Has sport given up on enforcing steroid rules?



POSTED BY Ed (19 mths ago)
Athletics doping crisis is just another reason to allow drugs in sport

Sport is already about who has the best resources, so let's just be honest and allow performance-enhancing drugs too

Another week, another doping scandal in professional sport. It turns out that some people can run extraordinarily fast for very long distances might have had some chemical assistance. Who'd have thought it, eh?

What happens next is predictable too. The relevant authorities will deny there's a problem, then order an investigation that finds a few bad apples who are tossed out, but the whole hypocritical barrel will go rolling on.


As the Balco scandal confirms --- if athletes are going to dope --- and they do it properly --- it is nearly impossible to catch them...

BALCO did not achieve professional success until the summer of 1996 with the addition of NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski to its client list. From there Conte began acquiring additional high-profile athletes with his special concoction of undetectable drugs, manufactured by rogue Illinois chemist Patrick Arnold.

Arnold created a wide range of substances, that when used in a cycle could go relatively undetected by drug testing, even on the Olympic level. Five different types of drugs along with mineral supplements were used to achieve optimum results.

Tetrahydrogestrinone, THG, or "The Clear," is a designer anabolic steroid that affects the user like other anabolic steroids, making muscles bigger and stronger. THG was the main steroid distributed by BALCO with the other products more of a regimen to heighten its effects according to an individual athlete's body.[2]

Conte, Arnold and Anderson continued selling these substances undetected from 1988 until 2002 when the official federal investigation of BALCO began. Parallel with this investigation, the USADA began its own covert investigation of Conte and his operation. In the summer of 2003, USADA investigators received a syringe with trace amounts of a mysterious substance. The anonymous tipster was Trevor Graham, sprint coach to Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.

The syringe went to Don Catlin, MD, the founder and then-director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, who had developed a testing process for the substance, tetrahydrogestrinone (THG). [3] Later that year, the Chicago Tribune named Catlin Sportsman of the Year.[4]

He tested 550 existing samples from athletes, of which 20 proved to be positive for THG. [3]

Athletes including Kelli White, British sprinter Dwain Chambers, shot putter Kevin Toth, middle distance runner Regina Jacobs, and hammer throwers John McEwen and Melissa Price were subsequently incriminated in the investigation.[5]

More https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BALCO_scandal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Jones never tested positive .... but admitted to use of steroids after she was outed in the Balco scandal...

The dilemma - how can you test for a substance --- if you do not know it exists? The labs will always be onto the next thing....


Ed (19 mths ago)
PEDs aren't associated with the NHL in the way they are with MLB and the NFL. Many NHL fans I spoke to assumed that the only players who might dope in the NHL would be hulking enforcers. But given that fighting and enforcers are declining across the league, there is a pervasive misconception that using PEDs would not benefit NHL players who rely on speed and skill.

University of Western Ontario associate professor Ken Kirkwood, who specializes in researching the ethics of performance-enhancing drug use, believes there's a drug out there for every type of NHL player.

"Steroids are very versatile," Kirkwood says. "They don't just make you big and strong. They can make you faster, they can allow you to recover quicker. They allow you play and train harder the next day. How you use them is up to you. If you're going to be a big power forward and you need to be 220 pounds, but you need to be a lean 220, there's tons of people who would know what drug to put you on. If you're going to be 185 pounds, but you're going to be a Darcy Tucker-style player, then there's drugs to keep you going in that regard as well.."

"You never know what guys do away from the rink to get to the next level," says former Toronto Maple Leaf Boyd Devereaux, who also spent time with the AHL's Marlies.

"Because you're in the same city as the big club in Toronto you're seeing the glitz and the glam and on Saturday night the city is buzzing. You're so close, you're right on the doorstep. It might influence guys to go down the wrong direction."

"Hockey is a team game but there's definitely guys that are doing their own thing in the AHL," says Devereaux.

