Doctors Jeroen Swart (left) and Lee Gordon (right) are part of the team that will be will sharing their expertise at the new clinical practice at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. (Image: University of Cape Town)Dr. Jeroen Swart wants to make the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) more relevant.That’s his goal, and he plans on doing that by restarting the centre’s clinical practice and making the years of expertise in sports medicine more accessible to athletes, professional and the nations weekend warriors.Swart, team doctor of Ajax Cape Town since 2007, has tapped his contacts in sports medicine to assist in re-establishing a centre of excellence in a field of medicine that has been neglected in sports mad South Africa. The good doctor says the aim of his initiative is, “to make our discipline more relevant to the broader public.”Doctors associated with some of the countries winning franchises have been asked to bring their experience and training to bear. Jason Suter, Sid Allie, Adrian Rotunno, Gabi Prinsloo, Lee Gordon and Mike Kiessig, doctors from the Stormers / Western Province rugby, IPL cricket, cycling team MTN-Qhubeka, Rugby Sevens and AJAX, will be available to consult with general practitioners treating sports related injuries.“Not all doctors are trained to recognise or treat sports injuries or to provide exercise rehabilitation to prevent and rehabilitate chronic diseases. Sports stars of the future could be side-lines by misdiagnosis and inappropriate management,” said Swart.Swart, who also headed up the players medical centre during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, intends to make the institutes research around sports injuries and treatment freely available. “Lots of what we do in research is filed away and never read. It needs to be applied practically.”NEW PROJECTSSSISA has also planned to run two new initiatives that will involve working in the fields of cardiac and orthopaedic care as well as rehabilitation. Swart plans assisting with Victoria Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation programme by Dr Nasief van der Schyff and his team.“We are planning to implement a public sector rehabilitation service here at the SSI, with the added benefits to the public of our accessibility and proximity to Newlands station and bus routes,” said Swart.In line with achieving the goals set out in the field of orthopaedic care SSISA is working to strengthen its ties to University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.“In the near future we hope to work closely with orthopaedics to be able to manage both non-surgical and surgical cases where rehabilitation is necessary,” said Swart.ACCESS TO CAREERS IN SPORTS SCIENCEAnother goal set out by the SSISA is to highlight career paths for current and aspiring sport and exercise physicians.“We’re training them in our specialist programmes but few work exclusively in the sport and exercise medicine sector,” said Swart“We should be creating new opportunities for them.“This career pathing also extends to the academic field, limited presently to the probably half a dozen individuals around the country.”
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Sunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a,Sunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a second round of fame and notoriety. This is certainly not how Rani dreamt it would all turn out. What Indians officials have set out to prove is that Rani got a raw deal from Korean sampling and testing procedures – and evidence seems to corroborate this. The documents of the tests carried out at the Doping Control Centre, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (DCC-KIST), Seoul – available with INDIA TODAY – indicate that all is not right with the laboratory with the highest possible rating (ISO 17025). Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot, secretary, the Amateur Athletics Federation of India (AAFI), used these documents when presenting Rani’s case in Monte Carlo last week before the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), where they met IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai, Chairman of the Anti-Doping Commission of the IAAF Arne Ljungqvist, and Anti-Doping Officer Gabriel Dolle.Following meetings in Monte Carlo, Kalmadi said that the IOA was not going to suspend Rani. “The fact that the IAAF accepted the Indians’ version and did not want Rani suspended appeared a positive sign,” he says. Bhanot adds, “The AAFI is going to back her all the way given the discrepancies in the documents.”THE DOPE ON NANDROLONE Increases testosterone and nortosterone levels in body, improves stamina, muscle mass, strength, virility. Lowers body fat, repairs muscles.The human body can naturally produce nandrolone, particularly after consumption of large quantities of meat or after vigorous exercise.Nandrolone may have been generated in Rani’s body since she had been taking ginseng-based vitamin tablets.Adults have up to 0.6 ng/ml of the substance in their urine. The IOC cutoff limit for nandrolone in the body is 5 ng/ml. Anything above this is positive.But are the loopholes big enough for Rani and the Indians making the plea on her behalf to slip through?What is working most in Rani’s favour is the fact that she was not notified of the date and the time of her B-sample test in writing. During a dope test, an athlete’s sample is divided into two parts, with the first – the A-sample – being sent for a test. Should that prove positive and the athlete appeal against the result, only then is the B-sample tested. According to international regulations, the athlete has to be given the opportunity to be present at the B-sample test.Other documents detail major procedural lapses. The dates on the sample sheets are wrong; computers in an International Olympic Committee – accredited lab like Seoul’s – which nabbed world champion Ben Johnson for steroid use in 1988 – are not expected to print incorrect or even half-legible dates.advertisementIn some places, numerals are overwritten by hand, a practice that has raised immediate doubts. According to Indian claims, the variations in the nandrolone contents in Rani’s samples are too high to be scientifically accurate.In another lapse, one analyst has signed