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Tuesday 27, Dec 2016

  UFC Lightweight Ferreira Accepts Suspension

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The UFC lightweight fighter Carlos Diego Ferreira has received a suspension of 17 months for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for Ostarine [a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM)] in an out-of-competition drug test on April 29. The MMA fighter additionally declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that contained the banned substance 7-keto-DHEA. Under the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency, both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Ferreira following notification of his positive test tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. The USADA statement further reads that although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

It was also added that the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of USADA independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. The USADA statement reads that testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. USADA further added that Ferreira advised the United States Anti-Doping Agency that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine.

USADA based on the circumstance of the anti-doping violation elected to reduce the suspension of Ferreira from two years to 17 months, retroactive to April 29. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will now be eligible to return in September 2014.

The UFC lightweight fighter was previously suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the positive test. The UFC will adhere to the lengthier punishment administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Ferreira was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 but his name was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

The former Legacy FC lightweight champion started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He made his professional MMA debut against Joseph Daily at STFC 15 on April 15, 2011 wjere won the fight via split decision. Ferreira went on to compile an undefeated record of 9–0 before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in his debut and won a Performance of the Night bonus where he won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke). He then defeated Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 and won the Fight of the Night bonus. Later, ge faced Beneil Dariush at UFC 179 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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Saturday 19, Nov 2016

  Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Suspended For Doping Violation

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Lyoto Carvalho Machida, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been suspended for 18 months after admitting use of a banned substance as well as failing a subsequent drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion accepted the sanction according to USADA officials in a release. USADA officials wrote in the release the 38-year-old Machida declared the use of a product containing 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto-DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork during an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016. 7-keto-DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The release further reads Machida upon notice from USADA of his potential violation immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida later failed the out-of-competition drug test that showed evidence that he used the banned substance ahead of his last scheduled fight this past April when he was scheduled to face Dan Henderson in Florida. Machida was pulled from the fight with Henderson and the bout was cancelled.

USADA officials said the sample of Machida was analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory and reported to USADA for an elevated 7ß-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio, which is consistent with his declared use of a prohibited substance.

Machida has been suspended for 18 months, retroactive to April 8, 2016, which means he would be eligible to return to action in October 2017. Officials of the United States Anti-Doping Agency remarked his sentence from a standard two year suspension was reduced down to 18 months as Machida admitted to taking the banned substance prior to the test. USADA said Machida fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida has lost three of his past four bouts. He suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in June 2015 in his most recent appearance.

Reacting to the suspension, Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer Gegard Mousasi said he thinks the recent 18-month suspension handed out to the former UFC light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger was slightly harsh. Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who fought Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) in February 2014 and lost a unanimous decision, said Machida is a fighter, you have to respect him, and he thinks 18 months it a little bit too much. Mousasi admits the suspension of Machida was probably overboard, and said he hopes his former opponent eventually comes back to the octagon. Mousasi added he said a lot of things about him, but at the end of the day and he is hopeful Machida would come back soon.

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Sunday 11, Sep 2016

  Yuliya Efimova Blasts Lilly King

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Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was booed by crowds at the Rio Olympics, has taken a parting shot at rival Lilly King on Saturday night. Yuliya insisted the American 19-year-old was immature and had turned the event into “a war.”

Efimova remarked the escalated bad blood between the American and Russian camps was a personal “nightmare” for her. Yuliya claimed the West was using sport to fight a new cold war. Efimova said he understands the people who didn’t congratulate her because the media was full of fake stories about her and added she on the other hand does not really understand the foreign competitors. Yuliya remarked all athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read.

King had repeatedly asserted that the Russian swimmer should not have been allowed to compete as she had previously been banned for doping. Yuliya, the four-time World Champion and a three-time Olympian, failed a drug test in 2013 and was suspended from competition for 16 months. Efimova, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was given a provisional ban earlier this year after testing positive for Meldonium, but the International Swimming Federation lifted the suspension after advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Her name also figured in a World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian state-sponsored doping. The Russian swimmer was excluded from the Games until gaining a late reprieve. Yuliya was quietly reinstated and no explanation for the decision was provided by the International Swimming Federation or the International Olympic Committee.

