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Tuesday 03, Mar 2015

  Tiger Woods Suspended For Drug Test Failure, Claims Former PGA Tour Player

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Tiger Woods has been suspended for one month under the anti-doping program of the PGA Tour, according to a former PGA Tour player.

Dan Olsen made this sensational claim on radio station WVFN to host David DeMarco. Olsen, who has made 35 career PGA Tour starts and was an exempt player for the 2004 season, claimed the information came to him from “exempt Tour players” and added he heard that Woods is on a month-long suspension. The former PGA Tour player also remarked that the suspension is not due to testing positive for Testosterone but for something else. Olsen went on to remark that Tiger Woods is all set to surpass Lance Armstrong in infamy.

In a statement, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said these claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false and added they are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. Steinberg added the PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.

In response to Steinberg’s statement, PGA Tour media official Joel Schuchmann released a statement saying that regarding the allegations made by Dan Olsen concerning Tiger Woods, there is no truth whatsoever to his claims and the PGA Tour categorically denies them. PGA Tour executive vice president Ty Votaw also said there is no truth whatsoever to these claims and we categorically deny these allegations.

Olsen later backed off his claims and said everything he said on that radio interview was only his opinion and not based on any first-hand knowledge or facts. The former golfer also said he wants to make a full retraction to everything he said for the entire radio interview, and he apologizes to Tiger, Nike, Phil Mickelson, Commissioner Tim Finchem, and the PGA Tour.

In the past, players who have been suspended under the anti-doping program of the Tour have been banned from the PGA Tour and its umbrella tours for one year. In 2013, Vijay Singh admitted to using deer-antler spray and was expected to receive a suspension of six months by the Tour. The Tour decided not to suspend Singh after consulting with the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA had declared that the illegal insulin-like ingredient found in deer-antler spray is required to be injected directly into the blood stream to be effective. The golfer is presently pursuing litigation against the PGA Tour over their handling of his case.

Tiger Woods, the American professional golfer, has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for many years and is considered as one of the most successful golfers of all time. Awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times, Woods has won 79 official PGA Tour events including 14 majors. He has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings and is the only player to have won all four professional major championships in a row. Woods is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam but has struggled since to regain his dominant form ever since he had back disc surgery in April 2014.

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Friday 15, Aug 2014

  Tiger Woods Received Treatment From HGH Guru

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A recently released book has revealed that Tiger Woods paid almost $200,000 to Canadian human growth hormone guru Anthony Galea and an associate for 63 visits to his home between September of 2008 and October of 2009.

The American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. He spent 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as world number one to become the dominant force in golf.

The book, “Blood Sport” by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, disclosed that the HGH guru received more than $76,000 for visiting the four-time Masters champion 14 times while Tiger Woods recovered from knee surgery between January and August of 2009. The book also cited an investigation by the Florida Department of Health that found Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, charged Tiger Woods more than $118,000 for 49 visits. The doctors also treated Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Rodriguez is presently serving a suspension of 162 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

The book by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts also maintained that Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods discussed their simultaneous treatments by the two physicians. The book suggests that the relationship of Woods with Galea was far more extensive than previously known. In 2010, the New York Times reported Woods received treatment from Galea at least four times, but the book indicates that Galea and Lindsay had met dozens of times with Tiger Woods. The New York Times had previously reported that Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, had deep ties to BALCO, the San Francisco-area lab that offered designer steroids to athletes. In 2009, BALCO founder Victor Conte told the Daily News that Lindsay was part of a group called “Project World Record” for making Olympic track star Tim Montgomery the fastest man in the world. Lindsay also worked with BALCO-linked athletes Marion Jones and Bill Romanowski.

The book quotes Hank Haney, Woods’ former swing coach, saying he was unaware of the specifics of meetings of Galea with Woods and added he never saw anything illegal occur during the visits of the doctors to Woods’ Florida home. Haney remarked he was there three or four of the times Anthony Galea was there, and he didn’t see anything. Woods’ former swing coach added he never saw Tiger do anything like that and went on to add that Tiger Woods is bigger and stronger from all the working out he does, but he’s not faster or longer because of it and it is not like he is avoiding injuries.

In 2011, Galea pleaded guilty in a Buffalo federal courtroom to a felony charge of bringing misbranded and unapproved drugs, including performance enhancing drugs, into the United States.

