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Saturday 27, May 2017

  Pan Am Conference Conclude With Anti-Doping Insights

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The two-day Pan American Conference, co-hosted by The Jockey Club and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC), has concluded at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

The Conference was featured with presentations on a wide variety of topics by prominent individuals from inside and outside the Thoroughbred racing industry. The conference was attended by more than 400 participants from 25 countries. The lineup of speakers included Bill Thomason, the president and chief executive officer of Keeneland Association; Noted sports anti-doping attorney Professor Richard McLaren, OC; Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports; Larry Bowers, PhD, who served as chief science officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) until his recent retirement; and Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of The Stronach Group, delivered the keynote address and reminded delegates that they must work together to ensure future of the sport. Belinda remarked she is really optimistic about the future if we work together as industry on race-day medication, Thoroughbred aftercare, and the range of issues we have discussed here. The chairman and president of The Stronach Group added the future looks really promising and she is very committed to strengthening our sport and investing in racetracks and hope to really broaden the reach and modernize this great sporting legacy for the future.

Jon Miller commented this is an international sport and we’ve had great success with our international properties. The president of programming for NBC Sports also said we know how to tell stories about the participants and also added that we are aiming to bring in casual viewers and to turn those casual viewers into fans of the sport.

In a presentation preceding a panel dedicated to integrity, McLaren urged attendees to join forces as an international community to combat doping together. McLaren also commented that harmonized, centralized, self-regulated regime and investigations are keys for maintaining fairness in sport and also remarked that national oversight with outside regulation is the only approach since government has a stake in the system in horse racing. McLaren also said you need a proper, single set of rules and uniform regulation.

Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, said horses should compete only when they are free of medication and drugs. Romanet highlighted on the importance of the worldwide harmonization of the anti-doping rules and out-of-competition testing and also remarked we must have out-of-competition testing because we have new major doping agents and without out-of-competition testing we will not find them.

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, in welcome remarks to the international audience, encouraged American racing participants to forge ahead to be more global and remarked the main goals of the conference were to learn about better policies, better practices and build stronger relationships.

Di Arbuthnot of the United Kingdom-based Retraining of Racehorses retirement program said it is the entire racing industry’s responsibility for the welfare of the Thoroughbred racehorse. Arbuthnot added racing needs to lead the way and added there will be no racing if we fail on welfare and aftercare.

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Saturday 11, Feb 2017

  Endurance Horses Test Positive For Doping In UAE

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The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) has confirmed seven cases of horses testing positive for prohibited substances.

The FEI, for the first time, has suspended the horse trainers and riders with immediate effect. Usually, only riders receive immediate sanctions.

FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibanez said we take all breaches of the FEI anti-doping regulations extremely seriously and these latest positives demonstrate clearly that those using prohibited substances will be caught. Ibanez added this is the first time that we have suspended the trainers at the same time as the athletes, but when there are multiple breaches by one trainer, it is clear that there is something wrong with the stable management. The FEI secretary general also remarked that suspending the trainers immediately, rather than waiting until the athlete has been prosecuted, confirms that the FEI will not tolerate any attempts to enhance the performance of the horse.

All horses tested positive for the same four prohibited substances: the stimulant caffeine and its metabolites Theophylline, Theobromine, and Paraxanthine. Theophylline that is clinically indicated for the treatment of asthma and various respiratory diseases can be metabolized into caffeine. One of the horses also tested positive for Flumetasone, the corticosteroid, which is beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders.

Under the FEI’s equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules (EADCMRs), Theophylline, caffeine and Theobromine are listed as controlled medication and specified substances and Paraxanthine is a banned substance under the FEI EADCMRs. Under the anti-doping rules, controlled medications are used to treat horses on a regular basis but must have cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition, while banned substances should never be found in the body of the horse.

The horses, all registered to the UAE, were tested at four different events at the Al Wathba venue in Abu Dhabi.

