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!

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.