torsdag 30 april 2009

More on Beijing dopers

Five down, one to go.
The German cycling federation announced Stefan Schumacher was among those caught. No surprise, because he tested positive for CERA in samples taken during the Tour de France, when he won two time trial stages.
Croation 800 meter runner Vanja Persic also is on the list, a source confirmed. Persic did not advance past the first round in Beijing.
And Greek race walker Athania Tsoumeleka had admitted four months ago she was a CERA positive from Beijing, where she was 9th in the 20k race walk. Tsoumeleka had won that event in the 2004 Olympics. She already was banned by the international track federation after being caught in its retest program.
The International Olympic Committee said six athletes were caught in its Beijing testing. Gold medalist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain (1,500 meters) and cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin of Italy (road race) also are known to be among them.
According to the Associated Press, Rebellin told Italian TV the result was ``a mistake.''

By Philip Hersh

måndag 27 april 2009

Doping in Sports Headlines

American Lance Armstrong has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) over a random test conducted last month, the AFLD said in a statement.
"The AFLD has decided to take into account the athlete's written explanations and, consequently, not to open a disciplinary action against him," the statement read.

German cyclists Andreas Kloeden and Matthias Kessler have been implicated in illegal blood transfusions, according to a report in Der Spiegel news magazine, which cites the findings of an independent commission investigating doping.
The commission spent two years looking into doping allegations against two doctors, who allegedly put into place at Freiburg University Clinic a systematic doping system between 1995 and 2006 for the former Team Telekom, later known as T-Mobile.
Hans Joachim Schaefer, a lawyer who heads the commission, declined to comment Sunday.
"I have sworn to myself that I won't say a word," he said.
Kloeden now rides for Astana and has always denied doping. Kessler is serving a doping ban.

Australian swimmers have welcomed the decision to allow D'Arcy to return to competitive swimming after the world championships in Rome in July.
"I am pleased that I can now focus on my swimming training without any further uncertainty and am looking forward to making my return to competitive swimming at the Australian short course championships," D'Arcy said.

A new study has found that people with conduct disorder, body image disorder, or both are more prone to become dependent on anabolic steroids, according to Harrison G. Pope ’69, a Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry and lead author of the study. Conduct disorder is the juvenile version of antisocial disorder, and body image disorder is an unhealthy obsession with the size and appearance of one’s body. These two factors were found by interviewing and examining the medical histories of 134 weight lifters, who were categorized into three groups—non-steroid users, steroid users with no dependence, and steroid users that had developed dependence.

Marion Jones talks of her fall and 'new beginning'
Jones, 33, and pregnant with her third child, was relaxed and upbeat throughout the session, part of the center's Race and Sports Lecture Series. As difficult as her prison experience was, she said, it also was, in an odd way, liberating.
"People realize I messed up," she said. "I stood up to it. I took what came because of it and now I'm certainly not hiding in a case somewhere. I'm not a hermit. But I certainly don't plan to do a tell-all that's going to rip people up like you see some athletes do. That's not the message I want to share. That's not the message I want to be remembered by.
"My message is positive. Yes, mistakes were made. But how can those mistakes help you?"

torsdag 23 april 2009

The Trouble With Telling Tales At School

Well, here's a tale of woe from Italy that does not involve suits of the kind you wear. In short, Loris Facci, the breaststroker who touched first at European championships in 2006 but was disqualified, was invited to chat about swimming to some school kids; he did so, and in so doing mentioned the fact that he had once, a while back, been approached with an offer of doping to enhance his performance; he said "no". Good for him. Good lesson for the kids.
The story was reported by Gazzetta dello Sport. Good for them. A lesson for kids everywhere, in the public domain. Which is when the anti-doping prosecutor from CONI, the Olympic committee for Italy, stepped in and asked Facci to attend a hearing and deliver the name of the drug pusher. Which is where Facci lost the plot. Perhaps it was fear. Perhaps there's a swimming mafia out there ready to roll over Facci if he breathes a word. Perhaps not. Perhaps it was all something of his own invention. Perhaps Facci had no idea who the alleged pusher was. Who knows. We're unlikely ever to know who knows what and what really happened and who was there when Facci was allegedly offered doping.
Facci had no intention of naming anyone. He blamed the media: he had said what he said purely to deliver an ethical message to the kids. He had no name to give. A legal case was mounted against him.
Time to stand and be counted. Facci didn't want to be counted, said he had no proof, no name, and, lucky for him, the case was closed in Rome yesterday. The file was handed to FIN, the Italian federation, which will now decide whether Facci can race at a meet next month that will count to making it to a home world championships in Rome this summer.
The federation is likely to do nothing but let Facci swim (how could it not, especially given the events of 2000, when nothing was done about something far more serious, the case of CONI and the HGH count, a case that also got dropped in time, not before certain athletes were named, we recall).
Selectors may well be hoping, however, that the breaststroke specialist misses the grade for Rome, given his slippery grasp on things. Imagine the scene in the shiny new suit-checking ready room in morning heats:

Official: "Sorry, you're going to have to leave".
Swimmer: "Why? What's up?"
Official: "You can't swim in a jacket".
Swimmer: "Coach said I have to."
Coach, at the door: "No Loris, No! I said Jaked!".

