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Thursday 04, Sep 2014

  Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Suspended

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The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker on Tuesday for four games after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, reportedly a stimulant.

Welker, a powerful part of the NFL’s most productive scoring attack in history, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He just returned to practice on Monday after suffering a concussion during a pre-season game against Houston, his third concussion in the past 10 months. Welker will resume playing when the Broncos visit the New York Jets on October 12. He will lose the games at home against Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City, a rematch at Seattle Seahawks, and at home against Arizona on October 5.

It is rumored that the failed test of Walker could be because of him having ingested “molly” – MDMA, also known as ecstasy – at the Kentucky Derby in May. Welker was even clicked handing out $100 bills to strangers after having won $50,000 at Churchill Downs. However, Welker denied the Molly report and remarked he would not have any idea where to get a Molly, or what a Molly is. Walker went on to say that he does not do drugs and added he is as shocked as everyone at the news. Welker said he would never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. The fans of NFL are not to such denials. Last month, Dallas Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick gave a similar excuse after he tested positive for amphetamines.

The use of performance enhancing and recreational drugs is not new to NFL.

Bill “Spaceman” Lee used to sprinkle marijuana on his Buckwheat pancakes. In the NFL of the 1970s and 80s, the Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was known to keep a liquid inhaler filled with a mixture of cocaine and water in his pants and had a habit of spraying into his mouth throughout the game.

In a remarkably frank 2010 interview with the Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox’s Bernie Carbo admitted that he smoked two joints, drank about 3-4 beers, used amphetamines, took a pain killer, drank a cup of coffee, chewed tobacco, and had a cigarette before he hit the three-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Carbo was eventually traded by Red Sox after the team learned he used to toss baseballs into the stands during batting practice in exchange for joints (marijuana).

In 2009, USA Swimming suspended Michael Phelps who was fresh off conquering a record eight gold medals in a single Olympics in Beijing the year before, from competition for a period of three months after a photograph of him smoking from a “marijuana pipe” emerged. In a statement explaining the ban, USA Swimming didn’t made attempts to argue that the doping of Phelps was meant to give him an edge over his competitors. It was remarked by USA Swimming that we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and hero.

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Monday 20, Aug 2012

  Anti-Doping Policies Defended By Football Association

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dopingThe Football Association have defended its anti-doping rules after Dispatches program of Channel 4 revealed names of several players who have failed drugs tests. The Association said its policy is to keep names of players who fail tests for social drugs out of competition private though a punishment of up to six months for first-time offenders can be given out.

Players should be allowed privacy to get help for their problems, when required, according to the association that added that there is no guideline for identifying those who have failed tests for recreational drugs away from game time.

The Dispatches program named players with experience of the Premier League but not active in the top flight for testing positive for cocaine. It was stressed by the FA that it is working hard for eliminating all illegal substances and underlined that players testing positive for social drugs would face punishment even if their names were not disclosed.

The association remarked that any player who fails to clear a test for a performance enhancing drug is named, irrespective of whether he or she is tested in or out of competition. The FA said in a statement that the association conducts a comprehensive anti-doping program that is the largest of any sport in the United Kingdom besides prohibiting all the doping offences listed in the World Anti-Doping Agency code and applies all the sanctions laid down in the WADA code for the offenses. It added that the association that is supported by all the football stakeholders recognize the issues that are or may be caused by use of social drugs by players and even choose to go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency code by proactively testing all samples for social drugs, irrespective of whether the tests are conducted in or out of competition.

The Football Association added that football is one of the only sports in the United Kingdom that ban use of social drugs at all times and every defaulting player is charged and sanctioned that ordinarily includes a suspension from all football activity for a period of up to six months for a first time offense. The players are also subjected to target testing for a period of two years and names of such players may not be reported to help the player undergo any necessary rehabilitation and counseling. The FA added that while Premier and Football League clubs and players are subject to strict FA whereabouts regulations, all England representative teams are subject to UEFA and FIFA regulations and further added that players are drug tested on a no-advance notice basis. In case of any breach of the FA whereabouts regulations, the clubs or players are subject to disciplinary processes.

