torsdag 18 december 2008

Glöm Botox, fettsugning och Silvias rynkfria överläpp.


Gör som doktor Jeffry Life i stället – skaffa dig en äkta ung kropp.
Jeffry Life, 69, driver Cenegenics Medical Institute. I metoden ingår, förutom bra kost och motion, även injektioner av tillväxthormoner och testosteronsprutor. Att försöka se yngre ut är passé.Anti-aging, konsten att slippa åldras, har blivit en massrörelse i USA. Varje år omsätts mer än 400 miljoner kronor på medicinska preparat, kostrådgivning och träningsprogram. I helgen samlas över 6 000 deltagare på den årliga världskongressen i ämnet. Jeffry Life, 69, är evigt liv-rörelsens mest kända företrädare. Hans kropp är värdig en 30-åring. Han är också den främste reklampelaren för egna företaget Cenegenics Medical Institute i Las Vegas. Lifes metod bygger på kost och träning efter givna scheman, men också dagliga injektioner av tillväxthormoner – och en testosteronspruta i veckan.

Aftonbladet//Publicerad: 2008-12-17 Arne Höök

tisdag 16 december 2008

Also unclear is just how far back the investigation should reach!

Police scrutiny over old doping-in-cross-country-skiing allegations to continue once again. Detectives want to know who lied - if anyone did - at STT libel trials in 1999and 2000. The National Bureau of Investigation (Finland’s central criminal police) intends to commence a new preliminary investigation into the so-called STT case of nearly a decade ago, which dealt with doping abuse by Finnish skiers.The idea of the investigation is to find out if the coaching and other directors at the Finnish Ski Association (FSA) lied in the related libel court case.In the preliminary investigation crime titles such as “aggravated fraud” and “false disclosure” will be used.In the supplementary examination requested by the State Prosecutor’s Office (VKSV) and carried out earlier this year by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the former head coach of Finland’s cross-country skiing team Kari-Pekka Kyrö was heard. Based on what Kyrö told the authorities both the VKSV and the National Bureau of Investigation decided that there were grounds to launch a new preliminary investigation.The extent of the investigation as well as the number of individuals to be heard is at this stage anybody’s guess. Also unclear is just how far back the investigation should reach. If it turns out to be necessary to extend the investigation even further back than in the initial preliminary enquiries, the matters looked into have to do with the claims presented in connection with the STT case. The preliminary investigation hearings will commence after the turn of the year. The NBI launched the further investigations on account of a request from the VKSV after the former head coach Kyrö had declared publicly during the spring and the summer that the Finnish Ski Association directors were connected to the use of doping in Finnish cross-country skiing in the 1990s. In the so-called STT court case the coaching leadership insisted that as far as they knew no doping was used in Finnish skiing.Both Pekka Vähäsöyrinki, a long-time leader of coaching within the FSA, and the then cross-country skiing boss Antti Leppävuori escaped without charges, when the sayings of the FSA officials were looked into in the STT case. Kari-Pekka Kyrö, on the other hand, was handed fines the following year by the Vantaa District Court for an attempted deceit.In 1998, the Finnish News Agency STT published news features, in which it claimed that a named Finnish male skier had used growth hormone and that the leading figures at the FSA had been involved in it.
STT’s then editor-in-chief and one journalist were sentenced by a district court to a suspended custodial sentence and fines for libel.A number of the FSA officials were awarded compensation.In the Court of Appeal the sentences were brought down to mere fines and the number of people to receive compensation was reduced. The Supreme Court did not grant permission to appeal.Then in 2001 six top Finnish skiers were caught for using the Hemohes plasma expander at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland.Head coach Kari-Pekka Kyrö’s famous medicine bag containing doping equipment was found abandoned at a gas station.In 2004 Kyrö was convicted by a district court for smuggling of doping agents but also for an attempted fraud that related to the STT case. Kyrö had claimed in court that no doping was used during his time as a coach.In 2003 the State Prosecutor had also considered bringing charges against Vähäsöyrinki and Leppävuori. This did not happen, however. They were suspected at the time of unfounded disclosure and deceit.This past summer the VKSV asked the National Bureau of Investigation for an additional investigation into the matter based on Kyrö’s latest doping-related public statements.

fredag 12 december 2008

Group for European athletes upset with WADA's new code

ATHENS, Greece — A group representing European athletes is upset with the whereabouts requirement in the World Anti-Doping Agency's new code, which goes into effect Jan. 1. The European Elite Athletes Association said in a statement Thursday that the rule "effectively places elite players under house arrest for one hour each day, 365 days a year."Under the WADA code, athletes will be required to provide authorities with a daily one-hour window during which they must be available for testing or risk being penalized for missing a test."Like everyone else, professional sportsmen are protected by European employment legislation and human rights laws," EU Athletes president Yves Kummer said. "There is no doubt that the certain aspects of the WADA Code interferes with players rights and we have asked the EC to decide whether this is lawful."The group said it is also concerned with WADA's handling of personal data."We are totally committed to drug free sport and we reiterate our call to WADA to negotiate with player associations to create a fair and effective anti-doping policy," Kummer said. The Council of Europe, which represents 47 member states, also took issue with WADA's new code. "I think we have to make it clear that when it comes to safeguarding the human rights model Europe has been building over the past 60 years, we cannot and will not accept that our arguments are not given a proper hearing," deputy secretary general of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio said at ministerial conference in Athens. "Data protection is serious business in Europe."

The Great Chess Doping Scandal!

Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping. The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban.Professional chess player Vassily Ivanchuk, born in Berezhany, Ukraine in 1969, has been a grandmaster for the past 20 years and is currently ranked third in the world. The man with black hair and bedroom eyes is known as "Big Chucky" by his fellow chess players. Why? Because, after losing a game, he goes into the forest at night and howls at the moon to drive out the demons. Because he walks around in shorts in freezing temperatures. Because he likes to sit in dark rooms. Because he usually looks at the ceiling instead of the board during a chess match. Because he tries to fold the oversized winner's check handed out after a tournament down to pocket size. And because he, as World Champion Visvanathan Anand says, lives on "Planet Ivanchuk." Who knows what was going through Ivanchuk's head when, on Nov. 25 in Dresden, the last day of the Chess Olympiad, he lost to Gata Kamsky? What we do know, however, is that when the game against the American ended, a judge asked Ivanchuk to submit to a drug test. Instead, he stormed out of the room in the conference center, kicked a concrete pillar in the lobby, pounded a countertop in the cafeteria with his fists and then vanished into the coatroom. Throughout this performance, he was followed by a handful of officials. No one could convince Ivanchuk to provide a small amount of urine for the test. And because refusal is treated as a positive test result, he is now considered guilty of doping and could be barred from professional chess for two years. The incident in Dresden and the possibility of a professional ban for Ivanchuk has caused outrage in the chess world. The players, who fraternize with one another, say that accusing one of them of doping is an insult to their honor and intelligence. Letters of protest were issued, and players are accusing bureaucrats in the world of championship chess of destroying the game, because, as they insist everyone should know, doping provides no benefits in chess. That is not entirely correct. Combining chess and doping may be a highly unlikely combination, but it's not impossible. Drug tests were introduced at international chess tournaments in 2001.The World Anti-Doping Agency classifies chess as a "low risk sport," and so far no one has been convicted of doping. But what exactly does that mean? It makes sense that anabolic steroids, the bulk-producing drug of choice for weightlifters, and EPO, the wonder drug of the cycling world, would not improve a chess player's performance. But when a chess player nears the end of a match and comes under mounting pressure, he can hyperventilate, and his pulse can shoot up to 160 and his arterial blood pressure to 200. In that situation, beta-blockers could help a player keep his head clear.German grandmaster Helmut Pfleger, an internist and psychotherapist from Munich, says that because a player cannot know in advance exactly when these symptoms will begin, "a performance-enhancing dose is hardly possible." Pfleger tested the effects of beta-blockers on himself in 1979, in a match against Russian player Boris Spasski. "My blood pressure and pulse plunged, and my game fell apart completely."It is undisputed, however, that caffeine can give a chess player a leg up, but the stimulant is no longer on the list of banned substances. Many players are passionate coffee drinkers.It would certainly make sense for a chess player to take Ritalin or Modafinil. Both substances increase the ability to concentrate. Students take the drugs during exams, and doping inspectors test chess players for both substances.
A Cultural Asset, Not a Sport
The only reason there are doping tests in chess in the first place is that the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has been trying, since the late 1990s, to make chess an Olympic discipline. And anyone wishing to be part of the Olympics must submit to the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Not all players agree. Cologne native Robert Hübner, for example, once ranked third in the world, stopped playing for the German national team in protest against doping tests. He refuses to accept the rules of modern sports, because he does not consider chess a sport. Instead, Hübner believes that it belongs in the "realm of cultural assets." He considers doping tests to be a bureaucratic show of power, and he believes that the tests are degrading and deprive the individual of rights and responsibilities. Drug tests will be introduced into Germany's federal chess league next year, and when that happens, says Hübner, he will give up his career immediately.FIDE has three months to decide whether Vassily Ivanchuk will be allowed to play in the future. The medical commission, which has been vigorously searching for a way to exercise leniency, may already have found the suitable gap in its own anti-doping regulations. Under Article 6, Paragraph 1a, a player must be acquitted if he can prove that he is neither guilty of the offence nor that he acted negligently. The fact that Planet Ivanchuk is on its very own orbit could work in the Ukrainian player's favor. Hans-Joachim Hofstetter, a member of the medical commission, has already said that Ivanchuk will "certainly not" be banned, but that there will be "a clarifying conversation" with him. Ivanchuk has been in Spain this week, where he played and won a tournament in the resort town of Benidorm. "What happened in Dresden is total insanity, but these kinds of dramas happen in our world," he says. "I simply left after the match. I didn't listen to the man who was speaking to me. I had never seen him before. In fact, to this day I don't know who he is."

By Maik Grossekathöfer (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan)

tisdag 9 december 2008

DUBAI - Här byggs världens huvudstad för sport...medan Slipstream intensifierar sitt Antidoping Program!

