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Tuesday 29, Nov 2016

Appeal Of Stephen Dank Dismissed By AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Board

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The appeal of banned sports scientist Stephen Dank against a life ban has been officially chucked out with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority declaring he should never be allowed near another athlete.

The AFL Appeals Board was expected to rule on the appeal of Dank on Thursday but moved yesterday to throw out the case. The scientist cited a family medical emergency for his absence from his hearing but failed to provide documents supporting his claim by the deadline of last Friday.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt said this man should not be allowed near any athlete, anywhere in the world, ever. McDevitt slammed Dank and declared the saga “a total waste of time and money”. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief said Dank has treated this appeal board with contempt from the very beginning and his appeal process has been a farce. McDevitt added Dank from the start has failed to comply with directions from the board, failed to ever produce a witness list or evidence, and failed to ever outline his case for the appeal, despite requests from the board. This has been a total waste of time and money. The ASADA chief went on to remark that the lifelong ban on Dank from involvement in sport is entirely appropriate. McDevitt said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had withdrawn its cross-appeal in the interests of time and resources.

AFL Appeals Board chairman Peter O’Callaghan and board members Murray Kellam and Geoff Giudice highlighted the “intentional and continuous disregard” of Dank for the process and the board’s rulings and labeled his actions as “flagrant flouting”.

In reply, Dank remarked it is not over yet and added if the appeal is not put back on, we are prepared to move this sideways into another jurisdiction.

The sports scientist was found guilty last year of 10 violations of the AFL anti-doping code, including trafficking – breaches that took place when he worked at Essendon in 2012 and earlier at the Gold Coast Suns. Dank was also found guilty of supplying a banned substance to a Carlton support person in 2012. More than 20 charges including all those relating to the alleged administering of banned drugs to AFL players were dismissed. The AFL-issued life ban automatically precludes him from working in any other sport that is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

Last week, Dank claimed Jobe Watson who was one of 34 past and present Essendon players slapped with doping bans for the 2016 season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport deemed it was comfortably satisfied that they had been injected with a banned substance would get his 2012 Brownlow Medal back. Watson’s returned Brownlow Medal was awarded to Richmond’s Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell – then with Hawthorn – by the AFL commission earlier this month.

A few days back, the Herald Sun reported that a bank subsidiary has moved to send Dank bankrupt over a $90,000 loan he has failed to repay, allegedly related to a failed Ponzi scheme.

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Sunday 27, Nov 2016

Kazakh Weightlifting Federation’s Chief Coach Steps Down After Doping Scandal

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Alexei Ni, the chief coach of the Kazakh weightlifting federation, has stepped down from his position after the doping scandal that recently engulfed the sport. Ni helmed the national weightlifting team of Kazakhstan for over 20 years since 1994. Kazakh weightlifters participated in six Olympics Games under his guidance.

The International Olympic Committee stripped weightlifter Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan of two gold medals — one each from the Beijing and London Games, both in the 94-kilogram class. Ilyin is believed to be the first summer Olympic athlete to lose two gold medals for doping. Szymon Kolecki of Poland is likely to get Ilyin’s weightlifting gold from Beijing while Saeid Mohammedpour of Iran could take Ilyin’s 2012 gold.

Three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal were stripped of their medals in the latest round of positive doping retests from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. The IOC announced seven athletes from Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan were retroactively disqualified after they tested positive for steroids in a reanalysis of their stored doping samples.

Ilyin’s sanction was announced recently by the Kazakhstan Olympic Committee. In a statement, the IOC said Ilya Ilyin tested positive for Stanozolol on his Beijing sample and for Stanozolol and Turinabol in his London test. One of the biggest names in weightlifting, Ilyin said he was “shaken” and “in shock” at the news. Ilyin, the only athlete to win two Olympic gold medals for Kazakhstan, said he was considering an appeal.

The weightlifting program of Kazakhstan, which had been one of the world’s most successful programs over the last decade, has been almost wiped out by retesting of samples,

The IOC also announced Oksana Menkova of Belarus was stripped of the Beijing gold medal in the women’s hammer throw after her retested samples came back positive for Turinabol and Oxandrolone. Menkova was also disqualified from the London Games, where she finished seventh after testing positive for Turinabol and Stanozolol.  The hammer gold medal of Menkova could now be awarded to Yipsi Moreno of Cuba, with Zhang Wenxiu of China in line to be upgraded to silver and Darya Pchelnik of Belarus to bronze.

