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Thursday 20, Apr 2017

  New Zealand Cricketer Banned For Doping

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The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand has announced a suspension of two years has been imposed on Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer Adam King for possession and use of banned substances.

The suspension came after it was found that King, who played for the Paraparaumu club where he was also a development officer, had offended over a 10-month period in 2014 and 2015. Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) received information from Medsafe that two anabolic steroids in 2014 and two hormones were ordered in 2015 by the medium fast bowler and useful batsman in the Central Districts Furlong Cup/Hawke Cup competition. The case was then taken to the Sports Tribunal.

The online exchange of King before the purchase said the cricketer was looking to put on lean and athletic muscle to improve explosive performance in sport, and prevent injury.

The Horowhenua-Kapiti cricketer remarked he wanted to look bigger and more muscular. King added the excessive weight gain leading to a loss of agility and flexibility and tendonitis in his knees was detrimental to his cricket. The cricketer then decided to purchase the hormones to counter what he perceived were the symptoms of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) from the steroid use.

DFSNZ chief executive Graeme Steel remarked the case of Adam King highlighted the “very high risk” athletes faced for ordering prohibited substances online. Steel remarked we work closely with Medsafe NZ and other enforcement agencies to share information regarding potential breaches of the sports anti-doping rules. Those considering doping should never think that drug testing is the only tool we have at our disposal.

The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added that it is not high performance athletes who can get caught out for possession and use of prohibited substances. Steel added the sports anti-doping rules apply to athletes at all levels of sport and those who buy prohibited substances online are making a huge mistake, and as well as cheating, are putting their health and their sporting career at great risk. Steel also commented that King in this case has paid a high price for a poor decision which has affected his future in cricket. Steel also said anyone who thinks they can possess or take prohibited substances and get away with it, should think again and also commented that the case also highlighted that using banned substances to get “an edge” was outright cheating.

Graeme Steel also remarked that the use of steroids or any other prohibited substances, no matter what level of sport, simply does not fit with the New Zealand sense of what good clean sport is all about. The Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive also added it is a shame that athletes resort to taking shortcuts such as this to enhance their performance on the sports field and also said success cannot be satisfying when you know you had an illegal advantage that others did not.

The Sports Tribunal, in making its ruling, said King had acted “responsibly and cooperatively” when contacted by DFSNZ and was therefore entitled to some allowance for that. The two-year ban was backdated to commence on May 1, 2016.

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Friday 31, Mar 2017

  England Legend Fears Over Doping In Elite Rugby

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Former England captain and Coach Martin Johnson has remarked the use of banned performance enhancing drugs is a major concern for the Rugby Union.

Johnson blamed the switch from the amateur to professional era for it. The former England captain remarked the game is professional now and we live in a different time where kids can see a livelihood and a good livelihood out of doing it, then you have got to be very careful.

Johnson believes there is a reason to be worried about the increasing use of banned substances with 14 out of 42 athletes banned in the past two years by UK Anti-Doping coming from Rugby Union in England and Wales. Johnson, who led England to 2003 World Cup victory, remarked he never felt anyone around the international teams was using drugs during his playing days. The former England captain said things are more available today and knowledge of it is more widespread because of the internet. Johnson added people are using drugs, by all account, for vanity reasons.

The former World Cup winning captain’s concern is likely to bring the prevalence of steroid use in the club game back into the game’s spotlight. The Leicester star, who captained the 1997 Lions on the victorious tour of South Africa, distanced himself from a return to rugby. Johnson said he is presently enjoying having ‘a normal life’ outside of rugby and added you must have a burning passion to stay in the game.

Johnson won five Premiership titles with Leicester and two Heineken Cups before adding the World Cup with England in 2003. The former No 4 turned out 362 times for the east Midlands clubs and picked up nine trophies in a 17-year career at Welford Road. Considered as one of the greatest locks ever to have played, Johnson became the new England team manager on 1 July 2008 to replace the previous manager Brian Ashton, but left the post in November 2011 after the quarter final defeat of England at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Regarded as one of England’s greatest ever players, Johnson celebrated the first of his 5 league titles in 1995. He was formally appointed Leicester’s captain after returning from the victorious 1997 Lions tour. He continued to play for Leicester until 2005.

