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WBC Comes To Defense Of Canelo Re: Clenbuterol Positive

So the “Clanelo” case rumbles forward, and continues to coalesce into one the the larger cluster—-s the fight game has seen in a long spell…and that’s saying something, seeing as how the sport trots them out on a regular basis.
Where we all stand now is here…Canelo Alvarez is slated to fight Gennady Golovkin May 5 at T-Mobile in Las Vegas, and on HBO PPV. But, really, like no one out there is thinking that fight takes place.
Why?
Because Alvarez tested positive on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 for the weigh loss accelerant/stamina aid clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is on all banned substances lists, but has been showing up in fighters’ tests for the last several years with more regularity.
Some will tell you that’s because athletes are cheating, and using that chemical to get a hand up in training. Other will tell you that this substance is rife within cattle in Mexico, because ranchers use it to keep the cattle from getting sick and to bulk them up. 
Wait…so if it is found in cattle…and Canelo is a big fan of beef…and he ate too much beef, as his people say, and that’s why some of the chemical was in his system …then shouldn’t he get a pass?
Shouldn’t the Nevada commission understand that he screwed up by eating bad beef…and let the fight go on, if Team GGG wants it to go on? Many say “yes,” including the WBC, the Mexican based organization. See below the letter from the WBZ prez Mauricio Sulaiman, laying out his reasoning why the show should go on…
But then comprehend that word on the street is that the Nevada commission is going to take a hard line April 18, when Canelo’s official hearing is scheduled, and suspend him for a good long spell, adhering to the guidelines they re-set in Sept. 2016. (That’s why you are seeing others auditioning to step in for the red-head, against Golovkin.)
That’s where we stand now…Here is the Sulaiman reasoning why THE SHOW SHOULD GO ON:
Canelo Álvarez tested positive for banned substance CLENBUTEROL. That is a fact and under the doping code, the athlete is the only person responsible for what enters their body.
RIGHTS:
WBC champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has all the rights to challenge the doping of his opponent. He has all the rights to demand an investigation of such doping results.
The NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION has all the rights to conduct any investigations and rule any decisions as the fight is contracted to take place under their jurisdiction.
The WBC has all the rights to investigate the case through the Clean Boxing Program protocol and determine its position as the WBC middleweight championship is involved in this fight.
Canelo Álvarez has all the rights to go through the due process, to provide information and defend his position.
FACTS:
·      NSAC has full authority to make any decision and take any action with regards to the fighters and fight contracted under their jurisdiction.
·      Nothing is more important other than guaranteeing the safety of the fighters and doping violations must be fully investigated.
·      Canelo Alvarez had 2 tests with adverse findings of CLENBUTEROL.
·      3 additional tests have resulted in negative findings.
·      Clenbuterol is a well-known, well-documented substance which has created a series of doping scandals in several sports in Mexico and a few other countries. Why? Because it’s widely used in agricultural production (although it is illegal) to fatten cattle. That is why it is a public health problem in México.
·      WADA, FIFA, NFL, IOC, and many others have absolute knowledge of this substance and its controversies.
·      109 out of 289 soccer players tested positive for Clenbuterol during Mexico’s sub-17 World Cup in 2011.
·      Erik Morales and Francisco Vargas tested positive for Clenbuterol before their respective fights of 2013 and 2016, which, indeed, took place in New York and California. THE LEVELS FOUND IN THE BOXERS AND THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE FACTS LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS DUE TO FOOD CONTAMINATION.
·      There are several other cases and sports with examples.
·      The levels of Clenbuterol found in Alvarez are consistent and lower than other athletes levels from the example as detailed above which were ultimately reported as food contamination.
·      Clenbuterol contamination is a national health issue in Mexico and other countries.
JUSTICE:
Every person is entitled to a due process whenever a fault has been reported. The influence of media, social media and third parties WITHOUT ANY KIND OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS should never interfere and decisions must be made with absolute respect to the rules and regulations, analysis of facts and use of common sense.
Canelo, specifically and exclusively to this case, may be considered guilty of negligence and ignorance and was careless in his nutrition regime. However, with all the facts and information available to analyze this case, he cannot be found guilty of doping.

Michael Woods
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