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Sunday 21, Nov 2010

  Tim Montgomery admits using testosterone and human growth hormone

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Tim Montgomery admits using testosterone and human growth hormoneThe disgraced US sprinter, Tim Montgomery, admitted of using testosterone and human growth hormone before the Sydney Olympics.

The former 100m world record holder went on to say that he did not deserve the gold medal he won in the 4x100m relay.

Montgomery is presently in prison after being convicted of cheque fraud and heroin trafficking.

Monday 12, Jul 2010

  Teammates of Jones lose medals

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Teammates of Jones lose medalsThe International Olympic Committee has stripped the US women who won the Sydney Olympic 4×400-metre relay and came third in the 4x100m relay along with drug-tainted Marion Jones of their medals.

This extreme step was taken by the committee’s executive board after Jones admitted doping during the games. IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said that the US Olympic Committee had been asked to return the medals won by the two relay teams, 4×100 meters and the 4×400 meters.

All results of Jones since September 1, 2000 have been cleared from the records and she has been banned from competition by governing body of the sport even though Jones made an announcement of retirement.

Tuesday 10, Nov 2009

  Former steroids magnate thinks doping still rampant in sports

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Former steroids magnate thinks doping still rampant in sportsDespite improvements in steroids and drug testing, in general, Victor Conte still believes that more than half of the semi-finalists in the London 2012 Olympics will likely use illegal drugs at some stage of their training.

According to an interview conducted in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Conte believes that cheating in sports, through performance-enhancing drugs is still rampant.

Interviewers asked Conte about his opinion as to how many of the sprinters who were able to make it to the semi-finals may have possibly used steroids, he replied by using the term “an overwhelming majority”.

Conte used to own a tiny laboratory in the outskirts of San Francisco. The lab may have been tiny, but Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative became big news due to the steroids scandal in 2003 that continues its “legacy” in the sporting world, destroying careers of hundreds of athletes, even including his own.

Some of Conte’s prominent clients include Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Both made their way to the Olympics and even earned medals with the help of BALCO products.

Conte said he regretted getting involved in doping and would like to make amends by contributing his knowledge in doping and steroids.


Tuesday 25, Nov 2008

  Tim Montgomery finally admits he took steroids and HGH

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tim-montgomery-steroidsThis is probably Tim Montgomery’s way of redeeming himself in the eyes of the public.

As he serves his four-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy offenses, the former sprinter admits in an interview with HBO that he took testosterone and human growth hormone prior to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Because of the doping infringement, Montgomery says, he does not deserve the gold medal he won in the 400 meter relay.

“I have a gold medal that I’m sitting on that I didn’t get with my own ability,” Montgomery stated in the interview. “I’m not here to take away from anybody else’s accomplishments, only my own. And I must say, I apologize to the other people that was on the relay team if that was to happen.”

Darryl Seibel, spokesman for the US Olympic Committee, has an immediate retort for Montgomery.

“If Tim Montgomery cheated at the games, then he should step forward and voluntarily return his medal, just as others from the 2000 team have done. By using a banned substance, any result he achieved is tainted,” Seibel said to Associated Press.

“He has a responsibility to his sport, to the athletes against whom he competed in Sydney and also to the new generation of track athletes who are doing their best to compete the right way and put problems like this in the past.”

Montgomery’s case has precedents, and they don’t bode well for Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams, Brian Lewis, Maurice Greene and Kenneth Brokenburr – Montgomery’s teammates at the 400 meter relay.

The men’s team which won the 1,600 meter event also at the Sydney Olympics were stripped off their medals when one member, Antonio Pettigrew, confessed to doping. Same thing happened with the U.S. women’s teams also in Sydney when the former sprint queen Marion Jones was implicated in a doping scandal. Jones’ teams, which won the gold in the 1,600 meter and bronze at the 400 meter relay, were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee executive board and were asked to return their medals.

“This is an example of the far-reaching consequences of cheating,” Seibel said. “The integrity of sport must be preserved, even if that means invalidating results and forfeiting medals.”

Jones had served her six-month sentence for lying about her use of anabolic steroids and her role in a check-fraud scheme. She was released from prison facility in Texas on September 5, 2008. Meanwhile, Montgomery, Jones’ former boyfriend, has to face another prison term after serving his check-fraud sentence, wherein Steve Riddick, coach to both Montgomery and Jones, was also involved. Riddick was also convicted for conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering charges.

After Montgomery completes his sentence for the fraud charges, the 33-year-old former record holder is to serve another five years for selling more than 100 grams of heroin. He was found guilty of this crime and sentenced to jail October this year.

Tuesday 14, Oct 2008

  Heroin dealing is a far more serious offense than steroid use and Tim Montgomery has just realized this fact

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tim-montgomery-steroidsTim Montgomery, the former 100 meter-world record holder has been sent to jail for five years by a court in Virginia for heroin dealing. Montgomery, former partner of disgraced sprint queen Marion Jones, has previously pleaded guilty to possession of more than 100 grams of said drug with intent to distribute it. Montgomery has four children, including one son with Jones.

And there’s more.

Montgomery is currently serving four years behind bars for fraud and conspiracy offenses for his involvement in a bogus check scheme amounting to $1.7 million. His former coach, Steven Riddick, was also named defendant in the case.

