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Wednesday 29, Jun 2016

BJ Penn Accepts Six-Month Suspension For Doping

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American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner BJ Penn has accepted a six-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC Hall of Famer will now be eligible to fight again as early as September 25.

USADA imposed the suspension after Penn voluntarily admitted to the prohibited use of an IV ahead of a drug test that was administered back in March. In a statement, USADA said Penn declared the use of an intravenous infusion of a non-prohibited substance during an out-of-competition test on March 25, 2016. The statement further reads that a subsequent investigation by United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed that the intravenous infusion received by Penn was administered in a volume greater than 50 within a 6 hour period. It was also said that intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period are prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations.

A standard first-time suspension for this kind of infraction could be up to a period of two years but the right to change the length of those sanctions based on any number of factors lies with USADA. Penn cooperated with the investigation and the IV he used was with a non-prohibited substance and therefore the penalty was far less than a two-year suspension.

The suspension was made retroactive to March 25, which was the date of the drug test. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was scheduled to fight Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout at UFC 199 until he was forced off the card.

Penn disclosed that he met some doctors to treat vertigo, motion sickness, and vision and one of the doctors suggested he should take a glutathione IV. Penn remarked he was told by the doctor that having the glutathione administered through an IV would be the best way for his body to absorb the antioxidant. Penn added he was unaware of the intravenous infusion ban and checked glutathione was not in the banned list of UFC.

Still serving the suspension, Penn used social media to challenge former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to a 155-pound fight in November in New York. St-Pierre, who is also expected to come out of retirement this year, won both bouts in 2006 and 2008 against Penn.

Before competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Penn became the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, and Heavyweight divisions. Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes as a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. He unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record and was later inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, as the inaugural inductee in the Modern-Era Wing by career-long rival Matt Hughes. He holds the distinction of being undefeated during his reign as a Lightweight for over eight years that spanned a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the division.

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Monday 27, Jun 2016

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Denies Doping

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British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has vehemently denied doping allegations after the Sunday Mirror reported he was being investigated by UK Anti-Doping.

The Sunday Mirror reported that traces of a banned anabolic steroid were “allegedly discovered” in a sample taken from Fury before he beat Wladimir Klitschko last year. The newspaper reported unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in the sample. The 27-year-old caused a big upset when he beat Klitschko on a unanimous decision in November to inflict the 40-year-old Ukrainian’s first loss in 11 years.

In a statement issued by the boxer’s promoter Hennessy Sports, it was said that Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. It was further added the British world heavyweight champion looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October. Tyson was expected to take on Klitschko again on July 9 in the Manchester Arena but the fight was postponed due to a serious ankle injury.

Fury headed out to a bar in the French city of Nice instead of keeping a low profile after the doping allegations hit headlines where he bought drinks for a bar crammed with English football fans.

Hughie Fury, also a boxer and a cousin of Tyson, is also reportedly under investigation. Tyson could lose his title belts and face a lengthy ban, if found guilty. Both Fury and his cousin have denied any wrongdoing.

Sophie Ashcroft, a spokesperson for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), said UK Anti-Doping does not discuss or disclose details of any cases until due legal process has been completed or a respondent chooses to put the information into the public domain. The spokesperson added this is to protect the rights and privacy of all involved and to ensure that a case is not subjected to unnecessary prejudice. It was further added by the spokesperson that it is important to note that an anti-doping rule violation is only deemed to have been committed once the legal process, including any appeals, has been completed and added that details of a violation will be made available on the UKAD website at that point.

The British professional boxer defeated Klitschko to become the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight champion. Tyson was however stripped of the IBF title after his inability to unable to grant a fight to their mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, because he agreed to a rematch with Klitschko. Fury has represented both Ireland and England as an amateur and won the ABA championship in 2008 before he turned professional later that year. The boxer was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 shortlist after winning the world titles but attracted significant criticism in the media relating to statements he had made which his critics called “sexist and homophobic.” In 2013, he told an interviewer before his first fight at Madison Square Garden that he would “hang” his own sister if she was promiscuous. Fury was fined £3,000 the same year after he called fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew “gay lovers”. The Fury team released a training camp update video in May 2016 that Fury voicing opposition to transgenderism and also to bestiality and rape but suggested they might eventually be legalized because of the increasing number of formerly taboo practices becoming accepted.

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Saturday 25, Jun 2016

English Rugby League Player Receives Doping Ban

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UK Anti-Doping has announced English rugby league player John Todd has received a suspension of four years after he tested positive for the presence of anabolic steroid Nandrolone.

