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Wednesday 24, Apr 2013

Doping Claims Denied By Demons

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Doping Claims Denied By Demons

AFL Club Melbourne has admitted links between its team doctor and former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank, the man central to the Australian sport anti-doping investigation. However, the club denied it has done anything illegal.

The Australian Football League says it is urgently seeking an explanation from Melbourne over its dealings with Dank in the context of Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s (ASADA) probe into supplement use now certain to widen to take in the Demons. Recently, the ABC’s 7.30 Report claimed to have text messages between Melbourne’s club doctor Dan Bates and Stephen Dank stretching back to mid-2012. Many Demons players were named in the messages that suggest a supplements regime at the club that Dank was involved in and ABC’s 7.30 report alleges the text messages between Dank and Bates continued until the day Essendon fronted a media conference to reveal that they had concerns over their supplements program and the work of Dank at that club. However, none of the substances mentioned in the Melbourne text messages are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

AFL Club Melbourne, in a lengthy statement, said there was no evidence any of its supplements breached the WADA drug code, and that Dank never directly treated players nor worked directly for the club but it admit that Melbourne’s club doctor Dan Bates and sports scientists Stephen Dank had been in communication prior to the launch of ASADA’s investigation into Essendon, though Bates always had the final say in any treatment for Demons players. Melbourne said in its statement that Dank, at no point of time, was able to directly treat players and added that Dank and Dr Bates communicated via email, phone and text, regarding supplements (prior to the ASADA investigation).

The team, in the statement, said its processes require Dr Bates to consider the appropriateness of any treatment and make a determination as to its suitability at all times, to ensure that the welfare of our players is always maintained. Meanwhile, Melbourne coach Mark Neeld refused to reveal whether he had any knowledge of the club’s supplement program and said he is confident in the club’s processes and said we all should support the investigation and let’s have an investigation.

The AFL, which last week said Essendon was the only club involved in the wider Australian sport anti-doping investigation, approached the Melbourne Football Club to ascertain the club’s involvement with Stephen Dank and added that Melbourne provided the AFL with an explanation, however the matter has remained open as part of the AFL’s broader investigation into Dank’s activities with AFL clubs. The AFL said in a statement that it was not previously aware of the claims broadcasted by ABC’s 7.30 Report and these will form part of ongoing investigations by ASADA and the AFL and also added that the AFL is urgently seeking a further explanation from Melbourne Football Club about the veracity of the claims and how they can be reconciled with previous statements from the club.

Meanwhile, Demons face a critical clash with Greater Western Sydney Giants at the MCG on Sunday, after having a terrible season, losing their first three matches by huge margins

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Tuesday 23, Apr 2013

Anzac League Test May Get Disrupted With Doping Tests

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Anzac League Test May Get Disrupted With Doping Tests

If the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority requests interviews with players in the Kiwis and Kangaroos teams, the preparations for the Anzac Day test in Canberra could be disrupted for both sides.

Meanwhile, Rugby League International Federation chairman, New Zealander Scott Carter, admitted that he has concerns about the World Cup could be affected by players serving bans during the tournament. The members of the playing teams are presently under doubt and a potential cloud hangs over both camps in their preparation as the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) has begun its interview process with the 31 NRL players it claims breached anti-doping regulations during the 2011 season. The anti-doping agency, based in Canberra, has already issued several infraction notices, calling players in for extensive interviewing.

There is a possibility that some of the Kangaroos players may be caught up in the investigation, Coach Tim Sheens admits but said that he is retaining a solitary focus on getting his side ready for the Anzac Day test in Canberra. Sheens added that he is not going to worry himself about it and would go on to concentrate on preparing the team and also remarked that the team will address anything adverse at the same time if that happens. The Kangaroos coach also remarked that we have only got a short preparation, so his aim at the moment is to get the team ready and worry about other things.

It is rumored that Kiwis back rower Jeremy Smith is one of the players in the spotlight of the Australian Anti-Doping Agency as he was at Cronulla Sharks in 2011, the team and year ASADA is most concerned about. The player is certain to be named in the New Zealand side but New Zealand Rugby League CEO Phil Holden says he is unaware of any Kiwi players that Asada needs to talk to and said he is not aware of any of the details around it or if any of his players have been contacted and if someone had to be interviewed it would have an impact on them on a personal level.

Many believe that there still remains the possibility of players receiving bans that would take them out of contention for the World Cup, which begins in October. Meanwhile, the prospects of BBC securing the broadcasting rights for the World Cup in the UK and huge exposure during the tournament and open up the game to new markets in Britain outside its powerbase in the north of England may get damaged if Australia and the Kiwis are missing any top stars due to bans for taking illegal performance enhancing drugs.

