Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Anti-Doping Expert Says Discovery of 31 New Cases 'Not Surprising'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Anti-Doping Expert Says Discovery of 31 New Cases 'Not Surprising'

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Technology driving positive doping results

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MONTREAL - A Montreal-area doping-control expert says it is not surprising that 31 new doping cases have been discovered in retested samples taken from athletes during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Christiane Ayotte, who works at the Armand-Frappier Research Institute, said testing technology is 1,000 times more sensitive compared with eight years ago when the samples were first analyzed.

"We have benefited from the new technology since the (2010) Vancouver Olympics, but it was not available in Beijing (in 2008)," she said in an interview. "So it's not surprising that new cases have been discovered. It's sad, but not surprising.

"Tests eight years later can now more accurately detect certain substances. I suspect anabolic steroids as our detection methods on that score have vastly improved."

The 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing at this summer's Olympics in Brazil, while other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games. …

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