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WBC distributes urgent reminder regarding PED testing, disclose whereabouts or face...

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FDA Approves First Blood Test for Brain Bleeds After Mild TBI/Concussion

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018 in Latest News | 0 comments

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a blood test in February for two biomarkers associated with bleeding after traumatic brain injury (TBI); the test is intended to identify patients who do not need to undergo imaging for intracranial lesions. If performed within 12 hours of injury, the test is almost 100 percent accurate, the FDA said in its February 14 announcement. The assay was approved in less than six months under the FDA Breakthrough Devices Program, in part to help prevent….. View Full...

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Al Bernstein’s #Boxing Hangouts – with Guest Dr. Margaret Goodman 2.0

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Al Bernstein’s #Boxing Hangouts – with Guest Dr. Margaret Goodman 2.0

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Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on THE WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM

  THE WBC AND VADA WISHES TO INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM . WBC PRESIDENT , MAURICIO SULAIMAN FROM MEXICO AND VADA PRESIDENT MARGARET GOODMAN WILL MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE MGM MEDIA CENTER ON SATURDAY MAY 7 IN THE COMPANY OF SEVERAL BOXING ICONS WHO ENDORSE THIS LOABLE WORK TO KEEP OUR SPORT CLEAN. PROFESSIONAL BOXING’S FIRST YEAR-ROUND UNANNOUNCED AND RANDOM PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG TESTING PROGRAM Las Vegas, Nevada: The World Boxing Council (“WBC”) in association with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) is proud to announce the formal launching of the Clean Boxing Program (“CBP”). Under the CBP, the top fifteen (15) WBC-rated fighters in each weight class will be subject to random, year-round unannounced testing for performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and other prohibited methods in a program to be administered by VADA. The WBC, founded in 1963 and presided by the late Dr. Jose Sulaiman for 38 years, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the sport of boxing and implementing safety measures for the protection of all boxers.  The WBC’s and VADA’s common goal is to have a clean sport No one regulatory body oversees all of professional boxing. At the present time, testing for PEDs is limited and without uniformity from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman representing their respective organizations are committed to educate fighters and the boxing community on the dangers and consequences of consuming PEDs. That goal has lead to the implementation of the different facets of the CBP around the world. The CBP also aspires to educate fighters about the benefits of utilizing effective nutrition and training practices. The CBP offers a multi-tiered approach, beginning with a mandatory webinar entitled “Winning Fair with the Clean Boxing Program.” The webinar will advise fighters about their obligations under the CBP and the required paperwork that must be completed. It will also discuss the CBP/VADA prohibited drug list, PED side effects, and the risks of prohibited supplement use. Fighters will be given a 90-day window from May 9, 2016 to view the webinar and file their registration and whereabouts forms. Those items, in addition to all policies, procedures and protocols, are available on the WBC web site at  Anti-doping experts and confidential counseling will be available to fighters who enroll in the CBP. This groundbreaking program is mandatory for all WBC champions and the top fifteen WBC-rated fighters in each weight class. The CBP also has available funds to incorporate any other fighter who enrolls on a voluntary basis. Each athlete who is tested and other authorized parties under the CBP will receive notification of his or her test results. For further information, contact the WBC at or VADA at The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2011 to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. Since its inception, VADA has conducted hundreds of anti-doping tests worldwide, using only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratories and certified doping collection officers. VADA’s officers and the members of its board of directors have more than 100 years of experience in boxing. VADA is honored to have Dr. Don Catlin (widely regarded as the “father of anti-doping testing”) as its scientific advisor. PROGRAMA DE BOXEO LIMPIO...

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WBC (World Boxing Council) joins forces with VADA

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Latest News | Comments Off on WBC (World Boxing Council) joins forces with VADA

