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Sunday 05, Feb 2017

  Doping Ban Of Amateur Rugby Union Player Doubled By CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has doubled the two-year ban imposed on Luke Willmott, a rugby union player who was previously banned in 2016.

Willmott, from Arnold in Nottingham, was initially banned for five years by an independent Rugby Football Union (RFU) Anti-Doping Panel, for attempted trafficking of Human Growth Hormone (hGH). The amateur rugby union player, who was previously registered with Derby RFC, appealed against the decision and his ban was reduced to two years by an independent appeal panel. An appeal against this decision was made in February 2017 to the CAS by World Rugby and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after which the highest court of sports announced its decision. A sanction of four years was subsequently agreed by World Rugby, WADA, the RFU, and Willmott.

The case dates back to June 2013 when 180 vials of “Jintoprin”, which is a commercial name for HGH, were seized at the border. This package was addressed to Luke Willmott, who at the time was Captain of Derby RFC.

UK Anti-Doping interviewed Willmott On July 3, 2014. Willmott was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on July 23, 2014 with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for “Use or Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to World Rugby Regulation 21.2.2. The explanation of Willmott resulted in an additional charge under World Rugby Regulation 21.2.7, “Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method” being brought. The case was then heard by a panel convened by the Rugby Football Union.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, had then remarked that the Willmott case is an example of how important our work with law enforcement partners is. Myhill added we by intercepting this package were able to stop the potential supply of prohibited substances into the United Kingdom. Myhill went on to add that a crucial aspect of this case is that the end user thought they were buying Human Growth Hormone (HGH) but it was determined that the substance was not HGH after analysis by the Drug Control Centre.

  The UKAD Director of Operations also had remarked then that this is increasingly common, especially in relation to the production and supply of illicit substances such as HGH and steroids and also had commented that his is a major concern to UKAD, as not only is it a huge risk to clean sport, but it is a very significant risk to health.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, remarked after the CAS verdict that substances such as human growth hormone and steroids continue to pose a real and significant threat to both clean sport and to the health of our young people. Sapstead also added that trafficking is a serious offence and, alongside our partners, we will look to impose the maximum sanction on individuals who choose to break the rules. UKAD Chief Executive also said that identifying and targeting the supply of serious substances, such as steroids and human growth hormone, is a critical part of preventing the growing problem of image and performance enhancing drugs.

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Sunday 17, Jul 2016

  Rory McIlroy Delivers Astonishing Attack On Golf At Olympics

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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has launched an astonishing attack on golf at Olympics by telling the media he has not been blood tested in advance of golf’s return to the Olympics at the Rio Games in August. McIlroy also casually asserted he could take human growth hormone (HGH) “and get away with it.”

McIlroy added he thinks blood testing is something that needs to happen in golf just to make sure that it is a clean sport going forward. McIlroy also commented he thinks if golf wants to be seen as a mainstream Olympic sport then it has to get into line with the other sports that test more rigorously. The Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours said he gets tested four or five times a year and even that is only a urine test, not a blood test, so it is very little compared to the rest of the Olympic sports.

The comments caught the attention of the World Anti-Doping Agency and WADA spokesperson Catherine MacLean remarked the Montreal-based organization that oversees drug testing for the Olympics will keep a watchful eye on golf. MacLean added WADA does find Rory McIlroy’s comments troubling and also said anti-doping organizations under the World Anti-Doping Code are required to implement testing programs that test the right athletes, the right way, for the right substances at the right time, and WADA will continue to monitor anti-doping programs in golf as it does with all other sports as part of its Code compliance activities.

MacLean said it is common knowledge that a number of prohibited substances and methods are only detectable through blood testing. The WADA spokesperson also commented golfers participating in the Rio Olympic Games should expect to be blood-tested by anti-doping organizations in the lead-up and during the Games.

Golfers eligible for the Olympics were due to be subjected to random blood testing administered by the International Golf Federation starting on May 6. However, McIlroy said the International Golf Federation gave him only a single urine test on the Friday of the U.S. Open at Oakmont before he announced his withdrawal from the Olympic competition on June 22.

