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Friday, November 14, 1997 Published at 22:19 GMT



Sport

Eating meat - a new form of doping?

David Martinez, the banned Spanish discus thrower has recruited a pig to help prepare an appeal against a two-year ban for steroid abuse.

Mr Martinez, the Spanish record holder, and winner of the 1996 European Cup competition, tested positive for the banned steroid, Nadrolene at a meeting in Halle in Germany earlier this year.

He is protesting his innocence, and claims the steroid's presence in his sample was due to him eating contaminated meat. To try and prove his theory, he has been injecting a pet pig with a daily dose of the steriod, and plans to use the animal as raw material for a series of scientific tests.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation may not be too sympathetic to his appeal: earlier this year they rejected an appeal by the banned Australian sprinter Dean Capobianco, who claimed he had eaten steak contaminated with steroids.








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