested positive for the blood-boosting drug Erythropoietin (EPO) during an out-of-competition anti-doping control. Korir, now an elected MP, said unless we put in place a law to criminalize doping, we will have lost and added the legislation may include lifetime bans and fines for athletes and jail for doctors who administer performance enhancing drugs.

Wesley Korir also remarked this is the right time to introduce this bill which he hopes will be passed by the national assembly. He also said the negative publicity the scandal has caused on Kenya is huge and we are not prepared to tarnish the integrity of Kenya. Korir also commented that the supply of banned substances in Kenya was widespread and added there will be a tendency of some of athletes being tempted to dope with them being pushed to run faster times. He also accused sport bosses of Kenya, including Athletics Kenya, of having done absolutely nothing despite a string of positive tests among athletes from Kenya in recent years. Korir remarked they continue to live in denial and they do not want to accept the reality that the issue is so serious. He also said the system is so corrupt and added the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should open a testing laboratory in Kenya to safeguard the process.

The 2012 Boston marathon champion said currently there is no law that forces any athlete to give up information on who is providing them with drugs. He added they need to be made to give the names of the suppliers and we need to have a law that if you give an athlete drugs, you should be put in jail. He also remarked criminalization will create a lot of fear among the athletes and they will think twice about cheating in the first place and it will also force doping offenders to cooperate with doping investigations.

Korir also said he will be introducing a bill in Parliament to criminalize doping in Kenya to athletes, agents, or doctors that assist athletes dope. Korir added he will soon be meeting with officials from the Professional Athletics Association of Kenya (PAAK), a new athletes’ group in Kenya chaired by Wilson Kipsang, reigning London Marathon champion.

Wesley Korir won the 2012 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes 40 seconds. The long distance runner who specializes in road running competitions had previously won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2009 and 2010.

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Friday 21, Nov 2014

Astana Hit By Another Doping Scandal

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Astana Hit By Another Doping Scandal

UCI Continental Team Astana Kazakh rider Victor Okishev has tested positive for a banned substance. Okishev, who rides for Astana’s reserve team, failed a test for anabolic steroids during the Asian championships last May. The 20-year-old from Kazakhstan has been provisionally suspended from competition because of the positive test.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced Victor Okishev’s sample gave an Adverse Analytical Finding of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in a sample collected at the Asian Cycling Championships on 29 May 2014. In a statement, the UCI said the rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

Okishev is the second member of the Astana reserve team to be suspended. Last month, Ilya Davidenok was banned for testing positive for steroids during the Tour de l’Avenir in August. In October this year, brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), which promotes the count of red blood cells in the body. Valentin failed an anti-doping test on August 11 while Maxim failed the test on August 1. Maxim Iglinskiy was part of the Tour de France line-up of Team Astana that saw the team’s Vincenzo Nibali take the overall victory.

Nibali was furious to learn of the doping positives and recently remarked that Astana suffers due to its past, for things that happened in another era. He remarked Vinokourov wasn’t even the manager when the team signed Jakob Fuglsang, Fabio Aru, and him, precisely with the objective of changing the image of the team and earning some credibility. The three-time grand tour winner added the sponsors in Kazakhstan are very angry with the Iglinskiy brothers, and he strongly believes that our sport is cleaner today compared to other times in cycling.

The Astana team is run by Alexandre Vinokourov, controversial former rider, who was banned for blood doping in 2007-2009. Vinokourov is presently under investigation for alleged race fixing and bribery.

Team Astana is a member of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (Movement for Credible Cycling or MPCC) that enforces stricter anti-doping rules than the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In accordance with the MPCC rules, Astana suspended itself for the season-ending Tour of Beijing last month as it had two doping cases in the team in the past 12 months.

On November 6, the team appeared at a UCI hearing in Geneva and a decision on its future for the next season is expected to be out in the next two weeks. The UCI’s License Commission is deciding whether or not to refuse Team Astana a license to race next year, or to attach conditions to their license.

Team Astana is facing legal complications from every corner. Recently, Astana rider Lieuwe Westra was caught by police on radar after he was found driving at 189 kilometers per hour (118mph) in the northern part of the Netherlands. Westra finished second in the Paris-Nice stage race in 2012 riding for Vacansoleil. He joined Astana this year to help Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France.

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Wednesday 19, Nov 2014

Badminton Rocked With Wei Doping Ban

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Badminton Rocked With Wei Doping Ban

Malaysian badminton ace Lee Chong Wei may never realize his long-cherished dream of becoming the Olympic and World champion after he was suspended in a doping scandal that has rocked the sport.

Lee, the world no. 1, is temporarily barred from competition by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after he tested positive to the banned anti-inflammatory Dexamethasone. Lee now faces the risk of an eventual suspension of up to two years.

