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Friday 13, Oct 2017

  British Javelin Thrower Suspended For Failed Doping Test

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Joanna Blair, who represented Britain in the European Athletics Team Championships this summer in Lille, has been suspended after she failed to clear an anti-doping test.

The 31-year-old javelin thrower from Lutton was believed to be in the contention for the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

In a statement, UK Athletics said Joanna Blair had been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics. This was after Blair was charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample). The statement further reads that the javelin thrower has the opportunity to respond to the charge against her including the right to a full hearing of the case.

The 31-year-old confirmed the positive test and remarked the failed test was a result of a creatine product she had been using “for a number of years”. Blair blamed contamination of the supplement and added she checked the ingredients of the supplement before using it. Blair added she is cooperating fully with both UK Athletics and UK Anti-Doping to resolve things at the earliest.

Blair had finished second in the UK trials in July and her selection would have marked the pinnacle of her career. Blair had managed to improve her fitness under her coach Dave Burrell at Luton Athletics Club. She went on to set a near three-meter personal best of 57.44m at the British Athletics Championships that gave her a first national title ahead of the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Goldie Sayers and placed her seventh on the British all-time list.

The impressive form of Blair earned her selection for the Nitro Athletics tournament in Australia this year. The javelin thrower was however unlucky to miss out on selection for the 2017 world championships in London after she failed to reach the qualifying mark.

Few years back, Commonwealth Games javelin champion Jarrod Bannister was banned for 20 months after he missed three doping tests. Bannister, who won the gold medal at New Delhi in 2010 and occupied the sixth position in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, missed three tests within a period of 18 months. The javelin thrower had then blamed poor communication with Athletics Australia as a factor behind the circumstances that saw him, unintentionally, breach the ‘Athlete Whereabouts’ program.

Athletics Australia chief executive Dallas O’Brien had then remarked that we are disappointed that Jarrod did not meet his obligations as one of our top performing athletes and this case demonstrates the need for all athletes to be diligent and responsible. Bannister was given a slightly reduced ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This was after he was charged under article 6.4 of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency’s policy concerning his availability for out-of-competition testing. The Australian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw remarked he had relied on verbal rather than written correspondence with Athletics Australia. The finding handed down by arbitrator Alan Sullivan called on the Athletics Australia, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and the World Anti-Doping Agency to review their operations and procedures.

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Thursday 18, May 2017

  Montsho Prepares For Return From Doping Ban

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The Botswana Athletes Commission has launched the “Support Amantle Montsho Campaign” to assist for helping the athlete for upcoming competitions following her return from a doping ban of two years.

Montsho, the female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 meters and represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, served a suspension of two years. This was after she was found guilty of taking a banned substance during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 2011 world champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine after finishing fourth at Glasgow 2014. Montsho then blamed a contaminated supplement for the positive test and denied taking everything that was banned deliberately. She received only a ban of two years and not four years as her offence was committed before the new World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on January 1, 2015.

The athlete decided not to appeal against the ban because of the costs of BP200,000 (£14,500/$19,000/€17,300). She served the ban until July of last year and was forced to miss the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Montsho has already qualified for this year’s IAAF World Championships that will be between August 4 and 13 at London’s Olympic Stadium.

The ban on Montsho was a huge setback to her illustrious career that included a win in Daegu in 2011 that made her the first athlete from Botswana ever to win a world or Olympic title. Montsho narrowly failed to retain her world title at Moscow in 2013 after finishing fourth in the Olympics at London 2012 when she led for most of the race only to be pipped on the line by Christine Ohuruogu of Britain. The athlete also won consecutive gold medals in 2007 and 2011 at the All-Africa Games and claimed victory at the African Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The “Support Amantle Montsho Campaign” is aimed to raise funds to help the former 400 meters world champion find training facilities and aid her preparations for this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London. Botswana National Olympic Committee vice-president Botsang Tshenyego supported the campaign and remarked it was in honor of an athlete who put Botswana on the athletics map. Botsang remarked we want her to continue in sports under a different role either being coach, sports ambassador or sports administrator. The VP of Botswana National Olympic Committee said he will give inspiration to young athletes, especially girls and added we cannot lose an athlete of such caliber. Botsang also said the initiative is meant to raise funds for competitions and the transition that is training her in areas of her choice.

