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Wednesday 24, Aug 2016

  Indian Wrestler Intentionally Took Banned Substance, Rules CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has ruled that Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed to produce any “real evidence” regarding the sabotage theory he had advanced. The CAS imposed a doping ban of four years on the wrestler to shut down all his hopes of making it big in the Rio Olympics.

The CAS panel said there may be a possibility of the sabotage theory but it is not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence. The panel ruled it is therefore determining that the athlete had failed to satisfy his burden of proof and the panel was satisfied that the most likely explanation was that the athlete simply and intentionally ingested the prohibited substance in tablet form on more than one occasion. The full CAS award said the panel had to weigh circumstantial evidence of the athlete against scientific evidence of WADA to determine whether it was satisfied with the athlete’s position that he did not take the prohibited substance intentionally. It was further added that the CAS panel is conscious that expert evidence offered by Professor Ayotte may be susceptible to qualification by other expert (s) but the panel has no reason to question the scientific data and/or her expert testimony.

The CAS ruled that the balance of probabilities was that Narsingh orally took the banned substance intentionally in tablet form on more than one occasion. The ad hoc panel of the CAS in its full award relied on expert evidence that the doping offence of Narsingh was not due to one-time ingestion of the prohibited substance and its concentration in the first test result (of June 25) was so high that it had to come from oral ingestion of one or two tablets of Methandienone, rather than from a drink where the powder had been mixed with water. This expert opinion was provided by Professor Christiane Ayotte from Canada who was presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Professor Ayotte, currently the Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Is a member of IAAF Doping Commission since 1995 and was elected representative of the Heads of IOC Accredited Laboratories in 1995-1996.

The urine sample of Narsingh Yadav taken out-of competition on 25 June was found to contain metabolites of Methandienone and long term metabolite of Methandienone. His other sample taken out-of competition on 5 July was also found to contain long term metabolites of Methandienone.

Narsingh had claimed that the doping offence was because of sabotage carried out by Jithesh (a junior wrestler and a member of Sushil Kumar’s entourage) who mixed his energy drinks with prohibited substance on either 23 or 24 June. The panel said that the reading of the long term metabolite in his second test of 5 July was consistent with the second ingestion towards the end of June 2016. The CAS panel ruled that the ingestion by Narsingh’s roommate was not at the same time and added Sandeep had the parent compound of Methandienone in his test results, so he must have taken the substance after the athlete (Narsingh), as opposed to both having their drinks spike at the same training session.

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Saturday 25, Jun 2016

  English Rugby League Player Receives Doping Ban

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UK Anti-Doping has announced English rugby league player John Todd has received a suspension of four years after he tested positive for the presence of anabolic steroid Nandrolone.

Todd is banned from all sport from December 18, 2015 until midnight on 17 December 17, 2019. The 23-year-old from Maryport in Cumbria, who was registered with Whitehaven RLFC in the Kingstone Press Championship, failed an out-of-competition test on November 27 last year. Todd promptly admitted to the offence.

UKAD’s director of legal Graham Arthur, referring to Todd, said this case continues to highlight the worrying and growing trend of steroid use amongst young men. Arthur added UKAD works alongside the Rugby Football League (RFL) to provide players with vital anti-doping education and resources to ensure that they are aware of the risks that steroid use poses to both their health and their sporting careers.

In a statement on the club’s website, Whitehaven RLFC chairman Tommy Todd said the club is very sad to have to announce that John Todd has received a four-year ban due to him taking performance enhancing substances. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman added we are disappointed that he saw fit to do so but would stress that it did not take place during the short period he trained with the club and added he hopes young players take note of how taking these substances has a huge impact on their lives and families and friends. The Whitehaven RLFC chairman also commented that the club has refrained from commenting on rumor about this situation until we had something in the way of confirmation from the RFL and he is somewhat annoyed that after consistently asking the RFL for a definitive ‘statement’ that they chose to release it on their website without informing the club first.

This suspension came after Andrew Quarry received a handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence for dealing with anabolic steroids in 2013. Quarry was named among three English rugby union players to have been given lengthy bans from the sport. The Rugby Football Union suspended Quarry, registered with North 1 West outfit Kendal RUFC, with a suspension of 12 years. This follow his guilty plea at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2013 to conspiracy charges to supply a controlled Class C drug.

Former Esher RFC player Brandon Walker was given a ban of four years after testing positive for anabolic steroid Oxandrolone in an out-of-competition test on November 19 last year.

In another case, Connor Stapley, registered with English National League Division One outfit Henley RFC, received a ban of two years. It was ruled by the RFU Disciplinary Panel that Connor had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules after he tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic agents Methandienone and Mesterolone in an out-of-competition test on August 25, 2015.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said it is important to recognize that all three cases are different, must be treated individually and cover a broad range of rule violations.

