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Wednesday 09, Nov 2016

  George Sullivan Accepts Suspension Of One Year

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UFC fighter George Sullivan has accepted a sanction of one year after he was found violating anti-doping policy of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC fighter never actually failed a drug test but admitted to using a substance or product with a banned item in it.

In a statement, USADA said that George Sullivan has accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance contained in a product that was inaccurately labeled. The statement further reads that Sullivan did not test positive for any prohibited substances but the admission of use of a prohibited substance or product containing a prohibited substance is regarded as an anti-doping policy violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The 35-year-old declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when he described his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13, 2016.

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. USADA initiated an investigation following the declaration of Sullivan regarding the product declared by him on his sample collection paperwork. Sullivan provided the United States Anti-Doping Agency with information about the supplement product he was referring to when he declared IGF-1.

It was found by USADA that the manufacturer claimed on the product website that each bottle of the product contains an extremely high concentration of IGF-1 although no prohibited substances were specifically listed on the Supplement Facts label. The presence of IGF-1 in the product was confirmed by detailed analysis by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. This product has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.supplement411.org).

An athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. USADA determined in the case of Sullivan that the UFC fighter’s degree of fault and his forthright declaration of the product at issue justified a reduction to one year from the maximum two-year period of ineligibility.

The one-year period of ineligibility of George Sullivan began on January 31, 2016, the day after his most recent UFC bout. USADA said the first time Sullivan disclosed that he was using the product was back in January, which is why his suspension is retroactive to that date.

The American mixed martial artist competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed with the UFC in the winter of 2013 after winning the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Welterweight Championship. In his promotional UFC debut, Sullivan fought against fellow newcomer Mike Rhodes on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Sullivan faced Igor Araújo in his next fight and won the bout via knockout in the second round.

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Thursday 21, Jul 2016

  Chad Mendes Gets Two-Year Suspension

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Chad Mendes, one of the world’s best featherweight fighters, has been suspended for a period of two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Mendes tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an out-of-competition sample May 17, according to USADA. The banned substance GHRP-6, also known as growth-hormone releasing hexapeptide, was found in the system of Mendes. The 31-year-old would not be able to make a return to the UFC until June 10, 2018, two years from the date of the beginning of his provisional suspension.

Mendes admitted he did not do his homework and remarked this was a big mistake. The UFC featherweight title contender said he owns the mistake and will pay for it.

The Team Alpha Male product has been one of the UFC’s best 145-pound fighters for the last five years. The American mixed martial artist has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 17, 2016, the date of sample collection, including forfeiture of any title, ranking, purse or other compensation.

The #4 in official UFC featherweight rankings, Mendes is ranked the #5 featherweight in the world by Sherdog and #8 featherweight in the world by Fight Matrix. Chad Mendes twice earned NCAA All-American honors made his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47 and his UFC debut was against judo black belt Michihiro Omigawa on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.

The former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler last fought against Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December where Mendes suffered a knockout loss.

What Is GHRP-6?

GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone Releasing Hexapeptide) is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. It belongs to the class of drugs known as growth hormone releasing peptides but it is not the same as human growth hormone (hGH). GHRP-6 is designed for improving natural production of growth hormone in the body and is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders without requiring any “cycling” or post cycle therapy.

Growth hormone is believed to be a performance enhancing substance. Its use is associated with reductions in body fat and improvements in the levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) that both increases protein availability and inhibits cell death. These properties of IGF-1 facilitate significantly more efficient muscle growth & repair and aid recovery time from exercise and injury.

GHRP-6 is known to significantly increase appetite as it acts as a mimetic of ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”). It indirectly results in increased hGH production in the pituitary, primarily through ghrelin release and the hGH travels to the liver and signals it to produce IGF-1. This means many advantages for athletes such as decreased recovery times, decreased body fat, improved muscle tissue repair, and improved body composition. Growth Hormone Releasing Hexapeptide is usually injected though it may be used in cream form. Administration of GHRP-6, IGF-1 or hGH is banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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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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Friday 19, Dec 2014

  Gay’s Former Coach Suspended For Eight Years

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Gay’s Former Coach Suspended For Eight Years

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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Friday 14, Feb 2014

  Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

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Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

Tyson Gay, American track and field sprinter who last July delivered a positive test, is believed to have made use of a cream containing banned substances that the sprinter obtained from an Atlanta chiropractor and anti-aging specialist, according to a report by Sports Illustrated and ProPublica.

