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Sunday 08, May 2016

  Sochi Doping Allegations Dismissed By Russia As ‘Speculation’

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has remarked accusations that four gold medal winners from Russia at the Sochi Olympics made use of performance enhancing drugs are just “speculation.”

The allegations were made by former Russian anti-doping officer Vitaly Stepanov in an interview with “60 Minutes” due to air this Sunday. An excerpt was shown on Friday by “CBS Evening News.”

Stepanov said former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov told him intelligence officers of Russia assisted athletes of the country in covering up use of performance enhancing drugs. Stepanov also said Rodchenkov has a “Sochi list” of Russians who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics on anabolic androgenic steroids, including at least four gold medal winners. Hosts Russia won 13 gold medals at Sochi.

A WADA independent commission report in November claimed Rodchenkov requested and accepted money to conceal positive drug tests after which he immediately resigned.

Reacting to the allegations, Russian Sports Minister said Stepanov is riding his hobby-horse again. Mutko added he will endlessly talk about doping in Russian sports and also commented this was in the German TV Channel ARD’s documentary entitled Geheimsache Doping – Secret Doping Case and appeared in later films. In the German documentary, Stepanov and his wife, banned athlete Yuliya Stepanova claimed systematic doping in Russian athletics in 2014. Their allegations were later supported by a report of the World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission that found evidence of “state-sponsored” doping and widespread corruption. The sports minister of Russia also remarked all his so-called revelations are based on speculations and are being actively distributed.

Mutko also said the Olympics in Sochi have ended a long time ago and also said not Russia collected doping tests then and everything was held under very strict control. The Moscow anti-doping lab operated on-site testing facilities at the Sochi Olympics although it was under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee. The Russian Sports Minister also said our athletes will have to perform at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It is obvious that someone wants to harm Russian sports. Mutko also said Stepanov has exhausted the topic of doping in athletics, now he has probably started with the Sochi Olympics.

In November, the International Association of Athletics Federations suspended Russia. An IAAF council meeting in June will decide if the track and field team of Russia can compete in the Rio Olympics in August. Russia now has to convince the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, that it has put measures in place to show anti-doping operation improvement and a “change of culture.”

The Rio athletics program starts on August 12 but registration are required to be completed about a month before. This would leave little time for the vast majority of Russian athletes who would still need to record Olympic-standard qualifying times.

US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said Russian athletics has not done enough to warrant reinstatement. Tygart added USADA is “not in favor” of Russian athletes competing in Rio Olympics.

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Saturday 06, Feb 2016

  Chinese Athletes Confess To Doping

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Athletics’ world governing body is investigating claims of state-sponsored doping of Chinese track athletes. This was after a letter attributed to a squad of ten athletes, including world record holder Wang Junxia, surfaced in the Chinese media.

Wang said she and her teammates were forced to take large dosages of illegal drugs over the year. In the letter that was reportedly penned in 1995, Wang, who set world records in the 3000 meters and 10,000 meters in 1993, remarked women on the team used to secretly throw away the pills forced on them and added coach Ma Junren used to personally inject drug into his athletes, which was known as “Ma’s Army.”

The letter said it is absolutely true that Ma forced us to take large doses of illegal drugs. It was further added by the athletes in the letter that we were sad when we revealed this to you, and seriously worried that might impair China’s reputation, as well as it might devalue the gold medals we won and it was added but we must disclose these criminal behaviors because we don’t want the same things happen to the next generation.

The letter under investigation and co-signed by nine of the teammates of Wang Junxia was sent to Zhao Yu, a journalist. The letter was addressed to Yu, who published a book titled An Investigation of Ma’s Army in 1997. The letter, however, remained secret for close to twenty years until it was published on a leading Chinese online sports portal. Signatories, other than Wang Junxia, to the letter are Ma Ningning, Wang Yuan, Lu Ou, Wang Xiaoxia, Zhang Linli, Liu Li, Lu Yi, Liu Dong, and Zhang Lirong.

The Chinese Athletics Federation has been asked by the International Association of Athletics Federations for help to verify the letter. The athletes could be stripped of their titles and banned from the sport as well as face financial sanctions if the letter is verified as an admission of guilt by the athletes.

