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Monday 04, Apr 2016

British Tour De France Riders Were Treated With Banned Substances, Claims Doctor

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According to an article that appeared in the Sunday Times, a British doctor has claimed he provide performance-enhancing drugs to many clients, including unnamed British Tour de France riders plus other sporting clients.

The doctor in question, Mark Bonar, was quoted by the story as saying that he assisted the athletes obtain the substances that are forbidden under anti-doping rules. Undercover reporters were told by the 38-year-old doctor that banned performance enhancing drugs were prescribed by him to 150 elite sportsmen, including British Tour de France cyclists, an England cricketer, Premier League footballers, a British boxing champion, tennis players, and martial arts competitors. The reporters were told by the doctor that he had treated sportsmen from the United Kingdom and abroad over the past six years banned substances such as Erythropoietin (EPO), anabolic steroids, and human growth hormone. Bonar described the performance improvements were “phenomenal”.

Bonar was secretly filmed by an undercover reporter at a private London clinic. The reporter pretended to be an athlete who was experiencing difficulties in recovering from training. In a video recording, Dr Bonar tells the ‘reporter athlete” that growth hormone and testosterone are very important for recovery and also in building strength. Bonar said obviously some of these treatments he use are banned on the professional circuit and added so you have to be mindful of that. Bonar added he had worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments, but it is how you do it. The initial cost of the consultation between the “reporter athlete” and Dr Bonar was £780.

The athlete returned to the doctor after a period of two weeks and was told his blood tests were normal but Dr Bonar still suggested continuing taking banned substances. The doctor mentioned the levels of hematocrit in blood and talked about how they could be improved. Dr Bonar said the way that you would boost that potentially is to use Erythropoietin. Bonar also suggested that the “reporter” used DHEA and Injected growth hormone that are also banned in sport. The doctor also offered the reporter an injection of a slow-release testosterone at that point in time.

During the third meeting, another undercover reporter accompanied the first posing as his uncle and made it clear that the athlete was aiming to make it to the British Olympic squad. It was conceded by Dr Bonar that though the patient had no medical problems, the levels were ‘suboptimal’ and justified the prescribing of banned substances to him. Dr Bonar said the truth of the matter is that drugs are in sport and what he does is that he prescribes responsibly and he tries to keep his patients the optimum level of normal.

Responding to the Sunday Times, an inquiry into the taxpayer-funded UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) watchdog was ordered by the British culture secretary John Whittingdale. The allegations were described by Whittingdale as “shocked and deeply concerned” and he suggested that UKAD’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead should resign.

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Sunday 25, May 2014

Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

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Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

Mexican professional boxer Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, a five-division world champion, may be using banned performance enhancing drugs, according to Victor Conte. The presence of acne on the chest on Marquez was rated as a sign of doping by Conte who remarked elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne.

Conte made these comments after Marquez scored a sensational win over Mike Alvarado in their 12-round welterweight clash. Marquez booked a 117-109, 117-109, 119-108 win over Alvarado. Several boxing enthusiasts started criticizing Marquez after his chest was seen filled with pimples and acne.

Conte, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative or BALCO, spent four months in jail after his company was found guilty of producing and distributing anabolic androgenic steroids. He also served a four-month house arrest after he pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. Since then, Victor Conte has made every possible attempt to be seen as a big supporter of drug testing in sports. Nowadays, Conte is involved in research for producing legal ways of making athletes perform better including hypoxic training.

In a statement, Conte blasted drug testing methods performed by the state commissions, inability of the media to report it, and the lack of interest of boxing promoters in cleaning up the sport. Conte went on to remark that promoters of boxing are enabling and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs in boxing and this is all because of money. He continued that a dark cloud will hover without random testing and added random testing hopefully will become the standard for elite boxers in the near future.

Max Kellerman, the host of Face Off and one of the voices of HBO boxing, also raised his doubts about Juan Manuel Marquez. Kellerman said he is always highly cynical when he sees a guy who gets faster when he gets older and added that we live in a time where even before you get in association with people who have been caught up in scandals involving PEDs, there’s always that cloud of suspicion with a modern athlete who performs well and maybe differently as he gets to an advanced athletic age.  Kellerman also remarked there is always that suspicion and that has certainly followed Marquez in recent years, particularly after the (fourth Manny) Pacquiao fight.

