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Wednesday 29, Mar 2017

  World Archery Warns Of Potential Anti-Doping Dangers Of Beauty Products And Supplements

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A notice has been issued by World Archery to all of its National Federations regarding the potential anti-doping issues involved with the use of beauty products and supplements.

Two athletes were found to have committed anti-doping rule violations for the presence of Sibutramine, the prohibited substance, in the past year. The substance was ingested either through contaminated nutritional supplements or beauty products. Both archers received doping bans between six and eight months. The sport’s governing body did not disclose information about the identity of the two archers. However, it was disclosed by the disciplinary panels that the athletes took the substance unintentionally.

A statement from World Archery reads that it has issued an anti-doping notice to remind athletes to check the contents of any supplement or product and strongly consider the possible implications of consumption. The statement further reads that prohibited substances may be added deliberately during a product’s manufacturing process or included inadvertently through contamination and also added that the prohibited substance in many cases is not listed on the product’s ingredient label. The statement also reads that athletes are solely responsible for any substance that enters their body and therefore strongly advised to consult a doctor, specialist or their national anti-doping agency before consuming any sort of dietary or beauty supplement.

Any athlete who is competing in a world record status or world ranking competition, according to World Archery rules, may be tested for anti-doping purposes while additional controls at other events could be imposed by National Federations.

Jay Lyon, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, is presently serving a doping ban of two years following a failed drugs test. The 30-year-old Lyon won the individual silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claimed he “never intentionally took anything”.

Lyon received a suspension until May 19, 2018 after he tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. The stimulant that is not a controlled substance in North America is said to be present in a number of products that has subsequently resulted in athletes being caught out. Some of the high-profile athletes testing positive for the substance include Jamaica’s Olympic champion sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. They were both banned for a period of 18 months each before the Court of Arbitration for Sport slashed their suspensions to just six months.

In another development, an agreement was formalized between World Archery and the Archery Trade Association (ATA) in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the agreement, both parties initially signed a commitment to join forces before the fourth stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup season in Las Vegas. The ATA represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, and others working in the archery industry.

A World Archery statement reads that formalizing of the agreement is an indication of the two organizations’ shared vision for a world in which everyone has the opportunity to make archery their activity of choice in the communities where they live. World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen remarked the ATA and World Archery have been collaborating on projects for a number of years. Dielen added this MoU formalizes our commitment to continue that relationship, working together for the betterment of archery – and through shared expertise, better approaching the challenges and opportunities we face as a community.

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Wednesday 16, Jul 2014

  Victoria Swimmer Gets One-Month Suspension

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Olympic swimmer Alec Page of Victoria will not be able to attend the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games due to a one-month suspension for what is being labeled an inadvertent doping.

The urine sample of Page collected at the Canadian swim trials for the Games, held in April at his home Saanich Commonwealth Place revealed traces of the prohibited substance Probenecid that is a masking agent. The athlete is supported by Swimming Canada and it was remarked that the 20-year-old athlete accidentally ingested Probenecid through a tainted supplement he was using.

Swimming Canada remarked the reason for the light sentence is that the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that administers doping control and violation sanctions in the country found the degree of fault of Page to be low. The one-month ban imposed on Page ran May 25 to June 25 but the violation retroactively purged his time and first-place finish in the 400-metre IM from the trials since he tested positive, which means he cannot be on the roster for the Canadian team for both the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Pan-Pacific championships on the Gold Coast of Australia.

In a statement released through Swimming Canada, Page said it is an unfortunate situation and came as a complete shock. The athlete also remarked he has always followed a strict and regimented program with regards to his diet and what supplements he puts into his body, following prescribed guidelines developed by national experts. The swimmer said he respects the anti-doping rules and understands they are put in place to create a level playing field for all athletes and added he is always honored to wear the Maple Leaf and represent his country on the international stage.

Page also remarked he loves his sport and all of the people he have met doing it and said he would never do anything to jeopardize that. Page also said he is very disappointed that he will not be able to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific championships. The athlete also remarked he understands there is a consequence associated with the risk of taking supplements and added things like this can still happen even after consulting national experts and following the right guidelines. The Canadian swimmer further remarked this has been a difficult time but he is glad this predicament is over now and he can move on and added he loves representing Canada and will continue to push forward and keep his focus on the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In a statement, Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi said it is Alec did not intend to cheat and that the presence of trace amounts of this substance was inadvertent and added that a reduced ban was appropriate and allows Alec to continue pursuing his career as one of Canada’s most talented young swimmers.