(Yes, I know - he'd be speaking Italian ... ).

Craig Lord, Apr 22, 2009

onsdag 22 april 2009

Spain passes decree to prevent night-time doping controls

Madrid - Spain's government has approved a royal decree allowing the nation's athletes to refuse anti-doping controls in the country between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. The decree also applies to foreign athletes training in Spain or resident in the country, El Pais daily reported Tuesday. The ruling is in contravention of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code which stipulates that athletes must in principle be available for doping controls 24 hours a day. The Spanish decree, which is expected to come into effect in a few weeks' time, will apply to all controls, whether ordered by a national sports federation or an international body.
Any sportsman or sportswoman would be entitled to refuse to be tested during the night hours without fear of being subject to possible sanctions, according to the decree. The ruling has followed complaints by several leading athletes that the new WADA code is too restrictive. Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world's top-ranked men's tennis player, said earlier this year the rule forcing sportsmen and women to say where they are going to be for an hour each day, 365 days a year "shows a lack of respect for privacy."
The WADA code says athletes identified by their international federations should inform the organization of their daily whereabouts every three months. If a sportsperson cannot be found where they said they would be three times in an 18-month period, he or she is considered to have violated anti-doping regulations and is liable for sanctions. WADA and football's world governing body FIFA earlier this month reached agreement in a dispute over drug testing rules for top footballers.
The agreement will limit the number of players in football and other team sports who will be required to detail their whereabouts every day during the off-season. The controls will now focus on testing players defined as "at risk" - such as those recovering from injury or who previously used a banned substance.

Posted on : 2009-04-21 | Author : DPA
News Category : Sports

måndag 20 april 2009

Ebba Nyberg är tillbaka efter två års dopningsavstängning:

”Fysiskt håller jag. Mentalt vet jag inte”. Elitsimmaren Ebba Nyberg åt kosttillskott och fick i sig ett otillåtet ämne. Straffet: Två års avstängning för dopning. Nu har hon gjort comeback.
– För mig har det varit en personlig katastrof. Men det har fört något gott med sig, säger Nyberg, som siktar på att ta sig tillbaka till toppen.
Ebba Nyberg har vunnit betydligt viktigare tävlingar än Mora Cup för några veckor sedan. Men den 26-åriga stockholmaren har aldrig haft så stora känslor efter ett lopp.
– När det var över kändes det mest skönt. Det har hänt så mycket de senaste ett och ett halvt åren, säger Nyberg.
Comebacken var ett nytt kapitel i den långa följetongen som tog fart i december 2006.Det var då hon åkte fast för dopning. Hennes prov visade spår av det förbjudna ämnet androstriendion.
Neptunsimmaren – som bara några dagar efter testet var med och satte nytt svenskt rekord på 4x50 m medley – hävdade att hon måste ha fått i sig substansen genom ett kosttillskott. Simförbundet dömde henne till sex månaders avstängning, som förlängdes till två år av Riksidrottsnämnden (RIN).
Fallet fick stor uppmärksamhet eftersom det var första gången en svensk simmare åkte fast för dopning.
– För mig var det en personlig katastrof att bli avstängd. Jag fick inte göra det jag tycker mest om. Det blev ett stort tomrum och jag bytte liv helt – utbildade mig till kostrådgivare och personlig tränare.
Ebba Nyberg började också att hålla föreläsningar hos idrottsklubbar om riskerna med kosttillskott. Budskapet: Gör inte om mitt misstag.
– Det finns alldeles för lite information om vad som är tillåtet och inte. Jag kände en stor maktlöshet, säger Nyberg, som inte noterat någon tydlig attitydförändring till kosttillskott bland simmarna.
– Uppmärksamheten runt mig varade i för kort tid för att det skulle påverka. Jag har sett folk som har fortsatt att äta kosttillskott och det blir jag chockad över. Det är jättetråkigt. Redan när avstängningen kom bestämde Ebba Nyberg att den inte skulle innebära slutet för hennes simkarriär. Hon fick inte träna med sin klubb, utan åkte runt bland olika simhallar i Stockholmsområdet.
Inför comebacken tränade hon upp till 15 pass i veckan.
–  Jag vill inte sätta för stor press på mig själv, men jag hoppas kunna komma upp på elitnivå igen. Mitt första mål är SM i sommar. Fysiskt är det ingen tvekan om att jag håller. Om jag orkar mentalt är en annan sak.
Hur har reaktionerna varit över att du är tillbaka?– Jättebra. Jag har haft bra kontakt med flera av mina gamla tränare. Många blev chockade när jag sade att jag skulle fortsätta, men de har bara uppmuntrat mig. Jag har aldrig känt mig som en fuskare och de som känner mig vet att jag aldrig skulle dopa mig.

