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Wednesday 08, Oct 2014

  Doping Effects Could Be Lifelong, Say Scientists

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Research by University of Oslo scientists has established that muscles of the body can retain the benefits provided by anabolic steroids decades after the point at which they were taken.

Findings of the research suggest that convicted dope cheats such as sprinter Justin Gatlin may still be benefiting from having taken banned drugs long after their bans have expired. The research data also casts shadow over once-banned athletes such as Tyson Gay of United States and Britain’s Dwain Chambers. This summer, Gatlin ran the fastest ever 100m and 200m times by an athlete in his thirties despite twice having served suspensions.

The study by University of Oslo scientists has huge implications for the present anti-doping system where an offender for the first time is unlikely to be suspended for more than two years and could actually serve less than half that.

Kristian Gundersen, Professor of Physiology at the University of Oslo, said he thinks it is likely that effects could be lifelong or at least lasting decades in humans. Gundersen added our data indicates the exclusion time of two years is far too short and even four years is too short.

The team of Gundersen studied the effect of steroids on female mice. Gundersen said he is convinced that the same mechanism is at work in muscles of humans and also added that other performance-enhancing drugs would have similar long-term benefits. Gundersen remarked he would be very surprised if there were any major differences between humans and mice in this context and also said the fundamental biology of muscle growth is similar in humans and in mice, and in principle any drug that builds muscle mass could trigger this mechanism. Gundersen also remarked if you exercise, or take anabolic steroids, you get more nuclei and you get bigger muscles and said if you take away the steroids, you lose the muscle mass, but the nuclei remain inside the muscle fibers.

The performances of Gatlin have caused disquiet in the athletics world. Dai Greene, Britain’s 2011 400m hurdles world champion, remarked Gatlin is over the hill as far as sprinting is concerned – he should never be running these times for the 100m and 200m. Greene added but he is still doing it, and you have to look at his past, and ask how it is still affecting him now, because the average person wouldn’t be able to do that. The 2011 400m hurdles world champion added those are incredible performances and not many people have run that fast separately, ever and further remarked it shows one of two things: either he’s still taking performance-enhancing drugs to get the best out of him at his advanced age, or the ones he did take are still doing a fantastic job.

Greene went on to remark that because there is no way he can still be running that well at this late point in his career and said after having years on the sidelines, being unable to train or compete, it doesn’t really add up – 9.77 is an incredibly fast time and you only have to look at his performances.

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Tuesday 07, Aug 2012

  Dwain Chambers Back In London Olympics

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Dwain Chambers Back In London Olympics – Cliff Notes

Dwain Chambers 1 - dopingDwain Chambers, born on 5 April 1978, has made his return at the London Olympics. A British track sprinter and considered to be one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, Dwain holds the European record for the 60 meters and 4×100 meters relay events with 6.42 seconds and 37.73 seconds, respectively.

In 1997, Chambers made a junior world record of 10.06 s in the 100 m and made his first Olympic appearance at the Sydney 2000 Games. He broke the 10-second barrier twice at the Edmonton World Championships and won silver at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, gold at the 2009 European Indoors, and became world champion at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

The athlete decided to relocate to California to work with veteran coach Remi Korchemny and nutritionist Victor Conte and recorded a 200 m personal best of 20.27 s in Athens on 10 June 2002 during the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Chambers also won the 100 m at the Commonwealth Games trials in style and was subsequently made team captain for the 2002 European Cup event. The captaincy brought the best out of Dwain and he went on to equal Linford Christie’s European Cup record of 10.04 s in the 100 m. After being injured in Manchester, the British athlete claimed a gold medal in the 100 m at the 2002 European Championships in Munich with a championship record of 9.96 s and recorded a time of 9.94 s at the Weltklasse Zürich meeting, again beating world record holder Greene. Dwain went on to receive the 2002 European Athlete of the Year Trophy for his achievements on the track.

Chambers’ personal best of 9.97 s set at the 1999 Seville World Championships places him as the third fastest European in the 100 m, behind Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu (9.86 s) and British record-holder Linford Christie (9.87 s).

 Dwain Chambers back in Team GB for London 2012 Olympics

When the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), a sample for an out-of-competition drugs test that Chambers had provided tested positive for a type of anabolic steroid called THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone. An independent UK Athletics tribunal banned him for two years, backdated to begin on 7 November 2003. Dwain was banned for life from the Olympics and stripped of the medals he had won since mid-2002; the athlete was also asked to pay back his earnings from the period of his athletics career by the IAAF that was affected by drug abuse.

In 2008, Chambers confessed to using epitestosterone cream, EPO, HGH, insulin lispro, modafinil, and liothyronine according to a letter by his supplier Conte to British anti-doping chief John Scott.

The two-year athletics ban and a lifetime Olympic ban in 2003 after he tested positive for Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) was overturned in 2012. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned his lifetime Olympic ban as the ban was deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Dwain Chambers won his heat in 10.02, with a legal 2.0 m/s following wind in the first round but finished fourth and did not make the final after running 10.05 in the semi-final.


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Tuesday 10, Jul 2012

  Two former drug offenders selected by Britain

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Two former drug offenders, who have served doping bans after testing positive for anabolic steroids, were named recently in the British athletics team for the London Olympics.

Sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot putter Carl Myerscough are the beneficiaries of a Court of Arbitration ruling that overturned the lifetime Games bans for drug offenders imposed by the British Olympic Association.

