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Doping-Undetectable new blood boosters available says expert

 
Experts believe up to 100 undetectable performance-enhancing drugs similar to the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) have been designed, German doping specialist Mario Thevis said on Thursday.
 
Thevis, who is based at the German Sports University in Cologne, told the Tackling Doping in Sport 2012 conference in London, presented by the worldsportslawreport, that the list of "80, 90, 100" new drugs similar to EPO was not exhaustive.
 
"They act like EPO but they are structurally different and that means the current EPO tests will not pick them up," he said.
 
"Fortunately we know about that problem and we have to develop new tests to help to find these drugs that, according to anecdotal evidence and rumours, are already used in elite sports although they are not officially launched yet.
 
"You cannot go to a pharmacy to buy these drugs. You might have (to have) good connections to get hold of those.
 
"It is quite difficult to develop tests when you don't have an idea what the molecule really looks like. If you don't know what the molecule looks like it's almost impossible to have a potential strategy."
 
 

 

I'm very surprised by this "up to 100 undetectable performance-enhancing drugs similar to the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO)". There really is no excuse for going positive anymore rolleyes.gif
 

 

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Not surprising in the least.

Yep, the testers will ALWAYS be several steps behind the cheaters/dopers.

You can only test for whatever it is you already know about - and the big money and greater motivation is on the cheating side.  Same rationale as defense lawyers making tons more money than prosecutors.

Nice post, Steve.

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So if it works in a similar manner to EPO - ie increases red blood cells - then they should be able to catch this in the "blood passport", no?  An increase in haemoglobin and a change in reticulocyte count over prior tests should raise the red flag - especially for an athelete that's been around a while... Post a few suspect "blood values" and you're up against the wall and facing a two year ban without being caught for a specific substance, ask perma perm Pellizotti about that.

 

I wonder how many aspiring junior cyclists have gone on to become hematologists? duck.gif

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That blood passport is pretty darn infallible...yep. 

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"The UCI clarifies that there is no 'UCI panel of experts that reviews blood passport data of professional cyclists' any more," said the UCI statement. "In compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines released on January 2012 the Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) coordinates all blood passport results evaluation directly with external independent experts. The UCI is not involved in any way in this part of the process."

 

 

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Dr. Michael Ashenden has resigned from his position as an independent member of the UCI's panel of experts that reviews the blood passport data of professional cyclists.

 

Report: Ashenden resigns from UCI’s biological passport panel

By:Jane Aubrey
Published: April 3

 

 

Fantastic.

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