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Monday 08, Feb 2016

  Pakistan Spinner Banned For Doping Violation

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Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has received a ban of three months after he admitted to a doping offense. This announcement was made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after Yasir tested positive for a banned substance in December. ICC’s general manager Geoff Allardice said this announcement reminds all international cricketers from all parts of the world that they remain personally responsible to ensure that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation.

The ICC provisionally suspended the leg-spinner on December 27 after the ‘A’ sample of the 29-year-old was found to contain the presence of Chlortalidone, a Prohibited Substance that appears in Section 5 of the WADA Prohibited List. This sample was provided by Shah in an in-competition test that was conducted on 13 November 2015.

In January this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made an appeal against provisional ban imposed on the cricketer. The PCB contended that Shah had mistakenly taken the blood pressure medicine of his wife. The ICC accepted his claim but stressed on its zero-tolerance to doping. The ban was backdated to December 27, 2015.

Yasir Shah would now be available to play again from March 27, 2016. He holds the record of fastest Pakistan bowler to reach the milestone of 50 wickets. He can make a return to Pakistan’s touring party to England this summer. Yasir made his international debut in 2011 and has since played in 12 Tests and 15 one-day internationals. Shah took 12 wickets as Pakistan beat Australia 2-0 in a Test series in 2014 and then won the hearts of all with his stunning wicket tally that brought a 2-1 win for Pakistan over Sri Lanka in 2015.

In a statement, Yasir remarked he assures all the followers of the Pakistan cricket team and his fans that he had never taken a performance enhancing drug. Yasir also added he never had the intention to mask any such substance. The Pakistani bowler, who will miss the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20, added he acknowledges that he should have more precautions to ensure that his blood pressure medication was stored separately from his wife’s medication so that there was no possibility of it being mistaken for his own and also remarked he therefore accept the consequences imposed upon him.

The specialist leg break spin bowler who is known for his leg spinners, flippers, and googlies made his Test match debut against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on 22 October 2014. Cousin of Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan and Australian international cricketer Fawad Ahmed, Yasir Shah was born on 2 May 1986 in Swabi. The international cricketer from Pakistan played his first international match on Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe, on 14 September 2011 where he took two wickets in 10 runs, giving away 51 runs. Shah has been an integral part of Pakistani first-class domestic cricket circuit teams like Pakistan A cricket team, Abbottabad Rhinos, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cricket team, Pakistan Customs cricket team, and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.

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Sunday 23, Jun 2013

  Doping Case Of Jamaican Runner Appears To Be A Minor Offense

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The doping case involving Jamaican star runner Veronica Campbell-Brown was “minor” and suggested that the reaction has been heightened due to the athlete’s international status, said an official of track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The runner tested positive at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 4 for a banned substance that is believed to be a diuretic, triggering widescale international reaction, much of which was disproportionate to the offense, according to IAAF spokesman Nick Davies.

Davies remarked we can acknowledge that there is a case, but also take the opportunity to urge a sense of perspective and this seems from evidence to be a minor doping offense according to our rules, so we want to remain realistic in our reaction, pending the conclusion of the case. The IAAF spokesman also added that although we would not normally comment on active cases, all evidence seems to point to this offence being a lesser one. He also added that the situation has taken on great interest because of the international profile and appeal of Campbell-Brown and said there has been a disproportionate reaction, probably due to the fact that the athlete is a prominent Jamaican sprinter and it is very unfortunate when there are leaks (of information) – as has been the case here – since this is bad both for the athlete affected and for the sport in general.

As opposed to the mandatory two-year ban for serious cases, the penalty for minor offenses can range from a public warning to a suspension of a few months. Meanwhile, the management team of the runner released a statement acknowledging the positive test while pleading the athlete’s innocence of knowingly taking a banned substance while the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said the current 200m World champion and a seven-time Olympic medalist was suspended from competition, pending the decision of a disciplinary panel, which will shortly review the case. The JAAA release said we also wish to point out that Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension.

Doping Case Of Jamaican Runner Appears To Be A Minor Offense

It is rumored that the banned drug was contained in a cream which Campbell-Brown, the first Jamaican athlete, male or female to win a global 100 meters title, was using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form. The Jamaican track and field sprint athlete who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters denied knowingly taking a banned substance Lasix, which also goes by the name Furosemide.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of only eight athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event, is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. The Jamaican sprint legend in 2001 was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2001 CARIFTA Games and she won 3 gold medals (100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay) in the junior (U-20) category the same year.

