Nicky Campbell takes banned substances
In the week before the start of the Olympics, Radio 5 live breakfast presenter Nicky Campbell will be testing what effect a banned substance has on athletic performance – by taking it.
Nicky will see what effect the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine (MHA, also known as DMAA) has on sprinting, rowing and cycling.
The performance supplement available over-the-counter in health shops, contains MHA, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Many athletes have tested positive for MHA in the past, including 100m world champion, Yohan Blake. Other sportsmen from Rugby Union, Rugby League and football have also been banned for testing positive for the stimulant.
Nicky will record his times sprinting, rowing and cycling over set distances, and then, following a course of the supplement will test to see how his performance has improved.