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Friday 14, Jan 2011

  Justin Gatlin hopes to save his career

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Justin Gatlin hopes to save his careerIt has been many years since the joint world-record holder Justin Gatlin tested positive for testosterone but the athlete is now positive that his eight-year suspension will be reduced.

If Gatlin has his way, this could put the American authorities on a collision course with the world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, which could overshadow preparations for Beijing.

Since the positive test, Gatlin has returned home to Florida, disassociated himself from Trevor Graham, who has coached nearly a dozen sprinters who have been involved in doping scandals.

Wednesday 05, Jan 2011

  University of Wisconsin advocates for steroid use in sports

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University of Wisconsin advocates for steroid use in sportsSportsmen who have been on steroids and experienced their images getting tarnished after being caught find an ally in Dr. Norman Fost, director of the bioethics program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Fost said athletes should be allowed to make use of any performance enhancing drug they want to take and suggested that all previous talks about steroid use in sports were of no value.

The support for use of steroids also suggested that health risks of steroids have been wildly exaggerated and steroid use can only help an athlete train hard.

Tuesday 06, Jan 2009


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wwe-steroidsAlmost all types of sports have different ways of identifying which players are doing something “illegal” in order to get ahead of the game. Most of these ways are quite efficient, and the athletes, righteously charged. This is probably why Representative Henry A. Waxman was rather surprised when he found out discrepancies in the anabolic steroid testing of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

In his efforts to expose steroid use in all sports, Waxman revealed that during the first year of steroid testing of WWE, a good 40% of the wrestlers were tested positive amidst warnings that they were going to be tested. Further investigations led to Dr. David Black, the independent third party hired to do the drug testing for WWE. Interviews showed a lax policy on steroid use. Dr. Black stated that wrestlers who were supposed to be suspended continued to wrestle even when WWE has a policy that any violation would meet certain suspensions.

As for TNA, several wrestlers were tested positive not only for steroid use but for other drugs as well. TNA has just started its anti-drug testing program a year ago.

Waxman concluded that evidences show that steroid and drug use in professional wrestling is widespread, and the committees who are supposed to be in charge of this are not doing their jobs efficiently.

Sunday 02, Nov 2008

  Shot putter used anabolic steroids

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bishop-dolegiewicz-steroidsBishop Dolegiewicz died at the age of 55, after being an olympic athlete for many years. There is an implication in the story about the shot putters that he has died an “early” death due to use of anabolic steroids.  This if of course untrue, as Bishop Dolegiewicz had possibly a host of drug abuse habits.  Lets face it, these guys were generally using everything from LSD to cocaine in the 1970s, and on top of this imagine the type of hard life Bishop Dolegiewicz lived as an Olympic Athlete.  He was an Olympic Athlete and he was also a coach, that’s stress on both sides of the equation.  In general, Olympic athletes have a huge bodily and psychological stress, which shortens lifespan.  In fact, if you see the survival rate of NFL players, you see that most do not live past 60 years of age, that’s because the life of an athletes is difficult – physically and psychologically.

Bishop Dolegiewicz probably died from a combination of problems, from drug abuse, to physical abuse, to psychological abuse – the most likely problem would be the stress he faced as an Olympic athlete.  Anabolic steroids probably didn’t help his condition, since he was probably abusing steroids.  Steroid abuse is not a joke and when it’s not taken serious, it can be very bad for your health.  However, in the end, being 6’6 and 330lbs. at his death, with near obesity and diabetes in the last years, probably played a huge part in his death.

Tuesday 28, Oct 2008

  Sports fans couldn’t care less about players’ steroid use

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MLB-steroidsYou must have read by now countless blogs tackling the latest controversy in the National Football League re several players testing positive for Bumetanide. The controversy arises not on the number of players; it was significant based on either report – Fox 31 television in Denver says there are between six to10 players who tested positive for this masking agent while ESPN.com says the number may exceed 15 – but on the way the names of the two athletes had popped out in the media reports.

