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Sunday 11, Sep 2016

  Yuliya Efimova Blasts Lilly King

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Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was booed by crowds at the Rio Olympics, has taken a parting shot at rival Lilly King on Saturday night. Yuliya insisted the American 19-year-old was immature and had turned the event into “a war.”

Efimova remarked the escalated bad blood between the American and Russian camps was a personal “nightmare” for her. Yuliya claimed the West was using sport to fight a new cold war. Efimova said he understands the people who didn’t congratulate her because the media was full of fake stories about her and added she on the other hand does not really understand the foreign competitors. Yuliya remarked all athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read.

King had repeatedly asserted that the Russian swimmer should not have been allowed to compete as she had previously been banned for doping. Yuliya, the four-time World Champion and a three-time Olympian, failed a drug test in 2013 and was suspended from competition for 16 months. Efimova, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was given a provisional ban earlier this year after testing positive for Meldonium, but the International Swimming Federation lifted the suspension after advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Her name also figured in a World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian state-sponsored doping. The Russian swimmer was excluded from the Games until gaining a late reprieve. Yuliya was quietly reinstated and no explanation for the decision was provided by the International Swimming Federation or the International Olympic Committee.

Efimova has been living and training in Southern California for the past five years but may reconsider her decision with the reaction she received from the American swimming public. She was booed n several occasions during the schedule as she entered the pool deck. Efimova once shook her finger as she was loudly booed before and after her semifinal race at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Spectators were not happy with the IOC decision to let Efimova and her fellow Russian swimmers compete and the Russian swimming team, especially Yuliya was subjected to boos and jeers at the Aquatic Center.

Lilly did not hide her feelings about the disgraced Russian swimmer and said Yuliya is a drug cheat and should not be allowed to compete. The American swimmer said bringing Yuliya was decision of the IOC and she is going to respect that decision even though it is not something that she agrees with.

The US star defeated Yulia Efimova to win gold in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 19-year-old bagged the gold in one of the most anticipated swimming events of the tournament — by just under a second as she finished in 1 minute 4.93 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of Efimova. After her win, Lilly remarked her win just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the work you put in.

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Monday 27, Jun 2016

  World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Denies Doping

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British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has vehemently denied doping allegations after the Sunday Mirror reported he was being investigated by UK Anti-Doping.

The Sunday Mirror reported that traces of a banned anabolic steroid were “allegedly discovered” in a sample taken from Fury before he beat Wladimir Klitschko last year. The newspaper reported unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in the sample. The 27-year-old caused a big upset when he beat Klitschko on a unanimous decision in November to inflict the 40-year-old Ukrainian’s first loss in 11 years.

In a statement issued by the boxer’s promoter Hennessy Sports, it was said that Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. It was further added the British world heavyweight champion looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October. Tyson was expected to take on Klitschko again on July 9 in the Manchester Arena but the fight was postponed due to a serious ankle injury.

Fury headed out to a bar in the French city of Nice instead of keeping a low profile after the doping allegations hit headlines where he bought drinks for a bar crammed with English football fans.

Hughie Fury, also a boxer and a cousin of Tyson, is also reportedly under investigation. Tyson could lose his title belts and face a lengthy ban, if found guilty. Both Fury and his cousin have denied any wrongdoing.

Sophie Ashcroft, a spokesperson for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), said UK Anti-Doping does not discuss or disclose details of any cases until due legal process has been completed or a respondent chooses to put the information into the public domain. The spokesperson added this is to protect the rights and privacy of all involved and to ensure that a case is not subjected to unnecessary prejudice. It was further added by the spokesperson that it is important to note that an anti-doping rule violation is only deemed to have been committed once the legal process, including any appeals, has been completed and added that details of a violation will be made available on the UKAD website at that point.

The British professional boxer defeated Klitschko to become the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight champion. Tyson was however stripped of the IBF title after his inability to unable to grant a fight to their mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, because he agreed to a rematch with Klitschko. Fury has represented both Ireland and England as an amateur and won the ABA championship in 2008 before he turned professional later that year. The boxer was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 shortlist after winning the world titles but attracted significant criticism in the media relating to statements he had made which his critics called “sexist and homophobic.” In 2013, he told an interviewer before his first fight at Madison Square Garden that he would “hang” his own sister if she was promiscuous. Fury was fined £3,000 the same year after he called fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew “gay lovers”. The Fury team released a training camp update video in May 2016 that Fury voicing opposition to transgenderism and also to bestiality and rape but suggested they might eventually be legalized because of the increasing number of formerly taboo practices becoming accepted.

