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Wednesday 04, May 2016

  Accreditation Of Africa’s Only Doping Lab Suspended By WADA

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Accreditation Of Africa’s Only Doping Lab Suspended By WADA

On Tuesday, the World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the accreditation of the drug-testing laboratory in South Africa, which is the only accredited facility in Africa until after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Suspension of the accreditation means the South African doping control laboratory in Bloemfontein would now not be able to analyze any doping samples for five months — until September 30 — for failing to meet WADA standards.  The lab in the central city of Bloemfontein receives doping test samples from many other African countries, including top distance-running nations Kenya and Ethiopia and they now have to use other facilities.

Lacea Loader, communications director at the University of the Free State, said the lab did not plan to appeal the suspension as the shutdown was planned with the World Anti-Doping Agency to allow the facility to upgrade equipment and give staff more training. She remarked it was an amicable decision made in conjunction with WADA and added the facility is expected to re-open once the necessary steps have been taken.

The lab said it was not possible to upgrade its services while still continuing with its day-to-day work associated with testing samples. In a statement, the lab said technical and infrastructure adaptations need to be continuously implemented in the laboratory to keep up with the demands because of ever-increasing demands on the number, variety and analytical sensitivity of compounds to be analyzed according to the Prohibited List of WADA. It was also remarked that this has to be done while normal routine analysis continues and it became clear that at present, implementation cannot be successfully accomplished together with the workload from normal routine analyses.

In a statement, WADA said the suspension covers all anti-doping testing including analyses of urine and blood samples. It was further added by WADA that samples during the period of suspension are required to be transported securely to another WADA-accredited laboratory, ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system.

The lab, which is based at Bloemfontein’s University of the Free State, previously said it would be upgrading its facilities for six months from the beginning of April and would send some samples to Doha to be tested during that time. It said urine samples would be sent to Doha but would still be able to analyze blood samples. However, the recent suspension imposed by WADA means the South African lab cannot analyze any samples. The World Anti-Doping Agency remarked the lab can apply for the suspension to be lifted before September 30.

South Africa is due to host the African Track And Field Championships in June but the decision of WADA will complicate the doping control program for the championships as organizers now set to have to fly samples to a laboratory on another continent.

Last month, the World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the accreditations of doping labs in Beijing and Lisbon, Portugal, and revoked the accreditation of the lab in Moscow after allegations of wide-ranging corruption in the anti-doping program of Russia. Brazil managed to avoid losing the accreditation of its lab in Rio de Janeiro in March; the lab needs to test thousands of doping samples at the Olympics in August.

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Sunday 07, Jul 2013

  UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

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UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

Players will undergo blood tests next season as part of the new anti-doping regimen of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, in all competitions run by European soccer’s governing body.

Till now, UEFA has only conducted blood tests at international tournaments-Euro 2008 and 2012 but the detection regime is to be extended to the Champions League and Europa League from this month. Players may now be asked at doping controls to give urine samples, blood samples, or both, and checks will be made in and out of competition. On its website, UEFA said out-of-competition checks would only be carried out if players or teams had not informed testers where they would be when required to be tested.

The new rules follow a UEFA anti-doping panel meeting that was held late last year. Chairman Dr Jacques Lienard said at the meeting that we cannot say that football is free of doping and it is important UEFA remains vigilant in its fight against doping and all products that are associated with doping.

UEFA anti-doping assistant Richard Grisdale said if you make a mistake or don’t know the rules and you test positive, you will be banned–you will suffer, your team can suffer. Grisdale added that doping was cheating the team you’re playing against and cheating your teammates and went on to add that you are responsible for everything in your body and if you test positive, you cannot blame somebody else. The UEFA anti-doping assistant added you need to take responsibility for the medicines you take, any supplements, what you eat, what you drink.

In another development, UEFA made an announcement that there were no positive doping tests in last season’s Champions League and Europa League after 1374 doping controls were carried out in Europe’s major club competitions in 2012/13. In the Champions League, UEFA conducts both in and out-of-competition doping controls. A total of 813 samples were collected from players during 2012-13, with over 67 percent of the samples analyzed for EPO.

The Union of European Football Associations in collaboration with the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne is also launching a study to analyze the steroid profiles of almost 900 players who have been tested at least three times in UEFA competitions since 2008. The goal of this study is to identify the potential prevalence of steroid use across European football by using data from previous doping controls. This study will be anonymous and its findings will not result in any player incurring an anti-doping rule violation.

The European soccer’s governing body recently warned the young players at the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship of the dangers of match-fixing and urged them to stay clear of this scourge on the game. UEFA intelligence officer Graham Peaker said UEFA has a zero tolerance policy on match-fixing and this means that if we identify anybody that has been involved – a player, a referee or a club – they will be kicked out of the game and they will get a red card from football. Peaker added the UEFA had set up a betting fraud detection system in which approximately 30,000 domestic league and cup matches and UEFA matches throughout Europe are monitored for irregular betting patterns each year.

