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Saturday 18, Apr 2015

  Stephen Dank Found Guilty By AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal

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Stephen Dank Found Guilty By AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal

The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty of 10 breaches. The controversial sports scientist was facing 34 charges including trafficking, attempt to trafficking and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances.

The breaches mostly related to time of Dank with Essendon, but also included his stint with the Gold Coast Suns and dealings with a former Carlton coach.

An AFL statement read the Tribunal has found that the former Essendon support person has been found guilty of 10 breaches of the AFL Anti-Doping Code. The statement also revealed that the prohibited substances in question include Thymosin beta-4 and CJC-1295 and added that former NRL player Sandor Earl admitted to trafficking.

The tribunal said it is comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by attempting to traffick in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Essendon Football Club and athletes of the club, prohibited substances in a product known as Humanofort, namely Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), Insulin Growth Factor 2 (IGF-2), Mechano Growth Factor (MGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Follistatin and Thymosin Beta 4, between about January 2012 and September 2012. The tribunal also said it is comfortably satisfied that the former support person violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by attempting to traffick in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Gold Coast Suns Football Club and support persons of the club, a prohibited substance, namely CJC-1295, in December 2010.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the circumstances surrounding the case have been extremely difficult, given the amount of information and the number of parties involved and added the professionalism and diligence of the Tribunal has been greatly appreciated by the AFL.

The AFL anti-doping tribunal said it is not comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.8 of the AFL Anti-Doping Code by attempting to administer a substance prohibited both in and out-of-competition, namely Hexarelin, to various Essendon Football Club Players between about January 2012 and September 2012. It added the tribunal is not comfortably satisfied that Stephen Dank violated clause 11.6 of the AFL Anti-Doping Code by actually possessing, at various times between about January 2012 and September 2012, one or more substances prohibited both in and out-of-competition, namely Thymosin Beta 4 and/or Hexarelin, in connection with athletes (players) competition and/or training at Essendon Football Club.

It also said the tribunal is not comfortably satisfied that Dank violated clause 11.7 of the AFL Code by trafficking in, by selling, giving, transporting, sending, delivering and/or distributing to a third party or parties, namely the Essendon Football Club and athletes, prohibited substances in a product known as Humanofort, namely Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), Insulin Growth Factor 2 (IGF-2), Mechano Growth Factor (MGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Follistatin and Thymosin Beta 4, between about January 2012 and September 2012.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is contemplating an appeal to that tribunal decision and said it is disappointed in the tribunal’s decision to clear Dank of a number of serious alleged violations.

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Tuesday 06, Jan 2015

  Gold Coast Suns And Carlton In AFL Doping Saga

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Gold Coast Suns And Carlton In AFL Doping Saga

The AFL doping scandal has expanded its horizons than previously thought and revealed, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority accusing Essendon players of using a second banned drug and sports scientist Stephen Dank of trafficking peptides to Gold Coast Suns and Carlton club officials and covering up doping by a footballer from Gold Coast.

An outline of the case of ASADA and other documents presently before a specially-convened AFL Tribunal alleged that Stephen Dank supplied banned drugs including Human growth hormone (HGH) to a Carlton coach and the banned peptide CJC-1295 to more than one official at the Gold Coast Suns. The sports scientist is also accused of covering up the use of CJC-1295 BY Gold Coast defender Nathan Bock, who retired from the AFL earlier this year.

 The new drug and the involvement of other clubs were revealed by ASADA’s senior counsel, Malcolm Holmes QC, in an outline of the case and a charge sheet issued against Dank. The charges involving Carlton pertain to a high-profile coach no longer working at the club. It is alleged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Stephen Dank provided one or more of Human growth hormone, SARMs, Hexarelin, Mechano Growth Factor, and CJC-1295 to the coach between March and October 2012. The charges involving the Suns predate the Essendon supplements scandal. ASADA also alleges that Dank administered Bombers players with Hexarelin — as well as TB4 — during his time at the club.

The AFL Tribunal hearings into the Essendon supplements scandal will resume from January 12 after a break for Christmas. In a statement, Tribunal chairman David Jones said the hearing of the proceedings was confirmed to commence on December 15, 2014, to continue for a number of days prior to Christmas and then resume on January 12, 2015.

The AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal is chaired by former county court judge Jones, another former county court judge John Nixon and barrister, and former Swans player Wayne Henwood.

According to media reports, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will seek assistance of the Supreme Court in an attempt to force Shane Charter and compound pharmacist Nima Alavi to give evidence to the Tribunal.

