[Cevdopagem] DAILY SPORTS NEWS – JANUARY 20 2006

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Chambers runs into trouble on comeback race

By Duncan Mackay

Friday January 20, 2006

The Guardian

Dwain Chambers' hopes of returning to the track next month on the completion 
of a two-year doping ban could be delayed by an investigation by the 
International Association of Athletics Federations, which may not allow him 
to run again until he has returned a six-figure sum in prize money.

The 27-year-old Londoner yesterday announced plans to compete in the 60 
metres at the Norwich Union AAA Indoor Championships and world trials in 
Sheffield on February 11. But the world governing body is investigating 
claims that Chambers made in an interview with the BBC last month that he 
started taking the designer anabolic steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 
2002, more than a year before he tested positive.

During that period Chambers was one of the world's highest-paid athletes and 
in September 2003 equalled Linford Christie's European 100m record of 
9.87sec, a performance that was worth an estimated $150,000 in prize money 
and bonuses. Under IAAF rule 40.11 Chambers is not eligible to compete again 
until he has repaid all the prize money he earned during that time, which 
amounts to some $250,000 (£142,000).

The IAAF has received copies of the Chambers interview with the BBC and 
after the head of the anti-doping unit Dr Gabriel Dolle has studied them he 
is expected to decide Chambers has a case to answer and will refer the 
matter to UK Athletics, which may block his return.

"We are waiting upon instructions from the IAAF," a spokeswoman for UK 
Athletics said last night. "We have complied with the anti-doping rules so 
far and will continue to do that. We await the results of their 

If Chambers misses the AAA Indoor Championships, it would rule him out of 
challenging for a place in Britain's team for the world indoor championships 
in Moscow in March. Under the rules of the British Olympic Association, he 
is already banned from representing Britain again in the Olympic Games.

Chambers may now be regretting his honesty in admitting to the BBC that he 
had taken banned drugs. His confession is already likely to see him stripped 
of the European 100m title he won in Munich in 2002 and all the results from 
the other performances achieved during that period.

Chambers claimed in the interview that he was broke and that one of his 
motivations for returning - having said in the immediate aftermath of his 
ban in February 2004 that he would never run again - was earning enough 
money to help support his newly born son, Sky. The irony is that his 
previous management company had turned down several lucrative offers by 
television companies for interviews because it had held out for a six-figure 
sum. He spoke to the BBC for nothing.

The IAAF anti-doping commission will discuss Chambers' case in Monte Carlo 
this weekend. Opinion there will be divided on how he should be treated. 
Some members will want him punished further, others will argue he has served 
his suspension and should be allowed to return immediately.

A precedent could be the case of Mark Richardson, the Windsor runner who 
tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in 2000 but had a 
two-year ban lifted early after he agreed to undertake a series of lectures 
about the dangers of taking supplements. Before Chambers is allowed to 
return next month he must undergo and pass another mandatory drugs test. 
Under the rules of UK Athletics an athlete serving a drug suspension must 
undergo four tests before competing again. Chambers has currently undertaken 
only three.

Chambers claimed he began taking THG after switching his training base from 
London to California in 2002. There he worked with the Ukrainian-born coach 
Remi Korchemny, who introduced him to Victor Conte, a nutritional expert and 
founder of the pharmaceutical company Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

It was Conte who supplied THG to Chambers and Kelli White, the 2003 double 
world sprint champion who, like Chambers, was also given a two-year doping 
ban. Conte is currently serving a four-month prison sentence for his role in 
a scheme to give athletes undetectable performance-enhancing drugs.

Having briefly flirted with the idea of taking up American football with the 
San Francisco 49ers, Chambers is now training in Jamaica under a new coach 
Glenn Mills, whose stable includes Kim Collins, the 100m world champion in 

Drugs in Sport: Resignation reveals lack of policy

By Mihir Bose

(Filed: 20/01/2006)

UK Sport's anti-drugs policy was in chaos last night after the decision by 
the head of the anti-doping unit, Andy van Neutegem, to resign and return to 
his native Canada at the end of next month's Winter Olympics in Turin.

Van Neutegem cited personal reasons for his decision and claimed that he 
would leave behind "a team that has the experience, expertise and drive to 
further build on the excellent work that I have witnessed over the past few 

But despite this I understand that his departure follows internal tensions 
and it exposes the fact that UK Sport have been unable to formulate a 
coherent anti-drugs policy.

Just over two years ago they lost their long-standing head of the anti-drugs 
unit, Michelle Verroken, after clear policy differences emerged.

