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Monday 13, Feb 2017

  World Ski Champ Johaug Suspended For Doping

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Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug has been suspended by the Sports Confederation of Norway for a period of 13 months after she tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The suspension imposed on Johaug is a month shorter than the Norwegian Anti-Doping Organization’s proposed ban on her for 14 months. The one-month reduction will allow Johaug, a seven-time world champion, to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February 2018.

The 28-year-old skier was given a temporary suspension after she tested positive for traces of the anabolic steroid Clostebol, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), during an out-of-competition drug test on September 16th. Johaug claimed the steroid was contained in a lip cream called Trofodermin that was used by her on the recommendation of the team doctor to treat burns during a training session at high altitude in Italy in late August.

National ski team doctor Fredrik Bendiksen had insisted that he did not realized the cream contained Clostebol. Bendiksen took the full responsibility and resigned from his post in October.

Norwegian Ski Association President Erik Roste said it was a difficult day for Therese and Norwegian cross-country skiing. The President of Norway’s skiing federation said this is an unreal situation for him and many others. Roste said to stand here and clarify that one of the most wonderful athletes we have has been suspended for 13 months seems so unreal.

Johaug will be able to resume competition in November if the suspension is upheld. The ban was backdated to October 18, 2016, making Johaug’s return date November 18, 2017. She would now be eligible in time for next season’s World Cup and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

The Norwegian Anti-Doping Organization, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee, Johaug, and the International Ski Federation all have the possibility to launch an appeal.

A member of the international ski federation FIS’ board reportedly told media in Finland that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland (CAS) was likely. FIS board member Martti Uusitalo said it is very likely we will appeal based on discussions on the FIS board. Uusitalo remarked the 13-month suspension was not based on either the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or the legal principles and precedent set by the CAS. Uusitalo added it is therefore best for all parts that the CAS investigate the case thoroughly and that we get a fair conclusion.

Johaug’s manager, Jorn Ernst, remarked that Johaug, her lawyer and others  would review the verdict and would then considered the thought of filing a review with the CAS. There is a risk the CAS could extend her suspension on any appeal. Ernst said there is a fear that the Olympics will be lost for Therese also if the verdict is appealed and the suspension is lengthened and added we as of now are looking forward to the Olympics.

Johaug has won seven world championship and two overall World Cup titles. She won gold in the 4×5-kilometer relay at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and earned a bronze and silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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Thursday 01, Dec 2016

  Anti-Doping Norway Proposes 14-Month Ban For Johaug

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The anti-doping agency of Norway has called for a doping ban of 14 months on cross-country star Therese Johaug.

Johaug, last year’s World Cup champion, tested positive for Clostebol, a steroid that was included in a lotion given to her by the team doctor for treating sunburn on her lips during high-altitude training in Italy in August. The Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed for the clubs Tynset IF and IL Nansen remarked she is not guilty and even asked the doctor if it had any ingredient that was on the doping list and added the doctor said no.

Team doctor Fredrik Bendiksen stepped down from his job after taking the blame for the positive test. Bendiksen said he only read the ingredients that were printed on the box and added it is his responsibility and personal mistake as a medical doctor. Bendiksen said he had given Bendiksen said he had given to Johaug and remarked she is innocent.

Anders Solheim, the head of the anti-doping agency, had earlier said the matter would be treated with the “highest priority.” Solheim added all aspects of the matter must be disclosed in the best possible way, also facts that support the athlete, so we can present it to the body’s prosecution committee for review.

It was found by the prosecution committee that the cross-country star took the steroid unintentionally and not to enhance performance but investigator Niels Kiaer said that she could have avoided the case by checking the medicine that was marked with the word “doping.”

