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Tuesday 04, Jul 2017

  Three Pitchers Suspended By MLB For Use Of Banned Substances

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Major League Baseball (MLB) has imposed drug suspensions on Houston Astros rookie David Paulino as well as minor leaguers Joseph Colon of Cleveland and Joan Gregorio of San Francisco.

Paulino, who is the only one presently in the majors, received a ban of 80 games after he tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid. The suspension of Paulino started with Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees. Paulino has started six games for the first-place Astros this season, going 2-0 with a 6.52 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 innings.

In a statement, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said we are disappointed in the news regarding David Paulino. Luhnow added we hope this is a one-time incident and something David can learn from as he continues his career. The Astros general manager also commented that the Astros will continue to fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Colon tested positive for a synthetic drug whose effect is similar to that of Testosterone. The 27-year-old right-hander made his big league debut with the Indians last July 8 and was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Colon has a 4.13 ERA in 28 relief appearances this year at Triple-A Columbus.

Gregorio showed evidence of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. The 25-year-old Gregorio is 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts this year at Triple-A Sacramento. The 6-foot-7 starter was performing well for the Triple-A Sacramento and came close to being promoted more than once in June. Gregorio was even pulled from his warmups before a game in Las Vegas as the Giants weighed a move and he was likely to be in the team had he not injured his back a few days back. Gregorio was expected to replace Dan Slania but the chance has now been bagged by Chris Stratton who got the call and arrived in time for the game.

Both of them have been banned for the rest of the season.

This year, Pittsburgh All-Star outfielder Starling Marte and Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia were banned under the major league drug program. In this year, there have been 47 suspensions under the minor league program.

Kansas City Royals catcher Mark Sanchez was recently suspended for 80 games under the minor league drug program of baseball following a positive test. The 22-year-old tested positive for the performance enhancing substance, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Sanchez, a 35th-round draft pick last year, was hitting .206 with two RBIs in 11 games this season for Lexington of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Few weeks back, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jair Jurrjens was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for Testosterone that did not originate in his body. The 31-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearances this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has not appeared in a game since June 7. A native of Curacao, Jurrjens is a veteran of eight major league seasons and an All-Star with Atlanta in 2011. He is 53-38 with a 3.72 ERA for Detroit (2007), the Braves (2008-12), Baltimore (2013) and Colorado (2014).

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Thursday 22, Jun 2017

  Russia Bans Four Athletes For Doping

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The Athletics Federation of Russia has announced suspensions of four years have been imposed on Russian runners whose samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested positive for a banned steroid.

Last year, Long-distance runner Inga Abitova and 400-metre specialists Anastasia Kapachinskaya and Denis Alekseyev were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee after their samples from Beijing were found to contain banned substances in retesting, including the steroid Turinabol.

The results of Alekseyev between August 2008 and June 2013 are annulled, according to the Russian athletics federation. Alekseyev won bronze in Beijing as part of the Russian men’s 4×400-metre relay team but the International Olympic Committee ordered that he and his teammates be stripped of their medals. The Russian athletics federation also announced the results of Kapachinskaya starting from August 2008 are annulled. The athlete and her 4×400-metre relay teammates were also stripped of their silver medals from Beijing. Kapachinskaya also tested positive for Stanozolol and her retested sample from the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu also showed up as positive.

American Francena McCorory will now inherit the 400 bronze of Kapachinskaya from the 2011 world championships. Alekseyev took bronze in the men’s 4x400m and Kapachinskaya claimed silver in the women’s 4x400m relay. Their medals had already been reallocated by the International Olympic Committee and Great Britain is set to receive bronze in both events.

Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders – the GB women’s quartet – finished fifth but now have moved to the third place as a result of both third-placed Russia and fourth-placed Belarus being disqualified because of subsequent failed tests. Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney – the men’s four – moved from fourth to third when the International Olympic Committee stripped third-placed Russia of their medal in September.

