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Saturday 25, Feb 2017

  Doping Suspension On Cyborg Lifted

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been cleared to resume her career with the UFC after being cleared of a potential anti-doping violation.

In December, Justino tested positive for a banned substance – diuretic Spironolactone – but the UFC star said the failed drug test was because of a prescribed medication used to combat an endocrine disorder.

A retrospective Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the substance was granted to Cyborg by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The provision suspension imposed on her was also lifted. USADA announced in a statement that the application for a TUE was granted because the athlete had an unequivocally diagnosed chronic medical condition for which the use of Spironolactone is the appropriate standard of care.

In a statement, Justino said she is extremely happy that USADA took the time to carefully review the detailed TUE application that she submitted, and agreed that her use of the prescription has always been medically justified. The Brazilian and American mixed martial artist added she is looking forward to returning to the octagon as soon as possible, and proving that she is the pound-for-pound champion of women’s MMA. The former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion added she would also like to thank her fans for their continued support, who made a very difficult time easier for her.

The UFC created a 145-pound featherweight division to showcase her. Last year, Justino fought twice in her UFC debut and stopped two opponents at a 140-pound catch weight. Cyborg was expected to compete in the first 145-pound title fight this winter but declined the fight and cited the strain of her previous weight cut to face Lina Landsberg in September.

‘Cyborg’ was expected to challenge for the UFC’s first featherweight title but she could only find a place in the crowd when Germaine de Randamie claimed the belt with a points win over Holly Holm. An appeal was made by Holm to the New York Athletic Commission where she claimed Germaine should have been deducted points by referee Todd Anderson for punches thrown after the bell.

The Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist of Afro-Surinamese and Dutch descent has since offered a rematch to Holm although she said she would first have to recover from injuries suffered during the bout of last weekend. De Randamie said she believes if Holly feels that the lack of point deductions are the reasons she lost the fight, and she is looking for a no-contest or a draw, she should simply accept the offer that she put out to her to have a rematch. De Randamie added she believes she was the better fighter, and she dominated the standup. Randamie, who previously competed in the Strikeforce featherweight division, said she believes Holly is sad that she lost the fight and she is entitled to feel and do whatever she wants to do, and she respects that.

Cyborg said she expects to make a return to the UFC in June at UFC 212 in her native Brazil. Considered the world’s top 145-pounder, Justino (17-1) for several years flirted with the possibility of a 135-pound fight with former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

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Thursday 01, Sep 2016

  More Medalists Stripped For Doping At Beijing Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped four athletes, including three Russians, after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned drugs.

The IOC sanctioned a total of six athletes — one runner and five weightlifters — on reanalysis of their samples with improved techniques. The athletes were among the 98 positive cases recorded in the retesting of more than 1,000 samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

Yarelys Barrios of Cuba was stripped of the silver medal in the women’s discus from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Cuban discus thrower tested positive for Acetazolamide, a banned diuretic and masking agent. The drug is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness and has the ability to reduce nausea, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. This “water pill” (diuretic) can work less well over time.

The 33-year-old has been retroactively disqualified and loses the silver medal that she won with a throw of 63.64 meters. Olena Antonova of Ukraine would now receive the silver medal and Song Aimin of China will move from fourth to bronze. Stephanie Brown Tratfton of the United States won the gold with a throw of 64.74 meters. Yarelys also competed at the 2012 London Olympics and was upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal after Darya Pishchainikova of Russia was retroactively stripped of the silver for doping.

The International Olympic Committee asked the IAAF, the track and field’s world governing body, to modify the 2008 discus results and consider any further action against the two-time silver medalist at the world championships and two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games.

The Nigerian-born Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis was disqualified from the Beijing Games after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Francis was eliminated in the 100-meter heats and did not start in the 200-meter heats. The Qatari sprinter was the 100-meter champion at the 2007 Asian Games in Amman where won in a personal best time of 9.99 seconds.

Russian weightlifter Marina Shainova was stripped of her silver medal in the 58-kilogram class after testing positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol. Nadezda Evstyukhina was stripped of her bronze medal in the 75-kilogram weightlifting division after her samples came back positive for Turinabol and EPO. Armenia’s Tigram Martirosyan, who tested positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol, was stripped of the bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg weightlifting class. Russian runner Tatyana Firova was stripped of her silver medal in the women’s 4×400-metre relay after she tested positive for Turinabol and a cocktail of other steroids. Tatyana had her ninth-place finish in the individual 400 meters annulled.

Alexandru Dudoglo of Moldova (ninth place in the 69 kg division) was also disqualified for Stanozolol and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan (ninth place in the 85 kg class) tested positive for Turinabol.

