Report: WADA to test for HGH in Beijing

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NEW YORK (AP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency will expand testing for human growth hormone and be able to test all athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics this summer.

The New York Times reported on its Web Site on Tuesday night that WADA had purchased thousands of kits to screen blood for HGH. For the first time, widespread out-of-competition testing for the hormone can be done.
"We are pleased that the test will be in place for Beijing," David Howman, WADA's director general, told the Times in a telephone interview. "The test has been around for a while; it was a matter of finding the manufacturer." WADA would not identify the company that had produced the test, saying only that it's based in Europe.

This is something we have been anxiously awaiting for some time," Travis T. Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, told the newspaper. "We are thrilled to hear the time is now and will immediately take the steps to put the testing into place."
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