Castlebar Lightning, ridden by the UAE’s Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamri, Intisaar, ridden by the UAE’s Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, and Mraseel, ridden by the UAE’s Sheikh Sh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum in the CEI2 120km ride at Al Wathba on 17 December 2016, tested positive for the four substances. Mraseel also tested positive for Flumetasone.

Samples taken at the CEI2 120km ladies ride at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi in the UAE on 26 November 2016 from Rafik De Kerpoint, ridden by Ireland’s Amy Louise McAuley tested positive for all four substances.

Salam Banquetol, ridden by the UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri to finish second at the CEI2* 120km event at Al Wathba on 24 December, tested positive to all four substances, as did both Tom Jones TE, ridden by the UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri, and Aspenview Amir, ridden by the UAE’s Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi at the CEI2 120km event at Al Wathba on 14 January 2016.

The seven horses are also suspended for a two-month period from the date of notification (30 January 2017). The seven riders and the trainers Ismail Mohd, Khalifa Ghanim Al Marri and Mohd Ahmed Ali Al Subose have all been provisionally suspended from the same date.

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Wednesday 06, Apr 2016

  UK Anti-Doping To Face A Government-Mandated Investigation

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Britain’s anti-doping agency will face a government-mandated investigation into why it dismissed allegations that a “tainted” doctor prescribed performance enhancing drugs to a sportsman. Andy Ward, who stood down as Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in January, has been appointed by the UKAD board with the agreement of Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to review UK Anti-Doping’s handling of the Dr Mark Bonar saga.

Recently, the Sunday Times newspaper revealed that documents implicating Dr. Mark Bonar were handed to UK Anti-Doping in 2014 by an unnamed sportsman who had been suspended for breaching doping rules. It was confirmed on Sunday by UK Anti-Doping that an investigation had been opened into the doctor after interviewing a sportsperson in April and May 2014.

The Sunday Times also managed to secretly record Bonar making allegations to an unnamed “aspiring Olympic runner” who was sent by the newspaper house to him about how banned performance enhancing drugs had been prescribed for sportspeople. Bonar was recorded as saying some of these treatments he uses are banned on a professional circuit and therefore the “athlete” should be mindful of that but he has worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments.

Britain’s anti-doping agency further revealed it let off the doctor as he fell outside its jurisdiction because he was not governed by a sport. In a statement, UKAD said it had no other intelligence to corroborate the sportsman’s allegations. UK Anti-Doping further added it as a result recommended to the sportsperson that more information was needed and that information could be passed, if appropriate, to the General Medical Council, which does have the powers to investigate possible medical malpractice and pursue if necessary.

Britain’s culture, media, and sport department wants UK Anti-Doping about its handling of the case. In a statement, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said he had asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean. Whittingdale added there is no room for complacency in the fight against doping and the government is already looking at whether existing legislation in this area goes far enough and added if it becomes clear that stronger criminal sanctions are needed then we will not hesitate to act.

Reacting to the case, the General Medical Council, the regulatory body for doctors, said Bonar does not presently hold a license so cannot practice medicine in Britain. GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said these are serious allegations and we will follow them up as a matter of urgency.

The Sunday Times reported that Bonar later denied doping sportspeople. The newspaper quoted Bonar as saying the fact that some of my patients happen to be professional athletes is irrelevant. Bonar also said if they have proven deficiencies on blood work and are symptomatic, he will treat them and also added that they are well fully aware of the risks of using these medicines in professional sport and it is their responsibility to comply with anti-doping regulations.

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Tuesday 26, Mar 2013

  Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

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Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

Mexican professional boxer Érik Isaac Morales Elvira has received a doping ban of two years after he twice tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol last October, prior to his junior welterweight bout with Danny Garcia, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 36-year-old Erik Morales was knocked out by Danny Garcia at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20 and it was argued by the critics that the fight should have been cancelled, while the debate about the doping policies of boxing raged anew. Boxers are not subject to a uniform drug-testing policy as the sport has no national governing body.

