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Thursday 12, Jan 2012

  Manager of Bolt denies claims

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The manager for world-record-holder Usain Bolt, Ricky Simms, termed an internet blog post associating the Jamaican sprinter to admitted steroids dealer “nonsense.”

The website Deadspin posted an article under the headline, “What Do Usain Bolt And Juan Manuel Marquez Have In Common? They Train With The Same Admitted Steroids Dealer.”

Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao, in questioning how Marquez had gotten so big so fast was quoted in The Philippine Star saying, “I guess (he’s working with) the same guys who work with Usain Bolt.”

Wednesday 09, Nov 2011

  Doping expert claims Jamaican athletes cheated during 2008 Olympics

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Victor Conte, one of the United States’ most controversial doping experts and founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), believes that the record-breaking success of Jamaican athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China was a fraud.

Conte made his suspicions of Usain Bolt and other Jamaican runners known during an interview with Italian newspaper, La Gazetta dello Sport.

“I don’t have proof, but all you need to do is look at the results: I strongly suspect (Usain) Bolt, and the others (Jamaicans),” Conte said.

Wednesday 09, Nov 2011

  Doping guru claims all Sydney 100m finalists cheated

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Victor Conte, the former doping guru, has claimed that all eight 100 meter finalists at the Sydney Olympics were cheats.

The finger of suspicion was also raised by Conte at world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica in an interview with Italy’s La Gazetta dello Sport.

“I believe that before the BALCO affair, 80 per cent of athletes were using steroids, today that figure stands at about 65 per cent,” Conte said in the hard-hitting interview.

Tuesday 04, Oct 2011

  LaShawn Merritt makes comeback

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LaShawn Merritt finished second behind Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica in Stockholm and remarked that his focus was on competing at the world championships after being selected by the US governing body.

The Olympic and world 400m champion banned for 21 months after testing positive for an anabolic steroid makes comeback after drug ban is cut.

“I’m just leaving it all up to God to figure it out,” the 25-year-old told the BBC. “My family are behind me. I’m clean and I’m really just getting ready for the worlds. Running 44.74sec [a time that ranks him fifth fastest in the world this year] in my first race, I can’t complain.”

Thursday 30, Dec 2010

  Positive drug tests for teammates saddens me, says Bolt

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Positive drug tests for teammates saddens me, says BoltThe triple world record holder, Usain Bolt, who won the 100m in 9.91sec in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, recently said he was shocked to learn that five Jamaican athletes failed to clear a test for banned substances.

Bolt said that the failed drug tests are backward steps for the sport.

It is speculated that two of the five accused athletes belong to the Racers Track Club, the same club as Bolt, and are coached by Glen Mills.

Friday 03, Dec 2010

  Asafa Powell urges prison terms for drug cheats

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Asafa Powell urges prison terms for drug cheatsThe former 100m world record-holder, Asafa Powell, thinks stance of athletics over doping should see drug-users sent to jail. It was remarked by Powell that a ban of two years is not enough to be a deterrent.

The Jamaican said many athletes do the drugs even though they are illegal and compete against other athletes who work hard all year.

Powell is sure that he can return to his old winning ways.

Wednesday 22, Sep 2010

  Usain Bolt sad about positive drugs tests for teammates

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Usain Bolt sad about positive drugs tests for teammatesUsain Bolt expressed his shock at the news that five Jamaican athletes have been tested positive for banned substances and termed the incident as a backward step for the sport.

Though the involved athletes have not been named but it is believed that at least two belong to the Racers Track Club, the same club as Bolt, and are coached by Glen Mills.

The triple world record holder, who won the 100m in 9.91sec in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, said that it is disturbing to know that there are still drugs in the sport.

Wednesday 31, Dec 2008

  Usain Bolt: Center of Accolades and Doping Suspicions of 2008

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usain-bolt-steroidsBolt’s impressive performance on the track in Beijing had not only yielded accolades but scrutiny as well.

BALCO founder Victor Conte voiced out his concern in connection with athletes like Bolt who hail from Caribbean countries. Most of these countries lack independent anti-doping agencies to check the cleanliness of these athletes according to confessed and jailed steroid supplier Conte.

American sprint star Carl Lewis similarly expressed his disbelief of Bolt’s performance with this statement: “I’m still working with the fact he dropped from 10-flat to 9.6 in one year,” American Lewis was quoted as saying. “I think there are some issues … countries like Jamaica do not have a random (dope control) program so they can go months without being tested.”

Bolt, in response, said: “I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,”

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.

“Carl Lewis can say whatever he wants. That’s just his opinion,” Lewis said

Monday 01, Dec 2008

  IOC will implement retroactive dope screening for Beijing samples until 2016

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Beijing-2008-Summer-Olympics-SteroidsOne Times Online article labeled International Olympic president Jacques Rogge as a “deluded individual” when Rogge expressed his displeasure of Usain Bolt’s celebration of his victory at Beijing. Usain earned Rogge’s rebuke when the Jamaican sprinter failed to shake hands with his co-competitors after his impressive win at the 100 meters.

