‘Designer Steroid’ Rocking Sports World

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

It appears that athletes have been using a new steroid — or steroid-like substance — that disintegrates during the standard testing process. From ‘Designer Steroid’ Rocking Sports World:

Already, Europe’s fastest man — 100-meter champion Dwain Chambers of Britain — has admitted taking tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG. Other athletes — including sluggers Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi and boxer Shane Mosley — have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating the nutritional supplement company at the center of the unfolding case.
THG’s chemical components are similar to those of most banned steroids, but with an insidious twist: THG disintegrates during the standard testing process, foiling even the skilled doping detectives who hunt for steroids in urine samples, said Dr. Don Catlin of the University of California, Los Angeles Olympic Analytical Laboratory.

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