The newest drug on the block which cyclists are suspected of
using is called Oxyglobin.
Currently used extensively in the veterinary profession for treating, amongst other
things, anemia in ferrets and dogs, Oxyglobin
could be used by professional cyclists who are looking for that little extra edge.
Certainly it seems to work for dogs. One expert says
"In the severely anemic animal, rapid
support of oxygen-carrying capacity is necessary so the patient has a better chance
to recover and respond to treatment of the underlying condition."
For cyclists looking to win at all costs, without testing positive
for a banned substance, the temptation must be huge, but we have to wonder what the
effects of using doggy medicine are on the human body.
It will only be a matter of time before the drug is banned, but as of this moment,
it’s still legal to use.
The effect is to give increased performance for two or three days, then a big low
the days afterwards. It would be interesting, if statistics were to hand, to look
at riders competing and see a huge increase in their performance for a few days,
then a drop down as the benefits wear off.
With a test for EPO now being available, and the huge amount of testing going on
at the Sydney Olympics, it looks like being an interesting time ahead. Certainly
the amount of athletes who have already pulled out of the Olympics either because
of positive tests, or for other reasons suggests that there could be a massive use
of drugs in the sport.
The quantity of cyclists tested positive for bronchio-dialators in this years Tour
de France is remarkable. Many passed this off as treatment for asthmatic conditions,
but to have so many riders in an aerobic sport with asthma is quite remarkable.
Read between the lines and watch the headlines over the next
few days. It’s going to be an interesting Olympics.
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