However, Rogge’s recent interview with the BBC’s Inside Sport, as related by AFP, portrayed a very pragmatic man. The IOC president said those who aspire for a 100 percent drug-free Olympics were out of touch with reality. He added cheating will always be part of human nature.

“I think one has to be realistic,” Rogge said.

“Drug-free sport in general is Utopia. It will be naive to believe that no-one will take drugs.

“There are about 400 million people practicing sport on this globe, there are not 400 million saints on earth.

“Cheating is embedded in human nature and doping is to sport what criminality is to society.

“You will always need cops and judges and prisons and jails and rules and regulations.”

IOC is planning to catch more users of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancers as it’s currently implementing re-testing of the samples taken at the Beijing Olympics. The IOC head “expects further positive doping cases to emerge from these” up to 2016 Games.

Rogge said all the samples they obtained from Beijing – more than 5,000 screenings, including nearly 1,000 blood samples – will be available for retroactive testing. The blood samples will be screened for new generation performance-enhancing drugs CERA and insulin. And if new testing techniques will emerge between now and 2016, the same samples will go through re-testing.

“We are keeping the samples for eight years and we are going to re-test them,” said Rogge.

“And ultimately the judgment on the Beijing Games will be given in eight years’ time, because each time a new scientific test is coming up we are going to re-test.”

Rogge assumed the IOC position on July 2001, replacing Juan Antonio Samaranch. Rogge has his share of criticisms and the most recent of these were his disapproval of Bolt’s behavior (mentioned above) and his statement regarding Greek athletes. He allegedly stated that “Greece won the gold medal in doping” because of a spate of failed dope tests of Greek athletes.

Thursday 02, Oct 2008

  Hints, allegations on track athletes’ steroid use

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carl-lewis-steroidsWe’ve posted Carl Lewis’ controversial comments on the Caribbean athletes’ possible use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. According to Lewis, his suspicion is based on the fact that Caribbean nations do not have adequate anti-doping program.

Former BALCO boss Victor Conte has pretty much hinted the same thing that the superior performance of Caribbean athletes on the track could be partly due to illegal compounds.

Both were particularly suspicious of Usain Bolt’s impressive performance in Beijing.

Now, it’s Jamaica-strikes-back scenario.

In Jamaica, it is now Carl Lewis trashing season. Allegations on Lewis’ doping activity are splayed on the local media.

In a recent telephone interview, Bolt has shrugged off Lewis’ comments in a recent telephone interview.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” said the Jamaican track superstar.

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.”

When Veronica Campbell-Brown, the five-time Olympic medalist from Jamaica, recently talked about the possibility of use of PEDs during the 1980s, the name of American track icon Florence Griffith-Joyner has come up. Campbell-Brown said that it was not for her to say that the world records set at that period when Flo-Jo has reigned were tainted, but acknowledged that it was a possibility.

Campbell-Brown has retained her Olympic title in the 200m in Beijing, but her run of 21.74 seconds – her personal best – is still slower by 0.4 seconds of Flo-Jo’s 1988 record. This is a very, very significant margin which has prompted many women athletes to consider Flo-Jo’s times as “men’s” records.

Excerpts from Caymanian Compass’ report:

“Everybody wants to watch a world record,” Campbell–Brown told BBC Sport. “The men enjoy all the glamour because they’re capable of breaking world records. Women don’t have that luxury.”

In Olympic track and field disciplines, the only women’s world records to have been set in the last 20 years have come in modified or recently added events.

Today’s competitors, in fact, are not even threatening the majority of records from the 1980s.

This has led many observers to suggest those records are suspicious and may have been achieved with the use of illegal, performance–enhancing drugs.

Perhaps the most suspicious, and iconic, of those records is Griffith–Joyner’s 10.49 for the 100m.

The American smashed the previous mark by a staggering 0.27 seconds in the quarter–finals of the US Olympic Trials in 1988.

It was also a half–second faster than she had ever run prior to that season, and it came after a three–year break from the sport.

Aged 28 at the time, she would quit athletics two months later, shortly before the introduction of out–of–competition drug testing.

At the age of 38, Flo-Jo died and her unexpected demise has fuelled the rumors that she was using illicit drugs. It was reported the cause of her death was that she had suffocated in her pillow during a severe epileptic seizure.

Many believed that Flo-Jo’s world record at the 100m event could have been wind-aided or steroid-assisted, or both. The remarkable development of her physique and performance had raised many eyebrows. In 1988, she displayed dramatic gains in muscle mass and definition. It was noted that prior to the 1988 season, Flo-Jo’s best at the 100m was 10.96; in 1988 she upgraded that by 0.47 seconds. Likewise, her pre-1988 best at 200m was 21.96; in1988 she improved that to 21.34.

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