I really don’t know nothing about the doping. I’m a completely clean guy and I work so much all my career. When I get injured I get injured. I never take nothing to be back quicker. I never have any temptations to do something wrong. I believe in the sport. And in the values of the sport.
The IIHF has suspended Russian ice hockey player Yevgeni Kuznetsov for a violation of World Anti-Doping Code Article 2.1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance).
The case concerns a test indicating a prohibited substance, cocaine, according to section S6.a (non-specified substance) of the World Anti-Doping Code 2019 Prohibited List. The prohibited substance was found in a doping control which occurred on 26 May 2019 at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The player didn’t require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on 13th June 2019.
The period of ineligibility to be imposed shall be four years, concluding on 12th June 2023.
Forse non tutti sanno che, recentemente, prima Ferruccio (in un libro pubblicato nel 2005) e poi Sandro Mazzola (in una intervista del 2017) abbiano confessato che negli anni sessanta, il loro allenatore nell’Inter, il famoso Helenio Herrera, che vinse scudetti e coppe campioni e una coppa intercontinentale, era solito dopare i suoi calciatori con anfetamine sciolte nel caffè. Anche Franco Zaglio, loro compagno, confermò tutto affermando che fosse una pratica diffusa. Ma la cosiddetta Grande Inter era una sola e fu grande anche perché piena di anfetamine. Questa notizia, passata abbastanza in sordina, mi fa sorgere il dubbio che questo club goda di una qualche sorta di magica immunità legata al tempo che scorre. Infatti, così come il ben più famoso caso di Calciopoli, in cui l’illecito sportivo dell’Inter, e in particolare di Giacinto Facchetti, venne prescritto perché ormai trascorsi troppi anni dal fatto. Così, ancor più nel passato, una serie di vittorie, apparentemente straordinaria, mantiene il suo posto negli albi d’oro seppur infangata dall’onta del doping. Anche se non esistono analisi antidoping dell’epoca, la testimonianza di tre ex calciatori dell’Inter è più che verosimile. Da sottolineare che Sandro prima accusò Ferruccio di essersi inventato tutto, per un sentimento di rivalsa, salvo poi confessare anche lui anni dopo, nel marzo di quest’anno. L’inter comunque querelò Ferruccio per 3 milioni di euro, ma il club perse la causa, mentre Ferruccio in una intervista dichiarò: “Se avessi voluto davvero fare del male all'Inter, in quel libro avrei scritto anche tante altre cose. Avrei parlato delle partite truccate e degli arbitri comprati, specie nelle coppe.”
Doping, partite truccate, arbitri comprati, per non parlare di altri illeciti, non prescritti ma commutati in piccole multe, come il famoso passaporto falso di Alvaro Recoba, i pedinamenti agli arbitri e le intercettazioni telefoniche della Telecom del vice-presidente dell’Inter, oppure, e addirittura davanti alle telecamere, tentativi di convincere gli avversari a perdere una partita.
Che dire: un ottimo curriculum per coloro che si autodefiniscono la squadra degli onesti.
By an overwhelming margin fans think the suspensions athletes receive for committing acts of domestic violence should be longer than they get for using performance enhancing drugs. 68% consider domestic violence to be the more serious crime, to only 21% who think using PEDs is.
“I don’t think all the Russian athletes are doping, but Putin does them no favors by opening his mouth. He has no clue what goes on in skating clubs and even would probably order clubs to make juniors and seniors dope if he cared enough. Russians traditionally value winning over health or fairness, and this is true in almost all countries.”
Some Athletes Used Abortions As Performance-Enhancing Drugs (abortion doping)
In the first three months of pregnancy, women produce a surplus of red blood cells and hormones in order to support the fetus. Some studies have indicated that the changes can give women an advantage in athletic performance. In the 1970s, rumors began to circulate that East Germany was forcing its athletes to get pregnant before the Olympics in order to take advantage of the hormone changes. The practice became known as abortion doping and was investigated by the Olympic Committee.
In the 1980s, people were shocked after allegations surfaced that athletes in East Germany were being forced to get pregnant before the Olympics in order to take advantage of the hormone changes. The women would then terminate the pregnancy after three months. The story became known as the “abortion doping scandal” and was investigated by the Olympic Committee in 1988. The allegations were never proven to be true, but abortion doping is officially banned under Olympic rules.
Forgotten victims of East German doping take their battle to court (2005) [x]
I’ve just recently read a feature length film script and young teenage girls were forced into a pregnancy, and then an abortion, in order to enhance their performance. I had no idea this was even a thing.
Per quanto io sia per la natura, quando si tratta di cure, medicine e affini opto quasi sempre per la chimica. Mi capita piuttosto raramente di avere problemi di salute e proprio per questo sono estremamente intollerante al fastidio o, peggio, al dolore. Più che ferirmi, la malattia o il problema fisico di turno mi fanno decisamente incazzare. Anche ora, per curare la grande novità del mio 2016 ovvero l'allergia ai pollini, mi sono affidato al misterioso composto chimico di una pastiglia che poco ha di naturale ma, in compenso, garantisce un effetto rapido e duraturo. Mi piace l'immediatezza, dopotutto. Se soffro di qualche disagio, non ho il tempo di assecondare la mia vena salutista. Voglio stare bene e farlo in fretta. Poi, se nel farmaco in questione compare anche la scritta “Doping”, tanto meglio: ci provo gusto a passare la gente in salita, quando pedalo! Poi tanto mica grido ai quatto venti che sono più farcito di Armstrong ai tempi d'oro…
Tinkov’s argument, which he is not alone in voicing, presents a kind of false choice.