Det inhägnade, väldiga ökenområdet en dryg mil utanför stadens centrum är som så mycket annat i Dubai en enda stor byggarbetsplats. Men om två år kommer det att se helt annorlunda ut här. Då invigs Dubai Sports City - världens första integrerade, renodlade idrottsstad. Här råder inga finanskriser. Men hemma i Sverige råder både kallare och bistrare tider ...även för storsponorer som Swedbank; "Jättebygget av Sveriges nya national-arena Swedbank Arena hotas. Det första spadtaget skulle ha tagits under 2008. Men inga lån är klara och det råder delade meningar om vad sponsorn Swedbank har lovat" och visst undrar man vilka dom är, dom som sätter käppar i hjulet och nekar lån, - kan väl inte vara Swedbank själv ändå. Visst ger dessa headlines delade meningar. Hur används våra gemensamma resurser och hur värderas det storstilade och grandiosa. Behöver Sverige en nationalarena?

Garmin - Slipstream Subscribe to New Anti - Doping Program
By REUTERS(Editing by Justin Palmer)Filed at 11:09 a.m. ET

The 29 riders from the Garmin-Slipstream team will be tested over 600 times next season after agreeing to a new internal anti-doping program, the U.S. outfit said on Monday.Garmin-Slipstream, managed by former professional rider Jonathan Vaughters, was founded in 2005 on a strong anti-doping stance and were using the services of the Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE) until it closed earlier this year. "(The team) will participate in a new program run by the Anti-Doping Sciences Institute (ADSI) to further its anti-doping mission. The program will include profiles from testing conducted over the last year and will share data with UCI (International Cycling Union) and other international and national anti-doping agencies," said Garmin-Slipstream, previously know as Garmin-Chipotle."All 29 athletes on the team are voluntarily participating in the program, which will test them over 600 times in 2009."There will be an intense focus on EPO and related substances as well as continued focus on longitudinal profiling of blood and steroid levels.The program will include tests to detect the new generation of the banned blood-booster EPO, called CERA. Top rider Riccardo Ricco, Leonardo Piepoli of Italy, German Stefan Schumacher and Austrian Bernhard Kohl tested positive for CERA in retroactive tests from this year's Tour de France.

fredag 5 december 2008

Athletes asked for daily 1-hour doping test window

By EDDIE PELLS – 13 hours ago
DENVER (AP) — Revised anti-doping guidelines call for athletes to provide authorities with a daily one-hour window during which they must be available for testing or risk being penalized for missing a test. The World Anti-Doping Agency modifies its testing guidelines every few years. The 60-minute window is one of the most significant changes in the 2009 standards. Under current guidelines, athletes fill out forms listing their whereabouts each day and can be tested at any time. Normally, a phone call from an anti-doping worker before the test is all that is needed to set up the test.The new 60-minute window will enhance the no-advance-notice feature of the tests, which is considered the strongest part of the out-of-competition testing model. Athletes still will be subject to testing during any part of the day.Erin Hannan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the revision "ensures harmonized, no-advance-notice testing around the world." "It incorporates into the standards the kind of best practices many of us are already primarily operating under," she said. "Without a phone call notifying them, it's a true no-advance-notice scenario," Hannan said. Four times a year, athletes fill out forms notifying anti-doping agencies of their schedules; they can update them at any time. Under the new rules, they also must designate an hour in each day during which they must be available for testing, without need for a phone call in advance. Normally, any combination of three missed tests and what is known as a "whereabouts failure" — when the athlete isn't where he says he'll be — can constitute a positive doping test. A report issued earlier this year by independent observers said 102 of 205 countries at the Beijing Olympics failed to tell organizers where their athletes were so they could be tested outside of competition. It was one of the most glaring failures of the anti-doping system, according to the report. Hannan said the new rule wasn't necessarily a response to the report. Often, the new rules are being drafted several months before they go into effect. Another big change is a rule that allows for more flexible sanctions — up to four years for first-time cheaters who commit particularly bad offenses, but also more leeway for athletes who get caught on technicalities or use banned substances that aren't meant to enhance performance. The current standard for first-time offenders is a two-year ban no matter the violation.There are also new guidelines on therapeutic-use exemptions, which caused some confusion leading up to Beijing — most notably among those who used asthma medicine. USADA announced Tuesday it now requires athletes in the testing pool to complete an online tutorial, in large part to help prevent inadvertent violations.

onsdag 3 december 2008

"Those girls did look awfully young"!

Professional athletes need to serve as positive example!
Column: by Ben Woody, regular columnist; Monday, December 1, 2008; 9:47 PM

The New York Giants took on the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon on the first anniversary of late Redskin Sean Taylor's death. The Skins weren't the only team with a conspicuous absence. Late Friday evening, Giants star wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg while attending a nightclub with teammate Antonio Pierce. Early Monday morning, Burress turned himself in to the New York City Police Department on charges of criminal possession of an illegal firearm.In his absence, the Giants handled the Redskins quite easily, winning by a margin of 23-7. This shooting is just another example of senseless jeopardy to which professional athletes subject themselves. Two active NFL players have been murdered in nightclub-related shootings, one (Taylor) murdered in his own home, and a host of others have committed a host of other felonies.Off the top of my head, I know of three well-publicized arrests for possession of illegal substances -- Matt Jones, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, for cocaine; Nick Kaczur, offensive guard for the New England Patriots, for Oxycontin without prescription; and Santonio Holmes, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, for marijuana possession.In what was supposed to be the bildungsroman of the season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a chance on troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and signed him to a lucrative contract. Much to his surprise, but much expected by rational football fans, Pacman Jones was the focus of an altercation at a hotel with his own bodyguard. Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, had told Jones that he was a jaywalking-ticket away from banishment from the league. A three-game suspension was levied, which Jones used to enter an alcohol-abuse rehabilitation program.I know it isn't too cool to cite a native son, but Marcus Vick pulled a gun on some hecklers in a parking lot. His older brother -- Michael "Ron Mexico" Vick -- decided to set a better example by trying to stash marijuana in a secret compartment of a water bottle, only to be accused of and prosecuted for running a dog fighting ring.Major League Baseball is cleaning up its PR problem. Steroids stories are no longer as common as foul balls, and our once-and-future national pastime is reinventing itself as the true underdog sport.The Olympics in Beijing saw controversy with allegations that the Chinese government doctored the birth certificates of its gymnastics team. Those girls did look awfully young. What is happening to sports? How come our entertainers have to remain in a state of infidelity, deception and imperceptiveness? When I was little, I looked up to professional sports as an escape from my hectic life of multiplication tables and talking to girls. My fascination with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire reaffirmed my love of baseball, as I idolized him as some sort of folk hero. Unfortunately, much as everything in childhood, McGwire turned out to be a phony. The MLB's most inconsiderate alumnus of the century, Jose Canseco, decided to profit on the character flaws of his cohorts in his tell-all book "Juiced." In the book, Canseco recounted his fun anecdotes about using steroids by himself and with a bunch of his teammates, including McGwire. In one great swoop, Canseco was successful in destroying the image of baseball for the entire nation.The unofficial anointing of football as our nation's pastime occurred in 2002, when Barry Bonds broke the single-season home run record McGwire had posted four years earlier. Today, the pastime pendulum is swinging back toward baseball. In a sport where the most easily recognized player is always jawing on and on about how he never receives the ball, there is a strong need for change. As the ultimate team game is full of "I's" and the giant metaphor for global togetherness showcases one government trying to beat the system by cheating, reform may just be only a pipe dream. And I'm looking at you, Santonio Holmes, for that. There's no reason for professional athletes to be throwing their talents away at this rate. Steroids easily knock off four or five years of a baseball player's career. Gunshot wounds usually end careers. Drugs and domestic abuse draw.Yes, the fame and money might affect these athletes, but they have a responsibility to uphold. Young boys across the country idolize these men as if they're their own fathers or brothers. High school athletes with collegiate aspirations look to the professionals for how to get ahead of the competition. The men playing these sports must understand their duty to provide a good role model for boys across the country that otherwise may not have a role model. If they can't live up to these expectations, then they should not be given the privilege of playing professional sports

tisdag 2 december 2008

Armstrong Hjälpryttare: ”Jag kör för bästa killen”!


Lance Armstron gör comeback i Tour de France. Foto: AFP

CYKELKUNGEN är tillbaka!
– som HJÄLPRYTTARE.

Nu säger Lance Armstrong, 37, att han kommer att delta i Tour de France nästa sommar. För första gången försöker Lance Armstrong sig på dubbeln. Amerikanen, som vunnit Touren vid sju tillfällen, ger sig in i Tour de France och Giro d’Italia.
Men den här gången är det inte som huvudperson. Redan innan stortävlingarna har börjat har han lagt bort kungakronan. – Jag är inställd på att köra för den bästa killen, säger Armstrong enligt AP.
Armstrong, som valde att sluta sommaren 2005, kör nu för Astana-stallet, där 2008 års bästa cyklist Alberto Contador återfinns. Allt tyder på att Contador blir teamets försteman under Touren. Armstrong har under de senaste åren fått kämpa mot ständiga dopninganklagelser. Men än så länge finns inga bevis mot amerikanen.

Publicerad: 2008-12-02// DN Sport

måndag 1 december 2008

"We’re a lot closer than we were 10 years ago..."