Meanwhile, Galea and Woods have maintained that Woods was never treated with performance enhancing drugs but with platelet-rich plasma injections that are legal to promote healing.

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Sunday 02, Jun 2013

  Star Skier Linked To Notorious East German Doping Doctor

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Star Skier Linked To Notorious East German Doping Doctor

Olympic star Lindsey Vonn, who has been seeing golfing legend Tiger Woods, has become embroiled in controversy after it emerged that she has paid a number of visits to a sports facility overseen by a notorious former ‘doping doctor’.

Lindsey has visited the Red Bull-owned Diagnostics and Training Centre in Austria that is run by German doctor Bernd Pansold, 71, according to an investigation by the New York Daily News.

The doctor was one of hundreds of doctors at the forefront of a doping epidemic in the former East Germany that “forced” unwitting young athletes into hardcore performance enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids in what was a state-sponsored program in the 1970s and 80s. Pansold is believed to be at the heart of a program which plied female competitors with highly dangerous muscle-strengthening drugs like Oral Turinabol. Pansold was convicted of aiding and abetting assault for his part in the program in 1998 and was hired by Red Bull in 2000 and is now a specialist in analyzing physical testing data to see how on-field performances can be improved and there is no suggestion that he continues to be involved in doping.

Athletes from East Germany experienced severe side effects such as deepened voices, cancer, ruined ovulation cycles, and an increase in the growth of facial and body hair.

While it is still rumored that the Apline Ski champion has ever taken performance enhancing drugs and has never failed a dope test, her visits to the lab in the village of Thalgau, shows how vulnerable the Olympic stars of today are to the murky past of doping. The publicist of Vonn initially denied that Vonn has been a visitor to the facility but later acknowledged that Lindsey had undertaken tests at the lab and had exchanged nothing more than pleasantries with the doctor.

In an interview in March, Pansold had confirmed Vonn had visited his facility twice a year and called her a ‘very nice girl’. The 28-year-old poster girl for the US team has been sponsored by the energy drink company Red Bull since 2005 and is given a number of perks, including other state-of-art training facilities at the company-sponsored Salzburg football team’s headquarters.

The World Cup alpine ski racer who competed with the United States Ski Team has won four overall World Cup championships – one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Lindsey won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics and has also won six consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013), four consecutive titles in Super G (2009–2012), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012). She has become the most successful American skier in history with her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007/2011), and four overall World Cup titles. The alpine ski racer received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010 and was also honored again as the USOC’s sportswoman of the year for 2010.

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Thursday 31, Jan 2013

  Professional Golfer Admits Using Deer Antler Spray

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Professional Golfer Admits Using Deer Antler Spray

A noted Fijian golfer of Indian origin has admitted he used deer-antler spray that contains the substance IGF-1, which is a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone and described by Sports Illustrated as a “natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth.”

Vijay Singh, the Fijian professional golfer, who was Number 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005 and was the leading PGA Tour money winner in 2003, 2004, and 2008 said he didn’t know the spray has a banned substance. He added that he reviewed the list of ingredients after receiving the product and didn’t not see any prohibited substances. Singh also added that he is absolutely shocked to learn that the deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and is angry with himself that he has put himself in this position.

The Sports Illustrated report said Singh paid $9,000 last November to Sports With Alternatives to Steroids for the spray, chips, beam ray, and a powder additive. It was also revealed that Singh was using the deer-antler spray every couple of hours, to sleep with the beam ray on and to have put chips on his ankles, waist, and shoulders.

The golfer also said he is contact with the PGA Tour and and co-operating fully with their review of this matter and will not be commenting any further at this time. According to the anti-doping guidelines of the PGA Tour, it does not matter whether a prohibited substance is taken unintentionally or unknowingly and it is very important for players to understand what is prohibited and how a prohibited substance may get into your body, potentially causing an accidental violation. The Tour issued a warning to its players two years ago about deer-antler spray after Champions Tour player Mark Calcavecchia began endorsing the product.

A report in Sports Illustrated had revealed that a sports supplement company, Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, claims to have provided products for athletes including Vijay Singh.

