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Friday 09, Oct 2015

  IAAF Rules Out Serious Doping Offenders For Awards

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The International Association of Athletics Federations has announced that this year’s World Athlete of the Year award will not be open to athletes who have served serious doping suspension. This means athletes like Justin Gatlin, who served bans twice, will not be eligible for this year’s World Athlete of the Year awards.

The announcement read athletes who have been previously sanctioned with a serious doping offence shall not be eligible.

Last year, Gatlin’s name was included in the list of nominees that prompted a boycott from a nominated athlete, Germany’s Olympic discus champion Robert Harting. Harting, who also holds the world and European titles, said he did not want to get associated with two-time convicted drugs cheat Justin Gatlin. In 2001, Gatlin was banned after he tested positive for amphetamines but he appealed on the grounds that his failure to clear the test was because of a medication that he had been taking since his childhood to treat attention deficit disorder.

After Harting withdrew his name from the Athlete of the Year shortlist, the then IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe admitted he had “big problems” with Gatlin’s name being on the list. The IAAF was spared of further embarrassment after Gatlin failed to make the final three nominations and France’s world pole vault record breaker Renaud Lavillenie winning the Male World Athlete of the Year award last year.

However, many fail to notice last year that Gatlin’s US compatriot LaShawn Merritt, who was also among the 10 male nominations for the 2014 award.

It was insisted by the IAAF last year that it had no choice but to allow the nomination of Gatlin that was made by an international panel of athletics experts including representatives from all six continental IAAF areas. An IAAF spokesman had remarked Gatlin, as an eligible athlete who has had a great season is, logically, also eligible for consideration for the Athlete of the Year contest in the absence of any bylaw to prevent that happening.

Gatlin returned to the sport in 2010 after serving a doping ban of four year. This was after he previously served a ban of two years in 2001. Gatlin’s four-year ban was reduced on appeal and he was unbeaten over 100 and 200 meters in 2014 to win the IAAF’s Diamond Race trophy for the shorter sprint. Gatlin also finished the season with the fastest 100 and 200m times but was beaten by Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

The American sprinter was expected to make the shortlist of nine male nominations after running the five fastest 100m times of 2015 and having retained his IAAF Diamond Race Trophy.

Since this Award was first given in 1988, no athlete has won the title after serving a ban for a serious doping offence at the time of voting. Jamaica’s world and Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was the 2013 female World Athlete of the Year had a minor suspension after she was banned for a period of six months in 2010 after she returned a sample that contained the painkiller Oxycodone.

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Sunday 12, May 2013

  Ratcliff Ban Not Valid Anymore

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Ratcliff ban not valid anymore

A few days back reports in the media were suggesting that the Langley Thunder will be without one of their leading scorers after the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports handed down a two-year suspension to Lewis Ratcliff.

The Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport had made an announcement that the 31-year-old tested positive for Oxandrolone and Clenbuterol, two prohibited anabolic agents, as well as Oxycodone, a prohibited narcotic, while playing for Langley in the Mann Cup senior national lacrosse championship last September. Ratcliff acknowledged the violation and accepted the suspension according to the CCES and in a recent interview, he insisted that everything he put in his body was either prescribed or obtained over the counter to treat an injury.

The player also remarked that the whole process has been a nightmare and completely unfair and was surprised the CCES published a statement naming him and the substances for which he tested positive. The press release stated that Ratcliff waived his right to hearing, acknowledged the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted a two-year sanction ending November 9, 2014 in response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding. Lewis Ratcliff was rendered ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

The CCES had banned him till November 9, 2014 that could have meant that he may not be eligible to play in the Western Lacrosse Association during that time and was prohibited from playing in the 2014 world field lacrosse championship.

However, the same is not valid as the NLL, the pro league operating in the U.S. and Canada, says its policy on the use of performance enhancing drugs is governed by the collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association that allows for one random test per season. NLL said in a statement any testing conducted by any other entity is outside the scope of the CBA and is not an NLL matter.

The lacrosse player who plays for the Washington Stealth in the National Lacrosse League was drafted 49th overall by the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2001 NLL entry draft. A one-time 50-goal scorer with the NLL Calgary Roughnecks in 2007, Ratcliff, is currently the second-leading scorer for the Washington Stealth, who play out of Everett, Washington. The left-handed Ratcliff during the 2012 WLA season finished tied with Athan Iannucci with 57 points each, and topped among Langley’s Western Lacrosse Association team’s scorers. He also led the Thunder in goals with 30, helping Langley finish at the top the WLA regular season standings with a 12-6 record and was far and away the top WLA scorer in the playoffs, tallying 23 goals and 49 points in just 10 games in leading the Thunder to their second consecutive WLA title, as well as their second Mann Cup appearance in as many years. Ratcliff was acquired by the defending Western Lacrosse Association champion Langley Thunder from the Nanaimo Timbermen last April, in exchange for Langley’s first and second round picks in the 2014 WLA draft.

