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Friday 27, Feb 2015

Cookson Promises Transparency Over Doping Report

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UCI President Brian Cookson has promised that the Cycling Independent Reform Commission will be transparent with its report on doping within the sport.

Speaking at the world tracking cycling championships in Paris, Cookson remarked he thinks there will be many uncomfortable readings in the report and we all should be ready for them. The Briton remarked the UCI will not engage itself in FIFA-style wrangling over publication of the CIRC report into allegations that the UCI was a party to wrongdoings. In the past, Lance Armstrong has accused the UCI and its earlier presidents, Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid, of covering up positive doping tests.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced on January 8th 2014 about the creation of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC). The independent body is expected to put its findings about doping practices within the sport to ensure that the sport is operated smoothly and without any allegations.

The independent commission was established after Lance Armstrong, one of the most decorated cyclists of all time, was banned for life and stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles that he won from 1998 to 2005. The USADA report was based on testimonies from many former teammates of Armstrong, including George Hincapie and Tyler Hamilton. It concluded that the cyclist engaged in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” The former American professional road racing cyclist later admitted in January 2013 that he made use of banned drugs and methods like Testosterone, EPO, blood transfusions, and cortisone to stay ahead of peers.

The Cycling Independent Reform Commission was trusted with the task of investigating whether the world governing body of cycling was complicit in wrongdoing. The CIRC is expected to report its findings to the cycling’s governing body by end of this month and the UCI will then publish the document in full, according to Brian Cookson.

In May last year, Lance Armstrong met with the CIRC in a meeting that lasted for seven hours. It is believed that Armstrong has been critical of the first 18 months of presidency of Cookson, who took over reins of the cycling’s body from Pat McQuaid in September 2013. Brian Cookson remarked that he is not worried about what Armstrong might or might not say about him as he is entitled to his opinion. The UCI chief added Armstrong always has an agenda.

Armstrong’s attorney Elliot Peters revealed that the meeting between his client and the CIRC was a very good meeting. Peters also revealed at that time that if you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered. Peters also remarked that the life ban imposed on Lance Armstrong is unfairly harsh and should be reduced. The attorney also said his client is talking in the spirit of not trying to benefit by getting somebody else in trouble, but in the spirit of let us tell the truth.

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Wednesday 25, Feb 2015

UFC Announces Anti-Doping Plan

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world, has announced a multimillion-dollar anti-doping plan after fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard were temporarily suspended for failed drug tests.

Effective July 1, all fighters will be subject to random performance-enhancing drug testing. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta remarked the world’s leading MMA promotion will urge athletic commissions to impose more severe doping penalties. The UFC CEO went on to remark that he supports the idea of a two-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency for first-time offenders and increasing the ban to four years if WADA goes that route. Fertitta said our current methods are catching athletes using PEDs and added although we feel confident that the in-competition has been effective, we recognize the need for a more robust out-of-competition plan in accordance with athletic commissions and regulatory bodies.

The UFC CEO also said we can do better and added we have all seen similar challenges in the world of sports. And consequently we see that the UFC is no more immune to performance-enhancing drug use than any other major sport. He added the UFC spent approximately $500,000 on drug testing in 2013 and 2014 and was now willing to spend “several million dollars” for both in- and out-of-competition testing. Fertitta also remarked the UFC expected to administer around 984 tests a year, based on 41 events.

Georges St-Pierre, a longtime advocate for more of drug testing, appreciated the announcement. The former welterweight champion said the announcement is clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport and added he is very happy to learn about the UFC announcing a new comprehensive random PED testing.

California state athletic commission executive director Andy Foster said it is one thing for the UFC to snap its fingers and announce a major change but added state regulatory agencies don’t always work so quickly, nor should they. Nevada state athletic commission executive director Bob Bennett remarked a four-year suspension would be a phenomenal deterrent, especially in this sport as it would make a fighter think twice.

