A very interesting story out of Reuters,says a female power lifter from the Dominican Republic -- Yudelquis Contreras -- tested positive for CERA EPO. This positive EPO is interesting because weight lifters usually use anabolic steroids, HGH, or insulin as primary anabolics. EPO would generally be utilized by more distance and endurance athletes -- cyclists and runners. Here we have a female strength athlete using EPO.
Dominican Today said the positive test had been confirmed by the Dominican Olympic Committee and the Dominican Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday.
Contreras is the sixth and final athlete to test positive for CERA after the International Olympic Committee re-tested samples taken at last year's Beijing Olympics.
Bahrain's Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Rashid Ramzi and Italian cycling road race silver medallist Davide Rebellin were among the six to test positive for the new generation of EPO.
The athletes can ask to have their B samples tested in their presence. If the B samples are positive the athletes face two-year suspensions, if they are first time offenders, and possible life bans if they have been caught cheating before.