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Thursday 25, May 2017

  Rugby Player Banned Again By UK Anti-Doping

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Ross Bevan, who was registered with South Wales Scorpions, now known as South Wales Ironmen, has been banned again by the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) following a second Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Originally, Bevan was banned after testing positive for Drostanolone, the anabolic androgenic steroid and a metabolite of Drostanolone following an out-of-competition squad test on 9 February 2015. A UKAD Doping Control Officer attempted to collect a sample from Bevan at his home address on 28 September 2016. The rugby player refused to provide a sample and was subsequently charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code – “Evading, Refusing, or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection”.

Later, Bevan admitted the charge but sought a reduction in the period of ineligibility under Article 10.6.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code – “Prompt Admission of an ADRV”. The reduction was agreed with WADA and sanction of the player was subsequently reduced by a period of nine months. Bevan appealed the decision but it as rejected by an independent National Anti-Doping Panel and the rugby player was subsequently banned for seven years and three months.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said any athlete who is currently banned remains subject to testing in order to limit the chances of them continuing to use performance enhancing substances whilst banned and then returning to sport. Myhill added it is therefore of vital importance that they make themselves available to us when called upon. The UKAD’s Director of Operation also commented that the refusal by Bevan to submit to sample collection whilst already serving a period of ineligibility is not only a second serious breach of the Anti-Doping Rules but also his core responsibilities as an athlete. We treat violations such as this with the utmost seriousness and would implore athletes of all levels to comply or potentially face a lengthy ban from all sport.

Bevan is banned from 14 October 2016 until midnight on 14 January 2024. He was previously banned from all competition from 26 February 2015 until midnight on 25 February 2017. At that time, UKAD’s Director of Legal, Graham Arthur had remarked this case is unusual in that Bevan has received a two year ban because of the unique circumstances surrounding the timing of his admitted use of steroids. Arthur had also commented that although Bevan was bound by the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) of the Rugby Football League at the time of his test in February 2015, the independent National Anti-Doping Panel concluded that because he used the steroids in 2014, he did not intend to breach the 2015 Rule and added he did not therefore have to serve a four year ban. The UKAD’s Director of Legal had also commented that whilst Bevan is not deemed to have acted intentionally under the 2015 rules, it is very clear that he was at significant fault. Arthur  added UKAD takes the use of steroids in sport extremely seriously and also said our mission is to protect the right to participate in clean sport in this country and steroids have absolutely no place in sport.

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Friday 27, Mar 2015

  UK Anti-Doping Chief Expresses Concerns About Steroid Abuse Among Young Rugby Players

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UK Anti-Doping Chief Expresses Concerns About Steroid Abuse Among Young Rugby Players

Nicole Sapstead has vowed to focus on an “increasing and worrying” explosion in use of anabolic steroids in sports by teenagers amid fears that the problem can exacerbate during the Rugby World Cup in England.

The new chief executive of UK Anti-Doping remarked that emphasizing on the growing use of steroids by aspiring athletes in rugby and other sports would be at the heart of her tenure. The UKAD Chief praised the approach taken by the Rugby Football Union and World Rugby at the elite level but said there was “something fundamentally wrong” with aspiring players as young as 14 turning to anabolic steroids to compete.

The UK Anti-Doping has suspended 13 rugby union or league players out of the last 15 doping violations. There have been at least 50 doping bans, of which 28 are being served by British rugby players from either discipline. One of these cases involved Sam Chalmers, the son of the former Scotland and Lions fly-half Craig, who delivered failed drug tests for two anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under-20 training session in May 2013.

The UKAD Chief said the use of anabolic steroids has exploded – look at our findings over the last year, it has increased dramatically and added anabolic steroids are now so easily accessible via the internet. Nicole Sapstead said she is concerned about effect of the increased emphasis on size and strength in the professional era on aspiring players who are watching but admitted that positive tests at the World Cup would be a big surprise. She also remarked it is that level where they’re pushing and pushing and pushing to make the cut where the biggest problem lies and also said that is the same for a number of sports.

Sapstead, who took over as UKAD chief executive, said we are seeing at lower levels of the sport, with young boys in rugby, in rugby league, an increasing and worrying prevalence of steroid abuse particularly when it comes to steroid abuse. She also commented that it is no longer about it being just a sports issue or an anti-doping issue, actually there’s a public health issue here and education and health have to get involved, too. Sapstead also said this is clearly dangerous stuff from a health perspective and added we sometimes intercept packages and we can see that what somebody has thought they are buying is not what they are buying. She went on to remark that some of these underground labs are disgusting in terms of the conditions in which this stuff is made and added you just really are dicing with your health.

