New EPO test confirmed

March 5, 2009



Olivier Rabin (Science Director for WADA) has announced last month that it now has a new test for erythropoietin (EPO), a cancer and kidney drug that boosts red blood cell production allowing athletes to compete for longer periods of time.

Although WADA has been testing for EPO since 2000, the drug is difficult to detect as traces of the substance do not stay in urine for long. The new test will not just test for EPO, but will also detect biosimilar substances which create the same effects but are not easily detectable.

Suspicious samples that had previously been stored in freezers will now be able to be retested with the new test, although neither the IOC or WADA will confirm how many or which competition’s samples will be retested.

Brace yourselves then for a new set of drugs scandals in May / June……….

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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