The bottom line is that any international or national body would be concerned if there were drug issues, especially if they were widespread and whether it’s a national team or a World Cup, nobody would want it tarnished by marquee players missing, Rugby League International Federation chairman, New Zealander Scott Carter, said. He added that the ASADA issue is an interesting one because everyone is still waiting to see whether this is an issue as big as it has been hinted at or not and to date, there is no reason to suspect there would be wholesale decimation of national sides.

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Saturday 30, Mar 2013

Supplements Were Legal, Says Retired Bomber

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Supplements Were Legal, Says Retired Bomber

Former Bomber Mark McVeigh has claimed that every supplement taken by his teammates last year had been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority. The statement by McVeigh was in response to the allegations that the children of Essendon players and officials have been bullied in relation to the doping scandal that has engulfed the club.

The former Bomber, who was critical of whistle-blower Kyle Reimers in the immediate aftermath of his testimony about the dubious medical practices at Essendon last year, went on to rubbish claims that off-site injections being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority took place in a sinister environment. However, the former Essendon vice-captain said it was appropriate that the club was under investigation due to its employment of people with “a dodgy past or history” but remarked ere was no way any Essendon player would have knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs.

McVeigh added that we were obviously in an auditorium alongside doctors and coaches and it was explained, in a PowerPoint presentation, what supplements we would be using and went on to add that the players knew exactly what we were taking, that it was above board and ticked off by ASADA. He also remarked that anything that went into our bodies that was illegal, there is no way we would have known about that and there is no way any of the current players would have taken that and contended that when you have got James Hird and doctors in the room that you respect, you believe them and every supplement taken by the teammates was ticked off by ASADA or WADA (the World Anti-Doping Authority).

Before his retirement last August, McVeigh played 232 games with Essendon and contested claims that the off-site injections overseen by Stephen Dank, the man central to investigations in both rugby league and AFL, took place in a dubious environment. He added that a lot of us have got young children and we are close to our families and that would be disgusting for us to be doing something like that, so he was just shocked.

A close friend of Essendon coach James Hird, McVeigh remarked it was clear the scandal had taken a toll on his health and said he has lost a bit of weight and looks a little bit stressed. McVeigh also remarked that Hird is a resilient person, a great figure of the game and it would have taken all of his strength to get himself up, to get the club in the right frame of mind to be able to play.

David Zaharakis, a former teammate who appeared alongside McVeigh on the Seven Network’s AFL Game Day, remarked it was distressing that it was not only the players and coaches being affected by the saga and added that it definitely takes its toll on everyone and it’s ridiculous people can start targeting your family or your kids and added that he know some of the coaches and even players who have kids at school (who) have copped a bit of bullying.

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Saturday 02, Feb 2013

Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

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Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

A new report alleges that Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis ordered the deer-antler spray along with deer-antler pills and other products from a company with ties to performance enhancing drugs.

According to a report in the Sports Illustrated, the Ravens star sought help from the company Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) in October after he tore his right triceps. The magazine reported that SWATS owner Mitch Ross recorded a call with Lewis hours after injury to the player in a game against Dallas. It was further reported that Lewis asked the owner of SWATS to send him deer-antler spray and pills, along with other products made by the company.

The company revealed that the hormone is harvested from deer in New Zealand. Deer-antler spray and pills contain a hormone termed IGF-1 that is believed to assist in muscle recovery. Sports Illustrated said the product is banned by the NCCA and every major professional league though SWATS claims their product is natural as a food. The spray, made of antler extract, is sprayed under the tongue and is believed to build muscles and makes one bigger, faster, and stronger. It is not possible to detect deer antler spray in drug tests and amateur and professional athletes around the world may be using it as the risk of getting caught is not that high. According to the Baltimore Sun, deer antlers are clipped off to make a deer-antler spray and then they are either grind, frozen, or cooked to get out the nutrients.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said the team knew about the report and Ryan has denied taking anything and has always passed all tests.

IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and circulates in the body. It is used to signal receptors in muscle cells to multiply and grow. Moreover, it aids growth and promote muscle strength in normal ranges besides increasing metabolism of carbohydrates to bring more sugars to the cells to assist in the growth of muscles.

Don Catlin, the former head of UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Lab, remarked that IGF-1 is “just like giving someone human growth hormone.” Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who studies growth hormone at Johns Hopkins University, remarked that there is no proof of a successful way to deliver IGF-1 in pill or spray form.

