Unfair Advantage 'The Doping Trade Is a Mafia, Pure and Simple'

The illegal trade in performance-enhancing drugs and anabolic steroids is booming. In a SPIEGEL interview, Vienna-based investigator Andreas Holzer talks about their hidden dangers, growing use by amateur athletes and why the problem will only continue to worsen.


SPIEGEL: Mr. Holzer, in January 2009, a special commission headed by you began investigating doping networks. Since then, the success rates of Austrian winter athletes have dropped significantly. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, for example, they captured seven fewer medals than they did four years earlier…

Andreas Holzer: … and you see a connection between the two?

SPIEGEL: You don't?

Holzer: In one year's time, a small special commission