I remember this event on 2012 where it became a big news back then. How will anti-doping procedures differ at London 2012 from past Games?
A Lab Designed to Cheat the Cheats
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has put forth a comprehensive plan to eliminate cheating during the upcoming games, with an aggressive anti-doping plan to be put in place. Among the steps it has taken has been the opening of a WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory which will operate during the games.
The laboratory, which is the size of seven tennis court and is based in Harlow, Essex, will be operated by scientists and researchers from the world famous King’s College, London in co-operation with more than 150 leading anti-doping scientists from around the world, with services provided by GlaxoSmithKline.
More than 1000 LOCOG staffers will populate the laboratory, and they will collect and analyse up to 400 samples per day, or more than 16,500 samples for the duration of the games. The lab will operate 24 hours a day. The turnaround time for many tests will be 24 hours, with some tests taking somewhat longer.
Increasing Drug Awareness for All Athletes
The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, has promised that everyone involved will do all they can to make sure that drug cheats have no place to hide during the London Olympics. The British government has been working hard to increase drug awareness for everyone, including those people who take drugs to enhance their appearance, and especially those athletes who plan to be part of the 2012 Olympics.
For years, the government has been trying to raise drug awareness among young people, warning them of the negative health effects of both recreational and performance enhancing drug use through its FRANK drug awareness campaign.
While performance enhancing drugs are thought to enhance looks and athletic performance, they are also associated with increased aggression and violence and an increased risk of infection, as well as higher risk for high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke and heart attack.
Limiting Access to Performance Enhancing Drugs
Over the last several years the government has added a number of anabolic steroids and growth promoters to the Class C list of drugs. By adding these drugs to that list, they are covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, which makes it an offence to produce, supply or import anabolic steroids.
LOCOG officials and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have been working for several years to clamp down on drugs associated with doping, making sure the controls they put in place are up to date, as well as to put illicit suppliers on notice.
The sporting bodies will work alongside law enforcement authorities to curb the small minority of athletes who choose to misuse what they perceive as “performance enhancing” drugs. By increasing drug awareness and cracking down on drug cheats and suppliers, they hope to have the cleanest Olympics in modern history.
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