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Saturday 25, Jun 2016

  English Rugby League Player Receives Doping Ban

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UK Anti-Doping has announced English rugby league player John Todd has received a suspension of four years after he tested positive for the presence of anabolic steroid Nandrolone.

Todd is banned from all sport from December 18, 2015 until midnight on 17 December 17, 2019. The 23-year-old from Maryport in Cumbria, who was registered with Whitehaven RLFC in the Kingstone Press Championship, failed an out-of-competition test on November 27 last year. Todd promptly admitted to the offence.

UKAD’s director of legal Graham Arthur, referring to Todd, said this case continues to highlight the worrying and growing trend of steroid use amongst young men. Arthur added UKAD works alongside the Rugby Football League (RFL) to provide players with vital anti-doping education and resources to ensure that they are aware of the risks that steroid use poses to both their health and their sporting careers.

In a statement on the club’s website, Whitehaven RLFC chairman Tommy Todd said the club is very sad to have to announce that John Todd has received a four-year ban due to him taking performance enhancing substances. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman added we are disappointed that he saw fit to do so but would stress that it did not take place during the short period he trained with the club and added he hopes young players take note of how taking these substances has a huge impact on their lives and families and friends. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman also commented that the club has refrained from commenting on rumor about this situation until we had something in the way of confirmation from the RFL and he is somewhat annoyed that after consistently asking the RFL for a definitive ‘statement’ that they chose to release it on their website without informing the club first.

This suspension came after Andrew Quarry received a handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence for dealing with anabolic steroids in 2013. Quarry was named among three English rugby union players to have been given lengthy bans from the sport. The Rugby Football Union suspended Quarry, registered with North 1 West outfit Kendal RUFC, with a suspension of 12 years. This follow his guilty plea at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2013 to conspiracy charges to supply a controlled Class C drug.

Former Esher RFC player Brandon Walker was given a ban of four years after testing positive for anabolic steroid Oxandrolone in an out-of-competition test on November 19 last year.

In another case, Connor Stapley, registered with English National League Division One outfit Henley RFC, received a ban of two years. It was ruled by the RFU Disciplinary Panel that Connor had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules after he tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic agents Methandienone and Mesterolone in an out-of-competition test on August 25, 2015.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said it is important to recognize that all three cases are different, must be treated individually and cover a broad range of rule violations.

The suspensions took the total count of British rugby union players presently serving bans for failing drugs tests to 25.

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Sunday 14, Feb 2016

  Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

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On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a permanent ban on New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban ever issued by Major League Baseball.

The right-handed pitcher is the first player to be banned for life from the MLB for failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. Under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third violation for performance-enhancing drugs results in a permanent suspension. However, the program also says that a player so suspended may apply, no earlier than one year following the imposition of the suspension, to the Commissioner for discretionary reinstatement after a minimum period of two years. A spokesman for the agents of Mejia remarked the New York Mets reliever had no comments and it is still is still not clear whether the 26-year-old Mejia would apply for reinstatement in the future.

Mejia was banned for 50 games in April 2015 after he tested positive for Stanozolol. Mejia returned in July 2015 after serving the suspension but played in merely seven games before he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. The Mets reliever was then banned for 162 games that would have carried over into the 2016 season.

In a statement, New York Mets said we were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The team added we fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and also commented that as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.

Mejia has a 3.68 career ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. He was signed by the Mets in 2007 and reached the major leagues in 2010. He went 9-14 with a 3.68 earned-run average in 113 major league appearances, all for the Mets from 2010-2015. Last year, Mejia was the Mets closing relief pitcher on opening day but his injury meant Jeurys Familia took over that role and helped the Mets win the National League title before losing to Kansas City in last year’s World Series. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher as a relief pitcher made the Mets 2010 opening day roster that made him the youngest Met to make an opening day roster since Dwight Gooden.Mejia made his major league debut on April 7, 2010.

It was reported by NPR’s Tom Goldman that many say baseball is in a post-steroids era, but Mejia, from the Dominican Republic, is one of a number of Latin American players, mostly minor leaguers, who’ve tested positive for banned drugs in recent years.

Mejia became the first person to be banned for life due to use of performance enhancing drugs, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose who was accused of gambling on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that Pete bet on his own team. This was after ESPN concluded an investigation on June 22, 2015 and determined that Pete Rose bet on baseball while still a player, from 1984 to 1986.

