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Wednesday 09, Nov 2016

  George Sullivan Accepts Suspension Of One Year

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UFC fighter George Sullivan has accepted a sanction of one year after he was found violating anti-doping policy of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC fighter never actually failed a drug test but admitted to using a substance or product with a banned item in it.

In a statement, USADA said that George Sullivan has accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance contained in a product that was inaccurately labeled. The statement further reads that Sullivan did not test positive for any prohibited substances but the admission of use of a prohibited substance or product containing a prohibited substance is regarded as an anti-doping policy violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The 35-year-old declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when he described his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13, 2016.

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. USADA initiated an investigation following the declaration of Sullivan regarding the product declared by him on his sample collection paperwork. Sullivan provided the United States Anti-Doping Agency with information about the supplement product he was referring to when he declared IGF-1.

It was found by USADA that the manufacturer claimed on the product website that each bottle of the product contains an extremely high concentration of IGF-1 although no prohibited substances were specifically listed on the Supplement Facts label. The presence of IGF-1 in the product was confirmed by detailed analysis by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. This product has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.supplement411.org).

An athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. USADA determined in the case of Sullivan that the UFC fighter’s degree of fault and his forthright declaration of the product at issue justified a reduction to one year from the maximum two-year period of ineligibility.

The one-year period of ineligibility of George Sullivan began on January 31, 2016, the day after his most recent UFC bout. USADA said the first time Sullivan disclosed that he was using the product was back in January, which is why his suspension is retroactive to that date.

The American mixed martial artist competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed with the UFC in the winter of 2013 after winning the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Welterweight Championship. In his promotional UFC debut, Sullivan fought against fellow newcomer Mike Rhodes on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Sullivan faced Igor Araújo in his next fight and won the bout via knockout in the second round.

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Sunday 21, Dec 2014

  Four-Year Sanction On US Track & Field Athlete

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Four-Year Sanction On US Track & Field Athlete

Mohamed “Mo” Trafeh, a U.S. athlete in the sport of track & field, has received a doping sanction for four years by an independent Arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association, North American Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel (AAA), according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The AAA arbitrator found Trafeh guilty of committing multiple anti-doping rule violations, including repeated use and possession of Erythropoietin (EPO) and evading sample collection. The multiple violations and other conduct of Trafeh were considered by the arbitrator as aggravating circumstances. The Arbitrator determined that in accordance with the rules of the World-Anti Doping Code, Trafeh must receive a 4-year period of ineligibility as well as a loss of results which includes a U.S. 15K National Championship, U.S. Half Marathon Championship and a record-setting U.S. 25k National Championship.

Erythropoietin is a synthetic hormone that is used for stimulating the production of red blood cells in the body. This hormone has the ability to increase transportation of oxygen in the body and improve aerobic capacity. EPO, belonging to the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, and Related Substances, is a prohibited substance. The anti-doping violations committed by Trafeh were in violation of anti-doping rules including the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart remarked this decision by the independent Arbitrator shows the importance of non-analytical cases in the effort to protect clean athletes. Tygart added investigations along with education and testing are a critical component of the mission to ensure that those who defraud their competitors with the use of performance-enhancing drugs and attempt to evade testing to avoid getting caught, don’t get away with it.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency presented evidence during the arbitration hearing to the independent Arbitrator including testimony from several witnesses under oath as well as other documentary evidence. The arbitrator, after considering all the evidence presented, confirmed that the evidence proved that Trafeh purchased Erythropoietin and transported it into the United States and that he had used the blood-boosting drug since at least January 2012. The arbitrator also remarked Trafeh knowingly submitted false whereabouts information in an attempted ruse to both avoid testing and the consequences of an unsuccessful test attempt because of his failure to submit accurate whereabouts information to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The United States Anti-Doping Agency proved that the athlete was actually in the United States when USADA sent a doping control officer to his residence in Morocco to test him in February 2014.

Trafeh is disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to January 1, 2012, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. The disqualification of the athlete includes his 2012 U.S. 15K National Championship, 2013 U.S. Half Marathon Championship and his record-setting U.S. 25k National Championship. It was ruled by the Arbitrator ruled that Trafeh’s period of ineligibility should start on January 1, 2012, the date from which it was determined he first committed an anti-doping rule violation.

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Thursday 21, Aug 2014

  Cronulla Sharks Players Receive Doping Show-Cause Notices

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Cronulla sharks players receive doping show cause notices

Show-cause notices have been issued to seventeen past and present Cronulla Sharks players over the 2011 supplements program of the club.