Paula Radcliffe: Don’t write me off for 2012
Runner Paula Radcliffe on her love affair with New York and hopes for the London Olympics.
-Which runners did you most admire as a child? Liz McColgan and Ingrid Kristiansen, because I was watching with my dad when Kristiansen set the marathon world record in 1985.
- Will your daughter Isla follow you on to the track? I won’t push her into running but will encourage her to take up a sport, because I think it’s important.
- Will you go into coaching when you hang up your spikes? I’d like to. I don’t know much about coaching but would like to give something back to youngsters, encouraging them to take up sport.
Why did you wait until you were 28 before running your first marathon? I knew I would eventually turn to the marathon but wanted to leave it until I was mentally ready, when I really wanted to do it. I did it at the right time. I went as far as I thought I was going to with the 5k and 10k.
- How close are we to a drug-testing programme that athletes and the public can trust? We’re a lot closer than we were 10 years ago when I started wearing a red ribbon (to campaign for blood testing) but still have a way to go. We’re halfway there.
- Does Britain have any distance runners who can win an Olympic medal in 2012? What we need to concentrate on is broadening our base. If we go into events with four people who have a chance, we have a better chance of pulling it off than if we go in with one who has all that pressure on their shoulders. An opportunity to compete in a major championships in your own country is a good thing. Never underestimate how much extra motivation that can give you.
- Will you run at London 2012? I hope so, and hope to do as much as I can to support those coming through.
- What is it with you and New York? You’ve won there threetimes now.
I loved it the first time I went, to run the Fifth Avenue mile in 1995. We arrived on a Saturday night, got up the next morning and went for a run in Central Park. We thought we had run into the middle of an event but it was just a Sunday morning in the park. It was amazing, the amount of people running, rollerblading and biking. You’re in the middle of a city that doesn’t stop and in an oasis of sport and fitness. I kept going back and the marathon takes it to another level, because it takes over New York for a week.
- D i d y o u e v e r t h i n k y o u wouldn’t come back after what happened at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics? Running is what I love doing. Even if I hadn’t made a career out of it I would still be running every day. I got kicked in the teeth with what happened in Athens and Beijing, when I had bad times through injury, but running has always been my pick-me-up.
- Would you feel unfulfilled if you didn’t win an Olympicmedal?
It’s something I’m capable of so I’d like to do it, but do I feel like I’d be a failure as a person if I didn’t do it? Not any more. After Athens, I probably would have felt like that. Part of the healing process after what happened there helped me deal with Beijing. Maybe it’s being older. Maybe it’s being a mum, too. Be grateful for what you’ve got. But there’s still a deep burning desire to get there.

fredag 28 november 2008

Svenskar ska stoppa dopningen!

Efter dopningsskandalerna i sommarens OS ska reglerna ses över.
Ordförande för kommissionen är Arne Ljungqvist. Ett stort steg togs på onsdagskvällen då det offentliggjordes att Capsaicin klassas som dopning.
- Hästsporten har inte riktigt hängt med i svängarna, säger Ljungqvist.
Till sin hjälp i kommissionen kommer han bland annat att ha Sven Holmberg, vice ordföranden i FEI, Internationella ridsportförbundet.
Ljungqvist har en minst sagt diger meritlista. För närvarande är han vice ordförande i Wada, World Anti Doping Agency, och ordförande i IOK:s medicinska kommitté.
Det här blir dock första gången som han jobbar med dopningsfrågor som rör djur.
- När det gäller ryttarna är det inga som helst problem. De går att jämföra med vilken idrottsgrupp som helst. Problemet kommer när vi diskuterar hästarna. En idrottare kan ta ett eget ansvar när det till exempel gäller smärtlindring. Han eller hon kan välja om de ska använda sig av det. Det beslutet kan inte en häst ta, säger Arne Ljungqvist.Han medger att han funderade både en och två gånger när frågan kom om han var intresserad av att leda kommissionen.
- Jag ville kontrollera att mina andra uppdragsgivare inte tyckte att det fanns någon konflikt i att jag tog mig an det här uppdraget, men de var snarare väldigt positiva. Att ridsporten fortfarande är ett steg efter i dopningsjakten förvånar inte Ljungqvist.
- De ska inte känna sig utpekade. Flera andra förbund har inte heller riktigt hängt med.
OS i Aten 2004 blev ett svart mästerskap för hoppsporten.
Resultatlistorna fick göras om sedan det visat sig att både den individuella guldmedaljören Cian O'Connor och tysken Ludger Beerbaum, som ingick i guldlaget i laghoppningen, hade ridit på dopade hästar.
Att ridsporten blev tagen på sängen blev tydligt efter skandalen. Men, efter en skakig start, insåg FEI att något måste göras.Sven Holmberg fick i uppdrag att skapa ett nytt dopningsreglemente.I reglementet, som var klart 2005, skiljer man mellan dopning och otillåten medicinering.Dopning är när hästen får prestationshöjande medel. Då ska avstängningen vara två år. Otillåten medicinering, där huvudsaken är att lindra hästens smärta, ger en avstängning på tre-fyra månader. Det sistnämnda är speciellt för ridsporten och har tillkommit för att värna djurskyddet. Trots FEI:s försök att komma till rätta med sportens problem slutade OS i Hongkong 2008 med en ny jätteskandal.Sex hästar fastnade i dopningskontroller. Fem av dem på grund av medlet Capsaicin. Det utvinns ur chilifrukter och kan både användas för smärtlindring och för retningar i huden för att öka reaktionsförmågan, så kallad kemisk barrering.Skandalen visade att dopningsreglementet måste ses över.
Medlet fanns nämligen upptaget både på listan för otillåten medicinering och dopningslistan.Sven Holmberg har nyss kommit hem till Säffle efter FEI:s konferens i Buenos Aires. Där togs det formella beslutet att tillsätta den nya dopningskommissionen. Arbetet ska inledas redan i december. Men redan på onsdagskvällen kom det oväntade beskedet att innan kommissionens arbete inleds har man genomfört en förändring.Capsaicin räknas, med omedelbar verkan, som dopningsmedel.
- Det fanns ingen anledning att dra ut på frågan. När det gällde det här ville vi agera snabbt, förklarar Sven Holmberg.Kommissionen kommer dock inte att sakna arbetsuppgifter.
- Vi ska göra en ordentlig översyn, säger Sven Holmberg.
Är ni oroliga för att er OS-status ska vara i fara efter de här skandalerna?
- Nej, förutsatt att vi gör något åt problemet. Det är naturligtvis glädjande att Arne Ljungqvist tackat ja till att leda arbetet. Det ger oss möjligheten att knyta ihop vårt antidopningsprogram med Wadas.

Publicerad 2008-11-27 14:59// DN Sport Malin Fransson och Sarah Thunholm

tisdag 25 november 2008

Montgomery tog OS-guld dopad


Publicerad 2008-11-24 18:37 //DN Sport
Amerikanske sprintern Tim Montgomery som stängdes av för dopning trots att han aldrig testades positiv erkänner nu att han hade dopat sig med testosteron och andra hormonpreparat inför OS i Sydney 2000.
- Jag har en guldmedalj som jag sitter på som jag inte tog tack vare min egen förmåga, säger Montgomery, som var med i det vinnande laget på korta stafetten i Sydney.Det amerikanska guldlaget kan nu bli av med sina medaljer.
- Jag vill inte ta ifrån någon annan deras prestation, det handlar bara om min egen. Och jag ber om ursäkt till de andra medlemmarna i stafettlaget om det blir så.
Erkännandet finns med i en intervju med Montgomery som ska sändas på tisdagen i den amerikanska tv-kanalen HBO.
Montgomery åkte aldrig fast i ett dopningstest. Det var hans inblandning i den så kallade Balco-skandalen som gjorde att han blev avstängd. Just nu avtjänar han ett nioårigt fängelsestraff för checkförfalskning och heroinlangning.
Till skillnad mot sin förra sambo, sprinterdrottningen Marion Jones, har Montgomery tidigare vägrat erkänna dopningen.
- Varför gjorde jag det? Det är en fråga som jag tänker på varje dag, när jag vaknar och varje kväll när jag somnar.

//Från TT

Viagra is the next big thing in sports doping. Uh-oh.


History will mark these as troubled days, and not just because of a free falling global economy, rising world temperatures, and Madonna thinking a Christmas tree could be worn as a dress. No, the real sign of doom comes from athletes gobbling Viagra because they believe it gives them a competitive edge.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is financing a study at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania to see if the miracle pilldilates all of an athlete's blood vesselsand unfairly increases his capacity to carry oxygen. There's sound science behind this. In 2006, researchers at Stanford published a study showing that, at a simulated altitude of 12,700 feet, Viagra improved the performance [snicker] of 10K cyclists by nearly 40 percent. In May of this year, at the Giro d'Italia, Italy's biggest bike race, a cyclist by the name of Andrew Moletta was suspended after authorities found syringes hidden in toothpaste tubes and 82 Viagra pills. Victor Conte, of BALCO fame, once boasted of having all his athletes on the stuff. (Given steroids' side effects, Viagra in this case may have been used for the purposes Bob Dole intended.) Statements like Conte's are why the University of Miami is currently investigating whether Viagra boosts performance at lower altitudes.
A few thoughts here.
Number one: How badly must you want to win to suffer the lingering effects of one Viagra too many? Have none of these athletes seen Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife? The scene where even The Economist can't tamp down expectations? He had to go to the hospital for that, and doctors did something there that cannot be repeated in polite company. This scares off no one?
Number two: Because the answer to that last question is no, and because WADA seems to be focusing its Viagra investigation on the spandex sports—cycling, cross country skiing, etc—how exactly do these athletes, you know, hide the evidence of doping?
Number three: and let's just get real gritty here: If they are somehow hiding it, how painful is that? Surely that crosses out any gain from increased oxygen flow.

THE MORNING ACCORDING TO US
Viagra is the next big thing in sports doping. Uh-oh.
by Paul Kix

måndag 24 november 2008

Vad Avgör Straffet?

Straffsatser inom doping är ett debatterat ämne och notiser som nedan gör förståelsen för detta fusk och dess påföljd om än, mer obegripligt. Att man inte spelar rent spel av att dopa sig, det har vi alla konstaterat. Att en direkt konsekves till sitt handlande bör handla om avstägning det kräver vi. Men, hur kan vi motivera att en förhandling av, låt oss säga, att man namnger medhjälpare och producenter, skall ge en förmildrande dom eller värre än, en klapp på axeln för att man är "så ärlig"!? Detta är för mig obegripligt. Den person som dopar sig, stoppar i, trycker i eller injicerar sitt otillåtna preparat är ytterst ansvarig! Den personen har gjort ett val och måste stå för konsekvensterna av sitt handlande. Kanske bör vi återigen se över de finstilta i kontrakt gällande agerande om man åker dit för doping. Att man inte bara blir, som inom cykelsporten, återbetalningsskyldig och avstängd. Man skall likväl förväntas att ange de personer involverade omkring en. Något att tänka på!