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Thursday 25, Dec 2014

  Congress’ Passage Of Anabolic Steroid Bill Hailed By Supplements Industry

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Congress’ Passage Of Anabolic Steroid Bill Hailed By Supplements Industry

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014 has been passed by the US Senate. The bill is now waiting for US President Barrack Obama for signature.

Passage of the DSAC was welcomed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry. CRN said the bill will protect consumers from potentially dangerous anabolic steroids falsely marketed as dietary supplements.

CRN President & CEO Steve Mister said we are extremely grateful to Congress for passing this important piece of legislation and particularly want to acknowledge Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), sponsors of the bill respectively in the Senate and the House. The CRN President added we are thankful as well to other legislators and industry stakeholders who kept the serious issue of designer anabolic steroids in front of key colleagues in Congress.

Steve added passage of this bill was one of CRN’s top legislative priorities this year, as responsible member companies want to do all that they can to solve the problem of anabolic steroids illegally being sold as dietary supplements. Mister observed when criminal outliers are not stopped, not only does it put consumers at risk, but it unjustly blackens the reputation of responsible dietary supplement companies that manufacture and market legitimate, high-quality and beneficial supplements for sports nutrition and performance. He added the passage of DASCA brings a welcome protection against that.

The bill will make it easier for federal authorities to prohibit the production and ban dozens of active ingredients now used in the production of anabolic steroids and similar products.

In a statement, Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the bill’s sponsors, said designer steroids are produced by reverse engineering existing illegal steroids and then slightly modifying their chemical composition, so the resulting product is not on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) list of controlled substances.

The DSAC bans 25 designer steroid ingredients that are already known to federal regulators from being sold over the counter by adding them to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as Schedule III drugs. It also allows other drug ingredients that are in “chemical structure substantially similar to one or more anabolic steroids” added to the Controlled Substances Act by the DASCA to also be regulated as anabolic steroids.  The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act will allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to quickly crack down on criminals who create new anabolic substances that closely resemble red-flagged counterparts listed.

      This bill also creates a new “temporary” scheduling process by which the Drug Enforcement Administration can issue a temporary order adding a drug or other substance to the definition of anabolic steroids if it considers it to be an anabolic steroid. The bill states the Drug Enforcement Administration may also pursue permanent rulemaking to add the drug substances to the Controlled Substances Act. The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 also increases penalties for importing, exporting, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing anabolic steroids unless the products are clearly identified as an anabolic steroid or is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Saturday 12, Jul 2014

  Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort Admits Failing Drug Test

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UFC middleweight Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has admitted he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on February 7, 2014. The middleweight contender has also been pulled out from UFC 175 after the failed random drug test.

Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was originally slated to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to get a license to fight against the Chael Sonnen, who retired a few days back, at the July 5 event inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has also been removed from the upcoming NSAC agenda as he is no longer in urgent need of a license to compete in Nevada. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion claimed that his high testosterone levels were because of testosterone replacement therapy treatment that was administered by his doctor the day before the NSAC test.

Belfort posted lab reports that revealed his testosterone level was 1472 milligrams per deciliter on February 7 that is considered to be “above therapeutic range.” According to a test result dated February 22, Belfort modified his TRT regiment and his testosterone levels dropped to a more reasonable 681 mg/Dl within two weeks. He added his physicians had immediately modified his therapy to return him to within the therapeutic range.

In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, which is legally defined as an anabolic steroid and banned in Major League Baseball and other sports. Belfort lost a unanimous decision to Pride Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006. It was argued by Belfort that he bought an over-the-counter supplement which contained 4-Hydroxytestosterone and explained that he could have received the drug as the result of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. In a statement to NSAC, Dr. Greco stated that he administered post surgical injections containing testosterone to Belfort, who was then suspended for nine months from the date of the hearing and fined $10,000.

The NSAC decided to ban Testosterone replacement therapy a few days after Belfort took his test. Meanwhile, the UFC defended Belfort in its statement and said the UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process and added we pending commission approval look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.

In his first sanctioned mixed martial arts match, Belfort at the age of 19 defeated Jon Hess in 12 seconds by knockout. In his debut event in the UFC, Belfort beat two fighters and won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament to become the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. In 1999, Vítor moved on to fight in the PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan and fought against some of the most famous names, including Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, Daijiro Matsui, Bobby Southworth, and Heath Herring.

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Thursday 12, Dec 2013

  Butler Banned For Five Years

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Butler Banned For Five Years

Irish trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from racing for five years by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) over doping offenses. This was after the 47-year-old, who is based in Newmarket, admitted to seven charges at an inquiry after nine horses in his care tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

It was earlier claimed by the trainer that veterinary surgeons had assured him that Rexogin (which contains Stanozolol and is designed for human bodybuilding) was legal, but the British Horseracing Authority said he was culpable of an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care.  During the hearing, Butler revealed that he had bought the Stanozolol online from the UK Steroids Pharmacy and purchased a preparation called Rexogin and not Sungate.