The Athletics Federation of Russia said the suspensions handed out to Alekseyev and Abitova will end next year because the suspension terms already include two-year bans they had previously served for doping offences. European silver medalist Irina Maracheva was also suspended.

Abitova, the 2006 European Champion in the 10,000 meters reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and specializes in the 10,000 meters and the marathon. The Russian athlete received a doping ban of two years for abnormal hemoglobin profile in her biological passport. In 2006, Abitova had become European champion over the 10,000 meters at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Alekseyev tested positive for the anabolic steroid Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Oral Turinabol) in an out-of-competition control 27 June 2013. Alekseyev was one of 14 Russian athletes and nine medalists who were implicated following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games.

Kapachinskaya was disqualified from competitions in 2004 and 2008 because of doping offences. The sprint athlete was initially awarded gold in the 200 m event at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest but she was later stripped of the title after testing positive for Stanozolol, the banned anabolic steroid. Kapachinskaya face a lifetime ban from the sport as this would be a second doping offence.

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Tuesday 13, Jun 2017

  Double Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Medalist Banned For Doping

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The United World Wrestling (UWW) has confirmed that double Olympic freestyle wrestling medalist Toghrul Asgarov is one of two athletes suspended by the international governing body of the sport over anti-doping violations.

Asgarov, the Azerbaijani who won the gold medal in the men’s 60 kilogram competition at London 2012 before picking up silver in the 65kg category last year in Rio de Janeiro, was banned for a period of 12 months after he tested positive for Higenamine.

Asgarov also won a gold medal at the 2015 European Games in Baku in the 65kg weight category. He also won a 55kg silver from the 2010 World Championships in Moscow. It was announced that Asgarov’s suspension is due to run from the date of the decision until April 17 next year.

Higenamine falls under section three of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2017 Prohibited List and is often found in supplements. In a statement, the UWW said no Therapeutic Use Exemption was delivered by UWW to justify the presence of Higenamine in system of the wrestler.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho was temporarily banned by UEFA last year after he tested positive for Higenamine. Sakho missed the 2016 Europa League final but was later cleared.

It was also announced by the UWW that a suspension of four years has been imposed on Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Aslan Visaitov after traces of Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor agonists were found in a test given by him at the Under-23 European Championships in Szombathely in Hungary.

The positive sample of Asgarovc came from an out-of-competition test completed on February 5 and analyzed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory in German city Cologne. The drug found in system of the Russian is a hormone and metabolic modulator prohibited by WADA. The suspension of Visaitov will run from April 24 until April 23 in 2021. The results of Visaitov from the Greco-Roman 66kg category at the competition, where he won a silver medal, have been altered following his disqualification. Ukrainian Serhii Kozub has been awarded silver with bronze medals for Bulgaria’s Deyvid Tihomirov Dimitrov and Sebastian Nadj of Serbia.

In another development, Uzbekistan wrestler Artur Taymazov has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped him of his Beijing 2008 gold medal for doping. The sample of Taymazov from the Chinese capital failed for banned steroids Turinabol and Stanozolol (Winstrol). Taymazov, the men’s 120 kilograms freestyle competitor, had been a triple Olympic champion until losing his Beijing medal, after also winning the title at both Athens 2004 and London 2012. A CAS statement said the Uzbekistani wrestler Artur Taymazov has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the International Olympic Committee dated March 31, 2017 in which he was found, further to recent retesting of samples, to have committed an anti-doping rule violation (Turinabol and Stanozolol) during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he won the gold medal in the men’s 120kg freestyle wrestling event.

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Wednesday 05, Apr 2017

  UFC Welterweight Viscardi Andrade Banned

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced a suspension of two years for UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade.