However, John Kelvin of Boxing News 24, said the emphatic win was a result of Marquez’s great conditioning and savvy in the ring. The boxing writer said this accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. He added Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. In his article, Kelvin remarked it is disrespectful of some fans to throw such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination, and discipline.

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Sunday 27, Apr 2014

Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

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Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

Dana White, the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, has remarked MMA fighter Ronda Jean Rousey is his new Chuck Liddell, “The Iceman.”

White remarked Rousey wanted to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 175 for the July 5 fight card (at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center) as she wanted to get back in the octagon as soon as possible.

Liddlle is highly admired in the MMA circles and is best known for testing his skills against anyone at any time and White remarked Ronda Jean Rousey owns that same mindset. White added she wants to fight, so she’ll fight back-to-back, she’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice – she’s the new Chuck Liddell.

Termed as “the biggest star in UFC history” by UFC president Dana White, the women’s bantamweight champion recently received flak for her comments against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.

Rousey accused Justino of being a user of anabolic androgenic steroids for long and said she is not a woman anymore. Condemning her remarks, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said he would never want to verbalize disrespect for a fighter but to characterize her as the biggest star in MMA is a little disrespectful to a lot of fighters who have put in year after year after year in this game. Rebney added if Ronda fights ‘Cyborg’ and she could beat ‘Cyborg,’ he thinks that would be a big statement as to where she is in the game but to characterize her as the biggest star is a bit disingenuous but he thinks there are a lot of huge stars in MMA.

Ronda Jean Rousey is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and is undefeated Rousey became the first American woman to bag an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy and enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker in July 2012 as striking coach. According to MMARising and other publications, she is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world and is the #10 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC s of March 10, 2014. Rousey will soon hit the movie stage with her roles in The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.

In another development, UFC commentator Joe Rogan has remarked Ronda Rousey would win if there is a fight between Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rogan remarked it is all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense and that would be the big thing. The commentator said if Ronda got a clinch on him, it’s not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it’s worrying about knees to the body and went on to add that it is worrying about her manipulating his body in ways that he doesn’t understand. Rogan remarked Mayweather would need at least six months of training to be able to have a chance with Rousey.

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Friday 25, Apr 2014

Ronda Rousey Unloads On Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino

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Ronda rousey unloads on cris ‘cyborg’ justino

Ronda Jean Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, has blistered Cris “Cyborg” Justino for her steroid use. Rousey said use of steroids is criminal and urged fighters to be banned from competition after one failed test.

 Rousey also remarked she is turned off by what she termed as long-term use of performance enhancing drugs by Justino who admitted to using the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to her December 17, 2011, bout against Hiroko Yamanak to help her make weight. Justino however remarked Stanozolol use came as a result of bad advice. Last month, she said that she always had muscles for as long as she remembers and it is how she was born. She added Stanozolol (Winstrol) use was for the weight and it was a mistake, but it wasn’t to cheat and get muscles.

The last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Rousey raved about jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing skills of Alexis Davis who she will be fight for a July 5 title defense in Las Vegas. Rousey remarked she thinks the reason why people don’t know her so well has nothing to do with her actual talent and more to do with the way she has chosen to promote her fights.

Ronda Rousey also said it would be a dream to compete against Gina Carano and had words of praise for the skills of former boxing champion Holly Holm. Rousey said he totally adores Gina and a fight against her would be a privilege and an honor. Rousey remarked she will be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage. She also said Holm, the former boxing champion, is fantastic and she thinks UFC fans would love her.

Rousey said she does not buy Justino’s argument and remarked she thought penalties for using performance enhancing drugs should be much stiffer than they are. Rousey said penalties should be stronger due to the potential consequences of steroid usage and added she was in favor of random, unannounced testing as is done during Olympic competition.

Justino was suspended by California Commission for one year and fined her $2,500. Ronda Jean Rousey came heavily on Justino and remarked this girl has been on steroids for so long and has been injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. Rousey added she’s an ‘it’ and this is not good for the women’s division. Rousey went on to remark she could ruin the whole sport and even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if she beats the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

Americana MMA owner Peter Giannoulis said Rousey should be suspended or fined for her comments about Cyborg. Cyborg is making efforts to make it to the 135-pound weight class of Rousey so she can enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and challenge her.

