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Sunday 10, Mar 2013

  Supplement Results In Six Month Sanction For Philippines Player

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Supplement Results In Six Month Sanction For Philippines Player

A six-month sanction has been received by Philippines player Chris Hitch as a result of a positive finding for the prohibited substance Methylhexaneamine (MHA) following a doping test at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in March 2012, according to the International Rugby Board.

It was revealed that Hitch started taking a Dietary Supplement during April 2011 branded as “Mesomoiph” that he purchased from a health food shop in Newcastle, Australia. According to the player, he took the recommended dose of the supplement in lieu of “NODoz” (a caffeine tablet) which the Team Physiotherapist (Mr Raper) distributed to players prior to matches and prior to the Philippines first match of the Tournament, against Canada on 23″ March 2012 as he was suffering from tiredness arising from the demands of his occupations as a scaffolder, delivering furniture and appliances, and his intense fitness and training schedules.

Hitch provided a urine sample (Code Number 2693335) during the In-Competition Test conducted on behalf of the IRB. He failed to declare when providing the sample that he had taken a supplement prior to the match. Subsequently, the sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for the substance Methylhexaneamine (“MHA”). The player accepted he had not applied for a therapeutic exemption allowing him to use the substance. Chris Hitch also disclosed he had signed the Team Member Consent Form prior to the commencement of the Tournament, on 21st March 2012 and admitted the anti-doping rule violation that he attributed to his ingestion of the supplement.

On the WADA Prohibited List, Methylhexaneamine is classified as a specified stimulant and can be found in some nutritional supplements. The stimulant has been responsible for a number of positive cases over the last year within Rugby and other sports and the Philippines player had consumed the supplement Mesomorph.

This case highlights the clear need for players to pay due consideration to the contents of any dietary or nutritional supplement and ensure that they are familiar with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list via the International Rugby Board or their Union’s website and only the player can be responsible for what they consume, IRB Anti-Doping Manager Tim Ricketts said.

A zero-tolerance stance is operated by the IRB towards drug cheats in sport and all rugby players are reminded to thoroughly research the ingredients of any supplements before purchasing or consumption to ensure that they do not contain prohibited substances and in particular the various names Methylhexaneamine is known by.

    MHA is known by a number of different names including Methylhexaneamine; Methylhexanamine; DMAA (dimethylamylamine); Geranamine; Forthane; Forthan; Floradrene; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl-; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl- (9CI); 4-methyl-2-hexanamine; 1,3-dimethylamylamine; 4-Methylhexan-2-amine; 1,3-dimethylpentylamine; 2-amino-4-methylhexane; Pentylamine, 1, 3-dimethyl-; pelargonium graveolens; pelargonium extract; geranium, geranium oil or geranium root extract.

This non-exhaustive list provides examples of some commercial supplements which contain, or have been identified in certain countries to contain, MHA or its variants: Hemo Rage, Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, 1.M.R., Mesomorph, Rocked, Crack, USN Anabolic Nitro, Ergolean Amp 2, DynaPep, Core Zap, C4 Extreme, Nutrimax Burner, NitroX, IBE XForce, Fusion Geranamine, ClearShot, Black Cats, and Musclespeed.

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Sunday 28, Oct 2012

  US Cycling Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Us cycling athlete accepts sanction

Roger Hernandez, of Miami, Fla., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a two-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The violation was based on a refusal by Hernandez to submit to a sample collection. The 45-year-old Hernandez refused to take part in an In-Competition doping control test on July 29, 2011 at the Masters Track Nationals in Trexlertown. The refusal of an athlete to provide a sample when notified that he has been selected for doping control constitutes a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

A two- year period of ineligibility was accepted by Hernandez that began on August 21, 2011 the day after he last competed. The cycling athlete is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 29, 2011, the date upon which he refused to submit to sample collection, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Roger Hernandez is a body builder and a cycling champion with numerous titles. The athlete finished second in the keirin state final, won a world masters title in 2003, and headed to Portugal with intent on winning again. During day 4 of the USA Cycling Masters Track Nationals in Trexlertown, PA (July 29, 2011), Roger Hernandez of the Nitroshot cycling team came third behind Todd Hayes and Kirk Whiteman with a time of 11.607.

