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Wednesday 06, Mar 2013

  Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

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Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

Baseball union head Michael Weiner has announced that there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating the drug testing program of baseball.

Weiner said baseball already has the toughest penalties of any team sport and a ban of fifty games is more than one can see for the first time in hockey, basketball, and football. The baseball chief also said many players have expressed their desire to increase the penalties for sport cheaters and that may happen in 2014. However, any changes to the drug program must get the approval of both Major League Baseball and the players’ union.

The 51-year-old Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head in 2009 and announced in August he is being treated for a brain tumor.

The Baseball union head added that one area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone and remarked that the players approved this change to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH and the players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component. Testing for human growth hormone began last year but was limited to spring training. Weiner also added that he will have discussions with the players who were named in a report by The Miami New Times as having allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.

He, however, said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to the clinic accused of distributing banned performance enhancing drugs and said Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, the defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Meanwhile, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance enhancing drugs that he provided have come back negative. He and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of Biogenesis of America. Gonzalez said in a brief statement he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs.

Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, as part of the change to the joint drug agreement will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. He also went on to remark that players understand it is important to have the strongest program possible, and given both the testosterone changes and the HGH changes, they are very much for it.

In a statement, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said one of the strengths of baseball’s Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective. Manfred remarked that we are looking forward to discussions with the Major League Baseball Player Association about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.

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Wednesday 26, Sep 2012

  Georgian Power lifter Suspended

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Georgian Power lifter Suspended

Georgian Power lifter Shota Omarashvili has been suspended for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, according to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The power lifter returned an adverse analytical finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a urine sample provided on 27 August 2012 in an out of competition test prior to the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2012 Prohibited List under the category S1b and endogenous anabolic androgenic steroids when administered exogenously are prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code.

The following endogenous (“endogenous” refers to a substance which is capable of being produced by the body naturally) anabolic androgenic steroids when administered exogenously (“exogenous” refers to a substance which is not ordinarily capable of being produced by the body naturally) are prohibited under the WADA code: androstenediol (androst-5-ene-3β,17β-diol); androstenedione (androst-4-ene-3,17-dione); dihydrotestosterone (17β-hydroxy-5α-androstan-3-one); prasterone (dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA); testosterone and their metabolites and isomers, including but not limited to:5α-androstane-3α,17α-diol; 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol; 5α-androstane-3β,17α-diol; 5α-androstane-3β,17β-diol; androst-4-ene-3α,17α-diol; androst-4-ene-3α,17β-diol; androst-4-ene-3β,17α-diol; androst-5-ene-3α,17α-diol; androst-5-ene-3α,17β-diol; androst-5-ene-3β,17α-diol; 4-androstenediol (androst-4-ene-3β,17β-diol); 5-androstenedione (androst-5-ene-3,17-dione); epi-dihydrotestosterone; epitestosterone; 3α-hydroxy-5α-androstan-17-one; 3β-hydroxy-5α-androstan-17-one; 7α-hydroxy-DHEA ; 7β-hydroxy-DHEA ; 7-keto-DHEA; 19-norandrosterone; 19-noretiocholanolone.

Omarashvili will serve a two year suspension for the offence beginning on 6 September 2012, the date from which he was notified of his Anti-Doping Rule Violation and all results obtained from 27 August, the date of the test and onwards, will be disqualified with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. This would include Shota Omarashvili’s result from competing in the men’s 60kg powerlifting event at London 2012 where failed to complete a lift. The power lifter was also handed a financial sanction of 1,500 Euros.

Born on 25 November 1981, Shota Omarashvili was born prematurely with limited use of his legs and could not walk until he was three years old. His father joined the military with the aim of getting better health care for his son and died during the 1992-1993 war in Abkhazia when Shota was nine years old. Omarashvili went through four surgeries and his condition improved in the end but can still walk on his tiptoes. Shota started actively training for Paralympic weightlifting on March 12, 2009.

The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, has established the IPC Anti-Doping Code to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play that is in conformity with the general principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).

Meanwhile, Russian powerlifters Nikolay Marfin and Vadim Rakitin tested positive for human growth hormone a week before the Games started. While Marfin was stopped from taking part in the 100-plus kg class, Rakitin competed in the men’s under-90kg class.

Toni Pascual, chair of the International Paralympic Committee‘s anti-doping body, said this case is a world’s first as some of the advanced testing methods were used that were only introduced prior to London 2012 and they can detect misuse of human growth hormone over a span of weeks, compared to previous methods used which only detected use over a shorter time period.

