Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"10-1,000 times more sensitive than anything else recorded..."

Matt McGrath of the BBC Reports...
"US researchers have developed a new way to detect performance-enhancing drugs that they say is 1,000 times more sensitive than current tests.
"In the laboratory, the new screen detected stimulants and steroids in minute concentrations.
"The method is inexpensive and works with existing equipment, the scientists claim.
"If validated, the test would significantly extend the time in which cheating athletes could be caught...."

51 comments:

  1. Hmm... The method was developed by a "Dr. Armstrong" who happens to come from Texas. Which makes sense because "The new method wouldn't work for blood doping, nor would it detect human growth hormone, said the researchers."

    If only "Dr. Nadal" could developed the test for blood doping and HGH.

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  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25727050

    ""There is some searching for additional help, we found a strong connection between those taking legal cognitive enhancers and those taking illicit ones," said Prof Simon.

    "There seems to be a certain proportion of our society that is willing to take a bit more of a risk to gain an advantage.""

    "Between 1% and 2% of athletes in elite sport return positive tests, according to figures from the World Antidoping Agency (Wada), though officials admit this is likely to be an understatement."

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25687002

    ""They didn't seem to care, it didn't seem to be a problem for them. The competition is so high, those guys are ready to do anything to make the difference."

    And while making a permanent change to the genome may be complex - using a disabled virus to carry the genetic medicine to the cells - Philippe Moullier says there is now a shortcut, which delivers temporary results: injecting the purified gene directly into your muscle.

    In the years since he was visited by the ex-cyclists it has become possible for anyone to get hold of the EPO gene on the internet."

    "For over 10 years we've been developing this technology, and we believe we have the tools to detect gene doping. And as to when it will be implemented, it's something that Wada keeps at its discretion. We need to validate this because as you know our technology can be challenged in the court."

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  3. Here's a prediction of how this will play out: A number of players will get caught with the new testing. Only a couple of low level players will get named. The big ones will lawyer up and weasel out of it when a "scientist" explains why the rigors of tennis can cause a false positive and it will be swept under the rug. In other words, the same thing that happened when a large swath of players were caught using Nandrolone. In any case, it might help clean up the game for a time after that until the cheats come up with something new.

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  4. Why is this new technique published? Why dont just tested it and see how it catch a lot of players? Imagine when suddenly 100 tennis players get caught, just to validate Stuart Miller's statement.

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  5. Why is this new technique published? Why dont just tested it and see how it catch a lot of players? Imagine when suddenly 100 tennis players get caught, just to validate Stuart Miller's statement.

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  6. Istomin can only get one game(!) against Nadal at Miami. Wiped off the court in less than an hour. Rafa has certainly corrected the deficiency in his programme that showed up in his Indian Wells loss to Dolgopolov. But don't expect to see "the new detection system" working on him any time soon. If it was working it would be working - without official fanfare.

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    1. no, no, no... his back isn't bothering him (at the moment), that's all.

      ;-)

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    2. Nadal is back to beast mode. The beast looks invincible presently.

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    3. Nadal just needed a nice rest, which he got after losing early to Dolgopolov! in Indian Wells. Now that he's refreshed he's playing like his usual beast-self. Nothing suspicious here.

      0_0

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    4. Meanwhile, Nadal has won the Laureus comeback of the year award

      ‏@LaureusSport:Rafa says how much the Award means to him having worried he wouldn't make it back to competing during injury. #LWSA14
      https://twitter.com/LaureusSport/status/448823672954839041
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      Disappears from the tour due to a "debilitating" knee injury, but yet comes back to dominate. Very Normal, no?

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    5. Nadal is playing like a beast indeed. After his successes of 2013 and the shocking loss against Wawrinka (and Dolgopolov), I thought he could be heading for a down period, but it's not the case at all! I'd be very surprised if he isn't holding the champion's trophy Sunday afternoon.

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  7. I recently overheard a conversation between two coaches at a local track meet - amateur level. One of the coaches was insistent that a certain runner out there was juicing, because of his extraordinary powers of recovery - on "hgh", he said. So if a no-name small-time amateur runner dopes and can obviously get away with it, what are the chances that the professionals dope - in any sport?

