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Wednesday 15, Jun 2016

  Doping Is ‘Endemic’ In Cycling, Says Whistleblower

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Dan Stevens, the whistleblower at the centre of the investigation by Sunday Times into the practices of Dr Mark Bonar, has issued a warning that doping is an “endemic” problem in cycling.

The 40-year-old amateur cyclist, who was prescribed banned performance enhancing products by Dr Bonar, said doping may have become far more sophisticated in the upper echelons of the sport and added other doctors like Bonar are operating. Stevens made these comments while providing evidence in front of a parliamentary committee. The chair of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) admitted to shortcomings in its handling of intelligence relating to Dr Mark Bonar.

Speaking before the parliamentary committee, Stevens explained how he was able to pick up drugs like Erythropoietin (EPO) at high street chemists. The amateur cyclist added the problem does not stop at Dr Bonar and further commented that other doctors around the country are engaging in similar practices. Stevens said there are a number of other doctors working out of anti-ageing clinics and added there are a number of anti ageing doctors in the UK advertising that they will provide human growth hormone and testosterone for anti-ageing purposes.

Stevens described how met Bonar on the internet and ended up with prescriptions for EPO, human growth hormone, and thyroxin over the course of several visits. The cyclist said he experienced “huge effects” and a “15 to 20 per cent performance gain” during the three-month period in which he was taking the products.

Dan Stevens was called upon by UK Anti-Doping in January 2014 to provide an out-of-competition sample but refused to comply. He was given a ban of two years and then approached UK Anti-Doping to provide information relating to Bonar in the hope of seeing that ban reduced. Stevens said he provided evidence on Bonar but was told by the body’s head of legal, Graham Arthur, that it was “of little to no use” and his ban was upheld. Stevens later provided evidence to Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) that recommended his ban be reduced to 21 months, which was honored by UKAD.

Stevens repeatedly used the word “endemic” for describing the issues faced by cycling and the sport as a whole. He commented there is not a lot of testing going on in amateur cycling and added we are a long way behind what athletes could be using at elite level. Stevens remarked people at amateur level are potentially using what elites were using 15 years ago and the elites could be using far, far more sophisticated stuff. Stevens also remarked Erythropoietin has been around for over 15 years and there are a strong of new substances and chemicals that are “potentially undetectable” that could be used on top of in or even to mask it while highlighting the names of Beloranib, Myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITTP), GW1516, and AICAR.

The cyclist also said the problem starts before people are becoming athletes. Stevens highlighted the easy availability of information on the internet regarding doping practices and on sports forums like bodybuilding and claimed it is so easy for any athlete of any level to get introduced to banned products even at their local gym.

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Thursday 28, Apr 2016

  Anti-Doping Reforms Announced By Russia In Bid To Avoid Olympics Ban

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Russia has announced reforms in hopes that they will repair the credibility of its anti-doping body and allow its athletics team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Last November, Russia was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation after the country was accused of “state-sponsored” doping in a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Russian ministry of sport announced on Wednesday that all Russian track and field athletes who intend to compete at the Rio Olympics in August will now undergo a minimum of three independent, externally administered anti-doping controls before the Olympics. The Russian sports ministry said these anti-doping controls will be carried out by the world governing body of athletics and be in addition to existing anti-doping procedures.

The ministry of sport also remarked two independent international experts who will be nominated by the World Anti-Doping Agency will be based full-time in Moscow from the end of April. These experts will have complete and free” access for as long as necessary to ensure the Russian anti-doping system is free of undue interference and is fully independent. Russia’s minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, remarked we believe that sport must be clean and fair at all levels, from grassroots through to elite and added we are 100% supportive of WADA’s efforts, alongside the International Olympic Committee and the IAAF and other organizations, to stamp out cheating. Mutko also commented that the dreams of clean athletes must not be allowed to be destroyed because of other people’s mistakes and also said this is an important step in our journey.

Recently, the head of European Athletics says after meeting Russian officials that the Russian team could still compete at the European Championships if reinstated by the IAAF. European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, who is on the IAAF Council that should decide the status of Russia on June 17 in Vienna, said there is still time enough for the Russian team to enter. The IAAF will hear reports from its taskforce into the anti-doping progress made by Russia on June 17.A five-strong IAAF taskforce, headed by former World Anti-Doping Agency director Rune Andersen, has been monitoring Russia’s anti-doping progress. The IAAF said in a statement the taskforce is having regular meetings and conference calls with the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), the ICC (the Interim Coordination Committee that is coordinating Russia’s co-operation with the taskforce) and the RusAf (the Russian Athletics Federation) and will deliver their next report to the IAAF Council when they meet in June.

