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Saturday 10, Jan 2015

  Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

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Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) hosted the first formal Global Drug Reference Online (DRO) Seminar for more than 250 sports pharmacists on 16 December 2014.

This seminar included presentations from the representatives of the founding Global DRO partners that included the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2013, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency joined the Global DRO family and the December Global DRO Seminar was the first opportunity for sports pharmacists from Japan to find out how Global DRO has been implemented and developed by each international partner country as part of their anti-doping programs.

Global Drug Reference Online is an online and mobile tools that allow athletes to check the prohibited or permitted status of licensed medication according to the latest World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. There were more than 486,216 searches in 2014 between the four partner countries that spoke about the effectiveness and popularity of the source.

USADA’s Science Director Dr. Matt Fedoruk, highlighted the practical importance of Global DRO in his keynote speech. Fedoruk also illustrated the value of offering resources and education in the context of anti-doping rules to health professionals, including pharmacists and physicians, since they play a vital role in protecting clean athletes. Fedoruk remarked we are seeing a stronger need for close cooperation between the medical community and the anti-doping community in order to best protect clean athletes and sport. He went on to add that implementing clear and consistent processes and providing easy access to accurate information are important parts of any effective anti-doping program.

UKAD Medical Education Officer Anne Sargent said JADA should be applauded for engaging with sports pharmacists and recognizing the crucial role they play in protecting clean sport through the influence they have on athletes. Sargent added this inaugural conference provided an important platform to share best practice and for delegates to gain an increased understanding of Global DRO and its value in assisting athletes and athlete support personnel and further remarked that UKAD is committed to continue working together with international partners to enhance anti-doping programs globally for the benefit of clean athletes.

JADA Chief Executive Officer Shin Asakawa said it is a delight to host this first Global DRO Seminar, opened to JADA’s certified sports pharmacists. Asakawa added we have benefited as part of this international collaboration Global DRO team and also said we along with the JADA Sports Pharmacists System can strengthen a ‘Clean Sport Triad’ and ensure the athletes receiving the appropriate information at anywhere and anytime.

CCES Manager of Education and Technology Cori McPhail said Global DRO allows each of our agencies to support the training and competition schedules of our respective athlete populations with credible information they can access from anywhere. McPhail added JADA is the most recent member of the Global DRO family, but like those of us already involved, they have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing their athletes comprehensive and reliable information about the medication they may need to take.

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Sunday 15, Sep 2013

  Baker Announced As UKAD Athlete Committee Member

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Baker Announced As UKAD Athlete Committee Member

Jamie Baker has been named as one of five new members to join to join the Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Jamie Baker, on his appointment, said he is delighted to have been selected to sit on this committee and added he is looking forward to putting my commitment and belief in clean sport to some positive use. Baker added the committee represents a unique chance of comparing the differences between athletes from several sports and together we have the opportunity of building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping. The retired British professional male tennis player joins double Olympic Gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, former world time trial winning cyclist Emma Pooley, GB and England hockey International Patrick Smith, London 2012 GB sitting volleyball captain turned paracanoeist Emma Wiggs on the Committee.

The Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping offers guidance on anti-doping programs and policies besides assisting in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and sporting organizations and solicits and shares athlete feedback on all aspects of UK Anti-Doping programs and activities. This committee’s remit also includes a requirement to work with other Athlete Committees to ensure the wider views of athletes are brought to the attention of UK Anti-Doping. The Committee is chaired by John Brewer, UK Anti-Doping Board member and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. It has been active for three years and members to the committee are appointed for their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, along with their understanding of the national and international sporting environment and their sport discipline.

Athlete Committee Chair Professor John Brewer said he is delighted to welcome these new members to our Athlete Committee. He added it is vitally important to UK Anti-Doping that athletes feel engaged with our work and have confidence that their views and opinions are being listened to and therefore it is very pleasing we had such a large pool of applicants to select from that we have been able to form a diverse group from across elite sport in the UK, who can help to ensure a close working relationship with the athlete community.

Emma Wiggs said it is a real privilege and honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee.  Emma further remarked she is passionate about anti-doping and the pursuit of clean sport and this is a fantastic opportunity to work with her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Emma Pooley said it is a real honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee and it is a great opportunity to contribute as much as she can to the fight against doping in sport, and also to join her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Patrick Smith said it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to prove his commitment to anti-doping, and also to sit alongside his fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes at such an important time in UK sport. He further added he is very much looking forward to playing his part in building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping, and will carry out his duties with great diligence and enthusiasm in order to help keep sport clean for all.