In November, the Rugby Football Union said it would fund a major study by Leeds Beckett University with an aim to uncover the scale of doping and supplement use among teenage players.

Debbie Jevans, the chief executive of England 2015 Rugby World Cup, remarked right education was critical to dealing with doping issues. Jevans said the best way and the most healthy way is to train and train hard to be the best you can be and not try and short-circuit it because you may have health problems later on and also added what you do need to do is educate the athletes there because those athletes then become ambassadors and spokespeople.

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Saturday 29, Nov 2014

  Life Bans Must Be Given To Doped Horses, Says BHA Chief

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Life Bans Must Be Given To Doped Horses, Says BHA Chief

British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive has remarked that life bans should be given to all doped horses and therapeutic exemptions should not stand.

Paul Bittar, the most senior executive in British racing, remarked that time had come for the BHA to take “a strong stand” against anabolic steroids by outlawing them completely. Bittar admitted it was important to retain public confidence in horse racing. Bittar has been hailed very highly in the world of horse racing. He is credited with transforming the fortunes of the British Horseracing Authority during his two years in charge. Bittar advocated a zero-tolerance approach to the use of steroids in British racing even if the horse has a genuine medical reason for being administered those substances.

According to the recommendations of an independent report commissioned in the wake of the Godolphin and Sungate scandals last year, there may be an increase in suspension. Presently, racehorses serve a six-month suspension if they are found to have used steroids. However the report by Sandy Love, professor of equine clinical studies at Glasgow University, is set to spark a debate among the British Horseracing Authority board when the report will be discussed in the coming weeks.

The British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive believes the science behind the effects of anabolic steroid use in horses is not robust enough for any exemptions to be granted. The Mahmood Al Zarooni and Gerard Butler doping sagas and recent revelations that Irish trainers Philip Fenton and Pat Hughes had appeared in court charged with possession of anabolic steroids could help Bittar made a strong case for increased suspensions. The British Horseracing Authority was left in a dilemma after criminal proceedings were initiated against Fenton, with three of his horses scheduled to run at Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup third favorite Last Instalment.

Bittar also admitted that a massive cut in budget of the BHA in the three years before he became chief executive led to it being definitely cut back too far in testing and exposed British racing to some of the risks that we saw last year.

The BHA Chief Executive however has some reasons to smile. A few days back, the Government said it was backing the BHA’s bid to extend the Levy to offshore bookmakers operating within the UK. Bittar pledged any increase in the Levy as a result of an amendment to the Gambling Act going through Parliament would result in even more investment in the British Horseracing Authority’s integrity services.

Bittar’s focus as of now is on Cheltenham. Bittar said it is the best racing festival in the world, so you want it to be about the racing, you want it to be about the stories and remarked you want it to be about Britain versus Ireland and everything that comes with that. He also remarked so if we can get through the week, decent weather, people talking about racing and from a welfare perspective it’s been a good week, that is the best possible outcome for us.

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Friday 23, May 2014

  Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

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Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

Colin Tyrie, public health advisor at Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, has issued a warning of an off-the-scale demand for ‘bodybuilder drugs’ in Greater Manchester. Last year, police made 1,488 seizures of steroids across the region that is almost double the previous year’s total of 799.

The ‘needle shots’ of anabolic androgenic steroids can be made for as little as £2 and use of these drugs is extending well beyond amateur and professional bodybuilders. In the last few years, steroid use has been greatly associated with police officers, builders, and security guards. A NHS-run Pump Clinic in Ancoats that provides advice on anabolic steroids and operates a needle service for ensuring that the drugs are used safely have about 600 steroid users on the books. The NHS-run Pump Clinic is now seeing athletes from rugby, cycling, and young actors.

