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Saturday 17, Dec 2016

  Saudi Football Legend Mohammed Noor Banned

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a doping ban of four years on former Saudi Arabia star Mohammed Noor over a doping offence.

The 38-year-old Noor tested positive for banned substance Amphetamine in a routine in-competition doping control exam in November 2015. Amphetamine is considered as a performance enhancing drug by many anti-drug bodies and included in most of drug-related tests. It is not known to create extra physical strength or mental energy and its main effects include alertness, wakefulness, a decrease sense of fatigue, and increased confidence.

Noor, whose full name is Mohammed bin Mohammed Noor Adam Hawsawi, was initially given a ban of four years by the Saudi anti-doping authorities but he was allowed to resume playing football in April this year. This was after an appeal panel accepted his claim that he had served a sufficient punishment. However, FIFA made an appeal to CAS to have his full four-year ban reinstated, which was upheld after proceedings in Lausanne on Friday.

In a statement, the CAS said its Panel found that the player failed to identify any basis for impugning the reliability or accuracy of the testing laboratory’s analysis of his A and B Sample. The statement further reads the player moreover could not identify any particular deviation from the World Anti-Doping Agency International Standards for Laboratories and therefore, the appropriate sanction for the player’s anti-doping rule violation is a four-year period of ineligibility.

Noor was provisionally suspended in November last year and then banned for four years in February by the Saudi anti-doping panel. The football star appeal and the Saudi appeal panel recognized the presence of the banned substance in his sample but decided to end the ban in April. Noor then retired in June.

Noor twice represented his country at the World Cup. He has 98 international caps to his name and is one of the country’s most famous sporting figures and has spent 23 years in the top flight with Al Ittihad and Al Nassr. Noor has won two AFC Champions League and eight Saudi Premier League titles in a highly successful career. An attacking midfielder, Noor spent nearly his entire career at Jeddah club Al-Ittihad. The 38-year-old has played nearly 400 league games for Al-Ittihad, scoring more than 130 goals and has scored 8 goals in nearly 100 appearances for the Green Falcons on international level.

Considered to be one of the best players ever to play in Asia, Mohammed Noor made his first appearance with the national football team in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in the semi-finals against Brazil. He was honored with many titles and prizes including Arab Nations Cup 2002 – Most Valuable player and 2003 Arabian Footballer of the Year. Noor was voted as the Best Player In Saudi Premier League 2009 and was named as the Arab Player of the Decade (MBC group poll): 2000 – 2010. He was nominated for the Asian Player of the Year in 2009 and became the MVP in the Asian Champions League 2009.

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Thursday 31, Mar 2016

  Chinese Swimmers ‘Warned’ For Clenbuterol Use

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A “warning penalty” will be issued to swimmers Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao after both tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol, according to an announcement by the Chinese Swimming Association.

Clenbuterol is a performance enhancing drug, which is usually used by athletes and non-athletes during cutting cycles, and the substance is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list.

The CSA, in a terse statement posted online, said it would also issue warning and finding An’s Tianjin club and Wang’s Chinese Navy team besides issuing fines on their coaches. The CSA said the coaches will each face fines equivalent to the cost of five stimulant detection tests, amounting to 5,000 Yuan ($767.94).  The Chinese Swimming Association also said the unit overseeing athletes for the Tianjin Swimming Association and the Navy’s Swimming and Diving team will each get a warning and a penalty equivalent to the cost of 10 doping tests. Decision of the CSA was in accordance with the anti-doping rules of FINA, the world governing body of swimming, and doping management regulations.

In a statement, FINA said it was bound to confidentiality by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code but added it would establish whether any allegations require further investigation. A statement by FINA reads there are a small number of cases of failed doping controls by Chinese swimmers currently being investigated under the jurisdiction of CHINADA, the WADA-recognized Chinese Anti-Doping Agency. The statement further reads FINA and WADA are both fully aware of these cases, but we are bound by confidentiality until the moment an athlete is actually banned.

Reacting to the allegations, WADA Spokesman Ben Nichols said these are very serious allegations concerning Chinese swimming that warrant further examination. Nichols added WADA is now fully scrutinizing the information that The Times newspaper has passed on to us so that we can determine exactly what the appropriate steps are and so that we can address this matter head on.

