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Tuesday 10, Jun 2014

No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

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No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

Sir Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has issued a warning to Glasgow 2014 competitors to beware of the dangers of supplements. Reedie said testers adopt a ‘no excuses’ policy and expressed frustration with athletes who continue to put their trust in unregulated nutritional shakes and mixes.

The former British Olympic Association chairman said he can understand why athletes take these things, because they will do anything to get an edge and improve their performance but it is extremely dangerous. Reedie added he means there is a clearly an issue at the moment with supplements and the supplements business the world over is almost entirely unregulated. The WADA President added it is important to get control of what people put in these things, because athletes will keep taking supplements. He went on to add that very experienced athletes take them – and, in many ways, they shouldn’t and if they must take them, they have to make sure that what they are taking is absolutely clear.

Reedie brought forward the example of a German athlete in Sochi, someone who had been to two Olympic Games, should know exactly what she was doing but one of her friends said: “Oh, you should take this supplement” and so she used it. Reedie added it is that kind of occasional weakness that can cause a real problem and if they are determined to take supplements, they should know that they are clean. The WADA chief added the new world-wide code coming into place next year will deal rather more accurately with what you would describe as minor offences but basically the principle of strict liability still applies.

Nicola Newman, UKAD’s director of communications and education, said our two aims are never to get a positive test at a major event from a British athlete and to stop a serious doper from competing. Nicola added that is our goal, although we can’t guarantee it. The UKAD’s director of communications and education added “No excuses” is another phrase for us and we don’t want anybody to feel they lacked the knowledge they needed and went on to add that we are working really hard with federations and sports to make sure they all understand the risks. Nicola also remarked that the ongoing message that we’re giving to these athletes is predominantly around not making a mistake or getting a positive test because they didn’t understand. Newman added we worked with some of these sports in Delhi (the last Commonwealth Games, in 2010) and some of them were incredibly nervous about the implications of providing a sample so we ran mock testing with them. It was added that we showed them exactly what happens and it is not necessarily normal but it’s definitely necessary.

UK Anti-Doping will run the testing program in Glasgow and it will deliver a mandatory education program to all Home Nations teams during the run-in to the Games. All athletes selected to compete at the Games, as well as more than 200 coaches, must sign up to the education program of UK Anti-Doping. This is made necessary for ensuring that they do not make an innocent mistake by taking an illegal supplement or medication.

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Sunday 08, Jun 2014

Biological Passport For Every World Cup Player Under Preparation By FIFA

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Biological Passport For Every World Cup Player Under Preparation By FIFA

FIFA, the world governing body of football, is on an ambitious mission these days to ensure that every player who participates in the Football World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport’.

For the first time, the governing body is planning to use the biological passport that will follow players throughout their career, offering details about urine and blood tests. A team of FIFA doctors and nurses since March this year have been carrying out random urine and blood tests at internationals and team training camps. A few weeks ago, France and Argentina were visited at their camps to prepare for the tournament. Some of the most eminent football stars including Brazilian star Neymar, Italian captain Gianluigi Buffon, and Spain’s Andres Iniesta were among those who provided samples at last year’s Confederations Cup. Over the last 18 months, stars from Chelsea, Barcelona, Santos, and Monterrey were tested during international club competitions.

In a recent interview, Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer remarked that we can test anybody, anytime, anywhere, any amount of times. Football players can now expect drug testing right from the first matches of the World Cup which starts June 12. Dvorak added there has not been anything alarming so far and said the hematological parameters are normal. FIFA has collected at least two test samples from most players while some players have given as many as four samples. Dvorak went on to add that they understand what we are doing and they consider that kind of examination as part of their professional life.

FIFA tests loom for discrepancies in hemoglobin and red cells that may indicate the use of EPO doping or use of other banned performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic androgenic steroids to improve performance. The world governing body of football also checks hormone levels and steroids in the urine. However, Dvorak acknowledged that the drug testing logistics in Brazil face difficulties. The World Anti-Doping Agency withdrew its accreditation for the only anti-doping laboratory in Brazil last year. FIFA will send urine and blood samples to a laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will add $250,000 (180,000 euros) to the doping clampdown costs.