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Saturday 03, Mar 2012

  Drug charges faced by Attleboro firefighter

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Federal authorities have charged an Attleboro firefighter of selling prescription painkillers and steroids during a drug deal with an undercover informant.

The 49-year-old Michael Wilson was arrested after he accepted 100 pills of Percocet and provided a bottle of liquid steroids to the informant.

The lawyer of Wilson was not available for comment.

Tuesday 13, Dec 2011

  Drugs and cash seized in Pelham raid

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Four people have been charged in connection with a raid in Pelham on Tuesday.

According to Niagara Regional Police, officers with the morality and prescription units seized $24,599 in Canadian currency, $12,000 worth of marijuana, cocaine with a street value of $890 and anabolic steroids worth $15,000.

A related investigation resulted in the arrest of Brittany Dube of Welland who was carrying oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, police said.

Sunday 11, Dec 2011

  Pelham drug bust leads to drug seizure

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Four people have been arrested and the seizure of nearly $30,000 worth of drugs has been performed in a search of a Pelham home by the Niagara Regional Police Morality Unit and the Prescription Unit.

Police seized $24,599.30 in cash, about $12,000 worth of marijuana, $890 worth of cocaine, and $15,000 worth of anabolic steroids.

In a related investigation, a Welland woman was charged with possession of oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Sunday 19, Jun 2011

  Father-son duo arrested on drug charges

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Father-son duo arrested on drug chargesTwo men from Cedar Grove were arrested by police following a two-month multijurisdictional investigation.

Authorities said Mark N. Benevento, 50, and his son, Mark J. Benevento, 18, were arrested, after officers executed search warrants at Wood’s Dog House, 467 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona and at a Stevens Avenue apartment in Cedar Grove.

Drugs were being sold from both locations, police said.

Saturday 28, May 2011

  Auburn Police makes its largest illegal prescription drug arrest

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Auburn Police makes its largest illegal prescription drug arrestIn the largest illegal prescription pill drug arrest in the history of Auburn Police, 5,000 oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam pills, a quantity of anabolic steroids, and $11,444 in cash were confiscated.

Robert Lee Cofer, 22, who has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense was arrested in connection with the drug bust.

Dawson said Cofer faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Monday 06, Dec 2010

  Positive test for Olympic champ leads to six-month ban

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Positive test for Olympic champ leads to six-month banThe International Association of Athletics Federations has handed over a six-month drug ban to Shelly-Ann Fraser, the Olympic and world 100 meters champion.

The 23-year-old Jamaican failed to clear a drug test and tested positive for oxycodone at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai in May. Fraser said that the result was because of medication she took for toothache.

The IAAF has now confirmed she will not be allowed to return to action until 7 January.

Thursday 01, Oct 2009

  Phony repairman stole drugs from pharmacy

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Phony repairman stole drugs from pharmacyJoshua Paul Fleetwood, 25, was arrested by authorities last Friday for accusations of attempted burglary, and drug possession.

According to police reports, the burglaries occurred in August with two incidents happening in Metairie and one in Kenner.

A man reportedly claiming as a repairman sent by the pharmacy’s head office entered the stores and requested access to safes.

As per state law, safes are used to store prescription drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances.

He then told pharmacy staff that he was there to conduct repairs or replace batteries in the safe doors.

Pharmacists would often notice missing drugs only after the repairman has left.

The latest burglary happened in a CVS at West Esplanade Ave in Metairie. Inventory count revealed missing bottles of oxycodone, Adderall and methadone. It is not known, however, if Fleetwood is involved in this case.

A search of Fleetwood’s residence revealed bottles of anabolic steroids possibly taken from the burglaries. Two counts of drug possession charges were added according to arrest reports.

He was temporarily released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center due to overcrowding. His bail was set at $260,000.

Fleetwood has previous criminal records at Jefferson Parish for possessions of heroin and hydrocodone.

Saturday 05, Sep 2009

  Longer probation for ex-Pasco detention deputy charged with steroids distribution

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Longer probation for ex-Pasco detention deputy charged with steroids distributionEx-Pasco County detention deputy, Rodney Philon recently received a longer probation from two years to five-year probation.

US District Court Judge Susan Bucklew revoked her previous decision after Philon failed to notify his probation officer that he received two traffic tickets for violations and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

According to Philon, he was not trying to lie; rather, he was confused about the requirements,   compelling him to report all contact with law enforcement within 72 hours.

Philon added that he has been working full-time at a dry wall company, supporting his wife and two children. He apologized for all the mistakes he had made.

Aside from extending his probation to five years, Bucklew also ordered that he receive alcohol and substance abuse treatment. He was also banned from taking any forms of alcohol. Philon has been presently receiving mental health counseling.

Philon was charged last year with steroids use and was sentenced to two-year probation and a six-month home detention.

He was indicted for giving ten Dianabol tablets in a plastic sandwich bag to a confidential source. Philon was also linked to Oxycodone trafficking.