Andrade tested positive for anabolic steroids after his most recent bout, which was a decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85. In a released statement, USADA said an out-of-competition test conducted March 7 revealed the presence of the banned steroid Stanozolol (Winstrol) and its metabolites. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, revealed he was ‘pressured’ to accept the doping ban. Andrade said he was always blaming the lab, and they are protecting the lab. The UFC fighter added that we got to a point where we asked for a letter explaining why the lab lost its credential, because they claimed it was not because of false positive results like the media reported. Andrade said USADA officials told them to accept this, or they would stop counting this year off, and his suspension would only get longer. The Brazilian mixed martial artist added he was pressured to accept the doping suspension. Previously, Felipe Olivieri went to arbitration in his case with USADA. It was determined by the arbitrator that he should get the maximum two years for testing positive for Methyltestosterone despite the Rio lab losing its WADA accreditation months later. The arbitrator, Richard H. McLaren, wrote in the decision that a suspension some three months later of the laboratory’s accreditation does not mean that the sample analysis in March was incorrect or flawed.

In a statement, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said Andrade had a right to arbitration and chose to forego it. Madden added the full facts of the case would have been made public had he gone to arbitration and also commented that we of course have full confidence in the results and outcome of this case and also said that the athlete under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy had the opportunity to have this case heard by an independent arbitrator.

The positive test of Andrade took place 12 days before the fight but he was not notified of the potential anti-doping violation until April 12. The period of ineligibility started from March 20, the day after the FS1-televised event.

The lab in Rio de Janeiro, three months after UFC Fight Night 85, where the urine sample of Andrade was processed lost its WADA accreditation for failing to adhere to international drug testing standards. The lab however was reinstated a month later and it is unclear whether the testing issue affected the case of Viscardi Andrade.

USADA said it has forwarded all information about the case of Andrade to decide whether or not to overturn his win against Walsh. In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said a bout (as per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with) may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout.

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2,” Andrade is still subject to drug testing during his suspension.

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Thursday 23, Mar 2017

  British Wrestler Handed Ban Of Four Years For Doping

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Chinu Sandhu, the British wrestler who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, has been banned for a period of four years after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The Indian-born Sandhu, who is based in the West Midlands, is banned from all sport from October 14, 2016, until midnight on October 13, 2020. Sandhu, also known as Chinu Chinu or Chinu Xxx, tested positive for a metabolite of Stanozolol, an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid, following an out-of-competition test on 20 September 2016. The wrestler was subsequently charged following the test with an ADRV pursuant to article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.

The news was described by British Wrestling as “extremely disappointing” after the 29-year-old, who competed in the 125kg men’s freestyle, failed an out-of-competition drugs test. The claim of unintentional use by the eight-time British wrestling champion was rejected by a three-person national anti-doping panel that imposed the maximum four-year sanction for first-time offenders.

The British wrestler had originally blamed the positive test for Stanozolol (Winstrol) on medication he was taking but then said it came about as a result of taking a contaminated supplement.

In a press release, UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead said Chinu Sandhu was one of this country’s leading freestyle wrestlers, having won a bronze medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and represented Great Britain at the European Games in Baku in 2015. Sapstead added it is sad that his reputation within the sport has been tainted because of his own actions. The UKAD chief executive said athletes are solely responsible for any substance which is found in their system, regardless of whether there is an intention to cheat or not and further commented that no one can ever guarantee that a supplement is free from prohibited substances and taking them will always carry an element of risk.

Sapstead also said that our advice is clear – before taking any supplement, athletes must assess the need and remarked it is then imperative that they assess the risk of use by carrying out thorough research through websites such as informed-sport.com. The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping also remarked finally athletes must fully understand the consequences of taking supplements and decide whether a potential four-year ban from sport is worth it.

Few months back, Vahid Hosseinpoor, a 32-year-old freestyle wrestler, who was previously banned in 2014, was suspended for a further 12 months after breaching the terms of his ban. Hosseinpoor originally received a doping ban of two years from 3 June 2014 to 2 June 2016 after testing positive for Tamoxifen, following an in-competition test at the 2014 BWA British Senior Wrestling Championships. Intelligence was received by UK Anti-Doping in May 2016 that Hosseinpoor may have breached the terms of his ban by undertaking training with the YMCA Wildcats Wrestling club in early 2015. Hosseinpoor is banned from all sport from 2 June 2016 until midnight on 1 June 2017.