Petter Nilsson
Publicerat i DN Sport 20090420 10:04

Hamilton retires from cycling after positive test

Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton, once touted as the next great American cyclist and an heir to Lance Armstrong's throne atop the sport, ended his doping-tarnished career Friday by saying he tested positive for a banned substance and would retire.
Hamilton admitted taking an herbal product for two days in February to combat depression, knowing it included a steroid.
"There's nothing to fight about," the 38-year-old Hamilton told The Associated Press. "I took a banned substance. I accept the consequences. You make mistakes in your life and I accept the penalty like a man."
Hamilton will likely receive a ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that may range from eight years to life, a sentence that would have ended his racing days anyway.
"He has had a cloud over his career for a while now and the sport is better off without him," said Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union.
Hamilton's win at the 2004 Athens Games was overshadowed by a blood doping scandal. He tested positive for doping a second time later that year, served a two-year suspension and returned to racing early in 2007 — never revealing that he was fighting depression, which he said runs in his family. Going through a divorce and seeing his mother fight breast cancer made things worse in recent months, Hamilton said. Seeking relief, he took something called Mitamins Advanced Formula, billed as a "natural depression treatment with vitamins, herbs and supplements."
"Obviously, that was a mistake," Hamilton said.
In a statement, USADA said it will continue going through the process of issuing a sanction. "Although Mr. Hamilton has now retired from the sport of cycling and has publicly accepted responsibility, this is a pending matter and USADA will make an announcement of the final outcome and imposition of the exact sanction in accordance with the rules when the process is complete, which should be in the coming months," the statement said. The Mitamins product contains common things such as vitamins D, B-6 and B-12, along with thiamin, riboflavin and calcium. Each serving also contains 20 milligrams of a steroid called Dehydroepiandrosterone — DHEA, as it's known.
"Clinical research has suggested that taking DHEA orally might improve the symptoms of depression," reads the company's Web site.
Hamilton said the amount of the steroid found in his system was "so, so low" and that subsequent tests, including ones later that same week before the Tour of California, all came back negative.
"I took it to help my mental state," Hamilton said. "I did not, 100 percent, take it for any performance enhancement."
Hamilton said he was taking a prescription antidepressant called Celexa, and was feeling so badly a few months ago that he decided to double up on the dosage. After seeing no significant change in his mental state, Hamilton stopped taking the drug entirely.
He tried the Mitamins product, he said, on Feb. 6 and 7. USADA testers knocked on his door the next day.
"I was thinking everything would be fine," Hamilton said. "It might sound a little crazy, but I wasn't really worried. I wasn't really stressing about it. Maybe it's because of everything else I was going through. I don't know why."
About five weeks later, he learned everything was not fine.
Citing bronchitis, Hamilton did not ride in the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon in Spain — the race where Armstrong fell and broke his collarbone. And he was expected to be the leader of Rock Racing's team for a race in Portugal earlier this month, but was replaced on the roster shortly before that event.
At the time, few knew why.
"This is, for me personally, a really tough day," said Rock Racing owner Michael Ball. "My personality is to always fight for what I feel is right."
Others around Hamilton also encouraged him to fight the latest positive test. Hamilton's attorney, Chris Manderson, said they were mapping "several different strategies" including one to file a federal suit against USADA over the testing.
"Tyler has decided he does not want to pursue that route," Manderson said. "He wants to focus on the reasons why he did what he did and he wants to focus on getting better and getting on with his life."
Hamilton won the road time trial at the Athens Olympics, capping one of the finest days USA Cycling had known.
Americans won three medals that day on a road along the Saronic Gulf, with Hamilton's gold and Bobby Julich taking the bronze in the time trial and Dede Barry winning silver in the women's time trial.
Soon after, Hamilton's first positive test for blood doping came back, but he was ultimately allowed to keep the gold medal because his 'B' sample collected in Athens could not be properly tested. A month later, he tested positive again.
Hamilton has long denied participating in blood doping, the transfusion of extra blood that can increase endurance because more red blood cells are available to deliver oxygen to muscles.
For this latest positive test, he denied nothing.
"I knew it was banned," Hamilton said.
Hamilton briefly considered himself retired last year, then returned to compete in several races, plus won USA Cycling's road race national championship by less than one one-hundreth of a second.
He doesn't know what he'll do next, other than focusing on his health and family.
"This isn't about a test. It's a bigger issue," Hamilton said. "It's a disease that I'm going through, that my family has gone through, that I need to take care of. Cycling is just a sport, racing your bike from Point A to Point B. What I'm going through is so much bigger."

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer
Friday, April 17, 2009

Photo: Associated Press

torsdag 16 april 2009

"Som att läsa på toaletten, ungefär..."

