Officials for the Sochi Winter Olympics are expected to test some 2500 samples for banned substances during the Games – more than ever before at an Olympics.
But a recent undercover report by a consortium of public broadcasters in Germany (ARD) has revealed there’s a new drug on the market coming out of Russia called MGF and so far it’s undetectable by doping authorities.
Mario Thevis, a doping analyst from Cologne who tested the product confirmed: “Full Size MGF is not to be found with the current methods of analysis in doping tests.”
According to the report the drug is similar to the banned IGF 1 growth factor which helps accelerate muscle building.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) General Director, David Howman, was shocked at the report and was sceptical about a clean Games in Russia.
He said: “It would be naive to believe that all athletes are clean in Sochi. There are many who be believe that the substance they take is not detectable.’‘
The sample of the drug in question was reportedly bought by the undercover journalists from the internationally renowned staff of the Russian Academy of Sciences, based in Moscow – scientists who are looking to add a darker twist to the Olympic moto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger.’‘