The race, between athletes and doping police
In this edition of New York Times Magazine (one version of the
is available on the web site), one of the most popular and most visited news sites in the USA, takes a look at not an actual race or competition itself, but the race between doped athletes and regulators. Because it is a race, and so far the doping police have had a hard time to keep up. So far it has proven difficult to find evidence that stick. Lance Armstrong kept at it for eight years, without getting caught.
Doing this New York Times Magazine interviewed leading scientist; with different approaches to develop fool proof doping test where the athletes body reveals whether or not it is doped, and representatives from the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Christer Malm interviewed by the New York Times
One of the scientists interviewed was Christer Malm, head of Sport Medicine at Umeå University and UBI project leader, with the objective to develop a doping test that can detect autologous blood doping.
Christer has previously described the progress towards a diagnostic kit to
fjärde uppgiften, and to New York Times Magazine he explains that he suspect that the detectable changes after blood doping with blood transfusions, are caused by the body’s reaction to the new blood, in combination with a freezer burn in the stored blood.
Text: Karin Borge Renberg
Photo: Montage, original fjärde uppgiften