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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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Saturday 16, Apr 2016

Paolini Receives Doping Ban Of 18 Months

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Italian road bicycle racer Luca Paolini has received a doping ban of 18 months from the world governing body of cycling. The cyclist tested positive for cocaine during last year’s Tour de France.

The 39-year-old was facing the possibility of facing a ban of two years when his hearing took place in March. Paolini’s case was one of the first cases heard by the UCI’s Anti-Doping Tribunal. Cocaine is classified as a banned substance in competition under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. However, athletes are not banned if they test positive for the social drug out of competition.

Paolini’s teammate Alexander Kristoff had previously revealed the cyclist’s use of sleeping tablets. Kristoff remarked he knew Paolini was struggling to sleep at night and to wake up in the day. Paolini had himself already admitted to using the drug and also said he has an addiction to sleeping tablets, calling himself a slave to the pills. Paolini admitted he took cocaine in June at a personal training camp and also remarked it happened at a low point in his life after he spent years of addiction to the sleeping medicine Minias (Benzodiazepine). The rider has undergone treatment for his addiction to the sleeping medication since he was suspended from racing following his A-sample test.

The suspension of Paolini will end 18 months from the date of the ‘adverse analytical finding’ and he can make a return to the Peloton as he will be free to race from January 6 next year, 11 days before his 40th birthday.

The rider however has the right to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, his former team, Katusha, has confirmed that it will not take Paolini back after nullifying his contract last year. A Katusha spokesperson said we are happy that there’s now been a decision but for us it doesn’t change anything for the team because we terminated his contract last year. The spokesman added he admitted at a certain point to us that he took cocaine and that is really against the team rules and added Paolini still has the right to go to appeal but it doesn’t change things for us as we have strict anti-doping policy.

A statement on the UCI’s website said the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving Luca Paolini. The statement further reads that the Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of a non-intentional anti-doping rule violation (presence of a cocaine metabolite – Benzoylecgonine) and imposed an 18-month period of ineligibility on the rider. In accordance with the Procedural Rules of the Anti-Doping Tribunal, the decision will shortly be published on the UCI website.

Born on 17 January 1977, Luca Paolini has been professionally riding since 2000. Paolini started his sports career by joining Mapei–Quick-Step (2000–2002) and then its successor team Quick-Step–Innergetic (2003–2005) where he attained many wins, including first places at Gran Premio di Lugano, Giro del Piemonte and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. Paolini also won stages at Tour of Britain and Tour de Wallonie.

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Wednesday 20, May 2015

Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

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Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

Ronda Jean Rousey, American mixed martial artist, has slammed Cris Justino and her past with performance enhancing drugs.

Ronda Rousey blasted ability of Justino, the Brazilian mixed martial artist, and added she is a product of performance enhancing drugs. Ronda commented that Justino (nickname Cyborg) is one of those people where it’s all just roids and muscle and no technique. Rousey went on to remark that Justino is actually afraid of facing her.

Cris Justino tested positive for an anabolic steroid and the result of her win over Hiroko Yamanaka on December 17th, 2011 was changed to a no-contest. It was announced by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that the license of Cris Cyborg was suspended and she was fined $2,500 as the result of a positive test for a banned substance. The drug test of the he former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion came back positive for Stanozolol metabolites.

At that time, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker responded that we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance enhancing drugs. Coker added we also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies and therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide.

Since her pro debut in 2005, Justino (13-1, 1 NC) has not lost. The 29-year-old Justino is presently the Invicta FC 145-pound champion and former Strikeforce champ in FC 145-pound class.

A fight between Rousey and Justono seems inevitable but only of the Brazilian mixed martial artist can make 135 pounds. In July, Justino will defend her 145-pound belt at Invicta FC 13. If Justino manages to have a bout at 135 against Rousey, this would be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.

Presently, Rousey (11-0) is the undisputed best women’s fighter in the world and she has finished all but one of her fights in the first round itself. Rousey’s last two bouts ended in a combined 30 seconds. A win over Cris Justino would help cement the legacy of Rousey as the greatest women’s fighter of all time.

Rousey, the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, is listed by Fight Matrix as the #1 Current Pound for Pound Women’s MMA Fighter, the #1 Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter, and the #1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all time. Ronda Rousey has the distinction of being the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey is undefeated in mixed martial arts and became the first woman from the United States to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced in November 2012 that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. In 2014, Rousey appeared in the film The Expendables 3 and she has roles in the 2015 film Furious 7 and the upcoming Entourage. At WrestleMania 31, her first professional wrestling started when she and Furious 7 co-star The Rock confronted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

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Wednesday 25, Mar 2015

WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

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WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency has remarked that Lance Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who previously held seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 before being stripped of all his titles, has not done enough to get his life ban reduced.

