WHISTLER, British Columbia -- On Monday, British rugby player
Prior to Newton's positive test, approximately 900 HGH tests had been conducted over three Olympics -- roughly 100 in Turin, 300 in Athens and 500 in Beijing -- with no positives. Newton's result appears to lend some credence to arguments that HGH testing has evolved to the point of being worth conducting. That argument took center stage a little more than two years ago when MLB commissioner
Anti-doping experts already felt at that time that a reliable test existed, though commercial availability of the test was coming along slowly. (Read
With Newton's positive test -- the rugby player did not contest the result -- the argument that there is no reliable HGH test takes it most visceral hit to date. But don't expect to see any positives from the major American pro sports leagues anytime soon.
None of the major professional leagues requires blood tests (although on Tuesday night
That said, HGH testing is still far from perfect. In
At the start of the Vancouver Games, Dr.
Another strategy, the former user said, is to take HGH with a substance such as human chorionic gonadotropin, the female fertility drug that MLB investigators busted Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder
So the cat and mouse game of doping and detection continues, but Newton's positive test is a warning to the mice that the cats aren't napping.