The 27-year-old is one of 20 players to have withdrawn from next month’s Games, citing fears about the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman said he doesn’t think anyone can blame me for being too honest.

The drug-testing protocols of IGF were defended by its spokesperson. An IGF spokesperson said the Olympic eligible golfers have been blood tested “multiple times” since May 6 and also affirmed more stringent doping controls are in place. The IGF spokesperson said McIlroy was tested under the WADA accredited IGF program and would have continued to be tested had he not withdrawn and also commented the IGF and national anti-doping programs are actively conducting testing on the IGF Registered Testing Pool and those athletes will continue to be subject to such testing through the Olympics which includes blood, whereabouts and out of competition testing.

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Monday 11, Jul 2016

  Two Rugby Union Players Banned By UK Anti-Doping

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced two Rugby Union players have been suspended from all sport following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Dan Lancaster, a rugby union player from Lincolnshire, was suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for attempted use of anabolic steroids. This case dates back to April 2015 when 300 ampoules of “Testapron Testosterone Propionate” that is a commercial name for anabolic steroids were seized at the UK border. The package was addressed to Dan Lancaster, who at that time was registered at Cleethorpes RFC.

Lancaster was interviewed on May 7, 2015 by UK Anti-Doping and was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for “Use or Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to World Rugby Regulation 21.2.2 on June 5, 2015. The case of Dan Lancaster was heard by a panel convened by the Rugby Football Union and it was determined that the rugby union player was guilty of the Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The RFU-convened panel imposed a period of ineligibility of three years and six months as a result of his prompt admission. The reduction in ban applied by the RFU panel was appealed by UK Anti-Doping and it was upheld by an RFU Appeal Panel and the ban on Lancaster was increased to four years. He is banned from all sport from 5 June 2015 to midnight on 4 June 2019.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill remarked the Lancaster case highlights how important our work with law enforcement partners has become. Through our close working relationships with UK Borders and local police forces, we are able to deter and prevent doping through the interception of packages, stemming the supply of prohibited substances into the United Kingdom. Myhill also commented that the ease of access to substances through the internet is a major concern for UKAD. All too often we see sports people, and members of the public, purchasing substances online with no idea of what the substances contain and also added that he would encourage anyone who has information about the purchase or supply of illicit substances to contact us in confidence via Reportdoping.com.

In another development, Luke Willmott was suspended from all sport for two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for Attempted Trafficking of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). The case dates back to June 2013, when 180 vials of “Jintoprin”, which is a commercial name for HGH, were seized at the border. This package was addressed to Luke Wilmott, who at the time was Captain of Derby RFC. A RFU-convened panel determined that Willmott was guilty of the Anti-Doping Rule Violation and imposed a period of Ineligibility of five years but his ban was reduced on the appeal of Willmott to two years due to the admissions he made in evidence. UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said a crucial aspect of this case is that the end user thought they were buying Human Growth Hormone (HGH) but it was determined after analysis by the Drug Control Centre, King’s College London that the substance was not HGH.

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Friday 01, Jan 2016

  WADA Takes Shot At NFL Testing After Doping Report

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has described allegations that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took human growth hormone (HGH) as “very concerning”. The anti-doping agency urged “increased collaboration” with sports leagues in the United States.

David Howman, director general of WADA, remarked he was nevertheless taking the Al-Jazeera report and took aim at the NFL. Howman said Al-Jazeera’s allegations are very concerning, particularly as it relates to the NFL’s and MLB’s testing programs. The director general of WADA added while the NFL and the MLB are not signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code, in recent years WADA has been working with them and other professional leagues in the United States to try to bring them closer to WADA’s program. Howman also commented that we in particular with the NFL have been offering guidance to enhance, and increase the transparency of, their testing program.

Replying to Howman’s comments, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said we, regarding the comments of Howman, have valued our long-standing association with WADA and look forward to continuing to work closely with the organization to improve the effectiveness of all anti-doping programs.

