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Sunday 05, Feb 2017

  Doping Ban Of Amateur Rugby Union Player Doubled By CAS

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has doubled the two-year ban imposed on Luke Willmott, a rugby union player who was previously banned in 2016.

Willmott, from Arnold in Nottingham, was initially banned for five years by an independent Rugby Football Union (RFU) Anti-Doping Panel, for attempted trafficking of Human Growth Hormone (hGH). The amateur rugby union player, who was previously registered with Derby RFC, appealed against the decision and his ban was reduced to two years by an independent appeal panel. An appeal against this decision was made in February 2017 to the CAS by World Rugby and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after which the highest court of sports announced its decision. A sanction of four years was subsequently agreed by World Rugby, WADA, the RFU, and Willmott.

The case dates back to June 2013 when 180 vials of “Jintoprin”, which is a commercial name for HGH, were seized at the border. This package was addressed to Luke Willmott, who at the time was Captain of Derby RFC.

UK Anti-Doping interviewed Willmott On July 3, 2014. Willmott was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on July 23, 2014 with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for “Use or Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to World Rugby Regulation 21.2.2. The explanation of Willmott resulted in an additional charge under World Rugby Regulation 21.2.7, “Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method” being brought. The case was then heard by a panel convened by the Rugby Football Union.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, had then remarked that the Willmott case is an example of how important our work with law enforcement partners is. Myhill added we by intercepting this package were able to stop the potential supply of prohibited substances into the United Kingdom. Myhill went on to add that a crucial aspect of this case is that the end user thought they were buying Human Growth Hormone (HGH) but it was determined that the substance was not HGH after analysis by the Drug Control Centre.

  The UKAD Director of Operations also had remarked then that this is increasingly common, especially in relation to the production and supply of illicit substances such as HGH and steroids and also had commented that his is a major concern to UKAD, as not only is it a huge risk to clean sport, but it is a very significant risk to health.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, remarked after the CAS verdict that substances such as human growth hormone and steroids continue to pose a real and significant threat to both clean sport and to the health of our young people. Sapstead also added that trafficking is a serious offence and, alongside our partners, we will look to impose the maximum sanction on individuals who choose to break the rules. UKAD Chief Executive also said that identifying and targeting the supply of serious substances, such as steroids and human growth hormone, is a critical part of preventing the growing problem of image and performance enhancing drugs.

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Friday 09, Dec 2016

  Ex-Olympic Champion Banned For Eight Years

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Italy’s 2008 Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer has been banned for a period of eight years after losing an appeal in a second doping case.

The 31-year-old helped Italy won the world 50km walk team title in May after a 45-month ban for a positive test for Erythropoietin before London Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his appeal after the retest of a sample given in January showed traces of anabolic steroid Testosterone.

In a statement, the CAS said all competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points, and prizes. The CAS has imposed an 8-year period of ineligibility on him, until 7 July 2024, which almost means an end to his career.

The Olympic 50km walk champion had previously admitted to using the blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) in 2012. He admitted to taking a flight alone to Turkey the previous September with 1,500 euros to buy the blood booster at a pharmacy. Schwazer said he disguised EPO in a box of vitamins in a refrigerator at the home of his then-girlfriend Carolina Kostner in Germany, where he was staying in July in the buildup to the 2012 Games. The Italian said he learned how to use EPO through the Internet and injected it on a daily basis in a bathroom so that Kostner was not aware of what he was doing.

Kostner told anti-doping officials that Schwazer was not in home when they came to collect samples when he was with her at the home. Carolina also told the prosecutors that Schwazer slept in an altitude chamber that is not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency but is illegal in Italy. The figure skater was banned for 16 months by the Italian Olympic committee for assisting Schwazer evade a test and other infractions. The Italian skater was banned from competition for 16 months and fined €1,000 for her role in the Schwazer case but the expiration date of the ban was changed to January 1, 2016. Kostner would return to competitive skating with Alexei Mishin as her coach.

