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Wednesday 29, Mar 2017

  World Archery Warns Of Potential Anti-Doping Dangers Of Beauty Products And Supplements

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A notice has been issued by World Archery to all of its National Federations regarding the potential anti-doping issues involved with the use of beauty products and supplements.

Two athletes were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations for the presence of Sibutramine, the prohibited substance, in the past year. The substance was ingested either through contaminated nutritional supplements or beauty products. Both archers received doping bans between six and eight months. The sport’s governing body did not disclose information about the identity of the two archers. However, it was disclosed by the disciplinary panels that the athletes took the substance unintentionally.

A statement from World Archery reads that it has issued an anti-doping notice to remind athletes to check the contents of any supplement or product and strongly consider the possible implications of consumption. The statement further reads that prohibited substances may be added deliberately during a product’s manufacturing process or included inadvertently through contamination and also added that the prohibited substance in many cases is not listed on the product’s ingredient label. The statement also reads that athletes are solely responsible for any substance that enters their body and therefore strongly advised to consult a doctor, specialist or their national anti-doping agency before consuming any sort of dietary or beauty supplement.

Any athlete who is competing in a world record status or world ranking competition, according to World Archery rules, may be tested for anti-doping purposes while additional controls at other events could be imposed by National Federations.

Jay Lyon, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, is presently serving a doping ban of two years following a failed drugs test. The 30-year-old Lyon won the individual silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claimed he “never intentionally took anything”.

Lyon received a suspension until May 19, 2018 after he tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. The stimulant that is not a controlled substance in North America is said to be present in a number of products that has subsequently resulted in athletes being caught out. Some of the high-profile athletes testing positive for the substance include Jamaica’s Olympic champion sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. They were both banned for a period of 18 months each before the Court of Arbitration for Sport slashed their suspensions to just six months.

In another development, an agreement was formalized between World Archery and the Archery Trade Association (ATA) in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the agreement, both parties initially signed a commitment to join forces before the fourth stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup season in Las Vegas. The ATA represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, and others working in the archery industry.

A World Archery statement reads that formalizing of the agreement is an indication of the two organizations’ shared vision for a world in which everyone has the opportunity to make archery their activity of choice in the communities where they live. World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen remarked the ATA and World Archery have been collaborating on projects for a number of years. Dielen added this MoU formalizes our commitment to continue that relationship, working together for the betterment of archery – and through shared expertise, better approaching the challenges and opportunities we face as a community.

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Tuesday 19, Aug 2014

  Amateur Surf Lifesaver Banned For Two Years

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Surfboat rower Brendan Ellis, of Batemans Bay club on the NSW South Coast, has been banned for two years following a breach of the movement’s anti-doping policy competing in the Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series at Dee Why Surf Club on January 11, 2014, according to Surf Life Saving Australia.

Ellis, a part of this year’s champion crew in the professional Ocean Thunder Series and a 2012 world surfboat title winner, was associated to an over-the-counter sports supplement that had Oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), which is a stimulant chemically related to ephedrine and sometimes found in some dietary and sport supplements. Oxilofrine is prohibited when used in competition.

The 31-year-old said he was no drug cheat and added he had simply been caught out by ingredients (made overseas) not mentioned in the packaging of a “pre-trainer’’ product. Ellis added he thought the boys in the crew were playing a prank on him when he was informed of the positive test. He also remarked a two-year ban received by him is the same as for someone who tested positive to anabolic steroids. Ellis said he means this stuff can be bought by kids over the counter at most health stores and it doesn’t seem fair.

Ellis, a surfboat rower with the Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club, used a pre-trainer supplement called Mesomorph, an over-the-counter sports supplement, on the morning at Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series at Dee Why on January 11. Ellis said he was fine to be drug tested after the race as we already had the research and added he had chemists look at it and it is not written on the label that the product had Oxilofrine in it. Ellis said he was devastated with the doping ban and remarked he had hard to achieve what medals he had won at every major event. The Surfboat rower said people will turn around and class him as a steroid taker and added he was expecting a six month or year-long ban but two years is disappointing.

