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Saturday 29, Apr 2017

Bill To Ban Steroid Use By Racing Greyhounds

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The already-troubled racing greyhound industry is likely to face the worse with a bill banning anabolic steroid use by racing dogs.

Florida is one of just six states left in the United States that still allows active greyhound racing, but lawmakers may put an end to the race.

A new state bill that could stop the use of anabolic drugs is gaining speed these days to ensure the health and integrity of the racing greyhounds. A bill banning the use of anabolic steroids on racing greyhounds is about to make its way to the Florida House floor.

State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, the sponsor of the bill, remarked testosterone in Greyhound racing dogs can also serve as a performance enhancing drug. Smith added since greyhound racing is gambling and there is a certain word for that and it is called cheating and added this is why this bill has been brought forward so we can ban the use of harmful steroids and protect the integrity of the industry.

Jeff Kottkamp, former Lieutenant Governor who also represents the greyhound racing industry, remarked it is antithetical to think owners would harm a dog that must be in top racing condition. Kottkamp added frankly nobody cares about these animals than their owners.

Some animal activists are of the view that trainers are now taking extreme measures to prevent further loss, including using anabolic steroids on racing dogs. The use of steroids results in better performance and also helps keep female greyhounds from going into heat and not race. Female racing greyhounds are administered with testosterone twice a week in the form of a chewable tablet to keep them going into heat.

Carey Theil, the executive director of Grey2K, an organization working to protect greyhounds, has remarked greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Theil also commented that the use of anabolic steroids raises a major question about the integrity of the industry.

It is illegal to use steroids on racing dogs as per state regulators. However, the state does not check for the presence of these drugs when dogs are tested after a race.

Only 19 dog tracks remain in the United States and 12 of them are in Florida, including the Palm Beach County Kennel Club.

Fred Johnson, who works with the Florida Greyhound Association of Jacksonville, remarked a catastrophe would ensue without the ability to use steroids. Johnson said no one could stop if there is a fight with males trying to get over here to get to those females that you have 30 of them outside and 30 males.

Jack Cory, who represents the Florida Grey Hound association, said he does not see any point why anyone would want to stop dog owners from using the drug. Cory remarked birth control is birth control whether it is in a dog or a human being. And birth control methods have been used for a long time in this country—legally, honestly, and morally.

Animal rights activist Kate MacFall with the Humane Society of the United States on the other hand has remarked steroids are abusive to female greyhounds. MacFall said for the female dogs it gives them male parts over time.

Greyhound owners have long stopped using drugs in other countries to keep their female dogs from going into heat.

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Thursday 27, Apr 2017

Criticism Of Testing Procedure For Turinabol Dismissed By WADA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has dismissed the suggestions made by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko that questioned the method for detecting Turinabol.

In an interview with news agency TASS, Mutko had remarked the method for detecting Turinabol would find the banned substance “even in coffee”. Mutko also commented that the test for Turinabol could not be trusted because it was designed by Grigory Rodchenkov. Testimony of the former director of the Moscow Laboratory sparked the Independent Commission investigation into widespread doping in Russia.

Mutko, who was promoted from Sports Minister to Deputy Prime Minister in October of last year, said a number of athletes have filed lawsuits against the method of Rodchenkov that can detect steroids in the body for far longer. Mutko said most violations are currently detected according to a technology designed by a former head of the Russian lab and added Turinabol tests are his invention.

A WADA spokesperson said Oral Turinabol is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed by a pharmaceutical company and we are not aware of any natural source of Turinabol. The spokesperson added we have tested hundreds of thousands of coffee drinkers’ urine samples over the years without detecting any Turinabol or metabolites of Turinabol.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently disqualified two Russian athletes – Tatyana Chernova and Maksim Dyldin – from Beijing 2008 for failing retrospective tests.  A statement by the International Olympic Committee reads that re-analysis of Chernova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Turinabol). The statement also reads that the Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medal, the medalist pin, and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s heptathlon event to the athlete and the decision is effective immediately. Dyldin, a relay specialist, is already serving a four year suspension after refusing to participate in drugs tests. The 29-year-old would be ineligible until 2021.

