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Thursday 17, Nov 2016

  Tukhugov Removed From UFC Fight Night 102

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Zubaira Tukhugov, the Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been removed from UFC Fight Night 102 event on December 9 following a potential doping violation.

In a statement, UFC said Tukhugov was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from out-of-competition samples collected on September 7 and October 29. The Russian mixed martial artist has been provisionally suspended by USADA, and UFC officials are presently in the process of trying to locate a replacement opponent to face Brazilian featherweight Tiago Trator.

The statement read USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The statement further reads it is important to note that, under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and added consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Tukhugov (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) saw a nine-fight winning streak end at UFC 198 in May where suffered a split-decision loss to Renato Carneiro. Trator (20-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has not fought since a September 2015 win over Clay Collard at UFC 191.

A heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov headlines UFC Fight Night 102 at Times Union Center.

Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Russia after starting as a professional MMA competitor since 2010. Tukhugov has participated in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights MMA (EFN) and others. In 2010, Zubaira Tukhugo made his professional debut and won Pancration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament. He after a 10-3 mixed martial arts records was signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes, Harun Kina, and Vaso Bakocevic. Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors during his time on Fight Nights and defeated Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58. Tukhugov signed a contract with UFC in December 2013 and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February, 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi. Tavares however was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade. The fight was dominated by Tukhugov and he won via a unanimous decision win.

Tukhugov then faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story and won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round. The Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist was then expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68 but the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury. Zubaira Tukhugov then faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 won the fight by split decision.

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Wednesday 10, Aug 2016

  Doping Athletes Should Be Banned For Life, Says Michael Johnson

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Retired American sprinter Michael Johnson has remarked doping athletes should receive a minimum ban of four years, including the loss of an Olympics, for a first doping violation and a lifetime ban for a second violation.

Johnson commented that he would like to see a lifetime ban on doping athletes if they are caught a second time. The former sprinter said it does not matter how minor the first anti-doping violation was and also said there are going to be accidents, but you have to have tough rules in these situations. The American sprinter also said he supports the concept of stripping away medals from athletes who have been found, through tests years later, to have made use of banned substances.

Johnson said it is the best we can do but the shame of that is when some athlete who was clean, who was fourth place, never got a medal and never got a chance to get on the podium and even missed out on prize money. The sprinter added he feels bad for “clean athletes” who lose to cheats and therefore missed out on the chance to be able to have their whole country seeing them on the podium and added that is a moment you never get back. Considered one of the greatest and most consistent sprinters in the history of track and field, Michael Johnson added this is the reason why it is so important to not only focus on retroactive punishment, but deterring people from the very beginning and this is not because of the people who cheat, but because of the people who are clean and they have to be protected. Johnson said he believes no sport, Olympic or otherwise, will be clean as people will always try to cheat and this is the reason why sports is a microcosm of society.

If these standards were in place at the Rio Olympics, Justin Gatlin would not be running against Usain Bolt and there would be no Yulia Efimova of Russia. Johnson however supported Gatlin by saying the portrayal of Gatlin as a villain has been unfair, keeping in mind the rules that govern athletics.

Michael Johnson is the only man to successfully defend his Olympic title in the 400 m and the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash events at the same Olympics, a feat he achieved at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The American Olympic sprinter, who currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m, said he did not took any kind of medication during his days. Johnson said he was extra-cautious not to put something in his body that would have resulted in a doping violation. The track legend also commented he does buy that people didn’t know what they were putting into their body, but it is their body and they are responsible. The winner of four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals also said this is the first thing you learn in international sport and so he buys it, but it is not an excuse.

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Tuesday 24, May 2016

  BJ Penn Comeback At UFC 199 Canceled

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Former UFC champion BJ Penn has been pulled by the UFC from a scheduled comeback bout against Cole Miller on June 4 because of a potential doping violation.

 In a statement, the UFC said it was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. The statement further reads that Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method — the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period — during a March 25, out-of-competition sample collection. It was also announced by the UFC that it is presently looking out for another opponent for Miller on the UFC 199 card at Inglewood,California. The UFC remarked it will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 50 ML per 6 hour period are prohibited except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations. Since Penn did not fall into any of these categories, USADA flagged him for a potential violation after he disclosed his IV use.

Penn, issued a statement via his website, in which he announced he voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that he had an IV administered under the care of a doctor. The former UFC champion said the rule for IV usage had changed since his last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA and added he had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year, The statement of Penn further reads he has never doped at any time in his career and added he anticipates test results from USADA will come back clean and said he will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.

Penn (16-10-2) has not won a fight since he knocked out Matt Hughes in 21 seconds in a non-title bout at UFC 123 in November 2010. Since then, Penn is 0-3-1, with losses to Frankie Edgar, Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz and his bout against Miller at UFC 199 was scheduled to be fought at 145 pounds.

Penn, arguably the greatest lightweight of all time, has been preparing hard for his comeback at Jackson-Wink MMA inAlbuquerque. The American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight divisions in mixed martial arts. Penn, during his reign, holds the distinction of being undefeated as a Lightweight for over eight years that spanned a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the division. UFC President Dana White credits Penn as the first crossover pay-per-view star for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lighter weight divisions and the man who brought the lower weight divisions into the mainstream of mixed martial arts.

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Tuesday 24, Dec 2013

  Team Sky Rider To Face Anti-Doping Hearing

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, the British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, is facing disciplinary proceedings after an anti-doping violation was shown by analysis of his biological passport. The cyclist pulled out of the 2013 World Championships in September after he was asked by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to explain his results.

Meanwhile, Team Sky has reiterated its stance that the readings were taken before he signed with the team in 2012 and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke denies any wrongdoing. A statement from the Devon-based rider’s management company said Tiernan-Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them.

