Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sport

Quotes of the week

If I told you I would have to kill you now.'

Rugby chief Trevor Gregory when asked how much the Hong Kong Sevens sponsorship is worth

I saw him inject [EPO] more than one time, like we all did.

Sunday, 22 May, 2011, 12:00am

100 Days To Go

Smiles will grip China today as it celebrates 100 days to go before the grand opening of Beijing 2008 - but anxious sports officials are wearing a scowl.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Doctor's orders

As China prepares to host this summer's Olympic Games, the chief medical officer to the Hong Kong Olympic team says the world can expect rampant doping among Olympic athletes that will go largely undetected.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Dopers 'will try their luck in Beijing'

Experts predict new tactics will keep cheats ahead of game despite zero-tolerance policy

The real race to watch at the Olympics will be between doped-up athletes as they try to escape the clutches of determined anti-dopers, experts claimed yesterday.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Jockey Club clears Shea of doping

A urine sample taken from jockey Kevin Shea 10 days ago returned a positive to Midazolam, a prohibited substance under the rules of racing, but a quickly convened inquiry chose to take no action against the South African. Midazolam, or metabolite alpha-hydroxy-midazolam, was identified in Shea's sample, collected at the November 11 meeting.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland to step up fight against drugs

Mainland authorities have announced a sweeping five-month anti-doping campaign involving six government ministries in a desperate bid to steer the country away from possible drug-related embarrassments before and during next year's Olympics.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland says criticism of testing policy unfair

Pressuring China to drastically increase the number of dope tests is unfair, say top mainland anti-doping officials.

Jiang Zhixue, deputy chief of the science and educational department of the State General Sports Administration (SGSA), said China was already at the forefront in trying to catch cheats.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Officials to crack down on pharmacies

Mainland authorities have mobilised a raft of government agencies ahead of next year's Beijing Games in an attempt to spare the country a re-run of past humiliations caused by doping.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Dramatic fall in drug positives

The Olympic Council of Asia yesterday declared that the 15th Games were the cleanest ever. Only four athletes, all weightlifters, of the more than 10,000 athletes taking part, have tested positive for drugs. This is a more than 50 per cent drop in the number of drug cheats from the last Asian Games.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Hong Kong escalates war on doping

New $3 million body to help athletes 'fight temptation'

Hong Kong sport will join the war on performance-enhancing drugs when an anti-doping agency is put in place next April at an estimated cost of $3 million per year.

The agency will be run by an independent committee, which will formulate policy as well as implement doping control measures in the city.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

859 days to go

In a shabby public bathhouse down a small alleyway in Changchun - the capital of Jilin province in China's northeastern rustbelt - a stout woman scrubs the toilets and gives female customers back rubs through the course of the day for five yuan a rub.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

HK officials take steps to ensure clean Games

Hong Kong are to start a series of doping tests to cope with Shanghai's intention to have a 'clean' All China Games.

The Hong Kong delegation, comprising 165 athletes and 61 coaches and officials, have been asked to attend a half-day doping seminar at the Hong Kong Sports Institute on August 30.

16 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Games girl in positive drugs test

Drugs hit the headlines in Atlanta last night when Cuban judo silver medallist Estela Rodriguez tested positive.

However, she will keep her medal, the International Olympic Committee said.

Traces of the diuretic furocemide were found in samples submitted after the heavyweight competition.

25 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Chris Armstrong refused permission to play

THE English Football Association refused Crystal Palace striker Chris Armstrong permission to play in his team's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool tonight while he continues to receive counselling after his positive test for cannabis.

The FA also declined to say when Armstrong will be allowed back to help the team's relegation battle.

8 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Clock ticking on rider Tiley's stable search

TIME is running out for jockey Nigel Tiley (right) who has two weeks to find a stable for next season or he's on his way back home to New Zealand.

The frequently harsh facts of racing life in Hongkong were made very clear to Tiley on Friday when retaining trainer Alex Wong Siu-tan was not given Jockey Club permission to retain a trainer next season.

2 May 1993 - 12:00am