The skater had a urine test on September 16, and the Norwegian anti-doping agency informed her of the finding on October 4. In October, Johaug was suspended pending the investigation. Kiaer further remarked the suspension of two months imposed on Johaug would count toward the ban of 14 months. This means Johaug could compete in late December next year, which will be less than two months before the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The ban she could face would be retroactive to October 18 and endure until December 18, 2017, just two months before the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kiaer added decision of the disciplinary committee is expected early next year. The decision can be appealed to a national appeals body or the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a statement, Johaug remarked she is pleased that the prosecution committee believed in what she had said. However, she added but she does not understand how what happened can be the basis of a 14-month ban.

The 28-year-old Johaug won seven World Championship gold medals and the overall World Cup title twice. She won gold in the 4×5 kilometer relay at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, with a bronze and silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Johaug won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay, came sixth in the 15 km pursuit at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She won her first individual gold medal in the 30 km mass start race at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo and also went on to win the gold medal in the 4 x 5 km relay, bronze in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit.

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Friday 21, Oct 2016

  Doping In Top-Level Sports Recommended By Norwegian Professor

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Jan Ove Tangen, a professor of sports sociology at the University of South-Eastern Norway, has advocated controlled doping use for eliminating suspicion and providing equal opportunities to contenders.

In an opinion piece in Norwegian newspaper Forskning, Tangen remarked Norwegian cross-country top-level skiing has given itself further and further into the grey area in its hunt for medals and added some have even gone into the forbidden territory, and some of our most renowned skiers have now been convicted of doping. Tangen radically proposed that doping should allowed and as accepted.

In recent months, the clean image of Norwegian athletes has been tarnished. The success of the all-time leading Olympic nation in Nordic combined and cross-country skiing has been bruised by dark strains on its “clean” reputation. A few months back, the Finnish anti-doping agency called for a closer review of the practices of the Norwegian Ski Federation. A physician for the Swedish national ski team and member of the Swedish Olympic Committee has communicated to the media that the Therese Johaug case undermines the credibility of all medical professionals in sports and called for a discussion of ethics and morals and a curb on the ‘medicalization’ of cross-country skiing.

Norway’s top male cross-country skiier and 2014 Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby was recently given a suspension of two months after he tested positive for Salbutamol, an asthma medication.

Tangen made these comments Therese Johaug, one of Norway’s most decorated female cross-country skiers of all times, tested positive for the steroid Clostebol. It was later revealed by the Norwegian ski federation that the substance came from a cream that was given to Johaug by team doctor Fredrik Bendiksen to treat sunburn on her lips during high-altitude training in Italy.

The professor of sports sociology said the legalization of doping may make competition more equal and would even save the necessity of running numerous anti-doping agencies and spending of a fortune by them. Tangen added only athletes get punished most of the times while coaches, managers and sports federations usually continue unscathed. Tangen also criticized media, sponsors, politicians, and the public for setting too high expectations on athletes to win awards. The sports sociology professor also commented that it is rather difficult to draw a clear line between what constitutes permissible performance-enhancing methods and what is doping that result in lengthy bans and destroyed careers. Tangen also said doping can be used as a legal solution for continuous performance improvements, provided that the intake happens under the control of specialists.

The University of South-Eastern Norway professor said top level sports are already largely unhealthy and imply a tremendous stress for the human body. Tangen added doping is seen by many as a means for keeping athletes healthy. Tangen rhetorically said doping is not really more unjust than the fact that some of the athletes have been blessed with superior genes over their competitors or the fact that a country may have more resources and knowledge to for talent-hunting and performance development.

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Thursday 13, Oct 2016

  World’s Best Cross-Country Skier Returns Positive Test

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Therese Johaug, world’s best cross-country skier, has tested positive for doping. Johaug and the Norwegian Ski Federation were informed of the test result.

Johaug tested positive for Clostebol, which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Norwegian Ski Federation explained that the explanation for the presence of the substance is that Therese was prescribed a cream of type Trofodermin by Fredrik Bendiksen, the Norwegian Ski Team’s doctor, to treat sun-burnt lips that she had gotten during high-altitude training in Italy in August. The doctor reportedly assured Johaug before applying the cream that it did not contain any substances forbidden by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Bendiksen said he had failed to notice that the cream Trofodermin included the banned substance Clostebol, a synthetic androgenic steroid which can enhance physical performance. The Norwegian Ski Team’s doctor added he will do everything he can to make sure Therese Johaug does not get punished because she used a cream which he gave.

