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16 December 2005

The following is a summary of the decision of the Sports Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand in the case of New Zealand Federation of Body Builders Inc v Tony Ligaliga (SDT/11/05), an anti-doping violation application. This is not the written decision of the Tribunal for the purposes of its rules.

Body builder, Tony Ligaliga, who took the party drug BZP (Benzylpiperazine), has been suspended for a period of two years by the Sports Disputes Tribunal. Mr Ligaliga tested positive for BZP while competing in the Auckland Body Building Championships on 21 May 2005.

BZP is not specifically named as a prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Code 2005 Prohibited List. It is, however, a stimulant and is a prohibited substance because it is a substance “with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)â€

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You can read the Tribunal's decision in full here:

http://www.sportstribunal.org.nz/downlo ... cision.pdf

The Tribunal acknowledged Tony had not taken the drug for performance enhancing purposes...

6. All parties to this proceeding, including the Tribunal, accept that Mr Ligaliga is not a drug cheat. In fact, he entered for the Auckland Championships during which he was tested, with the deliberate aim of obtaining a drug-free test so that he could compete at the World Games. He has represented his country at many events, including the South Pacific Games, the Annual South Pacific Championships, the Annual Men's World Championships and the World Games. He has never before failed a drug test. As one witness said:

“His message is very much a drug-free sport. He is constantly educating others on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. The only drug education I have ever received as an athlete is through Tony...â€

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SAD SAD DAY , One day some one might listen to me regards this whole drug testing issue, its got to be keept inhouse , BBing is a unique sport that will never be accepted by general populas so why involve them in it if they dont like it or understand it !!!

Oh well another bad press realise , but there is more to come , just wait !!

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In the last month there has been 2 cases where athletes been handed down a 2 year suspension. Both times the press have made the sport of bodybuilding look bad. What sort of field day are the press going to have during the next few months, as there is a lot of talk going on regarding more of our athletes waiting to have their cases heard. This is only going to tarnish the NZFBB,s name even further, which will hinder any chance of the federation being able to get funding from any organization. As members do we want to try and get the federation to introduce another division to cater for those athletes who wish to compete out of drug tested competitions. If you look at the IFBB/NPC amateur competitions in the USA, some are not tested, where others are by way of the athlete having to undertake a polygraph test, which the athlete pays for. This could easily work here, couldn't it????????

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Hog let me correct you--- No testing is done by the NPC !!!

The NPC is owned, yes owned by Jim Manion whom is also the President of the IFBB Pro division.

The NPC asks, yes asks!! who would like to represent the USA in the IFBB worlds, and then they are responsable for there own testing and charges !!! That is why only second teer athletes only go , the rest are trying to win the nationals and a pro card !!

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SAD SAD DAY , One day some one might listen to me regards this whole drug testing issue, its got to be keept inhouse , BBing is a unique sport that will never be accepted by general populas so why involve them in it if they dont like it or understand it !!!

Oh well another bad press realise , but there is more to come , just wait !!

Absolutely right Hardcor.The penalty does not fit the crime.What a shambles.Tony did the Auckland contest as he knew it would be drug tested and he needed a negative result to go to the World Games which has a bodybuilding segment(this is not the World Champs by the way)

He still went to the World games so someone cocked that up.It seems the Sports Drug Agency didn't even know if the substance was banned!If they dont know how can the athlete be expected to know?Yet he is told that he is responsible to find out!

Is this substance performance enhancing and if it is in what quantity.Dont forget back in 2004 a bodybuilder exceeded the allowable limit for caffeine and even though caffeine was removed from the banned list on 1.1.2005 a suspension was imposed on the athlete.The argument was that the positive test occured when caffeine over a certain limit was a drug offence.

Just imagine 100 years ago in some countries if you stole a sheep you could be hanged.The law has changed now but if there are any men out there about 130 years old dont confess to stealing a sheep or you will be strung up under the old law.

What has happened to the principle of fairness-2 years never.

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This whole drug testing thing is becoming a embarresment for the NZFBB, it is toataly miss managed !!!

Thats twice now in this year that 2 athletes have returned negative tests but yet have competed in the nominated shows they were being tested for !!! Shouldnt all this be known prior to the competition, and at registration you present your clean test record(it is meant to happen at the IFBB Worlds)

You would think that having all this sorted out prior to the athlete flying out to the show would save alot of embarresment for all parties concerned !!( and money) I dunno is that just to logical or some thing !!!

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What a crock of shit , how are the athletes supposed to know the drug is banned if not listed. "Similar in chemical structure" what are we all supposed to have chemistry degrees and look at every single substance to see if their structure is similar ??:)

MEDIA RELEASE

16 December 2005

The following is a summary of the decision of the Sports Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand in the case of New Zealand Federation of Body Builders Inc v Tony Ligaliga (SDT/11/05), an anti-doping violation application. This is not the written decision of the Tribunal for the purposes of its rules.

Body builder, Tony Ligaliga, who took the party drug BZP (Benzylpiperazine), has been suspended for a period of two years by the Sports Disputes Tribunal. Mr Ligaliga tested positive for BZP while competing in the Auckland Body Building Championships on 21 May 2005.

BZP is not specifically named as a prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Code 2005 Prohibited List. It is, however, a stimulant and is a prohibited substance because it is a substance “with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)â€

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On the subject of drug testing, Yes you are correct in what you have heard. The talk around the gyms is that there are 2 males and 1 female that have tested positive. No doubt their names will be released in due course. This will be another black mark against NZFBB, it's not as if they don't have enough problems at the moment. This will only make matters worse. The time has come for some serious changes regarding the drug testing. Other members on this forum have made suggestions, lets hope the federation look into it.

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oh man! what a cluster! a bit of a shame though at the fact the NZFBB is a clean organisation, or supposed to be, and everyonne knows that if you compete in it you need to stay clean, or you get the trophy taken off you. runs the sport down when this goes public.

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