IOC Orders Beijing Sample Retest for New Banned Drug

LONDON, England, October 8. ACCORDING to a report by the Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered a retest of Beijing samples for CERA.

According to the report, CERA is "a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The substance boosts an athlete's performance by increasing the number of oxygen-rich blood cells."

"This clearly demonstrates the determination that there is zero tolerance (on doping), and that we will use all the means available to catch the cheaters," IOC vice president Thomas Bach of Germany told the Associated Press.

The new test was developed by the French Anti-Doping Agency for the Tour de France, which caught CERA during testing of riders at the event.

Full text of the Associated Press article.