Singh, who turns 50 next month, became a rookie on the PGA Tour at age 30 and for a time went toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods. Singh was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 (but deferred his induction until 2006) and is best known for his meticulous preparation, often staying at the range hours before and after his tournament rounds to work on his game. Vijay Singh ranks third on the PGA Tour’s career money list with more than $67.2 million, trailing only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

In 1985, the professional golfer was banned from the Asian Tour after an alleged cheating incident at the Indonesian Open when he changed his scorecard and it is believed that the Southeast Asia Golf Federation suspended him indefinitely.

Under the tour’s anti-doping policy, Doug Barron is the only player to be suspended and missed part of 2009 and most of 2010 for using testosterone and beta blockers. In September 2010, his suspension of one year was lifted and Barron was granted a therapeutic use exemption for low testosterone.

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Friday 30, Dec 2011

  Two All Blacks accused of steroid use

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In a new book by Jack Ralston, the former coach of Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter, two All Blacks in the 1990s have been accused of taking steroids.

“People might be stunned by this but I know at least two All Blacks in the 1990s who responded to demands that they bulk up by taking steroids,” Ralston revealed in an early edition of his biography The Sports Insider.

Ralston added he “never saw” any All Black ingesting steroids.

Saturday 29, Jan 2011

  Tiger sticks by coach to deny drug rumors

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Tiger sticks by coach to deny drug rumorsTiger Woods recently said that he is still working with coach Hank Haney and does not care that a significant minority of his peers is of the view that he makes use of performance enhancing drugs.

The statement was made by Woods in 21-minute news conference ahead of the Players Championship.

The suspicions started ever since it was revealed that Woods received treatment last year from Canadian doctor Tony Gallea, who is under investigation by American and Canadian authorities for supplying doping products to athletes.

Thursday 09, Dec 2010

  Tiger Woods interviewed in HGH investigation

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Tiger Woods interviewed in HGH investigationFederal authorities investigating a Canadian doctor, Dr Anthony Galea, have interviewed Tiger Woods. The doctor is accused of distributing human growth hormone, according to Associated Press sources.

The authorities said that Woods willingly spoke to them and cooperated fully.

Galea, meanwhile, denied any role in the distribution of human growth hormone.

Thursday 11, Nov 2010

  Graeme McDowell emerged as the halfway leader

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graeme-mcdowell-emerged-as-the-halfway-leaderNorthern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell sank two monster birdie putts in a round of 68 to see himself break from a tightly packed field to grab an outright lead at three-under-par in the US Open.

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Ryo Ishikawa, and Dustin Johnson were all stalled by a teasing course and McDowell will head into the final two rounds two strokes ahead of all.

Tiger Woods did survive after adding a one-over 72 to his first day 74 but his ranking is now under serious threat from Mickelson.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

  Alex Rodriguez different from other steroid users

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Alex Rodriguez different from other steroid usersAlex Rodriguez is about to end up hitting more home runs than anybody in history, he is presently eyeing on 600 home runs. The misery of his life is similar to that of golfer Tiger Woods and the only difference between the two is that while Woods cheated on his wife, Rodriguez cheated on his sport when he used steroids.

Woods is presently finding it difficult to keep “curtains” on his cheating affair but Rodriguez is not troubled with accusations any more. The reason – Tiger Woods has not tasted any success in the recent past, while Alex Rodriguez remains a winner even now.

Rodriguez is expected to pass 600 runs before he turns 35 in the month of July.

Friday 02, Jan 2009

  â€œShould performance-enhancing drugs (such as steroids) be accepted in sports?”

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steroids-sportsThis is the question posed by the non-profit organization in their new website http://sports.procon.org.

ProCon.org is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission statement reads: “Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format.”

Their latest online project contains nearly 30 questions about the use of drugs in sports.

PR News lists some of the topics for some heated discussion on the Web:

* Tiger Woods‘ alleged LASIK surgery to improve his vision to 20/15 is ethically different than an athlete taking a banned substance

* there is a correlation between the 5% (approximate) of middle schoolers who take anabolic steroids and the use of such substances by their athlete role models

* the testing labs, such as the one that found cyclist Floyd Landis guilty of using banned drugs, are credible and reliable

* the teammates of sprinter Marion Jones should return their Olympic gold medals. None of them tested positive for banned drugs although Jones confessed to having used them.

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