The former England captain made his test debut against France in January 1993 when he was unexpectedly summoned to replace the injured Wade Dooley. Later, he went on to become part of the side that won the 1995 Grand Slam. Under the leadership of Johnson, England moved away from being a forward-dominated side after Lawrence Dallaglio was caught in a News of the World sting operation. Johnson became the only man to captain twice when he was again asked to lead the Lions tour to Australia in 2001. Johnson became the third England captain after John Pullin and Will Carling to beat Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand after beating the All Blacks 31–28 in 2002.

In 2009, former England and Bath prop Matt Stevens was the last high profile player to be banned from the sport when he tested positive for cocaine.

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Monday 04, May 2015

  Texas Lawmakers To End High School Steroid Testing Program

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Texas Lawmakers To End High School Steroid Testing Program

The Texas state legislature will soon on whether random drug testing of high school athletes should find a place in the state budget. Recent reports suggest that the $3 million annual outlay that was approved by legislators eight years ago is all set to end.

The Texas legislature approved funding for the program in 2007 after reports across North Texas of anabolic steroid use among high school athletes, most notably in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs of Colleyville and Plano. Random testing began during the second semester of the 2007-08 school year with 0.26 percent testing positive. Following similar results, funding was cut a year later to $1 million and then to the current $650,000 in 2011-12.

The bill was recommended by the staff of the legislature’s Sunset Advisory Commission that is charged with elimination of unnecessary spending in state government. Results of the testing during its 5½ years cast doubt on whether it’s worth even the current annual expenditure of $650,000, said Commission director Ken Levine. According to the commission staff’s report, less than one-third of 1 percent of subjects testing positive (190 out of 62,892) at a cost of $9.3 million and funding has steadily declined from an annual $3 million to about $650,000 this year.

School Year  Budget  Tests

% Schools

% Students

Pos

% Pos

Spring 2008 $3M 10,117

1.3

15

26

0.26

2008-09 $3M 35,077

4.5

46

125

0.36

2009-10 $1M 6,441

0.83

30

9

0.14

2010-11 $1M 4,595

0.59

21

8

0.17

2011-12 $650,000 3,311

0.42

15

11

0.33

2012-13 $650,000 3,351

0.41

14

11

0.34

TOTAL $9.3M 62,892

1.34*

23.5*

190

0.27*

Source: Sunset Advisory Committee staff report, August 2014
* – Avg

Ken Levine remarked recommendation of the commission staff is split between determining the problem is not as serious as previously thought and assuming that the test as administered cannot provide a reliable snapshot of the situation. Levine added it may not be a good investment of funds at this time and also remarked that we said in the report that the world of steroid use and other performance enhancing drugs has changed a lot since they originally implemented this.

New Jersey was the first state to administer statewide tests for performance enhancing drugs to high school athletes in 2005-06. Soon, Texas and Illinois joined. Florida tested in 2008-09 and brought an end to its program after only one academic year, finding one positive among approximately 600 tests.

Steroid testing proponents agree the Texas steroid testing program would not deliver many positives and cited inadequacies in procedure and scope of the program. Don Hooton, whose Taylor Hooton Foundation has been offering anti-steroid education to young athletes for 12 years, said it was never about measuring the amount of performance enhancing drug usage by the kids and added it was all about providing deterrents. Don Hooton added he believes Texas should reallocate the testing money for anti-steroid education and commented that we are dealing with a political climate that doesn’t believe this is a problem with the kids.

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Tuesday 03, Jul 2012

  Bill for discouraging steroid use on verge of being passed

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A legislation meant for curtailing steroid use by student-athletes received final legislative approval by the full Assembly by a vote of 74-2 and is on the verge on being passed after being sent to the Governor.

