Coronavirus Pandemic Hobbles World Antidoping Efforts - News Summed Up

Coronavirus Pandemic Hobbles World Antidoping Efforts


For athletes inclined to cheat with performance-enhancing drugs, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented an extraordinary opportunity: Enforcers for the time being are not going to knock on their doors demanding a urine or blood sample. This has prevented the antidoping authorities from pursuing one of the most effective deterrents — testing athletes when they are not competing and cannot predict the timing of a drug test. “It’s why we run year-round, out-of-competition testing programs,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. “Covid-19 has put a serious strain on antidoping. We’d be foolish to think some weren’t out there doing their best to exploit it so they have a better opportunity when this eventually passes.”


Source: International New York Times March 30, 2020 22:41 UTC



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