Spanish cyclists Maria Isabel Moreno tested positive for EPO at the 2008 Olympics, thus making her the first official Beijing positive dope test. The Guardian carries the story. No word whether this is CERA EPO or not.
Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno has become the first competitor at the Beijing Olympics to fail a drugs test.
Moreno, better known as Maribel Moreno, had been entered for the women's road race and individual time trial and tested positive for the endurance-boosting EPO drug.
IOC spokesperson Giselle Davies said Moreno was tested on July 31 and left the city on the same evening. The IOC officially took control of drugs testing on July 27.
Davies said Moreno, 27, had been stripped of her Games accreditation and the matter had been referred to the International Cycling Union (UCI). The UCI confirmed the doping offence.
The drug-cheating isn't going away. And right now, medicine doesn't monitor PEDs. The only way to keep the Games 'clean' is this cat and mouse game of doping control. The national agencies should keep cheating competitors from the world stage and the massive media attention given to drug-cheats that detracts from the competition.
The Spanish Olympic Committee said it was unaware of the positive test until being informed today. "We got this news for breakfast," Jose Maria Bellon, SOC Director of Communications, said.
"She arrived in the first group of Spanish athletes on July 31. It seems the same day she arrived, she had a drugs test and after that had a panic attack and asked the [cycling] Federation to be allowed to return to Madrid."
What an inglorious episode. Got to be a better way...Weird state of affairs that these athletes who train so hard, then become so much fodder for public humiliation; there has to be a better way to ensure fair competition.