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Tuesday 17, Sep 2013

  Armstrong Gives Back Olympic Bronze Medal

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Armstrong Gives Back Olympic Bronze Medal

Former American professional cyclist @Lance Armstrong has tweeted that he had given back the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Mark Higgins, who has been a manager and spokesman for Armstrong for several years, handed over the medal to USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and Lance Armstrong declined further comment.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has remarked that it will not reallocate the bronze medal of Armstrong. The IOC follows the same way in which the governing body of cycling decided not to declare any winners for the Tour titles once held by Lance Armstrong. This means Spanish rider Abraham Olano Manzano, who finished fourth in Sydney, will not be upgraded and the bronze medal originally awarded to Armstrong will be left vacant in Olympic records.

Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service teammate, Vyacheslav Ekimov of Russia, won the gold and Jan Ullrich of Germany won silver. Ekimov was the teammate of Lance Armstrong during the time period in which USADA outlined widespread doping on the team. Ullrich had confirmed in an interview that he used blood-doping treatments during his career. The IOC previously stripped Tyler Hamilton, a former Armstrong teammate, of his time-trial gold medal from the 2004 Olympics after he acknowledged doping.

A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the fact that Olympic bronze medal awarded to Armstrong had been returned. Patrick Sandusky said the United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He further remarked the International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned and the USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.

Armstrong was asked to give back the medal after he confessed to using banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling. His doping confession came months after the United States Anti-Doping Agency detailed widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by the cyclist and his U.S. Postal Service team.

Lance Edward Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005 and is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The cyclist started his career in 1992 as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team. Armstrong was diagnosed in October 1996 with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete at the age of 16 and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990 at 18 and 19, respectively. During 1992-96, Armstrong collected the Thrift Drug Triple Crown of Cycling: the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh, the K-Mart West Virginia Classic, and the CoreStates USPRO national championship in Philadelphia. In 1996, Armstrong became the first American to win the La Flèche Wallonne and again won the Tour DuPont. The cyclist has recorded an aerobic capacity of 83.8 mL/kg/min (VO2 max), which is much higher than the average person (40–50), but less than other winners of Tour de France like Miguel Indurain and Greg LeMond (92.5).

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Saturday 20, Jul 2013

  Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

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Pearson Expresses Disappointment At Doping Scandal

Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has expressed her disappointment at the doping scandal that has gripped top sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

The 26-year-old Pearson, who won the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 meters hurdles and a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, said it is disappointing that these things happen, but it’s good that WADA or whatever doping agency is keeping on top of the athletes. She added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and comment or have an opinion on it as you can be quite close to these athletes at the same time.

The reigning world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion added that we like to compete cleanly and fairly and also remarked that you’ve just got to keep going and working hard and being really diligent about what goes into your body and who you trust.

World and Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, a teammate of Gay’s on the US team, said it is unfortunate for the sport that we even have to discuss it but added that it is good to have these organizations to stay on top of things from a sports standpoint. American high jump star Brigetta Barrett, the Olympic silver medalist in the London Games, remarked that it was always shocking when your heroes have fallen and you don’t expect these people to have positive tests. Barrett urged for a better distribution of finances among athletes to close the gap that causes possible desperation. Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, remarked it never crossed my mind that they were doping and added that you have to make sure you’re responsible for what’s going into your body.

Meanwhile, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle from Jamaica became the latest casualty of doping but remarked that he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. The discus thrower remarked he regretted the “hurt and embarrassment” his failed test caused a country that is still digesting news of positive tests from two high-profile sprinters and another discus thrower. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) notified Smikle of the positive test after his urine sample from the Jamaica National Trials in June returned an adverse analytical finding. Smikle joined former world 100 meters record-holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 4x100m relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson, and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall, as athletes from Jamaica to confirm doping violations from the Jamaican trials.

In a statement, Smikle said he is very saddened and surprised personally by these findings, as he has never attempted to cheat and have always considered himself an ambassador for the sport and a strong supporter of drug testing. The 21-year-old Smikle has requested analysis of his ‘B’ sample said he and was willing to work with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in any investigation to get this matter dealt with in the best way possible.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall acknowledged receipt of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) notification of her adverse finding for a banned diuretic but denied knowingly taking a performance-enhancing substance.

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Friday 22, Mar 2013

  Doping Samples From 2006 Turin Olympics To Be Retested

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Doping Samples From 2006 Turin Olympics To Be Retested

The International Olympic Committee will retest doping samples from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin with the eight-year deadline approaching in a bid to catch any drug cheats who may have escaped detection at the time.

