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Saturday 13, Jul 2013

  Gerard Kinsella Banned For Two Years

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Gerard Kinsella Banned For Two Years

The Football Association has banned Gerard Kinsella, of Fleetwood Town, for two years after failing a drugs test.

Kinsella admitted an FA charge after a sample he gave in February contained Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. The 21-year-old midfielder will be banned from football until February 2015 after being hit with a 24-month suspension, backdated to the date the sample was collected.

Nandrolone is the same drug that led to a four-month ban on Netherlands international Edgar Davids and Portugal defender Fernando Couto after they tested positive while playing in Italy in 2001. The anabolic steroid was also the reason behind the two-year ban on former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie in 1999 and a one-year ban on Czech tennis player Petr Korda in 1998.

An FA statement read Fleetwood Town’s Gerard Kinsella has been suspended from football and all football activities for two years, subject to any appeal, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a breach of its anti-doping regulations. It was further revealed that the player was charged under FA Rule E25 for a breach of Regulation Three after he gave a sample following an out-of-competition test which contained the presence of a prohibited substance, namely Nandrolone, listed as an anabolic androgenic steroid in the 2013 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code. The statement also disclosed that Kinsella, who requested a personal hearing, will serve a 24-month suspension commencing 5 February 2013 (backdated to the date of sample collection) until 4 February 2015 [inclusive].

The midfielder, who has yet to play a first-team game for Fleetwood, has 12 months remaining on his contract at Highbury. Club’s chief executive Steve Curwood remarked it is very disappointing situation for everybody and there are no winners here at all and said the lad has done something which he now obviously regrets and It was something he shouldn’t have done and we’ve got to feel for him because his career, albeit short so far, has now gone into a serious decline. Curwood added we’ll sit down with him and his representatives to discuss what is generally a sorry situation for everybody and went on to add that we’ve got a detailed and serious medical department who look at these issues and we’re confident it is an isolated issue.

Kinsella said the positive result came after his cousin twice injected him with Durabolin to relieve the pain from a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, his cousin told an FA commission that he made use of Durabolin himself as a painkiller and was not aware it was also known as Nandrolone that promotes muscle growth and reduces fatigue. Kinsella said he didn’t even know what the substance was and insisted what happened was ‘stupidity in desperation.’ He further added that he never took it as a performance enhancer, so no one can call me a cheat. The midfielder, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career and dislocated his shoulder twice in October and December last year, in the meanwhile is training as an asbestos removal expert.

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Tuesday 25, Sep 2012

  Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

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Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is reeling with news that East Perth footballer Dean Cadwallader has tested positive to anabolic steroids and is banned for a period of two years. Cadwallader as informed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of a positive result taken from him during the state team program.

Cadwallader returned a positive test for nandrolone, which is prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and listed as an S1 Anabolic Agent on the 2010 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List; both the ‘A” and “B” samples of the football player returned positive results to nandrolone, the anabolic steroid. The 19-year-old tested positive to the substance and under Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations for which the prescribed penalty is an automatic suspension of two years.

The 19-year-old from Stirling made his league debut for the Royals in round two in 2010 and played in 11 games before he was dropped for the clash with Claremont on June 26. A speedy midfielder on the radar of a number of AFL clubs, Dean Cadwallader, was stood down by East Perth when the club was notified of the first positive test. The AFL hopeful was not allowed to play competitive football until June 2012 under the ruling. His period of ineligibility was fixed at two years backdated to June 21, 2010.

WAFL tribunal chairman Paul Heaney said Cadwallader admitted that he willingly took the drug to increase his weight after being told by his coach that he need to put on weight if he wants to be eligible for the AFL draft and play league football in WA. The WAFL had conducted the tribunal process in strict accordance with the AFL’s anti-doping code, acting WAFL operations manager Steve Hargrave said and added the West Australian Football League is in close consultation with key partners such as the AFL, DSR, Sports Medicine Australia, and ASADA in our ongoing development of the WAFL drug education program.

Nandrolone is commonly used by professional sportsmen to increase muscle mass and has been used illegally by athletes including Linford Christie and tennis player Petr Korda.

Cadwallader said he would like to acknowledge his actions and expressed regret for the disappointment caused to all. The player rendered an apology to his family, my teammates, the East Perth Football Club and its staff, its members and its supporters and said he has made a big mistake and paid a heavy price for that. Cadwallader expressed hopes that he can soon come back to the game and make a positive contribution. The footballer chose not to inform the club of how and why the banned steroid was taken.

East Perth coach Tony Micale said there was no need for Cadwallader to do anything like that as he had he natural talent to achieve the highest level without using drugs and said he is shocked to learn about the doping incident. Micale added that Dean had just made an error of judgment on this occasion and said he was not aware of other players at the club using drugs or not and declined to comment when asked how long Dean had been taking nandrolone.


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Monday 24, Sep 2012

  Perth Football Club Player Banned

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Perth Football Club Player Banned

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has acknowledged decision of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal for imposing a ban of two years on Perth Football Club player Joel Fiegert, for the presence of prohibited substances. The WA Football Commission released findings from a WAFL anti-doping tribunal hearing and said the 21-year-old Fiegert tested positive to an illicit drug prohibited under clause 11.1 of the anti-doping code.