Kohl will reveal doping source, manager says
Reuters, Sunday November 23 2008
PARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Austrian Bernhard Kohl, who tested positive for the new generation of erythropoietin, CERA, during the Tour de France, will reveal to Austrian doping officials how he got the drug, his manager said. "Bernhard is willing to cooperate and he will tell about how he got the substance and how and where he used it," his manager Stefan Matschiner told Cyclingnews (www.cyclingnews.com).Kohl, the Tour's best climber this year and third overall, is due to appear before the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Monday.He was supposed to join the Silence Lotto team from Gerolsteiner during the close season but the contract was declared void after it was revealed that retroactive tests showed traces of CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator) in his blood.
Kohl faces a two-year suspension from the sport, a sanction that could be cut if he cooperates with anti-doping authorities.The length of the suspension is expected to be announced immediately after the NADA hearing.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Clare Fallon)

fredag 21 november 2008

Vad var det vi sa! - Förbundets beslut måste ändras!

... och äntligen ser vi en reaktion från IAAF som nu är på kollisionkurs med Ryska förbundet. Ni kommer väl ihåg vår blogg// "Retroaktiv Reaktion och Reaktionärt Hanterande" //Publ. 21 oktober Dopingdebatt 2008.
http://renidrott.blogspot.com/2008/10/retroaktiv-reaktion-och-reaktionrt.html

IAAF on collision course with Russia over length of doping bans handed out to athletes The International Association of Athletics Federations are set to challenge the length and the timing of the bans handed out to top Russian athletes who were found to have committed doping violations ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

By Tom Knight// Last Updated: 8:05PM GMT 20 Nov 2008

The athletes include middle distance runners Yelena Soboleva, Svetlana Cherkasova, Yulia Fomenko and Tatyana Tomashova as well as hammer thrower Gulfiya Khanafeyeva and the European discus champion, Darya Pishchalnikova.There have been 16 Russian athletes penalised for doping offences in recent months but those under the spotlight in Monte Carlo were part of a group of seven found guilty of manipulating urine tests following a year-long under-cover operation using DNA analysis by the IAAF.Their absence from the Olympics was a major coup for the IAAF but the world governing body were understood to have been astonished by the Russian federation's decision to punish the violations with two-year bans backdated to April and May 2007.
This would enable the athletes to compete at next summer's world championships in Berlin and, according to a source close to the IAAF, is considered "totally unacceptable".A meeting of the IAAF Council, which starts in Monte Carlo, is expected to rule that the bans will be challenged.Having long since abandoned its own costly arbitration process, the IAAF will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.The challenge to the Russian punishments will ask for the bans to be further backdated by at least another year, to when the doping violation was first committed.It could also push for the ban to be four years because of the seriousness of the offence.The IAAF, who will introduce four-year bans for serious doping violations when the new World Anti-Doping Agency code comes into force in January, will not want to see the Russian athletes competing again until August 2010.The IAAF Council will also hear the result of their president Lamine Diack's recent meeting with the International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge.The pair had much to talk about following their public disagreement over the future of London's Olympic stadium.The Council meeting comes as the world's top athletes, a host of legends and the Olympic champions convene in the principality for the end-of-year gala dinner on Sunday Nov 23.Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who won three gold medals with three world records in Beijing is the favourite to be crowned male athlete of the year and win the performance of the year trophy.The shortlist for the female athlete of the year award includes Tirunesh Dibaba, Yelena Isinbayeva and Pamela Jelimo.

tisdag 18 november 2008

"First and foremost I am a doper"


Cyclist relates how doping damaged his career, life 11/17/2008 9:20:26 AM By Sarah Doty Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

On May 29, 2005, Canadian mountain biker Chris Sheppard injected recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO) for the first time.
The next day, at 7:30 a.m., the Canadian Centre For Ethics In Sport (CCES) knocked on his door for an out-of-competition random drug test. EPO is a drug that builds endurance by boosting the amount of oxygen-rich red blood cells. His career was permanently tainted.
Sheppard was in Rochester Saturday to share his story with Sports Medicine professionals at the 18th annual Symposium on Sports Medicine. "First and foremost I am a doper," said Sheppard in his presentation. "Before being caught using EPO I was addicted to one substance: cycling. I am not here to give you excuses for what I did, but maybe to shed some light on why I made that fateful decision that will be with me to my grave." The 10-time Canadian National Team mountain bike racer had been racing clean for 17 years before an accident on July 27, 2004 -- a truck that ran a stop sign and hit him -- left him with a concussion, whiplash, severe lingering back pain, and depression. "The worst part about this injury was it extends past racing and touches every part of life," Sheppard said. "For many years cycling was a way to get away from it all," he said. But after his accident, and an injury-plagued six years, he just couldn't snap out of his depression."Cycling is a tough sport and after 17 years of racing clean and pointing the finger, I gave up during hard times," Sheppard said. "In my head, I wanted what was taken away from me."Instead, he got a two-year suspension, loss of sponsors and friends, and a permanent ineligibility of receiving funding from the Canadian Federal Government as punishment for doping."In a way it was almost relieving, and funny," he said about getting caught. "With all the bad luck I had had (the previous) six years, it seemed like I was tempting fate."

måndag 17 november 2008

Gene doping - The Battleground!

Telegraph Sport take a look at the front-line of drug-enhanced sport.By Simon Hart; Last Updated: 5:47PM GMT 15 Nov 2008

Myostatin - What is it?

A protein that inhibits muscle growth in animals and humans.
How can it benefit athletes?
If the gene responsible for myostatin is switched off, muscles will increase in size.
Does gene modification work?
Successful in trials on mice and dogs and set to go into commercial use as a veterinary treatment next year. Untested on humans but known to produce an immune reaction, so risky.
Can it be detected?
No, but researchers hope to find ways of testing for the virus used to deliver the gene.
IGF-1 - What is it?
Insulin-like growth factor 1, a natural protein that promotes muscle- growth and repair but declines with age.
How can it benefit athletes?
Over-production of IGF-1 will cause an increase in muscle mass and strength.
Does gene modification work?
Successful in animal trials but human application still being tested. Has to be injected locally into muscle because high levels in the bloodstream cause problems with other tissues.
Can it be detected?
Not without a muscle biopsy.
EPO- what is it?
A naturally occurring protein that produces red blood cells.
How can it benefit athletes?
A richer supply of oxygen-carrying blood cells reduces fatigue in muscles, which makes EPO so beloved of endurance athletes such as road cyclists and cross-country skiers.
Does gene modification work?
Offers prospect of permanent source of extra EPO rather than short-term burst. Trials on monkeys have had mixed results, with some producing dangerously high amounts of EPO and others developing immune responses. Very risky for humans at present.
Can it be detected?
Preliminary research suggests it will be detectable to drug-testers.

What if...genetically modified animals were allowed into sport?

fredag 14 november 2008

Passport to a clean sport

International Cycling Union (UCI) anti-doping head Anne Gripper has come under pressure from antidoping advocates who wish to see the organisation's new biological passport programme begin to catch cheaters. Cyclingnews' Bruce Hildenbrand caught up with the Australian to find out about the status of the groundbreaking antidoping effort. With riders like Riccardo Riccò making it to the Tour de France still bold enough to use new versions of EPO, the UCI's biological passport is seen as the one system which should deter riders from doping. However, even though the agency has collected enough data on the ProTour and wild card team riders to generate complete profiles, and passed a "no start rule" for riders with suspicious values, no rider has even been kept out of competition or punished for doping based on the passport data. The UCI's antidoping head Anne Gripper understands that people are anxious to see action. "I know it is a little bit frustrating that we have gotten to this point and haven't actually opened any cases," Gripper said of her less than year-old system. "But it is a new ground-breaking program. We have to be really careful, really cautious that when we do open some cases they stand up to the legal and scientific scrutiny that they will definitely be subjected to.
Läs mer på:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2008/nov08/nov14news

torsdag 13 november 2008

"Not at THAT time..."



Ullrich Wins Wages Case, Denies Doping in Court
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS // Filed at 9:04 a.m. ET

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich won a court ruling to get back unpaid salary after testifying Wednesday that he never took performance-enhancing drugs while he rode the Coast team at the start of 2003. Ullrich testified in a court hearing of his lawsuit against the then-manager of the Coast team, Guenther Dahms, who has refused to pay Ullrich's salary because he believes the German rider had been doping.
''I did not use any forbidden doping materials or methods banned under regulations during that period,'' Ullrich said of the time between January and March 2003, when he rode for Coast.
The court ruled in Ullrich's favor and ordered Dahms to pay the retired rider $433,400, plus interest, in back wages.Ullrich, who won the Tour de France in 1997, has always denied doping, although several of his former teammates from Team Telekom have admitted using drugs. Ullrich retired in February 2007 after being linked to the Spanish blood-doping scandal.

onsdag 12 november 2008

play true... Levelling the Playing Field


New Play True Magazine, hit the racks recently and Outlines Key Changes to Stronger World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards
A new issue of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) flagship magazine, Play True, is now available. This issue, entitled “Levelling the Playing Field,” highlights key amendments to the World Anti-Doping Code—the document harmonizing anti-doping regulations in all sports and all countries—and its related International Standards.

http://www.wada-ama.org/en/dynamic.ch2?pageCategory.id=810
Click here to download a copy of Play True.

tisdag 11 november 2008

UNESCO and WADA to host Pressconference!







France: 100 countries ratify anti-doping convention!
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Director-General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), David Howman, will host a press conference Wednesday, 12 November, here to celebrate the 100th ratification of the International Convention against Doping in Sports.The Convention, adopted by UNESCO in 2005, became effective in February 2007, provides an international framework for the harmonisation of rules and policies regarding the fight against doping in sports.
It contributes to the integration of the World Anti-Doping Code into international law and obliges States to take measures that conform to its principles.A Fund for the elimination of doping in sports, created under the terms of the Convention, has now become operational.Its purpose is to help the least-developed and lowest-income countries finance the development and implementation of programmes to fight doping in sports.The Sports ministers of France and Spain, Bernard Laporte and Jaime Lissavetzky Diez respectively, are also expected to attend the event along with the Director General of China’s General Administration of Sports, Jiang Zhixue.The historical milestone will be marked with a commemorative photo featuring Amb assadors from most of the 100 countries that have ratified the Convention.
Paris - 07/11/2008

måndag 10 november 2008

Hur svårt kan dé vá?


