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Saturday 17, Dec 2016

  Saudi Football Legend Mohammed Noor Banned

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a doping ban of four years on former Saudi Arabia star Mohammed Noor over a doping offence.

The 38-year-old Noor tested positive for banned substance Amphetamine in a routine in-competition doping control exam in November 2015. Amphetamine is considered as a performance enhancing drug by many anti-drug bodies and included in most of drug-related tests. It is not known to create extra physical strength or mental energy and its main effects include alertness, wakefulness, a decrease sense of fatigue, and increased confidence.

Noor, whose full name is Mohammed bin Mohammed Noor Adam Hawsawi, was initially given a ban of four years by the Saudi anti-doping authorities but he was allowed to resume playing football in April this year. This was after an appeal panel accepted his claim that he had served a sufficient punishment. However, FIFA made an appeal to CAS to have his full four-year ban reinstated, which was upheld after proceedings in Lausanne on Friday.

In a statement, the CAS said its Panel found that the player failed to identify any basis for impugning the reliability or accuracy of the testing laboratory’s analysis of his A and B Sample. The statement further reads the player moreover could not identify any particular deviation from the World Anti-Doping Agency International Standards for Laboratories and therefore, the appropriate sanction for the player’s anti-doping rule violation is a four-year period of ineligibility.

Noor was provisionally suspended in November last year and then banned for four years in February by the Saudi anti-doping panel. The football star appeal and the Saudi appeal panel recognized the presence of the banned substance in his sample but decided to end the ban in April. Noor then retired in June.

Noor twice represented his country at the World Cup. He has 98 international caps to his name and is one of the country’s most famous sporting figures and has spent 23 years in the top flight with Al Ittihad and Al Nassr. Noor has won two AFC Champions League and eight Saudi Premier League titles in a highly successful career. An attacking midfielder, Noor spent nearly his entire career at Jeddah club Al-Ittihad. The 38-year-old has played nearly 400 league games for Al-Ittihad, scoring more than 130 goals and has scored 8 goals in nearly 100 appearances for the Green Falcons on international level.

Considered to be one of the best players ever to play in Asia, Mohammed Noor made his first appearance with the national football team in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in the semi-finals against Brazil. He was honored with many titles and prizes including Arab Nations Cup 2002 – Most Valuable player and 2003 Arabian Footballer of the Year. Noor was voted as the Best Player In Saudi Premier League 2009 and was named as the Arab Player of the Decade (MBC group poll): 2000 – 2010. He was nominated for the Asian Player of the Year in 2009 and became the MVP in the Asian Champions League 2009.

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Monday 24, Sep 2012

  Perth Football Club Player Banned

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Perth Football Club Player Banned

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has acknowledged decision of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal for imposing a ban of two years on Perth Football Club player Joel Fiegert, for the presence of prohibited substances. The WA Football Commission released findings from a WAFL anti-doping tribunal hearing and said the 21-year-old Fiegert tested positive to an illicit drug prohibited under clause 11.1 of the anti-doping code.

The substances D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine were detected in a sample that was collected by the ASADA in-competition from Mr Fiegert, following a 30 July 2011 match between Perth and South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium, Western Australia. D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine are classified as stimulants and are prohibited in-competition, under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.

Fiegert, who played 13 league matches in four seasons at the Demons, said he was clean and vehemently denied producing a positive test or being suspended at the end of last season. The ban imposed on Fiegert by the WAFL tribunal was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension and he would be ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person until 23 August 2013 in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.

Perth president Vince Pendal was believed to be devastated by the information, but he would not discuss it and said we are not making any comment until the process has gone through. Perth Football Club chief executive Marty Atkins said the club supported the tough stance against recreational drugs and added that he club would work with the player and his family to give him the chance to a make a return to the club once the ban had been lifted.

The former Perth Demons midfielder has become the fourth WAFL player in two years to be suspended for testing positive to a banned substance after East Perth’s Kane Goodwin, Swan Districts’ Travis Casserly, and fellow Royal Dean Cadwallader. Goodwin tested positive to cocaine and the anabolic agent Clenbuterol and can play again in June next year. Casserly tested positive to the banned stimulant pseudoephedrine in cold tablets that he used during the 2010 grand final and would be eligible to play next season. Since then, he has visited many clubs for warning players of risks caused by drugs. The ban of Cadwallader for using Nandrolone expired in May.

