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Saturday 15, Apr 2017

  Ukraine Apologize Over Embarrassing Amnesty Claim For Drugs Cheats

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Ukraine has been forced to apologize to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following an embarrassing mix-up.

The Ukrainian Athletics Federation (FLAU) recently posted on its website that a month-long amnesty period is due to expire on April 3. The amnesty offered a promise to athletes that they would avoid punishment if they admitted using banned drugs. The website promised athletes would avoid any public sanctions apart from a temporary suspension from competition for the period taken for traces of banned substances to leave the body if they “voluntarily confess” to taking drugs.

It is now claimed by the FLAU that it was a mix-up and they were not trying to operate outside the rules.

IAAF spokesman Chris Turner remarked we sought clarification from the Ukrainian Federation and they replied that this was a bad summary of an athlete seminar held last month and they would never do anything to break the WADA Code or that did not follow IAAF rules. Turner remarked they have apologized for the miscommunication and have removed it from their website.

Last year, Ukraine was placed on an IAAF monitoring list and it is currently being reviewed on a monthly basis. The doping situation in Ukraine is likely to be discussed by the ruling council of IAAF during a two-day meeting that begun at the Marriott West India Quay.

FLAU President Ihor Hotsul had previously claimed Ukraine have a zero tolerance policy regarding all forms of doping following criticism at the last IAAF Council meeting in Monte Carlo in February.

Last December, Ukraine was one of the 15 countries out of 197 members who failed to back the reform package by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. The package included several measures specifically designed to help combat anti-doping. The country never specified why it voted against the reforms even though former world pole vault record and 1988 Olympic champion Sergey Bubka, the country’s most famous athlete, is the senior vice-president of the IAAF.

The country has the second worst doping record in athletics behind Russia. Six Ukrainian athletes have been retrospectively disqualified from the 2012 Olympics in London following re-analysis of their doping samples and the biggest name was Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, the silver medalist in the javelin before he was stripped of it in February 2016. The list of other doping cheats included Lyudmyla Yosypenko and Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko, fourth and fifth respectively in the heptathlon and marathon at London 2012. Svitlana Shmidt and Anna Mishchenko have already lost the silver medals they had won in the 1500 and 3,000 meters steeplechase respectively at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki following the retests.

In the past, shot putter Yuriy Bilinog was stripped of his Olympic gold medal from Athens 2004 after retests showed traces of anabolic steroid Oxandrolone. Two-time world champion sprinter Zhanna Pintusevich-Block was implicated in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative scandal and was given a ban of two years. Heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska was stripped of her Beijing 2008 silver medal after she failed an anti-doping test for Methyltestosterone, another anabolic steroid.

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Wednesday 05, Apr 2017

  UFC Welterweight Viscardi Andrade Banned

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced a suspension of two years for UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade.

Andrade tested positive for anabolic steroids after his most recent bout, which was a decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85. In a released statement, USADA said an out-of-competition test conducted March 7 revealed the presence of the banned steroid Stanozolol (Winstrol) and its metabolites. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, revealed he was ‘pressured’ to accept the doping ban. Andrade said he was always blaming the lab, and they are protecting the lab. The UFC fighter added that we got to a point where we asked for a letter explaining why the lab lost its credential, because they claimed it was not because of false positive results like the media reported. Andrade said USADA officials told them to accept this, or they would stop counting this year off, and his suspension would only get longer. The Brazilian mixed martial artist added he was pressured to accept the doping suspension. Previously, Felipe Olivieri went to arbitration in his case with USADA. It was determined by the arbitrator that he should get the maximum two years for testing positive for Methyltestosterone despite the Rio lab losing its WADA accreditation months later. The arbitrator, Richard H. McLaren, wrote in the decision that a suspension some three months later of the laboratory’s accreditation does not mean that the sample analysis in March was incorrect or flawed.

In a statement, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said Andrade had a right to arbitration and chose to forego it. Madden added the full facts of the case would have been made public had he gone to arbitration and also commented that we of course have full confidence in the results and outcome of this case and also said that the athlete under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy had the opportunity to have this case heard by an independent arbitrator.

The positive test of Andrade took place 12 days before the fight but he was not notified of the potential anti-doping violation until April 12. The period of ineligibility started from March 20, the day after the FS1-televised event.

The lab in Rio de Janeiro, three months after UFC Fight Night 85, where the urine sample of Andrade was processed lost its WADA accreditation for failing to adhere to international drug testing standards. The lab however was reinstated a month later and it is unclear whether the testing issue affected the case of Viscardi Andrade.

USADA said it has forwarded all information about the case of Andrade to decide whether or not to overturn his win against Walsh. In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said a bout (as per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with) may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout.

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2,” Andrade is still subject to drug testing during his suspension.