The suspensions took the total count of British rugby union players presently serving bans for failing drugs tests to 25.

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Saturday 16, May 2015

  Steroid Abuse Still Prevalent In Rugby, Says Craig Chalmers

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Craig Chalmers, the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions fly-half, has remarked he believes doping is increasingly prevalent and widespread in rugby union.

Craig also said he fears the rugby authorities are not doing enough for addressing the issue of doping in the wake of his son Sam Chamlers’s positive test. Sam tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol) and Methandienone (Dianabol) and put the blame on Dragon Nutrition’s Pro-SD. Both Methandienone and Stanozolol are listed as anabolic androgenic steroids in the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, UK Anti-Doping could not hold Dean Colclough, owner of Dragon Nutrition Supplement Company, as Pro-SD did not contain either Winstrol or Dianabol. The 19-year old rugby star who played for the Scotland Under-20s squad received a doping ban of two years.

Craig Chalmers said the thing with doping in rugby is that it goes on, he knows it goes on. The former British & Irish Lions fly-half also said he had not really thought about it that much before Sam’s case but then he began asking some people about the stuff that Sam had taken and they seemed to say that it was very common. He went on to remark that Sam will come back from this episode more mature and a wiser person from it but he has done it all on his own and commented that Scottish Rugby have shown no support at all. Craig Chalmers also said Sam’s former club Melrose have been pretty supportive but they can only do so much and remarked Scottish Rugby have shown no support at all. He commented there has not been any kind of attempt to try to find out why Sam did it and that disappoints him a lot because he’s young, he made a mistake and he thinks that if he were the head of a sport in a country and he had seen what Sam had done, he did want to know why, and what made him do it.

The former Scotland rugby international said players want to play for Scotland, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If they are not big enough or strong enough, the big thing is you’ve got to work hard and added Sam made a very, very poor decision and he has lived with that for the last 23 months and is just about to come out of that.

In a statement, Scottish Rugby said we as a governing body continually endeavor to educate players at all levels of the game on the consequences and repercussions which come with taking banned substances, from both a health and a sporting perspective. It was further added that Scottish Rugby also works closely with our anti-doping partners, UK Anti-Doping and World Rugby, to ensure that our policies are highly effective in cracking down on the use of banned substances. Scottish Rugby also remarked that it has two anti-doping educators, who will be hosting roadshows, starting next season, at clubs and schools throughout the country to educate and inform on the risks of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

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Monday 08, Jul 2013

  Canadian Curler Suspended For Anti-Doping Violation

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Canadian Curler Suspended For Anti-Doping Violation

A member of the Canadian team that won silver at the men’s world curling championships has been suspended for a period of two years after he tested positive for a banned substance.

In a test following the world gold-medal game, Matt Dumontelle, the alternate on Brad Jacobs’ rink, tested positive for the banned substance Methandienone, an anabolic steroid.

Dumontelle was added to the team following its victory at the 2013 Northern Ontario championship but did not participate in any games at the world championship. The two-year sanction of Dumontelle ends on May 6, 2015 and he is ineligible until then to participate in any sport that is part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

Dumontelle said in a statement said he was taking a workout supplement that he believed was safe and clearly, it was not and he regretted that decision. He added that had no intentions of trying to ‘beat the system.’ Dumontelle said he was made aware by the Canadian Curling Association High Performance staff of his responsibilities to respect and follow the rules as set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency and added he accepts at the end of the day that it was, and is, his responsibility to make sure that he is playing by those rules. He informed the CCA, World Curling Federation, and the World Anti-Doping Agency that he has acknowledged the violation and has waived his right to appeal the finding.

In a release, the Canadian Curling Association said that the positive test of Dumontelle does not affect the world championship silver of Canada, nor does it have any ramifications for the Jacobs team. The world men’s curling championship reign of Canada ended after three years when Jacobs’s Northern Ontario rink fell 8-6 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the gold-medal game. With this win, Edin was able to capture the first world men’s crown after serving on bronze-medal-winning teams in 2011 and 2012.

After learning about the positive test, Canadian Curling Association (CCA) Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw remarked we are disappointed to hear this news and take the take the issue of doping in sports extremely seriously, and we stress repeatedly and emphatically to our athletes how important it is to respect the rules set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Stremlaw added that we respect the findings of the tests, and will pursue no further action on behalf of the athlete in question and further said regardless of the circumstance, our athletes are solely responsible in the end for everything that enters their body. He further said we, having said that, are firm in the belief that our athletes respect the rules and will continue to display a high standard of following them and the CCA as well will continue to provide educational resources to our athletes on the subject of doping. The Chief Executive Officer also said that players who compete in national and international events are told in advance, and in clear language, of the anti-doping rules and the importance of following them.