MITT MÖTE MED EN MÄSTARE
Skrivet av: Erik Hörstadius, 2008-11-09 23:42 /Publ. Nyheter24 Blogg

Under OS i Peking satt jag i (Rickard) Olssons studio och kommenterade skeendet. Ett sjukt roligt uppdrag. Tänk att få sport-tycka inför snudd på miljonpublik, dag efter dag.Sjukt roligt, alltså. Men också ansvarsfullt. I ett av programmen prövade vi att "tycka synd om tyskar". Varvid Rickard sa att han fortfarande tänkte "Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler" när Tyskland kom på tal. Ilske-mailen haglade (enligt kvällspressen). Tysk och fransk press skrev om det svenska påhoppet. Själv sa jag säkert också en del dumt under programserien. Dock inte med internationella konsekvenser. Däremot med konsekvenser för egen del. När en av programmets gäster, Kerstin Dellert, berättade att hon skjutit lerduva och faktiskt fått träff på några, sa jag något i stil med: - Då skulle du i alla fall spöa Håkan Dalby. (Dalby var ett av våra guldhopp - men missade finalen i dubbel trap med en duva.) Min elakhet åhördes av Håkan efter att han kommit hem från Peking. Han blev sur. Och ringde därför upp mig för en utmaning: jag skulle minsann få se hur svårt det var... Och i helgen var det dags! En dubbel trap-serie består av 50 duvor. Håkan gav mig ett handikapp på 40 duvor. Jag ledde alltså med 40-0 från start, där vi ställde upp oss på skjutplattorna i Haninge inför en publik på två skyttar och en antidopingaktivist. Jag ska inte ens försöka dra ut på spänningen. Håkan vann med 49-41. Dvs han missade totalt en duva, jag träffade totalt en. Håkan var en skön kille. Glädjande nog berättade han att han satsar mot London 2012. Jag kommer att hålla på honom stenhårt; det var verkligen imponerande att se honom. Dels för den fullständigt osannolika träffsäkerheten, dels för fokuseringen, trots det klena motståndet. Sensmoralen med den här berättelsen skulle kunna vara, att man ska vara försiktig innan man hånar folk som satsar hårt och misslyckas. Men nu fick jag ju träffa Håkan och ha skoj på skjutbanan - och vann alltså på mitt hån. Så ni får klara er utan sensmoral. Eller komma på en egen.

fredag 7 november 2008

No more Oprah for me!


So, I’m watching Oprah the other day...Wait, let me start over. So, the wife is watching Oprah the other day while I”m hard at work in the kitchen. I was making zingara, an Italian dish of sauteed pork chops, peppers, black olives and white wine. Wednesday is usually a light day for me, work-wise. It is, therefore, my day to take a stab at cooking. So, the wife interrupts my sullying of her kitchen by informing me that Marion Jones is on Oprah. Huh? What was Marion Jones doing on THAT show? Hadn’t she gone away?Jones is a former Olympic track star. She is also the same person who was just released from prison. She spent a half-year in the clink for pleading guilty to perjury.Having just been released from the hoosgow, Jones began the rehabilitation of her career by showing up on Oprah’s couch.I set aside my chopping, dredging and sautéing to check out Ms. Jones. She did a pretty nice job of painting herself out as a naive victim. According to Jones, she had been fooled into using anabolic steroids, thinking that they were flaxseed oil. For those of you who aren’t furniture refurbishers, flaxseed oil is also called linseed oil, a substance used as a wood finish.It does have some (suspect) nutritional value. It is also the substance that many accused users of steroids point to as to what they thought they were REALLY using. According to her account, it was her coach that slipped her the diabolical serum. But she couldn’t establish his motive. Nonetheless, Jones faced a dilemma when she tested positive for steroids.She could admit to using them and face certain disgrace. Or, she could lie about her knowledge of what was being put into her body and hope to preserve some shred of dignity.She chose door number 2. That didn’t quite work out and off she went to the big house. Now sprung, her performance on Oprah was rather pathetic. You could tell that Oprah wasn’t buying it.Hopefully, Ms. Jones can get her act together and (quietly) rejoin society. Now, I don’t plan on watching any more episodes of Oprah in the future. Principally, because I can’t face the ridicule associated with it. Plus, I’m sure that we won’t see the likes of Roger Clemens or anybody from the NFL on the show. That’s because, when it comes to performance enhancers, there are several sets of rules by which the sporting world plays.The International Olympic Committee, which stripped Jones of her medals, takes the use of steroids seriously. Major League Baseball did not and the NFL does not. Do you remember when Clemens made his appearance on Capitol Hill and was roundly beaten about the head and shoulders? Whatever happened to the outrage that shortly followed his appearance? I’ll tell you: It went away, whimpering in a corner. While pro baseball has done some things to tighten up its act, the NFL barely conceals its indifference. Minnesota Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian was recently quoted as saying that he had tried calling the NFL’s “steroid hotline” to check on a particular substance’s legality.His first two calls went unreturned.He finally got a return call on his third try. Now, just how seriously do you think the NFL is taking steroid use by its players? Why should it? As with seemingly everything else, the NFL gets a free pass on the steroid issue. It’s too bad Ms. Jones can’t catch a football. Then she could join the party that is the NFL, and she wouldn’t have to resort to selling her woeful tale to Oprah Winfrey and the rest of us. By the way, the zingara turned out to be quite tasty, thank you. And, in case you’re wondering, I used olive, not flaxseed, oil.

//By Mike Forster

onsdag 5 november 2008

Its a jungle out there...


...so far! Klassiskt myntade ord av Jane Goodall "Natures First lady" som vid en kongress i Chicago insåg den alarmerade faran som hotade för afrikas vilda schimpanser. "I came to the conference as a scientist. I left as an activist". Jag beundrar kvinnor som Jane Goodall. Med sitt starka engagemang och tron och övertygelsen om att vi kan och vi gör skillnad i vad gäller agerande, hanterande och genom kunskap. Vår roll är att tro på vårt ställningstagande och agera som förebild och kunskapsbank till våra unga, föräldrar, tränare och ledare. Vi gör skillnad. Men i dopingens värld är djungels snårig och tuff. För Goodall innebär det gott för oss gäller riktning och hur vi bäst kan ta oss igenom, nå fram och förmedla. Läste häromdan ett utalande av IOK´s President Dr. Jacques Rogge som ser fram emot att stanna på sin position även efter årets val (en post han haft sedan 2001)Jacques Rogge says, "Why am I a candidate? Well definitely because I still have a great passion for the movement, I still have a passion for sports, I still have a great enthusiasm, I believe that sport is a wonderful tool for young people, definitely it improves their health, it is a great educational tool and it is also a great tool of social integration.I think the biggest challenges ahead, on the long term, are the perpetual problems of sport: the fight against doping is definitely still our number one priority. We have now a second challenge, that is the rising inactivity amongst young people, which leads to obesity. Sport is not anymore the number one priority for young people. So we have to bring people back to sport."
It is a jungle out there. Det gäller att vi har de rätta redskapen!

tisdag 4 november 2008

McCain Obama... Ett k(n)äckt styre.

...där dagens valutgång refereras som en Historisk Duell där tider, stater och dess elektorröster är avgörande. Totalt finns 538 och den som får minst 270 vinner. Ni kommer ihåg key, bokstavligen,keystate Florida för fyra år sen. McCain offensiven där är brutal och i Virginia läste jag precis att "tre tunga "g" råder "Gods, guns and guts". Röstkaos hotar och den storm av snö och is som mötte oss ihelgens CX Cup Falun/Borlänge känns plötsligen en aning mindre brutal. Många vill påstå att det är cyclecross at its best! och visst är det så. Laddade var vi RI's eget Team Cobalt. Själv hade jag den, ibland otacksamma rollen som teamsupporter med handouts och fokusering på att depå, material, dricka var på plats... på rätt plats. Och det började bra. Grabbarna fokuserad, motiverad och virginia apporachen hängde i luften när supportercrew (ie undertecknad) ansåg att "dricka" var på sin plats. Så med säker hand, uppmuntrande skrik stod jag där redo att ge. Att platsen var i skugga med förädiska isfläckar hade min adrenalinhöjda önskan om att stödja, helt missat. Konsekvensen förödande. Likt McCains fammlande för last second votes, lika snabbt försvann cykel under åkare och med ett oroväckande "knaaak" insåg alla att det av carbonfiber utformade styret fick en mer lössläppt vinkel och att det som en gång skall liknas vid en stabil ram nu hade en mer vibrerande approach. Min man är amerikan. Det var han som körde. Om vi nu är osäker inför det amerikanska valets utgång och det potensiella ramaskri detta kan innebära, vare sig detta ter sig efter en historisk seger eller bland förlorare är det garanterat inget mot det som hördes över Borlänge Folketspark denna strålande men kalla, isiga och snöiga allahelgonahelg. Låt oss bara säga att i lägret rådde en isande, tung tystnad. Så med spänning följer vi nu val och letar febrilt nya komponenter. SM om två veckor och som Roberto Vacchi konstaterade. "Han är tillbaks, se Sparrow, han flyger!"
//Mia

måndag 27 oktober 2008

Dagen då isen smälte...


... och första gången på 35 år fick World Cup i bandy flytta sin WC-final från Ljusdal. Finalen kom att bli något av ett derby mellan just Edsbyn och Bollnäs och matchen slutade med seger för Edsbyn på hemmaplan i egna hallen! - själv njöt jag av vårliknande väder med 15 grader varmt och solsken. Ah, vårkänsla!