It was reported that at the hearing in Virginia, Montgomery apologized to presiding Judge Jerome Friedman.

Montgomery, 33, was banned from athletics three years ago after he was found to have used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

According to reports, he disclosed to USADA that he and other athletes acquired performance-enhancing drugs from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the company which has been named as the source of banned substances by several elite athletes in 2003.

USADA had wanted a four-year suspension for the infringement but his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in December 2005 reduced the ban to only two years.

Subsequent to that ban all of Montgomery’s achievements on the track had been stripped, including his 100m world record.

Monday 28, Jul 2008

  Steroid users in jail? Expect prison guards’ request for salary hike

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AsafaPowell_steroidsIf Asafa Powell’s wish be granted, you’d see different kind of prison riots. Just imagine all those beefed-up athletes with roid rage tendencies cramped in prison cells. Incarceration definitely would not improve their disposition one bit, and this would make the work of prison guards a tad difficult.

The Jamaican sprinter wants athletes who are caught using anabolic steroids and other banned compounds to be sent to jail. Powell, the former 100m world record-holder, says a two-year ban is not enough punishment and deterrent against those who use unfair means over their competitors.

“I have no idea how it feels when people take something,” said the Jamaican yesterday. “A lot of the athletes do the drugs, they know it is illegal and they compete against other athletes who are working hard all year.

“If someone comes out and they are taking drugs and win the gold, they are robbing me of my gold medal. When people do things like that, they should be punished for it. Two years from the sport and then back, it is pretty easy. It’s for the experts to see what else they can do about it and make the athletes understand. They should be given this impression that they will go to jail if they do it.”

(Read UK’s The Guardian for the complete story)

Powell has an interesting career start. He got his first taste of the track limelight when he was disqualified at the 2003 World Championship due to false start during the quarterfinal round.  During that same event American Jon Drummond was also disqualified for the same offense. Drummond refused to acknowledge his false start with his repetitive and memorable statement ‘I did not move.’

In Athens on June 14, 2005, Powell grabbed the world record with his 9.77-second finish at the 100m. He beat American Tim Montgomery’s 2002 record of 9.78 s. Montgomery’s record was later annulled because of allegations of steroid use.

Tuesday 22, Jul 2008

  Trevor Graham gets lifetime ban for steroids

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Trevor Graham steroidsHe used to be one of the most sought-after athletic coaches in the US. Now, Trevor Graham is banned from participating in any event sanctioned by several sports organizations – the US Olympic Committee,

International Association of Athletics Federation, USA Track and Field, and other groups affiliated with the World Anti-Doping Agency program.

On Tuesday, the former coach received the lifetime ban from the US Anti-Doping Agency for his participation in providing his athletes with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

“While drug use by athletes is a serious wrong to be addressed with stiff penalties, involvement in doping by a coach is even more reprehensible and must be dealt with through the most severe of all sanctions,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement. “It is truly disgraceful when a coach uses his position to assist athletes under his care in doping.”

Graham is currently awaiting his sentencing in connection with his conviction of one count lying to federal investigators about his relationship to a steroid dealer. The steroid dealer, Angel “Memo” Heredia, has turned into prosecutor’s witness, who testified that he supplied steroids to several athletes through Graham. Heredia’s testimony led to the conviction of Graham in May. Graham is appealing his conviction.

Several of the athletes Trevor had trained included track superstars Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin, and Tim Montgomery.
Marion Jones is currently serving her six-month prison term for lying to authorities investigating her use of steroids. In October 2007, Jones admitted that she had used steroids before the Sydney Summer Olympics. Prior to her admission, she had continually and publicly denied her use of these banned substances.

Thursday 12, Jun 2008

  Steroid dealer’s paper trail leads to coach, athletes

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Angel Memo Heredia SteroidsTen percent is what it might take to convict Trevor Graham.

When Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia heard that federal authorities had blown the cover off of the biggest steroid scandal ever, he began destroying documents that could spell out prison term to him. All he saved was about 10% of the paper trail, and many legal observers say that could make all the difference in the world for former sprint coach Trevor Graham.

Heredia is now a very cooperative witness for the prosecution against defendant Graham. He is expected to stand witness during the trial of Graham, which started Monday and is expected to be over in two weeks time. Just several days since the trial began, Heredia already squeaked out a mountain of incriminatory testimony against Graham.

Heredia said that throughout the 1990s, he had supplied Graham steroids and other drugs for the use of Graham’s Sprint Capitol athletes. He said there were instances when he sent steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs directly to those athletes, including Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew and Dennis Mitchell. There were also times when he sent steroids and other drugs via Graham, according to Heredia.

And Heredia has the remaining 10% paper trail to back his testimony. He’s got shipping and money transfer receipts, photos as well as blood test results to show the jury and the whole courtroom. Indeed, it was a show-and-tell testimony to the glee of the prosecution panel.

Prosecutors also played tapes of secretly recorded conversations between their informant Heredia and Graham in 2006, in which the two men seemed to have a close (closer than what had Graham has admitted to) with each other.

Graham has repeatedly denied that he did not lie with the federal investigators when they asked about his relationship with Heredia several years back. According to Graham, his association with Heredia was limited to just one innocent phone conversation with the guy.

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