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      Two cases of ‘designer steroid’ in World Champs re-tests

      BERLIN : The re-testing of more than 400 urine samples from the World Athletics Championships produced two cases of the designer steroid THG, the International Association of Athletics Federations said.

      Neither of the two athletes who tested positive for tetrahydrogestrinone won medals in the championships held in Paris in August, the IAAF added.

      The identities of the athletes have not been revealed with a second, or B, test due to be carried out first.

      “In accordance with the rules of the IAAF neither the names of the athletes nor their nationalities can be disclosed,” read a press statement.

      Britain’s European 100 metres champion Dwain Chambers is the only athlete to be officially named having tested positive for THG although four Americans were also reported to be guilty.

      Chambers tested positive while training in Germany before the championships, although news of the result only leaked out in October.

      The IAAF, whose Congress was meeting in Berlin, does not believe THG use to be widespread, a view shared by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge.

      Instead, they feel THG was a training group secret used by a limited number of athletes.

      That would point the finger at American competitors.

      US federal prosecution services are investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (Balco) in San Francisco which has been cited as the source of the steroid.

      The test for detecting THG was developed by the laboratory headed by Professor Don Catlin at the University of California, Los Angeles, after an anonymous coach sent a syringe containing the previously unheard-of substance.

      Double sprint world champion Kelli White, who has already tested positive for a stimulant at Paris, men’s 100m world record holder Tim Montgomery and baseball’s Barry Bonds are among 40 competitors who were subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury after a raid at Balco’s headquarters last month.

      Balco was founded and is run by Victor Conte, a former jazz musician.

      The IAAF punish anabolic doping cases with two-year international bans.

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