A proposal regarding a possible suspension by the anti-doping authority has been offered to Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou, John Morris, and Paul Gallen.

According to News Corp Australia, the notices were distributed at a series of meetings on August 20. The players will have ten days to submit their response and have the option of challenging the notices. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Cronulla have confirmed five players presently contracted to the Sharks and 12 former players of the club have received show cause notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen is one of the involved players and expressed concern that they will be labeled as drug cheats by accepting reduced bans. Gallen remarked our reputation is tarnished now already, but no matter what, if we do this we’re going to be labeled a drug cheat. Gallen also said whatever happens is going to happen and we can just get on with life because closure on this thing would just be unbelievable after what we have gone through the past two seasons. Gallen said he had not taken any banned substance and said it would be devastating if he is prevented from playing for Australia and seeing his reputation damaged.

In a statement, the Cronulla Sharks said five players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension. It was added that the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf. It was also revealed that the ASADA CEO (Ben McDevitt) based on his assessment of the evidence has reached the conclusion that the players have a case to answer under the World Anti-Doping Code.  The club statement said the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club and added that solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.

In a statement, ASADA remarked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) commenced issuing ‘show cause’ notices to current and former players from the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Football Club. It added a total of 17 ‘show cause’ notices are to be issued in accordance with the ASADA Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) responsibilities under the ASADA Act and relate to the use of prohibited substances, CJC-1295 and GHRP-6, during the 2011 season and the decision to issue ‘show cause’ notices by ASADA CEO, Ben McDevitt is based on evidence collected during the 16 month investigation. ASADA added the World Anti-Doping Code’s Prohibited List categorizes CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 under S2 ‘Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances’ and added that anyone considering the use of these substances should be aware that they may result in potentially serious health consequences. It was added that GHRP-6 is not approved for human use in Australia.

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Wednesday 30, Jul 2008

  China’s crackdown on steroids – Better late than never

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china-steroidsIn preparation for the coming Summer Olympics in Beijing, and probably in response to the recent showing of a documentary in Germany about gene doping and steroid trade in China, Chinese officials are now intensifying their drive against suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Those who have suffered the brunt of now embarrassed local anti-doping officials include manufacturers of steroids and peptide hormones, wholesalers, consumer outlets and websites.

The Earth Times has the complete report:

China has begun a clampdown on companies making drugs that can be used to enhance sporting performance ahead of next month’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Production bans, licence withdrawals and fines have all been used by the authorities, the national anti-doping agency (CHINADA) and other ministerial agencies reported Monday.

According to the reports, 257 companies which deal with or manufacture anabolic steroids and peptide hormones, 2,739 wholesalers and 340,000 consumer outlets were inspected.

As a result, 30 companies were ordered to suspend production while 25 firms had their licence to manufacture drugs which can be used for doping withdrawn.

Another 318 websites, which gave information on the sale of steroids and peptide
hormones, were also targeted.

“We have punished those who have broken the rules,” said Yan Jiangyung, spokeswoman for the Chinese state authority that overlooks nutrition and medicinal drugs.

Earlier this month, a German television documentary suggested that genetic doping is possible in China.

The documentary broadcast by the state-run ARD network showed a reporter, claiming to be a swimming coach, inquiring about performance- enhancing stem cell treatment for athletes in a Chinese hospital.

While Yan called on the ARD to hand over any information it had on Chinese medical practitioners who were involved in doping, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said genetic doping was not possible.

“I can say in agreement with international experts that such a therapy does not exist in China or elsewhere internationally,” said Mao Qunan.

With less than two weeks before the start of the Games, many consider the move to be a belated attempt to curb the use of these banned compounds. But China is under intense pressure from anti-doping agencies, particularly the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA’s top gun John Fahey has been proclaiming that the 2008 Summer Olympics will be the cleanest ever.

From AFP:

Though Fahey refused to guarantee a completely drug-free Games, he said cheats are more likely to be caught by the doping agency this year than ever before.
“One has to recognise the question of doping in sport has been around now for a long time,” Fahey told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio.

“There’s been evidence that at successive games it’s occurred. (But) I can give this guarantee: there’s a far greater likelihood that anybody cheating or attempting to cheat in the Beijing Games will be caught than in any other time of our history.”

It is expected that around 4,500 tests for banned compounds will be implemented on participating athletes in the Beijing Olympics. This is significantly higher with those that had been carried out in Athens and Sydney, numbering to 3,700 and 2,800 tests respectively.