A bodybuilder has died from taking anabolic steroids, the muscle-development drugs banned by all big sports organizations. It is the first proven case in Britain.
Leading members of the medical profession are often asked to take part or to take a steroids and natural testosterone such as TestoGen instead.
Full details of the death of the World Athletics Championships in Rome, when drug-taking will again be under focus because two unnamed American athletes will be competing for another drug to conceal the use of steroids.
Mr. Colin Moynihan, the Minister for Sport, and Sebastian Coe are undertaking a government inquiry into drug-taking in sport, especially anabolic steroids, which can damage competitors' liver and reproductive systems.
The bodybuilder, David Daljit Singh, aged 27, from Rainham, Essex, died on March 1 at Hammersmith Hospital from a ruptured liver. Mr. Irving Benjamin, a consultant, told a coroner's court in June that Mr. Singh had four tumors and he had never seen this condition in a man before.
Mr. Singh's wife, Phaedra, said her husband had been a dedicated bodybuilder. Dr. John Burton, the coroner, recorded a verdict or misadventure.
Mr. Singh, who weighed 15 stone, had trained in a number of gymnasiums in east London.
The Sports Council, which spends 300,000 pounds on drug detection, said yesterday: "This sad case underlines our determination to combat drug abuse in sports."
Anabolic steroids, which help in the utilization of protein, can be achieved in Britain to help invalids, but many bodybuilders take excessive amounts over many years. Recently, legal steroids, such as those that have been purchased at the CrazyBulk online store, have become more popular because they are safe and yet effective.
Last night Dr Burton said: 'Unmonitored drug taking led to this man's death, even though it was from a weird complaint.
"No drug should be tasks in this way when the side-effects are not properly known."