The Disadvantages

You can always excel in sporting activities if you work hard and seek the help of a specialist to locate your weaknesses and weed them out. However, it is sad to see that a huge percentage of sports persons depending on performance boosting drugs to enable them to perform better than they would normally do. Not only is this against the spirit of sportsmanship, it can also destroy their career permanently. A brief online search will provide you with details about athletes who have had to pay a high price for using performance enhancing formulations. The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has banned many of them for life from participating in sports.

Why did the agencies impose a mild sentence on Maria?
However, this agency has been fair to certain athletes who took drugs for their health, and the drug taken by them was not on the `banned list of WADA,’ updated every year, when they started taking it. Maria Sharapova is a prime example. However, the International Tennis Federation officials were not so harsh on her, since she was taking meldonium, a recently banned drug, prescribed by a doctor, to cure her magnesium deficiency. The agencies imposed a two years’ ban on her and later reduced it to 15 months. She got away with it because that particular drug was not on the list of banned drugs when she started taking it. However, you can rest assured that you will not receive such favors from the doping agencies if you take a substance to boost your performance.

Be fair and a warning
Are you aware that you have denied a genuine competitor from winning the prize by beating him in the competition with the help of performance boosting drugs? You can rest assured that WADA will eventually catch you. Once this happens, your sporting career is kaput.
Drug manufacturers try to hoodwink WADA
Drug manufacturers are always on the lookout to manufacture new types of drugs to fool WADA. A couple of years ago, a few of them started manufacturing and marketing fake urine, a powder that resembles human urine when mixed with water. Many athletes, who depended on drugs to improve their on field performance, started using this to hoodwink WADA and prevent them from finding positive results in urine samples. The modus operandi was simple. The athlete would put this powder in the container provided by WADA and pour water in it. This mixture would show no traces of drugs during laboratory tests.

There is a key for every lock
However, the anti drug authorities soon found out about this trick and started taking multiple samples of urine of the same athlete. Apart from this, the solution created by the powder did not have the odor, specific gravity, and other parameters associated with natural urine. Therefore, do not be lured by online stores that claim that they offer the best powdered urine kit, undetectable since 1998.

Detecting fake urine
According to WADA, athletes from a specific country use synthetic urine to pass drug tests. They did not know that the forensic toxicologists always try to remain updated with the latest technology that allows them to detect whether the urine sample provided to them is organic or synthetic. No doubt, synthetic urine fooled them for a couple of years because of its similarity to natural pee. Apart from this, athletes used special heating pads that warmed the fake pee solution to the exact temperature of real urine. The fact that synthetic urine was legal made it difficult for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agencies from banning it. However, this is changing, and certain states now prohibit the sale of synthetic urine.

How does WADA detect fake urine?
Forensic toxicologists employed by WADA can easily identify poor quality fake urine by looking at it. They also purchase this powder and test them in their labs to determine the difference between it and genuine pee. However, they cannot determine high-quality fake pee without the help of special tests. If they have any doubts, they test the urine sample for:

• Creatinine levels
• Urea and uric acid
• The pH factor (this determines the alkaline or acidic level of the sample)

They also evaluate the specific gravity of the sample as well as search for masking substances such as glutaraldehyde and nitrate. If they still have any doubts, they used advanced methods like:

• Dipstick test (this helps them determine the presence of certain chemicals)
• Mass spectrometry
• Gas chromatography

The forensic toxicologists will ultimately catch you if you try to replace natural urine with the best-powdered urine kit. Instead of resorting to illicit methods, hone your sporting skills to win the medal.