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Sunday 23, Jan 2011

  Kelly Sotherton hopes it is all over for Blonska

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Kelly Sotherton hopes it is all over for BlonskaKelly Sotherton hopes the career of heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska is over after the athlete from Ukraine failed a drugs test for the second time.

It was confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Blonska has been “removed from the Olympic Games” and that she will not compete in the long jump final.

Former Olympic champion Denise Lewis, who won gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, expressed her “complete and utter joy” at Blonska’s downfall.

Saturday 16, Oct 2010

  Lyudmila Blonska stripped of silver

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Lyudmila Blonska stripped of silverUkrainian athlete Lyudmila Blonska has been stripped of her silver medal in the Olympic heptathlon after she tested positive for steroids.

The athlete was handed over a ban of two years in 2003 for testing positive to steroids and now faces a lifetime ban.

Kelly Sotherton, who finished fifth in the event in which Blonska got the silver medal, called for a worldwide policy for preventing drug cheats from returning to compete in the Olympics.

Wednesday 10, Sep 2008

  Rebeca Gusmao suspended for failing Anabolic Steroids test

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Fresh on the heels of Rebecca Gusmao’s positive steroid test, the Brazilian Swimming Federation (CBDA) has just announced that another swimmer, Rogério Karfunkelstein, has tested positive for steroids.

According to a press release on the CBDA’s website (warning, press release is in Portuguese), a December 14 sample taken from Karfunkelstein tested positive for the steroid stanozol. According to the release, Karfunkelstein is banned for two years beginning December 14. The release goes on to say the swimmer claims to have taken the steroid while trying to rehab an injured knee.

Karfunkelstein, ranked 90th in the world last year in the LCM 50 breastroke, puts Brazil at risk of having its Swimming Federation suspended by FINA for 2 years. FINA rules state that if FINA gets positive results on four athletes within a period of 12 months, the Federation will be banned for 24 months.

In 2006, Renata Burgos also tested positive for stanozolol during the Brazilian championships.

Stanozolol is commonly sold under the brand name Winstrol, which comes in both oral and intramuscular versions Winstrol Depot. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration/// for human use to treat several medical conditions, which include anemia and hereditary angioedema. In animals, stanozolol is used to improve appetite and promote muscle growth. Stanozolol is also known to improve red blood cell production and increases bone density in livestock.

Athletes who had been tested for stanozolol include Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska, who was also banned from her sport for life because she was found guilty of doping violations, testing positive for stanozolol twice, the first offense was in June 2003 and the second offense occurred at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics.

Other notable athletes who tested positive for this banned compound were sprinter Ben Johnson, slugger Rafael Palmeiro, and mixed martial arts heavyweight Tim Sylvia. Major League superstar Barry Bonds had been also accused of using stanozolol.

Tuesday 02, Sep 2008

  Lyudmila Blonska gets lifetime ban for second steroid offense

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Another athlete receives a lifetime ban due to steroid use. Ukraine’s Lyudmila Blonska is the latest casualty of the continued battle against steroid users in sports.

 shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do and Greek hurdler Fani Halkia.

Tuesday 26, Aug 2008

  Ukrainian heptathlete blames husband-coach for positive steroid test

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ukraine-steroids‘Tis the season of fingerpointing once again in the doping world. This fingerpointing incident, however, might interest many as matrimonial bliss is now at stake in this latest steroid-related scandal.

Lyudmila Blonska, one of the unfortunate few who got caught by the anti-doping officials in Beijing, points toward her husband (we bet you with her ring finger) Sergei Blonsky. Poor Blonsky, he did not utter a protest or else he would face cold nights on the floor.

Blonska was stripped of her silver medal on Friday because she tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone. The test was conducted at 2am following her second-place victory in the heptathlon last Saturday. Fellow Ukrainian Nataliia Dobrynska won the gold.
The International Olympic Committee has reportedly asked Blonska to hand back the silver medal after her failed doping test.

According to an AP report, Blonska was temporarily suspended by the IOC on Thursday and her medal was officially removed Friday by the IOC executive board.  The IOC has also asked the International Association of Athletics Federation to adjust the event’s results and deliberate further on Blonska’s case. Blonska could receive additional sanctions which could likely include a lifetime ban from the sport. This is strike two for Blonska as she tested positive for another banned compound stanozolol five years ago. She was suspended for two years for that first offense. (It seems to Blonska steroid use is such a hard habit to break).

Blonska was also dropped from Friday’s long jump final after finishing third in the qualifying that took place earlier in the week. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare competed in her lieu and won the bronze medal in the final event.

Reports say that Blonska expressed “shock” at the doping results saying she could not understand how the steroid wound up in her system. Blonska said she offered apologies to anti-doping officials and felt ashamed. She then blamed her husband for the failed doping test. Blonsky has been her coach for five years.

“She expressed that she trusted him to take care of her training and diet,” the IOC said. “She indicated that they had expressly agreed that she would not take any prohibited substances. However, her relationship with her husband was currently conflictual.” (We think “conflictual” is the euphemism for matrimonial bloodbath).

