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Thursday 18, May 2017

  Montsho Prepares For Return From Doping Ban

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The Botswana Athletes Commission has launched the “Support Amantle Montsho Campaign” to assist for helping the athlete for upcoming competitions following her return from a doping ban of two years.

Montsho, the female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 meters and represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, served a suspension of two years. This was after she was found guilty of taking a banned substance during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 2011 world champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine after finishing fourth at Glasgow 2014. Montsho then blamed a contaminated supplement for the positive test and denied taking everything that was banned deliberately. She received only a ban of two years and not four years as her offence was committed before the new World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on January 1, 2015.

The athlete decided not to appeal against the ban because of the costs of BP200,000 (£14,500/$19,000/€17,300). She served the ban until July of last year and was forced to miss the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Montsho has already qualified for this year’s IAAF World Championships that will be between August 4 and 13 at London’s Olympic Stadium.

The ban on Montsho was a huge setback to her illustrious career that included a win in Daegu in 2011 that made her the first athlete from Botswana ever to win a world or Olympic title. Montsho narrowly failed to retain her world title at Moscow in 2013 after finishing fourth in the Olympics at London 2012 when she led for most of the race only to be pipped on the line by Christine Ohuruogu of Britain. The athlete also won consecutive gold medals in 2007 and 2011 at the All-Africa Games and claimed victory at the African Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The “Support Amantle Montsho Campaign” is aimed to raise funds to help the former 400 meters world champion find training facilities and aid her preparations for this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London. Botswana National Olympic Committee vice-president Botsang Tshenyego supported the campaign and remarked it was in honor of an athlete who put Botswana on the athletics map. Botsang remarked we want her to continue in sports under a different role either being coach, sports ambassador or sports administrator. The VP of Botswana National Olympic Committee said he will give inspiration to young athletes, especially girls and added we cannot lose an athlete of such caliber. Botsang also said the initiative is meant to raise funds for competitions and the transition that is training her in areas of her choice.

Montsho said a top three finish will be an achievement for her looking at her level of fitness and added she will still be happy to reach the event’s final. The sprinter from Botswana also commented it is not going to be easy but she had to work hard to make this a reality and also said she will announce her retirement after getting a medal.

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Saturday 28, Jan 2017

  Carter Doping Case A Blight On Country’s Athletics, Says JOA President

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Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell has remarked the failed doping test of sprinter Nesta Carter is a stain on the proud athletics heritage of the country.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that a reanalysis of a sample provided at the Beijing Olympics by Carter contained the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jamaica, which included legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell besides Nesta Carter, had their gold medals stripped. The haul of Bolt, the fastest man in the world, was reduced from nine Olympic medals to eight.

Fennell added this is extremely unfortunate and added it is obviously not something that we would want to happen, but we have to face it and face the issues clearly and deal with them. The JOA President added there is no question that when you have a situation like this and the high-profile position of a relay team that won a gold medal and some of the people who are superstars on that team then obviously, it will reflect very badly on us.

Fennell re-emphasized that the Jamaica Olympic Association takes a strong stance on anti-doping and added he does not want the indiscretions of one athlete to undermine efforts of the organization. The JOA chief also said we do feel it is very important for us because as a country, our sports leaders and everybody are very strong about anti-doping matters and the fight against doping in sport. Fennell added that we at the same time are equally strong that we must protect the rights of the athletes, particularly those who are innocent and have not contravened the spirit of the rules.

Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fennell said that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas have been asked to return medals following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee. Fennell remarked he can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the International Olympic Committee.

The 30-year-old Bolt completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. The 31-year-old Carter was also a part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and he assisted the country win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Carter ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that also included Bolt, Frater, Powell and Thomas, who ran in the heats. Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He became only the fifth sprinter in August 2010 to run the 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds.

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Wednesday 09, Sep 2015

  Springboks Hooker Banned For Doping

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Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been suspended for a period of two years, according to an announcement by World Rugby.

Chiliboy Ralepelle played 22 tests for the Springboks as a hooker between 2006 and 2013.  The 28-year-old Ralepelle was the first black player to captain the Springboks when he led them against a World XV in a game in 2006 in England, and was touted as a future long-term skipper.

The 28-year-old, who played 23 Tests for the Springboks between 2006 and 2013, underwent an out-of-competition doping control test on March 19, 2014.

Ralepelle was recovering from an operation on an anterior cruciate ligament after a knee injury he sustained while playing for Toulouse against Biarritz in France in February last year. The analysis of the Springboks hooker’s sample returned a positive test for a metabolite of an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone, which appears in Section S1.1a Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2014 list of prohibited substances.

Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid that is known to produce effects similar to testosterone. It is commonly used by amateur and professional bodybuilders to improve muscle hardness.

This is the second time that Ralepelle tested positive for a banned substance. He was cleared of wrongdoing along with teammate Bjorn Basson after a supplement given to the South Africa squad on a European tour in 2010 contained the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The South Africa international hooker was left without any punishment after it emerged that the stimulant was in a supplement given to the players in the warm-up before the game against Ireland.

Ralepelle was provisionally suspended following the positive test and requested additional time to conduct confidential enquiries through his legal representatives in order to prepare his defense. An independent World Rugby Judicial Committee – chaired by Christopher Quinlan of England – met on June 2 this year and heard the evidence in the case and found Ralepelle to have committed an anti-doping rule violation. A suspension of two years was imposed by the committee, which is the standard sanction in the circumstances in accordance with World Rugby Regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code as in force in 2014. Ralepelle will be free to participate again on April 10, 2016.

Last March, Ralepelle was released early from his contract with French club Toulouse after news about his positive test emerged.

The 28-year-old appealed the imposition of the suspension to the independent Post-Hearing Review Body of World Rugby but elected to discontinue his appeal last week.

World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said World Rugby operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping and players are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body. Gosper added Rugby is founded on fair play and the promotion of a level playing field for all players and added this particular case illustrates the rigorous anti-doping program World Rugby implements in conjunction with WADA, both in and out of competition. Gosper also remarked that World Rugby’s Keep Rugby Clean initiative along with its testing policy is designed to educate players of all ages and grades about the dangers associated with taking banned substances.

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Monday 17, Nov 2014

  Germany To Jail Athletes Using Banned Substances

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Germany To Jail Athletes Using Banned Substances

Germany is set to introduce anti-doping law next year. Under the law, German athletes found guilty of using doping products could face imprisonment of up to three years.

The 46-page draft of the new law, which will be adopted in 2015, would be resulting in prosecution for athletes who fail both the A and B doping tests. In extreme cases, the proposal also includes a maximum sentence of up to 10 years for those found guilty of supplying athletes with doping substances. Possession of doping products under the new anti-doping law would also be a punishable offence, irrespective of the amount. This law would apply to around 7,000 sportsmen and women regularly tested by Germany’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) excluding amateur and mass sports. Regular German courts could now sentence dopers behind bars. This draft, however, is applicable only to those “earning a significant amount from sport”.

Germany’s Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the aim of the law is to preserve the integrity of sport and to combat doping. Germany’s minister of justice Heiko Maas remarked that is a statement for clean sport and a challenge to those who dope and added we believe that this is a milestone and the law has been long over-due. De Maiziere added we want to say this is not just something that concerns sport, but this is a punishable behavior, which society as a whole believes should be punishable.

In 2009, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière refused to draft an anti-doping law despite many doping scandals. Thomas de Maizière had then remarked he is cautious to instantly implement strong legal regulations. Now, Thomas de Maizière along with justice minister Jeiko Maas has drafted the anti-doping law. Under this law, data and documents from Germany’s courts or state prosecutors would have to be handed over to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) of Germany on request.

The new anti-doping law in waiting was welcomed by sport heads. Clemens Prokop, president of Germany’s Athletics Association (DLV), said the anti-doping law is a huge step in the effective battle against doping. Germany’s football team manager Oliver Bierhoff also supported the draft and said sport can be clean only with tough, drastic sanctions. President of the Germany’s Cycling Association (BDR), Rudolf Scharping, commented that he hopes this law also removes the in-between men and the criminal network of doping.

In another development, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the doping ban of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle from two years to six months. Sachebacher-Stehle, a former two-time Olympic champion in cross-country skiing, tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine at the Winter Games in February. A three-man CAS panel ruled that positive test of the athlete at the Sochi Olympics was the result of a contaminated supplement and her degree of fault was “minimal.” The CAS ruled that the athlete took the substance inadvertently in a dietary supplement. Sachebacher-Stehle was stripped of her fourth-place finish in biathlon mass start by the International Olympic Committee.

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Sunday 03, Aug 2014

  Two More Powerlifters Fail Doping Tests

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Two More Powerlifters Fail Doping Tests

Two powerlifters have received suspension after they failed doping tests at the World Championships in Dubai. This brings the count of suspended powerlifters to four athletes who have been ousted as cheating at the competition.

