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Friday 31, May 2013

Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

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Leading Australian Sprinter Faces 2-Year Doping Ban

Australian sprinter Matt Davies is facing a potential suspension of two years for taking a banned substance. The 28-year-old Queenslander is fighting the charge.

It is rumored that Davies purchased supplements from overseas which he believed were not included in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) banned list. The maximum suspension that could be imposed on the sprinter is two years.

Davies is understood to have imported tablet supplements to help with training recovery, in the belief they were not banned products and the credit card statements of the sprinter verified he had purchased the products overseas. The player was understood to have spent more than $20,000 fighting the drugs charge, arguing his innocence on the basis that the products were not under the banned list.

The Aussie sprinter has the right to challenge the charge and any suspension at either the Court of Arbitration for Sport or at an Athletics Australia (AA) independent tribunal. ASADA or AA can officially comment on the matter only once that process has been completed. The sprinter, who was a member of the Australian team which finished fourth in the 4x100m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and also reached the 200m quarterfinals in New Delhi, has represented Australia in the 4x100m relay at the past two world championships.

The sprinter’s 100m personal best of 10.23 seconds that places him 12th on the Australian all-time list. The two-time world championships representative made his first Australian team in 2009 where he was a member of the men’s 4x100m relay team at the Berlin world championships. The last appearance of Davies was in the green and gold was at the 2011 world championships in Daegu where the 4x100m relay team again failed to get out of the opening round. Davies hasn’t competed since June last year as an athlete must be provisionally suspended from all competition if he fails an initial (A) drug test, under ASADA guidelines.

In a statement, Athletics Australia said we as a signatory to the WADA code cannot preempt any announcement from ASADA regarding any athlete findings or sanctions and we are therefore not in a position to provide comment at this time but will do so at such time as ASADA publicly releases any findings relevant to athletics.

In another development, a second Australian field athlete is being investigated for a drug offense after missing drug tests three times. The field athlete, who has represented Australia at Olympics and world championships, was on three occasions not present at the accommodation he had told the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority he would be at when drug testers arrived. Missing drug tests operates on a three strikes system – a third missed test is treated as a failed result.

Meanwhile, ASADA did announce the decision by Surf Life Saving Australia to ban competitor Fraser Haughton for two years for using methylhexaneamine, which was detected in a sample ASADA collected at the 2012 Australian championships on the Gold Coast. ASADA stated on its website Methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and is prohibited in competition and added ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly.

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Thursday 30, May 2013

Substance Allegedly Used By Essendon Players Is A Banned Substance

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A substance alleged to have been used by Essendon players last year is a banned substance, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The alleged anti-obesity drug AOD-9604, which has not been cleared for human use, was administered to at least six Essendon players last year by controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank.

There however is enough scope for confusion as the status of the substance with the Australian Crime Commission stating in its Drugs in Sport report that the drug was not yet banned. But WADA issued a statement that suggested the drug had not been approved for human use it was a banned substance. The statement said, AOD-9604 is a substance still under pre-clinical and clinical development and has not been approved for therapeutic use by any government health authority in the world. As per the statement, the substance falls into the S.0 category, under the 2013 Prohibited Substances and Methods List, which states: any pharmacological substance which is not addressed by any of the subsequent sections of the List and with no current approval by any governmental regulatory health authority for human therapeutic use (e.g. Drugs under pre-clinical or clinical development or discontinued, designer drugs, substances approved only for veterinary use) is prohibited at all times.

Sports scientists Dank has reportedly said he injected Essendon players with the anti-obesity drug. Metabolic Pharmacy chief executive David Kenley, whose company holds the worldwide rights to AOD, said he had often discussed the drug with Dank and said he believes some Essendon players used the drug to help them recover from injury more quickly. Kenley remarked he understands it used by about half a dozen footballers at Essendon purely to assist in soft tissue injury and to aid the recovery so that the players that were injured could get back onto the pitch quicker.

Richard Ings, former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, said any player using AOD 9604 after 2011 has a serious case to answer and added that the announcement by WADA is extremely significant and said one of the threshold questions in this whole investigation has been the status of AOD 9604 and WADA has definitively said that it is classified as a banned substance under the WADA.

The WADA statement comes as the bodybuilder and biochemist Charter claimed he helped elite footballers dope and dodge blood tests that cast fresh doubt on the adequacy of existing sports drug testing regimens. Charter, represented by celebrity agent Max Markson, is believed to have extensive knowledge of sports doping practices not only within football but several other sports. He was however adamant that Essendon coach James Hird had not used banned substances and said James is proud of the fact that he was able to help him in his twilight years to get that extra season out of him. In the year 2004, the Charter was charged with bringing millions of dollars worth of pseudoephedrine into Australia.

