Hoot’s Corner

Dick Pound to lead WADA panel into allegations of systematic Russia doping

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chairman Dick Pound speaks at a WADA symposium at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, in this January 29, 2004 file photo. (STR)

Former World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound will lead the body’s investigation into allegations of systematic doping in Russia.

WADA announced Tuesday that Pound will head a three-person independent panel that will investigate the “grave” accusations of widespread doping, corruption and coverups in Russia that were broadcast by German television network ARD.… Continue Reading...

Senate approves bill to protect consumers from steroids

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday to end a loophole that allows designer anabolic steroids to easily be found online, in gyms, and even in retail stores.  The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Orrin Hatch, will help protect consumers from these harmful products by properly classifying them as controlled substances, according to a statement released by Hatch’s office Friday.… Continue Reading...

IOC to spend $20M to fight doping, match-fixing

LONDON (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is putting up $20 million to fight doping and match-fixing – considered the two biggest threats to the credibility of the games.

New IOC President Thomas Bach announced the funding projects Saturday following an unprecedented four-day ”brainstorming session” with his executive board in the Swiss resort of Montreux that focused on key issues for the future of the Olympics.

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Australia: Rise in cases of male breast reduction surgeries blamed on steroids

STEROIDS and obesity are to blame for a spike in male breast reduction surgeries, experts say.

New Health Department figures show 252 WA men were diagnosed with gynaecomastia, or excess breast tissue, last year – an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year.

The number of men undergoing mastectomies for the condition has also increased, up 41 per cent over the past 10 years, with boys as young as 15 going under the knife.… Continue Reading...

Senate makes designer steroids a controlled substance

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to prohibit the use of designer steroids.

H.R. 4771, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, adds “anabolic steroids” to the list on substances included in the Controlled Substances Act.

Use of the steroids have been linked to deaths.

The House passed the bill in September, meaning it now heads to President Obama’s desk before being signed into law.… Continue Reading...

Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Welcomes Passage of Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today welcomed the passage of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014, a measure that will protect consumers from potentially dangerous anabolic steroids falsely marketed as dietary supplements. The bill will now be sent to the President’s office to be signed into law.… Continue Reading...

UK: Bentley owned by steroid dealer sold for over $50,000 at auction

Cookie Amin’s silver Bentley

A SILVER Bentley owned by the frontman of an illegal drugs business has sold for over £32,000.

The vehicle was sold on online auction site eBay in a bid to claw back funds made illegally by steroid dealer Cookie Amin.

Using the Proceeds of Crime Act, Nottinghamshire Police seized Amin’s continental coupe after he was convicted of producing and supplying anabolic steroids in a multi-thousand pound drugs business.… Continue Reading...

Russia: Systematic doping in the sport of walking

Football, baseball, bodybuilding, badminton, curling, ping pong . . . . now, walking!


MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s race walking center was banned for four years on Tuesday following an investigation into claims of systematic doping.

Viktor Kolesnikov was found in possession of “banned substances and banned methods,” the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said.… Continue Reading...

Australia: Pharmacist Debarred From Dispensing Drugs for 30 Years

One pharmacist who illegally supplied steroids to bodybuilders will not be filling prescriptions any time soon.

Frank Balestra, who owns a pharmacy in Innaloo, Australia, admitted to professional misconduct after he illegally dispensed approximately 100,000 drugs that included steroids, stimulants, and human growth hormones to bodybuilders, according to PerthNow. Now, Balestra will not be able to reapply for a pharmacy registration for the next 30 years.… Continue Reading...

Australia: Police arrest personal trainers, supplement store managers in steroid raids

PERSONAL trainers and managers of supplement stores have been arrested after detectives smashed an alleged steroids ring linked to the Lone Wolf bikie gang, uncovering 3000 steroid capsules and more than 100 bottles of steroids and human growth hormones.

Supplement stores in Arana Hills, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Morayfield and Browns Plains were raided, along with homes of personal trainers in Eight Mile Plains, Bundamba, Mudjimba, Elimah and Marsden.… Continue Reading...