The Chinese women distance runners won three world titles and four world records in one month that changed the history of their sport. Wang took nearly 42 seconds off the 10,000 meter race record in Beijing and was awarded with a place in the Hall of Fame of the IAAF for her notable achievements in the 1993 championships in Tianjin, Stuttgart, and Beijing.

The intense training regimen of authoritarian Ma involved his strict bans on long hair and dating, training regime on the high Tibetan plateau, and his use of exotic elixirs of caterpillar fungus and powdered seahorse. The team however mutinied against the chain-smoking super coach within months and accused hum of keeping the three Mercedes cars and pocketing the cash prizes they had won for himself.

In the past, both Wang Junxia and Ma Jinren have denied doping. In 2012, a retired team doctor Yue Xinxian told Fairfax Media that the use of anabolic androgenic steroids and human growth hormone was “rampant” as part of a scientific training regimen in the 1980s and into the 1990s.

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Thursday 21, Jan 2016

  Anderson Silva Responds To Bisping’s Comments

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Anderson da Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has responded to a jibe from Michael Bisping.

Recently, Bisping had tweeted Silva to stay out from Viagra. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was referring to Silva’s admission that he took a sexually enhancing blue vial and did not used anabolic androgenic steroids after he tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites and Androsterone following his fight with Nick Diaz. A $380,000 fine and a 12-month suspension, retroactive from January 31, were handed to Silva by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Reacting to Bisping’s remark, Silva said he does not have to prove absolutely anything to Bisping or anyone else besides himself. Silva, who holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, remarked he never needed any illegal substance, steroid or anything like that and also remarked he did made a mistake like everyone does and he had never tested positive before. Silva said he was questioned by the commissioner and it was arrogant for the NAC commissioner to ask him if he had ever been randomly tested before. The Brazilian mixed martial artist said he is excited for the Michael Bisping bout and said a dominant win for him will catapult into title contendership.

Bisping has been a vocal critic of users of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, who is ranked #7 in official UFC middleweight rankings, once said if Cung Le was on some kind of enhancing drug, it only makes my performance seem better, referring to the UFC Fight Night 48 in August but also remarked he would have been outraged and pissed off if he had lost. Bisping has fought no lesser than three opponents who were known users of synthetic testosterone, all of whom took the “shield” of therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy. TRT is now banned in MMA and the UFC and Bisping said if people’s testosterone levels can be 10 times higher than what it normally is, of course that’s going to give you an edge.

Bisping said on his radio show he is telling people right now that he is going to destroy Anderson Silva. The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament winner said his camp is going the best it has ever been and he is performing better. Bisping also remarked he is way better mentally than he has ever been and he is going to get the people of London to cheer and make some goddamn noise and demand that he gets a title shot.

Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 15-2 UFC) vs. Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) will headline the UFC Fight Night 83 card in London, England on February 27th at London’s 02 Arena. The matchup between the two has been brewing for many years but it never came to reality because of the previous position of Silva as UFC champion paired with struggles of Bisping in key bouts.

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Tuesday 05, Jan 2016

  UK Government Advisors Urge Online Steroid Imports To Be Banned

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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the expert group of UK drug advisors, is pressing for a ban on online imports of anabolic androgenic steroids amid concerns over their use by teenage boys and young men to improve body image.

ACMD said the ban is required as anabolic steroids that are sold online are often out of date, contaminated, or delivered with wrong dosage instructions. Professor Leslie Iversen, the chairman of ACMD, remarked anabolic steroids were now much too easily available. Iversen said you can see endless offers if you search online and added that the ACMD is the lone voice against this tide of promotion on the internet.

Iversen also added we think an import ban on steroids would have a considerable dampening effect on demand but did admit that it may be difficult to enforce such a ban but it would act as a simple deterrent. The chairman of ACMD also said there is no question that the number using the drug for sporting reasons is now a minority and the real growth has come in young users who want to improve their body image. Iversen concluded by saying anabolic steroids were becoming a “big phenomenon” in Britain.