Andy Hunt said we will embrace any athlete, including Sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot putter Carl Myerscough, into the team. He added that both are welcomed into the team and will be given the best support and hopefully achieve the best performance possible.

Seventy-one athletes were named including Olympic women’s 400 meters champion Christine Ohuruogu, world champions Mo Farah (5,000 meters) and Dai Greene (400 meters hurdles) and Olympic triple jump silver medalist, and former world champion Phillips Idowu.

Monday 02, May 2011

  Calvin Harrison fails drug test

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Calvin Harrison fails drug testThe drugs crisis in athletics deepened when Calvin Harrison, America’s Olympic and world gold medallist, joined Britain’s Dwain Chambers in testing positive for a banned drug.

Harrison like Chambers is coached by the Ukrainian Remi Korchemny.

Sweden’s Arne Ljungqvist, the anti-doping chief for the International Olympic Committee as well as the International Association of Athletics Federations said, “Apparently, there’s an epidemic among track athletes of narcolepsy in the United States.”

Friday 11, Feb 2011

  Blood doping goes viral as cheats take the Internet way

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Blood doping goes viral as cheats take the Internet wayTwo decades ago, the world witnessed Ben Johnson fall to disgrace, yellow-eyed, shame-faced and seemingly faster than light, The Canadian set the image for the public perception of a drug cheat but the Johnson model is close to obsolete today.

Today, anti-doping officials share unanimity about what the cheats are using. Blood-doping, erythropoietin (EPO) and its variants, growth hormone, testosterone and designer steroids are manipulated for avoiding detection.

It is believed that these modern doping techniques and products will be powering some athletes to glory in the Olympics.

Wednesday 09, Feb 2011

  Doping war declared, US in shock

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Doping war declared, US in shockFor Darren Campbell, Britain’s highest-ranked sprinter at one time, a court appearance in San Francisco of Dwain Chambers‘ coach Remi Korchemny on charges of distributing performance enhancing drugs added further to his suspicion that his rival had not acted alone.

“Whether he knew [he was taking drugs] or not, I never believed Dwain was solely accountable. I like Dwain, but I’m upset with the whole thing . . . it’s just dirty,” the silver medalist in the 200 meters in Sydney.

Ex-President George Bush said, “The use of performance- enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message: that there are shortcuts to accomplishment and that performance is more important than character.”

Tuesday 08, Feb 2011

  Chambers to lose earnings from drug years

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Chambers to lose earnings from drug yearsOnce the biggest sportsman of Britain, Dwain Chambers is now running for nothing when he will make a return to competition after serving a two-year ban for using anabolic steroids.

Chambers was retrospectively disqualified from races in 2002 and 2003 and was asked by the International Association of Athletics Federations to return the $350,000 he won in that period.

Chambers admitted that he took drugs for 18 months before he tested positive in 2003.

Sunday 06, Feb 2011

  Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans together

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Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans togetherAlvin Harrison recently created a unique but unwanted piece of history when he was suspended for a period of four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after admitting taking a cocktail of banned performance enhancing substances.

Alvin became the second half of the first set of twins to be banned for drugs. His brother, Calvin, was suspended for two years in August for a second doping violation involving the stimulant modafinil.

Alvin Harrison won 4x400m relay Olympic golds at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic and is the third member of the US relay squad from Sydney to have either failed tests or been banned for doping, the others being his brother Calvin and Jerome Young.

Friday 14, Jan 2011

  Drugs cheat Chambers challenge Olympic drugs ban

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Drugs cheat Chambers challenge Olympic drugs banDwain Chambers recently achieved the Beijing qualifying time for the 100 meters at a small event in Germany and will now be challenging the ban that prevented him from competing in the Olympic Games.

Under the rules of the British Olympic Association, Chambers, 30, cannot represent Britain after he failed for the designer anabolic steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003.

It is believed that even if Chambers has his way, the world of athletics may not be an easy hunting ground for the British athlete now as in the past.

Wednesday 12, Jan 2011

  Most expensive legal battle in British Olympic history gets away

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Most expensive legal battle in British Olympic history gets awayFormer drugs cheat Dwain Chambers is all set to challenge the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban that prevents him from competing in the Games.

The most expensive legal battle in British Olympic history will see the 30-year-old Londoner took advantage of perfect conditions at the EnBW Weltklasse in Biberach to end a frustrating period.

From Guardian.co.uk:

Under the rules of the BOA, Chambers is banned from representing Britain in the Olympics because of the drugs test he failed in 2003 for the designer anabolic steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), but the athlete claims this is unfair and wants the ban lifted.

Time will be tight for Chambers and his legal team. The Olympic trials are due to be held on 11 July and the team must be finalised nine days later. Collins told Observer Sport last night that papers will be served on the BOA this week.

Chambers will be represented in the High Court by Jonathan Crystal, a specialist sports lawyer, whose previous clients include Brian Lara, Frankie Dettori and Graeme Souness.

‘All the papers are with the barrister already,’ said Collins. ‘He will be going through them early in the week, with the intention of serving them this week.’

Collins said he expects the case to be heard in the week leading up to the Olympic trials in Birmingham. ‘We think we have a strong action, but that will, obviously, be for the judge to decide,’ he said.

Chambers said that many people in the sport want him to disappear quietly but sprinting is what he was born to do.

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