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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Anti-Doping News

An update on the Anthony Galea situation:
TORONTO — A Canadian doctor known for treating high-profile athletes was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States, according to documents filed with a Canadian court.

Dr. Anthony Galea, a sports medicine specialist who practices in the Toronto area, is suspected of attempting to bring illegal drugs into the United States between Jan. 1, 2007, and Sept. 14, 2009, according to documents filed at the Ontario Court of Justice.

The drugs listed among the charges are Nutropin, a brand of human growth hormone, and Actovegin, a drug made from calves’ blood that is not approved for sale in Canada or the United States. Human growth hormone is considered a performance-enhancer in sports and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
In the United States, federal investigators are seeking to determine whether Galea has provided performance-enhancing drugs to top athletes. The New York Times reported Friday that [his assistan Mary Anne] Catalano, who is cooperating with investigators, has told authorities in the United States that Galea did provide such drugs to athletes.
No one is going easy on Tiger Woods these days, yet the first NY Times article on the case ran a Dara Torres photo ahead of a Woods photo. Both are among the athletes Galea has worked with, and such is the level of distrust of a 40-year-old woman with the abs of a 20-year-old man.

The only track name that has surfaced so far is Donovan Bailey. It should be noted that unlike Victor Conte and BALCO, Galea is an M.D. and some athletes have gone to him for undeniably legitimate purposes. But when a guy proudly states he takes HGH to keep up with his 22-years-younger wife, you get the idea that his bounds of propriety aren't quite the same as yours and mine. So possibly he's known on the down-low as a guy who will get you what you want.

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