The UFC announcement was also appreciated by Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb. He remarked you have got to give them some credit for jumping ahead and doing something on an issue as serious as this. Sirb added at least they’re being proactive on this, which is good and added but each commission has its own state or tribal laws and regulations and so whatever the UFC comes up with, they’re going to have to have it adopted by every state commission. Sirb also remarked his thought would be that the suspension would go to the MMA database as well as the national boxing database, so when that fighter’s name comes up for a card, that’s good information for the commission. He also remarked he likes the idea of them putting that information out there, telling us who tested positive, for what and when and we may not want to license him.

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Monday 23, Feb 2015

Russian Athletes Involved In Doping Scandal Will Face Disciplinary Proceedings, Says IAAF

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has remarked that Russian athletes involved in a major doping scandal will face disciplinary proceedings in the next three months as the sports fight to deal with a “crisis.”

IAAF President Lamine Diack expressed shock and said he was disturbed by allegations of widespread doping in Russia, which was exposed by a German television documentary. Diack remarked it is a difficult crisis but we will put it behind us by cleaning all this. However, Diack denied that IAAF officials were involved in covering up doping in Russia. The 81-year-old Senegalese said he is convinced that he knows his department and added in Russia there are some cheaters and if it’s demonstrated that cheating is organized we have to take action, not only on the athletes, but on the leaders.

Last month, the anti-doping agency of Russia (RUSADA) announced that three Olympic walking champions, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, as well as the 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin, and the 2011 world silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin had been suspended for anti-doping violations. Russia’s 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin were also banned for failing doping tests.

Borchin was suspended for eight years backdated to October 15 2012 even though he had already announced his retirement. Kaniskina and Kirdyapkin were banned for three years and two months from October 15 2012, while Bakulin got the same ban from December 24 2012. Kanaykin has received a life ban from December 17 2012.

In a conference call with reporters, IAAF anti-doping manager Thomas Capdevielle said we hope to at least initiate proceedings in the next two or three months on the first individuals. In another development, the IAAF said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Coach Viktor Chegin who trained at the Russian race-walking centre in Saransk. Capdevielle remarked the case is currently being investigated and pursued as an anti-doping violation. The IAAF anti-doping manager added he requires some investigation and also remarked but we are confident it will end up in a satisfying conclusion for us, with a sanction and this coach out of the sport.

In another development, British athlete Jenny Meadows has expressed fear that athletics could be “killed” by the Russian doping allegations. The 33-year-old athlete was beaten to European gold by a Russian drug cheat in 2011. Meadows finished second in the 800m to Yevgeniya Zinurova in the 2011 European Indoor Championships but she was later upgraded to gold the following year when Zinurova was banned for two years for doping. Yevgeniya Zinurova was suspended by RUSADA for abnormal indexes in her biometric passports.

Jenny Meadows remarked if it is as widespread as those allegations do deem, she just thinks it would just kill our sport. Meadows went on to remark that sponsors may walk away from the sport and fans may walk away from the sport and we may never get a 100 percent accuracy of the scale of doping. She also said it might be the case that we have to prove how many people are doping, destroy the image of the sport and then rebuild it again and look for positive role models who can succeed and win medals on the international stage who are clean athletes.

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Saturday 21, Feb 2015

Half Of MMA Fighters Could Be Doping, Says UFC Commentator

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UFC’s veteran commentator, Joe Rogan, has stunned all by saying that over half of MMA fighters are doping. Rogan made this comment in the wake of recent failed drug tests of star fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard.

Hector Lombard, the Cuban-Australian professional mixed martial artist and former Olympic judoka who competes as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for anabolic steroids following his UFC 182 victory over Josh Burkman on January 3 in Las Vegas.

Lombard tested positive for was Desoxymethyltestosterone, commonly known as Madol. Former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Drostanolone and Androstane. Silva’s competitor Nick Diaz failed a test for marijuana metabolites while UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently tested positive for cocaine metabolites.

The #1 contender in the official UFC middleweight rankings, Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history and has 12 post-fight bonus awards. Silva claimed he has not taken any performance enhancing drugs and added he has been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test.

