History of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
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776 BC - 393 BC - Ancient Greeks Use Performance Enhancing Drugs"The use of drugs to enhance performance in sports has certainly occurred since the time of the original Olympic Games [from 776 to 393 BC]. The origin of the word 'doping' is attributed to the Dutch word 'doop,' which is a viscous opium juice, the drug of choice of the ancient Greeks."
Larry D. Bowers, PhD "Athletic Drug Testing," Clinics in Sports Medicine, Apr. 1, 1998
"The ancient Olympic champions were professionals who competed for huge cash prizes as well as olive wreaths... Most forms of what we would call cheating were perfectly acceptable to them, save for game-fixing. There is evidence that they gorged themselves on meat -- not a normal dietary staple of the Greeks -- and experimented with herbal medications in an effort to enhance their performances...The ancient Greek athletes also drank wine potions, used hallucinogens and ate animal hearts or testicles in search of potency."
Sally Jenkins "Winning, Cheating Have Ancient Roots," Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2007
100 AD - Roman Gladiators Use Stimulants and Hallucinogens to Prevent Fatigue and InjuryGladiator competitions and chariot races are popular in Ancient Roman culture, and the Coliseum is expanded to hold 60,000 spectators in 100 AD. Chariot racers feed their horses substances such as hydromel (an alcoholic beverage made from honey) to make them run faster and gladiators ingest hallucinogens and stimulants such as strychnine to stave off fatigue and injury and to improve the intensity of their fights.
Ramlan Abdul Aziz, MD "History of Doping," Presented at the WADA Asia Education Symposium, Aug. 29, 2006
Late 19th Century - French Cyclists and Lacrosse Players Drink Wine and Coca Leaves to Fight Fatigue and Hunger"The modern applications [of drug use in sports] began in the late nineteenth century, with preparations made from the coca leaf -- the source of cocaine and related alkaloids. Vin Mariani, a widely used mixture of coca leaf extract and wine, was even called 'the wine for athletes.' It was used by French cyclists and... by a champion lacrosse team. Coca and cocaine were popular because they staved off the sense of fatigue and hunger brought on by prolonged exertion."
Thomas H. Murray, PhD "The Coercive Power of Drugs in Sports," The Hastings Center Report, Aug. 1983
1904-1920 - Performance Enhancing Drugs Used in the Modern Olympic Games"In 1904 Olympics marathon runner, Thomas Hicks, was using a mixture of brandy and strychnine [a stimulant that is fatal in high doses] and nearly died. Mixtures of strychnine, heroin, cocaine, and caffeine were used widely by athletes and each coach or team developed its own unique secret formulae. This was common practice until heroin and cocaine became available only by prescription in the 1920s."
Mark S. Gold, MD Performance-Enhancing Medications and Drugs of Abuse, 1992
1928 - First Rule Against Doping in SportsThe International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the governing body for the sport of track and field, become the first international sporting federation to prohibit doping by athletes.
International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) "Drugs in Sport/Doping Control," IAAF Medical Manual, www.iaaf.org (accessed May 13, 2009)
Adolf Hitler on Apr. 20, 1937
Source: German Federal Archives, "Adolf Hitler Cropped Restored," wikimedia.org, Apr. 20, 1937 creative commons license
Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2008
Edward M. Brecher, MA The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs, 1972
1950s - Athletes Begin Taking Amphetamines Used by Soldiers in WWII"The first 'effective' performance enhancing drugs, the amphetamines, which were used widely by soldiers in the Second World War, crossed over into sports in the early 1950s. These drugs -- nicknamed la bomba by Italian cyclists and atoom by Dutch cyclists -- minimize the uncomfortable sensations of fatigue during exercise."
Timothy Noakes, MD, DSc "Tainted Glory - Doping and Athletic Performance," New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 26, 2004
1958 - FDA Approves First Anabolic Steroid for Sale in US
The "Godfather of Steroids," Dr. John Bosley Zieglar, creates an anabolic steroid called Dianabol that is released by Ciba Pharmaceuticals with FDA approval. Dr. Zieglar noted the success of the Russian weightlifting team due to the use of testosterone in 1954 and began experimenting on US weightlifters. His creation synthesizes the strength-building properties of testosterone while minimizing the negative health effects.Close to his death in 1983, Dr. Zieglar speaks out against his invention and says he wishes he had never created the anabolic steroid after seeing athletes abuse the drug.
Justin Peters "The Man Behind the Juice," Slate.com, Feb. 18, 2005
NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) "Cycling: Inside This Sport: History," www.nbcolympics.com (accessed May 13, 2009)
July 13, 1967 - Cyclist on Amphetamines Is First Tour de France Doping Death
Tommy Simpson circa 1966
Source: "Tom Simpson c1966," wikimedia.org. 1966
Simpson's death creates pressure for sporting agencies to take action against doping.
Matt Slater "Gene Doping - Sport's Next Big Challenge," bbc.co.uk, June 12, 2008
1967 - International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Establishes Medical Commission to Fight DopingPartly in reaction to Tommy Simpson's death, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) establishes the Medical Commission to fight against doping in sports. The Commission is given three guiding principles: protection of the health of athletes, respect for medical and sport ethics, and equality for all competing athletes.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) "The Medical Commission," www.olympic.org (accessed June 3, 2009
Feb. 1968 - First Drug Testing at Olympic Games"The IOC instituted its first compulsory doping controls at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France in 1968 and again at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in the same year. At that time the list of banned substances issued in 1967 included narcotic analgesics and stimulants, which comprised sympathomimetic amines, psychomotor stimulants and miscellaneous central nervous system stimulants [including alcohol]. Although it was suspected that androgenic anabolic steroids were being used at this time, testing methods were insufficiently developed to warrant the inclusion of anabolic steroids in the list of banned substances."
David R. Mottram, PhD Michele Verroken, MA "Doping Control in Sport," Doping in Sports, 2005
[Editor’s Note: Out of 86 drug tests performed at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, zero athletes tested positive. Out of 667 drug tests performed at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, one athlete (.15%) tested positive.
See our chart of drug tests performed at the Summer and Winter Olympics for the results from all Olympic Games from 1968 to 2010.]
May 4, 1968 - First Horse Disqualified from Kentucky Derby for Banned SubstanceDancer's Image became the only winner in the Kentucky Derby's 134-year history to be disqualified for using a banned substance when traces of phenylbutazone, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), were found in his urine sample after the race. Phenylbutazone was made legal at the Kentucky Derby by a judge's ruling in 1971.
Associated Press "Drug Scandal Robbed Dancer's Image of 1968 Kentucky Derby Title," FOXNews.com, May 3, 2008
International Olympic Committee (IOC) "Mexico 1968," www.olympic.org (accessed June 9, 2009)
1975 - Anabolic Steroids Added to IOC's Banned Substances ListAnabolic steroids are added to the IOC's list of banned substances because a test that is considered to be reliable is developed.
