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IOC Will Retest 500 Olympic Samples

The International Olympic Committee will use two recently perfected drug tests to retest about 500 urine or blood samples taken from Olympic athletes during the August Summer Games in Beijing, the IOC announced today.

About 400 samples will be re-examined beginning in January using a blood test for a variant of the endurance-boosting EPO (erythropoietin) known commercially as CERA. French laboratory officials caught several cyclists in last summer's Tour de France using CERA, but because the test had not been validated, it was not used at the Olympic Games.

Another 100 samples will be examined using an improved urine test for insulin, which was recently improved by a laboratory in Cologne, Germany.

The IOC said it would target athletes in endurance sports such as cycling, swimming and track and field. There were 4,770 drug tests were carried out in Beijing, including 3,801 urine and 969 blood tests, the IOC said. Urine tests included 817 EPO tests, and blood tests covered 471 human Growth Hormone (hGH) tests.

By Amy Shipley  |  December 9, 2008; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  IOC  
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