Iversen also said misuse of steroids carries significant risks while the health-related harms associated with these substances are not as severe as with some other drugs, especially for young people whose bodies are still developing. The ACMD chair added more needs to be done to tackle the supply of anabolic steroids and to educate people to the potential dangers.

A recently concluded ACMD report to the home secretary on anabolic steroids quoted the latest figures from the British Crime Survey. It was estimated that anabolic steroids have been used by 50,000 people in the last year for non-medical purposes like bodybuilding. The British Crime Survey was told more than 220,000 had used anabolic steroids. According to drug experts, these are very much underestimates of the number of people who are using steroids as a majority of steroid users would not openly admit to using such performance enhancing drugs even in an anonymous self-report survey such as the British Crime Survey. According to the report, some syringe and needle exchange programs for problem drug users also reported a dramatic rise in steroid injectors.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said steroids should remain a Class C illegal drug that can be purchased from a pharmacist. It is presently legal to possess or import anabolic steroids as long as they are for personal use only while it is illegal to import or sell steroids for non-medical purposes. The drug advisory body said it is time that steroids should be made illegal to order substances online from overseas websites and import them by post or courier. However, personal possession of steroids that would include bringing them into the country would stay legal as it is believed by authorities that problem would be pushed underground by criminalizing users.

The ACMD report revealed that only a small number of deaths have ever been attributed to liver damage associated with use of anabolic steroids for a long term. It was further added that most of the harmful effects of steroids are not life-threatening in nature. However, the report raised concerns about use of steroids by young people as the drugs can disrupt the normal pattern of physical growth and can stimulate masculinizing effects in women and children.

The drugs minister, James Brokenshire, said we will carefully review the recommendations set out in this report and respond shortly.

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Saturday 12, Dec 2015

  UK Anti-Doping Ban Cyclist For Doping

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced that cyclist Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

The British Masters champion, who competed for Richardsons-Trek RT, tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Metenolone (Primobolan), its metabolite and a metabolite of Stanozolol (Winstrol). The findings came as a result of an in-competition test at the 2015 Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark on 30 May, 2015. This event was promoted under the rules and regulations of Cycling Time Trials (CTT). Richardsons-Trek RT finished second and has been disqualified from the event and their result annulled.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, remarked that the message from UK Anti-Doping is clear that the use of any prohibited substances in sport will not be tolerated. Myhill added the Hastings case is the perfect example of how an individual makes choices which not only cheat himself but cheats his team mates and his opposition and also said that choice has resulted in a four-year ban from all sport.

The UKAD’s Director of Operations also commented that the actions of Hastings more importantly put him at risk of seriously damaging his health and also commented that anabolic androgenic steroids, and steroid use, continue to be a concern for UKAD and we are seeing an increase in the number of men turning to them for performance enhancing effects but also for cosmetic reasons. Myhill also commented that often these steroids are bought with no consideration for where the products come from or how they are made. Pat Myhill also remarked UK Anti-Doping relies on information from a wide range of sources, not only to catch those who choose consciously to go against the spirit of sport, but to also unearth the root cause of the problem – those who supply these substances. Myhill also said he would encourage anyone who has information about doping, or the supply of prohibited substances, to come forward and talk to us in confidence.

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids under expert supervision and at controlled dosages is not perceived as harmful by some. However, steroid abuse or use of low-grade anabolic drugs can lead to side effects, mild or severe.

In another development, British junior TT champion Gabriel Evans has admitted the use of Erythropoietin, the blood booster. Evans, who won the London Youth Games Cycling TT in 2013 and took the national junior 25 mile time trial championships one year later, apologized to his supporters and to the competitors in the national 10-mile championship. The confession of Evans has stunned British cyclists as the rider is just 18 years of age. Evans admitted that he bought EPO for the first time on 3 August 2015 and traveled to France on 11 August 2015 for a week’s training camp with the family of a then-teammate. Evans added he brought one vial of EPO that was found by father of the roommate who presented evidence to UK Anti-Doping after which he admitted to all wrongdoing before a UKAD deposition.

