In Canada, scientists have developed a new system of laboratory tests to determine the misuse of drugs by athletes.
CU: Dr Graham Jones performing laboratory tests. (7 shots)
CU: Dr Jones doing laboratory tests. (5 shots)
CU: Head of Laboratory Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Dr. Ron Coutts speaking in English.
SV AND CU: laboratory experiments (7 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: LAING: "Dr Graham Jones of the University is the senior analyst on the project. He is training the volunteers to carry out preliminary tests. Modern technology, including computer science will do much of the work. Urine samples will be taken on a random basis from athletes just after they complete an event, regardless of where they play. If a preliminary check shows traces of forbidden drugs the new machines will be put to use for a more detailed analysis. Scientists will look for 120 substances on the games forbidden list. If an unidentified substance show up, the man in charge of the project will be called in.
SEQ. 3: COUTTS: "We will be looking for drugs that can improve performance in some way, stimulants, even depressants because depressants can improve a person's mental attitude. We will be looking for anabolic steroids, these are drugs that build muscle, so weight-lifters and people like that tend to abuse them."
LAING: "Athletes won't even be able to use everyday cold remedies. Both coaches and competitors have been given forbidden lists. And even cigarettes and coffee could cause problems. They pose a difficult problem for the people doing the analysis. Are the traces of caffeine and nicotine from drug doses or from an ordinary cup of coffee? Where there's a question, games officials will look at the evidence and make the decision. The project will give the department a benefit, a now computerised equipment. Bill Laing, CBC News, Edmonton."
REPORTER: BILL LAING
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Background: In Canada, scientists have developed a new system of laboratory tests to determine the misuse of drugs by athletes. Following the recent banning of a World Cup football player after traces of a forbidden drug were found during a routine check, sportsmen and women can now undergo a precise analysis, which shows up everything from a quick cigarette to a pep pill. Bill Laing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation visited the test centre in Edmonton and met the man in charge of the project, Dr Ron Coutts, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry.