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Wednesday 09, Mar 2016

  Maria Sharapova Praised By Serena Williams

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Serena Williams has applauded her tennis rival Maria Sharapova for the way she disclosed news of her failed dope test.

Serena, the American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, said she was stunned by news that the Russian professional tennis player had tested positive for banned substance Meldonium at this year’s Australian Open. Williams, a long-time rival of Sharapova, said she thinks most people were surprised and shocked by Maria but at the same time most people were happy that she was just upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at. Williams said Maria Sharapova has always showed courage in everything that she has done and this is no different and described the announcement of Sharapova as brave.

Sharapova announced the news of her positive test at a press conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova claimed she had simply made a mistake by continuing to take Mildronate (an anti-ischemic drug), also known as Meldonium, without checking to see if it was banned. Sharapova told the media she had failed to read an email that state that Meldonium had been added to the banned list on January 1, 2016. The tennis star will be provisionally suspended from playing tennis on March 12 and faces the risk of a four-year ban. In January, Meldonium was added to the list of banned performance enhancing drugs.

After the announcement by Sharapova, German car manufacturer Porsche, sportswear giant Nike, and Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer distanced themselves from sponsorship deals with her. It was announced by TAG Heuer that it would not renew its marketing contract that expired at the end of 2015 with the tennis star. In a statement, Porsche said we regret the news about Maria Sharapova. Until more details are known and we can analyze the situation, we have decided to suspend planned activities with her. In a statement, the unit of French luxury goods group LVMH said Maria Sharapova was under contract with TAG Heuer until December 31, 2015 and added we had been in talks to extend our collaboration. In view of the current situation, the Swiss watch brand has suspended negotiations and has decided not to renew the contract.

Nike and Porsche also suspended their sponsorship of the athlete. Nike said in a statement that we have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. The statement further reads that Nike was surprised and saddened by the news.

Meanwhile, the man who created Meldonium said putting the drug on WADA banned list is violation of human rights. Professor Ivar Kalvins said Meldonium is not a performance enhancing drug and added it just helps to protect the athlete’s heart from the consequences of physical overwork and that means it watches over health of athletes. Professor Kalvins added to ban this medicine means to ban athletes from taking care of their health and he considers it to be a kind of violation of human rights.

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Monday 15, Dec 2014

  Philip Fenton Found Guilty Of Steroid Possession

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Philip Fenton Found Guilty Of Steroid Possession

Irish trainer Philip Fenton was found guilty of eight charges of possessing unlicensed animal remedies.

The trainer, who is now considering an appeal, has been fined €6,000 and must pay more than €10,000 in total costs following the hearing into charges brought by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture at Carrick-on-Suir District Court in County Tipperary. The Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer was found guilty for harboring unlicensed animal remedies, including the steroid Nitrotrain (which contains the steroid ethylestrenol) and Ilium Stanabolic, the performance-enhancing drug that contains the steroid Stanozolol.

The drugs were found hidden underneath a horse blanket near the medicine store of Fenton, in a cardboard box addressed to the trainer at his stable during a raid on Fenton’s stable in January 2012 by investigators from Ireland’s Department of Agriculture.

The Department is being represented by Sean Gillane, senior counsel, with barrister Johnny Walshe representing Fenton.

Barrister Johnny Walshe representing Fenton claimed that the Department’s investigators did not followed the correct protocols when they visited Fenton’s yard and after the visit. Walshe referred to the absence of a search warrant and a Department exhibits book to record details of the substances found. The Barrister also pointed to the alleged failure of officials to caution Fenton on the day in question. In summary, the presiding judge, Timothy Lucey, said he was in no doubt that the substances listed in the charges and shown to the court were the same ones that had been found in the yard of Fenton though he remarked some of the procedures had been “sloppy.”

The court was told by Caroline Garvan, a vet with the Department, that the 1kg tub of Nitrotain contained enough of the steroid to provide 250 doses. Garvan also remarked anabolic steroids increase muscle mass, stamina and strength and also said they are most definitely a performance-enhancer. The Vet added steroids increase an animal’s musculature and ability to perform and commented that Ethylestranol is probably the most potent anabolic steroid you could see as it is four times stronger than Stanozolol and you would start to see its effects in about two weeks. He also remarked it is also very difficult to detect as it can be excreted out of the body in 24 hours.

Nitrotain gives an opportunity to an unscrupulous trainer to improve the performance of a horse with little chance of their cheating being discovered in a post-race dope test.

The Turf Club will also initiate its own investigation into the case following the guilty verdict against Fenton. Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan said the next step is we will be interviewing Philip and the matter will then be referred to our referral committee. Egan added we will get to work on it almost immediately. Chris Gordon, the head of security for the Irish Turf Club, said regular of the sport in Ireland would take the appropriate steps following the conclusion of the court case. Gordon also remarked there will be an investigation commenced immediately and an interview with Philip Fenton will form part of the investigation.

The 49-year-old is best known for handling Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Last Instalment and 2009 Champion Bumper winner Dunguib.

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Wednesday 16, Feb 2011

  Uzbek judoka becomes first drugs casualty of Asian Games

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Uzbek judoka becomes first drugs casualty of Asian GamesUzbek judoka Shokir Muminov was recently stripped of his 81kg silver medal and thrown out of the sporting showpiece after he failed to clear a drug test.

The 27-year-old, who won a bronze at the last Asiad in Doha four years ago, lost to Kim Jae-Bum of South Korea in the final and failed a dope test the same day.

Dr. Mani Jegathesan, chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia’s medical committee, said the sportsman’s medal was withdrawn and appropriate adjustments made to the results

Friday 22, Oct 2010

  Lifter Shailaja Pujari ready for ‘B’ sample test

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Lifter Shailaja Pujari ready for 'B' sample testShailaja Pujari, the weight lifter from India, who is facing life ban pleaded her innocence after flunking a National Anti-Doping Agency test.

Pujari, who competes in 75kg category, was found positive for an anabolic steroid by the NADA.

Pujari had earlier failed a dope test in 2006.

Thursday 15, Jul 2010

  Two-year ban on Olympic Champion for testing positive

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Two-year ban on Olympic Champion for testing positiveFani Halkia, Greece’s former 400m hurdles Olympic champion, has been handed over a ban of two years for her positive dope test at the Beijing Games, according to an announcement by the Greek athletics federation.

The athletics federation confirmed the decision made by its judicial committee for awarding a punishment to the former star.

The International Olympic Committee hired legal representation in Greece and sued coach of Halkia for bringing damage to its reputation.