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Tuesday 24, Oct 2017

  WADA To Investigate Claims Of Systematic Doping In China

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Intelligence Unit of the World Anti-Doping Agency would investigate claims that more than 10,000 Chinese athletes used banned substances.

Former Olympic team doctor Xue Yinxian made the claims and alleged that her comments were associated with athletes in the 1980s and 1990s. Yinxian claimed her services were terminated after she refused to provide a banned substance to a gymnast. The whistleblower added athletes as young as 11 were given performance enhancing drugs. She went on to add that China’s medals in major tournaments during that period were won through the use of banned substances. Yinxian went on to add that doping in China existed in a wide range of sports including swimming, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, diving, football, athletics, gymnastics, and weightlifting.

In a program on German channel ARD, Yinxian called for all medals awarded to athletes of the nation during that period to be withdrawn. The whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, said people in China only believed in doping. She also commented that anyone who took doping substances was seen to be defending the honor of the country and anyone against doping damaged the country and anyone who endangered the country now sits in prison. The former Olympic team doctor said anti-doping tests were conducted in China for the only purpose to ensure athletes of the country traveled to competitions without being caught.  The 79-year-old also made similar allegations in 2012.

In a statement, WADA said there would be lots of difficulties prosecuting cases that happened decades ago. In 2003, the WADA Code was introduced and the statute of limitations for prosecuting code violations is 10 years. However, it added that the World Anti-Doping Agency will ensure that, if action is warranted and feasible under the World Anti-Doping Code, the necessary and appropriate steps will be taken. The agency said it as a first step has asked its independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team to initiate an investigative process in order to collect and analyze available information in coordination with external partners.

Last year, it was reported by Chinese state media that all those runners trained under Ma Junren – better known as “Ma’s Army” – were forced to take large doses of illegal drugs over the years. Wang Junxia, one of the most prominent of those runners, once detailed the regime of state-sponsored doping in a letter. In a letter reportedly signed by nine of Wang’s teammates, the Chinese former long-distance runner had written that Junren forced us to take a large dose of illegal drugs. In 1997, Wang retired from the sport having never failed a drugs test. She was honored with a place in the IAAF Hall of Fame for her achievements in 1993. A probe into the claims was confirmed by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF confirmed any admission of guilt could see Wang’s world records scrapped if legitimacy of the letter is proven.

Chen Zhanghao, the chief physician to the Chinese national teams, had admitted in 2012 that doping took place in China.

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Tuesday 11, Oct 2016

  WADA Should Be More Powerful, Says IOC

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has remarked it wants to give more power to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against drug-cheating by athletes.

The IOC announced it was agreed at a meeting of world sports leaders that the World Anti-Doping Agency should oversee the testing of athletes while sanctions would be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Presently, testing is conducted by either national anti-doping agencies or international sports federations, who also decide sanctions. The role of WADA currently is primarily a regulatory one which includes compiling the list of banned substances.

The so-called Olympics Summit also proposed that WADA should have more control over national anti-doping agencies, and should supervise national anti-doping programs.

WADA president Craig Reedie said the anti-doping agency welcomes all constructive proposals aimed at reinforcing clean sport. Reedie added the meeting was another step towards strengthening WADA and the global anti-doping system. The World Anti-Doping Agency president also commented that the recommendations that were put forward today will be considered along with others that we have received from stakeholders on such key topics as WADA’s governance and funding model, consequences for non-compliance, investigations, and testing.

The proposals of IOC are expected to be approved at WADA’s next meeting in November. Reedie remarked we are to be given substantial additional authority and substantial additional power, so he is fairly happy with that. The WADA chief added we have been given powers on compliance and we are going to produce a whole range of potential sanctions for different degrees of non-compliance, so that is in our hands and we will do that. IOC President Thomas Bach agreed that the annual budget of WADA would now need an increase. Recently, Reedie said the annual budget of around $30 million, funded partly by national governments and partly by the International Olympic Committee, is not enough. The IOC vowed to help WADA increase its annual budget if it made changes in line with its recommendations.

The IOC urged WADA to significantly improve its information security standards in the wake of the Fancy Bears hack that revealed details of therapeutic use exemptions of athletes for banned substances. The IOC also called upon WADA to lead a more robust, more efficient, more transparent and more harmonized anti-doping system.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO), which represents the national anti-doping bodies, remarked it would not be right to give more power over testing to the same body that rules on the cases that follow. iNADO added there were several “troubling omissions” from the plan of IOC and added there is nothing explicit about state-sponsored doping in Russia, or about the moral responsibility of the IOC to push Russian sport and sport leaders to necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport.

The meeting, in a show of unity after sharp divisions caused by the Russian doping scandal, came following a spate of public attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency by several International Olympic Committee members.

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Wednesday 10, Aug 2016

  Doping Athletes Should Be Banned For Life, Says Michael Johnson

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Doping athletes should be banned for life, says michael johnson

Retired American sprinter Michael Johnson has remarked doping athletes should receive a minimum ban of four years, including the loss of an Olympics, for a first doping violation and a lifetime ban for a second violation.

Johnson commented that he would like to see a lifetime ban on doping athletes if they are caught a second time. The former sprinter said it does not matter how minor the first anti-doping violation was and also said there are going to be accidents, but you have to have tough rules in these situations. The American sprinter also said he supports the concept of stripping away medals from athletes who have been found, through tests years later, to have made use of banned substances.

