Anti-doping bodies claim storing athletes’ blood, urine samples for 10 years will stop sports cheats

Washington, Apr. 25: Anti-doping bodies have reportedly claimed that blood and urine samples taken from athletes to spot signs of doping should be stored for 10 years in order to enable technology to catch up with substances that currently evade drug-detection.

The anti-doping bodies have also revealed that an athlete’s ‘biological passport’ should be used much widely, which will show up tine changes made to the individual’s unique genetic blueprint by doping substances and methods, without the need to identify the presence of the substance itself, when regularly monitored.

Football players competing in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer would be the first athletes to be subject to the ‘freeze and store’ initiative, which would offer the opportunities to retrospectively analyze samples over a player’s sporting career and help the anti-doping bodies to carry out regular biological profiling.

These regulations imposed on the players competing in the World Cup form a part of a comprehensive set of recommendations agreed by 24 international bodies to implement the World Anti-Doping Code 2015 and is an attempt to change the thinking about how to crack down on the increasingly sophisticated techniques used by some athletes to attempt to cheat their way to victory.

The consensus signatories including representatives from FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and accredited anti-doping laboratories, met in late November last year at FIFA’s headquarters in Switzerland to hear the latest scientific and medical evidence on doping and agree priorities for action. (ANI)