Under the bill, all public school coaches and non-public interscholastic sports, dance, and cheerleading coaches would be required to incorporate a gender-specific program designed for limiting the use of steroids, alcohol and other drugs and to promote healthy nutrition and exercise into the training regimen of the team. The bill (S-834/A-2454) would codify recommendations from the 2005 Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention to establish measures for deterring the use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing supplements in middle school and high school athletes.

“Coaches as well as student athletes need to fully understand the dangers of steroid use and abuse,” said Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex). “The earlier we can impress this on our student athletes, the better their health – both mental and physical – will be as adults.”

Under the bill, the state Department of Education (DOE) and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) would work jointly for developing and implementing a program of random steroid testing of student athletes who qualify to compete in championship tournaments sanctioned by the NJSIAA.

Thursday 24, May 2012

  Testing for steroids is good for sports

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Anabolic steroids have been often associated with bulky weight lifters and body builders, but they are used these days by professional sportsmen to catch up with the competition and get a distinctive edge to make the most out of limited opportunities.

But indiscriminate use or abuse of steroids may lead to steroid side effects causing health complications and many coaches have remarked that testing for anabolic steroids in the recent past has been good for sports.

“When my kids were (teenagers), I asked them about steroids,” state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, said. “They said they could just go to the city (New York) or on the Internet. It was easy as pie. Where did they learn this? From kids in school.”

Saturday 21, Apr 2012

  AFL cover-up in drug scandal claimed by Justin Charles

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Justin Charles, the former Tiger, has revealed that he continued playing even after confessing his steroid use to the AFL.

In 1997, Charles was banned for sixteen weeks after he tested positive to anabolic steroids.

In the 1997 pre-season, Charles took the banned drug, boldenone, six times over four weeks while injured.

Thursday 12, Apr 2012

  Gold Coast police officers on steroids

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The Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry has been told that six police officers of the Gold Coast were found to be using anabolic steroids for no medical reason.

Superintendent Jim Keogh, the Gold Coast’s top cop, told the Operation Tesco inquiry he suspected some younger officers were using steroids.

It might be ‘of concern’ that armed police might be using steroids, Mr Allen suggested.

Tuesday 27, Mar 2012

  Student athletes warned about dangers of steroid use

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Clint Faught with the Taylor Hooton Foundation — a nonprofit group dedicated to educating students about the dangers of steroids, recently said body image is the biggest reason why young women are using anabolic steroids.

Faught was in Abilene speaking to a group of student athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators at McMurry University.

“Body image, especially among young women, is the leading cause of steroid use,” Faught said. “They do it to slim down or add lean muscle, to get into ‘bikini shape.’ Guys, too, are turning to steroids to get that six-pack ab look, just to look good on the beach.”

Tuesday 28, Feb 2012

  Risky obsession with dietary supplements still continuing

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In urban Indian, college admissions on the sports quota and muscle building are driving young people to take health supplements and steroids.

About 78 % of the teenagers take at least one supplement such as tablets, energy liquids, steroids, and high protein stuff.

The ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) team conducted the survey on the “Ill-effects of energy drinks and other popular dietary supplements on youngsters” in major States and cities during October 2011-January 2012.

Saturday 25, Feb 2012

  Steroids are not harmful at all

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Anabolic steroids are not harmful at all, according to a Wisconsin doctor. His claims indicate that there is no truth behind allegations of links between steroid use and death of popular athletes.

Dr. Norman Fost, a University of Wisconsin professor, says steroids are not evil. “It’s cheating, obviously if there’s a rule against it, you use it, then it’s cheating.  You’re breaking the rule.  But first the question is, why is the rule there in the first place,” said Dr. Fost.

Steroids are prescribed all the time, and used safely for medical reasons.   And if we did it that way, it could be safe.  I don’t dispute that,” said Ryan Spellecy.  “In fact, as you look at the different arguments, most of them don’t hold up.”

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