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Tuesday 17, Jul 2012

  Hardy makes Olympics comeback after ban

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World record-setting swimmer Jessica Hardy has survived a doping suspension that prevented Hardy from competing in the 2008 Olympic Games to make a comeback to the London Olympics.

It was ruled by two panels that the positive test of Hardy was a result of her unknowingly ingesting a tainted supplement.

Hardy arrives in London as a contender for medals in the two freestyles as well as the 400-meter freestyle and 400 medley relays. Her family provided samples of supplements left over from the batch she used at the Olympic Trials to be tested by Anti-Doping Research Inc. and clenbuterol was found in an AdvoCare drink supplement.

Hardy recently was placed first in the women’s open 50 LC meter freestyle championship final during the 2012 TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Championships at Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on April 21.

Monday 16, Jul 2012

  Ilya Vasilev tests positive for clenbuterol

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Bulgarian swimmer, Ilya Vasilev, has been handed over a suspension for testing positive to clenbuterol, which is a diuretic and a masking agent.

The suspension of Vasilev began in January. The swimmer is not an international-level swimmer but scored a bronze medal in the 200 back at his country’s National Championships last year with a 2:07.85 in long course.

Clenbuterol is the same drug that American Jessica Hardy tested positive for, and he received a similar year-long ban.

According to FINA, Bulgarian swimmer Dinko Geshev has tested positive for Cannabis.

Dinko Geshev was tested positive to the substance Cannabis (Class S.8 Cannabinoids) following a doping control test that was conducted with the occasion of the National Swimming Championships for Teams.

Wednesday 11, Jan 2012


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Clenbuterol, popularly known as Clen, is one of the best weight loss drugs admired by sportsmen when it comes to getting rid of body fat without losing on muscle mass and body strength. The bronchodilator and selective Beta-2-symphatonimetric agonist is a commonly-prescribed drug for asthma to reduce specific kinds of airway obstruction without much in the way of cardiovascular effect.

The chemical name of Clenbuterol is 4-Amino-alpha-[(tert-butylamino) methyl]-3, 5-dichlorobenzyl alcohol Monohydrochloride and its molecular formula is C12H18 CI2N2O. Its molecular weight is 277.193 g/mol at the base and Clen is available online for purchase, with or without medical prescription, in varying forms like pills, tablets, injections, and syrups.

Clenbuterol is also known as Spiropen, Ventipulmin, Contraspasmina, and Broncodil. It is best known for promoting dramatic increases in the terms of aerobic capacity and its smooth muscle relaxant properties. The pre-contest cutting drug is also effective to promote lean body appearance and avoid fluid retention besides improving transportation of oxygen in the body. Clen use is also associated with significant increases in terms of muscle fiber, muscle composition, and stamina. It is also useful in reducing protein rate in the muscle cells so that enlargement of muscle cells becomes easy.

One of the unique things about Clenbuterol is that it increases temperature of the body to a small extent via enhanced heat production in the Mitochondria. This, in turn, increases the basal metabolic rate and reduces appetite.

In addition to all these benefits, use of Clenbuterol is also associated with improvements in the ratio of fat free mass by reducing fat. Furthermore, Clen is also used to reduce insulin sensitivity and is an effective repartitioning agent. Medically, Clen is recommended to individuals afflicted with severe health conditions, including acute and chronic spastic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pulmonary emphysema, and asthmatic bronchitis.

Some of the popular sportsmen who are supposed to have used this drug are three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain, American swimmer Jessica Hardy, Polish sprint canoer Adam Seroczynski, Chinese cyclist Li Fuyu, and St. Louis Cardinals minor league shortstop Lainer Bueno.

The recommended dose of Clenbuterol for men is 100-140mcg per day and 80-100mcg per day for women, with or without meals and best taken in a cycle of 3 week on, 3 week off. The use of Cytomel may be made to optimize the benefits of Clenbuterol. The use of Clenbuterolshould not be made for any purpose other than legal and must always be recommended by a qualified medical practitioner. Clen should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or those suffering from high blood pressure, breast cancer, or prostate cancer.

Clenbuterol abuse should be avoided by users as it can lead to side effects such as excessive sweating, nausea, palpitation, insomnia, tachycardia, and headache. In case cramps become a common sight after Clen use, users should consume 8-10 glasses of water per day to avoid them. In order to maintain its shelf life, Clenbuterol should be stored at a controlled temperature of 15-30° C and protected against direct heat, sunlight, and moisture.

Sunday 03, Apr 2011

  Jessica Hardy withdraws from Olympics

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Jessica Hardy withdraws from OlympicsThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that Jessica Hardy tested positive for clenbuterol at the US Olympic trials.