Firas Zahabi, the coach of the semi-retired UFC star George St-Pierre who is a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked after Silva’s drug scandal that he wants the sport to be clean else a guy is going to die in the Octagon one day.

On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan said the UFC and MMA in general is a steroid epidemic. The commentator added they have started this really stringent testing and everybody is getting popped left and right. Rogan said it is one of the things fighters have been saying for a long time, that everyone is on steroids or a huge percentage and added the number (is) 50 percent, 60 percent, whatever it is they are on anabolic steroids.

 A black belt in Taekwando and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rogan cited the physical strain of intense training as the main reason behind athletes succumbing to steroid use. The veteran commentator said fighters will sometimes train three times a day and added maybe they’ll run, do sprints in the morning, and then they’ll do some kind of strength and conditioning in the afternoon and also remarked then they’ll do wrestling or jiu-jitsu at night. Rogan added then they’ll vary and the next day they might do kickboxing in the morning and running in the afternoon, then weight lifting at night.

The UFCs veteran commentator also remarked there’s not enough time in the day, and there’s not enough time to recover and so that’s when comes in Dr. Feelgood, he comes along, and bang. However, Rogan condemned use of banned drugs and brush aside claims that the supposed drug use case of Anderson Silva was to help him return from injury. Rogan said so if he’s 39 years old and he breaks his leg, you’re looking at a long-ass recovery period or you take steroids and you recover in nine months instead of 15 months or fill in the blank. He added that could be what’s going on, but the reality is it is illegal and said if it takes you 15 months, the excuse cannot be that someone is going to take some illegal drugs so he heals quicker as no one is ever allowed to take steroids.

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Thursday 19, Feb 2015

Russian Probe Is ‘Defining Moment’ For Doping, Says Tygart

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USADA Chief Travis Tygart has remarked findings about the widespread doping in Russia could prove to be a turning point for all sports.

Tygart told a high-level doping conference in Singapore that the probe into allegations of doping in Russia is looming as the critical battle in the global fight against drugs in sport. The USADA chief remarked this investigation that WADA has undertaken into Russia is so critically important right now. Tygart added there are allegations out there that have been portrayed in the media and there are facts that back some of those allegations.

The chief of USADA also said we can argue about the credibility of those facts at this point but there are facts out there that prompted WADA’s investigation. He went on to add that’s why it’s a defining moment, if not the defining moment, where a country that’s alleged, along with its anti-doping organizations, its lab, other sport federations, of doping its athletes in order to win on the world stage.

Tygart added when there’s evidence of these types of allegations, it’s incumbent upon the overseers of the whole anti-doping program, WADA, and its role under the code, to fully vet and investigate the allegations that have been made and hold any people that have violated the rules accountable. He also remarked that ultimately is what gives confidence to clean athletes around the world who are otherwise being held to the highest standards. Tygart also said if one country is not held to that standard and they go to the (Olympic) Games and they win. He also said if that was not done the right way, and the allegations prove to be true and athletes who won in those events shouldn’t have won because they violated the rules, then they’ve got to be held accountable.

An independent commission has been established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims of systematic doping among Russian athletes.

A few weeks back, a German TV documentary alleged that almost 99 percent of Russian athletes are doping and using banned performance enhancing drugs. Russia has been hit with many doping scandals in the recent past with some of the big names, including three Olympic walking champions, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, as well as the 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin, and the 2011 World silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin.

The Russian investigation is focused on the national race-walking training centre in Saransk where at least 20 athletes who trained there under the oversight of head coach Viktor Chegin have been banned for doping in recent years. Viktor Kolesnikov, the centre’s longtime director, was banned last year for four years for possessing substances outlawed under anti-doping rules. Kolesnikov was briefly replaced by Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina, who resigned after she became one of the five walkers banned for doping.

Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev has announced his intention to step down from his job. A few days back, Valentin Maslakov announced he was resigning as head coach.

