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Wednesday 11, Feb 2015

  More Governments Need To Make Doping Illegal, Says WADA Chief

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Sir Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti Doping Agency, has called on world governments to criminalize doping. Reedie said acting in this way would play an important role to prevent current problems that are escalating and spilling over into everyday society.

In a WADA statement, Reedie requested for an escalation of preventative measures and said sport is now a hugely lucrative industry, and there is a real area of concern with drugs being counterfeited, illegally produced, trafficked, and distributed – and ultimately these drugs get in the hands of elite athletes and, increasingly, members of the public. He further added police will act and the scourge of doping can be prevented if governments can introduce relevant laws, and applicable penalties to combat this abuse of substances.

Reedie and WADA Director General David Howman were part of the Second International Conference on the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight against Doping last week that was co-hosted by the World Anti Doping Agency, as well as by others including UNESCO, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science & Technology, and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA).

The WADA head also remarked there should be exchange of information between various organizations to ensure details gathered in one country can be of use to another. He remarked evidence is rife that athletes will go to unthinkable lengths to find shortcuts to success, and it’s now up to proponents of clean sport – be they anti-doping organizations, governments, public health organizations or even law enforcement agencies – to share information that stops prohibited substances from getting in the wrong hands.

Reedie also remarked doping substances are no longer just of use to elite athletes, but to high school students who want to increase their strength or the older generations who long for the ‘fountain of youth.’ He also said these types of substances are not approved and they have not gone through the required health checks and to put simply, we do not always know from where these dubious substances originate. The WADA chief added the internet means that these substances are increasingly easy to access, and that in itself is a concern and also remarked however the danger that these substances pose to public health has, in the partnerships the anti-doping community and pharmaceutical industry are now forming, a real answer in place.

Reedie also outlined the importance of the current cooperation between WADA and other anti-doping bodies along with big drug companies. In the past, these kinds of associations have benefited the UCI, the world governing body of cycling, and others to detect new products like the blood booster CERA. During the 2008 Tour de France, the UCI was able to identify Riccardo Ricco, Stefan Schumacher, and others for CERA use. The WADA chief said this kind of collaboration is essential and gave references about the former partnerships already in place with companies such as Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Amgen, as well as federations like the IFPMA [International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations].

Some countries such as France, Spain, and Italy have already criminalized the abuse of doping products. The World Anti Doping Agency is not seeking to criminalize doping athletes themselves, but rather those who facilitate their drug use.

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Tuesday 05, Aug 2014

  WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

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WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA since January 2014, recently expressed his opinion on the fight against doping in the future.

Reedie, the former Chairman of the British Olympic Association, remarked sport in the main, and certainly elite sport in the main, is believed and trusted by spectators. The WADA President remarked he does not think anyone could have watched the recent World Cup without realizing that that was real and well organized. He added if you look back to the London Olympic Games, he thinks Olympic sports came out of London in as good a position as it has been for years and there has been very little doping activity in either of these two events.

Reedie, a member of the Order of the British Empire, is still a serving representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Recently, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak admitted that there is an urgent need to change detection strategies in football. WADA recommends blood testing figure should be 10 percent while just over 2 per cent of doping controls in football are done via blood testing. Reedie remarked he discussed this with Jiri Dvorak when he was in Rio for the FIFA Congress. He remarked FIFA tests at its own events which would be the World Cup and the Confederations Cup and almost all the other tests are done by national football associations. The WADA chief also said so FIFA are encouraging them to be more proactive in what they do and also remarked secondly, in this World Cup, they pre-tested every player before they came to Rio and that’s a good thing. He also commented that they’re also developing a blood passport program and that one needs to be developed a little further than simply the players who went to Rio.

Reedie, while commenting on doping control in tennis, Reedie said where he knows tennis has been criticized is comments made by some of the very senior players, who actually say ‘we want more’ and added he is pretty confident that the testing program that they operate is effective for the sport and is run by people who take the challenge seriously.

Reedie also remarked he believes the world governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking doping in cycling seriously in comparison to the Lance Armstrong era. During last year’s Tour, there were no positive tests and this year’s Tour de France has been largely free of the doping stains. The WADA President said it is good to know that cycling has finally decided to come clean with anti-doping unit of the UCI made independent. He explained that there have been past evidence of a new Erythropoietin (EPO) which is called Continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA) and remarked we knew about that and the information came from the pharmaceutical industry. He added a test was developed and we didn’t tell anybody and some cyclists tested positive for CERA. On the subject of bans, Reedie said he believes sanctions have to be proportionate, with life bans potentially subject to challenge in the court.

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Friday 20, Jul 2012

  Career-Ending 12-Year Doping Ban For Ricco

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The National Anti-doping Tribunal has banned Italian cyclist @Riccardo Ricco who was accused of giving himself a blood transfusion.