Previously, Russia was stripped of the relay medal when runner Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive. The country also lost the Beijing gold medal in the 4×100 relay after Yulia Chermoshanskaya failed a retest of her samples.

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Thursday 31, Mar 2016

  Chinese Swimmers ‘Warned’ For Clenbuterol Use

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A “warning penalty” will be issued to swimmers Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao after both tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol, according to an announcement by the Chinese Swimming Association.

Clenbuterol is a performance enhancing drug, which is usually used by athletes and non-athletes during cutting cycles, and the substance is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list.

The CSA, in a terse statement posted online, said it would also issue warning and finding An’s Tianjin club and Wang’s Chinese Navy team besides issuing fines on their coaches. The CSA said the coaches will each face fines equivalent to the cost of five stimulant detection tests, amounting to 5,000 Yuan ($767.94).  The Chinese Swimming Association also said the unit overseeing athletes for the Tianjin Swimming Association and the Navy’s Swimming and Diving team will each get a warning and a penalty equivalent to the cost of 10 doping tests. Decision of the CSA was in accordance with the anti-doping rules of FINA, the world governing body of swimming, and doping management regulations.

In a statement, FINA said it was bound to confidentiality by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code but added it would establish whether any allegations require further investigation. A statement by FINA reads there are a small number of cases of failed doping controls by Chinese swimmers currently being investigated under the jurisdiction of CHINADA, the WADA-recognized Chinese Anti-Doping Agency. The statement further reads FINA and WADA are both fully aware of these cases, but we are bound by confidentiality until the moment an athlete is actually banned.

Reacting to the allegations, WADA Spokesman Ben Nichols said these are very serious allegations concerning Chinese swimming that warrant further examination. Nichols added WADA is now fully scrutinizing the information that The Times newspaper has passed on to us so that we can determine exactly what the appropriate steps are and so that we can address this matter head on.

The identities of An and Wang were revealed after the Chinese Swimming Association last week announced that six swimmers had failed doping tests during the 2015-16 season. The CSA identified the third swimmer as Chinese Navy’s Zhao Ying. The swimmer also tested positive for Clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test but has not yet been punished.

A few days back, the use of doping stimulants in Chinese swimming caught worldwide attention after it was announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it was presently investigating claims that Chinese sports authorities were suppressing five positive tests for “avoiding a storm”.

The Chinese anti-doping agency (CHINADA) denied claims published by The Times newspaper that it was “covering up” the tests. CHINADA argued that it was following the protocols by protecting the identities of the swimmers while test procedures and hearings were still underway.

The Chinese Swimming Association also announced that three other unnamed Chinese swimmers tested positive for the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in out-of-competition tests in January. Zhao Jian, the deputy director of the Chinese anti-doping agency (CHINADA), remarked last week that CHINDA would soon release results and punishments within 20 days after the relevant association makes its respective punishments.

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Sunday 12, Oct 2014

  Trainer Convicted Of Possessing Anabolic Steroid

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Pat Hughes, who is one of the few elite trainers to have saddled winners at both the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, has been asked to pay €5,600 in legal costs and expenses and a fine of €2,500 by the court in County Carlow. This was after Hughes was found guilty of possessing unauthorized animal remedies including Stanozolol.

The 72-year-old Hughes saddled Time Machine to win the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot in 1985, and Antarctic Bay, the winner of Cheltenham’s Sun Alliance (now RSA) Chase, also in 1985. The trainer trains at Fenniscourt Stud near Bagenalstown in County Carlow. Pat Hughes, one of the most experienced trainers in Ireland, had earned a reputation as an extremely shrewd handler. Hughes sent out Antarctic Bay in 1985 to win the RSA Chase at Cheltenham and Time Machine to win the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. The trainer is also known for landing the 2006 Irish Grand National with Point Barrow.

Pat Hughes was charged with eight counts of possessing unauthorized remedies after a raid on his stable by inspectors from Department of Agriculture of Ireland in February 2012. Three bottles containing Stanozolol were found in a Portakabin at the yard of Hughes. Other items found by the Department of Agriculture inspectors included Vetaglin (a painkiller), Jurocyl (an appetite stimulant), AMP 5 (used to dilate blood vessels), Diurex (a diuretic), L-Carnitine (an amino-acid supplement), and VAM (a vitamin and mineral booster). None of these products is authorized for use of animals in Ireland.

A spokesman for the Turf Club, which regulates horse racing in Ireland, remarked the body has no comments to make but said the ruling and its ramifications will now be “discussed” by officials of the club.