Todd is banned from all sport from December 18, 2015 until midnight on 17 December 17, 2019. The 23-year-old from Maryport in Cumbria, who was registered with Whitehaven RLFC in the Kingstone Press Championship, failed an out-of-competition test on November 27 last year. Todd promptly admitted to the offence.

UKAD’s director of legal Graham Arthur, referring to Todd, said this case continues to highlight the worrying and growing trend of steroid use amongst young men. Arthur added UKAD works alongside the Rugby Football League (RFL) to provide players with vital anti-doping education and resources to ensure that they are aware of the risks that steroid use poses to both their health and their sporting careers.

In a statement on the club’s website, Whitehaven RLFC chairman Tommy Todd said the club is very sad to have to announce that John Todd has received a four-year ban due to him taking performance enhancing substances. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman added we are disappointed that he saw fit to do so but would stress that it did not take place during the short period he trained with the club and added he hopes young players take note of how taking these substances has a huge impact on their lives and families and friends. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman also commented that the club has refrained from commenting on rumor about this situation until we had something in the way of confirmation from the RFL and he is somewhat annoyed that after consistently asking the RFL for a definitive ‘statement’ that they chose to release it on their website without informing the club first.

This suspension came after Andrew Quarry received a handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence for dealing with anabolic steroids in 2013. Quarry was named among three English rugby union players to have been given lengthy bans from the sport. The Rugby Football Union suspended Quarry, registered with North 1 West outfit Kendal RUFC, with a suspension of 12 years. This follow his guilty plea at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2013 to conspiracy charges to supply a controlled Class C drug.

Former Esher RFC player Brandon Walker was given a ban of four years after testing positive for anabolic steroid Oxandrolone in an out-of-competition test on November 19 last year.

In another case, Connor Stapley, registered with English National League Division One outfit Henley RFC, received a ban of two years. It was ruled by the RFU Disciplinary Panel that Connor had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules after he tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic agents Methandienone and Mesterolone in an out-of-competition test on August 25, 2015.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said it is important to recognize that all three cases are different, must be treated individually and cover a broad range of rule violations.

The suspensions took the total count of British rugby union players presently serving bans for failing drugs tests to 25.

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Thursday 23, Jun 2016

Olympic Hopes Not Dead, Says Yelena Isinbayeva

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva has remarked she will not compete under the International Olympic Committee flag if athletes from Russia are banned from the 2016 Rio Games.

The Russian pole vaulter said the fact that ‘clean’ Russian track-and-field athletes have received the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Olympics under the flag of Russia if granted access by the world governing body of athletics is a victory for Russian sports. The athlete said on Match TV television on June 22 that the hope is still not dead yet and Russian athletes should fight for the right to participate in the Olympics in Rio and file lawsuits. Isinbayeva added she will have the right to participate if her lawsuit is granted and added that the most pleasant thing for her was that all athletes whose lawsuits will be granted will participate under the Russian flag.

Isinbayeva, who won Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008, said there have been suggestions that she should compete under the IOC flag but remarked this does not seem like a real possibility. The triple outdoor world champion said she backs the fight against drug cheats but remarked clean athletes should not suffer as a result. The 34-year-old said she totally understands that the IAAF needs to take strong action to eradicate doping but remarked she does not think it is fair to forbid her and other clean Russian athletes to compete – athletes who have repeatedly proved they are innocent of cheating.

The Russian said she has never failed a doping test – be it in London, China, the United States or any of the European countries where she vaulted over the course of nearly 20 years of competition, including throughout her four Olympic cycles. In an open letter published by the New York Times, Isinbayeva said she has devoted her life to her sport since coming out of retirement after the birth of her daughter two years ago and had sacrificed countless hours pushing her body for the chance to compete one last time at the Olympics. Yelena Isinbayeva added in the letter that her coach suffered a stroke, but even from his hospital bed he wrote training plans for her, never giving up his hope that she would win her third gold medal in Rio. Yelena added instead of focusing on that goal – which would further secure her place in sporting history – she has been struggling with the uncertainty of whether she can even compete in Brazil and added it has been a physically exhausting and emotionally draining time.

A special session has been called upon by the International Olympic Committee on the issue of participation by Russian athletes in the Rio Olympics. The cases as a result involving the Russian track-and-field athletes’ participation in the Games will be reviewed individually. This would mean athletes who are permitted to participate by the athletics’ governing body and qualify for the Olympics can take part in the competitions under the Russian flag.

