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Tuesday 13, May 2014

  Former Pumas Captain Spreads The Word On Anti-Doping

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Former Pumas Captain Spreads The Word On Anti-Doping

Felipe Contepomi, IRB Keep Rugby Clean ambassador and former Pumas captain, was recently made the key-note speaker at an important anti-doping seminar organized for educating some of the top young players in his native Argentina.

The former Bristol, Leinster, Toulon and Stade Français player supports the Keep Rugby Clean campaign. The former Argentina rugby skipper was a professional player for nearly 15 years and capped 78 times for Argentina’s national team the Pumas. He explained the background to Rugby’s fight against doping to more than 450 young players and clearly outlined their responsibility in this context.

Contepomi said the energy that the boys exuded, their interest, spontaneity and their innocence made this an enjoyable experience for me. A qualified doctor by profession, Felipe Contepomi said he wants to pass on his thoughts on this subject, he explained how he has always believed it is right to fight for clean Rugby. He went to add that he explained to young players about the anti-doping structures and the challenge that Rugby faces today as regards anabolic steroids, social drugs, and supplements and added that we sent a clear message about the absolute responsibility for everything that enters his system lying with the player.

It was pointed out by Contepomi that players in their late teens and early 20s were most vulnerable to the temptation and false information that accompanies doping. Contepomi added he is determined to give those players the tools and information they require to make the right decisions and become successful. He said players must know that reward comes from hard work and sacrifice and it is important they consider total nutrition, not just supplements and added he thinks the message was received and he hopes it will be useful to them as they hear about Rugby’s values.

IRB Anti-Doping Manager Ilaria Baudo remarked Felipe Contepomi is an important ambassador in our ongoing fight against doping in Rugby. Baudo remarked Contepomi has played at the highest level and knows what it takes to get there and to stay there and added he is a medical practitioner who is aware of the dangers presented by doping and what a negative effect it can have on the body. He further added When Contepomi talks to young players like this, they listen and education is a crucial element of our campaign.

Uriel Cáceres, a player with Misiones, said we all of course know Felipe from Los Pumas and it is exciting for us to meet him. He added most of the things Contepomi said he did not know and he is going to spread to the rest of his teammates and further remarked we now know we are at risk whenever we take something and that we must all take responsibility ourselves.

Gonzalo Romagnoli from Santa Fe added the talk was very good and remarked at the beginning Contepomi said it was going to be boring but it was not. Romagnoli added it’s great that a person of his level can talk to us about this and it is easier for the message to reach its destination if he sends it.

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Monday 07, Apr 2014

  Legendary Athlete Banned For Four Years

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Legendary Athlete Banned For Four Years

Lee Edward Evans, Fulbright scholar and winner of two Olympics gold medals, has been banned from coaching athletes for four years.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Anti-Doping Committee found Evans guilty of giving performance enhancing drugs to an athlete. A consultant to Lagos State Government, Evans was banned alongside Coach Abass Rauf who was banned for life. This was after a minor athlete told the panel that Abass Rauf took her to a medical doctor who administered her with an unknown substance despite the fact that she was not sick. It was claimed by the athlete that she collapsed after she was administered with the injection and after her revival the coach asked her to have confidence in him that he could not harm her.

It was also claimed by the athlete that Lee Edward Evans introduced her to supplements, a sport drink, and amino acid when she was in Lagos State training camp.

The panel was headed by Dr. Ken Anugweje, with Femi Ayorinde and Eric Cambell as members and James Eakyns as secretary discharged and acquitted Tony Osheku, the third accused.

Osheku told the panel that he had no knowledge that Evans provided any substance, whether prohibited or not, to the athlete. Evans admitted that he gave supplements (amino acid complete and METABOLIQ infusions) to the athlete between February and March 2013. Evans said he gave the supplements to the athletes as women need supplements for their health and she was not provided with prohibited substance. Abass, on the other hand, admitted that he took the minor athlete to their family doctor for treatment of malaria when the athlete complained of feeling fever but said she was given tablets and was not injected by the doctor. But Abass on cross-examination contradicted himself by saying that the injection was administered in the apartment of the doctor and not in the hospital.

It was concluded by the panel that Abass and Evans gave performance enhancing substances to the minor athlete and they may have been responsible for the analytical findings in her urine. The panel was convinced that the analytical finding in the athlete’s urine was not because of her fault or negligence and the athlete made the right choice by mentioning the coaches who gave her the substances and providing substantial assistance to the panel. The panel determined that Evans gave supplements to the athlete without the knowledge of the medical doctor and assistant coach attached to the Lagos State Athletics team.

The panel concluded that Osheku had no knowledge of the substance given to the athlete and added that it is not impossible that the substances he gave to the athlete could have been laced with prohibited substances found in the urine of the minor athlete. The panel recommended a four year ineligibility period on Evans taking effect from date of hearing February 17, 2014. Abass was found guilty of administering prohibited substance to a minor athlete, threatening the athlete not to reveal being injected, and attempting to mislead the panel.