The identities of An and Wang were revealed after the Chinese Swimming Association last week announced that six swimmers had failed doping tests during the 2015-16 season. The CSA identified the third swimmer as Chinese Navy’s Zhao Ying. The swimmer also tested positive for Clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test but has not yet been punished.

A few days back, the use of doping stimulants in Chinese swimming caught worldwide attention after it was announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it was presently investigating claims that Chinese sports authorities were suppressing five positive tests for “avoiding a storm”.

The Chinese anti-doping agency (CHINADA) denied claims published by The Times newspaper that it was “covering up” the tests. CHINADA argued that it was following the protocols by protecting the identities of the swimmers while test procedures and hearings were still underway.

The Chinese Swimming Association also announced that three other unnamed Chinese swimmers tested positive for the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in out-of-competition tests in January. Zhao Jian, the deputy director of the Chinese anti-doping agency (CHINADA), remarked last week that CHINDA would soon release results and punishments within 20 days after the relevant association makes its respective punishments.

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Monday 07, Mar 2016

  Mejia Claims Conspiracy By MLB Over His Doping Ban

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New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after he was issued a lifetime doping ban by Major League Baseball.

The 26-year-old Dominican right-hander told the New York Times that MLB officials were out to get him in a witch hunt. Mejia also blamed officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPS) for not finding grounds to appeal his punishment.

Mejia tested positive for Boldenone last month that was his third positive test for a banned performance enhancing substance in less than a year after which he was banned for life. Mejia claimed he was only guilty of the first violation and added the second positive test was not accurate and he was pressurized by MLB officials to share information about his doping connections. The Mets pitcher said he felt there was a conspiracy against him and also remarked he feels that they were trying to find something to bring me down in his career. Mejia, who was named the Mets’ closer in May 2014, said they will find a way to find a third positive if he appealed the results of the second test.

The Dominican professional baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug. In July 2015, he received his second suspension after a second failed test for Stanozolol and Boldenone and a third positive was reported on February 12, 2016, resulting in his permanent suspension from Major League Baseball. The lifetime ban imposed on Mejia also prohibits him from playing Professional baseball leagues in other countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. However, Mejia could apply for reinstatement in one year to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred but he is then expected to sit out a minimum of two seasons before he could be reinstated to pitch in Major League Baseball.

The claim of Mejia was denied by Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. Courtney remarked no one at MLB or representing MLB has met with Mejia regarding any of these drug violations.

Born in Dominican Republic, Mejia developed an interest in baseball after he realized that large signing bonuses were paid to players. His skills got the attention of many teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and he signed with the Mets for $16,500 at the age of 17 in 2007. Jenrry Mejia was named the 48th best prospect in the major leagues in the MLB.com Midseason Top 50 Prospect list after his success in the 2009 season. The Mets assigned him after the 2009 season to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and Mejia was ranked as the 56th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in February 2010. Mejia made major league debut on April 7, 2010 and presently remains under control of the New York Mets until the end of his current contract.

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Wednesday 10, Feb 2016

  Katusha Escape Team Suspension

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Team Katusha has managed to escape a suspension from competition Eduard Vorganov became second rider of the team in 12 months to test positive for a banned performance enhancing drug. The rider was provisionally suspended on Friday after he tested positive for an adverse analytical finding for the anti-ischemic drug Meldonium in an out-of-competition test on January 14, 2016.

On Tuesday, the UCI Disciplinary Commission, an independent branch of the world governing body of cycling, issued its verdict. It ruled that the conditions for the suspension of a team have not been met under Article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules that suggests a ban of 15-45 days of a team with two positive doping cases in the space of a year. Under UCI Rules, a team suspension is enforceable when the second doping case is notified to the team and athlete. The verdict of the UCI Disciplinary Commission hinged on the first case of Luca Paolini who tested positive for cocaine at Tour de France last year. The commission ruled it was “inappropriate and disproportionate” to impose a team suspension in light of the “recreational” nature of use of cocaine by Paolini. The commission it was unfair to hit Team Katusha with a ban that is intended to punish teams that lack control of doping for sporting purposes by their athletes since Paolini’s positive test was not for performance enhancement.