On February 1, 2012, a Department vet from the special investigations unit, Louis Riordan, said a package that was imported into Ireland from Australia was intercepted by Customs. This package contained a number of animal remedies and one of the names included on the invoice’s package as a co-signee was Pat Hughes. The trainer however claimed he had never administered or any steroid to any of his horses. The trainer pleaded not guilty to all charges at a recent hearing but Judge Eamon O’Brien found the case in favor of the state.

In October 2013, John Hughes, a former Ministry of Agriculture veterinary inspector and the brother of Pat Hughes, pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing unlicensed animal products, including anabolic steroids. His case was dismissed “on its merits” in October 2013, with Hughes agreeing to pay £10,000 to an animal charity.

The case was being brought by the Ministry of Agriculture, like the case of Philip Fenton, the trainer of Gold Cup hope Last Installment, who is facing eight charges that include the possession of anabolic steroids. Denis Egan, the chief executive of the Irish Turf Club, had remarked this year that now that we know that steroids are involved in Pat Hughes’ case it could be very serious if he is found guilty.

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Saturday 05, Oct 2013

  Doping Ban Avoided By Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Doping Ban Avoided By Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown has received only a public warning from a Jamaican disciplinary panel. The athlete was suspended after returning a positive test for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May.

The Jamaican athlete is now cleared to make a return to competition five months after she returned a positive doping test. Campbell-Brown missed the Jamaica’s national championships and the chance to race at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said in a statement that its disciplinary committee recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate. The disciplinary panel ruled that the athlete committed an anti-doping violation but the use of banned substance was for not performance enhancement.

In June this year, a spokesman for the IAAF said the athlete’s case appeared to involve a lesser offense of unintentional use of a banned substance.

Campbell-Brown tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, a banned substance that is often marketed under the name Lasix. Furosemide is a diuretic which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list because it can be used as a masking agent to conceal the presence of performance enhancing drugs. The athlete and her management team travelled to Canada to have her ‘B’ sample analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal but she was notified that the second test had confirmed the original adverse finding.

Jamaica’s most decorated female athlete, Campbell-Brown is an online diarist for the International Association of Athletics Federations and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. In 2000, she became the first female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships and the following year, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2001 CARIFTA Games. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Veronia Campbell-Brown decimated the field in the 200m finals defeating favorite American Allyson Felix to become the first Jamaican and Caribbean National to win in the history of the games to won a sprint Olympic title. She won the silver medal in the 100 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and a silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay.

The athlete from Jamaica won three medals with a gold in the 100 m, a silver in the 200 m, and a silver in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2007 World Championships. At the 208 Olympics, Veronica Campbell-Brown defended her Olympic 200 m title in a new personal best time of 21.74 s. In the 4x100m finals, the athletics star teamed up with Aleen Bailey, Tayna Lawrence, and Sherone Simpson to win the women 4x100m. Track and Field News, at the end of the 2008 season, selected her as the top 200 m runner in the world as well as the fourth best in the 100 m (following three other Jamaicans). Campbell-Brown won her first World Indoor 60m Gold medal in a time of 7.00 in 2010 and then went on to get the time of 21.98 (200 m) in New York.

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Saturday 16, Mar 2013

  Jamaican Sprinter Loses Appeal Against Life Ban

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Jamaican sprinter loses appeal against life ban

Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has lost his appeal against a lifetime ban from athletics, according to an announcement by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mullings appealed against a lifetime ban from athletics, imposed in November 2011 for a second doping offense after the 30-year-old who won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, tested positive for testosterone in 2004 and for the banned diuretic furosemide in 2011. It was argued by the sprinter that there were problems with the 2004 positive test meaning it should not be counted as a first sanction for a doping offense but CAS rejected his arguments. Mullings went on to claim that the laboratory results of the 2011 test were unreliable and that the disciplinary proceedings were flawed.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said proceedings were delayed as it collected evidence from both tests and disclosed that the CAS panel considered that the athlete had not presented any basis to challenge the testing procedure of the 2011 sample and the CAS panel did not find that the circumstances surrounding the first offense warranted a more lenient sanction while Mullings has attempted to raise suspicion about his first violation.

Mullings was sanctioned with a suspension of two years following a positive anti-doping control (methyltestoterone) in 2004. He provided an in-competition sample in June 2011 at the National Senior Championships in Jamaica which was tested at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Quebec, Canada, and which returned an adverse analytical finding for the presence of Furosemide, the prohibited substance. After this, disciplinary proceedings were opened by the Jamaican anti-doping authorities against Steve Mullings that resulted in a decision to suspend him for life for a second anti-doping offense. The athlete appealed  to the CAS on 19 December 2011 to request the annulment of the decision made by the JADCO Disciplinary Panel.

