Mi­crochip ath­letes can stamp out dop­ing: WOA chief

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Lon­don, United King­dom - Ath­letes should be fit­ted with mi­crochips in the same way that dogs are to help stamp out dop­ing in the sport, says the head of an or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 100,000 Olympians.

World Olympians As­so­ci­a­tion (WOA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Miller told a con­fer­ence in Lon­don that tech­nol­ogy would soon al­low an im­plant to de­tect per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

“We chip our dogs,” he told a sem­i­nar on in­tegrity and duty of care in sport, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per on Wed­nes­day.

“We’re pre­pared to do that and it doesn’t seem to harm them. So why aren’t we pre­pared to chip our­selves?”

“We need to keep in front of the cheats,” he added. “I be­lieve that, in or­der to stop dop­ing, we need to chip our ath­letes where the lat­est tech­nol­ogy is there.”

“Some peo­ple say it’s an in­va­sion of pri­vacy. It’s a club and peo­ple don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to fol­low the rules,” added Miller.

Miller’s or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sents 100,000 Olympians across the world but he said he was speak­ing in a per­sonal ca­pac­ity.

Dop­ing has cast a dark shadow over the sport in re­cent years, with the Rus­sian ath­let­ics team banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a state-spon­sored dop­ing pro­gramme.

Re-test­ing of old sam­ples us­ing new meth­ods by the IOC has found more than 100 ath­letes used banned sub­stances at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

And at least 30 per cent of those who com­peted at the 2011 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships ad­mit­ted to hav­ing used banned sub­stances dur­ing their ca­reers, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent report.

Mike Miller

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