12/04/2021 2:41 am Welcome to isteroids.com - BLOG

Tuesday 13, May 2014

  Former Pumas Captain Spreads The Word On Anti-Doping

Posted By
Pin it Share on Tumblr

Former Pumas Captain Spreads The Word On Anti-Doping

Felipe Contepomi, IRB Keep Rugby Clean ambassador and former Pumas captain, was recently made the key-note speaker at an important anti-doping seminar organized for educating some of the top young players in his native Argentina.

The former Bristol, Leinster, Toulon and Stade Français player supports the Keep Rugby Clean campaign. The former Argentina rugby skipper was a professional player for nearly 15 years and capped 78 times for Argentina’s national team the Pumas. He explained the background to Rugby’s fight against doping to more than 450 young players and clearly outlined their responsibility in this context.

Contepomi said the energy that the boys exuded, their interest, spontaneity and their innocence made this an enjoyable experience for me. A qualified doctor by profession, Felipe Contepomi said he wants to pass on his thoughts on this subject, he explained how he has always believed it is right to fight for clean Rugby. He went to add that he explained to young players about the anti-doping structures and the challenge that Rugby faces today as regards anabolic steroids, social drugs, and supplements and added that we sent a clear message about the absolute responsibility for everything that enters his system lying with the player.

It was pointed out by Contepomi that players in their late teens and early 20s were most vulnerable to the temptation and false information that accompanies doping. Contepomi added he is determined to give those players the tools and information they require to make the right decisions and become successful. He said players must know that reward comes from hard work and sacrifice and it is important they consider total nutrition, not just supplements and added he thinks the message was received and he hopes it will be useful to them as they hear about Rugby’s values.

IRB Anti-Doping Manager Ilaria Baudo remarked Felipe Contepomi is an important ambassador in our ongoing fight against doping in Rugby. Baudo remarked Contepomi has played at the highest level and knows what it takes to get there and to stay there and added he is a medical practitioner who is aware of the dangers presented by doping and what a negative effect it can have on the body. He further added When Contepomi talks to young players like this, they listen and education is a crucial element of our campaign.

Uriel Cáceres, a player with Misiones, said we all of course know Felipe from Los Pumas and it is exciting for us to meet him. He added most of the things Contepomi said he did not know and he is going to spread to the rest of his teammates and further remarked we now know we are at risk whenever we take something and that we must all take responsibility ourselves.

Gonzalo Romagnoli from Santa Fe added the talk was very good and remarked at the beginning Contepomi said it was going to be boring but it was not. Romagnoli added it’s great that a person of his level can talk to us about this and it is easier for the message to reach its destination if he sends it.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Former Pumas Captain Spreads The Word On Anti-Doping

Monday 13, May 2013

  Doping In Rugby Ignored

Posted By
Pin it Share on Tumblr

Doping in rugby ignored

People are turning a blind eye to doping in rugby in the same way that was once the norm in cycling, former France hooker Laurent Benezech has claimed.

Speaking to Le Monde Benezech, Benezech remarked the proofs of doping in rugby are in front of everyone but no one seems to be interested. The French hooker remarked rugby is in exactly the same situation that cycling was before the Festina affair, the infamous case in 1998 when a Festina team doctor was stopped by customs officers at the France-Belgium border and was found to be carrying various doping products. After this, several doping investigations happened and many cyclists admitted that they were doping.

The comments of Benezech come just a week after former France scrum-half Jean-Pierre Elissalde claimed amphetamines were widely taken in the sport during the 1970s and 1980s. A few months back, a high-ranking French anti-doping official Francoise Lasne claimed rugby had returned the highest proportion of positive dope tests in France in 2012.

Benezech, who was capped 15 times from 1994 to 1995, remarked one just needs to look at the statistics to see the evidence and blamed the clubs for being complicit in abetting doping by authorizing the use of banned substances for therapeutic reasons. He went on to say that there is the legalization in some clubs of the use of authorizations given by the doctors, the famous AUTs (authorizations for therapeutic usage), otherwise players would test positive and added the authorizations for therapeutic usage have developed in the sense that the doctor justifies the use of banned substances for medical reasons when it is clear that they are used to improve performance.

