The Canadian Football League (CFL) is the only professional sporting league in North America that has not yet implemented steroid testing for its football players. Former WADA chief Dick Pound had previously called the CFL a “summer camp” for NFL players suspended for violations of the NFL policy on anabolic steroids and related substances [Read more...]
Since doping is not a crime in Germany, German prosecutors sued cyclist Jan Ullrich for fraud based on evidence of the use of bannedand performance-enhancing drugs (“ ,” April 12).
Disgraced former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich is to pay out a million euro fine to end a fraud case which German prosecutors have been investigating,reported on its Web site Saturday.
Prosecutors accused the 1997 Tour de France winner of taking performance-enhancing drugs, leading under German law to fraud charges against the 34-year-old on the basis he deceived the public, sponsors and his team.
The United States does not have laws that specifically criminalize doping in sports. However, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990, passed as a direct result of doping scandals in sports, criminalizes the non-medical uses of anabolic-androgenic steroids. One of the primary objectives for the act has been to combat “cheating” in sports although it has been largely ineffective for this purpose. Instead, the federal government has had some recent success using laws to prosecute athletes who use steroids. Maybe sports fraud prosecutions will join perjury as an additional way of making examples out of “immoral” athletes.
Many sponsors have pulled out of the sport of professional cycling which has been plagued by numerous steroid and doping scandals e.g. [Read more...], and . But the doping scandals have not deterred from making large financial investments in cycling. Michael Ball, cycling enthusiast, head fashion designer and CEO of has committed to a 5-year sponsorship of , a national professional cycling team; the team is also supported by Cadillac, Scott USA and Shimano. (HED because of doping controversy.)
The Steroid Nation [Read more...]has some very insightful by , a journalist for the German national newspaper , on the recent . It seemed to me that the recent German reporting, lawsuits, apologies, and financial conflicts of interest were problematic for arriving at the truth in the Humanplasma Lab case. Kalwa discusses Germany’s unique relationship with doping and the threats to independent journalism when it comes to covering doping scandals.
The Humanplasma Lab in Vienna, Austria has been under investigation for allegations of performing [Read more...]for athletes. No athletes were initially named until the German television station ARD linked as clients of Humanplasma Lab Tour de France riders Michael Rasmussen (Denmark), Michael Boogerd (Netherlands), and Denis Menchov (Russia) as well as several other cyclists, biathletes and cross-country skiers, two-thirds of which were German athletes.