David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Agency, said the Football Association should consider naming all drug-using players, no matter what they are found to have taken or when they are tested. Howman added that the FA should do well to make its doping detection program fully transparent and avoid so much secrecy.



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Tuesday 30, Aug 2011

  NFL introduces game-day testing

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NFL introduces game-day testingAdolpho Birch, the NFL‘s senior vice president of law and labor policy, recently said the league will drug test for steroids on game days.

NFL will use the game-day testing only for performance-enhancers and not for recreational drugs like cocaine and marijuana.

“This is primarily a competitive issue, so we do not contemplate utilizing it for the substances-of-abuse recreational drugs,” Birch said during a conference call. “But it is something that will involve any of the potential testing we do under the steroid policy.”

Monday 20, Dec 2010

  Fine for rugby union players using recreational drugs

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Fine for rugby union players using recreational drugsAccording to a report in the Daily Mail, top rugby union players will be let off with a fine from next year if they are caught making use of recreational drugs.

It was also reported that name of offenders will only be released if they fail two drug tests in 18 months.

Mark McCafferty, the chief executive of Premier Rugby, said it is good to see that players have been very fair and cooperative to the new policy.

Thursday 11, Nov 2010

  World Cup cheats should stay away from Crack team

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World Cup cheats should stay away from Crack teamAny football player who will cheat at the World Cup will face complete scrutiny under Dr. Pieter van der Merwe and his team at the South African Doping Control Laboratory.

FIFA has asked Van der Merwe and his team to keep an eye on doping for the World Cup, as per Van der Merwe.

Urine samples taken from players after each of the 64 games in tournament will be analyzed at the facility at the University of Bloemfontein’s Department of Pharmacology.

Saturday 18, Sep 2010

  New drug test rules for high level footballers

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New drug test rules for high level footballersFIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have entered into new drug testing procedures for footballers playing at the highest level.

The new anti-doping rules by the football governing body come into force as a pilot project initiated after FIFA objected to players being held to the toughest standards of the new WADA code.

The doping tests will be targeted at football players classed in three high-risk categories: players with Champions League clubs, international players, and those sidelined for long periods through injury or suspension.

Sunday 28, Feb 2010

  Performance enhancing drug users more likely to use other drugs and alcohol

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Performance enhancing drug users more likely to use other drugs and alcoholDuring a study of 234 male athletes at one university, it was found that college athletes using performance enhancing drugs, ranging from steroids to stimulants to weight-loss supplements, are at an increased risk of using heavy drinking and using drugs like marijuana and cocaine in the future.

Study co-author Dr. Robert J. Pandina, director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, said that most of the athletes are not only toying with recreational drugs and alcohol but also facing severe consequences as well.

The finding was disclosed in a new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and the athletes in this study came from a large, NCAA Division I university where performance pressure is quite high.

Wednesday 27, Jan 2010

  Athletes on performance enhancers more likely to abuse alcohol and substance drugs

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athleteCollege athletes who make use of performance enhancing substances can be at an increased risk of abusing alcohol and indulging in substance abuse, as per a new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

In a study involving 234 male athletes, it was found that athletes using performance enhancers such as steroids and weight-loss supplements are more likely to use drugs like marijuana and cocaine.

Study co-author Dr. Robert J. Pandina, director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, said that the concerning implication is that many athletes are not only using recreational drugs but also suffering from harmful effects.

Wednesday 09, Dec 2009

  Athletes using Performance enhancing drugs more likely to abuse alcohol

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Athletes using Performance enhancing drugs more likely to abuse alcoholAccording to a new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, college athletes using performance enhancing drugs run a greater risk of abusing alcohol and other recreational drugs than those not making a use of them. It was also highlighted that these troubled athletes also run a higher risk of failing tests, getting into fights, and missing classes.

It was remarked by study co-author Dr. Robert J. Pandina, director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, that these athletes are not only abusing recreational drugs and alcohol but are also suffering from health complications.

Pandina was of the view that athletes make use of performance enhancing drugs after seeing the “utilitarian value” of using recreational drugs but may end up falling stressed.