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Tuesday 17, Feb 2015

Anderson Silva Is Innocent Of Wrongdoing, Says Antonio Silva

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Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has remarked Anderson Silva is innocent of any wrongdoing. Antonio made this remark after Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test before his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his bout with Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Diaz’s long time boxing coach Richard Perez said Diaz would have stopped Silva if Anderson had not come in with anabolic steroids. Perez added steroids make a big difference and remarked it is difficult to knock people out when they are on steroids.

Bigfoot, a friend of “The Spider“, said the fault lies with Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Comissão Atletica Brasileira de MMA, who helped Silva recover from a broken leg.

Bigfoot added Anderson has fought since he was 17, during his long career he has never had a problem with doping. He added unfortunately this happened when he was returning from a long and intense healing process. Bigfoot added he is absolutely positive that he isn’t guilty of anything and also remarked he must have done something at his doctor’s suggestion. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also remarked Anderson was a victim and he thinks that people from NSAC should verify this. He also said it is not the first time for this doctor and added the NSAC should be aware of how fighters are and who is causing these problems.

Bigfoot mentioned his specific case with Dr. Marcio Tannure. Antonio remarked he had a problem with the doctor and ended up getting a nine month suspension. Offering details, Antonio said it was when TRT was allowed and he was cleared to use it but the dosage that he gave to him was too high. Tannure defended himself at the time of the drug test failure of Bigfoot in December 2013 by remarking that he notified Antonio via email to get another TRT injection as his levels were still low but he did not gave him the injection personally.

Talking about Silva’s positive test, Georges St-Pierre remarked Anderson Silva should not have been allowed to compete with a ‘biological weapon’. St-Pierre, a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked the fight should be canceled as it is cheating and added a performance enhancing drug is like a weapon that gives an advantage over the opponent that you should not be able to compete with as that puts the health of the competitor in jeopardy.

In another development, the second set of pre-UFC 183 drug tests for Anderson Silva came back clean.  Anderson Silva tested positive for two steroids, Drostanolone and Adrostane, in his January 9th screening. He is now waiting the outcome of a meeting of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on February 17 where he may receive a formal penalty for the drug test failure. No official monetary fines have been imposed on Anderson Silva till now, though he has received temporary suspension until a formal ruling is made.

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Sunday 15, Feb 2015

Australian Trainers Investigated In Cobalt Doping Inquiry

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The doping scandal of Australia has depended with the news that two more leading trainers have had horses test positive for the outlawed blood doping drug cobalt chloride.

Recently, Peter Moody, who trained the legendary sprint mare Black Caviar, had Lidari return a positive swab over the specified threshold for cobalt chloride. Now, Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mark Kavanagh and fellow Flemington handler Danny O’Brien, who has had three horses test positive, will face the Victoria Racing stewards after the findings. Moody has protested his innocence about use of performance enhancing drugs for his horses.

The latest news about Kavanagh and O’Brien emerged after their stables were given thorough inspection. Kavanagh’s positive sample was returned from Magicool after he was victorious in the Listed UCI Stakes at Flemington, the same day Lidari of Moody returned a positive test after running second in the Group One Turnbull Stakes. O’Brien had three horses which returned positive race day samples, including Bondeiger and the Qatar Racing-owned Caravan Rolls On and his other horse in question is De Little Engine, who was tested after winning at Ballarat on 22 November.

In a statement, Kavanagh said Racing Victoria had informed him that one of his runners, Magicool, had tested positive to a banned substance on October 4 last year. Kavanagh added this has come as a complete shock to him as he has always placed great emphasis on integrity and operating within the rules of racing. He further said we are, unfortunately, not the only stable in this situation and added that we are cooperating fully with the Racing Victoria Integrity Services Department to investigate how this could occur, and hopefully we will resolve the matter as soon as possible.