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Thursday 10, Dec 2015

  Steroid Abuse Off-The-Scale In Grassroots’ Welsh Rugby

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Figures disclosed by UK Anti-Doping have revealed that abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids is “off-the-scale” in Welsh grassroots and semi-professional rugby.

It was further disclosed that players from Wales make up 33 percent of all sportsmen and women who are serving doping bans. About 17 Welsh rugby union and league players, from grassroots to semi-professionals are presently banned with a majority of them testing positive for traces of anabolic steroids in their systems. Ten of these players are from rugby union and form the majority of the 16 players banned from the sport across the United Kingdom. According to a revelation by UK Anti-Doping, the other seven are among 14 players banned from rugby league.

An ex-player, who admitted to using drugs, said he is surprised to learn that many have not been banned. Speaking to BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out program, the unnamed player said steroid abuse is totally off-the-scale. The player also remarked he thinks people are probably blind to it and if the truth came out he thinks there would be probably a lot more players who are banned from playing.

The BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out program questioned 100 players from grassroots rugby union clubs and came to the conclusion that 15 players admitted to using some form of performance enhancing drug. Only 5 of the 100 interviewed players said they had been tested for drugs in the past three years.

A few days back, Rugby Club player Owen Morgan and Glynneath RFC’s Greg Roberts were banned for four years and two years respectively. Morgan tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone and the stimulant Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine and Roberts tested positive for Tamoxifen.

Anti-doping expert Prof Yannis Pitsiladis, from the University of Brighton, remarked players can be quite confident when they go into testing that they won’t be caught because the current testing will not be able to detect those drugs, because they are no longer in the system. However, Pitsiladis added anti-doping technology improvements and the ability to now keep samples for a period of up to 10 years means athletes who are presently cheating may be caught in the future.

However, Welsh Rugby Union chief Martyn Phillips remarked he is not overly concerned as the number tested is proportionately higher than in other rugby unions and sports. Phillips added doping has become a problem in society to start with and remarked he would not sit here and say that it is not an issue in rugby because the fact that one player getting banned is one too many as far as he is concerned.

Chris Thair, chief operating officer of Wales Rugby League, termed the figures as a “wake-up call” and said it is not just a rugby issue but a huge global issue for all sports.

UK Anti-Doping’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead admitted that staying ahead of drug cheats is a constant battle. Sapstead said she thinks people who want to cheat the system would find a way and also commented that we would be testing all sports all the time in an ideal world but that is not a reality for any anti-doping organization in the world.

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Wednesday 09, Sep 2015

  Springboks Hooker Banned For Doping

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Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been suspended for a period of two years, according to an announcement by World Rugby.

Chiliboy Ralepelle played 22 tests for the Springboks as a hooker between 2006 and 2013.  The 28-year-old Ralepelle was the first black player to captain the Springboks when he led them against a World XV in a game in 2006 in England, and was touted as a future long-term skipper.

The 28-year-old, who played 23 Tests for the Springboks between 2006 and 2013, underwent an out-of-competition doping control test on March 19, 2014.

Ralepelle was recovering from an operation on an anterior cruciate ligament after a knee injury he sustained while playing for Toulouse against Biarritz in France in February last year. The analysis of the Springboks hooker’s sample returned a positive test for a metabolite of an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone, which appears in Section S1.1a Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2014 list of prohibited substances.

Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid that is known to produce effects similar to testosterone. It is commonly used by amateur and professional bodybuilders to improve muscle hardness.

This is the second time that Ralepelle tested positive for a banned substance. He was cleared of wrongdoing along with teammate Bjorn Basson after a supplement given to the South Africa squad on a European tour in 2010 contained the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The South Africa international hooker was left without any punishment after it emerged that the stimulant was in a supplement given to the players in the warm-up before the game against Ireland.

Ralepelle was provisionally suspended following the positive test and requested additional time to conduct confidential enquiries through his legal representatives in order to prepare his defense. An independent World Rugby Judicial Committee – chaired by Christopher Quinlan of England – met on June 2 this year and heard the evidence in the case and found Ralepelle to have committed an anti-doping rule violation. A suspension of two years was imposed by the committee, which is the standard sanction in the circumstances in accordance with World Rugby Regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code as in force in 2014. Ralepelle will be free to participate again on April 10, 2016.

