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Sunday 14, Feb 2016

  Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

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On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a permanent ban on New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban ever issued by Major League Baseball.

The right-handed pitcher is the first player to be banned for life from the MLB for failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. Under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third violation for performance-enhancing drugs results in a permanent suspension. However, the program also says that a player so suspended may apply, no earlier than one year following the imposition of the suspension, to the Commissioner for discretionary reinstatement after a minimum period of two years. A spokesman for the agents of Mejia remarked the New York Mets reliever had no comments and it is still is still not clear whether the 26-year-old Mejia would apply for reinstatement in the future.

Mejia was banned for 50 games in April 2015 after he tested positive for Stanozolol. Mejia returned in July 2015 after serving the suspension but played in merely seven games before he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. The Mets reliever was then banned for 162 games that would have carried over into the 2016 season.

In a statement, New York Mets said we were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The team added we fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and also commented that as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.

Mejia has a 3.68 career ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. He was signed by the Mets in 2007 and reached the major leagues in 2010. He went 9-14 with a 3.68 earned-run average in 113 major league appearances, all for the Mets from 2010-2015. Last year, Mejia was the Mets closing relief pitcher on opening day but his injury meant Jeurys Familia took over that role and helped the Mets win the National League title before losing to Kansas City in last year’s World Series. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher as a relief pitcher made the Mets 2010 opening day roster that made him the youngest Met to make an opening day roster since Dwight Gooden.Mejia made his major league debut on April 7, 2010.

It was reported by NPR’s Tom Goldman that many say baseball is in a post-steroids era, but Mejia, from the Dominican Republic, is one of a number of Latin American players, mostly minor leaguers, who’ve tested positive for banned drugs in recent years.

Mejia became the first person to be banned for life due to use of performance enhancing drugs, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose who was accused of gambling on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that Pete bet on his own team. This was after ESPN concluded an investigation on June 22, 2015 and determined that Pete Rose bet on baseball while still a player, from 1984 to 1986.

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Thursday 24, Dec 2015

  Hastings Cites Borrowed Used Syringe For Failed Steroids Test

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British Masters champion Andrew Hastings has claimed in his deposition to UK Anti-Doping that a borrowed and used syringe was the reason behind his positive test.

The cyclist, who rode for Richardson’s-Trek, returned an adverse analytical finding for Metenolone and Stanozolol, the day before he won the British Masters (35-39) title. The testimony of Hastings revealed that he borrowed a used syringe from a stranger at a gym for injecting Vitamin B12 after feeling fatigued. In a decision document released by UKAD, it was disclosed that Hastings testified that he had returned from a training camp on February 15 feeling “very tired and run down” and on February 17, and this was after a training session at “Monster Gym” where he decided to administer a Vitamin B12 injection.

Hastings also said he purchased the vitamins from an online pharmacy. The document released by UKAD also disclosed the cyclist had an ampoule of B12 with him at the gym and purchased syringes, needles and Alcotip pre-injection swabs off auction website eBay but had “none left” on February 17. The document revealed that the British Masters champion reportedly told gym owner, friend Steve Collins, and other members that he wanted to administer a Vitamin B12 injection but had no syringe and one of the people present checked his bag and found a used syringe. Hastings visually examined the syringe and concluded it had not been used intravenously.

The cyclist asked that the anti-doping tribunal to accept that whilst he accepts that he was at fault in using the contaminated syringe, there was no intent on his part to take performance enhancing substances. It was however pointed out by expert witnesses of UK Anti-Doping that the presence of anabolic steroids in his positive sample, which was taken on May 30, suggested Hastings would have had to have administered the drug more recently than the February date that was claimed by Hastings.

UKAD’s director of operations, Pat Myhill, said the message from UKAD is clear – the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheat his team mates and his opposition and added that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport. The UKAD’s director of operations also remarked Hastings’ actions put him at risk of seriously damaging his health. Myhill added steroids and steroid use continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. He further added that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made and Myhill also commented that UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances.

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Saturday 12, Dec 2015

  UK Anti-Doping Ban Cyclist For Doping

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced that cyclist Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

The British Masters champion, who competed for Richardsons-Trek RT, tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Metenolone (Primobolan), its metabolite and a metabolite of Stanozolol (Winstrol). The findings came as a result of an in-competition test at the 2015 Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark on 30 May, 2015. This event was promoted under the rules and regulations of Cycling Time Trials (CTT). Richardsons-Trek RT finished second and has been disqualified from the event and their result annulled.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, remarked that the message from UK Anti-Doping is clear that the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheats his team mates and his opposition and also said that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport.

