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Petitioning World Anti-Doping Agency, International Olympic Committee

Implement the Copenhagen Reform Proposals #EmpowerWADA

****** UPDATE 12/9/16 ****** Statement of the USATF AAC Regarding the Conclusion of the McLaren Investigation  The findings of the McLaren investigation details absurdity in its purest form. These findings are absolutely devastating to clean athletes; athletes who have sacrificed day in and day out for years to accomplish their goals, only to find out that the system has completely failed to ensure they are competing on an even playing field. If the corruption detailed in the report was able to occur on such an "unprecedented scale" in one country, where else has it been happening?  The USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Committee will not be satisfied until: ·      WADA has completely independent governance from major sports organizations such as the IOC, the IAAF and other international federations and events across all sports. ·      WADA is given the authority and capacity to investigate all instances of World Anti-Doping Code violations and to impose appropriate consequences for non-compliance. ·      International championships are no longer held in countries where the national anti-doping organization (NADO) is not fully compliant with World Anti-Doping Code ·      A plan and timeline is put in place to ensure all developing and non-compliant NADO's become compliant with World Anti-Doping Code so that athletes are competing on a level playing field year-round, whether they are training at home or competing abroad. ·      A program is implemented by WADA to protect "whistleblowers" and encourage them to come forward if they have information about doping violations on a small or large scale. ·      Proper financial investment is made for the above items to occur. As we stated earlier this week, we stand with the 17 NADO's that composed and agreed upon reform proposals at the Special NADO Summit in Copenhagen in August. The above items are covered by these reform proposals. ***** End 12/9/16 Update ****** We, the members of the Athletes Advisory Committee of USATF, join together to endorse the Copenhagen Reform Proposal proposed by 17 national anti-doping organizations in August 2016. We feel strongly that IOC and WADA governance should be separate, and that the IOC should invest the necessary funding in WADA for it to be effective. These would be landmark steps toward protecting clean sport athletes globally, and restoring faith in Olympic Sport. Background (from ESPN.com): Newly elected AAC chair Jeff Porter, a two-time Olympian in the 110-meter hurdles, said athletes are deeply dissatisfied with what they view as slow, piecemeal responses by international authorities to the Russian doping scandal that has unfolded over the last two years. He said U.S. track and field athletes wanted to make a statement ahead of what they anticipate will be more evidence of corruption when law professor Richard McLaren releases Part II of his WADA-commissioned independent investigation on Friday. "These systemic issues can no longer be tolerated," Porter told ESPN.com. He added that many athletes are galvanized to the point where they would contemplate more drastic actions, such as boycotting events. "I am hopeful and optimistic that we won't need to, but if we need to, I think the athletes are prepared to," Porter said. The upcoming conclusion to the McLaren report is looming large in the minds of athletes, who wonder if the fourth major set of investigative findings to be issued in the last 13 months will be enough to tip leaders into aggressive action. McLaren's July findings regarding state-sponsored doping in Russia "fed every conspiracy theory" that athletes normally try to keep from distracting and deflating them, said recently retired U.S. distance runner Lauren Fleshman. "We give up a lot of personal freedom and allow our privacy to be invaded for drug testing, and we do it on the assumption that it's being done everywhere else," Fleshman, a two-time national champion in the 5,000-meter event, told ESPN.com. "It should be [the IOC's] responsibility to pay for things that are going to keep their brand from public humiliation. Everyone tells us that athletes can make a difference. But we've never tested it." The petition drive took shape after athletes heard a presentation by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, who traveled to Orlando at the athletes' request, Porter said. USADA was among the agencies that participated in the Copenhagen meeting. Lauryn Williams, one of a handful of athletes to have won medals at both the Summer (2012 gold, 4 x 100 meters) and Winter Games (2014 silver, two-woman bobsled), also signed the petition and said she is outraged that competitions are still being scheduled in Russia. "They were passing [urine] samples through a hole in the wall and they expect athletes to go back there?" she said, referring to revelations made by former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov about drug-testing sabotage at the 2014 Sochi Games. "Stop backing athletes into a corner. Move the competition and don't tell me it's too expensive. That's bullshit." Our original hardcopy of this petition includes approximately 80 signatures from elite athletes who met in Orlando, FL, for the USA Track & Field annual convention in December 2016. It has been sent to Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA. We now wish to push for broader athlete support by creating this online version.  