[Editor’s Note: See our chart of 192 Banned Substances listed in the WADA code and adopted by 625 sports organizations worldwide.]
1976 - Steroid Testing Conducted for the First Time at the Montreal OlympicsAthletes are first tested for anabolic steroids during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
USA TODAY "Timeline: A Century of Drugs and the Athlete," www.usatoday.com, Mar. 1, 2007
[Editor’s Note: Out of 786 drug tests performed at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, 11 athletes (1.4%) tested positive. See our chart of drug tests performed at the Summer and Winter Olympics for the results from all Olympic Games from 1968 to 2010.]
1983 - Surprise Drug Testing at Pan Am Games Leads Many Athletes to Withdraw from Competition"The modern age of drug testing essentially started at the 1983 Pan Am Games in Caracas, Venezuela. A team of scientists... developed a new method for steroid testing in anticipation of two large international sporting events that year, the Pan Games and world track and field championships...
The Pan Am drug testing caught a lot of athletes by surprise... a dozen American athletes in various events suddenly withdrew from the competition and returned to the U.S., and at least another dozen athletes from other countries also left without explanation.
Nineteen athletes in total failed drug tests at the 1983 Pan Ams."
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) "On This Day," news.bbc.co.uk (accessed June 9, 2009)
Oct. 5, 1990 - Congress Passes Anabolic Steroids Control Act"Congress toughens its stance with the Anabolic Steroids Control Act (290 KB) , which places steroids in the same legal class [Schedule III] as amphetamines, methamphetamines, opium and morphine."
Associated Press "The Memos: A Ban Ignored," ESPN the Magazine, Nov. 2005
June 7, 1991 - Major League Baseball Bans SteroidsMajor League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent sends a seven page memo to all of the major league teams on June 7, 1991 that states: "The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players or personnel is strictly prohibited... This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids." In the absence of any testing, enforcement, or publicity of the rule, many players and team management later claim to have been unaware of Vincent's policy (according to interviews conducted by ESPN writer Tom Farrey in 2002).
Vincent later says he sent the memo because of rumors about Jose Canseco and admits, "We could have done a lot more lecturing, lobbying, and educating. But I didn't know anything about steroids."
Read Fay Vincent's memo banning steroids in baseball
Tom Farrey "The Memos: A Ban Ignored," ESPN the Magazine, Nov. 2005
Michael Janofsky "Coaches Concede That Steroids Fueled East Germany's Success in Swimming," New York Times, Dec. 3, 1991
Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2
Dec. 15, 1994 - First British Female to Test Positive for PEDs Receives Four Year BanCommonwealth Games champion runner, Diane Modahl, becomes the first British female athlete to test positive for performance enhancing drugs. She is banned from competition for four years in a ruling by the British Athletic Foundation (BAF) on Dec. 15, 1994. Modahl claims that the Lisbon laboratory stored her urine sample improperly. One year later, she is cleared of the charges because of the possibility that the sample was not refrigerated. However, she is cleared to return to competition until Mar. 1996. The case gains international attention because of the ruling that her samples were handled incorrectly, and because Modahl launches an unsuccessful five-year campaign for a one million pound compensation from the BAF.
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) "On This Day," news.bbc.co.uk (accessed May 29, 2009)
May 15, 1997 - Bud Selig Issues Memo Repeating the MLB Ban on Steroids"On May 15, 1997, acting commissioner Bud Selig distributed a nearly identical version of the [1991 Fay Vincent] drug memo, again citing steroids and directing clubs to post the policy in clubhouses and distribute copies to players. Selig's memo also went largely ignored...
[In 2005,] ESPN spoke to five GMs [General Managers] from 1997, three of whom (from the Royals, Dodgers and Rockies) couldn't recall that a steroids policy even existed."
Read the Bud Selig memo
Tom Farrey "The Memos: A Ban Ignored," ESPN the Magazine, Nov. 2005
1998 - Mark McGwire Admits to Using a Steroid Precursor
Mark McGwire batting for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1998 game
Source: Jon Gudorf Photography, "Mark McGwire Bats for the St. Louis Cardinals during a 1998 Game in St. Louis," 1998 creative commons license
International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) "Special Report: Drug Policy in Baseball," MLB.com (accessed May 26, 2009)
[Editor’s Note: Although MLB Commissioners had issued memos in 1991 and 1997 that banned the use of steroids, the league did not institute random testing and penalties until the 2004 season.]
Christopher Clarey "Canadian Gets His Gold Medal Back," New York Times, Feb. 13, 1998
Nov. 10, 1999 - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Is Established"The World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Lausanne on 2-4 February 1999 produced the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport. This document provided for the creation of an independent international anti-doping agency to be fully operational for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000.
Pursuant to the terms of the Lausanne Declaration, the World Anti-Doping Agency was established on 10 November 1999 in Lausanne to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC with the support and participation of intergovernmental organizations, governments, public authorities, and other public and private bodies fighting against doping in sport. The agency consists of equal representatives from the Olympic Movement and public authorities."
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) "WADA History," www.wada-ama.org (accessed June 10, 2009)
Oct. 1, 2000 - US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Begins Operations"The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. USADA was created as the result of recommendations set forth by the United States Olympic Committee's Select Task Force on Externalization. USADA began operations Oct. 1, 2000, with full authority for testing, education, research and adjudication for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. It is USADA's responsibility to develop a comprehensive national anti-doping program for the Olympic Movement in the United States."
US Anti-Doping Agengy (USADA) "United States Anti-Doping Agency Fact Sheet," www.usantidoping.org, Mar. 2001
2002 - Anti-Doping Pioneer Identifies First Designer Steroid
Molecular structure of norbolethone.
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information (accessed June 18, 2009)
Anti-Doping Research "Key Anti-Doping and Doping Developments in Sport," www.antidopingresearch.org (accessed May 6, 2009)
May 28, 2002 - Former Baseball Player Says 50% of MLB Players Use SteroidsKen Caminiti tells Sports Illustrated in a May 28, 2002 article titled "Caminiti Comes Clean" that he used steroids during his 1996 National League MVP (most valuable player) season with the San Diego Padres. He estimates that half the players in the big leagues were also using steroids and admits that he also used cocaine. His statements increase pressure on MLB to include steroid testing in the labor agreement being negotiated in summer 2002.
Caminiti later dies of a heart attack at age 41 on Oct. 10, 2004. The New York Medical Examiner rules that drugs are a factor in his death.
