Easing ban on doping drug clenbuterol to be considered
London, Sept 18 (ANI): The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is likely to consider relaxing the absolute ban on clenbuterol, a drug used illegally by athletes to build muscle.
According to the BBC, WADA officials will discuss controversial changes to drug rules at an upcoming meeting in Switzerland.
Some athletes had earlier complained that eating beef caused their positive test results for the drug.
Meanwhile, London's Olympic anti-doping chief has suggested that a minimum threshold would make testing more uniform.
"Personally, I think that having some threshold would give some more uniformity to the test, but pragmatically we don't want to limit the sensitivity of tests," said Professor David Cowan from King's College London, who is in charge of anti-doping at 2012 London Olympic Games.
"Having a threshold as we do for many substances is a way to get some uniformity so we don't necessarily detect just one molecule," Cowan
"In any type of forensic investigation, it isn't only the presence but also the circumstances which are important when determining a case," he added.
The idea of beef leading to a false positive test was raised earlier when the 2010 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tested positive for a minute quantity of clenbuterol.
Contador claimed that it was because he ate a contaminated steak he had brought in from Spain. (ANI)
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