Store doping samples for 10 years to stop sports cheats, say anti-doping bodies

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2930
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Blood and urine samples taken from athletes to check for doping should be stored for 10 years to enable technology to catch up with substances that currently evade detection, international anti-doping experts have said.

The recommendation is one of a raft of measures agreed by 24 international bodies to “help protect the integrity of sport and all those athletes who do not dope.”

The consensus statement was published in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine1 and focused on how to implement the World Anti-Doping Code 2015.2

The other recommendations in the statement included a …

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