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IOC to retest Beijing Games blood samples

Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

Published: Wednesday, October 08, 2008

ATHENS - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday said it would retest frozen blood samples taken from athletes during the Beijing Games in August for traces of a new generation of drug.

The decision comes days after a string of positive cases involving the frozen samples of cyclists from the Tour de France in July.

The IOC will especially be looking for EPO CERA, a new performance-enhancing drug that the cyclists tested positive for, it said.

"The IOC intends to retest the samples collected this summer during the Olympic Games in Beijing," IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said.

"Substances that will be tested for across all sports include EPO CERA."

Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator is a form of EPO that has a longer lasting effect in improving the blood's oxygen delivery system.

"All samples are currently being repatriated to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)-accredited laboratory in Lausanne where Olympic samples are usually stored after the Games," Moreau said.

"The details of the retesting procedure are currently being discussed with WADA."

Moreau said the new test developed to trace EPO CERA was a blood test so initially only blood samples from Beijing would be retested.

"We will initially retest blood samples based on intelligence we have," she said.

The IOC collected about 1,000 blood samples and about 4,000 urine samples during the Games in Beijing.

Once a urine test for the substance is available the urine samples will also be tested.

The IOC saw only a handful of positive drugs tests in Beijing after extensive efforts to crack down on doping and avoid having the Games marred by cheats.

It implemented the biggest Olympic anti-doping testing program to date with more than 5,000 tests during the Games and many more prior to the event, conducted on a national and international level.

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It might be a bit hard to re-test all of them now:

Up to 300 Olympic drug tests go missing

Jacquelin Magnay

October 16, 2008

OFFICIAL independent drug testing observers at the Beijing Olympics say up to 300 test results taken from Games athletes are missing.

The team of 10 independent observers charged with reporting on the Games drug testing procedures detailed the missing tests in their official report to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The report says: "once the (Beijing ) laboratory had apparently delivered all reports to the independent observer team it transpired that around 300 test results were missing in comparison to the doping control forms" The team checked the status of the laboratory results with the International Olympic Committee medical chairman and the observers reported that the IOC too "may be missing some reports".

The independent observers are so concerned by this they have reserved the right to submit further comment on the process pending further cross-checking.

The observers also uncovered some surprising deviations from the normal drug testing procedures — including the fact that the Beijing laboratory could not test for one of the banned substances, insulin.

The laboratory also appeared to miss picking up one of the quality control samples that had contained a prohibited substance. The observers also reported that nearly half of the national Olympic committees did not provide the important whereabouts information of their athletes to enable effective pre-Games and out-of-competition drug testing.

Initially more than 110 national committees out of the 204 teams competing at the Games failed to provide whereabouts information concerning their athletes.

After the issue was raised at a meeting on August 7, on the eve of the opening of the Beijing Olympics, there were still 102 countries which did not provide whereabouts.

In total, the IOC conducted 4770 tests, which comprised 3801 urine tests and 969 blood tests. Included in the urine tests were 817 EPO tests and included in the blood tests were 471 human growth hormone tests.

Nine athletes tested positive during the Olympic Games period and, as usual, the excuses offered by the athletes make for compelling reading.

Heptathlon silver medallist Liudmyla Blonska of the Ukraine said her husband was to blame for her testing positive to an anabolic steroid, methlytestosterone.

"She testified that her husband Sergi Blonskyi is her coach and he was completely responsible for her diet and training. She indicated that she had been having relational difficulties," the report says.

Silver and bronze medal-winning shooter Jong Su Kim, of the People's Republic of Korea, claimed his positive test to a beta blocker propranolol was because of a heart medication he received from the team doctor.

Others testing positive were Spanish cyclist Maria Morena (EPO), Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do (furosemide), Greek runner Fani Halkia (methyltrienolone), Ukrainian weightlifter Igor Razoronov (nandrolone), Belarusian hammer throwers Vadim Devyatrovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan (testosterone), and Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski (clenbuterol).

The Age, Melbourne

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