Posted by Editor on 11/2/05
WADA to Ban IVs in 2006
Editor's Note: This raises implications for cycling, especially at the major Tours.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will ban the use of intravenous infusions on athletes for the purpose of quickening their recovery. The new rule will come into force from the beginning of 2006.
The topic of intravenous infusion produced quite a stir at the Helsinki IAAF World Championships in August, when two Czech decathletes, Roman Sebrle and Tomas Dvorak, were given a 5-percent glucose IV drip before the last event of their gruelling competition.
The procedure was carried out by the Czech Republic's team physician at the Olympic Stadium, and was witnessed by several individuals.
The Czech team doctor first requested glucose from the official medical services of the games organisers, but as he was not given any he resorted to his own supply and administered the IV drip himself.
According to the rulebook, intravenous infusion can only be administered by an official physician of the games. In the middle of an ongoing event, the procedure can only be carried out on the basis of a serious medical concern to the athlete.
The Czech athletes were given an IV drip an hour and a half before the concluding event of the decathlon, the 1,500 metres.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), athletes were allowed to use intravenous infusion for recovery purposes but not for blood manipulation, such as diluting blood to mask the use of doping substances.
No doping substances were found from the decathletes' samples.
In Finland, the use of intravenous infusion in the middle of an event is categorically forbidden.
In WADA's view, the IAAF acted tamely when it failed to inform WADA's impartial observers of the administration of an IV drip in this case.
On the other hand, WADA itself has also been criticised that its ruling on the use of intravenous infusion during the Helsinki World Championships was open to various interpretations.
The Finnish Anti-Doping Committee reported to WADA on the use of intravenous infusion and asked for additional clarification.
This paid off, as from the beginning of 2006 the use of such procedures will be unambiguously forbidden, unless it is performed on the grounds of an acute medical concern. Even then the measure can only be administered by the event organisers' official medical team.
The term "acute medical concern" is still open to interpretation, but at least an IV drip can no longer be used to speed up recovery, as was the case in Helsinki.
WADA's report praises the Finnish doping control and the actions of the Helsinki games test organisation, which included nearly one hundred people.
At the 2005 Athletics World Championships, 884 doping tests were taken from 705 athletes. Two athletes, an Indian discus thrower and a Ukrainian hammer thrower, were caught using illegal substances.
One female athlete whose sample raised a few eyebrows discovered to her considerable surprise that she was in fact pregnant - she only learnt of the fact after her dope test showed traces of the hormone HCG. HCG is produced by the placenta, and has been used - at least in male athletes - as a agent to hide other illegal substances.
After a gynaecological examination, the woman was congratulated and cleared of any suspicions of doping.
Lori-Ann Muenzer to Speak at OCA Cycling Celebration
Canada's first Olympic gold medal winner in cycling, Lori-Ann Muenzer will be at the OCA's cycling celebration Awards night November 19th. Lori-Ann won the gold medal at Athens Olympics in 2000 in the Women's match sprint finals.
Born in Toronto, Lori-Ann started road racing in 1987 with Toronto Cycling Club Local Motion and she has been track (velodrome) racing since 1994. Apart from the Olympic gold medal, Lori-Ann has won many other international medals, prominent ones being two silver and two bronze medals at World Track Cycling Championships and one silver and two bronze medals at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Championships.
An inspiring career, where she had to juggle working full time to support herself financially and also meet the gruelling demands of training, her dedication and determination paid off in Athens. On the way to the top she crossed many hurdles - injuries, limited financial support and scarce training facilities.
Limited seats available. For tickets please call: 416.426.7416.
Act now! As of November 1st, the event is 65% sold out!
Gran Prix of Gloucester # 1 - Gloucester, MA
October 29, 2005
1 Tim Johnson (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau 57:44
2 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Bikes at 1:39
3 Troy Wells (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 1:48
4 Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona s.t.
5 Matt Kelly (USA) Alan Factory 1:56
6 Jesse Anthony (USA) Clif Bar 1:58
7 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets 2:20
8 Shannon Skerritt (USA) Vanilla Bicycles 2:26
9 Matt Shriver (USA) Kona/Easton 2:45
10 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Bikes 2:48
18 Benoit Simard (Can) Specialized Canada/Périgny 4:09
26 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 5:16
32 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 6:15
40 Tristan Galbraith (Can) Kona 6:50
51 Myles Romanow (Can) HVC/Jessie's 9:51
at 1 lap
61 Phil Cortes (Can) UC Sable
71 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing
1 Troy Wells (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 59:32
2 Jesse Anthony (USA) Clif Bar at 0:10
3 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Bliss Racing 1:58
4 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 3:28
5 Zak Grabowski (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 4:00
at 1 lap
15 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing
1 Lyne Bessette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau 43:24
2 Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella at 0:49
3 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona 0:51
4 Christine Vardaros (USA) Velo Bella 1:03
5 Melissa Thomas (USA) Tokyo Joes/GoLite 1:19
6 Georgia Gould (USA) Kona 1:34
7 Rhonda Mazza (USA) Team S&M/Vanilla Bicycles 2:02
8 Stacey Spencer (Can) Cycle-Smart/Javelin 2:07
9 Ann Knapp (USA) KONA 2:20
10 Melodie Metye (USA) VeloBella 2:34
25 Joanie Caron (Can) Élicycle Sports-Experts 6:44
31 Caroline Lavoie (Can) Biogen Idec 7:30
Gran Prix of Gloucester # 2 - Gloucester, MA
October 30, 2005
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 59:09
2 Adam Craig (USA) Giant at 1:30
3 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 1:32
4 Tim Johnson (USA) 1:56
5 Jesse Anthony (USA) Clif Bar 1:59
6 Mark McCormack (USA) Team CLIF Bar 3:11
7 Matt Shriver (USA) Kona/Easton 3:21
8 Jonathan Baker (USA) Primus Mootry Racing 3:27
9 Carl Decker (USA) Giant 3:39
10 Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona 3:41
16 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets 4:49
22 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 5:12
31 Benoit Simard (Can) Specialized Canada/Périgny 6:28
at 1 lap
49 Ryan Belliveau (Can) Giant Bikes
51 Brooke Boocock (Can) Cycle Logik Racing
54 David Gagnon (Can) Sportif Bromont
69 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing
1 Jesse Anthony (USA) Clif Bar 1:01:08
2 Troy Wells (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar at 2:41
3 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 3:13
4 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Balance Bar/Devo 6:16
5 Brady Kappius (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 6:57
at 1 lap
7 Ryan Belliveau (Can) Giant Bikes
8 Brooke Boocock (Can) Cycle Logik Racing
14 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing
1 Lyne Bessette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau 43:46
2 Ann Knapp (USA) KONA at 0:26
3 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona 0:45
4 Melissa Thomas (USA) Tokyo Joes/GoLite 1:33
5 Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella s.t.
6 Rhonda Mazza (USA) Team S&M/Vanilla Bicycles 1:46
7 Stacey Spencer (Can) Cycle-Smart/Javelin 1:55
8 Melodie Metzger (USA) VeloBella 2:28
9 Christine Vardaros (USA) Velo Bella 2:43
10 Allison Baumhefner (USA) NorCal Velo 3:08
34 Joanie Caron (Can) Élicycle Sports-Experts 7:48
at 1 lap
49 Caroline Lavoie (Can) Biogen Idec
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