oa South African Family Practice - The Olympic Games and performance-enhancing drugs : editorial
|Article Title||The Olympic Games and performance-enhancing drugs : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Author||Gboyega A. Ogunbanjo|
|Publication Date||Jul 2012|
The 2012 Olympic Games ended recently in London, with a number of world records having been broken in various events. What did not receive a lot of publicity was how many athletes were disqualified for using performance-enhancing drugs before and during competition. Before the games, three athletes were suspended and charged with doping violations, namely Moroccan 1 500 m runner Amine Laalou, Belarus hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan, and the Colombian 400 m runner Diego Palomeque, who was provisionally suspended after testing positive for testosterone. Immediately after the closing ceremony, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, a Belarus shot putter, was stripped of her gold medal after she tested positive for the anabolic agent metenolone during in-competition testing.
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