D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for violating PED policy

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The NFL announced Tuesday that Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been suspended for four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Jackson, 33, leads the Colts in tackles. He’s in his third year with the team after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Browns.

Jackson previously has never missed a start with the Colts.

The four-game suspension means Jackson is done for the regular season and can return to the team should the Colts qualify for the playoffs. At 6-6, the Colts are in a three-way tie atop the AFC South the with the Texans and Titans.


Injecting natural oil to increase muscle mass can be harmful

These are often less costly than other synthetic compounds (Photo: AFP)

Steroid use among bodybuilders to bulk up muscles is well known. Other compounds may be used, including natural oils.

London: Gym-goers, take note! Using natural oil injections to improve muscle definition may harm your body, warn doctors including one of Indian origin who reported a serious complication experienced by an amateur bodybuilder in the UK.

The 25-year-old man was referred to hospital because of pain and loss of function in his right arm over several months.

An ultrasound scan showed a rupture in his triceps – a rare condition in young patients – and multiple cysts within the arm muscles, said doctors including Ajay Sahu from London North West Healthcare NHS Trust in the UK.

He had taken up bodybuilding four years prior and attended the gym three times each week. He admitted to injecting coconut oil and other concerning practices to improve his muscular appearance.

He was using non-prescribed and self-administered insulin, vitamin B12 injections, steroids, and protein supplements, they said.

These practices resulted in numerous adverse reactions, including seizures, infections, and a range of conditions, some of which required surgery. Surgery to repair the rupture in his arm was successful, said doctors.

However, he continues to practice unsafe techniques to achieve his desired body image, despite being advised about the potential future risks, they said.

Steroid use among bodybuilders to bulk up muscles is well known. Other compounds may be used, including natural oils, such as sesame oil, walnut oil and paraffin.

These are often less costly than other synthetic compounds and are an attractive option, particularly to amateur bodybuilders.

Use of natural oils for this purpose is well known among Arab and Middle Eastern communities and on internet sites, but there is not much information about the practice in medical literature.

“The few cases of natural oil self-inoculation formally reported are likely to be the tip of the iceberg,” the doctors said.

“We need to be aware of these cases to enable correct clinical diagnoses and also to recognise other self-abusive and potentially life-threatening practices which may be seen in conjunction,” they added.

The study appears in the journal BMJ Case Reports.


Steroids found inside ISIL training center

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MOSUL, Iraq — The bunk beds that fill the rooms sleep more than 80 recruits of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On the walls, posters detail the components of Russian Kalashnikovs and American assault rifles.

One sign reminds the trainees that victory comes from long fights and pain – rewards come later: “Remember that we didn’t come for this life, we came for the afterlife.”

Spread across several large houses, the “Sheikh Abu Samaya Ansari Camp” was discovered this week by Iraqi forces as they pushed deeper into the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, which ISIL militants have been fighting bitterly to retain.

It is the first military training centre that the Iraqi forces have found in the city since they began an offensive to retake it more than six weeks ago.

Since then, ISIL’s grip on its most prized urban centre in Iraq has slipped. But the terrorist group is still inflicting heavy casualties on advancing Iraqi forces, waylaying them with car bombs and street-to-street fighting.

The documents and learning aids left at the training centre highlight the mix of guerrilla and conventional warfare tactics – combined with religious indoctrination – that make the group such a formidable foe. They show a detailed level of military planning and training, drawing manpower and expertise from around the world.

Loveday Morris / Washington PostAn Iraqi counterterrorism officer looks at a list of city rules on the wall of an Islamic State training center in the Zuhoor neighborhood of Mosul on Dec. 2, 2016

The sign for the training camp’s armoury was written in both Russian and Arabic. A carbon-dioxide canister, probably for use in an air rifle for target training, was also marked in Russian.

Thousands of Russian passport-holders have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIL militants, making up as much as 8 per cent of the group’s foreign fighters, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Most come from the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.

“This was an initial step for new recruits,” said Brig. Gen. Haider al-Obaidi, a commander with the Iraqi counterterrorism troops that retook the camp and interviewed residents in the area. “We think they were mostly Iraqi, with some foreigners. They were mostly training on Russian weapons, so maybe some foreigners were training them.”