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  8. PEDs have shown that they extend an athletes career at the top.

    During baseballs "steroids era, you had many players playing well into their 40s (whereas the traditional peak was about 30). See Bonds, Clemens, Ryan , Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez,...).

    As well, Lance Armstrong had a late career surge (didn't win much before his late 20s).

    I am pretty sure you will see similar suspicious performances from older athletes in marathon, biathlon, cross country skiing, triathlon, and other "physical" sports.

    Tennis is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the average age of grand slam winners. Of course, the fanboys explain this away by claiming that the young players today are "clowns".

    In the case of Rafael Nadal, you have a defensively oriented player who is playing near his best tennis of his career, as he approaches his 28th birthday. Traditionally, defensively minded players started winning at a young age, but ran out of gas by the age of 25 (Borg, Hewitt, Courier, Wilander, Chang). Nadal started winning young (18), but has been at his peak for 10 years now.

    This is highly suspicious, yet the tennis fanboys rationalize it away, proving, people really do believe what they want to believe.



    For example :

    http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=428177

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=495708

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    1. With the injury talk surrounding the guy since at least 2006, I was one who believed the guy would be retired by age 26. Yet, he is still there playing lights out tennis and dominating with his grinding style of play at 28. The miracles of modern medicine!

      Should he somehow lose the 2014 RG final, what are the chances he takes a medical leave of absence soon after? I'd say higher than a 90% chance he does.

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  9. Its really "miraculous" how Nadal suddenly became a beast again in Miami after a mediocre tournament in Indian wells. I hope one day someone will write an exhaustive list of all the strange facts marking Nadal's career. It will be very long. Probably much longer than the same list for all his main rivals combined.

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  10. Just because Nadal looks good in Miami while losing to Dolgopolov in IW doesn't mean he started juicing in between. He was most likely on the juice all the time.

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    1. To peak, as usual, in the clay-court season.

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  11. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=495802

    More "explaining away the suspicious", without identifying the obvious.

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    1. Its amazing : how could all those guys be so naive about Nadal? Was it the same with Armstrong before he got caught?

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    2. The denial is strong. Here's another thread: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=494788

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    3. They're just Rafatard trolls. Not to be taken seriously.

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    4. Yes, some are trolls whilst others are genuinely in denial.

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    5. "Was it the same with Armstrong before he got caught?"


      Absolutely.

      I monitored the cycling site "cycling the clinic" while the noose was closing around Armstrong. If you noted your suspicions about Armstrong there, you were called "jealous", "lazy", "stupid", "conspiracy nut", "moralizer" , amongst other things.

      The reaction by the SUCKERS that support Nadal, is virtually identical. The denial is blatantly obvious.

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    6. You guys have it kind of wrong about tennis. At the age of 39, I was able to play matches for 2 hours a day 3 days a week (level 3). I am in fairly good shape but do not dope. Tennis is not an endurance sport the way cycling is. They are night and day. There is no way I could cycle for 2 hours but I can play tennis. Has anyone on this blog ever tried to cycle for 8 hours ? Some endurance sports are fraught with doping. Cycling is one. I believe euro soccer is another. Tennis isn't even an endurance sport. I think what we are seeing in tennis are ways to keep joints healthy through PRP and stem cell therapy, neither of which are illegal as long as bioidentical techniques are used.

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    7. Well if doping gives you no advantage in tennis then there is no point in tennis having any kind of anti-doping programme, right? I am sorry but your "level 3" tennis is about as relevant to the professional game as the experiences of a middle-aged jogger are to the feats of Kenyan Olympic marathon runners. Different universes.

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    8. So doping wouldn't have helped either of the 2012 Australian Open finalists in their 5.5+ hour marathon match? Or Nadal in his back to back marathons in 2009? Let's try very hard not to be retarded here. 6 hours a week at level 3 compared to 10 hours in 2.5 days at elite, world class level....

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    9. Tennis isn't an endurance sport? What a crock - of course it is an endurance sport.

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    10. "Well if doping gives you no advantage in tennis"

      Holy shit, what a clumsy strawman.

      He siad he doesn't believe they're using EPO but HGH you genius.