The UKAD’s Director of Operations also commented that the actions of Hastings more importantly put him at risk of seriously damaging his health and also commented that anabolic androgenic steroids, and steroid use, continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. Myhill also commented that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made. Pat Myhill also remarked UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances. Myhill also said he would encourage anyone who has information about doping, or the supply of prohibited substances, to come forward and talk to us in confidence.

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids under expert supervision and at controlled dosages is not perceived as harmful by some. However, steroid abuse or use of low-grade anabolic drugs can lead to side effects, mild or severe.

In another development, British junior TT champion Gabriel Evans has admitted the use of Erythropoietin, the blood booster. Evans, who won the London Youth Games Cycling TT in 2013 and took the national junior 25 mile time trial championships one year later, apologized to his supporters and to the competitors in the national 10-mile championship. The confession of Evans has stunned British cyclists as the rider is just 18 years of age. Evans admitted that he bought EPO for the first time on 3 August 2015 and traveled to France on 11 August 2015 for a week’s training camp with the family of a then-teammate. Evans added he brought one vial of EPO that was found by father of the roommate who presented evidence to UK Anti-Doping after which he admitted to all wrongdoing before a UKAD deposition.

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Friday 25, Sep 2015

  Rafael Palmeiro Signs Contract With Sugar Land Skeeters

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Disgraced slugger Rafael Palmeiro has signed a contract with independent Sugar Land Skeeters that will make the twenty-year MLB veteran play final three games of the season alongside son Patrick, an infielder with the Texas club.

Rafael Palmeiro, who has not played professional baseball in more than a decade, signed the contact with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, an eight-team association outside Major League Baseball’s traditional farm system. In a release issued by the club, the 50-year-old Palmeiro said we discussed me playing earlier this year and it is something that he has looked forward to since then. Rafael added the chance to play with his son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and he is very excited to make it happen this weekend.

The return of Palmeiro comes a decade after an illustrious major league career that was all set for the Hall of Fame until a positive test for Stanozolol (Winstrol), an anabolic steroid, was revealed just five months after Rafael Palmeiro emphatically denied under oath of ever using performance enhancing drugs. Rafael continues to maintain he never made use of anabolic steroids intentionally.

A four-time All-Star who played 20 major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles, Palmeiro retired with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits that made him one of only five players in the history of Major League Baseball to be a member of both the 500-home run and 3,000-hit clubs — Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, and Alex Rodriguez are the others.

This is not the first time the minor-league club based in Sugar Land has made headlines with an unusual signing. In 2012, a pair of starts for the Skeeters was made by Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner named 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball, when he was 50 years old. Last year, seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady made the opening day roster of the Skeeters as a pitcher. McGrady made four appearances, allowing four hits and five runs while recording a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

The retired Cuban American Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder played for the Cubs (1986–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and the Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005). Rafael was named to the MLB All-Star Team four times and also has the distinction of winning the Gold Glove three times. Palmeiro was a part of 2,831 major league games, which is the most by any player who never participated in the World Series. Palmeiro was identified as a fellow steroid user by former Rangers teammate José Canseco in his 2005 book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Canseco claimed he personally injected Rafael Palmeiro with anabolic androgenic steroids. Palmeiro appeared at a Congressional hearing on March 17, 2005 about steroids in baseball and denied ever using steroids while under oath. Palmeiro was suspended for ten days on August 1, 2005 after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

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Thursday 03, Sep 2015

  Ex-Leigh And Wales Hooker Gets Doping Ban

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced former Leigh and Wales hooker Sean Penkywicz has been banned for two years after he tested positive for a growth hormone releasing peptide.

The 33-year-old tested positive for GHRP-6 but denied taking the substance. However, Penkywicz accepted the doping verdict and had his contract terminated by the Centurions. His sample was initially tested by the Drug Control Centre at King’s College, London and no prohibited substances were found. UK Anti-Doping instructed the laboratory on January 27 to reexamine the same sample specifically for Growth Hormone Releasing Factors. The sample was found to contain Hormone Releasing Peptide-6 (GHRP-6).

Growth Hormone Releasing Factors are classified under section S2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List. This is the second finding of its kind in the United Kingdom for GHRP-6 that is commonly used by bodybuilders. Sean has been banned from all sport from April 9, 2015 to April 8, 2017.

In 2007, Penkywicz played for Wales in World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Lebanon and won his last cap against England a year later. Penkywicz was in the Leigh team that won the Championship Grand Final at Headingley last October but has not played this season due to a knee injury. In 2005, he was suspended for two years after he tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol) after his sample tested positive for the drug following an out-of-competition test on December 5, 2014.

