TCM legitimate for Games, says official

2007-12-11 19:13:51 Shanghai Daily

TCM legitimate for Games, says official

ATHLETES will be able to use traditional Chinese medicines at next year's Olympics without risking positive dope tests if they take basic precautions, a Beijing organizing committee official said yesterday.

Dr. Dai Jianping, who was quoted last week as saying traditional medicines would not be used, said all Chinese drugs were subject to the same regulatory standards as those from the West. "There is no direct relation between Chinese traditional herbal medicine and doping," Dai, who is responsible for medical services at the Games, said.

"It has been around for several thousand years and is very healthy for the body. Like Western medicines it can protect the body. It would be like saying vitamin C is a kind of doping."

Dai said China's drug administration had to approve all traditional medicines and, as in other countries, the ingredients were analyzed and listed on packaging.

"After WADA announces the banned list, we select those that can be used and those that can't," he said.

"I hope there are no doping cases involving Chinese or foreign athletes," Dai said.

"When an athlete chooses to use drugs, it is a kind of tragedy," he said.