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Saturday 10, Jan 2015

Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

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Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) hosted the first formal Global Drug Reference Online (DRO) Seminar for more than 250 sports pharmacists on 16 December 2014.

This seminar included presentations from the representatives of the founding Global DRO partners that included the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2013, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency joined the Global DRO family and the December Global DRO Seminar was the first opportunity for sports pharmacists from Japan to find out how Global DRO has been implemented and developed by each international partner country as part of their anti-doping programs.

Global Drug Reference Online is an online and mobile tools that allow athletes to check the prohibited or permitted status of licensed medication according to the latest World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. There were more than 486,216 searches in 2014 between the four partner countries that spoke about the effectiveness and popularity of the source.

USADA’s Science Director Dr. Matt Fedoruk, highlighted the practical importance of Global DRO in his keynote speech. Fedoruk also illustrated the value of offering resources and education in the context of anti-doping rules to health professionals, including pharmacists and physicians, since they play a vital role in protecting clean athletes. Fedoruk remarked we are seeing a stronger need for close cooperation between the medical community and the anti-doping community in order to best protect clean athletes and sport. He went on to add that implementing clear and consistent processes and providing easy access to accurate information are important parts of any effective anti-doping program.

UKAD Medical Education Officer Anne Sargent said JADA should be applauded for engaging with sports pharmacists and recognizing the crucial role they play in protecting clean sport through the influence they have on athletes. Sargent added this inaugural conference provided an important platform to share best practice and for delegates to gain an increased understanding of Global DRO and its value in assisting athletes and athlete support personnel and further remarked that UKAD is committed to continue working together with international partners to enhance anti-doping programs globally for the benefit of clean athletes.

JADA Chief Executive Officer Shin Asakawa said it is a delight to host this first Global DRO Seminar, opened to JADA’s certified sports pharmacists. Asakawa added we have benefited as part of this international collaboration Global DRO team and also said we along with the JADA Sports Pharmacists System can strengthen a ‘Clean Sport Triad’ and ensure the athletes receiving the appropriate information at anywhere and anytime.

CCES Manager of Education and Technology Cori McPhail said Global DRO allows each of our agencies to support the training and competition schedules of our respective athlete populations with credible information they can access from anywhere. McPhail added JADA is the most recent member of the Global DRO family, but like those of us already involved, they have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing their athletes comprehensive and reliable information about the medication they may need to take.

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Thursday 08, Jan 2015

Anti-doping Regulations For 2015 Revamped By UCI

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Anti-doping Regulations For 2015 Revamped By UCI

The Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events, has revamped its rules in line with the new World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

The new rules now includes a 10-year statute of limitations (up from eight), more explicit consequences for riders who are found associated with banned individuals, the ability to impose anti-doping rule violations on individuals based upon third-party testimony, four-year bans for serious doping cases, and more clarity on Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The world governing body of cycling’s rules now allow it to ban and impose fine on teams for incurring multiple doping violations.

The new regulations allow the UCI to impose fines a WorldTour or Professional Continental team five per cent of their annual budget upon the second and the third confirmed doping sanctions in a 12-month period. Now, teams can face suspension from international competition for a period of 15-45 days upon the second notification of an anti-doping rule violation, depending on a decision by the UCI Disciplinary Commission. Previously, teams were punished only for an individual rider’s anti-doping rule violation in relation to a team competition, such as a team time trial or team pursuit, by result disqualifications.

Cheating cyclists who promptly admit to doping can have their doping ban reduced to two years depending on the seriousness of the violation.

A comment reads use or Attempted Use may also be established by other reliable means such as admissions by the Rider, witness statements, documentary evidence, conclusions drawn from longitudinal profiling, including data collected as part of the Rider Biological Passport, or other analytical information which does not otherwise satisfy all the requirements to establish “Presence” of a Prohibited Substance under Article 2.1.