Sure, it’s easy to argue that mid-season is no time to open a case like this. But let’s try the alternate scenario: the UCI is in possession of material evidence that suggests Astana is tied to doping—tied clearly enough that maybe it shouldn’t be in the sport at all—but waits until the next offseason to act. What would be the reaction when that news got out?
Does the media’s portrayal of professional athletes influence the use of performance enhancing drugs?
Performance Enhancing Drugs
What are performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and why do athletes use them whilst others don’t? PED’s are drugs taken by athletes in order to alter the chemical reactions within the body, resulting in a positive increase in performance. Whilst this may on the surface sound great, they can also have a detrimental effect on health and increase the risk of developing certain illnesses both in the short term and long term. As you can imagine, there are many different types of PEDs ranging from EPO that increases red blood cell count (oxygen carrying capacity) resulting in an increased level of cardiovascular fitness, to Human Growth Hormone, which increases muscle mass and strength. More information on doping within sport can be accessed through the hyperlink PED’s. So, you can see why some athletes would use them (e.g. given the potential benefits to performance) and similarly why some athletes wouldn’t (considering the possible health risks).
What relevance does the media have with this?
Ranging from social media exposure (such as Facebook and
Instagram) to Sky Sports News on the television, the media play a crucial part in shaping and informing how
the public perceive stories on drugs in sport. For example, excluding certain details
in order to make a more interesting headline/story. Like ‘doping
in sports attracts headlines and media speculation far in excess of the actual
prevalence’. This article explains how athletes are
vulnerable to reading about drugs in the media rather than reliable sources.
The speculation and inaccurate data may therefore mislead the athlete into
taking them. One way to look at this can be how the media coverage on PED use
within sport tends to be emotively discussed: generally lacking scientific depth,
data, reasoning and justification and therefore credibility. Literature from
the likes of Bahrke comment that ‘it is quite possible that the lack of
accurate and balanced reporting by the media has hindered efforts to prevent
and to reduce the use of PED’s’. One of the most recent stories covered by the
media on doping in sport is Russia and them being banned from part taking in major
Recent news on the Russian doping scandal
Several Russian athletes across different sports have tested positive for a range of PED’s. This is the second time in four
years that Russian athletes have been caught using
PED’s. This is one example of how the media
can de-glorify athletes, resulting in a negative stigma being attached to the
individual, team or organisation. Showing a different side of how the media can
deteriorate an athlete/teams reputation in comparison to the next story I will
be talking about.
Here are two video’s that
will help give a brief overview on the current matter.
glorification and behind the scenes
Lance Armstrong, one of the
world’s most renowned cyclists, was glorified in the media for a number of years
for winning multiple cycling events. Lance Armstrong was the face of USA cycling. However,
it wasn’t until after his career and years of winning streaks that he came out
about the dark truths of his own personal indulgence of doping in order to gain
a physical and mental edge over his opponents. This shows the other side of
doping in comparison to the demonisation of athletes that take part. For
example, the more recent study of Russia as discussed earlier. However, a
recent interview conducted by the BBC had Lance Armstrong reveal that “I wouldn’t change the way I acted ”.
He then exclaimed that ”I knew there were going to be knives at this fight. Not just
fists. I knew there would be knives”. Reiterating the point of how widespread doping was and
still is in cycling. Below is a link to an interview with Lance Armstrong.
I think that it is clear that
any type of media coverage has an influence on athletes participation in drug
use. However, the direction of the influence is dependant on how the individual
athlete interprets what is covered by the media. Also, the scientific depth of
these stories can influence how reliable an athlete feels what they are reading
is. These factors all contribute to their decision whether to take PED’s or not. It
is clear that a number of athletes feel as though everyone is taking PEDs so why
can’t they. However, others feel like manipulating the body using PED’s is both unfair and immoral. Conversely, others believe that there should be a
competitive league whereby doping is regulated fairly and the athlete’s who
part take in doping can compete with each other in a controlled environment and
a separate league for those who don’t.
Do you think that this is a
good option or should sport be left the way it is today?
“Sorry, but just because you are Russian doesn’t mean you have to start crying because someone points out that it’s more realistic that skaters are doping. Many athletes, especially in high school, say it is normal and expected to use ‘medicine’ and that it can be IMPOSSIBLE without ‘medicine.’ Stop being overly sensitive and naive. Most athletes do it. Russia is no exception just because they’re Russian. Expect athletes to dope because this is more realistic. Your feelings don’t change anything.”
Okay everyone, I know many of you don’t like Maria Sharapova but lets make sure we are at least relying on *facts* when we talk about her and not just our impression.
I mean, I just saw a post that said Sharapova used steroids (and they then revised that to “shitty steroids.”) What Sharapova was using is not a steroid and I discovered that you can buy it here in the States at any GNC or health food store. Also remember that the drug she was taking only became a banned substance in the last six months. Given all that, I feel like she was pretty justified in not realizing she wasn’t allowed to take it anymore.
Am I saying what she was taking was entirely kosher? It is basically a drug that helps you recover faster so that you can get back in the pool (or on the court or field or whatever) sooner. The drug she was using was not “performance enhancing” like steroids are; instead the drug was loosely endurance enhancing or, more importantly, Canada is very much safety enhancing.