Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
DopingI was going to write a bit about last weekend's race when I found an article about orienteering and doping. The Swedish O' Federation published a translation of a press release from the Finnish O' Federation. Here is a translation of a bit of the Swedish text:
The Finnish O' Federation has decided to give a warning to the orienteer Anni Kulmala after a doping test in July in France. Here A-sample contained too much psuedoephedrine....Anni Kulmala hasn't asked for the B-sample to be tested and has admitted that she took Duact, a drug for her allergies, which she used and which includes psuedoephedrine.
Psuedoephedrine will be removed from the doping list beginning January 1, 2004.
"I told the testers I'd been using Duact, which was prescribed by a doctor for my allergies, and I didn't know it was a prohibited medicine," says Anni Kulmala.
"I was under the impression that it was ok to use this medicine because it was prescribed by a physician. Now I understand I was wrong. Because I'm considered a recreational orienteer, I haven't studied the doping list," said Kulmala, who in the latest rankings was 94th in Finland. posted by Michael | 6:10 PM
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