Van Neutegem was brought in only six months ago, and his departure has come 
so swiftly and surprisingly that although UK Sport had a board meeting this 
week, this matter was not even raised.

Clouds over plans to jail drug cheats
Fiona Purdon and wire services

January 20, 2006

THE hi-tech anti-doping laboratory for the Winter Olympics is ready for the 
Turin Games next month, but it remains unclear whether athletes caught 
cheating could face jail sentences under Italian law.

While an 80-member staff of Italian and foreign specialists are in place to 
begin testing around 100 urine or blood samples each day, Italy has refused 
to bring its doping laws into line with Olympic rules and respect a 
commitment made by organisers when the country was awarded the Winter Games.

"The Italian Parliament has been very determined, criminal sanctions will 
stay in place," Turin Games chief and Culture Ministry under-secretary Mario 
Pescante said.

The Government said in December it would not drop jail sentences for doping 
offences committed at the Games, which run from February 10-26, but it 
sought to appease organisers by compromising on the list of drugs considered 
serious enough for criminal charges.

But Italy's Health Minister has sought to block that compromise move by 
saying the Italian list of banned drugs will not be diluted and his ministry 
will oversee all testing.

Francesco Storace has said he wants health ministry officials to oversee all 
testing; the International Olympic Committee has said it will handle it.

Berard Will Miss Olympics After Positive Test

By Jason Diamos

The United States Anti-Doping Agency is expected to announce today that 
Bryan Berard, a 28-year-old defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets, tested 
positive for a banned substance in November and will not be allowed to play 
at next month's Turin Olympics, according to a person with direct knowledge 
of the test results.

Berard does not face a suspension from the National Hockey League because 
its drug-testing program did not begin until last Sunday. Under the N.H.L.'s 
new collective-bargaining agreement, a first-time offender faces a 20-game 
suspension, a second-time offender faces a 60-game suspension, and a 
third-time offender faces a lifetime ban, with no possibility of 
reinstatement for at least two years.

An N.H.L. spokesman had no comment on Berard's situation, and the person 
with knowledge of the test results spoke only on condition of anonymity 
because he said he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Berard, the No. 1 choice in the 1995 N.H.L. entry draft and the rookie of 
the year when he played for the Islanders in 1996-97, is expected to be 
suspended from international play for two years retroactive to Jan. 3.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Berard, who is in his eighth N.H.L. season, was tied 
for eighth among the league's defensemen with 9 goals before last night's 
games. In 40 games this season for Columbus, Berard ranks third on the team 
in scoring - and first among Blue Jackets defensemen - with 27 points.

Berard, who played for the United States at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, missed 
18 months of hockey after he was accidentally hit in the face by a stick in 
March 2000 while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The retina of his 
right eye had to be reattached, and he had six operations to remove scar 

Berard became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2000 and retired 
because he was unable to meet the league's minimum vision requirement of 
20/400. With a fitted contact lens, however, Berard was able to resume his 
career with the Rangers in 2001-2.

In 550 career games with the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Boston Bruins, 
Chicago Blackhawks and Blue Jackets, Berard - who is from Woonsocket, R.I. - 
has recorded 293 points on 68 goals and 225 assists.

Let the testing begin

Well, there you have it, a positive test for a performance-enhancing 
substance by an NHL player.

If there are another 230 or so positive tests from NHL players in the weeks 
and months ahead, World Anti-Doping Agency boss Dick Pound will look like a 

It was Pound, of course, who suggested about one-third of the 700-player NHL 
was using performance-enhancing substances and now he has Columbus Blue 
Jacket defenceman Bryan Berard as exhibit A.

The truth is no one, not Pound and not NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, knows 
exactly how many NHL players might test positive. But the great thing is, we 
are going to find out in short order.

The mandatory testing, as agreed by the NHL and NHLPA in the new CBA, began 
on Jan. 15. The first set of results should begin filtering in any time now. 
So if there are players out there ingesting performance-enhancing 
substances, we're going to know and they're going to get punished.

Now, is it possible more than one NHL player will test positive? Sure, 
that's possible when you're talking about a group of 700 players. Is it 
possible it could be as many as another 230? Possible, one supposes, but 
plausible? Difficult to imagine, isn't it?

Hey, let's all stop trying to put a number on it. The NHL likely isn't as 
lily white as it would like to think it is and it's probably not the 
cesspool of cheaters that Pound suggested.

The proof will be in the numbers.

As for Berard, whether he knowingly or unknowingly ingested the banned 
substance, only he knows for sure and the bottom line is he got a nice 
warning shot without drastic consequences.