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Tuesday 21, Jun 2016

Russia May Be Completely Banned From Sochi Olympics

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Former WADA president Dick Pound has remarked it is very much possible that Russia could be completely excluded from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The country will face Olympic exile if the allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are proven. An investigation funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency into allegations made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, is presently being led by Canadian legal expert Richard McLaren. This report by McLaren will be completed by July 15, which will be two weeks before the Rio Games get underway but McLaren has already disclosed that he has been able to corroborate some of the claims made by Rodchenkov. The IAAF task force leader Rune Andersen remarked evidence had already been found by McLaren that samples of Russian athletes were being ‘filtered’ in the build-up to the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow so that only clean samples get tested.

Rodchenkov’s interview with the New York Times brought Russia to the brink of international low and humiliation. The ex-director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab detailed an alleged conspiracy by government officials to ensure success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said at a conference in London the results of the McLaren investigation may present a precedent-setting opportunity to demonstrate our collective commitment to clean sport. Reedie added we will respond thoroughly and effectively if the allegations are found to be true. The WADA president also added we are encouraged that the IAAF recognized its responsibilities and also remarked it suspended the Russian federation because of (WADA) code breaches and they have decided to continue that. Reedie added if there is clear evidence of other sports being involved then clearly you would hope that the relevant international federations might take the same view.

On Friday, a global ban on the athletics federation of Russia that was in place since November was upheld by the world governing body of athletics in a unanimous vote. Many in the Olympics fraternity are of the view that athletics is not the only sport of Russia engulfed with doping with a recent surge in doping positives in Russian swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko condemned decision of the IAAF to uphold the ban on Russian athletics and said the IAAF should be disbanded. Mutko remarked the IAAF has exonerated itself from responsibility by shifting the responsibility to the All-Russia Athletics Federation.

US Senator John Thune, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has pressed the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it took it so long for them to initiate an investigation into systematic doping and cheating by the Russian Olympic team. Thune remarked the US Office of National Drug Control Policy has contributed more than $25 million since 2003 to WADA in the form of dues for protecting the rights of athletes to participate in drug-free sports and therefore the Senate Commerce Committee has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over sports.

In another development, IAAF President Sebastian Coe has remarked the hard-line athletics has taken on state-sponsored doping in Russia and this can act as a blueprint for other sports.

Norwegian Rune Andersen, who led the IAAF taskforce of five investigators that recommended against reinstating Russia, remarked he would soon share evidence of drug taking in other sports.

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Sunday 19, Jun 2016

Russian Athletes Banned From Rio 2016 Olympics

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has upheld the ban imposed by it on Russia’s track and field team over allegations of widespread and state-sponsored doping. This means Russia, one of the powerhouses of track and field, will be excluded from this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

IAAF head Sebastian Coe said at a press conference in Vienna the IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF (Russian Athletic Federation) had not met the reinstatement conditions although good progress has been made. Coe added the Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public and therefore the Russian Athletic Federation has not been reinstated to membership of the IAAF at this stage.

The IAAF however said Russian athletes who have not been found guilty of doping could appear in the Olympics but not under the Russian flag. International anti-doping expert Rune Andersen said at the IAAF press conference said if there are individual athletes who can clearly and convincingly show they are not tainted by the Russian system because they have been outside the country or subject to other strong, anti-doping systems, including effective drug testing, then there should be a process through which they can apply to compete in international competition, not for Russia, but as a neutral athlete. Andersen went on to remark that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was at least 18-24 months away from returning to full operational compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Expressing its disappointment, the Sports Ministry of Russia urged the International Olympic Committee to assess the consequences of banning the national team of Russia from the 2016 Olympic Games. In a statement, the ministry said it is calling upon all members of the International Olympic Committee to once again assess the consequences the precedent (ban of the national team from the Olympic Games) will have both for Russian athletes and all of Russian people as well as for other members of the Olympic movement.

RUSAF president Dmitry Shlyakhtin remarked the athletes with clean records who have never used banned drugs will be making their own decisions now and added they still have chances to go to the Olympics if they take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko wrote in his letter to Coe that clean athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to training and who never sought to gain unfair advantage through doping should not be punished for the past actions of other individuals. Mutko added Russia’s athletes must not be singled out as the only ones to be punished for a problem that is widely acknowledged to go far beyond our country’s borders.

In another development, IAAF President Coe has been accused of misleading the British Parliament that he was not aware of doping problems in Russia. In his defense, he did receive an email about detailed doping but simply forwarded it to the IAAF ethics commission.

A statement issued by Coe’s spokeswoman said the IAAF Ethics Commission was deliberately established as a quasi-judicial body to investigate all allegations of corruption and breaches of the IAAF Rules and it is independent of the IAAF.