After the suspension of Hernandez, USA Cycling adjusted results from the 2011 Masters Track National Championships. Michael Miller of Morgantown, Pa., also accepted a suspension for anti-doping violation. The 42-year-old Miller tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, as a result of a sample collected at the Masters Track Nationals, on July 27, 2011, in Trexlertown and accepted an eight-month period of ineligibility, which began on September 2, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. Methylhexaneamine is classified as a Specified Substance, and therefore the presence of that substance in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction. Miller is also disqualified from all results obtained during the Masters Track Nationals, which began on July 26, 2011, as well as any other competitive results obtained subsequent to July 26, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

The game of cycling is noticing some bad examples for the game in the last few months. A few months back, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was stripped of all his titles and banned for life by the United States Anti-doping Agency. This was after the cyclist was accused by former teammates of using anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, EPO, cortisone, and other performance enhancing drugs during an illustrious career with the USPS cycling team. Floyd Landis, Taylor Hamilton, and Frankie Andreu said every one in the team knew that he was using performance enhancing drugs and Armstrong even once claimed that the UCI, governing body of cycling, has swept his positive test.

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Tuesday 23, Oct 2012

  US Taekwondo Athlete Receives Sanction

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Nathaniel Tadd of Houston, Texas, an athlete in the sport of Taekwondo, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement issued by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 20-year-old received a suspension for his doping offense after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant. The positive test pertains to a urine sample collected at the Senior Nationals competition, on July 3, 2011, in San Jose, California. Stimulants are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the rules of the World Taekwondo Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

A two-year period of ineligibility was received by Tadd that began on November 16, 2011, the day he received his sanction. The Taekwondo athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained during the Senior Nationals, which began on June 28, 2011, as well as any other competitive results obtained subsequent to June 28, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

An advisory was issued by the USADA on June 16, 2011 for making athletes aware of the concerns regarding methylhexaneamine.

Methylhexaneamine is a stimulant and was first placed on the WADA Prohibited List in 2010 classed as a Non Specified Stimulant. It has been re-classified as a Specified Stimulant from 2011 and is prohibited in-competition only. Products that contain any of the following ingredients on the label (Methylhexaneamine; Methylhexanamine; DMAA (dimethylamylamine); Geranamine; Forthane; Forthan; Floradrene; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl-; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl- (9CI); 4-methyl-2-hexanamine; 1,3-dimethylamylamine; 4-Methylhexan-2-amine; 1,3-dimethylpentylamine; 2-amino-4-methylhexane; Pentylamine, 1, 3-dimethyl) are reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding for Methylhexaneamine. Methylhexaneamine (MHA) was retained in the Prohibited List for 2012 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In 2010, Methylhexaneamine topped the stimulants list for 123 adverse analytical findings worldwide in all sports that accounted for 21.4 per cent of cases in that particular drug class. Many products sold as dietary supplements openly list this substance on their labels like Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports), and many others.

The drug figured prominently during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi wherein swimmers Richa Mishra, Amar Muralidharan and Jyotsna Pansare, wrestlers Rajeev Tomar, Rahul Mann, Sumeet, Joginder, Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet Kaur, and athletes Saurabh Vij and Akash Antil tested positive to it just before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Methylhexaneamine or DMAA s marketed under many names as a dietary supplement but its safety has been questioned. It was originally developed to be used as a nasal decongestant and treatment for hypertrophied or hyperplasic oral tissue. It was reintroduced in 2006 as a dietary supplement under the trademarked name Geranamine. On 19 June 2012, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) made an announcement that the 2012 Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, tested positive for the banned stimulant. The New Zealand government indicated in November 2009 that methylhexaneamine would be scheduled as a restricted substance and made illegal the sale of DMAA products after 7 April 2012.