Berard gets a two-year suspension from international competition, but the 
negative publicity he'll get from this is the real punishment. Because the 
test was not part of the NHL-NHLPA program, he remains a member in good 
standing with the NHL. No fines. No suspensions.

But if he or any other NHL player fails a league drug test, they're going to 
pay the price.

Which is as it should be.

Big Enough

Body image is a huge deal to many college students, and women aren't the 
only ones dealing with unreasonable physical expectations. Men feel the 
pressure too and, for some, the answer is steroids.

By Thomas Keeling

A young man sits in the corner of a room by himself. He is wearing only 
ragged gym shorts and a white T-shirt. He stares intensly at the wall as 
sweat slowly beads around his face. After a few seconds, he stoops over and 
picks up the dumbbells that are resting at his feet. It's time for another 

To Shannon Fabian, working out is an obsession that started in high school. 
He says he started bulking up to overcome his lackluster performance on the 
track team and his social short-comings. Soon he became infatuated with the 
goal of getting bigger.

Grueling hours of torturous lifting became an escape from reality as well as 
a daily ritual for Fabian. He says he was "saved," by the gym. Everything he 
needed was there -- he lifted with his friends, the gym was close to home 
and most importantly he could feed his obessession: building a perfect body.

It was during that time that Fabian discovered a way to bulk up even faster 
and started using myriad excersise supplements. He says it was a quick way 
to get instant results. Plus, it was painless and seemed safe. Now, the 
recent ASU graduate admits that supplements like creatine and amino acids 
were definitely the key to his workout success.

The Gym

It's 8:10 on a Wednesday evening. Time to get pysched for another workout. A 
slight cross breeze is blowing through the darkened parking lot of Gold's 
Gym in Scottsdale as Fabian walks across the pavement dressed in black 
workout shorts and a T-shirt. There's a bounce in his step as the headphones 
underneath his black beanie blare the sound of Kanye West's "Jesus Walks," 
in his ears.

As Fabian enters the gym he begins to zone out, channeling his thoughts and 
focusing on a world of desire and sheer will. Within minutes, the relaxed 
man who entered the gym has turned into a Hulk.

As he scours the gym looking for his first exercise, Fabian resembles a lion 
scanning the plains looking for his prey. For him, it's a pair of dumbbells 
and an inclined chair.

"I hate this part," Fabian says as he begins his first set.

As he lifts nearly 250 pounds during his warm-up set, onlookers gawk at his 
brute strength. The dumbbells chime together with each passing repetition. 
His face morphs from a pale white picture of calm into a bright red mass 
telling a tale of the torture.

It's through this daily ritual of agonizing pain and suffering that Fabian 
says he comes one repetition closer to his "perfect body." Yet, as he shakes 
violently to finish his final rep in a set of 12, it's hard to gauge how 
much credit he truly deserves for this incredible show of strength.

Under Pressure

As Fabian slowly transformed from a weak high school kid into a pillar of 
incredible strength, he says he began to rely more on supplements. He 
experimented with a variety of supplements and at one point says he ventured 
into the realm of steroid usage.

By the time Fabian came to ASU in August 2000, he had grown from a paltry 
160-pound high-school junior into a 190-pound man. With a chiseled chest, 
back and legs, he stood out among his peers.

Fabian kept his high school training ritual. Nearly every morning at 6 a.m. 
he was up doing some cardio work before class, and in the evening he was 
back at the gym lifting weights.

After a few months of this constant training, he says he became lean and 
toned instead of more muscular. As a result, his strength gain began to 
plateau and he felt he was losing his imposing physical size. He says he 
didn't understand this physical setback, but he knew a quick solution was 

Fabian says that because he wasn't taking care of his body nutritionally, he 
needed to eat more food and even explore other options to increase his size 
and strength. While he changed his exercise routine and started eating more, 
he also turned to a more dramatic solution -- steroids.

Within five months he ballooned from about 220 pounds to nearly 260 pounds. 
With such a drastic change, Fabian says he had to hydrate constantly 
throughout the day so he wouldn't cramp up. He was eating nearly five meals 
a day to maintain his muscle mass. Among his favorite meals were midnight 
trips to Wendy's or Jack In The Box for a combo meal that would feed his 

Pushing the Limit

Fabian isn't the only one looking for a quick fix to his excercise woes. In 
the last decade the dietary supplement market has exploded. According to a 
study conducted by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, more 
than two-thirds of Americans take dietary supplements.

In an August 2005 survey by the Brigham Women's and Hospital in Boston 
researchers found that "teens who fret about their bodies are much more 
likely to use risky body building supplements -- from protein-packed shakes 
to steroids -- to achieve the toned and buffed physiques they see in 
magazines and on TV."