Ellis also remarked had been left to patrols at the surf club but he cannot use paddle boards for instance unless it is a rescue situation. He cannot register with a local touch football, golf or bowls competition if the club or association is registered with an Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) affiliated governing body.

Ellis’ sweep Neil Innes said the punishment was wrong and said he believes there was not enough information for surfboat rowers. Innes said we are branded as drug cheats which is something we’re not happy about and remarked it is not Ellis was on anabolic steroids.

SLSA surf sports manager Nathan Hight said Ellis returned a positive sample to a random test conducting by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and would not be able to compete in surf lifesaving sports until April 10, 2016. Hight added Surf Life Saving Australia has a strict anti-doping policy at its sporting events that adheres to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and World Anti-Doping Code.

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Tuesday 15, Apr 2014

  Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Banned

Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned by a Jamaican disciplinary panel for a period of 18 months. The veteran sprinter was banned for athletics after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, Oxilofrine, last June.

Lennox Gayle, the head of the three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said the decision to ban Powell was unanimous after they examined the “voluminous nature of the evidence.” Gayle said Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault and the disciplinary panel would be issuing a written statement in a month to explain the decision.

The backdated ban on Powell starts from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013 during national trials for the world championships and he would be eligible to return to competition on December 20, about a month after he turns 32.

Powell issued a statement through his publicist and said his defense team will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport while describing the ruling as not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Powell said sanctions for a stimulant and this kind of infraction usually range from public warnings to a ban of three months, six months in the most extreme cases. The sprinter had blamed his newly-hired trainer, Canadian physiotherapist Christopher Xuereb, who offered supplements to Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist who also tested positive for the same stimulant at the national trials in June. Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel for 18 months while a two-year ban was imposed on Jamaican Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall for using a prohibited diuretic. Both Powell and Simpson will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

In a statement, Powell said he have never knowingly taken any banned substances, he did all the necessary checks before taking Epiphany D1 and it is his hope that the CAS will prove to be a more open and fair avenue for the review of all the facts in his case.

Powell added he started using the supplements, including one called “Epiphany D1″ that laboratory tests later showed to contain Oxilofrine. The athlete said he and a friend researched about the supplement for up to six hours online and found no prohibited substances. On the other hand, Xuereb said he never gave any performance enhancing to Powell or Simpson and he only bought major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb claimed both athletes were looking for a scapegoat. Xuereb once worked at the Toronto clinic operated by Anthony Galea, a sports physician who pleaded guilty of bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the United States for house calls.

Powell’s coach, Stephen Francis, urged the Jamaican Prime Minister to disband the country’s anti-doping organization and sub-contract the testing procedures to a credible overseas testing agency. Francis remarked they need to sub-contract it to England or Germany or whoever it is who can carry it out properly because obviously we in Jamaica can’t do this thing properly and it is embarrassment after embarrassment after embarrassment.

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Tuesday 21, Jan 2014

  Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

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Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel that he didn’t disclosed to a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking as the products were new to him and he could not recall their names.

The 31-year-old sprinter made this comment while testifying before a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) panel. Powell, who lowered the 100m world record to 9.74 seconds in 2008, and his attorneys, will try to explain why the sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Powell blamed his newly-hired physiotherapist Canadian Christopher Xuereb who provided them with supplement regimes. Powell’s former teammate Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, also tested positive for the same stimulant at the Jamaican national trials in June.

Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships besides Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson. Powell was the last man to hold the individual 100m world record before his record was broken by compatriot Usain Bolt in 2008. Asafa Powell later helped Jamaica in winning the 4x100m relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Powell testified that he received nine supplements from Xuereb, including Ephiphany D1, which laboratory tests later found to contain Oxilofrine. Powell remarked he started using Epiphany and other new supplements after he and a friend researched them extensively online and found no prohibited substances. He also said he also had the go-ahead from agent Paul Doyle, who Powell testified had recommended Christopher Xuereb. Agent Doyle has said Powell was referred to Xuereb through other physiotherapists who Doyle’s clients had worked with in the past.