Professional golfer Vijay Singh recently admitted to using the deer-antler spray but claimed that he was not aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he revealed using the spray. The magazine revealed that the golfer paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids` owners USD 9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products. He added that he has been in contact with the PGA Tour and fully cooperating with their review of the matter. In another development, former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand has disclosed that he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to know that it contains a substance that violates the doping protocols of golf.

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Tuesday 25, Sep 2012

Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

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Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is reeling with news that East Perth footballer Dean Cadwallader has tested positive to anabolic steroids and is banned for a period of two years. Cadwallader as informed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of a positive result taken from him during the state team program.

Cadwallader returned a positive test for nandrolone, which is prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and listed as an S1 Anabolic Agent on the 2010 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List; both the ‘A” and “B” samples of the football player returned positive results to nandrolone, the anabolic steroid. The 19-year-old tested positive to the substance and under Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations for which the prescribed penalty is an automatic suspension of two years.

The 19-year-old from Stirling made his league debut for the Royals in round two in 2010 and played in 11 games before he was dropped for the clash with Claremont on June 26. A speedy midfielder on the radar of a number of AFL clubs, Dean Cadwallader, was stood down by East Perth when the club was notified of the first positive test. The AFL hopeful was not allowed to play competitive football until June 2012 under the ruling. His period of ineligibility was fixed at two years backdated to June 21, 2010.

WAFL tribunal chairman Paul Heaney said Cadwallader admitted that he willingly took the drug to increase his weight after being told by his coach that he need to put on weight if he wants to be eligible for the AFL draft and play league football in WA. The WAFL had conducted the tribunal process in strict accordance with the AFL’s anti-doping code, acting WAFL operations manager Steve Hargrave said and added the West Australian Football League is in close consultation with key partners such as the AFL, DSR, Sports Medicine Australia, and ASADA in our ongoing development of the WAFL drug education program.

Nandrolone is commonly used by professional sportsmen to increase muscle mass and has been used illegally by athletes including Linford Christie and tennis player Petr Korda.

Cadwallader said he would like to acknowledge his actions and expressed regret for the disappointment caused to all. The player rendered an apology to his family, my teammates, the East Perth Football Club and its staff, its members and its supporters and said he has made a big mistake and paid a heavy price for that. Cadwallader expressed hopes that he can soon come back to the game and make a positive contribution. The footballer chose not to inform the club of how and why the banned steroid was taken.

East Perth coach Tony Micale said there was no need for Cadwallader to do anything like that as he had he natural talent to achieve the highest level without using drugs and said he is shocked to learn about the doping incident. Micale added that Dean had just made an error of judgment on this occasion and said he was not aware of other players at the club using drugs or not and declined to comment when asked how long Dean had been taking nandrolone.

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Sunday 23, Sep 2012

US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

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US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. The 30-year-old accepted the warning and was still made a part of the United States soccer team in the Olympic tournament.

In a statement, Solo said she took a medication that was prescribed by her personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and she was not aware of the diuretic properties of the medication. She added that she immediately cooperated with USADA as soon as she was informed of this fact and using the medication was an honest mistake. U.S. Soccer also issued a statement to express its support for the goalkeeper and said it fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process.

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction. It is marketed under the brand names Contaren and Luvion and an aldosterone antagonist with additional anti-androgen properties that is used as a diuretic in Europe. It is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hope Solo published her best-selling autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope after the 2012 London Olympics, where she received her second Olympic gold medal. The autobiography debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list, which is the highest ever for a soccer book.

Born in Richland, Washington on July 30, 1981, she scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996–1998 and a state championship in her senior year and switched to the goalkeeper position at the University of Washington. Solo’s senior debut came in an 8–0 win over Iceland at Davidson, North Carolina in April 2000 and she was named in the Olympic team in 2004. She was an important part of the U.S. women’s team that won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. During the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she won the “Golden Glove” award for best goalkeeper and the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance and featured in the “All-star” team of the tournament.

Considered one of the world’s top goalkeepers, Hope Solo has been the regular U.S. keeper for nearly six years. She famously criticized the move of Coach Greg Ryan during the 2007 World Cup in China when Ryan benched her against Brazil for veteran Briana Scurry, a hero of the 1999 world champions. The United States was routed 4-0 and Solo said leaving her behind was a wrong decision. This prompted Ryan to dismiss her from the world Cup team and the keeper was not allowed on the bench for the third-place game and flew back home from China on her own. After this controversy, Pia Sundhage took over as coach and Solo has remained her top goalkeeper ever since then.