Efimova has been living and training in Southern California for the past five years but may reconsider her decision with the reaction she received from the American swimming public. She was booed n several occasions during the schedule as she entered the pool deck. Efimova once shook her finger as she was loudly booed before and after her semifinal race at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Spectators were not happy with the IOC decision to let Efimova and her fellow Russian swimmers compete and the Russian swimming team, especially Yuliya was subjected to boos and jeers at the Aquatic Center.

Lilly did not hide her feelings about the disgraced Russian swimmer and said Yuliya is a drug cheat and should not be allowed to compete. The American swimmer said bringing Yuliya was decision of the IOC and she is going to respect that decision even though it is not something that she agrees with.

The US star defeated Yulia Efimova to win gold in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 19-year-old bagged the gold in one of the most anticipated swimming events of the tournament — by just under a second as she finished in 1 minute 4.93 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of Efimova. After her win, Lilly remarked her win just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the work you put in.

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Thursday 17, Sep 2015

  Ferrari And Former Sky Doctor Named In WADA’s Banned List

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has named Michele Ferrari, Lance Armstrong’s long-term training guru, and Team Sky’s former doctor, Belgian Geert Leinders, in a list of 114 banned support personnel.

The 62-year-old Italian doctor was banned from working with Italian athletes in 2002 and was blocked worldwide by the United States Anti-Doping Agency case against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. USADA investigations revealed that Armstrong was given Testosterone, EPO, and blood transfusions by Michele Ferrari during the years when Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles. Later, Armstrong received a lifetime ban and was stripped of all his seven titles and later admitted to making use of banned performance enhancing drugs.

The case against Leinders was based principally on the testimony of Danish rider Michael Rasmussen and Levi Leipheimer of the United States. The two former Rabobank riders revealed the role of Leinders in doping when questioned by USADA in connection with Lance Armstrong in 2012. USADA charged Leinders with possession, trafficking and administering banned substances including testosterone, insulin, DHEA, erythropoietin, and corticosteroids. Leinders was also charged of administering blood transfusions and covering up anti-doping violations. Rasmussen admitted that Leinders provided assistance to him with blood transfusions during the 2004 and 2005 Tours de France and the 2007 Giro d’Italia. The Danish rider also said false medical certificates were written by Leinders so that he can use cortisone and also claimed that Leinders helped him dope with insulin. Leipheimer revealed the doctor assisted him dope with EPO at the 2002 and 2003 Tours de France.

The former Team Sky doctor, who worked with the Rabobank team until 2010 and as a freelance for Team Sky in 2011 and 2012, was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for multiple doping violations.

Leipheimer and Rasmussen received reduced bans for their assistance with the inquiring agencies.

Some of the big names on the list are Trevor Graham and Guido Nigrelli, owner of the pharmacy at the centre of the Mantova investigation. Carlo Santuccione, who “assisted” Danilo Di Luca and Riccardo Riccò also finds a mention on the list.

WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, said the anti-doping agency is increasingly of the belief that athletes do not dope alone, and that often there is a member of their entourage encouraging them to cheat. Sir Reedie also remarked that this new ‘Prohibited Association’ rule sends a clear message to athletes not to associate with individuals that have breached anti-doping rules as they could encourage them to cheat the system and to rob their fellow athletes of their right to clean sport.

Reedie added WADA, by publishing this list, is helping athletes know which individuals to evade if they are to avoid violating the rules themselves. The WADA President also said this list will also assist ADOs (Anti-doping Organizations) as it is their responsibility to advise their athletes of the support personnel that have ‘disqualifying status’ and the consequences of such association.

Athletes who are found working with the listed people would violate WADA’s Prohibited Association article 2.10 and face suspension.

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Friday 19, Dec 2014

  Gay’s Former Coach Suspended For Eight Years

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Gay’s Former Coach Suspended For Eight Years

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that American sprinter Tyson Gay’s former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.

USADA announced a three member panel of the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) found that Drummond possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance enhancing substances to Tyson Gay as a coach.