David Howman said the latest bid for rehabilitation from Armstrong’s side is coming too late. Howman added Armstrong did not seize the he had to come forward with details of his doping past and also remarked if Lance satisfied the criteria to go forward and ask for suspension of his ban, the criteria will be carefully looked at, but so far he has not. The WADA Chief also remarked that he is not sure why Lance Armstrong has not done anything and also said that Lance certainly had plenty of opportunities, including talking to us, but he has not come forward with substantial information that might be helpful to the cycling fraternity.

Howman went on to remark that Lance should have made an appeal if he thought he had been given a harsher treatment. He added the cyclist should have sit down and explain the whole regime and what they did but he did not do it before the independent commission that was established by the UCI, he did not do it with USADA, and he has not done it with WADA.

Howman agreed with Brian Cookson, International Cycling Union President, who said plans of Lance Armstrong to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton this summer would be disrespectful. Howman said Cookson is the correct judge of that, and he thinks his statement reflected what was probably the position from their perspective, which is damaging and went on to add that he thinks there is probably going more attention on what he is doing than on the Tour, and that is a little bit sad.

 Armstrong was approached to join the ride by former English soccer player Geoff Thomas. The former soccer star is trying to raise $1.5 million for the fight against blood cancer.

Cookson warned Armstrong not to take part in a Tour de France charity ride in July. The International Cycling Union president said Armstrong was “completely disrespectful” to the current riders, cycling authorities, and the race and remarked he is sure Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly he thinks that is completely inappropriate.

This month, Armstrong met US Anti-Doping Agency Chief Travis Tygart in hopes to get a reduction of his ban but the cyclist is yet to get in touch with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong was banned in 2012, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and banned for life after systematic doping was exposed within his former teams. The cyclist decided not to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and accepted that he used banned performance enhancing drugs and methods like Testosterone, Cortisone, and Blood transfusion to gain an “unfair” advantage over other cyclists.

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Monday 23, Mar 2015

Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

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Pacquiao and mayweather camps in doping penalty row

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have reportedly entered into a dispute over a proposed doping penalty before their much-awaited fight at the May 2 welterweight world title fight in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is expected to make at least $80 million while Mayweather is expected to make at least $120 million for the much anticipated fight, billed as “Fight of the Century“.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times that the drug testing protocol for the fight had been “rigorously negotiated” by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the same newspaper that it was a little puzzling for him to learn that Floyd Mayweather would not agree to the $5m (£3.37m) penalty that was proposed by representatives of Manny Pacquiao should either fighter test positive for a banned drug.

It was first suggested by Pacquiao that the reciprocal fine for a failed drug test was extra insurance that an instance of doping would not jeopardize the fight that fans have long waited for. But, Ellerbe said the arrangement was an attempt to put a $5m price tag if Manny tested positive and added that it will cost Manny a lot more than some $5m if he comes up positive.

Ellerbe’s comments were echoed by Top Rank boss Bob Arum who said that Mayweather is right as there is no need of it since they would be penalized by more than $5 million by the Nevada Athletic Commission if ever they become positive of drug use. Arum added that the Mayweather’s rejection of the $5 million penalty would not in any way derail the May 2 mega bout.

In the past, drug testing was an issue in attempts to make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in late 2009 and early 2010. While Mayweather was adamant for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing, Pacquiao objected to some of the protocols. Pacquiao was accused by Mayweather of using performance enhancing drugs, a charge that was vehemently denied by the Filipino. Mayweather was sued by Pacquiao over the allegation and the two settled out of court.

A few days back, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug-testing before the bout. Since 2010, Mayweather has had USADA testing for all of his bouts. The US Anti-Doping Agency will conduct blood and urine tests for drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) and the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO) on both fighters.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said a positive test would kill the fight, where the total purse is likely to be more than $200 million. A positive test would subject the fighter who tested positive to a potential career-ending ban of four years from competition. Tygart said the penalty for the fighter who violates it is going to be a lot higher than $5 million if there is a positive test prior to the fight. The USADA Chief also remarked Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao signed on to the sanctioning process that is clearly spelled out and added it is a contract that would be enforceable against them.

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Thursday 13, Nov 2014

A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

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A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Friday 07, Nov 2014

Improved Abilities Discovered For Detecting HCG Doping In Sport

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Improved Abilities Discovered For Detecting HCG Doping In Sport

A new peer-reviewed research conducted by Getachew A. Woldemariam and Dr. Anthony W. Butch may place a vital role in the day to come for detecting athletes who are taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to enhance athletic performance.

