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Wednesday 30, Dec 2015

Russia Likely To Miss 2016 Olympics

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European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen has remarked Russia is likely to miss the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Hansen remarked there is probably too little time for the Russian sports federation to comply with the various verification criteria required by the IAAF to return to competition. In an interview, Hansen said he cannot really see them competing in Rio for the moment they have to fulfill the conditions. Hansen added we will have the first report to the IAAF in March but for the moment they have to really, really put a lot of effort in to compete in Rio and also commented that Russia must have a cultural change and must get rid of all those people from before. Hansen also said we know some good people in Russian athletics and he is sure they will be elected. The European Athletics president added we hope that some new people will come in who really understand that this must be changed.

The Olympics powerhouse was banned for an indefinite period of time recently by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after an independent commission by the World Anti-Doping Agency uncovered widespread doping among its athletes. It was also claimed by the commission’s report that the Kremlin government was complicit in a well-organized program to give its competitors an edge in competitions.

A taskforce from IAAF is expected to visit Russia for the first time on January 10-11 next year for inspecting the response to the doping scandal that resulted in the indefinite ban. Rune Anderson, independent chairman of the taskforce, remarked we have established a good working relationship as the basis of our future discussions and meetings. The committee is likely to report back to the International Association of Athletics Federations council at the earliest at its meeting in Cardiff, Wales, on 27 March, which is less than five months before the Olympics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and all colleagues connected with sport to pay full attention to the doping allegations. Putin has also called for an internal investigation to be conducted that would guarantee full cooperation with international anti-doping bodies. Putin also added the struggle with doping in sports, unfortunately, remains a pressing issue and it requires unending attention but was quick to draw a clear distinction with clean athletes. The Russian President said it is absolutely clear that athletes who stay away from dope and clean shouldn’t be held responsible for those who use performance enhancing drugs.

Russia was suspended in November this year after a WADA commission, which was led by Dick Pound, exposed widespread, systematic and allegedly state-sanctioned doping. The report by WADA examined allegations of doping, cover-ups, and extortion in Russian athletics and also implicated the world governing body of athletics. Many of country’s athletes received doping bans in the recent past. Recently, Russian 1500m runner Kristina Ugarova and 800m runner Tatyana Myazina were among athletes who were recommended for life bans in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report.

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Monday 28, Dec 2015

Ryan Howard And Ryan Zimmerman Linked To Doping Ring

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An investigative report by Al-Jazeera has alleged that Peyton Manning received Human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. This report includes the names of three Major League players, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden.

It was claimed by the report that the three major league players obtained performance enhancing drugs from the Guyer Institute in Indiana. Charlie Sly, a pharmacist, disclosed that the clinic mailed human growth hormone and other drugs in 2011 to many athletes, including the three mentioned MLB players. According to State licensing records, a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013.

In a statement, Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute said that Sly had a brief three-month internship there in 2013 during which time Peyton was not even being treated or present in the office.

The report, titled “The Dark Side,” was the result of an investigation. British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for exposing the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs globally. The report alleged that the clinic sent growth hormone and other drugs to Ashley Manning, Manning’s wife, for assisting Manning recover from 2011 neck surgery.

Zimmerman has dealt with a lot of injuries over the years and his injuries date back to 2011 that put his recovery time on the same track as well. Howard suffered a torn Achilles on the final out of the 2011 NLDS and this puts his recovery timeline in line with that of Manning.

Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, remarked he never used a human growth hormone (HGH) and termed the report as “completely fabricated” and “complete trash.” Manning said he rotated between angry and furious and added disgusted is really how he feels and sickened by it. Manning added time ended up being probably my best medicine along with a lot of hard work. He also added it stings him whoever this guy is to insinuate that he cut corners and broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. However, Manning did admit that he went to the institute in 2011 to use a hyperbaric chamber recommended by doctors.

William Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the attorney for Howard and Zimmerman, released a statement and called the claims extraordinarily reckless and completely false. Burck said it is inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Howard and Zimmerman. The statement added that the extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source that has already recanted his claims and added that we will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.

The report alleged that Teagarden, who most recently spent time with the Chicago Cubs during the 2015 season, appeared in one of the undercover videos and was open to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs during a prior season. It would not be possible for Teagarden to deny the allegations as the video is part of the report set to air on Sunday.

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Saturday 26, Dec 2015

Swimming Competition Plagued By Doping

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Top coaches and others have warned that elite swimming is plagued by doping.

