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Saturday 24, Aug 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Came To Conte For Legal Supplements

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Alex Rodriguez Came To Conte For Legal Supplements

BALCO founder Victor Conte has told the New York Daily News that he met in 2012 with New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez about legal performance enhancement.

The Daily News revealed that A-Rod made an attempt to get ex-NFL player Bill Romanowski to arrange a meeting with the BALCO founder in Los Angeles or New York. Initially, Conte declined but Rodriguez and Romanowski showed up uninvited at Conte’s office in San Marcos, California, in May 2012. The newspaper quotes Conte as saying he flushed it out with Romanowski before they ever showed up at the office and he clearly told Romanowski it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement.

Conte disclosed he met with MLB’s department of investigations for two hours some weeks ago. In the past, the company owned by Conte, Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative was accused of supplying a number of world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs and Conte was sent to prison in 2005 for his role in the scandal. Victor Conte now runs Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.

Conte said he was eager to meet with Major League Baseball officials because he wanted to answer their questions about Alex Rodriguez. The BALCO founder remarked he also wanted to give his input and have them take it back to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. He went on to remark that he was keen to shares his ideas about improving the drug program of MLB and was waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He recently received a suspension of 211 games for his ties with Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Conte remarked A-Rod referred to Bosch as “his nutrition guy.”

In another development, the New York Yankees has hand-delivered a letter to A-Rod written by general manager Brian Cashman. The letter reprimanded Rodriguez for his recent actions surrounding his rehab assignment, including seeking a second medical opinion with Dr. Michael Gross without giving a prior notice to the team. It also reprimanded Rodriguez for his failure to show up to a July 12 game after meeting with MLB officials regarding the Biogenesis investigation. The team has also fined him $153,846, equivalent to one day’s pay under Rodriguez’s contract, which calls for him to earn $28 million for 2013.

The team also fined Francisco Cervelli for his failure to appear for treatment for his injured hand and elbow. He was fined $2,831, a day’s pay out of the $515,350 he currently makes. The baseball slugger remarked he felt “too stressed out” to report to the facility of Yankees in Tampa after he learned of his suspension. The Italo-Venezuelan professional baseball player accepted 50-game suspensions from MLB after his name emerged among those discovered in the records of Biogenesis when the list was published by the Miami New Times.

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Tuesday 26, Feb 2013

  Donaire And Rigondeaux Agree To Let VADA And USADA Test For PEDs

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Donaire And Rigondeaux Agree To Let VADA And USADA Test For PEDs

At the start of the press conference at B.B. King Blues Club at Times Square on Thursday, Junior featherweight boxers Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux agreed to have two separate anti-doping agencies conduct drug testing, leading up to their April 13 bout at Radio City Music Hall.

Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, said he would not fight Rigondeaux unless he agreed to sign a contract with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) to submit to testing for performance enhancing drugs. Rigondeaux and his representatives, on the other hand, said they would agree to testing, but only with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). However, both sides agreed to have both agencies (USADA and VADA) conduct test, with the results being forwarded to the boxers, the promoters, and the New York State Athletic Commission.

Melvina Lathan, the chairwoman of the NYSAC, said she is one the board with whatever contractual obligations both Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux agree upon with regards to drug testing and added that we have our own testing procedures pre-and-post fight and we also have the finest medical team in the country. She went on to add that there would be no problem pulling the plug on the match, if either boxer tests positive.

Boris Arencibia of Caribe Promotions, Rigondeaux’s promoter, said he has no problem with drug testing but he does not trust Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency as it has links to Victor Conte, the former head of BALCO. Meanwhile, Pedro Diaz, Rigondeaux’s trainer, said he respects the USADA and said the anti-doping agency conducts testing for Olympic athletes in the United States and it is also the testing agency that the best boxers in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, uses. Diaz added that it is why we proposed to Nonito and his team that we can have USADA be a part of this testing.

However, this seems unlikely as it is still not clear if USADA and VADA would agree to such an arrangement. The announcement comes as news to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and a USADA spokeswoman said this is the first we ever heard about it. Irrespective of that, the commission would have the authority to cancel the fight if either boxer tests positive for banned substances if any of the agency alerts the New York State Athletic Commission of a positive result.

