The Olympic Games and performance-enhancing drugs

  • Gboyega Adebola Ogunbanjo Editor-in-Chief - South African Family Practice


The 2012 Olympic Games ended recently in London, with a number of world records having been broken in various events. What did not receive a lot of publicity was how many athletes were disqualified for using performance-enhancing drugs before and during competition. Before the games, three athletes were suspended and charged with doping violations, namely Moroccan 1 500 m runner Amine Laalou, Belarus hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan, and the Colombian 400 m runner Diego Palomeque, who was provisionally suspended after testing positive for testosterone.1 Immediately after the closing ceremony, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, a Belarus shot putter, was stripped of her gold medal after she tested positive for the anabolic agent metenolone during in-competition testing.