Powell also testified that he quickly became good friends with Xuereb and remarked he trusted Xuereb so much that he invited him to live in his home. Powell said he took four Epiphany D1 capsules at the suggestion of Xuereb and did not tell the doping officer about all the new supplements, only listing three on his declaration form. Powell said he was too excited and couldn’t remember their names while filling the declaration form. Powell was accused by JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson Of being Significantly negligent after hearing the excuse offered by Powell that the thrill of attending the trials caused him to forget many of the supplements’ names.

Meanwhile, Xuereb has claimed that he didn’t provided any performance enhancing drugs to Powell and Simpson and only purchased major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb said both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat and aid Powell was taking a supplement that he did not tell him about.

In another development, Sherone Simpson, the Jamaican sprinter who won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at London 2012, has put the blame on a contaminated supplement she believed was clean for her positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine. Simpson, speaking on the opening day of a hearing into her case by a disciplinary panel of Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) in Kingston, said she had spent several hours researching the supplement Epiphany D1, which she said was given to her by her trainer, Chris Xuereb.

The hearing of Powell’s case was adjourned until February 12.

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Friday 03, Jan 2014

  Powell Doping Case Needs To Speed Up

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Powell doping case needs to speed up

Sir Craig Reedie, the new president of World Anti-Doping Association, has urged the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission for a speedy resolution in the case of Asafa Powell, the former 100 meters world-record holder.

In June last year, Powell tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine at the Jamaican national trials but it is not expected to face a disciplinary hearing before this month. Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Powell’s training group, also tested positive for the same drug.

Powell, the Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters, held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. The 30-year-old Powell insisted he had done nothing wrong and remarked he had never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. He added the positive doping test has left him completely devastated and he is reeling from this genuinely surprising result. Powell also remarked his fault is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant and said he wanted to reiterate that in his entire career as an athlete he had never sought to enhance his performance with any substance, and said it is not a part of who he is or what he believes in.

Reedie remarked Jamaica has taken too long for dealing with the Asafa Powell doping case. Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee Vice-President, took over as WADA President on January 1, 2014 and said there are a few cases ongoing in Jamaica, one of them a very high-profile one, and one of the issues is that it is taking too long to come to a conclusion. Reedie added he has been under a cloud and if he has broken the rules then sport wants the case finalized, if he hasn’t then he wants the cloud lifted.

A few weeks back, Reedie met new JADCO chief executive Carey Brown in Montreal and said he believes Jamaica is improving its testing regime after disclosures that only one out-of-competition test was conducted in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The WADA President added the World Anti-Doping Agency has been asked to go to Jamaica and help them with their structure and the sports minister has announced extra money for testing so one hopes they have got the message. He went on to add that the island country relied heavily in the past on the International Association of Athletics Federations, especially for out-of-competition tests. Sir Craig Reedie also believes that the clouds of suspicion should not be directed at current 100m world record-holder Usain Bolt or any Jamaican sprinter just because others have tested positive.

The WADA chief added people have to understand that Jamaica is not a test-free zone but they probably have relied too often on the IAAF’s (International Athletics Federation) efforts and added he knows from the IAAF figures that he [Bolt] has been tested very regularly throughout 2013 and before. Reedie also said all of the top Jamaican athletes have been tested regularly by the international federation.

In 2013, high jumper Demar Robinson, discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle were under investigation for failed tests but none of them have received a disciplinary hearing or the final verdict.

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Tuesday 23, Jul 2013

  Magee Considers Suing Manufacturer Of Sports Supplements

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Magee Considers Suing Manufacturer Of Sports Supplements

Former world super-middleweight champion Brian Magee was evaluating the option of a legal action against the manufacturer of a sports supplement that landed him with a doping ban of six months.

The 38-year-old Magee was recently revealed to be the first British athlete to have tested positive for Oxilofrine, the same stimulant sprinter Asafa Powell admitted had shown up in his system. The Northern Irish boxer Magee was found to have inadvertently ingested the substance that did not appear on the list of ingredients for a supplement he took during the build-up to his World Boxing Association title defeat to Mikkel Kessler in December. Magee said he feared his career was over when he was informed of the positive test and the boxer who fought Carl Froch in 2006 and is a former British and European champion, said he is intent on returning to the ring.

