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New drug test finds 260 positive steroid cases

Nov 29, 2013, 11:07 AM EST

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A new test for steroids has revealed at least 260 new positive cases in the last year, according to a German doping lab official.

“It was surprising for us, we didn’t expect that many,” Hans Geyer told reporters at a FIFA anti-doping conference in Zurich, according to The Associated press. “Most of them were from the first half of this year.”

The German lab found 184 cases involving stanozolol and 82 using oral turinabol, and many of them were in track and field, weightlifting and wrestling, according to the AP. It is finding other positives in retesting old samples, too.

Canadian Ben Johnson used stanozolol and was stripped of the 1988 Olympic 100m title after testing positive for the banned substance. East German athletes had been known to use oral turinabol.

“We don’t know exactly where the samples come from,” Geyer said, according to Agence France-Presse. “We know the sports, but we do not know the countries. But WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) knows everything.”

The new drug test will be used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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