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Wednesday 20, Nov 2013

  World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

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World’s Fastest Woman Threatens To Go On Strike

The reputation of Jamaican athletics suffered another blow when the world’s fastest woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, threatened to go on strike. If that was not all, Herb Elliott, the head of the island’s Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), indicated he would resign after a report in the Wall Street Journal that questioned his academic qualifications.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, said she is thinking of pulling out of international competition. The Jamaican track and field sprinter, who won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m at this year’s World Championships in Moscow, remarked the Athletics Administrative Authority of Jamaica is not doing enough to defend athletes from “hurtful” accusations and does not offer sufficient for up-and-coming runners. She said you listen to accusations about Jamaica’s athletes and there is no one to get up, take the mic and say that whatever being said is a lie. The athlete added they are just sitting back enjoying the benefits and fruits of our labor but when it’s time to actually doing their jobs they are not doing it. She went on to remark if it comes down to not competing to make sure that things are up to scratch when it comes to facilities and different things in Jamaica then she would and we believe that we deserve not to have our names tarnished.

Fraser-Pryce insisted that the criticism of athletes from the country was unfair. She said there is no one in Jamaica looking to dope up intentionally to run fast and added what’s happening is that athletes are not checking the supplements that they use and no one is intentionally cheating.

Incoming World Anti-Doping Agency boss Sir Craig Reedie Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s boycott threat is “welcome” if it helps clean up Jamaican athletics.

Meanwhile, Elliott is under huge pressure after the Wall Street Journal reported that it had been unable to verify whether he earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University and a medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He remarked it is likely he will resign. Elliott told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper all he is trying to say is that he doesn’t want JADCO to be brought into disrepute because of him and so he is thinking that, in the best interest of Jamaica, perhaps he should speak to the prime minister. He added that he is only an individual, and JADCO is more important than any individual or any board. Elliott added and, therefore, if resignation will take the heat off JADCO, as JADCO has very important work to do, then forget it.

The JADCO head said in the interest of JADCO and Jamaica, he would resign and he doesn’t know if he would do it right away, because he doesn’t want anybody to feel that he did anything wrong and, therefore, that is why he is resigning. Elliott, however, went on to admit that he had not been able to locate all of his papers to verify his various qualifications after his wife died three years ago and added he doesn’t know where all the papers are and he doesn’t even know where all the bank books are.

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Friday 31, May 2013

  Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

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Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

Australian sprinter Matt Davies is facing a potential suspension of two years for taking a banned substance. The 28-year-old Queenslander is fighting the charge.

It is rumored that Davies purchased supplements from overseas which he believed were not included in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) banned list. The maximum suspension that could be imposed on the sprinter is two years.

Davies is understood to have imported tablet supplements to help with training recovery, in the belief they were not banned products and the credit card statements of the sprinter verified he had purchased the products overseas. The player was understood to have spent more than $20,000 fighting the drugs charge, arguing his innocence on the basis that the products were not under the banned list.

The Aussie sprinter has the right to challenge the charge and any suspension at either the Court of Arbitration for Sport or at an Athletics Australia (AA) independent tribunal. ASADA or AA can officially comment on the matter only once that process has been completed. The sprinter, who was a member of the Australian team which finished fourth in the 4x100m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and also reached the 200m quarterfinals in New Delhi, has represented Australia in the 4x100m relay at the past two world championships.

The sprinter’s 100m personal best of 10.23 seconds that places him 12th on the Australian all-time list. The two-time world championships representative made his first Australian team in 2009 where he was a member of the men’s 4x100m relay team at the Berlin world championships. The last appearance of Davies was in the green and gold was at the 2011 world championships in Daegu where the 4x100m relay team again failed to get out of the opening round. Davies hasn’t competed since June last year as an athlete must be provisionally suspended from all competition if he fails an initial (A) drug test, under ASADA guidelines.

In a statement, Athletics Australia said we as a signatory to the WADA code cannot preempt any announcement from ASADA regarding any athlete findings or sanctions and we are therefore not in a position to provide comment at this time but will do so at such time as ASADA publicly releases any findings relevant to athletics.

In another development, a second Australian field athlete is being investigated for a drug offense after missing drug tests three times. The field athlete, who has represented Australia at Olympics and world championships, was on three occasions not present at the accommodation he had told the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority he would be at when drug testers arrived. Missing drug tests operates on a three strikes system – a third missed test is treated as a failed result.

Meanwhile, ASADA did announce the decision by Surf Life Saving Australia to ban competitor Fraser Haughton for two years for using methylhexaneamine, which was detected in a sample ASADA collected at the 2012 Australian championships on the Gold Coast. ASADA stated on its website Methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and is prohibited in competition and added ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly.