"You're watching highlights all day long and you're hyper aware of guys in the big club getting injured. Of course when players get called up you're happy for your teammates but you want it to be you. My time in the AHL opened my eyes to the pressures that guys go through to get to the next level. It's a tough, physical, and fast league and you take a beating. Players do whatever they can to get to the next level."

"I have to say here that tough guys weren't the only players using steroids in the NHL," wrote Laraque in his 2011 autobiography Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy. "It was true that quite a lot of them did use this drug, but other, more talented players did too.

Most of us knew who they were, but not a single player, not even me, would ever think of raising his hand to break the silence and accuse a fellow player. I don't like snitches and will never be one."

More https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/steroids-concussions-and-the-nhls-future

Ed (19 mths ago)

Ed (18 mths ago)
All Blacks pair 'took steroids' in the 1990s

Two All Blacks in the 1990s have been accused of taking steroids in a new book by Jack Ralston.

The former coach of Olympic gold medallist Hamish Carter does not name the two players but The Press gained an early edition of his biography The Sports Insider due to go on sale next week and in it he wrote: "People might be stunned by this but I know at least two All Blacks in the 1990s who responded to demands that they bulk up by taking steroids."

Ralston was the New Zealand Rugby Union's head of sales and marketing between 1997-99. He has also been on the payroll at Netball New Zealand, Gymsports NZ and as a coach worked for Arthur Lydiard during a lengthy career in New Zealand and international sport.

The highly regarded Ralston, who also enjoyed a stint with Nike and worked with sporting icons such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Carl Lewis, worked with the All Blacks in a commercial capacity during their failed 1999 Rugby World Cup campaign.

The coach of that team, John Hart, yesterday told The Press he had "never heard" of All Blacks taking steroids in the 1990s.

"I never saw it on my watch. It would surprise me greatly," Hart said.

"It's very easy to make those comments. From my knowledge, [there was] none at all."

The captain Taine Randell echoed Hart's comments and turned the screws on Ralston.

"I know Jack," he said.

"He is a good man. But for him to come out with those comments and not name names is gutless. He has cast aspersion on a lot of people and I can say that during my time with the team I saw none of that."

Ralston defended his book and said he stood by the claims when interviewed by The Press yesterday.

"I am saddened that Taine is upset and he would be the last person I would point the finger at as he was big. It was the smaller guys who needed to put on muscle and bulk who were under pressure and for rugby to think this did not go on is silly. They have their heads buried in the soil."

He added yesterday he "never saw" any All Black ingest steroids. "But at least two confided in me they had bowed to the pressure to bulk up and were taking them" and that they told him in confidence and he therefore declined when again pressed to name names.

"But with the passing of time they may now feel as if they are in a position to speak about it publicly."

The NZRU did not respond to the accusation yesterday.

The book paints an unflattering picture of several high profile sports identities, including Hart, who asked Ralston to do mental skills work with the All Blacks before the world cup.

Ralston also writes he was phoned by the then NZRU chairman after the All Blacks lost to France in the 1999 semifinal and asked to speak to the players "to keep them motivated" as Hart was "visibly deflated" after the defeat.

Other 90s All Blacks declined to comment on the record but all were upset at Ralston's accusation.


unattendedbag (18 mths ago)
Even golfers have been caught taking PED's...it's not just about getting "big", it's also about "recovery" and being able to practice longer and/or extending careers in some cases.

You can't allow drugs in sports, otherwise you punish those peope who choose not to use them. Governing bodies of sports should be funded to research better methods of testing and detecting PEDs and then the punishments for those caught cheating should be more severe.

Ed (18 mths ago)
Yes of course - Lance Armstrong was not bulked up - yet he was using steroids HGH etc...

As the medical professor states:

"Steroids are very versatile," Kirkwood says. "They don't just make you big and strong. They can make you faster, they can allow you to recover quicker. They allow you play and train harder the next day. How you use them is up to you. If you're going to be a big power forward and you need to be 220 pounds, but you need to be a lean 220, there's tons of people who would know what drug to put you on. If you're going to be 185 pounds, but you're going to be a Darcy Tucker-style player, then there's drugs to keep you going in that regard as well.."

unattendedbag (18 mths ago)
Then their are drugs taken during the time of performance as well..

