Medicine: Drug Patrol

Olympic watchdogs are ready It has been the talk of the locker rooms for years. East Germany's muscular women swimmers are suspected of training on body-building anabolic steroids. So are weight lifters, shotputters and javelin and discus throwers of many countries. Soviet female gymnasts have been accused of taking pituitary blockers to slow down growth. Swimmers, runners, cyclists and hockey players are widely believed to compete while "hopped up" on stimulants, especially amphetamines. Though practically all drug use is forbidden under Olympic rules, competitors, coaches and sports physicians alike say flatly that...

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