According to a report in the Herald Sun, Charter was an associate of the late underworld figure John Giannarelli, a sports agent who has represented athletes including Olympic swimmer Scott Miller and jockey Simon Marshall.

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Wednesday 29, May 2013

Rugby League Cooperation On Doping Urged by WADA

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John Fahey, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency has urged the National Rugby League to stop stonewalling in the doping scandal that has engulfed two of the leading sports of the country.

In February this year, an Australian Crime Commission report revealed dozens of players in the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League might have used illegal supplements.

The project, code named Project Aperio, was a 12-month ACC investigation, supported by ASADA and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which examined  four key issues: new generation Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs (PIEDs) that were previously considered to be only used by elite athletes and are now widely available, the involvement of organized criminal identities and groups in the distribution of new generation PIEDs, the use of WADA prohibited substances by professional athletes in Australia, and current threats to the integrity of professional sport in Australia. The report revealed peptides and hormones, despite being prohibited substances in professional sport, are being used by professional athletes in Australia, facilitated by sports scientists, high-performance coaches and sports staff. Widespread use of these substances has been identified, or is suspected by the ACC, in a number of professional sporting codes in the country. It was also found that the level of use of illicit drugs within some sporting codes is considered to be significantly higher than is recorded in official statistics.

Doping authorities cannot rely on that background for any potential action against the athletes, the WADA chief said and pointed to the success of the lengthy investigations of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that the eventual confession by Lance Armstrong that he had doped while winning the Tour de France.

Cronulla Sharks forward Wade Graham was the first player interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency as it investigates the possible use of banned drugs by the NRL club in 2011. However, the two sides soon realized they were far apart on key issues, and ASADA called an early end to the interview. Players, under their NRL contracts, are obliged to give ASADA “reasonable assistance,” and that appears to be the main point of difference between Sharks players and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, along with fears that answers could be self-incriminating.

The AFL, the Melbourne-based organizers for Australian Rules football, had been more proactive, Fahey said while continuing his attack on rugby league administrators in an interview. Fahey said there has been “a profound silence” from the rugby league. There was the possibility of reductions in penalties for athletes who provide substantial assistance and testimony in doping investigations, Fahey added.

A few weeks earlier, Australia’s sports minister Kate Lundy she was concerned about not being able to provide names and details from the crime commission report. The sports minister was an important figure at the Canberra news conference that outlined the widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, and the infiltration of organized criminal groups in the distribution of performance enhancing drugs. Lundy said she feels frustrated at the time because she knew that it would take some time before authorities would be in a position to finalize their investigations and their progress would depend on a lot of cooperation from all parties involved.

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Tuesday 28, May 2013

Racehorse Medication Rules To Be Uniformed

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Racehorse Medication Rules To Be Uniformed

Eight states — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia — pledged on March 12 to adopt uniform medication rules for racehorses. The program, facilitated by the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), is slated to begin by the end of 2013 and be universally implemented by January 2014.

THA Chairman Alan Foreman said uniformity is critically important to those states of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and we have 18 racetracks that operate within a 200-mile radius of each other, horses moving interstate, and in some instances horsemen who are racing horses in more than one state.

Bernard Dowd, DVM, a racetrack practitioner serving at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, and Aqueduct Racecourse and Belmont Park in New York, welcoming the rules said,  sometimes I walk into a barn in the morning with horses going to three states in one day and added previously we’d have three different regulatory issues occurring in all three states, so this program is very welcome.

The catalyst for the agreement was in part a report from the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety.

Under the agreement, called the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program, medications are divided into two categories: (1) controlled therapeutic substances and (2) prohibited substances. The 24 therapeutic medications are those that practicing veterinarians, regulatory veterinarians, industry chemists and pharmacologists say are routinely used and necessary to treat illness or injury in horses. Among the organizations consulted were the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

The list of 24 permitted medications includes:

Drug Dose/Route Withdrawal (no pre-race treatment within) Threshold
Acepromazine 0.05 mg/kg IV (single dose) 48 hours 10 ng/ml HEPS (applicable metabolite) in urine
Betamethasone 9 mg IA only—1 joint 7 days 10 pg/ml of plasma or serum
Butorphanol 0.1 mg/kg IV (single dose) 48 hours 300 ng/ml of total butorphanol in urine, or 2 ng/ml of free butorphanol in plasma
Clenbuterol 0.8 µg/kg PO twice daily 14 days 140 pg/ml of urine or LOD in plasma or serum
Dantrolene 500 mg PO 48 hours 100 pg/ml 5-hydroxydantrolene in plasma or serum
Detomidine 40 µg/kg single sublingual dose 72 hours LOD in plasma or 1 ng/ml of carboxydetomidine in urine
Dexamethasone 0.05 mg/kg IV, IM, PO 72 hours 5 pg/ml of plasma or serum
Diclofenac (topical) 5-in ribbon topically 48 hours 5 ng/ml of plasma or serum
DMSO PO, IV 48 hours 10 µg/ml of plasma or serum
Firocoxib 0.1 mg/kg PO daily for four days 14 days 20 ng/ml of plasma or serum
Flunixin 1.1 mg/kg IV single dose 24 hours 20 ng/ml of plasma or serum
Furosemide Maximum 500 mg IV single dose 4 hours 100 ng/ml of plasma or serum
Glycopyrrolate 1 mg IV single dose 48 hours 3 pg/ml of plasma or serum
Ketoprofen 2.2 mg/kg IV single dose 24 hours 10 ng/ml of plasma or serum
Lidocaine 200 mg SC 72 hours 20 pg/ml of total 30H-lidocaine in plasma
Mepivacaine 0.07 mg/kg SC single dose 72 hours 10 ng/ml of total hydroymepivacaine in urine or LOD in plasma
Methocarbamol 0.15 mg/kg single dose IV or 5 g orally 48 hours 1 ng/ml of plasma or serum
Methylprednisolone* (IA only) 100 mg—1 joint 21 days* 100 pg/ml in plasma or serum
Omeprazole 3.9 mg/kg PO single dose 24 hours 1 ng/ml of urine
Phenylbutazone (IV only) 2.2 mg/kg IV single dose 24 hours 2 µg/ml of plasma or serum
Prednisolone 1 mg/kg PO 48 hours 1 ng/ml plasma or serum
Procaine penicillin** IM Entry** 25 ng/ml of plasma
Triamcinolone acetonide 9 mg IA—1 joint 7 days 100 pg/ml of plasma or serum
Xylazine IV 48 hours 0.01 ng/mg of plasma or serum

*Methylprednisolone following intraarticular administration of 100 mg can be detected at 100 pg/ml for up to 21 days. Its use is therefore problematic.

**Mandatory six-hour surveillance of horse prior to post. Administration must be reported to the commission.

Of these 24 therapeutic medications, Furosemide is the only one permitted to be given on race day. And it must be administered under controlled circumstances by a veterinarian designated by the state racing commission to perform that service.

We felt if we had uniformity, it would close a lot of the loopholes, improve public confidence and perception of racing integrity, and clarify for the owners, trainers and veterinarians what the ground rules were, said Kathleen Anderson, DVM, vice chair of the AAEP Racing Committee and a Maryland practitioner and added uniformity thus became a primary objective.

The rules governing corticosteroids will help clarify the environment for veterinarians and improve their ability to assess horses going into races, Anderson believes.

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Monday 27, May 2013

IOC Set To Combat Gene Doping

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Olympic officials and scientific experts will meet in China to review the progress in developing a test for gene doping, the potential future of cheating in sports.

Researchers have made significant advances in devising a test, leaving officials hopeful a method can be approved soon for use at the Olympics and other events, IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist said and added quite some progress has been made in terms of outlining the scientific basis for analysis of gene doping and we are moving and it’s promising.

On June 5-6, up to 40 experts from around the world will meet in Beijing to discuss recent findings and how to move forward in combatting the threat of athletes manipulating their genes to boost sports performance. The meeting is being organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency in conjunction with China’s national anti-doping agency. It will be the Olympic movement’s fourth symposium on gene doping, following previous conferences in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, in 2002; Stockholm in 2005; and St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2008.

Ljungqvist, also a WADA vice president, said there have been scientific studies which are quite promising and we feel it’s time to review this within the context of a small symposium of specialists.”

Gene doping, which is prohibited by the IOC and WADA, involves transferring genes directly into human cells to blend into an athlete’s own DNA to enhance muscle growth and increase strength or endurance. It is an illegal offshoot of gene therapy, which typically alters a person’s DNA to fight diseases like muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.