The 32-year-old remarked if he is suspended for a long time, it will affect his chances of becoming a world champion next year and also win the Olympic gold medal in 2016. Lee has never been able to win either of the sport’s two major prizes despite topping the badminton rankings for years and reaching five world and Olympic finals. The World No. 1 International Badminton Player remarked it has always been his dream to win both titles and it is also the reason why he took up the sport.

It was recently announced by the BWF that Lee was suspended due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation. The world-governing body imposed the suspension because of an Adverse Analytical Finding of a sample taken at the BWF World Championships in August. The Badminton World Federation has referred the matter to the BWF Doping Hearing Panel and the Chair of the Panel will set the date, time, and location of the hearing to find out whether or not Lee has committed an anti-doping regulation violation.

After the doping news broke out, Lee Chong Wei withdrew from Hong Kong Open where he was the defending champion. The world number one was in the initial entry list but his number one seed position was replaced by Chen Long of China, the world number two, for the US$350,000 tournament at Hong Kong Coliseum from November 18-23. Hong Kong team head coach Tim He Yiming remarked of his absence that Lee’s absence is a big shock. He added Lee is always well received in Hong Kong and is a household name, not only because of his skills, but also his pleasant attitude as a gentleman and a player and went on to add that we know little about the alleged doping case and, hopefully, it can be cleared sooner and not later.

Lee is the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history. He was a silver medalist in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Lee Chong Wei was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012 and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.

Lee’s badminton potential rose dramatically after he was discovered by Misbun Sidek, a Malaysian former badminton player who was rated among world’s leading men’s singles players of the 1980s. Lee was appointed as UNICEF Malaysia’s National Ambassador in February 2009 and his silver medal effort in the 2008 Olympic Games was a reason behind with a Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) that carried the title Dato’ by Governor of Penang, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas on 30 August 2008.

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Monday 17, Nov 2014

Germany To Jail Athletes Using Banned Substances

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Germany To Jail Athletes Using Banned Substances

Germany is set to introduce anti-doping law next year. Under the law, German athletes found guilty of using doping products could face imprisonment of up to three years.

The 46-page draft of the new law, which will be adopted in 2015, would be resulting in prosecution for athletes who fail both the A and B doping tests. In extreme cases, the proposal also includes a maximum sentence of up to 10 years for those found guilty of supplying athletes with doping substances. Possession of doping products under the new anti-doping law would also be a punishable offence, irrespective of the amount. This law would apply to around 7,000 sportsmen and women regularly tested by Germany’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) excluding amateur and mass sports. Regular German courts could now sentence dopers behind bars. This draft, however, is applicable only to those “earning a significant amount from sport”.

Germany’s Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the aim of the law is to preserve the integrity of sport and to combat doping. Germany’s minister of justice Heiko Maas remarked that is a statement for clean sport and a challenge to those who dope and added we believe that this is a milestone and the law has been long over-due. De Maiziere added we want to say this is not just something that concerns sport, but this is a punishable behavior, which society as a whole believes should be punishable.

In 2009, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière refused to draft an anti-doping law despite many doping scandals. Thomas de Maizière had then remarked he is cautious to instantly implement strong legal regulations. Now, Thomas de Maizière along with justice minister Jeiko Maas has drafted the anti-doping law. Under this law, data and documents from Germany’s courts or state prosecutors would have to be handed over to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) of Germany on request.

The new anti-doping law in waiting was welcomed by sport heads. Clemens Prokop, president of Germany’s Athletics Association (DLV), said the anti-doping law is a huge step in the effective battle against doping. Germany’s football team manager Oliver Bierhoff also supported the draft and said sport can be clean only with tough, drastic sanctions. President of the Germany’s Cycling Association (BDR), Rudolf Scharping, commented that he hopes this law also removes the in-between men and the criminal network of doping.

In another development, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the doping ban of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle from two years to six months. Sachebacher-Stehle, a former two-time Olympic champion in cross-country skiing, tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine at the Winter Games in February. A three-man CAS panel ruled that positive test of the athlete at the Sochi Olympics was the result of a contaminated supplement and her degree of fault was “minimal.” The CAS ruled that the athlete took the substance inadvertently in a dietary supplement. Sachebacher-Stehle was stripped of her fourth-place finish in biathlon mass start by the International Olympic Committee.

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Saturday 15, Nov 2014

AOC Members To Undergo Mandatory Child Abuse Checks

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AOC Members To Undergo Mandatory Child Abuse Checks

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has revealed that all coaches, staff, and officials will be undergoing a mandatory Working with Children Check before they are allowed to become members of the nation’s team for Rio 2016.

John Coates, the AOC President, remarked he has introduced the policy for protecting all members of our Olympic teams and creating a child-safe environment after concerns by revelations at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.  The commission recently announced that Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, a former religious guru of a Mangrove Mountain ashram, allegedly had sex with under-age girls. The commission will hold a public inquiry into the response of the guru to allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. The hearing in Sydney will begin on December 2.

Coates added working with Children checks are mandatory in order to properly safeguard our athletes and uphold the behavioral standards required of an Australian Olympic team member.