Carolina is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2012 World champion, a five-time European champion (2007–2008, 2010, 2012–2013), and the 2011 Grand Prix Final champion. Known for her speed across the ice, elegance, and interpretative refinement, Carolina spins and jumps in the clockwise direction.

Schwazer returned to competition and won the 50-kilometer event at the world championships in Rome in May.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reported Schwazer and the Italian federation (FIDAL) were informed a day earlier that a May 12 retest of a January 1 doping control sample showed positive traces of steroids. The retest was conducted after the athlete qualified for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. FIDAL confirmed that the Gazzetta report was accurate.

Born in northern Italy, Alex Schwazer was the runner-up at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. He went on to win gold at the 50 km walk at the 2008 Summer Olympics, setting a new Olympic record with his time of 3:37:09.

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Saturday 19, Mar 2016

  Germany To Introduce Second Fund For Doping Victims

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The German government has given its consent for the creation of a second fund for paying compensation to athletes from the former East Germany who suffered health damages because of a secretive state-supported doping program.

The use of performance enhancing drugs until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 assisted East Germany to win hundreds of medals at the Winter and the Summer Olympic Games amid fierce Cold War competition with West Germany. It is widely believed that as many as 8000-9000 athletes were on the secretive state-supported doping program from 1972-1989 and an overwhelming majority had no knowledge.

The embrace of doping by the former East Germany triggered a dramatic improvement in results with the nation doubling its gold medal tally from one Olympics to the next. Despite a boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Games, East Germany won 384 medals in the Olympic Games from 1972 to 1988 and was second in the medals table in three of the four Games in which it took part.

In the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, East Germany triumphed with an impressive 40 gold medals. The performance of German swimming team was described by U.S. swimmer Wendy Boglioli as staggering. Boglioli remarked at that time they were very strong women, they were very fast and added we thought they were machines. The swimmer had remarked here we were, four of America’s best athletes ever put together on a team, and every single day the East German women were winning every, every event while referring to the East Germany’s swim team alone won 11 of 13 swim events, an unprecedented feat.

It was later revealed that East Germany’s elite sports federation that was headed by Manfred Ewald and monitored by the Ministry of State Security (known as Stasi) used a deceptive master plan for attaining international prestige through success in sports. Girls as young as 12 years were recruited from across the country and were regularly administered with untested steroids and male hormones as part of their training.

Many of the former athletes are now seriously ill and suffer from severe health complications such as circulation and spinal problems, tumors, heart defects, infertility, depression, and bulimia while many of them have died and others are left with no option but to see what health problems their children have inherited.

The German government remarked on Wednesday it had approved the drafting of a law for a one-off payment of 10,500 euros ($11,500) per eligible doping victim. The government added it expected many times more cases than the 194 beneficiaries of the first scheme in 2002. The German government paid out a similar amount to 194 athletes in 2002 but many athletes did not came forward, with many witnessing the effects of doping on their health only much later.

In a statement, German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said today we take a step closer to our target of a renewal of the fund for GDR (East German) doping victims. Maiziere added given the difficult fate and bad health of many of the GDR doping victims speed is of essence.

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Friday 26, Feb 2016

  Young Athletes Pushed To Doping By Parental Pressure

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A research from the University of Kent has shown that pressure to be perfect from parents makes young male athletes feel positive about doping.

The research from the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences revealed that pressure from parents makes junior athletes more likely to use banned substances to improve sporting performance. It was suggested by lead researcher Daniel Madigan that anti-doping programs because of the risks identified in the findings should target junior athletes early in their sporting career. Madigan also suggested that parents should be made of the potential consequences of such pressure on their children.

The first-of-its-kind research, which was published by the Journal of Sports Sciences, discovered that attitudes of young athletes are more influenced by their parents than anyone else. Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in 129 male British junior athletes (mean age 17.3 years) were examined by the research in four different aspects of perfectionism.