The new UCI anti-doping regulations apply to everyone who is participating in cycling events in any capacity, and anyone associated with teams, support, or preparation of riders, whether they have a UCI license or not. The new rules state that any association by riders with a banned individual “in a professional or sport-related capacity” can result in an anti-doping rule violation. The specific language of the latest anti-doping regulations allows for a rider to receive punishment to be punished for associating not only with someone who has been banned for an anti-doping rule violation but also anyone who has been “convicted or found in a criminal, disciplinary or professional proceeding” to have done something that would constitute an anti-doping rule violation if the rules had been applied to them.

The world governing body of cycling also included a provision to apply the rules to individuals who are a “front or intermediary” for a banned person. The UCI however specifies that riders will be provided ample warning before they will be punished. Under the rules, it is necessary in order for this provision to apply that the Rider or other Person has previously been advised in writing by an Anti-Doping Organization with jurisdiction over the Rider or other Person, or by WADA, of the Rider Support Person’s disqualifying status and the potential consequence of prohibited association.

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Tuesday 06, Jan 2015

Gold Coast Suns And Carlton In AFL Doping Saga

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Gold Coast Suns And Carlton In AFL Doping Saga

The AFL doping scandal has expanded its horizons than previously thought and revealed, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority accusing Essendon players of using a second banned drug and sports scientist Stephen Dank of trafficking peptides to Gold Coast Suns and Carlton club officials and covering up doping by a footballer from Gold Coast.

An outline of the case of ASADA and other documents presently before a specially-convened AFL Tribunal alleged that Stephen Dank supplied banned drugs including Human growth hormone (HGH) to a Carlton coach and the banned peptide CJC-1295 to more than one official at the Gold Coast Suns. The sports scientist is also accused of covering up the use of CJC-1295 BY Gold Coast defender Nathan Bock, who retired from the AFL earlier this year.

 The new drug and the involvement of other clubs were revealed by ASADA’s senior counsel, Malcolm Holmes QC, in an outline of the case and a charge sheet issued against Dank. The charges involving Carlton pertain to a high-profile coach no longer working at the club. It is alleged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Stephen Dank provided one or more of Human growth hormone, SARMs, Hexarelin, Mechano Growth Factor, and CJC-1295 to the coach between March and October 2012. The charges involving the Suns predate the Essendon supplements scandal. ASADA also alleges that Dank administered Bombers players with Hexarelin — as well as TB4 — during his time at the club.

The AFL Tribunal hearings into the Essendon supplements scandal will resume from January 12 after a break for Christmas. In a statement, Tribunal chairman David Jones said the hearing of the proceedings was confirmed to commence on December 15, 2014, to continue for a number of days prior to Christmas and then resume on January 12, 2015.

The AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal is chaired by former county court judge Jones, another former county court judge John Nixon and barrister, and former Swans player Wayne Henwood.

According to media reports, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will seek assistance of the Supreme Court in an attempt to force Shane Charter and compound pharmacist Nima Alavi to give evidence to the Tribunal.

In December, Charter had remarked that he has been bashed and received death threats. Charter – the biochemist who sourced the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 for Dank, further urged authorities to subpoena Stephen Dank. Essendon has maintained that its players were given Thymomodulin, a Thymosin peptide permitted for use in sport, and not Thymosin Beta 4 throughout 2012. The case of ASADA is heavily reliant on a sworn statement and other documents provided by Charter who has provided details of his role in importing an order of peptides, including Thymosin Beta 4, in December 2011, from China.

Charter is the star witness of ASADA and alleged supplied the substances to sports scientist Stephen Dank. Since the Tribunal does not have the powers to demand that Alavi and Charter appear, the legal team of ASADA is likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking subpoenas under the Commercial Arbitration Act.

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Sunday 04, Jan 2015

RFU Boss Admits Drug Problem In Rugby

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RFU Boss Admits Drug Problem In Rugby

Ian Ritchie, the Rugby Football Union’s chief executive, has remarked Rugby union has a doping problem. The most senior figure in English rugby said rugby has an issue with drugs that urgently needs to be tackled.