In a statement from the UCI, the president of the Disciplinary Commission said it has been established with regard to Paolini case that the rider’s intake of cocaine was not related to an intention to influence sporting performance but was rather taken on a “recreational” basis. The Disciplinary Commission President added applying a suspension in this context under article 7.12.1 when one of the two cases of Adverse Analytical Finding relates to [the use of] a social drug cannot be reconciled with the aim of the article and also added even if, strictly speaking, such a case falls within the application of the anti-doping rules for the rider concerned, the imposition of negative consequences for the whole team would be inappropriate and disproportionate. The president of the Disciplinary Commission also said it is understood that the intention of the article is to impose negative consequences on teams that lack control of doping for sporting purposes by their athletes, or if even worse scenarios exist, and/or if teams are not doing enough to fight such doping.

Team Katusha was facing a possible miss of racing that might have included Vuelta a Andalucía, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Vuelta a Andalucía, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, and other races.

Vitalii Abramov, Katusha team press officer, remarked we of course are very happy with this decision of the UCI Disciplinary Commission. Abramov said it was important moment for our team and now we can continue to race and focus on our goals and to move ahead with our ambitions in this season.

The Russian team, despite escaping a suspension from the UCI, could still face time away from races because it is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC).

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Friday 20, Dec 2013

  Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

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Rios Fails VADA Drug Test

Former lightweight title holder Brandon Rios has failed his post-fight drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau last November 24.

Rios tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is used as a dietary supplement as well as a performance enhancing drug. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that the American light-welterweight boxer had already been suspended by the Macau Commission that was set up by the World Boxing Organization to oversee the fight and added that Rios is eligible to appeal against the suspension.

Arum blamed Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza (a former strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao) and remarked it’s not the fighter’s fault since he is only following orders from his conditioning coaches as to his diet for a fight. Meanwhile, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has defended Ariza after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios tested positive for a banned substance. Schaefer remarked people always love to blame Ariza for everything and people automatically point fingers at Ariza. He went on to add that Ariza is doing a terrific job and he is an asset to the sport of boxing. Schaefer also said there may be other explanations for Rios’ failed drug test and remarked the positive test may it was due to some vitamins Rios took or some food or whatever.

Rios and Pacquiao were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA but Rios passed the first four and failed the final test. The stimulant, Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and VADA and is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Brandon Rios said he took Jack3d when he started his career but had stopped taking the supplement after his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it. DMAA, according to a warning on the website of FDA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest.

The former WBA lightweight champion vehemently denied that he took anything that is banned and said he asked questions of coach Ariza before ingesting anything he did not know. Rios also said he was suspicious that he failed a test only an incident between Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. He remarked that though he is not going to sit down and blame anybody, he did found it odd the positive test came after the incident. Rios said he passed all of those other tests and all of a sudden, the last time, the last one, after we had that incident, then that’s when we tested positive.

Rios became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion in 2004 and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs. Brandon Rios is signed to Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, to become the new WBA regular Lightweight champion on February 26, 2011.

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Wednesday 12, Dec 2012

  Subpoena Resisted By Lance Armstrong

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Subpoena Resisted By Lance Armstrong

According to recently released court documents, the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong resisted turning over the records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators and then made attempts to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye.

Officials of Postal Service investigating the cyclist and his teams for doping in 2011 wanted records from his team management groups, training journals, financial statements, and correspondence with former training consultant Michele Ferrari. Lance Armstrong eventually complied with the subpoena but as recently as October was still asking the courts to keep the inquiry a private affair.

“They’ve been given everything they wanted and that they asked for … months ago,” Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said.

The Postal Service was the main sponsor of the 41-year-old Texan rider when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004 and the team was sponsored by the Discovery Channel for Armstrong’s seventh victory in 2005. The cyclist was recently stripped of his Tour titles and banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a decision that was later ratified by the governing body of cycling, UCI, which previously started a battle with USADA and said the cyclist was clean.

Federal Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington ordered the subpoena last week and the efforts of Armstrong to keep it private released to the public. The judge rejected the arguments of the cyclist that releasing the subpoena would violate the secrecy of the grand jury process or a pending whistleblower lawsuit filed against Armstrong by former teammate Floyd Landis. The cyclist, shunned by the UCI and sponsors, was still the target of a federal criminal grand jury investigation into doping allegations on the Postal Service teams when the subpoena was issued; the investigation was closed this year in February with no charges filed.