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Thursday 03, Apr 2014

Dennis Siver Tests Positive For hCG

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Dennis Siver Tests Positive For hCG

Dennis D. Siver, the Russian-German mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

The naturally-occurring hormone in both males and females is on the banned substances’ list of many sports due to frequency in use with anabolic androgenic steroids. HCG is commonly used by male athletes and bodybuilders to boost testosterone production and may also be used to lose weight. It is used as a fertility drug by women.

According to a confirmation by Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar, an “appropriate complaint” against the mixed martial artist was being prepared. It is believed Siver may serve a temporary suspension and will have the opportunity to make an appeal against the suspension. However, he may face a full suspension, a fine, and a potential overturning of his win over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas to a no-contest.

In a statement, Dennis Siver accepted for responsibility, but was adamant that it was not an effort on his part to knowingly dope for the fight. Siver said he would like to issue a public statement and give his fans and supporters the opportunity to form their own opinion on how the alleged doping allegations against me came about. He added he hired an external personal trainer and nutritionist before UFC 168 and the nutritionist recommended a new diet method from the US to him, which had been successfully used by the stars. Siver added he confirmed from the nutritionist if he could safely use this supplement and it was confirmed to him but he made the mistake of not making sure through the UFC if individual substances from the supplement could have effects on the drug tests. In the statement, Siver said the B sample revealed a small component of hCG in his urine sample – a minor ingredient of the diet preparation and a substance which is banned in the UFC.

Siver added he doesn’t want to blame anyone for this result and he takes full responsibility for his gullible and careless behavior. He also remarked it was his mistake and it was grossly negligent and he further remarked that he had distance himself from any kind of doping and added in his previous sixteen UFC fights, not even the smallest banned substance has been detected. Siver said this makes the current events all the more disappointing and shocking for him and his team.

Siver is #7 in official Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight rankings. He started training in martial arts in 1994 when he started learning sambo, judo, kickboxing, and taekwondo. Dennis Siver became the WAKO amateur kickboxing champion of Germany in 1997 and was signed by the UFC after his win against Jim Wallhead at CWFC – Enter The Rough House. His victory against Nate Mohr at UFC 93 in Dublin was awarded the Knockout of the Night award where he managed to TKO his opponent via a spinning back kick and punches.

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Tuesday 18, Mar 2014

Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

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Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

American mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen has admitted that his fighting days may be over. Sonnen made this stunning announcement after the apparent elimination of therapeutic-use exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

Sonnen said on an edition of “UFC Tonight” that he may not continue competing in the Octagon if he cannot find a good way to help improve his lagging testosterone to a normal level. The #8 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings and #15 in middleweight said he may have to stop the sport if it does not work and it is as simple as that. These comments made by Sonnen were part of a discussion on the recent decision of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to ban Testosterone replacement therapy exemptions in the state. Chael Sonnen also remarked that he and his team are educating themselves on the new process and potential alternatives. Till a solution is reached, the UFC fighter said his days in the cage could be quickly drawing to a close. He added that an athlete should not have to choose between sport or health and it should be a combination of both.

The decision of NSAC was soon followed by the UFC and later on by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that issued a “total ban” on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

At the age of 19, Sonnen made his MMA career by defeating Ben Hailey in 1997. He then went on to defeat future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Chael Sonnen made his UFC debut against former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral at UFC 55. He then debuted in May 2006 for Bodog Fight and defeated Tim Credeur via TKO. Sonnen defeated future Ultimate Fighter member Kyacey Uscola at SuperFight 20: Homecoming. Sonnen was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for one year and fined $2,500 after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 on August 7, 2010. It was revealed that Sonnen had an unallowably high testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1 at the time of the fight while the T/E ratio of an average man is 1:1 and a ratio as high as 4:1 may be allowed by some testing bodies for athletes undergoing Testosterone replacement therapy treatment.

In another development, Chris Weidman who has been one of the more outspoken critics of TRT expressed satisfaction on the recent decision by NSAC. Weidman said he had made it no secret at all for his stance on TRT and added he always thought it was cheating and went on to remark that there was just guys taking advantage of it, so it’s a huge step in the right direction for the sport to get rid of that. Weidman added there has always going to be people cheating out there, but when it was guided cheating and people were allowed to cheat, that was not right and it’s a step in the right direction.

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Sunday 16, Mar 2014

Total Ban On TRT Announced By California Commission

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Total Ban On TRT Announced By California Commission

The California State Athletic Commission has announced a total ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This move was announced by Commission officials, a week after the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a ban on TRT and urged other regulatory bodies to follow suit to ban Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).

