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Wednesday 13, Aug 2014

  Rugby Defends Its Anti-Doping Program

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Rugby Defends Its Anti-Doping Program

Anti-doping figures released for 2013 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) indicate that Rugby Union on international scale demonstrates a higher percentage of positive test results than either cycling or athletics. The International Rugby Board welcomed the findings but remarked this does not suggest that the sport is less clean than other sports listed in the report.

WADA made this finding by combining all of its laboratory findings across Olympic sports in 2013. The findings were taken from both urine and blood samples and were made public on July 8th. It was revealed that the 1.3 percent figure of rugby is a higher Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) than both athletics and cycling that both come in at 1.2 percent. An Adverse Analytical Finding means the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolite was found in the sample.

The figures include all analyses conducted by the 33 WADA- accredited laboratories for in- and out-of-competition testing and by the two additional laboratories that have been approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. These laboratories conduct blood testing exclusively for the Athlete Biological Passport, which is one of the most important anti-doping tools to be introduced in recent years.

There were 5,962 adverse or atypical test results across all sports in 2013, compared with 4,723 in 2012 that revealed the number of abnormal test findings increased by more than 20 percent last year. In all, 6,126 samples were taken in rugby across the 33 laboratories that appears comparatively low compared to 11,585 taken in athletics and 22,252 in cycling. The very high testing rate of cycling is due to the fact that WADA tends to target sports that have proven to be drug user-friendly. WADA remarked the results offer the most robust and transparent reflection of the global state of anti-doping testing to date.

Football in general registered a figure of 0.5 per cent in 201 though it was recently revealed by FIFA, the world governing body of football, that there were no positive tests from any players in the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

An IRB spokesman said what it doesn’t mean is rugby is less clean than other sports and added you cannot deduce that. The spokesman added what it shows is that an intelligent anti-doping program in rugby is working and catching those using illegal substances and added we want to catch people using banned substances and a lot of our testing is targeted and we focus a lot on the Under 20s. The IRB spokesman also remarked quite often positive tests would come from supplements and we know they are particularly susceptible there, so education is also a big part of our program and also remarked that these figures show they will be tested and they will be caught if they use illegal substances.

A spokesman for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said our anti-doping program is in line with the International Rugby Board and Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping criteria and we believe that it is very robust and added this is a global study and the IRFU is not in a position to comment.

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Friday 13, Sep 2013

  Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

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Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Romario, two of the biggest football icons of South America, have joined hands for denouncing the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for not doing enough to distribute its funds.

After a meeting of South American clubs in Sao Paulo, Maradona told reporters we have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few. The former captain of Argentina said it doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players and so we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. The legendary football player added it is very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people, we are here so that we can have a more transparent football.

The Argentine football coach as well as a manager and former player also said Brazil are firm favorites to win next year’s FIFA World Cup on home soil. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 tournament, where he captained Argentina and led them to a victory over West Germany in the final. In the same tournament, he won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. Romario emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in the world and helped the helped the Brazil national team win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The striker won FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball in 1994 and was named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.

A few weeks back, Ricardo Teixeira, a shady character in South America football, had moved his residency to Andorra after resigning from his position as head of the Brazilian FA and FIFA’s executive committee in March of last year, citing ill health. Teixeira was serving as chairman of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢ Organising Committee (LOC) and president of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF). The CBF and the LOC have officially confirmed to FIFA that Jose Maria Marin will be the successor of Ricardo Teixeira in those two positions.

Another former FIFA executive committee member, Nicolas Leoz, resigned as CONMEBOL president at the age of 84 in April, also citing ill-health and was replaced by his vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay.

After this, both Teixeira and Leoz were cited by a report by FIFA’s ethics commission as being among those who had taken illicit payments in the infamous ISL case, along with former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

CONMEBOL was described by Romario as worse than the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that he has frequently criticized in the past. The former Brazilian football player said the situation is much more serious than we imagined and added we have to get more people together — the clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL.” Romario added it is a movement for transparency and dignity in football and we are going to form with this commission and we are going to see what has happened to all this money.

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Thursday 03, Sep 2009

  Retired World Cup goalie convicted of steroids use

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Retired World Cup goalie convicted of steroids useFormer Swedish goalkeeper Magnus Hedman was recently convicted of using anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes.

Last Tuesday, Helman was sentenced by the Solna district court to pay a fine of 5,400 Swedish Kronor (US$ 753).

In May, Hedman was tested for anabolic steroids after police found the illegal substance in his car. However, no charges were filed against him.

According to him, he was not aware of taking the substance, and suggested that it might have been included in the supplement he was taking.

According to Swedish rules, the use of anabolic – androgenic steroids for non-medical purposes is prohibited.

Hedman played with AIK from 1990 to 1997, Coventry from 1997 to 2992, Celtic from 2002 to 2005, and Chelsea from 2006 to 2007.

He played 58 games for the Sweden national football team including the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and two European Championship tournaments.

During an interview with the Swedish tabloid Expressen, Hedman was quoted saying, he had difficulty assessing his mistake since he was unaware of it himself.

The 36-year-old retired goalkeeper is recently divorced from his wife Magdalena Graaf, a former model, pop singer and Swedish author.