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Monday 30, Dec 2013

Rogers Reiterates Claims Of Ingesting Clenbuterol From Chinese Food

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Rogers Reiterates Claims Of Ingesting Clenbuterol From Chinese Food

Three-time World Time-Trial Champion @Michael Rogers has reiterated his claims of innocence in regard to his provisional suspension after testing positive to Clenbuterol.

The Australian professional road bicycle racer who was previously with Team Sky and presently rides for Team Saxo-Tinkoff was provisionally suspended by the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, after returning an A Sample from his successful Japan Cup campaign that revealed traces of the banned substance. In a statement, Rogers said he was the victim of a mix-up with contaminated food in China. The statement said Rogers would like to make it very clear, in the strongest terms possible that he had never knowingly or deliberately ingested Clenbuterol.

The cyclist added that he can advise that during the period 8th-17th of October, before arriving in Japan, he was present in China for the World Tour race, Tour of Beijing and said he understands that it has been acknowledged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as other anti-doping bodies, that food contaminated with Clenbuterol is a serious problem in China. Michael Rogers went on to add that he in the following weeks will have the opportunity to explain this unfortunate situation to the UCI, in which he will give his full attention and cooperation to resolve this issue in the quickest time frame possible and added that he would like to thank those around the world, who have shown compassion and understanding of this situation that he has been placed in. Michael Rogers, who was instrumental in the Tour de France win of Bradley Wiggins, will be prevented from competing again until it is proven whether or not he has doped.

Meanwhile, Australia’s champion cyclist Anna Meares has remarked she is disappointed about Michael Rogers’ positive test to Clenbuterol. Meares added that she is sick of the controversial men’s peloton tarring the entire community of cycling with the same brush. The five-time Olympic medalist was left surprised by the claim of Rogers of ingesting Clenbuterol by way of contaminated food and said the cycling team had been repeatedly warned by national team managers at the world cup in Mexico earlier this year about eating pork, beef, and lamb. Meares added we as professional athletes need to take responsibility for what we’re putting in our mouths and into our body on a food basis, on a supplements basis and on a medical basis.

Cycling Australia will seek a maximum two-year ban for the cyclist, if he is found guilty of doping. Meanwhile, Michael Rogers has been suspended pending his requested analysis of a B sample.

At the 2010 Tour de France, Alberto Contador, Rogers’ team-mate at Saxo-Tinkoff, tested positive for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France and was banned for two years and stripped of the title.

In another development, British professional road racing cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky will face disciplinary proceedings over anti-doping rule violation. The 2012 Tour of Britain winner’s biological passport showed anti-doping rule violation.

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Saturday 28, Dec 2013

Michael Rogers Suspended For Doping

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Cycling veteran Michael Rogers of Australia has been provisionally suspended by the world’s governing body of cycling. The three-time world time trial champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist tested positive for Clenbuterol, a drug used to treat asthma and used by athletes to cut body fat.

The 33-year-old has however claimed that the positive urine sample during his victory at the Japan Cup Road Race on October 20 may have been caused by contaminated food. The Saxo-Tinkoff rider denies deliberate doping but the UCI said the provisional suspension of Rogers would remain in force until a hearing convened by Cycling Australia identifies whether or not Rogers has committed an anti-doping rule violation. The cyclist competed in China a week before his positive drugs test. This was despite the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing a warning in the past to exercise a high sense of care and caution in China because of the use of illicit use of the growth promoter in livestock there.

In a statement, Saxo-Tinkoff said Michael Rogers immediately informed the team management about the notification from the UCI and the Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins (came) from a contaminated food source. It added that Rogers participated in the Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup and traveled directly from China to Japan.

Rogers won three consecutive World Time Trial Championships between 2003 and 2005 and was upgraded to bronze in the time trial at the 2004 Atlanta Olympics after Tyler Hamilton was disqualified. The cyclist has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. A veteran of nine Tour de France campaigns, Rogers left Team Sky where he rode in support of 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins. He left Team Sky after he was named in evidence in the Lance Armstrong case as working with Michele Ferrari, the favored doctor of Armstrong.

Meanwhile, Interim Cycling Australia chief executive Adrian Anderson has remarked Rogers should face maximum ban if found guilty. He remarked Cycling Australia would support the maximum sanctions under the World Anti-Doping Agency code if the veteran cyclist is found guilty of doping and added that the fact that the drug testing process continues to uncover positive tests should be a lesson to all cyclists that if they chose to dope they can expect to be caught. In a statement, Cycling Australia said Michael Rogers does not hold an Australian racing licence and sanctions against him would not be determined by Cycling Australia if charges against Rogers are proven right. Anderson added that Cycling Australia would support the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and the applicable national federation in whatever action they deem appropriate.

