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Friday 21, Sep 2012

  Olympic Weightlifter Joshua Gilbert Banned

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Olympic Weightlifter Joshua Gilbert Banned

Olympic weightlifter Joshua Gilbert of Las Vegas, Nev., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, accepted a suspension of three years from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for his anti-doping rule violation.

The 19-year-old tested positive for Furosemide on March 2, 2012 at the National Championships, and refused to submit to doping control on March 20, 2012. Since Gilbert had not yet been notified of the results of the March 2nd test prior to his refusal to submit, under the rules both incidents are classified as one anti-doping rule violation. Both the incidents are 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.

Gilbert was banned from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” (Las Vegas, Nevada) after he tested positive for a banned substance.

Aggravating circumstances justify a period of ineligibility greater than the standard sanction, and as such the weightlifter received a three-year period of ineligibility for his anti-doping rule violation which began on April 5, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional suspension in accordance with the WADA Code.

Joshua Gilbert s also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to, March 2, 2012, the date his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. Gilbert, a promising Olympic lifter who trained under John Broz, tested positive for 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. Broz lived and trained with legendary Bulgarian superheavyweight Antonio Krastev, who recorded a world record snatch of 216 kilograms in 1987, during his career.

Furosemide is listed as a masking agent because of its potential to assist in elimination of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs from the body besides helping athletes to make weight in sports with multiple weight classes like weightlifting, boxing, and wrestling.

In another development, Patrick Mendes also from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” tested positive for human growth hormone and was suspended for a period of two years. The 21-year-old tested positive for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) as 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 were tested at the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), located in Salt Lake City, Utah. HGH 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. He accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on March 19, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional suspension.

A U.S. Olympic hopeful in weightlifting, Mendes, tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH). Mendes, who graduated from Del Sol High in Las Vegas, accepted a two-year ban, which commenced on March 19. Mendes became the second U.S. athlete found using HGH after minor-league baseball player Mike Jacobs, who tested positive under the program instituted by Major League Baseball last summer.

Olympic Weightlifter Joshua Gilbert Banned

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Sunday 29, Jul 2012

  Athletes Banned For Doping In Lead-Up To Olympics

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World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey recently announced the results of a program that was designed to test athletes under suspicion before they arrived in London.

At least 107 athletes drew doping bans, ruling them out of the games, in the six months to mid-June, Fahey said and acknowledged that perhaps not all would have qualified to compete.
“Had that been their ambition, then I am pleased to say that they are not with us in London,” Fahey told the International Olympic Committee’s annual gathering.

Some of the Athletes who tested positive for Doping with Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

In another announcement, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) handed over lengthy bans to nine track and field athletes for doping violations in a crackdown on the use of prohibited substances in the lead up to the London Olympics.

The nine athletes, include Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, have tested positive for “sophisticated doping” offenses. Six of these athletes (Morocco’s Abderrahim Goumri, Greece’s Irini Kokkinariou, Turkey’s Meryem Erdogan, and three Russians — Svetlana Klyuka, Nailiya Yulamanova, and Yevgenina Zinurova) were caught for using a new “biological passport” method that builds up a profile of each over a period of time. Erdogan, Klyuka, Yulamanova, and Zinurova admitted the offense and waived the right to a “B” sample.

The remaining three, including Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, were suspended after further analysis of samples they gave at the World Championships in Daegu last year. Bulgaria’s Inna Eftimova tested positive for a synthetic growth hormone, while Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova was charged after synthetic testosterone was found in their systems. All the three athletes admitted the offense and waived the right to a “B” sample.

“Today’s announcements underline the IAAF’s continued and unwavering campaign against doping in athletics,” IAAF President Lamine Diack said in a statement. “They demonstrate the IAAF’s commitment to use advanced methods to detect doping and to enforce increased sanctions when justified. We will not stint in our resolve to do everything in our power to eradicate cheating.”

London Olympics 2012: Doping Scandal (RT)

Moroccan runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli was also suspended by the IAAF from the London Olympics after she tested positive for doping. Selsouli tested positive for the diuretic furosemide at the Paris Diamond League meeting on July 6, the governing body said. The runner became an Olympic medal favorite after clocking 3 minutes 56.15 seconds in the 1,500 meters.

”Selsouli has waived her right to the B (backup sample) analysis, and as a result has now been provisionally suspended from all competition in athletics,” the IAAF said in a statement.
The World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited substances includes Furosemide and is used by sportsmen as a masking agent for disguising the presence of performance enhancing drugs.

According to another announcement, Greek athlete Paraskevi Papachristou was expelled for posting an offensive comment about African immigrants on Twitter. “With so many Africans in Greece, the mosquitoes from the West Nile will at least be eating some homemade food,” Papachristou said on Twitter.

“I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account,” she later wrote on Facebook.

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Saturday 21, Jul 2012

  Backup Sample Confirmed Schleck’s Positive Test

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Frank Schleck Fails Doping Test

Frank Schleck had tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Tour de France, according to the backup sample. The Luxembourg rider, however, maintained his innocence and said he has not doped.

“The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes,” Schleck said in a statement. “I just know that I did nothing wrong!”

