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Saturday 06, May 2017

  Ricardo Abreu Announces Retirement After Doping Ban

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UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu has announced retirement after receiving a doping suspension of four years from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a second failed drug test within a six-month period.

In a statement, USADA announced tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA), the main urinary metabolite of Nandrolone (19-nortestosterone) and other 19-norsteroids, above the decision limit of 3.4 ng/mL, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on December 21, 2016. The statement further reads that the exogenous, or non-natural, origin of the 19-NA was further confirmed by sophisticated carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis in accordance with standard practice. The GC/C/IRMS analysis can reveal the presence of synthetic anabolic agents and the GC/C/IRMS analysis result in this case was consistent with the exogenous origin of 19-NA. Anabolic Agents, including 19-NA, are non-Specified Substances prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The fighter said he already had a 3-year-old son and his wife was pregnant, and he had no idea if we would have money the next month. Abreu said he was expecting a second anti-doping test failure and had been undergoing treatment for depression. The UFC middleweight also remarked he was afraid and that fear dominated him. The former “Ultimate Fighter Brazil” competitor said staying in California was very expensive for him.

Abreu remarked his sponsorship funds were coming from Brazil and the financial crisis in the country made things worse for him and also commented his sponsor informed him that he would not be sponsored anymore. The UFC middleweight also remarked he was seeking professional assistance from a psychologist and he was suggested to undergo bioidentical hormone replacement. Abreu remarked he did not obtain clearance from the UFC since he had no desire to continue fighting in the league at that time. Abreu said it was really fortunate for him to receive the support of Wanderlei Silva and his lovely family for a significant amount of time.

Abreu announced his retirement after being informed of his positive test. The sanction of four years will start if and when he informs UFC and USADA of a return to fighting. His sanction would have started on May 4 if he had remained active.

In the past, the 33-year-old Brazilian tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) above the decision limit of 3 ng/mL and 19-noretiocholanolone in an out of competition test administered on June 3, 2016. Abreu was initially suspended for a period of two years following the failed test and was eligible to return on July 1, 2018.

The UFC middleweight debuted in the Octagon with a second-round submission of Wagner Silva Gomes at “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” finale before dropping a split decision to Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night 68 in June 2015. He has not competed since the loss to Collier.

Abreu is the second UFC fighter to face a second anti-doping policy violation after George Sullivan failed to clear an anti-doping test while he was serving a ban.

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Thursday 03, Nov 2016

  British Amateur Cyclists Banned For Four Years

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British Amateur Cyclists Banned For Four Years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced Ian Edmonds, a 41-year-old amateur cyclist, has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The anti-doping agency also announced a 46-year-old amateur cyclist, Robin Townsend, has been banned for four years following an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO).

Edmonds admitted to the ‘Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance’ and ‘Refusing to Submit to Sample Collection’ during an interview with UKAD on 6 June 2016. This was after 20 capsules of Testosterone and 100 tablets of Nandrolone were seized by the UK Border Force on 10 April 2016. This parcel of anabolic steroids was addressed to Edmonds, who was a member of Mapperley Cycling Club.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, commented the ordering of Prohibited Substances online by those subject to the anti-doping rules continues to be a major concern for UKAD. Myhill added whether they are obtained in an attempt to improve sporting performance or for aesthetic purposes, a significant threat is posed to both clean sport and public health and also said ordering Prohibited Substances via the internet may result in a ban from all sport and, in some cases, constitute a criminal offence. The UKAD Director of Operations also said the Edmonds case is an excellent example of how we work alongside law enforcement partners to deter and detect doping in the UK by targeting the supply of illicit substances. Myhill added he would encourage anyone who has information about the purchase or supply of performance and image enhancing drugs to contact us in confidence via 08000 322332 or via reportdoping.com.  Edmonds is banned from all sport from 1 August 2016 until midnight on 1 August 2020.

Townsend, who previously rode for Team Swift, was banned for a period of four years earlier this year after he tested positive for the stimulant Modafinil, following an in-competition test at the Burton and District Cycling Alliance 100 Miles event on 5 September 2015. The same sample was re-tested for Erythropoiesis stimulating agent on 8 December 2015, as a result of intelligence being passed to UKAD and the re-analysis returned an AAF for EPO. The amateur cyclist was subsequently charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation pursuant to Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code – presence of a Prohibited Substance. The case was heard in front of an independent National Anti-Doping Panel and it was ruled out by the panel that the period of ineligibility of four years should run concurrently with the four-year sanction already imposed on Townsend. The amateur cyclist is banned from all sport for four years from 8 October 2015 to midnight on 7 October 2019.