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Friday 17, Jun 2016

Evidence Suggests Lord Coe Knew About Doping Corruption

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A senior Conservative MP has suggested that the position of Lord Sebastian Coe as the IAAF president could be at risk over “very, very disturbing” allegations about his knowledge of the doping problems of Russia.

Jesse Norman, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, said the “jury is out” on whether he has confidence in Sebastian Coe in his present role. Norman remarked he expects the Tory peer to make a return before the committee to answer fresh questions and issue an apology to the parliament among the potential measures available if it is shown he misled parliament.

Tory MP Damian Collins said that the position of Coe as president of the IAAF will be ‘impossible’ unless he can provide a ‘robust explanation’. Collins added he thinks this is really significant information on the evidence about doping in Russia that he was sent the detailed allegations four months before the evidence became public and yet denied any knowledge.

Norman told BBC Radio 4’s Today program he would say it is almost certain that we will want to have Lord Coe back in front of the committee. Norman added competence is one thing, confidence is another thing and part of that would also be to assess whether he is giving the IAAF the leadership that he has promised and also commented that may all be swept away if the committee comes to the view that there’s been some issue of misleading Parliament here. Norman also said it was very disturbing that an email sent to Coe had detailed allegations about a Russian marathon champion asked to pay £360,000 to senior athletics officials to have her drugs offences covered up. Coe, now the president of the International Association of Athletic Federations, received the email outlining the doping scandal in August 2014.

This was after an investigation by the BBC’s Panorma program claimed that Coe might have misled the parliament in 2015 about when and what he knew about the Russian doping scandal. The BBC also gathered evidence that strongly suggests Sebastian Coe turned Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced former official at the centre of the corruption scandal, to help him win the presidential election.

Meanwhile, the IAAF has said Coe was right to pass on information to the ethics commission he received in 2014 about allegations of a plot to blackmail a Russian athlete over blood results. The world governing body of athletics said the panel told Sebastian Coe it was already aware of the allegations that were being “actively investigated”, so left the case with it. The athlete-in-question was Liliya Shobukhova, the former London marathon winner who was asked to pay €450,000 (£360,000) to officials for concealing her doping offences and allowing her to run in the London Olympics. The Russian athlete was eventually sanctioned for doping offences and a sum of €300,000 (£240,000) was repaid to her from an account belonging to Black Tidings, the company in Singapore controlled by a business associate of Papa Massata Diack and also now the focus of a criminal investigation being conducted by the French financial authorities.

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Wednesday 15, Jun 2016

Doping Is ‘Endemic’ In Cycling, Says Whistleblower

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Dan Stevens, the whistleblower at the centre of the investigation by Sunday Times into the practices of Dr Mark Bonar, has issued a warning that doping is an “endemic” problem in cycling.

The 40-year-old amateur cyclist, who was prescribed banned performance enhancing products by Dr Bonar, said doping may have become far more sophisticated in the upper echelons of the sport and added other doctors like Bonar are operating. Stevens made these comments while providing evidence in front of a parliamentary committee. The chair of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) admitted to shortcomings in its handling of intelligence relating to Dr Mark Bonar.

Speaking before the parliamentary committee, Stevens explained how he was able to pick up drugs like Erythropoietin (EPO) at high street chemists. The amateur cyclist added the problem does not stop at Dr Bonar and further commented that other doctors around the country are engaging in similar practices. Stevens said there are a number of other doctors working out of anti-ageing clinics and added there are a number of anti ageing doctors in the UK advertising that they will provide human growth hormone and testosterone for anti-ageing purposes.

Stevens described how met Bonar on the internet and ended up with prescriptions for EPO, human growth hormone, and thyroxin over the course of several visits. The cyclist said he experienced “huge effects” and a “15 to 20 per cent performance gain” during the three-month period in which he was taking the products.

Dan Stevens was called upon by UK Anti-Doping in January 2014 to provide an out-of-competition sample but refused to comply. He was given a ban of two years and then approached UK Anti-Doping to provide information relating to Bonar in the hope of seeing that ban reduced. Stevens said he provided evidence on Bonar but was told by the body’s head of legal, Graham Arthur, that it was “of little to no use” and his ban was upheld. Stevens later provided evidence to Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) that recommended his ban be reduced to 21 months, which was honored by UKAD.

Stevens repeatedly used the word “endemic” for describing the issues faced by cycling and the sport as a whole. He commented there is not a lot of testing going on in amateur cycling and added we are a long way behind what athletes could be using at elite level. Stevens remarked people at amateur level are potentially using what elites were using 15 years ago and the elites could be using far, far more sophisticated stuff. Stevens also remarked Erythropoietin has been around for over 15 years and there are a strong of new substances and chemicals that are “potentially undetectable” that could be used on top of in or even to mask it while highlighting the names of Beloranib, Myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITTP), GW1516, and AICAR.

