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Friday 20, Dec 2013

Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

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Former lightweight title holder Brandon Rios has failed his post-fight drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau last November 24.

Rios tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is used as a dietary supplement as well as a performance enhancing drug. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that the American light-welterweight boxer had already been suspended by the Macau Commission that was set up by the World Boxing Organization to oversee the fight and added that Rios is eligible to appeal against the suspension.

Arum blamed Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza (a former strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao) and remarked it’s not the fighter’s fault since he is only following orders from his conditioning coaches as to his diet for a fight. Meanwhile, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has defended Ariza after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios tested positive for a banned substance. Schaefer remarked people always love to blame Ariza for everything and people automatically point fingers at Ariza. He went on to add that Ariza is doing a terrific job and he is an asset to the sport of boxing. Schaefer also said there may be other explanations for Rios’ failed drug test and remarked the positive test may it was due to some vitamins Rios took or some food or whatever.

Rios and Pacquiao were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA but Rios passed the first four and failed the final test. The stimulant, Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and VADA and is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Brandon Rios said he took Jack3d when he started his career but had stopped taking the supplement after his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it. DMAA, according to a warning on the website of FDA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest.

The former WBA lightweight champion vehemently denied that he took anything that is banned and said he asked questions of coach Ariza before ingesting anything he did not know. Rios also said he was suspicious that he failed a test only an incident between Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. He remarked that though he is not going to sit down and blame anybody, he did found it odd the positive test came after the incident. Rios said he passed all of those other tests and all of a sudden, the last time, the last one, after we had that incident, then that’s when we tested positive.

Rios became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion in 2004 and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs. Brandon Rios is signed to Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, to become the new WBA regular Lightweight champion on February 26, 2011.

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Friday 26, Apr 2013

Three UFC Fighters Fail To Clear Drug Tests

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Three UFC Fighters Fail To Clear Drug Tests

According to UFC officials, three fighters have failed to clear drug tests. This announcement by the UFC has once again that there cannot be anything stopping professional sportsmen from relying on banned performance enhancing drugs even after “tall talks and claims” of anti-doping education and awareness.

Lavar Johnson (17-7) failed a test for testosterone use given by the California State Athletic Commission from his February 23 fight in Anaheim where he lost a three-round decision against Brendan Schaub. The heavyweight slugger has not been suspended till date. Johnson had first tested for an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio when the usual urine test results came in and after this the California State Athletic Commission administered the expensive Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test on Johnson that confirmed the first test results.

The American mixed martial artist who last competed as a heavyweight is suspended from fighting till November 23, 2013. Johnson made his MMA debut in the WEC on January 16, 2004, losing to Doug Marshall via TKO (corner stoppage). He made his Strikeforce debut against Carl Seumanutafa at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina, knocking him out with a punch 18 seconds into the first round.

In another development, Alex Caceres tested positive for marijuana and Riki Fukuda tested positive for three banned stimulants; both positive tests came from the March 3 show at the Saitama Super Arena in suburban Tokyo, Japan.

Nicknamed “Bruce Leroy,” Caceres (8-5, 1 no contest) won against Kyung Ho Kang, which he originally won via three-round decision, overturned and ruled a no-contest. Caceres was suspended by the UFC for six months and his suspension is retroactive to the day of the fight. The UFC fighter was also ordered to attend rehabilitation classes and would now have to pass a drug test at the end of the suspension before he will be allowed to fight again. In a statement issued by his management team, Caceres said he accepts full responsibility for my actions and the consequences from his actions and apologized to all that he has disappointed, including the UFC, his family, coaches, training partners and fans. Caceres added that he accepts the sanctions from the UFC and would look forward to completing the necessary steps to getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again.

According to the UFC Director of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, it is the current protocol that any UFC fighter who tests positive for marijuana on a show regulated by the UCF will be suspended six months and ordered to do rehab from an accredited facility and added that the UFC believe in rehabilitation and penalties for marijuana should not be as severe as those for performance enhancing drugs.

