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Sunday 30, Aug 2015

  UFC Fighters To Get Suspensions If Caught Using IVs

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Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, has announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters will no longer enjoy the luxury of rehydrating intravenously after a weigh-in.

Novitzky, who is best known to the world as the agent for the Food and Drug Administration investigating the use of anabolic steroids in professional sports, said UFC has entered into a partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency to facilitate its new anti-doping program. The UFC VP said any UFC fighter who is caught using IVs could face a possible suspension of up to two years for a first time violation.

The UFC vice president of athlete health and performance said a ban of two years is a long time in the MMA and the UFC. Novitzky commented that it is something that the fighters are going to have to deal with and said they should try to become educated through us and through others on how to properly orally rehydrate. Novitzky also said oral rehydration is actually better and safer for fighters and it has been revealed by studies that people would feel like exercise is a little bit easier and they are exerting less if they orally hydrate.

Novitzky also said he believes today’s fighters are using micro-doses of fast-acting testosterone. He cited a new form of testosterone synthesized from yams that could escape detection under a carbon isotope ratio test that detects synthetic testosterone.

Novitzky also remarked UFC would be saving samples of UFC fighters and store them for the long term with the possibility of retroactive testing as technology becomes more advanced. The promotion’s chief anti-doping advocate said fighters who have previously evaded tests for performance enhancing drugs by making use of untraceable substances won’t rest easy. He remarked blood and urine samples would be kept frozen in World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories so they can be retested for new performance enhancing drugs that would open possibility of UFC fighters failing to clear drug tests years after a particular bout.

The UFC VP also announced that the new anti-doping program of the Ultimate Fighting Championship would cover all UFC athletes and events.

In another development, featherweight champion Jose Aldo has issued an apology for his comments against the upcoming IV ban by USADA in the UFC. The featherweight champion has never been suspended or fined for any rule violation. However, an out-of-competition test ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in June was botched after the drug testers hired by the commission clashed with the UFC-backed Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA). During a recent Q&A session, Aldo claimed he would ignore the ban that is set to take effect from October 1. Novitzky remarked he had a word with Aldo and he downplayed his previous comments and admitted he should not have said that.

Aldo is next scheduled to fight against interim champion Conor McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 194 on December 12. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will regulate the event, but the United States Anti-Doping Agency will also have the right to monitor the fighters.

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Tuesday 04, Aug 2015

  Cannondale-Garmin Rider Fails Test For Testosterone

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Tom Danielson of Cannondale-Garmin has tweeted that he tested positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test performed On July 9. The positive test has not been formally announced by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but it informed the cyclist about the positive test result on August 2.

The cyclist denied he used banned performance enhancing drugs and said he was clean. Danielson has been suspended by his Slipstream Team, pending the outcome of his B-sample.

Danielson wrote on Twitter that he received a call from USADA while he was eating dinner with his team the night before Tour of Utah. The Cannondale-Garmin rider said USADA notified him that an out-of-competition test given on July 9 tested positive for what he understands as synthetic testosterone. The 37-year-old Danielson will sit out the Tour of Utah as he awaits the results of his B sample. Tom Danielson won the last two editions of the race.

The American rider also tweeted that he will have the supplements he takes tested for possible contamination. Danielson, who served a suspension of six months from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013, after he admitted to blood doping while being with Discovery Channel team, faces a lifetime ban from the sport should his B sample confirm the positive test. The Connecticut-born rider was stripped of his results from March 1, 2005 to September 23, 2006 after admitted to doping and lost the Tour of Georgia and Tour of Austria overall, as well as a stage victory and sixth overall in the Vuelta a España.

Danielson testified in the Lance Armstrong-USADA case and primarily worked as a domestique in recent years for riders Ryder Hesjedal, Andrew Talansky, and Daniel Martin. The American rider rode for The Discover Team, which was a incarnation of US Postal, in 2006 and 2007. While testifying in the case Lance Armstrong case, Tom Danielson remarked he was presented with a choice that to him did not feel like a choice at all and added in the environment that he was in, it felt like something he had to do in order to continue following his dream. The cyclist also remarked at that time he crossed the line and that is something he will always be sorry for and went on to remark at that time he accepts responsibility for his choices and apologize to everyone in his life for them – in and out of the sport.