The statute of limitations for Turin expires in February 2014. The Turin samples are stored at the doping laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland and they include urine and blood samples.

The international Olympic body has been storing samples for eight years since the Athens Games to allow for retesting when new methods are made available. Samples will be retested with more advanced techniques to search for banned substances that could not be found in 2006, IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist said and added that any positive tests would result in athletes being retroactively disqualified and stripped of any medals. The IOC is presently in consultation with the World Anti-Doping Agency on how many samples to retest and what all events to target. Endurance events like cross-country skiing are considered the most open to doping abuse while Ljungqvist said no samples are immune.

Ljungqvist said we could see from the retests of the Athens Games that there are good reasons for going back to Torino with methods that were not available then. The IOC last year retested samples from the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and caught five athletes who were retroactively stripped of their medals for using anabolic steroids, including men’s shot put winner Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine. The International Olympic Committee in 2010 re-analyzed some Turin samples for insulin and the blood-booster CERA but all those tests came back negative. During the Turin Games, there was only one positive test with Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva stripped of a silver medal after testing positive for a banned stimulant but the games were hit by a major doping scandal when Italian police on a tip-off from the IOC raided the lodgings of the Austrian cross-country and biathlon team and seized blood-doping equipment. Four athletes received life bans from the IOC after no athlete from Australia testing positive initially.

CERA retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics led to five positive cases that included the stripping of Bahrain runner Rashid Ramzi’s gold medal in the 1,500 meters.

Ljungqvist said the IOC is discussing with WADA what to do and how much we do, just like we did with Athens and the joint effort was confirmed by WADA director general David Howman. Leaders of WADA last year criticized the IOC for not retesting more of the 3,000-plus samples from the Athens Olympics; the international Olympic body re-analyzed about 100 samples. Officials of the IOC are hopeful to wrap up the Turin retesting process, including any disciplinary procedures, before the next Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.

Meanwhile, the International Association of Athletics Federations has also conducted retesting of doping samples and recently announced that six athletes from Russia and Belarus, including three gold and two silver medalists, had been caught for doping in retests from the 2005 track and field world championships in Helsinki.

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Sunday 21, Oct 2012

  Weightlifting Athlete Fernando Reis Accepts Sanction

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Fernando Reis of Saint Charles, Missouri, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 21-year-old Reis accepted a suspension for his doping offense after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, as a result of a sample collected at the 2011 National Collegiate Championships, on April 10, 2011, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, stimulants are prohibited. Methylhexaneamine is classified as a Specified Substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction.

A six-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Reis that began on April 24, 2011. Reis is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 10, 2011, the day his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Born on 10 March 1990 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fernando Saraiva Reis competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the +105 kg event and won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2010 South American Games in the same weight category. Reis lifted 225Kg in the men’s 105Kg snatch competition during the XVI Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 27, 2011 to won a gold medal. In the 2010 USA Weightlifting National Collegiate Championships, Reis (St. Charles, Mo. / Lindenwood University) led after the snatch with his lift of 168kg and jerked 202kg with a lead of 13kg onCollin Ito (Marquette, Mich. / Northern Michigan University). The total of Reis 370kg was 18kg more than Ito who totaled 352kg to win the silver medal. He won a bronze in the Snatch at the 2010 Jr. Worlds held in Sofia, Bulgaria

At the 2011 Pan American Games, Olympic weightlifter Fernando Reis won the gold medal, a first for his home country with a top individual lift of 225kg. He finished 17kg ahead of silver medalist Jose Morales Yoel from Venezuela and bronze medalist George Kobaladze from Canada to earn the top award. Reis captured his second straight National Collegiate Championships in 2011 with a 10kg competition PR, and in the process he broke the American Collegiate total record by 15kgs. He went on a diet heavy in recent months of fattening to gain 30 pounds in a year and a half. Reis reached 132 kg in 2011, 38 more than in 2007 at the Pan American Games in Rio and led the competition from the start and finished with a total and 410 kg, 393 kg runner up. The 2012 Pan American +105kg Champion Fernando Reis earned his ticket to London 2012 with a 180kg Snatch and 230kg C&J. Reis failed a lift in the men’s +105kg Group B snatch weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7, 2012.


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Friday 05, Oct 2012

  Italian Football Filled With Doping, Says Matías Almeyda

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Italian Football Filled With Doping, Says Matías Almeyda

The former Argentina international, Matías Almeyda, has made a series of startling accusations in his autobiography.

