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banner Wednesday, 2 August, 2000, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Moorcroft backs medical research
David Moorcroft
David Moorcroft is fighting the UK Athletics corner
David Moorcroft is urging the International Amateur Athletic Federation to accept recent medical research into the spate of positive tests for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

The IAAF met in Monaco on Wednesday to try to resolve their outstanding drugs cases before the Olympics gets under way in Sydney.

British athletes Linford Christie, Doug Walker, Gary Cadogan and Mark Richardson are all waiting to learn the outcome of their arbitration hearings after testing positive for nandrolone.

Christie, Walker and Cadogan have been told their hearings will go ahead on 14 August.

All four have been cleared by UK Athletics, but the IAAF refuse to recognise research carried out at Aberdeen University, which claims a combination of dietary supplements and vigorous exercise could cause excessive levels of nandrolone.

IAAF medical committee head Arne Ljungqvist has criticised the research, claiming too few athletes were tested to reach a definitive conclusion.

Moorcroft was at the meeting in Monaco to urge the committee to reconsider the evidence and help clear the British quartet.

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