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Thursday 28, Apr 2016

  Anti-Doping Reforms Announced By Russia In Bid To Avoid Olympics Ban

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Russia has announced reforms in hopes that they will repair the credibility of its anti-doping body and allow its athletics team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Last November, Russia was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation after the country was accused of “state-sponsored” doping in a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Russian ministry of sport announced on Wednesday that all Russian track and field athletes who intend to compete at the Rio Olympics in August will now undergo a minimum of three independent, externally administered anti-doping controls before the Olympics. The Russian sports ministry said these anti-doping controls will be carried out by the world governing body of athletics and be in addition to existing anti-doping procedures.

The ministry of sport also remarked two independent international experts who will be nominated by the World Anti-Doping Agency will be based full-time in Moscow from the end of April. These experts will have complete and free” access for as long as necessary to ensure the Russian anti-doping system is free of undue interference and is fully independent. Russia’s minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, remarked we believe that sport must be clean and fair at all levels, from grassroots through to elite and added we are 100% supportive of WADA’s efforts, alongside the International Olympic Committee and the IAAF and other organizations, to stamp out cheating. Mutko also commented that the dreams of clean athletes must not be allowed to be destroyed because of other people’s mistakes and also said this is an important step in our journey.

Recently, the head of European Athletics says after meeting Russian officials that the Russian team could still compete at the European Championships if reinstated by the IAAF. European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, who is on the IAAF Council that should decide the status of Russia on June 17 in Vienna, said there is still time enough for the Russian team to enter. The IAAF will hear reports from its taskforce into the anti-doping progress made by Russia on June 17.A five-strong IAAF taskforce, headed by former World Anti-Doping Agency director Rune Andersen, has been monitoring Russia’s anti-doping progress. The IAAF said in a statement the taskforce is having regular meetings and conference calls with the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), the ICC (the Interim Coordination Committee that is coordinating Russia’s co-operation with the taskforce) and the RusAf (the Russian Athletics Federation) and will deliver their next report to the IAAF Council when they meet in June.

In another development, the World Anti-Doping Agency disclosed on April 27 that track and field was the sport with the worst doping record in 2014 and Russia had more doping violations than any other country that year. WADA said Russian athletes racked up a total of 148 violations, followed by Italy with 123, India with 96, and Belgium and France with 91 violations each. Track and field led the number of doping violations by sport with 248, followed by bodybuilding with 225, cycling with 168, weightlifting with 143, and powerlifting with 116.

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Friday 01, Aug 2014

  IPC To Take Action Against Countries Over Doping

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IPC To Take Action Against Countries Over Doping

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is evaluating actions against National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) for reducing the number of anti-doping violations in para-sport, in particular the sport of powerlifting.

In the last 14 months, 13 power lifters have received suspension for failing drug tests despite IPC Powerlifting conducting more tests than ever before. The IPC Powerlifting also implemented a comprehensive education program for athletes and support staff. Now, the IPC and the IPC Anti-Doping Committee are evaluating a range of actions that may be taken against a country that repeatedly has athletes failing drugs tests. The nature and quantum of actions will be presented to the IPC Governing Board in October. If it is approved, the action(s) will be included in the new IPC Anti-Doping Code and will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

It is widely believed that the IPC may be considering imposing financial sanctions on National Paralympic Committees and reducing the number of slots an NPC is allowed for athletes to compete in a particular sport at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Last year, the powerlifting qualification guide was published for maintaining a fair and consistent qualification pathway for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This guide states that all athletes must attend at least one IPC approved powerlifting competition each year leading up to the Games in addition to meeting the Minimum Qualification Standard.

Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said doping cheats, and those supporting them, have no place in IPC Powerlifting and added that we take doping in sport extremely seriously and, as our testing program clearly shows, we are 100 per cent committed to finding the cheats and suspending them from the sport. Gonzalez added we are disappointed with the high number of positive tests in recent years despite IPC Powerlifting’s best efforts to educate power lifters and support staff around the world.

He went on to add that we are more disappointed however at the number of athletes across all sports who, during anti-doping hearings, have said they have received no education or support on anti-doping from their NPC, despite the fact that this is ultimately their responsibility. The IPC’s Chief Executive Officer added the IPC will be increasing our efforts further but the NPCs also must fulfill their obligations too. He also remarked that they have a duty to ensure their athletes are not cheating and are fully aware of the rules, especially in light of all the supplements that are out there and if they fail this duty, then they, as well as the athlete, may face a range of actions should an ant-doping violation occur.

