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Testing dried blood spots ‘very important step’ in anti-doping, says WADA scientific director-Sports News , Happy Easterday

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The World Anti-Doping Company on Friday authorized an modern technique of screening dried blood for banned substances which will likely be trialled for the Tokyo Olympics

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Montreal: The World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) on Friday authorized an modern technique of screening dried blood for banned substances which will likely be trialled for the Tokyo Olympics.

The choice marks a “crucial step” within the struggle in opposition to doping, its scientific director Olivier Rabin mentioned in an interview with AFP, because the so-called dried blood spot (DBS) testing approach will finally strengthen WADA’s capability to trace down cheaters.

Q. When will you begin making use of this method in a serious competitors?

A. “The Tokyo Olympics would be the first time that DBS will likely be utilized in a serious multisport competitors as a part of the struggle in opposition to doping… So as to not create double constraints for the athletes, the concept is that the blood that we’ll accumulate as a part of the Athlete Organic Passport, a couple of drops will likely be taken and placed on the dry matrix (a type of blotting paper) which can permit us to analyse in a extra exact manner sure substances… At first this will likely be complementary to what we’re doing as we speak (blood assessments and urine analyses). For the Beijing Olympics subsequent 12 months, there’s a development deliberate, we’ll combine new analyses.”

Q. What are the advantages?

A: “To begin with it is much less intrusive for the athletes. Some samples are taken from the fingertip, from the earlobe, from the shoulder, from the thigh… The opposite benefit of DBS is that from the second you place it on a bit of paper, the liquid will dry and it stabilises the matrix… You must put that in parallel with the more and more elaborate doping methods of sure athletes, who know very properly the right way to use substances which keep a comparatively quick time within the physique. Sure substances, after 24, 36, 48 hours, you now not discover them… As properly, the gathering of the pattern itself is commonly cheaper, you do not want all the same old tubes paraphernalia. And also you wouldn’t have a bunch of bottles to retailer in giant fridges… Slightly you simply have a type of postcard that shops way more simply… As well as, it’s generally tough to go and take (conventional) samples in distant areas which are removed from our anti-doping labs.”

Q. Is that this new technique a “recreation changer,” as AMA President Witold Banka has predicted?

A. “This can be a crucial step for the anti-doping group. Sooner or later, we will lengthen anti-doping protection, higher analyse sure substances, we may even be capable to analyse new substances… We should be very clear, it is not going to exchange the present assessments. It can take a while earlier than now we have assessments on microliters of blood which are as environment friendly, in the event that they ever will likely be, as what may be executed as we speak with analyses of urine or bigger blood samples. However we predict that there’s a sturdy potential within the growth of such a matrix. Perhaps in 5 years, 10 years, we will measure EPO in a couple of microliters of dried blood, wherein case we’ll say: that is it, we are able to apply DBS to EPO, however as we speak it might not be reasonable to take action.”

 

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Updated: May 25, 2021 — 8:34 pm

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