Last March, Ralepelle was released early from his contract with French club Toulouse after news about his positive test emerged.

The 28-year-old appealed the imposition of the suspension to the independent Post-Hearing Review Body of World Rugby but elected to discontinue his appeal last week.

World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said World Rugby operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping and players are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body. Gosper added Rugby is founded on fair play and the promotion of a level playing field for all players and added this particular case illustrates the rigorous anti-doping program World Rugby implements in conjunction with WADA, both in and out of competition. Gosper also remarked that World Rugby’s Keep Rugby Clean initiative along with its testing policy is designed to educate players of all ages and grades about the dangers associated with taking banned substances.

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Monday 07, Sep 2015

  Team Astana Thrown Out Of MPCC Over Doping Issues

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The Movement for Credible Cycling has thrown out the Astana Cycling team after the professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by the Samruk-Kazyna failed to comply with strict anti-doping rules of the association at this year’s Tour de France.

In a statement on Friday, the MPCC said the board of directors of MPCC after hearing Team Astana representative Dmitriy Fofonov’s arguments have decided to exclude Team Astana for non-compliance with article 9 of the regulations. The MPCC statement added although cortisol hormones are an allowed medicine when prescribed by a physician, the use of that medicine has frequently been abused in the history of sports [including in cycling] for the purpose of increasing the performance. It was also added in the statement that a low level of cortisol can potentially endanger the health of athletes in certain circumstances. The MPCC statement also reads that MPCC and its member teams for both reasons and with the objective to contribute to restoring the credibility of cycling have introduced that voluntary norm below which its riders will temporarily withdraw from competition.

In July, Astana rider Lars Boom started the Tour despite showing low levels of cortisone in a test conducted on the eve of the race. Low cortisol levels can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a therapeutic use exemption is granted beforehand to a rider. Under MPCC rules, Boom should have rested for eight days but UCI regulations did not forbid him from racing. Boom later withdrew ahead of stage 10 due to illness.

Team Astana defended Boom by remarking the cortisol reading was as a result of “a long-standing and well-known application of anti-asthma therapy by the athlete.” Team Astana tried to substitute Boom with another rider after the issue arose but the world governing body of cycling remarked it was too late for changes to the roster.

Commenting on the issue of Lars Boom, UCI President Brian Cookson had said Lars Boom has not broken any UCI or WADA rules, the issue of cortisol and cortisone has been referred to WADA’s scientific experts and at the present moment they have not recommended us or anyone else take action to include that within our rules.

Earlier this year, Team Astana managed to retain its WorldTour license for 2015 despite many of its riders failing to clear anti-doping tests. Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinsky tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO. To add to the problems, three riders on the secondary Continental Tour team failed tests for anabolic androgenic steroids.

In another development, MPCC said it had heard Androni Giocattoli‘s case and added that it heard manager Gianni Savio’s arguments on the three positive cases in the past 16 months and added the squad had acted appropriately after the recent cases emerged. In June 2015, Patrick Facchini tested positive for Tuaminoheptane and the positive test of Fabio Taborre for FG-4592 came in last June and Davide Appollonio’s positive for EPO in the same month.

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Saturday 08, Aug 2015

  Condition Of Sale Covering Anabolic Steroids Added By Keeneland

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A new Condition of Sale has been announced by Keeneland that will permit buyers of yearlings and horses in training that are being exported to Great Britain, or via other countries (the list presently includes France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Sweden) the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) considers to have similar policies, within a period of 60 days of purchase to be tested for anabolic androgenic steroids and substances prohibited by the BHA.

This condition was created in response to the Equine Anti-Doping Rules of the BHA, which is a zero tolerance policy for horses that are imported to Great Britain for training and racing that became effective March 2, 2015.

In 2008, Keeneland implemented a policy regarding testing for the use of anabolic steroids in yearlings sold at its auctions and no horse has tested positive.