The world’s governing body of cycling also announced that Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne has also been suspended for a positive test for Clenbuterol at the Tour of Taihu Lake in China on November 5.

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Thursday 26, Dec 2013

Track Champion Alptekin Cleared After Doping Probe

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Track Champion Alptekin Cleared After Doping Probe

Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been cleared of doping violations by the Turkish Athletics Federation following an investigation. It was announced by the federations that it didn’t found any violation of doping rules by last year’s 1,500-meter gold medalist.

A statement from the disciplinary commission on the Turkish federation’s website revealed that it has been decided that there is no grounds for national sporting sanctions against Asli Cakir Alptekin as she did not violate any anti-doping rules and the disciplinary measures imposed on the athlete have been lifted.

The IAAF made a request for the probe early this year after abnormal blood values in Alptekin’s biological profile were found. The IAAF can now appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It said the IAAF will review the decision upon receipt and decide whether or not it should be appealed to CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport) as per IAAF rules.

Alptekin won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2011 Summer Universiade and then won the bronze medal in the 1500 m event at the 2012 World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul. The Turkish female middle distance runner is coached by her husband, runner Ihsan Alptekin. She was banned in 2004 for two years.

One of Turkey’s most decorated athletes, Alptekin was facing a life ban and it was previously confirmed by the IAAF that Alptekin will be stripped of her Olympic title, with compatriot Gamze Bulut being upgraded to the gold if the Turkish athlete was found guilty. Suspicions about the athletes were raised a few weeks before the London Games when Alptekin won a 1500m race at the Paris Diamond League meeting in a barely credible time of 3min 56.62sec. British athlete Lisa Dobriskey minutes after the Olympic final said she will probably get into trouble for saying this but she doesn’t think she is playing on a level playing field. Dobriskey said it was horrible to see that athlete do a lap of honor and prance around with her country’s flag and she hadn’t planned to speak out but she was asked how she felt about a former drugs cheat winning Olympic gold.

Her compatriot and European 110m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit was not as lucky and was given a ban of two years in August this year. The Turkish female sprinter specializing in high hurdling and is a two time European champion in the 100m hurdles, and current European indoor champion in the 60m hurdles. The two-time European 100 meters hurdles champion tested positive for a banned substance during a meeting in Dusseldorf on February 8 this year. In July, the IAAF remarked it is aware of media speculation surrounding the recent anti-doping control tests, in and out of competition, of a number of Turkish athletes. It added the IAAF with the national anti-doping agency following concerns highlighted by abnormal biological passport values intensified the testing program in Turkey, the results of which remain ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules.

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Tuesday 24, Dec 2013

Team Sky Rider To Face Anti-Doping Hearing

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Team Sky Rider To Face Anti-Doping Hearing

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, the British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, is facing disciplinary proceedings after an anti-doping violation was shown by analysis of his biological passport. The cyclist pulled out of the 2013 World Championships in September after he was asked by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to explain his results.

Meanwhile, Team Sky has reiterated its stance that the readings were taken before he signed with the team in 2012 and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke denies any wrongdoing. A statement from the Devon-based rider’s management company said Tiernan-Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them.

Team Sky, in a separate statement, said we understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his biological passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team. Team Sky added that there are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky and this is a team that trains, races, and wins clean. It went on to add that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky or take part in any team activities – including training camps and all team duties – until a decision is made in this disciplinary hearing process.

In a confirmatory statement, the UCI said it has requested his National Federation (British Cycling) to initiate disciplinary proceedings in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. A British Cycling spokesman remarked that British Cycling can confirm that it has been asked by the UCI to begin proceedings against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke based on an analysis of his biological passport. The spokesman added those proceedings will be managed independently of British Cycling by UK Anti-Doping as with any other doping violation charge.

In a statement, UK Anti-Doping director of legal Graham Arthur said we are progressing on a case relating to a possible anti-doping rule violation and the matter is subject to confidentiality restrictions imposed by the anti-doping rules, and as such we are unable to comment further.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke raced for Endura Racing in the 2012 season and claimed overall wins in the Tour Mediterranean, Tour du Haut Var, and Tour Alsace and became the first British rider since 1993 to win the Tour of Britain in September of 2012.

Endura team manager Brian Smith extended his support for the cyclist and said Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is not a doper and Endura racing was a no doping stance and as far as he is concerned Tiernan-Locke was true to his word. He went on to add that the cyclist throughout the Tour of Britain was urine tested every day and a blood booster would have shown up, so it doesn’t make sense.