Myhill added the receipt and use of information and intelligence is critical to delivering an effective anti-doping program. The UKAD Director of Operations said we received intelligence in the case of Robin Townsend, which we assessed and acted upon by undertaking additional analysis of the original sample and added this has resulted in a further adverse analytical finding.

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Sunday 25, Sep 2016

  Tyson Fury In Doping Scandal

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World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is embroiled in a fresh doping scandal amid claims that he recently missed a drugs test.

Tyson refused to undergo a check when visited by inspectors from UK Anti-Doping. The representatives of the boxer tried to contact the drug testing body to reschedule after the snub but that has not yet happened.

       Athletes who are found to have refused a drugs test or tampered with their sample face a minimum ban of four years.

Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, declined to comment and this is all confidential information so he can’t discuss anything relating to UKAD allegations. Peter added it is private information and he is not allowed to divulge anything about the doping allegations at all.

The revelations come just months after it was revealed that Tyson Fury was being probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were allegedly discovered in a sample taken last year. Unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in a sample taken before he won the world title from Wladimir Klitschko. Nandrolone is known to improve muscle growth and the semi-synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) derived from Testosterone also results in appetite stimulation, increased red blood cell production, and bone density. Medically, it is used in treating anemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer and also acts as a progestin-based contraceptive.

Fury was scheduled to put the WBA super and WBO titles on the line at the Manchester Arena on October 29 when he was due to go toe-to-toe with Klitschko but his promoter made a shock announcement that the WBA Super and WBO champ is “medically unfit to fight”. No specific condition has been confirmed but it is speculated that Fury has suffered a recurrence of his mental health problems. The 28-year-old has spoken before about his battle with depression. Fury admitted he has had suicidal thoughts and it is rumored that he has checked into a clinic for treatment.

A statement from promoters Hennessy Sports said it is with the deepest regret that we have to announce the world heavyweight championship rematch between will not be going ahead. The statement added Tyson has been declared medically unfit to fight and it was added that medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. The promoters’ statement further reads that Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery and added we and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch.

Peter Fury demanded his nephew is not stripped of his belts. Peter remarked he cannot be held culpable as he is medically unwell and therefore should not be stripped of belts.

Fury ended a decade of dominance of Klitschko with a unanimous points’ victory in Germany last November. He was quickly stripped of the IBF title after the veteran Ukrainian triggered the contracted rematch clause that left the new champ unable to face the governing body’s mandatory challenger.

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Monday 27, Jun 2016

  World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Denies Doping

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British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has vehemently denied doping allegations after the Sunday Mirror reported he was being investigated by UK Anti-Doping.

The Sunday Mirror reported that traces of a banned anabolic steroid were “allegedly discovered” in a sample taken from Fury before he beat Wladimir Klitschko last year. The newspaper reported unacceptable levels of Nandrolone were found in the sample. The 27-year-old caused a big upset when he beat Klitschko on a unanimous decision in November to inflict the 40-year-old Ukrainian’s first loss in 11 years.

In a statement issued by the boxer’s promoter Hennessy Sports, it was said that Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. It was further added the British world heavyweight champion looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October. Tyson was expected to take on Klitschko again on July 9 in the Manchester Arena but the fight was postponed due to a serious ankle injury.

Fury headed out to a bar in the French city of Nice instead of keeping a low profile after the doping allegations hit headlines where he bought drinks for a bar crammed with English football fans.

Hughie Fury, also a boxer and a cousin of Tyson, is also reportedly under investigation. Tyson could lose his title belts and face a lengthy ban, if found guilty. Both Fury and his cousin have denied any wrongdoing.

Sophie Ashcroft, a spokesperson for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), said UK Anti-Doping does not discuss or disclose details of any cases until due legal process has been completed or a respondent chooses to put the information into the public domain. The spokesperson added this is to protect the rights and privacy of all involved and to ensure that a case is not subjected to unnecessary prejudice. It was further added by the spokesperson that it is important to note that an anti-doping rule violation is only deemed to have been committed once the legal process, including any appeals, has been completed and added that details of a violation will be made available on the UKAD website at that point.

