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