In December, Charter had remarked that he has been bashed and received death threats. Charter – the biochemist who sourced the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 for Dank, further urged authorities to subpoena Stephen Dank. Essendon has maintained that its players were given Thymomodulin, a Thymosin peptide permitted for use in sport, and not Thymosin Beta 4 throughout 2012. The case of ASADA is heavily reliant on a sworn statement and other documents provided by Charter who has provided details of his role in importing an order of peptides, including Thymosin Beta 4, in December 2011, from China.

Charter is the star witness of ASADA and alleged supplied the substances to sports scientist Stephen Dank. Since the Tribunal does not have the powers to demand that Alavi and Charter appear, the legal team of ASADA is likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking subpoenas under the Commercial Arbitration Act.

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Wednesday 17, Apr 2013

  Essendon Coach To Meet Anti-Doping Investigators

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Essendon Coach To Meet Anti-Doping Investigators

Withstanding intense pressure over the crisis surrounding AFL club Essendon, coach James Hird is about to tell anti-doping investigators his side of the story.

One of the central figures in the supplements case of the Bombers, Hird will meet the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Despite accusations against him, Hird has refused to stand down as the Australian Anti-Doping Agency and the Australian Football League continue their joint investigation into supplements given to the players last season.

Recently, Essendon commissioned an independent governance investigation into what chairman David Evans called “irregular practices” while the investigations of AFL and ASADA are probably months away from being resolved.

The pressure on the coach of Essendon ramped up dramatically last week after sports scientists Stephen Dank alleged that Hird had taken Hexarelin, which is a banned substance for players but not coaches. AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou made the stunning suggestion that Hird should consider stepping aside temporarily as the Bombers prepared for the match against Fremantle in Perth on Friday night. The coach however refused to stand down. In another development, there were also allegations doing the rounds that Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin had also taken Hexarelin. After this, AFL commissioner Bill Kelty admitted meeting the Essendon coach on the weekend to discuss the crisis.

Sports science guru Steve Dank, who was Essendon’s sports science chief last year and came into prominence in Australia as Des Hasler’s chief boffin at NRL club Manly Sea Eagles, accused Hird of injecting a WADA blacklisted drug and also said Essendon players were given the anti-obesity drug AOD9604 before and during the 2012 season. The sports scientist also claimed that he gave an extract to players from pig’s brain that is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the first milk from a mother cow and a bark extract. However, he said nothing he gave to the players was prohibited and said the supplements were safe. Replying to Dank’s claims, Hird said these claims are horrifying to me, and are being made by a person or people who appear determined to destroy my reputation and added that he have at all times fully adhered to, and promoted the WADA code and the AFL rules, and the code of ethics of the Essendon Football Club.

Hird was coping with the pressure, said Essendon assistant coach Mark Thompson and added that we cannot talk about Hird’s meeting with ASADA. Thompson also added that Hird needs support and care and he goes up and down, but he’s still coaching well and he’s strong as he is a strong man and he’s very, very determined. The assistant coach also remarked that Hird is doing his job and also said though the crisis has affected Hird to some extent, he is still very much focused. He also said that if we keep coaching well and the team keeps playing well and we find a way to get through what we’re getting through and we’re still able to do our job well, then that says a lot for our footy club.

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Friday 12, Apr 2013

  Essendon Coach Under Doping Siege

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Essendon Coach Under Doping Siege

The role of coach James Hird in the doping scandal of Essendon is set to come under fresh scrutiny after the former sports scientist of Bombers, Stephen Dank, alleged he injected Hird with a substance which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The ex-sports scientist, who has done only one other media interview since the Essendon scandal broke, confirmed some of the substances he said he administered to players and coaches during his time at the club. Dank alleged that he injected Essendon coach with Hexarelin, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2004 despite detailed discussions between him and the coach about it that can promote the levels of human growth hormone in the body.

In a statement, Hird said he had no idea of what he was asked to take and said Dank was ‘determined to destroy my reputation.’ The statement said, the coach of Essendon have at all times fully adhered to, and promoted the WADA code and the AFL ruled, and the code of ethics of the Essendon Football Club. Hird has not broken the WADA code by taking Hexareline, even if Dank’s allegations are true, as he is a coach and not an athlete but he maintains that no league rules have been breached by him. Hird remarked that he just can’t wait to get in and talk to ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and the AFL and cannot wait to clear his name once he has gone and talked to ASADA and the AFL.