Danielson spent his childhood years in Connecticut and attended Fort Lewis College in Colorado. The American professional road racing cyclist holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Washington in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. Danielson also holds the record for the Mt. Evans Hill Climb that traverses the highest paved road in North America. The rider raced for the American UCI ProTour team Discovery Channel and won the 2005 Tour de Georgia and the 2006 Tour of Austria.

Danielson is sponsored by Cannondale, Full Speed Ahead (FSA), Mavic, Smith Optics, Prestige Imports, Vega Sport, Icon Lasik, and Biotta for 2015 cycling events.

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Saturday 22, Feb 2014

  Legendary Local Bicycle Racer Banned

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Legendary local bicycle racer banned

David LeDuc, known to many as the king of bicycle racing in North Carolina, has received a two-year ban from competition from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The 62-year-old cyclist, known by the nickname “The Ol’ Man” in local racing circles, is a 21-time national champion and 2001 age-group world champion. LeDuc failed a urine test at the U.S. Masters National Road Championships in Oregon last summer. The cyclist admitted to using a wide range of performance enhancing drugs, including synthetic testosterone and EPO, a drug used by some professional cyclists like Lance Armstrong. However, USADA has allowed LeDuc to keep all his wins before the positive test.

LeDuc remarked he admitted to doping when he was informed of his positive A test. He added that doctors had given him legitimate prescriptions for Testosterone and amphetamines but he had no excuse for EPO. LeDuc remarked he suffered from symptoms of low testosterone such as depression and lethargy and his doctor diagnosed with low testosterone levels. LeDuc added that a friend competing in a different sport had given a small amount of EPO to him shortly after the 2013 nationals after he learned that LeDuc was having a poor season.

The cyclist added he had been riding clean when he conquered the national championship and hesitated to reveal how long he had been using amphetamines but said he had been using the testosterone and EPO only a short period before he delivered the positive test. LeDuc went on to remark that using testosterone and EPO didn’t help him and he had the worst results this year. LeDuc remarked he plans to race again when his sanction is over.

LeDuc started racing in 1980 when he was doing graduation in English at N.C. State University and after being influenced by the iconic cycling movie “Breaking Away.” In 2013, LeDuc won the 27-mile race for over-60 racers in the morning at the Tour de Moore in 2013. The cyclist then lined for the 55-mile race for 50-plus rider at 12:15 p.m. that he won as well. He was almost a regular at the 39-year-old Tour de Moore in Southern Pines, which is one of the largest races in the Southeast. Race director Mac Canon said LeDuc is an excellent racer, an excellent rider, and he’s safe to be around. Mac Canon added he is shocked but LeDuc has had a lot of wins, and won a lot of races convincingly and added nobody trains harder than him.

Judy Rhyne of Southern Pines, a long-time national racing judge and president of the Carolinas Cycling Association, said he like many others find it hard to understand why someone old enough to be a grandfather would be using such drugs to win obscure races with tiny prizes. Rhyne added that her organization has plans to enter into a partnership with USA Cycling, the national sanctioning body, to share the cost for USADA testing at certain events this year.

Doping has remained a big problem in professional cycling as well as amateur bike racing. In 2012, a masters’ racer from California failed a drug test at the U.S. Masters National Road Championships. In 2010, a racer named Pete Cannell tested positive for an anabolic steroid and forfeited three masters’ national championships.

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Wednesday 30, Jan 2013

  Latest Doping Scandal May Spell End For Alex Rodriguez

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Latest Doping Scandal May Spell End For Alex Rodriguez

A South Florida-based alternative weekly has linked many players to a clinic in Miami that is shown to have distributed performance enhancing drugs like human growth hormone, synthetic testosterone, and other substances banned by baseball.

The biggest name involved is Alex Rodriguez and other players named included Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal. Other baseball players who appeared in the records include Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young Award voting, besides pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, and budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa along with UM baseball conditioning guru Jimmy Goins, according to the newspaper.

