Anti-doping agency reports rise in positive cases

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22 March 2005, BONN - The number of positive doping tests in German sport has risen to 72 in 2004, but the German anti-doping agency (NADA) nonetheless provided a positive outlook for the future on Tuesday.

22 March 2005

BONN - The number of positive doping tests in German sport has risen to 72 in 2004, but the German anti-doping agency (NADA) nonetheless provided a positive outlook for the future on Tuesday.

"The acceptance from the federations and the co-operation of the athletes is on the rise," said NADA chief Peter Busse at the presentation of the 2004 figures.

The 72 positive cases - among them 28 for anabolic steroids - came from 8,885 tests carried out in 2004. Of those, 4,468 tests were competition tests and 4,417 out-of-competition tests.

Busse said NADA did not want to compare the figures to those from 2003, where 50 positive tests were registered, because of new laws from the ratification of the World Anti-Doping Code.

"There is a realisation that only clean sport is competitive and economically attractive in our society. Everyone who is active in sport must contribute their share," said Busse.

DPA

Subject: German news

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