The world will have their sights set on London over the next two weeks and while the athletes’ performances will be the main focus for most, they aren't the only ones who will be stepping up their game for the summer Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has made some major moves in preparation for this year’s games.
In the last six months, a whopping 71,649 tests have been conducted on summer Olympics sports resulting in 107 athletes being banned preliminarily. With over 6,000 tests scheduled to take place during the games as well, London 2012 will be the most tested games in Olympic history.
WADA has also announced that after being under review for several years, a new test for human growth hormone (HGH) has been approved and will be implemented. HGH has been used by professional athletes to stimulate growth and enhance performance for decades and while it is banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) it has been much harder to enforce as it cannot be detected in urine. The new blood test now has the ability to distinguish between natural and artificial HGH and has a much larger detection window than its predecessor which has been used since the 2004 Athens games. This year both tests will be used simultaneously and treated as complimentary tests.
All medal winners will be subject to mandatory tests and WADA has publicly reminded athletes that samples can be stored and re-tested for up to eight years.
It is WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System, also known as ADAMS, developed by Presagia that has helped move the anti-doping initiative forward by centralizing athlete health data and in turn enabling clean athletes to win the medals they deserve. Presagia is proud of its role in making sports more fair and encourages all to PLAY TRUE.
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