It was found by the study that there was a positive relationship with positive doping attitudes only from parental pressure. The researchers examined other factors such as the striving of athletes for perfection, pressure from their coach to be perfect, and their concerns about making mistakes. Perfectionistic strivings additionally showed a negative relationship in a multiple regression analysis controlling for the overlap between the four aspects. A structural equation model that examined the relationships between all variables suggested that pressure from coaches had a negative indirect effect on attitudes towards doping via perfectionistic strivings. It was indicated by findings of this study that perceived parental pressure to be perfect may be a factor that contributes to vulnerability of athletes to doping where perfectionistic strivings may be a protective factor.

This study also disclosed the price young athletes may choose to pay to meet their parents’ expectations and dreams with the rise of so-called “tiger” parenting where strict and demanding parents push their children to high achievement levels.

The study will now be widened for examining if young female athletes are similar and if the findings of this study are the same for those taking part in team versus individual sports.

Daniel Madigan, who is a PhD student, said the problem of pressure from parents watching their children play sports is widely known, with referees and sporting bodies highlighting the difficulties and taking steps to prevent it.

Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in junior athletes (Daniel Madigan; Professor Joachim Stoeber, School of Psychology, University of Kent; Professor Louis Passfield, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent) is published online in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

In another development, Windsor Lancer athletes visited St. Anne’s high school recently to make students aware of the dangers of using performance enhancing drugs. This visit was part of the Succeed Clean program that started with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport back in 2010 for encouraging young athletes to avoid doping to improve their performance.

Liz Vandenborn, the region’s community coordinator for the centre for ethics, said when a lot of people think about doping in sport, they think about males, who are taking testosterone, taking steroids but a growing population of females are actually using steroids at an increasingly alarming rate.

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Sunday 12, Apr 2015

  Denmark Has Redefined Its Anti-Doping Policies

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Denmark Has Redefined Its Anti-Doping Policies

In the biggest doping bust in Danish history, Copenhagen Police has confiscated more than one ton of steroids. The Danish police remarked new and stricter laws on doping have given them the necessary tools to bust two men who had “at least a ton” of illegal steroids.

Commissioner Steffen Steffensen said we have found so much that it is impossible to count it all up right now. Steffen added but offhand he would say that it is the largest case of organized doping in Denmark thus far. The police operation was a direct result of a parliamentary decision taken last year to increase the maximum penalty in doping cases from two to six years in prison. This legislation allowed police to tap telephones that Copenhagen Police said they used “for the first time” in the investigation leading to the arrests. Steffensen added the police before the new doping law could do almost nothing because the investigation tools were so limited with the two-year maximum penalty and added now it is up to six years and we have therefore suddenly been given a new tool that we can use.

In 2014, the national drug policies of Denmark were reevaluated after the World Health Organization (WHO) made a surprising recommendation to decriminalize personal drug use. After the recommendation was made, the left-wing Socialist People’s Party (SF) legal spokeswoman Karina Lorentzen said the current policies of the country have failed. Karina had remarked that she cannot see how our current approach has helped at all and added we on the contrary have created a very lucrative market for organized criminals. The Conservative party’s spokesman Tom Behnke remarked the party was “was not resigned to decriminalization”. Tom said there is a good reason that it is illegal, and that is because it is dangerous to be on drugs. He added on the other hand, we do need to admit that there are people who take these drugs so we need to try to respond to that and added the important thing is to have a good treatment program, so we can help people break their addictions.

According to the 2014 European Drug Report, the 35.6 percent of Danes who admitted to having smoked cannabis in their lifetime is the highest proportion among European countries while the next drug of choice for Danes is amphetamines, with a lifetime prevalence of 6.6 percent, followed by cocaine at 5.2 percent.

According to latest figures from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstryelsen), the use of hard drugs by Danes under 25 has more than halved since 2008 with less than four percent of Danes aged 16-24 report using hard drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and ecstasy. Mads Uffe Pedersen, a professor at Aarhus University’s Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, revealed that hard drugs are no longer cool or accepted among young people. The professor added there is not a wide swath of youth who take drugs, and we researchers have known that for many years and added that hard drugs like cocaine and amphetamines get a lot of media attention, so people get the impression that it is widespread amongst young people, that’s just not the case.