Felipe Dana / Associated PressSafety workers try to extinguish fire from a burning oil field in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.

Neighbors said the fighters did not interact with them.

“We’d see them go in and out, but they’d have their faces covered,” said Mohammed Muthafer, who lives across the street.

“This is my room; I watched them sometimes,” he said, pointing at his house. “But they covered all the windows.”

Buses would ferry recruits in and out, but their windows would also be blacked out so it was not possible to see them, he said. A building next door was previously used to house women, including a Russian and one from Tajikistan, he said, adding that suicide bombers would “party” with them before their final missions.

Since seizing Mosul 21/2 years ago, ISIL has embarked on an ambitious program of state-building, complete with bureaucracy and thorough record-keeping. The documents that the militants left behind when they moved out more than a month ago shed light on the group’s inner workings.

One printed sheet detailed the equipment that fighters were told to take on operations. In addition to weapons and ammunition, each group should have two TNT mines and 10 molotov cocktails, it said, as well as a shovel, ladder, hammers and nails, and stretchers.

Fighters also were instructed to take two large smoke bombs, or four small ones, night-vision goggles and binoculars. The list continued in minute detail: a knife, torch, lighter, first-aid kit and small notebook and pen.

A set of dumbbells lay in a hallway of the centre, and half-used packs of steroids in one room. In another, bundles of long, beige Afghan-style tunics and pants favoured by the group were strewn across the floor.

One sign urged the “mujahid” to keep clean and quiet.

The recruits were apparently tested on their knowledge of weapons.

“Name the firing positions for a 7.62mm Kalashnikov,” read the first question on one exam that was left behind. “What’s the maximum range?”

Other documents detailed the health of fighters, noting their pulse rates and blood pressure.

Hadi Mizban / APIraqi Army soldiers secure streets in a recently liberated village occupied by Islamic State militants outside Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

It is unclear how old the recruits were, although Muthafer said the militants targeted young teens in the area. Since beginning to take ground in Iraq nearly three years ago, ISIL militants have tried to build their legacy by focusing on indoctrinating the next generation.

“In the mosques they’d order us to go for jihad, but you’d have to really want it and get a recommendation,” he said. “People my age, they didn’t really bother, but 12- or 13-year-olds, they’d talk to them in the mosque and in the street and try to convince them.”

ISIL has separate training camps for its “cubs of the caliphate,” but there were indications that some of the trainees housed at the center might have been young. Outside one building, an exercise book included lessons on the basic tenets of Islam. On one page, a short entry titled “The aeroplane,” was written in a childish scrawl.

Felipe Dana / Associated PressA boy plays with a homemade toy gun in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

“At morning the sound of the airplanes is very loud, it’s choking us,” it read. “The infidels have no mercy. We are very afraid of the pilot.”
On the wall of a large room, a list of rules for the city was laid out like a constitution.

“All people, you have tried the secular regime, you’ve lived under many eras,” it said. “Now this is the era of Islamic State.”

It praised the group’s “victory in the city” and the release of thousands of prisoners held in Iraqi jails. “Islamic State keeps moving,” it said. “We will never go back.”

But slowly, Iraqi security forces are winning back land here in the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The car bombs, which at one point numbered about 25 a day on this eastern front, have dropped to around five, counterterrorism officers said.

The militants’ resources appear to be dwindling, and much of the population of Mosul has turned against them.

“I’d wish you’d push them out,” said one man as he approached the counterterrorism forces outside the former training camp, pointing toward the streets behind him as gunfire rang out.


Amateur Bodybuilder Treated After Injecting Himself With Coconut Oil

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This obsession with body image is getting really crazy!

Doctors are warning about the practice among bodybuilders in the UK of injecting substances such as coconut oil to enhance their muscle shape. The extent of the practice is only coming to light due to the case of a young man being admitted to hospital with loss of function in his right arm, but medics are warning this is potentially only the “tip of the iceberg.”

“Alarmingly, this practice used for the short-term enhancement of muscular appearance seems to come at a significant cost,” write the authors of the case study published in BMJ Case Reports. “There is a risk of long-term muscle fibrosis, deformity and irreversible loss of function.”

