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Monday 21, Nov 2016

  Russia’s Doping Culture Has Not Yet Ended, Says WADA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency declared on Sunday that Russian sport is a long way from convincing the world that it has cleaned up its act.

The anti-doping agency pointed to failure of the state to accept it was behind a doping program, its continued obstruction of testing, and a series of cyber attacks. WADA President Craig Reedie said after being re-elected for a second term it would be better if they were maybe a little bit more contrite.

Russia is hoping to get readmitted to WADA a year after the country was declared non-compliant with the doping code, after the publication of a report detailing widespread cheating in track and field. To add to woes of the country, fresh evidence of state-backed doping cover-ups was revealed by investigators ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The WADA recommendation to the International Olympic Committee for suspending the entire Russian contingent from the Rio Olympics was turned down. Vitaly Mutko, who was the sports minister till recently, was banned from attending the Rio Olympics after he was accused by McLaren of ordering the cover-up of a failed drug test by a foreign soccer player.

Yuri Nagornykh, one of Mutko’s deputies at the sports ministry, was ousted on the orders of Russian head of the state Vladimir Putin. This was after McLaren disclosed Yuri helped to orchestrate cover-ups of hundreds of drug tests.

Integrity of the country is all set to be challenged again when the final doping report by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren gets published on December 9, with the focus on winter sports.

Reedie said Russia still has to get the rest of the world to believe that they have reformed and doping won’t happen again and added so there is much work to be done. WADA officials outlined at Sunday’s Foundation Board meeting how Russia continues to frustrate anti-doping officials by limiting or denying access to the so-called closed cities where athletes are training and also to a sealed-off laboratory in Moscow that has samples sought by sporting federations. Reedie, referring to the areas where the Russian military restricts access, said it would be a great shame if they couldn’t be compliant because they couldn’t find a way of dealing with closed cities. Reedie said of the hacking that this doesn’t make international acceptance of Russian improvement any easier if this goes on.

The WADA president also added he believes there is a willingness to resolve the problems. Reedie however added he will not insist on a full acceptance of guilt at government level as an absolute condition of Russia’s anti-doping body being cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Vitaly Smirnov, the former Soviet sports minister now heading Russia’s state-backed anti-doping, responded defiantly to WADA allegations by saying the country has never had a state-sponsored system of doping. Smirnov also defended Yuri Nagornykh by saying he was not a member of the government because he was deputy minister and maintained that only ministers are members of the government.

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Saturday 29, Oct 2016

  Rio 2016 Olympics Management Team Criticized For ‘Serious Failings’

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A damning 55-page World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observers report has criticized “serious failings” in the anti-doping operation at the recently-concluded Rio 2016 Olympics.

The report accused the management team in the Rio 2016 anti-doping department of “a lack of coordination” and said it contributed to putting an almost unmanageable strain on attempts to carry out drug tests. It was disclosed in the report that up to half of all planned tests due to be carried out in the Athletes’ Village had to be aborted on some days as the athletes could not be found. This report also blamed the failings on financial cutbacks, tensions between Rio 2016 and the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency, and significant staffing changes in the Rio 2016 anti-doping department.

The World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observers report fiercely criticized the lack of support, training, and information given to chaperones whose job was to notify athletes of testing. It was revealed by the report that Chaperones were often provided with little or no whereabouts information for athletes targeted for out-of-competition testing in the Athletes Village, and therefore, the majority of times had to resort to asking team officials and/or athletes from the same team where the athletes they were looking for were located. It was further added that providing the names of the athletes they were seeking was at best highly inefficient and obviously compromised the ‘no notice’ nature of the testing. It was also said that when initial attempts to find an athlete in his or her room were unsuccessful, chaperones often lacked the training and/or the confidence to follow up with further enquiries and effort to find the athlete in other locations in the Village such as the dining hall. It was also commented in the report many athletes ultimately targeted for testing in the Athletes Village simply could not be found and the mission had to be aborted and up to 50 per cent of planned target tests on some days were aborted in this way.

The observers said many chaperones did not turned up due to lack of basic facilities such as adequate food. It was also revealed that only two blood collection officers were present to carry out 94 scheduled blood tests on one day at the Athletes Village, which highlights the complete lack of doping control staff. It was also said that there was no doping control staff one day and therefore all blood testing planned for that day had to be abandoned. The report also said transport arrangements to enable doping officers to travel to and from venues were “often inadequate, or even non-existent”. The report blasted the Olympics management committee at Rio and said computers and printers needed to receive and print out drug-test orders sometimes did not work and enough log-in accounts were not assigned to doping control personnel even when there were working computers.

The Independent Observers report revealed no out-of-competition testing was conducted in football, while there was little or no in-competition blood testing in many high risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting. It was also said that more than 4,000 athletes ahead of the Games scheduled to compete at Rio 2016 shockingly had no drug-testing record at all in 2016.

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Thursday 07, Jul 2016

  Jon Jones Pulled From UFC 200 For Potential Anti-Doping Violation

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UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been ruled out of his bout with incumbent champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200 this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, remarked Jones tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition sample taken on June 16 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Regarded as the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, Jones has failed drug tests in two of his past three scheduled fights. Jones tested positive for apparent cocaine use before his first fight with Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015.

In a statement, UFC said the UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016. The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It was further added that it 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. The UFC statement also disclosed that there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout because Jones was scheduled to compete against Daniel Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Las Vegas and therefore the fight has been removed from the fight card.

