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Saturday 19, Nov 2016

  Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Suspended For Doping Violation

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Lyoto Carvalho Machida, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been suspended for 18 months after admitting use of a banned substance as well as failing a subsequent drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion accepted the sanction according to USADA officials in a release. USADA officials wrote in the release the 38-year-old Machida declared the use of a product containing 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto-DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork during an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016. 7-keto-DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The release further reads Machida upon notice from USADA of his potential violation immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida later failed the out-of-competition drug test that showed evidence that he used the banned substance ahead of his last scheduled fight this past April when he was scheduled to face Dan Henderson in Florida. Machida was pulled from the fight with Henderson and the bout was cancelled.

USADA officials said the sample of Machida was analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory and reported to USADA for an elevated 7ß-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio, which is consistent with his declared use of a prohibited substance.

Machida has been suspended for 18 months, retroactive to April 8, 2016, which means he would be eligible to return to action in October 2017. Officials of the United States Anti-Doping Agency remarked his sentence from a standard two year suspension was reduced down to 18 months as Machida admitted to taking the banned substance prior to the test. USADA said Machida fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida has lost three of his past four bouts. He suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in June 2015 in his most recent appearance.

Reacting to the suspension, Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer Gegard Mousasi said he thinks the recent 18-month suspension handed out to the former UFC light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger was slightly harsh. Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who fought Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) in February 2014 and lost a unanimous decision, said Machida is a fighter, you have to respect him, and he thinks 18 months it a little bit too much. Mousasi admits the suspension of Machida was probably overboard, and said he hopes his former opponent eventually comes back to the octagon. Mousasi added he said a lot of things about him, but at the end of the day and he is hopeful Machida would come back soon.

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Monday 25, Jan 2016

  Adidas To Pull Out Of Deal With IAAF

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German sportswear giant Adidas has written to the International Association of Athletics Federations that it is terminating its sponsorship deal three years early.

An 11-year agreement was signed by Adidas with the world governing body of athletics in 2008 reported to be worth around £23m. Citing anonymous sources, BBC reported the sponsorship deal, which was signed in November 2008, was worth around $8 million (5.61 million pounds) per year. The company is one of the IAAF’s “Official Partners” along with Canon, Toyota, Seiko, TDK, TBS, and Mondo. Adidas is also the oldest commercial partner of FIFA, the governing body of world football that is embroiled in its own corruption scandal.

BBC reported that the German sportswear giant was prompted by the ongoing doping and corruption scandal. It is believed that the move to terminate the deal by Adidas will result in tens of millions of dollars in lost income. It is speculated that Adidas told the IAAF in November about this termination in November after the publication of first report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission that detailed claims of “state-sponsored doping” within Russia. The commission released a second report recently in which it accused the governing body of athletics of having “embedded corruption” at the very top of the organization under former president Lamine Diack. Diack and his son, Papa Massata, are presently under investigation by French police over corruption allegations and both have denied wrongdoing.

An Adidas spokeswoman said Adidas has a clear anti-doping policy in place and therefore we are in close contact with the IAAF to learn more about their reform process. In reply, the IAAF said it is in close contact with all its sponsors and partners as we embark on our reform process.

In another development, the head of UK Anti-Doping was criticized by the Football Association for making “unhelpful” and “misleading” comments about drug-taking in the sport. Nicole Sapstead said “football was at risk”. The UKAD chief said she would give importance to talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after he spoke out on the topic. The FA says it will seek a meeting with UK Anti-Doping over her comments.

Darren Bailey, the FA’s director of football governance and administration, said the comments of Sapstead were “speculative” and “unhelpful” and added that they had no “evidential basis”. Bailey went on to add that such comments create a misleading impression and he will be taking this up with UKAD at the highest level. Wenger said on Thursday he was happy to meet Sapstead to discuss the issue of doping. Wenger remarked what is important is that we all try to show we don’t accept it and also said it is important to think that when a guy wins it is because he is the best, not because he has taken illegal substances.

Bailey confirmed the FA had already spoken to Wenger and remarked the FA has no current information to suggest the public cannot trust in the measures we have in place, nor should anyone think English football would ever get complacent to the risks of doping.

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