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AFL to test players for EPO drug

18/05/2005 05:56:58 AM Comments (0)

The AFL this season will begin testing for the stamina-enhancing drug erythropoietin, or EPO.

The testing regime will target aerobic, running-type players such as midfielders, according to The Age.

"We'll be conducting EPO tests this season," AFL general manager Adrian Anderson told the newspaper.

"I don't want to give a specific date as to when it will be done, but it will be done."

The urine tests will be conducted by the Australian Sports Drug Agency on the AFL's behalf.

The move to start testing for EPO is a major upgrade to the existing drug testing program.

The AFL also plans to start testing for human growth hormone with 12 months.

The National Rugby League said earlier this year it would test for EPO in 2005.

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