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Monday 31, Oct 2016

  Spanish Rider Banned For Doping

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The UCI, the world governing body of cycling, has imposed a doping ban of three years and nine months on Spanish rider Alberto Gallego. The Spanish professional cyclist tested positive for Stanozolol just three days into his career.

The 25-year-old was just a few days into his career as a professional rider after joining the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team when his doping sample revealed the presence of Stanozolol. The cyclist was handed a provisional suspension in January by the UCI and his contract was rescinded by Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team.

In a statement, the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team said after the provisional suspension was announced that it has decided to rescind the contract of the rider Alberto Gallego after finding about anomalies discovered in the result of a control carried out on January 3, 2016. The statement further reads the rider came into the team on January 1, 2016 and he had not participated in any race on this season’s program.

A few days back, the cyclist was added to the UCI list of sanctions. His ban effective from the date of the test will run until the 25th October 2019, by which point Gallego will be nearly 28 years of age.

In his defense, Gallego had claimed he was the victim of supplement contamination. In an open letter, the Spanish rider said his reaction could have been what it was: incredulity. The rider he has never taken Stanozolol and did not even knew what it is used for and added he now knows that it is more suited for a bodybuilder than a professional cyclist. Gallego said he is also now aware that the banned substance stays in the system for long and it will be illogical to think that he would have used Stanozolol to improve his performances.

Alberto Gallego also remarked he is very well aware of the fact that many would not believe his innocence and claims but he has no doubts about it. Gallego further added he is more than certain after checking once more all the supplements he had used in recent years that Stanozolol does not appear on any of the labels. The cyclist said he therefore assumes he is a victim of supplement contamination.

The Spaniard impressed on the Spanish amateur scene and was ranked number one before he earned a deal with Radio Popular in 2014. Gallego earned his contract with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team after catching the eye at last year’s Route du Sud where he finished seventh on the queen stage and went on to finish seventh overall behind the likes of Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana.

Manager Juanma Hernandez, while announcing the signing of Gallego, had remarked the cyclist can make very valid contributions to the team. The Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team manager had further remarked the profile of Gallego fits well with our team and added he is a courageous rider who climbs very well and is one of the great young assets of our national cycling.

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Thursday 01, Sep 2016

  More Medalists Stripped For Doping At Beijing Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped four athletes, including three Russians, after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned drugs.

The IOC sanctioned a total of six athletes — one runner and five weightlifters — on reanalysis of their samples with improved techniques. The athletes were among the 98 positive cases recorded in the retesting of more than 1,000 samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

Yarelys Barrios of Cuba was stripped of the silver medal in the women’s discus from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Cuban discus thrower tested positive for Acetazolamide, a banned diuretic and masking agent. The drug is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness and has the ability to reduce nausea, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. This “water pill” (diuretic) can work less well over time.

The 33-year-old has been retroactively disqualified and loses the silver medal that she won with a throw of 63.64 meters. Olena Antonova of Ukraine would now receive the silver medal and Song Aimin of China will move from fourth to bronze. Stephanie Brown Tratfton of the United States won the gold with a throw of 64.74 meters. Yarelys also competed at the 2012 London Olympics and was upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal after Darya Pishchainikova of Russia was retroactively stripped of the silver for doping.

The International Olympic Committee asked the IAAF, the track and field’s world governing body, to modify the 2008 discus results and consider any further action against the two-time silver medalist at the world championships and two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games.

The Nigerian-born Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis was disqualified from the Beijing Games after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Francis was eliminated in the 100-meter heats and did not start in the 200-meter heats. The Qatari sprinter was the 100-meter champion at the 2007 Asian Games in Amman where won in a personal best time of 9.99 seconds.