Visst är stadier i livet ibland oerhört markant och visst kan förehavanden ibland förvåna dig själv. Ta bara detta med att läsa på toaletten. Detta för mig en oerhört absurd aktivitet när min ambition i detta rum alltid varit att gå in, göra det nödvändiga och sen get out. Så visst blev jag lite tagen på säng för en stund sedan då jag plötsligt satt där och mitt högra öga fick syn på en intressant headline: Prudhomme Exclusive: "Cycling is winning the war on doping". Helt klart fjolårets upplaga av en förlegad och förläst Procycling magazine min make "glömt" kvar men skadan var skedd. "Anyone cheating now is a dead man walking". Jag var fast. Flera minuter går, ja säkert 5! men fångad av Tour bossen Christian Prudhommes tankar och övertygelse om cykelsportens numera renhet hindrar mig att "gå vidare". Det känns riktigt bekvämt faktiskt. Frågan gäller Tour 2008. "There's a fundamental diffrence this year. I'm convinced of that, for the first time, cykling is going to get thorugh this. Why? Because the French Anti-doping Agency's testwork. And I am not saying that because they're a French organisation, but because they're independant". Och visst har han rätt, Prudhomme. Man bör kunna lita på en oberoende organisation. En försäkring för neutral hantering. Men, vi glömmer lätt de rigorösa krav och utbildningar som krävs för regelrätt hantering och utförande av dopingtester. Vem är ansvarig för att denna kunskap finns? Hos kontrollant och hos Chaperones. Här måste tid och resurser läggas. "Yes, there are people that cheats, as there are in every walk of life, but in cycling we now have the means to eliminate them"... ja, om det ändå vore så enkelt. Kombinationer av tradition och kultur, känsla och kunskap kvarstår och oberoende av sitt oberoende krävs alla dessa komponenter. Visst har cykelvärlden kommit långt och vi kan inte annat än beundra och ha enorm respekt för det antidopingarbete som görs i sporten. Men, det är som en en blick till höger och ett förehavande man aldrig förespråkat eller trott man skulle göra. Man plockar upp och man är fast. - Som att läsa på toaletten, ungefär...

Photo: Christian Prudhomme
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tisdag 14 april 2009

"It’s terrible what they did to Russian biathlon"

2006 Olympic biathlon champion Olga Zaitseva says she’s shocked by the current doping situation on Russia’s biathlon team, Novye Izvestia newspaper reports.
“I think it’s terrible what they did to Russian biathlon, such addiction to doping is absolutley unacceptable. I don’t want to condemn or justify anybody, but when I returned after a two-year break [because of marriage and the birth of a child] it immediately struck my eye that something is happening in the team,” Olga Zaitseva said.
Members of the Russian womens' team – Albina Akhatova and Yekaterina Yurieva, as well as Dmitry Yaroshenko from the mens' squad were banned from competition in February ahead of the World championships in South Korea after failing doping tests.
Olga Zaitseva also said the pressure on the Russian team during the doping scandal was very high.
“I didn’t read Internet articles at the World Championships to keep myself calm. We felt the pressure, but the girls and I tried our best not to pay attention to it,” she said.
Olga Zaitseva has performed superbly at the championship in Pyeongchang, bringing four medals to Russia – winning gold medals in the 12.5km mass start and the relay, and bronze in the 7.5km sprint and 10km pursuit.

13 April, 2009, 12:40

´SoKo Doping´ got Budapest blood centrifuge tip from Matschiner

Doping investigators have revealed that former 1,500-metre runner Stefan Matschiner led them to the blood centrifuge recently secured in Budapest.
Gerald Tatzgern, a spokesman for the Federal Crime Office (BK), said Matschiner had told "SoKo Doping" investigators about the gadget, which was then discovered in his flat in the Hungarian capital.
Matschiner is currently under arrest while investigations continue. He has recently been accused by his former protégé, cyclist Bernhard Kohl, as well by triathlete Lisa Hütthaler of having supplied them with doping substances.
Investigators are examining the blood centrifuge and hope to find fingerprints and DNA traces. BK spokesman Tatzgern said results could be expected after Easter.
Tatzgern dismissed media claims the centrifuge had been acquired by the Vienna-based Humanplasma institute, which has also been a target of investigations. The newspaper Kurier reported that athletes had headed to that venue in the middle of the night for blood manipulation. The paper added that such procedures had been going on for years. Tatzgern revealed investigators had learned the names of several suspicious athletes from statements made by Matschiner, Kohl and Hütthaler.
"It is up to the investigators to clarify whether those people had something to do with it," Tatzgern said.
Lisa Hütthaler, the former military triathlete World Champion, raised eyebrows yesterday (Tues) when she announced the end of her career – only one day after her ban from competition had been reduced to just 18 months. Initially, the 25-year-old had been given a tough six-year penalty, but the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) decided to reduce the ban significantly.
Hütthaler explained: "My past doping and the mental and physical consequences of it have had an effect on me. Now, other things have priority for me."
Hütthaler said she told investigators "all I know about doping" and confessed everything she had done in the past few years. The Lower Austrian stressed she had also provided details that otherwise might never have been uncovered in a bid to reveal everything and make a new start.
"I took the wrong turn at some point and made mistakes. Therefore, I am taking full responsibility," she said.

