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Monday 22, Oct 2012

  USA Boxing Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Usa boxing athlete accepts sanction

According to an announcement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, Nev., an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. The anti-doping agency also remarked that Hunter has accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

The 23-year-old Hunter tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on August 5, 2011 at the U.S. Team Trials in Mobile, Alabama.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Anti-Doping Rules, cannabinoids are prohibited. Both the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the AIBA have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances and their presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction.

A three-month period of ineligibility was accepted by the boxer and it started on September 21, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional sanction. The period of ineligibility was suspended and reduced to time served, upon his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program that he completed on October 7, 2011. The boxer has been disqualified from his competitive results achieved on August 5, 2011, the day he provided his sample, through and including the date the doping education program was completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the doping violation.

Born on July 10, 1988, Michael Hunter is an American heavyweight boxer who won the National Super Heavyweight championships in 2007 and 2009. Son of Mike “the Bounty” Hunter and coached by KC Ken Croom, he made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves with only five bouts in 2006 at the age of 18. In 2007, he beat Lenroy Thompson and narrowly outpointed two-time winner Mike Wilson to win the US championships. Hunter dropped down to 201 lbs and won the Golden Gloves title in 2011 and managed to qualify for the London Olympics by winning his qualifier against Julio Castillo and Yamil Peralta. He has worked in the Tyrolean Mountains of Austria with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, and Vitali, who holds the World Boxing Council title and had to take a less direct route to qualifying for the London Games by this year winning the USA Boxing national championships and then a second tournament in Brazil.

The 201lb sensation from Sin City was on his way to compete against the best in the World in Baku, Azerbaijan for the AIBA Men’s World Championships before a failed drug test prompted him to “voluntarily withdrawal” from the US Olympic Team (aka United States representative for World Championship to Qualify for the Olympics). In August 2011, Michael Hunter stormed through the competition to win the Olympic trials but then was stripped of his victories after testing positive for the drug.  He got back in training and this year qualified for London at the last tournament, in Brazil after a three-month ban and wants to win a gold medal and become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Tuesday 09, Oct 2012

  British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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British heavyweight boxer Ali Adams has been banned for a period of two years after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid following his International Masters title defeat by 2000 Olympic champion Audley Harrison on 26 May 2012.

The Chelsea-based fighter, Adams, who was beaten in four rounds by Harrison, failed a drug test for stanozolol that was conducted immediately after the bout. Stanozolol is the same steroid for which Ben Johnson, the former Canadian sprinter, tested positive at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Stanozolol, the synthetic anabolic steroid derived from the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone, is commonly used by sportsmen to benefit from improved protein synthesis that further translates to muscle growth gains and leads to increases in muscle force production and aid muscle recovery following bouts of exercise. Stanozolol is categorized by WADA under category S1. Anabolic Agents; 1. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS); a. Exogenous AAS of the 2012 Prohibited List.

The 31-year-old boxer provided an In-Competition sample for doping control purposes at the International Masters Heavyweight Title competition in Brentwood, Essex that was submitted for analysis to the Drug Control Centre, Kings’ College, Harlow. It was reported on 1 June 2012 by the laboratory to the UK Anti-Doping that an adverse analytical finding in respect of 3-hydroxystanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, had been detected in the Sample. After this, a notice of charge was issued to Ali Adams on 13 June 2012 for a violation of ADR 2.1 and ADR 2.2 in relation to the adverse analytical finding for Stanozolol and Adams was also provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The boxer waived his right to B sample analysis on 26 June 2012 and admitted to the violations on 5 July 2012.

It was claimed by Adams that he received medical treatment and massage for an ongoing neck injury and the massage therapist injected him on two different occasions with an unknown substance that was communicated to him as an anti-inflammatory and these injections must have been the cause of the adverse analytical finding.

UK Anti-Doping announced a provisional suspension for Adams since 13 June 2012 and his period of ineligibility in accordance with ADR 10.9 commences on 13 June 2012 and will expire at midnight on 12 June 2014.

UK Anti-Doping Director of Legal Graham Arthur said stanozolol is banned at all times in sport and there is no reason for it to be found in the body of an athlete and the repercussions for using such substances are serious. Arthur added that this positive finding was the result of a targeted intelligence-led test and this case demonstrates UK Anti-Doping makes use of intelligence to inform our anti-doping programs in the United Kingdom.

Adams’ violation is the latest in a succession of positive drug tests in boxing this year after Larry Olubamiwo was suspended in June 2012 for four years after multiple anti-doping rule violations and taking 13 banned substances, including human growth hormone and anabolic steroids. Earlier this year, the world title re-match of Amir Khan with Lamont Peterson was called off 19 days before the contest after it was revealed that Peterson had taken a form of synthetic testosterone.

British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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