Associated Press "Drugs Ruled as Cause of Death for Caminiti," nbcsports.msnbc.com, Nov. 2, 2004
Major League Baseball (MLB) "Special Report: Drug Policy in Baseball," MLB.com (accessed May 26, 2009)
Apr. 21, 2003 - Wade Exum Report Alleges Cover-Up of Doping by Over 100 American AthletesSports Illustrated reports in its Apr. 21, 2003 issue that former US Olympic Committee (USOC) anti-doping chief Wade Exum provided 30,000 pages of documents naming more than 100 US athletes from various sports who tested positive for banned substances between 1988 and 2000 but were cleared by internal appeals processes.
His allegations about cover-ups by the USOC include 19 athletes who won medals at Olympic Games, such as track and field champion Carl Lewis, tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez, and wrestler Dave Schultz. The USOC denies Exum's claims and notes that the US Anti-Doping Agency has been in charge of drug testing since 2000.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) "Carl Lewis: Drug Accusations Are 'Dead Issue,'" CBC Sports Online, Apr. 24, 2003
National Public Radio (NPR) "Timeline: Key Moments in Baseball's Doping Probe," Dec. 13, 2007
Nov. 7, 2003 - British Sprinter Dwain Chambers Banned from Olympics for Life for Positive THG Test
Christian Malcolm, Dwain Chambers, Rikki Fifton competing in the 100 meters at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham for the UK Olympic Trails 2008
Source: Paul Foot, "Dwain Chambers at Olympic Trials 2008," wikimedia.org, July 12, 2008 creative commons license
Chambers and his 2002 World Championships 4x100m relay teammates must return the silver medals they won because Chambers had been taking THG around the time of the relay race. His 100 meter record of 9.87 is annulled and he has to return his prize money from 2003.
USA TODAY "Chambers Banned for Life from Olympics for Positive THG Test," USA Today, Feb. 24, 2004
Associated Press "Timeline: Steroids in Baseball," Dec. 13, 2007
Associated Press "Timeline: Steroids in Baseball," Dec. 13, 2007
Oct. 22, 2004 - President Bush Signs the Anabolic Steroid Control Act"President Bush signs into law the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 that the U.S. Congress passed earlier in the month. The bill added hundreds of steroid-based drugs and precursors such as androstenedione to the list of anabolic steroids that are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, which are banned from over-the-counter sales without a prescription. By virtue of MLB's own agreement with the union, all of the drugs banned by Congress are now on baseball's own banned list."
FOX News "Timeline: Steroids in Baseball," Dec. 13, 2007
2004 - WADA Takes over Control of the Prohibited List"The IOC transfers the management of the Prohibited List to WADA."
Anti-Doping Research "Key Anti-Doping and Doping Developments in Sport," www.antidopingresearch.org (accessed May 6, 2009)
2004 - WADA Removes Caffeine from the List of Banned SubstancesPrior to 2004, athletes who tested positive for a level of caffeine greater than 12 micrograms per milliliter (about 8 cups of coffee) were banned from competition.
WADA removes caffeine from the list of banned substances in 2004 because of research showing that caffeine exceeding the amount allowed might actually decrease performance, and to avoid undue punishment for athletes whose bodies metabolize caffeine at different rates.
Anna Salleh, PhD "Athletes' Caffeine Use Reignites Scientific Debate," ABC Science Online, Aug. 2, 2008
Jan. 13, 2005 - Penalties for Positive Drug Tests Implemented by Major League Baseball"During a quarterly owners' meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., the owners vote unanimously to accept recently concluded negotiations between MLB and the union strengthening the drug program. The new punitive measures for Major Leaguers are a 10-day suspension for the first positive test, 30 days for the second, 60 days for the third, and one year for the fourth. All without pay. On the first positive, the player's name is released to the public. The program is separated from the Basic Agreement, which expires on Dec. 19, 2006, and is extended until 2008."
Major League Baseball (MLB) "Special Report: Drug Policy in Baseball," MLB.com (accessed May 26, 2009)
[Editor’s Note: In Nov. 2005, the penalties are increased to a 50 game suspension for the first offense, 100 games for the second, and a lifetime ban for the third positive test.]
Jan. 19, 2006 - First NHL Player to Test Positive for Banned Substance Suspended from International Competition But Not from NHLBryan Berard, professional hockey player for the Columbus, Ohio Blue Jackets, is the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to test positive for banned substances in a Nov. 2008 drug test as part of the testing to be considered for the US Olympic hockey team.
On Jan. 19, 2008, the USADA announces that Berard is banned from international competition for two years after testing positive for 19-norandrosterone, an anabolic agent, but since the test was not administered by the NHL, he is not banned from playing in the league.
WADA president Dick Pound criticizes the decision of the NHL not to penalize Berard and states that the NHL anti-doping policy is "very seriously flawed."
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) "NHL Doping Policy Slammed," CBC Sports Online, Jan. 23, 2006
Feb. 9, 2006 - US Skeleton Racer Banned for Use of Hair Growth Medicine on the Eve of the Winter OlympicsUS Olympic skeleton racer Zach Lund is banned from athletic competition for one year on Feb. 9, 2006, the night before the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. On Nov. 10, 2005 Lund tested positive for Finasteride, a substance in his hair growth stimulant. Finasteride was not on the list of banned substances until Jan. 1, 2005, and was removed from the list on Jan. 1, 2009. The one year ban is a reduction from the two years recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency because the Court of Arbitration determined that "Mr. Lund bears no significant fault or negligence."
CNN (Cable News Network) "Lund Is Handed One-Year Doping Ban," CNN.com, Feb. 10, 2006
Dec. 29, 2006 - President Bush Signs a Law Banning Gene Doping in SportsOn Dec. 29, 2006, President Bush signs into law HR 6344, the "Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006," which prohibits the use of gene doping and bans from athletic competition anyone who uses genetic modification for performance enhancement. WADA had already banned gene doping in 2003.
HR 6344 "Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006," Dec. 29, 2006
Floyd Landis in the Tour of California Time Trial on Feb. 22, 2006
Source: whileseated, "Floyd Landis, Tour of California Time Trial," flickr.com, Feb. 22, 2006 creative commons license
July 23, 2006: Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France when he mounts a comeback late in the race, after having trailed the leader by more than eight minutes.
July 27, 2006: Landis' team, Phonak, announces that his A sample has tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Landis denies any wrongdoing.
Aug. 5, 2006: Landis' B sample also tests positive, and he is fired by Phonak. Landis mounts a legal defense that will eventually cost him more than $2 million.
Sep. 20, 2007: An arbitration panel votes 2-1 against Landis, resulting in a two-year suspension. Landis is officially stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, the first winner in the 103-year history of the race to lose the title for a doping offense.
Bonnie D. Ford "Floyd Landis Timeline," ESPN.com, Sep. 20, 2007
[Editor’s Note: Read more about the testing in our question “Are the laboratories used to test athletes for performance enhancing drugs credible and reliable?“]
Jan. 24, 2007 - NFL Announces Stricter Anti-Doping Policies"The National Football League and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a series of improvements to their policy and program on anabolic steroids and related substances, it was announced today.
