Olympics: New blood doping test could be approved for use at Tokyo 2020
A”revolutionary” new test that could detect blood doping for many months instead of hours and days could be eligible for use at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The gene evaluation, that has been developed at the University of Brighton, detect any prohibited substances for longer and could determine the use of medications correctly.
Sky Sports News reporter Rebecca Williams describes about how the test works and the reason it’s essential.
The benefit of this technologies that is new is the fact that it can determine the usage of certain performance-enhancing medication.
It can detect materials for a period of time, therefore weeks and months when they have been taken, as opposed to hours and hours.
The process has been developed by Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton. He has been researching it.
He told Sky Sports News:”Take the situation of Lance Armstrong. He never failed a test and was tested. As long as on those days which he had taken a medication like EPO, he doesn’t answer his doorbell and hides away.
“When he was finally analyzed, they found nothing. What we can do now and what we can do in time will be extend the window of opportunity so you can detect that drug weeks and months later.”
Pitsiladis’ method focuses.
Rather than looking for traces of drugs from a person’s urine, he is able to identify changes to a person’s genetic structure.
There are hundreds and hundreds of genes in the human body, but hundreds are”turned on” when prohibited substances, like EPO, are accepted. With the present testing, it is possible that athletes to prevent detection by diluting their blood. That would not be possible with Pitsiladis’ method.
Following lots of doping events in recent years, there is a true focus on promoting clean sport .
In fact, the testing programme at 2020 is likely to be the most extensive directed at simplifying both deterrence and detection.
IOC president Thomas Bach said:”We want the cheats never to feel secure, anytime anywhere.”
It’s estimated that the technology is going to be released in time for the Olympics. However, with only eight months until the Games get underway, time is still ticking.
Even if it doesn’t contain this time athletes’ blood samples will be kept for 10 years so that they can be re-tested at a later date, if needed.
Through the years, there were hundreds of anti-doping violations.
Events comprise Team GB sprinter Dwain Chambers, US athlete Marion Jones – who had been stripped – along with the cyclist, Lance Armstrong, who lost seven Tour de France titles and a Olympic medal.
The number of violations that are anti-doping seems to be falling, but a lot of them are just found months and months after the Games have taken place.
Here are the statistics for the last three Olympics:
In recent years, quite a few Russian athletes are banned after doping. Team GB men’s bobsleigh team, that came fifth at the 2014 Winter Olympics, received bronze medals after two crews were disqualified.
Bobsledder Joel Fearon told Sky Sports News:”There will be cheaters out there, who’ve cheated and they will not ever get discovered.
“The people who win, you never really know. It is amazing, the simple fact that things are coming out and people are getting the correct positions.”