The cyclist also said the problem starts before people are becoming athletes. Stevens highlighted the easy availability of information on the internet regarding doping practices and on sports forums like bodybuilding and claimed it is so easy for any athlete of any level to get introduced to banned products even at their local gym.

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Monday 13, Jun 2016

Doping Violation Shock For Bolt Teammate

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Jamaican athlete Nesta Carter, who helped the 4×100 team to Olympic and World Championship titles, has tested positive for a banned stimulant in a retest of 454 samples from the Beijing Games.

The athlete’s ‘B’ sample is also said to have detected Methylhexanamine, the banned substance. The substance has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list since 2004 although it was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”. It was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”, meaning one that is more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation. Methylhexanamine, which has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements, used to be sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983. The sanction for its use has been a suspension of six months to a year and the loss of results from the period concerned.

Carter, the first-leg specialist in Jamaica’s dominant squad, assisted in winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013, and 2015 world championships. Carter ran the opening leg of the relay event in which the team – also featuring Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, and Asafa Powell – clocked a then world-record time of 37.10 to take the 2008 title. Carter, the sixth fastest man of all time over 100m, has declined to make any comments till now.

Carter’s teammate Usain Bolt meanwhile said he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if Carter is confirmed to have failed a drugs test. Bolt added it is heartbreaking to learn about the positive test because we have worked hard over the years to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion. Bolt further said it will not be a problem for him if he needs to give back his gold medal.

The entire Jamaican relay team could be stripped of medals if one member is disqualified. If stripped of the gold medal, the dream of Bolt to match Carl Lewis’s nine Olympic gold medals as three in Rio would then still leave him one short.

Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, Usain Bolt recently recorded the second fastest time of the year in winning a 100m race in Jamaica. He ran 9.88 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston. Bolt caught fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell by 60m after a poor start before easing over the line. The 100m world record holder added he was “in good nick” ahead of Jamaica’s Olympic trials which start on 30 June.

Behind 9.58-second world record holder Bolt, every other man to run under 9.79 seconds has served a ban for drugs at some point in their career with Tyson Gay (9.69 seconds), Yohan Blake (9.69 seconds), Asafa Powell (9.72 seconds), and Justin Gatlin (9.74 seconds) all falling prey to anti-doping regulations. Carter, 30, is the sixth fastest 100m sprinter of all time with a personal best 9.78 seconds set in 2010. The Jamaican athlete has broken the 10-second barrier over 100m for every one of the past eight seasons and had his eyes set to represent Jamaica at this summer’s Rio Games.

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Saturday 11, Jun 2016

UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes Flagged For ‘Potential’ USADA Violation

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Two-time featherweight title contender Chad Mendes has been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), according to an announcement by the UFC.

However, the UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in the sample of Mendes. The 31-year-old Mendes is currently the No. 4 ranked featherweight in the UFC’s media-generated rankings. Mendes has been out of action since December 2015, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss at the hands of Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Mendes has dropped three of his last four contests including a failed bid for the interim UFC featherweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. The two-time featherweight title contender has twice fought for the UFC featherweight title and lost to former longtime champion Jose Aldo via first-round knockout in 2012 and then fell short via decision in a highly competitive rematch in 2014.

An official UFC statement read the UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection. The statement further reads USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The UFC statement continued it important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and further added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

In the last few weeks, many UFC fighters have failed anti-doping tests.

B.J. Penn was suspended after he disclosed IV use that is prohibited by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A UFC statement reads Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection and was removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

Few weeks back, Diego Ferreira has been removed from this month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event because of a potential failed drug test. In a statement, the UFC had then remarked that it was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection.

UFC welterweight Tim Means was also named by USADA for a positive drug test stemming from a tainted supplement. Means accepted a suspension of six months, retroactive to the February 3 date he was provisionally suspended for of a potential anti-doping violation. The 32-year-old Means was tested out-of-competition on January 21 and tested positive for Ostarine, a banned androgen modulator with anabolic properties. It was later found out that the banned substance came from a tainted supplement that the fighter admitted to using. He initially faced a suspension of two years as a first-time offender but his punishment was reduced in light of the tainted supplement. The United States Anti-Doping Agency had previously delivered a similar ruling for UFC middleweight Yoel Romero, who failed an out-of-competition test for a growth hormone substitute and subsequently proved his positive test stemmed from a tainted supplement.

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