We carried the story of fitness model Julie Coram from Canada, who won the Miss Manitoba Fitness title on May 31, and who tested positive for several anabolic steroids including the horse steroid Equipoise (boldenone). She also reportedly tested positive for oxandrolone, (Anavar) and the weak androgen DHEA. Now, Ms Coram hired a law firm to represent her interests in this controversy. Story carried in her local newspaper -- the Selkirk Journal. (note the active controversy ensuing after our prior post on the event)
Julie Coram’s reign as Miss Fitness Manitoba may be going from the stage to the courts.
The former Selkirk resident has employed the services of New York law firm Collins, McDonald & Gann to defend her rights in a drug test dispute after allegedly testing positive for steroids at a physique competition in May.
In a press release forwarded to the Selkirk Journal Monday, attorney Michael J. DiMaggio claims the positive drug test administered at the Ainsley McSorley FAME Model Search Championships were unreliable and have damaged his client’s reputation.
“We’re just beginning to look at the facts of this case but our initial examination reveals a testing process that is so vague and lacking in controls that the results are profoundly suspect,” DiMaggio said.
Coram, who was named 2008 Miss Fitness Manitoba at the Manitoba Amateur Body Building Association provincial championship on May 31, was tested after winning the female muscle model category at the FAME event one week earlier.
The FAME World Tour promotes itself as a natural fitness circuit along with its sanctioning body, the World Natural Sports Organization. Coram was reportedly red flagged by FAME judges who asked for a urine sample.
It now appears there is controversy about the testing procedure. Once again, forensics rears it's ugly statutory head.
According to FAME anti-doping officials, Coram was found to have three steroids or steroid derivatives in her system, including one sometimes used to treat injured horses.
Once test results were confirmed by the World Natural Sports Organization, Coram was stripped of her FAME title, her pro card and banned from competition by the WNSO.
Coram remains Miss Fitness Manitoba however, at least for the time being. Because she wasn’t tested at the provincial event – and because the FAME results weren’t known before she was crowned Miss Manitoba – the MABBA is awaiting legal advice on whether to accept the FAME results. They have turned the matter over to the Canadian Body Building Federation and the sport’s national governing body, the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport.
MABBA competitors are part of a pool of individuals who could be tested randomly at any time by the CCES. The MABBA tests only randomly however due to the expense – reportedly $400 per test.
“Elite amateur organizations like the IOC, CBBF and IFBB could hardly take these results seriously,” DiMaggio said.
(more after the jump) (We will also check to see if the anabolic androgens are metabolites of any supplements.)
Now the answer to the forensic challenge. As we said repeatedly, when sports goes the forensic route, the issue takes forever to determine (remember Floyd Landisr, who is still 'on the bubble').
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He also said Coram – like all FAME competitors – signed a legal document prior to the competition saying she was a natural or clean athlete.
Kippel added the idea that results were possibly tampered with is absurd.
“What is the basis for that?” he said. “We’re not telling the MABBA or anybody else to ban her. We are banning her. If they don’t put much faith in the testing, that’s fine.”
Kippel also pointed out that nowhere in DiMaggio’s press release is there a steroid use denial.
“Normally, if someone was to refute results from any drug test they would immediately have another taken at an independent lab at their own expense to clear it up, but this was not the case,” Kippel said.
“This is not like making a mistake and taking some over the counter cold medication. This is a substance that is foreign to the body. It shouldn’t be there.”