• Icann W. Neustoo

Rampant Steroid Use in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

The IOC has delegated responsibility for all TUE applications to the International Testing Agency (ITA). This means that the ITA is now fully responsible for the TUE application process for all athletes that fall under the IOC’s jurisdiction. All TUE applications now need to be directed to the ITA. Further information can be found linked here, with the TUE application form linked here.

A confidential source close to the editor has purported that a Canadian coach has administered steroids to a substantive number of athletes thru his injections of various anabolic substances. The coach has been training his athletes first at the University of Toronto then at the Vancouver sports complex. Historically he has been blamed for his involvement in steroids and incidences which resulted in him being charged with criminal offenses based on his steroid use. Seattle Telegram cannot disclose the name in fear of reprisal, however the picture below depicts his cousin who has also sold anabolic steroids historically.

The Olympic Charter reflects the importance that the IOC places on the fight against doping in sport and its support for the Code as adopted by the IOC. The IOC, as Signatory to the Code, has established and adopted these Rules in accordance with the Code, expecting that, in the spirit of sport, it will contribute to the fight against doping in the Olympic Movement. The Rules are complemented by other IOC documents and WADA documents including, inter alia, the International Standards.

The IOC is a Signatory to the Code and these Rules are adopted by the IOC in accordance with the mandatory provisions of the Code. In accordance with the Code and these Rules, the IOC has agreed to delegate some of its responsibilities related to the implementation of all or part of the Doping Control in relation to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to the ITA as further described hereunder, including without limitation, test distribution planning, TUEs and Results Management. The ITA, in turn, may sub-delegate the implementation of Doping Control as appropriate and customary to other Delegated Third Parties (for example to Tokyo 2020 or Sample collection agencies). References in these Rules to the ITA shall exceptionally, due to the IOC’s status as a Major Event Organization and where applicable within the context of the aforementioned delegation, be construed and interpreted as references to the ITA acting on behalf of the IOC.

Notwithstanding the above delegation to the ITA (or other Delegated Third Parties), and in accordance with the Code and the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories, the IOC shall, as the Signatory, remain responsible from a Code compliance perspective for all aspects of Doping Control conducted at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Further, and for the avoidance of doubt, while the ITA may act on its behalf, the IOC shall be considered as the party asserting anti-doping rule violations and for the purpose of any actions taken within the Results Management process, including proceedings in front of the hearing body or in any other matter under these Rules where that role would appropriately fall to a Signatory under the Code. Without limitation, this includes the position of applicant, and in the event of appeal.

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