Headlines News!
Pierre Bordry of French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) is unhappy that his agency will not be determining the doping controls for the 2009 Tour de France, and he criticized the UCI's anti-doping effectiveness."I didn't go to the Tour presentation because I did not wish to see UCI boss Pat McQuaid," said Pierre Bordry, president of the AFLD according to www.sportwereld.be. "I do not want to carry out checks without saying how it should be done. The UCI is going back in time, without targeted checks. "
4 ways to beat the systemIf you're a big leaguer looking for an edge, mlb's drug policy still has holes large enough to drive a team bus through
Distance runner Susanne Pumper and triathlete Lisa Huetthaler were each banned two years Friday by Austria's national anti-doping agency for EPO.The 38-year-old Pumper initially tested positive following a half marathon in Vienna on March 9. A second test on April 14 confirmed that result.Apart from her suspension by NADA, the 24-year-old Huetthaler also faces charges for attempting to bribe a laboratory employee to pass her doping test.However, the country was hit by another doping scandal earlier this month as third-place Tour de France finisher Bernhard Kohl admitted he used the blood-booster CERA.
Dwain Chambers calls for more drug tests for top athletesDwain Chambers has called for leading athletes to be subjected to a minimum number of drug tests as a condition of entry to major events such as the Olympic Games and the World Championships. Chambers, who served a two-year drug ban but is now touring schools and colleges with an anti-drugs message, said athletes in Britain were tested constantly but in other countries out-of-competition tests were virtually non-existent. "At least the top 20 in each event should have to undergo a certain number of tests to go forward to the Olympics or the World Championships because the current system is unfair," said Chambers.
Christine Ohuruogu has been named 2008 Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row by the British Athletics Writers' Association.The 24-year-old was voted Britain's top female athlete by members of the BAWA after winning the Olympic 400metres title in Beijing this summer.
Three Services athletes including Asian championship bronze medal-winning triple jumper Bibu Mathew had tested positive for prohibited substances in tests conducted at the inter-Services athletics championships held in Hyderabad last August. The other two were shot putter Jaiveer Singh and hammer thrower Mukesh Kumar.
Teenagers consuming doping substances is a problem that is growing among the Portuguese school population and specialists are worried it will have serious repercussions regarding public health issues. Speaking during the 9th Paediatric National Congress, Luis Horta, a member of CNAD (National Anti-Doping Counsel), referred to steroids as currently being a serious health problem in many countries.
The use of prohibited substances in gyms and schools in more developed countries has reached worrying figures. “The problem is that, for now, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg” said Luis Horta, also a specialist in sports medicine. He also pointed to globalization as a fuelling mechanism as several doping substances can be bought easily over the Internet, with very little restriction.
Jacques Rogge confirmed he's running for another term as president of the International Olympic Committee, a decision that had been widely expected.The 66-year-old Belgian, a former orthopedic surgeon, sent a letter to IOC members on Friday confirming that he will stand for re-election in October 2009, IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said. No other candidates are expected, with Rogge virtually assured of being re-elected next October at the IOC general assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark.Rogge was elected as the IOC's eighth president in July 2001 in Moscow, succeeding Juan Antonio Samaranch, a Spaniard who served for 21 years. Rogge's eight-year term expires in 2009, and he is eligible for a second term of four years.

torsdag 23 oktober 2008

Defination "elit"!

"Elit"! - som en handduk kastas detta ord in och användandet av detta "elit" i media och i diskussion ger oss en missvisande indikation och status på vad detta ord egentligen betyder och när det bör användas.
"-Så", började reportern som under gårdagen ringde mig gällande den stora dopinghärva som uppdagas här i gävleborgs län. "-Så, vad betyder det här för sporten och ungdomar, egentligen, som nu läser att en elitidrottare varit inblandad i denna härva"? Inom sociologin och statsvetenskapen är en elit (etym. fr. vald) en relativt liten grupp, som är särskild från och överlägsen en större grupp som den interagerar med. Det är en vanlig åskådning att alla samhällen av nödvändighet har en elit; det är endast en fråga om hur eliten legitimerar sin särställning, vilket är betingat av kultur och sociala faktorer och sålunda involverar en mått av godtycke(wikipedia.org). Inom idrotten kallar vi den specifikt utvalda och kvalificerade grupp av idrottsmän och kvinnor med nationella samt internationella meriter, elit. En utvald grupp, visst, men ochså en utvald grupp som, för att bevisa att deras resultat och sin status kommer ifrån hård träning och uppsatta mål och inte från fusk och användande av otillåtna preparat utsätter sig för en enorm bevaknig. De antal out-of competition och in-competition tester som tas på denna "elit" är enorm. Kraven på deras whereabouts likaså. Att vi i denna veckas artiklar läser om en person som "tillhör eliten inom bodybuilding" måste ifrågasättas då jag är övertygad om att denna inte hör inte hemma i denna grupp. Vad vi läser i dessa artiklar handlar om direkt trafficking av narkotika och dopingpreparat som förts in och distribueras via internet och langare runt om i sverige. Kunderna hittar vi inom gymvärlden och i kriminella gäng. Och här! ...har media helt rätt. Den internet handel som bedrivs har ökat, användandet likaså och de konsekvenser vi står inför med ett samhälle som formligen överöses med hormonpreparat kan visa sig katastrofala. "En tickand bomb", brukar vår kollega Tommy Moberg definiera det som. MEN, att säga att detta händer inom "elit" då blir det fel. Vi ska veta att RF idag tar mellan 3500-4000 dopingtester per år och de få fall av positiva svar som fås kommer inte från "elit" utan ifrån den vanlige motionären. Frågan är nu bara hur i hela friden man kommit upp med och bör definiera ordet "elitmotionär"!

tisdag 21 oktober 2008

Retroaktiv Reaktion och Reaktionärt Hanterande


Som en retroaktiv vind blåstes beskeded in då Rysslands Friidrottsförbund, under veckan, tillkännagav staffet för de sju friidrottare som i juli månad, strax innan OS, av IAAF blev avstängda för doping.

"De sju ryska friidrottare som åkt fast
för att ha lämnat falska urinprov vid dopningskontroller har fått sina straff från Rysslands friidrottsförbund. Ryskorna stängs av i två år, men retroaktivt från den dag de testades - i april och maj 2007. DNA-teknik avslöjade att den urin som kvinnorna lämnade vid dopningskontrollerna kom från helt andra personer".(TT-AFP)

Detta mina vänner innebär att redan till våren 2009, alltså om ca sex (6)! månader kan vi åter se dessa damer tävlande på T&F arenorna. Vi får verkligen hoppas att IAAF såväl som EAA noterar denna retroaktiva vind i dopingpolitiken och stödjer det förslag och haterande som Euromeetings lagt i vad gäller "accept" av tidigare dömda och avstängda atleter. Nämligen, ... att det finns ingen!

Note: De avstängda kvinnorna är Svetlana Tjerkasova (800 m), Julia Fomenko (1.500 m), Jelena Soboleva (800 och 1.500 meter), Gulfija Chanafejeva (slägga), Darja Pisjtjalnikova (diskus), Tatjana Tomasjova (1.500 m) och Olga Jegorova (5.000 m).

måndag 20 oktober 2008

11 Meriterade Veteraner...

...tre är ambassadörer för Ren Idrott.
Reality serier i all ära men vem ser inte fram emot kommande SvT satsning där våra "gamla" veteraner tävlar om titeln "Mästarnas Mästare". Koncentration, Laganda, Taktik och Fysik. Detta är ingen lek men kul! - Jag är övertygad om att Emma Igelström, Erica johansson och Per Elofsson kommer att gå mycket långt, jag känner deras styrka!/red.note

Övrigt Buzz i dopingens värld:
The age of retroactive testing has begun.
"The new wonder drug that boosts performance is Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator or CERA that might have gone undetected even if used by any of the athletes who crowned themselves in glory. Taken aback by suggestions that cheats are always one step ahead of the drug police, the International Olympic Committee chairman Jacques Rogge has said that the age of retroactive testing has begun".
Basso seeks to restore fans' faith
"Ivan Basso has vowed to restore the faith in him lost as a result of 16-month suspension from cycling, and made it clear that he intends to do his fans proud upon returning to the sport. The 30 year-old Italian, winner of the 2006 Giro d'Italia, will make his comeback with Team Liquigas next week after serving a ban for his involvement in Operación Puerto"
Kanika tests positive
"Woman hammer thrower Kanika Kumari has tested positive for a banned substance. She was withdrawn from the competition in the Commonwealth Youth Games on Wednesday following an adverse analytical finding reported by the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi"
Biological Passport suspensions possible in 2009
"Suggests CERA Riders were on watched list. Although the International Cycling Union's (UCI) biological passport is still gathering data and is not yet running at full capacity, Pat McQuaid said that riders could face suspensions as early as 2009. The UCI president told Cyclingnews yesterday that in addition to blocking suspect riders from starting races, some could face tougher measures due to the longitudinal data gathered".

fredag 17 oktober 2008

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Today’s Athlete: A Growing Concern

By Seth A. Cheatham, MD; Robert G. Hosey, MD; Darren L. Johnson, MD
ORTHOPEDICS 2008; 31:1014 October 2008

The use of anabolic steroids in professional athletes has been a concern for a long time; however, the rise in use by younger athletes is especially troubling. Physician-guided education is vital to the creation of an effective intervention program. As athletic competition continues to intensify, athletes strive to higher levels of performance to achieve success. There appears to be a “win at all costs” mentality, not only among many of today’s athletes, but also among their coaches and parents. It is this same mentality that fuels many athletes to seek performance-enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids and other drugs. However, no longer is this just a problem of the elite athlete; today, the perception that anabolic steroids correlate with athletic success can be found among collegiate and scholastic athletes as well.

Red note: Read the complete article on www.renidrott.se/aktuellt

onsdag 15 oktober 2008

Längre straff i cykelsporten

Cykelsporten inför straff med upp till fyra års avstängning för dopning från och med nästa år. I dag är maxstraffet två år.
- Jag vill ha bort fuskarna för gott. Vi kommer att följa de internationella dopningsreglerna som från och med januari blir något mer flexibla. De som medvetet fuskar kan då stängas av i fyra år, säger Internationella cykelförbundets ordförande Pat McQuaid.


Publicerad 2008-10-15 13:12 DN Sport /Från TT

För förför och Ligger Steget Fram...för...