O’Brien remarked obviously we were disappointed and very surprised and added that three of our runners have got levels elevated above the threshold for cobalt when they’ve been at the races. O’Brien also remarked that we are trying to ascertain how this has occurred and it couldn’t have occurred through our normal feeding and treatment practices. He went on to remark that we are forensically examining everything and we are trying with the help of the stewards trying to place these readings in the context of how they have got as high as they have. He said obviously there is a cluster and something may come to light to explain it and it is a dynamic area.

In a statement, Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Baily said following receipt of Racing Analytical Services Limited’s report we are conducting investigations into the circumstances that led to the elevated levels of cobalt being detected in race-day samples taken from horses from the Moody, Kavanagh, and O’Brien stables. Baily added it is now our priority to gather all the facts to determine the circumstances surrounding each case and said we will not be putting a timeline on the completion of this process and will not be commenting on the specifics of each case whilst our investigations continue. He also commented that our investigations will determine whether any or all of the trainers will be charged with a breach of the rules of racing and they have the presumption of innocence and are free to continue racing at this time.

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Friday 13, Feb 2015

Maryland Horse Trainers Suspended For Doping Violations

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Three horse trainers have been suspended for doping violations, according to an announcement by Maryland racing officials. The suspensions include a ban of more than a year for Pimlico-based Hector Garcia and a 120-day ban for Scott Lake, who is behind one of the most successful barns at Laurel Park.

A. Ferris Allen received the lightest penalty — a $1,000 fine and a 30-day ban with 15 days suspended if he does not commit another violation over the next three years because of his relatively clean record and testimony from his veterinarian in reducing the suspension. The suspended trainer has filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission.

J. Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the commission, said Ferris Allen’s vet had remarked that they thought they were using it in the proper way, about 35 days out of the race. Hopkins added the Maryland Racing Commission adopted rules that treated any finding of an anabolic steroid in the blood as a violation, a so-called “zero-tolerance” rule, in 2013. Anabolic steroids were not regulated in racing before 2010.

Garcia received the harshest penalty as he had three horses test positive for Stanozolol and one for Xylazine between early December and mid-January. Garcia faces suspensions for each violation and an additional suspension as he accumulated 10 medical violation points under a system designed to punish repeat offenders.

Garcia, who is deputizing for the already-suspended Juan Vazquez, received the maximum wrath. Sal Sinatra, the vice president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, confirmed that Vasquez and Garcia were served with papers that demanded them to vacate the grounds of MJC-owned properties within two weeks. Sinatra remarked we will not tolerate this kind of behavior and will come after those who are found to have broken the rules.

In December, Lake had two horses test positive for Stanozolol and faces a longer penalty as he also had a horse test positive in Pennsylvania last year. The horse trainer plans to appeal the penalties. Lake once ran one of the largest and most successful stables in the United States and focused mostly on claiming horses running at Mid-Atlantic tracks. Years ago, he sharply reduced the size of his stable.

All three trainers ran horses that tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol), a banned anabolic steroid in races at Laurel Park in December and January. Hector Garcia also had a horse test positive for the sedative Xylazine and will be banned from training in Maryland until March 2016. The state started operating under new drug testing rules, shared by seven other states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, at the start of last year. Maryland used to allow horses to run with low levels of Stanozolol in their blood. Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, remarked the testing system is working and said he could not speculate on the reason for the sudden rash of violations.

All horses that tested positive were retroactively disqualified from their races, and purses will be redistributed based on the new results. The trainers have been assigned a variety of points under a new penalty system used in a handful of racing states that is designed for assessing the increasing penalties on the trainers if they have any other racing violations in the next several years.

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Wednesday 11, Feb 2015

More Governments Need To Make Doping Illegal, Says WADA Chief

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Sir Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti Doping Agency, has called on world governments to criminalize doping. Reedie said acting in this way would play an important role to prevent current problems that are escalating and spilling over into everyday society.