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Friday 09, Sep 2016

  UCI President Slams IOC For Being “In Denial” Over Doping

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Brian Cookson, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, has remarked Olympic sports remain in denial and not doing anywhere near enough about their doping problems unlike cycling that had at least confronted its drug-infested past.

The UCI President also remarked it is a ticking time bomb he thinks will inevitably explode. Cookson remarked cycling has come a long way to come clean and added the sport is well down the road to redemption and recovery that places it ahead of deluded sports resisting that difficult route.

Cookson also remarked he has often said that there are two groups of sports: sports that have a doping problem and are doing something about it – and he believe we are in amongst the leaders in those – and sports that have a doping problem and are in denial and are not doing anywhere near enough about it. The UCI chief also added he thinks those sports, sooner or later, which are in denial and haven’t done enough are going to have – and perhaps are already having – the sorts of problems that we had.

The reputation of road cycling and the sport’s world governing body was shattered by the exposure of Lance Armstrong as a systematic cheat in October 2012. Cookson, who was president of British Cycling for 17 years until 2013 when he took over the UCI, used the marker for applauding UCI’s establishment of genuinely independent anti-doping processes, genuinely independent case management. The President of the world governing body of cycling also remarked he does not want to be complacent or to criticize other sports and added he thinks we are in a good position as a sport and also said he thinks our credibility is much higher than it was a few years ago, but we need to keep working at that.

In another development, US cycling athletes Robert Baatz and Mary Verrando-Higgins have accepted sanctions for anti-doping rule violations after testing positive for prohibited substances. Baatz provided an in-competition urine sample on March 12, 2016, at the Tour of Corsicana in Corsicana and his sample tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis. The 48-year-old accepted a two-year sanction for the anti-doping rule violation and has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 12, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Verrando-Higgins accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance administered with the support of a licensed physician. The 54-year-old cyclist tested positive for the prohibited substance 17α-methyl-5α-androstane-3, 17-diol and 17α-methyl-5β-androstane-3,17-diol, metabolites of Methyltestosterone, as a result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on May 24, 2016, in Winston-Salem.

Anabolic Agents are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (the Protocol), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies (USOC NADP), and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

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Friday 19, Oct 2012

  Kathy Jager Accepts Sanction

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Kathy jager accepts sanction

Kathy Jager of Glendale, Arizona, an athlete in the sport of track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 68-year-old Jager accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on September 26, 2011, the day she accepted a provisional suspension. The laboratory analysis of a sample provided by the track and field athlete at the 2011 USA Masters Track & Field Championships, on July 29, 2011, in Berea, Ohio, resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for an anabolic agent.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, anabolic androgenic Steroids are prohibited. The doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication under the care of a physician but without seeking a therapeutic use exemption first as required by the applicable rules.

Kathy Jager is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 28, 2011, which is the date on which the USA Masters Track & Field Championships, the event at which her sample was collected, began, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction.

In 1999, Jager was the toast of the Gateshead WAVA meet after she won a fistful of sprint medals and maintained her dignity despite accusations that she was a male. Jager learned in 2007 that her second-largest coronary artery was 95 percent collapsed and she quickly returned to competition at the 2007 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Orono.

Jager insisted that she was not taking steroid-filled syringes into veins and was innocent and claimed that her only crime was to follow orders of a doctor and using a little green hormone replacement pill that quelled her post-menopausal hot flashes. Jager was banned for testing positive for methyltestosterone at the 1999 World Association of Veteran Athletes World Championships in Gateshead (Great Britain) where she had broken world records in running of 100 meters. It is believed that this time she took EstraTest HS that contained esterified estrogens and methyltestosterone in a single pill. EstraTest HS contained 1.25 milligrams of methyltestosterone and is used for treating menopausal women who experience hot flashes that were not relieved by estrogen-only HRT. Solvay, the manufacturer of EstraTest, discontinued the production of this product in March 1999 and HRT protocol details about use by Jager were not provided.

 The first ban for Jager occurred prior to the founding of WADA. After her first ban, Jager stopped using the doctor-prescribed treatment for menopausal symptoms and resorted to over-the-counter herbal remedies to comply with the ban on methyltestosterone.

Jager said he has never and will never take medications for enhancing performance and remarked that she trains hard and takes pride in her honestly earned accomplishments. Kathy Jager would possibly make a comeback in 2013 just as she did in 2001 after serving a suspension of two years.

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Monday 16, Apr 2012

  Methyltestosterone

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If you want to join the world of professional sports or create and maintain high standards of health and fitness, Methyltestosterone is one of the best synthetic testosterone derivatives for you. A popular anabolic steroid with those into weightlifting and strength athletics, Methyltestosterone is a relatively safe drug when compared to other steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

One of the biggest advantages associated with Methyltestosterone is that it is extremely useful to improve the levels of aggression, lean muscle mass, muscle definition, and stamina. Medically, Methyltestosterone is recommended to people treated for androgen deficiency and is often prescribed as part of replacement therapies.