In a urine sample given on April 10, Rashed Hassan Ahmed of the United Arab Emirates tested positive for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone and its metabolites. The stimulant is listed under the category of exogenous anabolic androgenic steroids as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Rashed’s sample was taken after he finished 14th of 20 powerlifters in the under 97 kilogram class at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting World Championships. The power lifter has been banned from competition for two years from April 10, and fined €1,500 (£1,190/$2,039).

Oleg Gridassov of Kazakhstan tested positive after he was placed eighth out of 27 powerlifters in the under-80kg competition. Gridassov was found to have dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone and its metabolites in a urine sample given on April 8. The banned substance is listed under the same WADA category. Gridassov has been banned from competition for two years and fined €1,500.

All results from the date of the test and onwards will be stripped for Gridassov and Rashed with any medals, points, records and prizes being forfeited.

During the World Championships, London 2012 silver medal winner Roohallah Rostami from Iran also failed a doping test. Rostami won silver in the under 72kg division and was suspended after he returned an adverse analytical finding for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The power lifter was banned for two years and handed a €1,500 fine. His ban is backdated to April 7 and the power lifter is stripped of all of his results since the positive test occurred, including the World Championship silver medal he initially won in the under 72kg division behind Egyptian winner Mohamed Elelfat. Sergei Sychev of Russia will be upgraded to silver while Peng Hu of China will move up from fourth to bronze.

Rostami finished runner-up behind Liu Lei of China in the 67.5 kilogram category in 2012 London Games. During the London Games, power lifters Ivory Nwokorie and Folashade Oluwafemiay of Nigeria were stripped of the gold and silver medals they originally won.

In July, the IPC announced Ilfat Mukhatarov of Russia had failed a drugs test during the World Championships. The Russian will be ineligible from competition for two years from April 4 and fined €1,500 after he tested positive for Indapamide in a urine sample provided on April 4 during an out-of-competition test ahead of the World Championships.

Ivan Palacios of Colombia also failed a drugs test during the 2014 Para South American Games in the Chilean capital Santiago in March. In the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Indian power lifter Sachin Choudhary was sent home after a failed doping test.

An IPC statement reiterated that 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. It was added that the IPC as a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels.

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Friday 18, Jul 2014

  UFC Flyweight Ali Bagautinov Suspended

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UFC flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for one year after failing his UFC 174 pre-fight drug test.

Bagautinov, who lost to champion Demetrious Johnson, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO). The British Columbia Athletic Commission (BCAC) tested Bagautinov and seven other fighters using World Anti-Doping Agency standards in addition to their own anti-doping rules. In an official press release, BCAC disclosed that there were eight UFC 174 competitors tested on June 14, 2014, for the presence of banned substances, including the two flyweight title fighters and six random competitors and added that all competitors’ test results complied with World Anti-Doping Agency Standards subscribed to by the BC athletic commissioner, as well as our anti-doping policies.

The press release added Ali Bagautinov – one of the two flyweight title fighters – was tested out of competition on June 2, 2014 in addition to the June 14 tests and results received by this office from the June 2 tests on Bagautinov were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO – a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It was further remarked that these results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times. It was also disclosed that the license of Bagautinov to compete in British Columbia has been suspended for a period of one year. The British Columbia Athletic Commission added the focus of the BC Athletic Commission is to ensure fighter safety and maintain the integrity of the sport so athletes are competing on a level playing field.

In the past, Bagautinov was banned from the International Sambo Federation for use of the performance-enhancing substance Methylhexaneamine.

The Avar Dagestani-born Russian mixed martial artist has been a professional MMA competitor since 2009. Bagautinov currently competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is #4 in official UFC flyweight rankings as of May 26, 2014. Bagautinov became a world combat sambo champion in 2012 World Sambo Championships. He defeated Belarusian Sambo fighter Novitski Vladislav via decision (15-0) in the quarterfinals and defeated Asset Sagyndykov via armbar submission at 0:35 in first round in the tournament final. However, Bagautinov was stripped of all awards of Sambo and suspended from competition for a period of two years after he tested positive for Methylhexaneamine. A veteran of the Russian MMA promotion Fight Nights, Bagautinov made his professional MMA debut in December 2009 and was listed as one of the top flyweight prospects in 2013.

An official statement by UFC on the alleged positive test of Bagautinov revealed that UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). It was added that the fighter was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC added it has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again.

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Tuesday 29, Apr 2014

  Second Latvian Hockey Player Failed Anti-Doping Test

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Second Latvian Hockey Player Failed Anti-Doping Test

The Latvian men’s hockey team, which reached the quarterfinals before falling 2-1 to Canada during the Sochi Games, has been embarrassed again. This was after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reported that Latvia’s Ralfs Freibergs, a defenseman who played in five games, had his A and B samples test positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid.