The substances D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine were detected in a sample that was collected by the ASADA in-competition from Mr Fiegert, following a 30 July 2011 match between Perth and South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium, Western Australia. D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine are classified as stimulants and are prohibited in-competition, under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.

Fiegert, who played 13 league matches in four seasons at the Demons, said he was clean and vehemently denied producing a positive test or being suspended at the end of last season. The ban imposed on Fiegert by the WAFL tribunal was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension and he would be ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person until 23 August 2013 in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.

Perth president Vince Pendal was believed to be devastated by the information, but he would not discuss it and said we are not making any comment until the process has gone through. Perth Football Club chief executive Marty Atkins said the club supported the tough stance against recreational drugs and added that he club would work with the player and his family to give him the chance to a make a return to the club once the ban had been lifted.

The former Perth Demons midfielder has become the fourth WAFL player in two years to be suspended for testing positive to a banned substance after East Perth’s Kane Goodwin, Swan Districts’ Travis Casserly, and fellow Royal Dean Cadwallader. Goodwin tested positive to cocaine and the anabolic agent Clenbuterol and can play again in June next year. Casserly tested positive to the banned stimulant pseudoephedrine in cold tablets that he used during the 2010 grand final and would be eligible to play next season. Since then, he has visited many clubs for warning players of risks caused by drugs. The ban of Cadwallader for using Nandrolone expired in May.

Joel Fiegert is no longer at the Demons and is working in Karratha and said he is not aware of a positive test. When asked why he didn’t play the last two matches of 2011, Fiegert replied that he had a stress fracture in his foot last year.

The WAFC informed all WAFL presidents of the identity of the suspended player’s club but stayed away from disclosing name of the player. The matter was being overseen by WA Football Commission integrity manager Steve Hargrave, who is the only WAFC official who was authorized to discuss it but said confidentiality requirements meant he could not comment. In 2010, ASADA conducted 24 WAFL tests but doubled that last year and may double again this season at a cost of nearly $100,000.

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Sunday 22, Jul 2012

  Olympic Runners Suspected Of Doping

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Nordine Gezzar of France and Spain’s @Angel Mullera, have been axed from the London Olympic Games on suspicion of doping.

French runner Nordine Gezzar may face a life ban after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) and has already requested a “B” sample to be analyzed, with the results of that test due to be known next week. The 3000m steeplechaser may get banned permanently if the “B” sample also come back positive as Gezzar served a two-year drug ban when he was suspended in 2006.

In 2006, Gezzar was handed a suspension of two years when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone and the diuretic Finasteride that is used for treating hair loss but can also mask use of steroids.

French athletics federation vice-president, Michel Marle, said on Friday: “Gezzar tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended.”

“The athlete has already requested the analysis of the ‘B’ sample. That will be carried out on Sunday and we’ll probably know the results 48 hours later.”

Fourth at the European Championships in Helsinki, Gezzar was caught when was tested along with all other Games-bound competitors by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) made an announcement that Angel Mullera has been removed from their quad after reports in the local media also connecting him with the use of EPO. Mullera has been replaced by Sebastian Martos.

“This decision is independent of the eventual opening of a disciplinary process accompanied by a preventive ban,” the RFEA said.

 

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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

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.

Wednesday 25, Apr 2012

  Doping rugby teens sentenced

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The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport has sentencedtwo teenagers who tested positive for banned anabolic steroids at Craven Ruby Week in June 2011.

An independent anti-doping tribunal imposed two year bans on both teenagers after they tested positive for Nandrolone and Methandienone, anabolic steroids.

“The Institute has sent correspondence to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to seek clarity on the South African approach to in-school testing so that we can proceed without falling foul of international sport regulations,” said SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport’s CEO, Khalid Galant.

Tuesday 24, Apr 2012

  Indian policemen in doping net

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In the 60th All India Police Athletics Championship held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi last month, six samples contained either anabolic steroids or a diuretic.

Results from the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) had revealed that six samples had stanozolol, nandrolone, methandienone (steroids), or the diuretic furosemide, according to the National Anti Doping Agency.

The athletes involved belong to Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP, CRPF, and Odisha Police.

Friday 13, Apr 2012

  Orlando Salido fails drug test

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Orlando Salido of Mexico who won the International Boxing Federation featherweight crown in Las Vegas tested positive for steroids in a pre-fight doping test.

Salido could forfeit the title after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

“When I hit him with body shots, he had no reaction. It was like shooting a bull with (an air gun). He came out every round like it was the first.

Wednesday 21, Mar 2012

  Staten Island man allegedly caught with drugs

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Police has caught a Port Richmond man who will now face criminal charges after found in possession of marijuana, suboxone, and anabolic steroids in Graniteville.

Michael Santangelo, 35, of Hamlin Place, was discovered by police with the drugs in Graniteville, on the 1400 block of Richmond Avenue, court papers allege.

Police said officers approached his car after noticing what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction with another unapprehended suspect.

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