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Sunday 31, Jan 2016

  Former Associate Of Pharmacists Assists Doping Inquiry

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Gerry Ramogida, a prominent sports chiropractor who works for the Seattle Seahawks and has treated Olympic athletes from Canada and Britain, had reached out to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the organization that oversees the country’s anti-doping program.

Ramogida is cooperating with Canadian anti-doping officials in the wake of an Al Jazeera report that alleged a network of people who claimed to have offered performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes. Ramogida vehemently denied any involvement with performance enhancing drugs and also remarked he had no knowledge that some business associates were associated with doping. Ramogida went on to add that he learned of the activities only after Al Jazeera brought it to his attention.

In the documentary (“The Dark Side: The Secret World of Sports Doping”), the business associates — Charles Sly and Chad Robertson, both pharmacists, and Brandon Spletzer, a naturopath — were shown talking openly about providing illicit drugs to athletes. In the documentary, Sly suggested that Peyton Manning had used human growth hormone. Later, a YouTube statement was posted by Sly in which he insisted that everything he told the Al Jazeera reporter was untrue. An undercover reporter was told by Robertson that they were developing a telemedicine clinic with Ramogida called ProMed and this clinic would provide second opinions to athletes after they have been treated by team doctors. Ramogida was recruited to participate in the venture but backed out before the December report of Al Jazeera.

Gerry Ramogida remarked he believes his business partners recruited him as a conduit to top athletes and added he was an unwitting pawn unaware of the ulterior motives of his partners. In a statement, Ramogida said he can’t emphasize strongly enough that at no point was there ever any discussions — nor even the slightest hint — of anything to do with banned substances and also said hence his utter shock at seeing the Al Jazeera documentary.

It was confirmed by the Seahawks, the Vancouver Canucks of the N.H.L. and Fortius Sport & Health, a sports medicine and training center in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby that Ramogida came forward to tell them about his association with Robertson, Spletzer, and ProMed before the Al Jazeera report was broadcast. Craig Thompson, president and chief executive of Fortius, said we stand by Gerry 100 percent and added there is no evidence or even the slightest suggestion linking him to PEDs, which are of course the complete antithesis of everything Gerry has stood for throughout his career.

Sarah Teetzel, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Manitoba, remarked naturopaths haven’t really been part of the conversation of doping development and added a team doctor knows if they are found to have supplied an athlete, there are consequences.

Paul Melia, the chief executive of CCES, said it is always disturbing to hear of these kinds of allegations to the extent that the documentary suggests that it is going on. Melia added CCES was increasingly focused on the “supply chain” and the network of people who provide performance enhancing drugs to athletes.

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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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Monday 28, Dec 2015

  Ryan Howard And Ryan Zimmerman Linked To Doping Ring

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An investigative report by Al-Jazeera has alleged that Peyton Manning received Human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. This report includes the names of three Major League players, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden.

It was claimed by the report that the three major league players obtained performance enhancing drugs from the Guyer Institute in Indiana. Charlie Sly, a pharmacist, disclosed that the clinic mailed human growth hormone and other drugs in 2011 to many athletes, including the three mentioned MLB players. According to State licensing records, a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013.

In a statement, Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute said that Sly had a brief three-month internship there in 2013 during which time Peyton was not even being treated or present in the office.

The report, titled “The Dark Side,” was the result of an investigation. British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for exposing the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs globally. The report alleged that the clinic sent growth hormone and other drugs to Ashley Manning, Manning’s wife, for assisting Manning recover from 2011 neck surgery.

Zimmerman has dealt with a lot of injuries over the years and his injuries date back to 2011 that put his recovery time on the same track as well. Howard suffered a torn Achilles on the final out of the 2011 NLDS and this puts his recovery timeline in line with that of Manning.

Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, remarked he never used a human growth hormone (HGH) and termed the report as “completely fabricated” and “complete trash.” Manning said he rotated between angry and furious and added disgusted is really how he feels and sickened by it. Manning added time ended up being probably my best medicine along with a lot of hard work. He also added it stings him whoever this guy is to insinuate that he cut corners and broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. However, Manning did admit that he went to the institute in 2011 to use a hyperbaric chamber recommended by doctors.

William Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the attorney for Howard and Zimmerman, released a statement and called the claims extraordinarily reckless and completely false. Burck said it is inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Howard and Zimmerman. The statement added that the extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source that has already recanted his claims and added that we will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.

The report alleged that Teagarden, who most recently spent time with the Chicago Cubs during the 2015 season, appeared in one of the undercover videos and was open to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs during a prior season. It would not be possible for Teagarden to deny the allegations as the video is part of the report set to air on Sunday.

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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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Sunday 13, Sep 2015

  Medical Records Of Lance Armstrong Sought By Federal Government

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The U.S. federal government wants medical records of Lance Armstrong from his cancer treatments to prove the great lengths Armstrong was willing to go to hide his use of drugs from the public and his sponsors.

