Friday 20, Jul 2012
Heading the most advanced drugs testing system ever, Professor David Cowan recently said that no doping cheats would be able to win gold during the London Olympic games.
During this year’s Olympics, around 5,000 urine and blood samples will be taken, which will eclipse the 3,667 in Beijing – plus another 1,250 at the Paralympics.
Professor Cowan insisted that the advanced drug testing system will even be able to pick up the new designer drugs.
The spectre of famous cheats like sprinters Ben Johnson and Marion Jones, with their use of anabolic steroids, means cynics will forever cast a shadow of doubt over the authenticity of results at the Games.
The Human Growth Hormone will be especially sensitive — previously it could only be detected if used just before a test. But, this summer, it will show up even if taken days before the event.
According to UK Anti-Doping rules, British athletes can be tested 365 days a year, with no notice.
The new Games £20million testing lab in Harlow and funded by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will be waiting to nab any one who tries to bend the rules.
Athletes Phillips Idowu, Beth Tweddle, David Weir, and Marlon Devonish are among those supporting pre-Games education and testing program of UK Anti-Doping.
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