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Tuesday 23, Jul 2013

  Magee Considers Suing Manufacturer Of Sports Supplements

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Magee Considers Suing Manufacturer Of Sports Supplements

Former world super-middleweight champion Brian Magee was evaluating the option of a legal action against the manufacturer of a sports supplement that landed him with a doping ban of six months.

The 38-year-old Magee was recently revealed to be the first British athlete to have tested positive for Oxilofrine, the same stimulant sprinter Asafa Powell admitted had shown up in his system. The Northern Irish boxer Magee was found to have inadvertently ingested the substance that did not appear on the list of ingredients for a supplement he took during the build-up to his World Boxing Association title defeat to Mikkel Kessler in December. Magee said he feared his career was over when he was informed of the positive test and the boxer who fought Carl Froch in 2006 and is a former British and European champion, said he is intent on returning to the ring.

Though McGee was not given a ban of two years, his failure to double-check the product with a qualified medical practitioner was still deemed “careless and negligent” by UK Anti-Doping, leading to a suspension that was backdated to January and expires next week. Magee told UK Anti-Doping that he had taken a new supplement that also contained another banned substance in beta-methylphenethylamine to combat fatigue after contracting a heavy cold. The judgment of UKAD reflected the fact Oxilofrine or its known synonyms were not listed among the supplement’s ingredients. UK Anti-Doping said in its judgment that the athlete has acted in a careless and negligent manner that has resulted in him committing an anti-doping rule violation.

In a statement, Magge remarked that he was in total shock when told that he had tested positive, and he honestly thought someone was playing a joke. He remarked all I could think was I could get a lifetime ban or even a two-year ban which, at my age, would have meant my career was as good as over. Magee added that I have had 30 or 40 tests in my career and never tested positive and I have always been extremely careful about everything I have taken, and I didn’t do anything differently before the Kessler fight.

The Irish boxer’s manager Pat Magee said Brian has had 20 plus tests throughout his career in the amateurs and the professional game and none before this one have returned positive. He added that this news came to a shock to me and Brian and it is out there for anyone to see that he has tested positive, but people won’t read behind that and seek out what really happened. Pat Magee added that Brian has never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs and it has been confirmed to us by the UKAD that the amount of the substance found in his system would not have proved beneficial or helped in a fight in any way.

A few weeks back, the former director of ethics and anti-doping at UK Sport, Michele Verroke, remarked athletes are being put under so much pressure to improve performance that they are being persuaded to use supplements and added this is a totally unregulated market and they are hugely at risk.

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Sunday 28, Apr 2013

  Warning To Athletes Using High Doses Of Prescription Drugs

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Warning To Athletes Using High Doses Of Prescription Drugs

Speaking at a conference on drug-taking in sport, Professor Declan Naughton, Professor of Bimolecular Sciences at Kingston University in South West London, cautioned sportsmen and women against using drugs known as nitrites without clinical supervision to improve their performance.

Naughton warned that such athletes could suffer a range of side effects from convulsions to coma, and could even kill themselves. Based in the School of Life Sciences, Professor Naughton, who is one of the scientists who first discovered the beneficial effects of nitrite said he was concerned that athletes are unlikely to be aware of the effects of misusing it and added that the future uptake of this drug, based on current research on the levels of abuse of performance enhancing drugs by athletes, by the athletic community is of real concern.

Naughton also remarked that Nitrite has enormous potential as a treatment for diseases characterized by inadequate blood supply but if taken in supplement form without clinical supervision, nitrite may lead to a number of serious side effects including cardiovascular collapse, coma, convulsions, and death.

Nitrite is not on the list of substances banned by the international sporting authorities and athletes face no penalty or disciplinary action for taking it, although athletes are routinely tested for prohibited drugs. He also remarked that it is not easy to enforce a ban for nitrite because small doses are found in foods such as cured meats and lettuce and it is expelled from the body in urine.

Dr Andrea Petroczi, a Reader in Public Health at Kingston University, speaking at the same conference, said that her research on performance enhancing drugs suggested that there was a possibility that nitrites could be taken up by athletes. She reported that some athletes were taking as many as 26 different drugs and supplements in a single day and said studies using declarations made by athletes during doping controls highlight two concerning issues: a marked increase in the use of asthma medications and the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs well above the appropriate level for reported illnesses or injuries.

In another development, Professor Maughan, who chairs the Sports Nutrition Group of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission, issued a warning about some dietary supplements that are leaving athletes susceptible to failed drugs tests. He said it is now well established that many dietary supplements contain compounds that can cause an athlete to fail a doping test and in some cases the presence of these compounds is not declared on the product label and the amount (for some prohibited substances) that will trigger a positive test is vanishingly small and may not be detected by routine analysis of the supplement.

Professor Maughan added that the potential for such low levels of contamination in a sports supplement to result in adverse test results raises significant concerns for the manufacture of dietary supplements intended for consumption by athletes liable to regular doping tests. He also remarked that it presents a serious dilemma for sports supplement manufacturers, athletes, and those responsible for the welfare of athletes.

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