Artículos de Octubre 2008

IOC to retest Olympic blood samples

Miércoles, 8 Octubre 2008

From Times Online

 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to retest all blood samples from the Beijing Games using a new detection system developed for the Tour de France.The unprecedented move is designed to search for a banned variant of EPO that was only recently detected during retesting of samples from the Tour de France. The IOC conducted more than 5,000 drug tests during the Beijing Games, all of which will be sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Lausanne.

The samples will be reopened and tested for CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The substance boosts an athlete’s performance by increasing the number of oxygen-rich blood cells.

Emmanuelle Moreau, an IOC spokesman, said: “This is part of our normal procedure. We keep the samples for eight years and whenever a new test arrives we carry out new tests.”

The IOC disqualified six athletes for failing drug tests during the Beijing Games. They were Lyudmila Blonska, the Ukrainian heptathlete, her compatriot, weightlifter Igor Razoronov, Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Isabel Moreno, the Spanish cyclist, and Thi Ngan Thuong Do, the Vietnamese gymnast.

Three other cases are pending, with Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, the Belarusian hammer throwers, having until October 17 to explain why they tested positive.

The IOC’s announcement comes 48 hours after re-analysed samples from the Tour de France using the new technology produced positive tests for Germany’s Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner in this year’s race, and Italian Leonardo Piepoli.