Drummond is the coach of U.S. Olympians and the recent Chairman of the USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Council and a former world record holder. Earlier this year, Drummond sued Gay and USADA for defamation. He claimed Tyson Gay had made false statements about him and that the US Anti-Doping Agency had republished and endorsed them. The lawsuit was stayed by a US judge, saying that the matter must be settled in arbitration and not in a federal court.

In May this year, Tyson Gay was suspended for one year and he returned the silver medal he won with the US 4x100m relay team at the London Olympics. The athlete was disqualified from all races he contested from July 2012. Gay’s ban was reduced because of the testimony he provided to the US Anti-Doping Agency and he has since returned to competition.

The AAA panel, following a two-day evidentiary hearing, found that Drummond failed to act in the manner expected of a coach of athletes in the Olympic Movement USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said coaches have an inherent responsibility to protect athletes- not take advantage of them- but to ensure that they receive the support, training and advice they need to win fairly and in accordance with the rules.

The 46-year-old coach will serve an eight year period of ineligibility beginning on December 17, 2014. His sanction will prohibit him from coaching, training or advising athletes and participating or coaching at any event sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the International Association of Athletics Federations or any other WADA Code signatory. The sanction will include coaching, training or advising athletes for the U.S. Olympic, Pan American Games or Paralympic Games Trials, being a member of any U.S. Olympic, Pan American Games, or Paralympic Team.

In 2013, Tyson Gay tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is a banned substance. It was concluded by USADA upon investigation that a chiropractor named Dr. Clayton Gibson provided the athlete with the DHEA that resulted in the positive test. Drummond was found in violation of many anti-doping rules, including possession of DHEA in violation of Code Article 2.6 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (f), trafficking of DHEA in violation of Code Article 2.7 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (g), attempted trafficking of DHEA, HGH, IGF-1, and/or Testosterone in violation of Code 2.7 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (g).

Drummond denied the charges through his counsel on May 30, 2014 and requested a hearing. The American Arbitration Association acknowledged the demand for arbitration by Drummond on June 4, 2014. An evidential hearing was conducted on September 15 and 16, 2014 in this regard in Texas. The last post-hearing brief was filed on November 17, 2014.

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Wednesday 04, Jun 2014

  Yuliya Efimova Banned And Stripped Of World Records

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Yuliya Efimova Banned And Stripped Of World Records

Yuliya Efimova of Russia has received a ban of 16 months, retroactive to October 31, 2013 and concluding next year on February 28. The world governing body of swimming, FINA, made this communication in its final decision against the swimmer after her positive test for 7-keto-DHEA during an out-of-competition test that took place in Los Angeles.

FINA also decided to strip Efimova from all results since October 31, 2013 that includes four European short course titles and four world records. With this announcement, the European short course wins now goes to Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (50-meter breast along with her 100-meter breast win) and Rikke Pedersen Moeller (200-meter breast). Germany finishes with the mixed 200-meter medley relay victory for the team of Christian Diener, Caroline Ruhnau, Steffen Deibler, and Dorothea Brandt while Denmark’s women’s 200-meter medley relay earns gold with Mie Nielsen, Jeanette Ottesen, Pernille Blume, and Pedersen taking home that win with Russia losing the world record in that event.

Efimova will lose four world records in total. Her 200-meter breaststroke record of 2:14.39 will go back to Rebecca Soni’s 2:14.57 from the Duel in the Pool. Russia will also lose the mixed medley relay and women’s medley relay records from Euro short course champs and the 50-meter breaststroke record of Efimova from the FINA World Cup tour will not be ratified.

Efimova plead ignorance during her hearings with the FINA Doping Panel that she had taken similar supplements containing L-carnitine ever since she was a teenager. She remarked that a sales person at a local GNS store in Los Angeles told her that a product named Cellucor CLK was “doping-free.” It was claimed by Efimova that her lack of English skills was behind the poor decision to take the supplement, instead of just not taking any L-carnitine at all, especially since DHEA was clearly listed as an ingredient on the label of the product.