In his book Almeyda: Life and Soul, the former Parma midfielder claimed that he was given what he now believes were drugs while at the Serie A club between 2000 and 2002. Born on 21 December 1973, the retired Argentine footballer is presently the manager of Club Atlético River Plate. He was voted the competition’s best player in 1998–99 and played alongside Diego Maradona and participated in the Indoor Football World Cup in Spain. He played in Serie A of Italy and represented S.S. Lazio, Parma F.C., and F.C. Internazionale Milano.

Almeyda claimed the game of football in Italy is rotten to its core with corruption. The player who played for Lazio, Parma, Brescia and Inter Milan during an eight-year stay in the country insisted that football in Italy is plagued by corruption, doping, and match fixing. He went on to suggest that some clubs have fostered worryingly close ties to organised crime syndicates that fuel a climate of fear among the players.

Almeyda also remarked that he was hooked up to an intravenous drip before matches during his time at Parma and was convinced that the drips were used to give the players performance enhancing drugs that have done serious health damage in the long term, a story that was reinforced by television footage of Fabio Cannavaro taking on intravenous fluids the night before a match. He said it was said that the IV [intravenous] drip before games was a mixture of vitamins but before entering the field he was able to jump up as high as the ceiling.

The former Argentina international said he believes that a disagreement between him and Parma’s former president and owner, Stefano Tanzi, led to his house being broken into as a form of intimidation and added that former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic was another person who had a similar break after an argument with Tanzi. Though he denied being associated with any match fixing, Almeyda said he suspects several of his team-mates did during a match between Parma and Roma in 2001.

Almeyda helped the Olympic side win silver at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and won a total of 35 caps for the Argentine national football team.

Almeyda was in news a year back when he made David Trezeguet, the former France international, the captain of River Plate and the honor of leading Los Millonarios in this season’s Primera Division campaign. Almeyda praised the 34-year-old former Juventus striker and said Trezeguet’s humility, comradeship, and commitment make him a good captain material. On 16 January 2009, Almeyda signed with modest Club Atlético Fénix, in the fourth division and finally -joined his main club River Plate, teaming up with former club teammates Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega on 19 August 2009. In June 2011, River Plate was relegated to the second level for the first time in its history and Matías Almeyda retired from football and was appointed the side’s manager the following month.

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Saturday 22, Sep 2012

  Weightlifter Patrick Mendes Banned

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Weightlifter Patrick Mendes Banned

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has banned Olympic weightlifter Patrick Mendes after he tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH), a banned substance.

The weightlifter from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” in Las Vegas, Nevada failed anti-doping controls on February 7 and February 27, 2012 prior to the 2012 United States Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting that determine who would represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Patrick Mendes was the top-ranked U.S. Olympic weightlifter at over 105 kilograms.

Mendes was the protégé of renowned weightlifting coach John Broz who lived and trained during his competitive career with legendary Bulgarian superheavyweight Antonio Krastev, who recorded a world record snatch of 216 kilograms in 1987.

The 21-year-old Mendes who was a U.S. Olympic hopeful in weightlifting tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH). The prospective medal favorite in the super heavyweight division at the London Olympics confessed to using the drug after testing positive in two tests administered in February, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in a statement.

Graduated from Del Sol High in Las Vegas, Patrick Mendes accepted a two-year ban, which commenced on March 19. His positive test results for HGH were the result of two separate samples collected on February 7, 2012, and February 27, 2012 as part of USADA’s Out of Competition Testing Program. The samples of Mendes were tested at the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Human Growth Hormone is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Weightlifting Federation (“IWF”) Anti-Doping Policies, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

The weightlifter admitted his use of HGH and accepted a period of two years of ineligibility that began on March 19, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the sanction, Mendes is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to February 7, 2012, the date the first blood sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said the case demonstrates yet again that the human growth hormone testing works to stop this dangerous drug from being used in sport and added that the agency is pleased that Mendes chose to admit his use of HGH and accept the sanction.

With this suspension, the weightlifter become only the second U.S. athlete found using human growth hormone, the first being minor-league baseball player Mike Jacobs, who tested positive under the program instituted by Major League Baseball last summer.

In another development, 19-year-old Olympic weightlifter Joshua Gilbert of Las Vegas, Nev. from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” tested positive for the diuretic furosemide at the 2012 National Weightlifting Championships that was held in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Trials as part of the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus (Ohio) on March 2, 2012. Joshua Gilbert was suspended for a period of three years for his anti-doping rule violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).


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Monday 13, Aug 2012

  Bolt ‘Loses All Respect’ For Carl Lewis

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After basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double, @Usain Bolt took a momentary break to fiercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.