The NSAC recently became the first commission to outright ban TUEs for testosterone replacement therapy.

The move by Nevada also prompted the UFC-backed Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), Brazil’s regulatory body, to ban exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy. CABMMA however allowed Dan Henderson (29-11 MMA, 6-5 UFC) to use the hormone for his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on March 23 at UFC Fight Night 38. Ironically, Henderson was the first MMA fighter to receive a TUE for testosterone replacement therapy in Nevada and he is the last in Brazil.

In another development, New Jersey counsel Nick Lembo said the commission will look at Nevada’s decision but would not be making any immediate changes.

According to a statement by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), it will soon require World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards to receive a testosterone replacement therapy exemption and no therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) will be granted in the state of California until those rules are enacted. In the statement, CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster said the California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. Foster added that California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts and as part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT.

The California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer also said this standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances and remarked that until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.

Meanwhile, President of the Association of Boxing Commissions has recommended that member commissions follow current protocols for testosterone replacement therapy exemptions. Tim Lueckenhoff said he will ask the medical committee to consider and review Nevada’s new position on the matter which is a strong deviation from their past practice. Lueckenhoff added he will also ask our legal committee to counsel us about the legal ramifications, if any, from an outright ban without exception for any reason.  Lueckenhoff also remarked that we are always interested in the subject of PED usage and proper testing and are pleased that Nevada’s action is igniting a healthy debate on the subject matter.

In 2011, the Association of Boxing Commissions crafted guidelines for testosterone replacement therapy exemptions as part of its Handbook of Ringside Medicine. New Jersey chief ringside physician and ABC medical committee director Dr. Sherry Wulkan were at the forefront of crafting the policy.

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Friday 14, Mar 2014

UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

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UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

According to representatives from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the split decision win of UFC bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on October 19 in Houston has been changed to a no-decision. This was after Jessica, the American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division, tested positive for marijuana after which she was fined $1,875 and placed on a “one year fully probated suspension.”

Kaufman, after learning of the failed test of Jessica Eye, remarked she hates to see our sport marred by athletes who can’t seem to control what substances they put in their bodies and it’s disrespectful to their opponents and employers.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation public information officer Susan Stanford remarked Jessica can still fight in the interim while she is effectively “on probation as long as she complies” with the administrative order.

In her official statement on the matter that was released through the UFC, Jessica Eye remarked she was recently alerted to the fact that she was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC fighter added that while she intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, she had accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on February 22. Eye added she pride herself on following the rules and representing her family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible and apologized for any distractions this has caused.

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White has defended Jessica Eye and said she honestly meant no harm in the matter. White remarked so let me explain the Jessica Eye situation – that thing popped up on my radar like the day it happened. The UFC president added that he understands where you guys are coming from, but let me put you in her situation, Jessica finally makes it in the UFC, the big stage, and first thing most of these people have never dealt with media at the level that they deal with now and nobody ever cared what she said and she gets busted for weed.

White also said that Jessica started panicking when all this stuff started happening and she didn’t know what she could say and couldn’t say, and she didn’t want anybody to know. He also said Jessica is not media savvy, she’s scared and she didn’t know what she was going to get in trouble for or not in trouble for. White revealed in Nevada (the legal limit) it’s 150 (ng/mL), she was 16 (ng/mL).  Texas (limit) is 15 (ng/ML). The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) raised their standard for marijuana last year to 150 ng/mL while the state of Nevada, a commission routinely looked at for drug testing in combat sports, raised their limit for marijuana from 50 ng/ML to 150 ng/mL but Texas has a limit set 10 times less than the recognized testing limit by both WADA and commissions in states like Nevada.

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Friday 14, Feb 2014

Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

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Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

Tyson Gay, American track and field sprinter who last July delivered a positive test, is believed to have made use of a cream containing banned substances that the sprinter obtained from an Atlanta chiropractor and anti-aging specialist, according to a report by Sports Illustrated and ProPublica.

