All athletes in Daegu to be blood-tested, says IAAF

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – Every athlete competing in  this year’s World Athletics Championships will be blood-tested  in an unprecedented anti-doping programme, the sports governing  body said yesterday.

The blood-testing programme at the Aug. 27-Sept. 4 event in  Daegu, South Korea, will be carried out in addition to the  regular doping controls — in Daegu approximately 500 urine  samples will be collected in and out-of-competition combined,  the IAAF said.
It will mark the first time that almost 2,000 elite  athletes competing in a major sports event will be blood tested  under the same optimal conditions, within the same period.

The samples will be analysed by the Lausanne  WADA-accredited Anti-Doping Laboratory (LAD) on-site in Daegu  for a first screening analysis and after the end of the  Championships in Lausanne for further analyses.

The analyses would focus on measuring relevant parameters  (biomarkers) for individual profiling purposes within the  framework of the Athlete Biological Passport, the IAAF said.    The results will be used in three ways — as a first  “fingerprint” for athletes with no previous records at the  IAAF; to build upon already existing athlete profiles recorded  and followed at the IAAF; and to establish the reference ranges  of relevant biomarkers among elite male and female athletes.

Suspicious results from the screening analyses performed  on-site could trigger follow-up target tests in Daegu in urine  (notably for EPO) and/or further analyses for prohibited  substances or prohibited methods in blood in Lausanne.

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