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Saturday 13, Jul 2013

  Gerard Kinsella Banned For Two Years

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Gerard Kinsella Banned For Two Years

The Football Association has banned Gerard Kinsella, of Fleetwood Town, for two years after failing a drugs test.

Kinsella admitted an FA charge after a sample he gave in February contained Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. The 21-year-old midfielder will be banned from football until February 2015 after being hit with a 24-month suspension, backdated to the date the sample was collected.

Nandrolone is the same drug that led to a four-month ban on Netherlands international Edgar Davids and Portugal defender Fernando Couto after they tested positive while playing in Italy in 2001. The anabolic steroid was also the reason behind the two-year ban on former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie in 1999 and a one-year ban on Czech tennis player Petr Korda in 1998.

An FA statement read Fleetwood Town’s Gerard Kinsella has been suspended from football and all football activities for two years, subject to any appeal, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a breach of its anti-doping regulations. It was further revealed that the player was charged under FA Rule E25 for a breach of Regulation Three after he gave a sample following an out-of-competition test which contained the presence of a prohibited substance, namely Nandrolone, listed as an anabolic androgenic steroid in the 2013 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code. The statement also disclosed that Kinsella, who requested a personal hearing, will serve a 24-month suspension commencing 5 February 2013 (backdated to the date of sample collection) until 4 February 2015 [inclusive].

The midfielder, who has yet to play a first-team game for Fleetwood, has 12 months remaining on his contract at Highbury. Club’s chief executive Steve Curwood remarked it is very disappointing situation for everybody and there are no winners here at all and said the lad has done something which he now obviously regrets and It was something he shouldn’t have done and we’ve got to feel for him because his career, albeit short so far, has now gone into a serious decline. Curwood added we’ll sit down with him and his representatives to discuss what is generally a sorry situation for everybody and went on to add that we’ve got a detailed and serious medical department who look at these issues and we’re confident it is an isolated issue.

Kinsella said the positive result came after his cousin twice injected him with Durabolin to relieve the pain from a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, his cousin told an FA commission that he made use of Durabolin himself as a painkiller and was not aware it was also known as Nandrolone that promotes muscle growth and reduces fatigue. Kinsella said he didn’t even know what the substance was and insisted what happened was ‘stupidity in desperation.’ He further added that he never took it as a performance enhancer, so no one can call me a cheat. The midfielder, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career and dislocated his shoulder twice in October and December last year, in the meanwhile is training as an asbestos removal expert.

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Tuesday 25, Sep 2012

  Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

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Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is reeling with news that East Perth footballer Dean Cadwallader has tested positive to anabolic steroids and is banned for a period of two years. Cadwallader as informed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of a positive result taken from him during the state team program.

Cadwallader returned a positive test for nandrolone, which is prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and listed as an S1 Anabolic Agent on the 2010 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List; both the ‘A” and “B” samples of the football player returned positive results to nandrolone, the anabolic steroid. The 19-year-old tested positive to the substance and under Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations for which the prescribed penalty is an automatic suspension of two years.

The 19-year-old from Stirling made his league debut for the Royals in round two in 2010 and played in 11 games before he was dropped for the clash with Claremont on June 26. A speedy midfielder on the radar of a number of AFL clubs, Dean Cadwallader, was stood down by East Perth when the club was notified of the first positive test. The AFL hopeful was not allowed to play competitive football until June 2012 under the ruling. His period of ineligibility was fixed at two years backdated to June 21, 2010.

WAFL tribunal chairman Paul Heaney said Cadwallader admitted that he willingly took the drug to increase his weight after being told by his coach that he need to put on weight if he wants to be eligible for the AFL draft and play league football in WA. The WAFL had conducted the tribunal process in strict accordance with the AFL’s anti-doping code, acting WAFL operations manager Steve Hargrave said and added the West Australian Football League is in close consultation with key partners such as the AFL, DSR, Sports Medicine Australia, and ASADA in our ongoing development of the WAFL drug education program.

Nandrolone is commonly used by professional sportsmen to increase muscle mass and has been used illegally by athletes including Linford Christie and tennis player Petr Korda.

Cadwallader said he would like to acknowledge his actions and expressed regret for the disappointment caused to all. The player rendered an apology to his family, my teammates, the East Perth Football Club and its staff, its members and its supporters and said he has made a big mistake and paid a heavy price for that. Cadwallader expressed hopes that he can soon come back to the game and make a positive contribution. The footballer chose not to inform the club of how and why the banned steroid was taken.