Lance Armstrong’s former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, have sworn for years that they were in the hospital room of Armstrong in 1996 when he admitted to the use of performance enhancing drugs (testosterone, EPO, and human growth hormone). Armstrong vehemently denied the story of Frankie Andreu and his wife for years.

Armstrong has relied on a sworn affidavit by one of his doctors, Craig Nichols, who said he had monitored the blood levels of Lance Armstrong from 1997-2001 and found nothing irregular. Nichols also said he did not notice any sign of the blood booster EPO. However, Armstrong admitted under oath in July that he had used the blood-boosting drug during that period. Nichols is a former Livestrong board member.

The government said in documents filed in Washington that the efforts of the disgraced cyclist to blunt the allegations of Andreus were critical to hiding the truth of his doping from, among others, the United States Postal Service.

Presently, Lance Armstrong is fighting release of his medical records from the Indiana University School of Medicine as part of a whistleblower lawsuit in which the federal government seeks to recover more than $30 million in sponsorship that was paid by the U.S. Postal Service to Armstrong and his teams. The former cyclist may be asked to pay as much as $100 million in the case that the US federal government joined only two years back after the 2010 filing of the Qui Tam suit by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis.

The US federal government has also subpoenaed records of a $1.5 million donation to the IU medical school from Livestrong charity of Armstrong that came two days after the first testimony of Andreus about the alleged hospital room conversation.

In another development, the federal government is seeking information from Nike that shows the sportswear company would not have sponsored him if it knew he was using performance enhancing drugs. It is claimed by the government that the USPS did not derived any benefit when Armstrong won six Tour de France titles while being associated with the team. On the other hand, Armstrong and his legal team claims the USPS profited greatly from the publicity it received from the cyclist, who wore the USPS logo while gaining worldwide fame in the Tour de France.

Armstrong’s attorneys wrote the government argues that, even though the USPS sponsorship of the cycling team ended in 2004, it was damaged in 2013 when Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. It was further added that documents and testimony from Nike regarding the benefits it received during its sponsorship of the cycling team and Armstrong, and the damage (or lack thereof) it suffered when Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in 2013, is relevant to the government’s theory of damage.

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Tuesday 23, Jun 2015

  Danish Cyclist Admits To Doping

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Nicki Sorensen, the former Tinkoff-Saxo rider, has admitted that he doped during the first part of his career. The former professional cyclist said he doped in the initial stages of his career, which was more than a decade ago. This admission came a day ahead of the release of a report into doping in Danish cycling between 1998 and 2015.

Sorensen said he told Anti-Doping Denmark of his experiences and admitted to doping to ease his conscience and because he also wanted to help the sport of cycling. According to reports in Danish media, Sorensen admitted to doping during the 2004 Olympic Games.

The cyclist, who won four Danish National Road Race Championships between 2003 and 2011, denied Bjarne Riis, his former team principal, had encouraged him to do so. Sorensen said it was his own decision to dope. Interestingly, Riis won the 1996 Tour de France but he admitted in 2007 that he used Erythropoietin (EPO, the banned blood booster) to secure victory. Riis admitted to using EPO from 1993 to 1998, including during his 1996 Tour de France victory. The cyclist also admitted to taking human growth hormone and cortisone.

In 1999, Nicki Sorensen turned professional with Team Chicky World. Later, he joined Team Fakta before joining CSC-Tiscali, where he would spend the remainder of his career.

The 40-year-old Sorensen is now a sport director at the Tinkoff-Saxo team. The four-time Danish national champion and a Tour de France stage winner will be named in an impending report from Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD) that also investigated former Tinkoff team boss Bjarne Riis. ADD is relying heavily on the testimony of Michael Rasmussen, the former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer.

In a book, the former Tour de France king of the mountains Michael Rasmussen provided complete insights about his doping practices. Rasmussen also claimed in the book “Yellow fever” that systematic doping was going on his former CSC-Tiscali team and team owner Bjarne Riis was fully aware of what was going on. The former cyclist also disclosed that it was his impression that almost all riders used doping and added he got systematic injections with cortisone to ride faster and delay fatigue.

In the book, the ex-cyclist disclosed that the team doctors constantly monitored blood values for monitoring hematocrit values during the season to find out which riders used EPO and which riders were in danger of getting caught. Rasmussen also accused Nicki Sørensen of doping. Rasmussen said both of them lived in the same hotel and Nicki told him rather desperately that he had been unable to find EPO or growth hormone. At this point of time, Rasmussen said he calmed Nicki and sed a CSC car and drove to a known pharmacy and bought EPO and growth hormones.

In a team press statement, Tinkoff-Saxo said the team has a deep-rooted anti-doping culture that is implemented throughout the entire team. It was added that the team was convinced at the time and remains of the view that Sorensen has conducted himself fully in accordance with this culture over the past decade of working with the team.