Montsho said a top three finish will be an achievement for her looking at her level of fitness and added she will still be happy to reach the event’s final. The sprinter from Botswana also commented it is not going to be easy but she had to work hard to make this a reality and also said she will announce her retirement after getting a medal.

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Saturday 28, May 2016

  Olympian Stages DIY Gold Medal Ceremony

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Australian Olympic race walker Jared Tallent staged a gold medal ceremony of his own. This was after it was made public that the two track and field athletes who finished ahead of him during his third-place finish at the 2011 World Championships were among those involved in the state-sponsored Russian doping scandal.

Tallent will get the medal at a ceremony in Melbourne in June but put in some practice with a couple of friends in a video posted online. In the video, Tallent stands up on the mock podium and waves in traditional Olympic style before someone comes forward to shake his hand and put a medal around his neck.

Tallent finished the 50 kilometer walk in 3:43:36 at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu to grab the bronze medal behind the Russian duo of Sergey Bakulin and Denis Nizhegorodov. Sergey Bakulin, was banned for doping last year by Russian authorities and his result of Daegu was disqualified by CAS in its March ruling. Runner-up Denis Nizhegorodov, who won the 50km bronze at Beijing, is now named by a Russian news agency as one of the athletes who failed retrospective drug tests from the 2008 Beijing Games. Last week, the International Olympic Committee said 31 athletes had failed drug tests from the 2008 Games after samples were re-examined.

Tallent was confirmed as the London Games’ 50 km walk gold medalist in March after Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia was stripped of the title for doping following a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said he will pick up the gold medal from his Russian counterpart soon and present it to Jared Tallent with full Olympic protocol in Melbourne on June 17. Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire remarked Tallent should receive his gold medal at the MCG and this could possibly be during the Pies’ Queen’s Birthday game against Melbourne on June 13. McGuire said Jared receiving his medal before a full MCG or Olympic Park stadium would be very fitting and added they should do that and then give him another ceremonial presentation in the Olympic stadium at Rio. Tallent remarked he would be honored to receive his medal at the iconic “G”; Tallent won a bronze medal in the 20km walk at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the same place.

The Australian race walker, a three-time Olympic medalist and three-time World Championship medalist, became the first Australian to win two athletic medals in the same Olympics since 1972. Tallent took home gold in the 20 km walk at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Jared married Claire Tallent, a fellow Race Walker in 2008, and won his third World Championships medal with silver in the 50 km walk at the World Championships of Athletics in Beijing in 2015. Claire represented Australia at the Olympic Games and World Championships in Athletics. She claimed the silver medal behind England’s Johanna Jackson at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. She took the women’s title while her husband won on the men’s side at the Australian 20 km walk championships.

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Thursday 28, May 2015

  Gareth Warburton And Rhys Williams Back After Doping Bans

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Gareth Warburton And Rhys Williams Back After Doping Bans

Welsh middle distance runner Gareth Warburton and former European 400 meters hurdles champion Rhys Williams are ready to compete for the first time since they failed a doping test last summer. Both had to withdraw from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Williams lost the opportunity to become the co-captain of Wales’ athletics team.

Williams is now focusing on qualifying for the British team for the World Championships in Beijing. Rhys Williams is expected to contest the 400m hurdles at the South and East Wales event at Newport’s Spytty Park.

A statement from UK Anti-Doping said Warburton and Williams may have brought this matter on themselves but they are victims. It was further added that they are not cheats and they made mistakes and have paid for them heavily already. It was also commented that UKAD view that the panel should look closely at the failings of both Warburton and Williams but whilst doing so recognize that this is a contaminated supplement case.