UKAD’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead remarked all samples taken from elite athletes can be stored for up to 10 years under the World Anti-Doping Code. She added this enables us to go back at any time and retest that same sample. Sapstead also commented that the retrospective analysis of samples, together with the Athletes Biological Passport and intelligence led testing, are all vital tools in UKAD’s mission to protect clean sport and catch those who believe they can cheat and win. The UKAD’s chief executive also remarked the message of UK Anti-Doping is clear that doping in sport will not be tolerated. She also said we will make use of every tool we can to protect clean athletes and support them to compete, and win, clean.

A few weeks back, Welsh rugby league player, Paul Songhurst, from Bridgend South Wales, was suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The 24-year-old Songhurst, who plays for South Wales Scorpions in the Kingstone Press League, tested positive for an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid, Drostanolone, following an out-of-competition test at a club training session on 23 February 2015. Songhurst WAS banned from all competitive sport from 23 February 2015 to midnight on 22 February 2019. UKAD’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, had remarked that Paul Songhurst is the third person in the UK to receive a four year ban under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and we hope that this tougher sanction for a serious doping offence will deter those who may think about trying to cheat the system. Sapstead also remarked that international doping will not be tolerated at any level of sport.

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Tuesday 21, Jul 2015

  Pan Am Games Athletes Pulled For Doping

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The Pan American Sports Association has announced positive doping cases at the Pan American Games.

The association says four of the athletes — Cinthya Vanessa Dominguez Lara of Mexico, Peruvian swimming silver medalist Mauricio Fiol, Nelson Gomez of Puerto Rico, and Javier Jesus Ortiz Angulo of Colombia — tested positive for anabolic steroids while the fifth, Mario Mercedes Castillo of the Dominican Republic, tested positive for a banned stimulant.

Mexican weightlifter Cinthya was withdrawn before her competition after she registered a failed test in a sample conducted on July 8. The weightlifter, a silver medal winner at the 2007 Games in Rio de Janeiro, is now facing life ban after having served suspensions during the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Eduardo De Rose, chairman of the Pan American Sports Organization, remarked the medical commission is, in a certain way, surprised to have so many cases at the beginning of the Games, but the numbers will ultimately be more or less the same that we have at every games. De Rose added but we are working here under the new regulation of WADA so the controls are much harder than the controls that we had for the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara.

Mauricio Fiol failed an anti-doping test for Stanozolol (Winstrol) and would now be stripped of his silver medal while the bronze medal of Canada’s Zack Chertat would be upgraded to silver while teammate Alec Page would move up to third place.

  Winstrol is commonly used as a cutting cycle drug by athletes and bodybuilders to lose body fat and gain lean muscle mass.

It was also reported that Guatemala’s weightlifter Astrid Camposeco also failed a drug that she took on May 23 but the results were received only on July 9. Brazilian weightlifter Patrick Mendes also tested positive and now faces a life ban after registering the second positive of his career. The 25-year-old, a former two-time United States heavyweight champion, was suspended in March 2012 for two years for using a human growth hormone. He now has tested positive for testosterone metabolites after he missed out on a medal by just five kilograms in the final. Puerto Rican baseball team’s first baseman Nelson Gomez failed for anabolic steroid Boldenone.

During the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, four failed tests were registered including one by Canadian wakeboarder Aaron Rathy, who was stripped of a silver medal after who tested positive for banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. Rathy was stripped of his medal and admitted he took accidentally after buying a supplement at a store he saw in malls across Canada. At that time, Rosemary Pitfield, director, executive operations and public affairs with the Canadian Centre for Ethics In Sport, said we have put out an athlete advisory to notify athletes that Methylhexaneamine is a substance that can be found in both dietary supplements as well as in energy drinks. Methylhexaneamine was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2010. It is a mild stimulant commonly used in nasal decongestants and as a dietary supplement.

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Wednesday 17, Jun 2015

  Monaghan Player Banned Over Doping

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A joint statement from the GAA and Irish Sports Council has outlined that Monaghan GAA player Thomas Connolly has been found guilty of a doping offense.

Connolly, who has represented Monaghan at minor, U21 and senior level, tested positive for Stanozolol (3’-hydroxystanozolol glucuronide). Stanozolol is commonly used by athletes to lose fat while retaining lean body mass.

