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Tuesday 01, May 2012

  Contador will not appeal against ban

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After failing a dope test in his victorious 2010 Tour de France campaign, Alberto Contador has decided not to appeal against the two-year ban given to him with the Swiss Federal Court.

A retroactive ban was imposed on the Spaniard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in February.

Contador tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol while competing in the 2010 Tour de France.

Monday 30, Apr 2012

  Canadian Weightlifter Suspended

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Weightlifter Nick Roberts has received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation, according to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

The urine sample of Roberts revealed the presence of clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic agent.

Roberts’ urine sample was collected during out-of-competition doping control on February 20, 2012.

Wednesday 29, Feb 2012

  Decision over Spanish cyclist on Feb 6

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently said that a decision over Alberto Contador‘s long-running doping case will be announced next Monday, on February 6.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) intends to publish its decision in the arbitration procedure involving the International Cycling Union (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Alberto Contador and the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) on Monday 6 February 2012,” a CAS statement said.

“A confirmation as to the date and time of the publication of the decision will be given by the CAS at the end of this week,” the CAS statement said.

Sunday 04, Sep 2011

  Contador wins over fickle fans in defeat

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Contador wins over fickle fans in defeatAlberto Contador of Spain won back affection of fans despite losing his invincibility on grand Tours.

The cyclist was previously booed by fans at the start of the Tour de France.

“All in all I had a great season. People focus on the Tour de France but we have to take into account the rest of the season,” he said. “I’m delighted with my season.”

Wednesday 29, Jun 2011

  James Stanton accepts doping ban

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James Stanton accepts doping banThe bid of Australian water polo star James Stanton for competing at a third successive Olympic Games is over after he reluctantly accepted a two-year doping ban.

Australia’s goalkeeper at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Stanton tested positive for the anabolic agent clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test in Perth on September 15 last year.

“I plan to keep training on my own during the extent of the ban so as to demonstrate to the coaches and supporters that I am serious about returning and that this will not be the end of my career,” Stanton said.

Saturday 05, Mar 2011

  Contador disputes drugs test, anti-doping campaigners in split

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Contador disputes drugs test, anti-doping campaigners in splitThe cycling world closed ranks around the troubled Tour de France winner Alberto Contador after his disputed positive test for clenbuterol, the anabolic agent.

Leading anti-doping campaigner David Millar said that the Spaniard should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Millar said, “I think there’s a very strong chance this is being blown out of proportion.”

Sunday 16, Jan 2011

  400m silver-medalist Abugan fails a drug test

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400m silver-medalist Abugan fails a drug testNigerian athlete Folashade Abugan has been stripped of her two Commonwealth Games silver medals after failing a drugs test, according to an announcement.

Abugan now faces a ban of up to two years and becomes the third Nigerian to fail a drugs test at the Delhi event after the 110m hurdler Samuel Okon and Damola Osayemi, who claimed gold in the women’s 100m, both of whom tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Abugan forfeits her silver in the 400m and, as a member of her country’s second-placed finish in the 4x400m relay, that result is also nullified.

Monday 15, Dec 2008

  IOC to retest Beijing doping samples in January

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Olympic-SteroidsTo the 2008 Beijing Olympics athletes, to be stripped of medals is a bad, bad way to start 2009. Our advice to them? Take in all in stride. Look at the four riders in this year’s Tour de France who tested for CERA long after the cameras flashed and the medals awarded. Their collective sigh was: C’est la vie!

The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday about 500 samples will undergo retroactive testing in January. Of that number are about 400 blood tests to be retested for third-generation drug CERA, while 100 are urine samples which will be tested for insulin. A WADA lab in Cologne, Germany will handle the retesting of the urine samples. According to AP report, the lab has come up with a reliable test for insulin which, like anabolic steroids, is considered a performance-enhancing drug.

IOC’s statement said the tests “will primarily target endurance events in cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics.” The test results are expected to be in by the end of March.

It was in October when IOC has announced its plan to carry out retroactive testing subsequent to AFLD’s (French anti-doping agency) statement that it will retest samples from the 2008 Tour de France riders. AFLD has developed a more effective method to test blood samples for new generation performance boosters like CERA. The new testing method caught four riders.

Tuesday 25, Nov 2008

  Viagra may join anabolic steroids in WADA’s prohibited list by 2009

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Viagra WADAThe cat’s out of the bag!

This could be the collective statement of athletes who’ve been getting some help from the diamond-shaped blue pills of Viagra outside the bedroom – i.e. as an anabolic agent.  Viagra may be among the prohibited compounds endorsed by anti-doping organizations, principally the World Anti-Doping Agency.

This comes up as a WADA-financed research is nearing culmination. The study, being conducted by the Marywood University in Scranton, PA involved lacrosse players, is aimed at finding out if Viagra provides unfair competitive edge to athletes. If Viagra is proven to be a performance-enhancing drug it can be put on WADA’s banned list on September 2009 at the earliest, five months before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to New York Times.

Aside from the Marywood study, several researches have been initiated to pinpoint the exact effects of Viagra on the performance of athletes. More from the New York Times:

Through the decades, athletes have tried everything from strychnine to bulls’ testicles to veterinary steroids in a desperate, and frequently illicit, effort to gain an advantage. Several years ago, word spread that Viagra was being given to dogs at racetracks, said Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, based in Colorado Springs.

Interest in the drug among antidoping experts was further increased by a study conducted at Stanford University and published in 2006 in The Journal of Applied Physiology. The study indicated that some participants taking Viagra improved their performances by nearly 40 percent in 10-kilometer cycling time trials conducted at a simulated altitude of 12,700 feet — a height far above general elite athletic competition. Viagra did not significantly enhance performance at sea level, where blood vessels are fully dilated in healthy athletes.
A 2004 German study of climbers at 17,200 feet at a Mount Everest base camp, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, found that Viagra [cialis] relieved constriction of blood vessels in the lungs and increased maximum exercise capacity.

At this point, there is no evidence of widespread use of Viagra by elite athletes, Mr. Tygart said. Yet, because the drug is not prohibited and thus not screened for, there is no way to know precisely how popular it is.

Viagra is the popular trade name of sildefinil citrate which was made commercially available in 1998 in the United States and has become a household name because it’s been found to be effective in treating what used to be a hush-hush condition – erectile dysfunction.

Viagra was originally developed to treat hypertension and angina pectoris, but it has been discovered that it has minimal effects on angina but impressive outcome on penile erections.
In bodybuilding circles, Viagra is popular as a pre-contest drug because it positively affects the release of nitric oxide (NO), the chemical compound that relaxes or widens the smooth muscles, allowing ideal blood flow. This further leads to improved transport of oxygen to muscle cells and increased rate of release of lactic acid, a compound which takes part in the body’s energy production.  This results to the so-called pump that many bodybuilders – and athletes – seek because it translates to high endurance.