Both athletes were caught because of new techniques provided by Rodchenkov. Chernova was stripped of the bronze medal she won in the heptathlon event in Beijing; the heptathlete has already been stripped of her 2011 world title and the Olympic bronze medal she won at London 2012 for doping.

A total of 83 athletes have tested positive for Turinabol that is at the centre of the IOC’s retesting of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 retests across both editions of the Games. Turinabol was also the substance of choice for East German officials in the infamous state-sponsored doping scheme of the country. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) conducted a widespread doping regime, known as State Plan 14.25, during a 20-year period in the 1970s and 1980s prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The widespread doping regime was overseen by the Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi. It is widely believed that up to 9,000 athletes were part of the program, often being given banned drugs without their knowledge.

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Tuesday 25, Apr 2017

Russian Heptathlete Stripped Of Beijing Bronze

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russian Olympic heptathlete Tatyana Chernova of her 2008 Beijing Games bronze medal on Monday after she tested positive to banned substances in re-tests of her sample.

A statement on the IOC’s website reads Tatyana Chernova, 29, of Russia, competing in the women’s heptathlon event in which she ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The statement further reads that re-analysis of Chernova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Turinabol).  The Russian athlete had already served another doping ban that saw her stripped of Olympic bronze at London in 2012 and the 2011 world title from Daegu in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis-Hill has expressed her delight at the news that she would now become a triple world heptathlon champion after Chernova was finally stripped of her 2011 title. Chernova, who beat Ennis-Hill by 129 points, was given a doping ban of two years after a retesting of her sample from the 2009 world championships found a prohibited anabolic steroid. The results of Chernova from 15 August 2009 to 14 August 2011 were annulled but the 2011 world championships started a fortnight later, on 28 August, and were thus not covered by the annulment. Later, the CAS ruled that all of Chernova’s results between 15 August 2011 and 22 July 2013 are to be annulled that means the Russian loses her gold from Daegu and bronze from the 2012 London Olympics, when she finished behind Ennis-Hill.

The 2012 Olympics sample of fellow Russian Maksim Dyldin, who was fifth with the 4x400m relay team at the Games in London, also tested positive for the same substance. The Russian 400 meter runner finished 17th in the 400m in London and helped Russia to fifth in the 4x400m relay; the results have now been annulled.

In Beijing, Cheronova initially finished fourth in Beijing but she was upgraded to bronze after Liudmyla Blonska of Ukraine tested positive in 2008. Britain’s Kelly Sotherton, originally fifth, is now in line to be promoted to the bronze medal position.

Sotherton is also set to be upgraded to a bronze medal in the Hepthalon from the 2008 Beijing Games after silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska tested positive for anabolic steroid Methyltestosterone during the Games.

Suspension of Cheronova is the 18th Russian doping case from the Beijing Olympic revealed in a re-testing program that has mostly relied on improved detection of anabolic steroids.

The IOC disciplinary panel said in its published judgment that such a significant extension of the detection window is the obvious explanation for the unfortunately spectacular and unprecedented high number of positive cases which were revealed.

A total of 41 medals from Beijing have been stripped after retesting, mostly from athletics and weightlifting.

In another development, a doping ban of four years has been imposed on Russian marathon runner Albina Mayorova by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A two-time Olympian, Mayorova tested positive last year for excess testosterone. The suspension of Mayorova will backdate to June 28, 2016, while all of her results between March 14, 2016 and June 28, 2016 will be annulled. The ban is likely to bring an end to the competitive career of the Russian marathon runner.

Albina Mayorova, who also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, has finished in the top 10 in the London, Boston, and Chicago marathons during her career.

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Saturday 22, Apr 2017

UFC Pulls Kelvin Gastelum From Anderson Silva Fight

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UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum has been pulled from a scheduled fight on June 3 against Anderson Silva after he tested positive for marijuana on March 11.

Under WADA standards, the legal decision limit for Carboxy-THC in-competition is 180 ng/mL. Gastelum was flagged for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Carboxy-THC, “which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish.” Marijuana metabolites under the UFC’s anti-doping policy are classified as a specified substance, which carries a potential one-year suspension.

