Wednesday Oct. 8, 2008
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee
will retest all doping samples from the Beijing Games to check for
traces of a new blood-boosting drug.
The IOC says the samples are being sent to the doping lab in
Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau says the samples will be tested specifically for CERA, an advanced version of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO.
The IOC conducted more than 5,000 drug tests during the Beijing
Games. Wednesday's decision to reopen the samples was taken after
French officials detected CERA during retesting of samples from the
Tour de France.
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