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Saturday 30, Mar 2013

  Supplements Were Legal, Says Retired Bomber

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Supplements Were Legal, Says Retired Bomber

Former Bomber Mark McVeigh has claimed that every supplement taken by his teammates last year had been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority. The statement by McVeigh was in response to the allegations that the children of Essendon players and officials have been bullied in relation to the doping scandal that has engulfed the club.

The former Bomber, who was critical of whistle-blower Kyle Reimers in the immediate aftermath of his testimony about the dubious medical practices at Essendon last year, went on to rubbish claims that off-site injections being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority took place in a sinister environment. However, the former Essendon vice-captain said it was appropriate that the club was under investigation due to its employment of people with “a dodgy past or history” but remarked ere was no way any Essendon player would have knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs.

McVeigh added that we were obviously in an auditorium alongside doctors and coaches and it was explained, in a PowerPoint presentation, what supplements we would be using and went on to add that the players knew exactly what we were taking, that it was above board and ticked off by ASADA. He also remarked that anything that went into our bodies that was illegal, there is no way we would have known about that and there is no way any of the current players would have taken that and contended that when you have got James Hird and doctors in the room that you respect, you believe them and every supplement taken by the teammates was ticked off by ASADA or WADA (the World Anti-Doping Authority).

Before his retirement last August, McVeigh played 232 games with Essendon and contested claims that the off-site injections overseen by Stephen Dank, the man central to investigations in both rugby league and AFL, took place in a dubious environment. He added that a lot of us have got young children and we are close to our families and that would be disgusting for us to be doing something like that, so he was just shocked.

A close friend of Essendon coach James Hird, McVeigh remarked it was clear the scandal had taken a toll on his health and said he has lost a bit of weight and looks a little bit stressed. McVeigh also remarked that Hird is a resilient person, a great figure of the game and it would have taken all of his strength to get himself up, to get the club in the right frame of mind to be able to play.

David Zaharakis, a former teammate who appeared alongside McVeigh on the Seven Network’s AFL Game Day, remarked it was distressing that it was not only the players and coaches being affected by the saga and added that it definitely takes its toll on everyone and it’s ridiculous people can start targeting your family or your kids and added that he know some of the coaches and even players who have kids at school (who) have copped a bit of bullying.

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Sunday 10, Mar 2013

  Supplement Results In Six Month Sanction For Philippines Player

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Supplement Results In Six Month Sanction For Philippines Player

A six-month sanction has been received by Philippines player Chris Hitch as a result of a positive finding for the prohibited substance Methylhexaneamine (MHA) following a doping test at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in March 2012, according to the International Rugby Board.

It was revealed that Hitch started taking a Dietary Supplement during April 2011 branded as “Mesomoiph” that he purchased from a health food shop in Newcastle, Australia. According to the player, he took the recommended dose of the supplement in lieu of “NODoz” (a caffeine tablet) which the Team Physiotherapist (Mr Raper) distributed to players prior to matches and prior to the Philippines first match of the Tournament, against Canada on 23″ March 2012 as he was suffering from tiredness arising from the demands of his occupations as a scaffolder, delivering furniture and appliances, and his intense fitness and training schedules.

Hitch provided a urine sample (Code Number 2693335) during the In-Competition Test conducted on behalf of the IRB. He failed to declare when providing the sample that he had taken a supplement prior to the match. Subsequently, the sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for the substance Methylhexaneamine (“MHA”). The player accepted he had not applied for a therapeutic exemption allowing him to use the substance. Chris Hitch also disclosed he had signed the Team Member Consent Form prior to the commencement of the Tournament, on 21st March 2012 and admitted the anti-doping rule violation that he attributed to his ingestion of the supplement.

On the WADA Prohibited List, Methylhexaneamine is classified as a specified stimulant and can be found in some nutritional supplements. The stimulant has been responsible for a number of positive cases over the last year within Rugby and other sports and the Philippines player had consumed the supplement Mesomorph.

This case highlights the clear need for players to pay due consideration to the contents of any dietary or nutritional supplement and ensure that they are familiar with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list via the International Rugby Board or their Union’s website and only the player can be responsible for what they consume, IRB Anti-Doping Manager Tim Ricketts said.

A zero-tolerance stance is operated by the IRB towards drug cheats in sport and all rugby players are reminded to thoroughly research the ingredients of any supplements before purchasing or consumption to ensure that they do not contain prohibited substances and in particular the various names Methylhexaneamine is known by.

