Archives for July2012

Are the Chinese swimmers doping?

LONDON - At 16, the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is one of the youngest competitors in the Olympics and so far the most remarkable. What she has done in the pool is the water-based equivalent of what Usain Bolt did on the track four years ago in Beijing.

On Saturday night, Ye not only shattered the world record in the 400 individual medley, winning gold in 4 minutes 28.43 seconds, she also swam the final 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte did in winning the men's race.… Continue Reading...

Rafael Palmeiro into Mississippi HOF

JACKSON, Miss. — Rafael Palmeiro is now a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He hopes someday Cooperstown comes calling as well.

But he’s not going to grovel.

“My lobbying was done on the field,” Palmeiro said. “That’s it. I’m done lobbying. If that’s not good enough, I’m not going to beg these writers who have the power of the vote.… Continue Reading...

Texas releases 2011-12 Anabolic Steroid Testing Report

The University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for high school athletics in Texas, released its 2011-12 Anabolic Steroid Testing Report late Friday, and the good news is the testing program appears to be working.

Under the program, administered by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, 3,311 tests were administered from the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2012, covering 21 spots and 217 schools.… Continue Reading...

Albanian Pulaku: 2012 Olympics first doping cheat

Athletes need to be in peak physical condition to be able to compete in the Olympics. And while the majority of the 1,000+ summer athletes do so without the use of illegal substances, the International Olympic Committee still has administered close to 1,000 drug tests for these Games.

Hysen Pulaku became the first to be removed from competition in London, after testing positive for anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

Big-league message for children

Big league dreams got a real-life workout on Tuesday when Busch Stadium hosted 100 young baseball and softball players from the Belleville Khoury League.

The boys and girls took batting practice, stretched in the outfield and ran the bases.

“It feels like you made the winning run,” said Shelby Fetterer, 10, of the Hotshots softball team.

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Greek athlete sent home after testing positive for Johnson steroid

LONDON ­­­-­ Greece's world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis withdrew from the London Olympics on Thursday after testing positive for the drug Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used before the 1988 Seoul Games.

The flag of Greece is pulled down after a welcoming ceremony for it's Olympic team ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park on July 26, 2012.  Greece's world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis has pulled out of the London Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance, the athlete's father said on Thursday.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Johnson's fall from grace is still the biggest doping scandal in the history of the Games and humiliated a jubilant nation.

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Chinese doctor reveals state-sponsored doping

Chinese Olympians were subjected to a state-sponsored doping regime in the 1980s and 1990s, a retired chief medical supervisor revealed to Australian media on Friday.

Xue Yinxian, the former chief doctor for the Chinese gymnastics team in the 1980s, said steroids and human growth hormones were officially treated as part of “scientific training” as the country emerged as a sporting power.

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Anti-Doping Research Gets Creative

Scientists work hard to keep up with ever-evolving performance enhancement techniques that go undetected by existing tests.

This summer's Olympics are set to be the toughest yet for substance-abusing athletes. Traditional tests are already identifying cases like Morocco's Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, a gold-medal hopeful in the 1,500 meters who is now barred from competing in London after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide, which can help mask the use of steroids and other illicit substances.… Continue Reading...

107 athletes banned for doping in lead-up to Olympics

LONDON (AP) - More than 100 athletes have been kept out of the London Olympics because of doping suspensions.

World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey on Tuesday announced the results of a program designed to test athletes under suspicion before they arrived in London.

In the six months to mid-June, at least 107 athletes drew doping bans, ruling them out of the games.… Continue Reading...

Drug-free bodybuilding competition

A bodybuilding competition being held in North Vancouver this weekend will showcase bulging biceps, ripped abs and other sights spectators have come to expect from the event, according to organizers.

One element that is all too common in the sport will be missing, however: drugs.

International Natural Bodybuilding Federation Canada’s Vancouver Cup, slated to take place at Capilano University July 28, is billing itself as a steroid-free competition.… Continue Reading...