Russian weightlifter Marina Shainova was stripped of her silver medal in the 58-kilogram class after testing positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol. Nadezda Evstyukhina was stripped of her bronze medal in the 75-kilogram weightlifting division after her samples came back positive for Turinabol and EPO. Armenia’s Tigram Martirosyan, who tested positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol, was stripped of the bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg weightlifting class. Russian runner Tatyana Firova was stripped of her silver medal in the women’s 4×400-metre relay after she tested positive for Turinabol and a cocktail of other steroids. Tatyana had her ninth-place finish in the individual 400 meters annulled.

Alexandru Dudoglo of Moldova (ninth place in the 69 kg division) was also disqualified for Stanozolol and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan (ninth place in the 85 kg class) tested positive for Turinabol.

Previously, Russia was stripped of the relay medal when runner Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive. The country also lost the Beijing gold medal in the 4×100 relay after Yulia Chermoshanskaya failed a retest of her samples.

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Saturday 20, Aug 2016

  Fresh Doping Blow For Russia

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The International Olympic Committee has announced Russia is stripped of another athletics medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was after three Russian athletes were retroactively caught in drug tests.

The IOC said Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive for the steroids Stanozolol and Turinabol in a reanalysis of her doping samples that resulted in Russia losing its silver medal in the women’s 4 x 400 meters relay. This is the second 2008 relay medal stripped this week from Russia because of doping. The IOC took away the gold medal of Russia in the 4 x 100 meters after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for the same two steroids. An entire relay team loses its medals if one of the runners tests positive under international rules.

The Jamaican team would now receive the silver medal and Belarus would get the bronze medal while USA has the gold medal.

On Friday, Alexander Pogorelov and Ivan Yushkov were the other two Russian athletes disqualified from the 2008 Games. Yushkov, who placed 10th in the shot put, tested positive for Stanozolol, Oxandrolone, and Turinabol. Pogorelov, who placed fourth in the decathlon, tested positive for Turinabol. The IOC earlier this week stripped Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of his silver medal from the 2012 London Games. The International Olympic Committee also disqualified three other athletes — weightlifters Nurcan Taylan of Turkey, Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia, and Pavel Kryvitski of Belarus — for doping violations at the last two Olympics.

In another development, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva – who was part of a doping-tainted track and field team – has been elected to the International Olympic Committee. Yelena was voted into an eight-year term as an athletes’ representative. The women’s pole vault world record-holder remarked her selection demonstrates her fellow athletes still trust her despite the scandal. Isinbayeva has never failed a drug test but was one of 67 Russian track and field athletes who were barred from the Rio Games.

The 34-year-old was one of four candidates who beat 19 others to be elected to the IOC athletes’ commission. The three other athletes elected to the IOC were Britta Heidemann of Germany, Ryu Seung-min of South Korea, and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary. Isinbayeva said in the Olympic Village she is very thankful to all athletes who voted for her here in Rio and remarked she will protect the rights of clean athletes all over the world. Isinbayeva announced her retirement to focus on a new career in sports politics and considers an offer to lead Russian track and field. A day after being among the four winning candidates, Yelena Isinbayeva decided she doesn’t want to compete anymore.

Yelena remarked one of her priorities would be to campaign for Russia’s IAAF suspension to be lifted so fellow clean athletes can resume their professional careers. Isinbayeva also termed investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency as “unfair” and remarked all of the accusations that have leveled have been built upon assumptions, there are no facts, no proof but for some reason investigator Richard McLaren’s assumptions were sufficient to raise the question of banning the entire Russian team from the Olympics.

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Friday 11, Mar 2016

  GAA Issues Warning To Players About Anti-Doping Changes

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The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the Irish and international amateur sporting and cultural organization promoting Gaelic games, has issued a warning to senior inter-country players to adhere to all revisions and updates to the prohibited-substance list of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The GAA said players should adhere to all substances, including the popular hormone and metabolic modulator known as Meldonium. The message by GAA is clear that all players who are subjected to anti-program of the organization should have a clear knowledge about what substances and medicines they can and cannot take.