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Tuesday 12, Jul 2011

  WD High School to consider drug testing

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WD High School to consider drug testing WD High School officials are considering requiring student athletes at West Davidson High School for taking random drug tests, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

This policy was presented to the Davidson County Board of Education Monday by Tabitha Broadway, principal of WDHS, and Charles Elmore, athletic director at the school.

Tests will be supervised by the principal, athletic director or a designee and proposed costs could run around $3,000 to $4,000 a year and each test would cost $48, according to the officials.

Friday 13, Feb 2009


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yankees-accept-a-rods-admissionIt was only a matter of time before someone suggests it. And yes, right after the steroid scandal involving Alex Rodriguez exploded, former Boston Red Sox Curt Schilling says that the list of the 104 players that were found positive to have used anabolic steroids back in 2003 should be made public. According to Schilling’s blog, the rest of the Major League Baseball players will be judged guilty by association if those athletes won’t be named.

Thursday 12, Feb 2009


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urine sample testing baseballFirst there was Roger Clemens who was charged with doping. Then there was Barry Bonds who was charged with doping and lying, and was probably taken by surprise when his supposedly destroyed urine sample resurfaced and yielded positive results. And now there is Alex Rodriguez, the baseball superstar who is now under public judgment because the documents that listed supposedly confidential test results in 2003 were found along with his positive steroid test. You think that the rest of the 104 listed positive should be the only ones scared. Apparently, that is not the case. Even those that tested negative back then could be subject to some re-analyzing. Remember Bonds testing negative at first then positive after a few years? The feds might be considering the same in this case.

The laboratory that did the tests should have destroyed the samples whether positive or negative. It didn’t though and now we have 525 urine samples to analyze with more modern tests. That could mean over a hundred more Barry Bonds.

Wednesday 11, Feb 2009


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judge-steroidsU.S. District Judge Susan Illston will be giving the prosecution for the Barry Bonds’ case a very hard time this coming trial. She has mentioned that she might be forbidding the use of the records taken from the raid in the Nevada laboratory that had run the anabolic steroids drug tests as evidence. According to Illston, the prosecution will not be able to link the urine and blood samples tested to Bonds. There is no concrete proof that these samples really belong to the athlete. Amidst the protests, prosecutors know that they do lack the important witness to do this.

Without Anderson, the defense will have the upper hand. Prosecutors need Anderson to testify that Bonds did use performance enhancing drugs. Unfortunately for them, the former trainer has not expressed any intention to show up amidst possible contempt charges and serving another year in prison. Although the government knows that the documents they have are enough to charge Bonds of lying, they lack the legal means to do

Tuesday 30, Dec 2008

  Did the government commit an illegal act during the BALCO steroid investigation?

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balco-steroidsAn AP report focuses on the high-tech side of the most massive doping scandal in the United States referred to as the BALCO Affair.

There is an ongoing legal dilemma amongst federal judges relating to the seizure of urine samples of more than 100 major league players not originally involved in the BALCO steroid investigation.

The battle is now at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in which an 11-member panel must decide whether prosecutors had the legal right to seize the names and urine samples of the 104 players during a raid carried out in 2004.

“There has to be limits when the government seizes vast amount of information on a computer,” Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer Elliot Peters said.

The federal agents who took the material from the Long Beach-based Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. had a search warrant for the test results of just 10 players, but discovered on a computer spreadsheet the test results of additional players.

The players’ association went to court, and lower-court judges ruled the additional names were seized illegally. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit reversed those decisions twice in 2-1 votes, but the entire 9th Circuit set the reversal aside and decided to hear the case en banc.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Wilson argued Thursday the government had a legal right to investigate all of the players who tested positive because their names and test results were on a single document containing the names of the 10 players listed in the search warrant. Wilson said since the government was entitled to 10 players’ test results, it was entitled to the entire spreadsheet.

Wilson’s argument was attacked early and often by at least six judges, who expressed doubt that a computer spreadsheet is analogous to a paper document, which investigators have a right to seize so long as it contains evidence listed in the search warrant.

“When you are talking about computers, a single document can contain vast amounts of information,” Judge Kim Wardlaw said.
Judge Mylan Smith was even more pointed, complaining that allowing the government on narrowly focused investigations to seize computer databases, hard drives and spreadsheets containing large amounts of information “would probably be frightening to the public because there’s no end to it.”

The BALCO Affair has involved several famous athletes and has resulted to congressional hearings and independent investigations. Most prominent of these investigations is the Mitchell Report, which has probed the use of steroids in the Major League Baseball.

Several personalities were prosecuted and jailed because of their involvement in said scandal including BALCO’s founder Victor Conte, chemist Patrick Arnold who designed “the clear”, containing testosterone, an anabolic steroid, and track athlete Marion Jones.