The British professional boxer defeated Klitschko to become the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight champion. Tyson was however stripped of the IBF title after his inability to unable to grant a fight to their mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, because he agreed to a rematch with Klitschko. Fury has represented both Ireland and England as an amateur and won the ABA championship in 2008 before he turned professional later that year. The boxer was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 shortlist after winning the world titles but attracted significant criticism in the media relating to statements he had made which his critics called “sexist and homophobic.” In 2013, he told an interviewer before his first fight at Madison Square Garden that he would “hang” his own sister if she was promiscuous. Fury was fined £3,000 the same year after he called fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew “gay lovers”. The Fury team released a training camp update video in May 2016 that Fury voicing opposition to transgenderism and also to bestiality and rape but suggested they might eventually be legalized because of the increasing number of formerly taboo practices becoming accepted.

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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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Thursday 26, May 2016

  Ken Shamrock Tests Positive For Steroids

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American mixed martial artist Ken Shamrock has reportedly tested positive for elevated testosterone at Bellator 149.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, as was 12.4:1, well above the Texas limit of 4:1. Methadone and Nandrolone were also found in system of the professional wrestler. Shamrock tested positive for the opioid Methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter while the threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.

This is not the first doping instance for Shamrock. He tested positive after his fight with Ross Clifton and received a suspension of one year.

During the course of his career, Ken Shamrock set numerous pay-per-view records with his drawing power. Widely considered to be an icon in the sport of mixed martial arts, he was named The World’s Most Dangerous Man by ABC News in a special entitled “The World’s Most Dangerous Things” in the initial days of his UFC career. Shamrock became the first UFC Superfight Champion after he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 6 and is best known for his rivalry with Royce Gracie.

Ken Shamrock also holds the distinction of being the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan when he won the title of King of Pancrase. Ranked by Inside MMA as one of the top 10 greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time, Shamrock has the distinction of being a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and the 1998 WWF King of the Ring. He is the founder of the Lion’s Den mixed martial arts training camp. During his prime, Ken Shamrock was hailed by everyone as an explosive grappler with speed, physical strength, agility, and power.

Shamrock appeared in the films Scarecrow Gone Wild, Beyond the Mat, Champions, and Virtuosity besides he appearing in That ’70s Show episode “That Wrestling Show” as Wrestler #1. He has also appeared in the video games WWE ’13 and WWE 2K16.

The rivalry of Shamrock with the Hart Foundation led to his first WWF pay-per-view main event at In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede. This was after his name was associated with a feud with Big Van Vader, Bret Hart, and The Hart Foundation throughout 1997. Shamrock challenged Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship in the main event of December’s D-Generation X: In Your House and defeated Michaels by disqualification when Triple H and Chyna interfered. Shamrock won the King of the Ring tournament in June 1998 after he defeated Jeff Jarrett in the semi-finals and WWF Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia in the final. Shamrock feuded with Owen Hart following the King of the Ring. Hart defeated Shamrock in a “Hart Family Dungeon match” at Fully Loaded and Shamrock took the revenge by defeating Hart in a “Lion’s Den match” at SummerSlam. Shamrock defeated X-Pac in the finals of an eight-man tournament to won the vacant Intercontinental Championship on October 12, 1998.

In another development, Kimbo Slice also failed post-fight drug test. Slice’s testosterone level was 6.4:1 and he also tested positive for Nandrolone.

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Tuesday 26, May 2015

  Pakistani Spinner Banned For Two Years

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Pakistani Spinner Banned For Two Years

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned spinner Raza Hasan on Monday after he tested positive in anti-doping test conducted by the PCB in January.

The urine sample of Hasan was collected during the Pentangular Cup held in Karachi. According to an announcement by the PCB, the 22-year-old had been give time of 14 days to appear for the hearing. Hasan did not turn up for the hearing and was subsequently suspended for two years.

The banned substance was not named by the PCB but according to Pakistani media, the spinner was under investigation for using cocaine.

A PCB news release said under the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Doping Rules PCB conducted in-competition dope testing through an independent collecting agency during the Pentangular Cup held at Karachi and added that the agency also collected the urine sample of Raza Hasan during the match played on Jan 7. It was further remarked that the sample was forwarded to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis which, vide its Analytical Report, gave an Adverse Analytical finding for the presence of a Prohibited Substance.