Feargal McGill, the GAA’s head of games administration and part of Croke Park’s anti-doping committee, remarked the WADA code is essentially our code, in agreement with Sport Ireland, and similar to almost all other Irish sports. McGill added we had always make that point, and whatever changes are made to the WADA code is circulated and communicated to our distribution list, which includes administrators, medical personnel operating teams, and of course the players.

The GAA’s head of games administration also remarked there is of course the concern that some players might be negligent, or may not be aware of changes to the banned list and added the vast majority of players aren’t doctors or scientists. McGill added we are dealing with amateur players too, essentially volunteering for their inter-county team and said nothing about the Maria Sharapova case has changed that. The tennis star was recently provisionally suspended after she tested positive for Meldonium at the Australian Open. McGill also said that concern has been there since anti-doping was introduced into the GAA and it is an extremely technical area, extremely legal, and anyone who has ever been involved with an anti-doping hearing will understand that.

McGill also said we have no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who is caught with an anti-doping product, absolutely none, because our mission is to make sure our sport is kept a clean as possible. He added but there is always that risk of an inadvertent analytical event, and that does worry us. The GAA’s head of games administration also said our message is that players can never be too careful, and need to check, and double check. McGill added we have always advised players to be vigilant, and to be very, very conscious of what they are taking, because our nightmare situation is that someone gets caught inadvertently. McGill said the GAA has always emphasized that the best source of nutrition is to eat the correct food, the proper diet, and if you do that, then you do not need to use supplements.

Last year, Monaghan footballer Thomas Connolly tested positive for Stanozolol, after an out-of-competition test taken at the Monaghan county training session. The mandatory ban of four years was reduced to two years after it was claimed by Connolly that the anabolic steroids were not being taken with an intention to enhance performance but had been recommended to him in tablet form by a colleague at the workplace for reliving his back pain.

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Monday 07, Mar 2016

  Mejia Claims Conspiracy By MLB Over His Doping Ban

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New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after he was issued a lifetime doping ban by Major League Baseball.

The 26-year-old Dominican right-hander told the New York Times that MLB officials were out to get him in a witch hunt. Mejia also blamed officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPS) for not finding grounds to appeal his punishment.

Mejia tested positive for Boldenone last month that was his third positive test for a banned performance enhancing substance in less than a year after which he was banned for life. Mejia claimed he was only guilty of the first violation and added the second positive test was not accurate and he was pressurized by MLB officials to share information about his doping connections. The Mets pitcher said he felt there was a conspiracy against him and also remarked he feels that they were trying to find something to bring me down in his career. Mejia, who was named the Mets’ closer in May 2014, said they will find a way to find a third positive if he appealed the results of the second test.

The Dominican professional baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug. In July 2015, he received his second suspension after a second failed test for Stanozolol and Boldenone and a third positive was reported on February 12, 2016, resulting in his permanent suspension from Major League Baseball. The lifetime ban imposed on Mejia also prohibits him from playing Professional baseball leagues in other countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. However, Mejia could apply for reinstatement in one year to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred but he is then expected to sit out a minimum of two seasons before he could be reinstated to pitch in Major League Baseball.

The claim of Mejia was denied by Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. Courtney remarked no one at MLB or representing MLB has met with Mejia regarding any of these drug violations.

Born in Dominican Republic, Mejia developed an interest in baseball after he realized that large signing bonuses were paid to players. His skills got the attention of many teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and he signed with the Mets for $16,500 at the age of 17 in 2007. Jenrry Mejia was named the 48th best prospect in the major leagues in the MLB.com Midseason Top 50 Prospect list after his success in the 2009 season. The Mets assigned him after the 2009 season to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and Mejia was ranked as the 56th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in February 2010. Mejia made major league debut on April 7, 2010 and presently remains under control of the New York Mets until the end of his current contract.

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