In a statement, Welsh Athletics had remarked (when news of their doping bans broke out) that Welsh Athletics acknowledges the four and six month bans given to athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton following their UK Anti-Doping hearings. The statement also added that all Welsh Athletics Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Welsh Athletics Academy (WAA) supported athletes and their coaches have been reminded of their responsibilities regarding the WADA code, prohibited lists and strict liability and anti-doping education will continue to form a key part of our national development program.

The two Welsh athletes served their backdated bans to the time of their provisional suspensions. According to a report by the UK Anti-Doping, Warburton and Williams had not knowingly taken anything and had not deliberately cheated. The UKAD report revealed that the athletes did not take sufficient advice before taking Mountain Fuel supplements, one of which was found to be contaminated with an anabolic steroid.

Williams tested positive for the presence of a metabolite of an anabolic steroid after an in-competition test on July 11 at the Grand Prix in Glasgow. Warburton tested positive for the presence of two metabolites of anabolic steroids, following an out-of-competition test on June 17. UKAD investigators were told by Mountain Fuel chief executive Darren Foote that the supplements were the source of the banned substances and added that other competitors had used the products but there seems to be a problem with the batch in question. Foote remarked the only logical explanation is that something must have gone wrong during the blending, manufacturing or packaging process which led to the contamination.

UKAD Director of Legal Graham Arthur remarked at that time that these cases send a powerful reminder to athletes that there is no guarantee that any supplement product is free from banned substances. The UKAD Director of Legal also said athletes are strongly advised to be very cautious if they choose to use any supplement product and must undertake thorough research of any products before use and went on to add that information revealed as a result should be further investigated and we advise athletes to keep evidence of their research.

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Thursday 18, Sep 2014

  WADA Continuing Drive To Educate About Doping

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WADA Continuing Drive To Educate About Doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be educating young athletes about the possible dangers of doping after 15-year-old Russian twins Olga and Yelena Paushkina received doping bans of two years.

Olga and Yelena, who won the 1500 meters gold medal at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht in a swift time of 4 minutes and 25.98 seconds, tested positive on April 24 for unspecified “prohibited substances” and the bans were confirmed by the Anti-Doping Commission of the All-Russian Athletics Federation.

Recently, 16-year-old weightlifter Chika Amalaha from Nigeria tested positive for banned substances and was stripped of her 53 kilogram gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier this summer. The gold was later awarded to Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea. This was after both samples of Amalaha confirmed the adverse analytical findings of Amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both prohibited as masking agents and diuretics under class S5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Amiloride and Hydrochlorothiazide are used to lose body weight. Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper had remarked Amalaha was suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Amalaha did not contest the findings at her hearing, according to a statement by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The silver medal was awarded to Santoshi Matsa of India, while compatriot Swati Singh was upgraded to bronze.

Ben Nichols, WADA’s senior manager of media relations and communications, remarked that WADA has taken different measures for educating young athletes about the dangers of banned drugs, either inadvertently or deliberately. Nichols remarked we are aware of the suspensions issued to the two athletes, but we must wait to receive the full case file before we can review the reasons for the decision and added that WADA generally speaking has long been concerned about the need to educate young and aspiring athletes about the dangers of doping.

Nichols added WADA through its Play True Generation program has put in place successful preventative measures which have educated the youth on the consequences of doping, and have helped promote fair play, values-based messages to not just aspiring athletes but to their coaches and support personnel, too and athlete-to-youth interaction is an excellent way of getting the clean sport message across through the WADA Athlete Committee. He went on to remark that the Outreach program of WADA at last month’s Youth Olympic Games provided an excellent example of how the athletes’ message can cut through and reach the young in an easy-to-understand, engaging way. He also remarked tools to educate the young on anti-doping are now well established importantly and are available for anti-doping organizations to roll out across their own programs worldwide.

Two more Russian middle distance runners, 25-year-old Vyacheslav Shalamov and 24-year-old Polina Dontsov along with 22-year-old steeplechaser Damir Saurbayev received similar bans.

In the recent times, many top athletes have been accused or found guilty of doping. In July, Vladimir Dyatchin, the two-time world open water champion, was provisionally suspended after he failed an anti-doping test. Breaststroke world record holder Yulia Efimova and European champion and world record holder Vitali Melnikov are presently serving doping suspensions.

