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Tuesday 17, Oct 2017

  Weightlifter Provisionally Suspended For Doping Offence

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The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has suspended Olympian Mohd Hafifi Mansor for an alleged doping offence.

In a statement, the IWF said the sample of Mansor had an Adverse Analytical Finding for Oxymetholone. Hafifi could face a possible doping ban of four years as Oxymetholone is classified as a performance enhancing substance that promotes muscle growth.

Also known as Anadrol, Oxymetholone is a synthetic, orally active anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) and 17a-methylated derivative of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The anabolic-androgenic steroid is known to increase the levels of the hormone (erythropoietin) that is involved in the production of red blood cells. Anadrol is classified under the S1 (anabolic agents) by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

IWF posted on its official website it will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed. The suspension was confirmed by Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (ADAMAS) deputy director S Nishel Kumar. Nishel remarked it is too early to comment on the matter and added we will communicate with the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF). The Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency deputy director also commented that we were asked to determine if the athlete concerned accepted the result or wish to challenge it.

Kumar raised questions over the delayed results of the doping test. The ADAMAS deputy director said we don’t understand is why it has taken seven months for the result to be made known and added it usually only takes a month, so we too are wondering what has caused the delay.

Mansor, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medalist, was considered as a gold medal hope for Malaysia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Hafifi also won the Australian Open in Melbourne in March and the sample of the positive test is believed to have been taken during the latter event.

MWF acting secretary Abu Hanapah Ismail said the cost involved in having the B sample of Hafifi tested can run up to tens of thousands of ringgit. Ismail added we are also working out how the B sample test will be paid for, either from the associations’ pocket or by other means. The MWF acting secretary said the samples were tested in Delhi previously and commented it could cost more than usual, as the test had initially been conducted in Australia.  The acting secretary of the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation also remarked it is a bit disappointing as Hafifi had gone on to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Championships recently that also serves as a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old weightlifter may decide to be present at the opening of the B sample bottle at the laboratory in Sydney, Australia at his expense, according to ADAMAS director Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz. The ADAMAS director also remarked he cannot comment much on the ongoing case as the matter is with IWF and MWF.

In May 2014, track cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom had tested positive for Dexamethasone at the Perlis Malaysia Games. However, the result of the failed test was only made known in February 2015 because of a miscommunication between the test lab and ADAMAS.

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Tuesday 18, Apr 2017

  Afghanistan Cricketer Faces Doping Ban

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The International Cricket Council has announced Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad faces a provisional ban under its anti-doping rules.

Shahzad will be suspended as of April 26th unless he decides to challenge the decision before that date. It was revealed by the ICC that a sample provided by the 29-year-old was found to contain the prohibited substance Clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test in January.

A statement from the world governing body of cricket reads the International Cricket Council today announced that Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation under the ICC anti-doping code. The ICC statement further reads that the sample Shahzad provided in an out-of-competition test, which was conducted on 17 January 2017 at the ICC Academy in Dubai and analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, was found to contain the presence of Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance which appears in Section 1.2 of the WADA prohibited list (in the category of other anabolic agents).

The statement also reads that Shahzad, in accordance with the ICC anti-doping code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, will be provisionally suspended, with such suspension coming into effect on 26 April 2017, unless he exercises his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension before such date.

Shahzad has the right to request that his B sample be tested within five days from the notice, and to challenge the suspension within 12 days. A hearing will take place if he challenges the suspension and the suspension will not be imposed till the outcome of the hearing is known. The big-hitting Shahzad, who has played 58 ODIs and 58 T20Is, also has to respond to the charge within 14 days. It will be considered to be an admission of guilt if he does not respond.

Shahzad was last seen in action during the series of Afghanistan against Ireland in India. In December 2016, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year by the ICC, for the period running September 2015 to 2016.

A key player in the team’s charge towards potential Test match status, Shahzad has scored 1,901 runs in one-dayers with a best score of 131 not out while smashing 1,779 runs in T20 with a high of an undefeated 118. The Afghanistan batsman is the fourth highest run-maker in T20 internationals, and even surpassed Indian superstar and Captain Virat Kohli in the rankings when Afghanistan whitewashed Ireland 3-0 earlier this year.