A few weeks back, Erik Morales and Danny Garcia agreed to be tested by USADA prior to their match at Barclays Center and Morales tested positive for Clenbuterol, a banned substance. After this, the New York State Athletic Commission was notified of the positive result 24 hours in advance of the fight, but Morales and Garcia went ahead with their bout anyway. The two fighters agreed to have any adjudication process go through USADA by signing a contract with it. Morales and Garcia were still eligible to compete and the NYSAC allowed the fight to proceed as the legal process had not been completed by the time of their match. Thereafter, the United States Anti-Doping Agency wrote a letter to Morales and indicated that he will be banned for a period of two years if he does not contest the sanction.

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Friday 21, Dec 2012

  Armstrong Contrition Doubted By Steroid Supplier

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Armstrong Contrition Doubted By Steroid Supplier

Founder of sports nutrition center BALCO, Victor Conte, says he believes Lance Armstrong will not own up to his involvement in the operation that helped him stayed at the top of cycling and win seven Tour de France yellow jerseys.

Conte, who served time in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids to Dwain Chambers and Marion Jones and money laundering, said it is time the cyclist admits his own guilt after his elaborate blood doping operation was uncovered. Conte who is known for having provided performance enhancing drugs to Olympian Marion Jones and sprinter Tim Montgomery, and some baseball and football players and boxer Shane Mosley now espouses clean performance and serious drug testing for the athletes he works with, including boxer Nonito Donaire. He remarked that Armstrong certainly didn’t invent the drug culture that exists at the elite level of sport but he could be the very best to ever play the cat and mouse game of doping. Conte further added that the cyclist is simply one of many athletes involved in the drug culture that has existed for over five decades in Olympic and professional sport.

The 41-year-old Texan rider was accused by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of using and encouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs like EPO and steroids to win titles. Many of the former teammates including Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis accused Armstrong of spearheading the doping program that saw the US Postal Service team get to the top of all.

For Lance Armstrong, glory and fortune came real fast after he won first yellow jersey in 1999. His superhuman accomplishments and the fight against cancer made him a hero for millions of people worldwide. His dizzying ascent to the top of the sport with cheating at every step of the way was unknown to the world at first and Armstrong and his teammates were able to attract legions of money and fans while everyone who opposed his “doping” ways was bullied and those who questions his ways were chastised.

Lance Armstrong showed once again the perils of hero worship to the world and why one is only as good as his or her worst moment. The cyclist who was seen as a hero and stopped at nothing to stay at the top of the podium has fallen down. The man who was a rising and an ambitious star on the American cycling team was actually never in the race even to compete with the top tier of cyclists on the steep mountains. His spectacular fall from grace has stunned one and all and the game of cycling can only go better from here. It could not be anything worse and a new start is all it needs to get things back on track and restore the confidence of the fans. The game and its anti-doping strategies badly need a revamp and it is time that the cyclist admits that what he did to get on the top of cycling records was not right.

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Friday 17, Aug 2012

  Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games – Cliff Notes

Melky Cabrera - testosteroneSan Francisco Giants left fielder @Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by the Major League Baseball after he tested positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension puts an abrupt end to what had undoubtedly been an MVP-caliber regular season and throw the playoff hopes of Giants into doubt.

Cabrera, who began his major league career with the Yankees, was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and leads the National League with 159 hits. He is second in batting average behind Pittsburgh‘s Andrew McCutchen. Despite the suspension, Cabrera may still be able to win the NL batting title as he has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum needed to win a batting championship for a player on a team playing 162 games. Under 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, Melky Cabrera may win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

In a statement, the San Francisco Giants said the team fully supports the policy of Major League Baseball and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from baseball. With the suspension, Cabrera became the second player of Giants to receive a drug suspension this season. In May, reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized for 100 games and became just the third player of the Major League to be disciplined twice for positive drug tests.

Melky Cabrera tests positive for Testosterone – Video

Born on August 11, 1984, Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball player presently playing for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been associated with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Royals in the past. In 2005, Melky Cabrera made his MLB debut for the Yankees and won the All Star Game MVP Award in 2012.