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason remarked our British and European buyers will have added confidence by implementing this new Condition of Sale that horses bought here can train and race in Great Britain. BHA Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation Jamie Stier remarked the BHA’s Equine Anti-Doping Rules that include a zero-tolerance approach to anabolic steroids that the British Horseracing Authority considers to have no place at any stage in the life of a racehorse, were implemented in March 2015 and ensures that British racing not only adheres to, but exceeds where possible, the IFHA’s international minimum standards on this issue. The BHA Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation also added these Rules, like all BHA Rules of Racing, do not seek to regulate any international racing or breeding industries. Stier also commented that we however welcome the proactive, constructive and collaborative approach taken by Keeneland to offer this extra service to their customers who are intending to purchase a horse to enter the British market.

The 2015 September Yearling Sale of Keeneland will be held from September 14-26. At the time of sale, the buyer will be expected to check the appropriate box for British Horseracing Authority testing on the Acknowledgement of Purchase and Security Agreement for horses that will be exported to Great Britain within 60 days of purchase. This box may be checked by the buyer if there is an intention to export the horse to France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and Sweden within 60 days, before then exporting it in a direct way to Great Britain.

Under the new Condition of Sale, a blood sample will be arranged by Keeneland to be taken by a veterinarian on an immediate basis after purchase and prior to the horse leaving the sales grounds. This blood sample will be sent to a laboratory in England selected by the British Horseracing Authority. Furthermore, the buyer will initially bear expenses of the test but the cost will shift to the consignor if the test results are positive. The buyer has the right within 24 hours of notification to rescind the sale and return the horse to the consignor if the BHA post-sale test is positive for anabolic steroids.

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Friday 05, Jun 2015

  Report Accuses Track Coach Salazar Of Promoting Doping

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Report Accuses Track Coach Salazar Of Promoting Doping

According to a report by ProPublica and the BBC, track coach Alberto Salazar has breaking doping rules since long.

Salazar, the coach of Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, was accused by Steve Magness, a former assistant at Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project, of encouraging Rupp to use testosterone medication. Salazar, a three-time New York City Marathon winner, is also coaching the American teenage sensation Mary Cain.

Magness, who is now serving as the cross country coach at the University of Houston, also alleged that Salazar has been using his son, Alex, as a guinea pig for testing supplements to find out at what levels they would set off a positive test.

Kara Goucher, a world championship bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters, also claimed that she was pressed to take thyroid medication by Salazar even she did not had a prescription for it.

The investigation from the BBC and U.S. investigative publication ProPublica revealed that Rupp was instructed by Salazar to use banned substances, including Testosterone and Prednisone, the banned asthma drug, in 2002. The whistleblowers include high-profile U.S. marathoner Kara Goucher and Steve Magness. The Panorama program also quoted three witnesses with sworn statements claiming that Allan Wells, who won 100m gold at the 1980 Olympics, had taken anabolic androgenic steroids.

Peter Eriksson, head coach of Canada’s track and field team, he knew about the allegations “a month ago,” after he met with Salazar.

Salazar denied the allegations and remarked that there were a few disgruntled former athletes and coaches with an axe to grind who were starting rumors. Eriksson said the rumors have been going around for a while and they are not substantiated.

Salazar also said the legal supplement Testoboost had been “incorrectly recorded as ‘testosterone’ medication” on the report of Galen Rupp. The coach when questioned about his son participating in tests to evade drug testers said he was determining how much of testosterone gel would it take to trigger a positive test in case rivals of his team attempted to sabotage one of his athletes. Magness remarked the defense of Salazar is ludicrous and it was them trying to figure out how to cheat the tests.

Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency has issued a statement saying that we have carefully viewed the BBC’s Panorama program which includes some allegations suggesting doping in athletics. The WADA statement added the program alleges practices relating to coach Alberto Salazar of the Nike Oregon Project in the United States. Any investigation will be a matter for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the IAAF, and the relevant information shall be passed to them.

It was also remarked that WADA acknowledge that the program also raises questions regarding the ability of athletes to dope by taking minimal amounts of performance-enhancing substances without testing positive, otherwise known as ‘micro-dosing’. It went to comment that this is an issue that we are exploring in great detail with experts from across the anti-doping community, and indeed it was highlighted in the recent Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) Report.

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