WADA director general David Howman said we want to continue the momentum that we’ve got so we can get into a scenario where the detection methods can be approved.

In 2010, two groups of scientists – one in Germany and a US-French research team – said they developed gene doping tests in what WADA described at the time as a major breakthrough. One was a blood test that would detect doping as far back as 56 days, while the other was for detecting genetic doping in muscles. However, the tests have not been validated and hopes they could be used at the 2012 London Olympics were not realized.

Ljungqvist said when you have a scientific method, that is one thing, but you need to develop a technique and make good use of it and we have a reasonably good scientific basis and we’ll have to discuss how to develop this further now.

The IOC and WADA say there is no evidence that athletes are gene doping, but warn that it may be only a matter of time. We know that those who wish to take a chance and cheat are ready to do anything, Ljungqvist said and also remarked we’ve had people who are researching into this and they have been approached by coaches and the like. But we don’t have any evidence suggesting this is yet in place.

Howman said WADA has received information about people looking on the black market for access to gene doping methods and also remarked that nothing has amounted that is sufficient to be able to put together a case and we don’t discount the fact that people are fiddling around with it and certainly that possibility exists.

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Sunday 26, May 2013

Harsher Global Doping Code Planned By WADA

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Top officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency are honing a new global code that includes doubling suspensions for some drug cheats. The executive committee and foundation board of the anti-doping agency recently met in Montreal for reviewing the third draft of the proposed 2015 World Anti-Doping code that will come up for approval at the November 12-15 World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg.

Last November, the anti-doping agency revealed that it has plans to increase bans for serious violations from two years to four years and its president, John Fahey, said the final revision was intended to make the code shorter and sharper. Fahey remarked the World Anti-Doping Agency had received almost 4,000 individual comments about the code since starting the review in November 2011. The updates follow a two-year consultation process, which ended in March. WADA received a total of 174 submissions, which were revised to create a new version of the international code.

In a WADA statement, Fahey remarked WADA values the input of these stakeholders and is pleased with the level of their engagement throughout the review process and added that WADA continually seeks to enhance the framework that supports the anti-doping system, and revisions depend on these contributions.

Presently, athletes found guilty of a first major doping offense are handed a ban of two years with any subsequent positive test incurring a life-ban. The longer ban would be introduced for offenses that include the use of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, masking agents and trafficking, according to a second draft of the 2015 WADA code that was reviewed. Fahey said there is a strong desire in the world of sport, from governments and within the anti-doping community to strengthen the sanction articles in the code and this second draft has done that, doubling the length of suspension for serious offenders and widening the scope for anti-doping organizations to impose lifetime bans.

The proposed new code also defines punishments in cases involving coaches and other athletic support staff among other amendments with an emphasis on testing and investigations along with the longer sanctions for athletes caught using prohibited performance-enhancing substances. Fahey remarked quality WADA-approved testing programs are needed to ensure that testing is effective and that sophisticated cheaters are found, which will ultimately advance the fight against doping in sport. He also remarked the agency heard a strong demand from athletes to strengthen the consequences for those who intentionally set out to get an advantage by doping and added we are in the business to protect the overwhelming majority of clean athletes around the world and the way you protect clean athletes and support them is to deal properly and effectively with the cheats.

The new code is expected to come into effect in 2015.

The agency also decided to immediately implement a modification to increase the threshold level for marijuana to ensure that athletes using the substance in competition will be detected. The Kenyan government was also urged by the Athlete Committee to put in place an independent inquiry to investigate the doping allegations involving some Kenyan athletes.

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Saturday 25, May 2013

Duo Accused Of Doping Horse

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Duo Accused Of Doping Horse

Robert Clement, has vowed to fight charges that he doped a horse to fix the Tamworth Cup. The 47-year-old New England trainer, and a 27-year-old associate, Cody Morgan, have been charged under new NSW laws targeting corruption in sport.

Clement and Morgan allegedly fixed Prussian Secret’s victory on April 28 by “drenching” the gelding with performance-enhancing substances and Morgan is alleged to have profited from bets placed on the race, as well as receiving part of the $40,000 prize as the co-owner of the horse. The duo tried to repeat the fraud at the Gunnedah Cup but were arrested after police were tipped off by an informant.

Drenching was “a common practice” across the NSW racing industry, said NSW Detective Superintendent Ken Finch. Drenching is a process in which a tube is forced through the nostrils of a horse for administering cocktails of performance-enhancing substances. The treatments, known colloquially as “milkshakes”, often include sodium bicarbonate, which is believed to prevent the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, allowing the horse to maintain top speed with minimal fatigue.