In an interview, John Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, remarked that the probability of clean swimming contests at Rio Olympics next year is “zero.” Leonard added everything that is wrong with Russian athletics is wrong with swimming. Recently, Australia’s head swim coach Jacco Verhaeren issued a warning that swimmers themselves were losing faith in the system. Verhaeren also commented that there are concerns about what is exactly happening to prevent doping use and added the lack of transparency is concerning.

The death of Qing Wenyi, a 17-year-old swimmer who had her sights set on next year’s Rio Olympics, poses many questions. Her parents asked that an autopsy not be performed and a Chinese website reported that death of Wenyi was probably the result of a heart condition that is associated with performance enhancing stimulants.

The association of doping and swimming is not new. The electrifying performances delivered by Chinese swimmers as far back as the 1980s and 1990s were always rumored to be associated with doping. To add to that, a surge of positive doping results and drug suspensions hit China after the 1994 Rome World Championships when the women’s team captured gold medals in 12 of 16 events. In the past two years, Olympic 400m freestyle champion Park Tae-Hwan from South Korea and world breaststroke champion Yuliya Efimova from Russia got reduced bans that allowed them to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, commented nothing has changed since then. Leonard added doping tests are carried using obsolete techniques and the world governing body of aquatics, FINA, is deliberately ignoring a serious problem. John Leonard added he and others maintain that FINA is ill-equipped to oversee anti-doping efforts and athlete safety and added FINA doesn’t want to catch anyone because their job is to promote the sport, and a fair number of top swimmers are cheating.

Ahmed El-Awadi, the chief executive officer of Swimming Canada, remarked he doesn’t share all views of Leonard. However, he added he does have some concerns about how the case of Sun Yang, the Chinese swimmer who took home gold in the 400- and 1,500-metre freestyle events at the 2012 London Olympics and suspended for three months in May 2014 for using a banned stimulant was handled by FINA. El-Awadi added there is a lack of transparency in the process and of consistency in the application of the rules. The chief executive officer of Swimming Canada added we have Ryan Cochrane fighting for the same gold medal, so we’d love to know more about Sun Yang’s positive test and how it was dealt with and also commented that we would love to see hearing and investigation notes. El-Awadi also said that international federations right now are put in a position where they have to test and punish their greatest assets, and potentially hurt their own revenue.

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Thursday 24, Dec 2015

Hastings Cites Borrowed Used Syringe For Failed Steroids Test

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British Masters champion Andrew Hastings has claimed in his deposition to UK Anti-Doping that a borrowed and used syringe was the reason behind his positive test.

The cyclist, who rode for Richardson’s-Trek, returned an adverse analytical finding for Metenolone and Stanozolol, the day before he won the British Masters (35-39) title. The testimony of Hastings revealed that he borrowed a used syringe from a stranger at a gym for injecting Vitamin B12 after feeling fatigued. In a decision document released by UKAD, it was disclosed that Hastings testified that he had returned from a training camp on February 15 feeling “very tired and run down” and on February 17, and this was after a training session at “Monster Gym” where he decided to administer a Vitamin B12 injection.

Hastings also said he purchased the vitamins from an online pharmacy. The document released by UKAD also disclosed the cyclist had an ampoule of B12 with him at the gym and purchased syringes, needles and Alcotip pre-injection swabs off auction website eBay but had “none left” on February 17. The document revealed that the British Masters champion reportedly told gym owner, friend Steve Collins, and other members that he wanted to administer a Vitamin B12 injection but had no syringe and one of the people present checked his bag and found a used syringe. Hastings visually examined the syringe and concluded it had not been used intravenously.

The cyclist asked that the anti-doping tribunal to accept that whilst he accepts that he was at fault in using the contaminated syringe, there was no intent on his part to take performance enhancing substances. It was however pointed out by expert witnesses of UK Anti-Doping that the presence of anabolic steroids in his positive sample, which was taken on May 30, suggested Hastings would have had to have administered the drug more recently than the February date that was claimed by Hastings.

UKAD’s director of operations, Pat Myhill, said the message from UKAD is clear – the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheat his team mates and his opposition and added that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport. The UKAD’s director of operations also remarked Hastings’ actions put him at risk of seriously damaging his health. Myhill added steroids and steroid use continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. He further added that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made and Myhill also commented that UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances.

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Tuesday 22, Dec 2015

Top IAAF Official Denies Trying To Cover Up Russian Doping

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A leading official of the International Association of Athletics Federations has denied allegations that he assisted to cover up Russian doping allegations two years ago.

