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Sunday 22, Jul 2012

  Olympic Runners Suspected Of Doping

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Nordine Gezzar of France and Spain’s @Angel Mullera, have been axed from the London Olympic Games on suspicion of doping.

French runner Nordine Gezzar may face a life ban after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) and has already requested a “B” sample to be analyzed, with the results of that test due to be known next week. The 3000m steeplechaser may get banned permanently if the “B” sample also come back positive as Gezzar served a two-year drug ban when he was suspended in 2006.

In 2006, Gezzar was handed a suspension of two years when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone and the diuretic Finasteride that is used for treating hair loss but can also mask use of steroids.

French athletics federation vice-president, Michel Marle, said on Friday: “Gezzar tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended.”

“The athlete has already requested the analysis of the ‘B’ sample. That will be carried out on Sunday and we’ll probably know the results 48 hours later.”

Fourth at the European Championships in Helsinki, Gezzar was caught when was tested along with all other Games-bound competitors by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) made an announcement that Angel Mullera has been removed from their quad after reports in the local media also connecting him with the use of EPO. Mullera has been replaced by Sebastian Martos.

“This decision is independent of the eventual opening of a disciplinary process accompanied by a preventive ban,” the RFEA said.

 

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Testing Guidelines for EPO – WADA

Friday 04, May 2012

  Arimidex

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Arimidex, also known as Anastrozole and Liquidex, is one of the most popular antiestrogens for professional athletes on anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs. This oral aromatase chemical is mainly recommended for adjuvant treatments of postmenopausal females with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancers.

In the world of professional sports that is generally dominated by use of steroids and performance improving medications, Arimidex performs an important part in managing or avoiding excess estrogen creation that could have otherwise led to adverse reactions such as greasy skin, acne, liquid storage, and gynecomastia.

Arimidex, from the class of 3rd generation selective oral aromatase inhibitors, is a commonly used drug during androgenic hormone or testosterone replacement treatments for hypogonadal men.

Arimidex is also considered a better choice than antiestrogens such as Clomid and Nolvadex as the two medications (Clomid and Nolvadex) are meant for decreasing estrogenic activity in the body or delay the development of cancer malignancy but Arimidex prevents the aromatase compound to prevent the level of estrogen. This antiestrogen is usually used with Propecia (Finasteride) to boost benefits as Arimidex stops development of estrogen while Finasteride stops transformation of androgenic hormone or testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) besides decreasing the serum attention of DHT and unwanted androgenic results such as hair loss.

When Arimidex is used with Finasteride by athletes on highly aromatizable steroids, athletes can easily obtain amazing muscular profits with a reduced possibility of oily skin, acne, and liquid storage to boast of an attractive and lean appearance. Arimidex is also an effective selection for helping the levels of muscular strength and profits besides decreasing the incident of injuries.

Scientific studies, in the past, have recommended that Arimidex is useful in helping the amount of androgenic hormone or testosterone in the system and these profits could be as much as 60 percent with just 7 days of use. The recommended dose of Arimidex for men is 0.5-3.0 mg per day. The standard dose of Arimidex for females is 1.0 mg per day. Arimidex amounts are generally taken two to six times a day at equal durations because of its short active life.

Wednesday 28, Mar 2012

  Arimidex-Anastrozole

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The risk of estrogenic side effects is often one of the biggest factors why some sportsmen tend to avoid anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs. This obviously means that their performance fells short compared to performances delivered by steroid-using sportsmen population. However, Arimidex can help in getting rid of all side effects of estrogens in quick time besides restoring testosterone levels in the body.

Also known as Anastrozole and Liquidex, Arimidex is a powerful antiestrogen that can easily restore or improve the production of naturally occurring testosterone besides reducing or eliminating the formation of excess estrogens by as much as 98 percent. The fact that only 1 mg of Arimidex is required to bring these dramatic results means that there is everything for a sportsman to win and nothing to lose by trusting this non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor.

The active ingredient in Arimidex tablets is Anastrozole and the list of inactive ingredients includes lactose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide. Medically, this drug is recommended for treating postmenopausal women patients with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer. Arimidex belongs to the category of 3rd generation selective oral aromatase inhibitors and is chemically described as 1,3-Benzenediacetonitrile, a, a, a’, a’-tetramethyl-5-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl).

