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Sunday 31, Jan 2016

  Former Associate Of Pharmacists Assists Doping Inquiry

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Gerry Ramogida, a prominent sports chiropractor who works for the Seattle Seahawks and has treated Olympic athletes from Canada and Britain, had reached out to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the organization that oversees the country’s anti-doping program.

Ramogida is cooperating with Canadian anti-doping officials in the wake of an Al Jazeera report that alleged a network of people who claimed to have offered performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes. Ramogida vehemently denied any involvement with performance enhancing drugs and also remarked he had no knowledge that some business associates were associated with doping. Ramogida went on to add that he learned of the activities only after Al Jazeera brought it to his attention.

In the documentary (“The Dark Side: The Secret World of Sports Doping”), the business associates — Charles Sly and Chad Robertson, both pharmacists, and Brandon Spletzer, a naturopath — were shown talking openly about providing illicit drugs to athletes. In the documentary, Sly suggested that Peyton Manning had used human growth hormone. Later, a YouTube statement was posted by Sly in which he insisted that everything he told the Al Jazeera reporter was untrue. An undercover reporter was told by Robertson that they were developing a telemedicine clinic with Ramogida called ProMed and this clinic would provide second opinions to athletes after they have been treated by team doctors. Ramogida was recruited to participate in the venture but backed out before the December report of Al Jazeera.

Gerry Ramogida remarked he believes his business partners recruited him as a conduit to top athletes and added he was an unwitting pawn unaware of the ulterior motives of his partners. In a statement, Ramogida said he can’t emphasize strongly enough that at no point was there ever any discussions — nor even the slightest hint — of anything to do with banned substances and also said hence his utter shock at seeing the Al Jazeera documentary.

It was confirmed by the Seahawks, the Vancouver Canucks of the N.H.L. and Fortius Sport & Health, a sports medicine and training center in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby that Ramogida came forward to tell them about his association with Robertson, Spletzer, and ProMed before the Al Jazeera report was broadcast. Craig Thompson, president and chief executive of Fortius, said we stand by Gerry 100 percent and added there is no evidence or even the slightest suggestion linking him to PEDs, which are of course the complete antithesis of everything Gerry has stood for throughout his career.

Sarah Teetzel, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Manitoba, remarked naturopaths haven’t really been part of the conversation of doping development and added a team doctor knows if they are found to have supplied an athlete, there are consequences.

Paul Melia, the chief executive of CCES, said it is always disturbing to hear of these kinds of allegations to the extent that the documentary suggests that it is going on. Melia added CCES was increasingly focused on the “supply chain” and the network of people who provide performance enhancing drugs to athletes.

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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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