The 28-year-old Cabrera produced a 51-hit month in May and was given nicknames like “Got Melk?” ‘‘Melk Man” and “Melky Way.” In May, Melky Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs and hit safely in 25 of 29 games. His 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958. He also set the record of most hits for San Francisco in May and surpassed Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958. The baseball player ranks second in baseball with a .346 batting average. The failed test may end up costing the baseball player in excess of $60 to $70 million this winter, which may be the highest cost any player has ever paid for failing a drug test because of the timing of the suspension.

The news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone even draw comments from Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO that was at the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal. Conte said as half of all baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs and added that the only players that get caught are “the dumb, and the dumber.”


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Tuesday 07, Aug 2012

  Dwain Chambers Back In London Olympics

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Dwain Chambers Back In London Olympics – Cliff Notes

Dwain Chambers 1 - dopingDwain Chambers, born on 5 April 1978, has made his return at the London Olympics. A British track sprinter and considered to be one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, Dwain holds the European record for the 60 meters and 4×100 meters relay events with 6.42 seconds and 37.73 seconds, respectively.

In 1997, Chambers made a junior world record of 10.06 s in the 100 m and made his first Olympic appearance at the Sydney 2000 Games. He broke the 10-second barrier twice at the Edmonton World Championships and won silver at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, gold at the 2009 European Indoors, and became world champion at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

The athlete decided to relocate to California to work with veteran coach Remi Korchemny and nutritionist Victor Conte and recorded a 200 m personal best of 20.27 s in Athens on 10 June 2002 during the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Chambers also won the 100 m at the Commonwealth Games trials in style and was subsequently made team captain for the 2002 European Cup event. The captaincy brought the best out of Dwain and he went on to equal Linford Christie’s European Cup record of 10.04 s in the 100 m. After being injured in Manchester, the British athlete claimed a gold medal in the 100 m at the 2002 European Championships in Munich with a championship record of 9.96 s and recorded a time of 9.94 s at the Weltklasse Zürich meeting, again beating world record holder Greene. Dwain went on to receive the 2002 European Athlete of the Year Trophy for his achievements on the track.

Chambers’ personal best of 9.97 s set at the 1999 Seville World Championships places him as the third fastest European in the 100 m, behind Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu (9.86 s) and British record-holder Linford Christie (9.87 s).

 Dwain Chambers back in Team GB for London 2012 Olympics

When the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), a sample for an out-of-competition drugs test that Chambers had provided tested positive for a type of anabolic steroid called THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone. An independent UK Athletics tribunal banned him for two years, backdated to begin on 7 November 2003. Dwain was banned for life from the Olympics and stripped of the medals he had won since mid-2002; the athlete was also asked to pay back his earnings from the period of his athletics career by the IAAF that was affected by drug abuse.

In 2008, Chambers confessed to using epitestosterone cream, EPO, HGH, insulin lispro, modafinil, and liothyronine according to a letter by his supplier Conte to British anti-doping chief John Scott.

The two-year athletics ban and a lifetime Olympic ban in 2003 after he tested positive for Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) was overturned in 2012. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned his lifetime Olympic ban as the ban was deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Dwain Chambers won his heat in 10.02, with a legal 2.0 m/s following wind in the first round but finished fourth and did not make the final after running 10.05 in the semi-final.


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Friday 03, Aug 2012

  Olympic Doping Goes On, Says Conte

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@VictorConte, the founder and president of Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative or BALCO, who served prison term in 2005 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering, has recently said that doping in Olympics is still going on.

Victor Conte was the man behind BALCO that supplied performance enhancing drugs to athletes until a federal investigation in 2003. The man behind the infamous BALCO steroids scandal is swearing these days to keep performance enhancing drugs out of sports. BALCO was accused by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of developing the banned steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and Conte implicated five-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Kelli White, Dwain Chambers, and NFL player Bill Romanowski.

Conte recently remarked that the Olympics anti-drug system is seriously flawed and many athletes are still cheating as high-ranking officials have a vested interest in not cleaning up the Olympics.