Fukuda (19-7), tested positive for stimulants Phernylpropanolamine, Norpseudoephedrine, and Ephedrine, after his loss to Brad Tavares on the same show. The fighter had been released from his UFC contract after the loss to Tavares left him with a 2-3 record in his two years with the UCF and his positive test result will be reported to the Association of Boxing Commissions that will then make a decision regarding how long before Fukuda would be allowed to fight for another organization.

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Thursday 04, Apr 2013

Vijender Singh’s Sample For Drug Test Taken

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Vijender Singh’s Sample For Drug Test Taken

The sample of star Indian boxer Vijender Singh has been taken for a drug test by the National Anti-Doping Agency, according to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh.

In the past, the Olympic medalist had denied allegations of heroin use and refused to give hair and blood samples to test for heroin abuse to the Punjab Police. Earlier, the anti-doping agency had turned down the ministry’s request to test the boxer saying the protocol did not allow it to test an athlete for that drug when he was out of competition.

Previously, Mukul Chatterjee, the chief of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), had revealed that the Indian boxer had missed three drug tests in the last one month and went on to add that the last test on Vijender was conducted in July last year. Chatterjee, however, added that heroin is a banned drug, but an athlete can be punished only if he tests positive during ‘in-competition’ testing and said Vijender is not training for any competition these days, so he cannot be penalized. Chatterjee also said NADA can’t go against the WADA code and the blood and urine test will be strictly conducted under the WADA code and the NADA rules. He also remarked that NADA cannot contradict the Sports Ministry as well as it is being funded by the government and disclosed that the dope test would be conducted on the boxer as per NADA’s discretion.

The boxer was linked to a haul wherein 26 kilograms of heroin with a street value of Rs. 130 crores was seized from alleged dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon and the car belonging to the wife of Vijender was found outside the residence of the alleged dealer near Chandigarh. It is alleged by the police that the boxer knew the Canada-based dealer well and both had exchanged several phone calls and SMSes since August last year. Punjab Police even disclosed that the boxer allegedly bought heroin for personal consumption on 12 different occasions from the dealer. However, police investigations revealed that Vijender had nothing to do with the drug dealer’s business activities.

Meanwhile, a boxer and Vijender Singh’s friend added a twist to the drug scandal by saying that the star boxer could be the victim of a frame-up. Dinesh Kumar, who won an Asian Games medal besides having represented India in the Olympics and a receipient of the Arjuna Award, said he accompanied Ram Singh, Vijender’s sparring partner, to the Fategarh Sahib police station on March 7 and the police asked them to leave the car at the station. On the other hand, the Olympic medalist’s coach Jagdish Singh says the Punjab police are trying to implicate the boxer by linking him to the dealer and added that the police have kept Ram Singh in custody illegally and changing his location every two days and went on to add that Ram Singh is being tortured and forced to make statements against Vijender.

The Indian Boxing Federation, suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for “possible manipulation” in elections, has advised the boxer to come clean on the matter. Suspended IBF’s President Abhishek Matoria remarked Vijender Singh should submit his samples if he is being asked and come out clean and also said AIBA is in touch with him and he has maintained his innocence.

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Tuesday 26, Mar 2013

Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

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Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

Mexican professional boxer Érik Isaac Morales Elvira has received a doping ban of two years after he twice tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol last October, prior to his junior welterweight bout with Danny Garcia, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 36-year-old Erik Morales was knocked out by Danny Garcia at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20 and it was argued by the critics that the fight should have been cancelled, while the debate about the doping policies of boxing raged anew. Boxers are not subject to a uniform drug-testing policy as the sport has no national governing body.

Before the fight, both the boxers agreed to be tested by USADA and signed a contract that stipulates any adjudication process must go through the agency. The legal process was still ongoing despite the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding the positive drug test results of Morales. The fight was allowed by NYSAC even though Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 3 and 10.

A portion of USADA’s statement reads professional boxing does not have a universally-implemented, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited anti-doping program, and as a result of the lack of effective testing, many professional boxers and event organizers have contracted with USADA to conduct comprehensive anti-doping programs prior to and during their fights. It also stated that USADA conducts testing programs for professional boxing matches only when both athletes contractually agree to participate in the anti-doping program, which stipulates agreeing to abide by the applicable anti-doping rules, including the rules regarding the adjudication process and sanctioning.

The boxer had said he might retire after the October 20 bout rather than face the potential sanction and had until February 18 to respond to USADA as to whether he would contest the decision, and was granted an extension. A ban of two years was imposed on Morales after he selected not to elect an “independent arbitration process,” according to an announcement by USADA.

The former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2), and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao and ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. Erik Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. The record of Morales consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2KO) and he has won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. The Mexican-born boxer also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Thursday 21, Mar 2013

Spanish Doping Doctor May Shame Football And Other Sports

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Spanish Doping Doctor May Shame Football And Other Sports

The doctor at the center of the massive Operation Puerto blood doping trial has told the court that he would name the clients whose blood has been seized.

Eufemiano Fuentes, who is on trial for allegedly running a doping network in cycling and ran one of sport’s largest blood-doping rings, threatened to name all his former clients. The Spanish doctor made the offer through reporters during Spain’s Operation Puerto trial. Fuentes remarked that if the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Spanish drugs authorities consider that he can be useful and sought his help, he would be willing. He added that this would not be done for a reduced sentence but rather so there is mutual collaboration and also remarked they can have his client list if they want. Till now, only 54 cyclists, including Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, and Alejandro Valverde, have been personally implicated in the scandal.

Fuentes has admitted to having worked with people in football, tennis, boxing, and athletics and said cycling only comprised 30 percent of his work. This change of heart came as the world governing body of cycling urged the judge to show no leniency. The doctor faces up to two-and-a-half years in jail on public health charges and the five defendants on trial, including the Spanish doctor’s sister, Yolanda, will have one final opportunity to address the court on April 2 before sentencing commences. The defendants have been appearing in court since late January, almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of an investigation code-named “Operation Puerto”.

The trial proceedings have attracted international scrutiny and attention as anti-doping authorities are hopeful that it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in sports other than cycling. Previously, a request by WADA for access to the blood bags was repeatedly denied by the Spanish authorities and the World Anti-Doping Agency awaits the ruling of the judge on their latest petition. Since the current anti-doping legislation of Spain was not in force in 2006 when the police raids took place, the defendants are tried for violating public health regulations with the prosecutor asking for jail sentences of two years.

In the past, German cyclist Joerg Jaksche told the Operation Puerto trial that the treatment he received from the Spanish doctor was designed to beat doping controls and had nothing to do with genuine health issues. Italian rider Ivan Basso, a double Giro d’Italia champion, told the court that he had blood extracted on three occasions at the clinic of another doctor implicated in the case but never had any reinjected. Spanish cyclist Angel Vicioso told the judge he had only met with Eufemiano Fuentes for sporadic medical consultations. Former cyclist Marcos Serrano contradicted testimony from former team director Manolo Saiz, one of the five defendants along with Fuentes, by saying he never personally sought out medical treatment from the disgraced Spanish doctor. Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador who was originally scheduled to appear as a witness was told he would not be required to appear in court after Manolo Saiz’s attorney renounced the witness statement he had requested from the cyclist.

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Monday 11, Mar 2013

Olympic-Winning Indian Boxer Likely To Face Doping Test

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Olympic-Winning Indian Boxer Likely To Face Doping Test

Indian boxer and super heavyweight pugilist Ram Singh, who is under detention in a multi-million dollar drug racket, has claimed that he and Olympics bronze medalist boxer Vijender Singh had tried drugs, but just for the sake of “adventure”.

Singh went on to admit that he and Vijender were in constant touch with drug smuggler Anoop Singh Kahlon, a former shot putter, who was arrested on March 7, police said. Ram Singh also claimed that they had taken a very small quantity of drugs, less than two grams each and were not habitual takers of drugs and just tried it for adventure and not to improve stamina or performance. He also remarked that he and Vijender Singh met drug dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon 3-4 times since December.

Twenty-six kilograms of heroin was recovered by police that was worth Rs. 130 crores in the international market, from the possession of Kahlon and he reportedly told the police that Vijender Singh and Ram Singh were his “clients”. Kahlon said boxer Vijender was in touch with some Mumbai celebrities, who were regulars in rave parties and took drugs while Ram Singh said we did not pay anything to Kahlon for drugs. Ram, a former National Championships medalist, later retracted from his statement and said he and Vijender Singh took drugs thinking it was food supplement.

It was further revealed that Ram Singh drove Vijender’s Ford Endeavor, registered in Vijender’s wife’s name, to Kahlon’s Zirakpur apartment, where the keys to the boxer’s SUV were found. Officials of the India’s National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, have expelled Ram Singh from their hostel as he has confessed before the Punjab Police about taking drugs. It is believed that Vijender had allegedly promoted Ram Singh in various platforms by using his influence and the two were close friends and roommates at NIS for about six years. NIS director L S Ranawat said Ram Singh was the 51st member of the boxing camp and we had given him special permission on the recommendation of Vijender Singh.

Replying to the accusations, Vijender said he had nothing to do with drugs and is ready to join investigations at any point of time and also ready to undergo any kind of dope test. Vijender Singh has never failed a drug test earlier. A DSP rank officer with Haryana police, Vijender Singh, said he may have met Kahlon but don’t know him personally or directly and said his name is unnecessarily being dragged into this drug smuggling scandal. Vijender will be questioned either at the Haryana Police headquarters in Panchkula or the Punjab Police headquarters in Chandigarh, according to highly placed sources in the Punjab Police. He had contacted the Punjab Police through Haryana Police officials and agreed to be questioned. It is believed that he will be called for a dope test soon.

Vijender Singh Beniwal was coached by the Indian Boxing Coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu and won the bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha after losing the semifinal bout against Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Artayev. He defeated Carlos Góngora of Ecuador 9–4 at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in the quarterfinals which guaranteed him a bronze medal that was the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer. In 2009, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced him as the top-ranked boxer in its annual middleweight category list with 2800 points.

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Sunday 04, Nov 2012

Stephan Bonnar And Dave Herman Fail Drug Tests

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Stephan Bonnar And Dave Herman Fail Drug Tests

 

@Stephan Bonnar and @Dave Herman, who both competed at UFC 153 on October 13, have failed to clear post-fight drug tests.

The Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 runner-up, Bonnar, who lost to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 153 via TKO, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, announced his retirement from the sport after the bout.

Drostanolone or Masteron is an anabolic androgenic steroid that is a part of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) family and commonly used in cutting cycles. Primarily used to treat breast cancer patients, it inhibits the production of estrogens by inhibiting the conversion  of testosterone to estrogen and is commonly used by amateur and professional sportsmen as it helps them gain from a more refined look to muscles. Since it is characterized by low water retention, muscle lines are more distinct and is commonly sold under the names, Masteron propionate and Masteron enanthate.

One of the most iconic names in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Stephan Bonnar competed as a light heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was the runner up on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Best known for having never been submitted, he trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie and has also made appearances as an analyst on the ESPN2 series MMA Live and for UFC broadcasts on the FOX television networks. This is his second positive test for anabolic steroids, the first of which followed his UFC 62 defeat to Forrest Griffin in August 2006 in a fight that is regarded by many as the most responsible for attracting casual fight fans to mixed martial arts. Bonnar tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone and was given a suspension for nine months besides a fine of $5,000. The 35-year-old Bonnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts a little more than two weeks after the loss and finished his career with a record of 15-8. The use of Drostanolone by Bonnar is seen by many as the reason why he so quiet about his retirement from mixed martial arts and allowed Dana White to make the announcement for him.