The primary cause of concern is that there will be a race against time to get samples from far-flung World Cup cities such as Manaus in the Amazon and Fortaleza as blood samples must be analyzed within 36 hours of being drawn. Dvorak remarked there are a few games that are difficult but the majority of the samples will arrive at the laboratory between 24 and 48 hours. The chief medical officer of FIFA said some of the matches are critical, the critical matches we will look at very carefully.

Football has rarely seen declared cases of performance enhancing doping with the biggest doping case coming from Argentina star Diego Maradona who was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after he tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine. According to FIFA.com, the world body’s website, cannabis and cocaine have made up the majority of drug failures in football in recent years.

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Friday 06, Jun 2014

WADA Will Not Appeal Against Tyson Gay’s Lenient Doping Ban

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WADA Will Not Appeal Against Tyson Gay’s Lenient Doping Ban

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has remarked that it will not appeal against the “too lenient” doping ban imposed on American sprinter Tyson Gay by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The 31-year-old Gay tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF).

In a statement, WADA said Gay’s ban that had been widely criticized in Europe as extremely lenient was ‘compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code.’ The world’s second fastest man, Tyson Gay, accepted a suspension of one year last month by USADA after a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid. USADA backdated the ban to June 23, 2013 to make Gay eligible to make a return to running later this month and Gay’s first race after the ban will be a 100 meters at Lausanne’s Diamond League meeting on July 3.

Gay accepted the doping ban and returned the silver medal he won as a member of the U.S. 4×100 meters relay team at the 2012 London Olympics. The athlete has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 15, 2012, the date he first made use of a product that contained a prohibited substance, including the forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart had remarked we appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case.

Under rules, an athlete receives a suspension of two years for their first major doping offense but this ban may get reduced for ‘substantial cooperation’ under anti-doping rules. USADA remarked that Tyson Gay was eligible for a doping ban reduction as he offered what it termed substantial assistance in his case and WADA said it was satisfied with the USADA decision. In a statement, WADA remarked it is satisfied that Tyson Gay provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion after careful review and scrutiny of the full case file.

It added WADA will therefore not appeal USADA’s decision that is compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code. Officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that also has the right to appeal against the decision declined to make a comment and remarked that the matter remains in the hands of its doping review board to assess. Last month, IAAF president Lamine Diack said he supported the WADA Code rule that permits athletes to receive reduced sentences if they provide substantial assistance to anti-doping agencies.

In an interview at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas, Diack said we have to use this in the fight against doping. He added if someone gave really very good cooperation and gives us the possibility to do more to fight doping, we have to do something.

Gay is keen to make a return and remarked Lausanne has always been one of his favorite meets, and added he is thrilled to have it be his opening meet.

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Wednesday 04, Jun 2014

Yuliya Efimova Banned And Stripped Of World Records

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Yuliya Efimova Banned And Stripped Of World Records

Yuliya Efimova of Russia has received a ban of 16 months, retroactive to October 31, 2013 and concluding next year on February 28. The world governing body of swimming, FINA, made this communication in its final decision against the swimmer after her positive test for 7-keto-DHEA during an out-of-competition test that took place in Los Angeles.

FINA also decided to strip Efimova from all results since October 31, 2013 that includes four European short course titles and four world records. With this announcement, the European short course wins now goes to Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (50-meter breast along with her 100-meter breast win) and Rikke Pedersen Moeller (200-meter breast). Germany finishes with the mixed 200-meter medley relay victory for the team of Christian Diener, Caroline Ruhnau, Steffen Deibler, and Dorothea Brandt while Denmark’s women’s 200-meter medley relay earns gold with Mie Nielsen, Jeanette Ottesen, Pernille Blume, and Pedersen taking home that win with Russia losing the world record in that event.