In another development, the World Anti-Doping Agency disclosed on April 27 that track and field was the sport with the worst doping record in 2014 and Russia had more doping violations than any other country that year. WADA said Russian athletes racked up a total of 148 violations, followed by Italy with 123, India with 96, and Belgium and France with 91 violations each. Track and field led the number of doping violations by sport with 248, followed by bodybuilding with 225, cycling with 168, weightlifting with 143, and powerlifting with 116.

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Tuesday 12, Apr 2016

  Growth Hormones Were Given To Victorian Special Operations Group Members

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The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has heard that an associate of key figures in the Essendon doping scandal provided members of Victoria Police’s elite Special Operations Group with growth hormones.

The Court heard that a sergeant and his colleague from the Special Operations Group were patients of Robin James Taylor, who was charged with possessing anabolic steroids and Testosterone after his Melbourne Sport Medicine and Anti-Aging Clinic was raided in October 2013, along with a member of the Hells Angels bikies club. Taylor once used to work at Shane Charter’s doctor ageless clinic. Shane provided growth hormones and peptides to Essendon Sports scientist Stephen Dank.

The officer, who cannot be named, told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Taylor provided him with growth hormones SARMS 22 and GHRP 6 that help with muscle growth. The unnamed official admitted before the Court that he used the drugs to find relief from a shoulder injury. The officer said his blood test results were discussed by the controversial clinic owner and he was thereafter provided with the medication.

The officer also remarked Taylor’s co-accused doctor Hoong Pan Sze-Tho was in the room but did not speak during the consultation. The SOG member said Taylor left the room and came back with medication and added that we were shown some medication and then given some Intel on how to use that medication and the name on the packets were SARMS 22 and GHRP 6.

Taylor’s wife Georgina Matta has also been charged along with a doctor, Hoong Pan Sze-Tho, and the clinic’s receptionist, Amy Lee Gorgievski. Taylor faces more than 70 charges including trafficking other anabolic androgenic steroids, importing prohibited goods, and obtaining property by deception by purporting to be a licensed medical practitioner. Dr Sze-Tho faces 242 charges that include trafficking anabolic steroids and prescribing testosterone for other than medical treatment while Ms Matta is charged with 55 similar offences. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2012, and October 2013.

An audit by the Department of Health at a Chemist Warehouse pharmacist near Taylor’s Ascot Vale clinic found Dr Sze-Tho was ordering very huge amounts of testosterone that Taylor or his wife would pick up from the clinic. It was disclosed by Chris Falke, Manager of Compliance at Department of Human Services that some of the prescriptions were for 90 injections and that is an extraordinary quantity. Falke added he would say prescribing 90 injections is very difficult to justify in any circumstances.

Doping in sports is not new but rare in Australian sports. During 2013, Australia recorded 35 drugs offences, and most of these cases were from bodybuilding and Rugby (including both Union and League). Australia’s positive drug tests according to figures from the World Anti-Doping Agency were bodybuilding (seven), bowling (one), boxing (one), cycling (two), netball (one), powerlifting (four), aquatics (two cases), athletics (three), AFL (three), motorsports (one), baseball (one), rugby (six), triathlon (one), weightlifting (one) and wrestling (one). Russia had 225 drugs cases in 2013 and Turkey had a total of 188 drugs cases.

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Tuesday 05, Jan 2016

  UK Government Advisors Urge Online Steroid Imports To Be Banned

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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the expert group of UK drug advisors, is pressing for a ban on online imports of anabolic androgenic steroids amid concerns over their use by teenage boys and young men to improve body image.

ACMD said the ban is required as anabolic steroids that are sold online are often out of date, contaminated, or delivered with wrong dosage instructions. Professor Leslie Iversen, the chairman of ACMD, remarked anabolic steroids were now much too easily available. Iversen said you can see endless offers if you search online and added that the ACMD is the lone voice against this tide of promotion on the internet.

Iversen also added we think an import ban on steroids would have a considerable dampening effect on demand but did admit that it may be difficult to enforce such a ban but it would act as a simple deterrent. The chairman of ACMD also said there is no question that the number using the drug for sporting reasons is now a minority and the real growth has come in young users who want to improve their body image. Iversen concluded by saying anabolic steroids were becoming a “big phenomenon” in Britain.

Iversen also said misuse of steroids carries significant risks while the health-related harms associated with these substances are not as severe as with some other drugs, especially for young people whose bodies are still developing. The ACMD chair added more needs to be done to tackle the supply of anabolic steroids and to educate people to the potential dangers.