The Rugby Football Union’s chief executive also remarked we are addressing this and not putting it under the carpet and also said we are recognizing this is an issue. Ritchie’s comment came in a week when Bonymaen’s Nick Clancy became the 10th rugby union player in the United Kingdom in 2014 to be suspended for doping offences. However, Ritchie reiterated that although 15 of the 43 banned athletes or coaches listed by UK Anti-Doping are from rugby union, a big majority of them come from the junior ranks.

A former international coach, under condition of anonymity, said it is naive to believe that the problem is limited to young players who are trying to take a shortcut to enter the professional ranks. The coach, while speaking to DailyMail said he walked away from rugby in disgust at the scale of drug abuse. The coach said he is sure there was the odd player taking drugs before the sport went professional and remarked but what he found abhorrent was the institutionalized drug-taking that came in in the professional era.

The former international coach also said players are being told to bulk up, and it’s being spelled out to them in no uncertain terms that the way to bulk up is to take drugs. He went on to add that one cannot become as big the players are becoming without a serious amount of drug-taking and added once a core of players take drugs, get bigger and win places, the only way other players can compete is by taking drugs too. He went on to remark that it is a problem that has engulfed the sport and he wanted no part of it. The coach also remarked you don’t get a physique like a modern-day rugby player by eating grilled fish and doing press-ups.

A few months back, former France and Harlequins prop Laurent Benezech had claimed that French team doctors unwittingly and illegally administered cortisone to him during the 1995 World Cup. Benezech also remarked that the culture of drug use in rugby is due to unreasonable demands placed on players by coaches who are desperate for short-term success. Benezech also alleged that Rugby is in exactly the same situation as before the Festina cycling business.

Nicola Newman, who runs the RFU’s drug testing program and is the director of communications and education at UK Anti-Doping, said there is an issue in rugby, and this is something the RFU have acknowledged. Newman added the evidence points to more of a problem in the junior ranks than at elite level but agreed that questions should be asked across the whole of rugby union. Newman added our understanding is that it is easy to buy steroids, but there are an awful lot of risks involved and went on to add that but it is not illegal to buy steroids for personal use and it is only illegal to sell them or supply to others.

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Friday 02, Jan 2015

Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

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Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

Etuini Haloti Ngata, the American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, has rendered an apology to his teammates. On his arrival back this week, Ngata said he made a mistake and is happy that he can help the team with the playoff run.

Haloti Ngata missed the last four games on a suspension for violating the performance enhancing drugs‘ policy of the league. Ngata added he was hugely relieved that the Baltimore Ravens were able to qualify for the post season and he did not have to wait an entire offseason to return to the field. Ngata did not made it clear whether he would be applying for a theraputic use exemption for Adderall.

The suspension of Ngata cost him $2 million — or the equivalent of four game checks — and now the five-time Pro Bowl selection has one year remaining on the five-year, $61 million deal that he signed in September 2011.

The 30-year-old said his suspension was a result of testing positive for Adderall that is commonly used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ngata, one of the franchise’s model players on and off the field, said he felt that he let the team, coaches, teammates, and his family down because of the suspension. In his absence, the Baltimore Ravens went 3-1 by beating the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cleveland Browns, and losing to the Houston Texans.

Ngata returned to the team and practiced on Tuesday for the first time since December 3. Baltimore Ravens next plays the third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in an AFC wild-card game. He remarked his team has dealt with a lot of it and he just feel like he owes these guys, so he is going to do whatever he can to help the team and added he is definitely just ready to be out there again.

Baltimore Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said it is great to have Ngata back in the team. Harbaugh also remarked Ngata is in good shape and his weight is good. The head coach added Ngata has been training really hard from what he told me, and he looks that way and he thinks Ngata is really appreciative of the opportunity to come back and make a little statement here in the postseason.

Defensive end Chris Canty said even when he wasn’t here, it was tough for Ngata. Canty also remarked we tried to be good teammates and we wanted to be there for him, knowing what he was dealing with, understanding how he was feeling being away from us and we just tried to hold down the fort. Canty also added Ngata was doing the same thing, he was always encouraging us, making sure we’re keeping on top of what we need to be doing. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said he knows Ngata is hungry and he has a point to prove. McPhee added he knows Ngata is going to come back playing phenomenal

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