The PCB release also disclosed that Raza Hasan was issued a Notice of Charge by PCB on March 24 which he received in person, and as per Anti-Doping Rules he was to send a written request for hearing within 14 days which he failed to do so and therefore in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules and with the approval of the competent authority, Raza Hasan is being imposed with a ban that will make him ineligible to participate in the sport of cricket for a period of two years. According to the release, Hasan will not be entitled to participate in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity authorized or organized by the PCB during the period of ineligibility, except for approved anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs.

Hasan featured in a one-off Twenty20 international against Australia in Dubai in December before he made his one-day debut against the same opponents at the same venue a few days later. The 22-year old Hasan made his debut in September 2012 and has played 10 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan. He participated in the World T20 in 2012 and took three wickets in four matches at an economy of 4.93. He last played international cricket in December 2014 against New Zealand.

It is not the first time that a cricketer from Pakistan has failed a drug test. During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Pakistan pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were sent back from India after they failed anti-doping test for Nandrolone in testing conducted by the PCB. Akhtar was banned for two years and Asif received a ban of one year. The bans were later overturned on appeal.

A year later, Mohammad Asif tested positive for a banned substance during in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League when he was a part of the Delhi Daredevils and was also detained in Dubai on a drugs possession charge. He was subsequently banned for one year from cricket.

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Sunday 31, Aug 2014

  Mike King Released By UFC

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Mike King Released By UFC

Former Ultimate Fighter 19 competitor Mike King has been sidelined by the UFC for nine months. This decision was made after King returned a positive drug test in his bout against Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night from Dublin, Ireland in July.

King tested positive for Nandrolone (most commonly sold commercially as Deca Durabolin) that can stimulate muscle growth and appetite. Deca Durabolin is also used for improving the production of red blood cells in the body and has the potential of improving bone density. Medically, this anabolic androgenic steroid is prescribed to treat anemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer.

The International Olympic Committee has set a limit of 2.0 μg/L of 19-norandrosterone in urine as the upper limit. This steroid is directly detectable in hair or indirectly detectable in urine by testing for the presence of 19-norandrosterone. A study conducted in 2004 revealed that the administration of 200 mg of Nandrolone decanoate for a period of 8 weeks can dramatically increase fat-free mass and body mass. It was also revealed that the changes can be attributed to an increase of muscle mass.

  Other notable fighters who have tested positive for Nandrolone are Josh Barnett, Stephan Bonnar, Nate Marquardt, Royce Gracie (tested positive after defeating his longtime rival Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Dynamite!! USA in 2007), and Sean Sherk (tested positive for nandrolone following his title defence to Hermes Franca at UFC 73). High profile athletes such as Merlene Ottey, Dieter Baumann, and Linford Christie have tested positive for Nandrolone. Tennis star Petr Korda tested positive for this steroid after his 1998 Wimbledon quarter final match against Tim Henman. During the 2000 baseball season, Roger Clemens, a member of the 2000 World Series winning New York Yankees, was reported to have been injected with Deca Durabolin by Brian McNamee, major league strength coach.

In a statement, the UFC remarked Mike King has been informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The statement also said the UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. It was further added that King agreed to serve a 9-month suspension retroactive to the event and must pass a drug test before receiving clearance to compete again. As part of the suspension, the UFC fighter will also forgo his $50,000 ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus that he earned in the fight with Pendred.

In a statement, King confirmed that he has been released from the UFC. He added the consequences for my conduct are truly significant and added the life changing $50,000 ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus he was awarded has been taken away, and he had been informed that his UFC promotional agreement is being terminated. King added he has been placed on a nine month suspension, and he has publicly humiliated himself but added that he accepts full responsibility for his actions and decisions and will make no excuses.

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Wednesday 16, Jul 2014

  Victoria Swimmer Gets One-Month Suspension

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Olympic swimmer Alec Page of Victoria will not be able to attend the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games due to a one-month suspension for what is being labeled an inadvertent doping.

The urine sample of Page collected at the Canadian swim trials for the Games, held in April at his home Saanich Commonwealth Place revealed traces of the prohibited substance Probenecid that is a masking agent. The athlete is supported by Swimming Canada and it was remarked that the 20-year-old athlete accidentally ingested Probenecid through a tainted supplement he was using.