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Tuesday 22, Jul 2014

  Gareth Warburton Banned From Commonwealth Games

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Gareth Warburton Banned From Commonwealth Games

Welsh 800m runner Gareth Warburton has been provisionally suspended from all competition for committing anti-doping violations, according to an announcement by UK Athletics.

Warburton was charged with committing anti-doping rule violations under UK Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (presence of prohibited substances). The 800m runner competed in the London Olympics and was expected to compete for Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 31-year-old athlete, who hails from Caernarfon, has the opportunity to respond to the charges against him.

A Welsh Athletics statement said Welsh Athletics can confirm the provisional suspension of athlete Gareth Warburton after being charged with committing anti-doping rule violations under UK Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (presence of prohibited substances). It was added that Gareth has the opportunity to respond to the charges against him, and to have those charges determined at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel. The statement also said Welsh Athletics strongly supports clean sport and has established a comprehensive education program for its athletes and also remarked Welsh Athletics will not be making any further comment.

Brian Davies, Chef de Mission of Team Wales, said Team Wales can confirm that one of the competitors selected for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been provisionally suspended after being charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation. Davies remarked Gareth Warburton as a result will no longer be able to compete at the Games and went on to remark that as the athlete is presumed innocent unless and until the charges brought against him have been upheld it would be inappropriate for us to comment further. Davies also said Team Wales is committed to providing athletes with the necessary education required to ensure we compete as clean athletes at a clean Games, and have worked closed with UK Anti-Doping in the build up to Glasgow 2014.

In another development, double world champion Helen Jenkins has pulled out of Glasgow through injury. Considered by many as Wales’ main medal triathlon hope, Jenkins was ruled out with a leg problem. Jenkins remarked she is obviously devastated and added she was very proud to be selected to represent Wales and was looking forward to racing on a tough, honest triathlon course in Strathclyde. The 30-year-old she will get more information from the specialist but with a grade two tear of her Plantar Fascia, it’s almost certain that she would not be racing again this season. The Bridgend star, who finished fifth at the London Olympics in 2012 and was crowned world champion in 2008 and 2011, she particularly wants to thank her support team who have worked so hard to get her back racing after such a difficult 18 months after the Olympics. Brian Davies remarked it is undoubtedly a huge blow to the team and she’ll be sorely missed but first and foremost our thoughts are with Helen. The Chef de Mission of Team Wales said we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in action again in the near future.

The Commonwealth triathlon takes place on the opening day of the Games, July 24.

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Tuesday 10, Jun 2014

  No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

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No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

Sir Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has issued a warning to Glasgow 2014 competitors to beware of the dangers of supplements. Reedie said testers adopt a ‘no excuses’ policy and expressed frustration with athletes who continue to put their trust in unregulated nutritional shakes and mixes.

The former British Olympic Association chairman said he can understand why athletes take these things, because they will do anything to get an edge and improve their performance but it is extremely dangerous. Reedie added he means there is a clearly an issue at the moment with supplements and the supplements business the world over is almost entirely unregulated. The WADA President added it is important to get control of what people put in these things, because athletes will keep taking supplements. He went on to add that very experienced athletes take them – and, in many ways, they shouldn’t and if they must take them, they have to make sure that what they are taking is absolutely clear.

Reedie brought forward the example of a German athlete in Sochi, someone who had been to two Olympic Games, should know exactly what she was doing but one of her friends said: “Oh, you should take this supplement” and so she used it. Reedie added it is that kind of occasional weakness that can cause a real problem and if they are determined to take supplements, they should know that they are clean. The WADA chief added the new world-wide code coming into place next year will deal rather more accurately with what you would describe as minor offences but basically the principle of strict liability still applies.