It is believed that Tyson Gay consulted a doctor in Atlanta who treats other runners and NFL players. The doctor, Clayton Gibson III, has a client list including names such as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the late boxing champion Vernon Forrest, New York Jets safety Ed Reed, and Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee. Forrest thanked Gibson in 2008 on television for assisting with his nutrition program after the boxer reclaimed the WBC light middleweight title. The doctor is identified in a testimonial for a 2010 book on acupuncture as a personal physician to numerous elite, Olympic and Professional Athletes (NFL, NBA, MLB, USATF, and NCAA).

According to writer David Epstein, other athletes and coaches told him that Tyson Gay was assured by Gibson that the supplement cream was “all natural” and it had been used by NFL players who passed drug tests but Gay failed the test. Epstein remarked that the sprinter should have known better as the label on the cream is believed to have used starkly says ‘Testosterone/DHEA Crème,’ and lists Testosterone and DHEA among its ingredients. Both DHEA and testosterone are banned for Olympic athletes and two other listed ingredients, IGF-1 and somatropin (human growth hormone) are also forbidden.

Epstein was told by Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency David Howman that it is “staggering” for a modern-day athlete not to realize they were using banned substances. Howman added that’s where it falls into the level of negligence and remarked WADA expected athletes to be hyper-cautious about supplements given the history of high-profile positive drug tests linked to them but even world-class athletes are relying more on people around them to be responsible and then, when they get let down, blaming those other people. Howman added that athletes should understand by now that hunting for an edge in a cream or potion will often end badly.

The writer reminded sport fans about current Olympian Lauryn Williams who caused a stir when she wrote on her blog post that she was urged to consult a man a fellow elite athlete had called the “sports doctor of all sports doctors.” Epstein remarked though Williams did not identify Gibson but people familiar with the matter confirmed that Williams met with Gibson and the blog post was about the meeting.

Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who was in the training group of Gay, also failed a drug test in 2013 and it is believed that she also consulted with Gibson and used the cream. The bronze medalist in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships confirmed consultations with Gibson but declined to comment any further until her disciplinary process is concluded.

A former All-Pro NFL lineman who claims he was approached by Gibson said the culture in today’s times is that if you don’t have all this extra stuff, you’re not winning.

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Wednesday 01, Jan 2014

Sochi 2014 WADA Observer Program To Be Headed By UKAD Chief

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Sochi 2014 WADA Observer Program To Be Headed By UKAD Chief

Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, has been named to head the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Observer (IO) Program at Sochi 2014.

Parkinson will lead a team an eight strong team that is responsible to oversee and monitor doping control operations in an unbiased manner at next year’s Winter Games, which get underway in 40 days’ time. Parkinson has been involved in a number of IO programs, including at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and 2010 Tour de France.

The committee – made up of Thierry Boghosian, Françoise Dagouret, Rob Koehler, Michèle Mercier, Tim Ricketts, Huw Roberts and Annelies Vandenberghe – during Sochi 2014 will observe the test planning and delivery, laboratory analysis, doping control, and results management besides producing a report on their findings following the conclusion of the Games. This committee will also be offering its recommendations for improvements for any events in the future and interact on a daily basis with officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) anti-doping program for highlighting changes if any that require immediate attention.

Parkinson said the WADA IO Program to date has proved an excellent means to help anti-doping organizations learn from major event anti-doping programs operate and improve standards globally. He added that athletes should have confidence that WADA will be attending the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and that experts from around the world will be on hand to assist both the International Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee.

The Independent Observer (IO) Program was launched at the invitation of IOC at the Sydney 2000 Summer Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency explained that it is now a much more collaborative exercise than it was during its infancy. Fahey added that WADA works closely with the IOC testing team right throughout the event to ensure that any necessary corrective action or improvements can be made during the event itself. He went on to remark that this daily reporting method, as opposed to the provision of one final report, has been well received in recent IO missions, and helps ensure that an effective and robust testing program is in place.

In another development, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach issued a warning that a positive drugs test would overshadow the achievement of any team at Sochi 2014. Addressing the 42nd European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly, Bach promised that the anti-doping program at Sochi 2014 will be the toughest for any Olympics with 57 per cent more tests, due to be conducted than the 2010 Vancouver Games. Bach told delegates from 49 European countries that they speak with their governments, national federations, and perform pre-competition testing and make sure that they, as National Olympic Committees (NOCs), can be proud of their team in the end. Bach said you can win as many medals as you want in the Olympic Games but if you have a doping case by one of your successful athletes, the image of your team is tainted and so it is in your own interest to arrive in Sochi with clean athletes.

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