Woldemariam and Butch through their research developed ways to specifically measure several forms of hCG in urine. In females, urinary human chorionic gonadotropin is a marker of pregnancy. The new test, by specifically measuring the various forms of hCG in male urine, can better detect athletes who are taking hCG.

Butch remarked this immunoextraction and tandem mass spectrometry method for measuring the major isoforms of chorionic gonadotropin in urine is a significant improvement over currently available immunoassays. Dr. Butch further added that the method has superior analytical specificity and will greatly enhance the ability to detect male athletes who dope with various forms of chorionic gonadotropin.

Dr. Larry Bowers, PCC Scientific Advisory Board Chair and USADA Chief Science Officer, commented that the measurement of male urinary hCG in anti-doping has been an area of concern for many years. Dr. Bowers added this important research has not only developed a sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS assay which will help us to detect the various forms of hCG and those who use it to cheat their competitors, but Woldemariam and Butch have greatly added to our knowledge about hCG excretion after administration. It was further remarked by Bowers that with the specificity of the LC-MS/MS method, it should be possible to provide additional information about the concentration of intact hCG in male urine samples who have not doped and therefore increase the sensitivity of the test.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), based on the study results, is in the process of developing new guidelines for WADA-accredited labs for conducting tests.

Human chorionic gonadotropin has the ability to stimulate production of Testosterone in the body and is presently classified as a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency list. It is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders with synthetic anabolic steroids. Medical practitioners recommend this hormone to young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum (due to a pituitary gland disorder) in a normal way. Use of HCG is commonly made by athletes and bodybuilders during a steroid cycle to maintain testosterone production and testicle size. Bioavailability of the HCG injection is better with intravenous administration than with subcutaneous administration.

In the last few years, HCG has been marketed for weight loss and it is believed that it can improve mood, assist in fat burning, and reduce hunger. Many elite bodybuilders have successfully used HCG to get rid of stubborn fat and fat accumulated in the abdomen and the thighs without compromising on muscle mass. HCG abuse can result in health complications such as breast enlargement in women, sudden development of facial or pubic hair in adolescents, indigestion, difficulty in breathing, rapid weight or height gain, bloating, and nausea.

The research, which was published in the August issue of Clinical Chemistry, was funded by the Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC).

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Thursday 21, Aug 2014

Cronulla Sharks Players Receive Doping Show-Cause Notices

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Cronulla sharks players receive doping show cause notices

Show-cause notices have been issued to seventeen past and present Cronulla Sharks players over the 2011 supplements program of the club.

A proposal regarding a possible suspension by the anti-doping authority has been offered to Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou, John Morris, and Paul Gallen.

According to News Corp Australia, the notices were distributed at a series of meetings on August 20. The players will have ten days to submit their response and have the option of challenging the notices. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Cronulla have confirmed five players presently contracted to the Sharks and 12 former players of the club have received show cause notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen is one of the involved players and expressed concern that they will be labeled as drug cheats by accepting reduced bans. Gallen remarked our reputation is tarnished now already, but no matter what, if we do this we’re going to be labeled a drug cheat. Gallen also said whatever happens is going to happen and we can just get on with life because closure on this thing would just be unbelievable after what we have gone through the past two seasons. Gallen said he had not taken any banned substance and said it would be devastating if he is prevented from playing for Australia and seeing his reputation damaged.

In a statement, the Cronulla Sharks said five players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension. It was added that the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf. It was also revealed that the ASADA CEO (Ben McDevitt) based on his assessment of the evidence has reached the conclusion that the players have a case to answer under the World Anti-Doping Code.  The club statement said the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club and added that solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.

In a statement, ASADA remarked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) commenced issuing ‘show cause’ notices to current and former players from the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Football Club. It added a total of 17 ‘show cause’ notices are to be issued in accordance with the ASADA Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) responsibilities under the ASADA Act and relate to the use of prohibited substances, CJC-1295 and GHRP-6, during the 2011 season and the decision to issue ‘show cause’ notices by ASADA CEO, Ben McDevitt is based on evidence collected during the 16 month investigation. ASADA added the World Anti-Doping Code’s Prohibited List categorizes CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 under S2 ‘Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances’ and added that anyone considering the use of these substances should be aware that they may result in potentially serious health consequences. It was added that GHRP-6 is not approved for human use in Australia.

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Wednesday 30, Jul 2014

European Hurdles Champion Out Of Commonwealth Games

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European hurdles champion out of commonwealth games

Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams has been provisionally suspended from Glasgow Commonwealth Games after he tested positive for a banned substance. The 400m hurdle European champion said he “devastated” to hear about his positive drugs test and denied any wrongdoing.