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Sunday 21, Oct 2012

  Weightlifting Athlete Fernando Reis Accepts Sanction

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Fernando Reis of Saint Charles, Missouri, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 21-year-old Reis accepted a suspension for his doping offense after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, as a result of a sample collected at the 2011 National Collegiate Championships, on April 10, 2011, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, stimulants are prohibited. Methylhexaneamine is classified as a Specified Substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction.

A six-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Reis that began on April 24, 2011. Reis is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 10, 2011, the day his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Born on 10 March 1990 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fernando Saraiva Reis competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the +105 kg event and won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2010 South American Games in the same weight category. Reis lifted 225Kg in the men’s 105Kg snatch competition during the XVI Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 27, 2011 to won a gold medal. In the 2010 USA Weightlifting National Collegiate Championships, Reis (St. Charles, Mo. / Lindenwood University) led after the snatch with his lift of 168kg and jerked 202kg with a lead of 13kg onCollin Ito (Marquette, Mich. / Northern Michigan University). The total of Reis 370kg was 18kg more than Ito who totaled 352kg to win the silver medal. He won a bronze in the Snatch at the 2010 Jr. Worlds held in Sofia, Bulgaria

At the 2011 Pan American Games, Olympic weightlifter Fernando Reis won the gold medal, a first for his home country with a top individual lift of 225kg. He finished 17kg ahead of silver medalist Jose Morales Yoel from Venezuela and bronze medalist George Kobaladze from Canada to earn the top award. Reis captured his second straight National Collegiate Championships in 2011 with a 10kg competition PR, and in the process he broke the American Collegiate total record by 15kgs. He went on a diet heavy in recent months of fattening to gain 30 pounds in a year and a half. Reis reached 132 kg in 2011, 38 more than in 2007 at the Pan American Games in Rio and led the competition from the start and finished with a total and 410 kg, 393 kg runner up. The 2012 Pan American +105kg Champion Fernando Reis earned his ticket to London 2012 with a 180kg Snatch and 230kg C&J. Reis failed a lift in the men’s +105kg Group B snatch weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7, 2012.


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Monday 17, Sep 2012

  Michael Rodgers Accepts Nine-Month Ban

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Michael Rodgers Accepts Nine-Month Ban

US Sprinter Michael Rodgers has accepted a ban of nine months after he failed to clear a drug test. An athlete in the sport of Track & Field, Rodgers of Hutto, Texas tested positive for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine).

The 26-year-old sprinter tested positive during an in-competition urine sample collected at the Sport e Solidarieta event on July 19, 2011, in Lignano, Italy. Stimulants like methylhexaneamine are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

The 2009 national champion in the 100 meters, Michael Rodgers, was eligible for the Olympic trials and a spot on the U.S. team in London. The American sprinter accepted a nine-month period of ineligibility, beginning on July 19, 2011 the day his urine sample was collected. As a result of this sanction, the sprinter is disqualified from any and all results obtained on and subsequent to July 19, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. The sprinter originally made a request for a hearing in front of independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel at which Rodgers offered an inaccurate and misleading testimony but soon recognized his responsibility and agreed to accept his sanction and to pay the full cost of the arbitration hearing before the false testimony was acted upon by the arbitration panel by acknowledging the truth to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The sprinter offered dependent corroborating evidence that his positive drug test resulted from the use of the supplement called Jack3d several days prior to a competition. An advisory was issued by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency on June 16, 2011 to make athletes aware of the concerns regarding methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). Athletes subject to the WADA Prohibited List are advised to avoid supplements that reference methylhexaneamine, dimethylpentylamine, 1,3-Dimethylamylamine HCl, dimethylamylamine, geranium, geranamine, or geranium stems or which purport to come from geranium oil or any constituents of a geranium plant. Products sold as dietary supplements with Methylhexaneamine include Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports), and many others.

