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Tuesday 29, Nov 2016

  Appeal Of Stephen Dank Dismissed By AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Board

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The appeal of banned sports scientist Stephen Dank against a life ban has been officially chucked out with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority declaring he should never be allowed near another athlete.

The AFL Appeals Board was expected to rule on the appeal of Dank on Thursday but moved yesterday to throw out the case. The scientist cited a family medical emergency for his absence from his hearing but failed to provide documents supporting his claim by the deadline of last Friday.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt said this man should not be allowed near any athlete, anywhere in the world, ever. McDevitt slammed Dank and declared the saga “a total waste of time and money”. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief said Dank has treated this appeal board with contempt from the very beginning and his appeal process has been a farce. McDevitt added Dank from the start has failed to comply with directions from the board, failed to ever produce a witness list or evidence, and failed to ever outline his case for the appeal, despite requests from the board. This has been a total waste of time and money. The ASADA chief went on to remark that the lifelong ban on Dank from involvement in sport is entirely appropriate. McDevitt said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had withdrawn its cross-appeal in the interests of time and resources.

AFL Appeals Board chairman Peter O’Callaghan and board members Murray Kellam and Geoff Giudice highlighted the “intentional and continuous disregard” of Dank for the process and the board’s rulings and labeled his actions as “flagrant flouting”.

In reply, Dank remarked it is not over yet and added if the appeal is not put back on, we are prepared to move this sideways into another jurisdiction.

The sports scientist was found guilty last year of 10 violations of the AFL anti-doping code, including trafficking – breaches that took place when he worked at Essendon in 2012 and earlier at the Gold Coast Suns. Dank was also found guilty of supplying a banned substance to a Carlton support person in 2012. More than 20 charges including all those relating to the alleged administering of banned drugs to AFL players were dismissed. The AFL-issued life ban automatically precludes him from working in any other sport that is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

Last week, Dank claimed Jobe Watson who was one of 34 past and present Essendon players slapped with doping bans for the 2016 season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport deemed it was comfortably satisfied that they had been injected with a banned substance would get his 2012 Brownlow Medal back. Watson’s returned Brownlow Medal was awarded to Richmond’s Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell – then with Hawthorn – by the AFL commission earlier this month.

A few days back, the Herald Sun reported that a bank subsidiary has moved to send Dank bankrupt over a $90,000 loan he has failed to repay, allegedly related to a failed Ponzi scheme.

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Thursday 23, Jun 2011

  Sri Lanka ODI opener Upul Tharanga Faces Ban

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Sri Lanka ODI opener Upul Tharanga Faces BanUpul Tharanga, the ODI opener for Sri Lanka, will be facing an official ICC panel of inquiry for bringing forward his side of the story after reports that he had been tested positive for banned drugs, according to informed sources.

The ICC inquiry will be held in Dubai on or about June 24.

Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said “Tharanga has written us and said he would not be available for selection to play any type of cricket till the present inquiries are over”.

Thursday 16, Dec 2010

  European women’s marathon champion denies using banned drugs

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European women’s marathon champion denies using banned drugsZivile Balciunaite, the European women’s marathon champion, has denied taking banned drugs following a provisional suspension by the Lithuanian athletics federation.

Balciunaite was suspended by the federation after a urine test at the European championships in Barcelona this year ascertained a deviation from the allowed ratio between the male sex hormone testosterone and epitestosterone.

It is worth noting here that testosterone and epitestosterone both occur naturally in women but an increased testosterone level possibly indicates that it has been administered artificially.

Tuesday 07, Dec 2010

  Armstrong’s former team doctor dismisses Landis’ claims as a joke

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Armstrong's former team doctor dismisses Landis' claims as a jokeThe chief doctor of Lance Armstrong‘s United States Postal Service team when he conquered the Tour de France five times, Luis Garcia del Moral, has dismissed accusations of Floyd Landis about Armstrong and some team-mates using banned drugs in the past.

Landis has accused Armstrong of blood doping, which the seven-time Tour champion vehemently denies.

The world of professional sports has seen many link-ups between steroids and sports and it is high time that accusations are either proven or things are kept in silence.

Monday 20, Sep 2010

  Legal high drugs to be banned by the government

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Legal high drugs to be banned by the governmentThree drugs that produce “legal highs” are to be banned by year-end after at least two deaths were linked to their use. Alan Johnson followed advice from government group the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, to outlaw GBL, a legal alternative to the class C drug GHB, the cannabis substitute Spice and the amphetamine alternative BZP.

Steve Rolles, the head of research at Transform, warned that users could possibly return to the banned drugs the “legal highs” had been expected to replace.

Martin Barnes, the chief executive of the drug information charity DrugScope, supported the ban.