The Ukrainian team officials are likewise understandably unhappy with the positive test results. Blonska’s B sample came back positive on Thursday. The officials apologized for the positive results and described the incident as an “extraordinary case” because of her husband’s role. As such, the Ukrainian officials scheduled a meeting next Friday to hear out the case according to the IOC.

There is, however, the happy lot who welcomed Blonska’s disgraceful exit from the Olympics. One of whom was Carolina Kluft, the 2004 Olympic heptathlon champion who finished ninth in the long jump Friday.

“She doesn’t deserve my thought,” the Swede said. “I am just happy she got caught and is out of the sport forever.”

Britain’s elite long jumper Kelly Sotherton, who moved up to fourth in the heptathlon results due to Blonka’s, had continuously complained that Blonska should be disqualified from the Olympics because of her previous doping record.

“It’s great news, even if it’s quite negative,” she said. “It’s great news for my event and the other girls, especially as there was a medal on the line and hopefully that’s the last of her. I won’t have to talk about her again or compete against her again.”

Sunday 24, Aug 2008

  Now, it’s Ukrainian steroid spectacle in Beijing Olympics

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ukraine-steroidsOn the heels of Lyudmila Blonska’s steroid scandal at the Beijing Olympics is another steroid-related case with another Ukrainian athlete. This time around it’s weightlifter Igor Razoronov who has been kicked out of the Beijing Olympics because he tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

Razonov became the number 6 athlete to be ejected from the Games due to doping. Many doubt the integrity of the current Summer Games because so far only six athletes have been caught with doping infringements. If you’re to compare it to the last Olympics in Athens four years ago, that’s a paltry figure. Twenty-four athletes were thrown out for doping violations during the Athens Games, wherein three athletes were stripped of their gold medals. The Athens doping statistics is the highest ever in the history of the Olympics.

Currently, the International Olympic Committee has initiated 4,600 doping tests in Beijing and the number is expected to reach more than 5,000 up to the Games’ closing ceremony on Sunday.

The 38-year-old Razonov tested positive for the banned compound after competing in the 105kg-division Monday. He finished sixth in said event. According to the IOC, the weightlifter’s sample was more then a four times over the permitted threshold for the nandrolone. Razoronov did not ask testing for his B sample.

Ukrainian team officials, meanwhile, ‘apologized’ saying the positive result may be due to medication Razonorov was taking. They said Razonorov recently underwent elbow and knee surgery due to injuries.  This claim, however, was disproved by IOC medical director Patrich Schamasch. Schamasch said it was unlikely that such medical treatment would result to the presence of nandrolone in the sample. Further, Razonorov did not make any request for an exemption for use of medications.

The IOC has instructed the International Weightlifting Committee to make adjustments to the competition results and to further deliberate the case for any additional sanctions. Razoronov could face a two-year ban from his sport.

Razoronov’s compatriot heptathlete Blonska has tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone. Blonska was stripped of her silver medal she won on Saturday.

Saturday 23, Aug 2008

  You win some and you lose some on steroid use

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Lyudmila Blonska steroidsA grim fate may await Ukraine’s heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska. The hepathlete A sample has tested positive for a banned compound anabolic steroid methyltestosterone and could likely bite the dust should the quagmire she’s in turns for the worse.

The test was carried out at 2 a.m. in the morning after her competition. In the stepped-up anti-doping procedure adopted by the International Olympic Committee in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Committee, all top five finishers in the Beijing Olympics will be tested for banned compounds like anabolic steroids.

According to the International Association Athletics Federation, the world governing body for athletics, Blonska’s B sample will be tested later on Wednesday. If her second sample yields the same result, Blonska’s could face a lifetime ban since this, if proven guilty, would make her second infringement.

Under the WADA’s rules an athlete could face a lifetime ban if guilty of violating anti-doping rules for the second time. The 30-year-old Ukrainian had just returned to competition in 2005 after she was exposed and banned for using stanozolol in 2003. The lifetime ban could also mean the loss of the silver medal she recently won in Beijing.

A meeting of IOC chiefs will decide on Blonska’s case.

“This athlete has tested positive. Her B sample will be opened later…. and there will be a hearing…,” IAAF President Lamine Diack told reporters.

“We live in a society where people cheat, doping is never in the past. We can’t lower our guard,” Diack said.

When interviewed after her second-place finish on Saturday, Blonska’s shrugged off comments relating to athletes being banned from the Olympics if they have tainted doping records.
“That is all in the past… I made a mistake, but I returned,” Blonska said on Saturday. “Those who say I should be banned should look in the mirror.”

One of her detractors is British athlete Kelly Sotherton who competed against Blonska and finished fifth. “I’m pleased her teammate beat her,” Sotherton said last Saturday. “That makes it bittersweet. I’d have been really upset if she’d won gold. The penalty you should pay if you take drugs is not to compete at the Olympics.”

Blonska’s fellow Ukrainian Nataliaa Dobrysnska took the gold while American Hyleas Fountain won the bronze. Russia’s Tatiana Chernova finished fourth and, if Blonska is disqualified, Chernova would move up from fourth to the bronze.