The 25-year-old Gastelum (14-2) is riding a three-fight win streak. He now has been placed under provisional suspension. Gastelum, who won “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2013 over Uriah Hall by split decision, has since missed weight on three different occasions, the most recent coming at UFC 205. He was ordered by UFC president Dana White to move up to middleweight after not making weight on two occasions while fighting in the welterweight division in the UFC. He has since won back-to-back fights in dominant fashion at 185 pounds where he stopped both Tim Kennedy and Belfort inside the distance.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency informed the UFC of violation of the drug policy by Gastelum. The failed drug test happened after the knockout win of Gastelum over Vitor Belfort in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum defeated Belfort via first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 106 to propel himself into the top-10 of the UFC middleweight rankings. The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award.

The American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17. Currently competing as a middleweight and is ranked #8 in the UFC official middleweight rankings, Kelvin Gastelum made his professional MMA debut on December 11, 2010 and won via submission because of punches in the second round. Gastelum then went on to amass undefeated record of 5–0 and had finished every opponent he had faced with 2 TKOs and 3 submissions on his record. Gastelum was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen in January 2013. He defeated Kito Andrews by decision to get into the TUF house and was picked last by Chael Sonnen for Team Sonnen.

In a statement, the UFC said a replacement is currently being sought to face Silva at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. Yoel Romero has expressed interest in taking on Anderson Silva but Romero wants the fight to be for the interim belt. The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Gastelum, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation.

The UFC statement also reads that USADA will work to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Gastelum’s potential anti-doping violation because the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) was the regulatory body overseeing the fight in Fortaleza and has licensing jurisdiction over Gastelum. It was also added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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Thursday 20, Apr 2017

New Zealand Cricketer Banned For Doping

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The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand has announced a suspension of two years has been imposed on Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer Adam King for possession and use of banned substances.

The suspension came after it was found that King, who played for the Paraparaumu club where he was also a development officer, had offended over a 10-month period in 2014 and 2015. Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) received information from Medsafe that two anabolic steroids in 2014 and two hormones were ordered in 2015 by the medium fast bowler and useful batsman in the Central Districts Furlong Cup/Hawke Cup competition. The case was then taken to the Sports Tribunal.

The online exchange of King before the purchase said the cricketer was looking to put on lean and athletic muscle to improve explosive performance in sport, and prevent injury.

The Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer remarked he wanted to look bigger and more muscular. King added the excessive weight gain leading to a loss of agility and flexibility and tendonitis in his knees was detrimental to his cricket. The cricketer then decided to purchase the hormones to counter what he perceived were the symptoms of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) from the steroid use.

DFSNZ chief executive Graeme Steel remarked the case of Adam King highlighted the “very high risk” athletes faced for ordering prohibited substances online. Steel remarked we work closely with Medsafe NZ and other enforcement agencies to share information regarding potential breaches of the sports anti-doping rules. Those considering doping should never think that drug testing is the only tool we have at our disposal.

The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added that it is not high performance athletes who can get caught out for possession and use of prohibited substances. Steel added the sports anti-doping rules apply to athletes at all levels of sport and those who buy prohibited substances online are making a huge mistake, and as well as cheating, are putting their health and their sporting career at great risk. Steel also commented that King in this case has paid a high price for a poor decision which has affected his future in cricket. Steel also said anyone who thinks they can possess or take prohibited substances and get away with it, should think again and also commented that the case also highlighted that using banned substances to get “an edge” was outright cheating.

Graeme Steel also remarked that the use of steroids or any other prohibited substances, no matter what level of sport, simply does not fit with the New Zealand sense of what good clean sport is all about. The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added it is a shame that athletes resort to taking shortcuts such as this to enhance their performance on the sports field and also said success cannot be satisfying when you know you had an illegal advantage that others did not.

The Sports Tribunal, in making its ruling, said King had acted “responsibly and cooperatively” when contacted by DFSNZ and was therefore entitled to some allowance for that. The two-year ban was backdated to commence on May 1, 2016.

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Tuesday 18, Apr 2017

Afghanistan Cricketer Faces Doping Ban

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The International Cricket Council has announced Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad faces a provisional ban under its anti-doping rules.