The statement also reads the three-round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt as a result will become the UFC 200 main event. UFC President Diana White said the new headliner will be the previous co-main event heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

The American mixed martial artist served a suspension for much of 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. He now faces a further two years’ ban, which would take him to the age of 30 and could go as high as four years for “aggravating circumstances.” He was just returning from a ban of one year hit and run incident and was stripped of the UFC crown by the fight organization.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Jon Jones became the youngest champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he won the title in March 2011 at the age of 23. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was reinstated into the UFC in October 2015 following his arrest on felony hit-and-run charges. His UFC debut came against Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 and took a unanimous decision victory and won his next bout against veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009 to earn another unanimous decision victory. Jones then went on to defeat former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO in the first round on August 1, 2010, at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.

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Tuesday 12, Jul 2011

  WD High School to consider drug testing

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WD High School to consider drug testing WD High School officials are considering requiring student athletes at West Davidson High School for taking random drug tests, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

This policy was presented to the Davidson County Board of Education Monday by Tabitha Broadway, principal of WDHS, and Charles Elmore, athletic director at the school.

Tests will be supervised by the principal, athletic director or a designee and proposed costs could run around $3,000 to $4,000 a year and each test would cost $48, according to the officials.

Tuesday 03, May 2011

  Minor amendments made to drug testing policy

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Minor amendments made to drug testing policyThe Nevada Athletic Commission recently made several small changes to its policy for administering drug tests.

Participants in Nevada-based events will now undergo hemoglobin tests, based on a suggestion made by Las Vegas physician Robert Voy. The hemoglobin tests can sometimes indicate use of performance enhancing drugs, Voy said.

Kizer said, “One of the things they have to do now though, in addition to proving it’s a legitimate medical condition, is do an immediate steroids test.”

Monday 20, Dec 2010

  Fine for rugby union players using recreational drugs

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Fine for rugby union players using recreational drugsAccording to a report in the Daily Mail, top rugby union players will be let off with a fine from next year if they are caught making use of recreational drugs.

It was also reported that name of offenders will only be released if they fail two drug tests in 18 months.

Mark McCafferty, the chief executive of Premier Rugby, said it is good to see that players have been very fair and cooperative to the new policy.

Wednesday 22, Jul 2009

  Steroid Scandal brought disciplinary action against 11 Boston Officers

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Steroid Scandal brought disciplinary action against 11 Boston OfficersIn a scandal that brought bad name to the police department, eleven Boston police officers have been reprimanded for their alleged role in context to steroids.

This scandal has forced senior officials to tighten and revise their drug policies and resulted in prison time for four involved patrolmen.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said that he was not happy with the action taken against the eleven culprits in the uniform. Seven of the eleven officers who admitted to steroids at some point in their careers were asked to give a written reprimand to a suspension for 45 days without any pay. However, none of the guilty officers were fired and will not be facing any criminal charges against them.

All of the eleven officers will be subjected to drug tests for their entire careers.

Wednesday 08, Apr 2009

  ONLY FEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE STEROIDS BASED ON TESTS

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ONLY FEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE STEROIDS BASED  ON TESTSSome high schools are confident that their students are safe from the steroid because random testing have yielded very few positive results. There has been a concern of steroid use trickling down to the younger athletes because of the influence of players in pro sports. The issue of Alex Rodriguez and all the other baseball players involved in the use of performance enhancing drugs had the high school officials worried that their students could be into these substances as well. Random drug testing was conducted in both Cumberland Valley High and Boiling Springs High.

The Associated Press reported that in 2006 four states, namely New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, and Florida had performed random drug tests to almost 30,799 students and only 20 were reported positive. This proved that the fears of school authorities are unfounded. That or the testing methods were flawed.

The government said that getting high school students are very expensive and it is not worth doing if there doesn’t seem to be a problem of steroids in high school sports. Per test costs $200 which is quite a lot most especially at this time when the nation is facing a global financial crisis.

What high school authorities could do for now is to continue educating their students on the bad effects of steroids and how it has damaged the careers and lives of athletes.

Friday 20, Mar 2009

  DRUG TESTS IN HIGH SCHOOLS INEFFECTIVE

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DRUG TESTS IN HIGH SCHOOLS INEFFECTIVEWith the rampant use of steroids in professional sports, government authorities have gone down to high schools where they believe that the use of the performance enhancing drug had reached this level. High school students are likely victims of steroid abuse because they emulate their favorite sports celebrities.

However, there is a cause for concern because drug tests results have proven that of the many who were subjected to the testing only a small fraction of them tested positive. New Jersey, Texas, Florida and Illinois have tested high school students for steroids since 2006. Based on the tests they conducted on almost 30,000 students only 20 came back positive.

In the midst of recession spending $200 per student for a drug test which is suspected to be flawed is a waste of the taxpayers’ money.

A professor from Oregon said that the only way to make students stop taking steroids is if they make the decision to stop taking them, not because some drug test had forced them to. Peer pressure is also a major factor that should be considered. Which is why education against steroids should be supported in high schools.

Saturday 14, Mar 2009

  ETHNICITY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN DRUG TESTING

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ETHNICITY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN DRUG TESTINGDrug tests conducted among athletes in international sports may not be accurate, according to Swiss researchers who are asking for the temporary suspension of ongoing drug testing of foreign athletes. This inaccuracy would be due to ethnic differences that had not been taken into consideration prior to administering the tests.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine published this study at the height of the steroid use in international sports. According to the said study the ratio of testosterone and epitosterone in the urine tells whether the specimen is positive for steroid content. The threshold for athletes is four and above. But it has been discovered that this threshold varies depending on the ethnicity. It has been proven that the gene UGT2B17 varies for every ethnicity. These variations affect the metabolic rate and consequently affects the rate of testosterone that comes out of the urine.

International sports stars like Barry Bonds, Major League baseball stars Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez now face the consequences of being involved in steroids use. Both Bonds and Clemens face perjury raps for allegedly lying about their steroid use. Rodriguez on the other hand had admitted that he used PEDs in 2001-2003 while with the Texas Rangers.

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