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Woods interviewed in Galea probe: Report

New York: Golfer Tiger Woods has been
interviewed by authorities investigating Canadian doctor
Anthony Galea, who is accused of providing performance
enhancing drugs to pro athletes, a newspaper reported.

Citing "two people briefed on the matter," the newspaper
yesterday said Woods was among a second wave of sports figures
to be interviewed by authorities about Galea.

Baseball players Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran
acknowledged earlier this year that they had been contacted in
the probe.

Woods had already confirmed that he was treated by Galea,
who administered platelet-enriched plasma treatments for
Woods` left knee. Woods has denied taking any
performance-enhancing substances.

A US criminal complaint filed last month charged Galea -
who is not licensed to practice medicine in the United States
- with conspiracy, smuggling, unlawful distribution of Human
Growth Hormone (HGH) and introducing the unapproved drug
Actovegin into interstate commerce.

The charges are similar to those filed by Canadian
authorities in October.

According to court filings, some of Galea`s athlete
clients received intravenous vitamin drips, others had
injections of Actovegin and some received injections of HGH,
banned in sports as a performance enhancer.

None of the court documents identify any athletes by
name.

Last Thursday Galea`s former assistant, Mary Anne
Catalano, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to border
agents in a plea deal that could make her a key figure in the
case against her former boss.

Catalano said she agreed to bring medical equipment and
vials of drugs, including HGH, into the United States for
Galea to use on athletes and that the doctor had told her to
lie to border officers and say the supplies were for a
conference.

Bureau Report

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