The modifications include a 40 percent increase in the number of players randomly tested each week during the preseason, regular season and post-season from seven to 10 per team. Last year, the number of random off-season tests was increased from a maximum of two per player to six per player. These changes bring the total number of steroid tests conducted annually by the NFL to 12,000.
Other changes in the program [include]... the addition of erythropoietin (EPO) to the banned substance list. Testing for EPO will begin with the 2007 annual test that is administered in the spring or summer."
A $500,000 grant is promised to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory to research new testing methods for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
Gary Gaffney, MD "NFL Announces New Anti-Doping Policy," Steroid Nation blog, Jan. 24, 2007
June 25, 2007 - WWE Wrestler Commits Murder/Suicide after Injecting SteroidsProfessional wrestler Chris Benoit kills his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide in their home in Fayetteville, Georgia on June 25, 2007. Benoit has ten times the normal level of testosterone, an anabolic steroid, in his body at the time, as well as amounts of Xanax and Hydrocodone. Georgia's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kris Sperry, states that while Benoit appears to have injected steroids shortly before hanging himself, the role of steroids in the murder-suicide is unclear.
Associated Press "Steroid, Other Drugs Found in Bodies of Wrestler, Wife, Son," ESPN.com, July 17, 2007
Bonds passed drug tests administered by MLB, but his connection to BALCO and evidence that arose in the 2003 BALCO investigation, lead to speculation that Bonds had taken steroids.
ESPN.com "Barry Bonds Steroids Timeline," ESPN.com, Dec. 7, 2007
Sep. 24, 2007 - DEA Announces Largest Steroid Bust in US History"DEA and federal law enforcement officials... announced the culmination of Operation Raw Deal, an international case targeting the global underground trade of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin growth factor (IGF).
143 federal search warrants were executed on targets nationwide, resulting in 124 arrests and the seizure of 56 steroid labs across the United States. In total, 11.4 million steroid dosage units were seized, as well as 242 kilograms of raw steroid powder of Chinese origin. As part of Operation Raw Deal, $6.5 million was also seized."
US Drug Enforcement Agency "DEA Announces Largest Steroid Enforcement Action in U.S. History," Press Release, Sep. 24, 2007
Oct. 5, 2007 - Track Star Marion Jones Admits to Steroid Use during 2000 Olympics
Marion Jones in July 2006
Source: Thomas Faivre-Duboz, "Marion Jones," wikimedia.org, July 9, 2006 creative commons license
ESPN.com "Report: Jones Used Steroids for Two Years before 2000 Games," ESPN.com, Oct. 5, 2007
[Editor’s Note: On Dec. 12, 2007, the IOC strips her of the three gold and two bronze medals that she won in 2000. It also wipes her from the Olympic record books. On Jan. 11, 2008 she is sentenced to six months in prison for lying to the court and deceiving federal investigators.]
A quarter of the athletes have some form of cancer and one-third report thoughts or attempts of suicide.
The risk of miscarriage and stillbirth for these athletes is 32 times higher than the normal German population. Of the 69 children that survived, seven have physical deformities and four are mentally handicapped. More than a quarter of the children have allergies and 23 percent have asthma.
Jacquelin Magnay "Children of Doping Athletes Deformed," Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 1, 2007
Martina Hingis during her first round match with Latisha Chan against Naomi Broady and Maria Sanchez. Day 5 of Roland Garros 2017.
Source: Carine06, "Martina Hingis," flickr.com, June 1, 2017 creative commons license
Hingis claims she has never used cocaine and independently submits to a hair test that is negative for drugs. Hingis, age 27, argues that the urine samples were handled improperly but states that she has no desire to fight the doping officials or to contest the two-year ban.
L. Jon Wertheim, JD "Tennis Mailbag," Sports Illustrated website, May 13, 2009
ESPN.com "Barry Bonds Steroids Timeline," ESPN.com, Dec. 7, 2007
[Editor’s Note: The original indictment was released on Nov. 15, 2007, but a federal judge ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment on Feb. 29, 2008, delaying the start of the trial. A guilty verdict is eventually reached on Mar. 21, 2011 and overturned on Apr. 22, 2015.]
Mitchell is hired by MLB to lead the investigation alleged steroid use by players. The resulting document, known as "The Mitchell Report," outlines recommendations to improve testing for performance enhancing drugs in the MLB. Congress immediately responds to the report by calling Mitchell, Selig, and Donald Fehr, head of the players' union, to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
Read the entire Mitchell Report
Barry M. Bloom, MA "Mitchell Report Proposes Solutions," MLB.com, Dec. 13, 2007
Jan. 11, 2008 - Track Star Marion Jones Sentenced to Six Months in PrisonOlympic gold medalist and track and field champion Marion Jones is sentenced to six months in prison on Jan. 11, 2008 for lying to a court and deceiving federal investigators. The prison sentence comes after Jones was already stripped of her Olympic medals by the International Olympic Committee.
Gary Gaffney, MD "Sentenced to Jail: Marion Jones Will Not Be Coming Out of the (Cell) Blocks for 6 Months," Steroid Nation blog, Jan. 11, 2008
Jan. 26, 2008 - All Russian Rowing Officials Banned from Competition for One YearThe International Rowing Federation, FISA, bans all officials of the Russian Rowing Federation from participating in any FISA activities for one year in the wake of nine doping offenses by the Russian rowing team within 12 months. The athletes involved receive two-year bans from competition.
FISA Executive Committee Doping Hearing Panel Ruling Jan. 26, 2008
Feb. 12, 2008 - World Series Winning Pitcher Roger Clemens Denies Allegations That He Took HGH and Testosterone"[Two-time World Series-winning Major League Baseball pitcher Roger] Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. McNamee says he injected HGH and testosterone into Clemens on numerous occasions and Clemens denies it. The Justice Department begins an investigation into whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied under oath."
Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2008
Apr. 10, 2008 - IOC Rules Teammates of Marion Jones Must Return Olympic MedalsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules on Apr. 10, 2008 that since Marion Jones admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, her eight teammates must also return the medals they won with Jones in the relay races. Seven of the women file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Amy Shipley "Jones's Running Mates Told to Return Medals," Washington Post, Apr. 11, 2008
[Editor’s Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to ProCon.org in response to the IOC ruling:
“We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?… It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal.”]
July 31, 2008 - Seven Russians Caught Doping Prior to Beijing Olympics"A sting operation conducted over the past 16 months result[s]... in the doping suspension of seven female Russian track and field athletes, five of them Olympians, bringing international embarrassment and dealing a potentially severe blow to the country's medal chances in middle-distance running and field events at the Beijing Games.