On Monday, French newspaper Le Monde printed a potentially damning email that was sent by Nick Davies, the deputy general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Associations, in 2013. This email was sent to Papa Massata Diack – the son of disgraced former president Lamine Diack and it appeared that Davies was aware that the world governing body of athletics was covering up Russian doping.

In the email, Davies, who was appointed as right-hand man to IAAF president Lord Coe this autumn, allegedly discusses the presence of “Russian skeletons in the cupboard”. The email also had Davies talking about how to reveal names of potential dopers without affecting the forthcoming 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The email, which was allegedly sent by Davies, revealed he had already had some thoughts following discussion with Papa Massata Diack earlier and believed that they need to do the following, in the strict confidence and control within a small circle of senior IAAF staff only and this must be very secret. Davies is also alleged to have written that he needs to be able to sit down with the anti-doping department and understand exactly what Russian ‘skeletons’ we have still in the cupboard regarding doping.

The email continued that he thinks that the time to have unveiled the various athletes was a long time ago and that now we need to be smart. It was further added that we can prepare a special dossier on IAAF testing which will show that one of the reasons why these Russian athletes come up positive is that they get tested a lot. This email also appeared to show that the right-hand man to IAAF president Lord Coe suggesting the use of a sports marketing firm chaired by Sebastian Coe (CSM) for dealing with negative stories in the build-up to the 2013 World Championships.

Replying to the alleged email content, Davies said it was one of his responsibilities as director of IAAF communications to manage and promote the reputation of the IAAF. Davies also commented that his email to the IAAF’s then marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack, less than a month before the start of the Moscow World Championships, was brainstorming around media handling strategies to deal with the serious challenges we were facing. Davies also said that no plan was implemented following that email and there is no possibility any media strategy could ever interfere with the conduct of the anti-doping process.

Last month, Russia was banned from international athletics after a system of state-sponsored doping was uncovered by a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission. The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), and the Russian Sports Ministry on November 9 this year. The Russian government now wants to reorganize the previously independent Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory into a federal state budget-financed institution with the Ministry of Sport to oversee its work.

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Sunday 20, Dec 2015

UK Government Open For Criminalization Of Doping

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UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has remarked the government would be open to the criminalization of doping. Crouch’s remarks are in collusion course with UK Anti-Doping, the country’s anti-doping agency, which is opposed to such measures.

Crouch remarked we actually have very strong anti-doping procedures in place, and that is what makes the UK anti-doping agency one of the best in the world. The sports minister added but now we have to look at criminalization to see whether or not that’s something we can add to the toolbox of combating corruption in sport.

Sports lawyer James Pheasant, of Burges Salmon, remarked any effort to criminalize doping would have to be done in association with the U.K. anti-doping agency, which currently administers all testing in areas it oversees. Pheasant added there is no reason, in principle, why U.K. Anti-Doping could not co-operate and provide information to organizations, so criminal charges could be brought.

The U.K. anti-doping agency remarked it had no interest in criminalizing doping as of now as adequate preventative measures are already in place. Nicole Sapstead, U.K. Anti-Doping chief executive, said we feel the current rules, set out in both the World Anti-Doping Code and the U.K. National Anti-Doping Policy, are proportionate. Sapstead added U.K. anti-doping is open to dialogue around new ways of protecting sport, but our focus remains on tackling the supply chain and the source of the problem through strong working relationships with a wide range of law-enforcement partners, and a comprehensive anti-doping education program.

A few days back, an 18-year-old U.K. semi-professional cyclist, admitted to having used Erythropoietin. Gabriel Evans admitted he used EPO, the banned blood-boosting drug that is used in the treatment of anemia.

This year, the world of athletics has been rocked by repeated doping scandals, the biggest of which resulted in indefinite suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world athletics’ governing body.

Last month, the former IAAF President Lamine Diack was accused of money laundering and accepting bribes to hide doping cases. Diack recently told French investigators that £1 million of Russian money was given for financing the campaign of Macky Sall against incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, in return to conceal positive doping tests.

This claim by Diack has taken the athletics’ doping crisis to a completely different level by suggesting that the leadership campaign of Senegal was funded with dirty money. French newspaper Le Monde disclosed that Lamine allegedly told French investigators that this was required at this time to win the’ battle of Dakar’, that is to say, overthrow the government in power in his country and this required financing the movement of young people in order to campaign. Diack is also believed to have told investigators that the money was required to rent vehicles, meeting rooms, and to produce leaflets. Diack also alleged that Valentin Balakhnichev, former president of the Russian Athletics Federation, was part of the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team and there were problems of Russian athletes suspended for the world championships in Russia at that time and we agreed to help and Russia supported us.