Though McGee was not given a ban of two years, his failure to double-check the product with a qualified medical practitioner was still deemed “careless and negligent” by UK Anti-Doping, leading to a suspension that was backdated to January and expires next week. Magee told UK Anti-Doping that he had taken a new supplement that also contained another banned substance in beta-methylphenethylamine to combat fatigue after contracting a heavy cold. The judgment of UKAD reflected the fact Oxilofrine or its known synonyms were not listed among the supplement’s ingredients. UK Anti-Doping said in its judgment that the athlete has acted in a careless and negligent manner that has resulted in him committing an anti-doping rule violation.

In a statement, Magge remarked that he was in total shock when told that he had tested positive, and he honestly thought someone was playing a joke. He remarked all I could think was I could get a lifetime ban or even a two-year ban which, at my age, would have meant my career was as good as over. Magee added that I have had 30 or 40 tests in my career and never tested positive and I have always been extremely careful about everything I have taken, and I didn’t do anything differently before the Kessler fight.

The Irish boxer’s manager Pat Magee said Brian has had 20 plus tests throughout his career in the amateurs and the professional game and none before this one have returned positive. He added that this news came to a shock to me and Brian and it is out there for anyone to see that he has tested positive, but people won’t read behind that and seek out what really happened. Pat Magee added that Brian has never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs and it has been confirmed to us by the UKAD that the amount of the substance found in his system would not have proved beneficial or helped in a fight in any way.

A few weeks back, the former director of ethics and anti-doping at UK Sport, Michele Verroke, remarked athletes are being put under so much pressure to improve performance that they are being persuaded to use supplements and added this is a totally unregulated market and they are hugely at risk.

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Thursday 18, Jul 2013

  Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

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Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the world’s fastest men, have failed drug tests. The doping test failures have once again highlighted the growing influence of performance enhancing drugs among professional athletes.

The two athletes tested positive for a banned substance at an out-of-competition test on 16 May 2013. The 30-year-old Tyson Gay is the second fastest man of all time and has already backed off the USA’s World Championships team and Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Powell, on the other hand, has clocked 9.88s in 100m and is one of the five Jamaican athletes – two in field events and three sprinters – who returned adverse findings following the tests conducted at their National Trials, staged in Kingston from June 20th-23rd. Powell tested positive for banned drug Oxilofrine that is a stimulant used for improving ability of the body to burn fat and get more lean muscle and less fat and for increasing speed.

The one-time poster boy for clean athletics, Gay once signed up to Project Believe, a US Anti-Doping Agency initiative paving the way for extra drug testing. Gay remarked his career and name have always been better than medals or records or anything like that. He added that he has always wanted a clean name with anything and unfortunately he has to break this news, that he has a positive A sample. Tyson Gay further remarked that he doesn’t have a sabotage story and he doesn’t have any lies. He added that he does not have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games and added that he doesn’t have any of those stories and added that he basically put his trust in someone and was let down.

Meanwhile, the trainer of Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, Chris Xuereb, has refuted claims by Powell’s agent Paul Doyle after Powell and three-times Olympic medalist Sherone Simpson both tested positive for the same banned stimulant Oxilofrine. In a statement, Xuereb remarked it is time that the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat. He further added that he is disappointed that that these athletes have chosen to blame him for their own violations. Xuereb also said he did recommend some vitamins and all were purchased over the counter at reputable nutritional stores and are major brands and the athletes didn’t inform him of taking any other additional supplementation.

The 28-year-old Simpson, who finished equal second in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens 4×100 meters relay, also denied knowingly taking a banned substance. Gay, the 2007 world 100 and 200 champion, remarked he couldn’t reveal the substance or how the positive occurred.

In a statement, Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said it is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete and added that he looked to the United States Anti-Doping Agency to handle the case appropriately. Four-time Olympic medalist and sprint analyst Ato Boldon said Asafa and Tyson are certainly two people who a lot of track fans have loved and admired for a long time and they failed drug tests unfortunately.

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