USATF AAC & the TFAA
498 supporters
Petitioning World Anti-Doping Agency, United States Anti-Doping Agency, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Michigan LARA

Remove marijuana from banned substances list in MMA

As a professional MMA fighter, I and other MMA fighters are regularly tested in competition, randomly, by the state of Michigan and anywhere else we choose to compete.  Cutrently, in the state of Michigan, if you have any of the following substances in your system while in competition, you will receive a ban from 6 months - an indefinite amount of time: - cannabis/marijuana (all forms) - amphetamines (like adderall)  -  benzos (like Xanax and Klonopin) These are just just a few that the state looks for and namely the ones that I have a problem with. The state of MI does not permit a Theraputic Use Case for any reason, and even though medical marijuana was legalized, they still do not permit medical marijuana users to test “positive” in competition. I would also like to mention that while the state does test for medications that are commonly prescribed by psychiatrists for insomnia, ADD, anxiety, and digestive issues, they do NOT test for a single Performance Enhancing Drug or PED.  As someone who suffers from anxiety, insomnia, and has been struggling with digestive issues for the better part of the last two years (that has landed me in the hospital four times in the last 8 months and I’m still chasing a diagnosis), it is important to me to be able to use medical marijuana to treat my conditions with minimal side effects.  Last note, personal: the prescriptions given to me by my psychiatrist interact with each other and cause qt-prolongation and a few other long term heart problems, weight gain, suicide, and depression to name a few. The medications prescribed by my GI doctor to treat my stomach pain and lack of appetite ALSO had serious side effects whereas medical marijuana gives me dry eyes. 

Hayley Turner
350 supporters
Petitioning Tribunal Arbitral du Sport - Court of Arbitration for Sport, World Anti-Doping Agency, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Justice for Paolo Guerrero

On May 14th, 2018 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) also known for its French initials TAS (Tribunal Arbitral du Sport) decided to extend the suspension sentence given to Peruvian soccer player Paolo Guerrero and we believe this is an injustice as Paolo has maintained a clean record throughout his career.  On November 5th, 2017 Paolo tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine and was suspended by FIFA for 12 months; following an appeal by Guerrero, the suspension was reduced to 6 months, making him eligible to play in the FIFA World Cup which is set to start on June 14th. This would have been his first (and possible only) appearance at a World Cup since the Peruvian national team has not appeared in one since 1982 and Paolo is 34 years old. It has been proven time and time again that Paolo Guerrero did not willingly consume cocaine or any other drugs; what's more, the CAS Panel agrees that Guerrero "...did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance." Though they did find that there was negligence on his part. However it has been determined that the adverse finding was caused by a consumption of a TEA containing the substance. If this sounds ridiculous, it's because it is. The CAS has now decided to extend Paolo's ban to 14 months, making him ineligible to play in the World Cup and potentially ruining his career. Please see below for the official TAS-CAS media release. I am calling on the TAS-CAS to reverse today's decision and put the 6 month ban back in place in order to allow Paolo Guerrero to fulfill his dream of playing in a World Cup for the first and possible only time in his career. Based on the TAS-CAS media release, a 6 month ban is more than enough for the minimal degree of negligence stated. The Peruvian population is deeply affected by this decision as it has essentially shattered the dreams of millions to see our beloved "Capitan" playing in the world's biggest sporting event.  #justiceforpaologuerrero  MEDIA RELEASEFOOTBALL – ANTI-DOPINGCOURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) PANEL IMPOSESA 14-MONTH PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY ON PAOLO GUERREROLausanne, 14 May 2018 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has partially upheld the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee (the FIFA AC) on 20 December 2017 (the FIFA AC Decision) in which a 6-month period of ineligibility was imposed on thePeruvian football player Paolo Guerrero further to an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Benzoylecgoninemetabolites). The CAS decided to increase Mr Guerrero’s suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today, withthe period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the totalperiod of ineligibility to be served.The FIFA AC had considered that Mr Guerrero had been able to establish that the adverse analytical finding had been caused by the ingestion of a tea containing the prohibited substance. The FIFA AC decided that the Player bore some degree of fault or negligence (although not significant) in committing the anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and therefore that a proportionate period of ineligibility had to be imposed. Taking into account the circumstances of the case, the FIFA AC imposed a 6-month period of ineligibility on the Player, instead of the 1-year minimum suspension provided by the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, applicable in case of no significant fault or negligence.Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA AC Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him. WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the FIFA AC decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months. Two arbitration procedures were registered by the CAS which were consolidated and referred to the same Panel of arbitrators who held a hearing with the parties at the CAS Headquarters in Lausanne on 3 May 2018.The CAS Panel confirmed the existence of an ADRV committed by Mr Guerrero but also accepted that he did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance. However, the Panel considered that the Player did bear some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing the ADRV. Considering that, in case of no significant fault or negligence, the sanction should, in accordance with the applicable FIFA rules, be in the range of 1 to 2 years of suspension, the CAS Panel considered that the appropriate sanction would be 14 months in light of the Mr Guerrero’s degree of fault.The CAS Panel has only issued its decision. The reasoned award with the grounds for the Panel’s decision will be notified to the parties in due course.

Beatriz Apolaya
187 supporters