A few weeks ago, Butler had previously admitted to using Sungate, a steroid that is used for treating joint pain, but Butler revealed at the hearing that he had used Rexogin, which is 10 times more concentrated. It was heard by the BHA panel that the Irish trainer administered Rexogin to four horses using a method of injection reserved for qualified vets. The BHA panel remarked the behavior of Butler in administering the injections was consistent with the underhand and covert manner in which he purchased the drug and Butler’s evidence revealed an appalling dereliction of his duty as a licensed trainer.

It was further disclosed by the BHA panel that Butler, by his own admission, kept no clear financial records or any invoice from the purchase of the Rexogin, he did not have the horses properly assessed prior to their treatment and made no recording in his medication records having injected the horses. The BHA panel also remarked that Gerald Butler used junior stable staff to help him who would not question his actions and deceived his senior stable staff and kept from them important information about the treatment given to the horses.

The BHA’s director of integrity, legal and risk Adam Brickell said our position was that the most serious charges related to Gerard Butler’s gross failure to look after the best interests of horses in his care and the rules are clear that the license holder, in this case Butler, is wholly responsible for the presence of prohibited substance in horses in his care and control. Brickell added that we taking this all into account summarized that the actions of Butler represented an appalling breach of his duty and amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct, and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain.

The Irishman is the second trainer to be banned this year by the British Horseracing Authority for doping horses after Mahmood Al Zarooni, who trained for Godolphin owner and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who was guilty of administering anabolic steroids at his stables in Newmarket.

The ban of Butler will last until December 2018, and he has a period of 48 hours to arrange the relocation of his horses.

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Wednesday 04, Dec 2013

  Masters Racer Suspended For Doping Violation

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Masters Racer Suspended For Doping Violation

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended Richard Meeker, the U.S. masters racer who tested positive for a banned substance last year, for a period of two years. This was after Meeker provided a urine sample on September 6, 2012 after competing in the masters road championships in Oregon that tested positive for 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, which are metabolites indicating the use of a prohibited anabolic steroid.

The Masters racer however has claimed that he is the victim of a tainted supplement and added he has the proof. In a statement to the media, Meeker’s attorney Howard Jacobs, who represented athletes such as Floyd Landis and Marion Jones in their doping cases, remarked that Richard Meeker discovered which supplement contained 19-norandrostenediol, an anabolic steroid prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The statement further revealed that the Masters racer tested many supplements he had been taking and kept USADA informed of his progress. Meeker shared the final results with the United States Anti-Doping Agency but was still suspended for two years for the doping violation.

Meeker agreed that the positive test constitutes a first doping offense and believes his test results may have been positive due to his use of a dietary supplement that he bought and used before his positive test.

Richard Meeker, an elite Masters cyclist with many road cycling championships to his credit, holds an international license as a member of USA Cycling and the UCI. Reeker’s suspension will expire on September 5, 2014 and he will not be eligible to compete in any competition under the jurisdiction of the UCI, USA Cycling, the USOC, any other signatory of the WADA Code, any body that has accepted the WADA Code, any body whose rules are consistent with the WADA Code, or any of the clubs, member associations, or affiliates of these entities.

The 51-year-old remarked he was shocked to learn of the finding of this sanction, as he had always been a proponent of clean sport and have never knowingly taken any prohibited substances. He went on to add that cycling is his hobby and not his career and it would make no sense for him to use an illegal substance.

Meeker’s case was reviewed by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), according to USADA. It was found that Meeker had failed to establish the source of the prohibited substance in his sample and had committed a doping violation under WADA Code 2.1. The Masters racer was stripped of all results dating back to the Masters Road Championships and he will be eligible to return to racing next fall. Meeker remarked he return to amateur cycling competition in September 2014, and will prove through his results that he had always raced clean.

The two-year period of ineligibility for Meeker began on September 6, 2012, the day his sample was collected. The cyclist has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at and subsequent to the Masters Road Championships competition, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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Monday 08, Jul 2013

  Canadian Curler Suspended For Anti-Doping Violation

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Canadian Curler Suspended For Anti-Doping Violation

A member of the Canadian team that won silver at the men’s world curling championships has been suspended for a period of two years after he tested positive for a banned substance.