In the past, UCI president Brian Cookson, remarking on this case, had said he is concerned that it’s leaked out because he doesn’t think this information should be in the public domain while someone is being questioned and that’s not the same at all as them being guilty and let’s see what happens.

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Sunday 22, Dec 2013

Anti-Doping Drive On Track, Says Cycling Legend

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Anti-Doping Drive On Track, Says Cycling Legend

Sean Kelly, legendary Irish cyclist, has remarked it is now impossible to cheat in cycling and this is all due to the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Kelly, speaking ahead of Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, said such a deceit would never happen again because of the reforms implemented by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the sport’s governing body. The 57-year-old, who won 193 professional races including seven consecutive editions of the Paris-Nice event in a career that spanned from 1977 to 1994, said products were out there before controls were able to detect them but now he thinks it’s the reverse, with biological passports, you can see if there are any abnormalities. He added it’s impossible to cheat now and he is very confident that those days are over.

Lance Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the United States Anti-Doping Agency accused the cyclist of using banned drugs. The cyclist admitted in January this year of using performance enhancing drugs throughout his career.

Britain’s Chris Froome will bid next year to become the first cyclist to win back-to-back Le Tours since Miguel Indurain won five in a row in the early 1990s. Kelly believes the focus is now to prove dominance that can be attained without drugs. He remarked we cannot go back to a situation like we had in the past because that would be the death of the sport and now things are looking good, everybody is more confident and sponsors are coming back in and we have to keep on this road.

Kelly went on to add that innocent people have been branded as cheats, and it’s not right and that’s where he thinks the UCI really has to look at clarifying the difference between substances and categorizing them. Kelly, a veteran of 193 race wins, twice tested positive for banned substances during his career but claimed both instances were due to “minor and stupid” accidental intakes. He remarked you can’t just point the finger at Armstrong as there was an era of 15 to 20 years where doping grew and a lot of big names were taken out.

Kelly said the top five cyclists in his time were on good money, but now you can have an eight-year career, win five races and be made for life. He also remarked more pressure comes from greater salaries and sponsors wanted to get more exposure and teams all wanted a slice of the cake because they had to survive but that doesn’t mean you have to go to drugs. Kelly added you can have a good sport without it and riders just go a little bit slower, the race isn’t as fast and aggressive, but the racing is still as good and we’ve seen that over the past couple of years. He also said many of the guys want to take it forward now and make it a clean sport and it was a problem at its height and many just wanted to get out of that scene and it went on for far too long.

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Friday 20, Dec 2013

Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

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Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

Former lightweight title holder Brandon Rios has failed his post-fight drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau last November 24.

Rios tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is used as a dietary supplement as well as a performance enhancing drug. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that the American light-welterweight boxer had already been suspended by the Macau Commission that was set up by the World Boxing Organization to oversee the fight and added that Rios is eligible to appeal against the suspension.

Arum blamed Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza (a former strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao) and remarked it’s not the fighter’s fault since he is only following orders from his conditioning coaches as to his diet for a fight. Meanwhile, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has defended Ariza after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios tested positive for a banned substance. Schaefer remarked people always love to blame Ariza for everything and people automatically point fingers at Ariza. He went on to add that Ariza is doing a terrific job and he is an asset to the sport of boxing. Schaefer also said there may be other explanations for Rios’ failed drug test and remarked the positive test may it was due to some vitamins Rios took or some food or whatever.

Rios and Pacquiao were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA but Rios passed the first four and failed the final test. The stimulant, Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and VADA and is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Brandon Rios said he took Jack3d when he started his career but had stopped taking the supplement after his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it. DMAA, according to a warning on the website of FDA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest.

The former WBA lightweight champion vehemently denied that he took anything that is banned and said he asked questions of coach Ariza before ingesting anything he did not know. Rios also said he was suspicious that he failed a test only an incident between Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. He remarked that though he is not going to sit down and blame anybody, he did found it odd the positive test came after the incident. Rios said he passed all of those other tests and all of a sudden, the last time, the last one, after we had that incident, then that’s when we tested positive.

Rios became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion in 2004 and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs. Brandon Rios is signed to Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, to become the new WBA regular Lightweight champion on February 26, 2011.

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Wednesday 18, Dec 2013

Ex-Cyclist Launches One Million Euro Compensation Claim

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Ex-Cyclist Launches One Million Euro Compensation Claim

Roberto Heras Hernández, Spanish former professional road bicycle racer who won the Vuelta a España a record-tying three times, has remarked he plans to initiate a legal action for claiming one million euro in compensation.