The women were suspended by track's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, which investigated suspicious Russian tests for more than a year and accused the seven athletes of illicitly substituting someone else's urine for their own in an attempt to subvert antidoping controls."
Jeré Longman "Russian Athletes Are Suspended for Doping," New York Times, Aug. 1, 2008
Under the new law, anabolic steroids may not be present in a horse that is racing. The new rules set forth acceptable levels of the naturally occurring steroids Boldenone, Nandrolone and Testosterone. A horse may be given one of those steroids only under certain therapeutic conditions, and a horse may not race for at least 60 days afterwards."
"Governor Signs Steroids Ban into Law," Press release, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website, Sep. 5, 2008
The drugs got into the players' systems after they purchased and used an over-the-counter nutritional supplement from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain, the league said. Conway and Parke were each fined 10 per cent of their salary - Conway makes $115,000 US this season, while Parke has a base salary of $57,488."
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) "MLS Dishes out First Drug Suspensions," CBC Sports Online, Oct. 16, 2008
Dec. 2, 2008 - Six NFL Players Suspended for Taking Steroid Masking AgentEight National Football League (NFL) players are investigated for violating league drug policy by taking a diuretic called bumetanide. The players, including the New Orleans Saints' Deuce McAllister, claim the drug was in a pill they took to lose weight. Bumetanide is banned because it is considered to be a masking agent for steroids. The NFL's drug policy states that a player can be suspended for four games the first time he tests positive for banned substances.
On Dec. 2, 2008, the NFL suspends six players for four games each, but the players continue to protest the suspension and assert their innocence.
Associated Press "NFL Suspends Six Players for Four Games Each," www.nfl.com, Dec. 2, 2008
Dec. 8, 2008 - NASCAR Announces Stricter Anti-Doping Policy"NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs... under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications... A NASCAR memo sent to teams lists specific banned substances for which crew members must be screened. No similar guidelines were issued for drivers, as NASCAR reserves the right to test competitors for anything. Under the old policy, NASCAR had the right to randomly test based on suspicion of abuse.
Under the tougher guidelines... everyone will be tested before the season begins, and random testing will continue throughout the year. NASCAR expects to randomly test 12 to 14 individuals per series each weekend in 2009. The memo, dated Dec. 8, is the first time the new policy has been laid out in writing and specifies who falls under the guidelines."
Associated Press "NASCAR to Test Drivers Next Month," www.espn.com, Dec. 18, 2008
Amy Shipley "Michael Phelps Happy with Decision to Keep Swimming," Washington Post, May 8, 2009
Feb. 7, 2009 - NY Yankees' Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003On Feb. 7, 2009, Sports Illustrated breaks the story that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in the 2003 drug testing conducted by Major League Baseball to determine if drug testing and penalties should be implemented in the sport. The results of the tests were supposed to be anonymous and players who tested positive were not to be penalized, but the federal government obtained the results during the BALCO investigation. 104 players tested positive but only Rodriguez's name is leaked.
On Feb. 9, 2009, Rodriguez admits in an interview with ESPN that he took "banned substances" during the 2001-2003 seasons. Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid.
David Epstein "Rodriguez Admits to Using Steroids," Sports Illustrated, Feb. 9, 2009
Mar. 24, 2009 - Soccer Federations Reject WADA's Stricter Drug Testing PoliciesThe Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) release a statement on Mar. 24, 2009 announcing that they formally reject WADA's new "whereabouts" rule requiring athletes to tell WADA where they will be for one hour every day.
They also state that they do not accept out-of-competition drug testing for players on vacation because it is an invasion of privacy.
WADA responds by criticizing FIFA and UEFA for their stance, and threatens that soccer may be removed from the Olympic games if the organizations do not comply with drug testing rules.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) "FIFA and UEFA Reject WADA 'Whereabouts' Rule," fifa.com, Mar. 24, 2009
Mar. 28, 2009 - Aug. 6, 2009 - French Tennis Player Blames Positive Cocaine Test on a Girl He Kissed at a Night ClubOn Mar. 28, 2009, French tennis player Richard Gasquet submits a urine sample after withdrawing with an injury from a tournament in Miami, Florida. When both his A and B samples test positive for cocaine on May 11, 2009, Gasquet is charged with a doping offense and banned from competition.
An independent Anti-Doping Tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) holds a hearing on June 29-30, 2009, during which Gasquet asserts his innocence by claiming that the cocaine entered his system when he kissed a girl who had ingested it at a night club.
The tribunal's ruling states that since the amount of cocaine found in Gasquet's system was "about the size of a grain of salt," he is cleared to return to competition. On Aug. 6, 2009, the ITF announces that it is appealing the tribunal's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Associated Press "ITF Appeals Gasquet Reinstatement in Coke Case," Fox Sports website, Aug. 10, 2009
Apr. 17, 2009 - US Cyclist Tyler Hamilton Announces His Retirement After Testing Positive for Steroid DHEAAmerican cyclist Tyler Hamilton, age 38, announces his retirement from professional cycling on Apr. 17, 2009 after testing positive for a steroid called DHEA. Hamilton admitted he was aware that DHEA was in an herbal medicine he took to combat depression. On June 16, 2009, he receives an eight-year ban that the CEO of USADA, Travis Tygart, classifies as "an assurance that he is penalized for what would have been the remainder of his competitive cycling career."
Hamilton was accused of using blood transfusions, human growth hormones, testosterone, EPO, and insulin after failing drug tests earlier in his career. During the 2000 Athens Olympics, where Hamilton won a gold medal, his A sample showed signs of blood doping. The B sample was mistakenly frozen so that it could not be tested, so Hamilton was allowed to keep his gold medal. He tested positive again one month after the Olympics and was banned for two years.
ESPN.com "Hamilton Receives Eight-Year Ban," ESPN.com, June 16, 2009
May 2, 2009 - Winner of the Kentucky Derby Is Tested for Steroids for the First TimeThe 2009 winner of the Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird, is tested for steroids for the first time in the history of the race. The 2008 winner, Big Brown, was known to be on the steroid stanozolol during the race only because his trainer admitted to injecting the horse with steroids, which was legal at the time.
Associated Press "Kentucky Derby Goes Steroid-Free," nbcsports.com, Apr. 30, 2009
May 4, 2009 - US Swimmer's Two-Year Doping Suspension Cut to One Year Due to CircumstancesA doping arbitration panel accepts US swimmer Jessica Hardy's claim that she accidentally ingested the banned substance that caused her to fail a drug test and get dropped from the 2008 US Olympic team one month before the Beijing Olympics. The banned substance, anabolic agent clenbuterol, was in a nutritional supplement made by one of her sponsors, AdvoCare. The panel reduces her suspension from two years to one year.