Nicola Newman, UKAD’s director of communications and education, said our two aims are never to get a positive test at a major event from a British athlete and to stop a serious doper from competing. Nicola added that is our goal, although we can’t guarantee it. The UKAD’s director of communications and education added “No excuses” is another phrase for us and we don’t want anybody to feel they lacked the knowledge they needed and went on to add that we are working really hard with federations and sports to make sure they all understand the risks. Nicola also remarked that the ongoing message that we’re giving to these athletes is predominantly around not making a mistake or getting a positive test because they didn’t understand. Newman added we worked with some of these sports in Delhi (the last Commonwealth Games, in 2010) and some of them were incredibly nervous about the implications of providing a sample so we ran mock testing with them. It was added that we showed them exactly what happens and it is not necessarily normal but it’s definitely necessary.

UK Anti-Doping will run the testing program in Glasgow and it will deliver a mandatory education program to all Home Nations teams during the run-in to the Games. All athletes selected to compete at the Games, as well as more than 200 coaches, must sign up to the education program of UK Anti-Doping. This is made necessary for ensuring that they do not make an innocent mistake by taking an illegal supplement or medication.

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Tuesday 15, Apr 2014

  Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned by a Jamaican disciplinary panel for a period of 18 months. The veteran sprinter was banned for athletics after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, Oxilofrine, last June.

Lennox Gayle, the head of the three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said the decision to ban Powell was unanimous after they examined the “voluminous nature of the evidence.” Gayle said Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault and the disciplinary panel would be issuing a written statement in a month to explain the decision.

The backdated ban on Powell starts from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013 during national trials for the world championships and he would be eligible to return to competition on December 20, about a month after he turns 32.

Powell issued a statement through his publicist and said his defense team will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport while describing the ruling as not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Powell said sanctions for a stimulant and this kind of infraction usually range from public warnings to a ban of three months, six months in the most extreme cases. The sprinter had blamed his newly-hired trainer, Canadian physiotherapist Christopher Xuereb, who offered supplements to Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist who also tested positive for the same stimulant at the national trials in June. Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel for 18 months while a two-year ban was imposed on Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall for using a prohibited diuretic. Both Powell and Simpson will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

In a statement, Powell said he have never knowingly taken any banned substances, he did all the necessary checks before taking Epiphany D1 and it is his hope that the CAS will prove to be a more open and fair avenue for the review of all the facts in his case.

Powell added he started using the supplements, including one called “Epiphany D1″ that laboratory tests later showed to contain Oxilofrine. The athlete said he and a friend researched about the supplement for up to six hours online and found no prohibited substances. On the other hand, Xuereb said he never gave any performance enhancing to Powell or Simpson and he only bought major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb claimed both athletes were looking for a scapegoat. Xuereb once worked at the Toronto clinic operated by Anthony Galea, a sports physician who pleaded guilty of bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the United States for house calls.

Powell’s coach, Stephen Francis, urged the Jamaican Prime Minister to disband the country’s anti-doping organization and sub-contract the testing procedures to a credible overseas testing agency. Francis remarked they need to sub-contract it to England or Germany or whoever it is who can carry it out properly because obviously we in Jamaica can’t do this thing properly and it is embarrassment after embarrassment after embarrassment.

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Sunday 18, Aug 2013

  Australian Javelin Champion Banned For Missing Tests

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Australian Javelin Champion Banned For Missing Tests

Australian javelin champion Jarrod Bannister has been banned for a period of 20 months after he missed three tests within 18 months, which is treated the same as a positive test. This penalty means the javelin champion will be unable to defend his gold at next year’s Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

The 28-year-old Bannister, who won the gold medal at New Delhi in 2010 and was sixth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said on his Facebook page on Friday that he has been banned until February 18, 2015. The javelin thrower blamed poor communication with Athletics Australia as a factor behind the circumstances leading to a breach of the Athlete Whereabouts program, which requires drug agencies to be made aware of the movements of athletes at all times.

The Australian athlete said within the court reasons, it was found that there was no deliberate action by myself to avoid being tested. He went on to remark that he would encourage other athletes, especially Australian athletes, to be vigilant when dealing with Athletics Australia and ASADA. The javelin thrower also suggested that he took “lightly” the anti-drug code and had relied on verbal rather than written correspondence with Athletics Australia. He added that he would encourage all athletes, parents, family, and Athletic Governing bodies to read the 22 July 2013 Judgment which can be found on the ASADA website and said he hope that what has happened to me does not happen to any other athlete.