These allegations were made in an Al-Jazeera report. The December 27 investigative documentary ‘The dark side: The secret world of sports doping,’ revealed links of well-known players from the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) with performance enhancing drugs.

Peyton Manning denied the allegations denied the report that he took HGH following neck surgery in 2011. However, Manning acknowledged he visited a clinic that allegedly supplied the banned substance. The Denver Broncos quarterback said he visited the Guyer Clinic for using a hyperbaric chamber and receiving various other treatments that he said were not banned.

Manning said he used everything under the authorization of his club and added that time ended up being probably his best medicine, along with a lot of hard work. In a statement, the Broncos said they Manning 100 percent and commented these are false claims made to Al-Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report. The Colts also came to the rescue of Manning and remarked Peyton played the game in Indianapolis for 14 years the right way and added he never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs.

After the report went public, Major League Baseball announced it would be investigating allegations made in the Al-Jazeera documentary that many of its players took banned hormone supplement Delta-2. The NFL became the first major U.S. professional sports league in 2011 to use blood testing for HGH that brought the league closer to international standards. George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs, said we rejected WADA participation into our drug policies precisely because they failed to be transparent with us over these very issues. Atallah added our union is working closely with UNI Global Union to develop strong and fair standards for drug testing. The NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs also remarked that any investigation by WADA should begin with an independent one into their own practices, including the scientific basis for their tests and governance.

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Thursday 26, Nov 2015

  Mirko Cro Cop Suspended for Doping Violation

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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic became the first UFC fighter officially sanctioned under drug testing program of the UFC, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Earlier this month, Cro Cop pulled out of his UFC Fight Night 79 co-main event bout opposite Anthony Hamilton. However, he was provisionally suspended within days of his withdrawal because of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Later, Cro Cop admitted to using Human growth hormone (HGH) for healing the shoulder injury that eventually forced him out of the fight.

The retired Croatian heavyweight mixed martial artist recounted basic methods like massages and icing the shoulder did not help when his shoulder problems started. Cro Cop also recounted that he then went to blood plasma that went straight into the shoulder and he had a little mix of growth hormone with each blood plasma to make his shoulder heal faster.

A suspension of two years was issued by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for the violation, according to a UFC statement. The statement, recognizing the sanction, said UFC recognizes the two-year sanction issued today to Mirko Cro Cop by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. The statement also revealed that UFC secured the services of USADA, a third-party agency, earlier this year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. It was further added that the UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport. The UFC statement also said Cro Cop has subsequently announced his retirement from the sport after a storied career and UFC recognizes his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts and wishes him well in future endeavors.

Following a 2011 loss to Roy Nelson, Cro Cop briefly retired from mixed martial arts but made a quick return over a year later to fight in Japan. Earlier this year, he returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with a victory over Gabriel Gonzaga earlier this year.

The retired Croatian heavyweight mixed martial artist said he might be the first fighter who has ever been suspended after retirement. Filipovic also said maybe they think it is good for them to sanction someone that is well known as everyone knows the UFC has a deal with the USADA, an anti-doping agency, who now tests all fighters.

Considered one of the greatest heavyweights in kickboxing and mixed martial arts in history, Filipović was a martial arts enthusiast since his youth and his early martial arts inspirations were Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Filipović became the second fighter in the world to win mixed martial arts and kickboxing championships and tournaments. Filipović is the 2006 Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion and the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. Signature move of the former Inoki Genome Federation Champion was his lightning quick left head-kick that was once described as “right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery.”

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Monday 23, Mar 2015

  Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have reportedly entered into a dispute over a proposed doping penalty before their much-awaited fight at the May 2 welterweight world title fight in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is expected to make at least $80 million while Mayweather is expected to make at least $120 million for the much anticipated fight, billed as “Fight of the Century“.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times that the drug testing protocol for the fight had been “rigorously negotiated” by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the same newspaper that it was a little puzzling for him to learn that Floyd Mayweather would not agree to the $5m (£3.37m) penalty that was proposed by representatives of Manny Pacquiao should either fighter test positive for a banned drug.