Dave Herman, tested positive for marijuana metabolites, the same drug for which UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is presently suspended. He was submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the co-main event of UFC 153 for his third loss in a row and also failed to clear a pre-fight drug screen issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation back in 2011 that makes UFC 153 his second failed drug test in less than two years. Dave Herman, an American mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, made his professional mixed martial arts debut on December 31, 2006. The UFC fighter fought for a variety of promotions including Bellator Fighting Championships, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road.

Marc Ratner, the UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, said twenty-two fighters out of 24 tested negative and two fighters tested positive. Punishments for the fighters will be issued sometime next week, Ratner said.

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Saturday 27, Oct 2012

Damon Allen Accepts Sanction for Doping Violation

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Damon allen accepts sanction for doping violation

Damon Allen, Jr. of Philadelphia, an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 19-year-old Allen, Jr. tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, as the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on July 19, 2011.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, diuretics are prohibited and listed as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of those substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

A six-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Allen, Jr. that began on September 1, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. The boxing athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained on or subsequent to July 19, 2011, the day his urine sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Damon was the silver medalist at the 2010 National Golden Gloves (Little Rock, Ark.) and took the first place at the 2009 Junior National Golden Gloves (Mesquito, Nev.). The boxer won the first place at the 2008 & 2009 Ringside World Championships (Kansas City, Mo.); Placed second at the 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals (Denver, Colo.) and the Third place at the 2008 Junior Olympic Nationals (Marquette, Mich.). A runner-up in 2010 National Golden Gloves tournament and a semi-finalist at 2011 US championships, the Northern Michigan University student lost all results since then but his ban is retroactive to September 1, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. The boxer fought in the US Olympic Boxing Trials in Mobile, Alabama, but did not book a spot for the London Olympics in the 132-pound division.

Furosemide is a diuretic but is commonly used as a masking agent and high-profile fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former Guzman rival, Ali Funeka, and former Jr. Featherweight and super featherweight champion, Joan Guzman, have served suspensions for the banned substance. Furosemide or Lasix is a loop diuretic that is used for treating congestive heart failure and edema and is even used for preventing Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses from bleeding through the nose during races and can increase the risk of digoxin toxicity due to hypokalemia. The drug is also suggested for health complications including Nephrotic syndrome, in adjunct therapy for cerebral/pulmonary edema where rapid diuresis is required (IV injection), hepatic cirrhosis, renal impairment, and in the management of severe hypercalcemia in combination with adequate rehydration. It is a noncompetitive subtype-specific blocker of GABA-A receptors and is detectable in urine 36–72 hours following injection. Furosemide is injected either intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV) and its use is prohibited by most equestrian organizations. The drug is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned drug list as it can be used allegedly as a masking agent for other drugs.


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Monday 22, Oct 2012

USA Boxing Athlete Accepts Sanction

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According to an announcement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, Nev., an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. The anti-doping agency also remarked that Hunter has accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

The 23-year-old Hunter tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on August 5, 2011 at the U.S. Team Trials in Mobile, Alabama.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Anti-Doping Rules, cannabinoids are prohibited. Both the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the AIBA have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances and their presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction.

A three-month period of ineligibility was accepted by the boxer and it started on September 21, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional sanction. The period of ineligibility was suspended and reduced to time served, upon his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program that he completed on October 7, 2011. The boxer has been disqualified from his competitive results achieved on August 5, 2011, the day he provided his sample, through and including the date the doping education program was completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the doping violation.