However, Efimova accepted the fact that she would have found that DHEA was prohibited if she had compared the supplement ingredients to the banned list. FINA imposed a relaxed ban on her because the swimmer detailed that her intent never was to find any performance enhancement. Efimova bought the product in September of 2013, went on the World Cup tour to Doha, Dubai and Moscow in October and tested clean at each of these stops. She used the product on October 22 when she returned to the U.S. and had run out of her previous supply of L-carnitine and even detailed that she had been taking L-carnitine on her doping control form.

FINA Doping Panel remarked that it has concluded that a sixteen-month period of eligibility is both just and fair under the circumstances of this case upon balancing all the relevant factors and after considering many other cases across a wide spectrum of sports.

Efimova is likely to bypass an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and expected to focus on the future with the potential of still competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

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Friday 14, Feb 2014

  Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

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Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

Tyson Gay, American track and field sprinter who last July delivered a positive test, is believed to have made use of a cream containing banned substances that the sprinter obtained from an Atlanta chiropractor and anti-aging specialist, according to a report by Sports Illustrated and ProPublica.

It is believed that Tyson Gay consulted a doctor in Atlanta who treats other runners and NFL players. The doctor, Clayton Gibson III, has a client list including names such as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the late boxing champion Vernon Forrest, New York Jets safety Ed Reed, and Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee. Forrest thanked Gibson in 2008 on television for assisting with his nutrition program after the boxer reclaimed the WBC light middleweight title. The doctor is identified in a testimonial for a 2010 book on acupuncture as a personal physician to numerous elite, Olympic and Professional Athletes (NFL, NBA, MLB, USATF, and NCAA).

According to writer David Epstein, other athletes and coaches told him that Tyson Gay was assured by Gibson that the supplement cream was “all natural” and it had been used by NFL players who passed drug tests but Gay failed the test. Epstein remarked that the sprinter should have known better as the label on the cream is believed to have used starkly says ‘Testosterone/DHEA Crème,’ and lists Testosterone and DHEA among its ingredients. Both DHEA and testosterone are banned for Olympic athletes and two other listed ingredients, IGF-1 and somatropin (human growth hormone) are also forbidden.

Epstein was told by Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency David Howman that it is “staggering” for a modern-day athlete not to realize they were using banned substances. Howman added that’s where it falls into the level of negligence and remarked WADA expected athletes to be hyper-cautious about supplements given the history of high-profile positive drug tests linked to them but even world-class athletes are relying more on people around them to be responsible and then, when they get let down, blaming those other people. Howman added that athletes should understand by now that hunting for an edge in a cream or potion will often end badly.

The writer reminded sport fans about current Olympian Lauryn Williams who caused a stir when she wrote on her blog post that she was urged to consult a man a fellow elite athlete had called the “sports doctor of all sports doctors.” Epstein remarked though Williams did not identify Gibson but people familiar with the matter confirmed that Williams met with Gibson and the blog post was about the meeting.

Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who was in the training group of Gay, also failed a drug test in 2013 and it is believed that she also consulted with Gibson and used the cream. The bronze medalist in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships confirmed consultations with Gibson but declined to comment any further until her disciplinary process is concluded.

A former All-Pro NFL lineman who claims he was approached by Gibson said the culture in today’s times is that if you don’t have all this extra stuff, you’re not winning.

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Tuesday 09, Jul 2013

  Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

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Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

Anti-doping authorities have been told by Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen that Saxo-Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis knew about widespread doping in his team. The cyclist remarked Riis had full knowledge of the widespread use of doping substances in his cycling team and cited several sources with knowledge of the matter.

The news came as the Saxo-Tinkoff team owner left the Tour de France and denied his exist was linked to a probe by Denmark authorities into the use of doping by cyclists.

Danish newspaper Politiken wrote on its website that it was unlikely Riis would ever face disciplinary action though US cyclist Tyler Hamilton and Joerg Jaksche of Germany have both told Anti-Doping Denmark that Riis knew about the doping practices. Riis won the 1996 Tour de France but admitted that he used erythropoietin to win. Despite his doping admission, his win has not been officially erased from the race’s record books.

Jens Evald, a law professor at Aarhus University, remarked the contents of the testimonies are very interesting, but they are all eight years or more back in time, and the statute of limitations is just eight years.