In October 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after investigating Armstrong for doping released a massive report detailing performance enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his teammates that included sworn statements from 11 former teammates, including Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Zabriskie. The USADA report revealed that the USPS team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices and it was a program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in the sport today.

Armstrong’s lawyer Timothy Herman remarked that Armstrong is innocent of all the charges against him and the USADA report is a one-sided hatchet job — a taxpayer-funded tabloid piece rehashing old, disproved, unreliable allegations based largely on axe-grinders, serial perjurers, coerced testimony, sweetheart deals and threat-induced stories. Herman, dismissed any evidence provided by Landis and Hamilton, saying the riders are “serial perjurers and have told diametrically contradictory stories under oath.” The cyclist, meanwhile, denied doping and insisted that he never cheated but later chose not to fight the charges levied by the USADA.

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Friday 07, Sep 2012

  Ban For Queensland Rugby Player

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Ban for Queensland Rugby Player

Decision of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to impose a four-year ban on Sunshine Coast Stingrays amateur rugby player and coach, Francis Bourke, for the possession and attempted trafficking of growth hormone releasing peptide-6 (GHRP-6) was recently acknowledged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

The ban slapped on Bourke by the Rugby Union was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension, which means that he cannot participate as an athlete or support person until 25 January 2016 in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy. Such participation includes, but not limited to management, administration, playing or training as part of a team or squad, coaching, and officiating.

Bourke was found guilty of possession and attempted trafficking of growth hormone releasing peptide-6 (GHRP-6). GHRP-6 is not approved for human use in Australia and the Prohibited List of WADA Code categorizes GHRP-6 under ‘S2: peptide hormones, growth factors and related substances, and prohibited at all times. Breaching the code can invite penalties including a lifetime ban for second offences. The WADA Code has permitted sanctions of four years – even lifetime bans – under Article 10.3.2 since 2009 but this power has only rarely been imposed by WADA’s signatories.

ASADA, as a government body, works closely with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection) for investigating the trafficking of prohibited drugs, medications and substances.

A package with GHRP-6 was seized at the Sydney Gateway Facility on 28 November 2010 by the Customs and Border Protection and it notified ASADA. The matter was referred to the Australian Rugby Union following an extensive investigation by ASADA as a potential violation of its anti-doping code.

The performance enhancing drug is used by budding and professional sportsmen to stimulate promote muscle, bone, and organ growth. It has the ability to stimulate the pituitary gland for secreting an increased amount of growth hormone following intake besides stimulating the protein, insulin-like growth factor 1 (known as IGF-1).

The World Anti-doping Agency  noted with interest the four-year ban on the player and WADA President John Fahey said the association has been saying for some time now that the Code sanctions are tougher than many people appreciate but they to be appropriately imposed by its signatories to make them effective. The WADA President remarked that the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has demonstrated that it is realistic to come down hard on a person whose offense is more serious than those which usually result in a sanction of two years.

Fahey added that the ban of four years imposed on the amateur rugby player-coach also indicated that how seriously a member of an entourage, in this case a coach, will be dealt with if he or she is involved in supplying substances to athletes. Mr. Fahey added that this case is a good example of the growing efficacy of intelligence sharing between anti-doping agencies and other law enforcement authorities that have become an important pillar for the anti-doping community. He further said the World Anti-doping Agency would continue to look for ways to improve this aspect of anti-doping.

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Monday 20, Aug 2012

  Anti-Doping Policies Defended By Football Association

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dopingThe Football Association have defended its anti-doping rules after Dispatches program of Channel 4 revealed names of several players who have failed drugs tests. The Association said its policy is to keep names of players who fail tests for social drugs out of competition private though a punishment of up to six months for first-time offenders can be given out.

Players should be allowed privacy to get help for their problems, when required, according to the association that added that there is no guideline for identifying those who have failed tests for recreational drugs away from game time.

The Dispatches program named players with experience of the Premier League but not active in the top flight for testing positive for cocaine. It was stressed by the FA that it is working hard for eliminating all illegal substances and underlined that players testing positive for social drugs would face punishment even if their names were not disclosed.