Before the fight, both the boxers agreed to be tested by USADA and signed a contract that stipulates any adjudication process must go through the agency. The legal process was still ongoing despite the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding the positive drug test results of Morales. The fight was allowed by NYSAC even though Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 3 and 10.

A portion of USADA’s statement reads professional boxing does not have a universally-implemented, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited anti-doping program, and as a result of the lack of effective testing, many professional boxers and event organizers have contracted with USADA to conduct comprehensive anti-doping programs prior to and during their fights. It also stated that USADA conducts testing programs for professional boxing matches only when both athletes contractually agree to participate in the anti-doping program, which stipulates agreeing to abide by the applicable anti-doping rules, including the rules regarding the adjudication process and sanctioning.

The boxer had said he might retire after the October 20 bout rather than face the potential sanction and had until February 18 to respond to USADA as to whether he would contest the decision, and was granted an extension. A ban of two years was imposed on Morales after he selected not to elect an “independent arbitration process,” according to an announcement by USADA.

The former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2), and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao and ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. Erik Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. The record of Morales consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2KO) and he has won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. The Mexican-born boxer also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Monday 17, Sep 2012

  Michael Rodgers Accepts Nine-Month Ban

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Michael Rodgers Accepts Nine-Month Ban

US Sprinter Michael Rodgers has accepted a ban of nine months after he failed to clear a drug test. An athlete in the sport of Track & Field, Rodgers of Hutto, Texas tested positive for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine).

The 26-year-old sprinter tested positive during an in-competition urine sample collected at the Sport e Solidarieta event on July 19, 2011, in Lignano, Italy. Stimulants like methylhexaneamine are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

The 2009 national champion in the 100 meters, Michael Rodgers, was eligible for the Olympic trials and a spot on the U.S. team in London. The American sprinter accepted a nine-month period of ineligibility, beginning on July 19, 2011 the day his urine sample was collected. As a result of this sanction, the sprinter is disqualified from any and all results obtained on and subsequent to July 19, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. The sprinter originally made a request for a hearing in front of independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel at which Rodgers offered an inaccurate and misleading testimony but soon recognized his responsibility and agreed to accept his sanction and to pay the full cost of the arbitration hearing before the false testimony was acted upon by the arbitration panel by acknowledging the truth to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The sprinter offered dependent corroborating evidence that his positive drug test resulted from the use of the supplement called Jack3d several days prior to a competition. An advisory was issued by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency on June 16, 2011 to make athletes aware of the concerns regarding methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). Athletes subject to the WADA Prohibited List are advised to avoid supplements that reference methylhexaneamine, dimethylpentylamine, 1,3-Dimethylamylamine HCl, dimethylamylamine, geranium, geranamine, or geranium stems or which purport to come from geranium oil or any constituents of a geranium plant. Products sold as dietary supplements with Methylhexaneamine include Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports), and many others.

It was previously believed that the US world indoor 60m silver medalist Rodgers mistakenly consumed the stimulant while out socialising. The sprinter first claimed that he took an energy drink when in a club with some friends but later changed his story and admitted to taking a supplement called Jack3d.

Michael Rodgers finished third behind Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin at the US championships in June 2011. He earned his first Olympic berth with a strong performance at the U.S. Trials and was out-leaned in the men’s 100m final at the finish line, 9.93 to 9.94, by Ryan Bailey for third place and the final spot available on the Olympic team. He was however out of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a broken foot in what was termed by him as a 4th degree fracture. The sprinter finished fourth in the men’s 100m race at last month’s US Track and Field trials, running a personal-best 9.94 seconds.

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Friday 04, Mar 2011

  Call to bring an end to lifetime doping bans

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Call to bring an end to lifetime doping bansAndy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), recently said that lifetime Olympic bans are harming attempts to identify suppliers and root out drugs from sport.

Athletes are entitled to reduced bans if they provide evidence against those providing drugs, as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.

The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), in a column for the insidethegames website, wrote: “We have seen in the US and here in the UK how going beyond the anti-doping rules established by WADA creates confusion and impedes our role.