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Saturday 01, Sep 2012

  Tyler Hamilton To Reveal All About Armstrong

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Tyler Hamilton dopingFormer American professional road bicycle racer, @Tyler Hamilton, is all set to tell all about Lance Armstrong doping in his soon-to-be-released book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs.”

In the book, Hamilton has claimed that Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France. He added that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the race the following year. The two cyclists rode together on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.

The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” is set to be published on September 5.

Fourteen years of Armstrong’s competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles have been erased by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) after Armstrong not to fight drug charges of doping.

Hamilton went on to claim that a doping plan was put in place by the team during the 1999 Tour de France and Lance had knowledge of it. The plan included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO that was meant to be dispended to team camper riders after race stages. It was further added that doctors, managers, and team leaders encouraged and supervised doping and use of performance enhancing drugs that were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags. Hamilton also said after the 11th stage of the 2000 Tour de France, Lance and he sat near each other to take a blood transfusion under the watchful eye of team director Johan Bruyneel before the famous Ventoux mountain stage. He also said Lance told him that he tested positive for EPO at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland but was able to cover it up from the International Cycling Union.

“(Armstrong) took what we all took… there was EPO (erythropoietin)… testosterone… a blood transfusion,” Hamilton said in that interview. It was further alleged by Hamilton that a key Armstrong lieutenant during his seven Tour victories, former Postal rider George Hincapie, was also offered performance enhancing drugs while he rode for the team along with rider Kevin Livingston.

Hamilton won the time-trial at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and tested positive for blood doping but was allowed to keep his medal after the laboratory accidently destroyed his B sample by deep freezing it. In 2005, he tested positive for a blood transfusion and was banned for a period of two years. Tyler Hamilton was also associated with the Spanish doping scandal dubbed “Operation Puerto” in 2006 before he tested positive for anabolic steroids three years later. He received an eight-year ban after admitting that he used an over-the-counter treatment for depression. In a letter sent to family and friends on May 20, 2011, Hamilton admitted that he made use of performance-enhancing drugs and broke the rules.

In 2010, a former team-mate and deposed Tour de France winner Floyd Landis also accused Armstrong of making use of performance enhancing drugs and teaching others on how to avoid getting caught.



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Saturday 18, Aug 2012

  Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive For Doping

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Nadzeya Ostapchuk DopingNadzeya Ostapchuk, a former world champion from Belarus, has tested positive for anabolic steroids just hours after the close of the London Olympics.

With the disqualification, the gold medal was awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand who became an Olympic champion for the second time in a row. The International Olympic Committee said the female shot putter from Belarus tested positive for anabolic steroids both before and after winning the shot put last week for her first Olympic gold.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was disqualified from the Women’s Shot Put event, where she had placed first and her Olympic identity and accreditation card was immediately cancelled and withdrawn. The second and third places were awarded to Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko and Lijiao Gong of People’s Republic of China.

Ostapchuk was asked to provide a urine sample on 5 August 2012 for a doping control in London and was then asked to provide a urine sample after her gold medal on 6 August 2012. The sample indicated the presence of metenolone and its metabolite, which are classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List. The analytical report of the A sample of the second sample’s laboratory analysis indicated the presence of metenolone, classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List.

 Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of Olympic gold medal for doping – Video

Metenolone tends to “masculinize” women and can increase women’s bulk and body hair while shrinking their breasts and womb, New Zealand anti-doping chief Jane Kernohan said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that catching drug cheats sends a strong message to all those who dope that we will catch them. The IAAF, Track and field’s governing body, would consider further action against the shot putter from Belarus, who may face a ban of two years from the sport. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that all samples from London can be reanalyzed, results can be revised, and medals can be reallocated until the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

World champion in 2005, the 31-year-old Ostapchuk recorded the biggest shot put mark in a decade in the lead up to the Olympics to won the gold with a mark of 21.36 meters. Ostapchuk’s positive test is the second Olympic doping scandal for Belarus. Hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan’s samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics were retested and came positive.

The IOC said the Belarus Olympic Committee and national anti-doping agency will investigate and “take the appropriate measures.”

Born on October 28, 1980, Nadzeya Ostapchuk was the bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the World Indoor and European Champion in 2010. Ostapchuk holds the Championship record for the former event, with her winning throw of 20.85 m in 2010. Her achievements include the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships and then the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships and winning two consecutive silver medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships and then became 2005 World Champion. At the 2012 Diamond League in Doha, Ostapchuk reached 20.53 m to win the first leg; she also registered a win at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing. She had a world-leading throw of 21.58 m immediately before the London Olympics.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive for Doping

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Friday 09, Dec 2011

  Contingency plans prepared by Vancouver bosses

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The International Olympic Committee opened a series of meetings for examining the last-minute preparations for the Vancouver Winter Games and deal with doping and ethics cases and future Olympics.