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Tuesday 17, Feb 2015

  Anderson Silva Is Innocent Of Wrongdoing, Says Antonio Silva

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Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has remarked Anderson Silva is innocent of any wrongdoing. Antonio made this remark after Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test before his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his bout with Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Diaz’s long time boxing coach Richard Perez said Diaz would have stopped Silva if Anderson had not come in with anabolic steroids. Perez added steroids make a big difference and remarked it is difficult to knock people out when they are on steroids.

Bigfoot, a friend of “The Spider“, said the fault lies with Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Comissão Atletica Brasileira de MMA, who helped Silva recover from a broken leg.

Bigfoot added Anderson has fought since he was 17, during his long career he has never had a problem with doping. He added unfortunately this happened when he was returning from a long and intense healing process. Bigfoot added he is absolutely positive that he isn’t guilty of anything and also remarked he must have done something at his doctor’s suggestion. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also remarked Anderson was a victim and he thinks that people from NSAC should verify this. He also said it is not the first time for this doctor and added the NSAC should be aware of how fighters are and who is causing these problems.

Bigfoot mentioned his specific case with Dr. Marcio Tannure. Antonio remarked he had a problem with the doctor and ended up getting a nine month suspension. Offering details, Antonio said it was when TRT was allowed and he was cleared to use it but the dosage that he gave to him was too high. Tannure defended himself at the time of the drug test failure of Bigfoot in December 2013 by remarking that he notified Antonio via email to get another TRT injection as his levels were still low but he did not gave him the injection personally.

Talking about Silva’s positive test, Georges St-Pierre remarked Anderson Silva should not have been allowed to compete with a ‘biological weapon’. St-Pierre, a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked the fight should be canceled as it is cheating and added a performance enhancing drug is like a weapon that gives an advantage over the opponent that you should not be able to compete with as that puts the health of the competitor in jeopardy.

In another development, the second set of pre-UFC 183 drug tests for Anderson Silva came back clean.  Anderson Silva tested positive for two steroids, Drostanolone and Adrostane, in his January 9th screening. He is now waiting the outcome of a meeting of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on February 17 where he may receive a formal penalty for the drug test failure. No official monetary fines have been imposed on Anderson Silva till now, though he has received temporary suspension until a formal ruling is made.

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Friday 11, Apr 2014

  Adams Expected Life Ban For Ostapchuk

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Adams Expected Life Ban For Ostapchuk

Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams is disappointed to learn that her former rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus has received a doping ban of just four years and not a life ban, Valerie’s manager said.

Ostapchuk received a retrospective ban that ends on August 14, 2016, for testing positive for the banned steroid Metenolone after she beat Valerie for gold at the London Games in 2012. Ostapchuk was stripped of the London Olympics and 2005 World Championships gold medals.

Test samples provided by Ostapchuk at the 2005 World Athletics Championships also found traces of the anabolic steroids, Formestane and 4-hydroxytestosterone. Adams’ manager Nick Cowan said they believe the Belarusian should have been given a life ban for a second offence. The ban imposed on the Belarusian will virtually rule her out of the 2016 Olympics with the suspension coming to an end during the athletics competition in Rio.

Cowan told Radio New Zealand that our understanding is that Ostapchuk has tested positive twice for drugs and added you would normally expect that you could face a life ban. Cowan also remarked we to be honest were expecting for it to be a bit heftier than four years but it is what it is. Adams’ manager also remarked they were not made aware of the process or reasoning and learnt about the ban after the name of Ostapchuk appeared on the latest list of banned athletes issued by the world governing body International Association of Athletics Federations.

Athletics New Zealand expressed their surprise at the length of the ban imposed on Ostapchuk and said they would need to review the decision. In a statement, chairperson Annette Purvis said whilst Athletics New Zealand is not comfortable with a ban of only four years for two doping breaches, we need to understand the full decision and all aspects that relate to the decision and the four year ban. Purvis added our staff have been in contact with Valerie and her management, and remain in close communication with them on this issue. The ANZ chairperson said Athletics New Zealand expects to offer further comment once the sanction had been examined in more detail.