When asked about the kind of cheating that goes on now in Olympic sports, Victor Conte said athletes are not making the use of designer steroids these days but using fast-acting testosterone. During Helwani’s MMA Hour, Conte said testosterone derivatives or a modified testosterone molecule always show on mass-spectrometry tests and this is the reason why athletes are moving towards pure testosterone. He also said testing has taken away designer steroids and so many athletes are doing testosterone replacement therapy, which has left a huge loophole involving micro-dosing of testosterone.

 Exclusive Interview / BALCO’s Victor Conte on VADA, nutrition and drug testing – Video

He added the reason why today’s women fail to come anywhere close to women’s sprint records from the ’70s and ’80s is because they are using lighter versions of performance enhancing drugs, which are less detectable and less effective. Conte added that many people in the anti-doping bureaucracy dismiss or ignore him as his advice would lead to more positive tests in the short term and this is reason why he is termed bad for business.

Conte recently suggested that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) should go through an independent agency such as the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) that can testify the entire roaster of Zuffa of nearly 400 professional fighters twice a year for somewhere between $1-1.5 million. He went on to suggest the possibility of carbon isotope ratio testing, abbreviated as CIR, which can distinguish synthetic testosterone in the urine.

The founder and president of BALCO added that testosterone replacement therapy is not bad and he has himself used testosterone treatments, beginning at age 46 and experienced a lot of benefits. TRT effectively allows athletes to use anabolic steroids as they want as long as they are within the normal testosterone range come fight time, a fact that was exposed by the case of Nate Marquardt last year.

Conte helped start the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a new anti-doping agency for boxers and MMA fighters and is now attacking life with the energy and intensity of a revival preacher. He does not charge for his services and the list of his clients include mixed martial artist Cung Le, and Olympian Marlen Esparza (a U.S. boxer), and boxer Nonito Donaire. One of Conte’s clients, free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for tamoxifen, which is a drug used for breast cancer treatment. The 34-year-old Byrd has publicly acknowledged a post-BALCO working relationship with Victor Conte.


Victor Conte Indictment – US Government


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Thursday 07, Jun 2012

  Big majority of sportsmen use PEDs

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Victor Conte, the man behind one of the biggest steroid abuse scandals in history of US sports, said recently that a majority of UFC fighters are using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

“Do I believe that 90%… are using some sort of performance enhancing drug in the UFC? I do,” said Conte. “But there are those that do not and I think that number’s going to grow over time. They realize that the testing is weak. The Nevada Commission’s testing is weak.”

“And listen, Dana White’s a very smart man. [NSAC executive director] Keith Kizer’s a very smart man, and he’s an attorney. But the logic for argument that they present in this particular situation just does not fly,” Conte told Ariel Helwani of MMA Hour.

Monday 02, Jan 2012

  Conte says MLB still failing test

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The Major League Baseball may have come to an agreement with its players to test their blood for human growth hormone but the game will be expected to come to grips with its present testing before it touts itself as the leader in new drug testing, said BALCO founder Victor Conte.

Conte further remarked that MLB should be using a more sophisticated form of detecting testosterone or its HGH testing would not really make a difference as players often make use of small amounts of testosterone in conjunction with HGH.

“If MLB were to implement CIR testing, I believe they would possibly catch a significant number of players using testosterone,” Conte says.

Thursday 15, Dec 2011

  Mexican fighter to fight doping claims

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On Wednesday, Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez defended himself as doping clouds arose after his strength coach was revealed to be among those involved in a major doping scandal that stung US athletics.

“Whatever doping they want to do – blood, Olympian – whatever they want to do, I’ll do it, as long as he does it too,” Marquez said through a translator.

“It’s a shame all the work I’ve done has been trashed by these guys, Conte and Ariza,” Marquez said.

Wednesday 09, Nov 2011

  Doping expert claims Jamaican athletes cheated during 2008 Olympics

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Victor Conte, one of the United States’ most controversial doping experts and founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), believes that the record-breaking success of Jamaican athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China was a fraud.

Conte made his suspicions of Usain Bolt and other Jamaican runners known during an interview with Italian newspaper, La Gazetta dello Sport.

“I don’t have proof, but all you need to do is look at the results: I strongly suspect (Usain) Bolt, and the others (Jamaicans),” Conte said.

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