Soon after the announcement, Hardy agreed to withdraw from the US Olympic team.

According to the USADA, the athlete could have contested the finding but chose not to in the “best interests of the team.”

Wednesday 06, May 2009

  America Swimmer Positive On Anabolic Steroid

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America Swimmer Positive On Anabolic Steroid  Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens are not the only ones creating headlines these days; Jessica Hardy of the US swimming team is now having her share of steroid scandal. United States Anti-Doping Agency has tested Jessica Hardy and was found positive for clenbuterol, a kind of anabolic steroid in July 4 of last year. The United States Anti-Doping Agency did not make the statement until Monday.

The American swimmer was not able to join the 2008 Olympics because of the issue. Jessica Hardy was banned for a year but she will be allowed to compete again in 12 weeks. In the statement made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, no details were disclosed whether her coach was sanctioned.

Anabolic steroids are popular in the worlds of sports and bodybuilding because of its ability to increase body mass, add extra strength and prolong endurance. Anabolic steroids are considered as a doping drug which is banned and prohibited by sporting bodies such as the Olympics and Major League Baseball.

Clenbuterol, similar to other anabolic steroids available in the market, can be bought from pharmacies only with the presence of a physician’s prescription or written consent. Illegal possession, use and trade of anabolic steroid are punishable by the law.

Monday 22, Sep 2008

  Post-Beijing Olympics doping results

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BeijingOlympicsSteroidsLooks like game’s not yet over for those dopers in Beijing Olympics. From TopNews:

Oslo – More alleged doping cases connected to the recent Beijing Games are pending, a Norwegian member of the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.

Gerhard Heiberg’s remarks were made on the eve of a meeting of the Olympic movement’s ruling body in Lausanne, Switzerland this weekend.

The cases concern ‘several people from several nations’ and several different events, Heiberg told broadcaster NRK, adding he was ‘not surprised.’

‘We had expected more to be caught during the games. Luckily there weren’t more, but I said that more were due and we are going to consider them,’ Heiberg said.

The IOC member said he could not name the athletes but said the IOC would meet with the athletes suspected of doping. The cases were based on tests of both A- and B-samples.
Heiberg said the names likely would be disclosed after the IOC meeting in Lausanne this weekend, the report said.

In the recently concluded 2008 Summer Games, the International Olympic Committee had conducted the most rigorous drug-testing program in the history of the Olympics. There were 4,500 screenings for banned substances during and in the months leading up to Beijing, a 25% increase on 2004 Athens Olympics.  Among the tests carried out involved the top five athletes and two random finishers in every competition. It was also the first time that kits were made available to test for human growth hormone but no athlete had tested positive for said compound.

Only six athletes ha tested positive for steroids and other banned compounds during the Beijing Olympics. Several athletes, however, were disqualified before the commencement of the Games last month. American swimmer Jessica Hardy was among the athletes who had failed their drug screening. It was reported on July 23 that the female breaststroke specialist had tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned compound known as a weight-loss drug.

Friday 08, Aug 2008

  Steroids, not swimsuits, break world records

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swimmers-olympics-steroidsCyndi Lauper is so 1980’s but we can’t help but use one of her songs here. She used to wail “Money, money, changes everything,” and Gary Hall Jr seems to be in total agreement with Lauper’s point of view. He says it is money that’s making fervid ripples in his sport today.

Hall is the unofficial yet outspoken advocate of swimming nowadays. If you asked us, we think he deserves that unsanctioned status since this guy has won tons of medals in three Olympics to date. No one can stop this guy anyway once he starts talking. We believe he never catches his breath (the man can breathe underwater, for crying out loud!) and we don’t have a choice but to listen.

So we listen and he’s announcing it’s not the Speedo’s new LZR Racer swimsuit that let his co-athletes break 42 world records since only February this year. He stops short of saying that if we believed that crap about rocket-technology and drag-resistant innovation then we’re a bunch of nincompoops.

Steroids, not swimsuits, are what making swimmers swim faster. Hall has this to say on Yahoo! Sports:

“Clearly we know now it wasn’t the suit that was causing all these world records to be broken (in 1976). It was copious amounts of steroids,” Hall said at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in July. “Can the suit technology distract from another issue? I think it’s pretty convenient for those indulging in another issue.”

“Another issue” is actually Hall’s euphemism for use of steroids and other performance boosters in swimming. And that “another issue” is brought about by money since the sport has now gained popularity in many countries, including in the United States. And popularity begets money; a welcome fortune that can come from many sources that many athletes are willing to take short cuts.