According to ASU junior and former junior weight lifting national champion, 
Emmanuel Ramos, steroids are readily available to most people. After several 
years of competition in weight lifting, Ramos says he has seen the 
difference that supplements, including steroids, can make in an athlete.

"A lot of people were doing them [in high school competition] and as a 
result, such substances were easy to get a hold of," he says.

Ramos adds that although he never took steroids, the option to try them was 
always available. He also says that if a minor needs something stronger than 
over-the-counter supplements, all he or she needs to do is find the right 

"You just got to know where to buy it, and if you want something stronger, 
you just need to have the right connections," says Ramos.

Fabian agrees adding that when his obsession began in high school he looked 
for ways to track down supplements that were not accessible to minors and 
found it was remarkably easy. He says he caved to locker-room pressure to 
perform better in his role as a discus and shot put player on the track 

"It was always those guys from De La Salle [High School] who could rock the 
discus or shot put. I had good technique. What I didn't have was the size or 
strength to compete on that same level," Fabian says. "So I did the only 
thing I could do, and that was lift."

His routine soon included a variety of supplements, and, as he grew in size, 
the types of supplements he used -- creatine, ephedra, glucosamine -- 
increased as well. He started with creatine and amino acids, and says he 
even flirted with steroids.

As he got serious about lifting, Fabian says his desire to compete on the 
track team started to fade. He says his new goal was to create the perfect 
body and to look like the models in the muscle magazines.

Although Fabian attributes much of his incredible strength gained since high 
school to his work ethic, he admits the supplements he took have played an 
important role. Despite the contribution these substances made to Fabian's 
routine, not everyone feels they should be a part of a weight training 

For Antonio Zamora, a graduate student in exercise science at ASU, the 
thought of taking supplements is a contradiction.

"It's cheating your body from doing what it can do naturally, and as a 
result it strains the other functions of your body to a degree it's not 
supposed to undergo," he says.

A former Division-1 volleyball player, Zamora says he believes in rigorous 
workouts and adds taking supplements can create adverse effects on the body.

"The way certain supplements can change normal functions in the body is 
astonishing," he says.

Painful Setbacks

Because Fabian's body mass grew steadily, he says he didn't realize how 
powerful he had become. During one workout, he tore a ligament in his 
shoulder while warming up. He attributes this injury to getting too strong 
too fast.

"It was almost as if my body just grew too quickly to the point that other 
parts of my body couldn't keep pace," he says.

According to Zamora, overuse of supplements can harm different organs in the 
body. He warns that if someone does not take proper care of their body when 
working out, he or she can face serious problems with their body.

Zamora adds that common problems found in people who abuse supplements 
include pain in the kidneys and liver, as well as increased heart rate that 
could lead to a premature heart attack.

"It's something to not be taken lightly," he says. "You must take care of 
your body, or else you'll be facing the consequences."

Although Fabian's shoulder injury set him back a few months it wasn't 
serious enough to keep him from his passion. Thus far he has been lucky -- 
he hasn't experienced any other setbacks-- but his experiences have taught 
him to be very cautious while exercising.

Out of Control

Fabian admits that he has put his body through a lot with his use of 
supplements, yet he maintains he shows no side effects from abusing or 
overusing performance-enhancing supplements.

"There was a point when I was up to 270 pounds," he says. "It's sometimes 
too hard to control what your body is doing. It just gets out of hand."

Fabian says it was not the supplement usage that got out of control, but 
rather the lifestyle he got wrapped up in and the notion that he had to get 
as big as his body would allow. His turning point came when he set a new 
personal record in the dead lift of 495 pounds. He reached his goal but says 
he wasn't proud of what he had done. It was then he says he finally woke up, 
looked at himself and realized that his obsession had taken control.

"It was difficult at first, but I eventually accepted the fact [that] 
getting stronger isn't the most important thing," says Fabian.

Although this realization took time to sink in, Fabian says he has changed 
his outlook, and his obsession has subsided compared to what it was. Instead 
he says he wants to stay healthy and enjoy himself

Currently a rock-solid 250-pounds, Fabian continues to work hard on 
improving his personal records. With a dead lift record of 495 pounds, and a 
maximum bench press of 405, he still spends countless hours in the gym 
building up his size, but his outlook is different. Getting bigger is not 
his obsession anymore.

"It's not just about the size anymore," he says. "It's more about the 
fulfillment that I get from working out."

Reach the reporter at thomas.keeling em asu.edu.

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