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Monday 20, Aug 2012

  Anti-Doping Policies Defended By Football Association

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dopingThe Football Association have defended its anti-doping rules after Dispatches program of Channel 4 revealed names of several players who have failed drugs tests. The Association said its policy is to keep names of players who fail tests for social drugs out of competition private though a punishment of up to six months for first-time offenders can be given out.

Players should be allowed privacy to get help for their problems, when required, according to the association that added that there is no guideline for identifying those who have failed tests for recreational drugs away from game time.

The Dispatches program named players with experience of the Premier League but not active in the top flight for testing positive for cocaine. It was stressed by the FA that it is working hard for eliminating all illegal substances and underlined that players testing positive for social drugs would face punishment even if their names were not disclosed.

The association remarked that any player who fails to clear a test for a performance enhancing drug is named, irrespective of whether he or she is tested in or out of competition. The FA said in a statement that the association conducts a comprehensive anti-doping program that is the largest of any sport in the United Kingdom besides prohibiting all the doping offences listed in the World Anti-Doping Agency code and applies all the sanctions laid down in the WADA code for the offenses. It added that the association that is supported by all the football stakeholders recognize the issues that are or may be caused by use of social drugs by players and even choose to go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency code by proactively testing all samples for social drugs, irrespective of whether the tests are conducted in or out of competition.

The Football Association added that football is one of the only sports in the United Kingdom that ban use of social drugs at all times and every defaulting player is charged and sanctioned that ordinarily includes a suspension from all football activity for a period of up to six months for a first time offense. The players are also subjected to target testing for a period of two years and names of such players may not be reported to help the player undergo any necessary rehabilitation and counseling. The FA added that while Premier and Football League clubs and players are subject to strict FA whereabouts regulations, all England representative teams are subject to UEFA and FIFA regulations and further added that players are drug tested on a no-advance notice basis. In case of any breach of the FA whereabouts regulations, the clubs or players are subject to disciplinary processes.

David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Agency, said the Football Association should consider naming all drug-using players, no matter what they are found to have taken or when they are tested. Howman added that the FA should do well to make its doping detection program fully transparent and avoid so much secrecy.

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Sunday 29, Nov 2009

  Joselio Hanson of Eagles suspended over diuretics

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Joselio Hanson of Eagles suspended over diureticsThe National Football League has suspended Joselio Hanson, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, for four games for violating anti-doping rules of the league.

David Cornwell, Hanson’s lawyer, said that Hanson had tested positive for a diuretic after a National Conference championship game against Arizona last year.

It seems that the Eagles have once again been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. This revelation also highlighted the fact that there may be a possibility of a lack of understanding or misunderstanding about steroids and diuretics in sporting events.




Monday 20, Apr 2009

  Research says, Currrent Steroid Doping Tests Overlook Ethnic Differences

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Research says, Currrent Steroid Doping Tests Overlook Ethnic Differences  A new research report suggested that current steroid doping tests should be abandoned from international sport as they ignored important ethnic differences in hormone activity.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, drugs and hormones, such as growth hormone, that increase testosterone levels are among the most widely abused performance enhancers used by sports players. Evidence of steroid abuse is determined by the testosterone and epitestosterone ratio (T: E ratio) in urine and is confirmed through chemical analysis (gas chromatography).

To check the adequacy of the current doping test, the researchers tested more than 50 football players, aged between 18 and 36, of various origins after they deliberately added steroids to their urine samples. Then they used chemical analysis test and took a variation report in the UGT2B17 gene.

Results revealed occurrence of genetic variation in almost one in four (22%) of the African footballers; in eight out 10 (81%) of the Asian players; one in 10 of the white men and in 7% of the Hispanic players. Based on these results, the Swiss researchers “recalibrated” the thresholds for each ethnic group.

The researchers concluded that a solo indiscriminate threshold to check steroid abuse in international sport was “not fit for purpose.” Instead, the reference should be customized to an athlete’s individual endocrinological (hormonal) passport, they suggest. The researching team also concluded that such a passport might not only detect modifications made by testosterone abuse and its precursors, but could also spot alterations in the steroid profile caused by use of indirect androgen doping products.

Monday 30, Mar 2009


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DESPRES EXPRESSES DISMAY OVER UNJUST SUSPENSIONBobsleigh pilot and Olympian Serge Despres talks about his suspension from competing because he tested positive for nandrolone in 2008. This cost him two years of not being able to compete with the Canadian Bobsleigh team, his reputation, and even his income. Together with the suspension he was not allowed by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports to even use the bobsleigh tracks in Calgary and Whistler B.C. Nandrolone is a steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from being used in professional sports.

Still dismayed by the decision even though he is to be reinstated in August 9, 2009. He felt that it was the centre’s way of telling him who was in charge and they can do anything they wanted. Despres said that the nandrolone found in his system was so minute to cause significant changes in his performance.

Despres says his suspension has ruined his chances to join the national team in the 2010 Olympics. But in order to secure a spot in the team he has to win several cups from the American and European Competitions. And he is set in proving that he deserves to be drafted for the Olympics.

Monday 16, Mar 2009


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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.

Monday 09, Mar 2009


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A-ROD’S CYST CAUSED BY STEROID USE?The Rodriguez saga might not end in such a happy note as everyone might expect. The baseball star, who had been the center of attention for admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs in 2001 through 2003, may have another problem in his hands. A cyst had been discovered at his right hip that some speculate may have been caused his steroid use.