The case was handled by a CAS Panel composed of Mr David W. Rivkin, President (USA), Mr Christopher L. Campbell (USA), and Prof. Richard H. McLaren (Canada) who considered that Mullings had not presented any basis to challenge the testing procedure of the 2011 sample and the CAS panel did not find that the circumstances surrounding the first offense did warrant a lenient sanction while Mullings has attempted to raise suspicion about the first violation, and accordingly, it confirmed the lifetime ban.

The former sprint athlete who specialized in the 100 and 200 meter events began his international athletic career with a bronze medal win in the 100 m at the Pan American Junior Championships. Steve Mullings made his first impact in senior athletics at the 2004 national championship, setting new bests of 10.04 and 20.22 in the sprints, and finishing as the 200 m national champion. After being banned from competition for two years for testing positive for testosterone, the sprinter returned to competition in 2006 and competed at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics as a heats runner for the Jamaican silver medal-winning 4×100 meters relay team.

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Saturday 27, Oct 2012

  Damon Allen Accepts Sanction for Doping Violation

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Damon Allen, Jr. of Philadelphia, an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 19-year-old Allen, Jr. tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, as the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on July 19, 2011.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, diuretics are prohibited and listed as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of those substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

A six-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Allen, Jr. that began on September 1, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. The boxing athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained on or subsequent to July 19, 2011, the day his urine sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Damon was the silver medalist at the 2010 National Golden Gloves (Little Rock, Ark.) and took the first place at the 2009 Junior National Golden Gloves (Mesquito, Nev.). The boxer won the first place at the 2008 & 2009 Ringside World Championships (Kansas City, Mo.); Placed second at the 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals (Denver, Colo.) and the Third place at the 2008 Junior Olympic Nationals (Marquette, Mich.). A runner-up in 2010 National Golden Gloves tournament and a semi-finalist at 2011 US championships, the Northern Michigan University student lost all results since then but his ban is retroactive to September 1, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. The boxer fought in the US Olympic Boxing Trials in Mobile, Alabama, but did not book a spot for the London Olympics in the 132-pound division.

Furosemide is a diuretic but is commonly used as a masking agent and high-profile fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former Guzman rival, Ali Funeka, and former Jr. Featherweight and super featherweight champion, Joan Guzman, have served suspensions for the banned substance. Furosemide or Lasix is a loop diuretic that is used for treating congestive heart failure and edema and is even used for preventing Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses from bleeding through the nose during races and can increase the risk of digoxin toxicity due to hypokalemia. The drug is also suggested for health complications including Nephrotic syndrome, in adjunct therapy for cerebral/pulmonary edema where rapid diuresis is required (IV injection), hepatic cirrhosis, renal impairment, and in the management of severe hypercalcemia in combination with adequate rehydration. It is a noncompetitive subtype-specific blocker of GABA-A receptors and is detectable in urine 36–72 hours following injection. Furosemide is injected either intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV) and its use is prohibited by most equestrian organizations. The drug is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned drug list as it can be used allegedly as a masking agent for other drugs.


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Friday 26, Oct 2012

  Hockey Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Hockey athlete accepts sanction

According to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Pamela Spuehler of Chula Vista, CA, an athlete in the sport of field hockey, has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The 25-year-old accepted a suspension for her doping offense after testing positive for Canrenone, a diuretic, as the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on September 14, 2011.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, diuretics are prohibited.

A two-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Spuehler that began on September 28, 2011, the day USADA received notice of the adverse finding, and will end on November 30, 2011. The hockey athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained on or subsequent to September 14, 2011, the day her urine sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Pam Spuehler clarified that she accepted a sanction of two months for the inadvertent use of a prescription diuretic. She has used a used a prescription medication, under the care and instruction of her doctor, for a medical condition since 2006 and remarked that she did not knew that the prescription medication contained a banned diuretic and is used for masking the presence of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs. She represented her medical history to the United States Anti-doping Agency that agreed to reduce her suspension to two months, ending on November 30. Spuehler stated that her mistake is a reminder to all athletes that they need to be very careful with whatever they take even if prescribed by their family doctor. The hockey star said she is determined to come back to competition and prove that her success is because of hard work and discipline and nothing else.

She was recently hired by Ohio Field Hockey as its new assistant coach in the spring of 2012. Pamela Spuehler arrived in Athens after serving as assistant coach for the Boston University, stints with top-level hockey leagues in Australia and Germany, and playing for the USA National Team. A three-time All-American for the Terriers and the first four-time all-conference selection and one of the most decorated players in Boston University field hockey history, Spuehler was nominated as a senior for the Honda Award, given annually to the top collegiate field hockey player in the country.