The situation is reminiscent of the controversy involving triathlete Kelly Guest of Victoria who was removed from the squad for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games after Kelly inadvertently ingested the steroid Nandrolone that he claimed must have been through the nutritional supplements he was taking.

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Thursday 25, Apr 2013

  Athletes Often Misuse Protein Supplements

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Athletes Often Misuse Protein Supplements

According to a recent study, protein supplements don’t improve performance or recovery time and such supplements are inefficient for most athletes.

Martin Fréchette, a researcher and graduate of the Université de Montréal Department of Nutrition, said these supplements are often poorly used or unnecessary by both high-level athletes and amateurs.

Fréchette submitted questionnaires to 42 athletes as part of his thesis for the Masters degree. In the questionnaire, sportsmen were asked about their use of supplements while keeping a journal of their eating habits for three days and came from a variety of disciplines including biathlon, cycling, long-distance running, swimming, judo, skating, and volleyball. Nine out of 10 athletes reported food supplements on a regular basis and they consumed an average of 335 products: energy drinks, multi-vitamins, minerals, and powdered protein supplements. Fréchette found their knowledge of food supplements to be weak and remarked the role of proteins is particularly misunderstood and said only one out of four consumers could associate a valid reason, backed by scientific literature, for taking the product according.

Seventy percent of athletes in Fréchette’s study didn’t feel their performance would suffer if they stopped such consumption despite the widespread use of protein supplements and Fréchette said more than 66 percent of those who believed to have bad eating habits took supplements. For those who claimed to have ‘good’ or ‘very good’ eating habits that number climbs to 90 percent. He further stressed that supplements come with certain risks and contended that their purity and preparation aren’t as controlled as prescription medication and sports supplements often contain other ingredients than those listed on the label and some athletes consume prohibited drugs without knowing.

No less than 81 percent of athletes taking supplements already had sufficient protein from their diet, Fréchette said and added that the use of multivitamins and minerals can make up for an insufficient intake of calcium, folate yet not for lack of potassium. Other studies have shown that 12 to 20 percent of products that are regularly used by athletes include prohibited substances and a particular interest by the athletes on the efficiency, legality, and safety of those drugs was observed by Fréchette. The researcher and graduate of the Université de Montréal Department of Nutrition also remarked that consumers of supplements had levels of sodium, magnesium, niacin, folate, vitamin A and iron that exceeded the acceptable norms, which makes them susceptible to health problems such as nausea, vision trouble, fatigue and liver anomalies.

In another study, Tim Byers, MD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health and associate director for prevention and control at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, disclosed that Beta-carotene, selenium and folic acid have now been shown to increase the risk of developing a host of cancers. Byers added that we need to do a better job as a society in ensuring that the messages people get about value versus risk is accurate for nutritional supplements and also added that his conclusion is that taking high doses of any particular nutrient is more likely to be a bad thing than a good thing.

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

  Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Views On Anabolic Steroids

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@Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and the Austrian-born former actor, has no fears or ashamed of using anabolic steroids during his years as a champion body builder.  In fact, we have speculated in the past about what Arnold Schwarzenegger cycles used.

Schwarzenegger had remarked in the past that he has no regrets about using performance enhancing drugs as he used them under the supervision of a doctor and steroids were very much legal at that time. The former seven-time Mr. Olympia however said he would not encourage use of steroids as that will send a wrong message to children but added that he has no problems with sportsmen making use of nutritional supplements and other legal substances for improving their performance.

Born on July 30, 1947 as Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, the Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder began weight training at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, Arnold Schwarzenegger chose bodybuilding over football as a career at the age of 14 and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest while serving in the Austrian Army in 1965.

His first attempt to Mr. Olympia failed when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva in 1969 but won the competition in 1970 to become the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23. At the age of 23, the bodybuilder captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York in 1970. He played the role of Hercules in 1970′s Hercules in New York and was followed by director Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) and Stay Hungry (1976) but his rise was primarily attributed to his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron (1977). In addition to this, Schwarzenegger appeared in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982 that was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and then made a huge impact with director James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator.