It is believed by some experts that men drawn to anabolic steroids could be suffering from ‘Adonis body syndrome’ or ‘Bigorexia’. Bigorexia (also known as Muscle dysmorphia or Reverse anorexia) is a disorder in which an individual becomes obsessed with the illusion that he or she is not muscular enough. The use of steroids in long-term or steroid abuse (or overdosing) can be associated with the development or aggravation of side effects like hair loss, acne, and shrunken testicles. Steroid abuse can also be a reason behind problems with the liver, heart, kidney, and fertility. Use of injectable steroids through shared needles can increase the possibility of contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Tyrie remarked the ‘trickle’ of people coming to the clinic has become a torrent due to the growing pressure on young men to have a ‘good’ physical appearance. The health expert expressed fears that the new market for anabolic androgenic steroids may create health problems and remarked when they were really easily accessible but with a smaller demand, we tended not to get a lot of problems with them. Tyrie added that the people who were using them knew a bit more about it and they researched them to an extent and they were generally athletes or body builders. He said now it’s gone off the scale with people doing it for emerging reasons and they might be less inclined to do the research required. Tyrie added the male role in society has become quite damaged and it is not sure what it is any more. The public health advisor added that men don’t have an identity like our fathers did so there’s this sense we’re trying to fulfill that. He went on to add that there is quite a strong prevalence of this amongst white working class males and it is a quick way to get prestige to say ‘yes I’m a big bloke’ and all the associations that go with that.

Tyrie said further study was needed to understand the long-term effects of anabolic steroids and also remarked if there is a ticking health time-bomb, we are pushing users away by criminalizing them more and more and that is what is happened in the past with drugs

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Friday 25, Apr 2014

  Ronda Rousey Unloads On Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino

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Ronda rousey unloads on cris ‘cyborg’ justino

Ronda Jean Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, has blistered Cris “Cyborg” Justino for her steroid use. Rousey said use of steroids is criminal and urged fighters to be banned from competition after one failed test.

 Rousey also remarked she is turned off by what she termed as long-term use of performance enhancing drugs by Justino who admitted to using the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to her December 17, 2011, bout against Hiroko Yamanak to help her make weight. Justino however remarked Stanozolol use came as a result of bad advice. Last month, she said that she always had muscles for as long as she remembers and it is how she was born. She added Stanozolol (Winstrol) use was for the weight and it was a mistake, but it wasn’t to cheat and get muscles.

The last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Rousey raved about jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing skills of Alexis Davis who she will be fight for a July 5 title defense in Las Vegas. Rousey remarked she thinks the reason why people don’t know her so well has nothing to do with her actual talent and more to do with the way she has chosen to promote her fights.

Ronda Rousey also said it would be a dream to compete against Gina Carano and had words of praise for the skills of former boxing champion Holly Holm. Rousey said he totally adores Gina and a fight against her would be a privilege and an honor. Rousey remarked she will be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage. She also said Holm, the former boxing champion, is fantastic and she thinks UFC fans would love her.

Rousey said she does not buy Justino’s argument and remarked she thought penalties for using performance enhancing drugs should be much stiffer than they are. Rousey said penalties should be stronger due to the potential consequences of steroid usage and added she was in favor of random, unannounced testing as is done during Olympic competition.

Justino was suspended by California Commission for one year and fined her $2,500. Ronda Jean Rousey came heavily on Justino and remarked this girl has been on steroids for so long and has been injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. Rousey added she’s an ‘it’ and this is not good for the women’s division. Rousey went on to remark she could ruin the whole sport and even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if she beats the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

Americana MMA owner Peter Giannoulis said Rousey should be suspended or fined for her comments about Cyborg. Cyborg is making efforts to make it to the 135-pound weight class of Rousey so she can enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and challenge her.

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Tuesday 18, Feb 2014

  New Steroid Act Hailed By Trade Associations

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New Steroid Act Hailed By Trade Associations

A coalition of associations representing supplement manufacturers have expressed their support in the favor of Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 that was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

The coalition consists of the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association, and the United Natural Products Alliance. It said the trade associations of the dietary supplement industry strongly support DASCA, a bill that protects consumers by empowering the Drug Enforcement Administration with new tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids — illegal drugs — are falsely marketed as dietary supplements.

The coalition made a joint statement that read that responsible dietary supplement industry stakeholders have consistently supported congressional and regulatory efforts to enact and enforce laws that help eliminate illegal products that masquerade as dietary supplements, and to prosecute the criminals who manufacture and sell them. It added that the industry lobbied Congress to pass the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, and our trade associations are proud to work with Sens. Whitehouse and Hatch on this critical issue and added we are committed to coming together to advance this important legislation and to see that it is enacted.

DSACA was also welcomed by Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who remarked that this legislation introduced by Senators Hatch and Whitehouse is an important step in helping to protect athletes at all levels, parents and all consumers from unscrupulous companies who are selling dangerous designer steroids disguised as supplements.