Shahzad will be suspended as of April 26th unless he decides to challenge the decision before that date. It was revealed by the ICC that a sample provided by the 29-year-old was found to contain the prohibited substance Clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test in January.

A statement from the world governing body of cricket reads the International Cricket Council today announced that Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation under the ICC anti-doping code. The ICC statement further reads that the sample Shahzad provided in an out-of-competition test, which was conducted on 17 January 2017 at the ICC Academy in Dubai and analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, was found to contain the presence of Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance which appears in Section 1.2 of the WADA prohibited list (in the category of other anabolic agents).

The statement also reads that Shahzad, in accordance with the ICC anti-doping code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, will be provisionally suspended, with such suspension coming into effect on 26 April 2017, unless he exercises his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension before such date.

Shahzad has the right to request that his B sample be tested within five days from the notice, and to challenge the suspension within 12 days. A hearing will take place if he challenges the suspension and the suspension will not be imposed till the outcome of the hearing is known. The big-hitting Shahzad, who has played 58 ODIs and 58 T20Is, also has to respond to the charge within 14 days. It will be considered to be an admission of guilt if he does not respond.

Shahzad was last seen in action during the series of Afghanistan against Ireland in India. In December 2016, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year by the ICC, for the period running September 2015 to 2016.

A key player in the team’s charge towards potential Test match status, Shahzad has scored 1,901 runs in one-dayers with a best score of 131 not out while smashing 1,779 runs in T20 with a high of an undefeated 118. The Afghanistan batsman is the fourth highest run-maker in T20 internationals, and even surpassed Indian superstar and Captain Virat Kohli in the rankings when Afghanistan whitewashed Ireland 3-0 earlier this year.

A rare prospect reprieving from the politically hit country of Afghanistan, Shahzad was recently included in the IPL auction pool by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The list of others included batsman Asghar Stanikzhai, pacer Dawlat Zadran, all-rounder Mohammed Nabi and bowler Rashid Khan Arman and the India-born Chirag Suri of United Arab Emirates.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was part of the Afghanistan side that was taking part in the Desert T20 challenge in Dubai in January. The Afghanistan side twice beat Ireland, including in the final when Shahzad made an unbeaten 52 in a 10-wicket win.

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Saturday 15, Apr 2017

Ukraine Apologize Over Embarrassing Amnesty Claim For Drugs Cheats

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Ukraine has been forced to apologize to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following an embarrassing mix-up.

The Ukrainian Athletics Federation (FLAU) recently posted on its website that a month-long amnesty period is due to expire on April 3. The amnesty offered a promise to athletes that they would avoid punishment if they admitted using banned drugs. The website promised athletes would avoid any public sanctions apart from a temporary suspension from competition for the period taken for traces of banned substances to leave the body if they “voluntarily confess” to taking drugs.

It is now claimed by the FLAU that it was a mix-up and they were not trying to operate outside the rules.

IAAF spokesman Chris Turner remarked we sought clarification from the Ukrainian Federation and they replied that this was a bad summary of an athlete seminar held last month and they would never do anything to break the WADA Code or that did not follow IAAF rules. Turner remarked they have apologized for the miscommunication and have removed it from their website.

Last year, Ukraine was placed on an IAAF monitoring list and it is currently being reviewed on a monthly basis. The doping situation in Ukraine is likely to be discussed by the ruling council of IAAF during a two-day meeting that begun at the Marriott West India Quay.

FLAU President Ihor Hotsul had previously claimed Ukraine have a zero tolerance policy regarding all forms of doping following criticism at the last IAAF Council meeting in Monte Carlo in February.

Last December, Ukraine was one of the 15 countries out of 197 members who failed to back the reform package by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. The package included several measures specifically designed to help combat anti-doping. The country never specified why it voted against the reforms even though former world pole vault record and 1988 Olympic champion Sergey Bubka, the country’s most famous athlete, is the senior vice-president of the IAAF.