Internist and anti-doping expert Gary Wadler of the World Anti Doping Agency say it wasn’t likely. However, the presence of the cyst might jeopardize Rodriguez’s chances to play in the World Baseball Classics under the Dominican Republic Team.

A-Rod recently join the D.R. team, a decision he might have hoped quiet down the steroid scandal and help him put the past behind.

Monday 19, Jan 2009


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sarms-steroidsIt seems like every athlete and bodybuilder knows the advantages and the disadvantages of taking anabolic steroids to boost their performances during games and to make their training more efficient. There’s a class of drugs out there that have similar effects to steroids without the common problems of taking steroids that they don’t know about yet though– Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators or SARMs.

While the research on SARMs is still ongoing, studies have already been shown that it is a good alternative for hormone replacement therapy, and treatments for osteoporosis, benign prostate hypertrophy and muscle wasting diseases. All these conditions have also been the main reasons on why several steroids have been developed at one point or another. It won’t be long when SARMs will be sold online and in local gyms assuming it will continue to follow the footsteps of other performance enhancing drugs.

For now, the World Anti-Doping Agency has already banned the use of SARMs knowing that it will lead to a widespread abuse by athletes. Unfortunately, protocols and plans to detect SARMs use are still just on paper. The World Anti-Doping Agency is rushing to find a way to test for this drug because rumor has it that the top athletes have already been starting its use.

Tuesday 13, Jan 2009


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mlb-steroidsWhile the congress is doubling its efforts in identifying individuals who are involved in illegal use of various performance enhancing drugs in different sports, Major League Baseball‘s independent drug-testing administrator Dr. Bryan Smith has just announced a very timely drug to be exempted from being tested.

The use of amphetamines is not as widespread as those of anabolic steroids or human growth hormones. It has been shown, however, to improve an athlete’s concentration and focus– something like a mental enhancing drug. Of course, the downside is that amphetamine can be addictive and can cause serious neurological problems when abused.

The interesting issue is why baseball players have abnormally high rates for ADHD. Even Dr. Gary Wadler of the World Anti-Doping Agency considers this absurd. On top of the steroid controversies, the congress should look forward into investigations on the use of then-banned drugs in the Major Leagues. The have already started getting skeptical with players using TUEs. The use of this amphetamine and other drugs that are under the exemption might as well increase in the next few years

Sunday 14, Dec 2008

  Vassily Ivanchuk – The Greatest Chess Doper. Or is he?

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chessboard-steroidsChess grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk is now under scrutiny because of possible doping due to his refusal to submit a urine sample, according to report by Spiegel Online.

Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk, known as “Big Chucky” in the chess world, is now considered guilty of doping because of his refusal. The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban.

On Nov. 25 on the last day of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Ivanchuk, known as “Big Chucky” in the chess world, refused to a judge’s request to a drug test. He reportedly acted like a child in one of his tantrums, storming out of the conference center, kicking a concrete pillar, and so on. The show of temper could be attributed to the fact that he was asked to submit urine sample right after he lost to American Gata Kamsky. Or it could be that Ivanchuk was insulted by the request? It could also be that Ivanchuck had actually used anabolic steroids.

Whatever the reason behind his explosive resistance against testing he’s now considered guilty of a doping since refusal is treated as a positive test result.

Sunday 16, Nov 2008

  More than 100 nations sign anti-doping treaty at UN – Should we rejoice?

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wada steroidsAnti-doping authorities and United Nations officials are ecstatic that 102 countries have ratified a treaty to rid sport of dopers. If you asked us, we think it’s much better if the headline reads “More than 100 nations sign anti-war treaty”, or something along that line.

In our view, there are numerous and far more important issues that need to be addressed before politicians come after athletes who voluntarily use steroids and other performance boosters.

Take the case of Uganda, the 102nd signee of the anti-doping treaty. Ugandan officials – and the UN – should first look deeper into the human rights violations that take place at the country’s peripheries.

Then take a look at the United States.  We ask when will the United States, the 94th country to ratify the anti-doping agreement, put its stamp of approval on the Kyoto Protocol. We expect the answer would be never.

Associated Press reports on this treaty’s ‘momentous’ signing:

The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is hopeful the fight against drug cheats will gain ground now that over 100 countries have signed a United Nations treaty.

WADA’s David Howman said Wednesday that 102 countries have ratified the UNESCO Convention on Doping in Sport since it went into effect nearly two years ago. It means -doping measures become part of national law in the countries that have ratified the agreement.

“This is setting the standards very high. To the world governments that have shown much in fighting the scourge of doping, thank you from WADA,” Howman said Wednesday. “We’ve reached 100, in fact we’re starting to get over 100.”

At the end of February, with the number at 77, WADA president John Fahey had urged for more cooperation. Speaking at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris after a ceremony to mark the 100 signatures, he said “we’re not there yet.

“We still have a long way to go,” he added, “(Doping) is too easy in many countries there are not strong enough laws,” Howman said. “Let’s enhance the fight through legislation.”
UNESCO director-general Koichiro Matsuura called reaching 100 “an important step in the world fight against doping in sport” and said “the accent has been put on a dedication against doping, in both the scientific and the medical domain.”

Ratification of this agreement “helps a member nation prevent cross-border trafficking of sporting drugs, support a national drug-testing program and withhold funding from athletes caught cheating”, says the AP report.

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