It was previously believed that the US world indoor 60m silver medalist Rodgers mistakenly consumed the stimulant while out socialising. The sprinter first claimed that he took an energy drink when in a club with some friends but later changed his story and admitted to taking a supplement called Jack3d.

Michael Rodgers finished third behind Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin at the US championships in June 2011. He earned his first Olympic berth with a strong performance at the U.S. Trials and was out-leaned in the men’s 100m final at the finish line, 9.93 to 9.94, by Ryan Bailey for third place and the final spot available on the Olympic team. He was however out of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a broken foot in what was termed by him as a 4th degree fracture. The sprinter finished fourth in the men’s 100m race at last month’s US Track and Field trials, running a personal-best 9.94 seconds.


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Thursday 24, May 2012

  Doping scandal of India gets murkier

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School children from the Indian states of Punjab and Maharashtra have recently been found leading the list of doping offenders in the country.

Eleven children – from boxing, wrestling and weightlifting – tested positive for anabolic steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games as per the National Anti-Doping Agency.

“This has become a very serious matter. That 14 per cent of the samples have returned positive is a matter of shame for the schools and officials. It is much higher than the national average of 4 per cent,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told TOI.

Monday 09, Apr 2012

  Mariners’ Minor League catcher suspended

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Christian Carmichael, a 19-year-old catcher in the Mariners’ Minor League system, has been suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug, according to the Office of the Commissioner.

Carmichael is presently listed on the roster of the Class-A Clinton Lumberkings in the Midwest League.

The catcher hit .182 last year, in 11 at-bats for the Mariners of the Arizona Rookie League.

Thursday 02, Feb 2012

  More and more children in doping scandal

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The doping scandal in India involving school children is threatening to take shocking proportions with schools from Punjab and Maharashtra topping the list of offenders.

According to National Anti-Doping Agency, 11 children – from boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting – tested positive for steroids and diuretics during the 57th National School Games, which concluded recently in New Delhi.

“This has become a very serious matter. That 14 per cent of the samples have returned positive is a matter of shame for the schools and officials. It is much higher than the national average of 4 per cent,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told TOI.

Thursday 22, Dec 2011

  Three more track and field athletes for steroids

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Three more track and field competitors returned positive for anabolic steroids in conducted tests during the National Open Championships held in Kolkata recently.

The 93 urine sample tests conducted by NADA disclosed three returned positive for multiple substances, including banned steroids and stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Methylhexaneamine, the stimulant, returned to haunt Indian sport.

Friday 18, Feb 2011

  Indian race walker caught doping

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Indian race walker caught dopingRani Yadav, the race walker from India, has tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. She has thus became the third person at the Commonwealth Games to be caught doping.

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the event, according to the Commonwealth Games Federation.

From Timesofindia.indiatimes.com:

Yadav could be banned for two years if found guilty. Over the previous two days, two Nigerian runners were found to be positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine, with Osayomi Oludamola later stripped of her gold medal in the women’s 100-meter race. Hurdler Samuel Okon, who did not win a medal, also tested positive.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell said more than 1,300 doping samples had been collected so far at the games.

“Everyone would concede that to have three doping cases of those 1,300 tests is not a bad record,” Fennell said. “And two of those have been concluded for substances that are considered by many to be not in the serious area of doping activity, which is stimulants. This new case has not been heard and I would not want to make any comments on that.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency recently loosened the classification of Methylhexaneamine for next year to the “specified stimulant” list, which covers drugs that are more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties. Sanctions for use of the drug can be reduced if athletes can prove they did not intend to enhance performance. Penalties can range from a warning to a two-year ban.

WADA said Methylhexaneamine was sold as a medicine until the early 1970s and has now reappeared in some nutritional supplements and cooking oils.

Nandrolone is a steroid used by sportsmen to enhance the level of performance and it seems like the Commonwealth Games seem to have improved their anti-doping efforts after being criticized by WADA following the games in Melbourne four years ago.

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