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Wednesday 05, Jun 2013

  Anti-Doping Programs Are Failing, Says Pound

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Anti-Doping Programs Are Failing, Says Pound

In a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency assessing the current state of drug-testing, former WADA president Dick Pound has written that anti-doping programs are failing despite increased testing and scientific advances to detect more sophisticated substances and drug cheats are getting away scot-free because of a lack of will among sports organizations, governments, and athletes.

Pound, in his report to WADA, blamed the failings on “human and political factors” and called out sports federations, the IOC, and the World Anti-Doping Agencyitself for not doing enough to catch serial dopers like Lance Armstrong. The former chief of WADA remarked that the entire system is undermined by bickering among different groups, political interference, conflicts of interest, and lack of incentives for nabbing drug offenders. In the report submitted to the WADA executive committee and foundation board in Montreal, Pound added that there are clearly many systemic, organizational and human reasons why the drug-testing programs have been generally unsuccessful in detecting dopers/cheats and there is no general appetite to undertake the effort and expense of a successful effort to deliver doping free sport.

The ex-WADA head chaired a five-person working group that produced the 26-page report entitled “Lack of Effectiveness of Testing Programs,” and said the report ought to be a wake-up call and added that we will see what kind of response we get from the stakeholders and it will be on their heads if they don’t respond properly.

The report includes many recommendations and is being sent to all the client groups and will be up for consideration at WADA’s meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September — two months before the world doping conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pound singled out the case of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and said the cyclist was tested north of 300 times while taking all this stuff and never tested positive, which is not possible. It was also pointed by the report that the number of doping controls carried out around the world has increased significantly over the years and testing methods have improved but still they have not resulted in more cheats being caught. Statistics were cited in the report and it was disclosed that despite intelligence suggesting the rate of cheating is much higher, less than 1 percent produces positive findings for serious doping substances of 250,000 drug tests per year.

Pound went on to remark that athletes do not speak out against doping while national and international federations are weak on the issue and national agencies are under the influence of governments, and governments have no incentive to catch their own nationals. The report also says anti-doping organizations focus too much on the quantity of tests, rather than the quality and effectiveness and sports bodies, including the IOC, “take public, but false, comfort” from the large number of tests, which are predictable. Pound also said the international federations still think WADA is a service organization for their benefit and the international federations think it’s the responsibility of WADA to do their work, except they don’t want WADA to do the work.

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Saturday 13, Sep 2008

  Two more failed steroid tests at Beijing Paralympics

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As promised, we’ll keep you posted on the ongoing Paralympic Games in Beijing. So far, we’ve only reported two Paralympic athletes who were kicked out of the Games because they tested positive for steroids.

Now, we’re going to add two more to that statistics as two powerlifters have been banned for failing doping tests. The two Paralympians who both received two-year ban are Facourou Sissoko of Mali and Liudmyla Osmanova of Ukraine. The two gave positive tests for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition tests, according to the International Paralympic Committee on Thursday.

Sissoko’s urine sample on September 6 tested positive for boldenone metabolites. Osmanova’s sample on August 29 yielded 19-Norandrosterone, a metabolite of anabolic steroid nandrolone. The IPC stated that it had implemented 461 tests to date for the ongoing Paralympic Games and it intends to carry out around 1,000 screenings before the Games end on September 17.

Earlier doping incidents at the Paralympics involved Pakistani powerlifter Naveed Ahmed Butt and German wheelchair basketballer Ahmet Coskun.

Butt’s urine sample tested positive for methandienone. The sample was taken September 4 just tow days before the opening ceremony. Coskun, meanwhile, was banned from the games because his pre-competition urine test resulted to a positive test for a masking agent. Coskun’s sample taken on August 23 tested positive for finasteride, a legitimate drug that is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness. The drug, however, is included in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List since it is typically used  by anabolic steroid users to cover up drugs that enhance athletic performance.

The IPC’s official website states the following relating to their anti-doping program:
“Anti-doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport – “The spirit of sport”. Thus, the rationale for doping control in sport is twofold: first, to protect athletes from the potential harmful side effects that some drugs can produce; and second, to ensure fair and ethical competition by preventing athletes from taking prohibited substances or using prohibited methods in an attempt to increase performance or violating the spirit of sport.”

According to IPC’s Anti-Doping Code, doping is defined as the occurrence of one or two of the following anti-doping rule violations:

•    the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s bodily specimen
•    use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
•    refusing or failing to submit to sample collection after notification
•    violation of the requirements regarding athlete availability for out-of-competition testing
•    tampering with any part of doping control
•    possession of prohibited substances and methods
•    trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method
•    administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted violation.