Sportsmen commonly use Arimidex with Propecia (Finasteride) as Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone and preventing male pattern baldness while Arimidex takes care of estrogen formation. It can be used in doses of 0.5-3.0 mg per day though a dosage of 1.0 mg per day is common among sportsmen. Arimidex must be stored at a controlled room temperature of 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) with excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F).

Tuesday 06, Mar 2012

  Masteron-Drostanolone Propionate

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One of the all-time favorites of a big majority of sportsmen has been Masteron, also known as Drostanolone propionate. This anabolic steroid has always been a hit with those preparing for bodybuilding contests and professional sport trials where leaving a distinctive mark in the first time itself is very important and rewarding, to say the least.

This derivative of DHT is medically prescribed to individuals suffering from specific kinds of breast cancer and it is believed that a combination of Masteron and chemotherapy is better than chemotherapy alone when it comes to providing immediate objective response from the patients. One of the best things about Masteron is that it does not aromatize at all and this means that users trusting this anabolic steroid need not worry about estrogenic side effects such as gynecomastia or bloating.

Commonly used as cutting or pre-contest drug, Masteron (Drostanolone propionate) has the chemical name of 17beta-Hydroxy-2alpha-methyl-5alpha-androstan-3-one propionate and the molecular weight of 360.5356 g/mol at the base. Its anabolic androgenic ratio is 62:25 and it has an active life of approximately two to three days and can be detected over a period of three weeks.

The recommended dose of Masteron for men is 350mgs/week (or 100mgs every other day) to 500mgs/week while the ideal dose for women is 25-50mgs every other day to every third day. Use of this steroid leads to dramatic improvements in terms of aggression, performance, stamina, muscle size, and muscle function besides promoting loss of body fat and weight to a considerable extent.

It is highly recommended that Finasteride should be used along with Masteron as use of Masteron may lead to acne, hair loss, prostate enlargement, etc. in rare cases. Masteron can be stacked with anabolic steroids such as testosterone propionate, trenbolone acetate, Anavar, Winstrol, and Equipoise and should never be used by pregnant or lactating women or children or those having an existing allergy to Masteron or any of its ingredients.

Thursday 03, Mar 2011

  Scott Boothby banned for eight years

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Scott Boothby banned for eight yearsAmerican hammer thrower, Scott Boothby, has been handed over a suspension of eight years from the US Anti-Doping Agency, after testing positive for steroids and a masking agent.

The 33-year-old veteran had stopped competing but remained in the random drug-testing program since he had not filed proper retirement paperwork.

USADA ruled that a reduction in the usual lifetime ban was proper for the second offence.

Friday 28, Jan 2011

  Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic Games

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Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic GamesFacourou Sissoko from Mali and Ukrainian Liudmyla Osmanova have been excluded from the Paralympic Games following doping violations.

The duo tested positive in pre-Games out-of-competition tests for boldenone metabolite and 19-Norandrosterone (anabolic agents), respectively.

Both Sissoko and Osmanova have been disqualified from the Beijing Games and banned for two years.

Friday 16, Jul 2010

  Finasteride no longer banned

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Finasteride no longer bannedFinasteride, the popular hair-loss drug, has been taken off from the banned list of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); the drug was also used as a masking agent for other banned substances.

Since the drug can now be easily detected if used to mask banned substances, the WADA decided to take it off since Finasteride is primarily used for slowing the process of hair loss.

Romario, the Brazilian footballer, was banned in 2007 for a period of 120 days though he said that the drug was used for preventing hair loss.

Saturday 13, Sep 2008

  Two more failed steroid tests at Beijing Paralympics

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As promised, we’ll keep you posted on the ongoing Paralympic Games in Beijing. So far, we’ve only reported two Paralympic athletes who were kicked out of the Games because they tested positive for steroids.

Now, we’re going to add two more to that statistics as two powerlifters have been banned for failing doping tests. The two Paralympians who both received two-year ban are Facourou Sissoko of Mali and Liudmyla Osmanova of Ukraine. The two gave positive tests for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition tests, according to the International Paralympic Committee on Thursday.

