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Wednesday 10, Sep 2014

  Doping In Esports Is Rampant, Says Industry Insider

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Doping In Esports Is Rampant, Says Industry Insider

The temptation to dope can be huge with millions of dollars at stake and tens of thousands of fans watching every move, says Bjoern Franzen – a consultant and marketer formerly with one of the world’s largest esports companies.

Franzen publicly declared that doping in esports is rampant. In a lengthy blog post, Franzen said media and gaming firms are turning a blind eye to the substance use right under their noses. Franzen added he had seen players pop a pill, even an hour before important games either to calm them down or push themselves. The consultant remarked he had seen players taking a lot of drugs, including Ritalin that improves concentration and the beta-blocker Propranolol that helps players stay calm under pressure and blocks the effects of adrenaline and even Selegiline, a drug used for treating Parkinson’s disease and having a potential to improve mood and motivation during tournaments.

Franzen also remarked one of the Industries best kept secrets is neuroenhancement for cyber-athletes and in electronic sports in general. The term “neuroenhancement” refers to improvement in the emotional, cognitive, and motivational functions of healthy individuals by using drugs that are known as pharmaceutical neuroenhancers (or “smart drugs”). Franzen said neuroenhancement for cyber-athletes is primarily facilitated by the use of drugs such as Piracetam, Methylphenidate, Modafinil, Selegiline, and Propranolol.

 According to an article in May 2014 about the Potential consequences of cognitive enhancers by Kimberly R. Urban and Wen-Jun Gao, the main classes of drugs used for cognitive enhancement  include psychostimulants (methylphenidate (MPH), amphetamine), but wakefulness-promoting agents (modafinil) and glutamate activators (ampakine) are also used sometimes.

Alexander Müller, Managing Director at German esports giant SK Gaming, said the company does not allow any kind of doping and has never had to deal with it among their players. Müller remarked we establish close to very close relationships with our players and added drugs have never been a factor in our history with players whatsoever.

One of the main benefits of doping in esports is that it allows players to train harder and longer. Brandon Harris, a law student and gamer at the University of New Hampshire, said it is common to see a range of stimulants used during competitions. Harris, who writes on legal issues in esports, remarked and if you’re using a broad definition of doping – i.e. ‘taking any substance in an attempt to improve gameplay’ – the use would be extremely widespread and also added that caffeine, energy drinks, ginseng supplements, all sorts of over-the-counter stuff is heavily and excessively used.

Professional gamers shy away from using illegal drugs, Harris said according to his experience but added he has encountered the use of medication usually prescribed for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression to gain an edge.

Brendon Boot, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said the real danger here is the temptation to escalate. Esport players could end up on ever higher dosages, by using drugs in risky ways such as snorting or injecting them, or mixing them. Boot added for example, taking Selegiline with an antidepressant can lead to something called serotonin syndrome: headache, confusion, hyperthermia, muscle spasms, tremors and sometimes death, and remarked these guys are playing with fire.

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Monday 02, May 2011

  Calvin Harrison fails drug test

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Calvin Harrison fails drug testThe drugs crisis in athletics deepened when Calvin Harrison, America’s Olympic and world gold medallist, joined Britain’s Dwain Chambers in testing positive for a banned drug.

Harrison like Chambers is coached by the Ukrainian Remi Korchemny.

Sweden’s Arne Ljungqvist, the anti-doping chief for the International Olympic Committee as well as the International Association of Athletics Federations said, “Apparently, there’s an epidemic among track athletes of narcolepsy in the United States.”

Wednesday 16, Mar 2011

  Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of me

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Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of meVictor Conte, the founder of the designer drugs pharmacy BALCO, has revealed that Marion Jones, the greatest female athlete of her generation, was provided with insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and ‘The Clear’ (users’ slang for THG) as well as nutritional supplements.

Conte also said Jones was on a cocktail of drugs including insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and THG when she won three gold medals and two bronze at the Sydney Olympics.

Conte also said, “Soon I was working with their (Jones and Montgomery’s) rivals,” he says. It is here that Dwain Chambers, of Great Britain, enters the story, another who, despite being banned, continues to profess his innocence. Conte says he gave Chambers “the full enchilada”: ‘The Clear,’ insulin, EPO, growth hormone, modafinil and a testosterone cream.

Sunday 06, Feb 2011

  Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans together

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Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans togetherAlvin Harrison recently created a unique but unwanted piece of history when he was suspended for a period of four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after admitting taking a cocktail of banned performance enhancing substances.

Alvin became the second half of the first set of twins to be banned for drugs. His brother, Calvin, was suspended for two years in August for a second doping violation involving the stimulant modafinil.

Alvin Harrison won 4x400m relay Olympic golds at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic and is the third member of the US relay squad from Sydney to have either failed tests or been banned for doping, the others being his brother Calvin and Jerome Young.

Tuesday 28, Dec 2010

  A new anabolic steroid taken by many US athletes identified

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A new anabolic steroid taken by many US athletes identifiedSeveral US athletes have tested positive for a new anabolic steroid, according to American anti-doping chiefs.

The positive A samples were obtained at 350 doping tests at June 2007 US championships and 100 later out-of-competition tests.

The International Association of Athletics Federations and the athletes involved have been notified of the findings by USADA.

Monday 26, May 2008

  Sprinter in Steroids Scandal Plans to Challenge Ban

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Dwain_Chambers_steroidsThose who repent will see the light. In Dwain Chamber’s case, it seems like he’s very particular with the kind of light he wants to see – the Olympic torch’s light. The repentant British sprinter also has plans to resort to legal action to challenge his lifetime Olympic ban so that he can be eligible to run again at the Beijing Olympics.

Chambers was awarded a two-year ban due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs. He was tested positive for the designer drug tetrahydrogestrinone, known also as THG or ‘The Clear’. However, in a letter written by Victor Conte, it was apparent that Chambers was not only using The Clear, but several other substances. (Chambers decided to buy steroids from BALCO at some point)
According to the letter, the sprinter was also using human growth hormone, the blood-boosting drug EPO, a testosterone/epitestosterone cream, modafinil (a drug that combats tiredness), insulin, and liothryonine, a synthetic thyroid hormone. Conte was the founder and owner of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative or BALCO. BALCO is a California-based firm, which was reportedly the source of anabolic steroids used by numerous professional athletes. In 2003, this illegal activity was exposed resulting to what media referred as the BALCO Affair.

Conte’s letter was handed over to UK Sport’s anti-doping chief John Scott on Friday in a repentant move that Chambers hopes will help demonstrate that he’s letting everything out in the open. Further, he wants the sporting world to see that he is serious in cleaning up his act. The details of Chambers meeting with Scott have not been divulged.

Regarding the sprinter’s move to challenge the ban, his lawyer said in a statement: “We can confirm that Dwain Chambers will be taking proceedings to secure his eligibility/participation in the Olympic and National trials in Birmingham from 11-13 July.”

Chambers is just one of the several popular professional athletes who have been implicated with steroids use. Several personalities involved in said case have been in legal quagmire including sprinter Marion James and cyclist Tammy Thomas. BALCO’s now infamous organic chemist, Patrick Arnold, has already served his three-month sentence in West Virginia. Conte has also spent four months in jail for selling steroids.