Valerie Kasanita Adams is a four-time World champion, three-time World Indoor champion, and a two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion. Valerie recently won her third world indoor championship gold medal after coming back from ankle and knee surgery. The 29-year-old extended her winning sequence to 44 consecutive victories with a winning throw of 20.67m. She won the world indoor crown in Valencia in 2008 and Istanbul in 2012 and was the silver medalist in Doha in 2010. The four-time world outdoor champion produced her best effort of 20.67m at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, Poland to complete one of the most consistent series of her glittering career.

Ostapchuk can compete again after completing her ban and reinstatement requirements prescribed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, which include the return of medals, repayment of any prize money, and passing four drug tests.

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Tuesday 09, Apr 2013

  Disqualified Olympian Sues Supplement Maker

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Disqualified Olympian Sues Supplement Maker

Discus thrower Robert Fazekas and his coach, Adrian Annus, have filed a lawsuit against a Canadian company that he claims concealed the presence of anabolic steroids in a protein supplement he was taking.

The Hungarian discus thrower, who was barred from last summer’s Olympic Games in London because of a failed drug test, filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Niagara County because the supplement maker, MVP Biotech, has its U.S. distribution address in Niagara Falls, according to attorney Kalman Magyar. The company, however, is based in Kirkland, Quebec. The two are represented in their damage suit by Minryu Kim of Buffalo’s Phillips Lytle law firm and by Magyar, a Toronto attorney.

The thrower and his coach are no strangers to doping controversies and were stripped of gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for doping rule violations. While Fazekas had won the discus competition, Annus had won the hammer throw.

The 37-year-old Fazekas probably missed his last chance at Olympic glory because of the disqualification following a pre-Olympic drug test. Magyar said he believes Fazekas would have won in the Olympics and added he threw a longer throw than the eventual gold medalist in London during training right before the Olympics, which he was not allowed to go to in the end. He went on to add that the discus thrower never tested positive for steroids until he came across MVP’s products.

The Hungarian discus thrower was barred from competitions after the test and served a ban of two years after the 2004 Athens disqualification that came after he was unable to produce enough urine to be tested following the event, which was regarded as a violation of the rules. It was then asserted by the Hungarian Olympic Committee that the thrower was a deeply religious person who tried for hours after his Athens win but was unable to produce a urine sample with people watching him. The assertion didn’t impress an International Olympic Committee disciplinary board that disqualified him.

He then made a comeback and finished eighth in the discus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then gained the third spot at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona. In the same year, Annus became the coach of Fazekas. Fazekas started taking “Pro Whey,” a protein supplement sold by MVP Biotech in 2012 and a doping test conducted by a Vienna laboratory certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency picked up anabolic steroids in urine of Fazekas. Magyar remarked the level of steroids was “one nanogram per milliliter, the tiniest amount possible.” The lab samples of the supplements he was using, including opened and unopened containers of Pro Whey, were sent and both tested positive for steroids, according to Magyar.

The Hungarian discus thrower ranks fifth in all-time longest discus throw distances with a personal best of 71.70m.

MVP Biotech was accused in the lawsuit of failing to list the steroid in question, called Stanozolol, among Pro Whey’s ingredients. Magyar said Stanozolol is a banned substance and Fazekas would have never taken it if it was listed.


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Thursday 28, Feb 2013

  Oscar Pistorius Was Not Doping, Says WADA

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The representatives of South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius named the substance found in his bedroom after the death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum on Wednesday and said it is an herbal remedy used “in aid of muscle recovery.”

The product is also marketed on the internet in both oral and injectable forms as a booster for testosterone and used as a sexual enhancing form. It is claimed by some retailers that it may even be used for treating tiredness.