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Friday 06, Jul 2012

Lacrosse athlete receives four-year ban

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Lacrosse athlete Isaac Haack has received a four-year sanction for possession and trafficking of banned substances, according to an announcement made by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

The CCES asserted the violation following conviction of Haack for trafficking in British Columbia Provincial Court on December 9, 2011. The anti-doping rule violation for possession and trafficking, Arbitrator Roberts confirmed and imposed a four-year period of ineligibility.

Paul Melia, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, said the CCES commends the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for bringing charges in this case and the CCES welcomes information about doping activities besides encouraging people to help it protect athletes who choose to compete clean by contacting it through its confidential communication systems.

CCES appreciates persons with knowledge of doping activities to contact the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport at: 1-800-710-CCES or by email at [email protected]

Thursday 05, Jul 2012

Hugo Lopez puts steroid scandal behind him

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Second-year Eskimos defensive back, Hugo Lopez, a member of suspended University of Waterloo football program has put the Waterloo steroid scandal behind him.

The Nicaraguan-born defensive back opted to take his game to the University of Toronto, where he capped off his four-year university career with the Varsity Blues. Lopez is looking forward to his second CFL season after experiencing action in three games last season following a six-game stint on the injured list and nine games on the reserve list.

Lopez said the steroid scandal is behind him and he is concentrating to get a Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Lopez took advantage of a CIS ruling that allowed Waterloo players to transfer to another school and play immediately.

Wednesday 04, Jul 2012

Plans for offseason drug testing included in NBA deal

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NBA players have agreed to offseason testing for performance enhancing drugs for the first time as part of the new labor deal that is being balloted. The NBA did not test players previously during its July-September offseason.

Billy Hunter, Players’ union executive director, sent a memo, obtained by The Associated Press, to players detailing changes to the labor deal and recommends they ratify the agreement.

Beginning in the 2012-13 season, players can be tested up to two times during the offseason for steroids and performance enhancing drugs according to the memo. The memo also disclosed that a majority of players would be tested no more than four times throughout an entire year, and that no tests may be given at the arena on the night of a game.

No matter what, NBA players will face additional testing if the deal is ratified.

The memo was not very much clear about testing for human growth hormone, saying only that a committee would be studying the “possibility of an HGH testing program.” NBA spokesman Mike Bass, however, insisted that both sides have agreed to HGH blood testing, subjected to the process being validated by a “neutral committee of experts.”

Tuesday 03, Jul 2012

Anavar Cycles

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When it comes to losing extra fat and weight at the same time as gaining lean appearance and muscle size, there are hardly any anabolic steroids and efficiency improving medications that can stand up to evoke attention of professional athletes as Anavar, also known as AnVar and Oxandrolone. This is one of the biggest reasons why more and more athletes and fitness-conscious people are appreciating Anavar cycles these days to stand above the competition.

One of the greatest advantages of Anavar cycles is that users can quickly expect loss of extra weight under the buckle while maintaining muscle mass and strength, which may have been accomplished with or without bulking cycle steroids in the past. If that was not all, use of AnVar is not associated with estrogenic adverse reactions and side effects of anabolic steroids like greasy skin, depressive disorders, enlarged prostate, hair loss and menstrual irregularities in females, and gynecomastia unless it is misused or of low grade.

Since Anavar is a 17-alpha alkylated steroid, its use is easily and quickly tolerated by the liver and this steroid is rarely associated with liver poisoning. Moreover, use of the steroid for a cycle of six to eight weeks is related with extraordinary and nearly-permanent upgrades in terms of nitrogen storage, protein features, muscular function, muscular size, and endurance. The best part is that this efficiency improving medication can be used by both men and women, as it does not cause to virilization.

In purchase to obtain the maximum advantages of Anavar cycles, Anavar is best stacked with testosterone cypionate, testosterone suspension, testosterone enanthate, Equipoise, or Trenbolone for a steroid cycle of six to eight weeks. The use of post cycle therapy drugs may be required after the end of steroid cycle or just before the end, by those who are vulnerable to excess estrogen development. It is beneficial to observe that PCT (post cycle therapy) is always suggested after a steroid cycle, and Anavar cycles are no exclusions, for reestablishing the natural production of hormones in our bodies and boost advantages of steroid used in the cycle.

In order to reap the key advantages of Anavar, one can even engage in Anavar only cycle as per expert consultancy. It is very worth noting that AnVar is an extremely effective medication and its misuse may cause adverse reactions and therefore it is always suggested that Anavar cycles should be well planned and implemented and under complete guidance to eliminate the odds of Anavar abuse and adverse reactions.

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