It is believed that Tyson Gay consulted a doctor in Atlanta who treats other runners and NFL players. The doctor, Clayton Gibson III, has a client list including names such as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the late boxing champion Vernon Forrest, New York Jets safety Ed Reed, and Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee. Forrest thanked Gibson in 2008 on television for assisting with his nutrition program after the boxer reclaimed the WBC light middleweight title. The doctor is identified in a testimonial for a 2010 book on acupuncture as a personal physician to numerous elite, Olympic and Professional Athletes (NFL, NBA, MLB, USATF, and NCAA).

According to writer David Epstein, other athletes and coaches told him that Tyson Gay was assured by Gibson that the supplement cream was “all natural” and it had been used by NFL players who passed drug tests but Gay failed the test. Epstein remarked that the sprinter should have known better as the label on the cream is believed to have used starkly says ‘Testosterone/DHEA Crème,’ and lists Testosterone and DHEA among its ingredients. Both DHEA and testosterone are banned for Olympic athletes and two other listed ingredients, IGF-1 and somatropin (human growth hormone) are also forbidden.

Epstein was told by Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency David Howman that it is “staggering” for a modern-day athlete not to realize they were using banned substances. Howman added that’s where it falls into the level of negligence and remarked WADA expected athletes to be hyper-cautious about supplements given the history of high-profile positive drug tests linked to them but even world-class athletes are relying more on people around them to be responsible and then, when they get let down, blaming those other people. Howman added that athletes should understand by now that hunting for an edge in a cream or potion will often end badly.

The writer reminded sport fans about current Olympian Lauryn Williams who caused a stir when she wrote on her blog post that she was urged to consult a man a fellow elite athlete had called the “sports doctor of all sports doctors.” Epstein remarked though Williams did not identify Gibson but people familiar with the matter confirmed that Williams met with Gibson and the blog post was about the meeting.

Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who was in the training group of Gay, also failed a drug test in 2013 and it is believed that she also consulted with Gibson and used the cream. The bronze medalist in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships confirmed consultations with Gibson but declined to comment any further until her disciplinary process is concluded.

A former All-Pro NFL lineman who claims he was approached by Gibson said the culture in today’s times is that if you don’t have all this extra stuff, you’re not winning.

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Tuesday 09, Jul 2013

  Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

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Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

Anti-doping authorities have been told by Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen that Saxo-Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis knew about widespread doping in his team. The cyclist remarked Riis had full knowledge of the widespread use of doping substances in his cycling team and cited several sources with knowledge of the matter.

The news came as the Saxo-Tinkoff team owner left the Tour de France and denied his exist was linked to a probe by Denmark authorities into the use of doping by cyclists.

Danish newspaper Politiken wrote on its website that it was unlikely Riis would ever face disciplinary action though US cyclist Tyler Hamilton and Joerg Jaksche of Germany have both told Anti-Doping Denmark that Riis knew about the doping practices. Riis won the 1996 Tour de France but admitted that he used erythropoietin to win. Despite his doping admission, his win has not been officially erased from the race’s record books.

Jens Evald, a law professor at Aarhus University, remarked the contents of the testimonies are very interesting, but they are all eight years or more back in time, and the statute of limitations is just eight years.

Rasmussen, the cyclist who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, had admitted on 31 January 2013, of using EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood transfusions in the period 1998-2010. At that time, team manager Claus Hembo said we will welcome him back when his sanction is served, but then as a sports director with Christina Watches – Onfone powered by DANA. Hembo added this will be done for a man with a cleaned conscience, and as a man who strongly dissociates himself from doping, and who will forever obligate himself to be of service to the authorities in the front line of the battle against doping. After this, his attempt to increase the €700,000 euro damages awarded to him in 2008 backfired after he lost in his claim for €5 million.

Rasmussen’s most notable victories include four stages of the Tour de France, one stage of the Vuelta a España and a win on the Italian classic Giro dell’Emilia in 2002 besides winning the best climber classification in the 2005 and 2006 Tour de France. Michael Rasmussen is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike. The Danish cyclist started his career as a mountain biker, and he won the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before becoming a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he secured a one-year contract and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 following a string of good results in August and September. The Danish cyclist was accused by mountain bike racer Whitney Richards of trying to get him to transport a box in early 2002 on the pretext that it contained his favorite cycling shoes though the box contained packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute that might potentially have been used in a doping program.

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Wednesday 08, May 2013

  Doping Case Against Vijay Singh Dropped

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Doping Case Against Vijay Singh Dropped

The PGA Tour has dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency that said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited as it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Vijay Singh. Finchem added that the appeal of Singh against the sanctions imposed against him was almost over when WADA, which had warned about the spray in February, told the tour it no longer considers the use of deer antler spray to be prohibited except for a positive test result.