    MHA is known by a number of different names including Methylhexaneamine; Methylhexanamine; DMAA (dimethylamylamine); Geranamine; Forthane; Forthan; Floradrene; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl-; 2-hexanamine, 4-methyl- (9CI); 4-methyl-2-hexanamine; 1,3-dimethylamylamine; 4-Methylhexan-2-amine; 1,3-dimethylpentylamine; 2-amino-4-methylhexane; Pentylamine, 1, 3-dimethyl-; pelargonium graveolens; pelargonium extract; geranium, geranium oil or geranium root extract.

This non-exhaustive list provides examples of some commercial supplements which contain, or have been identified in certain countries to contain, MHA or its variants: Hemo Rage, Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, 1.M.R., Mesomorph, Rocked, Crack, USN Anabolic Nitro, Ergolean Amp 2, DynaPep, Core Zap, C4 Extreme, Nutrimax Burner, NitroX, IBE XForce, Fusion Geranamine, ClearShot, Black Cats, and Musclespeed.

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Tuesday 17, Jul 2012

  Hardy makes Olympics comeback after ban

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World record-setting swimmer Jessica Hardy has survived a doping suspension that prevented Hardy from competing in the 2008 Olympic Games to make a comeback to the London Olympics.

It was ruled by two panels that the positive test of Hardy was a result of her unknowingly ingesting a tainted supplement.

Hardy arrives in London as a contender for medals in the two freestyles as well as the 400-meter freestyle and 400 medley relays. Her family provided samples of supplements left over from the batch she used at the Olympic Trials to be tested by Anti-Doping Research Inc. and clenbuterol was found in an AdvoCare drink supplement.

Hardy recently was placed first in the women’s open 50 LC meter freestyle championship final during the 2012 TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Championships at Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on April 21.

Wednesday 02, May 2012

  Mike Kogan explains failed test

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King Mo” Lawal’s manager, Mike Kogan, strongly believes that the mixed martial arts community will learn a few lessons from their experience after Lawal tested positive for steroids.

“We were very transparent about all of this and the biggest reason was because we want to make sure people have a chance to do their own research,” Kogan explained to MMAWeekly.

“The problem is that these materials and this research and information usually becomes available retroactively, not proactively, not ahead of time,” said Kogan. “Can this be prevented? Yes, it can be prevented by regulation through the FDA. But then they have to take on the big lobbying group of the nutrition companies.”

Thursday 23, Feb 2012

  Risky obsession with dietary supplements continues

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In urban India, college admissions on the sports quota and body building are driving youngsters to consume dietary supplements and steroids.

About 78 per cent of the adolescents take at least one supplement such as pills, energy drinks, 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.

Tuesday 14, Feb 2012

  Fines and probation for Axis Labs

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Axis Labs LLC was sentenced to one-year probation, fined $50,000, and ordered to forfeit $107,000 in connection with a mail fraud case.

Federal prosecutors accused the company of distributing anabolic steroids masquerading as a weight-loss supplement.

DCD LLC and R&D Holdings were also fined for selling adulterated supplements that contained anabolic steroids.

Friday 13, Jan 2012

  Jail term for two Merseyside policemen

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A jail term of 11 years has been imposed on two serving Merseyside policemen who were involved in a plot to pedal body building steroids to fellow officers.

Detective Constable Paul Fletcher and Sergeant Paul Hornby of Merseyside Police pleaded guilty to nine drug offences after being rumbled by an undercover colleague.

The two were first suspended for dealing in the anabolic steroid, Clenbuterol, after offering the class C substance to an officer operating incognito under the name “Neil”.

Wednesday 21, Dec 2011

  Rebels bikie nominee imported steroids

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A Rebels bikie nominee has been charged with importing steroids in packages intoAustralia fromChina.

Customs intercepted a package from Chinathrough international mail including fifty packets of anabolic steroids earlier this week.

On November 17, he was granted bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court.

Wednesday 28, Sep 2011

  St. Louis Rams linebacker gets ultimate redemption

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David Vobora, the St. Louis Rams linebacker, has won a $5.4 million judgment from a Florida nutritional supplement company in U.S. federal court.

The linebacker could now move ahead as an athlete, a person and one day as a father with his name cleared.

Vobora was suspended for four games in 2009 for violating policy of the NFL on anabolic steroids and related substances after testing positive for methyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid.

Saturday 24, Sep 2011

  Yuri Ogorodinik to be fired

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Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodinik was given a hero’s welcome last year at the Delhi Airport after the Indian sprinters had won two gold medals in the Guangzhou Asian Games.

The 75-year-old coach was immediately given a salary hike of 25 per cent by the sports ministry and was highly recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

Eight Indian athletes have tested positive for anabolic steroids and many now blame Ogorodinik for the entire mess.

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