IAAF NAIROBI, KENYA, HOSTS GENDER SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF TRAINING FEMALE ATHLETES SEMINAR, WITH DR.STÉPHANE BERMON AS THE TEACHER. (Don’t miss the SUMMARY at the end of this article).

At the headphoto you can see Dr. Stephane Bermon  with the participants of the ‘Gender Specific Aspects of Training Female Athletes’ a seminar by The IAAF Regional Development Centre in Nairobi, headed by Ibrahim Hussein, on 28-30 December 2016.

The seminar was organised by the IAAF member services department in collaboration with the IAAF medical and anti-doping department.

19 female athletics coaches from 12 different English-speaking African countries attended this first exclusively female-dedicated lecture.

The three-day programme covered a range of important topics relating specifically to female athletes, ranging from the implication of the menstrual cycle on training and injury, to nutritional requirements, to exercise physiology and doping. The main teacher was Dr. Stéphane Bermon, (photo under) specialist in sports medicine. MD, PhD.

 

WHO IS DR. STEPHANE BERMON ?

At the website of EUBYLON HEALTHCARE (private clinics) I found Dr.Bermon’s whole CV, even if it seems that he isn’t working there any more.

The most interesting part is his  “Actual Positions” at the time:

  • Sport Physician and Exercise Physiologist at the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine / IM2S – Medical and surgical orthopedic institute of Monaco (His workplace at the moment?)
  • Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Medical and Antidoping Commission.
  • Medical Advisor for the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique),
  • Medical Advisor for FIBT (Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et Tobogganing),
  • Medical Advisor for FFC (French Cycling Federation)

So I assume that his participation in IAAF Medical and Antidoping Commission is the reason he was the teacher at the seminar in Nairobi.

Dr. Bermon has been IAAFs expert witness on testosteron in Hyperandrogenism Regulations cases at CAS (see page 89-) and IAAF.

 

ARE THERE ANY ISSUES SURROUNDING DR. STEPHANE BERMON? 

March 2011, the pro roadcyclist, Chrise Froome (picture under), moved to Monaco. Froome is British but born and growing up in Kenya. (Cyclingweekly.co.uk, 26.10.2011)

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2011 SEASON FOR CHRIS FROOME.

Terrible results in all his races the first half of 2011.

31.July – 6. Aug. 2011: 68th Tour de Pologne (WT), Poland. No.85 at the end, 26:18 behind the winner, Peter Sagan.

14.Aug. 2011: 1st London Surrey Cycle Classic , No. 118, 6:05 after the winner Mark Cavendish.

HOW IS THIS TRANSFORMATION POSSIBLE FROM POLAND AND 22 DAYS LATER IN SPAIN, WITH bilharzia (schistosomiasis) IN HIS BODY ? ( Actually 14 days after London Surrey.)

28. Aug. – 11. Sep. 2011: 66th Vuelta a Espana (WT), No.2 at the end, 13 sec behind the winner Juan Jose Cobo (ESP), and 1:39 infront of his team captain Bradley Wiggins who became 3rd.

5.-9.Oct. 2011: 1st Tour of Beijing (WT), Froome became no. 3, with 26 sec. after the winner Tony Martin.

Then in  Cycling News April 25, 2012, we can read about “Chris Froome of Team Sky is once again battling bilharzia (schistosomiasis), a disease caused by parasitic worms”. ( His results from 2012 you can find at procyclingstats.com )

November 2010 – 2011 – April 2012: Froome apparently picked up the disease on a trip to his native Kenya in November 2010. He suffered through much of 2011, but thought he had conquered the problem. But not before April 2018, after 18 month.

 

2012 SEASON FOR CHRIS FROOME.

15.-19. Feb. 2012: He didn’t feel quite right at the team training camp in Mallorca in January 2012, and had to abandon the Volta ao Algarve with a chest infection. No. 78 at the end.

20. Feb.- ca. 19. March 2012: That infection kept him in bed for two weeks and then lingered on for another two weeks, preventing me from making the start at Paris-Nice,” he wrote on his personal website.

But after that (January 2012?)  blood tests “revealed active bilharzia parasites in my system, which I have been trying to get rid of for the past 18 months. This would explain why the chest infection affected me so severely and it took me so long to get over.”

Medio March 2012: Once he finally felt better, he suffered a training crash the middle of March, “which had me in hospital for the day – luckily only leaving with a chin-full of stitches.”