East Perth coach Tony Micale said there was no need for Cadwallader to do anything like that as he had he natural talent to achieve the highest level without using drugs and said he is shocked to learn about the doping incident. Micale added that Dean had just made an error of judgment on this occasion and said he was not aware of other players at the club using drugs or not and declined to comment when asked how long Dean had been taking nandrolone.

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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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Wednesday 27, Apr 2011

  Majority of athletes taking creatine

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Majority of athletes taking creatineA shocking survey of athletes in Britain has revealed the widespread use of the controversial dietary supplement marketed as a legal alternative to anabolic steroids, creatine.

Nearly 57 percent said they had taken creatine, in a poll of elite men and women athletes conducted by The Independent newspaper.

The figure was a startling 100 percent among weightlifters and rugby league players.

Tuesday 12, Apr 2011

  Linford Christie to address MPs

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Linford Christie to address MPsOlympic gold medalist, Linford Christie was invited to a committee of MPs, which focuses on performance enhancing drugs.

Two scholars, Roger Maughan, Loughborough University, and Julian Savulescu, Oxford, have also been invited to address the committee.

An inquiry for human enhancement technologies in sport, in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics, is being conducted by the Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Wednesday 09, Mar 2011

  Linford Christie to address MPs on performance enhancement in sport

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Linford Christie to address MPs on performance enhancement in sportThe Olympic gold medalist, Linford Christie, has been asked to address a committee of MPs which is looking into performance enhancing drugs.

Two academics, Roger Maughan, of the University of Loughborough, and Julian Savulescu, of Oxford, have also been asked to address the committee.

An inquiry into human enhancement technologies in sport in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic games is being undertaken by the Commons science and technology committee.

Thursday 17, Feb 2011

  Nandrolone a hit with Akhtar, Christie, and Korda

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Nandrolone a hit with Akhtar, Christie, and KordaPakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, former Olympic 100m champion, Linford Christie and tennis player Petr Korda have been among the famous sportspersons who have tested positive for steroid Nandrolone.

The anabolic steroid is used by athletes for muscle growth, appetite stimulation, increased red blood cell production, and bone density.

The use of nandrolone is directly detectable in hair or indirectly detectable in urine by testing for the presence of 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite.

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.

Thursday 07, Oct 2010

  Locog embarrassed after withdrawing job offer to drugs cheat

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Locog embarrassed after withdrawing job offer to drugs cheatOfficials for London 2012 Olympics have been forced to withdraw a high-profile job offer of technical operations manager for weightlifting to a known former drugs cheat.

Sevdalin Marinov, 42, had been offered the role of technical operations manager for London 2012 despite testing positive for steroids in 1994 and a life ban that was subsequently overturned.

Marinov is the son-in-law of the International Weightlifting Federation vice-president Sam Coffa and was due to start his new job next Monday but Locog have now withdrawn their offer following an intervention by the senior management.

Wednesday 14, May 2008

  Are Tests for Steroids Conclusive?

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steroids-testsIn recent years, many amateur and professional athletes have been served punishments because they have been tested positive for steroids. And the punishments have varied in severity. Some were slapped with just a reprimand, others with suspension, and a few were dealt with harsher penalties – a lifetime ban from professional sports plus a jail term. Take a look at Tammy Thomas’s case, one of the most recent and controversial convictions due to steroid use in professional sports.

Because of the possible penalties, and not to mention the ridicule that might likely to be suffered by a steroid use, this question arises: Are tests for steroids conclusive?

According to one BBC News article a drug test may not be absolutely indicate that an athlete is consciously taking steroids like nandrolone. The article says that “even though a drug test may indicate that the subject has apparently taken nandrolone to boost muscle growth and increase strength; this does not necessarily prove wrongdoing.”

This is because the body can naturally create a form of nandrolone. This can happen when you eat large quantities of meat products contaminated with this compound. It can also happen when ingesting dietary supplements whose metabolites are basically the same substances created when nandrolone is broken down. These dietary supplements are not illegal substances.

Nandrolone is a compound that is known to improve the athlete’s capacity to train and compete. And like most steroids, nandrolone also reduce fatigue thereby improving the endurance of athletes who use it.

Famous athletes who have been tested positive for nandrolone include sprinter Linford Christie of Britain, Czech tennis player Petr Korda, and Christophe Dugarry French rugby player.

In addition, a study commissioned and funded by Informed-Choice and conducted by HFL Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based testing lab, has found out that there were 13 sports supplements that contained banned steroids (out of 52 tested) and six contained banned stimulants (out of 54 tested). The study, however, did not name the supplements which include energy drinks.