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Thursday 31, Aug 2017

  NHL Grants Free Agency To KHL Suspended Player

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Danis Zaripov, the former Kontinental Hockey League player who was suspended for doping, has received approval from the NHL to continue his hockey career in North America.

In a statement through his agent Dan Milstein, Zaripov said he was grateful for the decision of NHL to let him pursue a contract. Zaripov said he looks forward to continuing his professional hockey playing career in North America, and he is very grateful to the NHL for its decision, which provides him the opportunity to do so. The former KHL player added he wants to assure all that throughout his career had had been extremely careful never to take prohibited substances, and he plans to continue his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to clear his name.

The 36-year-old winger tested positive for banned stimulants plus substances prohibited as diuretics and masking agents. Zaripov was suspended in July from participation in all competitions or activities authorized and organized by IIHF and IIHF Member National Associations.

In a statement, the NHL said Zaripov has been made an unrestricted free agent and said this was because its banned substances list is not the same as the one used by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It also cited procedural irregularities in the adjudication process that may have resulted in prejudicing case of the player and affecting decision of the IHF and the lengthy career in both professional and international hockey of Zaripov without ever testing positive for doping as reasons to approve his application. The NHL added the three-time world champion is deemed eligible to sign and play professional hockey in the NHL, effective immediately, and without imposition of any NHL-imposed suspension or penalty.

Zaripov even agreed to submit to additional testing beyond what is normally required for NHL players, if he signs with an NHL team.

There are rumors that the New York Rangers could opt for him as the team could use another scoring winger if they are moving J T Miller to full-time center. The Vegas Golden Knights may also express interest in Zaripov after they already added one KHL star this summer in Vadim Shipachyov and may decide to find room for another.

One of the most productive players in the KHL over the past few seasons, the Russian professional ice hockey left winger is likely to be approached by NHL teams that are looking for veteran help on the wing. He had a very strong 2017 postseason with 15 goals and seven assists in 18 games as his team reached finals of the KHL. Zaripov played for Team Russia at the 2010 Olympics. The winger has spent his entire professional career in Russia, including the last four years with Magnitogorsk Metallurg. An accomplished goal scorer and point producer in the KHL, Zaripov has scored 20 or more goals in three of his last four seasons with Magnitogorsk. A regular contributor at the World Championships, Zaripov however would not be eligible for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics as a result of his suspension.

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Tuesday 23, May 2017

  Cycling Athlete Sanctioned By USADA

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced that Amanda Geving, a national-level athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a 12-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.

The 28-year-old tested positive for Acetazolamide as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided on January 18, 2017.

Acetazolamide is a Specified Substance in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The drug is medically prescribed for treating open-angle and angle-closure glaucoma, certain epileptic seizures, and reducing swelling caused by drugs, congestive heart failure, or other conditions. Acetazolamide belongs to group of drugs known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and works by decreasing the amount of hydrogen ions and bicarbonate in the body and inhibiting an enzyme known as carbonic anhydrase from working in a normal way.

Sold under the trade name Diamox among others, Acetazolamide is taken by mouth or injection into a vein and the drug is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Available as a generic medication, Acetazolamide is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The “water pill” (diuretic) has the ability to reduce the amount of fluid that can build up in the eye. It is also used to reduce a buildup of body fluids caused by congestive heart failure or certain medications. The drug is usually used only for a short period as it can work less well over time.

The sanction for a violation resulting from the use of Acetazolamide, being a specified substance, can be reduced from the standard two-year period of ineligibility depending on an athlete’s degree of fault. The explanation of Geving that the prohibited substance detected in her sample was from a medication she took to prevent altitude sickness was accepted by USADA.

It was confirmed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after a thorough review of the case that Amanda Geving used the medication for a short period while traveling to a high-altitude location and that she had experienced altitude sickness symptoms in the past. However, the athlete did not have or apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) that is required in order to authorize the use of a prohibited substance in sport. An athlete, under the WADA International Standard for TUEs (ISTUE) and the USADA TUE Policy, has the responsibility to demonstrate in advance of using a prohibited substance that the use is medically legitimate, will not create a performance enhancing advantage, and there are no appropriate permitted alternatives.

The 12-month period of ineligibility of Geving began on January 18, 2017, the date her positive sample was collected. In addition, she has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to January 18, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. USA Cycling will impose this sanction.

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Sunday 24, May 2015

  Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

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Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

The now-retired mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva has escaped a lifetime ban and a fine of $70,000 imposed on him for fleeing from a random drug test last year.

The ruling comes four days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission amended many of its guidelines, including a four-year suspension and a fine of 50 percent of the athlete’s purse for avoiding a test.

In May 2014, Silva ran from a drug test the Nevada State Athletic Commission tried to administer at the Las Vegas gym of the fighter. The 38-year-old later admitted that he had taken diuretics. For the infraction, the NSAC banned Silva for life and the MMA fighter later announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

In January, Wanderlei Silva appealed ruling of the NSAC and contended that the Commission lacked jurisdiction to even test him as he did not have the license of an active fighter in Nevada. However, it was argued by NSAC that the fighter was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014 that clearly revealed his intent to fight within the state. On this particular issue, Judge Earley ruled in favor of the NSAC and stated that the commission had properly exercised jurisdiction over Wanderlei Silva.

Judge Kerry L. Earley ruled in favor of an assertion made by the former MMA fighter that the punishment that was voted in September on unanimously by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.” A rehearing, as part of the court’s ruling, has been ordered for allocating proper punishment for the violation of Wanderlei Silva.

Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman applauded ruling of the judge in a statement. Goodman stated we are pleased that the court set aside the disciplinary actions ordered against Silva and reversed its decision and remanded for a re-hearing after finding that the NSAC violated Silva’s rights. The attorney added while we believe this is the first step in the right direction and we are evaluating our options to appeal this order given the court’s failure to specifically address whether the NSAC also violated jurisdiction limits.

The former PRIDE Middleweight Champion was also crowned the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. Silva (35-12-1), the former Pride middleweight champion, celebrated the decision and thanked all of his supporters. Nicknamed “The Axe Murderer“, Silva history was made today for all MMA fighters and added that we succeeded at reversing a very unjust sentence given by this Commission. Silva also commented that he hopes that this never happens to another athlete and also said it was not right for the Commission to do that.

The Brazilian former mixed martial artist is best known for holding the record for the most wins, title defenses, knockouts, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. Silva made his official UFC debut at UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil on October 16, 1998 in a match against Vitor Belfort where he lasted only 44 seconds after he was knocked down against the cage by Belfort’s punches.

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Friday 04, Jul 2014

  Wanderlei Silva Admits Using Diuretics

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UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva has admitted that he avoided a random drug test on May 24 as he was taking diuretics at the time.

Recently, the 37-year-old pulled from a light heavyweight bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 when it was made clear that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not grant a fighter’s license to Silva after he fled from a random drug test. The martial artist appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at an “information gathering” and was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney Ross Goodman.

Chael Sonnen, who was scheduled to fight Silva, recently announced his retirement from UFC after testosterone replacement therapy was banned in all forms of combat sports. Sonnen remarked he did not use the therapy to enhance performance but it was medically advised. The UFC, which previously supported TRT, decided to honor the TRT ban and Sonnen announced his retirement.

 Goodman admitted on behalf of Wanderlei Silva that the martial artist had been taking diuretics at the time of the test. Diuretics are banned in combat sports and are used to quickly cut weight or mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs in the body.

The MMA fighter remarked he used diuretics in conjunction with anti-inflammatories for dealing with an injury to the wrist he had suffered in February. Goodman said Silva injured his wrist in February of this year and was scheduled to fight in May but X-rays confirmed he had fractured his right wrist and therefore the UFC moved the fight to July 5. Goodman added Silva regretfully started taking diuretics at that time for the sole purpose of reducing inflammation and water retention.

Before the admission of Silva, the independent sample collector provided a detailed account of what occurred before the refused test. Jim Guernsey, with an experience of 34 years in collecting drug-testing samples, said he attempted to reach the MMA fighter at his residence in Las Vegas at approximately 1 p.m. He decided to call Silva and his wife after there was no response at their residence. After this, Guernsey drove to the Las Vegas gym of Silva and found him and other members of the gym. Guernsey then told Silva that a random drug test had been requested by the NSAC and then Silva said he wanted to talk to his manager and left without giving the test. Details as described by Guernsey were confirmed by Silva during his admission.

The Las Vegas-based attorney added Silva was surprised and this was the first time in his career where something like this, somebody showing up at his gym and that does not negate or minimalize what Silva did and he is here to apologize to the commission. Goodman added Silva was concerned the diuretics would show up on his sample and there should not be inference or suggestion that Silva was trying to mask or hide any performance enhancing drugs or testosterone use.

The former Pride middleweight champion had never failed a drug test before this incident. Silva made his professional MMA debut in 1996.

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Thursday 24, May 2012

  Doping scandal of India gets murkier

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School children from the Indian states of Punjab and Maharashtra have recently been found leading the list of doping offenders in the country.

Eleven children – from boxing, wrestling and weightlifting – tested positive for anabolic steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games as per the National Anti-Doping Agency.

“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.

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.

Tuesday 11, Oct 2011

  Testers ready for sophisticated dopers

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The battle to keep the London Olympics drug-free has started long before the opening ceremony next July.

A sophisticated laboratory provided by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Britain’s largest drugmaker, is ready and waiting.

The drugs of choice for cheats range from anabolic steroids to human growth hormone, blood boosters such as erythropoietin (EPO), beta-blockers and stimulants, or diuretics.

Thursday 17, Mar 2011

  Drug cheats kicked out for drug usage

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Drug cheats kicked out for drug usageFive weightlifters were expelled from the Olympics for failing to clear drug tests, with the authorities bracing themselves for more bans to follow.

Earlier, the International Weightlifting Federation suspended two more weightlifters who failed out-of-competition drugs tests.

Ajan told reporters, “The problem of doping spreads beyond weightlifting and can be centred around some foreign coaches who will go to different countries in order to make model competitors.”

Wednesday 22, Dec 2010

  Sportsmen using more of anabolic steroids and nandrolone

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Sportsmen using more of anabolic steroids and nandroloneIn today’s times, professional sportsmen are placing their trust on anabolic steroids and nandrolone to retain their place in teams and break records without coming in proximity to fatigue and failure.

Sportsmen admire steroids as they help them improve performance and training capacity without feeling the heat associated with strenuous training along with reducing recovery time after physical exertion.

The fact that presence of steroids can be kept hidden with diuretics and steroids have become affordable means that there are endless reasons for sportsmen on steroids to cheer about.

Thursday 12, Aug 2010

  Steroid masking and diuretics

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Steroid masking and diureticsSportsmen on steroids are always concerned about doping test results and diuretics have emerged as clear favorites to hide the presence of anabolic steroids in urine samples.

Compounds like epitestosterone, plasma expanders, and secretion inhibitors are in great demand these days and have been assisting sportsmen on steroids to walk free without getting anywhere close to the suspicious eyes of anti-doping officials.

The fact that scientists and anti-doping officials are yet to find a way out to identify diuretics is surely giving professional sportsmen endless reasons to have the last laugh.

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