[Cevdopagem] Athletes Told To Avoid Self-medication...

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Athletes Told To Avoid Self-medication

Luanda, 17/01 - The Secretary General of the Angolan Soccer Federation 
(FAF), Augusto Silva "Alvarito", Monday in Luanda advised national sportsmen 
to avoid self-medication in order to prevent involuntary doping.

Intervening in the TV programme "Jogo Aberto" (open game), he justified the 
alleged innocence of national athelets over the use and consumption of 
unknowm medicines, in an attempt to solve some health problems.

To him, such attitute perhaps has to do with the situation of conflict the 
country had been plunged into in the past years, which prompted the 
appearance of more diseases that led many people to self-medication.

Some players with the Angolan national soccer team selected for the African 
Cup of Nations have been submitted to doping tests and the results are still 
to be released.

He added that this voluntary, preventive and safety action is of exclusive 
responsibility of the institution he heads, and similar measures should be 
extensive to other sporting modalities in the country.

Referring to the recent case of Yamba Asha soccer player, who was diagnosed 
with a substance prohibited by FIFA during the game against Rwanda, in 
Kigali, "Alvarito" advised players to avoid self-medication and advised them 
to see physicians in case of illness or injuries.

The Angolan soccer team, which has just finished a traineeship program in 
Spain, plays a friendly match with Moroccoo today, in Rabat. Its debut game 
in the ACN happens on Saturday against Cameroon.


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Cuba satisfied with anti-doping tests leading up to Central American Games
By Anne-Marie Garcia
Special for Granma International

CUBA has expressed satisfaction over the decision to carry out anti-doping 
tests on its athletes before their participation in the Central America and 
Caribbean games in July, because it will contribute to the competition being 
“cleaner.”

“It is important for this to be done before the Games, because it will 
contribute not only to the competition being cleaner and more transparent, 
but also the preparations,” said Mario Granda, direction of the Sports 
Medicine Institute, in comments to Granma International.

Granda, who is also director of the Cuban anti-doping laboratory, praised 
the decision by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization 
(ODECABE) to demand that all delegations selected by that body’s medical 
commission undergo surprise tests before the competition in Colombia.

The official explained that the testing system implemented in Cuba entails 
that “70% of the controls are done outside of competition, particularly 
before international events.”

Granda also noted that while the fight against doping in Cuba includes 
control and sanctions, “we put emphasis on informing and educating our 
athletes, trainers and family members.”

Inaugurated on February 13, 2001 by President Fidel Castro, the Havana 
laboratory carried out 1,800 tests in 2005 during national and international 
competitions inside and outside of the country, according to its director: 
“300 more than the minimum established by the World Anti-doping Agency.”

Like all laboratories, the one in Havana reports on “negative and adverse” 
outcomes, Granda explained, “but positive cases must be reported to the 
authorized medical commission.”

The Cuban institution’s 34 workers have all the resources they need to carry 
out any kind of tests, in spite of difficulties in buying certain implements 
due to the U.S. blockade against the island; since the lab’s opening, the 
blockade has resulted in $571,000 in additional costs.

While he affirmed that “our guard will never be let down,” Dr. Granda also 
expressed that he is realistic: “doping will always be around as long as 
there is commercialization of sports, businessmen and publicists who promote 
their use, or unprincipled doctors, trainers and athletes who tolerate it.”

There is “doping for the poor and doping for the rich,” he noted. The poor 
one “is detected by all the labs,” while the rich “is promoted by people who 
make money from discovering substances that are hard to detect.”

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Banned Bulgarian Tennis Diva "Decided and Did It"
Sports: 17 January 2006, Tuesday.

Bulgaria's tennis hopeful, Sesil Karatantcheva, who was banned from playing 
for the next 2 years on doping charges, maintained her version of a "health 
condition" during a televised interview.

"I just decided that I wanted to do it, and I did it, and then things got 
out of control," Karatantcheva said for private bTV channel, hinting at her 
alleged pregnancy that had caused the high levels of nandrolone in her 
blood. She explained that when she took the decision to "do it" she was not 
aware of certain protection issues and then it just happened.

With these words she more or less affirmed that her defence does indeed base 
itself on an unsuccessful pregnancy. "You are a man and I do not expect you 
to understand," Karatantcheva said to the morning talk-show host. "I just 
wanted to do it, took the decision and did it."

The decision for Karatantcheva's 2-year-long ban was announced by the 
International Tennis Federation (ITF) on January 11. The punishment is in 
effect as of January 1, 2006. Karatantcheva will also have to part with all 
the points that she had won after the Roland-Garros in 2005 and with the EUR 
110,000 and USD 129,000 that she had received for her wins.

A sample that the young tennis hopeful had provided on 31 May 2005 at Roland 
Garros, and another conducted out of competition in Tokyo on 5 July 2005, 
tested positive for the banned steroid according to the ITF.

Karatantcheva can appeal the ITF's decision within three weeks of its 
announcement.

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