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Monday 12, Jan 2015

  Gustafsson Wants Johnson To Be Tested

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Swedish mixed martial artist Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) wants his UFC opponent on FOX main event Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) to be drug tested before their scheduled fight.

Without naming Johnson of wrongdoing, Gustafsson said he just wants Johnson to be subjected to the same type of drug testing he himself already has undergone. During the so-called out of competition period, Sweden was tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) leading up to his January 24 bout against Johnson.

Alexander Gustafsson posted that a request from Sweden has been sent to US Anti-Doping commission to come and test him. The Swedish MMA fighter said this is the way it is done in Sweden, no matter where you are, you are under control which he really appreciates, and he wants his sport to be clean so everyone compete under the same terms. Gustafsson added therefore, he would like to request that the same tests applies to his competitor Rumble Johnson and he wants us both to show the world that we are clean top athletes competing in the UFC on equal terms.

In a recorded video statement, the Swedish mixed martial artist said he just got tested by USADA and he is thankful for them coming here and doing the test.

UFC was earlier planning to conduct its own out-of-competition, year-round drug testing program but its president Dana White recently remarked that was no longer the case as the UFC had “no business” jumping head first into the regulatory business. White said we have no business doing drug testing but did remarked that the UFC will fund the efforts of different regulatory bodies that sanction events around the globe so that they can do more and better drug testing.

Gustafsson is presently signed with the UFC in its light heavyweight division. Alexander Gustafsson is the #1 contender in official UFC light heavyweight rankings as of January 17, 2014. He is ranked the #2 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and is ranked the #15 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by the UFC as of January 5, 2015.

Gustafsson is best known for his killer instinct, powerful striking, and the reckless ways by which he finishes his fights. Gustafsson started training in boxing in 1996 and started training Mixed Martial Arts in 2006. The Swedish mixed martial artist made his UFC debut on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105 against Jared Hamman by winning the bout via KO at 0:41 in the first round. In his next fight, Gustafsson lost via submission because of an anaconda choke to tap out at 4:55 of the first round.

At UFC 120, Gustafsson was scheduled to face MMA and kickboxing veteran Cyrille Diabaté and trained with notable UFC fighters like Phil Davis, Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera, Joey Beltran, and Travis Browne. Gustafsson defeated Diabate via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round. After the fight, Gustafsson said that the main reason for his success against Cyrille Diabaté as the time that he spent at Alliance MMA in the training camp for a month.

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Thursday 02, Aug 2012

  Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC

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Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Cliff Notes

Ye Shiwen 5 - doping accusationsOrganizers of the London Olympics and the governing body of swimming leapt to the defense of teen sensation Ye Shiwen.

Sport’s president said suspicions that China’s world record-breaking teen sensation Shiwen doped were “crazy” and motivated by jealousy and the IOC stressing its confidence in the drug testing program.

“We need to get real here,” said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. “These are the world’s best athletes competing at the very highest level. We’ve seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place.”

Top five athletes in each event, in addition to two others, are tested as part of “a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them, Adams said.

“We can’t stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat,” Adams said. “It’s very sad we can’t applaud a great performance. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes.”

Teen Sensation Ye Shiwen Defended By IOC – Video

The Chinese swimmer won the 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the Olympic swimming competition and sliced through the last lap of the 400 in 28.93 seconds, which was faster than the 29.10 American winner Ryan Lochte posted in the last 50 of the men’s race.

John Leonard, head of the American Swimming Coaches Association, was among those openly questioning legitimacy of Ye Shiwen. Leonard was quoted him as saying the last 100 of her race “was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers.”

“History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I put quotation marks around this, ‘unbelievable,’ history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved,” Leonard was quoted as saying.

“It’s a big mistake,” FINA president Julio Maglione said of Ye’s doubters. “The people that said this is crazy.”

Maglione added he has absolutely no suspicions about Ye and said FINA spends $1 million to drug-test the top 30 swimmers in the world two or three times a year and “swimming is absolutely clean.”

“Some people are just biased,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the anti-doping chief for China’s General Administration of Sport, Jiang Zhixue, as saying. “We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing.”

Sebastian Coe, head of the London organizing committee, said it would “very unfair to judge an athlete by a sudden breakthrough.” “What you tend to forget is probably the 10 years of work that’s already gone in to get to that point,” he said on ITV News. “You need to look back through her career. I think you’ve got to be very careful when you make judgments like that, but, yes, it is an extraordinary breakthrough.”

“Drug testing procedures in place at the London 2012 Olympics are extremely rigorous, and the storage of samples for eight years after the games makes doping a very high-risk strategy,” John Brewer, a board member of UK Anti-Doping and director of sport at the University of Bedfordshire said. “We should not be surprised by exceptional performances since gold-medal winning athletes are inevitably different to the rest of us due to their talent, training and lifestyles.”

Ye Shiwen Achievements in 2011-2012

  • 2011 Chinese Nationals – 1st 200 m individual medley; 1st 4×200 m freestyle relay
  • 2011 World Aquatics Championships – 1st 200m individual medley
  • 2012 Olympics – 1st 200m individual medley; 1st 400m individual medley


 

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Wednesday 17, Sep 2008

  Usain Bolt under scrutiny because of Jamaica’s inadequate steroid testing program

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usain-bolt-steroidsCarl Lewis and Victor Conte are two prominent personalities who have been engaged in running – the former running on the athletic track, the latter running a steroid ring. These two ‘runners’ suspect sprint superstar Usain Bolt’s performance at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics could not only be due to his diet of homemade yams but to steroids and other performance enhancers as well.

Conte has recently expressed his misgivings about the impressive performance of athletes coming from the Caribbean countries like Jamaica. Conte’s suspicion is based on the fact that these countries lack or have inadequate testing programs for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. This is also the basis of Lewis’ skepticism; that unlike the United States, Jamaica has humungous task ahead regarding its anti-doping policy.

“I’m proud of America right now because we have the best random and most comprehensive drug-testing program. Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?”

Understandably, Lewis’ comments has raised some hackles in Bolt’s country, particularly Herb Elliot, Jamaica team doctor and a member of the IAAF antidoping commission. Elliot stated that the US was circulating “condescending crap” at the Olympics. “They still think we don’t know anything down in Jamaica,” he said.

In 2003, Lewis was one of the athletes whose names appeared in the documents provided by Dr. Wade Exum to Sports Illustrated. Exum was the United States Olympic Committee from 1991 to 2000.

The American athletes, numbering to about 100, failed anti-doping screenings and should have been disqualified from participating in the Olympics but were nevertheless got clearance to compete. The documents said Lewis tested positive three times prior to the 1988 Seoul Olympics for three banned stimulants – pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. He was banned from said Olympics and was suspended for six months. Lewis denied he consciously used the banned substances, a claim which USOC had believed and prompted them to clear Lewis for future competitions.