Gonzalez also remarked the IPC going forward will continue to educate athletes and their support staff on the importance of anti-doping and added we will conduct workshops and produce materials in a variety of languages to make it easier for athletes to understand the message. Gonzalez also remarked we will also be stepping up the number of tests we conduct each year, both in and out of competition, and covering blood and urine. He further remarked but countries also have to act and said no longer can they neglect their responsibilities when it comes to anti-doping education for athletes.

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Wednesday 26, Jun 2013

  Paralympic Medal Winning Powerlifter Suspended

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Paralympic Medal Winning Powerlifter Suspended

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced has Nigerian Paralympic medal winning powerlifter Folashade Oluwafemiayo has received a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance at the 2013 Fazaa International Powerlifting Competition in Dubai.

Oluwafemiayo, who won silver in the women’s 75kg event at London 2012, returned an adverse analytical finding in a urine sample provided on February 26 for Furosemide (a loop diuretic), which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifies as a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs. She was stripped of the 125kg world record and gold medal she clinched at the competition and received a fine of €1,500 (£1,300/$2,000). Furosemide is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned drug list due to its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs and has also been used to prevent Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses from bleeding through the nose during races.

After her suspension, Egyptian Geehan Hassan, who originally won silver with a lift of 117kg, will receive gold, bronze medalist Marzena Łazarz of Poland will take silver with 97kg and Libya’s Sahar El-Gnemi who finished fourth will be awarded the bronze medal with 90kg. A statement from the IPC reads Folashade Oluwafemiayo in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code will serve a two-year suspension for the offence beginning on April 19 2013, the date from which she was notified of her Anti-Doping Rule Violation and added that the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels as a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).

The Nigerian powerlifting games star, after winning a Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic games, married her male powerlifting counterpart Tolulope Owolabi on November 3, 2012 at Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria after having their traditional engagement in April 2012. The wedding was attended by the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, the Director of Sports, Patrick Ekeji and some other top officials in the Sports Ministry.

Oluwafemiayo’s case came just a few days after Uzbekistani powerlifter Ruza Kuzieva was hit with an identical ban testing positive for a prohibited substance at the fifth Fazaa International Powerlifting Competition earlier this year. She was given a ban of two years for returning an adverse analytical finding for Methandienone, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and therefore prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code, in a urine sample provided during the competition in Dubai on February 23. Suspension of the athlete began on April 19 and this means she will now lose all results, medals, points, records and prizes from February 23 onwards, including the bronze medal she won she set the junior world record with a lift of 52kg besides receiving a fine of €1,500 (£1,270/€2,000). An IPC statement reads the principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters and therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

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Saturday 22, Oct 2011

  Tri-City powerlifter accused of distributing steroids

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Ryan Shawn Kennelly, a Tri-City powerlifting champion facing trials in Benton and Grant counties for allegedly delivering steroids is back in jail.

Prosecutors claimed the 37-year-old mailed steroids to California.

Kennelly was previously charged in Benton County Superior Court with possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver anabolic steroids.

Sunday 28, Sep 2008

  Steroids still boost powerlifters despite years of intake discontinuance

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A breakthrough study by a team of researchers in Sweden documents that anabolic steroids’ effects still provide advantage for those who have used them even after stopping intake.

The research was conducted by Anders Eriksson and Lars-Eric Thornell, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Section conducted the study for Anatomy, Umea University, Umea, Sweden; Christer Malm, Umeå University and Winternet and Patrik Bonnerud, Department of Health Science, Section for Medical Science, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden; and Fawzi Kadi, Department of Physical Education and Health, Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden. Bravo, guys!

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, anabolic steroids increase muscle strength via three mechanisms – increase protein synthesis, blocking of the catabolic effects of glucocorticoids after exercise by increasing the amount of hormones in circulation, and steroid-induced enhancement of aggressive behavior that promotes a greater quantity and quality of weight training.

Anabolic steroids are analogs of the male hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids were developed to treat patients suffering from hypogonadism and undernourishment as may be caused by surgery or muscle-wasting diseases. Their potential as performance boosters was recognized as early as the 1950s as weightlifters began using them to enhance their athletic performance. Steroids’ popularity then steadily spread to other sports and eventually into the non-athletic demographics.