Finch said it is illegal to undertake that practice within 24 hours prior to a race. If it’s administered within a certain period prior to the race, it is then undetectable when the horse is subsequently tested and added this was an organized attempt to defraud the general public of NSW, who may bet on particular races.

The New England trainer Clement is also charged with firearms offenses following a police raid on his Bendemeer property but denied any role in drenching the horse. He remarked he was at a rodeo and police executed a search warrant at my place and they found some guns. Clement added now he has been charged under these new laws that he doesn’t understand, but he denies all the charges.

New sections of the state’s Crimes Act, enacted last September, aim to safeguard the integrity of sport by targeting people who cheat at gambling. The New England trainer faces up to a jail term of 20 years for corruption, plus an additional 19 years over the prohibited, an unregistered .222 rifle and ammunition found at his property. Morgan, on the other hand, faces up to a jail term of 22 years, if convicted of the charges against him.

In another development, Mahmood al-Zarooni has lodged an appeal over the eight-year Godolphin steroids ban he was handed by the British Horseracing Authority. The former Godolphin trainer who was recently disqualified for eight years after admitting to administering anabolic steroids to 15 of his horses lodged an appeal with the British Horseracing Authority over the severity of his sentence. Zarooni, who admitted to illegally importing steroids from Dubai in his luggage and giving them to the horses in his care in March, is no longer employed by Godolphin and is believed to have returned to Dubai. The appeal was lodged on the behalf of Al Zarooni by William Clegg QC, an experienced solicitor, whose most recent-high profile case was as counsel for Vincent Tabak in the Joanna Yeates murder trial in 2011.

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Friday 24, May 2013

Dank Supplied Peptides To Bandido Toby Mitchell

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Dank Supplied Peptides To Bandido Toby Mitchell

Former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank, who is at the center of Australia’s drugs in sport controversy, has been known to facilitate the flow of peptides and growth hormones to Bandido bikie gang Toby Mitchell.

A report in the Herald Sun suggested that Dank has organized peptides for Mitchell, club enforcer to outlaw bikie gang the Bandidos, using contacts in the medical field, according to multiple sources in that field. In the past 18 months, Mitchell has survived two attempts on his life and he was hospitalized in March this year after he sustained a bullet injury during a shootout in an industrial estate on Melbourne’s outskirts. Mitchell was previously admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit after being shot five times outside the Doherty’s Gym in Brunswick in November 2011.

Dank, who has been employed at AFL and NRL clubs since 2006, is at the center of the investigations by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into allegations that athletes may have taken banned substances. Among his business associates are people who reportedly have connections to the Comancheros bikie gang and it is believed that the sports scientists allegedly sourced some of his peptides and hormone supplies from a convicted drug dealer.

Hormones and peptides could be legally prescribed, and most often this occurred in cosmetic medicine, according to Sports physician Dr Peter Larkins who added that arguably you could do blood tests for people over 40 and show that their glandular function is dropping away and you could make a case for using it.

Dank is still maintaining that all the substances he supplied to football players complied with sports anti-doping rules.

Dank, the Australian biochemist who worked as a sports scientist with National Rugby League clubs such as the Manly Sea Eagles, was recently accused by the Melbourne biochemist Shane Charter of sourcing the peptide Thymosin beta 4 while working for Essendon. Thymosin beta 4, a peptide that assists muscle regeneration and is commonly used in racehorses, is prohibited for athletes under anti-doping rules and it has been listed as prohibited from “at least 2011″, an Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority spokesman said.

Charter is expected to tell the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Dank had ordered enough Thymosin beta 4 to treat a squad of 30 players with regular weekly injections and said it was enough for an entire squad. Charter has disclosed that he will provide ASADA with physical evidence and said ASADA faced a difficult task finding out exactly what took place with the AFL club last season and he wanted to help. He said there is a lot of public misinformation out there and they’re spending a lot of time putting out spot fires and dealing with things other than the actual investigation.

Meanwhile, Essendon stayed away from making any comments and said it could not comment until the ASADA and AFL investigations had finished. In another development, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has moved to shoot down claims by Dank that he had its permission to use a banned substance.

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Thursday 23, May 2013

Beckhampton Trainer Joins Chorus To Ban Steroids Worldwide

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Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton has joined the chorus to ban the use of anabolic steroids worldwide. The trainer made the comments after Al Kazeem had won the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown Park.