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Wednesday 06, May 2015

  French TV Micro-Dosing Doping Experiment Slammed By WADA

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French TV Micro-Dosing Doping Experiment Slammed By WADA

French television channel Stade 2 has been slammed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for its experiment into micro-dosing and avoiding detection from the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). In this experiment, the organization described participants as “human guinea pigs.”

WADA claimed that French reports that a method called ‘micro-doping’ can beat anti-doping screenings are false. The results of this report were not scientifically proven, says WADA. It added it is first important in commenting on any study that the findings are properly peer reviewed and published.

Eight amateur athletes were recruited by Stade 2 and small doses of Erythropoietin (EPO) after undergoing a VO2 max test, which is a time trial on a static bike and 3km run. The recruited athletes were then tested again after the month of doping. It was found that average improvement in VO2 max among the athletes was at 6.1 per cent. The report also tried to demonstrate that none of the athletes would have been detected by the Athlete Biological Passport. It was also demonstrated by the program that the athletes would not have tripped any alarms in the bio-passport system thus implying that this doping method could be used by top professionals to surreptitiously enhance performance.

This study was carried out by Pierre Sallet of the Athletes for Transparency organization and demonstrated how the UCI Biological Passport can be circumvented by use of Human Growth Hormone, blood transfusions, EPO, and corticosteroids.

The report is believed to be allegedly conducted with the ‘blessing’ of the World Anti-Doping Agency but WADA has denied this despite making the Athlete Biological Passport software available for the report to use. In a statement, WADA director general David Howman said the study does not accurately follow the Athlete Biological Passport guidelines, and therefore its relevance to the ABP is not entirely clear. Howman added WADA is aware of the television report that aired on France Televisions and added that we would like to clarify that while we did make the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) software available, we certainly did not “bless” or endorse the study, as has been suggested.

The WADA director general also added that the study does not accurately follow the Athlete Biological Passport guidelines, and therefore its relevance to the ABP is not entirely clear. Howman also commented that WADA does not ever recommend athletes take part as ‘human guinea pigs’ in a study in which they would be subjected to taking performance enhancing drugs. The World Anti-Doping Agency also warned athletes not to take part in such studies in which they would be subjected to the use of performance enhancing drugs. A WADA statement reads we welcome and encourage research relevant to the Athlete Biological Passport, and continue to work with experts to advance and enhance the project.

In 2011, a study published in The European Journal of Applied Physiology revealed similar findings to those being reported in the French TV experiment. This study showed a 10 percent increase in total hemoglobin mass among 10 subjects and it also demonstrated that an anti-doping test, which was performed afterward using the biological passport parameters, did not flag any of the samples of the subjects as suspicious.

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Monday 23, Mar 2015

  Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

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Pacquiao and mayweather camps in doping penalty row

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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Monday 09, Feb 2015

  Anderson Silva Denies Steroid Use

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Anderson Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has failed an out-of-competition drug test. The UFC legend, however, denied using anabolic steroids.

The 39-year-old had tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone during a random out-of-competition test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed the positive test and said Silva’s lab report revealed that he also tested positive for a second steroid, Androstane. Aguilar also disclosed that Diaz (26-10) tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a post-fight drug test. Silva (34-6) defeated Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Brazil’s governing body for mixed martial arts, remarked Anderson Silva denies using steroids. The laboratory that conducted the tests is now performing further evaluation of Silva’s samples.

Silva believes there was “contamination” or a “mistake by the laboratory” that handled his test. Silva said in a statement released by Ed Soares, his manager, said he has been competing in this sport for a very long time and this was his 19th fight in the UFC. Silva added he had been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test. He also denied using performance enhancing drugs and said his stance on drugs is and will always be the same as he is an advocate for a clean sport.

According to an announcement by UFC, the former middleweight champion tested positive in an out-of-competition test on January 9. This announcement was made just a few days after Anderson Silva defeated Nick Diaz in Las Vegas in his return to the cage after recovering from a broken lower left leg 13 months ago.

In a statement, UFC President Dana White said Silva for now would continue in his role as a coach for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” and added that UFC will wait for the investigative process before taking a decision. White added Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen and added Silva has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts. The UFC President went on to remark that Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance in his nine years with the UFC and we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time.

Silva faces a disciplinary hearing in Las Vegas on February 17, when his license to fight is likely to be suspended. He may face a nine-month suspension. On the other hand, Diaz may be face a heavier suspension and fine as this is his third doping offence.

Former middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen said he believes the entire career of Silva is fair game to question. Sonnen himself received suspension after he failed two separate random drug tests for a ‘cocktail’ that included human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Sonnen remarked as soon as you test positive for something people will want to say it was over your whole career and he believes that is fair and added if you get hit with something it runs you all the way back in time.

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