Heras, who was racing with the Liberty Seguros team at the time of his victory, had previously competed with Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service squad. Heras was a teammate of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal team from 2001 to 2003. He retired after he was stripped of the 2005 Vuelta title for testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO). Heras won a subsequent Spanish Supreme Court battle over the same issue one year ago. His 2005 Vuelta title was given to the runner-up Denis Menchov.

President of the Spanish cycling federation RFEC, Jose Luis Lopez Cerron, remarked that Heras had faxed that federation and a government sports’ panel to tell them about the legal complaint. It was stated by Cerron that he had not enough time for considering a response but it was later reported by Bloomberg that the state will fight the claim due to be held in a civil court in Madrid, according to a government official.

The ex-cyclist is seeking compensation due to him on the account of what he says was a loss of earnings. The positive test of Roberto Heras came after a surprising second place finish in the penultimate day time trial in the 2005 Vuelta a España. Heras finished just fractions of a second behind the day’s winner Ruben Plaza even though he was a flyweight climber who seldom rode strongly against the clock. Heras beat recognized time trial specialists such as Denis Menchov. However, Heras was banned after his positive EPO test and he decided to launch an action with the Contencioso Administrativo del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Castilla y León civil court rather than fight his two year ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The cyclist claimed that the samples took 40 hours to be delivered rather than 24 hours and his samples arrived at room temperature rather than being refrigerated and they were transported by people who were not identified. It was also claimed by Heras’ legal team that the ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples of Heras were analyzed by the same people and that they were aware of the name of the person they were testing, which violated the requirements for anonymity. Heras was able to successful lay claim to the overall victory in the 2005 Vuelta a España when the Supreme Court ruled against the Spanish cycling federation and the state attorney on December 21st of last year. This was after Heras won that appeal in June 2011.

In 1995, Roberto Haros turned professional for the Spanish cycling team Kelme and his first professional win came in 1996 in the Subida al Naranco. The cyclist assisted Lance Armstrong in the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Heros left US Postal to lead the Spanish Liberty Seguros team at the end of 2003 and entered the Vuelta a España and won to equal Tony Rominger’s record three wins.

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Monday 16, Dec 2013

USADA Chief Slams Door Shut On Armstrong

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USADA Chief Slams Door Shut On Armstrong

Travis Tygart, the CEO of United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), has remarked that he has now closed any door of chance for Lance Armstrong cooperating with the agency and getting his life ban reduced.

Tygart, speaking at a seminar at the Ulleval Stadium in the capital of Norway, said Armstrong told him prior to Thanksgiving that he was not interested in speaking to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA chief went on to add that the banned cyclist could have done good to image of cycling if he had come all clean when he was first charged by the anti-doping agency.

Armstrong was in discussion with USADA about speaking under oath and remarked that he would be open to speak before UCI’s independent commission but does not want the United States Anti-Doping Agency to get involved.

Former US Postal Service rider, Steffen Kjærgaard, may be called as one of the witnesses called for testifying against former US Postal Service team manager Johan Bruyneel. Kjærgaard admitted to doping and was a teammate of Lance Armstrong on the 2000 and 2001 editions of the Tour de France. He also spoke at the seminar at the Ulleval Stadium.

In January this year, Lance Armstrong made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey talk show and admitted to doping. The cyclist however refrained from admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs after his return to the sport in 2009, as claimed by USADA in its reasoned decision.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency disclosed that the USPS Team doping conspiracy was designed professionally for pressuring and grooming athletes to make use of dangerous drugs and evade detection while ensuring secrecy of superior doping practices to gain an unfair competitive advantage. USADA’s reasoned decision was supported by different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence and testimonies from Armstrong’s former teammates: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

Armstrong also denied before Oprah that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, and its then President Hein Verbruggen, had helped him cover up his doping. He however claimed last month that Verbruggen had been complicit in a bogus and the backdated prescription for a saddle sore cream for covering up a positive test for a corticosteroid in the 1999 Tour de France.

Meanwhile, wife of Frankie Andreu has questioned the motives of Armstrong for his apparent contrition. Betsy Andreu remarked the disgraced cyclist is still trying to manipulate the situation to his advantage and was acting out of self-interest. She added nothing has changed with Lance and he is still desperately trying to control the narrative but the problem for him is not many are listening. Betsy also noted that Lance has a history of reaching out to people before key legal dates and said she believes that Armstrong’s episodes of reaching out to the likes of ex-pro cyclists Christophe Bassons and Filippo Simeoni are influenced by a court appointment in the whistleblower case and the arbitration hearing of Bruyneel.