A rare prospect reprieving from the politically hit country of Afghanistan, Shahzad was recently included in the IPL auction pool by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The list of others included batsman Asghar Stanikzhai, pacer Dawlat Zadran, all-rounder Mohammed Nabi and bowler Rashid Khan Arman and the India-born Chirag Suri of United Arab Emirates.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was part of the Afghanistan side that was taking part in the Desert T20 challenge in Dubai in January. The Afghanistan side twice beat Ireland, including in the final when Shahzad made an unbeaten 52 in a 10-wicket win.

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Wednesday 05, Apr 2017

  UFC Welterweight Viscardi Andrade Banned

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced a suspension of two years for UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade.

Andrade tested positive for anabolic steroids after his most recent bout, which was a decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85. In a released statement, USADA said an out-of-competition test conducted March 7 revealed the presence of the banned steroid Stanozolol (Winstrol) and its metabolites. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, revealed he was ‘pressured’ to accept the doping ban. Andrade said he was always blaming the lab, and they are protecting the lab. The UFC fighter added that we got to a point where we asked for a letter explaining why the lab lost its credential, because they claimed it was not because of false positive results like the media reported. Andrade said USADA officials told them to accept this, or they would stop counting this year off, and his suspension would only get longer. The Brazilian mixed martial artist added he was pressured to accept the doping suspension. Previously, Felipe Olivieri went to arbitration in his case with USADA. It was determined by the arbitrator that he should get the maximum two years for testing positive for Methyltestosterone despite the Rio lab losing its WADA accreditation months later. The arbitrator, Richard H. McLaren, wrote in the decision that a suspension some three months later of the laboratory’s accreditation does not mean that the sample analysis in March was incorrect or flawed.

In a statement, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said Andrade had a right to arbitration and chose to forego it. Madden added the full facts of the case would have been made public had he gone to arbitration and also commented that we of course have full confidence in the results and outcome of this case and also said that the athlete under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy had the opportunity to have this case heard by an independent arbitrator.

The positive test of Andrade took place 12 days before the fight but he was not notified of the potential anti-doping violation until April 12. The period of ineligibility started from March 20, the day after the FS1-televised event.

The lab in Rio de Janeiro, three months after UFC Fight Night 85, where the urine sample of Andrade was processed lost its WADA accreditation for failing to adhere to international drug testing standards. The lab however was reinstated a month later and it is unclear whether the testing issue affected the case of Viscardi Andrade.

USADA said it has forwarded all information about the case of Andrade to decide whether or not to overturn his win against Walsh. In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said a bout (as per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with) may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout.

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2,” Andrade is still subject to drug testing during his suspension.

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Tuesday 27, Dec 2016

  UFC Lightweight Ferreira Accepts Suspension

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The UFC lightweight fighter Carlos Diego Ferreira has received a suspension of 17 months for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for Ostarine [a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM)] in an out-of-competition drug test on April 29. The MMA fighter additionally declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that contained the banned substance 7-keto-DHEA. Under the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency, both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Ferreira following notification of his positive test tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. The USADA statement further reads that although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

It was also added that the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of USADA independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. The USADA statement reads that testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. USADA further added that Ferreira advised the United States Anti-Doping Agency that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine.

USADA based on the circumstance of the anti-doping violation elected to reduce the suspension of Ferreira from two years to 17 months, retroactive to April 29. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will now be eligible to return in September 2014.

The UFC lightweight fighter was previously suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the positive test. The UFC will adhere to the lengthier punishment administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Ferreira was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 but his name was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

The former Legacy FC lightweight champion started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He made his professional MMA debut against Joseph Daily at STFC 15 on April 15, 2011 wjere won the fight via split decision. Ferreira went on to compile an undefeated record of 9–0 before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in his debut and won a Performance of the Night bonus where he won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke). He then defeated Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 and won the Fight of the Night bonus. Later, ge faced Beneil Dariush at UFC 179 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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Sunday 05, May 2013

  Banned Anti-Obesity Drug Was Administered To Essendon Players

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Banned Anti-Obesity Drug Was Administered To Essendon Players

The Essendon Football Club, on the eve of ANZAC Day, made a public admission that the anti-obesity drug AOD-9604 had been administered to some of its players last year.

