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Friday 29, Mar 2013

  Danish Olympic Riders Were Doping, Says Rasmussen

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Danish Olympic Riders Were Doping, Says Rasmussen

Three of the riders on the Danish Olympic team were doping when they competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, former professional bicycle rider Michael Rasmussen has told anti-doping authorities.

In late January, the Dane who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey admitted to doping for 12 years and revealed he has been cooperating with authorities, including the US Anti-Doping Agency, about his drug links and cheating past. The 38-year-old revealed he used EPO, cortisone, insulin, human growth hormone, and blood transfusions from 1998-2010 when he was riding for various teams such as CSC-Tiscali and Rabobank.

According to Politiken newspaper, the former cycle star while being questioned by representatives of the international doping agency, WADA, as well as authorities in the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US explained how doping was part of the preparations of the Danish cycling team for the Olympic Games just over eight years ago. It was remarked that one of the five members of the Danish road cycling team – Frank Høj, Bo Hamburger, Nicki Sørensen, Lars Michaelsen, and Michael Rasmussen – allegedly smuggled the drugs into the Olympic camp. One of the Danes was successful in breaching the otherwise top-notch security at Olympic Games to smuggle a syringe through the control by concealing it in the battery compartment of a media device. The five cyclists shared an apartment in the Olympic Village and spent a lot of time together before the race and discussed the possibility of doping and three of the five riders injected a cortisone product.

The head of the Danish cycling authority and the team leader for the Danish team during Athens 2004, Jesper Worre, was shocked to hear the news and remarked we need to get to the bottom of this because it’s absolutely insane if that actually happened. Worre added we will try to get an overview before commenting and were not present during Rasmussen’s questioning and don’t have insight into the case. He further added that he knew nothing of such occurrences.

The information must be verified before action is taken, Jens Evald, a law professor at Aarhus University and former head of Anti-Doping Danmark, contended. Evald added that everyone that was present at the questioning is part of a confidentiality pact and just because Rasmussen says it is does not mean that it is a truthful statement and said one has to be careful not to conclude anything until the information has been verified.

        Meanwhile, Hamburger and Michaelsen both denied to Ekstra Bladet tabloid that they were doping during the 2004 Olympics. Sørensen, who is still active as a rider for Team Saxo-Tinkoff, also denied doping and said he thinks the accusations about the Olympics in the media are very unpleasant and he just wants to say that they are unfounded. Sørensen added he is willing to speak with Anti-Doping Danmark and DCU about the story.

The head of the Danish athletics association, Danmarks Idræts-Forbund, Niels Nygaard said that it would be very sad if the news was indeed true and remarked it is always sad when Danish athletes are doping, but it is even more of a shame if the Danish cyclist were doping during the Olympic Games.

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Sunday 23, Sep 2012

  US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

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U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. The 30-year-old accepted the warning and was still made a part of the United States soccer team in the Olympic tournament.

In a statement, Solo said she took a medication that was prescribed by her personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and she was not aware of the diuretic properties of the medication. She added that she immediately cooperated with USADA as soon as she was informed of this fact and using the medication was an honest mistake. U.S. Soccer also issued a statement to express its support for the goalkeeper and said it fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process.

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction. It is marketed under the brand names Contaren and Luvion and an aldosterone antagonist with additional anti-androgen properties that is used as a diuretic in Europe. It is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hope Solo published her best-selling autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope after the 2012 London Olympics, where she received her second Olympic gold medal. The autobiography debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list, which is the highest ever for a soccer book.

Born in Richland, Washington on July 30, 1981, she scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996–1998 and a state championship in her senior year and switched to the goalkeeper position at the University of Washington. Solo’s senior debut came in an 8–0 win over Iceland at Davidson, North Carolina in April 2000 and she was named in the Olympic team in 2004. She was an important part of the U.S. women’s team that won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. During the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she won the “Golden Glove” award for best goalkeeper and the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance and featured in the “All-star” team of the tournament.

Considered one of the world’s top goalkeepers, Hope Solo has been the regular U.S. keeper for nearly six years. She famously criticized the move of Coach Greg Ryan during the 2007 World Cup in China when Ryan benched her against Brazil for veteran Briana Scurry, a hero of the 1999 world champions. The United States was routed 4-0 and Solo said leaving her behind was a wrong decision. This prompted Ryan to dismiss her from the world Cup team and the keeper was not allowed on the bench for the third-place game and flew back home from China on her own. After this controversy, Pia Sundhage took over as coach and Solo has remained her top goalkeeper ever since then.

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Thursday 20, Sep 2012

  Lenroy Thompson Receives One-Year Suspension

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The U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) has suspended American boxer @Lenroy Thompson who failed to meet requirements for his whereabouts so he could be found for out-of-competition drug testing.

Thompson, of Lenexa, Kansas, failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and a combination of three Whereabouts Failures within a period of 18 months constituted a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”).

The two-time National Golden Gloves Champion, two-time National PAL Champion, two-time USA Boxing Champion, and two-time Ringside World Champion became the first Kansas City boxer to win spot on USA Boxing Olympic team.

The 23-year-old Lenroy was found by an independent arbitrator to violate whereabouts requirements three times in 18 months and was suspended from the sport for one year. All competitive results of Lenroy will be disqualified dating to November 9, 2011 the date of his third whereabouts failure. His period of one-year ineligibility began on February 25, 2012 the date the arbitrator issued the decision.

Lenroy was considered a serious contender for the London 2012 Olympics and used to fights in pink frequently to express his commitment to and involved with the Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The boxer won the US title in 2008 and 2010 and the Golden Gloves 2009 at super heavyweight beating Bryant Jennings in the final. In the year 2010, Thompson decisioned Randall Blankenship at the Regional Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As a 19-year-old, Lenroy Thompson won on disqualification over Frank Pojsl, Honolulu, Hawaii at the U.S. Championships 2007 but lost to eventual winner Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., 12-17 in semifinals. Thompson was able to exploit absence of Michael Hunter in the Olympic trials and narrowly beat Tor Hamer (the only amateur loss of Hamer) in March 2008 to become US champion.

Also known as Cam, Super Heavyweight Lenroy Thompson is a member of the USADA National Testing Pool that consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing. In 2005, Thompson started boxing to lose weight and won 18 consecutive matches in the super heavyweight class. The Southpaw counterpuncher qualified for the Olympic Trials, where he lost to Kimdo Bethel 9-10, stopped Josh Parson 1:17 into the first round and eventually lost a rematch with Andrew Shepherd. On July 17, 2010, Thompson defeated Danny Kelly in Colorado Springs to retake the USA Boxing Championship. Lenroy Thompson is presently working as a personal trainer at Ringside’s gym at 103rd and Lackman in Lenexa Kansas.

Luis Arias, of Oak Creek, Wis., was also suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for violating whereabouts requirements three times in 18 months. Arias was suspended from the sport for one year and all his competitive results will be disqualified dating to January 1, 2012 the date of his third whereabouts failure after he failed three times to meet requirements for his whereabouts so he could be found for out-of-competition drug testing.

Lenroy Thompson Receives One-year Suspension

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