The World Olympic body also announced Natalia Mikhnevich of Belarus was stripped of the silver medal in the women’s shot put from Beijing after her samples were reanalyzed and tested positive for Methandienone and Stanozolol. Natalia now faces a life ban for a second doping offense as served a two-year doping ban in 2013-15. Her husband, Andrei, is already serving a life ban after he lost his 2008 bronze medal when he was caught for doping in retests of samples from the 2005 world championships.

The IOC announced sanctions on Pavel Lyzhyn of Belarus, fourth-place finisher in the men’s shot put in Beijing, and Svetlana Usovich of Belarus, eliminated in the semifinals of the women’s 800 meters in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee also sanctioned Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan, fifth place in the women’s 58-kg weightlifting division in London, and Anastasia Mironchuk-Ivanova of Belarus, seventh in the women’s long jump in London.

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Wednesday 23, Nov 2016

USADA Chief Blasts IOC For Attempted Reform Chaos

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Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has criticized the International Olympic Committee of acting like the “Keystone Cops”.

Tygart also said the IOC decision not to suspend the entire Russian contingent in the Rio Olympics was wrong. The USADA chief executive said that has always been our biggest worry – if you fail to put any consequence in place, which is what the IOC did, that sends a message that there are some that are too big to fail. Tygart also remarked the credibility of the IOC and WADA was further undermined by a report on anti-doping operations at Rio itself by an independent observer. The USADA chief said he is surprised and worried that 4,000 athletes out of the 11,000 that were in Rio had no tests prior to the Rio Olympics, out of which 1,900 of them were in high-risk sports. Tygart said he fears that clean athletes would very soon turn their backs on sport if there was not a fundamental overhaul.

Tygart also issued a warning that it is “now or never” to overhaul the global fight against doping in the wake of the Russian doping scandal or lose it forever. Tygart, who led the investigation that brought down the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, added the governance of the World Anti-Doping Agency has to change and be made truly independent.

The USADA chief added we have to be cogniscent and honest about the tension between promoting and policing your sport. Tygart went on to add that we have to remove the fox from guarding the henhouse as it can’t police itself. Tygart was referring to the recent re-election of Sir Craig Reedie as WADA president for another three years. WADA recently launched its first whistleblower program and ratified a process that should allow it to set its own sanctions against non-compliant countries for the first time.

Tygart added it was time for wholesale reform. The USADA chief also said clean athletes are frustrated and they are upset and also commented they see what’s going on. The chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency added they want their rights protected and they want a system that works. Tygart also said there was a fundamental unwillingness on the part of the International Olympic Committee that provides half of WADA’s $30m per year funding – to give up control and further remarked the IOC could immediately remove themselves from the WADA board, they could immediately put $500m or whatever the number is into a fund to ensure anti-doping has the resources it needs to truly protect the brand. He said the IOC should place $500m in a blind trust and use the proceeds to fund a truly independent global anti-doping regulator. Tygart remarked it is an investment in the brand and it is short-sightedness that is really frustrating. He also said people want fair play and they want to know what they are watching is real and is not a fraud and is not rigged.

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Monday 21, Nov 2016

Russia’s Doping Culture Has Not Yet Ended, Says WADA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency declared on Sunday that Russian sport is a long way from convincing the world that it has cleaned up its act.

The anti-doping agency pointed to failure of the state to accept it was behind a doping program, its continued obstruction of testing, and a series of cyber attacks. WADA President Craig Reedie said after being re-elected for a second term it would be better if they were maybe a little bit more contrite.

Russia is hoping to get readmitted to WADA a year after the country was declared non-compliant with the doping code, after the publication of a report detailing widespread cheating in track and field. To add to woes of the country, fresh evidence of state-backed doping cover-ups was revealed by investigators ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The WADA recommendation to the International Olympic Committee for suspending the entire Russian contingent from the Rio Olympics was turned down. Vitaly Mutko, who was the sports minister till recently, was banned from attending the Rio Olympics after he was accused by McLaren of ordering the cover-up of a failed drug test by a foreign soccer player.

Yuri Nagornykh, one of Mutko’s deputies at the sports ministry, was ousted on the orders of Russian head of the state Vladimir Putin. This was after McLaren disclosed Yuri helped to orchestrate cover-ups of hundreds of drug tests.

Integrity of the country is all set to be challenged again when the final doping report by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren gets published on December 9, with the focus on winter sports.