The Tour received a written statement from WADA that indicated the spray is known to contain small amounts of IGF-1. Reading from a statement, Finchem said the tour deemed it only fair to no longer treat Singh’s use of deer antler spray as a violation of the tour’s anti-doping program based on this new information, and given WADA’s lead role in interpreting the prohibited list.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Singh said he paid $9,000 last November for deer antler spray, hologram chips, and other products from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids. The deer antler spray was said to contain IGF-1, an insulin-like growth hormone that is on the list of banned substances under the tour’s anti-doping policy. The PGA Tour said the golfer provided a sample of the spray, and tests at a UCLA laboratory confirmed the presence of IGF-1. The golfer was penalized on February 19 – Tuesday of the Match Play Championship, for which the 50-year-old Fijian was not eligible – and Singh appealed a week later.

WADA provided a written statement after the tour contacted it to confirm technical points when the agency clarified its position and said we are talking about a determination that was made by scientists at WADA that relate to the consumption, through deer antler spray, of a technically violative substance, IGF-1 and the scientists looking at it concluded it resulted in infinitesimal amounts actually being taken into the recipient’s body, amounts that couldn’t be distinguished even if you had an accurate test with the amount that you might take into your body from milk, etc. Finchem added that a player taking enough IGF-1 to register a positive result is not possible because a positive reading means that you’re surpassing a certain level and there hasn’t been any level ever set.

Finchem went on to add that the fact of the matter here is – as some people in the medical community pointed out when this matter came up, and now science at WADA has looked into it and concluded on their own – it’s just not worth having it on the list in that context; he also added that he don’t know of a substance or a transfer mechanism out there that can loan a person to IGF levels that would get the attention of the WADA science people and clearly, this isn’t one and they’ve made that clear to us.

The PGA Tour commissioner said he doesn’t think you can move ahead with a prosecution on a player given this set of facts and that’s our conclusion. He also remarked Vijay wasn’t assessed this action because he was negligent and he wasn’t assessed it because he made a mistake. Vijay was assessed because he violated the doping code, and the doping code is predicated on a list of substances, Finchem remarked and added that we’re now finding from WADA that that substance doesn’t trigger a positive test to admission, so we have to respect that.

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Wednesday 03, Apr 2013

  Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

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Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

A Dutch newspaper has revealed that Team Rabobank tolerated the use of doping up until at least 2007. It was revealed by de Volkskrant that the riders were allowed to use their own products and medical staff of the team ensured that they didn’t hurt their health.

Three former riders, including Michael Boogerd, one of the Netherlands’ most popular riders, were said to have been involved in the HumanPlasma blood doping ring. A key witness in the Humanplasma scandal, Stefan Matschiner, revealed that three riders of the team were customers of the Swiss blood doping expert.

Boogerd had admitted to using banned blood booster EPO, cortisone and, late in his career, blood transfusions and said he used the banned substances from 1997 to 2007, the end of his career. He even admitted using the Austrian blood lab, Humanplasma, for transfusions. The cyclist won the Amstel Gold classic in 1999, edging Lance Armstrong in second place, and had two stage wins in the Tour de France.

Six former riders – Danny Nelissen, Marc Lotz, Thomas Dekker, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rasmussen, and Grischa Niermann — and former manager Theo de Rooij have admitted doping. Nelissen confessed to using EPO while riding for the team and confirmed that a doping system was implemented after the Rabobank had endured a low-key start to the 1996 season. Nelissen remarked the pressure of supporting a family had influenced his decision to dope. He claimed he had EPO administered by the team doctor Geert Leinders at the Tour de France in 1996 and 1997.

Rolf Sorensen of Denmark admitted to doping in the 1990s and said he used EPO and cortisone. Theo de Rooy who was team manager from 2003 to 2007 did not deny that there was doping on the team and remarked if there was doping, that was a deliberate decision by the medical staff but claimed not to know of the HumanPlasma involvement.

Theo de Rooy added it was the responsibility of each rider to determine how far he would go into the medical field and said the team management did not encourage or pay for doping, and was not officially allowed. He went on to remark that he had disciplined riders who wanted to organize their own medical care outside the team structure. De Rooy left the team shortly after Rasmussen was removed from the 2007 Tour de France after the 16th stage and was handed over a ban of two years July 2007 to July 2009, for lying about his whereabouts. The cyclist later admitted to using EPO, growth hormones, insulin, testosterone, DHEA, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood doping, for most of his professional career.

