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Wednesday 05, Apr 2017

UFC Welterweight Viscardi Andrade Banned

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced a suspension of two years for UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade.

Andrade tested positive for anabolic steroids after his most recent bout, which was a decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85. In a released statement, USADA said an out-of-competition test conducted March 7 revealed the presence of the banned steroid Stanozolol (Winstrol) and its metabolites. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, revealed he was ‘pressured’ to accept the doping ban. Andrade said he was always blaming the lab, and they are protecting the lab. The UFC fighter added that we got to a point where we asked for a letter explaining why the lab lost its credential, because they claimed it was not because of false positive results like the media reported. Andrade said USADA officials told them to accept this, or they would stop counting this year off, and his suspension would only get longer. The Brazilian mixed martial artist added he was pressured to accept the doping suspension. Previously, Felipe Olivieri went to arbitration in his case with USADA. It was determined by the arbitrator that he should get the maximum two years for testing positive for Methyltestosterone despite the Rio lab losing its WADA accreditation months later. The arbitrator, Richard H. McLaren, wrote in the decision that a suspension some three months later of the laboratory’s accreditation does not mean that the sample analysis in March was incorrect or flawed.

In a statement, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said Andrade had a right to arbitration and chose to forego it. Madden added the full facts of the case would have been made public had he gone to arbitration and also commented that we of course have full confidence in the results and outcome of this case and also said that the athlete under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy had the opportunity to have this case heard by an independent arbitrator.

The positive test of Andrade took place 12 days before the fight but he was not notified of the potential anti-doping violation until April 12. The period of ineligibility started from March 20, the day after the FS1-televised event.

The lab in Rio de Janeiro, three months after UFC Fight Night 85, where the urine sample of Andrade was processed lost its WADA accreditation for failing to adhere to international drug testing standards. The lab however was reinstated a month later and it is unclear whether the testing issue affected the case of Viscardi Andrade.

USADA said it has forwarded all information about the case of Andrade to decide whether or not to overturn his win against Walsh. In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said a bout (as per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with) may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout.

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2,” Andrade is still subject to drug testing during his suspension.

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Monday 03, Apr 2017

Fancy Bears Hack IAAF Athlete Data

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has expressed concerns that the therapeutic use exemption (TUE) data of athletes has been stolen after the organization was the victim of a cyber attack by hacking group Fancy Bears.

The governing body of world athletics confirmed Meta data on athlete TUEs was collected from a file server and stored in a newly created file during the attack on February 21. The IAAF had made contacts with every competitor who has obtained a TUE since 2012. The International Association of Athletics Federations said athletes have been provided with a dedicated email address should they have any questions about the attack.

Fancy Bears group, believed to be Russian, first published confidential athlete information obtained following hacks of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in September. Leading athletes including leading US stars such as four-time Rio 2016 gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles, tennis legend Serena Williams, and British Tour de France winning cyclists in Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are among the names to have been published on the Fancy Bears hacking group website.

A United States security services report into cyber bodies linked Fancy Bears to the Russian Intelligence Services. The report that was jointly compiled by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cited the Hacker group amid a list of 48 “alternate names” for “Reported Russian Military and Civilian Intelligence Services”.  The 13-page report concludes the activity by the Russian intelligence services is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the US Government and its citizens. It added this joint analysis report provides technical indicators related to many of these operations, recommended mitigations, suggested actions to take in response to the indicators provided, and information on how to report such incidents to the United States Government.

The hacking group released dozens of emails showing separate conversations between officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The email topics included suggestions that high-profile American athletes submitted tests showing unusual blood values as well as a tip-off that at least two Olympians from the United States took cocaine in order to lose weight before Rio 2016. It was also reported that a non-American athlete, who has not been banned, had a blood transfusion before a major race. They have released details of therapeutic use exemptions obtained by a number of high-profile athletes, including Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal and Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe apologized to the athletes whose data may have been compromised. Coe remarked our first priority is to the athletes who have provided the IAAF with information that they believed would be secure and confidential. The IAAF President further remarked that they have our sincerest apologies and our total commitment to continue to do everything in our power to remedy the situation and work with the world’s best organizations to create as safe an environment as we can.

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