Freibergs was tested immediately after the elimination of Latvia by Canada on February 19. It was determined by an IOC hearing on April 4 that he should be punished. Freibergs, who plays collegiately at Bowling Green, will have his eighth place diploma withdrawn according to the IOC ruling. Freibergs may face a ban of two years for first-time offenders and is considered “excluded” from the Sochi Games.

Freibergs was requested on 20 February 2014, at around 00:15 a.m. immediately after the completion of his participation in the Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Canada versus Latvia match, to provide a urine sample for a doping control. Dr. Richard Budgett (the “IOC Medical Director”), as representative of the Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, pursuant to Article 6.2.1 of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules Applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014 (the “Rules”), was informed on 22 February 2014 by the Head of the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, of an adverse analytical finding on the A sample of the above-noted urine.

The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the A sample, issued by the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, dated 22 February 2014, indicated the presence of dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite 18-nor-17b-hydroxymethyl-17a-methyl-4-chloro-5b-androst-13-en-3a-ol (a prohibited substance that belongs to the category of non-specified exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid, in Class S1). The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the B sample, prepared by the Head of the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, confirmed the presence of the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite 18-nor-17b-hydroxymethyl-17a-methyl-4-chloro-5b-androst-13-en-3a-ol in the B sample.

This is the second instance of a Lativa hockey team member failing anti-doping tests. On February 22, the IOC announced that Vitalijs Pavlovs had tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The hockey player claimed the stimulant was in food supplements recommended by the doctor of his KHL team, Dinamo Rig. His defense was not accepted by the IOC and the International Olympic Committee outlined the list of sanctions against Pavlovs. He was immediately disqualified from the quarterfinal match versus Canada.

The 24-year-old Pavlovs tested positive for Methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). It was announced by the IOC Disciplinary Commission that the Athlete shall be excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, and shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately cancelled. The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the A sample, issued by the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, dated 21 February 2014, indicated the presence of Methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine).The Athlete requested the analysis of the B sample, which occurred on Saturday 22 February 2014 at 4:00 p.m., at the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, in the presence of the Athlete’s representative, Ms. Liga Cirule. The analytical report of the laboratory analysis of the B sample, prepared by the Head of the WADA Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, was communicated to the IOC. Such report confirmed the presence of the prohibited substance Methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine) in the B sample.

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Friday 20, Dec 2013

  Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

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Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

Former lightweight title holder Brandon Rios has failed his post-fight drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau last November 24.

Rios tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is used as a dietary supplement as well as a performance enhancing drug. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that the American light-welterweight boxer had already been suspended by the Macau Commission that was set up by the World Boxing Organization to oversee the fight and added that Rios is eligible to appeal against the suspension.

Arum blamed Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza (a former strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao) and remarked it’s not the fighter’s fault since he is only following orders from his conditioning coaches as to his diet for a fight. Meanwhile, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has defended Ariza after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios tested positive for a banned substance. Schaefer remarked people always love to blame Ariza for everything and people automatically point fingers at Ariza. He went on to add that Ariza is doing a terrific job and he is an asset to the sport of boxing. Schaefer also said there may be other explanations for Rios’ failed drug test and remarked the positive test may it was due to some vitamins Rios took or some food or whatever.

Rios and Pacquiao were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA but Rios passed the first four and failed the final test. The stimulant, Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and VADA and is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Brandon Rios said he took Jack3d when he started his career but had stopped taking the supplement after his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it. DMAA, according to a warning on the website of FDA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest.

The former WBA lightweight champion vehemently denied that he took anything that is banned and said he asked questions of coach Ariza before ingesting anything he did not know. Rios also said he was suspicious that he failed a test only an incident between Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. He remarked that though he is not going to sit down and blame anybody, he did found it odd the positive test came after the incident. Rios said he passed all of those other tests and all of a sudden, the last time, the last one, after we had that incident, then that’s when we tested positive.

Rios became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion in 2004 and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs. Brandon Rios is signed to Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, to become the new WBA regular Lightweight champion on February 26, 2011.

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Tuesday 04, Jun 2013

  Doping Still A Threat To Australian Sport

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Doping Still A Threat To Australian Sport

Australia’s crime fighters have remarked that the controversial drugs in sport report has been vindicated by record seizures of performance enhancing drugs. The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has revealed that imports of banned drugs into Australia have dropped since the release of its drugs in sport report.