This is the second big controversy concerning doping by wrongful medication in Norwegian cross-country skiers. Martin Johnsrud Sundby was stripped of world champion titles and suspended for his asthma medication in July.

According to a statement released by the Norwegian Ski Federation, the seven-time world champion tested positive in an out-of-competition test on September 16 and was informed of the result on October 4.

The 28-year-old Johaug said she is completely devastated and upset to have landed in this really trying and surreal situation. The cross-country skier said it is unfair even if she, as an athlete, responsible for the medications used by her.

Johaug had won gold in the 4×5-kilometer relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as well as silver and bronze medals at the Sochi Games. She won her first individual gold medal in the 30 km mass start race at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo and also won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay, bronze in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit and fourth in the 10 km individual start. Johaug won her second individual gold medal in the 10 km freestyle race at the 2013 World Championships. The Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed for the clubs Tynset IF and IL Nansen along with compatriot Martin Johnsrud Sundby became the first Norwegians to win the Tour de Ski when they won the women’s and men’s competitions in the 2013-14 edition of the race. Therese subsequently won the overall and distance competitions in the 2013–14 FIS Cross-Country World Cup. In 2015, she enjoyed her most successful World Championship performance in Falum and took three gold medals: two in individual events (the 15km skiathlon and the 30km classic mass start) and one as part of the Norwegian women’s team in the 4x5km relay. Johaug won the Birkebeinerrennet ski marathon in 2015 with a time of 2.41.46.

It is still not clear whether Johaug, the reigning World Cup champion, will be suspended ahead of the season that starts next month.

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Saturday 30, Apr 2016

  Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games For Doping

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Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games early Friday after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension that Gordon had tested positive for Exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.

MLB made the announcement after the Marlins’ victory in Los Angeles. The suspension was the second in second in eight days for a player coming off the best season of his career. Chris Colabello, an undrafted former independent leaguer who hit .321 for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, was also handed suspension for 80 games. Colabello was informed by MLB that he had tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone but was not suspended until April 22 after his appeal was denied.

Gordon is hitting .266 and was tied for the team lead in runs scored, with 13, and led the Marlins in steals, with six despite a low .289 on-base percentage. Gordon hit .333 — 61 points above his career average as a Dodger — last season. He led the league in stolen bases and hits while winning a Gold Glove. Gordon rewarded him with a five-year, $50 million contract in January though he was to make only $3 million this season. Gordon issued a statement through the Players’ Association where denied using banned drugs on purpose. The statement said he did not so knowingly and he has informed that test results showed he ingested something that contained prohibited substances.

In the statement, Gordon added the hardest part about this is feeling that he has let down his teammates, the organization, and the fans. The American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball added he should have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that he had taken and passed throughout his career prove this. Gordon, who previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he made a mistake and will accept the consequences.

Gordon was praised by Marlins’ owner, Jeffrey Loria when Gordon’s contract was announced in January. In a statement then, Loria said it is truly incredible and historic what he did in his first season with our ball club. Miami’s team president, David Samson, said the Marlins would welcome Gordon back and added the Marlins completely support the Major League Baseball drug prevention program in every way. Samson remarked the Marlins were informed on Thursday of the positive test and added it is a huge disappointment and a huge loss for our team as we love Dee Gordon, but we do not like what he did.

Marlins Manager Don Mattingly remarked he was shocked and surprised at the positive test of Gordon and said the bad news deflated a team that should have been celebrating its sweep. Mattingly remarked you as a team would expect our guys to be in there all excited and then we get this news and that’s not quite the feeling. The Marlins Manager said we will support Dee and said Gordon is like one of his kids and we are going to move forward.