Sissoko’s urine sample on September 6 tested positive for boldenone metabolites. Osmanova’s sample on August 29 yielded 19-Norandrosterone, a metabolite of anabolic steroid nandrolone. The IPC stated that it had implemented 461 tests to date for the ongoing Paralympic Games and it intends to carry out around 1,000 screenings before the Games end on September 17.

Earlier doping incidents at the Paralympics involved Pakistani powerlifter Naveed Ahmed Butt and German wheelchair basketballer Ahmet Coskun.

Butt’s urine sample tested positive for methandienone. The sample was taken September 4 just tow days before the opening ceremony. Coskun, meanwhile, was banned from the games because his pre-competition urine test resulted to a positive test for a masking agent. Coskun’s sample taken on August 23 tested positive for finasteride, a legitimate drug that is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness. The drug, however, is included in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List since it is typically used  by anabolic steroid users to cover up drugs that enhance athletic performance.

The IPC’s official website states the following relating to their anti-doping program:
“Anti-doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport – “The spirit of sport”. Thus, the rationale for doping control in sport is twofold: first, to protect athletes from the potential harmful side effects that some drugs can produce; and second, to ensure fair and ethical competition by preventing athletes from taking prohibited substances or using prohibited methods in an attempt to increase performance or violating the spirit of sport.”

According to IPC’s Anti-Doping Code, doping is defined as the occurrence of one or two of the following anti-doping rule violations:

•    the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s bodily specimen
•    use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
•    refusing or failing to submit to sample collection after notification
•    violation of the requirements regarding athlete availability for out-of-competition testing
•    tampering with any part of doping control
•    possession of prohibited substances and methods
•    trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method
•    administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted violation.

Friday 12, Sep 2008

  Somebody’s ‘butt’ got kicked because of steroids

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Nameed Ahmed Butt, a 37-year-old powerlifter who hails from Pakistan tested positive for a banned compound in the ongoing Paralympic Games in Beijing.

The urine sample was taken Sept. 4, two days before the opening ceremony.

“In accordance with the IPC anti-doping code, and after a hearing of the IPC anti-doping committee, the IPC ratified the decision to disqualify Butt from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games,” the statement said, adding that a two-year ban had been imposed.

Peter Van de Vliet, the IPC’s medical and scientific director, said Butt’s accreditation was also being canceled.

The IPC has said it plans about 1,000 in- and out-of-competition tests on both blood and urine.

Another Paralympian also was kicked out of Beijing because he tested positive for a masking agent.

Ahmet Coskun, German wheelchair basketballer, was disqualified from the games for using a banned drug. Coskun’s pre-competition urine test on August 23 tested positive for finasteride, a compound used to treat hair loss.

According to the statement released by the German National Paralympic Committee, although finasteride does not enhance performance it can be used to mask or cover up drugs that do. Coskun, meanwhile, denied he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I was thinking about my hair and had no idea that the drug, which is against hair loss, contained a banned substance. I’m very upset. I never intended to do doping,” the 33-year-old Coskun stated in said statement.

“We take the issue of anti-doping very seriously. We’ve been carrying out an intensive anti-doping campaign for years in cooperation with NADA (the German anti-doping agency),” German chef de mission Karl Quade said in the same statement.

In 2004 Paralympic Games held in Athens, two powerlifters from Azerbaijan were banned after testing positive for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition screenings.

Urine samples from Gunduz Ismayilov showed traces of stanazolol while Sara Abbasova tested positive for nandrolone. They were the second doping offenses for both athletes as such they received lifetime ban from the sport.

Ismayilov had served a two-year ban after testing positive for methandienone and nandrolone metabolites at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000.

Abbasova’s first offense was at the 2001 European powerlifting championships where she tested positive also for methandienone.

Methandienone is a steroid derived from testosterone that exhibits strong anabolic and moderate androgenic properties. This compound is popular among athletes because it is one of the most effective steroids around. This steroid is known to yield impressive muscle mass and strength in just a short period of time. It derives strength for athletes by readily augmenting depleted glycogen storage. Glycogen is a form of glucose which functions as the primary short term energy storage in human cells.

The incident with the Azerbaijan athletes was the first time the International Paralympic Committee has imposed a lifetime ban.

The Paralympic Games in Beijing commenced September 6 and will run up to September 17. That’s a few more days to go and so other Paralympian might be tested positive for banned compounds. We’ll keep you posted.