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Drugs in Sport

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Mathhew Chadwick with the Silver Saddle trophy. Photo: HKJC

Belarusian shot putter stripped of Olympic gold

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 3:24am

Chinese teen star's splash causing ripple effects

Curiouser and curiouser becomes the tale of Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen, a story of a prodigy who has stunned and divided the world of sports.

The 16-year-old and her country's sports training system have been given the British media treatment following her remarkable gold medals and record-breaking performances, and she has been dubbed the Mandarin Mermaid.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Guilty in court of public opinion

It was a different time, an era of insignificance for a game once referred to as the American national pastime. The ramifications of a crippling player's strike and the first ever cancellation of a World Series in 1994 seemed to linger for years. Attendance was down and so was general interest in the game.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Led to the slaughter?

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador says he fell victim to it. So does Hong Kong's badminton star Zhou Mi. A judo team in Tianjin raises its own pigs to ensure they are not contaminated. Even the Hong Kong Sports Institute has banned the serving of pig offal to its elite athletes.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Banned for athletes - and farmers

Clenbuterol is used for chronic breathing disorders such as asthma.

It is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned substance list because it can stimulate the beta-2 receptors, which in turn help an athlete to build muscle by allowing the body to release and burn more stored fat.

This is why it's used by livestock farmers to enhance lean pork.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Other cases

Jessica Hardy

The American swimmer tested positive during the United States Olympic trials in 2008 and received a one-year ban. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tried to extend the ban to two years, but lost in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Hardy blames a tainted nutritional supplement.

Josephine Onyia

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zhou's career is thrown lifeline despite doping ban

Suspended shuttler Zhou Mi is welcome to seek a post-playing career with the Hong Kong Badminton Association once her two-year doping ban is over, the organisation's chairman said yesterday.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is literally the mythological soul of America. There are 295 elected members in the hall - 240 are former players while the rest are owners, executives and umpires. They are all, reputedly, people who have done things the right way and never, ever cheated the game.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Racing lab leads anti-doping field

He has been involved in uncovering some of the biggest racing scandals in Hong Kong for more than a decade, but Dr Terence Wan See-ming and his team at the Jockey Club Racing Laboratory are more proud of the fact that every sample is treated the same - and that every test is right.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

Tony LaRussa is the ultimate enabler. You only wish that you had a boss like him. Actually, you only wish you were one of his favourites because if you were, he would berate and discredit anyone with the temerity to question your moral character and do it all with a very stern tone.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Excuse is possible: chief chemist

The chief racing chemist responsible for carrying out the Jockey Club's drug-testing programme, Dr Terence Wan See-ming, admits it is plausible that the Ketamine positive returned by Kevin Leung Ka-wai could have been produced by a small amount of the drug ingested unknowingly.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Patients' concerns over steroids are based on misconceptions

Two recent hearings before the Hong Kong Medical Council have put the spotlight on steroids.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Alvin Sallay

Ignorance is no excuse for the position badminton ace Zhou Mi finds herself in - banned from the sport for two years, dropped from the Asian Games squad and also possibly out of the 2012 London Olympics. Effectively, the 31-year-old's playing career is over. Why? Because in June, Zhou was in Singapore and feeling under the weather.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Zhou Mi to appeal 2-year dope ban

A tearful Zhou Mi said yesterday she would appeal a two-year doping suspension that could end the former world number one's career and has rocked Hong Kong's Asian Games medal hopes.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

As five-time champion Jacques Anquetil once remarked: 'The Tour de France is not won on mineral water alone'. He was underlining the fact that nobody really wanted to know what it took to survive three weeks of agony through the mountains, hills and plains of Europe.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am