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Saturday 14, Dec 2013

Former UCI President Admits Wrongdoings

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Former UCI President Admits Wrongdoings

Hein Verbruggen, the former UCI president, has remarked that he might have spoken to former American professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong after he failed a drugs test at the 1999 Tour de France.

Armstrong recently accused Verbruggen of coming up with something and the ex-UCI head said he did advised Lance Armstrong to produce a prescription after the event, in apparent breach of anti-doping rules. Armstrong, in his first Tour post-cancer, tested positive for Cortisone after he won the prologue time trial.

Verbruggen, who served as UCI president from 1991-2005 and is still honorary president of cycling’s world governing body, had earlier attacked the credibility of Armstrong. He described the allegations made by Armstrong as illogical. This was after Lance claimed that the then-UCI president asked to come up with the prescription for avoiding another doping scandal, just a year after the Festina affair threatened to sink the 1998 Tour de France. Armstrong added that Verbruggen had remarked this is a real problem for me, this is the knockout punch for our sport and so we’ve got to come up with something.

Verbruggen said he might have told Lance that the world governing body of cycling requires a prescription but he is sure that was handled by the UCI’s anti-doping department and not him. He also remarked that the prescription could be done afterwards according to UCI rules. However, the UCI rules state that the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) should be declared prior to testing and it is clear from facts that an exception was made by the UCI for Lance Armstrong, who went on to win the first of his seven Tour de France titles.

This admission by the UCI’s honorary president may find himself in huge trouble as the conversation between the head of the cycling’s governing body and Armstrong, who had tested positive, raises serious questions about the judgment of Hein Verbruggen and suggests a possible breach of anti-doping protocol. The ex-UCI president however said he is willing to participate in a new commission currently being set up by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency and expressed confidence that he will be exonerated. It was recently indicated by UCI that Verbruggen may be called before a separate independent commission being set up to investigate Armstrong.

After Armstrong’s allegations against Verbruggen, Craig Reedie, the new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said it is essential that Lance Armstrong should take part in the drive to clean up the sport through a truth and reconciliation process. Reedie remarked he read the interview of Armstrong with interest and it rather illustrated that the sport had a serious problem all those years ago and it has brought it to a serious head. In defense of the current UCI regime, they have been very active in trying to tackle the problems of the past. He added that Lance Armstrong is certainly seen in the public eye as the biggest sinner of that generation but if he chose to take part in a properly organized independent commission it would give them the best chance of achieving a proper result.

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Thursday 12, Dec 2013

Butler Banned For Five Years

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Butler Banned For Five Years

Irish trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from racing for five years by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) over doping offenses. This was after the 47-year-old, who is based in Newmarket, admitted to seven charges at an inquiry after nine horses in his care tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

It was earlier claimed by the trainer that veterinary surgeons had assured him that Rexogin (which contains Stanozolol and is designed for human bodybuilding) was legal, but the British Horseracing Authority said he was culpable of an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care.  During the hearing, Butler revealed that he had bought the Stanozolol online from the UK Steroids Pharmacy and purchased a preparation called Rexogin and not Sungate.

A few weeks ago, Butler had previously admitted to using Sungate, a steroid that is used for treating joint pain, but Butler revealed at the hearing that he had used Rexogin, which is 10 times more concentrated. It was heard by the BHA panel that the Irish trainer administered Rexogin to four horses using a method of injection reserved for qualified vets. The BHA panel remarked the behavior of Butler in administering the injections was consistent with the underhand and covert manner in which he purchased the drug and Butler’s evidence revealed an appalling dereliction of his duty as a licensed trainer.

It was further disclosed by the BHA panel that Butler, by his own admission, kept no clear financial records or any invoice from the purchase of the Rexogin, he did not have the horses properly assessed prior to their treatment and made no recording in his medication records having injected the horses. The BHA panel also remarked that Gerald Butler used junior stable staff to help him who would not question his actions and deceived his senior stable staff and kept from them important information about the treatment given to the horses.

The BHA’s director of integrity, legal and risk Adam Brickell said our position was that the most serious charges related to Gerard Butler’s gross failure to look after the best interests of horses in his care and the rules are clear that the license holder, in this case Butler, is wholly responsible for the presence of prohibited substance in horses in his care and control. Brickell added that we taking this all into account summarized that the actions of Butler represented an appalling breach of his duty and amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct, and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain.

The Irishman is the second trainer to be banned this year by the British Horseracing Authority for doping horses after Mahmood Al Zarooni, who trained for Godolphin owner and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who was guilty of administering anabolic steroids at his stables in Newmarket.

The ban of Butler will last until December 2018, and he has a period of 48 hours to arrange the relocation of his horses.

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