New lab for London Olympics to detect drug cheats
Athletes will begin being tested for performance enhancing drugs as early as July 27.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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PARIS — Drug cheats were warned on April 23 that they are running an increasing risk of being found out, as the World Anti-Doping Agency gave its approval to a new laboratory to test athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics.
WADA president John Fahey said the London 2012 Anti-Doping Laboratory "will operate to the highest standards of sample analysis" during the Games, which start in the British capital from July 27.
"Doping athletes must know that there is a very good chance they will be tested this summer and that everything scientifically possible — and with the assistance of growing intelligence — will be done to make sure that their efforts to cheat are detected by the experts at the laboratory," he added in a statement.
The testing facility, based in Harlow, nearly 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of the Olympic Park, will operate 24 hours a day during the Games and will be capable of analysing 400 samples every day.
WADA has accredited some 35 laboratories around the world and regularly conducts quality controls to ensure they do not give false positive or false negative results on suspect tests.
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