The practice has been brought to light due to an occasion where a 25-year-old amateur bodybuilder was treated for pain and loss of function in his right arm. He told doctors he’d taken up body building four years earlier, but that he’d had trouble moving his arm for a few months. An ultrasound of the arm revealed that not only had he ruptured his triceps, but that there numerous cysts inside his arm muscle.

Despite being reluctant to talk at the start, the man eventually revealed that he had been injecting his arm with coconut oil to improve the aesthetics and contouring of his muscles. While the self-administering of steroids is a well-known practice, the extent of using other compounds, such as walnut oil, sesame oil, and paraffin, is less well established and not really recognized among medical practitioners. People are turning to them as cheap and easy to get hold of alternatives to anabolic steroids.

The doctors think that it is unlikely that the rupturing of the tendon that connects the triceps to the bone near the elbow – an injury that is rare in younger people – was related to the coconut oil, and is more probably linked to the fact that he was also taking steroids at the same time. But the cysts forming in the muscles were almost certainly the result of injecting the coconut oil into them. It also turned out that the patient was taking non-prescribed insulin and vitamin B12 injections.

“The long-term impact of this practice on the musculature itself, as well as potential adverse effects compromising health and sporting ability, lack thorough description,” the authors continue. “We need to be aware of these cases to enable correct clinical diagnoses and also to recognize other self-abusive and potentially life-threatening practices which may be seen in conjunction.”

Not only is there the threat of developing cysts, but the experts also warn of causing potential blood clots if the injections hit a blood vessel. Needless to say, the doctors recommend against such practices in all situations.

Horse Trainer disqualified for 3½ years over steroid use in stable

DEVASTATED Wodonga trainer Brian Cox plans to fight a three-and-half-year disqualification imposed on Tuesday by the Racing Appeals and ­Disciplinary Board.

Cox, 63, plans to lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Unless VCAT grants him a stay of proceedings subject to his appeal being heard, he must clear his stables of the 25 horses he has in work by midnight on Tuesday.

Cox said he was finished with racing if he failed with his appeal and would not bother to reapply for a licence when eligible in May 2020.

In one of racing’s most controversial cases, Cox was found guilty of several charges after a stewards’ raid on his stables on March 10.

Trainer Brian Cox will appeal against his 3½ year ban. Picture: Ian Currie

The board disqualified Cox for three years on four charges of administration of a banned substance, 12 months on a charge of possession of a banned substance, six months on two charges of improper conduct for manhandling stewards and three months for providing false and misleading information.

Several of the bans will be served concurrently, meaning the board, comprising chairman Judge John Bowman, Darren McGee and Shaun Ryan, imposed a total penalty of three years and six months.

And veterinarian Dr Robert Fielding, 66, who provided Cox with the banned short-acting anabolic steroid, Nitrotain, was told by the board he had narrowly avoided being warned off as it would have damaged his “fine reputation”. He was fined $20,000.

The board said the manhandling charges were serious and related to physical contact with stewards Dion Villella and Rhys Melville.

“There is no excuse for the way Mr Cox behaved towards them once it was apparent that they had found, or were about to find, the Nitrotain,” it said.

Asked last night if he regretted his clash with the stewards, Cox said: “Not regret, but the way I handled myself. They made me out to be an outlaw. I didn’t bash them. I am not a murderer. But I have three things wrong with me — anxiety, depression and rheumatoid arthritis.”


Superstar Aamir Khan Body Transformation For Movie Aided By Steroids?

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Aamir Khan body transformation from 213 pounds to a fit and fabulous six pack was not an easy task for the 51-year-old actor. The Bollywood superstar has been making headlines for his upcoming wrestling movie “Dangal.” Even though the actor has mentioned following a strict diet plan, transforming the body with only diet and a heavy workout is not enough to reach the goal in a short amount of time.

Recently, the superstar shared a video through Facebook to show his efforts on heavy weight exercises. Although the video was already viewed by more than 16 million fans, it has raised doubts about his considerable transformation.



Khan is recognized for his realistic approach towards his character in numerous movies. Right from movies like “Ghajini” and “3 Idiots,” the actor seamlessly transformed his body according to his role. In the video itself, the actor said that he didn’t believe in using body suit or any other artificial things to support his physical appearance in the movie.