Fox 31’s Josina Anderson reported that three or four positive tests emanated from the New Orleans Saints and named two athletes from that team. Saints’ Deuce McAllister and Will Smith are among the players who may face suspension, said the Fox 31 report.

The NFL is yet to react on the reports; however, sports and entertainment attorney David Cornwell has taken umbrage at the leaked information. It has been reported by AP that Cornwell will facilitate the appeal cases of some of the athletes involved.

“The author of the first report should be denied credentials and access to NFL games and other league events until she discloses her source.  Protecting players’ rights to confidentiality under the Policy is far more important than protecting the First Amendment rights of the coward who leaked confidential information or the competitive interest of a writer who is trying to scoop her colleagues.  The source knew he/she was doing something wrong and the writer encouraged it by offering anonymity.  They have no legitimate interests to protect,” Cornwell said in his email to ProFootballTalk.

“Everybody involved knows the confidentiality rules,” Cornwell added.  “The right to confidentiality overrides a reporter’s desire to break a story.  There is no public interest or public right to know.  The confidentiality rule presumes that nobody has right to know while the process moves forward.  Confidentiality is the cornerstone of every workplace testing program. It must be protected against any perceived competing interest — especially an unrelated party’s interest.”

But do you think sports fans, particularly football fans, are really that concerned about use of steroids and masking agents by the players? Or about whether or not a player’s privacy has been breached? We think not! Sports fans want to be entertained.

Remember what happened in the Major League Baseball. During the McGwire-Sosa race to beat Roger Maris’ homerun record stadiums were easily filled to capacity. When the MLB adopted a stricter anti-doping policy, and sluggers’ home runs dwindled, there had been a significant decline in the ticket sales. Obviously, baseball fans spend their legal tender to see home runs. Similarly, football fans want to see more touchdowns, and more forceful bumps-and-runs and aggression on the field. If players are using steroids and other performance enhancers, fans couldn’t care less. Fans buy tickets to see action and do not mind if players have receding hairlines, zits or zilch testosterone level. Fans just want to shout: “Let’s get it on!”

Sunday 22, Jun 2008

  Steroid use in sports

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First, it was the sentencing of David Jacobs on May 1. This former Plano bodybuilder was slapped with three year’s probation and a monetary fine of $25,000 for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. Two other co-conspirators were sentenced along Jacobs. The other four co-defendants are still awaiting their sentencing.

Jacobs was the ring leader of the Texas-based steroid distribution network. Based on his confession, he had supplied anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to NFL players. He said he sold steroids and human growth hormone directly to NFL offensive lineman Matt Lehr and another NPL player. The players, in turn, supplied said compounds to a handful of NFL players.

Then the trial of controversial track coach Trevor Graham. Graham was found guilty of lying to federal authorities regarding his relationship with Heredia, a self-confessed steroid dealer and user. Heredia has testified that he had supplied Graham performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids, to the latter’s Sprint Capitol track team. During the trial, several names were mentioned by Heredia. Heredia said he provided steroids and other banned substances directly or through Graham to high-profile athletes, such as Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Antonio Pettigrew.

Major League Baseball has also been rocked by steroid scandals. Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire’s careers have been tainted by use of steroids and other banned substances.

What are steroids and why is their use so rampant in sports?

Steroids are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone. They do have legitimate medical uses; they are used in treatment of diverse conditions such as anemia, HIV-related symptoms, and hypogonadism. The term steroids, however, became a household term because of their use as physique- and performance-enhancing drugs.
There are many studies and anecdotal reports that steroids are capable of boosting both the physique and performance of an athlete. Pettigrew, for example, in his testimony in the trial of his former coach has acknowledged that once he started taking banned substances, he was able to run 400 meters in the 43-second range for the first time. “I was running incredible times as I was preparing for track meets,” he said. “I was able to recover faster.”