It is with great pleasure to announce that the WBC (World Boxing Council) has joined forces with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to initiate the WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM first proposed by our late President Dr.Jose Sulaiman Ch. Now under the directive of our President Mauricio Sulaiman this program will be another WBC dream come true. Along with the invaluable support and tireless efforts of VADA and President Dr. Margaret Goodman, the PROGRAM will start with our participation in the testing funding for the upcoming Super Lightweight Division World Championship between Viktor Postol (Ukr) and Lucas Matthysse (Arg) scheduled October the 3rd 2015 for the vacant WBC Superlightweight world championship. The WBC-VADA program is quite ambitious, and its main goal aside from testing is to educate the athletes on the danger and disadvantages that doping can bring to their present and future wellbeing, along with the penalties in testing positive for prohibited substances, in or out of competition. The WBC-VADA initiative tutorials as well as complete policies and procedures will be available to all through our WBC website. It is the WBC’s firm position to become a bastion of a drug free boxing profession. The program has been planned, designed and developed with countless hours of hard work and dedication of many passionate members of the WBC and VADA. It is basically divided in 3 primary objectives : -Awareness program to educate and prevent boxers about the dangers of substances and the tragic effects that they can lead to. This is done by tutorials, webinars , forums , materials , etc…. -Out of competition Random testing -Voluntary enrollment by fighters. The WBC and VADA will be continuously reporting progress of this historic venture and we are certain that the boxing community at large will endorse and participate ti achieve the main goal which is protect our athletes and our...

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The Physician and Sports Medicine: “Determining Brain Fitness to Fight” by Dr. Tad Seifert et. al

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Latest News | Comments Off on The Physician and Sports Medicine: “Determining Brain Fitness to Fight” by Dr. Tad Seifert et. al

Click to view PDF:  Phys_SportsMed_AUG15

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Al Bernstein’s #Boxing Hangouts with Special Guest Dr. Margaret Goodman

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Latest News | Comments Off on Al Bernstein’s #Boxing Hangouts with Special Guest Dr. Margaret Goodman

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Press Release: Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky named Chairman.

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Latest News | Comments Off on Press Release: Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky named Chairman.

The North American Boxing Federation is proud to announce that Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky has accepted the Chairmanship of the NABF Medical Board.   Dr. Homansky, is a former Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) commissioner, former NSAC Medical Advisory Board Chairman & Chief Ringside Physician for over twenty-five years, former Association of Boxing Commissions vice-president, current vice-president of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.   There is probably no one in the world with more medical experience as it relates to boxing.  Dr. Homansky worked thousands of Nevada’s fights, and some of the greatest fights ever hosted by the state including Hagler-Hearns, Hearns-Leonard, all Bowe-Holyfield bouts, and many fights featuring Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson and Oscar De la Hoya.   He was instrumental in many safeguards now in place in boxing including lobbying to change championship rounds from 15 to 12, and instrumental in Nevada becoming first state to include HIV and anabolic steroid testing. For these reasons and many others, in 2006 he was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America James A. Farley Award in recognition of a career marked by “honesty and integrity.”   Dr. Homansky, an emergency medicine specialist, established the emergency departments at over five Las Vegas Hospitals. He is currently serving as Chief of Quality Care for Las Vegas’ Valley Health System, Nevada State Board of Health member, and Medical Director for AMR (American Medical Response) in Southern Nevada. The NABF is thrilled to have Dr. Homansky join the Executive Board of the North American Boxing Federation.  He truly understands the need for advancing safety standard uniformity for all fighters. In addition to educating boxers and trainers on all issues as they pertain to fighter health, eliminating performance enhancing drug use in our sport is his top priority.   Duane Ford NABF – President...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Latest News | Comments Off on WBC CONVENTION – DAY 2: SULAIMAN OUTLINES PLANS TO USE VADA RANDOM TESTING