Although the video shows the actor performing heavy lifts and strict diets, it is nearly impossible to transform the body from fat to fit in just 5 months. It may be possible that the actor allegedly used steroids, which might help him to achieve faster results.

Other speculations about Aamir Khan body transformation is health issues. Any person who sheds 40% of body fat at a fast pace might suffer from a lethal health hazard. Contrary to this, Khan seems so healthy and excited about his transformation. This is a vital point of argument regarding the authenticity of his body transformation.

Meanwhile, the success of his upcoming movie is solely dependent on his performance. But it seems that Aamir Khan does more than what’s needed to truly portray his role.


Which Supplements, if Any, May Be Worth Your Money

Hardly a day goes by that people don’t tell me that one or more dietary supplement has cured or prevented an ailment of theirs or suggest that I try one to treat a problem of my own. And I am not immune to wishful thinking that an over-the-counter vitamin, mineral or herb may help to keep me healthy or relieve some distress without having to see a doctor.

I have succumbed to several popular suggestions, including melatonin and magnesium to improve my sleep, glucosamine-chondroitin to counter arthritic pain and fish oil to protect my brain and heart. I take these even knowing that irrefutable, scientifically established evidence for such benefits is lacking and I may be paying mightily for a placebo effect.

But as a scientifically trained journalist, I feel obliged to help others make rational decisions about which, if any, dietary supplements may be worth their hard-earned dollars. I’ll start with the bottom line on the most popular of these, the daily multivitamin/mineral combo: If you are a healthy adult with no known nutritional deficiencies, save your money.

An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that evidence is lacking for or against the ability of a multivitamin to prevent chronic disease. The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the United States Preventive Services Task Force, among others, have found no role for a one-a-day supplement to prevent cancer or heart disease; they recommend instead a balanced diet with a variety of foods as likely to be more effective than any capsule.

This does not mean that people shown to be deficient in one or another nutrient should refrain from taking a medically recommended supplement. For example, now that doctors routinely test for vitamin D levels, especially in older adults, nearly everyone I know, myself included, is taking 1,000 international units or more of this nutrient every day, primarily to support bone health. Without sufficient vitamin D, the body doesn’t absorb enough calcium and phosphorus from the diet to keep bones strong. Nonetheless, it has not yet been proved that vitamin D supplements prevent fractures.

People’s calcium levels, too, may be problematic following a significant decline in Americans’ milk consumption in recent decades, even though calcium sources like yogurt, cheese and ice cream remain popular. By consuming adequate amounts of calcium-rich foods, including fat-free milk (lactose-free) and dark-green leafy vegetables, I’ve been able to skip a calcium supplement, which can be constipating or worse.

An analysis of 15 studies in 2010 suggested that calcium supplements raised the risk of a heart attack by about 30 percent although the latest guideline, based on observational studies, suggests no excess cardiovascular risk from a combined calcium intake of 2,500 milligrams from food and supplements. Calcium taken as a supplement can also result in kidney stones and gastrointestinal problems, risks that some researchers concluded were not justified by its limited ability to prevent fractures.

While the findings were both supported and countered by subsequent research, many experts emphasize that diet is the much preferred source of calcium, reserving supplements for people who already have osteoporosis, have broken bones or face a significant fracture risk.

For adults over 50, blood levels of vitamin B12 can become low enough to compromise healthy brain and muscle function. Animal protein foods are the primary dietary source of this nutrient, but if stomach acid levels are low, it cannot be separated from its carrier protein and thus is not well absorbed. A B12 deficiency can be detected with a blood test and, if confirmed, countered with a daily supplement of perhaps 500 or 1,000 micrograms.

Then there’s fish oil, usually taken in hopes of preventing heart disease and cognitive decline. The supplements contain two key omega-3 fatty acids important to brain function and preventing inflammation, a significant factor in heart disease. I began taking fish oil supplements many years ago hoping to counter the effects of a rising cholesterol level.

However, a 2013 study of more than 12,000 patients at high risk of a heart attack found no protection from fish oil supplements. And another major study that year linked fish oil supplements to a raised risk of prostate cancer, especially an aggressive form of the disease, suggesting that men may be better off getting these fatty acids from a serving or two a week of an oily fish.