The finding was handed down by arbitrator Alan Sullivan, SC, called on Athletics Australia, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), and the World Anti-Doping Agency to review their operations and procedures.

Meanwhile, Athletics Australia released a statement saying that we disappointed that Jarrod did not meet his obligations as one of our top performing athletes and this case demonstrates the need for all athletes to be diligent and responsible. It also suggested that part of this is that it is the individual athlete’s responsibility to notify the World Anti-Doping Agency of all international travel arrangements and precise accommodation arrangements. The statement said we acknowledge this can be challenging once the athlete is already overseas and perhaps we need to look at how we can do a little more to assist the athletes in those circumstances to fulfill their requirements and added Athletics Australia will reinforce to its athletes the message that this decision brings and at the same time provide additional education and assistance in order to maximize compliance with the sport’s strict and wide ranging anti-doping policy.

Under the guidance of the legendary Uwe Hohn, Bannister soared from his sixth place in the javelin at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, to gain a first national senior title, selection for the Osaka World Championships. With his performance, Jarrod Bannister got into Olympic medal calculations by hurling the javelin 89.02m to win the Australian title in February. Following a funding breach, Bannister was banned from receiving support from any of the Australian institutes of sport in a separate incident in late 2011.

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Tuesday 23, Oct 2012

  US Taekwondo Athlete Receives Sanction

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Us taekwondo athlete receives sanction

Nathaniel Tadd of Houston, Texas, an athlete in the sport of Taekwondo, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement issued by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 20-year-old received a suspension for his doping offense after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant. The positive test pertains to a urine sample collected at the Senior Nationals competition, on July 3, 2011, in San Jose, California. Stimulants are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the rules of the World Taekwondo Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

A two-year period of ineligibility was received by Tadd that began on November 16, 2011, the day he received his sanction. The Taekwondo athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained during the Senior Nationals, which began on June 28, 2011, as well as any other competitive results obtained subsequent to June 28, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

An advisory was issued by the USADA on June 16, 2011 for making athletes aware of the concerns regarding methylhexaneamine.

Methylhexaneamine is a stimulant and was first placed on the WADA Prohibited List in 2010 classed as a Non Specified Stimulant. It has been re-classified as a Specified Stimulant from 2011 and is prohibited in-competition only. Products that contain any of the following ingredients on the label (Methylhexaneamine; Methylhexanamine; DMAA (dimethylamylamine); Geranamine; Forthane; Forthan; Floradrene; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl-; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl- (9CI); 4-methyl-2-hexanamine; 1,3-dimethylamylamine; 4-Methylhexan-2-amine; 1,3-dimethylpentylamine; 2-amino-4-methylhexane; Pentylamine, 1, 3-dimethyl) are reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding for Methylhexaneamine. Methylhexaneamine (MHA) was retained in the Prohibited List for 2012 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In 2010, Methylhexaneamine topped the stimulants list for 123 adverse analytical findings worldwide in all sports that accounted for 21.4 per cent of cases in that particular drug class. Many products sold as dietary supplements openly list this substance on their labels like Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports), and many others.

The drug figured prominently during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi wherein swimmers Richa Mishra, Amar Muralidharan and Jyotsna Pansare, wrestlers Rajeev Tomar, Rahul Mann, Sumeet, Joginder, Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet Kaur, and athletes Saurabh Vij and Akash Antil tested positive to it just before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Methylhexaneamine or DMAA s marketed under many names as a dietary supplement but its safety has been questioned. It was originally developed to be used as a nasal decongestant and treatment for hypertrophied or hyperplasic oral tissue. It was reintroduced in 2006 as a dietary supplement under the trademarked name Geranamine. On 19 June 2012, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) made an announcement that the 2012 Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, tested positive for the banned stimulant. The New Zealand government indicated in November 2009 that methylhexaneamine would be scheduled as a restricted substance and made illegal the sale of DMAA products after 7 April 2012.


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