June 16, 1989
Bob Karsch, a Canadian weightlifter, was suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol.
May 29, 1989 |
If Dr. Jamie Astaphan is so smart, as he obviously would like for us to believe, why did his prize patient, Ben Johnson, test positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol at the Seoul Olympics? That is the only mystery remaining as the track and field phase of the Canadian government's inquiry into drug use by athletes enters its 14th week today with Astaphan returning to the witness stand. As Astaphan has given no definitive answer to the question, and as Johnson is not likely to when he appears before the commission of inquiry two weeks from today, we may never be completely sure.
May 1, 1989 |
Sprinter Ben Johnson's doctor purchased large quantities of steroids intended for cats, dogs and horses beginning in 1985, a Canadian federal inquiry into drug use in amateur sports was told today. Joseph Kiefer, director of corporate relations with Sterling Drug Ltd., the only maker of stanozolol products in North America, testified that Dr. Jamie Astaphan began purchasing tablets of the muscle-building drug in June, 1985. Astaphan turned to an injectable form in December, 1985, Kiefer told the inquiry.
June 12, 1989 |
Significant dates leading to Ben Johnson's first day of testimony today in the Canadian government's inquiry into drug use by athletes: Sept. 24, 1988--Johnson runs the 100 meter final in 9.79 seconds at the Seoul Olympics to break his world record and win the gold medal. Sept. 27--The International Olympic Committee announces that Johnson tested positive for an anabolic steroid, stanozolol, after the 100-meter final and strips him of his gold medal, also voiding his new world record.
June 22, 1989 |
Dr. Robert Kerr said Wednesday that he has evidence further linking Ben Johnson's doctor to the anabolic steroid that resulted in the Canadian sprinter's positive drug test in the 1988 Summer Olympics. But the San Gabriel sports-medicine specialist said he was not allowed to present the evidence when he testified Monday before the Canadian government's commission of inquiry into drug use by athletes. Dr. Jamie Astaphan had testified earlier that he supervised Johnson's drug program for four years, administering a final injection of a steroid to the sprinter only 27 days before Johnson ran in the 100-meter final at Seoul.
August 4, 2009 |
Twenty-five years later, it is hard to recall a time before the rumors and accusations. A time before athletes competed without suspicion hovering around each record-setting performance. A time before sprinters and swimmers had to share the sports page with the likes of nandrolone and stanozolol. The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, it seems, were the last innocent Summer Games before the dawn of the steroid era.