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Tuesday 29, Aug 2017

  China Faces Weightlifting Ban After Weightlifters Lose Doping Appeal

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeals filed by Cao Lei (75kg) and Liu Chunhong (69kg) who were stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after they failed doping tests conducted eight years later.

In January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered the two Chinese female weightlifters to return their medals from the Beijing Games after re-tests of samples tested positive for prohibited substances. Lei and Chunhong tested positive for banned human growth hormones. Compatriot Chen Xiexia, who won gold in the 48kg category in Beijing, was also disqualified by the IOC.

In a statement, the CAS said it had upheld decision of the International Olympic Committee against the two athletes. CAS said, the athletes as a consequence are disqualified from the events in which they participated: Chunhong Liu – Women’s 69kg (gold medal), and Lei Cao – Women’s 75kg (gold medal).

Liu was also the 2004 Athens Olympics champion in her weight class. Chen and Cao were world champions in 2007. Lei and Chunhong both tested positive for GHRP-2 that is known to stimulate the production of growth hormone while Liu also tested positive for Sibutramine, a banned stimulant. The IOC disciplinary commission, because of the similarities of the cases, urged the International Weightlifting Federation to investigate Chinese team coaches and officials. The IOC had then remarked that this suggests a possible involvement of the athlete’s entourage in these cases and the IWF is invited to investigate that situation and, if adequate, to take action against relevant people in the athlete’s entourage.

The lawyer for both athletes argued to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that the doping cases should be dropped as GHRP-2 was not specifically named in the prohibited list of substances published by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The single judge of CAS accepted the IOC case that a section of the list relating to “hormones and related substances” applied in these cases.

The gold medals won by Liu and Cao are now set to be reassigned to Oksana Slivenko of Russia and Kazakhstan’s Alla Vazhenina respectively. The medal of Chen has already been re-allocated to Chen Wei-ling of Taipei.

Under new rules adopted by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), a country can be banned for up to a period of four years if three of its lifters test positive in drug tests within a year. It is believed that China, in this first instance, may be handed a ban of one year. The IWF had promised automatic bans if a nation had three athletes testing positive in the IOC’s Beijing and London retests.

In June, the International Olympic Committee warned that weightlifting event could be dropped from the 2024 Olympics because of repeated doping failures. About 50 weightlifters have delivered positive results in drug retesting from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. Thomas Bach, the President of IOC, had remarked the International Weightlifting Federation has until December 2017 to deliver a satisfactory report to the IOC on how they will address the massive doping problems this sport is facing.

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Saturday 08, Oct 2011

  Drug charges against former NBA player dismissed

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An Arizona prosecutor has dismissed charges against Samaki Walker, a former NBA player, who was arrested on drug charges.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said he’ll reconsider bringing charges against Walker once lab analysis provides a better idea to him about what types of drugs were found in his 2002 Mercedes-Benz during a routine traffic stop in Kingman on July 28.

The ex-NBA player starred at the University of Louisville before beginning a 10-year NBA career that ended in 2006.

Friday 23, Sep 2011

  County prosecutor welcomes steroid testing protocols

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Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has welcomed the reforms announced recently by Attorney General Paula Dow to combat steroid use in law enforcement.

The County prosecutor said these reforms would allow greater flexibility in confronting what has been a complex problem to law enforcement executives throughout the county.

Dow’s call for reform was the result of a six-month investigation into allegations that a doctor (now deceased) may have illegally prescribed anabolic steroids, human growth hormones (HGH), and other muscle building drugs to 248 public safety officials, mostly policemen and firefighters.

Sunday 18, Sep 2011

  Reforms To Curtail Police Steroid Use

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A number of reforms designed to curtail the improper prescription, distribution, possession and usage of anabolic steroids, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) among law enforcement personnel and state and local employees have been announced by Attorney General Paula T. Dow.

“It is important that we strengthen oversight, regulation and investigation in order to discourage the improper use of steroids throughout New Jersey’s law enforcement community and ensure the public’s confidence,” said Dow.

“Law enforcement holds a special trust based on its authority and must be held to the highest standard of professionalism. These reforms tighten the safeguards against abuse not only by law enforcement, but by other members of public health plans and doctors who improperly prescribe these substances,” remarked Dow.

Sunday 31, Jul 2011

  FBI employees arrested over steroid use

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FBI employees arrested over steroid useThree FBI special agents and one FBI intelligence analyst were recently arrested on charges that they concealed their use of performance enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormones.

The four individuals were charged by U.S. prosecutors for lying on forms that are used for assessing fitness for duty by omitting that they had conditions requiring the drugs and that they had taken them.

“FBI employees must be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct,” Murphy said in a statement. “When this information came to our attention, a thorough investigation was initiated which led to today’s charges.”

Sunday 17, Apr 2011

  Better Monitoring Of Sale Of Steroids Approved By New Jersey

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Better Monitoring Of Sale Of Steroids Approved By New Jersey A panel of the Assembly has advanced a measure that would require New Jersey pharmacists to submit monthly reports on the requirements for human growth hormone steroid.

The measure was recently passed by a 9-0 vote in the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

Another bill would require evidence of the ability of service for public safety officers who have prescriptions for human growth hormones and steroids.

Saturday 02, Apr 2011

  Irish Medicines Board seizes illegal imported items

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Irish Medicines Board seizes illegal imported itemsThe Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has seized anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, weight loss products, and skin lightening creams among the illegally imported items.

Annual report of the drugs’ policing body disclosed other products seized including botox, the substance that can be injected to remove wrinkles, anti-impotence drugs, prescription only herbs, and high dose vitamins.

Pat O’Mahony also said, “The number of applications processed for human medicines including new product authorisations, renewals and variations to product authorisations, rose by 8pc from 16,669 in 2004.”

Sunday 20, Mar 2011

  Better monitoring for steroid sales approved by NJ assembly panel

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Better monitoring for steroid sales approved by NJ assembly panelAn Assembly panel has advanced a measure that will require New Jersey pharmacists to submit monthly reports on prescriptions for the human growth hormone steroid.

The measure was passed recently by a 9-0 vote of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

Another bill would require fitness-for-duty testing for public safety officers who have prescriptions for human growth hormones or steroids.

Monday 14, Feb 2011

  Tim Montgomery suspected of using cocktail of banned drugs

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Tim Montgomery suspected of using cocktail of banned drugsThe world 100 meters record holder, Tim Montgomery, may have used a cocktail of banned drugs, including human growth hormones and the blood-boosting agent EPO, as per allegations by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The allegations were made in a nine-page letter sent to Montgomery setting out allegations that he was involved in doping as long ago as 2000, two years before he set the record.

The lawyer of Montgomery has claimed that her client is innocent and the victim of a witch-hunt after a “bitter” falling-out with Conte.

Tuesday 08, Feb 2011

  Trial for French doctors for CJD deaths

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Trial for French doctors for CJD deathsSeven doctors and pharmacists went on trial over the deaths of more than hundred people from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) after the victims were treated, while still children, with tainted human growth hormones.

The long-awaited trial concerning one of France’s biggest public health scandals was witnessed by a Paris courtroom that heard health officials facing charges that included manslaughter and deception.

The Pasteur Institute’s radio-immunology unit that extracted the hormones from the glands is also accused of sloppiness in handling, transporting, and stocking the material.

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