The association remarked that any player who fails to clear a test for a performance enhancing drug is named, irrespective of whether he or she is tested in or out of competition. The FA said in a statement that the association conducts a comprehensive anti-doping program that is the largest of any sport in the United Kingdom besides prohibiting all the doping offences listed in the World Anti-Doping Agency code and applies all the sanctions laid down in the WADA code for the offenses. It added that the association that is supported by all the football stakeholders recognize the issues that are or may be caused by use of social drugs by players and even choose to go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency code by proactively testing all samples for social drugs, irrespective of whether the tests are conducted in or out of competition.

The Football Association added that football is one of the only sports in the United Kingdom that ban use of social drugs at all times and every defaulting player is charged and sanctioned that ordinarily includes a suspension from all football activity for a period of up to six months for a first time offense. The players are also subjected to target testing for a period of two years and names of such players may not be reported to help the player undergo any necessary rehabilitation and counseling. The FA added that while Premier and Football League clubs and players are subject to strict FA whereabouts regulations, all England representative teams are subject to UEFA and FIFA regulations and further added that players are drug tested on a no-advance notice basis. In case of any breach of the FA whereabouts regulations, the clubs or players are subject to disciplinary processes.

David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Agency, said the Football Association should consider naming all drug-using players, no matter what they are found to have taken or when they are tested. Howman added that the FA should do well to make its doping detection program fully transparent and avoid so much secrecy.

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Monday 11, Jun 2012

  Human Growth Hormone

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If you are looking for a very effective performance enhancing drug of the best grade then HGH or human growth hormone is the best option for you. The fact that HGH pills and HGH supplements are reasonably available on the internet without a prescription means that things just got better for those want to obtain the best possible advantages of this wonder drug.

Originally developed as a drug for anti-aging, human growth hormone soon became popular as an impressive efficiency enhancing medication. HGH is also effective for decreasing the levels of total body fat, sun-damage type wrinkles, and LDL cholesterol. This PED is also useful for the HIV sufferers with muscle wasting and helping functions of our human system such as part of integration of one’s body, cell replacement, and muscle cell definition. When used in daily amounts of 1-5 I.U. using a 1 mL non reusable needle, human growth hormone shows its real potential.

The best places to administer HGH injections are stomach, arms, and thighs; injection sites close to 2-inch of a scar or navel tissue are never recommended.

This muscle building medication is a protein (somatrophin) such as amino acids, which is produced in the human body but the produced quantity decreases with passing age and during these times synthetic HGH is used and recommended. Available in various forms such as powder, injection, spray, and tablet, synthetic HGH has limitless advantages for its users. Human growth hormone is effective for enhancing bone strength, thinking ability, stress dealing skills, muscle cells improvement, and tissues repair besides being extremely useful in the promotion of muscle mass and recovery and reducing fatigue between intense workouts.

Saturday 26, May 2012

  Testosterone Cypionate

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When it comes to healing individuals with low levels of testosterone and promotion of muscle tissue like never before, testosterone cypionate is one of the most reliable performance improvement drugs nowadays.

This testosterone combination is a highly effective performance enhancing drug that is second to none as far as promotion upgrades in terms of muscle tissue, longevity, performance, and muscular definition are concerned. Moreover, the steroid is extremely safe to use and does not cause any complication.

Testosterone cypionate is popular by almost everyone, especially those into body building and strength athletics. Clinically, this testosterone combination is recommended to men and women treated for low testosterone levels in the system and those experiencing symptoms of deficit of testosterone. Athletes use this compound to gain quick muscle tissue, longevity, endurance, and ability to handle extreme exercises and recover quickly from nagging injuries.

The recommended amount of this anabolic steroid is 200-1000 mg every week for first-time users, for a maximum interval of 6-8 weeks at a stretch. Familiar steroid users use this androgenic hormonal agent in amounts of 500-1000 mg every week for a period of 6-8 weeks.

One of the most amazing facts about testosterone cypionate is that it can be stacked with almost all legal performance improvement drugs. Since use of this testosterone material can cause generation of excess estrogens in some cases, it is best to have ready supplies of antiestrogens like Arimidex, Nolvadex, and Clomid, especially for those vulnerable to estrogen generation.

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