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Friday 18, Dec 2015

Heads Of Russian Anti-Doping Agency Step Down

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All the top managers of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) have stepped down in the latest step to clean up Russian athletics to avoid missing Rio 2016 Olympics.

Last month, Russia was suspended from international athletics after a special commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency exposed widespread state-sponsored cheating and corruption. The IAAF Council voted 22-1 on November 13 to suspend RUSADA based on a report by WADA into doping abuse allegations. The suspension prevents Russian athletes from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and from participating in the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in March to be held in Portland, USA. Moscow is now working hard to get the ban lifted in time for its athletes to compete at the Rio Games next August.

Natalia Zhelanova, an adviser to the sports minister, remarked it was decided at a meeting attended by the heads of RUSADA that the general director, Ramil Khabriev, should be relieved of his position. Natalia also remarked “all the high-level management” of the agency was stepping down. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency has named Anna Antseliovich, head of the Result Management and Investigation Department of RUSADA, as the acting general director of the organization.

Meanwhile, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has pledged that the country would cooperate with international officials for eradicating the “poison” of doping. However, Putin remarked it was wrong on part of the IAAF to suspend athletes who have not been accused of cheating. The Russian President said the blanket suspension (of the country’s entire track and field team by the world governing body of athletics) was unfair because it penalized clean athletes for the cheating of others.

In his annual news conference, Putin said if someone is doping, they should definitely be punished in the proper way because it destroys the idea of fair competition. Putin also remarked those who are guilty — the coach, the organizer, the athlete — they should be held responsible and added that those who have nothing to do with it should not answer for those who are violating something as it is not fair and not right. The Russian President promised to ensure that officials of Russian athletics would work with international bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Association of Athletics Federations to fight doping. Putin said Moscow must and will be open for a joint fight on doping and said he ordered officials on all levels to cooperate openly with international bodies, not cover up anything.

Moscow has been working to implement reforms in drug testing and anti-doping protocols to satisfy requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) is expected to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in conducting athlete testing. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko had previously remarked that the core issue in the doping scandal had been the part played by certain anti-doping officers in RUSADA. Mutko remarked the main issue is to create a new team of doping officers and added we need to treat people with care.

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Wednesday 16, Dec 2015

Russian Officials Face Life Ban Over Doping ‘Extortion’ Case

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A three-day disciplinary hearing by the International Association of Athletics Federation’s independent ethics commission into senior athletics officials accused of extorting €450,000 (£330,000) from Liliya Shobukhova to cover up her doping violations could mean a life ban for the officials.

The list of people who are accused of extorting money from the Russian marathon runner includes Gabriel Dollé, the most senior anti-doping official at athletics’ governing body until last year, and Papa Massata Diack, the son of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack. Valentin Balakhnichev, formerly the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation and treasurer of the IAAF, and the senior Russian endurance coach Alexei Melnikov, are also likely to face sanctions for their alleged involvement in assisting Shobukhova avoid punishment despite suspicious blood samples. A fifth unnamed person is also likely to face disciplinary charges. All the accused are not expected to attend the private hearing of the IAAF independent ethics commission in person but their case will be made by legal representatives.

Liliya Shobukhova, a winner of Chicago and London Marathon, was the second fastest female athlete in history behind Paula Radcliffe until she was banned in 2014. The Russian athlete was allowed to participate in the London Olympics despite anomalies in her blood passport after she allegedly paid €150,000 to Russian officials on three separate occasions that year. Disclosure about the payments surfaced in April 2014 when the IAAF ethics commission chairman, Michael Beloff QC, received a sworn deposition that alleged corruption at the highest level of the IAAF. This document, which was signed by Shobukhova’s agent, Andrei Baranov, included testimony from an IAAF whistleblower. Dollé, Diack Jr., Balakhnichev, and Melnikov were alleged to have received money from Shobukhova and all accused denied any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, French prosecutors are investigating many former officials of the world governing body of athletics, including former IAAF chief Lamine Diack. It was remarked by the national financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette that investigators believe Diack earned “more than €1m” by ignoring the activities of his son, Papa Massata Diack, despite being warned several times. Houlette disclosed that what is certain is that Cissé, the legal adviser to Lamine Diack, traveled to Russia and gave the list of Russian athletes suspected of doping to the Russian federation and, in exchange for sums of money, these athletes were not sanctioned.