End of April 2012: The bilharzia (schistosomiasis) leaves his body after 18 months

24.-29. April 2012: He is now riding the Tour de Romandie, with very little racing in his legs so far this season. No.123 at the end, 41:10 after the winner Bradley Wiggins.

30. April – 30. May 2012; The 26-year-old has been able to train well the comming three-four weeks, while undergoing treatment, “and all the signs are looking good. It will probably still take me a bit of time to get used to the race rhythm again but physically and mentally I’m now ready to race again. At long last!”

AGAIN, A FANTASTIC IMPROVEMENT IN FOUR WEEKS FROM TOUR DE ROMANDIE UNTIL CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

3.-10. June 2012: 64th Critérium du Dauphiné (WT), no 4 at the end, 1:45 after Bradley Wiggins who won.

30.June – 22.July 2012: 99th Tour de France (WT), no.2 at the end, 3:21 after the winner, Bradley Wiggins ( his team mate).

 

2013-2014 SEASONs FOR CHRIS FROOME.

2013 and 2014 was two good seasons without any “down periodes” with a spectacular 4 weeks transformations.

 

2015 SEASON FOR CHRIS FROOME.

2015 we find a “down periode” again, with a following 4 weeks transformation:

18.-22.Feb. 2015: 61st Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (2.1), Where Froome won with 2 sec infront of Alberto Contador. This two was 2:38 infront of the 3rd place.

23.-29.March 2015: 95th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT), Froome did a terrible race on all stages and became only no. 71, 45:35 after the winner. In comparison Contador became 4th place, 7 sec after the winner.

22.April 2015: 79th La Flèche Wallonne (1.UWT), again a terrible race of Froome, with 123rd place out of 133, 12:19 after the winner.

4 weeks with a incredible transformation again.

28.April – 3.May 2015: 69th Tour de Romandie (2.UWT). Froome did a great race after 4 weeks of transformations again, 3rd place 35 sec. after the winner.

June-July 2015: He won Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour dé France.

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Photo: Chris Froome celebrates on the podium in Paris after winning the Tour de France for the first time , at 2015.

28.Aug.- 13. Sept 15: 70th Vuelta a Espana (2.UWT), Froome was no.15 after the 2nd last stage. At the last stage he was forced to withdraw (DNS) from the Vuelta a España, due to fracturing his foot in a crash at that stage.

 

2016 SEASON FOR CHRIS FROOME.

2016 season was again a great season for him, but again with a terrible race followed up with a fantastic transformations after 5 weeks.

3.-7.Feb. 2016: Herald Sun Tour (2.1), Froome won with 29 sec.

21. – 27. March 2016: 96th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT), no. 8, with 46 sec. after the winner.

24.April 2016:  102nd Liège – Bastogne – Liège (1.UWT), no. 112 with 10:31 after the winner.

26.April – 1.May 2016: 70th Tour de Romandie (2.UWT), no.38 with 28:12 after the winner.

After 5 weeks he came back in a fantastic shape, again.

5.-12. June 2016: 68th Criterium du Dauphiné (2.UWT), Froome won with 12 sec.

Then in 2016 he won Tour dé France again, did great in the Rio Olympic and became 2nd at Vuelta a Espana.

 

“HOW I BECAME A TOUR WINNER”

In bicycling.com, OCTOBER 22, 2013, Chris Froome is telling about “How I Became a Tour Winner”. After lost seasons and close calls, Team Sky leader Chris Froome delivered big in 2013 with five overall stage-race wins, including the Tour de France.

bicycling.com askes him: What do you mean when you say, “everything I was up against?”
The Tour had a challenging route this year (2013). We had Corsica, we had crosswinds, we had the mountains, the time trials, and the team time trial. And there was pressure on me from the public around doping. That’s a lot of mental stress with basically everyone calling you a cheat.”

During the Tour you said that curing your bilharzia (a disease caused by parasites with fatigue as a symptom) was only one of many steps you needed to take to transform yourself into a Tour de France champion, bicycling.com says.

And Froome is telling“The bilharzia (Nov.11-April-12) was huge because in our sport if you are tired and unfit, it is going to be tough.”

“Basically bilharzia is the opposite of EPO. It sucks out the red blood cells and leaves you depleted. And it comes in waves.”

“There are eggs [from the parasite] in your body and once the eggs hatch they start multiplying. That is why I have tests every six months. In fact, it has been awhile. I have to get back to Africa and check that out.”