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Monday 23, Jul 2012

  Contador Agrees To Rejoin Team Saxo Bank

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Alberto Contador 2Alberto Contador Velasco, the Spanish professional cyclist, who won the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team would rejoin Saxo Bank, the Danish team have announced.

Contador was stripped of his victory of 2010 Tour de France after he tested positive for clenbuterol. He was thereafter handed over a ban of two years, which was back-dated to January 2011. The cyclist had already served a provisional suspension of about six months and would be able to ride once more on August 5.

Contador said the support received from Saxo Bank and team owner Bjarne Riis has been extraordinary and he is looking forward to getting back on the bike.

The cyclist won the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France; he initially won the 2010 Tour de France and the 2011 Giro d’Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard but was stripped of these titles after being found guilty of doping. Considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world, Alberto Contador is regarded as one of the finest cyclists who excel in all aspects of stage racing that are needed for high places in the general classification. Nicknamed El Pistolero, Contador was nicknamed Pantani (after Marco Pantani, who is regarded as one of the best climbers of all times) because of his climbing skills.

The star cyclist was barred from competing at the 2006 Tour de France because of alleged connections with the Operación Puerto doping case along with give other members of the Astana-Würth team. Later on, all players were cleared of all charges on 26 July 2006 by the Spanish courts. In September 2010, he made an announcement that his urine sample taken on a rest day in the 2010 Tour de France contained Clenbuterol traces. The Spanish cyclist claimed his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Anti-doping doctor Don Catlin added credibility to the explanation provided by the cyclist by saying clenbuterol is one of the more common contaminants found in food supplements.

The Legend of Alberto Contador

The Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) proposed a one year ban in late January 2011 on Alberto Contador but later accepted appeal of the cyclist and cleared him of all charges. In March 2011, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency each appealed the RFEC decision independently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Contador lost his Tour de France 2010 title on 6 February 2012 along with losing the 2011 Giro d’Italia title. “The presence of clenbuterol was more likely caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement,” Court of Arbitration for Sport said in its ruling in Lausanne, Switzerland. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, was given the title of 2010 Tour de France.

After the ban, five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx said, “It’s like someone wants to kill cycling.” Oscar Perreiro called the verdict “disgraceful” and claimed Contador “is innocent.”

The ban means the cyclist will miss the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the London Olympics, but he will be eligible to ride in the Spanish Vuelta, which begins August 18. With the ban, he becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping after Floyd Landis, the American who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.

Alberto Contador Velasco Anti-Doping Violation


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Friday 22, Jun 2012

  Sentence for Centennial supplements distributor

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A Centennial supplements distributor has received a fine of $50,000 for a charge of mail fraud connected to the distribution of steroids. This was in addition to probation of one year and a forfeiture of $107,000.

This announcement was recently made by U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh. U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel sentenced the company after it pleaded guilty to the single count on October 13, 2011.

Axis Labs had faced a fine of up to $500,000.

Tuesday 12, Jun 2012

  Greg Ball banned for two years

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Ipswich’s world champion Paralympic cyclist, Greg Ball, has been stripped of his most recent world record. The cyclist was banned from the sport for a period of two years after testing positive to an anabolic steroid.

The cyclist tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in a test conducted during Australian Track Cycling Championships in Sydney.

“Gregory would not have consented to the sample collection if he believed or suspected at the time that he was at risk of the violations. It would have been illogical for him to do so,” according to a submission that stated Gregory had taken prescribed anti-depressant medication in addition to his regular vitamins and supplements.

Monday 14, May 2012

  Coach’s warehouse reveals steroids

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Greek medical chiefs have discovered anabolic steroids at a warehouse used by the coach of disgraced sprinters Kostas Kederis and Ekaterina Thanou, Greece’s National Organisation of Medicines said.

“The supplements included materials that do not have a distribution license,” read a statement from the agency.

More than 1,000 units of discovered food supplements contained the stimulant ephedrine as their main ingredient.

Thursday 03, May 2012

  Indian college admissions characterized by use of dietary supplements

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College admissions on the sports quota and body building are driving youngsters in urban India to make use of dietary supplements and steroids.

According to a survey, nearly 78 per cent of the adolescents take at least one supplement like 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 of India during October 2011-January 2012.

Monday 23, Apr 2012

  Bodybuilding.com founder pleads guilty

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Ryan DeLuca put $20,000 down in 1999 for purchasing a web domain called Bodybuilding.com that went on to become a popular website.

“It’s so cool to be able to start something like this,” DeLuca said when he was just 23 in 2001.

“Mr. DeLuca is strictly liable for misdemeanor violations of the FDA law,” his attorney John Lundquist said. “He wants to put this matter behind himself and continue to move the company forward.”

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