Magnesium, a mineral important to muscle function, is another supplement growing in popularity. People who routinely take acid-suppressing medication and those with kidney disease or Crohn’s disease can develop a magnesium deficiency, which can be detected with a blood test. Best sources of this mineral remain foods like spinach, nuts, legumes and whole-grain cereals.

However, studies have not borne out claims that magnesium supplements can prevent muscle cramps and especially night leg cramps, though they seem to have helped me and a friend of mine. I also find them useful to counter a chronic problem with constipation.

But for some people, magnesium supplements are not without risk. In doses above about 250 milligrams, they can cause diarrhea and may interfere with certain medications, including antibiotics and diuretics. People with a chronic illness are advised to consult their doctors before investing in a magnesium supplement.

Another much-touted up-and-coming supplement is turmeric, a popular seasoning in Indian cuisine and agent used in traditional Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. A friend believes that a daily dose of turmeric helped to relieve persistent plantar fasciitis, enabling her to once again jog and play tennis. Animal studies suggest it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties, although the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says too few studies in humans have been done to confirm or refute any purported medical benefits.

The jury is also out on glucosamine/chondroitin. Despite considerable testimonials of the supplements’ ability to relieve arthritic pain, the largest controlled clinical trial found no benefit beyond a placebo.

Whether supplement advice comes anecdotally from friends or stems from the findings of a scientific study, the checkered history of benefits and risks suggests caution.

Case in point: Based on considerable suggestive evidence, a large government-sponsored study tested the ability of selenium and vitamin E to lower the risk of prostate cancer. Alas, the men who took vitamin E developed significantly more cancers than those on a placebo and those taking selenium were more likely to develop diabetes.


Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium

After three women who finished ahead of her were disqualified for doping at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the American high jumper Chaunté Lowe, above, moved up to third place.

After disclosures of an extensive, state-run doping program in Russia, sports officials have been retesting urine samples from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, in Beijing and London. Their findings have resulted in a top-to-bottom rewriting of Olympics history.

More than 75 athletes from those two Olympics have been found, upon further scrutiny, to be guilty of doping violations. A majority are from Russia and other Eastern European countries. At least 40 of them won medals. Disciplinary proceedings are continuing against other athletes, and the numbers are expected to climb.

Anyone looking at the record books for the Beijing and London Games might think them an illusion. Medals are being stripped from dozens of athletes and redistributed to those who were deprived a spot on the podium.

“The numbers are just impossible, incredible,” said Gian-Franco Kasper, an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee. “We lose credibility. Credibility is a major concern.”


The results of the retests are coming at a time of intense international scrutiny on Russian athletes. The country’s longtime antidoping lab chief in May described an elaborate doping program and cheating scheme, and nearly a third of Russia’s Olympic team was barred from the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The three women who finished ahead of Ms. Lowe in 2008 — from left, Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko of Russia, and Vita Palamar of Ukraine — were disqualified for doping.CreditDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press; Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 The Olympic committee announced penalties for 16 athletes last week and another 12 on Monday. Suddenly — and unceremoniously — some undecorated Olympians are inheriting medals for their performances eight years ago. Even some sixth-place finishers are discovering that they are bronze medalists.

“This completely rewrote my Olympics story,” said Chaunté Lowe, an American high jumper who participated in four Summer Games but had never won a medal.

Sitting at home last week, Ms. Lowe received a curious Facebook message from a German athlete against whom she competed in 2008: “Congratulations, bronze medalist,” it read.

After three women who finished ahead of Ms. Lowe were disqualified for doping — Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko of Russia, and Vita Palamar of Ukraine — she moved up to third place, newly successful in a jump she took when her 9-year-old daughter was an infant.

“I kept doing the math,” said Ms. Lowe, who originally finished sixth. “Wait: 6, 5, 4. … Oh my gosh — they’re right. I started crying.”

Accompanying the joy of her belated recognition, she said, was an awareness of the opportunity costs she suffered. In 2008, her husband was laid off. The couple’s house in Georgia was foreclosed on that year, something Ms. Lowe said would not have happened had she distinguished herself in Beijing.


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“I was really young and promising at that point, and sponsors were interested in me,” said Ms. Lowe, now 32. “A lot of interest goes away when you don’t get on that podium.”