It was first suggested by Pacquiao that the reciprocal fine for a failed drug test was extra insurance that an instance of doping would not jeopardize the fight that fans have long waited for. But, Ellerbe said the arrangement was an attempt to put a $5m price tag if Manny tested positive and added that it will cost Manny a lot more than some $5m if he comes up positive.

Ellerbe’s comments were echoed by Top Rank boss Bob Arum who said that Mayweather is right as there is no need of it since they would be penalized by more than $5 million by the Nevada Athletic Commission if ever they become positive of drug use. Arum added that the Mayweather’s rejection of the $5 million penalty would not in any way derail the May 2 mega bout.

In the past, drug testing was an issue in attempts to make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in late 2009 and early 2010. While Mayweather was adamant for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing, Pacquiao objected to some of the protocols. Pacquiao was accused by Mayweather of using performance enhancing drugs, a charge that was vehemently denied by the Filipino. Mayweather was sued by Pacquiao over the allegation and the two settled out of court.

A few days back, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug-testing before the bout. Since 2010, Mayweather has had USADA testing for all of his bouts. The US Anti-Doping Agency will conduct blood and urine tests for drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) and the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO) on both fighters.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said a positive test would kill the fight, where the total purse is likely to be more than $200 million. A positive test would subject the fighter who tested positive to a potential career-ending ban of four years from competition. Tygart said the penalty for the fighter who violates it is going to be a lot higher than $5 million if there is a positive test prior to the fight. The USADA Chief also remarked Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao signed on to the sanctioning process that is clearly spelled out and added it is a contract that would be enforceable against them.

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Thursday 19, Mar 2015

  Wayne Odesnik Banned For 15 Years, Announces Retirement

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Wayne Odesnik, a professional left-handed American tennis player, has announced his retirement after he was banned on Wednesday for 15 years after a second doping violation.

According to an announcement by the International Tennis Federation, the 29-year-old Odesnik tested positive for many banned substances including anabolic steroids (Methenolone- Primobolan, Androst, and Human growth hormone), during tests in December and January. The ban imposed on Odesnik was backdated to January 30, 2015 and will run until January 29, 2030. As a result of his latest violation, the results of Odesnik at this year’s Happy Valley Challenger event, Maui Challenger event, and the Australian Open will be disqualified and the ranking points and prize money forfeited.

In 2010, the American tennis player was sanctioned for the possession of human growth hormone. His first suspension came when he was stopped by Australian customs officials and eight vials, each containing six milligrams of HGH, were discovered in his baggage. He was off the ATP Tour from April 2010 to August 2011 after he pleaded guilty in Australia to importing human growth hormone. However, Odesnik denied using HGH and repeatedly said he never tested positive. Wayne Odesnik received a ban of two years but that was later cut in half after the ITF remarked that the player cooperated with investigators.

The name of Odesnik also appeared in the handwritten records of Biogenesis of America, the sports clinic linked to a performance-enhancing drug scandal in Major League Baseball. His name appeared numerous times in the records for 2009, 2010, and 2011 and it was indicated by the record that Wayne Odesnik was billed $500 per month by the clinic.

In his statement announcing his retirement, Odesnik said he was “heartbroken” and had “unknowingly ingested a contaminated over-the-counter supplement.”

The severe ban levied on Wayne Odesnik was widely applauded by several top players. Tennis star Roger Federer remarked players and athletes should know if they cheat, they get caught and added that he is all for a clean sport and that is why you’ve got to catch those guys who don’t do the things they are supposed to be doing. Andy Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion, tweeted, “Bye bye Wayne… Good riddance.”

Murray also remarked that he thinks it is good for tennis to get him off the tour and away from the tour because we don’t want that being part of the tour. The Scottish professional tennis player, ranked world No. 4, also said the positive tests of Odesnik in December and January should be treated as separate offenses. Murray also remarked Odesnik clearly was taking something and trying to get an advantage and added he is not surprised as the American tennis player has been linked to a number of people that have been involved in doping presently and in the past and surrounded himself with those people. Andy Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion and a former world number one, echoed the comments of Murray and remarked he hates that Wayne Odesnik has a US flag next to his name when he is cheating.