The Australian Crime Commission was criticized for a lack of specifics when it released a report as many clubs and individuals complained all sportspeople were tainted by the finding that performance enhancing drugs in sport were widespread and linked with organized crime. However, Justice Minister Jason Clare says fresh figures released in the ACC’s illicit drugs report show the sport report was justified. The report said the high profit illegal industry was thriving and the number of detections for performance and image enhancing drugs was 8726 in 2011/12, a rise from 5561 the year before. Clare remarked when the (drugs in sport) report was released earlier this year we made the point that there had been something like a 200 per cent increase in the importation of some performance and image enhancing drugs and we have seen a drop in importations interestingly in the last few months, which shows the impact of the release of that report only a few months ago.

The comments came as six rugby league players were banned for drug use for a period of two years. Four of the players – Matthew Lennon and Matthew Tailford (Sandgate Brighton Gaters) and Johnathon Matters and Jarrod Knox (Aspley) – all gave positive tests after playing in the QRL Brisbane second division grand final at Langlands Park on September 8 while the others were Andrew Zaro (Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, tested on August 26) and Benjamin Morgan (James Cook University Saints, tested on September 16).  All the six lower grade Queensland rugby league players tested positive in August or September last year to methylhexaneamine, a stimulant banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Clare said these are drugs which are dangerous and the athletes that have been banned in Queensland for the use of performance enhancing drugs were using a drug which has the potential to kill people and added that we have seen an example of that last year in the London marathon. Meanwhile, ACC chief executive John Lawler said doping remained a threat to Australian sport.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) warned the stimulant, found in some supplements, posed big health risks that people may not be aware of. Since August 1, 2012, Methylhexaneamine – also called DMAA, dimethylamylamine or 1,3-dimethylpentylamine – has been listed on the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s poisons standard. ASADA said the purpose of this was to prohibit the sale, supply or use of this substance because of its known potential harm to human health and added ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly. It issued a warning on its website that since 2010 athletes had been banned from using the following methylhexaneamine-containing supplements – Jack3d, White Lightning, Hemo Rage, OxyELITE Pro and Thermo Jet.

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Friday 31, May 2013

  Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

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Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

Australian sprinter Matt Davies is facing a potential suspension of two years for taking a banned substance. The 28-year-old Queenslander is fighting the charge.

It is rumored that Davies purchased supplements from overseas which he believed were not included in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) banned list. The maximum suspension that could be imposed on the sprinter is two years.

Davies is understood to have imported tablet supplements to help with training recovery, in the belief they were not banned products and the credit card statements of the sprinter verified he had purchased the products overseas. The player was understood to have spent more than $20,000 fighting the drugs charge, arguing his innocence on the basis that the products were not under the banned list.

The Aussie sprinter has the right to challenge the charge and any suspension at either the Court of Arbitration for Sport or at an Athletics Australia (AA) independent tribunal. ASADA or AA can officially comment on the matter only once that process has been completed. The sprinter, who was a member of the Australian team which finished fourth in the 4x100m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and also reached the 200m quarterfinals in New Delhi, has represented Australia in the 4x100m relay at the past two world championships.

The sprinter’s 100m personal best of 10.23 seconds that places him 12th on the Australian all-time list. The two-time world championships representative made his first Australian team in 2009 where he was a member of the men’s 4x100m relay team at the Berlin world championships. The last appearance of Davies was in the green and gold was at the 2011 world championships in Daegu where the 4x100m relay team again failed to get out of the opening round. Davies hasn’t competed since June last year as an athlete must be provisionally suspended from all competition if he fails an initial (A) drug test, under ASADA guidelines.

In a statement, Athletics Australia said we as a signatory to the WADA code cannot preempt any announcement from ASADA regarding any athlete findings or sanctions and we are therefore not in a position to provide comment at this time but will do so at such time as ASADA publicly releases any findings relevant to athletics.

In another development, a second Australian field athlete is being investigated for a drug offense after missing drug tests three times. The field athlete, who has represented Australia at Olympics and world championships, was on three occasions not present at the accommodation he had told the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority he would be at when drug testers arrived. Missing drug tests operates on a three strikes system – a third missed test is treated as a failed result.

Meanwhile, ASADA did announce the decision by Surf Life Saving Australia to ban competitor Fraser Haughton for two years for using methylhexaneamine, which was detected in a sample ASADA collected at the 2012 Australian championships on the Gold Coast. ASADA stated on its website Methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and is prohibited in competition and added ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly.

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