The announcement comes as devastating news for the Melbourne Football Club, with the World Anti-Doping Agency stating categorically that AOD-9604 is a banned substance. The determination of WADA was made with respect to substances that are prohibited at all times and appears under the heading ‘Non-Approved Substances’ as any pharmacological substance which is not addressed by any of the subsequent sections of the List and with no current approval by any governmental regulatory authority for human therapeutic use (e.g. drugs under pre-clinical or clinical development or discontinued, designer drugs, substances approved only for veterinary use) is prohibited.

Many in the sports fraternity said the banning by WADA of AOD-9604 with regard to it having never received government regulatory approval would not carry weight retrospectively, but the wording of the relevant clause is a ‘catch-all’ that encompasses all and any drugs that have failed to receive the necessary tick required for human use. There have also been claims going around that WADA had earlier provided, in writing, a determination that AOD-9604 was indeed not a banned substance and the Bombers said they relied on the authenticity of that document with respect to the use of the drug.

John Fahey, the head of WADA, said he has never heard of WADA informing an individual club on what’s on the prohibited list. The section relating to ‘Non-Approved Substances’ is numbered S0, which comes before a group of other sections numbered S1 to S5 that cover the full gamut of drugs specifically banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code – like anabolic agents, peptides, EPO, and masking agents.

The use of AOD-9604, in accordance with the WADA code, brings with it the standard two-year ban. A reading of the explanatory notes within the WADA Code attached to rules 10.5.1 and 10.5.2 indicates that players banned for administering AOD-9604 will have a very hard time getting their penalties overturned as the notes specify the administration of a prohibited substance by the athlete’s personal physician or trainer without disclosure to the athlete does not constitute an acceptable excuse to have a ban overturned.

If the bans are imposed, it could be argued that the players were simply complying with instructions given to them by people they believed were in a position of trust, who had been installed within the club by its administration after a test of due diligence and it may be said the young men in question were simply acting on good faith when asked to submit to certain medical protocols. The examples of young athletes in countries like East Germany back in the 1970s and ’80s can be cited wherein athletes took sinister substances like testosterone and anabolic steroids after being wrongly told that there were only vitamin pills.

However, a big majority of sports thinkers believe it is hard to see any leniency being granted to those who were administered banned substances given the framework of the WADA Code and the way it has been applied since it was codified.

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Saturday 10, Dec 2011

  DiBuono suspended for four years

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Hammer thrower Matthew DiBuono of New Rochelle, N.Y., has accepted a suspension of four years after testing positive for the presence of anabolic agents.

DiBuono tested positive for the presence of synthetic steroids, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

All the competitive results of the tainted player since June 23 have been disqualified.

Thursday 28, Apr 2011

  Geraldine Hendricken receives a lifeline

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Geraldine Hendricken receives a lifelineThe career of Geraldine Hendricken received a lifeline thanks to a lab in Cologne.

The athlete from Ireland sent the laboratory two samples of the dietary supplement she had been taking prior to her out of competition positive dope test and it seems that one of them contained enough anabolic agents to provide a positive test.

Traces were found of metabolites similar to 19-Norandrosterone, a precursor to the anabolic steroid Nandrolone that produced positive test for the athlete.

Thursday 03, Mar 2011

  Scott Boothby banned for eight years

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Scott Boothby banned for eight yearsAmerican hammer thrower, Scott Boothby, has been handed over a suspension of eight years from the US Anti-Doping Agency, after testing positive for steroids and a masking agent.

The 33-year-old veteran had stopped competing but remained in the random drug-testing program since he had not filed proper retirement paperwork.

USADA ruled that a reduction in the usual lifetime ban was proper for the second offence.

Wednesday 02, Mar 2011

  Crystal Cox accepts ban for doping

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Crystal Cox accepts ban for dopingA member of the victorious US 4x400m women’s relay squad at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Crystal Cox, has accepted a ban of four years ban for doping.

Cox admitted to doping from late 2001 through 2004 and used anabolic agents and hormones, the US Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement.

Competitive results of Cox will be disqualified, including forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes since November 3, 2001, according to USADA.

Monday 31, Jan 2011

  Duane Ross banned by USADA

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Duane Ross banned by USADAHurdler Duane Ross has been banned for a period of two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after evidence of drug use was uncovered.

The results of Ross since November 2, 2001 will be scratched from the records after new information emerged from the ongoing investigation into the BALCO scandal.

The ban means that Ross will keep his 1999 World Championship bronze medal, won in a personal best of 13.12 seconds in Seville.

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