Hardy may still be unable to compete in the 2012 Olympics because Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter states that any person who has been sanctioned with a suspension of more than six months for a doping violation may not participate in the next Olympic Games following the end of the suspension.
Ron Judd "Swimmer Hardy's Doping Wrist Slap Raises Big Questions," Seattle Times, May 5, 2009
May 7, 2009 - LA Dodger Manny Ramirez Suspended for 50 GamesMajor League Baseball announces a 50 game suspension for LA Dodger Manny Ramirez on May 7, 2009 after he fails a drug test. The suspension is estimated to cost Ramirez $7.7 million in lost salary.
Ramirez releases a statement claiming that his doctor "gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy."
Dylan Hernandez "Dodgers' Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games after Failing Drug Test," Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2009
May 17, 2009 - Bodybuilders Flee TestersThe 2009 National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) Belgium Nationals Bodybuilding Championships are canceled because the 20 competitors flee the site when three anti-doping officials show up unannounced to do surprise steroid testing.
Millard Baker "2009 NABBA Belgium Nationals Cancelled after Steroid Testers Surprise Competitors," Mesomorphosis.com, May 18, 2009
July 30, 2009 - Two Players from the Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series Teams Tested Positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in 2003On July 30, 2009, the New York Times breaks the story that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on the list of 104 MLB baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Ramirez and Ortiz helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, breaking an 86-year losing streak for the team.
Five other players have been tied to positive tests from the 2003 anonymous testing period: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and David Segui. The test results were supposed to be anonymous but were seized by federal investigators. Ortiz and Ramirez were named by lawyers involved in litigation filed by the MLB Players Association, which wants the government to return the list of players who tested positive.
On Aug. 8, 2009, the MLB Players Association releases a statement condemning the decision by the New York Times to publish information that is sealed by a court order.
Michael S. Schmidt "Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on '03 Doping List," New York Times, July 30, 2009
Aug. 6, 2009 - NBA Player Rashard Lewis Receives 10 Game Suspension for Banned Substance"Orland Magic forward Rashard Lewis will sit [out] 10 games in 2009-10 season due to testing positive for a banned substance. It is believed the substance was 'testosterone' possibly due to DHEA in a nutritional supplement.
DHEA -- a testosterone precursor -- usually doesn't raise testosterone level enough to matter, however the drug can throw a positive into a urine test.
The NBA has been remarkably free of steroids and PEDs, either because the drugs have not permeated the NBA culture, or because the steroid testing is weak. This may be only the 4th or 5th steroids-related NBA suspension in history."
Gary Gaffney, MD "Rare NBA Steroid-Related Suspension: Orlando Magic player Rashard Lewis Reportedly out 10 games for Drug Policy Violation (Test
Jan. 7, 2010 - Boxers Walk Away from $25 Million Each in Disagreement over Drug Testing ProceduresA boxing match between two of the world's top boxers, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao, is canceled when they cannot agree on drug testing procedures leading up to the welterweight title fight.
In Dec. 2009, Mayweather accused Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs. Mayweather wanted both boxers to submit to random blood and urine tests in accordance with the protocol of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The testing would have been beyond the requirements of the Nevada Athletic Commission, the agency responsible for drug testing for boxing matches in Nevada.
Pacquiao, who has never failed a drug test, agreed to give unlimited urine samples but believed that two blood samples would be sufficient to establish the lack of banned substances in his system.
The fight had the potential to be the highest-grossing boxing match in history, with each boxer estimated to earn $25 million for his participation.
Associated Press "Pacquiao-Mayweather Bout Is Off," SI.com, Jan. 7, 2010
Jan. 11, 2010 - Mark McGwire Admits to Using Steroids during His Baseball Career"Mark McGwire admitted on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including during the 1998 season when he broke the then single-season home run record..
McGwire hit a then-record 70 homers in 1998 during a compelling race with Sammy Sosa, who finished with 66.
But McGwire consistently asserted that he would have hit home runs without PEDs."
ESPN.com "McGwire Apologizes to La Russa, Selig," ESPN.com, Jan. 11, 2010
Bonnie D. Ford "Landis Admits Doping, Accuses Lance," ESPN.com, May 20, 2010
Aug. 19, 2010 - Roger Clemens Indicted on Charges of Lying to Congress about Using Performance Enhancing Drugs"Roger Clemens, the larger-than-life pitcher who appeared destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington on Thursday [Aug. 19, 2010] on charges that he lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
The 19-page indictment charged Clemens, 48, with three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress during his testimony in a nationally televised hearing in February 2008 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
If convicted, Clemens could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, but under current sentencing guidelines, a conviction would most likely bring a 15- to 21-month sentence. He would probably receive less prison time if he accepted a plea agreement."
Michael S. Schmidt "Clemens Lied about Doping, Indictment Charges," New York Times, Aug. 19, 2010
Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, the jury of eight women and four men could reach a unanimous verdict only on one of the four counts against Bonds. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the others, a messy end to a case that put the slugger -- and baseball itself -- under a cloud of suspicion for more than three years...
The case also represented the culmination of the federal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids ring. Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts...
Each count Bonds was tried on carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. However, federal guidelines suggest a total sentence of 15 to 21 months."
Associated Press "Bonds Found Guilty of Obstruction," SI.com, Apr. 13, 2011
Apr. 8, 2011 - Manny Ramirez Retires after Failing Another Drug TestManny Ramirez retires from baseball after testing positive for an unnamed banned substance, an infraction that would have carried a 100-game suspension. At the time of his retirement Ramirez was playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. In May 2009 Ramirez, then playing for the LA Dodgers, received a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
Dylan Hernandez "Tampa Bay's Manny Ramirez Retires After Testing Positive for Banned Substance," Los Angeles Times Apr. 8, 2011
July 16, 2011 - North Korean Soccer Players Reportedly Struck by Lightning, Treated with Deer Musk, and Tested Positive for Steroids"Five North Korean soccer players tested positive for steroids at the Women's World Cup. Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, said [on July 16, 2011] that after two players had been caught during the tournament this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more positive results. A North Korean delegation told FIFA that the steroids had accidentally been taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands to treat players who were struck by lightning on June 8 during training."
Associated Press "North Koreans Fail Doping Tests," New York Times, July 16, 2011
Aug. 4, 2011 - NFL to Become First Major American Sports League to Conduct Blood Tests
NFL players ratified a new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday [Aug. 4, 2011], hours after it was finalized, and the contract allows the NFL to become the first major U.S. professional sports league to use blood testing for human growth hormone...Players eventually would be subject to random testing for HGH, in addition to annual checks -- as is the case for all banned substances in the league's drug-testing program -- only after the union is confident in the way the testing and appeals process will work.