“I have mixed feelings about (the prosperity),” Hall said. “Back when I was making $1,200 a month as a ‘professional’ swimmer – and that was it – I always argued that more money should come into the sport and always was an advocate of professionalizing the sport. Now that I see this happening – in foreign countries and even here in the United States – an athlete has the opportunity to make millions and millions of dollars, (and) the incentive to cut corners I think is much greater. Money has presented a new problem.

“Doping in the sport could potentially make us yearn for those good old days where $1,200 a month was the plight of the swimmer – and not the decision to have to take performance-enhancing drugs to compete with some of the world’s best.”

Not many, however, share Hall’s very vocal approach on the problem. Other key players in the sport tend to swim away from the issue of doping in the sport. Famed coach Bob Bowman, for one, always gives an evasive reply when asked about doping in swimming.

“I really respect Gary and everything he’s done,” Bowman said, taking a break from the U.S. Olympic swim team’s practices at Stanford University in July. “He has a right to voice his opinion. I’m glad he speaks out if he feels he needs to.”

And with that, Bowman flashed a sly smile, pleased with his generic, vacuum-packed answer.

Bowman’s dance around the doping issue isn’t unusual. Unless it is ranting about the East German programs of the 1970s and 1980s, or sniping about the sudden success of some Chinese swimmers in the 1990s, banned substances are rarely a topic at the forefront of U.S. swimming. Instead, the sport has spent much of this decade celebrating its coming of age in both training and technology, not to mention hailing the arrival of Phelps – an almost messianic figure who will likely become in Bejing the most decorated athlete in the history of all Olympians.

Bowman can dance around the issue as long as he wants but he’s got to admit that the use of performance-enhancing drugs in diverse sport arenas is bleeding over at the once squeaky-clean sport of swimming. Take the recent case of Jessica Hardy.

And Hardy is definitely not the lone transgressor. The Yahoo! Sports article enumerates some doping incidents:

In November, Brazilian swimmer Rebeca Gusmao tested positive for testosterone and was given a two-year ban from the sport. In May, top Chinese backstroker Ouyang Kunpeng tested positive for the same drug as Hardy. The result was a lifetime ban handed down from the Chinese program for Kunpeng and his coach. And finally, three days before Hardy’s positive in late July, the Israeli Olympic program removed swimmer Max Jaben after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone.

While none of these swimmers were considered superstars in the sport, their doping issues did little to douse Hall’s contention that drugs likely are a more prominent issue in swimming than most will admit. And even before Hardy tested positive, the U.S. hadn’t escaped at least some suspicion this decade.

In the fall of 2003, six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken was identified as a client of Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), which triggered the most massive doping investigation in sports history – the same BALCO lab that supplied shamed track star Marion Jones with steroids and other drugs.

Beyond Van Dyken, swimmer Dara Torres was dogged by doping rumors in her last Olympic foray in 2000. Those rumors were part of the reason she signed up for an aggressive USADA pilot program formerly called “Project Believe.” The 41-year-old Torres said she hopes to have an “open book” policy when it comes to her drug testing at the Beijing Games, and she expects to be aggressively picked over by WADA drug scientists this month.

But perhaps no group of swimmers can better illustrate how prevalent the use of banned compounds is in swimming than those hailing from China, the host country of 2008 Summer Olympics.

From CNNIS.com:

The 1990s were a decade of shame and glory for Chinese swimming, with world-beating performances overshadowed by the worst doping record in the world.

Thirty-two Chinese swimmers were caught for drug offenses in the 1990s, two of them twice, and another three were disqualified from a domestic competition for having excessive red blood cell counts, according to “Swimming’s Hall of Shame,” a history of doping offenses by Brent Rushall, a sports scientist at San Diego State.

The Yahoo! Sports article accurately sums it all up.

In the end, the cycle typically comes down to money.

In simplistic terms, the more an Olympic sport rises in acclaim, the more money flows into its coffers, and the richer the endorsements become for its athletes. The more highly compensated the athletes become, the more incentive there is to gain a competitive edge. And for the unscrupulous athlete, the need for that edge can create a financial opportunity for the doping expert.

“What other sports have shown is that the more money you put into a sport, the more somebody might have to lose, and the more someone might start swimming for money,” U.S. backstroker Aaron Peirsol said.

It has become undeniable that the financial rewards in the sport have matured a great deal over the last four years. In fact, for its individual athletes, swimming hasn’t seen a more lucrative four-year period than the one between the 2004 Games in Athens and those coming up in Beijing.