The Monaghan footballer tested positive in an out-of-competition test on 13 February, shortly after he joined the senior panel for the 2015 National League. The ban imposed on the Gaelic footballer from Monaghan has been backdated by the GAA anti-doping hearings committee to March 18, when he was provisionally suspended by the GAA.

The statement said the GAA and the Irish Sports Council jointly announce that the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee determined that player Thomas Connolly has committed an anti-doping rule violation. It was further added that the GAA player from Monaghan has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of two years commencing on the March 18, 2015 – the date on which he was provisionally suspended by the GAA, subject to rights of appeal within 21 days under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules. The committee said it had come to the view that the violation was not intentional. It pointed out that Connolly chose to accept tablets from someone with no medical qualifications and did not seek advice from a doctor, pharmacist, nutritionist or anyone in the Monaghan set-up that suggests he has taken no steps to identify what it was that was provided to him.

It was also disclosed that this was a reduction from the standard period of four years’ ineligibility because the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee was of the view that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional, under article 10.1.3 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules.

Connolly, who tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol last February, has received a suspension of two years. Stanozolol is listed as an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid on the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Connolly said he was given tablets by a “work colleague” after he complained of “pain and stiffness” as a result of the training he received as a new member of Malachy O’Rourke’s Monaghan football panel.

Malachy O’Rourke and county board chairman Padraig Sherry testified that Thomas Connolly had not been informed of anti-doping rules. However, it was established that Connolly is responsible for educating himself about banned substances. The committee was convinced by Connolly’s testimony and legal argument by his barrister, Aaron Shearer, that Connolly unknowingly took steroids and this reduced the four-year ban to a two-year ban.

The GAA anti-doping hearing committee was chaired by Adrian Colton QC and other committee members were former Dublin manager Dr Pat O’Neill and former GAA president Nickey Brennan. The GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee expressed concern about the apparent lack of understanding and application of the anti-doping rules and processes at county level in this case. It urged the GAA to intensify its work to ensure that all players, county officers, coaches, managers, medical and allied sports science personnel and players representatives are fully cognizant of their obligations under anti-doping rules of the association.

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Wednesday 20, May 2015

  Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

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Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

Ronda Jean Rousey, American mixed martial artist, has slammed Cris Justino and her past with performance enhancing drugs.

Ronda Rousey blasted ability of Justino, the Brazilian mixed martial artist, and added she is a product of performance enhancing drugs. Ronda commented that Justino (nickname Cyborg) is one of those people where it’s all just roids and muscle and no technique. Rousey went on to remark that Justino is actually afraid of facing her.

Cris Justino tested positive for an anabolic steroid and the result of her win over Hiroko Yamanaka on December 17th, 2011 was changed to a no-contest. It was announced by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that the license of Cris Cyborg was suspended and she was fined $2,500 as the result of a positive test for a banned substance. The drug test of the he former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion came back positive for Stanozolol metabolites.

At that time, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker responded that we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance enhancing drugs. Coker added we also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies and therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide.

Since her pro debut in 2005, Justino (13-1, 1 NC) has not lost. The 29-year-old Justino is presently the Invicta FC 145-pound champion and former Strikeforce champ in FC 145-pound class.

A fight between Rousey and Justono seems inevitable but only of the Brazilian mixed martial artist can make 135 pounds. In July, Justino will defend her 145-pound belt at Invicta FC 13. If Justino manages to have a bout at 135 against Rousey, this would be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.

Presently, Rousey (11-0) is the undisputed best women’s fighter in the world and she has finished all but one of her fights in the first round itself. Rousey’s last two bouts ended in a combined 30 seconds. A win over Cris Justino would help cement the legacy of Rousey as the greatest women’s fighter of all time.

Rousey, the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, is listed by Fight Matrix as the #1 Current Pound for Pound Women’s MMA Fighter, the #1 Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter, and the #1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all time. Ronda Rousey has the distinction of being the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey is undefeated in mixed martial arts and became the first woman from the United States to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced in November 2012 that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. In 2014, Rousey appeared in the film The Expendables 3 and she has roles in the 2015 film Furious 7 and the upcoming Entourage. At WrestleMania 31, her first professional wrestling started when she and Furious 7 co-star The Rock confronted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

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Saturday 16, May 2015

  Steroid Abuse Still Prevalent In Rugby, Says Craig Chalmers

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Craig Chalmers, the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions fly-half, has remarked he believes doping is increasingly prevalent and widespread in rugby union.