ESPN.com "NFL players ratify new CBA," ESPN.com, Aug. 5, 2011
Aug. 18, 2011 - First Professional Athlete in the US to Test Positive for HGH Is Suspended for 50 Games"Mike Jacobs, a first baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization who has played over 500 games in the major leagues, including dozens with the Mets, is the first professional baseball player to test positive for human growth hormone, a banned performance-enhancing drug.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Jacobs, who was playing for the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, has been suspended for 50 games for failing the drug test. The Rockies subsequently released him.
Jacobs, 30, is the first professional athlete in the United States to test positive for H.G.H., said a spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency...
His blood sample was sent to U.C.L.A.'s Olympic Analytical Laboratory, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and scientists there detected H.G.H. in it. The drug, which is believed to boost lean muscle mass and aid in recovery, is illegal to possess in the United States without a doctor's prescription."
Feb. 3, 2012 - Two-Year Doping Investigation of Cyclist Lance Armstrong Ends with No Charges"Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Armstrong on Friday [Feb. 3, 2012], ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the world's most famous cyclist and his teammates joined in a doping program during his greatest years.
Armstrong steadfastly has denied he doped during his unparalleled career, but the possibility of criminal charges threatened to stain not only his accomplishments, but his cancer charity work as well. Instead, another attempt to prove a star athlete used performance-enhancing drugs has fallen short, despite years of evidence gathering across two continents.
'I am gratified to learn that the U.S. Attorney's Office is closing its investigation,' Armstrong said in a statement. 'It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it. I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor, and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction.'
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. announced in a press release that his office 'is closing an investigation into allegations of federal criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.'"
Bonnie D. Ford "Feds Won't Charge Lance Armstrong," ESPN.com, Feb. 4, 2012
Feb. 6, 2012 - 2010 Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador Found Guilty of Doping and Stripped of Title"Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title Monday [Feb. 6, 2012] and banned for two years after sports' highest court found the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day...
The ruling came just three days after U.S. federal prosecutors dropped a doping investigation involving seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong. The American was a teammate of Contador during the Spaniard's 2009 Tour victory. The revised list of champions shows Armstrong and Contador combined to win nine of the 11 Tours from 1999-2009.
[Contador] becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping. The first was American Floyd Landis, who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, stands to be elevated to the top spot."
ESPN.com "Sports Court Strips Contador of 2010 Tour," ESPN.com, Feb. 6, 2012
[A]t least part of Braun's defense hinged on his sample having been collected on a Saturday afternoon -- Oct. 1, after the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLDS -- but not in time for the doping control officer to get it to FedEx that day. The sample was not delivered to FedEx for shipping to a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Montreal until the following Monday afternoon...
[A] source with knowledge of the sample said that the seals on the sample were unbroken when it arrived at the lab, and that standard lab tests on the sample showed that it had not degraded...
A source familiar with the situation said... that his testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was three times higher than any result in the history of baseball's [drug testing] program...
'We always felt he was innocent,' Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a telephone interview, 'and I have to believe him and I have to trust him.'
Major League Baseball, however, offered a strong dissent to the ruling in a statement from executive vice president Rob Manfred, saying that the league 'vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das [who was fired by MLB on May 14, 2013].'"
David Epstein "Braun Wins Drug Suspension Appeal," Sports Illustrated, Feb. 23, 2012
[Editor’s Note: After being implicated in the Biogenesis scandal and suspended for 65 games in 2013, Ryan Braun admitted that he did use performance enhancing drugs in 2011, contrary to his earlier claims of innocence. In an Aug. 22, 2013 statement , Braun stated, in part:
“Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation. It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.
I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator’s decision in February 2012. At that time, I still didn’t want to believe that I had used a banned substance.”]
Aug. 23, 2012 - Lance Armstrong Stripped of His Seven Tour de France Titles After Declining to Fight Doping Charges"Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles late Thursday [Aug. 23, 2012] after he refused to fight allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Mr. Armstrong notified the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he wouldn't fight the charges the agency brought against him in June, a move that, according to USADA, immediately strips him of all of his athletic titles going back to Aug. 1, 1998, roughly a year before his first Tour de France victory. USADA said Mr. Armstrong is also banned immediately from competing in Olympic and other elite-level sports for the rest of his life."
[Editor’s Note: On Oct. 10, 2012, USADA released its evidence against Lance Armstrong in a 202-page document titled “Reasoned Decision Of The United States Anti-doping Agency On Disqualification And Ineligibility” .
On Oct. 17, 2012, Nike released a statement to announce the termination of its contract with Lance Armstrong, “due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.”
On Oct. 22, 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) also agreed to strip Lance Armstrong’s titles including his seven Tour de France championships. The UCI said it will “disqualify all competitive results achieved by Mr. Armstrong from 1 August 1998 thereon.”
On Jan. 17, 2013, Lance Armstrong in an interview with Oprah Winfrey officially admitted to having used performance enhancing drugs starting from the mid-1990s through his final Tour de France win in 2005. Armstrong told Oprah: “I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs that were incredible beneficial for endurance sports, and that’s all you needed. My cocktail was only EPO, transfusions, and testosterone.” He insisted that he did not dope or use blood transfusions at all in 2009 or 2010.]
Aug. 5, 2013 - Alex Rodriguez Suspended through 2014; 12 Players Suspended 50 Games for Violating MLB Drug Policy
"Major League Baseball's investigation into the link between the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and performance-enhancing substances provided to more than a dozen players culminated in Monday's [Aug. 5, 2013] announcement that 13 players have been suspended.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez topped the list on one of the most significant disciplinary days in baseball history. MLB handed down a suspension that would sideline the 38-year-old Rodriguez without pay through the end of the 2014 regular season [If his appeal is denied and he serves out his suspension, there will still be $61 million left on the final three years of his contract, 2015-17]...
Rodriguez's discipline, MLB said in its written announcement, is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the basic agreement is for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation...
The players who were handed 50-game suspensions that effectively end their regular seasons include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and recently demoted Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin.
Minor Leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos, Cesar Puello and Sergio Escalona were also suspended...Brewers All-Star left-fielder Ryan Braun agreed to a season-ending 65-game punishment last month."
Paul Hagen "A-Rod gets ban through 2014; 12 get 50 games," MLB.com, Aug. 5, 2013
The opinion also said that Bonds, 50, may not be tried again on the same count."
John Branch, "Appeals Court Overturns Barry Bonds's Only Conviction," New York Times, Apr. 22, 2015
"Secret data revealing the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world's most prestigious events can be disclosed for the first time today [Aug. 2, 2015], after the biggest leak of blood-test data in sporting history...
The blood-doping data reveals that a third of medals, including 55 golds, have been won in endurance events at the Olympics and world championships by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests — yet the authorities have failed to take away any of the medals...