Efimova will lose four world records in total. Her 200-meter breaststroke record of 2:14.39 will go back to Rebecca Soni’s 2:14.57 from the Duel in the Pool. Russia will also lose the mixed medley relay and women’s medley relay records from Euro short course champs and the 50-meter breaststroke record of Efimova from the FINA World Cup tour will not be ratified.

Efimova plead ignorance during her hearings with the FINA Doping Panel that she had taken similar supplements containing L-carnitine ever since she was a teenager. She remarked that a sales person at a local GNS store in Los Angeles told her that a product named Cellucor CLK was “doping-free.” It was claimed by Efimova that her lack of English skills was behind the poor decision to take the supplement, instead of just not taking any L-carnitine at all, especially since DHEA was clearly listed as an ingredient on the label of the product.

However, Efimova accepted the fact that she would have found that DHEA was prohibited if she had compared the supplement ingredients to the banned list. FINA imposed a relaxed ban on her because the swimmer detailed that her intent never was to find any performance enhancement. Efimova bought the product in September of 2013, went on the World Cup tour to Doha, Dubai and Moscow in October and tested clean at each of these stops. She used the product on October 22 when she returned to the U.S. and had run out of her previous supply of L-carnitine and even detailed that she had been taking L-carnitine on her doping control form.

FINA Doping Panel remarked that it has concluded that a sixteen-month period of eligibility is both just and fair under the circumstances of this case upon balancing all the relevant factors and after considering many other cases across a wide spectrum of sports.

Efimova is likely to bypass an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and expected to focus on the future with the potential of still competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

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Monday 02, Jun 2014

Deco May Sue Rio Lab And WADA

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Deco may sue rio lab and wada

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco has been cleared of a doping offence. This announcement was made after CAS ruled that his test was mishandled by the Rio de Janeiro laboratory that has since been suspended.

In a statement, Deco said both WADA and LADETEC are responsible for the error if there was a mistake. He noted that the Rio laboratory was still accredited by the anti-doping agency when he was tested. The doping conviction “may have helped anticipate” the end of his illustrious career, said Deco. The football star was given an initial suspension of one month in early 2013 by the sports tribunal of Brazil but was banned for a year after he had retired. Deco remarked he lost contracts and a lot of things due to the doping controversy and this cannot happen because of a mistake. The Brazilian footballer added he will talk to his lawyers and will decide what to do.

Deco added he knew exactly what he did in his entire career and he had never used anything that was prohibited. The 36-year-old said he knew that it was either a mistake by the pharmacy that produced the vitamins that he took or a mistake in the analysis of the urine.

Capped 75 times by Portugal, Deco allegedly tested positive for two banned substances in early 2013 after playing in a Rio State Championship match for Fluminense. The 36-year-old playmaker’s samples were retested in Lausanne. This was after Rio lab claimed that his samples contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that is used for masking the presence of other drugs and Tamoxifen that can be used to prevent or eliminate the side effects of anabolic androgenic steroids.

Last August, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) laboratory that is also known as LADETEC, was suspended last August after it failed to meet the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). The Rio laboratory was suspended in 2012 from conducting isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing on samples after it falsely reported that Brazilian beach volleyball player Pedro Solberg Salgado had tested positive for Testosterone.

It was remarked by CAS that it could not be established that Deca has committed an anti-doping rule violation. Lausanne laboratory director Martial Saugy said the samples of Deco arrived in Switzerland in an unusual container and that the chain of custody cannot be guaranteed.

FIFA will have to fly doping samples to Switzerland for testing during the World Cup because of the problems with LADETEC.

The retired Brazilian-born Portuguese professional footballer who last played for Fluminense is credited as one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs – FC Porto in 2004 and FC Barcelona in 2006. He received the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and the Man of the Match award in the final despite losing to Internacional. He played for Portugal at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and for European clubs sides Barcelona, Chelsea, and Porto.

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