Craig also said he fears the rugby authorities are not doing enough for addressing the issue of doping in the wake of his son Sam Chamlers’s positive test. Sam tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol) and Methandienone (Dianabol) and put the blame on Dragon Nutrition’s Pro-SD. Both Methandienone and Stanozolol are listed as anabolic androgenic steroids in the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, UK Anti-Doping could not hold Dean Colclough, owner of Dragon Nutrition Supplement Company, as Pro-SD did not contain either Winstrol or Dianabol. The 19-year old rugby star who played for the Scotland Under-20s squad received a doping ban of two years.

Craig Chalmers said the thing with doping in rugby is that it goes on, he knows it goes on. The former British & Irish Lions fly-half also said he had not really thought about it that much before Sam’s case but then he began asking some people about the stuff that Sam had taken and they seemed to say that it was very common. He went on to remark that Sam will come back from this episode more mature and a wiser person from it but he has done it all on his own and commented that Scottish Rugby have shown no support at all. Craig Chalmers also said Sam’s former club Melrose have been pretty supportive but they can only do so much and remarked Scottish Rugby have shown no support at all. He commented there has not been any kind of attempt to try to find out why Sam did it and that disappoints him a lot because he’s young, he made a mistake and he thinks that if he were the head of a sport in a country and he had seen what Sam had done, he did want to know why, and what made him do it.

The former Scotland rugby international said players want to play for Scotland, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If they are not big enough or strong enough, the big thing is you’ve got to work hard and added Sam made a very, very poor decision and he has lived with that for the last 23 months and is just about to come out of that.

In a statement, Scottish Rugby said we as a governing body continually endeavor to educate players at all levels of the game on the consequences and repercussions which come with taking banned substances, from both a health and a sporting perspective. It was further added that Scottish Rugby also works closely with our anti-doping partners, UK Anti-Doping and World Rugby, to ensure that our policies are highly effective in cracking down on the use of banned substances. Scottish Rugby also remarked that it has two anti-doping educators, who will be hosting roadshows, starting next season, at clubs and schools throughout the country to educate and inform on the risks of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

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Friday 13, Feb 2015

  Maryland Horse Trainers Suspended For Doping Violations

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Three horse trainers have been suspended for doping violations, according to an announcement by Maryland racing officials. The suspensions include a ban of more than a year for Pimlico-based Hector Garcia and a 120-day ban for Scott Lake, who is behind one of the most successful barns at Laurel Park.

A. Ferris Allen received the lightest penalty — a $1,000 fine and a 30-day ban with 15 days suspended if he does not commit another violation over the next three years because of his relatively clean record and testimony from his veterinarian in reducing the suspension. The suspended trainer has filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission.

J. Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the commission, said Ferris Allen’s vet had remarked that they thought they were using it in the proper way, about 35 days out of the race. Hopkins added the Maryland Racing Commission adopted rules that treated any finding of an anabolic steroid in the blood as a violation, a so-called “zero-tolerance” rule, in 2013. Anabolic steroids were not regulated in racing before 2010.

Garcia received the harshest penalty as he had three horses test positive for Stanozolol and one for Xylazine between early December and mid-January. Garcia faces suspensions for each violation and an additional suspension as he accumulated 10 medical violation points under a system designed to punish repeat offenders.

Garcia, who is deputizing for the already-suspended Juan Vazquez, received the maximum wrath. Sal Sinatra, the vice president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, confirmed that Vasquez and Garcia were served with papers that demanded them to vacate the grounds of MJC-owned properties within two weeks. Sinatra remarked we will not tolerate this kind of behavior and will come after those who are found to have broken the rules.

In December, Lake had two horses test positive for Stanozolol and faces a longer penalty as he also had a horse test positive in Pennsylvania last year. The horse trainer plans to appeal the penalties. Lake once ran one of the largest and most successful stables in the United States and focused mostly on claiming horses running at Mid-Atlantic tracks. Years ago, he sharply reduced the size of his stable.

All three trainers ran horses that tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol), a banned anabolic steroid in races at Laurel Park in December and January. Hector Garcia also had a horse test positive for the sedative Xylazine and will be banned from training in Maryland until March 2016. The state started operating under new drug testing rules, shared by seven other states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, at the start of last year. Maryland used to allow horses to run with low levels of Stanozolol in their blood. Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, remarked the testing system is working and said he could not speculate on the reason for the sudden rash of violations.

All horses that tested positive were retroactively disqualified from their races, and purses will be redistributed based on the new results. The trainers have been assigned a variety of points under a new penalty system used in a handful of racing states that is designed for assessing the increasing penalties on the trainers if they have any other racing violations in the next several years.

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