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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 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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Saturday 20, Jul 2013

  Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

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Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has expressed her disappointment at the doping scandal that has gripped top sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

The 26-year-old Pearson, who won the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 meters hurdles and a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, said it is disappointing that these things happen, but it’s good that WADA or whatever doping agency is keeping on top of the athletes. She added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and comment or have an opinion on it as you can be quite close to these athletes at the same time.

The reigning world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion added that we like to compete cleanly and fairly and also remarked that you’ve just got to keep going and working hard and being really diligent about what goes into your body and who you trust.

World and Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, a teammate of Gay’s on the US team, said it is unfortunate for the sport that we even have to discuss it but added that it is good to have these organizations to stay on top of things from a sports standpoint. American high jump star Brigetta Barrett, the Olympic silver medalist in the London Games, remarked that it was always shocking when your heroes have fallen and you don’t expect these people to have positive tests. Barrett urged for a better distribution of finances among athletes to close the gap that causes possible desperation. Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, remarked it never crossed my mind that they were doping and added that you have to make sure you’re responsible for what’s going into your body.

Meanwhile, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle from Jamaica became the latest casualty of doping but remarked that he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. The discus thrower remarked he regretted the “hurt and embarrassment” his failed test caused a country that is still digesting news of positive tests from two high-profile sprinters and another discus thrower. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) notified Smikle of the positive test after his urine sample from the Jamaica National Trials in June returned an adverse analytical finding. Smikle joined former world 100 meters record-holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 4x100m relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson, and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall, as athletes from Jamaica to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials.

In a statement, Smikle said he is very saddened and surprised personally by these findings, as he has never attempted to cheat and have always considered himself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing. The 21-year-old Smikle has requested analysis of his ‘B’ sample said he and was willing to work with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in any investigation to get this matter dealt with in the best way possible.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall acknowledged receipt of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) notification of her adverse finding for a banned diuretic but denied knowingly taking a performance-enhancing substance.

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Friday 19, Jul 2013

  News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

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News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

On Thursday, Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica walked out of a news conference after they were asked about the environment in their teams after the recent failed doping tests for Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. The sprinters had requested not to be quizzed about doping but abruptly get up and left after they were asked about doping.

Powell, the former 100-meter record holder, and Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters in the U.S. trials last month, were notified of a positive doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this month. Tyson Gay may face a ban of two years if his ‘B’ sample also proves positive.

Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. In May, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.

However, Australian hurdler Sally Pearson, American high jumper Brigetta Barrett, and sprinter Justin Gatlin didn’t follow Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and didn’t shy away from discussing the issue of doping.

Gatlin, a former Olympic and world champion who was suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance in 2006, remarked you have to make sure that you’re responsible for what’s going into your body and who’s around you. He added that is one thing that he has learnt when everything happened with him and said you got to move forward.

Barrett, who won the U.S. trials with a personal best of 2.04, said he had not expected the doping test announcements and said you are always shocked by the news when your ‘heroes’ have fallen and it does feel like a shock because he didn’t expect those people to have a positive test. Barrett added that his heart and prayers go out to Gay and anybody else having to deal with the consequences of a positive test result and went on to remark that he can only pray that they could deal with it with grace and that other people can treat them accordingly.

Pearson highlighted the work of anti-doping authorities around the world while saying doping has returned to plague the image of the sport. He said it is disappointing that these things happen but at the same time, she guesses it’s good that whatever doping agency is doing it is keeping on top of the athletes. Pearson added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and it’s a shame that you have to comment on it and have a feeling and an opinion about what’s happened, because it’s hard as we know these athletes personally as well and it can be difficult.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle became the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to have a positive doping test. Smikle said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance and said in a statement that he as an athlete takes responsibility for whatever is found in his body but he would like to say that he did not knowingly or willfully ingest any banned substance.

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