By Thomas Hochwarter
Austrian Times

onsdag 8 april 2009

German doping ruling angers victims and others

Hamburg - A decision by Germany's umbrella sports organization and Olympic Committee DOSB to allow five former East German athletics coaches to continue on their jobs despite doping confessions drew harsh reactions from victims and others on Tuesday. The five coaches - Klaus Baarck, Gerhard Boettcher, Rainer Pottel, Maria Ritschel and Klaus Schneider - on Monday admitted in a statement issued by the DOSB to their involvement in the state-run doping system of the former communist state.
"We knew we were breaking sports rules. But we felt legitimized by the orders of the state," they said.
The coaches said that refusal to give athletes forbidden substances would have put them into trouble with the authorities. They also said they regretted their action.
Ines Gneipel, a former East German sprinter and victim of the doping system, named the DOSB decision "a political perversion" and said it discredited the victims.
German scientist and anti-doping activist Werner Franke said the DOSB wanted to make the East's doping forgotten. Winfried Hermann from the Green Party said the interior ministry, which is responsible for sports, turned a blind eye when the coaches were taken over in the early 1990s.
The DOSB said that the coaches have supported doping-free sports ever since working for the unified athletics body DLV, and interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was time for reconciliation almost 19 years after german reunification.
Victims of the East German doping system have received compensation from the state in recent years.
But the doping issue continues to simmer in German sports, with biathlon's Frank Ullrich the latest coach accused of giving athletes forbidden substances. Ullrich has protested his innocence.

Posted on : 2009-04-07 | Author : DPA
News Category : Sports

Praktikant del 3

Hejhej :)

CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility på svenska ungefär="företagens medborgaransvar".
(Det kommer stå om CSR i vårat nyhetsbrev för april-juni och om Skandia och deras sammarbete med CSR. Annars går det att läsa om det på Wikipedia bland annat!)

CSR handlar ju om att sponsra någon/något, kanske ett företag som Ren idrott eller som en idrottsstjärna.
Många ser på företag som är inblandade med CSR som ett tryggt företag, någon man kan lita på o.s.v. Men om ett företag skulle sponsra en idrottsstjärna som sedan dopar sig, vad händer med tryggheten då?

Mia bad mig skriva om hur jag själv skulle reagera på det, och jag vet inte helt säkert faktiskt. Jag antar det beror på vilket företag eller vilken idrottsstjärna. Men om vi säger att min bank börjar sponsrar en idrottstjärna, en sprinter och 2 månader senare så dopar han/henne sig.. inte en sådan big deal antar jag.. jag menar det kan ju hända de flesta, att man ser upp till fel person..
Men jag skulle bli irriterad om idrottstjärnan fortsätter med doping och min bank fortfarande sponsrar.

Det här är svårt att skriva om och man vet nog inte hur man skulle reagera innan det faktiskt inträffar. Men jag skulle antagligen rycka på axlarna och tänka " åh, ännu en till idiot som dopar sig." Och sedan fortsätta med mitt liv.

MVH Elin

tisdag 7 april 2009

Nya misstankar riktas mot Andrus Veerpalu!

Enligt den österrikiska tidningen Kurier kan så många som 120 aktiva idrottare vara inblandade i dopningsskandalen kring skidledaren Walter Mayer, sportmanagern Stefan Matschiner och blodbanksföretaget Humanplasma.
Bland dem: VM-guldmedaljören Andrus Veerpalu.
Den största stjärnan av de namngivna är den estniske längdskidåkaren Andrus Veerpalu, som så sent som i vintras tog VM-guld. Under OS i Turin 2006 ertappades österrikiska ledare och aktiva med bloddopningsverksamhet och Humanplasma utpekades tidigt som en dopningscentral. Då talades det om cirka 30 inblandade aktiva, men åklagarkontoret i Wien rapporterade i januari 2008 att inga bevis gick att finna.
I förra veckan greps Walter Mayer på nytt anklagad för dopningsbrott begångna mellan 2002 och 2006. Den gångna veckan följde ytterligare gripanden, bland dem Stefan Matschiner. Och tidningen Kuriers rapporter om över hundra kunder inom skidskytte, längdåkning, alpint, simning och cykel gör att dopningshärvan växer.
Veerpalu ska ha vistats i Mayers stuga i Ramsau am Dachstein, som ska ha varit något av en samlingspunkt dit blod och dopingsmedel har kommit från Humanplasma, skriver lä Förutom Veerpalu utpekas bland annat österrikiske längdåkaren Christian Hoffmann. Hoffmann fick inte starta i Svenska skidspelen i Falun eftersom han hade för höga blodvärden. Toppcyklisten Bernhard Kohl, som åkt fast för dopning, har sagt att han och Hoffmann var med i samma dopningscirkel och att han fick sina preparat av Matschiner.