Reedie said Russia still has to get the rest of the world to believe that they have reformed and doping won’t happen again and added so there is much work to be done. WADA officials outlined at Sunday’s Foundation Board meeting how Russia continues to frustrate anti-doping officials by limiting or denying access to the so-called closed cities where athletes are training and also to a sealed-off laboratory in Moscow that has samples sought by sporting federations. Reedie, referring to the areas where the Russian military restricts access, said it would be a great shame if they couldn’t be compliant because they couldn’t find a way of dealing with closed cities. Reedie said of the hacking that this doesn’t make international acceptance of Russian improvement any easier if this goes on.

The WADA president also added he believes there is a willingness to resolve the problems. Reedie however added he will not insist on a full acceptance of guilt at government level as an absolute condition of Russia’s anti-doping body being cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Vitaly Smirnov, the former Soviet sports minister now heading Russia’s state-backed anti-doping, responded defiantly to WADA allegations by saying the country has never had a state-sponsored system of doping. Smirnov also defended Yuri Nagornykh by saying he was not a member of the government because he was deputy minister and maintained that only ministers are members of the government.

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Saturday 19, Nov 2016

Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Suspended For Doping Violation

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Lyoto Carvalho Machida, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been suspended for 18 months after admitting use of a banned substance as well as failing a subsequent drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion accepted the sanction according to USADA officials in a release. USADA officials wrote in the release the 38-year-old Machida declared the use of a product containing 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto-DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork during an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016. 7-keto-DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The release further reads Machida upon notice from USADA of his potential violation immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida later failed the out-of-competition drug test that showed evidence that he used the banned substance ahead of his last scheduled fight this past April when he was scheduled to face Dan Henderson in Florida. Machida was pulled from the fight with Henderson and the bout was cancelled.

USADA officials said the sample of Machida was analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory and reported to USADA for an elevated 7ß-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio, which is consistent with his declared use of a prohibited substance.

Machida has been suspended for 18 months, retroactive to April 8, 2016, which means he would be eligible to return to action in October 2017. Officials of the United States Anti-Doping Agency remarked his sentence from a standard two year suspension was reduced down to 18 months as Machida admitted to taking the banned substance prior to the test. USADA said Machida fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida has lost three of his past four bouts. He suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in June 2015 in his most recent appearance.

Reacting to the suspension, Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer Gegard Mousasi said he thinks the recent 18-month suspension handed out to the former UFC light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger was slightly harsh. Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who fought Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) in February 2014 and lost a unanimous decision, said Machida is a fighter, you have to respect him, and he thinks 18 months it a little bit too much. Mousasi admits the suspension of Machida was probably overboard, and said he hopes his former opponent eventually comes back to the octagon. Mousasi added he said a lot of things about him, but at the end of the day and he is hopeful Machida would come back soon.

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Thursday 17, Nov 2016

Tukhugov Removed From UFC Fight Night 102

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Zubaira Tukhugov, the Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been removed from UFC Fight Night 102 event on December 9 following a potential doping violation.

In a statement, UFC said Tukhugov was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from out-of-competition samples collected on September 7 and October 29. The Russian mixed martial artist has been provisionally suspended by USADA, and UFC officials are presently in the process of trying to locate a replacement opponent to face Brazilian featherweight Tiago Trator.

The statement read USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The statement further reads it is important to note that, under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and added consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Tukhugov (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) saw a nine-fight winning streak end at UFC 198 in May where suffered a split-decision loss to Renato Carneiro. Trator (20-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has not fought since a September 2015 win over Clay Collard at UFC 191.

A heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov headlines UFC Fight Night 102 at Times Union Center.

Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Russia after starting as a professional MMA competitor since 2010. Tukhugov has participated in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights MMA (EFN) and others. In 2010, Zubaira Tukhugo made his professional debut and won Pancration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament. He after a 10-3 mixed martial arts records was signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes, Harun Kina, and Vaso Bakocevic. Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors during his time on Fight Nights and defeated Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58. Tukhugov signed a contract with UFC in December 2013 and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February, 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi. Tavares however was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade. The fight was dominated by Tukhugov and he won via a unanimous decision win.

Tukhugov then faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story and won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round. The Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist was then expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68 but the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury. Zubaira Tukhugov then faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 won the fight by split decision.

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Tuesday 15, Nov 2016

Reedie Backed By IOC For New 3-Year WADA Term

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The International Olympic Committee is supporting the candidature of current World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie for a new three-year term as WADA president, despite the tensions that broke out between the two sides over the Russian doping scandal.

This was after Reedie suggested that WADA will refrain in the future from publicly calling for a nation to be barred from the Olympics, as the anti-doping agency did with Russia before the games in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC’s support for WADA to continue in his role came after he assured the International Olympic Committee that he would respect the rules and responsibilities of WADA and its stakeholders.

Before Rio Olympics, WADA recommended to the IOC to exclude the entire Russian contingent. This proposal was rejected by the IOC that instead let international sports federations decide which athletes should be eligible to compete. IOC members accused WADA of failing to act sooner on Russian doping and also blamed the agency for releasing the McLaren report so close to the games. The IOC and WADA appeared to have buried the hatchet last month at an Olympic summit in Lausanne, where IOC leaders backed WADA to continue to oversee worldwide anti-doping efforts.

Reedie, a Briton who has been WADA president since 2013, is up for re-election at agency meetings in Glasgow, Scotland. No other candidate has been put forward till now. The IOC backed Reedie’s bid in a letter to all of its 98 members. This letter was sent following a private meeting of the IOC executive board on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland and Reedie briefed the board at that meeting.

The IOC letter reads that Sir Craig Reedie committed to respect the Olympic Charter and respect the rules and responsibilities of WADA and its stakeholders, including the catalogue of points put forward by the Olympic Movement three years ago. It also stated that the IOC on this basis will encourage the Olympic Movement representatives on the WADA foundation board to approve the re-election of Sir Craig Reedie as WADA President, as well as inviting them to speak to their government counterparts concerning a reform of the system for electing the WADA President. The letter also reads that the board has agreed to a request from Reedie to match government contributions and provide $500,000 US to the agency’s special investigations fund. The IOC said this was on condition that the World Anti-Doping Agency President would provide a detailed breakdown of costs of the upcoming final report of Richard McLaren and that McLaren “actively co-operates” with two separate IOC investigations into Russian doping.

A WADA president is elected for three years under current rules and has the option of a second three-year term. The presidency rotates between representatives of governments and sporting bodies.

Reedie has been accused by critics of having a conflict of interest in his IOC and WADA roles. Reedie was an IOC vice-president and member of the rule-making executive board until the Rio Games but he is now a regular IOC member without a policy-making role after expiry of his term as vice-president and board member.

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Friday 11, Nov 2016

Jobe Watson To Return Brownlow Medal

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Essendon Football Club bedrock Jobe Watson has decided to hand his 2012 Brownlow Medal back to the Australian Football League.

Jobe remarked he does not want the specter of the club’s doping scandal looming over his win. In a statement, Watson remarked he will be handing back the sport’s highest individual accolade “with mixed emotions,” and added it is now up to the league to decide what to do with the medal. Referring to the recent decision of a Swiss court not to hear an appeal from the Bombers deemed to have broken doping guidelines. Watson said it has been incredibly distressing for him to have people question his integrity and infer an intention to act against the spirit of the game, a spirit that is intrinsically a part of who he is. Jobe added the basic principle behind this prestigious award is to honor the fairest and best and added if there is a question in peoples’ minds as to whether the 2012 award is tainted, the fairest and best thing to do is to give it back and honor the history that has gone before him. Watson added giving the award back was the only thing to do in the spirit of the Brownlow Medal.

Watson, who served a year-long suspension because of findings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said this decision does not change his stance that ruling of the CAS was based on “perception rather than evidence.” Watson was scheduled to face the AFL Commission next week regarding his award and decided to bring an end to a a long period of speculation regarding what would become of the medal.

In a statement, the AFL’s chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan acknowledged the decision of Watson. McLachlan remarked Jobe, in his own words, is honoring the history of the medal and putting the interests of the game first, and this is an honorable position for him to have taken. The AFL CEO added AFL Commission would hold its regular scheduled meeting in Melbourne next Tuesday and will consider the statement of Jobe before formally ruling on the future of the 2012 award.

New West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell declined to comment about the possibility of becoming the official 2012 Brownlow Medalist. Mitchell finished second to Watson in the 2012 vote while playing for Hawthorn. The midfielder remarked he had not heard about the decision and therefore did not want to comment on it.

Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner said the Australian Football League club took responsibility for placing its captain in this position. In a statement, Tanner remarked Jobe has remained unassailably dignified under the most extraordinary pressure over the past four years and added the club takes responsibility for placing Jobe in this position and unreservedly apologizes to him and his family. Tanner also commented that Jobe is a person of the highest integrity and character and has the total support and admiration of our membership, staff, executive and board and also said the Essendon family has been, and will continue to be, incredibly proud of Jobe Watson.