Rugby authorities had to stop burying their heads in the sand or the systematic use of doping would continue, Benezech said and added that we will not be able to avoid endangering the health of sportsmen as long as we remain in the dark and refuse to be transparent.

The former French rugby union footballer played first at Sporting Club Appaméen, until 1985 and then moved to Stade Toulousain, where he would stay until 1989, moving to Racing Club de France, that he represented for seven years. After spending a season at Harlequins, in England, he returned to play for RC Narbonne, where he would finish his career in 2000. Laurent Bénézech won the title of French Champion with Racing Club de France, in 1990 and was also selected for the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals, playing a single game in the 54-18 win over Côte d’Ivoire. Laurent also published a book, Anatomie d’Une Partie de Rugby (2007).

Recently, the International Rugby Board Anti-Doping Advisory Committee reaffirmed its commitment to the global fight against drugs cheats and endorsed the exhaustive approach of rugby to testing and education. The IRB undertook 1,542 In and Out of Competition controls across IRB tournaments and events in 2012, including the HSBC Sevens World Series, Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifiers, men’s and women’s Tests and Age Grade Rugby and was praised by WADA for its extensive testing and educational campaign.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Doping in rugby ignored

Saturday 13, Apr 2013

  French Rugby Doping Comments Labeled ‘Degrading’

Posted By
Pin it Share on Tumblr

French Rugby Doping Comments Labeled ‘Degrading’

In a statement, the players’ union for French rugby, Provale, has denounced allegations from former international prop Laurent Benezech that doping is rife in French rugby as “degrading”.

In an interview, the ex-Harlequin and Top 14 champion with Racing Metro, Benezech said the comments alluding to Carillo facing health risks because of his size and the strain on his body were wide of the mark, going on to say that in French rugby we cannot say that we weren’t warned about the potential for doping. He also added that the way rugby has evolved over a short period of time is similar to changes seen in professional cycling during the 90s.

Benezech added that we went from 20 minutes of effective action [in open play] to 30 minutes at the end of the 1990s which was the normal evolution due to the players becoming professionals but now we’re explaining, even though we’re already at 40 minutes, that we can hit 50 and even 60 that is what happened in cycling at the end of the 1990s when logic saw us lengthening the Tour de France’s stages and increasing the difficulties without it posing any problems physically to the riders. The former Toulouse, Racing-Metro, and Harlequins prop had claimed that rugby’s authorities were turning a blind eye to doping in rugby.

The release of the statement was prompted by comments from the former French international that the heart condition of Bayonne back-rower Francois Carillo that prompted his recent retirement could be linked to the use of human growth hormone. Fumed Benezech said we have been told he was unlucky and it’s due to the precarious health of someone of his considerable size.

In response to the allegations, the Provale statement said suggesting that all rugby players today are taking human growth hormone based on anatomical observations or worse, suggesting the Francois Carillo drama is related to doping, is degrading for the one who says it and unacceptable for rugby players. Provale also called for Benezech to provide proof to support his claims and said it is up to those who accuse to prove their assertions and not for sportsmen to incessantly demonstrate their good faith in the face of rumors.

Doping in rugby has caught the attention of the general public ever since the former France halfback Jean-Pierre Elissalde claimed amphetamines were widely taken in the sport during the 1970s and 1980s. The former French halfback also admitted to doping during his career. A few days back, a high-ranking French anti-doping official claimed rugby had returned the highest proportion of positive dope tests in France in 2012. French anti-doping agency (AFLD) director of testing Francoise Lasne had claimed that rugby had returned the highest proportion of positive tests in France in 2012. But many believe that the sport is still doing good as this was found from only 588 controlled tests with the French Rugby Federation pointing to only two lengthy bans being handed out as punishment. After this, Provale remarked that if, with two doped players, rugby is the sport most affected by doping then that is good news for sport in France.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: French Rugby Doping Comments Labeled ‘Degrading’