The trouble with Ostarine: Jimmy Wallhead’s
16th March 2018
Twenty one athletes from 12 countries, competing in 13 sports, were involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light during the two weeks to 9 December 2022. Cases involved three US athletes, including a Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, sanctioned after investigations by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) revealed that supplements containing prohibited substances not listed on the label were responsible. All of the supplements involved in the three cases were added to USADA’s High Risk List, which now contains 725 supplements.
The International Testing Agency (ITA) announced the completion of reanalysis of samples collected during the London 2012 Olympics. The project, which was begun by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has resulted in 73 anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) and the reallocation of 46 medals in four sports.
Athletics and Weightlifting accounted for 64 of the 73 ADRVs, and Russia accounted for 21 (29%) of the 73 ADRVs. The ITA said that most of the cases involved detection of anabolic steroids using the new Long Term Metabolite (LTM) test that was not available in 2012.
The 73 ADRVs represented 2.7% of the 2,727 samples reanalysed – a higher return rate than observed in ordinary testing. Analysis of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2018 figures revealed that just 0.62% of tests result in an ADRV.
Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player Brittney Griner is back in the US after spending ten months in a Russian prison, after the US agreed to return arms dealer Viktor Bout (Ви́ктор Бут) to Russia. Bout has been detained in Russia for 12 years.
Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after bringing cannabis in vape form into Russia, which she argued was a mistake. She was charged with the illegal transfer of narcotic drugs.
Griner’s release was welcomed by the US Department of State, which added that it would continue to campaign for the release of Paul Whelan, a former Marine who has been detained in Russia since December 2018 on espionage charges. In 2020, the BBC reported that Russia was keen to exchange Whelan for Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko (Константин Ярошенко), who has been accused of smuggling cocaine.
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Ryan Forshaw (UKAD Statement);
Lindsey Scherf (USADA Statement);
Andrea Pizzeghella (NADO Italia Statement);
Hassan Mead (USADA Statement);
Christian Rodriguez Ocasio (USADA Statement);
Sidney Andrew (USADA Statement);
Uroš Avramović (ADAS Statement);
Gil Roberts (USADA Statement);
Kamil Majchrzak (ITIA Statement);
Mikhail Stepanov (RUSADA Statement);
Mikhail Sonin (RUSADA Statement);
Vladislav Demichev (RUSADA Statement);
Svetlana Ananyeva (RUSADA Statement)
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