September 30, 2020

Anti-Doping

Why Ordinary People Should Fear the World Anti-Doping Agency

Elite athletes may have little to fear from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) as doping in sports persists unabated. However, ordinary people should be afraid of how WADA’s increasing influence in national policy affects them.

The United States Government recently mandated that a sports nutrition company comply with aspects of the WADA Prohibited List as part of a criminal plea agreement.

The government did not simply require that the company produce dietary supplements compliant with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the Anabolic Steroid Control Acts or any other relevant local, state and federal laws affecting the dietary supplement industry. The United States felt it necessary to incorporate a moral agenda above and beyond existing law into the plea agreement.

WADA supposedly exists to keep athletes in sports from doping. However, WADA’s dangerous influence threatens to influence laws that will affect tens of millions of ordinary people around the world who are not competitive athletes and have no aspirations of sports competition. They are simply individuals who are looking to feel better, to look better and to perform better with the help of supplements. [Read more…]

You Can Be Healthier Doing the Tour de France on Steroids

Former professional cyclist Christophe Bassons describes a doping philosophy where sometimes it is “healthier doing the Tour de France on drugs than without anything.” In an interview with CyclingNews.com, Bassons attempts to explain the larger perspective in which doping occurs in the sport of professional cycling. Bassons characterizes the doping issue as much more complicated than the usual contexts in which it is discussed e.g. healthy vs. unhealthy, good vs. bad, right vs. wrong. [Read more…]

Steroid Users in the NBA? OJ Mayo and Rashard Lewis

There has been another “steroid suspension” in the NBA – but it is really only for DHEA. The NBA suspended the basketbally player O.J. Mayo for after he tested positive for DHEA. The use of DHEA is a violation of the league’s SPED policy (steroids, performance-enhancing drugs and masking agents).

Sportswriters are mistakenly reporting that Mayo is the second basketball player in the NBA to test positive for DHEA. Orlando Magic Rashard Lewis did not test positive for DHEA. [Read more…]

Lance Armstrong vs. Anti-Doping Movement: Who Is Really Defrauding the Government?

The United States government wants to charge seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong with “conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking and defrauding the U.S. government” according to Sports Illustrated.

Everyone in the world knows that the goal of this exercise is simply to prove that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and make a moral statement that steroid use is bad. [Read more…]

Alberto Contador Clenbuterol Case Highlights Problems with Zero-Tolerance Policy

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador may have used performance-enhancing drugs en route to a victory at the 2010 Tour de France. One doesn’t need to believe Contador is “innocent” to recognize significant problems with the anti-doping rules regarding clenbuterol. [Read more…]

Waterloo Steroid Scandal Punishes Innocent Football Players

Two former University of Waterloo football players who transferred to another college in order to fulfill their dreams of playing college football were denied eligibility. The former Warrior football players had to seek another college football program after the Waterloo Warrior program was shut down for a year after a steroid investigation.  The harsh sentence for the football team has been criticized for punishing innocent players who were not involved in doping. [Read more…]

Floyd Landis Advocates Medically-Supervised Doping

American cylist Floyd Landis advocated medically-supervised doping in a recent interview with CyclingNews.com. Landis was caught using the anabolic steroid testosterone after he won the 2006 Tour de France and was stripped of his title. He has since admitted to using testosterone, human growth hormone, erythropoietin (EPO), insulin and frequent blood transfusions throughout most of his professional cycling career. He thinks that anti-doping agencies have lost the cat-and-mouse game with most athletes using performance-enhancing drugs and still avoiding detection. He feels the only rational solution is to legalize doping and allow athletes to be monitored for health. [Read more…]

Steroid Testing in the NFL is a Failure

A new report suggest that while the NFL’s Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances is a public relations success, its effectiveness at actually reducing steroid use among football players may be a failure. The Wall Street Journal recounts an incident last week where a reporter observed a player receiving advance notice of a steroid test from the team’s head trainer. Doping flourishes in sports like cycling and track and field which are subject to the most rigorous drug-testing standards presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Other sports, such as NFL and MLB, have much more lax anti-doping rules.Anti-doping experts feel that the NFL might as well abandon drug testing if they are going to give advance notice to players. [Read more…]

Patrick Arnold: Prosecuting Lance Armstrong Doesn’t Change Reality of Doping in Cycling

Patrick Arnold criticizes the government’s prosecution of famous athletes such as Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong in a new article on his website. Patrick is the organic chemist who introduced previously undetectable designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) to the world of competitive sports. He discusses the public apathy towards steroids use in sports, the use of taxpayer money to fund the steroid witch-hunt, and the relevance of the steroid-related doping investigations. Among other things, he states that prosecuting Lance Armstrong doesn’t change the reality of doping in cycling. [Read more…]

Chael Sonnen and the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Defense

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen recently appeared before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to appeal a suspension after testing positive for anabolic steroids (testosterone) at UFC 117. Sonnen’s suspension was reduced to six months from one year. The CSAC seemingly accepted Sonnen’s defense of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The Chael Sonnen appeal, broadcast live on the internet, exposed a commission entirely unprepared to deal with the controversial issue of testosterone replacement therapy. [Read more…]