Original Article @   In his opening comments, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “The conventions are always the most important moment of the year for the WBC. Here is where the WBC Board and Committees meet. Each one reviews what it has been doing and if its plans and goals were met, and we plan for the next year. All of the very important decisions and changes of the rules and organization have taken place during the conventions. “We appreciate very much all of the promoters and managers that are here for this session. All of the ring officials are in another room doing their seminars, and there are other workshops going on. This morning, we are going to have a ratings review, and there will be a couple of presentations.” WBC Ratings Committee: Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President Frank Quill (Australia) Chairman Luis Medina (México) Secretary Mauro Betti (Italy) Victor Cota (Mexico) Mikhail Denisov (Russia) Alberto Guerra (Panama) Nicolas Hidalgo (Venezuela) Dean Lohuis (USA) Ken Morita (Japan) Ed Pearson (Canada) Carlos Rodriguez (Argentina) Peter Stucki (Switzerland) Edward Thangarajah (Thailand) Daniel Van De Wiele (Belgium) Robert Yalen (USA) Fighter representatives and fighters who participated in the ratings meeting included, in alphabetical order: Rodney Berman, Eric Bottjer, Alex Camponovo, Abraham Darwish, Robert Diaz, Philippe Fondu, Che Guevara, Rahilou Abdul Ilah, Sampson Lewkowicz, Don Majeski, Leon Margules, Barry Michael, Takashi Misako, Jolene Mizzone, Pat Nelson, Ken Porter, Shawn Porter, Edgardo Rosani, Tarik Saadi, Anthony Sands, Gary Shaw, Shingo Suzuki, Alex Vaysfeld, Chauncey Welliver, and Peter Zwennes. President Sulaiman said, “The WBC has reached an agreement with an organization named VADA, which is a different testing from the regular after-the-fight test, which is used only for the fight. The VADA program with the WBC intends to test throughout the year in a random way. There is a universe of fighters who are within the Top 15 and champions who are eligible for this testing. It’s random, and we’re going to conduct training and certification throughout the convention. This process is starting, we’re going to take steps and once again, with this agreement with VADA, boxing is leading the other sports for a problem that we have.” Margaret Goodman, M.D, President and Board Chairman of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, addressed the morning assembly. She said [excerpts], “Thank you for inviting us here today, Mauricio. I’m so honored to be a part of this. I started in boxing in 1993, and it was a big night for me last night because I saw some of the fighters I had examined to determine their fitness to box, like Tommy Hearns. It was a great, great honor, and I loved Don José so much, so it is amazing to me to be a part of this. “Several months ago, Duane Ford, who has been a wonderful friend and a mentor to me through the years when I worked as a ring physician, invited us to the NABF convention, where we gave a short presentation on performance-enhancing drugs, and Mauricio was there. I was amazed when Mauricio sat down with me and said, ‘Margaret, one of the most important things we need to do is to stop the use of performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.’ “I started to pay attention to this about three years ago, when I...

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These Former Ringside Doctors Want a Clean Fight

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Latest News | Comments Off on These Former Ringside Doctors Want a Clean Fight

These Former Ringside Doctors Want a Clean Fight

Article by: MICHAEL KAPLAN Original Article @ At 6 am in a suburb of Manila in the Philippines, a directive from Las Vegas set off a recent ruckus in the living room of featherweight boxer Nonito Donaire. He was fast asleep and had instructed the housekeeper not to disturb him under any circumstances. But a visitor insisted that Donaire be roused from slumber. Certain that she was putting her job at risk, Donaire’s housekeeper woke him up. Bleary-eyed but out of bed, the Vegas-based pugilist saw an American woman with a carrying case. He knew what she had come for: his blood and urine. Donaire had signed up with the nonprofit Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, agreeing to be tested for drugs at any time, with no warning. Without argument, he gave his visitor what she requested. The association was launched in 2011 by Dr. Margaret Goodman and Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky, partners who share long histories as ringside physicians. Homansky has worked some 2,000 fights, including classic confrontations featuring Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Mike Tyson (yes, including the ear-biting incident). He served as chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Medical Advisory Board, was vice president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, and has lobbied vigorously for enhanced drug testing. Goodman, a neurologist, consulted with the New York State Attorney General’s Office on neurological injuries in boxing and rose to the post of chief ringside physician. They share a love of boxing and a desire to see combat sports remain pure. The physicians launched VADA in response to what they felt was a lax attitude toward performance enhancing drugs in the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the last three years, Goodman and Homansky have devoted much of their time and resources to helping fighters prove that they’re clean and to offering free education through their organization, which is funded by donations as well as the financial support of athletes, promoters, and sponsors that care about keeping fights clean. “There’s a lack of knowledge among regulators of boxing and mixed martial arts,” says Homansky. “Early on, for example, they didn’t think anabolic steroids would do any good for non-heavyweights who want to be fast and lean. But that’s just ignorance. Drugs can be used in cocktails that create anything you’re looking for, whether it’s speed or bulk.” In Nevada, steroid testing began in 2001. “But it’s still not done correctly,” Homansky points out. “Athletes know when they’ll be tested” and can time their drug use. VADA operates differently: Testing times are random, and any fighter who fails to be available within 60 minutes of being approached receives a warning. If it happens a second time, he is out of the program. Those who have signed up with VADA include Ultimate Fighting Championship greats Georges St-Pierre and Roy Nelson and boxers Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Recognizing the importance of keeping boxing and MMA clean and credible, particularly in Vegas, the doctors work zealously to set an agenda they hope will one day become standard. “I talked to different commissions about anteing up [requiring stringent testing],” says Goodman, whose novel Death in Vegas will be published this fall. “But even as performance-enhancing drug use was common, nobody would do anything. So we did it. There are fighters...

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