In a test following the world gold-medal game, Matt Dumontelle, the alternate on Brad Jacobs’ rink, tested positive for the banned substance Methandienone, an anabolic steroid.

Dumontelle was added to the team following its victory at the 2013 Northern Ontario championship but did not participate in any games at the world championship. The two-year sanction of Dumontelle ends on May 6, 2015 and he is ineligible until then to participate in any sport that is part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

Dumontelle said in a statement said he was taking a workout supplement that he believed was safe and clearly, it was not and he regretted that decision. He added that had no intentions of trying to ‘beat the system.’ Dumontelle said he was made aware by the Canadian Curling Association High Performance staff of his responsibilities to respect and follow the rules as set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency and added he accepts at the end of the day that it was, and is, his responsibility to make sure that he is playing by those rules. He informed the CCA, World Curling Federation, and the World Anti-Doping Agency that he has acknowledged the violation and has waived his right to appeal the finding.

In a release, the Canadian Curling Association said that the positive test of Dumontelle does not affect the world championship silver of Canada, nor does it have any ramifications for the Jacobs team. The world men’s curling championship reign of Canada ended after three years when Jacobs’s Northern Ontario rink fell 8-6 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the gold-medal game. With this win, Edin was able to capture the first world men’s crown after serving on bronze-medal-winning teams in 2011 and 2012.

After learning about the positive test, Canadian Curling Association (CCA) Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw remarked we are disappointed to hear this news and take the take the issue of doping in sports extremely seriously, and we stress repeatedly and emphatically to our athletes how important it is to respect the rules set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Stremlaw added that we respect the findings of the tests, and will pursue no further action on behalf of the athlete in question and further said regardless of the circumstance, our athletes are solely responsible in the end for everything that enters their body. He further said we, having said that, are firm in the belief that our athletes respect the rules and will continue to display a high standard of following them and the CCA as well will continue to provide educational resources to our athletes on the subject of doping. The Chief Executive Officer also said that players who compete in national and international events are told in advance, and in clear language, of the anti-doping rules and the importance of following them.

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Monday 10, Jun 2013

  Horse Doping Could Be Widespread

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Horse Doping Could Be Widespread

The British Horseracing Authority admitted that the doping crisis of the sport had spread and horses from a number of yards in Newmarket had been prescribed Sungate, a prohibited joint treatment containing the steroid Stanozolol.

The authority is presently investigating the use of Sungate after its use came to light when a number of horses trained by Gerard Butler tested positive for steroids in February. It was later discovered that the veterinary practice which advised Butler to use Sungate gave the same advice to other trainers though the British Horseracing Authority was not prepared to say how many other yards were now under suspicion.

A BHA statement hinted that the veterinary practice in question had not given a list of the horses which were treated with the prohibited joint treatment and that its investigators were coming at it through those trainers which are clients of the practice and going through their medication records, where its use should have been recorded. The fact that veterinary surgeons do not come under the jurisdiction of the BHA and are under no obligation to name names makes things difficult for the BHA. The statement concluded by emphasizing that under the Rules of Racing, licensed trainers are “strictly liable” for any prohibited substances administered to horses under their care and control, which means that using a prohibited substance even under veterinary advice is no defense.

According to the BHA statement, Sungate is intended to assist in the treatment and management of joint disease in horses. It contains Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid and consequently a prohibited substance under the Rules of Racing. It also disclosed that the BHA has met with representatives of the veterinary practice in question and as a result of that meeting the BHA believes that Gerard Butler was not the only trainer to whom the administration of Sungate was recommended. The statement also revealed that veterinary surgeons are not bound by the Rules of Racing, but are subject to their own rules of professional conduct and therefore in order to establish the extent of the use of the product, BHA Investigating Officers will be interviewing trainers who are known to use the same veterinary practice.

Butler went public with the news that he was also under investigation for steroid use shortly after Mahmood Al Zarooni had been banned for eight years for administering steroids. Butler remarked that he had been advised to use it by his vets. The trainer is in added trouble for administering the product himself that is illegal and he estimates that 100 horses had been treated with the product across Newmarket.

In another development, seven horses, including the 2012 St Leger winner Encke, failed tests for anabolic steroids. The new results take the total number to 22 of Godolphin-owned thoroughbreds that are consequently suspended from racing for six months. Racing manager Simon Crisford said it is obviously very disappointing that seven further horses have tested positive for Stanozolol. Crisford added these results highlight why H.H. Sheikh Mohammed took the decision to lock down the stables at Moulton Paddocks until every Godolphin horse in training at Newmarket had been tested.

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