Dop­ing tests scaled back

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - Sports -

Although anti-dop­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions around the world are di­al­ing back on test­ing be­cause of the coro­n­avirus out­break, Olympic ath­letes can still ex­pect a knock on the door.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee has said it re­mains “fully com­mit­ted” to open­ing the Tokyo Games on July 24, so testers are still vis­it­ing some ath­letes at a time when many peo­ple are try­ing to avoid so­cial con­tact.

“Start­ing im­me­di­ately, test­ing done by USADA will be fo­cused only upon mis­sion-crit­i­cal test­ing of those in sports still com­pet­ing and as needed for those pre­par­ing for the Tokyo Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games,” Travis Ty­gart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency, said in a video state­ment an­nounc­ing cuts to its test­ing pro­gram.

The Na­tional Anti-Dop­ing Agency of Ger­many is also cut­ting its test­ing, and sig­naled that call­ing off the Olympics would al­low it to cut fur­ther.

Bri­tain and Aus­tria’s agen­cies have also an­nounced sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.