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Doping experts: There are always somebody involved

October 30th, 2007 by Troels Kaltoft and Rasmus Wilhardt · 2 Comments

Sport scientist, Michael Sauer (Photo: Troels Kaltoft)

In theory athletes who use doping could finance and use it on their own. But none of them do. At least that’s the opinion of two independent experts at the Play The Game conference.

According to Michael Sauer, sport scientist at the institute of biochemistry in Cologne Germany, you need to know the system to know the tricks, and that’s part of the reason why professional athletes need help in order to use doping and avoid getting caught.

- Why should they do it on their own? We all have friends who knows better. The athletes are not stupid so of course they ask someone for help, he says.

Michael Ashendan, project coordinator, Science and industry against blood doping, believes it is relatively easy to access doping, but he agrees with Michael Sauer, that the athletes need help to avoid getting caught.

- Anyone can put an injection in their arm. Most people can probably access doping over the internet. That is not the key thing. It’s learning how to tietrade your dosages, keeping them at a level, that prevents you from getting caught. That is where the sofistication comes in, he says.

But Michael Ashentan thinks that some athletes in the early nineties did it all on their own:

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