En underhållande Håkan Dahlby samt undertecknad deltog under gårdagen i "Mobilisering mot Droger" konferensen i Uppsala. Närmare 400 personer infann sig på MIC aulan på Uppsala Universitet denna eftermiddag och intresset var stort inför vårt framträdande. Håkan, nyss hemkommen från sin senaste WC-final/seger i Minsk, gav en målande bild av sin uppväxt, hur mål, ambition och vision systematiskt arbetats fram och hur hans satta mål - att komma till OS, blev verklighet. Lång var kön och gruppen stor som efter vårt anförande ville ta ett närmare snack med vår meriterade ambassadör och talesman men mitt i allt detta förundras man av hur ofta vi kommer till dessa sammankomster och där ordet "Mot" klingar i rubriker och konferensnamn. Detta, egentligen ytterst negativa ord, refereras här som ett positivt proaktivt arbete när man egentligen använder ett uttryck och företeelsen som klingar så...mot. Är det inte mot- droger så är det mot- våld, mot- sportpolitiska beslut till mot- vilja. Ja, det känns nästan befriande att kunna säga som vår egen David Lega, - "Du Mia,...på klingande göteborgska, "...de e´så skönt att kunna säga att man jobbar "för" någonting". - För det gör vi! Vi jobbar för- en dopingfri sport, för- ett förebyggande antidopingarbete och som förebilder för nästa generation idrottare. Positivt laddat, precis som Håkan! Det Förför!

fredag 10 oktober 2008

What about those whereabouts...

Countries Failed to Share Locations of Their Athletes
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: October 9, 2008

Nearly half the countries that participated in the Beijing Olympics failed to tell organizers where their athletes were so they could be drug-tested outside of competition. A report issued by independent observers for the World Anti-Doping Agency said 102 of 205 countries did not provide Olympic officials with information about their athletes’ whereabouts. Each country is supposed to tell testers where its athletes are.

torsdag 9 oktober 2008

Que CERA, CERA...


CERA, an advanced form of the blood booster and the third generation form of EPO! "Like the urine test used to catch cyclisten Riccardo Ricco, the test can detect tiny traces of the drug because the CERA molecule is very different to that of naturally produced EPO. Because CERA is also a slow release blood-boosting drug, it also has a longer half-life than EPO, meaning it can be detected in testing for much longer after assumption". The French anti-doping agency is still working on further samples from the tour. "There are tests ongoing. We are only looking for CERA, not the rest," agency head Pierre Bordry said.

Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Cycling Weekly

onsdag 8 oktober 2008

Schlecka´däck och recycling...


...kändes som ett naturligt tema då jag under gårdagskvällen beslutat mig för att göra något åt den allt mer växande hög av ProCycling Magazine som upptar stora delar i och runt min säng. Timmar av läsning och inspiration, kan tyckas men ju mer jag gräver, buntar och fastnar i någon intressant artikel jag bara måste ha missat, kommer en känsla av besvikelse. Här är dom; Basso, Ullrich, Vinokourov, Scarponi, Jaksche och nu senast Schleck, Schumacher och Piepoli. Avstängda, under utredning och inblandade. En gång Starka förebilder och imponerade cyklister idag... stor besvikelse och grunden för en ökad misstro till sporten och prestationer inom procycling. De flesta nekar, andra hittar anledningar och grunder till varför pengar överförts, varför deras namn figurerar och varför... ja, varför? Dessa grabbar är oerhörda talanger. Vad driver dessa unga atleter som älskar sin sport, att fuska? Är det det oerhörda tryck som finns inom prostallet, manager, förbund och sponsorer? Är det cykelkultur och tradition eller eget valda beslut? Jag vill påstå att det är en kombination av alla. Kraven för våra Pros´är enorm! Antidopingarbetet inom cyklingen har intensifierats och UCI har lagt upp ett strikt program där out of competition såväl som competition tester utökats markant. En ambition är att rensa upp och göra sporten ren. Vi vet att ytterligare positiva fall inom procykling kommer men frågan är om vi då är beredda att recycla de gamla. För ambition har dom, att komma tillbaka och vem vet, kanske blir det ett förlåtande välkommnande av publik, sponsorer och stall. Det går ju riktigt schleckt för David Millar tex.

fredag 3 oktober 2008

Var finns moralen?

Just nu läser jag en kurs på Mittuniversitetet som heter "Allmän rättslära C", i den studeras en massa rättvetenskapliga teorier. Det diskuteras väldigt mycket om moralens vara eller icke vara inom lagstiftningen och det får mig att hela tiden fundera på var moralen vad gäller doping finns?

För mig och för de flesta idrottare runt om i världen så är det nästan lika naturligt som att andas att man inte ska ta prestationshöjande preparat. Men det finns alltför många som trots detta stoppar i sig både det ena och det andra, och jag undrar bara; varför? Var finns moralen?
Moralen förklaras som "en persons eller kulturs etiska normer". Man skulle kunna säga att det finns en idrottskultur och då borde väl alla inom denna kultur ha samma etiska normer dvs samma moral. Min uppfattning är att inom idrott så finns moralen om att dopning är fel. Detta kanske är att vara lite väl hård då man självklart påverkas av sitt hemlands kultur, sin religion osv. Men trots detta så borde de flesta inse i rätt så tidig ålder att doping och idrott inte hör samman.

För mig är det så självklart att inte fuska, jag skulle aldrig kunna glädjas över medaljer, prispengar och ära om jag visste att de inte vunnits med ärliga metoder. Glädjande nog så vet jag att de allra flesta idrottare delar denna uppfattning med mig. Trots det så dyker det med jämna mellanrum upp nya dopningsfall, och jag undrar hur de egentligen tänkte? Kände de verkligen glädje och stolthet när de tog emot sina medaljer (som de sedan förhoppningsvis förlorade)?

Min undran med detta kanske lite virriga inlägg är helt enkelt; var finns moralen hos de som väljer att dopa sig?

/Helena Jonsson, skidskytt

"Trots detta så skulle jag med glädje lämna prover varje vecka eller varje dag om det var möjligt...

...för att underlätta att hålla idrotten fri från dopning."
(Hanna Marklund)

Hej! Här kommer ett inlägg från Hanna Marklund före detta fotbollsspelare i Sunnanå SK och landslaget. Jag är mammaledig för tillfället.
Mitt liv har förändrats mycket under det sista året. Vardagen består inte längre av träning och matcher. Utan av promenader, amning, skötning, blöjbyte, tvättning (har aldrig tvättat så här mycket tidigare) och mys med min lilla tjej som nu är dryga två månader.
Under mina år som aktiv så blev det många dopingprover som skulle lämnas och jag skulle rapportera minst två träningstillfällen i veckan var jag befann mig. Ibland kunde det kännas motigt att sitta kvar i flera timmar efter träning eller match för att klämma fram rätt mängd kiss. Vid något tillfällen var jag nära att missa ett flyg och jag fick ta en senare buss en beräknat vid ett annat tillfälle. När jag väl satt på bussen så skämdes jag för mina ständiga toalettbesök. Det måste vara den bussresa som toaletten användes flitigast. Men det är ju inte konstigt när man har hällt i sig flera liter vatten precis innan man stiger på.
Jag minns också en kväll på Sandåkern i Umeå när jag blev kvar långt efter att lagkamraterna gått hem. Jag sprang runt planen med min halvfyllda kissburk. Det är inte roligt när man kissar för tidigt och det blir för lite. För att skynda på processen så joggade jag runt med skvalpande mage och burken i fickan som inte fick lämnas ur sikte. Hemma var jag först fyra timmar efter träningens slut. Trots detta så skulle jag med glädje lämna prover varje vecka eller varje dag om det var möjligt, för att underlätta att hålla idrotten fri från dopning. Och jag är jag väldigt tacksam för allt jobb som görs i Sverige för en ren idrott.

Oktober 2008/ Hanna Marklund

torsdag 2 oktober 2008

OS Guld till Sverige...


...ja, det återstå att se efter gårdagens avslöjande att fjorton Tour de France-cyklister med misstänkta värden ska testas om. Bland dessa finns OS-vinnaren Fabian Cancellera. Det är den Franska antidopingbyrån AFLD som tagit beslutet i en kommentar säger Arne Ljungqvist -"Man kan misstänka att det rör sig om att de vill testa efter nya varianter av epo. Metoderna utvecklas snabbt". Om guldet nu går till Gustav Larsson återstår att se.

Vad det pratas om i dopingens värld - här är rubrikerna!:

French Anti-Doping Chief Challenges Armstrong
It could be truth or dare time on Lance Armstrong's comeback trail. The French anti-doping authority has thrown down a challenge to the seven-time Tour de France champion, proposing he agree to retesting of his 1999 urine samples to see whether a a French newspaper was right when it reported they contained traces of EPO, a banned blood-boosting hormone that enhances endurance.

Underage' Chinese Olympic gymnast was eligible to compete After the controversy over whether China's Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts were old enough to compete, the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique has confirmed that it is happy the competitors were not underage.New USOC chairman could be chosen Thursday

The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors could pick the successor for chairman Peter Ueberroth when it meets Thursday.Ueberroth's term on the board ends this year, and though he will stay with the USOC as an honorary president, the federation must select a new leader of the 10-person board. Among the newest candidates are Ursula Burns and Larry Probst, who were added to the board earlier this month to take the places of Ueberroth and Erroll Davis, whose term is also expiring.

Russian mob suspected of fixing UEFA Cup soccer match MADRID, Spain–A Spanish judge has sent German prosecutors information suggesting that Russian mobsters fixed a UEFA Cup semifinal game last season between Russian team Zenit St. Petersburg and Bayern Munich, a leading Spanish newspaper reported Wednesday.

No jail time for steroids shipper Man who owned Florida business gets probation, to forfeit $350,000 The owner of a now-defunct Florida wellness center who shipped steroids to Capital Region residents and top sport stars was spared jail time at his sentencing Tuesday.The 52-year-old the founder of Palm Beach Rejuvenation in Jupiter, Fla., was given five years

The head of Belgian Olympic Committee wants his top anti-doping official to resign after a retiring athlete said the doctor had advised him to take illegal products a decade ago. Dr. Renno Roelandt, who also holds a post at the World Anti-Doping Agency, however, refused to step down as deputy chairman of the Belgian Olympic committee despite the urging from chairman Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

Biopartners Presents Three Year Safety And Efficacy Data For Sustained Release Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (LB03002) At ESPE 2008

tisdag 30 september 2008

En vanlig dag

Hej alla glada!