Bolt said Lewis had “lost all respect” in his eyes after the former athletic great said the doping controls of Jamaica were not as strong compared to other countries. In recent years, Lewis has said drug testing procedures in Jamaica might need to be tightened though he did not make any direct accusation. Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner after being asked if he did like to be compared with Lewis or the great Jesse Owens. Bolt remarked he does not have respect for Carl Lewis and added that it is really downgrading for track athletes to make accusations against others athletes and Lewis did this all only to gather attention as no body really talks about him.

 

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

 

Lewis while talking to Sports Illustrated said that countries such as Jamaica don’t have a random testing program and this means that athletes can go on for months without being tested. He added that his statement is not meant to accuse any one of anything, but every athlete should be on a level-playing field.

Widely regarded as the fastest man ever, Usain St. Leo Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay and also the first man ever to achieve the distinction of the “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 & 2012). The achievements of Usain Bolt in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt” and he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.

‘I have no respect for Carl Lewis’: Usain Bolt – NewsX – YouTube Video

Bolt, under the guidance of coach Fitz Coleman became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds to take the world junior record outright with a time of 19.93 s. On May 31, 2008 Bolt established a new 100 m world record after registering a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City and broke the record of compatriot Asafa Powell. After his return to Jamaica from Golden League final in Brussels (2008 athletics season), Bolt was selected as the IAAF Male Athlete of the year and won a Special Olympic Award for his performances and was selected in 2009 as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second year running. He came second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials in both 100 m and 200 m but won the Olympics 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds to set a new Olympic record for that distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is ironical to learn that a man himself accused of failing drug tests is accusing others of wrongdoings. The United States Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, Dr. Wade Exum, gave copies of documents that revealed that 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were allowed to compete and Carl Lewis was one of them. The document copies revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. Lewis didn’t deny the test results and said he was treated the same as other athletes from the United States in similar positions.

 

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Wednesday 30, Jul 2008

  China’s crackdown on steroids – Better late than never

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china-steroidsIn preparation for the coming Summer Olympics in Beijing, and probably in response to the recent showing of a documentary in Germany about gene doping and steroid trade in China, Chinese officials are now intensifying their drive against suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Those who have suffered the brunt of now embarrassed local anti-doping officials include manufacturers of steroids and peptide hormones, wholesalers, consumer outlets and websites.

The Earth Times has the complete report:

China has begun a clampdown on companies making drugs that can be used to enhance sporting performance ahead of next month’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Production bans, licence withdrawals and fines have all been used by the authorities, the national anti-doping agency (CHINADA) and other ministerial agencies reported Monday.

According to the reports, 257 companies which deal with or manufacture anabolic steroids and peptide hormones, 2,739 wholesalers and 340,000 consumer outlets were inspected.

As a result, 30 companies were ordered to suspend production while 25 firms had their licence to manufacture drugs which can be used for doping withdrawn.

Another 318 websites, which gave information on the sale of steroids and peptide
hormones, were also targeted.

“We have punished those who have broken the rules,” said Yan Jiangyung, spokeswoman for the Chinese state authority that overlooks nutrition and medicinal drugs.

Earlier this month, a German television documentary suggested that genetic doping is possible in China.

The documentary broadcast by the state-run ARD network showed a reporter, claiming to be a swimming coach, inquiring about performance- enhancing stem cell treatment for athletes in a Chinese hospital.

While Yan called on the ARD to hand over any information it had on Chinese medical practitioners who were involved in doping, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said genetic doping was not possible.

“I can say in agreement with international experts that such a therapy does not exist in China or elsewhere internationally,” said Mao Qunan.

With less than two weeks before the start of the Games, many consider the move to be a belated attempt to curb the use of these banned compounds. But China is under intense pressure from anti-doping agencies, particularly the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA’s top gun John Fahey has been proclaiming that the 2008 Summer Olympics will be the cleanest ever.

From AFP:

Though Fahey refused to guarantee a completely drug-free Games, he said cheats are more likely to be caught by the doping agency this year than ever before.
“One has to recognise the question of doping in sport has been around now for a long time,” Fahey told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio.

“There’s been evidence that at successive games it’s occurred. (But) I can give this guarantee: there’s a far greater likelihood that anybody cheating or attempting to cheat in the Beijing Games will be caught than in any other time of our history.”

It is expected that around 4,500 tests for banned compounds will be implemented on participating athletes in the Beijing Olympics. This is significantly higher with those that had been carried out in Athens and Sydney, numbering to 3,700 and 2,800 tests respectively.