for another colleague on the DCC-KIST document. In a test report dated October 14, the analysis was carried out by Myungsoo Kim, the director of the DCC-KIST, and his colleagues Seung Woon Myung and Yunje Kim. Strangely, Myung has signed at two places – for himself as well as for Yunje Kim. The Indians have used this and other examples to raise questions about the testing procedures Other procedural irregularities brought to the notice of the IAAF are: Both urine samples (A and B) were analysed at the same laboratory by the same staff. Under regulations, should a team protest, as the Indians did, the tests should have been carried out at another lab and analysed by a different team.There was no Olympic Council of Asia representative when the B samples were being tested. This is an infringement of Rule 5.6 of the Medical Book of the Busan Asian Games Organising Committee. It also violates the guidelines set by the OCA’s medical commission.After her first sample tested positive, Rani was not informed in writing about the presence of nandrolone in the sample, as is mandatory.Prior to being asked to testify before officials following her first positive test, she was not given sufficient notice. According to Kalmadi, established procedures at all international events require an athlete to be given enough time to file a written response.The sample collection area was not isolated with no security posted to restrict entry. The Indians say the “chain of custody” required of a legitimate dope test was broken, so the chance of sampletampering could not be ruled out.The Indians accuse a sampling officer of misbehaving with Rani, starting a row, claiming the athlete had not filled the urine beakers properly. The resulting altercation may have led her to “cause mischief ” according to the Indians. INDIA TODAY had the printouts of the dope test results analysed by sports medicine specialist and medical adviser to the Indian Hockey Federation R.K. Tuli (an ex-air force doctor, he’s also a consultant at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in holistic medicine). In his opinion, the test results are “clearly unacceptable, and very casual”. According to Tuli, given the wide variations in nandrolone content, the potency of chemicals used for the tests can also be questioned.In her deposition to the one-man Sushil Dutt Salwan Commission of Inquiry into the incident, Rani categorically maintained that she had not taken any banned substance. She had tested negative on September 30 at Delhi’s Dope Control Centre on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for Busan.Besides Rani, Salwan had questioned her coach Renu Kohli, the team’s chief coach Bahadur Singh Chauhan, chairman of the Medical Commission of AAFI Dr Jawaharlal Jain, Russian coaches Vladimir Polahan and Oleksandr Krasieshchikov, recovery expert Vladimir Portebenkov and a host of SAI officials, including Director (sports medicine) P.S.M. Chandran, before stating that Rani could not be held guilty based on the evidence before him.Clearly, there are several indicators that all was not right at the Seoul laboratory. But there are reasons to be cautious. The dope control laboratory in Delhi, set up in 1988 and functional from 1990, is not IOC-accredited. Its results have no validity in an international forum, but it is still used as a clearing house to test Indian athletes before departure for any major competition.No matter where samples are procured, all dope tests conducted in India have to be conducted at the laboratory housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, there are areas in Indian dope-testing procedures that are far from foolproof. Firstly samples, held in sealed bottles, are transported from the area of collection to the dope control laboratory without precautions like a temperature-controlled environment that preserves them in the exact state they were in at the time of collection.The laboratory itself operates with a small staff-a biochemist and a pharmacologist, two scientific assistants and three laboratory assistants- which conducted tests on 52 samples of Indian athletes in a two-and-a-half-day period before the team’s departure for the Asian Games. According to the deposition made to the Salwan Committee by Dr Sheila Jain, one of two scientists working in the laboratory, the capacity of laboratory tests per day was no more than 15. When asked about the load of conducting 52 tests in a 60 hours, she replied that the staff had worked around the clock but challenged the suggestion that there could have been an error during this process. Not just the possibility of lapses in the laboratory, the Rani case also served as a clear indicator of the medical negligence and callousness that Indian athletes, no matter how qualified, have to suffer. In case of a problem an Indian athlete can consult any one of three doctors: either one based in Patiala, the official Indian athletics team doctor, or any of the Russians hired by SAI. The treatment or medication given by one of them need not be communicated to the other two. Neither Jawaharlal Jain, who was present in Busan, nor Dr Bimla Bhatia, scientific officer at NIS Patiala, had a detailed medical profile of Rani with them. When she was called in before a medical panel in Busan after her first positive dope test, Rani had asked Jawaharlal Jain to inform the panel that she had been under medication for 18 months due to a stress fracture. Jain didn’t do so, telling the Salwan inquiry that he thought it was “irrelevant.”The lack of awareness of banned substances is rife not just in athletes but also among their coaches. The first time the coaches received the “Blue Book” which listed and explained banned drugs was in 2001. Indian athletics chief coach Bahadur Singh and Kohli told Salwan that they had not read the book.Based on a scrutiny of the Seoul documents, an IAAF hearing panel will now decide whether to accept or reject the Indian case. Should it reject the appeal, it will return to the IAAF’s antidoping commission which will then refer it to a three-member arbitration panel, known as the International Court of Arbitration made up of IAAF members and based in Monte Carlo. Sunita Rani’s ordeal is not yet over, nor it appears, is her race completely run.-with Sharda Ugraadvertisementadvertisement