A recently concluded ACMD report to the home secretary on anabolic steroids quoted the latest figures from the British Crime Survey. It was estimated that anabolic steroids have been used by 50,000 people in the last year for non-medical purposes like bodybuilding. The British Crime Survey was told more than 220,000 had used anabolic steroids. According to drug experts, these are very much underestimates of the number of people who are using steroids as a majority of steroid users would not openly admit to using such performance enhancing drugs even in an anonymous self-report survey such as the British Crime Survey. According to the report, some syringe and needle exchange programs for problem drug users also reported a dramatic rise in steroid injectors.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said steroids should remain a Class C illegal drug that can be purchased from a pharmacist. It is presently legal to possess or import anabolic steroids as long as they are for personal use only while it is illegal to import or sell steroids for non-medical purposes. The drug advisory body said it is time that steroids should be made illegal to order substances online from overseas websites and import them by post or courier. However, personal possession of steroids that would include bringing them into the country would stay legal as it is believed by authorities that problem would be pushed underground by criminalizing users.

The ACMD report revealed that only a small number of deaths have ever been attributed to liver damage associated with use of anabolic steroids for a long term. It was further added that most of the harmful effects of steroids are not life-threatening in nature. However, the report raised concerns about use of steroids by young people as the drugs can disrupt the normal pattern of physical growth and can stimulate masculinizing effects in women and children.

The drugs minister, James Brokenshire, said we will carefully review the recommendations set out in this report and respond shortly.

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Wednesday 23, Sep 2015

  Kai Greene Banned from 2015 Mr. Olympia

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Kai Greene, considered by many as one of the best professional bodybuilders in the world, has been banned from 2015 Mr. Olympia because of “late registration”.

Greene, one of the most recognizable bodybuilding figures and a veteran for more than two decades, announced his ban in a tearful video on YouTube. Kai Greene did not get into the reasons for the ban but remarked there may be another project in the works of the Mr. Olympia competition. The American IFBB professional bodybuilder was the first runner up (2nd Place) at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Mr. Olympia competition.

Phil Heath, who defeated Kai Greene in 2013 and 2014, to bag the top spot also emerged victorious at this year’s Mr. Olympia.

According to media rumors, Greene could have asked for a promotional booth for free and this caused him into a standoff with the event coordinators. However, speculations were soon out after a statement placing the blame squarely on Greene was released by Mr. Olympia promoter Robin. It was remarked by Robin that Kai has had his Olympia contract since April but refused to sign it for reasons known only to Kai and added this is the same contract Kai has signed for the past 6 years. The Mr. Olympia promoter added nothing but the dates have changed and there is no truth in the news that Kai Greene was banned from competing as he was sent the contract and he was not even banned from the expo as reported by some.

Immediately after news about Greene’s ban emerged, it was announced by high-ranking official and former Mr. Olympia judge Lee Thompson that he is starting Nspire Physique Champions Global, his own bodybuilding organization, which has already attracted some of the biggest names in the world of professional bodybuilding.

Kai Greene was the favorite to win the competition this year. He had finished second in each of the last three years at the IFBB’s annual Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition.

Greene, dubbed one of the most inspirational athletes of his time, recently entered into a partnership with Isolator Fitness, Inc. to create Kai Greene Collection that will include a new line of meal management Isobag Lunch Coolers. The 2-time Arnold Classic Champion and star of the critically acclaimed 2013 film Generation Iron, Greene has over 5 million combined fans on his social media platforms.

Kai Greene was introduced to the idea of teenage competition by his seventh grade English teacher. Greene soon became an enthusiastic bodybuilder and competed in the National Physique Committee (NPC). Greene won the 1999 NPC Team Universe and took a break of five years from competitions before he re-emerged into the bodybuilding arena and won the 2004 NPC Team Universe contest. In 2011, Greene started working with preparation coach George Farah. He was placed first in the 2011 New York Pro Championship and his third place win at Mr. Olympia in 2011 qualified him for the 2012 contest in Las Vegas. Greene launched his own supplement brand “Dynamik muscle” in 2015.

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

  Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Views On Anabolic Steroids

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@Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and the Austrian-born former actor, has no fears or ashamed of using anabolic steroids during his years as a champion body builder.  In fact, we have speculated in the past about what Arnold Schwarzenegger cycles used.

Schwarzenegger had remarked in the past that he has no regrets about using performance enhancing drugs as he used them under the supervision of a doctor and steroids were very much legal at that time. The former seven-time Mr. Olympia however said he would not encourage use of steroids as that will send a wrong message to children but added that he has no problems with sportsmen making use of nutritional supplements and other legal substances for improving their performance.

Born on July 30, 1947 as Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, the Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder began weight training at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, Arnold Schwarzenegger chose bodybuilding over football as a career at the age of 14 and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest while serving in the Austrian Army in 1965.

His first attempt to Mr. Olympia failed when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva in 1969 but won the competition in 1970 to become the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23. At the age of 23, the bodybuilder captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York in 1970. He played the role of Hercules in 1970′s Hercules in New York and was followed by director Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) and Stay Hungry (1976) but his rise was primarily attributed to his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron (1977). In addition to this, Schwarzenegger appeared in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982 that was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and then made a huge impact with director James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator.

His autobiography/weight-training guide Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was published in 1977 and became an instant hit. In 1977, Schwarzenegger admitted to using anabolic steroids which were legal at that time and said he used the performance enhancing drugs to maintain muscle size while on a strict diet. He added that his use of steroids was for muscle maintenance when cutting up and not for muscle growth.

Schwarzenegger’s personal records include Clean & press – 264 lb (120 kg), Squat – 215 kg (470 lb), Deadlift – 310 kg (680 lb), Clean & jerk – 298 lb (135 kg), Snatch – 243 lb (110 kg), and Bench press – 200 kg (440 lb).

Legacy of Schwarzenegger is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition and he is considered as one of the most important figures in the history of body building. Arnold has presided over many contests and awards shows besides being a prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long after retiring.

Pumping Iron (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Movie – 12 part series, this is part 1

 

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Saturday 19, May 2012

  Bodybuilding.com agrees to pay fine for violation

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Bodybuilding.com’s former president, Jeremy DeLuca, has agreed to pay $600,000 besides the company fine as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on similar misdemeanor violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

CEO Ryan DeLuca pleaded guilty in April to drug misbranding misdemeanor charges and agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.

The company said it is “pleased to confirm an agreement has been reached that brings the (Food and Drug Administration’s ) 2009 investigation to a close. Industry-leading regulatory compliance and world-class customer service continue to be top priorities for the company.”

Saturday 05, May 2012

  Aromasin

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In the section of professional sports like bodybuilding and strength athletics, Aromasin is a popular antiestrogen for managing or avoiding unwanted estrogen creation, especially toward the end of a steroid cycle. Athletes on anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs (especially harsh or aromatizable) use Aromasin, also known as LiquiAroma, to remain secured against estrogenic adverse reactions such as greasy skin and gynecomastia.

The active ingredient in Aromasin tablets is exemestane, which is an irreversible and steroidal aromatase inactivator while inactive ingredients include mannitol, crospovidone, polysorbate 80, hypromellose, colloidal silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, magnesium stearate, simethicone, polyethylene glycol 6000, sucrose, magnesium carbonate, titanium dioxide, methylparaben, and polyvinyl alcohol.

This third technology aromatase inhibitor (AI) has the capability to decrease estrogen development by inhibiting the aromatase compound, which is accountable for estrogen synthesization. Moreover to this, Aromasin use is relevant to extraordinary upgrades in the stages of fat information and bone mineral content. The fact that this antiestrogen can decrease estrogen development by 98 % is enough evidence for its efficiency, which is unrivaled.

Furthermore, Aromasin use decreases the level of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) to increase androgenic hormonal agent or testosterone levels in the body besides making other anabolic steroids (parts of the steroid cycle) bio-available. One of the best things about this medication is that its use does not outcome in liver poisoning and the antiestrogen is second to none in enhancing IGF-1 and advantages of steroids during a steroid cycle. Moreover, it is also helpful in revitalizing stimulating powerful bloat-reduction effects.

Saturday 28, Apr 2012

  Fine for Melbourne body builder

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A two-year wholly suspended sentence has been imposed on a Melbourne man after he was found importing steroids for feeding the obsession of bodybuilding.

Brenton Dowell, 25, of Reservoir ordered more than 3,000 grams of anabolic steroids from China, over a three-month period in 2010.

“As a result of being bullied and being overweight, you’d decided to take up body building,” Judge Graeme Hicks said. “As your counsel submitted, it would be fair to say that you became somewhat obsessed by such an activity.”

Monday 23, Apr 2012

  Bodybuilding.com founder pleads guilty

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Ryan DeLuca put $20,000 down in 1999 for purchasing a web domain called Bodybuilding.com that went on to become a popular website.

“It’s so cool to be able to start something like this,” DeLuca said when he was just 23 in 2001.

“Mr. DeLuca is strictly liable for misdemeanor violations of the FDA law,” his attorney John Lundquist said. “He wants to put this matter behind himself and continue to move the company forward.”

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