The data in the files has been kept under lock and key for years at the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Monaco headquarters, but was released by a whistleblower who was seriously concerned about its 'disturbing' content...More than 800 athletes — one in seven of those named in the files — have recorded blood-test results described by one of the experts as 'highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal'."
The Sunday Times "Revealed: Sport's Dirtiest Secret," thesundaytimes.co.uk, Aug. 2, 2015
[T]hese investigative reports demonstrate strong corroborating evidence that the Moscow laboratory has been involved in a widespread cover-up of positive doping tests...
Although the IC [Independent Commission] report and recommendations are confined to Russia and athletics, the IC wishes to make it clear that, in its considered view, Russia is not the only country, nor athletics the only sport, facing the problem of orchestrated doping in sport."
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes attempted to overturn the suspension, implemented by the body that governs world athletics.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has ruled [on July 21, 2016] it can stand...
Separately, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering calls to ban all Russian competitors from the Rio Games following a second report into state-sponsored doping.
Some Russian athletes could compete in Rio as neutrals if they meet a number of criteria, including being repeatedly tested outside their homeland...
[A]nother Wada-commissioned report delivered earlier this week - the McLaren report - contained more damaging allegations and suggested senior figures in Russia's sports ministry were complicit in an organised cover-up."
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) "Rio Olympics 2016: Russia Fails to Overturn Athlete Ban for Next Month's Games," bbc.com, July 21, 2016
Geir Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in bridge events, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and the female fertility drug clomifene at a World Bridge Series event in Orlando in September...
The World Bridge Federation (WBF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and as such abides by World Anti-Doping Agency rules."
Press Association, "World's No 1 Bridge Player Suspended after Failing a Drugs Test," theguardian.com, Mar. 1, 2019
Rory Jiwani, "WADA Bans Russia From Major Global Competitions for Four Years," olympicchannel.com, Dec. 9, 2019
One of the defendants is trainer Jason Servis, who prosecutors say 'doped virtually all horses under his control,' including Maximum Security, the colt that crossed the finish line first at last year's Kentucky Derby but was disqualified for interference. Last month, Maximum Security won $10 million in the inaugural Saudi Cup."
Prosecutors indicted 27 horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors for their roles in doping racehorses with the goal of improving their performances in races to win prize money.
Sonia Moghe and Eric Levenson, "Trainer of Champion Horse Maximum Security among 27 People Indicted in Horse-Racing Doping Scheme," cnn.com, Mar. 10, 2020
"Under the new collective bargaining agreement (ratified on Mar. 15, 2020), players who test positive for marijuana will no longer be suspended. Testing will be limited to the first two weeks of training camp instead of from April to August, and the threshold for the amount of 9-delta tetrahydrocannabinol — or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana — needed to trigger a positive test will be raised fourfold...
N.F.L.’s laxer standards are a big departure from the past. But while players will not be suspended for positive tests, they can be fined several weeks’ salary, depending on the number of positive tests. First-time positive tests will, as before, mean diversion into a league-mandated treatment program. Players who refuse to take part in testing or clinical care can be suspended for three games after a fourth violation, with escalating penalties for further violations."
Ken Belson, "N.F.L. Bows to Marijuana's New Status," nytimes.com, Apr. 13, 2020
Matthew Futterman, "Doping Tests Go Virtual. Is It Temporary or a Glimpse of the Future?," nytimes.com, Apr. 15, 2020
Dave Quinn, "Olympians Pilot Virtual Drug Testing Program during Coronavirus Pandemic," people.com, Apr. 15, 2020
With only months until the rescheduled 2020 Olympics (now happening in 2021), Chief Executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, stated, "It would be naïve for us to think people have not taken advantage this time."
Tygart reported that, according to an anonymous survey given to 1,400 athletes, almost 10% said they had taken performance-enhancing drugs in the past 12 months, including 2.5% who reported using testosterone, human growth hormone, and other drugs that increase red blood cell capacity and oxygen capacity, all three considered the most potent PEDs. 4% admitted marijuana use.
Matthew Futterman, "Doping Tests Are Returning, but It Might Be Too Late," nytimes.com, Oct. 23, 2020
The USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) welcomed the new law. But the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) questioned why American college and professional leagues were removed from the act and voiced concerns of conflicting rules: "No nation has ever before asserted criminal jurisdiction over doping offenses that occurred outside its national borders -- and for good reason. It is likely to lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions that will compromise having a single set of anti-doping rules for all sports and all anti-doping organizations under the World Anti-Doping Code."
George Ramsey, "US Anti-Doping Bill Welcomed as 'Monumental Day' in the Fight for Clean Sport amid WADA Criticism," cnn.com, Nov. 18, 2020
George Ramsey, "US Anti-Doping Bill Signed into Law," cnn.com, Dec. 5, 2020
The court stated, “The consequences which the panel has decided to impose are not as extensive as those sought by WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency]. This should not, however, be read as any validation of the conduct of RUSADA or the Russian authorities.”
WADA banned Russia for four years on Dec. 9, 2019.
Tariq Panja, "Russia’s Doping Ban Is Cut to a Largely Symbolic Two Years," nytimes.com, Dec. 17, 2020
Houlihan was notified that the appeal was denied on June 11, 2021. The penalty is a four-year ban, meaning the runner will not be able to compete in the US Olympic trials or the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, where she was expected to be a medal contender.
Houlihan claims the positive test is the result of eating a pork burrito containing pork offal (entrails and internal organs) about 10 hours before the Dec. 2020 test. A Feb. 2015 study funded by WADA indicated that pork offal could cause a false positive for nandrolone.
Sean Ingle, "US Olympic 1500m Contender Houlihan Banned for Four Years despite Burrito Excuse," theguardian.com, June 15, 2021
Jill Martin and Hollie Silverman, "An Olympic Runner Was Banned after Testing Positive for a Steroid. She Believes It's a False Positive from a Pork Burrito," cnn.com, June 15, 2021
According to an Olympics team list released on July 6, 2021 by USA Track & Field, Sha'Carri Richardson will not compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics although her suspension will end before the 4x100-meter relay event.
Kevin Draper and Juliet Macur, "Sha’Carri Richardson, a Track Sensation, Tests Positive for Marijuana," nytimes.com, July 1, 2021
Steve Almasy and Jill Martin, "Though Her Suspension Ends before Relay Event, Sha'Carri Richardson Left off US Olympic Track Team," cnn.com, July 6, 2021
Sep. 14, 2021 - WADA to Review Status of Marijuana as Prohibited DrugThe World Anti-Doping Agency stated: “[F]ollowing receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo [Executive Committee] endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022.”
World Anti-Doping Agency, “WADA Executive Committee Endorses Recommendations of Non-Compliance of Eight Anti-Doping Organizations,” wada-ama.org, Sep. 14, 2021
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