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Wednesday 22, Sep 2010

  Jade Johnson expresses anger over Brazilian win with drugs

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Jade Johnson expresses anger over Brazilian win with drugsJade Johnson, Britain’s No. 1 long jumper, was left angry and frustrated after the Olympic gold medal was won by a woman who has previously tested positive for drug use.

Brazilian Maurren Higa Maggi failed a test for the anabolic steroid Clostebol a few years ago. Maggi was however cleared by the Brazilian Athletics Federation after she said that the substance was in her hair-removal cream.

Johnson said that it is annoying for her to accept that Maggi came back and won the Olympic Games.

Friday 08, Jan 2010

  Steroids and Sports sharing an unchallenged relationship

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Steroids and Sports sharing an unchallenged relationshipAnabolic steroids and sports are sharing an unchallenged and successful relationship despite tall claims and measures by doping and government authorities. The fact that steroids allow sportsmen to realize their true potential and aim for greater heights is something that brings sportsmen to take on steroids.

 While some individuals may want to spread bad words about anabolic steroids, the underlying truth is that steroids do not cause any harm unless abused or of a low-grade quality. They are best taken under medical guidance and as per recommendations so that top-notch performance is easily attainable.

Wednesday 02, Dec 2009

  Relationship between steroids and sport under no threat

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Relationship between steroids and sport under no threatDespite tall claims from WADA and government officials, one can easily say that the relationship between steroids and sport is under no threat and is growing more than ever. The fact that steroids are being sold over the Internet easily and without a medical prescription is something that says it all.

However, what most of us are ignorant about is the fact that steroids are not bad for any of us and actually help in treating severe health complications and adding “flavor” to professional sporting events.

Recent studies have been very clear in suggesting that the use of anabolic steroids in the world of medicines is not without a valid reason. Thousands of people have benefited from steroids and people who say steroids are bad or harmful to health must first read those study papers.



Sunday 27, Sep 2009

  Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than ever

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Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than everThe relationship between steroids and sports is getting stronger and stronger with each passing day despite the fact that sports and anabolic steroids are condemned by former sportsmen, sporting bodies, and even some of the steroid-using sportsmen of the past.

Even though steroids are considered to be totally harmful by some, the truth is that they are not harmful and does not bring any side effects with them.

If one has a close look at the abovementioned facts, it can be easily derived that anabolic steroids are nothing but exceptional products that have no side effects until lack of knowledge or over-dependence leads to steroid abuse.

Thursday 06, Aug 2009

  Use of Anabolic Steroids in Sports

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Use of Anabolic Steroids in SportsMost of us do not seem to have a clear understanding when it comes to use of anabolic steroids in sports or bodybuilding.

Let us find what anabolic steroids are and how they benefit professional athletes and bodybuilders to excel at competitive events.

From Entertainment.howstuffworks.com:

Anabolic Steroids
A steroid is a chemical substance derived from cholesterol. The body has several major steroid hormones – cortisol and testosterone in the male, estrogen and progesterone in the female. Catabolic steroids break down tissue, and anabolic steroids build up tissue. Anabolic steroids build muscle and bone mass primarily by stimulating the muscle and bone cells to make new protein.

Athletes use anabolic steroids because they increase muscle strength by encouraging new muscle growth. Anabolic steroids are similar in structure to the male sex hormone, testosterone, so they enhance male reproductive and secondary sex characteristics (testicle development, hair growth, thickening of the vocal cords). They allow the athlete to train harder and longer at any given period.

Anabolic steroids are mostly testosterone (male sex hormone) and its derivatives. Examples of anabolic steroids include:

* Testosterone
* Dihydrotestosterone
* Androstenedione (Andro)
* Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
* Clostebol
* Nandrolone

From the above information, it can be easily concluded that anabolic steroids are excellent options for any one who is expecting to deliver a top-class performance with dedicated efforts.

However, one thing that needs to be noted is that steroids must always be respected and never abused. This is because steroid abuse can lead to mild to serious health consequences.

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