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Sunday 11, Dec 2011

  Out-of-Competition doping control launched

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FIFA and a number of well-respected laboratories, like the Le Laboratoire suisse d’analyse du dopage (LAD), have recently reviewed the present drug-testing procedures within football and have come up with a new approach.

The primary aim of this approach would be to capture individual steroid profiles of players.

The main steroids constituting the individual steroid profile are Testosterone, Epitestosterone (E), Androsterone, Etiocholanolone, 5a-androstane-3a,17b-diol, and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol.

Tuesday 06, Dec 2011

  Olympic weightlifting champion banned

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Liao Hui, the Chinese Olympic weightlifting champion, has been suspended for nearly three years for doping.

The announcement was made by the state news agency Xinhua that also suggested that Hui would be missing the London Games.

Xinhua said Liao appeared on a list of 10 banned weightlifters issued by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and will be suspended until September 30, 2014.

Sunday 03, Jul 2011

  Jason Giambi details steroid use

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Jason Giambi details steroid useTestifying at home run king Barry Bonds‘ perjury trial, baseball star Jason Giambi said that he used illegal anabolic steroids that were obtained from the personal trainer of Bonds.

Giambi, who was the American League Most Valuable Player in 2000, described how he initiated the use of steroids after meeting trainer Greg Anderson at an all-star baseball game in Japan.

Giambi said he used the drugs for a few months before abandoning them.

Thursday 16, Dec 2010

  European women’s marathon champion denies using banned drugs

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European women’s marathon champion denies using banned drugsZivile Balciunaite, the European women’s marathon champion, has denied taking banned drugs following a provisional suspension by the Lithuanian athletics federation.

Balciunaite was suspended by the federation after a urine test at the European championships in Barcelona this year ascertained a deviation from the allowed ratio between the male sex hormone testosterone and epitestosterone.

It is worth noting here that testosterone and epitestosterone both occur naturally in women but an increased testosterone level possibly indicates that it has been administered artificially.

Sunday 05, Dec 2010

  Testosterone levels of Semenya within normal range

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Testosterone levels of Semenya within normal rangeAccording to a press report in South Africa, testosterone levels of Caster Semenya were found to be within the range that allows her to participate in women’s races.

The report stated that Semenya’s testosterone levels were not much of a deterrent despite being higher than usual.

It is worthwhile to note that Semenya had a spectacular win at Berlin in the 800m World Championship final after which her testosterone levels were found three times higher than normal.

Thursday 12, Aug 2010

  Steroid masking and diuretics

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Steroid masking and diureticsSportsmen on steroids are always concerned about doping test results and diuretics have emerged as clear favorites to hide the presence of anabolic steroids in urine samples.

Compounds like epitestosterone, plasma expanders, and secretion inhibitors are in great demand these days and have been assisting sportsmen on steroids to walk free without getting anywhere close to the suspicious eyes of anti-doping officials.

The fact that scientists and anti-doping officials are yet to find a way out to identify diuretics is surely giving professional sportsmen endless reasons to have the last laugh.

Monday 11, Jan 2010

  Steroid testing under dark clouds

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Steroid testing under dark cloudsThings are pretty much under dark clouds as far as the growing popularity of steroids is concerned as more and more people are making use of prescription drugs, steroids, and performance enhancing drugs than ever. These trends are especially alarming in the segments of bodybuilding, professional sports, and aging community.

It seems like almost every one was on steroids till steroid testing measures were introduced by the anti-doping fraternity. This can be easily evident from the fact that more and more individuals are using steroids despite tall claims from the anti-doping officials.

The fact that steroids help individuals to realize their long-cherished dreams without much effort and on a consistent basis is something that has long been alluring one and all towards steroids.

Monday 14, Dec 2009

  Steroid testing truth revealed

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Steroid testing truth revealedSteroid testing truth revealed The worlds of professional sports and celebrities are often being accused of sharing a relationship with anabolic steroids. While not many of them come openly to admit this relationship, the truth is that more and more people are using steroids and without a medical prescription.

The purpose of using steroids may be anything from improving performance and stamina to looking young and from developing body strength to adding solid muscle gains, but the popularity of steroids is on a high despite claims of doping and government officials.

While some think that steroids should best be legalized so that they are not abused in lack of medical advice, many others feel that steroids should be completely banned. While banning steroids may not be helpful in any way, legalizing them can be an option.

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