Johnson said it is the best we can do but the shame of that is when some athlete who was clean, who was fourth place, never got a medal and never got a chance to get on the podium and even missed out on prize money. The sprinter added he feels bad for “clean athletes” who lose to cheats and therefore missed out on the chance to be able to have their whole country seeing them on the podium and added that is a moment you never get back. Considered one of the greatest and most consistent sprinters in the history of track and field, Michael Johnson added this is the reason why it is so important to not only focus on retroactive punishment, but deterring people from the very beginning and this is not because of the people who cheat, but because of the people who are clean and they have to be protected. Johnson said he believes no sport, Olympic or otherwise, will be clean as people will always try to cheat and this is the reason why sports is a microcosm of society.

If these standards were in place at the Rio Olympics, Justin Gatlin would not be running against Usain Bolt and there would be no Yulia Efimova of Russia. Johnson however supported Gatlin by saying the portrayal of Gatlin as a villain has been unfair, keeping in mind the rules that govern athletics.

Michael Johnson is the only man to successfully defend his Olympic title in the 400 m and the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash events at the same Olympics, a feat he achieved at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The American Olympic sprinter, who currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m, said he did not took any kind of medication during his days. Johnson said he was extra-cautious not to put something in his body that would have resulted in a doping violation. The track legend also commented he does buy that people didn’t know what they were putting into their body, but it is their body and they are responsible. The winner of four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals also said this is the first thing you learn in international sport and so he buys it, but it is not an excuse.

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Thursday 30, Dec 2010

  Positive drug tests for teammates saddens me, says Bolt

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Positive drug tests for teammates saddens me, says BoltThe triple world record holder, Usain Bolt, who won the 100m in 9.91sec in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, recently said he was shocked to learn that five Jamaican athletes failed to clear a test for banned substances.

Bolt said that the failed drug tests are backward steps for the sport.

It is speculated that two of the five accused athletes belong to the Racers Track Club, the same club as Bolt, and are coached by Glen Mills.

Wednesday 22, Sep 2010

  Usain Bolt sad about positive drugs tests for teammates

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Usain Bolt sad about positive drugs tests for teammatesUsain Bolt expressed his shock at the news that five Jamaican athletes have been tested positive for banned substances and termed the incident as a backward step for the sport.

Though the involved athletes have not been named but it is believed that at least two belong to the Racers Track Club, the same club as Bolt, and are coached by Glen Mills.

The triple world record holder, who won the 100m in 9.91sec in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, said that it is disturbing to know that there are still drugs in the sport.

Friday 04, Jun 2010

  New system for testing athletes for drugs

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New system for testing athletes for drugsScientists at The University of Nottingham are developing a detection system that could be used for testing athletes for performance enhancing drugs.

The research will be providing a reliable method to detect drug molecules in the body and the detection system can help scientists to accurately identify banned substances in system of an athlete.

The research was led by Professor Colin Snape in the University’s School of Chemical, Environmental and Mining Engineering and published in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

Monday 15, Feb 2010

  New anti-doping technique to prevent doping in sports

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New anti-doping technique to prevent doping in sportsA new technique that can help anti-doping officials to identify cheating in sporting events has been developed by scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham.

This finding was disclosed in a research published in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

The technique has the potential of identifying the presence of naturally occurring and synthetically manufactured steroids in the human body.

Thursday 04, Feb 2010

  Steroids worth the risk, say players from Dominican Republic

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Steroids worth the risk, say players from Dominican RepublicSteroids have reached every part of the world and Dominican Republic was not an exception. Young sportsmen are making use of anabolic steroids to get name, fame, money, and recognition to support themselves and their families despite being aware of the possible side effects of steroid use.

Bernardino Jimenez was a child in San Pedro de Macoris with big dreams for baseball. He got selected to play baseball but was lured by an agent who injected a mixture of Boldenone by saying that it was legal vitamins. Bernardino tested positive for Boldenone and received suspension for 50 games.

This incident once again highlighted the fact that side effects of steroids, amphetamines, or performance enhancing drug are not the influencing factor when it comes to maximizing performance.

Monday 30, Nov 2009

  Dominican Players say steroids very much worth the risks

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Dominican Players say steroids very much worth the risksBernardino Jimenez was a young child in San Pedro de Macoris who had a great flair for baseball and with big dreams in the eyes.

Years later, he became victim to an agent who injected a mixture of Boldenone by saying that it was legal vitamins. After being signed for a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ training squad in 2008, Bernardino tested positive for Boldenone, anabolic steroid used in horses, which leaded to a suspension of fifty games.

What is ignored by these sportsmen is the possible side effect(s) of steroids, amphetamines, or performance enhancing drugs and they are not reluctant to admit that steroids are still worth the risk.

 

 

 


Tuesday 24, Nov 2009

  Use of banned substances by athletes possible of being identified by new technique

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Use of banned substances by athletes possible of being identified by new technique  As per the findings of a research that was published in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, a new technique (hydropyrolysis) can provide a long jump forward when it comes to identifying use of banned substances by athletes.

It is considered that this technique would provide improved insights to sporting drug officials for distinguishing between naturally-producing and synthetically-producing steroids.

This study is considered to provide invaluable insights to the involved researchers trying new ways to inhibit the use of steroids in sports.

 

 

 


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