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Wednesday 09, Nov 2016

George Sullivan Accepts Suspension Of One Year

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UFC fighter George Sullivan has accepted a sanction of one year after he was found violating anti-doping policy of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC fighter never actually failed a drug test but admitted to using a substance or product with a banned item in it.

In a statement, USADA said that George Sullivan has accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance contained in a product that was inaccurately labeled. The statement further reads that Sullivan did not test positive for any prohibited substances but the admission of use of a prohibited substance or product containing a prohibited substance is regarded as an anti-doping policy violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The 35-year-old declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when he described his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13, 2016.

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. USADA initiated an investigation following the declaration of Sullivan regarding the product declared by him on his sample collection paperwork. Sullivan provided the United States Anti-Doping Agency with information about the supplement product he was referring to when he declared IGF-1.

It was found by USADA that the manufacturer claimed on the product website that each bottle of the product contains an extremely high concentration of IGF-1 although no prohibited substances were specifically listed on the Supplement Facts label. The presence of IGF-1 in the product was confirmed by detailed analysis by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. This product has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.supplement411.org).

An athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. USADA determined in the case of Sullivan that the UFC fighter’s degree of fault and his forthright declaration of the product at issue justified a reduction to one year from the maximum two-year period of ineligibility.

The one-year period of ineligibility of George Sullivan began on January 31, 2016, the day after his most recent UFC bout. USADA said the first time Sullivan disclosed that he was using the product was back in January, which is why his suspension is retroactive to that date.

The American mixed martial artist competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed with the UFC in the winter of 2013 after winning the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Welterweight Championship. In his promotional UFC debut, Sullivan fought against fellow newcomer Mike Rhodes on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Sullivan faced Igor Araújo in his next fight and won the bout via knockout in the second round.

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Monday 07, Nov 2016

Positive Drugs Tests “Capped” At 12 During Los Angeles 1984, Says Former IAAF VP

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A former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) vice-president has alleged that the number of positive drugs tests at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 was “capped” at 12 despite a higher number of failures.

Ollan Cassell, a member of the American gold medal winning 4×400 meters relay team at Tokyo 1964 who later served 23 years at the world athletics body, made this revelation. Cassell remarked the decision formed part of a pact between then IAAF head Primo Nebiolo and Juan Antonio Samaranch, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President.

The former International Association of Athletics Federations vice-president also said the decision by Samaranch and Nebiolo was reportedly taken in order to give an impression to everyone that both bodies were taking a strong anti-doping stance while avoiding too big of a scandal. Cassell said he had been warned by Nebiolo about the decision he and Samaranch had made about capping the number of positive drug tests in Los Angeles Olympics at a dozen. The former IAAF VP further added Nebiolo told him they had done it ‘to protect the Olympics and the USA’ so there would be no scandal.

The allegations of Cassell fit with claims in the past about the covering-up of failed drug tests at Los Angeles 1984. Arnold Beckett, a former member of the IOC Medical Commission, had remarked that someone had broken into the hotel of Commission chair Prince Alexandre de Merode and shredded the documents. Merode admitted sampled had been destroyed but claimed this was due to accidental haste by organizers rather than deliberate wrongdoing.

Allegations of a similar nature have also been made by officials working within the UCLA facility where drug testing took place.

Craig Krammerer, one laboratory official, said five of the nine allegedly covered-up failures were for anabolic steroids, with the remainder for either Testosterone or Ephedrine.

In total, 1,502 athletes were tested at the Los Angeles Games and twelve positives were reported across the sports of athletics, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. The list included two silver medal winners in Swedish wrestler Tomas Johansson and Finnish 10,000 meters runner Martti Vainio. The remaining athletes subsequently admitted to blood doping during the Games, although this was not made illegal until 1985.

Ollan Cassell also praised the present-day IAAF for their tough stance to recent Russian doping scandals that also involves allegations that samples have been tampered with. Cassell remarked the IAAF had moved in the strongest direction toward Rio by suspending the All-Russia Athletic Federation. The former IAAF VP criticized the International Olympic Committee for not taking a similar stance and remarked he thinks the IOC is the one that came out looking the weakest on drugs by not taking a firmer stance against the Russians. Cassell also said it seems to him like the IAAF is going to be the one that’s going to have to sort of lead this movement of stronger drug testing and make sure that clean athletes are the ones that are participating in international competitions.

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