( In a interview with velonews.com published 16.July 2013, he said. “I take Biltricide. It kills the parasite in the system.” Biltricide, also known as praziquantel, blasts the parasites out of the human body. In an interview with VeloNews in 2012, Froome said he only discovered the bilharzia in 2010? He has also said they didn’t know it was bilharzia until January 2012 – then they started the treatment with Biltricide? Here’s how Froome described Biltricide, the bilharzia treatment he underwent in early 2012: “It’s a very strong pill. It basically kills everything in your system, and hopefully at the same time, kills the parasite. It’s something that I have to try to get rid of it. You cannot train when you’re taking that. The treatment is pretty rough stuff. I have had a bit of a slow start to the season. There was more than a week when I could not  even touch the bike.”)

You were better than good (in Vuelta 2011). You actually finished second, just ahead of Bradley Wiggins, your team leader.
“I only ended up losing that Vuelta by 13 seconds and when you think of all of the time I lost pacing and all, well, for sure, that was a Grand Tour that got away for me.”

Anything more besides conquering bilharzia and gaining confidence?
Moving to Monaco really helped. Until then, I was living in Italy, moving every year, and it was only when I moved to Monaco that everything fell into place. The training is really good and working with someone like Bobby (Julich, his old trainer), who is consistent, helped. I would hear from him after almost every ride, just as soon as I would upload my file from the workout. It was really motivating.”

 

“TOUR DE FRANCE 2015: CHRIS FROOME KEEPS UP HIS SMOOTH PROGRESS TOWARDS SECOND CROWN”

Then in 2015, 23.July, there is an article in The Telegraph : “Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome keeps up his smooth progress towards second crown”;

Briton fends off attacks from main rivals on stage 18 (23. July 2015) and has just two more moutain days between him and Tour de France glory in Paris. Another mountain stage done, two more to go. Chris Froome’s march towards a second Tour de France title continues to progress as smoothly on the road as it does bumpily off it.

On this Thursday (23. July 2015) the Team Sky leader was questioned again in the post-race press conference, this time about his (Chris Froome) connections to a Monaco-based doctor with an eclectic client list.

Froome admitted he had been to see Dr Stéphane Bermon, but just for Pulmonary Function Tests he claims.

-who has convicted doper Alexandre Vinokourov among his (Dr Stéphane Bermon) former clients,

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Photo: Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) with his Gold medal from road cycling at London Olympic 2012.

“a couple of times” (said Froome) for pulmonary function tests as there was no Sky doctor based on the Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera incl. Monaco). There was no follow-up question, this link having already been long since established.

 

WHAT EXPERTICE HAS DR.BERMON ON DOPING?

  • Dr. Bermon is an expert on testosteron level for IAAF.

– There is one other possibility that this is not “technical” doping that Dr.Bermon and Froome is doing? An interesting study that has been presented by Dr. Bermon in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in December 2014 is all about Bacteria and it’s ability to biochemically induce hormone production and metabolites.

– Dr.Bermon has also produced another pubmed.gov that is about Gene Doping in sport and it’s ability to be predicted “Some new substances (myostatin blockers or anti-myostatin antibodies), although not gene material, might represent a useful and well-tolerated treatment to prevent progression of muscular dystrophies. Similarly, other molecules, in the roles of gene or metabolic activators [5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide 1-β-D-ribofuranoside (AICAR), GW1516], might concomitantly improve endurance exercise capacity in ischaemic conditions but also in normal conditions. Undoubtedly, some athletes will attempt to take advantage of these new molecules to increase strength or endurance. ”

“……. but when GW1516 is combined with another “fitness in a pill” compound, AICAR, it can create endurance benefits far greater than either compound in isolation.

AICAR activates so-called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) which stimulates glucose uptake by skeletal muscle cells. The mice that were given AICAR by Evans and his team were able to run 44% further than the mice that didn’t get the drug. Most startling of all, the mice saw that 44% benefit without doing any training.”