Charlton trained Three Valleys when the colt was disqualified from the Middle Park Stakes in 2003 for failing a test for Clenbuterol, which is a drug used to clear up a lung infection and aid normal breathing. The trainer remarked he thinks there is a debate about steroids and all any of us want, whether it is people riding bicycles or horses, is a level playing field. He added that it is unfortunate that animals or humans are given steroids and went on to raise a question: would you want to buy a mare that had been on steroids, or use a stallion that had been on steroids or buy a yearling from another country that had been on steroids, and then replied himself none of us want that.

Charlton is targeting a trip to Ireland at the end of May and said he was a bit apprehensive because a lot of mine will come on for the run and he looked great and that was a good effort. Charlton added we know he gets a mile and half, but a mile and a quarter is a more commercial distance, as long as he can win good races over that distance, but he will have entries over a mile and a half as well, and in the immediate future, I think he will go to the Curragh for Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Al Kazeem has entries in races such as the Coronation Cup and Prince Of Wales’s Stakes this term; Kazeem was last seen when winning the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket 12 months ago but despite the layoff travelled well throughout the 10-furlong heat in the hands of James Doyle.

Doyle is expecting his mount to progress for the run and said since he’s come back he’s been galloping great at home and doing everything right and we expected this today, today is a stepping stone to bigger things and he couldn’t have done it any easier. Doyle also added that it was his first run for ages so he didn’t want to ask him to do too much too soon and when he got to the front he pricked his ears and lugged into the rail.

Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, said the best three on form were first, second and third so you’d have to say that was a very good run and he thinks he might step up a couple of furlongs now.

In another development, Mahmood al-Zarooni has lodged an appeal over the eight-year Godolphin steroids ban he received from the British Horseracing Authority. The former Godolphin trainer was recently disqualified for a period of eight years after he admitted to administering anabolic steroids to 15 of his horses and has lodged an appeal with the British Horseracing Authority over the severity of his sentence.

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Wednesday 22, May 2013

Athletes From East Germany Were ‘Chemical Field Tests’

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Athletes From East Germany Were ‘Chemical Field Tests’

The era of global dominance by East Germany was not something that athletes of the country are proud of. With the 30th anniversary of the first World Athletics Championships in Helsinki where athletes bedecked in the blue and white of the GDR won 22 medals, including 10 golds, testimonies from athletes of that era are pouring in.

Ines Geipel, a former world record holder in the women’s sprint relay, said we were a large experiment, a big chemical field test and the old men in the regime used these young girls for their sick ambition.

The depth and extremities of the systematic doping program on the eastern side of the bricks and barbed wire were exposed by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A fearless campaigner who gained access to many files belonging to the Stasi, the secret police, and uncovered the sins of the past, said it originated for one reason that was national importance. Professor Werner Franke added that annually, about 2,000 athletes were added to the program and we know this very exactly because there have been many court cases with all the details. Franke added that the young athletes were around 12 or 13 and it was not just pills, injections also.

Geipel remembers reading about the system in place at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and said the secret police had built wooden crates, like rabbit crates, in hotel rooms. She added if they believed an athlete was going to flee – because the Games were in West Germany – they would put this athlete in the crate and carry them back to the GDR and she finds it so symbolic and we were objects, we weren’t people.

Geipel is now president of a group called Help for Victims of Doping and explained that her sadness and pain have been converted into action.

As many as 10,000 athletes, according to estimates, were part of the program and the drug of choice was Oral Turninabol, an anabolic steroid targeted particularly at young females because the effects were more dramatic, at a time when women’s sport internationally was under-developed and therefore ripe for domination.

In the year 2000, a lawsuit was filed by thirty-two women against the perpetrators and the court in Berlin heard tales of woe regarding hearts, livers, kidneys and reproductive organs, with mothers blaming the disability of their children on the wrecking ball of drugs.

Andreas Krieger, who represented East Germany as Heidi Krieger in the mid-1970s and underwent a sex-change operation two decades later and was one of the plaintiffs, said we had an economy lacking many things, like fruit, in our country and continued that so we were told we were taking vitamin pills that would compensate for our lack of nutrition and they played God with us back then.

The unified German government set up a compensation fund of £2.5m and the Berlin court case ended with suspended sentences for the head of the East German Sports Ministry, Manfred Ewald, and the chief doctor, Manfred Hoeppner. More than 300 athletes were each awarded around 10,000 euros (£8,500, $13,000).

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