Ranked 14th in the world this year, Williams has the opportunity to appeal against the initial suspension at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel. Williams, the co-captain of Wales’ Commonwealth Games athletics squad, was using the Mountain Fuel supplements.

Recently, Wales 800m runner Gareth Warburton also received a suspension and both athletes have been using Night Fuel, a chocolate-tasting drink high in protein. A spokesman for Mountain Fuel confirmed an internal and external investigation is going on to find out what has happened.

The 30-year-old Williams, son of Welsh rugby great JJ Williams, won the European title in Helsinki in 2012. Williams was also the Welsh U15 backstroke swimming champion. He won the European Youth Olympics in 2001 and also won the 400 meters hurdles at the 2005 European U23 Championships. The 30-year-old was expected to be one of the chief rivals of Dai Greene for gold at the Glasgow Games.

Welsh Athletics announced that it has already launched an internal review after the two failed drugs tests and remarked it was obviously concerned that this is the second anti-doping violation by a senior Welsh athlete.

Meanwhile, Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, has remarked that he does not believe Rhys Williams’ failed drug test in any way puts a cloud over the Games. Hooper added he thinks it sends a very strong and clear signal to anyone who would go down that path that if you take that choice, you will be caught. Hooper, addressing a daily briefing in the host city, said the case of Williams was picked up in pre-Games testing in the UK and was not part of the Games-time testing program. He went on to remark that a “totally different” approach is now being taken to testing that does not simply focus on competition time. Hooper further remarked the emphasis now is on working in collaboration with a number of other anti-doping organizations and said the reality is combating doping in sport is a fundamental priority for the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Former Wales’ athlete Baroness Grey-Thompson said she was shocked to learn about the positive doping test of Williams. She said it is a huge blow for Wales and for athletics and she does not think we ever would have expected anything like this from him.

Matt Newman, the chief executive of Welsh Athletics, explained the B sample of Williams was tested and that came back to match the A same results. Newman added that what will now happen is we shall have the opportunity to go in front of an anti-doping panel but that is not likely to happen until the autumn. He also remarked it is really now in the interim period for Rhys to gather as much information as possible to make a case for the defense.

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Wednesday 23, Apr 2014

Six-Fold Increase In Count Of Steroid Users, Says Charity

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Six fold increase in count of steroid users, says charity

The number of people using anabolic androgenic steroids in the UK has increased by a whopping 645 percent in just three years, according to figures from the charity Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) as seen by its needle exchanges in England. On the other hand, it is suggested by official figures from the Home Office that anabolic steroids were used by around 59,000 adults in 2012-13 and the use has increased in the last few years but this increase is not six-fold.

According to Crime Reduction Initiatives, the number of users (administering steroids) visiting its needle exchanges went up from 290 to 2,161 between 2010 and 2013, an increase of 645 percent. Needle and syringe exchange programs offer sterile equipment to users of drugs, including anabolic steroids, to help prevent the spread of viruses and infections. However, this does not suggest that the count of anabolic steroid users in the United Kingdom has increased by the same proportion as this could also indicate that a part of the increase in visitors is due to the increased availability of the service rather than an increase in the underlying demand and because of greater awareness of the risks. Home Office figures revealed that 0.2 percent of 16- to 59-year-olds reported using anabolic androgenic steroids in 2012-13, which was an increase from 0.1 percent a decade earlier.

In another development, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE] has said that providers of health services should offer specialist services for rapidly increasing numbers of steroid users. It was also remarked that needles should be provided to steroid users under the age of 18 years. This comment was made by NICE after reports surfaced of children as young as 15 injecting the drugs for muscle building.

More and more young people were coming for needles to inject image- and performance-enhancing drugs, said David Rourke, from the CRI’s Arundel Street Project needle and syringe program in Sheffield. He said we run a weekly clinic for steroid users but we have people coming through the door on a daily basis, with at least seven new clients a week.

Joe Kean, a frontline worker at drug treatment charity The Bridge Project, remarked the new guidance would bring more clarity. He also remarked he had seen local gyms with dedicated injecting rooms and gyms where waste bins were filled with piles of needles. Meanwhile, Professor Mike Kelly, director of the NICE Centre for Public Health said that clinics today are experiencing a completely different group of people injecting drugs. He added they do not see themselves as ‘drug addicts’ and they consider themselves to be fit and healthy people who take pride in their appearance. Kelly added we’ve seen an increase in the use of image and performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids since we last published our guideline on needle and syringe programs in 2009 and added we have also heard anecdotal evidence that more teenagers are injecting these image and performance enhancing drugs too and we are updating our guideline to make sure all of these groups of people are considered in the planning and delivery of needle and syringe programs.

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