Edwin Moses, the American Olympic hurdler and chairman of the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said it was difficult to measure the “agony of winning and losing, of having medals ripped away.”

“I don’t know how you recover those damages,” he said.

The Olympic committee generally coordinates with the federations that govern each sport, along with the national Olympic committees of the affected countries, to collect medals from penalized athletes and redistribute them. Of the athletes so far implicated in the retests, a vast majority competed in track and field events and weight lifting.

It is standard practice for Olympic officials to store urine samples for up to a decade so they may conduct additional tests if they obtain new information. While the first wave of retests began last year, the longtime director of Russia’s antidoping laboratory told The New York Times in May about a cocktail of banned substances that he used to improve the performance of scores of Russian athletes over the past several years.

Dr. Olivier Rabin of the World Anti-Doping Agency, who has been collaborating with the Olympic committee on the retests, confirmed that officials had been informed by disclosures regarding specific drugs Russian athletes used.

“Clearly when you look at the findings, they correlate with the intelligence about Russia,” Dr. Rabin said.

Nearly all of the violations, across nationalities, were for the anabolic steroids Stanozolol or Turinabol, the very substances that notoriously fueled East Germany to global dominance in the 1970s and 80s. A rash of Turinabol violations have also recently cropped up in major and minor league baseball in the United States.

“The good old-fashioned drugs work very well for strength,” Dr. Rabin said. “There’s a reason they’re still around.”

The drugs were not detected by the Olympic committee’s drug-testing lab years ago, during the Games, because the science at the time was not sensitive enough to detect such small residual concentrations, according to Dr. Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director of the I.O.C.

New testing methods have increased the period of time during which long-familiar drugs can be detected in the body.

“Science progresses every day,” Dr. Rabin said. “Just over the past probably five years, the sensitivity of the equipment progressed by a factor of about 100. You see what was impossible to see before.”

Rarely are doping violations found during the Games. At the London Games, the Olympic lab found only eight possible violations, a fraction of the dozens more exposed this year.

“It’s sad to say,” Ms. Lowe said, “but a lot of times when you go to these competitions, you’re like: Just get close enough to top three because you never know who’s going to test positive.”

As the I.O.C.’s retests continue, the standings of the past Winter Games may be upended, too. Officials have focused on samples from past Summer Games this year, seeking to ensure they caught possible cheaters who were eligible to compete in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the I.O.C. is expected to turn its attention to samples from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Officials have already scrutinized some 500 samples from the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, but the I.O.C. has not provided details on how many violations were discovered.

“The I.O.C. cannot and will not issue further comments with regard to this process, nor will it answer questions, at this point in time,” a spokeswoman wrote by email on Monday regarding the tests from the Turin Games.

As fallout from the Russian doping scandal continues, medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics are also likely to be called into question, particularly after the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes the results of an investigation into Russian athletes who doped in Sochi and had their violations concealed by a government-coordinated operation. That group includes at least 15 Russian medalists, the nation’s former antidoping chief told The Times.

Such a sizable number of violations by one country’s delegation at a single Olympics could prompt sports officials to consider penalties ahead of the next Games.

“To say that justice is being served is very pretentious,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti, chairman of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and former president of the International Tennis Federation. “But we’re on a path forward.”

Mr. Kasper, the Swiss I.O.C. executive who also oversees the sport of skiing, had a more pragmatic perspective. “We need to stop pretending sport is clean,” he said. “It’s a noble principle, but in practice? It’s entertainment. It’s drama.”


Olympics Find That Over 75 Athletes Abused Steroids in 2008 and 2012 Games

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Of these athletes, over 40 won medals.

Following the exposure of a massive state-run doping program in Russia, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) is retesting thousands of urine samples taken during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and Beijing and London, and many samples have come back positive, costing athletes their Olympic medals, according to news reports.

The first two waves of retests have shown that over 75 athletes were guilty of abusing steroids during the Games, although The Guardian reports this number could be as high as 98. Of these athletes, over 40 won medals, according to the The New York Times

Gian-Franco Kasper, an executive board member of the IOC, told The Times, “We lose credibility. Credibility is a major concern.”

However, the IOC is confident that the results of the Rio Olympics will not be called into question. The organization released the following statement, according to The Guardian: “To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.”