Rasmussen, the cyclist who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, had admitted on 31 January 2013, of using EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood transfusions in the period 1998-2010. At that time, team manager Claus Hembo said we will welcome him back when his sanction is served, but then as a sports director with Christina Watches – Onfone powered by DANA. Hembo added this will be done for a man with a cleaned conscience, and as a man who strongly dissociates himself from doping, and who will forever obligate himself to be of service to the authorities in the front line of the battle against doping. After this, his attempt to increase the €700,000 euro damages awarded to him in 2008 backfired after he lost in his claim for €5 million.

Rasmussen’s most notable victories include four stages of the Tour de France, one stage of the Vuelta a España and a win on the Italian classic Giro dell’Emilia in 2002 besides winning the best climber classification in the 2005 and 2006 Tour de France. Michael Rasmussen is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike. The Danish cyclist started his career as a mountain biker, and he won the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before becoming a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he secured a one-year contract and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 following a string of good results in August and September. The Danish cyclist was accused by mountain bike racer Whitney Richards of trying to get him to transport a box in early 2002 on the pretext that it contained his favorite cycling shoes though the box contained packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute that might potentially have been used in a doping program.

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Wednesday 03, Apr 2013

  Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

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Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

A Dutch newspaper has revealed that Team Rabobank tolerated the use of doping up until at least 2007. It was revealed by de Volkskrant that the riders were allowed to use their own products and medical staff of the team ensured that they didn’t hurt their health.

Three former riders, including Michael Boogerd, one of the Netherlands’ most popular riders, were said to have been involved in the HumanPlasma blood doping ring. A key witness in the Humanplasma scandal, Stefan Matschiner, revealed that three riders of the team were customers of the Swiss blood doping expert.

Boogerd had admitted to using banned blood booster EPO, cortisone and, late in his career, blood transfusions and said he used the banned substances from 1997 to 2007, the end of his career. He even admitted using the Austrian blood lab, Humanplasma, for transfusions. The cyclist won the Amstel Gold classic in 1999, edging Lance Armstrong in second place, and had two stage wins in the Tour de France.

Six former riders – Danny Nelissen, Marc Lotz, Thomas Dekker, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rasmussen, and Grischa Niermann — and former manager Theo de Rooij have admitted doping. Nelissen confessed to using EPO while riding for the team and confirmed that a doping system was implemented after the Rabobank had endured a low-key start to the 1996 season. Nelissen remarked the pressure of supporting a family had influenced his decision to dope. He claimed he had EPO administered by the team doctor Geert Leinders at the Tour de France in 1996 and 1997.

Rolf Sorensen of Denmark admitted to doping in the 1990s and said he used EPO and cortisone. Theo de Rooy who was team manager from 2003 to 2007 did not deny that there was doping on the team and remarked if there was doping, that was a deliberate decision by the medical staff but claimed not to know of the HumanPlasma involvement.

Theo de Rooy added it was the responsibility of each rider to determine how far he would go into the medical field and said the team management did not encourage or pay for doping, and was not officially allowed. He went on to remark that he had disciplined riders who wanted to organize their own medical care outside the team structure. De Rooy left the team shortly after Rasmussen was removed from the 2007 Tour de France after the 16th stage and was handed over a ban of two years July 2007 to July 2009, for lying about his whereabouts. The cyclist later admitted to using EPO, growth hormones, insulin, testosterone, DHEA, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood doping, for most of his professional career.

Team Rabobank announced its withdrawal from sponsoring the team in October 2012 after 17 seasons in the peloton. The team however announced its intention to continue as a ‘white label’ under a new foundation yet to be established and made an announcement that it would participate in 2013 under the name Blanco Pro Cycling Team (successor of the former Rabobank), with the intention to find a sponsor for 2014 or to stop the team otherwise.

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Saturday 04, Jun 2011

  O.J. Mayo suspended by NBA

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O.J. Mayo suspended by NBAThe NBA has suspended guard OJ Mayo for ten games without pay. This was after Mayo was found violating the league and union’s anti-drug program with a positive test.

The league announced the suspension due to a positive test of Mayo for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

His suspension will start when the Grizzlies visit Philadelphia, and he will be able to return Feb. 15 also against the 76ers in Memphis.

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