On Tuesday, the RadioShack Nissan Trek leader was pulled from the Tour after the International Cycling Union said he had tested positive on July 14. His first positive test jolted this year’s Tour de France besides reviving the doping allegations that have long tarnished the image of cycling.

Schleck said after the first positive test if the backup sample eventually confirmed it, then a complaint would be filed “against an unspecified person for poisoning.” In a statement on Friday, he made no mention of poisoning or a legal complaint but remarked he was determined to find out how the diuretic, Xipamide, had turned up in his system.

“Since I didn’t take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone,” Schleck said, suggesting that he could have consumed the banned substance “through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me.”

Born on 15 April 1980, Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He is the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Some of Frank’s greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France that finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, and finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.

The 32-year-old said he has witnessed the backup sample analysis at the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry south of Paris and said he vowed to “continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body,” after seeing the test positive.

 Frank Schleck out of Tour de France after failing doping test

The World Anti-Doping Agency defines “specified substances” like Xipamide as those that are “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation” and the diuretic is classified as a specified substance and does not require a provisional suspension. According to the “Dictionary of Doping” by Jean-Pierre de Mondenard, a French expert, athletes who dope usually take diuretics such as Xipamide for masking other banned performance enhancing drugs, or as a supplement for weight loss.

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WADA Prohibited List 2012 En WADA list of Banned Substances which Contains a full set of banned Diuretics and masking agents

Tuesday 24, Apr 2012

  Indian policemen in doping net

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In the 60th All India Police Athletics Championship held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi last month, six samples contained either anabolic steroids or a diuretic.

Results from the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) had revealed that six samples had stanozolol, nandrolone, methandienone (steroids), or the diuretic furosemide, according to the National Anti Doping Agency.

The athletes involved belong to Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP, CRPF, and Odisha Police.

Thursday 02, Feb 2012

  More and more children in doping scandal

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The doping scandal in India involving school children is threatening to take shocking proportions with schools from Punjab and Maharashtra topping the list of offenders.

According to National Anti-Doping Agency, 11 children – from boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting – tested positive for steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games, which concluded recently in New Delhi.

“This has become a very serious matter. That 14 per cent of the samples have returned positive is a matter of shame for the schools and officials. It is much higher than the national average of 4 per cent,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told TOI.

Friday 30, Sep 2011

  Lasix-free Breeders’ Cup races could prompt wider action

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The decision by the Breeders’ Cup to ban the use of Lasix for its year-end races is likely to embolden other organizations that are against the raceday use of the drug, according to officials.

The ban will be applied to the five races for 2-year-olds in the 2012 championships and all 15 races for the 2013 event.

“Breeders’ Cup can obviously decide what rules they want to adopt for their event,” Bellocq said. “The fact remains that the [June conference] clearly showed that this is not a black-and-white issue. We’re still focused on working with all these groups on a policy that’s best for U.S. racing,” Remi Bellocq, the executive director of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Tuesday 16, Aug 2011

  Russian cyclist tests positive

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Russian cyclist tests positiveRussian Cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev has tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic at the Tour de France.

The positive dope result may have a big impact on the world of cycling even though Kolobnev was virtually a non-factor in this race.

Hydrochlorothiazide is not exactly an anabolic steroid, but it still provides an unfair advantage.

Monday 27, Jun 2011

  Kevin Vickerson handed over drug ban

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Kevin Vickerson handed over drug banAccording to a report by The Tennessean, Tennessee Titans reserve defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has been suspended for four games without pay.

The ban was imposed after Vickerson was found violating the NFL‘s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

League sources told the newspaper that Vickerson tested positive for the banned diuretic Bumetanide.

Saturday 19, Mar 2011

  Two more Olympic athletes tested positive for drugs

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Two more Olympic athletes tested positive for drugsTotal number of doping violations in Beijing has gone to three after two more Olympic athletes have tested positive for drugs.

Kim Jong Su, a North Korean pistol shooter, was expelled from the Games after testing positive for the betablocker Propanolol that can prevent shaking.

The cases follow Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno who was expelled from the Games after he tested positive for the blood agent EPO.

Thursday 03, Feb 2011

  One year ban for Railways after eight fail dope test

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One year ban for Railways after eight fail dope testEight of Indian weightlifters have tested positive for banned substances during the inter-railway competition in Kolkata earlier this month.

These doping offences leave Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), which conducted the event, on the verge of being suspended for a year, if not more than that.

From Indiatoday.intoday.in:

Six of the eight samples have tested positive for stanozolol, and another for methyndienone, both anabolic steroids. Another lifter’s ‘ A’ sample revealed traces of a diuretic.

The results of the tests on the ‘ B’ samples of all the dope offenders will be known in a week’s time after which the anti- doping disciplinary panel will decide the sanctions to be imposed on them.

If the ‘ B’ samples also return positive, the RSPB is likely to be suspended for a year. However, the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) top brass said that they would insist on the punishment being extended for at least four years if the number of offenders remains the same after the second tests.

In fact, it was only after IWLF’s request that National Anti- Doping Agency (NADA) officials came to collect the samples but the move backfired on the federation, although it insists that the revelations augur well for the future of Indian weightlifting at the international stage.

The doping menace in Indian weightlifting continues unabated despite repeated attempts to control it but the federation claims that it has zero tolerance for use of performance enhancing drugs and said it will punish the guilty.

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