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Friday 24, Apr 2009

  HAMILTON SAY GOODBYE TO CYCLING WORLD

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HAMILTON SAY GOODBYE TO CYCLING WORLDTyler Hamilton, the American cyclist, declared his retirement from the international scenario on Friday due to his positive test findings for a banned substance. Hamilton said that he was battling from depression.

Prior to declaration, Hamilton, the Olympic gold-medal winner, confessed of taking an over-the-counter homeopathic anti-depressant containing the steroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

In a teleconference the emotional cyclist said, “There are times when you are at such a low, low point anything that you can do — if it was taking a hammer and hitting yourself over the head you’d do it to feel better.” He also said, “I was desperate. Was it the right decision? Absolutely not. At the time I didn’t think about the consequences. The people who suffer from the disease of depression…understand my drastic decision.”

The 38-year-old cyclist said that in 2003 he was first detected with depression and accepted that he got positive for DHEA during an out-of-competition test on February 9 while he was training for the Tour of California. However, Hamilton had denied the allegations that he used the steroid to enhance his performance in his next-to-last finish in the race.

The U.S. national road champion, Hamilton won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic. It was in the month of September of that year only that he tested positive for blood doping and got a two-year suspension ban. Meanwhile, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said that despite Hamilton’s retirement, it would reveal the cyclist’s sanction “in the coming months.”

According to the WADA code, a player is subject to a ban from eight years to life time if he is charged second time in a doping offence.

Thursday 16, Apr 2009

  Johan Bruyneel Supports Armstrong’s Anti-doping Control

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Johan Bruyneel Supports Armstrong’s Anti-doping ControlLance Armstrong’s team manager and longtime friend Johan Bruyneel comes forward to support the champion’s denial of thwarting anti-doping control issue. Bruyneel strongly disputed the report that stated that the legendary cyclist deliberately stalled a representative of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) during an out-of-competition test on March 17 this year.

Bruyneel stated that both, he and Armstrong were returning from a training session when they met the AFLD tester, who was waiting outside the cyclist’s home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Various unsourced reports on several French Web sites and Radio Monte Carlo stated that Armstrong made the doctor, sent by the AFLD, waiting for 30 minutes behind a closed door before giving samples. The French daily sports newspaper L’Equipe also reported that the AFLD had filed a report in regard of the incident and also forwarded it to the UCI and WADA. During the incident, the cyclist was training in southern France for Milan-San Remo one-day race.

However, AFLD head Pierre Bordry did not confirm any details about the report. Bordry said, “I am not making any judgment on what is in the report, because I’m not certain that it’s an infraction.” He also said that he was waiting for a formal response from the UCI, an international cycling governing body. But, federation spokesman Enrico Carpani said that the UCI has no jurisdiction over this kind of issue. Carpani further added, “Any out-of-competition control made by a national anti-doping agency has to be managed by them.”

According to the law, the AFLD has the authority to test athletes, who are covered by the WADA code and are in France for any reason. The March training period was the cyclist’s first visit to the country as an active athlete after he made a comeback from his retirement. Since then, Armstrong has been tested several times by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Earlier also this seven-time Tour de France winner had defended himself against doping allegations throughout his career. He told his online fans that it was his 24th anti-doping control test since his comeback after a three-year retirement. “Yet another ‘surprise’ anti-doping control,’” he said via Twitter. “This one from the French authorities. Urine, blood and hair! Classic, “he says. Armstrong further added that he was clear and was not complaining about these tests.

Wednesday 01, Apr 2009

  Justin Gatlin on his way back to track field

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Justin Gatlin on his way back to track fieldAfter the humiliating tag of a steroid smacker, Justin Gatlin was on his track. Facing a four-year ban after testing positive for steroid in April 2006, the 27-year-old sprinter is currently in the midst of the ban.

He said, “The track is home and this is where I belong.” About his steroid controversy, Gatlin told that he didn’t use steroids knowingly. He claimed that positive test was the result of a massage done with a steroid cream. The same claim was originally made by Gatlin’s former coach, Trevor Graham, who said that the sprinter was pulled aside for a massage moments before visiting doping control at the Kansas Relays.

It is to be reminded that Gatlin didn’t fight the penalty from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in August of that year. Earlier, he faced an eight-year ban for testing positive at the University of Tennessee for amphetamines found in Adderall, an attention deficit disorder drug. But that ban was cut to four years because of his claim that the test occurred as a result of medicine he took for the disorder.

Whatever the reasons behind the whole episode, one thing happened and that was a long gap for Gatlin. His suspension ban will end in July 2010 and he just focusing on his return to the pinnacle of the track world.

Gatlin further added that he helped the federal BALCO investigation in late 2006, secretly taping phone calls with Graham and testifying against his trainer in 2007.

“And I just turned around and did that stuff,” he says. “If I used steroids, you think I would do that?”

Still, such excuses ring hollow with those in the track community.

Gatlin knows there is one way to change such perceptions: When his suspension ends in July 2010, he must return to the pinnacle of the track world. He knows he’ll be closely watched, tested frequently by USADA, eyed warily by competitors. But if he can run the blistering times of his youth, he believes he’ll validate his past claims of innocence and secure his track legacy.

Monday 16, Mar 2009

  DISCOVERY OF NEW GENE DOES NOT AFFECT DRUG TESTS

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DISCOVERY OF NEW GENE DOES NOT AFFECT DRUG TESTS  Researchers of the World Anti-Doping Association is not giving much importance to the discovery of a new gene that can change the way drug tests should be conducted in international sports. The gene, UGT2B17, is said to control testosterone absorption in to the bloodstream that makes it possible for steroid levels to vary depending on ethnicity. The threshold of testosterone to epi-testosterone for violation is 4:1. Asians reportedly have lower threshold compared to Caucasians which give them an advantage when drug tests are conducted. This findings invalidates the previous drug tests conducted on international athletes.

According to Travis Tygart, chief executive for the US Anti Doping Agency, said that the important thing is that they found the gene but there is nothing new to this report. Tygart said that the WADA had known for years that this condition had been discussed. Frederick Donze, spokesman for WADA said that the agency is aware of this observation. He assured that the laboratories that conduct the tests make sure that these factors would not affect the results of the tests.