In a statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency said it would appear to be a homeopathic treatment, and these treatments are not prohibited by the list. Arne Ljungqvist, chairperson of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, said he had not heard of the product but that it sounded like “a real cocktail, all pointing in the same direction, namely having something to do with testosterone.” Ljungqvist added this sounds to me like something that needs to be analyzed in order to make sure what it is and you cannot ban something simply on claims and names. It needs to be looked into. Even saying that it is testosterone boosting, it could contain some precursors and it needs to have some analysis.

Meanwhile, Pieter Van Der Merwe, director of South Africa’s Doping Control Laboratory in Bloemfontein, declined to comment on questions over if a sample from Pistorius had been sent to that laboratory for testing. Animal steroids likely would not have an athletic performance-enhancing effect unless taken in huge quantities, said Charles Yesalis, a Penn State professor emeritus and expert on steroid use in sports.

Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men’s 400 meters and 4 × 400 meters relay races at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won gold medals in the men’s 400 meter race and in the 4 × 100 meter relay at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, setting world records in both events. The multiple Paralympic champion, underwent two doping tests in London last year around the Paralympics, the International Paralympic Committee has said. Pistorius tested negative for any banned substances in both tests in August and September.

The first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was fatally shot by him at his home in the early hours of 14 February 2013 morning; Oscar Pistorius was granted bail eight days later and must appear before court in June 2013.

Testis compositum is made by Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH, based in Baden-Baden, Germany. The company website says it is one of the world’s leading makers of homeopathic combination medications. The website of a US subsidiary, Heel USA Inc, says the product provides temporary relief for men’s “sexual weakness” and lack of stamina. The tablets sold in the United States contain 23 ingredients, including pig testicles, pig heart, pig embryo and pig adrenal gland, cortisone, ginseng, and other botanicals besides several minerals, according to a list provided by according to Heel USA Inc. spokesperson Joan Sullivan.

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Tuesday 02, Oct 2012

  UCI Still Waiting For Armstrong File

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UCI Still Waiting For Armstrong File

The governing body of cycling, UCI, has expressed its growing impatience over delay by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA) in handing over the Lance Armstrong doping dossier.

The UCI is still waiting to examine the evidence collected by USADA against the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong. USADA banned the cyclist for life and stripped him of all his titles and alleged that Armstrong used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), steroids, and blood transfusions. On August 24, the anti-doping agency made an announcement that results of the cyclist since 1998, including those seven Tour titles won from 1999-2005, were expunged due to “numerous” alleged violations.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said that the governing body of cycling has no reasons to believe that a complete file doesn’t exist and the repeated inability of USADA to communicate its decision is beginning to concern us. He added that a month has passed since Armstrong was punished and the USADA would have been better prepared before launching the process. A week ago, McQuaid stressed that “the UCI does not intend to appeal” “but we need verification” of wrongdoing.

The 40-year-old cyclist said he is innocent but weary of the “nonsense” accusations. “I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair,” said Armstrong of the USADA proceedings. Lance Armstrong vehemently denied all allegations of doping during his career and questioned authority of USAD to ban him but the anti-doping agency says it has more than ten witnesses that are ready to testify against Armstrong. Armstrong even claimed the USADA was acting beyond its remit and had offered “corrupt inducements” to other riders for testifying against him.

The UCI added that it is unusual that evidence is still being gathered after a person has been found guilty to which USADA accused the UCI of attempting to undermine and question the substance of their case. The anti-doping agency said the file case and reasoned decision will be sent to the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency by October 15 and criticized USADA for not having informed it directly about the delays. The cycling’s governing body said it has learnt of the reported delays through the media and not by any official communication from USADA. UCI questioned why USADA did not spend time during the Tour de France, Olympics and Road World Championships for preparing its case “rather than to make announcements.”

Jurisdiction of USADA is limited to the United States and it is up to rulers of cycling to endorse their decision to erase the achievement of Armstrong from the record books of cycling or not. The UCI has yet to endorse decision made by USAD for vacating victories by Armstrong and said it needs to see evidence first. Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency is also waiting to receive the files. World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey said decision of Armstrong to drop his fight against drug charges was an admission the allegations “had substance in them”.

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