DN Sport: Publicerad: 2009-04-04

Armstrong rapped for drug-test attitude

PARIS (AFP) — A report has been compiled on the behaviour of American cycling legend Lance Armstrong during a recent out of competition drug test, the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) announced on Monday.
AFLD president Pierre Bordry revealed that he had sent the report to the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on March 30. He did not reveal the report's contents.
The AFLD sent a sample-taker to test Armstrong after a training session at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Cote d'Azur on March 17. The official took a sample of urine, blood and other bodily matter.
According to the AFLD, the sample-taker warned Armstrong that he would compile a report about his attitude.
"The UCI does not have jurisdiction to judge this case," said UCI press officer Enrico Carpani, referring to articles nine and 13 of the organisation's anti-doping legislation.
"As it concerns a test carried out by a national agency that happened outside of competition, it's the agency which has the authority."
The AFLD will await a response from the UCI before deciding whether or not Armstrong's behaviour constitutes an infringement of the world anti-doping code.

German coaches acknowledge doping

FRANKFURT -- Five track and field coaches who have acknowledged their doping past in the former East Germany will continue to work for the German federation.
Klaus Baarck, Gerhard Boettcher, Rainer Pottel, Maria Ritschel and Klaus Schneider signed a statement admitting that they had been involved in the comprehensive state-run doping system in the former communist state.
"We knew we were breaking sports rules but we felt legitimized by the orders of the state," the five said in the statement released Monday by the German Olympic Sports Union.
Refusal to give athletes the doping substances would have meant "ouster from sports and considerable professional disadvantages," they said.
The five said they were "deeply touched and regretful" about the health damages suffered by many athletes who took performance-enhancing drugs.
"After 20 years, it's time for reconciliation between the victims and the offenders," said German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, whose responsibilities include sports.
He said Monday there had been doping in both German states and "we should not be pointing the finger at the other side."

Associated Press

måndag 6 april 2009

Up to 50,000 Finns May Have Taken Sports Doping Substances

Little is known about the use of sports doping substances in Finland, but the Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the matter. Estimates are that up to two percent of Finnish men may have used a doping substance sometime in their lives. This would amount to more than 50,000 Finns.
According to an article in Sunnuntaisuomalainen, a Sunday supplement of a number of Finnish provincial newspapers, the ministry wants to launch a counselling service, where users of doping substances can anonymously ask for professional help form a health care worker.
Other Nordic Countries already have such a service. Sweden’s service has operated for 15 years. The use of performance-enhancing hormones and other substances by amateur athletes is seen to be a serious public health problem.
The typical Finnish user of doping substances is a young man working out at a gym hoping to increase muscle mass. A few months using anabolic steroids can help add muscle that might take years of training to acquire, even though the impact on health can be serious. In addition, users of doping substances are more likely than others to use illegal intoxicants. Researcher Mikko Salasuo, who is conducting the study for the Ministry of Education, says that the increase in the use of doping by amateur athletes reflects a change in attitude toward chemical manipulation of the body. Possession and use of doping substances is not a crime under Finnish law.
Finland’s Minister of Sport and Cuilture Stefan Wallin is not enthusiastic about the criminalisation of sports doping substances, because he feels that the law would be difficult to enforce. However, he would like to see new initiatives to keep doping substances out of Finnish gyms.

julkaistu tänään klo 17:35, päivitetty tänään klo 18:22 YLE

fredag 3 april 2009

Praktikant del 2

Hejhej! :)

Nu är jag här igen :D Jag vet inte riktigt vad vi ska skriva om idag?
Att det snart är påsk och det betyder ledighet! för de flesta i alla fall, inklusive mig :D jag har det till och med så lyxigt att jag har påsklov! Fy bublan va skönt :) Jag ska sporta då har jag bestämt! spring och åka längdskidor om det finns någon snö kvar?

Idag få jag jobba med bloggen! som ni ser :) men även göra en power point presentation om vad Ren idrott vi framför till oss ungdommar, jag försdöker få till en riktig skräckfilm så alla små barn blir livrädd för alla droger! :D

Kunde inte hitta något nytt i Media världen om dopingskandaler. Men igår eller om det var i förr går så stod det om statestik över hur många som använder doping som anabola steroider på gym i sverige. Enligt Aftonbladet så var det var fjärde man och var tionde kvinna(eller något liknande) men enligt DN så var det var 20 man/kvinna som använde doping på gym. De borde kanske granska sina källor?