Swimming Canada remarked the reason for the light sentence is that the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that administers doping control and violation sanctions in the country found the degree of fault of Page to be low. The one-month ban imposed on Page ran May 25 to June 25 but the violation retroactively purged his time and first-place finish in the 400-metre IM from the trials since he tested positive, which means he cannot be on the roster for the Canadian team for both the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Pan-Pacific championships on the Gold Coast of Australia.

In a statement released through Swimming Canada, Page said it is an unfortunate situation and came as a complete shock. The athlete also remarked he has always followed a strict and regimented program with regards to his diet and what supplements he puts into his body, following prescribed guidelines developed by national experts. The swimmer said he respects the anti-doping rules and understands they are put in place to create a level playing field for all athletes and added he is always honored to wear the Maple Leaf and represent his country on the international stage.

Page also remarked he loves his sport and all of the people he have met doing it and said he would never do anything to jeopardize that. Page also said he is very disappointed that he will not be able to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific championships. The athlete also remarked he understands there is a consequence associated with the risk of taking supplements and added things like this can still happen even after consulting national experts and following the right guidelines. The Canadian swimmer further remarked this has been a difficult time but he is glad this predicament is over now and he can move on and added he loves representing Canada and will continue to push forward and keep his focus on the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In a statement, Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi said it is Alec did not intend to cheat and that the presence of trace amounts of this substance was inadvertent and added that a reduced ban was appropriate and allows Alec to continue pursuing his career as one of Canada’s most talented young swimmers.

The situation is reminiscent of the controversy involving triathlete Kelly Guest of Victoria who was removed from the squad for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games after Kelly inadvertently ingested the steroid Nandrolone that he claimed must have been through the nutritional supplements he was taking.

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Wednesday 09, Oct 2013

  TDU Race Director Launches Defamation Lawsuit

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TDU Race Director Launches Defamation Lawsuit

Mike Turtur, the man behind Tour Down Under, has launched Supreme Court action against Australia’s multicultural broadcaster SBS over allegations that he covered up doping in professional cycling.

The Tour Down Under race director has sought unspecified damages, costs, and interest. Turtur remarked in his statement of claim that an online story titled TDU officials cover up doping positive was defamatory. He further alleged that this story suggested he practiced, participated in, or engaged in a cover-up of a positive drug test that was returned by Italian cyclist Giampaolo Caruso after his 2003 Tour Down Under stage victory. The 55-year-old Turtur also asserted that the story’s updated headline TDU officials criticized as going easy on doping positive further suggested the TDU race director did not take seriously the problem of illegal drugs in professional cycling.

Turtur also asserted that the comments of readers about the readers suggested that he was bringing shame on the image of Australia as a drug-free sporting nation and he deliberately concealed a positive drug test by a cyclist from the public. Turtur also expressed displeasure over a statement made during a television broadcast by Cycling Central co-presenter Anthony Tan.

The TDU chief remarked both the website and the program attracted a large audience of visitors and viewers, particularly having a special interest in the sport of cycling. He added the report and the published comments suggest he was corrupt and rotten to the core, practicing or participating in a code of silence about drug cheats in professional cycling, and deliberately concealing from the public a positive drug test by a cyclist.

In the past, Turtur has remarked he did not believe it was his duty to publicize Giampaolo Caruso’s positive test for Nandrolone. At that time, Turtur said he doesn’t believe it was up to the Tour Down Under to publicize the fact that Caruso returned a positive dope test after winning the Willunga Hill stage in 2003. The cyclist tested positive for a banned drug and fined $2000 and suspended for six months. His name later emerged in Operación Puerto but he was acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Turtur while defending himself said race organizers don’t go around publicizing or advertising or making a point of any doping infringements because it’s not their job or their responsibility and the positive drug test story would have been published on the (International Cycling Union’s) UCI website that he was found to be in violation of the code and that’s how it’s dealt with.

Turtur added at that time he can’t see the point in making any other public comment in regard to anything that might happen in that area other than the process taking its natural course with the UCI and the anti-doping agencies. Turtur was criticized in the past for not backing away from his support of Lance Armstrong and he defended himself by saying he didn’t believed in anything what Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis said as they have no credibility whatsoever.

Meanwhile, SBS has denied the allegations and remarked the story, comments, and broadcasts are “not capable of being, and are not, defamatory.”

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