Team Rabobank announced its withdrawal from sponsoring the team in October 2012 after 17 seasons in the peloton. The team however announced its intention to continue as a ‘white label’ under a new foundation yet to be established and made an announcement that it would participate in 2013 under the name Blanco Pro Cycling Team (successor of the former Rabobank), with the intention to find a sponsor for 2014 or to stop the team otherwise.

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Monday 04, Feb 2013

  Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

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Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

A Johns Hopkins professor has remarked that even if Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had made use of deer antler spray, his body would have never absorbed the banned substance IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) that is claimed by the manufacturer.

There is no scientifically accepted way to deliver IGF-1 orally, said Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who runs a lab studying growth hormone deficiency and has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1998. He said it is not possible for the hormone to come from a spray. The hormone, IGF-1, is used for treating a rare form of dwarfism known as Laron syndrome and other health complications where children fail to process or produce growth hormone. Insulin-like growth factor occurs naturally in the body and is produced as a result of the increase presence of human growth hormone (HGH).

In a recent article, Sports Illustrated disclosed that Lewis was connected to S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a company that has marketed alternative health supplements and products to athletes. The magazine story quotes S.W.A.T.S. co-founder Christopher Key as telling a group of college football players that the deer antler spray of the company includes IGF-1, which is a hormone banned by most major sports organizations including the NFL. Key claims that the deer-antler products made by SWATS “helped the body repair, regrow and rejuvenate” and that “you will never fail a drug test from taking our product.” He went on to add that his company has sold its products to more than 20 college football players each at Southeastern Conference schools Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, LSU, and Georgia.

Dean Nieves of Florida-based Bio Lab Naturals remarked that IGF-1 is very stable and it cannot exist outside of a very controlled environment. He added that it is disingenuous to make claims like deer antler spray or pills can deliver insulin-like growth factor, and the subsequent benefits like muscle growth and increased energy. Dean added that the substance is essentially an uncomplicated, “super-concentrated” and natural protein by the time the harvested antlers are broken down and processed to be sold. The deer antler spray is made by clipping still-growing antlers on deer or elk and then extracting those nutrients.

Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he “never, ever took” the stuff and described himself as “agitated,” not angry that this story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis added that he is sure that his teammates would not get distracted by the Sports Illustrated report. The Ravens linebacker is the leading tackler in the NFL post-season after returning from a torn right triceps that sidelined him for 10 games. The 2001 Super Bowl MVP Lewis called the whole episode a “joke” and a “trick of the devil” and added that he told teammates not to get disturbed.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Lewis told him that there is nothing to the story and he has never taken any of that thing ever. When asked about the deer antler spray, San Francisco’s tight end Vernon Davis said he does not think Ray Lewis would take any substance.

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Saturday 02, Feb 2013

  Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

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Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

A new report alleges that Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis ordered the deer-antler spray along with deer-antler pills and other products from a company with ties to performance enhancing drugs.

According to a report in the Sports Illustrated, the Ravens star sought help from the company Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) in October after he tore his right triceps. The magazine reported that SWATS owner Mitch Ross recorded a call with Lewis hours after injury to the player in a game against Dallas. It was further reported that Lewis asked the owner of SWATS to send him deer-antler spray and pills, along with other products made by the company.

The company revealed that the hormone is harvested from deer in New Zealand. Deer-antler spray and pills contain a hormone termed IGF-1 that is believed to assist in muscle recovery. Sports Illustrated said the product is banned by the NCCA and every major professional league though SWATS claims their product is natural as a food. The spray, made of antler extract, is sprayed under the tongue and is believed to build muscles and makes one bigger, faster, and stronger. It is not possible to detect deer antler spray in drug tests and amateur and professional athletes around the world may be using it as the risk of getting caught is not that high. According to the Baltimore Sun, deer antlers are clipped off to make a deer-antler spray and then they are either grind, frozen, or cooked to get out the nutrients.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said the team knew about the report and Ryan has denied taking anything and has always passed all tests.

IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and circulates in the body. It is used to signal receptors in muscle cells to multiply and grow. Moreover, it aids growth and promote muscle strength in normal ranges besides increasing metabolism of carbohydrates to bring more sugars to the cells to assist in the growth of muscles.

Don Catlin, the former head of UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Lab, remarked that IGF-1 is “just like giving someone human growth hormone.” Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who studies growth hormone at Johns Hopkins University, remarked that there is no proof of a successful way to deliver IGF-1 in pill or spray form.

Professional golfer Vijay Singh recently admitted to using the deer-antler spray but claimed that he was not aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he revealed using the spray. The magazine revealed that the golfer paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids` owners USD 9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products. He added that he has been in contact with the PGA Tour and fully cooperating with their review of the matter. In another development, former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand has disclosed that he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to know that it contains a substance that violates the doping protocols of golf.

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