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act would immediately place 27 known designer anabolic steroids on the list of controlled substances. It would also grant authority to the DEA to temporarily schedule new designer steroids on the controlled substances list, so that if bad actors develop new variations, these products can be removed from the market. In addition to this, DASCA will also create new penalties for importing, manufacturing, or distributing anabolic steroids under false labels and authorize the U.S. Attorney General to publish a list of products containing an anabolic steroid that are not properly labeled.

Hatch remarked designer anabolic steroids present serious health risks, and this bill will ensure that the DEA has the ability to test products for anabolic effects and declare them controlled substances before they enter the marketplace. He added the DEA needs to be able to act faster and have better enforcement tools to prosecute those that develop and falsely market anabolic steroids as safe products. Whitehouse remarked the world’s top athletes competing in the Winter Olympics are subject to strict guidelines and rigorous testing to prevent the use of steroids, as they should be and added at the same time, many American citizens may be unknowingly dosing themselves with these harmful substances. Whitehouse added that American consumers deserve to know what is in the products they purchase and this bill would help prevent the sale of falsely labeled steroids and punish those who seek to profit from them.

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Thursday 05, Sep 2013

  Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

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Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is fighting against many troubles these days. After being banned for 211 games by the Major League Baseball, the Yankees slugger decided to deflect attention by filing a medical malpractice suit against the team medic, Dr. Chris Ahmad. But this lawsuit comes to Yankees as a happy surprise as they can argue that it was the use of illegal steroids by Rodriguez that caused his injury in the first place.

It is believed that the doctor in question incorrectly diagnosed a hip injury that was suffered by A-Rod during the playoffs last year. The slugger had surgery on his left hip and was sidelined until July. According to a team insider, Yankees are of the view that it was the use of illegal steroids that caused his hip injury. The team insider has revealed that Alex initially complained about his right hip and there was no mention of the left hip and the suggestion that the Yankees and Dr. Ahmad were in cahoots to misdiagnose Alex are absolutely ridiculous. In case the baseball slugger decides to proceed with a medical malpractice suit, the Yankees will start a very thorough identification process that will include the medical records of Rodriguez that will be filed with the court and made available to the public.

The source also revealed that the Yankees are fed up with Rodriguez and these outrageous claims being made by his advisers and they are attempting to once again deflect attention from the real issue, Alex’s use of steroids. It was also disclosed by the source that the team would immediately seek to depose Alex and force him to answer under oath about his use of steroids if the case goes to trial and added that Alex Rodriguez will have to answer the questions truthfully and under penalty of perjury.

In a statement about the pending lawsuit, the Yankees said we relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions, and treatment. It added the Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time. It was also disclosed that given the various allegations that have been made by Alex Rodriguez and his counsel, if you have any medical questions they should be directed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has remarked that he has told his outspoken handlers to freeze the scorching rhetoric amid his epic fight against the doping ban imposed on him. Rodriguez remarked there are so many great stories going on in baseball, and for us, we really just want to focus on playing good baseball, and 100 percent have all the questions be about baseball. The slugger added if there are any questions in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment. A-Rod recently authorized attorney Joe Tacopina to accuse the Yankees of playing Rodriguez in 2012 while being aware he had a “hole in his hip” in order to get out from under his contract.

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Tuesday 20, Nov 2012

  One In 20 Youth Has Used Steroids For Bulking Up

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One In 20 Youth Has Used Steroids For Bulking Up

According to a new study from Minnesota, anabolic steroids have been used by about five percent of middle and high school students to bulk up or put on muscles.

The findings of the study were published in the journal Pediatric. It was revealed that more than one-third of boys and one-fifth of girls in the study remarked that they had made use of protein powder or shakes for gaining muscle mass and non-steroid muscle-enhancing substances, such as creatine were used by five and 10 percent of the study participants.

Dr. Linn Goldberg, from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, remarked that these trends can be attributed to the pressure to start making the use of anabolic steroids in high school and said the influence of older teens in high school is a big contributor as they can have great influence as one progresses into the next stage of his or her athletic career.

It is important that healthy alternatives to build muscles are given to teenagers, said Goldberg, co-developer of the ATLAS and ATHENA programs to prevent steroid and other substance use on high school teams. Getting enough protein through food, eating breakfast and avoiding muscle toxins like alcohol and marijuana can be useful for young athletes to get stronger, said Goldberg.

The new data came from approximately 2,800 kids and teens at 20 different middle and high schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Students during the 2009-2010 school year completed a survey on food and weight-related behaviors, including activities tied to muscle gain. The majority of children surveyed were poor or middle-class.