Joel Fiegert is no longer at the Demons and is working in Karratha and said he is not aware of a positive test. When asked why he didn’t play the last two matches of 2011, Fiegert replied that he had a stress fracture in his foot last year.

The WAFC informed all WAFL presidents of the identity of the suspended player’s club but stayed away from disclosing name of the player. The matter was being overseen by WA Football Commission integrity manager Steve Hargrave, who is the only WAFC official who was authorized to discuss it but said confidentiality requirements meant he could not comment. In 2010, ASADA conducted 24 WAFL tests but doubled that last year and may double again this season at a cost of nearly $100,000.

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Saturday 25, Jun 2011

  Braves pitcher Matt Suschak suspended

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Braves pitcher Matt Suschak suspendedAccording to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Braves pitcher Matt Suschak has been suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

Suschak tested positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Suschak starts immediately.

Sunday 19, Jun 2011

  Father-son duo arrested on drug charges

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Father-son duo arrested on drug chargesTwo men from Cedar Grove were arrested by police following a two-month multijurisdictional investigation.

Authorities said Mark N. Benevento, 50, and his son, Mark J. Benevento, 18, were arrested, after officers executed search warrants at Wood’s Dog House, 467 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona and at a Stevens Avenue apartment in Cedar Grove.

Drugs were being sold from both locations, police said.

Sunday 22, May 2011

  Case involving steroids adjourned

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Case involving steroids adjournedThe case of Melchor Ferris, 30, of Chenery Street, who was charged with five offences following a police raid at an Albury fitness centre on January 20, has been adjourned.

Ferris was charged over the possession of steroids and the deemed supply of a prohibited drug and charges against him have been adjourned until May.

He was also charged with possessing or attempting to possess an anabolic or androgenic steroid, 1000 tablets of a prescribed restricted substance, and another 58 tablets of a prescribed restricted substance.

Wednesday 13, Apr 2011

  Newton’s Death May Be Caused Due To Drug

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Newton's Death May Be Caused Due To Drug An inquest heard has revealed that drugs could have misted up the judgment of former Wakefield Wildcats player Terry Newton when he hanged himself.

Inquiry was told that the drugs could reduce the prohibited state of mind, and reduced its analysis, although not favor a direct cause of death.

Newton‘s death is considered by many as a warning to athletes to stop experimenting with steroids.

Saturday 19, Feb 2011

  Former Wigan player had steroids in blood at death time

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Former Wigan player had steroids in blood at death timeDavid Myers, the former Great Britain and Wigan player, had traces of anabolic steroids and amphetamine in his blood that could have contributed to the collapse while driving that led to his death.

This information was disclosed in an inquest heard recently.

From Guardian.co.uk:

Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg was told Myers, from Warrington, was working as a van driver and a nightclub doorman since he retired from rugby. His partner Sarah Southern told the court Myers was working seven days a week.

Questioned about his use of amphetamines, Southern said she was not aware of him using substances but added: “He may have taken things to keep him awake at work.” She told the court that on the night before he died, Myers complained of tiredness and chest pains. Witnesses described how Myers’ van ploughed at speed through a barrier around a railway bridge and hit the bridge itself. Pathologist Dr Paul Simcock told the hearing the cause of death was the heart attack.

The 37-year-old had a heart attack at the wheel of his car on the M6 in Cheshire.

Tuesday 13, Jan 2009

  NEW THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION DRUGS ANNOUNCED BY THE MLB

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mlb-steroidsWhile the congress is doubling its efforts in identifying individuals who are involved in illegal use of various performance enhancing drugs in different sports, Major League Baseball‘s independent drug-testing administrator Dr. Bryan Smith has just announced a very timely drug to be exempted from being tested.

The use of amphetamines is not as widespread as those of anabolic steroids or human growth hormones. It has been shown, however, to improve an athlete’s concentration and focus– something like a mental enhancing drug. Of course, the downside is that amphetamine can be addictive and can cause serious neurological problems when abused.

The interesting issue is why baseball players have abnormally high rates for ADHD. Even Dr. Gary Wadler of the World Anti-Doping Agency considers this absurd. On top of the steroid controversies, the congress should look forward into investigations on the use of then-banned drugs in the Major Leagues. The have already started getting skeptical with players using TUEs. The use of this amphetamine and other drugs that are under the exemption might as well increase in the next few years