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Wednesday 26, Jun 2013

  Paralympic Medal Winning Powerlifter Suspended

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Paralympic Medal Winning Powerlifter Suspended

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced has Nigerian Paralympic medal winning powerlifter Folashade Oluwafemiayo has received a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance at the 2013 Fazaa International Powerlifting Competition in Dubai.

Oluwafemiayo, who won silver in the women’s 75kg event at London 2012, returned an adverse analytical finding in a urine sample provided on February 26 for Furosemide (a loop diuretic), which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifies as a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs. She was stripped of the 125kg world record and gold medal she clinched at the competition and received a fine of €1,500 (£1,300/$2,000). Furosemide is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned drug list due to its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs and has also been used to prevent Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses from bleeding through the nose during races.

After her suspension, Egyptian Geehan Hassan, who originally won silver with a lift of 117kg, will receive gold, bronze medalist Marzena Łazarz of Poland will take silver with 97kg and Libya’s Sahar El-Gnemi who finished fourth will be awarded the bronze medal with 90kg. A statement from the IPC reads Folashade Oluwafemiayo in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code will serve a two-year suspension for the offence beginning on April 19 2013, the date from which she was notified of her Anti-Doping Rule Violation and added that the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels as a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).

The Nigerian powerlifting games star, after winning a Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic games, married her male powerlifting counterpart Tolulope Owolabi on November 3, 2012 at Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria after having their traditional engagement in April 2012. The wedding was attended by the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, the Director of Sports, Patrick Ekeji and some other top officials in the Sports Ministry.

Oluwafemiayo’s case came just a few days after Uzbekistani powerlifter Ruza Kuzieva was hit with an identical ban testing positive for a prohibited substance at the fifth Fazaa International Powerlifting Competition earlier this year. She was given a ban of two years for returning an adverse analytical finding for Methandienone, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and therefore prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code, in a urine sample provided during the competition in Dubai on February 23. Suspension of the athlete began on April 19 and this means she will now lose all results, medals, points, records and prizes from February 23 onwards, including the bronze medal she won she set the junior world record with a lift of 52kg besides receiving a fine of €1,500 (£1,270/€2,000). An IPC statement reads the principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters and therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

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Monday 07, May 2012

  Prison officer brings steroids at workplace

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A prison officer narrowly escaped being jailed himself after he arrived for work carrying anabolic steroids.

Garry Wilkinson said he forgot carrying them with him as he entered Deerbolt Young Offenders’ Institution, near Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Mrs Kirkup said the drugs were found to be methandienone, an anabolic steroid.

Wednesday 25, Apr 2012

  Doping rugby teens sentenced

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The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport has sentencedtwo teenagers who tested positive for banned anabolic steroids at Craven Ruby Week in June 2011.

An independent anti-doping tribunal imposed two year bans on both teenagers after they tested positive for Nandrolone and Methandienone, anabolic steroids.

“The Institute has sent correspondence to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to seek clarity on the South African approach to in-school testing so that we can proceed without falling foul of international sport regulations,” said SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport’s CEO, Khalid Galant.

Tuesday 24, Apr 2012

  Indian policemen in doping net

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In the 60th All India Police Athletics Championship held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi last month, six samples contained either anabolic steroids or a diuretic.

Results from the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) had revealed that six samples had stanozolol, nandrolone, methandienone (steroids), or the diuretic furosemide, according to the National Anti Doping Agency.

The athletes involved belong to Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP, CRPF, and Odisha Police.

Saturday 17, Mar 2012

  Pitcher with unusual drug test suspended

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Dustin Richardson, the 26-year-old left-handed pitcher, has been suspended for 50 games, after he tested positive for five different drugs, a result that a spokesperson for Major League Baseball recognized was “unusual.”

“I’ve never seen a case like this, and we’re talking about 30 years I’ve been doing this kind of work,” said Don Catlin, an anti-doping expert and former director of the U.C.L.A. Olympic Analytical Laboratory.

“I’ve had doublets and triplets, but to have five, and have it cover three different subclasses of drugs, is unique, as far as I can tell,” Catlin added.

Wednesday 22, Feb 2012

  Pitcher found abusing five banned substances

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Dustin Richardson, the 26-year-old left-handed pitcher, had tested positive and been suspended for 50 games, a result that a spokesman for Major League Baseball acknowledged was “unusual.”

“I’ve never seen a case like this, and we’re talking about 30 years I’ve been doing this kind of work,” said Don Catlin, an anti-doping expert and former director of the U.C.L.A. Olympic Analytical Laboratory.

“I’ve had doublets and triplets, but to have five, and have it cover three different subclasses of drugs, is unique, as far as I can tell,” Catlin added.

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