Team Sky, in a separate statement, said we understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his biological passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team. Team Sky added that there are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky and this is a team that trains, races, and wins clean. It went on to add that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky or take part in any team activities – including training camps and all team duties – until a decision is made in this disciplinary hearing process.

In a confirmatory statement, the UCI said it has requested his National Federation (British Cycling) to initiate disciplinary proceedings in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. A British Cycling spokesman remarked that British Cycling can confirm that it has been asked by the UCI to begin proceedings against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke based on an analysis of his biological passport. The spokesman added those proceedings will be managed independently of British Cycling by UK Anti-Doping as with any other doping violation charge.

In a statement, UK Anti-Doping director of legal Graham Arthur said we are progressing on a case relating to a possible anti-doping rule violation and the matter is subject to confidentiality restrictions imposed by the anti-doping rules, and as such we are unable to comment further.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke raced for Endura Racing in the 2012 season and claimed overall wins in the Tour Mediterranean, Tour du Haut Var, and Tour Alsace and became the first British rider since 1993 to win the Tour of Britain in September of 2012.

Endura team manager Brian Smith extended his support for the cyclist and said Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is not a doper and Endura racing was a no doping stance and as far as he is concerned Tiernan-Locke was true to his word. He went on to add that the cyclist throughout the Tour of Britain was urine tested every day and a blood booster would have shown up, so it doesn’t make sense.

In the past, UCI president Brian Cookson, remarking on this case, had said he is concerned that it’s leaked out because he doesn’t think this information should be in the public domain while someone is being questioned and that’s not the same at all as them being guilty and let’s see what happens.

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Wednesday 04, Dec 2013

  Masters Racer Suspended For Doping Violation

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended Richard Meeker, the U.S. masters racer who tested positive for a banned substance last year, for a period of two years. This was after Meeker provided a urine sample on September 6, 2012 after competing in the masters road championships in Oregon that tested positive for 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, which are metabolites indicating the use of a prohibited anabolic steroid.

The Masters racer however has claimed that he is the victim of a tainted supplement and added he has the proof. In a statement to the media, Meeker’s attorney Howard Jacobs, who represented athletes such as Floyd Landis and Marion Jones in their doping cases, remarked that Richard Meeker discovered which supplement contained 19-norandrostenediol, an anabolic steroid prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The statement further revealed that the Masters racer tested many supplements he had been taking and kept USADA informed of his progress. Meeker shared the final results with the United States Anti-Doping Agency but was still suspended for two years for the doping violation.

Meeker agreed that the positive test constitutes a first doping offense and believes his test results may have been positive due to his use of a dietary supplement that he bought and used before his positive test.

Richard Meeker, an elite Masters cyclist with many road cycling championships to his credit, holds an international license as a member of USA Cycling and the UCI. Reeker’s suspension will expire on September 5, 2014 and he will not be eligible to compete in any competition under the jurisdiction of the UCI, USA Cycling, the USOC, any other signatory of the WADA Code, any body that has accepted the WADA Code, any body whose rules are consistent with the WADA Code, or any of the clubs, member associations, or affiliates of these entities.

The 51-year-old remarked he was shocked to learn of the finding of this sanction, as he had always been a proponent of clean sport and have never knowingly taken any prohibited substances. He went on to add that cycling is his hobby and not his career and it would make no sense for him to use an illegal substance.

Meeker’s case was reviewed by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), according to USADA. It was found that Meeker had failed to establish the source of the prohibited substance in his sample and had committed a doping violation under WADA Code 2.1. The Masters racer was stripped of all results dating back to the Masters Road Championships and he will be eligible to return to racing next fall. Meeker remarked he return to amateur cycling competition in September 2014, and will prove through his results that he had always raced clean.

The two-year period of ineligibility for Meeker began on September 6, 2012, the day his sample was collected. The cyclist has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at and subsequent to the Masters Road Championships competition, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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Wednesday 10, Sep 2008

  Rebeca Gusmao suspended for failing Anabolic Steroids test

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Fresh on the heels of Rebecca Gusmao’s positive steroid test, the Brazilian Swimming Federation (CBDA) has just announced that another swimmer, Rogério Karfunkelstein, has tested positive for steroids.

According to a press release on the CBDA’s website (warning, press release is in Portuguese), a December 14 sample taken from Karfunkelstein tested positive for the steroid stanozol. According to the release, Karfunkelstein is banned for two years beginning December 14. The release goes on to say the swimmer claims to have taken the steroid while trying to rehab an injured knee.

Karfunkelstein, ranked 90th in the world last year in the LCM 50 breastroke, puts Brazil at risk of having its Swimming Federation suspended by FINA for 2 years. FINA rules state that if FINA gets positive results on four athletes within a period of 12 months, the Federation will be banned for 24 months.

In 2006, Renata Burgos also tested positive for stanozolol during the Brazilian championships.

Stanozolol is commonly sold under the brand name Winstrol, which comes in both oral and intramuscular versions Winstrol Depot. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration/// for human use to treat several medical conditions, which include anemia and hereditary angioedema. In animals, stanozolol is used to improve appetite and promote muscle growth. Stanozolol is also known to improve red blood cell production and increases bone density in livestock.

Athletes who had been tested for stanozolol include Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska, who was also banned from her sport for life because she was found guilty of doping violations, testing positive for stanozolol twice, the first offense was in June 2003 and the second offense occurred at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics.

Other notable athletes who tested positive for this banned compound were sprinter Ben Johnson, slugger Rafael Palmeiro, and mixed martial arts heavyweight Tim Sylvia. Major League superstar Barry Bonds had been also accused of using stanozolol.