A disgruntled employee of a Miami-based clinic called Biogenesis gave documents to the Miami New Times that are being evaluated by the New York Yankees. The documents purported to show that A-Rod paid for testosterone cream, human growth hormone, and IGF-1, as recently as last spring. Rodriguez, in the past, said that he stopped making use of performance enhancing drugs after 2003 and issued a statement disavowing any relationship with the man in charge of the clinic, Anthony Bosch. Other players listed in the report like Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez also issued denials.

A release issued by Major League Baseball disclosed that three of the players including Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera who were linked to the clinic had in fact been suspended by baseball. Cabrera was signed a $18-million (U.S.) free-agent contract for two years with Toronto this winter after he was suspended for 50 games and missed out on the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 World Series run because of a failed drug test indicating elevated testosterone levels.

The name of Cabrera among the list of players supposedly serviced by Bosch and Biogenesis shocked Blue Jays fans and notes given to the New Times referring to Cabrera are dated December 21, 2011 and include a hand-written note from Bosch expressing anger at the baseball star for $9,000 Bosch says he is owed. The paper cites Bosch as complaining that he put his business and all his doctors at risk by fabricating patient charts and phony prescriptions to help him.

But the entire focus in on Alex Rodriguez and many believe this may be his BALCO scandal. With the baseball icon not liked anymore by the Yankees fans, there seems to be no respite for A-Rod as no one would care if he never returns to the game. The baseball’s highest-paid star and the three-time AL MVP refuted claims that he purchased human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near the off-season home of A-Rod while the alternative weekly newspaper said it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz of Texas.

Bosch’s lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a statement that Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him and the New Times report “is filled with inaccuracies, innuendo and misstatements of fact.”

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Tuesday 09, Oct 2012

  British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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British heavyweight boxer Ali Adams has been banned for a period of two years after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid following his International Masters title defeat by 2000 Olympic champion Audley Harrison on 26 May 2012.

The Chelsea-based fighter, Adams, who was beaten in four rounds by Harrison, failed a drug test for stanozolol that was conducted immediately after the bout. Stanozolol is the same steroid for which Ben Johnson, the former Canadian sprinter, tested positive at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Stanozolol, the synthetic anabolic steroid derived from the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone, is commonly used by sportsmen to benefit from improved protein synthesis that further translates to muscle growth gains and leads to increases in muscle force production and aid muscle recovery following bouts of exercise. Stanozolol is categorized by WADA under category S1. Anabolic Agents; 1. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS); a. Exogenous AAS of the 2012 Prohibited List.

The 31-year-old boxer provided an In-Competition sample for doping control purposes at the International Masters Heavyweight Title competition in Brentwood, Essex that was submitted for analysis to the Drug Control Centre, Kings’ College, Harlow. It was reported on 1 June 2012 by the laboratory to the UK Anti-Doping that an adverse analytical finding in respect of 3-hydroxystanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, had been detected in the Sample. After this, a notice of charge was issued to Ali Adams on 13 June 2012 for a violation of ADR 2.1 and ADR 2.2 in relation to the adverse analytical finding for Stanozolol and Adams was also provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The boxer waived his right to B sample analysis on 26 June 2012 and admitted to the violations on 5 July 2012.

It was claimed by Adams that he received medical treatment and massage for an ongoing neck injury and the massage therapist injected him on two different occasions with an unknown substance that was communicated to him as an anti-inflammatory and these injections must have been the cause of the adverse analytical finding.

UK Anti-Doping announced a provisional suspension for Adams since 13 June 2012 and his period of ineligibility in accordance with ADR 10.9 commences on 13 June 2012 and will expire at midnight on 12 June 2014.

UK Anti-Doping Director of Legal Graham Arthur said stanozolol is banned at all times in sport and there is no reason for it to be found in the body of an athlete and the repercussions for using such substances are serious. Arthur added that this positive finding was the result of a targeted intelligence-led test and this case demonstrates UK Anti-Doping makes use of intelligence to inform our anti-doping programs in the United Kingdom.