Of the 16 athletes named last Friday in this latest doping scandal, 15 were Russian, leading officials to believe that the state-run doping program (in which urine samples were swapped out in the dead of night) may have extended to other Games. Russia still hasn’t admitted to the doping program, despite a push from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

As a result of these revelations, some athletes have been stripped of their medals, and others, like the United States’ Chaunté Lowe, have retroactively received Olympic honors.




The Pressure On Men To Look Buff & The Abuse Of Steroids

Pressure On Men To Look Buff And Steroid Abuse

A well built physique indicates discipline, a tamed lifestyle and a go-getter attitude. It’s hard to fathom the years of hard work and innumerable sacrifices made to establish the ethic of fitness which eventually leads to sculpting a commendable physique. But then again, that’s too much philosophy there. Let’s put it like this way- dudes want to look buffed. Period. As big as possible, as shredded as possible and that too, in the least amount of time possible. Here’s exactly where the word ‘fitness’ is thrown out and a path is carved for steroid abuse and eventually, demeaning smaller guys. On one hand, there are guys who have wrecked their organs and in the pursuit of getting ripped and on the other, there are dudes who are facing body image issues. Here’s what you really need to understand.

Unrealistic Fitness Standards Will Always Be Advertised. It’s in Your Hands To Fall For Them Or Not

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Crib as much as you can. Protest as much as you can. Shredded fitness models will still grace the covers of fitness magazines, setting unachievable standards. Selling unrealistic fitness standards is a billion dollar industry and it’s not going to be destroyed by your online rants. So shut it. The best you can do is to educate yourself about fitness. It’s hard, it’s long and it can get tiring. You’ll also get very impatient. Find yourself better coaches. Turn away from any coach who recommends steroids and promises wonderous results with zero nutrition.

Professional Bodybuilding And Fitness Are Two Different Things

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Bodybuilders sit at the epitome of human discipline but they also sit at the epitome of relentless drug abuse. Hate it or hate it more, this is a fact. Of course drugs are used in other sports as well but the extent to which drugs are used in bodybuilding is hard to put in words. The human body can’t grow as bodybuilders do. It’s simply impossible. The extreme drug use at professional level bodybuilding alone negates it from being even a sport, let alone looking up to it as an example of fitness. Extreme bodybuilding is not fitness. Till the time you are natural, it’s all good. It takes years of religious training and precise nutrition to get where a drugged bodybuilder can get under a year. Now you do the math!

The Drug Fuelled Quest To Become Abnormally Big And Inhumanly Ripped

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Again, the issue of drug use and getting jacked is incredibly interconnected that you just can’t ignore it. Everybody loves shortcuts and steroids provide you just that. It’s not only the pros who are sticking needles in their asses, chances are that almost every other guy at your gym is either on a cycle or is thinking of getting on one. Juicing is prevalent and so is running away from putting in time and effort. Skinny guys want to get big quicker and desi gym trainers want to make money, the abyss starts here.   Don’t let drugs guide you!

Juicing Is No Joke. If Not Sooner Than Surely Later, Abusing Steroids Can Kill You. Stay Natural, Be Patient And Work Hard!

Pressure On Men To Look Buff And Steroid Abuse © ironmagazine

Steroid use yields tremendous results and this becomes an addiction. Once you are hooked, it’s hard to turn around. If you do get off this addiction, getting back to normal is very difficult, both mentally and physically.  No matter what juice you are on, abusing it can literally kill you or impair you for life. You need to understand how anabolics function. Learn first, and then apply them. There’s a difference between application and abuse. But if you are out there to just cut fat and put on some lean muscle, you don’t need juice.

The Big Muscular Corpses

If you still refuse to work hard and aren’t willing to put in time, here is a list of professional bodybuilders who died following steroid abuse. (Putting down their names and the reason of death, you can Google their participations.)

1) Dan Puckett: Died from heart failure in 2007, age 22.

2) Mat Duvall: Died from a heart attack in 2013, age 40.

3) Trevor Smith: Died from a heart attack in 2004, age 30.

4) Robert Benavente: Died from a heart attack in 2004, age 30.

5) Andreas Munzer: Died from multiple organ failure in 1996, age 32.