A club source said the allegations were outrageous and the club would not rest until the reputation of the high-profile coach was cleared. In a recently-released report, it was also revealed under the claims of Dank that players were administered AOD9604, an anti-obesity drug that WADA says should be classified as banned. However, the legal team of the club insisted that it wasn’t on any banned list when it was part of Dank’s controversial program.

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said allegations that Hird was injected with a drug were “very serious” but added that speculation over whether Hird would stand down should be put off until the ASADA investigation was complete. Essendon chairman David Evans remarked James Hird is a person of great respect of this club and indeed the football community, and the board will not be making decisions on the next steps until the process of the review and the investigation take their course.

Meanwhile, former ASADA chief executive Richard Ings has called for coaches to be subject to the same WADA code as athletes and remarked that coaches under the World Anti-Doping Agency code are not banned from the use of any performance enhancing drugs, which would be banned for the use by their players. He added that when one looks at this case, it is a question as to whether those in a position of leadership who are asking players not to be involved in the use of taking performance-enhancing drugs should, even if allowed to, be using performance enhancing drugs themselves and went on to say that so that’s certainly an ethical issue but from a rule perspective, there is nothing to stop a coach from using performance enhancing drugs.

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Tuesday 10, Apr 2012

  Hexarelin

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Hexarelin, a powerful GH-releasing peptide, is one of the most admired drugs when it comes to stimulating the release of growth hormone (GH).

Hexarelin has the chemical name of L-Histidyl-2-methyl-D-tryptophyl-L-alanyl-L-tryptophyl-D-phenylalanyl-L-lysinamide; {HIS}{D-2-ME-TRP}{ALA}{TRP}{d-PHE}{LYS}-NH2 and the molecular formula of C47H58N12O6.

The peptide, Hexarelin, is superior to GHRH and GHRP-6 in stimulating GH release and can easily stimulate the secretion of GH, ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), cortisol, and prolactin during sleep. The seven-amino acid peptide is considered more effective and long lasting than GHRH (growth hormone releasing hormone) and a potent GH releasing peptide combination is experienced when Hexarelin is combined with GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide–6) compared to pairing of GHRH with GHRP-6. The combination (Hexarelin and GHRP-6) is associated with dramatic enhancements in terms of circulating IGF-1 concentrations in addition to improvements in the terms of serum IGF-1, IGF-binding protein-3 concentrations, and promotion of linear growth. Hexarelin is also beneficial in reestablishing the levels of Insulin-like development factor-I and growth hormones.

One of the biggest reasons why Hexarelin is popular among professional sportsmen is because this performance enhancing drug has the unique potential of promoting growth of new muscle fibers, increase body strength, and increase size of existing muscle fibers. In addition to these advantages, Hexarelin is also useful in promoting neural protection, joint rejuvenation, protection and healing, and fat reduction. It is also beneficial when used with growth hormone and IGF as Hexarelin restores the natural levels of hormones, such as testosterone, which may have been negatively affected by IGF and GH use.

The recommended dosage of Hexarelin is 200 mcg per day when used via subcutaneous injections and should be stored at a controlled room temperature of 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) to maintain its efficacy and shelf life.

Saturday 25, Feb 2012

  Hexarelin

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In the world of professional sports dominated by efficiency improving drugs and steroids, Hexarelin is a popular name when it comes to improving the level of on-field efficiency and durability.

Hexarelin has the chemical name of L-Histidyl-2-methyl-D-tryptophyl-L-alanyl-L-tryptophyl-D-phenylalanyl-L-lysinamide; {HIS}{D-2-ME-TRP}{ALA}{TRP}{d-PHE}{LYS}-NH2 and the molecular formula of C47H58N12O6.

Hexarelin is considered to be a successful pharmaceutical for promoting linear development velocity, durability, and muscles, and durability in as short as 6-8 weeks. The efficiency improving pharmaceutical is classified as a small synthesized growth hormone releasing peptide (GHRP) that has the potential of stimulating IGF-1 (Insulin-like development factor-I) and reducing skinfold thickness for players. The pharmaceutical is also useful for improving alkaline phosphate and serum phosphate in our body that facilitates muscular tissue buildup and durability profits.

For advanced players, Hexarelin is also a popular name because it leads to enhanced muscles profits and muscular tissue fiber besides restoring the levels of Insulin-like development factor-I and growth hormones. The peptide GH secretagogue has the molecular weight of 887.053 g/mol at the base and is admired by one and all for promoting the release of GH (growth hormone) by acting on one or more specific receptors.

When administered via subcutaneous injection, the recommended dose of Hexarelin is 200 mcg per day. Hexarelin is required to be stored at a controlled room temperature of 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).