His autobiography/weight-training guide Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was published in 1977 and became an instant hit. In 1977, Schwarzenegger admitted to using anabolic steroids which were legal at that time and said he used the performance enhancing drugs to maintain muscle size while on a strict diet. He added that his use of steroids was for muscle maintenance when cutting up and not for muscle growth.

Schwarzenegger’s personal records include Clean & press – 264 lb (120 kg), Squat – 215 kg (470 lb), Deadlift – 310 kg (680 lb), Clean & jerk – 298 lb (135 kg), Snatch – 243 lb (110 kg), and Bench press – 200 kg (440 lb).

Legacy of Schwarzenegger is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition and he is considered as one of the most important figures in the history of body building. Arnold has presided over many contests and awards shows besides being a prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long after retiring.

Pumping Iron (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Movie – 12 part series, this is part 1


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Monday 17, Oct 2011

  Boxer had excess amount of potassium in system at time of death

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One of the contributing factors of boxer Anthony Jones’ death may have been an excess amount of potassium in Jones’ system, an Arkansas State Athletic Commission report released this week.

Jones was knocked out during a January heavyweight bout in Benton, Arkansas, but showed no signs of impairment after Quincy Palmer, his opponent, knocked him to the canvas in the second round.

“The short and overly simplistic answer is that Mr. Jones died as the result of a cascading systems failure caused by extraordinarily complex biological and chemical processes of multiple origins,” the report says. One of the steroids found in Jones’ system was the veterinary steroid boldenone.

Tuesday 04, Oct 2011

  Deer antler spray added to MLB banned substance list

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A warning has been sent to MLB players from Major League Baseball for them to avoid the use of Deer Antler spray or face suspension for using a league banned substance.

The spray, which is an alternative to steroids, has been added to the MLB list of”potentially contaminated nutritional supplements.”

MLB players are currently being educated about the drug since long-term effects from the drug have not been explored at this time.

Saturday 24, Sep 2011

  Baseball players warned over deer antler spray

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According to a story first reported by Sports Illustrated and confirmed by the New York Times, baseball players in both the major and minor leagues have been warned to stop ingesting deer-antler spray.

The spray consists of “potentially contaminated nutritional supplements” and has been added to MLB‘s list of cautionary substances.

Manufacturers of the spray claim that it boosts “anabolic or growth stimulation,” “athletic performance” and “muscular strength and endurance.”

Sunday 14, Aug 2011

  MLB keen to curtail deer antler spray use

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MLB keen to curtail deer antler spray useA warning was issued by the Major League Baseball (MLB) to major and minor league players last week for stop ingesting deer antler spray.

Baseball players used to felt safe using a deer antler spray as an alternative to steroids with almost no risk of flunking a drug test.

MLB added the product to its list of “potentially contaminated nutritional supplements.”

Friday 05, Aug 2011

  North Korea Manufacturing Banned Drugs for Athletes

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North Korea Manufacturing Banned Drugs for AthletesAccording to a high-ranking defector from the communist state, North Korea has been manufacturing banned substances on a state-wide level for years for helping its athletes excel at the highest level.

The statement comes just days after five of North Korean athletes tested positive for anabolic steroids.

“The Sports Science Research Institute under North Korea’s Physical Culture and Sports Ministry operates two plants in Pyongyang’s Potong and Sosong districts that produce drugs for athletes,” said the defector.

Wednesday 16, Mar 2011

  Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of me

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Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of meVictor Conte, the founder of the designer drugs pharmacy BALCO, has revealed that Marion Jones, the greatest female athlete of her generation, was provided with insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and ‘The Clear’ (users’ slang for THG) as well as nutritional supplements.

Conte also said Jones was on a cocktail of drugs including insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and THG when she won three gold medals and two bronze at the Sydney Olympics.

Conte also said, “Soon I was working with their (Jones and Montgomery’s) rivals,” he says. It is here that Dwain Chambers, of Great Britain, enters the story, another who, despite being banned, continues to profess his innocence. Conte says he gave Chambers “the full enchilada”: ‘The Clear,’ insulin, EPO, growth hormone, modafinil and a testosterone cream.

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