Also known as Testred, Methyltestosterone is an androgenic preparation that is available in oral as well as injectable forms.

The recommended dose of Methyltestosterone for replacement therapy in androgen-deficient males is 10 to 50 mg daily while the ideal dose is 50-200 mg daily for androgen therapy in breast carcinoma in females. Professional sportsmen use Methyltestosterone in doses of 100-300 mg per day for 3 weeks. Methyltestosterone can induce gynecomastia and fluid retention and therefore antiestrogens such as Arimidex or Tamoxifen should be used during post cycle therapy to counter these side effects. The anabolic steroid is commonly used as a cutting cycle steroid and has an active life of 6-8 hours. It is commonly stacked with Testosterone, Equipoise, and Deca Durabolin for a bulking cycle.

In order to maintain its efficacy and shelf life, Methyltestosterone is required to be stored at 25°C (77°F) with excursions permitted to 15° -30°C (59° -86°F).

Methyltestosterone abuse can lead to side effects such as shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, swelling, bone pain, increased thirst, memory problems, restlessness, nausea, and loss of appetite. This drug should be used with caution by people suffering from health complications such as heart failure, chest pain, heart attack, liver problems, kidney problems, high calcium blood level, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and enlarged prostate.

Sunday 19, Feb 2012

  Methyltestosterone

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In the world of synthetic testosterone derivatives, Methyltestosterone is one of the most popular drugs and ranked very high by advanced runners who cannot stop praising its innumerable benefits. Let us study more about this effective anabolic steroid preparation in order to stay near to its unrivaled advantages.

The chemical type name of Methyltestosterone is 17ß-hydroxy-17a-methylandrost-4-en-3-one and its molecular weight is 302.451 g/mol at the base. Methyltestosterone, available in oral and injectable types, is an efficient, safe to use, and cost-effective performance enhancing drug for sportsmen, especially those in weightlifting and strength athletics.

When used in amounts of 100-300 mg per day, Methyltestosterone can help sportsmen deliver dramatic performances without placing them anywhere near to steroid adverse reactions. However, the use of Methyltestosterone is always suggested after the same has been suggested by a certified specialist so that odds of Methyltestosterone misuse can be limited or removed.

The steroid compound is efficient in improving the level of aggression and is therefore popular among runners especially those in boxing, strength athletics, wrestling, and power lifting. The anabolic steroid can be applied in a sublingual form for quick advantages and can be easily bought online with or without a prescription. Besides its part as an outstanding aggression enhancer, Methyltestosterone is also efficient for treating androgen deficiency and is often suggested for replacement therapies.

Misuse of Methyltestosterone can cause to adverse reactions such as menstrual irregularities, virilization, clitoral enlargement, and gynecomastia. This steroid preparation is not suggested for use by women who are expecting a baby or nursing as use of the product can result in virilization of the exterior genitals of the women child.

Tuesday 04, Oct 2011

  Deer antler spray added to MLB banned substance list

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A warning has been sent to MLB players from Major League Baseball for them to avoid the use of Deer Antler spray or face suspension for using a league banned substance.

The spray, which is an alternative to steroids, has been added to the MLB list of”potentially contaminated nutritional supplements.”

MLB players are currently being educated about the drug since long-term effects from the drug have not been explored at this time.

Wednesday 28, Sep 2011

  St. Louis Rams linebacker gets ultimate redemption

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David Vobora, the St. Louis Rams linebacker, has won a $5.4 million judgment from a Florida nutritional supplement company in U.S. federal court.

The linebacker could now move ahead as an athlete, a person and one day as a father with his name cleared.

Vobora was suspended for four games in 2009 for violating policy of the NFL on anabolic steroids and related substances after testing positive for methyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid.

Saturday 24, Sep 2011

  Baseball players warned over deer antler spray

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According to a story first reported by Sports Illustrated and confirmed by the New York Times, baseball players in both the major and minor leagues have been warned to stop ingesting deer-antler spray.

The spray consists of “potentially contaminated nutritional supplements” and has been added to MLB‘s list of cautionary substances.

Manufacturers of the spray claim that it boosts “anabolic or growth stimulation,” “athletic performance” and “muscular strength and endurance.”

Saturday 16, Oct 2010

  Lyudmila Blonska stripped of silver

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Lyudmila Blonska stripped of silverUkrainian athlete Lyudmila Blonska has been stripped of her silver medal in the Olympic heptathlon after she tested positive for steroids.

The athlete was handed over a ban of two years in 2003 for testing positive to steroids and now faces a lifetime ban.

Kelly Sotherton, who finished fifth in the event in which Blonska got the silver medal, called for a worldwide policy for preventing drug cheats from returning to compete in the Olympics.

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