The study also revealed that almost all of them had indulged into at least one activity for muscle building in the past year, most often they were working out more to get stronger. One-third of kids and teens used steroids and other muscle-building substances or overdoing it on protein shakes, dieting, and weight lifting. This study also revealed that the use of anabolic steroids was equally common among athletes and non-athletes though student-athletes were more likely than their peers to use most methods of muscle building.

The study also revealed that Asian students were three to four times more likely to have used anabolic steroids than white students in the past years. It was noted by lead researcher Marla Eisenberg from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her colleagues that most Asians in the study were Hmong. According to the researchers, this study shows higher adolescent use of steroids and other muscle-boosting substances than most other recent research and “is cause for concern.”

The synthetic versions of testosterone (the male sex hormone), anabolic steroids are legally prescribed for treating health conditions such as hormone deficiency or muscle loss but they are typically used in much higher doses for non-medical purposes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In the last few years, steroids have become pervasive in professional sports, including baseball, football, and boxing. Meanwhile, erythropoietin or EPO is slowly and steadily gaining popularity and was behind the Lance Armstrong cycling controversy that caused the cyclist to be stripped of all his Tour de France titles and get banned for life.

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

  Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Views On Anabolic Steroids

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@Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and the Austrian-born former actor, has no fears or ashamed of using anabolic steroids during his years as a champion body builder.  In fact, we have speculated in the past about what Arnold Schwarzenegger cycles used.

Schwarzenegger had remarked in the past that he has no regrets about using performance enhancing drugs as he used them under the supervision of a doctor and steroids were very much legal at that time. The former seven-time Mr. Olympia however said he would not encourage use of steroids as that will send a wrong message to children but added that he has no problems with sportsmen making use of nutritional supplements and other legal substances for improving their performance.

Born on July 30, 1947 as Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, the Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder began weight training at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, Arnold Schwarzenegger chose bodybuilding over football as a career at the age of 14 and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest while serving in the Austrian Army in 1965.

His first attempt to Mr. Olympia failed when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva in 1969 but won the competition in 1970 to become the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23. At the age of 23, the bodybuilder captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York in 1970. He played the role of Hercules in 1970′s Hercules in New York and was followed by director Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) and Stay Hungry (1976) but his rise was primarily attributed to his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron (1977). In addition to this, Schwarzenegger appeared in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982 that was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and then made a huge impact with director James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator.

His autobiography/weight-training guide Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was published in 1977 and became an instant hit. In 1977, Schwarzenegger admitted to using anabolic steroids which were legal at that time and said he used the performance enhancing drugs to maintain muscle size while on a strict diet. He added that his use of steroids was for muscle maintenance when cutting up and not for muscle growth.

Schwarzenegger’s personal records include Clean & press – 264 lb (120 kg), Squat – 215 kg (470 lb), Deadlift – 310 kg (680 lb), Clean & jerk – 298 lb (135 kg), Snatch – 243 lb (110 kg), and Bench press – 200 kg (440 lb).

Legacy of Schwarzenegger is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition and he is considered as one of the most important figures in the history of body building. Arnold has presided over many contests and awards shows besides being a prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long after retiring.

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Sunday 22, Jul 2012

  Olympic Runners Suspected Of Doping

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Nordine Gezzar of France and Spain’s @Angel Mullera, have been axed from the London Olympic Games on suspicion of doping.

French runner Nordine Gezzar may face a life ban after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) and has already requested a “B” sample to be analyzed, with the results of that test due to be known next week. The 3000m steeplechaser may get banned permanently if the “B” sample also come back positive as Gezzar served a two-year drug ban when he was suspended in 2006.

In 2006, Gezzar was handed a suspension of two years when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone and the diuretic Finasteride that is used for treating hair loss but can also mask use of steroids.

French athletics federation vice-president, Michel Marle, said on Friday: “Gezzar tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended.”

“The athlete has already requested the analysis of the ‘B’ sample. That will be carried out on Sunday and we’ll probably know the results 48 hours later.”

Fourth at the European Championships in Helsinki, Gezzar was caught when was tested along with all other Games-bound competitors by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) made an announcement that Angel Mullera has been removed from their quad after reports in the local media also connecting him with the use of EPO. Mullera has been replaced by Sebastian Martos.

“This decision is independent of the eventual opening of a disciplinary process accompanied by a preventive ban,” the RFEA said.


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