“We are in a world with uncertain meteorology – we have to adapt to it,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said recently.

“There is a permanent contingency planning for the entire duration of the Games. If there would be too much snow or not enough snow, we will act on that,” Rogge said.

Tuesday 05, Apr 2011

  Kop banned for life

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Kop banned for lifeThe former European champion 1500 meters, Sureyya Ayhan Kop, received a life ban after failing a drug test in September 2007.

She was banned from athletics by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

This was the second doping offense for Kop after the first one in 2004 in which she prevented a test before the Athens Olympic Games.

Thursday 31, Mar 2011

  Sanya Richards could lose Olympic gold

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Sanya Richards could lose Olympic goldCrystal Cox, a member of the 1,600-meter gold-medal relay team at the Athens Olympics, has accepted a suspension of four years and disqualification of her results for doping.

Cox admitted to using anabolic steroids and agreed to the penalty as per the USADA and this could mean loss of medal for Sanya Richards.

Cox is suspended through January 2014 and her results from 2001 to 2004 will be forfeited.

Wednesday 02, Mar 2011

  Crystal Cox accepts ban for doping

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Crystal Cox accepts ban for dopingA member of the victorious US 4x400m women’s relay squad at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Crystal Cox, has accepted a ban of four years ban for doping.

Cox admitted to doping from late 2001 through 2004 and used anabolic agents and hormones, the US Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement.

Competitive results of Cox will be disqualified, including forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes since November 3, 2001, according to USADA.

Tuesday 01, Mar 2011

  Sureyya Ayhan Kop banned for life

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Sureyya Ayhan Kop banned for lifeFormer European 1,500metres champion, Sureyya Ayhan Kop, has been handed over a lifetime ban after failed a drugs test in September 2007.

The athlete was banned from athletics by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

This was second doping offence for Kop after she obstructed a test in 2004 before the Athens Olympics.

Saturday 12, Feb 2011

  Scientists and world doping experts say doping is high

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Scientists and world doping experts say doping is highAccording to the scientists and world doping experts who met at a special conference in London, a new wave of performance enhancing drugs whose use is utterly undetectable is clearly visible in sport’s doomsday scenario.

Dozens if not hundreds of athletes are expected to have experimented with the rapidly emerging range of gene-altering drugs in the Athens Olympics.

“If direct injection is used, the DNA will only be present in that specific muscle. Therefore a positive test would require a slice of actual muscle tissue. It would have to be at the exact spot of the injection,” according to Peter Schjerling, a research geneticist at the Copenhagen muscle research centre.

Wednesday 22, Oct 2008

  300 test results lost and found in Beijing; all are negative for steroids and other PEDs

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steroids-2008olympicsA big “OOOPS” from the anti-doping officials.

The 300 or so test results, which had initially been reported missing by a team of independent observers during their recent visit in Beijing, have been traced by the International Olympic Committee. All tested negative for prohibited compounds.

According to the AP report, the team of 10 observers had been tasked by the World Anti-Doping Agency to review the Beijing Olympics drug-testing program.  The missing test results had been included in the team’s final report to WADA.

“Once the laboratory had apparently delivered all reports to the IO (independent observer) team, it transpired that around 300 test results were missing in comparison to the doping control forms,” the WADA report said.

“Regarding the ‘300 missing tests,’ it is our understanding that there has been a communication problem between the Beijing laboratory and the IO team on the results of a number of tests,” IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said in an e-mail. “The results of these tests were communicated to the IOC by the end of August. All were negative. The results have now been transmitted to the IO team.”

Apparently, the team conferred with the IOC’s medical commission regarding said results’ status, but IOC was unable to finish processing of the lab results in time for the group’s completion of their final report last month.

The procedural lapse had put the credibility of the anti-doping program in the Beijing Olympics. Additionally, the team reported another significant loophole in IOC’s control doping process at the Beijing Olympics.  It was found out that 102 of the 205 participating countries failed to provide sports officials with whereabouts information regarding their athletes. Such information is needed to implement pre-Games and out-of-competition testing.

It was not all negative points for the IOC however. The WADA group gave their thumbs up to the increased number of overall tests (4,770), blood tests (969) and tests for EPO (817) and human growth hormone (471). The 2008 Olympics implemented the largest drug-testing program in the history of the Olympics.

Six athletes were thrown out for doping violations during the Olympics, and three other cases are still pending.

The most controversial case of doping at Beijing has been Fani Halkia, the Greek hurdler who won the gold at the at the women’s 400m hurdles at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. On August 16 at the Beijing Olympics, Halkia tested positive for the anabolic steroidss methytrienolone.