The sporting federations of Australia are now expected to make sure that all sport officials who are nominated for selection for Rio 2016, and all subsequent Olympic teams have undertaken the check. This rule also applies to all headquarters officials and anyone who has not gone through the vetting system will not be eligible for selection.

It was revealed by the Australian Olympic Committee that Coates had consultations with the United States Olympic Committee and the British Olympic Association on the matter, as well as Chair of the Royal Commission, The Honorary Justice Peter McClellan. Coates said we have been working with the US Olympic Committee and British Olympic Association who have vigorous policies in regard to the safety of children and added we will be introducing similar policies in our team agreement to protect all members of our team. Coates went on to add that it has been suggested to him that this is a bigger problem in American sport than doping.

The move also gets prominence after there were allegations of inappropriate behavior and language towards a junior female swimmer were made against senior Olympic swim team official Greg Hodge. Hodge is under investigation after it was alleged that he kissed a female junior swimmer on the cheek at a Canberra state championship event. Hodge has now retired from his role as head coach of the West Coast Swimming Club. It was also reported by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph that Olympic coach Michael Palfrey is facing serious allegations of inappropriate behavior towards teen girls on pool deck.

Former coach Tim Lane alleged that a male teenage swimming student was encouraged by Palfrey to improve his time by telling him he could ‘spend a night with one of his older female athletes’ (who was nearby) and ‘do whatever he wanted to her’. The accusations made against Palfrey were described as “unsubstantiated” by Swimming Western Australia chief executive Darren Beazley.

In another development, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has remarked that doubling bans for drug cheats that will leave all sports identities with nowhere to hide. Coates said the federal Parliament needs to pass the amendments to bring the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into line with the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA is doubling bans from January next year for athletes using performance-enhancing drugs from two to four years.

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Thursday 13, Nov 2014

A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

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A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Tuesday 11, Nov 2014

Husband Of Marathon Champion Accuses Her Of Long-Term Doping

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Husband Of Marathon Champion Accuses Her Of Long-Term Doping

Kenyan marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, who is under suspicion of using Erythropoietin (EPO), has been accused of long-term doping by her estranged husband. Jeptoo, dubbed the Queen of Chicago, has been provisionally suspended from competition.

Jeptoo, regarded as the world’s best female marathoner, failed an out-of-competition drugs test carried out in September just weeks before her most recent victory in the Chicago marathon. The 33-year-old has requested that her B sample now be tested. A three-time winner of the Boston marathon and a two-time champion in Chicago, Jeptoo is the biggest name in Kenyan athletics ever to have been tested positive.

Noah Busiene, Jeptoo’s estranged husband, has produced written allegations of the marathoner runner’s doping dating back to early last year when the two were going through divorce proceedings. Busienei had knowledge that Jeptoo resorted to use banned drug hormone which increases the red blood counts, according to an April 2013 letter from his lawyer to Jeptoo. It was also disclosed by the letter that Noah was willing to take the necessary step by revealing, disclosing, or unleashing the doping dossier to Athletics Kenya and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unless she offered a financial settlement to Busienei. Busienei’s lawyer Rioba Omboto confirmed the authenticity and date of the letter.

Busienei said he feels very bad for what has happened to Rita but he saw it coming. Busienei added he believed Jeptoo began doping in September 2011 after a foreign agent advised her to take banned drugs with a promise to make the couple “very rich”. The letter pre-dates Jeptoo’s 2013 and 2014 victories in Boston and Chicago. The Chicago and Boston marathon victories gave Jeptoo enough points to secure the $500,000 winner’s check for the 2013/2014 World Marathon Majors series. However, her “A” urine sample taken during an out-of-competition drug test in Eldoret tested positive and the World Marathon Majors presentation ceremony scheduled for New York on November 2 and the payment were postponed indefinitely.

Wilson Kipsang, the winner of the 2014 London and New York City Marathons and the male winner of the World Marathon Majors series, said the positive A sample of Jeptoo had put credibility of some elite athletes who post good times while competing clean to doubt. Kipsang, president of the newly formed Professional Athletes Association of Kenya, added he is hopeful that the Kenyan government will investigate deeply and if there is a cartel involved, let it be broken for the sake of athletes.

Federico Rosa, who has been Rita Jeptoo’s agent for three years, and her coach, Claudio Berardelli, denied having anything to do with her failed test. Both remarked they were cooperating with anti-doping officials. It is however surprising to note that the reputation of Federico Rosa has been clouded with controversy in recent years. In 2012, Mathew Kisorio, one of his athletes, tested positive for anabolic steroids and Jemima Sumgong, the training partner of Jeptoo, failed a drug test following the Boston Marathon in 2012 for Prednisolone. Sumgong received a ban of two years by Athletics Kenya but the decision was later reversed as the localized injection for bursitis was permissible under IAAF anti-doping rules.

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