Detta är det första men inte det sista inlägget av mig Caroline Seger fotbollsspelare i Linköpings FC samt landslaget.

Ligger just nu på ett hotell i Sveriges södraste del,dvs Trelleborg. Att bo på hotell har blivit en vana eftersom vi är på resande fot större delen av säsongen. Måste erkänna att det blir rätt mycket dötid så man måste verkligen kunna sysselsätta sig och ha ideer om hur man ska få klockan att gå. Idag tränade vi i en typisk svensk höstdag mycket regn och blåst, tänk att man aldrig kommer vänja sig. Vi spelar årets sista landskamp imorgon mot Irland, en match som är ganska betydelselös rent poängmässigt men dock så viktig att vinna. När vi kommer hem väntar dom 3 sista seriematcherna, vi spelar om SM-guldet så mycket står på spel. Därefter är det svenska cupen och ytterligare spel i en lokal cup. Schemat har varit tätt och tajt och tankar om semester börjar smyga sig på. Först och främst gäller det att avsluta den gågna säsongen på ett bra sätt därefter kan man börja njuta och koppla av. Ha en underbar höst och vinter jag kommer tillbaks:)

Caroline Seger

Oh medans beckham lanserar parfym med frun...


... lade WADA under fredagen ut 2009 års dopinglista på sin hemsida. Nytt denna gång är att gruppen specificerade substanser utökas i syfte att få en mer flexibel straffskala. Flexibilitet, ja. detta blir ju intressant. Vad flexar vi om i dopingens värld?, kan tänka.
Vi läser "Specificerade substanser finns under grupperna Beta-2-agonister, diuretika och maskerande substanser, vissa stimulantia, narkotisk analgetika, cannabinoider och kortison" Vidare går att läsa:´"Alfa-reduktashämmare som t ex finasterid är borttagna från den nya listan samt att en del ytterligare uppdateringar har gjorts för att listan ska omfatta nya läkemedel och teknik samt stämma med den nya världsantidopingkoden". Ja, flexibilitet. Det är intressant detta. Befann mig under helgen på årets Rotary distriktkongress och fick där vara med om en underbar föreläsning av Per Johansson från Glada Hudik Teatern. I en underbart humoristisk skildring av sitt tänkande, liv och arbete skrattar vi, samtidigt som vi alla känner igen oss i påkastade ledord som "motivation, ambition och flexibilitet", det ska man ha! och jäklar i den om detta inte ska "ge" ett jobb inom den kommunala sektorn. Rollspel, pappershantering. Han jobbar med förståndshandikappade, Per. I sin frustration över pågående möten där de olika rollinnehavarna kan identifieras och där han en dag sa: "Vi ska spela teater!" Jaha, du... och hur ska det gå till??? Idag driver Per tillsammans med sitt gäng en ensamble på 98 medverkande och omsätter 16 miljoner om år! Det kallar jag flexibilitet! I dopingens värld däremot, anser jag att riktlinjer och regler skall vara bestämda och oflexibla. I WADA´s list committee, en panel av elva forskare och utvalda för sin internationella expertis, skall ledorden som anammas för den kommunalanställde ha en viss justering. Jag ser gärna att de ledande är motiverade och har ambition men när det kommer till beslut och riktlinjer då måste en strikt beslutspolicy ligga och vad gäller substanser bör dessa dopingklassas och konsekvenser av användande av dessa vara klara. Här skall flexibilitet vara uteslutet.

Läs hela 2009-års Dopinglista här:
http://www.wada-ama.org/en/prohibitedlist.ch2

måndag 29 september 2008

Interview with Usain Bolt


"I know I'm clean. I work hard for what I want," the Jamaican told Reuters in a telephone interview. The 6-foot-5 (1.96-metre) sprinter clocked 9.69 seconds for the 100 in Beijing last month to carve 3/100ths of a second off the previous record he set in New York on May 31.Bolt had previously run only a handful of 100s and his performance raised eyebrows among some observers.
Carl Lewis, a nine-times Olympic champion who won one of his titles when Jamaican-born Canadian Ben Johnson tested positive for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Games, raised questions about Bolt in a recent interview in Sports Illustrated magazine.
"I'm still working with the fact he dropped from 10-flat to 9.6 in one year," Lewis was quoted as saying.
"I think there are some issues, countries like Jamaica do not have a random (dope control) programme so they can go months without being tested."
Bolt felt such speculation came with the territory.
"I know what he said," said the Jamaican. "To me it doesn't matter, a lot of people were saying that. When you run the 100 metres that's what you get. As long as you're fast they start saying that.
"It's like a trend. I'm trying to change that. It's a bad image for the sport.
"Carl Lewis can say whatever he wants. That's just his opinion."
Bolt said his 100 breakthrough was earned by hard training.
"The 200 is also sprinting, that was key," he said. "The only thing I had to do was get my start right and I got my start right.
"That's why my last 50 metres are so good because I've got speed and endurance."
The 22-year-old also rejected Lewis's comments about the amount of testing he had to go through back home."For sure we get tested in the Caribbean," he said.
"They like to come to your house early in the morning. It's not cool getting up at six, seven in the morning when you're just trying to enjoy your sleep. But I know what it's for and it's fair. We get tested all the time.
"When you're in the top 20 in the world you get random tested. They get to know your whereabouts."
Bolt said he would continue to run the 100 and 200.
"In the future I'll probably step up to 400 metres," he said."But it's a lot of work. I'm not ready for that kind of work."
Bolt also said he was looking forward to defending his titles at the 2012 Olympics.
"I'll be in London... I hope it isn't cold," he said. "I'm looking forward to that."

Reuters

onsdag 24 september 2008

Doping på 24 timmar ... Kolla RI´s Snabbresumé!

Chambers 'will be welcomed back' Sprinter Dwain Chambers will be welcomed back into the GB team, says the new head coach of UK Athletics. Chambers has a lifetime Olympic ban having tested positive for the banned steroid THG in 2003, and lost an appeal against the decision in July this year. But Charles van Commenee is happy for him to represent GB in non-Olympic events like World Championships. "Dwain has served his sentence, he is more than welcome back in the team," Van Commenee told BBC Sport.

GREEK hurdler Fani Halkia yesterday appeared before a prosecutor investigating the doping case that led to her expulsion from the Beijing Olympics, insisting she did not intentionally use performance-enhancing drugs. Halkia, the 2004 Olympic 400-metre hurdles gold medalist, tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone on August 16.

A shot putter and steeplechaser from Belarus drew two-year bans for doping.The Belarusian Athletics Federation said Tuesday the decision to discipline shot putter Yulia Leantsyuk and steeplechaser Irina Bakhanouskaya was made last month. Both competed in the European Cup in France in June.

Athletics Kenya bans Muthuka for doping Sprinter Elizabeth Muthuka becomes the fourth Kenyan female athlete to get a doping ban after it was finally confirmed she failed a drugs test at the July 26 to 28 national championships. Consequently, the athlete whose A and B blood samples tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone, has been slapped with a two-year ban by Athletics Kenya (AK).

NFL Saints' Nesbit suspended four games for steroids violation
New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jamar Nesbit has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, the league announced Tuesday afternoon

ADVISORY Last Chance to Comment on New Canadian Anti-Doping Rules
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) alerts the Canadian sport community that the deadline is approaching for input into the final version of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).
Read the HTML version:
http://www.cces.ca/forms/index.cfm?dsp=template&act=view3&template_id=194&lang=e&news_id=91
or download the PDF:
http://www.cces.ca/pdfs/CCES-ADV-CADPdraft2Reminder-E.pdf

Museeuw doping judgement delayed The conclusion of the trial of cyclist Johan Museeuw and 10 other suspects accused of drug offences has been delayed by a Belgian court.

5 Russian race walkers banned for doping Five Russian race walkers, including world record-holder Sergei Morozov, have been suspended for two years for doping. Morozov, Viktor Burayev, Vladimir Kanaikin, Igor Yerokhin and Alexei Voevodin were sanctioned by the national federation for testing positive for the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO, the All Sport news agency said Tuesday.

Delhi laboratory gets WADA accreditation The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has granted accreditation to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), New Delhi, ending years of uncertainty over the status of the facility, set up nearly two decades ago.The decision came at the WADA Executive Committee meeting in Montreal on Saturday.

tisdag 23 september 2008

WADA chief praises Olympic anti-doping drive


Date: 21/09/2008 http://www.insidethegames.com/show-news.php?id=3651

SEPTEMBER 21 - WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) chairman John Fahey (pictured) has praised the pre-Olympic drug testing programmes that prevented a number of drug cheats from competing in Beijing.
The Australian, overseeing his first Olympics in his new role, said: "I think that in itself was very effective, and I do believe that the deterrent factor in the context of cheats wanting to take the risk was a very strong message that was out there.
"If you go back to those months leading up to the Games a number of nations had a very vigorous programme at home, and the USA was one, I know."
On the eve of Beijing, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge estimated that there would be 30 to 40 positive drug tests in Beijing .
As it turned out, there were only eight positive results during the Games.
Fahey pointed out that many drug cheats were exposed before they even left their own country.
He said: "I'm not sure if the numbers have been released on those few months but I can assure you that it was quite a large number.
"It was 11 in Russia , almost the entire Greek weightlifting team, and so on and so forth. "Those numbers were significant.
"I think that was a message that continued to resonate and I hope and believe that it served as a deterrent factor to those who believed that they could hop on the plane, get there and get away with it."
WADA's executive committee approved the list of prohibited substances and methods for 2009. The list will be published online by October1 and will go into effect January 1, 2009.
Fahey said: "The fight against doping is a 24-7-365 responsibility.
"I am pleased that despite significant progress in the fight against doping in the past few years and months, stakeholders recognise the need to take further measures to protect the health of athletes and the integrity of sport worldwide."
The executive committee also approved the accreditation of a new laboratory in New Delhi , India , making it the 34th WADA-accredited lab.
It will oversee anti-doping at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which the city is staging.