  • Dr. Bermon shows in this seminar that he also has knowledge about the “grey areas” inside doping: World Sports Law Report’s: Tackling Doping in Sport 2011 (in association with UK Anti-Doping & Squire Sanders Hammonds, 16-17 March, London [DAY 1] look at session 3 this day: Borderline Issues in Anti-Doping: Scientific and Medical Update. Dr Stephane Bermon (IAAF Medical & Anti-Doping Commission). This lecture analysed how some areas of the prohibited list were not actually black and white, but rather several shades of grey. In particular, the lecture focused on three areas: 1.) Blood Spinning (where platelet rich plasma [PRP] could be manipulated through centrifugal force and then re-injected into wound sites to promote faster healing).  2.) Prohibition on the use of Hypoxic environments (used to simulate altitude training) , and 3.) all glucocorticosteroids (drugs used to treat inflammation).
  • Dr. Bermon was ASTANA’s medical team advisor (doctor) in 2007, when both Alexandre Vinokourov and Andrej Kashechkin was testing positive on homologus blood transfusion, respectively 25.July and 1.August 2007.

 

SUMMARY.

Dr. Stéphane Bermon, based in Monaco:

  • Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Medical and Antidoping Commission.
  • Medical Advisor for the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique),
  • Medical Advisor for FIBT (Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et Tobogganing),
  • Medical Advisor for FFC (French Cycling Federation)
  • Dr. Stephane Bermon was also a Team Physician for a professional road cycling team for 3 years, Astana, in +/- 2007.
  • Has had the convicted doper Alexandre Vinokourov (pro cyclist for KAZ/Astana) among his former clients. An anti-doping test, during the Tour de France in 2007, showed he doped by transfusing someone else’s blood, homologus blood transfusion. Organiser ASO kicked him out and asked Astana to leave as well as the race neared it’s climax in the Pyreneesy, at stage 16, 25.July 2007. Read more : “A brief history of Astana scandals
  • Andrej Kashechkin (KAZ and Astana) tested positive for a homologus blood transfusion following an unexpected control on 1. August 2007 in Belek, Turkey.

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  • He is linked to Chris Froome after Froome moved to Monaco in March 2011, as his “personal doctor”.
  • Dr. Bermon has also previously been the past president of the International Society of Exercise Immunology. Why has Dr.Bermon who has been Froome’s personal doctor in Monaco, been able to get to the bottom of his Bilharzia? Or did he?
  • IS DR.BERMON A DOPING DOCTOR HIDING BEHIND ALL HIS MEDICAL ADVISOR JOBES IN SPORT? Even as a member of anti-doping commission at the IAAF.
  • Why is he still attached to IAAF, FFC, UIM and FIBT with a sufficiently bad reputation?

Chris Froome, British pro cyclist, based in Monaco:

  • Chris Froome’s career was terrible until he moved to Monaco in March 2011.
  • Froome said: -it was only when I moved to Monaco that everything fell into place.
  • Froome admitted he has been to see Dr Stéphane Bermon, for several times. At the french cyclisme-dopage.com site about Chris Froome ( here you find everything!), you find his 8 doctors he have used. Among this 8 is his “personal doctor” defind as Dr. Bermon:”8 médecins :
    Dr Stéphane Bermon, son médecin personnel, par ailleurs ancien médecin d’Alexandre Vinokourov et Andrej Kashechkin.
  • He had bilharzia (schistosomiasis), a disease caused by parasitic worms, from Nov. 2010 – April 2012.
  • He said: “Basically bilharzia is the opposite of EPO. It sucks out the red blood cells and leaves you depleted. And it comes in waves.”
  • Froome has had terrible races in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, where he after the following 4 weeks (once 5 weeks) has came back in incredible shape and won/been in the top world class.
  • The whole 2011 he had bilharzia (schistosomiasis), Nov.-10/April-12 (18 mnd.). Until the 14.Aug. that year (2011) he have had terrible results ever since he started his procycling career in 2007 (except for 3-4 races).
  • BUT from 15.Aug (After London Surrey Cycle Classic 14.Aug, and Tour of Poland which ended 6.Aug), after 14 days he became a world star procyclists, when he 28. Aug. – 11. Sep. 2011 in 66th Vuelta a Espana (WT) became no.2 at the end, 13 sec behind the winner Juan Jose Cobo (ESP), and 1:39 infront of his Sky-team captain Bradley Wiggins who became 3rd.
  • Why was Froome going to a “anti-doping doctor” specialist on testosteron among, for just Pulmonary Function Tests?
  • WAS CHRIS FROOME’s CAREER SAVED BY DR. BERMON IN AUGUST 2011, BY GIVING HIM DOPING SUBSTANCE?
  • HAS DR.BERMON AND CHRIS FROOME IN 2011, 2012, 2015 AND 2016 BEEN CHEATING WITH DOPING FOR 4 WEEKS EACH OF THIS YEARS?

 

 

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