In a WADA statement, Reedie requested for an escalation of preventative measures and said sport is now a hugely lucrative industry, and there is a real area of concern with drugs being counterfeited, illegally produced, trafficked, and distributed – and ultimately these drugs get in the hands of elite athletes and, increasingly, members of the public. He further added police will act and the scourge of doping can be prevented if governments can introduce relevant laws, and applicable penalties to combat this abuse of substances.

Reedie and WADA Director General David Howman were part of the Second International Conference on the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight against Doping last week that was co-hosted by the World Anti Doping Agency, as well as by others including UNESCO, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science & Technology, and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA).

The WADA head also remarked there should be exchange of information between various organizations to ensure details gathered in one country can be of use to another. He remarked evidence is rife that athletes will go to unthinkable lengths to find shortcuts to success, and it’s now up to proponents of clean sport – be they anti-doping organizations, governments, public health organizations or even law enforcement agencies – to share information that stops prohibited substances from getting in the wrong hands.

Reedie also remarked doping substances are no longer just of use to elite athletes, but to high school students who want to increase their strength or the older generations who long for the ‘fountain of youth.’ He also said these types of substances are not approved and they have not gone through the required health checks and to put simply, we do not always know from where these dubious substances originate. The WADA chief added the internet means that these substances are increasingly easy to access, and that in itself is a concern and also remarked however the danger that these substances pose to public health has, in the partnerships the anti-doping community and pharmaceutical industry are now forming, a real answer in place.

Reedie also outlined the importance of the current cooperation between WADA and other anti-doping bodies along with big drug companies. In the past, these kinds of associations have benefited the UCI, the world governing body of cycling, and others to detect new products like the blood booster CERA. During the 2008 Tour de France, the UCI was able to identify Riccardo Ricco, Stefan Schumacher, and others for CERA use. The WADA chief said this kind of collaboration is essential and gave references about the former partnerships already in place with companies such as Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Amgen, as well as federations like the IFPMA [International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations].

Some countries such as France, Spain, and Italy have already criminalized the abuse of doping products. The World Anti Doping Agency is not seeking to criminalize doping athletes themselves, but rather those who facilitate their drug use.

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Monday 09, Feb 2015

Anderson Silva Denies Steroid Use

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Anderson Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has failed an out-of-competition drug test. The UFC legend, however, denied using anabolic steroids.

The 39-year-old had tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone during a random out-of-competition test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed the positive test and said Silva’s lab report revealed that he also tested positive for a second steroid, Androstane. Aguilar also disclosed that Diaz (26-10) tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a post-fight drug test. Silva (34-6) defeated Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Brazil’s governing body for mixed martial arts, remarked Anderson Silva denies using steroids. The laboratory that conducted the tests is now performing further evaluation of Silva’s samples.

Silva believes there was “contamination” or a “mistake by the laboratory” that handled his test. Silva said in a statement released by Ed Soares, his manager, said he has been competing in this sport for a very long time and this was his 19th fight in the UFC. Silva added he had been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test. He also denied using performance enhancing drugs and said his stance on drugs is and will always be the same as he is an advocate for a clean sport.

According to an announcement by UFC, the former middleweight champion tested positive in an out-of-competition test on January 9. This announcement was made just a few days after Anderson Silva defeated Nick Diaz in Las Vegas in his return to the cage after recovering from a broken lower left leg 13 months ago.

In a statement, UFC President Dana White said Silva for now would continue in his role as a coach for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” and added that UFC will wait for the investigative process before taking a decision. White added Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen and added Silva has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts. The UFC President went on to remark that Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance in his nine years with the UFC and we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time.

Silva faces a disciplinary hearing in Las Vegas on February 17, when his license to fight is likely to be suspended. He may face a nine-month suspension. On the other hand, Diaz may be face a heavier suspension and fine as this is his third doping offence.

Former middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen said he believes the entire career of Silva is fair game to question. Sonnen himself received suspension after he failed two separate random drug tests for a ‘cocktail’ that included human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Sonnen remarked as soon as you test positive for something people will want to say it was over your whole career and he believes that is fair and added if you get hit with something it runs you all the way back in time.

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