German report warns of gene doping in China
There's every reason to be suspicious of the Chinese. They are the largest producer and supplier of doping products in the world. While there is some evidence that the Chinese Olympic Committee is cracking down on dopers (with 8 positives so far this year), China's desire to win is at as much a political goal as a sporting one. John Leonard, head of the American Swimming Coaches Association recently made similar suggestions, claiming that 50 top Chinese swimmers had been placed in a secret training program.
While WADA has rightly expressed shock and dismay over this devleopment, it remains to be seen how it can or will respond.
A German television report on the availability of gene doping in China has stunned anti-doping experts shortly before the Beijing Olympics.
In a documentary by ARD television, a Chinese doctor offers stem-cell therapy to a reporter posing as an American swimming coach.
The report, filmed with a concealed camera, shows the doctor with his face blurred speaking in Chinese and offering the treatment in return for US$24,000, according to a translation provided by the ARD television.
The documentary broadcast Monday did not offer evidence that the hospital had provided gene doping to other athletes, but anti-doping officials were appalled that the treatment was so readily available.