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Friday 19, Dec 2014

  Gay’s Former Coach Suspended For Eight Years

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The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that American sprinter Tyson Gay’s former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.

USADA announced a three member panel of the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) found that Drummond possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance enhancing substances to Tyson Gay as a coach.

Drummond is the coach of U.S. Olympians and the recent Chairman of the USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Council and a former world record holder. Earlier this year, Drummond sued Gay and USADA for defamation. He claimed Tyson Gay had made false statements about him and that the US Anti-Doping Agency had republished and endorsed them. The lawsuit was stayed by a US judge, saying that the matter must be settled in arbitration and not in a federal court.

In May this year, Tyson Gay was suspended for one year and he returned the silver medal he won with the US 4x100m relay team at the London Olympics. The athlete was disqualified from all races he contested from July 2012. Gay’s ban was reduced because of the testimony he provided to the US Anti-Doping Agency and he has since returned to competition.

The AAA panel, following a two-day evidentiary hearing, found that Drummond failed to act in the manner expected of a coach of athletes in the Olympic Movement USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said coaches have an inherent responsibility to protect athletes- not take advantage of them- but to ensure that they receive the support, training and advice they need to win fairly and in accordance with the rules.

The 46-year-old coach will serve an eight year period of ineligibility beginning on December 17, 2014. His sanction will prohibit him from coaching, training or advising athletes and participating or coaching at any event sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the International Association of Athletics Federations or any other WADA Code signatory. The sanction will include coaching, training or advising athletes for the U.S. Olympic, Pan American Games or Paralympic Games Trials, being a member of any U.S. Olympic, Pan American Games, or Paralympic Team.

In 2013, Tyson Gay tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is a banned substance. It was concluded by USADA upon investigation that a chiropractor named Dr. Clayton Gibson provided the athlete with the DHEA that resulted in the positive test. Drummond was found in violation of many anti-doping rules, including possession of DHEA in violation of Code Article 2.6 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (f), trafficking of DHEA in violation of Code Article 2.7 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (g), attempted trafficking of DHEA, HGH, IGF-1, and/or Testosterone in violation of Code 2.7 and IAAF ADR 32.2 (g).

Drummond denied the charges through his counsel on May 30, 2014 and requested a hearing. The American Arbitration Association acknowledged the demand for arbitration by Drummond on June 4, 2014. An evidential hearing was conducted on September 15 and 16, 2014 in this regard in Texas. The last post-hearing brief was filed on November 17, 2014.

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Saturday 09, Aug 2014

  Steroid Use Among Teens On Rise

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Steroid Use Among Teens On Rise

Don Hooton, president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, recently remarked that we should never lose sight of steroid use among teenagers, which is a potential killer among our youth.

In 2003, Hooton’s son Taylor hanged himself after using anabolic steroids. Don Hooton started the Taylor Hooton Foundation for educating parents, coaches, and young athletes to deter them from going down like his son. In 2005, Don remarked if it can happen in our home, it can happen in any home and added it is no longer a drug that only affects the user as it affects all of us and our students’ lives and health are worth it.

Over the last decade, abusers of anabolic steroids have been policed and punished by the Major League Baseball, the NFL, and other professional sports. However, many studies in the past have revealed that the use of performance and appearing enhancing drugs have continued to rise among youth.

Since 2012, the use of synthetic Human growth hormone (HGH) among high school-age teens has almost doubled according to the organization Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Eleven percent of teenagers in grades 9-12 reported using human growth hormone with a prescription, up from five percent two years earlier, according to the latest Partnership Attitude Track Study (PATS), sponsored by MetLife Foundation. It was further revealed by the Partnership Attitude Track Study that there was a gradual increase in lifetime use of anabolic androgenic steroids among teenagers, from five percent in 2009 to seven percent in 2013. Twenty-one percent remarked at least one friend makes use of anabolic steroids presently and it is easy to obtain these drugs.

Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership of Drug-Free Kids, said this new data point to a troubling development among today’s teens. He added young people are seeking out and using performance-enhancing substances like synthetic HGH and supplements purporting to contain HGH, hoping to improve athletic performance or body appearance without really knowing what substances they are putting into their bodies.

De La Salle (Concord, California) coach Justin Alumbaugh remarked all health-related habits — good and bad — are on our radar. He remarked no supplements are allowed in his program, unless they are cleared by the medical staff of the program. Alumbaugh further added we are constantly monitoring our kids’ health and said we monitor their weight and chart their every lift. Alumbaugh also said if anything is off kilter or out of the norm or haywire, we see it and act on it.

Tony Sanchez, a sixth-year coach for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), said his program closely follows National Collegiate Athletic Association guidelines and attempts to educate his players. Sanchez said there are so many good products and supplements out there to embrace and added that we try to teach the kids to make good, informed decisions. Like all other areas of our program, we try to educate our kids. He further commented we can’t put our heads in the sand and assume kids aren’t going to use some of these health products and we need to teach them what are good and bad so they can be informed.

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Tuesday 04, Mar 2014

  Cyclist Gets 8-Year Doping Ban

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Cyclist Gets 8-Year Doping Ban

Patrik Sinkewitz, the former Mapei-Quick Step and T-Mobile rider, has received a ban of eight years for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Following the GP Lugano in early 2011, the 33-year-old had tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) where he raced with the Italian team ISD-Neri. Sinkewitz underwent a doping control on February 27, 2011 at the end of the Grand Prix of Lugano in Switzerland and the analysis of his samples revealed the presence of recombinant growth hormone (“recGH”).

However, the German arbitral tribunal for sports-related disputes (Sportschiedsgericht der Deutschen Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (“DIS Arbitral Tribunal”)) cleared the rider of doping charges the following year. NADA, Germany’s national anti-doping agency, appealed to the CAS and the heavy penalty indicates that Patrik Sinkewitz has not been sanctioned for doping for the first time. The CAS Panel in charge of this case, composed of Prof. Christoph Vedder, President (Germany), Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens (Germany), and Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke, (Germany) found that NADA has clearly established that the blood samples of Sinkewitz revealed the presence of recGH. Sinkewitz is also ordered to pay a fine of EUR 38,500.

Sinkewitz had tested positive for testosterone during the 2007 Tour de France, a race in which a drug-free promise was made by T-Mobile after earlier confessions to doping from former riders including Bjarne Riis and Erik Zabel.

Patrik Sinkewitz decided to sue the International Cycling Union and remarked that cycling’s world governing body wrongly communicated to hum that “a substance” was found when they were actually investigating a blood value. At that time, Sinkewitz’s attorney Rainer Cherkeh challenged the validity of the tests and remarked the scientist and HGH expert working for us showed clearly and in detail that there is not scientifically sure validation data. UCI press officer Enrico Carpani explained at that time that the UCI has always said human growth hormones were being tested but we didn’t want to officially announce the date of scientific validation of the test in order to allow an element of surprise. Carpani added that without making a pronouncement about Patrik Sinkewitz’s case, who still can ask for a B sample analysis, we can say that the validation of the human growth hormone test is a major new step in the fight against doping.

Sinkewitz refused to have his B sample tested and was then sacked by T-Mobile. He later admitted to making use of EPO and banned blood transfusions. The rider blamed his positive drug test on Testogel, a testosterone ointment, and received a reduced ban of one year in November 2007 for cooperating with the agencies. His recent ban will keep Sinkewitz out of cycling till November 2022.

The professional German road racing cyclist, who competes for the Meridiana-Kamen team, started his amateur career with Mapei-Quick Step. In 2003, he turned professional with Quick Step-Davitamon and then moved to T-mobile Team in 2005 where Sinkewitz enjoyed a good season. The German rider was able to finish fourth in the Vuelta al País Vasco and twice finished stages in the first five.

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