Adams’ violation is the latest in a succession of positive drug tests in boxing this year after Larry Olubamiwo was suspended in June 2012 for four years after multiple anti-doping rule violations and taking 13 banned substances, including human growth hormone and anabolic steroids. Earlier this year, the world title re-match of Amir Khan with Lamont Peterson was called off 19 days before the contest after it was revealed that Peterson had taken a form of synthetic testosterone.

British Heavyweight Boxer Banned

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

  Lamont Peterson Cleared Of Doping

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Lamont Peterson Cleared Of Doping – Cliff Notes


Lamont Peterson 1The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has allowed Lamont Peterson to keep the IBF title. The junior welterweight boxer failed a drug test after testing positive to anabolic steroids before his canceled bout with former titlist Amir Khan.

The IBF belt was awarded to Peterson even with the failed test as the levels of testosterone were found to be consistent with levels used for therapy purposes. Last year, Peterson admitted to making use of testosterone pellets before his first bout with Khan in December of 2011. The revelation was made by Jeff Fried, the attorney of Peterson, to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer during a phone call. Kizer confirmed that two drug samples from Peterson from the same collection came back positive for synthetic testosterone.

The first one was in mid-April from the “A” sample taken after a press conference touting drug testing on March 19 in Los Angeles and the testing of the “B” sample again on May 3. According to Kizer, the “A” and “B” samples from the first test both registered positive and were analyzed by making the use of the sophisticated carbon isotope ratio (CIR) testing method. The junior welterweight boxer admitted to having a testosterone pellet surgically implanted into his hip on November 12 by Las Vegas-based Dr. John Thompson after being diagnosed with an abnormally testosterone level.

This would mean Peterson can resume his career and his stop to return will be against mandatory challenger Zab Judah, who was awarded the status by defeating Vernon Paris by TKO in an elimination bout this past March in New York. Winner of the Judah-Peterson match would set himself up for a possible bout with newly crowned WBA super, Ring and WBC junior welterweight title holder Danny Garcia.

Findings of the IBF were based on the findings reported by an independent physician with certifications in internal medicine and endocrinology. The physician determined that the levels of testosterone as noted in the VADA report are consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone and not for the purpose of performance enhancement.

After the news of Peterson’s failed test, Amir Khan urged the authorities to ban Peterson for life and eradicate drugs cheats from boxing. Khan added that he has been “tested for drugs over one hundred times” in his Olympic and professional career.

Born on January 24, 1984, Lamont Peterson is an American professional boxer competing in the light welterweight division and is the current IBF Light Welterweight Champion. In 2003, Peterson became 141 lbs US champion and was the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion in 2011.

In the meanwhile, Peterson has quickly applied for a license in Nevada hoping that the Nevada State Athletic Commission may grant him a license despite his admission to using the banned substance. He claimed to have used synthetic testosterone (testosterone replacement therapy) for medical reasons but failed to disclose it ahead of time or even seek a medical exemption and Khan is furious and frustrated to see the IBF title going back to Peterson.

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Tuesday 21, Feb 2012

  More young men injecting steroids

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According to a new report, steroids have become a “short cut to an attractive physique” for increasing numbers of young men in the East Riding.

Once the preserves of bodybuilders, steroids, are the most common and are used by recreational gym users and amateur sportsmen.

Mr Margetts, East Riding Council’s substance misuse manager, added: “We are seeing people turn up at minor injury units who have injected into veins not the muscle, which can mean they get phlebitis or inflammation. It’s not a particularly brilliant idea to fill yourself up with a synthetic testosterone in the first place – just stick to weights. “Long-term heavy use is undoubtedly very dangerous.”

Thursday 08, Jul 2010

  Landis claims Armstrong sold bikes to fund doping programs

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Landis claims Armstrong sold bikes to fund doping programsFloyd Landis told the Wall Street Journal that Lance Armstrong sold off expensive racing bikes offered by the Trek Bicycle Corp., one of Armstrong’s most loyal sponsors, for funding an elaborate doping program.

Lance Armstrong denied accusations made by Landis, his former teammate, which rocked the world of cycling with a much-awaited doping confession.

It is worth noting here that Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone and has since then been targeting Armstrong.