Woods' doctor under US probe

Woods' doctor under US probe

Anthony Galea is suspected of providing prominent American and Canadian athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Times.

The 50-year-old Galea was arrested in Toronto on October 15 by Canadian police just a month after he was stopped on another occasion at the US-Canada border with human growth hormone and Actovegin in his suitcase.

Besides Woods, Galea has treated hundreds of professional and amateur athletes over the years including Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Olympic runner Donovan Bailey and NFL quarterback Chris Simms.

He is also the former team doctor for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, the Times said.

It is illegal to import or sell Actovegin in the United States. Actovegin is a drug extracted from calf’s blood. The newspaper says the FBI investigation of Galea is based on medical records discovered on his computer. The sources did not reveal the names of the athletes Galea allegedly supplied with the drugs.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have launched a separate probe which is looking into smuggling, criminal conspiracy and the selling of unapproved drugs. Galea has denied providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.

Woods, who announced Friday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from golf, saw Galea four times at his home in Florida in February and March.

Woods’ team called in the Canadian doctor because they were concerned about the speed of his recovery from knee surgery in June 2008. When contacted by the Times, Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg asked the paper not to write the story,  “If Tiger is not implicated, and won’t be, let’s please give the kid a break,” he said.