You have drugs that control emotions or more specifically adrenaline and heart rate. Golfers are known to take beta-blockers to keep their heart rate down. This helps calm the nerves over a 6 foot putt. These are same drugs people take before public speaking in order to relax and give a better presentation.

Conversely, you have stimulants which make you more agressive. These were widely taken in America Football when I was growing up.

Ed (13 mths ago)
A HEALTH scientist convicted of importing performance-enhancing supplements has worked with the cream of Australia's sporting talent over the past decade.

John Pryor, a self-described ''fitness trainer to the big boys of sport'', has worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach to elite sporting teams including the Wallabies from 2004-07, the Brumbies in 2004 and the Waratahs in 2007.

On the website of his health and fitness consultancy, which specialises in musculoskeletal disorders, he claims he also worked with the Brisbane Broncos. However, a club spokesperson said he was ''never employed'' and was invited as a guest to just one Broncos training session, in 2009.

More http://www.smh.com.au/sport/top-sides-signed-up-convicted-scientist-20130223-2ey7o.html

Ed (13 mths ago)
Rugby union has a doping problem, with one former international coach claiming that there has been ‘institutionalised drug-taking’ since the game turned professional.

But The Mail on Sunday has spoken to a former international coach who believes it is naive to think the problem is limited to young players trying to take a short cut to the professional ranks.

Speaking to this newspaper under condition of anonymity, the former coach, who has worked extensively in England, says he walked away from the professional game in disgust at the scale of drug-taking.

‘I’m sure there was the odd player taking drugs before the sport went professional,’ said the former coach. ‘But what I found abhorrent was the institutionalised drug-taking that came in in the professional era.

‘Players are being told to bulk up, and it’s being spelled out to them in no uncertain terms that the way to bulk up is to take drugs.

‘You can’t become as big as the players are becoming without a serious amount of drug-taking. Once a core of players take drugs, get bigger and win places, the only way other players can compete is by taking drugs too. It’s a problem that has engulfed the sport and I wanted no part of it. Be assured, you don’t get a physique like a modern-day rugby player by eating grilled fish and doing press-ups.’

The size and power of professional players has increased dramatically in the past two decades. An investigation by The Mail on Sunday earlier this year found that the average weight of an international player today is more than two stones greater than when the game turned professional in 1995.

‘I’d been getting under pressure. A lot of people say you’ve got the skills and stuff — you just need to put on weight, get bigger,’ said Chalmers, who is serving a two-year ban after testing positive for two anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under 20 training camp in 2013.

‘One day, I just thought I’ll get what my friend’s taking. I didn’t look into it; I didn’t think about it at all, the effects, or if it could hurt me. But when you want something so bad, you’ll do anything.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2863758/Rugby-s-drug-problem-exposed-RFU-boss-admits-realise-s-issue-addressing-it.html#ixzz4eqMk5ebD

Ed (13 mths ago)
Steroid users include firefighters, teens, elite hockey players

The convicted steroid dealer said his customers were young and old, both men and women, spread across numerous Canadian provinces.

The dealer, who is under house arrest, a condition of his sentencing after police found more than $200,000 worth of steroids in his home during a raid, agreed to speak to TSN and CTV/W5 about his once flourishing business.

He sold steroids to everyone from teenaged girls looking for a "six pack," to firefighters anxious to improve their fitness level before photo shoots for fundraising calendars, to "elite level" hockey players.

"Everybody is doing it," said the dealer.

And I had elite hockey players who know the testing schedule out of season and know enough to take drugs like EPO that require a blood test to catch. They know the tests for those drugs are more expensive and less likely to be used by sports leagues."

The dealer declined to identify any of his onetime customers.

More http://www.tsn.ca/steroid-users-include-firefighters-teens-elite-hockey-players-1.393107

Watch documentary http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=750236

Ed (13 mths ago)
Part two: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=750246

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