Jag blev lite nyfiken på anabola steroider och dess biverkningar och det här var den bästa förklaringen enligt mig:
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Drogfakta 8
Anabola steroider och doping


Testosteron är ett manligt könshormon som bygger upp de manliga könsegenskaperna och bygger upp muskelmassan hos den som använder det. Testosteron är en steroid.
Anabola steroider är syntetiskt framtagna preparat som ger muskeluppbyggande effekter men som också har androgena (förmanligande) effekter. Dessa stannar kvar när man slutat att ta preparatet. Preparatet kallas därför också AAS (anabola androgena steroider). Medicinskt används preparatet ytterst begränsat, vid underfunktion av manliga hormoner, vid svåra blodsjukdomar och vid benskörhet hos äldre kvinnor.
Dopingen har istället blivit det område där steroider kommit att användas mest.

Utseende och form

Testosteron och anabola steroider finns att erhålla som tabletter, kapslar och ampuller. Det vanligaste AAS - preparatet på den illegala marknaden i tablettform är metandienon (metandrostrenolon) som säljs i form av runda vita tabletter, de finns även som femkantiga rosa tabletter. De är på 5 mg. De med rysk text på förpackningen kallas i folkmun för ryssar, ryssfemmor eller ryska vitaminer.
Det vanligaste injektionspreparatet är nandrolone decanoate. Injektionspreparaten är idag de vanligast använda.


Effekten av dopingpreparaten styrs av faktorer som, tid, mängd och genetisk kod. Det finns uppgifter som visar på prestationshöjande effekter på kort sikt men som samtidigt kan ge biverkningar och innebära att träningsresultaten utan dopingpreparat försämras som i sig gör att man måste fortsätta att ta preparatet för att kunna hålla den stigande prestation man eftersträvar. Aggressivitet och viktuppgång är negativa biverkningar som följer med dopingen. Kombinationen alkohol och doping kan bli ödesdiger när båda kan öka aggressiviteten.


Depression, ångest och sömnstörningar är problem som man drabbas av när man gör uppehåll mellan perioder av steroidmissbruk. Acne förvärras rejält hos personer som använder steroider, har man acne när man börjar missbruka blir effekten många gånger så kraftig att det bildas stora ärr som kommer att bli kvar livet ut.
Förhöjd aggressivitet är inte ovanlig hos steroidmissbrukare. Kraftigt utagerande i situationer som för andra ses som banala kan få ödesdigra följder. Dessa vredesutbrott kan i samband med alkohol förvärras ytterligare.
Tillväxthormonerna försvinner snabbare hos steroidmissbrukare, detta kan orsaka att ej färdigutvecklade tonåringar stannar i växten.

Steroider ger också förhöjda blodfettvärden som har till följd att det bildas kalkavlagringar i blodkärlen, vilket kan leda till försämrad blodcirkulation och även hjärtinfarkt. Könsdriften kan i början öka för att sedan avta helt. När man tar steroider tillbakabildas testiklarna vilket kan göra att man inte får tillbaka normal spermieproduktion och könsdrift.
Den vanligaste fysiska biverkningen är tillväxt i bröstkörtlarna, detta är oftast smärtsamt och måste repareras med ett kirurgiskt ingrepp då det inte går tillbaka av sig själv. Långvarigt bruk av steroider kan ge blodcystor i levern, både godartade tumörer och dödlig cancer finns dokumenterade som följdsjukdomar. När det gäller kvinnor så drabbas de på liknande sätt som ovanstående men de får även en mer maskulint formad kropp med basröst, skäggväxt, clitorisförstoring och menstruationsstörningar.

Fysiska kännetecken

Kroppen blir bullig och uppblåst på grund av vätskesamling i muskulaturen. Uppsvullet ansikte, speciellt kinderna och huden runt ögonen svullnar och blir stram. Acne särskilt på ryggen och axlarna och även i ansiktet. Håravfall och snabb viktökning.

Psykiska kännetecken

Ökat aggressivt beteende i kombination med kort ”stubin” och kraftiga humörsvängningar. Extrem kropps, kost och träningsfixering. Mellan missbruksperioderna är missbrukaren ofta nedstämd, rastlös och har sömnsvårigheter.

Många av er som läser detta kanske undrar varför doping tagits upp i Drogfakta. Verkligheten är att doping i kombination med alkohol och andra droger är ett gissel för de som hamnat i detta missbruk. Doping är en drog som finns i vårt samhälle och det är viktigt att redovisa så många olika droger som möjligt så att vi inte står handfallna då det kommer upp till diskussion om vi hamnar i samtal med andra människor. Om man inte vet vad doping handlar om eller känner sig osäker så kan det vara bra att vi har ett eget material att hänvisa till och det har vi nu i och med detta.

