n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Drugs in sport - testing results from the South African Laboratory 1995 - 2002 : original research article

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



<I>Objective.</I> To summarise the results of the past 8 years obtained at the South African Doping Control Laboratory and to compare the results with international statistics. <br><I>Method.</I> Screening procedures were performed on 14 017 urine samples collected from competitors in 54 different sporting codes during the period 1995 - 2002. Samples were analysed using gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry for the presence of prohibited substances, which are listed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). <br><I>Results.</I> The results obtained were compared with those of the IOC-accredited laboratories. Prohibited substances were detected in 300 samples (2.14%), of which 45.6% contained anabolic agents and 34.6% stimulants. The positive samples from the IOC laboratories contained 58.7% anabolic agents and 20.8% stimulants. Testosterone and nandrolone were the anabolic agents most frequently detected in positive samples, both in South Africa and internationally. The ephedrines as a group accounted for most stimulants detected in positive samples. <br><I>Conclusion.</I> It is of concern that the percentage of positive samples (2.14%) obtained in our laboratory is higher than the 1.70% in IOC laboratories. It is therefore necessary that doping control to curb the use of prohibited substances should continue and expand.

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