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Tuesday 05, Mar 2013

  Anti-Doping Program Defended By Surfing Officials

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Anti-Doping Program Defended By Surfing Officials

World surfing tour officials have defended their anti-doping testing program after legend Kelly Slater threw questions on how much was done.

The 11-time world champion, Slater, said he was tested only once last year. On Monday, five-time women’s world champion Stephanie Gilmore said she was surprised not be tested at all in 2012. Slater remarked they tested us at the first event and I never got tested again all year and added that they should either do it or don’t do it. He went on to say that he did not believe surfing had a problem with performance enhancing drugs.

The American professional surfer is best known for his competitive prowess and style has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994–98 and is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. He passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards upon winning his 5th world title in 1997 to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport.

In reply to Slater’s comments, the Association of Surfing Professionals moved quickly to defend their anti-doping policy that was introduced at the start of the 2012 season with promises of a minimum ban of one year for competitors who test positive for illicit or performance enhancing drugs. New ASP chief executive Paul Speaker said in a statement the association has a very clear stance on doping that is very much consistent with protocols from other international professional sports as well as with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and it remains fully committed to adherence and enforcement to its policy.

The ASP World Tour was in a damage control mode after it was reported via Slater that recreational drug use in the sport was “rampant” and “full-on”. However, Slater later issued a statement claiming those comments had been taken out of context and his comments were not referring solely to the ASP World Tour or surfing in general but actually to sport as a whole. The American said he definitely thinks that there are issues for athletes across all sporting disciplines, which are required to be looked at, acknowledged, and serviced. Slater added that he is looking forward to working with ASP interim commissioner Kieren Perrow and ASP chief executive Paul Speaker and ASP Management in further enhancing any process that contributes to the betterment of the sport and its athletes.

The reported comments of Kelly Slater caused a stir at the tournament site at Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, with drug use in sport a hot topic in the wake of the recent report by the Australian Crime Commission on doping and potential crime links in some Australian sporting codes.

The ASP interim commissioner and current ASP Top 34 competitor Kieren Perrow said he was confident athletes backed the testing regulations and said he played a significant role as the ASP surfers’ representative in the implementation of the ASP’s anti-doping policy before his new role as interim commissioner, and know each WCT (world championship tour) surfer supports it. Perrow added that the ASP test at multiple locations throughout the year and candidates are selected at random.

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Saturday 16, Jan 2010

  Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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pat-and-kevin-williamsA Federal Appeals Court verdict has allowed Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play the entire season amidst strong opposition from the National Football League (NFL). The two Williams, not related to each other, were accused of violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

It was remarked by Kevin, after the verdict, that this is a relief for both him and Pat.

The Vikings’ players were not accused of using steroids but were accused of using an over-the-counter weight loss supplement, StarCaps, which didn’t stated on the label that it contained bumetanide, a diuretic that is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 09, Dec 2009

  Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA Federal Appeals Court has cleared Pat and Kevin Williams, two Minnesota Vikings stars, from playing all season amidst strong opposition to the ruling from NFL. It is worthwhile to note here that NFL was seeking suspension for both these Minnesota Vikings players after finding them guilty of violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams was quick to remark that both he and Pat are happy to learn that they can play the whole of NFL season.

The two Williams acknowledged using StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement, which did not come with a label warning that it included the diuretic bumetanide that is banned by the NFL since it can mask the presence of steroids.

 

 

 

 


Friday 02, Oct 2009

  Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has the cleared the way for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play all season despite strong opposition from NFL seeking suspensions for them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams said that it is a big sigh of relief after knowing that he and Pat can play the whole NFL season.

It is important to note here that the two Vikings are not accused of taking steroids. They, however, acknowledge taking StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement which did not stated on the label that it included the diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 30, Sep 2009

  Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has the cleared the way for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play all season despite strong opposition from NFL seeking suspensions for them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams said that it is a big sigh of relief after knowing that he and Pat can play the whole NFL season.

It is important to note here that the two Vikings are not accused of taking steroids. They, however, acknowledge taking StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement which did not stated on the label that it included the diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 22, Jul 2009

  Minnesota Judge blocks suspension of two Vikings

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Minnesota Judge blocks suspension of two VikingsIn a recent development, Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson granted temporary restraining order on request of two players that had kept them suspended till decision of the case.

NFL had suspended Vikings linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for violating anti-doping policy of the league.

The Judge wrote that Kevin and Pat Williams would suffer a considerable loss of playing time till the decision comes into force and therefore blocked their suspension till the final verdict comes out.

The decision is likely to benefit the two Williams who were accused of using StarCaps, which contained a diuretic, bumetanide, till the verdict is announced.