Ok for all you folks out there sucking back the EPO and whatever else you’re taking 😉  ha… just kidding.  With the plague of doping in the peloton over the last few years, it’s good to see the powers that be are cracking down harder and harder to keep our sport clean.   However, some people have been “accused” of doping because some random ingredient in their nasal decongestant showed up which got them banned.  The ITU sent a news release today about some new ingrediant found in nutritional supplements that is a cause for concern… check it out.

**via Triathlon.org

The ITU Anti-doping Team would like everyone to be aware of a press release that the Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority (CyADA) recently sent out.

“The Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority (CyADA), in its mission to protect athletes from inadvertent doping, announces today that in two different nutritional supplements an emerging drug candidate, named Growth-Hormone-Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2), has been detected, for the first time.

GHRP-2, as a releasing factor of human Growth Hormone (hGH), belongs to the list of substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and therefore its use by athletes can cause a positive result at a doping control. It is worth noting that this is the first time releasing hormones in nutritional supplements have been detected, thus marking a new dimension in the fight against doping, from both the nutritional supplements and the analytics in doping controls perspectives.

Apart from the risk of doping, several health concerns arise from the use of nutritional supplements containing GHRP-2. As a drug, GHRP-2 is still undergoing clinical trials and its use as a pharmaceutical agent is not approved which means that the relevant pharmaceutical authorities are not yet convinced of its safety and/or efficacy.

The first product of GHRP-2, provided as tablets, was purchased in Cyprus by CyADA while the second, in liquid solution, was confiscated by CyADA in collaboration with the relevant authorities of the Cyprus Ministry of Health and the Cyprus Police. Both products are available over-the-counter, not only in Cyprus, but in many other countries, all over the world.

The identification and quantification of GHRP-2 in the nutritional supplements was achieved by scientists at the Center for Preventive Doping Research at the German Sport University Cologne with the support of the German Ministry of the Interior; the Manfred Donike Institute; and CyADA.”

If you have a question about ITU’s Anti-doping programme, please contact the ITU Anti-doping Director at leslie.buchanan@triathlon.org

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