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Tuesday 15, Mar 2011

  Italian Olympic Committee bans Di Luca

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Italian Olympic Committee bans Di LucaThe Italian Olympic Committee, CONI, has handed over a ban of two years to Danilo Di Luca for a positive doping test.

The cyclist tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood booster EPO, during Giro d’Italia.

The ban of Di Luca will expire on July 21, 2011.

Tuesday 15, Mar 2011

  Silence Lotto team to sack Kohl

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Silence Lotto team to sack KohlBernhard Kohl is expected to be sacked by the Silence Lotto team after he tested positive for CERA, the new generation of the banned blood booster EPO, at the Tour de France.

A sample of Kohl was found to contain CERA before and during the Tour after re-tests at a laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry.

The positive sample finding was confirmed by France’s national anti-doping agency (AFLD).

Monday 14, Mar 2011

  IOC confirms more of drug tests

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IOC confirms more of drug testsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently confirmed that it will be carrying out further checks on samples given during doping tests in Beijing.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “Our message is very clear. The IOC will not miss any opportunity to further analyse samples retroactively. We hope that this will work as a strong deterrent and make athletes think twice before cheating.”

Andy Parkinson, UK Sport’s head of operations, has welcomed the IOC step.

Sunday 13, Mar 2011

  Riccardo Ricco hopeful of reducing ban

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Riccardo Ricco hopeful of reducing banItalian cyclist Riccardo Ricco has made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for reducing a suspension of two years.

The penalty was handed down by Italian authorities to Ricco and he was 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.

The former Saunier Duval rider will only be able to race again after July 30, 2010 if the appeal fails.

Friday 11, Mar 2011

  Emanuele Sella tests positive for CERA

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Emanuele Sella tests positive for CERAA triple stage winner in the Giro d’Italia, Emanuele Sella, has tested positive for CERA, the latest form of the blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).

This is the same drug that was found in a sample provided by his fellow climber Riccardo Ricco during the Tour de France.

The news was confirmed by the Italian cycling federation.

Saturday 11, Dec 2010

  Rashid Ramzi stripped of Olympic gold

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Rashid Ramzi stripped of Olympic goldAccording to Associated Press, Rashid Ramzi has been stripped of his 1,500m Olympic gold medal for doping.

Ramzi was one of the five athletes who tested positive in April for advanced version of the blood-booster EPO, cera, during the 2008 Beijing Games.

The Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin was also stripped of his silver medal for a positive Cera test.

Saturday 11, Dec 2010

  Return of Riccardo Ricco condemned by Cavendish

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Return of Riccardo Ricco condemned by CavendishRiccardo Ricco, the Italian rider who was ejected from the Tour de France two years ago and handed over a 20-month ban from the sport after testing positive for CERA, the third-generation form of the human growth hormone EPO, has returned to cycling.

His return was condemned by Mark Cavendish who said, ‘It’s like a parasite coming back into the sport’; Ricco may line up against Cavendish in Milan-San Remo race.

Cavendish said he is upset with the lack of regret for everybody and everything people like Ricco have damaged.

Saturday 02, May 2009

  Olympics Medalists Positive On A New Kind Of Steroid

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Olympics Medalists Positive On A New Kind Of SteroidEven if the Olympics happened few months ago, news are coming out again because of the controversies that some Olympians are facing now. In the re-test conducted for CERA, few Olympics medalists were found positive on taking endurance-enhancing hormone or steroids.

Some Olympics medalist who were found positive for CERA, the new version of endurance-enhancing hormone are Italian Davide Rebellin – who won a silver medal in cycling, Rashid Ramzi – who won Bahrain’s first gold medal, Greece’s Fani Halkia, Ukraine’s heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska, Belarussians Vadim Devyatovsky and Ivan Tikhan, who had finished second and third in the men’s hammer.

The athletes who were found positive with this performance-enhancing hormone like Rashid Ramzi, Davide Rebellin and German cyclist Stefan Schumaker will return their medals and shall face legal sanctions.

There will be more athletes that might be proven positive with steroids or any type of performance-enhancing drugs if the re-test will be done to participants. The re-test results only prove that even Olympics is not free from steroid users, and cheaters.

Thursday 25, Dec 2008

  2008 most controversial doping cases

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steroidsThis year is Olympic year so it’s more interesting than the previous years as far as doping is concerned.

Remember the canny seven Russian track and field athletes who resorted to urine swapping to pass drug tests?

The International Association of the Athletics Federation officials became suspicious when said women athletes were always present for unannounced random tests. The Russians were also very punctual, arriving at testing places even before the IAAF officials got there.

“There were no ‘no shows’,” one official told Reuters. “The Russians were always there.”

So the officials started storing the athletes’ samples. Further investigation revealed that the latest urine samples provided by the athletes did not match the DNA of the stored samples. The Russians were later suspended. The athletes include Tatyana Tomashova, the two-time world 1,500 meters champion; and Yelena Soboleva, the world indoor 1,500 meters champion.

And who wouldn’t remember the Greek athletes who figured prominently in this year’s doping list because of quite a handful of failed dope tests.

In March, eleven of the 14 members of the Greek weightlifting team tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone in out-of-competition testing in Athens. Then there was champion hurdler Fani Halkia, sprinter Dimitris Regas, and Anastasios Gousis who got banned for testing positive also for methyltrienolone. All Greek athletes were suspended for doping.

In Tour de France four riders, including the third finisher Bernhard Kohl, were suspended for testing positive for CERA, the new generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO

There was Marion Jones’ sprint in and out of jail for her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her involvement in a check fraud case. Jones began her six-month jail term March and was released September 5.

The NFL’s diuretic case also was in the news which involved several athletes who blamed the StarCaps weight-loss pill for their failed dope tests. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Vikings were among the players who tested positive for the masking agent bumetanide.

The Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds anabolic steroids cases also dominated the sports scene in 2008 and are expected to remain in the headlines in 2009. The much-awaited Barry Bonds trial will commence March next year

Monday 15, Dec 2008

  IOC to retest Beijing doping samples in January

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Olympic-SteroidsTo the 2008 Beijing Olympics athletes, to be stripped of medals is a bad, bad way to start 2009. Our advice to them? Take in all in stride. Look at the four riders in this year’s Tour de France who tested for CERA long after the cameras flashed and the medals awarded. Their collective sigh was: C’est la vie!

The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday about 500 samples will undergo retroactive testing in January. Of that number are about 400 blood tests to be retested for third-generation drug CERA, while 100 are urine samples which will be tested for insulin. A WADA lab in Cologne, Germany will handle the retesting of the urine samples. According to AP report, the lab has come up with a reliable test for insulin which, like anabolic steroids, is considered a performance-enhancing drug.

IOC’s statement said the tests “will primarily target endurance events in cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics.” The test results are expected to be in by the end of March.

It was in October when IOC has announced its plan to carry out retroactive testing subsequent to AFLD’s (French anti-doping agency) statement that it will retest samples from the 2008 Tour de France riders. AFLD has developed a more effective method to test blood samples for new generation performance boosters like CERA. The new testing method caught four riders.

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