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Tuesday 09, Apr 2013

  Disqualified Olympian Sues Supplement Maker

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Disqualified Olympian Sues Supplement Maker

Discus thrower Robert Fazekas and his coach, Adrian Annus, have filed a lawsuit against a Canadian company that he claims concealed the presence of anabolic steroids in a protein supplement he was taking.

The Hungarian discus thrower, who was barred from last summer’s Olympic Games in London because of a failed drug test, filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Niagara County because the supplement maker, MVP Biotech, has its U.S. distribution address in Niagara Falls, according to attorney Kalman Magyar. The company, however, is based in Kirkland, Quebec. The two are represented in their damage suit by Minryu Kim of Buffalo’s Phillips Lytle law firm and by Magyar, a Toronto attorney.

The thrower and his coach are no strangers to doping controversies and were stripped of gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for doping rule violations. While Fazekas had won the discus competition, Annus had won the hammer throw.

The 37-year-old Fazekas probably missed his last chance at Olympic glory because of the disqualification following a pre-Olympic drug test. Magyar said he believes Fazekas would have won in the Olympics and added he threw a longer throw than the eventual gold medalist in London during training right before the Olympics, which he was not allowed to go to in the end. He went on to add that the discus thrower never tested positive for steroids until he came across MVP’s products.

The Hungarian discus thrower was barred from competitions after the test and served a ban of two years after the 2004 Athens disqualification that came after he was unable to produce enough urine to be tested following the event, which was regarded as a violation of the rules. It was then asserted by the Hungarian Olympic Committee that the thrower was a deeply religious person who tried for hours after his Athens win but was unable to produce a urine sample with people watching him. The assertion didn’t impress an International Olympic Committee disciplinary board that disqualified him.

He then made a comeback and finished eighth in the discus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then gained the third spot at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona. In the same year, Annus became the coach of Fazekas. Fazekas started taking “Pro Whey,” a protein supplement sold by MVP Biotech in 2012 and a doping test conducted by a Vienna laboratory certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency picked up anabolic steroids in urine of Fazekas. Magyar remarked the level of steroids was “one nanogram per milliliter, the tiniest amount possible.” The lab samples of the supplements he was using, including opened and unopened containers of Pro Whey, were sent and both tested positive for steroids, according to Magyar.

The Hungarian discus thrower ranks fifth in all-time longest discus throw distances with a personal best of 71.70m.

MVP Biotech was accused in the lawsuit of failing to list the steroid in question, called Stanozolol, among Pro Whey’s ingredients. Magyar said Stanozolol is a banned substance and Fazekas would have never taken it if it was listed.

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Tuesday 11, Sep 2012

  Discus Thrower Banned For Two Years

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Discus Thrower Banned For Two Years

Discus thrower Zoltan Kovago of Hungary has been banned for a period of two years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal filed by the IAAF, the governing body of athletics, according to the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

The discus thrower refused to provide a sample to doping officials last year, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said. Doping officials of Hungary initially cleared Kovago but the IAAF appealed against the decision.

The ban on Kovago came soon after another Hungarian discus thrower, Robert Fazekas, was removed from the Olympic team after he tested positive for stanozolol, the banned steroid. The 2004 Olympics gold was thereafter awarded to Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania.

Fazekas won the Olympic title in Athens initially but was later disqualified for a doping offense and Kovago was upgraded to the silver-medal position in the standings.

A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) release stated that a CAS panel was satisfied that the discus thrower (Kovago) had refused or evaded sample collection on August 11, 2011 without compelling justification. Kovago denied the charges and remarked that he offered three samples within a four-day period around the time in question.

With a throw of 68.21m, Kovago is fifth in the current world lists. His personal best throw is 69.95 m that was achieved in May 2006 in Salon-de-Provence. Kovago finished first in 1998 World Junior Championships in France with a throw of 59.36 m and second in 2004 World Athletics Final in Monaco. In the year 2005, Kovago finished third in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monaco and secured the third position in the 2012 European Championships in Finland.

“To my honor, I did not dope, which unfortunately I am unable to prove with a series of negative tests,” Kovago wrote in a statement.

The discus thrower had been exonerated by the Doping Committee of the Hungarian National Anti-Doping Organisation that prompted the International Athletics Association (IAAF) to appeal to CAS. The decision was acknowledged by the Hungarian Athletic Association that cannot be appealed but said there is no violation evidence. Marton Gyulai, the federation’s secretary general, said there is no material proof that Kovago refused a doping test and added that there is only a single anti-doping official with contradictory statements on the opposing side while the athlete provided copious material proof.

He produced a new world lead of 69.50m at the Budapest GP 2011. Born in Szolnok, Kovago became interested in athletics in his early childhood and qualified for the finals among the adults in the 2002 European Championships in Munich. At the 2011 Hungarian Championships in Szekszárd, Zoltan Kovago’s winning throw was 67.17m that gave him an easy victory over Gabor Maté who was second with 59.08m. The 33-year-old has long been one of the top discus throwers in the world and won the world junior title in 1998 before taking silver at the 2004 Olympics. The Hungarian Olympic silver medalist 2004, Kovago, threw a massive 69.50m in Budapest, at the Budapest Grand Prix 2011.

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