ASA issues supplement warning

2003-02-24 14:48

Johannesburg - Athletics South Africa has issued an urgent and strong warning to athletes against the product Androplex-900 (containing Androstenedione).

ASA has also urged athletes to steer clear of other supplements, which contain Androstenedione, Androstenediol, DHEA and/or 19-Nor-Androstenedione. ASA said on Monday that all of these substances are precursors of anabolic steroids and are banned by the IAAF.

ASA said these substances were touted as supplements at so-called 'health' shops and gymnasiums, and athletes should take extreme caution when using them.

The athlete should determine the contents of any supplements they purchased and make sure they did not contain any banned substances.

In addition to the problems resulting from a positive dope test, these substances could also be detrimental to the athlete's health.

ASA said it would approach the Medicine Control Council for stricter control over the import, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of what it described as "harmful supplements".