Over the past week stories have been emerging about the widespread use of a new type of steroid called tetrahydrogestinone (THG).
Apparently a US company developed THG as an undetectable steroid for use by athletes. Here’s a BBC story on the drug and its use. It seems that around twenty athletes from this year’s US Olympic trials have tested positive for THG, as has European champion sprinter Dwain Chambers. The US Anti-doping Agency has described the use of THG as being a widespread conspiracy, involving chemists, coaches and athletes.
Given that the Olympics are to be held within a year, what sanctions should athletes found to be using THG face?
Personally I think the magnitude of this scandal requires some life bans. The athletes have been deliberately using a performance-enhancing drug that was previously undetectable. Any coaches implicated should also be banned for life.
The producers/chemists should be charged with violating any applicable FDA regulaitons, for providing a drug for use by humans that has not received regulatory approval.
What do any other dopers think (no pun intended…)