One in 10 Health Supplements Contain Banned Drugs
Experts are expecting at least 40 athletes in this year's Olympic Games to be caught with banned substances in their bloodstream. It comes in the wake of scientists discovering that of 152 products on the market tested, 10.5% contained enough substances to give positive drug test.
The findings will be a wake-up call to British athletes who would face a two-year suspension if they tested positive for a banned substance, even if they believed the product was legal.
The research will revive memories of the 1990s when numerous British athletes tested positive for nandrolone, including Dougie Walker, Mark Richardson and Linford Christie, who has always blamed the failed test on a contaminated supplement. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules ignorance is no defence.
Liz Yelling, who will compete in the marathon in Beijing, said: "These findings are worrying because athletes have a right to know that any supplements they use are totally clean."