In November, Lamine was placed by French police under investigation on preliminary charges of money laundering and corruption. Lamine’s former legal adviser Habib Cissé was also detained and charged with corruption along with Dollé. The whereabouts of Diack Jr., who was employed as a consultant for the IAAF, could not be arrested as he had not traveled to France as planned.

A separate report into corruption at the IAAF by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency, led by Dick Pound, is expected to publish its findings in Munich on 14 January. Pound has already issued a warning that people would be very surprised to know how such doping and hiding activities were performed and added it is a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.

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Monday 14, Dec 2015

Criteria For Removal Of Russia Doping Ban Revealed By IAAF

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IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe has unveiled the criteria that Russia must meet for the present doping ban to be lifted. The International Association of Athletics Federations chief said a complete change in culture must be displayed.

Coe remarked that a holistic change in the doping culture of Russia is required for the sanction to be lifted and added there was no predetermined timescale for the ban. The IAAF head said the conditions we have announced leave no room for doubt and also added that Russia must demonstrate verifiable change across a range of criteria and satisfy our task force that those criteria will be met permanently. Lord Coe also remarked that it is up to Russia to implement verifiable change both in anti-doping practice and culture.

Russian athletes are presently a possible exclusion from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency last month. The world governing body of athletics agreed and handed down sanction to Russia after it was recommended by WADA that athletes of the country from international competition for an indiscriminate amount of time. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) decided not to appeal the decision that meant it faces a race against time to prove itself before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next summer.

The IAAF has told All-Russia Athletics Federation that Russia must demonstrate that it meets the regulations of WADA and IAAF, with specific criteria set out. These regulations include resolving current disciplinary cases and introducing a new code of ethics and stepping away from those who were previously found guilty of doping. It was also stipulated by the world governing body of athletics that all officials and directors who are involved with IAAF must demonstrate that they have had no previous involvement with doping. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency is also asked to prove that it can work independently without outside influence.

In another development, an advisor to the Russian Sports Minister said UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will be helping the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to carry out its work. Natalia Zheleznova said the World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended UK Anti-Doping to Russian Anti-Doping Agency and they are expected to plan tests together attracting international companies which take doping tests.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko remarked that he is fully determined to fight the use of doping products by athletes of the country. Mutko added Russia does not need some deceitful athlete or coach to fool everyone. If needed, we will clean up this federation completely. The sports minister added it has requested IAAF to allow Russian track and field athletes to participate in the upcoming competitions under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian flag for circumventing the ban imposed by the IAAF.

ARAF General Secretary Mikhail Butov said the IAAF overreacted in this situation and also commented that the decision won’t do any good to international track and field athletics.

The first trip of IAAF task force to Russia to begin its overview is scheduled for January 2016.

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Saturday 12, Dec 2015

UK Anti-Doping Ban Cyclist For Doping

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced that cyclist Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

The British Masters champion, who competed for Richardsons-Trek RT, tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Metenolone (Primobolan), its metabolite and a metabolite of Stanozolol (Winstrol). The findings came as a result of an in-competition test at the 2015 Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark on 30 May, 2015. This event was promoted under the rules and regulations of Cycling Time Trials (CTT). Richardsons-Trek RT finished second and has been disqualified from the event and their result annulled.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, remarked that the message from UK Anti-Doping is clear that the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheats his team mates and his opposition and also said that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport.

The UKAD’s Director of Operations also commented that the actions of Hastings more importantly put him at risk of seriously damaging his health and also commented that anabolic androgenic steroids, and steroid use, continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. Myhill also commented that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made. Pat Myhill also remarked UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances. Myhill also said he would encourage anyone who has information about doping, or the supply of prohibited substances, to come forward and talk to us in confidence.

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids under expert supervision and at controlled dosages is not perceived as harmful by some. However, steroid abuse or use of low-grade anabolic drugs can lead to side effects, mild or severe.

In another development, British junior TT champion Gabriel Evans has admitted the use of Erythropoietin, the blood booster. Evans, who won the London Youth Games Cycling TT in 2013 and took the national junior 25 mile time trial championships one year later, apologized to his supporters and to the competitors in the national 10-mile championship. The confession of Evans has stunned British cyclists as the rider is just 18 years of age. Evans admitted that he bought EPO for the first time on 3 August 2015 and traveled to France on 11 August 2015 for a week’s training camp with the family of a then-teammate. Evans added he brought one vial of EPO that was found by father of the roommate who presented evidence to UK Anti-Doping after which he admitted to all wrongdoing before a UKAD deposition.

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