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    11. HGH isn't doping? (Incidentally "he" mentions neither EPO's nor HGH.) Your contributions have been missed.

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  12. Doesn't Nadal get HGH via PRP "treatment" for his convenient "injury"? Unless there is a rule mandating injuries to be examined and certified as such by a doctor appointed by a central authority, players can claim whatever injury they want and take treatments that suit them.

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  13. Off topic, but by request, I updated the "Curious Case of Rafael Nadal" post. It has been awhile and my memory of his crap since that time is jumbled, but let me know if you find anything I missed over that span.

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    1. Much appreciated THASP; will give it a read.

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    2. Great extension on the article. Well written as always. A few thoughts:

      ‘Again, Nadal miraculously overcame this just a month later Nadal, winning Montreal, then defeating Djokovic in the U.S. Open and an uncharacteristically strong end-of-the-year finish’ - I think it’s worth noting that he won his first Cincinnati title as well, earning him the ‘summer slam’ of three HARD COURT tournaments (2 masters and a slam no less) back to back (Shame about those knees eh) and also maintaining a perfect hard court record thus far in the season – an unprecedented feat for Nadal.

      I think rather than saying Nadal ‘tanked the rest of the season’, it would be best to point out that he actively SKIPPED it, while incrementally delaying his return from injury with each tournament that came to pass, totalling at 7 MONTHS off, before the Chile tournament in Feb. I only say this because some might take ‘tanked’ to mean he just showed up and lost, which we know he didn't have the testicular fortitude to do.

      By the way, this article has a very skeptical, useful timeline of Nadal’s knee issues for 2012/2013; should be some great stuff to use: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/14/rafael-nadal-s-damn-knees-a-timeline.html

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    3. Link to "The Curious Case of Rafael Nadal" for anyone who hasn't read it. It is a must-read.

      http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.ca/2011/02/curious-case-of-rafael-nadal.html

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    4. Thanks for updating - will definitely read it and check it out.

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  14. Thanks for this great blog. What an eye opener!

    I used to watch Chris Evert and the like play. What a change in the game since then... She had the normal build of a woman her age.

    Your pictures section, esp Montfils, Rafa, and Serena, is amazing.

    Keep up the great work!

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  15. The testers are one step behind. There is now widespread use of stem cell therapy which is undetectable (and not even illegal by the way). Doping testing will be moot once availability of stem cell treatments become cheaper for the masses. I think we will see the current generation of players have the ability to play as if they were in their 20s, well into their late 30s and even 40 years old. Stem cell therapy is that effective.

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  16. Any thoughts for what's happening in Miami today. Both Nishikori and Berdych whithdrew from their matches. Both of them seemed more than ok in their QFs matches.

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    1. It looks like both were really injured. And the relentless playing style of their opponents perhaps made them see the pointlessness of playing, that too injured.

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    2. I know there are conspiracy theories going around about them being paid off, but I think they were both legit injured. Nishikori has been plagued with injury problems the last couple of years and Berdych rarely pulls out of matches so I am inclined to believe both of them.

      Berdych hasn't beaten Nadal since 2006 I believe. He probably figured if he wasn't close to 100% he didn't have a chance in hell and decided to just pull out rather than go out there, play a few games, then retire.

      Hopefully the fans who paid for tickets can get a refund.

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    3. wishful thinking, no refunds or any other compensation for package tickets

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    4. I suppose if there's another match scheduled during the same session there would be no refund, even if it's just a doubles match or a WTA match. I mean, some people only want to see the big ATP names but they're out of luck when something like this happens.

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    5. What would Djokovic's season so far have looked like if he didn't lose a few points against Wawrinka at the Australian Open? Pretty darn good, considering that he was the only one who had Stan pretty close. And this is in spite of him looking seriously off colour at Dubai and Indian Wells. What do you think guys, peaking in time for the French Open?

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    6. ^^ I am of course implying that he will tailor a possible doping regimen for this.

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    7. Hey if it has to be that way to finally take out Nadal then so be it. And believe me, I am against doping but it seems that's the only way to beat that guy, on clay especially. Djoker did it in 2011 (except Federer took him out at the FO so he didn't get a chance to play Nadal there during his best season) many many times.

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