June 15, 1989 |
Canadian weightlifter Bob Karsch has been suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for use of steroids, the Canadian Weightlifting Federation confirmed Wednesday night. Federation President Yvon Chouinard said a urine sample provided by Karsch at the national championships in Sarnia, Ontario, two weeks ago revealed traces of the anabolic steroid stanozolol, the same muscle-building drug used by sprinter Ben Johnson, who was banned for two years after testing positive at the Seoul Olympics.
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.
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 11, 1989 |
After saying two weeks ago that there was no substance to sabotage theories surrounding Ben Johnson's positive drug test in the 1988 Summer Olympics, the co-counsel for the Canadian government's commission of inquiry into drug use by athletes reinforced his position Wednesday with scientific evidence. Robert P. Armstrong established through testimony from a chemist that the drug allegedly given to several Canadian track and field athletes by Dr. Jamie Astaphan contained stanozolol, the anabolic steroid found in Johnson's system at Seoul.
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.
October 7, 1988 |
A spokesman for a U.S.-owned drug company here said that Ben Johnson's personal physician purchased the same anabolic steroid that was found in the Canadian sprinter's urine after he won the 100-meter dash in the Olympic Games last month. The physician, Dr. George Mario (Jamie) Astaphan, has told some media organizations that he has never given stanozolol to any of his patients. He said that includes Johnson, who was stripped of his gold medal after he tested positive for the drug at Seoul.