Born on 1 September 1983 in Formigine, Ricco is a professional road bicycle racer from Italy. In 2006, Ricco joined UCI ProTeam Saunier Duval-Prodir after two successful seasons as an amateur rider, during which he won the Settimana Bergamasca. On July 17, 2008, it was revealed that the cyclist had a non negative test for EPO, the Hematocrit boosting drug, following the Tour de France stage 4 time trial at Cholet. Riccò terminated his contract for Ceramica Flaminia in August 2010 and signed a two-year contract with Dutch Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team.

The request of Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor was accepted by the Tribunal and Ricco was handed a career-ending ban of 12 years. The cyclist, however, maintains innocence and said he merely injected himself with an iron solution but a doctor who operated on him claimed Ricco had tried to give himself a blood transfusion.

Ricco ended up in hospital with kidney problems after the apparent transfusion attempt in February last year. Ricco, close to death, allegedly told the doctor that he had given himself a transfusion with blood kept in his fridge. An investigation revealed through bacteriological analysis of blood of Ricco that his infection was caused by a failed blood transfusion after which he was sacked by the Vacansoleil team.

The former Saunier Duval rider was found guilty of illegal blood doping. In 2008, he served a ban of two years for doping during the Tour de France in which he was found to have used the banned blood-booster Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator (or CERA, a variant of Erythropoietin). Ricco went on to win another pair of stages but subsequently tested positive for doping. He was later thrown out of the race and was fired by his then Saunier Duval team.

Tuesday 26, Apr 2011

  Italian cyclist expects leniency

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Italian cyclist expects leniencyThe Court of Arbitration for Sport has been approached by Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco to reduce a two-year suspension.

Ricco was penalized by the Italian authorities and banned from the sport by the Anti-doping Tribunal of the National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI) on October 2 after testing positive for CERA, a third generation version of banned substance EPO.

Ricco would only be able to compete again after July 30, 2010 if the appeal fails.

Monday 11, Apr 2011

  Di Luca in fresh troubles

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Di Luca in fresh troublesAs per a recommendation of the Italian Olympic Committee‘s anti-doping office, a ban of three years will be imposed on Danilo Di Luca for two adverse test results during May’s Giro d’Italia.

The rider also faces a criminal investigation by the Italian authorities.

CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee, has also made a recommendation to annul results of the rider besides imposing a fine on him.

Friday 08, Apr 2011

  Italian cyclist hopes for ban reduction

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Italian cyclist hopes for ban reductionRiccardo Ricco, the cyclist from Italy, is hopeful that his two-year suspension will be reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Italian authorities handed down the penalty to the rider and Anti-doping Tribunal of the National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI) banned him on October 2 after he tested positive for CERA, a third generation version of banned substance EPO.


Ricco, the former Saunier Duval rider, will make it only after July 30, 2010 if the appeal fails.

Thursday 07, Apr 2011

  Bernhard Kohl falls to disgrace

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Bernhard Kohl falls to disgraceThe Silence Lotto team has decided to sack Bernhard Kohl after his sample tested positive to CERA, the new generation of the banned blood booster EPO, at the Tour de France.

The National anti-doping agency (AFLD) of France confirmed the positive sample finding.

It was revealed by the anti-doping authorities that a sample of Kohl contained CERA before and during the Tour after re-tests at a laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry.

Thursday 24, Mar 2011

  New drugs and hardcore medicines used by riders

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New drugs and hardcore medicines used by ridersAccording to the French Anti-Doping Agency, two new and undetectable doping products were used at the 2009 Tour de France.

Pierre Bordry, head of the AFLD, told Le Monde that “two new products were used during [this year's] Tour de France: two medicines that are not yet on the market.”

Bordry said he believes illegal blood transfusions were still in use during the Tour and he claimed that his agency had found evidence of “hardcore medicines” in rubbish bins during the Tour.

Saturday 19, Mar 2011

  Representatives of Stefan Schumacher condemn doping tests

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Representatives of Stefan Schumacher condemn doping testsRepresentatives of Stefan Schumacher have condemned the doping procedures that led to a positive test for Schumacher.

Schumacher tested positive for the new generation of the banned blood booster EPO both before and during the Tour.

The positive test was confirmed by re-tested samples at the French laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry.

Friday 18, Mar 2011

  Di Luca to face three-year ban

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Danilo Di Luca will be serving a ban of three years for two adverse test results during May’s Giro d’Italia, according to a recommendation of the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping office.

Luca also faces a criminal investigation by the Italian authorities.

The Italian Olympic Committee, CONI, has also recommended results of Di Luca to be annulled and the rider be fined.

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