Det var väl allt för idag, Mia eller jag kanske fixar fram lite fler inlägg under dagen :)
Ha det så bra så länge :) och trevlig helg!
MVH Elin

torsdag 2 april 2009

Dwain Chambers gets support from Ed Moses

Ed Moses
The status of Dwain Chambers as the most divisive figure in athletics was underlined last night when an Olympic legend and anti-drugs crusader bucked the trend for moral condemnation of the disgraced British sprinter. Ed Moses, one of the most erudite and respected figures in the sport, said it was ridiculous and quite wrong that Chambers was effectively banned from top-level meetings.
Moses, who helped to initiate out-of-competition testing in the wake of the Ben Johnson scandal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, also accused the authorities of picking on their chosen “pariah” and called for counselling for dopers.
It was a reasoned argument that proved the issue of reformed dopers is not as black and white as either apologists or deniers would have it.
“The authorities were saying they wanted these athletes to come clean and tell us what they know,” Moses said. “He's done that and I always believed he has some knowledge about these matters.
“There's been a whole host of Olympic champions and athletes who have taken drugs since 2000 and been on the podium, so you can't discount what he has to say, much as you may not like him or have negative feelings about him, and it would be judicious to listen to him.”
Chambers's recently published autobiography opened a fresh can of worms and prompted Lord Coe to say that anti-doping campaigners would have to “hold their nose” when he competed. Moses provided a different perspective. Two 400metres hurdling golds from 1976 and 1984 and a place on UK Athletics' Anti-Doping Review Panel have not changed the American's view that Chambers has been unfairly singled out.
The best sprinter in Europe is in limbo because of the Euromeetings agreement not to offer invitations to those with two-year convictions. Torri Edwards, the American sprinter, ran at Crystal Palace last summer, but her ban had been reduced to 17 months. Moses said that was splitting hairs.
“I think that's ridiculous,” he said. “It makes no sense at all. If that's their stance, they should ban everyone who has been convicted of doping. If the promoters are serious, they should treat everyone the same way.
“It really comes down to the fact that, for whatever reason, he [Chambers] has been singled out. You can't say we don't want this athlete because he's dirty and then have another 20 athletes who are dirty, too.
“I can see why people were outraged [by Chambers's book] because what he has to say doesn't do the sport any good. However, if it is the truth, then the authorities should not be looking to chastise him for that.”
Moses was speaking after conducting a session with runners taking part in the Flora London Marathon. His role with Laureus's Sport for Good Foundation, which tries to bring about social change through sport and has pumped close to £20million into projects around the world, evinces a compassion that extends to helping the dopers.
“There's an obligation on the federations to provide some long-term treatment because it's a medical problem as well as a moral one,” he said. “Don't make a pariah out of someone. Enforce the rules and, after they pay the penalty, that's it.
“There are a tremendous amount of athletes who have been testing positive. To deny that and pretend it does not exist is doing a disservice to the sport. I don't care if you're an athlete or an administrator. The fact is nobody has wanted to deal with it for years.”
Much like another American statesman in London, Moses believes blame is less important than fixing the problem, but he said he has seen encouraging signs. “I've seen a change of attitude among governing bodies and especially Wada [the World Anti- Doping Agency],” he said.
“It's getting harder. Out-of-competition testing is better. But the police are not going to catch every drug dealer or gunrunner and they are not going to get everyone who takes performance-enhancing drugs.”

Rick Broadbent, Athletics Correspondent

onsdag 1 april 2009


Hej, idag är första april och det betyder dags för skämt :) Någon som blivit lurad än? Inte jag i alla fall! *Stolt*.

Idag är det praktikantens tur att blogga, eller P-J om du skulle fråga min far(P-J = Praktikant-Jävel).
Jag heter Elin, jag går första året på gymnasiumet och praktiserar på Ren Idrott, som ni kanske förstår. :)
Jag får mest utföra administrativa arbeten(papper, papper och änu mera papper) men även äta bullar med Mia och prata en massa :) (Mia gillar att prata, Mycket!)

Men senare idag ska jag och Mia ut för att springa.. För det ingår i hennes arbete, att hålla sig i form och vara ett bra föredöme för alla unga, att man ska hålla kroppen i trim och låta bli droger/doping. Och det tycker jag är bra. Skitbra rent ut sagt och jag borde också börja träna. Men det är så trögt att komma i väg, men så fort det blir vår och lite ljusare och en aning varmare så ska jag börja. Jag lovar, även om jag inte har lika mycket energi som Mia så är det i alla fall en början. :)

Jag har inte läst ett enda av de inläggen som finns på den här bloggen, men Mia bad mig att skriva om det jag gör här, tror jag i alla fall.
jag vet inte riktigt vad jag ska uttala i denna blogg, att man ska ge fan i droger, doping, alkohol, tobak och allt sådant skit?! Det skadar bara din hälsa, dina sinnen och för det mesta dina närmaste.

Var stark! Stå emot. Man är bättre som man är på riktigt utan tillskott av ihop blandat hokuspokus.

Ha en trevlig första April! Glöm inte bort att lura någon(med måttliga medel) och ut och RÖR på er!!! :)

// MVH Elin :)