Spuehler was one of four collegiate players invited to play with the USA B Team for its matches against Japan and Canada in March 2008 in San Diego and a key member of the New England HPC squad that captured its first-ever title at the National Championship in 2007. She was named the recipient of the 2008 Mildred Barnes Award, signifying the top female athlete at the Boston University and helped the Terriers claim three straight conference titles and was twice named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship (2006, 2007). The midfielder, as a senior, scored a team-best 37 points on 11 goals and 15 assists to help BU reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1991.


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Sunday 23, Sep 2012

  US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

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US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. The 30-year-old accepted the warning and was still made a part of the United States soccer team in the Olympic tournament.

In a statement, Solo said she took a medication that was prescribed by her personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and she was not aware of the diuretic properties of the medication. She added that she immediately cooperated with USADA as soon as she was informed of this fact and using the medication was an honest mistake. U.S. Soccer also issued a statement to express its support for the goalkeeper and said it fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process.

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction. It is marketed under the brand names Contaren and Luvion and an aldosterone antagonist with additional anti-androgen properties that is used as a diuretic in Europe. It is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hope Solo published her best-selling autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope after the 2012 London Olympics, where she received her second Olympic gold medal. The autobiography debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list, which is the highest ever for a soccer book.

Born in Richland, Washington on July 30, 1981, she scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996–1998 and a state championship in her senior year and switched to the goalkeeper position at the University of Washington. Solo’s senior debut came in an 8–0 win over Iceland at Davidson, North Carolina in April 2000 and she was named in the Olympic team in 2004. She was an important part of the U.S. women’s team that won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. During the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she won the “Golden Glove” award for best goalkeeper and the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance and featured in the “All-star” team of the tournament.

Considered one of the world’s top goalkeepers, Hope Solo has been the regular U.S. keeper for nearly six years. She famously criticized the move of Coach Greg Ryan during the 2007 World Cup in China when Ryan benched her against Brazil for veteran Briana Scurry, a hero of the 1999 world champions. The United States was routed 4-0 and Solo said leaving her behind was a wrong decision. This prompted Ryan to dismiss her from the world Cup team and the keeper was not allowed on the bench for the third-place game and flew back home from China on her own. After this controversy, Pia Sundhage took over as coach and Solo has remained her top goalkeeper ever since then.

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Saturday 22, Sep 2012

  Weightlifter Patrick Mendes Banned

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Weightlifter Patrick Mendes Banned

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has banned Olympic weightlifter Patrick Mendes after he tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH), a banned substance.

The weightlifter from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” in Las Vegas, Nevada failed anti-doping controls on February 7 and February 27, 2012 prior to the 2012 United States Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting that determine who would represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Patrick Mendes was the top-ranked U.S. Olympic weightlifter at over 105 kilograms.

Mendes was the protégé of renowned weightlifting coach John Broz who lived and trained during his competitive career with legendary Bulgarian superheavyweight Antonio Krastev, who recorded a world record snatch of 216 kilograms in 1987.

The 21-year-old Mendes who was a U.S. Olympic hopeful in weightlifting tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH). The prospective medal favorite in the super heavyweight division at the London Olympics confessed to using the drug after testing positive in two tests administered in February, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in a statement.

Graduated from Del Sol High in Las Vegas, Patrick Mendes accepted a two-year ban, which commenced on March 19. His positive test results for HGH were the result of two separate samples collected on February 7, 2012, and February 27, 2012 as part of USADA’s Out of Competition Testing Program. The samples of Mendes were tested at the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Human Growth Hormone is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Weightlifting Federation (“IWF”) Anti-Doping Policies, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

The weightlifter admitted his use of HGH and accepted a period of two years of ineligibility that began on March 19, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the sanction, Mendes is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to February 7, 2012, the date the first blood sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said the case demonstrates yet again that the human growth hormone testing works to stop this dangerous drug from being used in sport and added that the agency is pleased that Mendes chose to admit his use of HGH and accept the sanction.

With this suspension, the weightlifter become only the second U.S. athlete found using human growth hormone, the first being minor-league baseball player Mike Jacobs, who tested positive under the program instituted by Major League Baseball last summer.

In another development, 19-year-old Olympic weightlifter Joshua Gilbert of Las Vegas, Nev. from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” tested positive for the diuretic furosemide at the 2012 National Weightlifting Championships that was held in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Trials as part of the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus (Ohio) on March 2, 2012. Joshua Gilbert was suspended for a period of three years for his anti-doping rule violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).


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