Born on July 10, 1988, Michael Hunter is an American heavyweight boxer who won the National Super Heavyweight championships in 2007 and 2009. Son of Mike “the Bounty” Hunter and coached by KC Ken Croom, he made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves with only five bouts in 2006 at the age of 18. In 2007, he beat Lenroy Thompson and narrowly outpointed two-time winner Mike Wilson to win the US championships. Hunter dropped down to 201 lbs and won the Golden Gloves title in 2011 and managed to qualify for the London Olympics by winning his qualifier against Julio Castillo and Yamil Peralta. He has worked in the Tyrolean Mountains of Austria with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, and Vitali, who holds the World Boxing Council title and had to take a less direct route to qualifying for the London Games by this year winning the USA Boxing national championships and then a second tournament in Brazil.

The 201lb sensation from Sin City was on his way to compete against the best in the World in Baku, Azerbaijan for the AIBA Men’s World Championships before a failed drug test prompted him to “voluntarily withdrawal” from the US Olympic Team (aka United States representative for World Championship to Qualify for the Olympics). In August 2011, Michael Hunter stormed through the competition to win the Olympic trials but then was stripped of his victories after testing positive for the drug.  He got back in training and this year qualified for London at the last tournament, in Brazil after a three-month ban and wants to win a gold medal and become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Tuesday 09, Oct 2012

British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

British heavyweight boxer Ali Adams has been banned for a period of two years after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid following his International Masters title defeat by 2000 Olympic champion Audley Harrison on 26 May 2012.

The Chelsea-based fighter, Adams, who was beaten in four rounds by Harrison, failed a drug test for stanozolol that was conducted immediately after the bout. Stanozolol is the same steroid for which Ben Johnson, the former Canadian sprinter, tested positive at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Stanozolol, the synthetic anabolic steroid derived from the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone, is commonly used by sportsmen to benefit from improved protein synthesis that further translates to muscle growth gains and leads to increases in muscle force production and aid muscle recovery following bouts of exercise. Stanozolol is categorized by WADA under category S1. Anabolic Agents; 1. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS); a. Exogenous AAS of the 2012 Prohibited List.

The 31-year-old boxer provided an In-Competition sample for doping control purposes at the International Masters Heavyweight Title competition in Brentwood, Essex that was submitted for analysis to the Drug Control Centre, Kings’ College, Harlow. It was reported on 1 June 2012 by the laboratory to the UK Anti-Doping that an adverse analytical finding in respect of 3-hydroxystanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, had been detected in the Sample. After this, a notice of charge was issued to Ali Adams on 13 June 2012 for a violation of ADR 2.1 and ADR 2.2 in relation to the adverse analytical finding for Stanozolol and Adams was also provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The boxer waived his right to B sample analysis on 26 June 2012 and admitted to the violations on 5 July 2012.

It was claimed by Adams that he received medical treatment and massage for an ongoing neck injury and the massage therapist injected him on two different occasions with an unknown substance that was communicated to him as an anti-inflammatory and these injections must have been the cause of the adverse analytical finding.

UK Anti-Doping announced a provisional suspension for Adams since 13 June 2012 and his period of ineligibility in accordance with ADR 10.9 commences on 13 June 2012 and will expire at midnight on 12 June 2014.

UK Anti-Doping Director of Legal Graham Arthur said stanozolol is banned at all times in sport and there is no reason for it to be found in the body of an athlete and the repercussions for using such substances are serious. Arthur added that this positive finding was the result of a targeted intelligence-led test and this case demonstrates UK Anti-Doping makes use of intelligence to inform our anti-doping programs in the United Kingdom.

Adams’ violation is the latest in a succession of positive drug tests in boxing this year after Larry Olubamiwo was suspended in June 2012 for four years after multiple anti-doping rule violations and taking 13 banned substances, including human growth hormone and anabolic steroids. Earlier this year, the world title re-match of Amir Khan with Lamont Peterson was called off 19 days before the contest after it was revealed that Peterson had taken a form of synthetic testosterone.

British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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