The popular runner is expected to miss the 14th IAAF World Championship in Moscow in August this year.

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Tuesday 07, May 2013

  Two-Year Suspensions For Cyclist And Track & Field Athlete

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Two-Year Suspensions For Cyclist And Track & Field Athlete

Yosmani Pol Rodriguez of Weston, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 32-year-old has accepted a two-year sanction for his doping offense after testing positive for Dexamethasone as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected on March 10, 2012 at the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium. Dexamethasone is classified as a glucocorticosteroid on the World Anti-Doping Prohibited List and is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (“UCI”) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. The cyclist accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on September 2, 2012, the date of his last competition. Rodriguez has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to March 10, 2012, including the forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

A potent synthetic member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid drugs, Dexamethasone can suppress the natural pituitary-adrenal axis and acts as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant and is medically prescribed to treat inflammatory conditions such as allergies, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and breathing disorders. When taken orally, Dexamethasone is 26.6 times more potent than the naturally occurring hormone cortisol and 6.6 times more potent than prednisone. The CYP2D6 enzyme inducer is commonly used by sportsmen to develop fat easily and may increase the effects of many prodrugs and protoxins which are metabolized via CYP2D6 (like tramadol or codeine) by directly increasing the amount of the active metabolite produced.

In another development, Shawn Crawford of Culver City, an athlete in the sport of track & field, has received a suspension of two years for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file his whereabouts information. The 35-year-old Crawford was a member of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, which consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing.

The track and field athlete failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”), the combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes a rule violation. A Whereabouts Failure for National Testing Pool athletes includes failure to provide required quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete. The two-year period of ineligibility for Crawford, began on April 17, 2013, the date he received the sanction. As a result of the violation, Crawford has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to November 17, 2012 the date of his third Whereabouts Failure, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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Saturday 23, Feb 2013

  Tougher Anti-Doping Penalties Introduced By Marathon Majors

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Tougher Anti-Doping Penalties Introduced By Marathon Majors

The organizers of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the series that brings together six of the world’s top races, said on Friday that stricter anti-doping penalties will be applied to elite athletes.

Elite athlete contracts have been collectively revised by Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York to include new provisions that include the right to suspend payment and demand repayments of prize money, appearance fees, and performance bonuses. WMM said in a statement, the sanctions will be triggered for any athlete “found in violation of a criminal offense involving drugs, anti-doping rules, or if for any other reason the athlete’s result has been nullified by a relevant governing body.”

The new provisions in WMM elite athlete contracts will include that the athlete acknowledges that his/her right to receive payment is conditional upon remaining fully compliant with all applicable anti-doping rules. Also, if the athlete is found – before, during or after the term of the agreement- to have committed a criminal offense involving drugs, or an anti-doping rule violation, or if for any other reason the athlete’s result in the marathon is later nullified by a relevant governing body, then the marathon organizers will have the right to reduce or suspend payments due to the athlete, or to terminate the agreement with immediate effect and the right to repayment from athlete of all or part of the money paid to the athlete under the agreement.

The move was applauded by the women’s world record holder Paula Radcliffe and she hopes all major events would follow suit. Radcliffe remarked the cheaters need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and will be caught and made to pay and this announcement is a step forward in increasing the deterrent and showing athletes and managers that cheating won’t be tolerated. She went on to add that having to pay back all money won while cheating is common sense and a logical element that has been missing for a long time and it is clear that any money won while cheating are tantamount to fraud and should be returned.

On Sunday, Tokyo is making its WMM debut with Kenyan Dennis Kimetto holding the fastest time in the men’s field while compatriot Michael Kipyego is the defending champion. In 2006, the Marathon Majors series was founded with the men’s and women’s winners each receiving $500,000 in prize money at the end of a two-year cycle. The World Marathon Majors said it has supported increased and more frequent out-of-competition drug tests in Kenya and Ethiopia, the two countries which provide a majority of top competitors. Any athlete found guilty of a doping offense will not be invited back to their races, all the six member marathons have agreed.

Last week, Kenya’s three-times world 3,000 meters steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui said doping was taking place in Kenyan running camps. In the past, allegations that athletes from Kenya were using drugs surfaced ahead of last year’s London Olympics when German television broadcaster ARD reported systematic doping by elite athletes in the country who train at camps in the Rift Valley region.

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