The country has the second worst doping record in athletics behind Russia. Six Ukrainian athletes have been retrospectively disqualified from the 2012 Olympics in London following re-analysis of their doping samples and the biggest name was Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, the silver medalist in the javelin before he was stripped of it in February 2016. The list of other doping cheats included Lyudmyla Yosypenko and Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko, fourth and fifth respectively in the heptathlon and marathon at London 2012. Svitlana Shmidt and Anna Mishchenko have already lost the silver medals they had won in the 1500 and 3,000 meters steeplechase respectively at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki following the retests.

In the past, shot putter Yuriy Bilinog was stripped of his Olympic gold medal from Athens 2004 after retests showed traces of anabolic steroid Oxandrolone. Two-time world champion sprinter Zhanna Pintusevich-Block was implicated in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative scandal and was given a ban of two years. Heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska was stripped of her Beijing 2008 silver medal after she failed an anti-doping test for Methyltestosterone, another anabolic steroid.

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Thursday 13, Apr 2017

Appeal By Russian Paralympic Committee Rejected

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An appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) against the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been rejected by the Swiss Bundesgericht (the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland).

The Swiss court said the allegations by RPC that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had failed to consider the cases of Paralympic athletes on an individual basis were unfounded.

The Swiss Bundesgericht upheld the termination of RPC’s membership in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The highest court of Switzerland also ordered the Russian Paralympic Committee to pay 10,000 Swiss francs of legal costs and to reimburse the defendant with 12,000 Swiss francs.

In August 2016, the International Paralympic Committee suspended membership of the RPC after it found that the Russian Committee was unable to fulfill its obligations to combat doping in sport as well as alleged existence of state-sponsored doping support system in Russia. The decision of IPC was based on the WADA independent report that was compiled by Canadian Professor Richard McLaren into alleged state-sponsored cover up and manipulation of the doping control process.

In first part of the report, McLaren revealed that the work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was allegedly aimed at protection of Russian athletes taking prohibited substances. It was also disclosed by McLaren that a system of samples swapping during the 2014 Winter Olympics was developed by the Sochi anti-doping laboratory.

After the report’s presentation, the International Paralympic Committee made its decision on August 23 that was later supported by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that did not find a reason to satisfy the appeal of the RPC. The Russian Paralympic Committee then appealed with the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland against the CAS verdict.

In another development, the IPC was praised by the WADA’s Independent Observer (IO) team’s report for its anti-doping program at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The report claimed the International Paralympic Committee implemented a number of anti-doping measures that could serve as an example to other anti-doping organizations and major event organizations. IO team chair Michael Petrou, President of the Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority, remarked the anti-doping program, which was implemented and overseen by the IPC, was able to achieve a number of positive outcomes in the face of challenging circumstances in Rio. The IO team, during their visit to Rio 2016 Olympics, monitored all aspects of the IPC’s anti-doping program, including test distribution planning, the selection of athletes for testing, athlete notification, and sample collection procedure and also oversaw the Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure and results management.

Peter Van de Vliet, the IPC’s scientific and medical director, said it is fair to say that in Rio we faced some extremely challenging circumstances which could not be compared to previous editions of the Games. Vliet added the IPC Anti-Doping Committee, IPC Medical Committee, and IPC anti-doping team did a tremendous job and he would like to thank them and the WADA IO team for their work in Rio.

The IPC introduced a blanket ban for Russian athlete prior to the Rio Olympics. Russia then decided to set up an alternative version of the Paralympics and the then Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko criticized the IPC at its Opening Ceremony in Moscow.

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Tuesday 11, Apr 2017

India Clears Move To Make Doping A Criminal Offence

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India, which ranks third on the global list of dope-offenders compiled by the World Anti-Doping Agency, for the last three years, has cleared a proposal to make doping by athletes a criminal offence.

The proposal is in sync with laws that govern the usage of narcotics, according to the senior officials of the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and the Indian sports ministry. The proposed legislation is aimed at imposing punishments on coaches and manufacturers too, who in many cases have been known to supply athletes with performance enhancing substances.

The draft legislation is being framed to criminalize the offence and will be forwarded to the sports ministry before being vetted by the law ministry. The Indian Parliament would have to pass the proposed legislation for it to be an Act. NADA director general Naveen Agarwal said the entire process could take at least six months. Agarwal, a 1986-batch J&K-cadre IPS officer, remarked the use, storage, and trade in narcotics is considered to be a criminal offence. Agarwal added we wanted doping to be put in the same category and the reason being if narcotics alter your mental condition, doping substances have an effect on your physical condition and also commented that both are very harmful for the body.

Agarwal also remarked he had met WADA director-general Olivier Niggli in Lausanne and also said it is on the world body’s insistence that legislation is being prepared. The Indian National Anti Doping Agency has also sought assistance from the Australian Anti Doping Agency in forming the legislation. The NADA director general also said the rules are yet to be framed and added we have to work out the modus operandi of the Act. Agarwal also said there could be a prison term also and also remarked there have been several cases where coaches have induced athletes to take the banned substance but have gone unpunished.

Agarwal went on to comment that we cannot take any action against the coach because he has not committed a criminal offence as per the law but added this will change once this Act is passed. He also commented that many manufacturers and suppliers of nutritional supplements similarly add artificial elements to their products but do not display them on the labels. Agarwal added many people who go to gyms (and not just athletes) to get well-toned bodies fall prey to this and also said there are temporary short-term results at the cost of long-term health hazards. The NADA director general said this is a public health issue, so a proper legislation and criminalization is required.

The country currently ranks third on the global list of dope-offenders compiled by WADA for the last three years. The Indian sports ministry hopes that criminalizing the offence would act as an effective deterrent.

Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas remarked it will need the engagement of several agencies. Once doping is made a criminal offence, it will act as a deterrent. Srinivas also commented that as much as complying with the idea of clean sports, this is also about realizing that doping results in acute harm to the abuser and so it should be prevented.

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Friday 07, Apr 2017

Lance Armstrong Doping Doctor Receives Suspended Sentence

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Dr. Michele Ferrari, the infamous coach and sports doctor, has been found guilty of doping Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler by a court in Bolzano.

Ferrari, who was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for doping Lance Armstrong and other athletes from the US Postal Service team, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 4,500 Euro. He was also asked to pay 15,000 Euro as part of a civil verdict to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Taschler was given a nine-month suspended sentence. The biathlete’s father, who was a one-time Italian Biathlon nation coach and vice-president of the International Biathlon Federation, was given a one-year sentence.

During the investigation, police used phone taps to listen in on conversations between Dr. Ferrari and Taschler. It was believed by prosecutors that the conversations included instructions on how to take EPO and details of secret telephone numbers where Dr. Ferrari could be contacted. The biathlete’s father had pushed his son to work with Dr. Ferrari as a way to boost his athletic career.

The investigation was sparked by the Padua investigation that assisted uncover financial payments from Armstrong to Dr. Ferrari and other evidence. This investigation was moved to Bolzano as the first contact between Taschler and Dr. Ferrari is alleged to have occurred near home of the biathlete.

This is the first instance when Dr. Ferrari has been found guilty of doping in a court. It is despite him having a long history of doping accusations going back to the early nineties when the big benefits of Erythropoietin (EPO) were first discovered. Previously, Dr. Ferrari was found guilty of sporting fraud and illegally working as a pharmacist in 2006 after testimony from former rider Filippo Simeoni. Simeoni said that Ferrari had advised him on how to use EPO and Testosterone. However, Ferrari was later cleared on appeal of the latter charge as the slow legal process in Italy and the statue of limitations allowed him to avoid the case reaching a final verdict. In 2000, doping became a crime in Italy and it was only then that prosecutors found it easy to persue doctors and athletes who dope.

In 2002, Ferrari was banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation but he made an appeal to a regional court to have the ban lifted because of a rule change of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Ferrari had then claimed that he was not properly notified by the talian Olympic Committee (CONI) and every licenced athlete of his ban. Several riders were banned for just three months in the past as it was claimed by them that they did not know Ferrari had been banned in 2002.

The infamous coach and sports doctor is infamous for comparing Erythropoietin to orange juice in 1994 when he used to work with the Gewiss team that dominated racing at the time. Ferrari had told L’Equipe and other European media that EPO is not dangerous, it is the abuse that is and he had also added that it is also dangerous to drink 10 liters of orange juice.

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