Negative results for regatta athletes tested for doping

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 12:55

As part of their commitment to best practices the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) undertook to ensure anti-doping tests were carried out on a number of athletes participating in the national regatta races, which took place on the 31st March. Results of sampling taken at the 31st March Regatta Race have just been received and all athletes who underwent the doping tests tested negative.

Anti-doping tests were carried out in accordance with the World Anti-Doping codes as set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The World Anti-Doping Code is the document which comprises all the regulations regarding Anti-Doping across all sports and all countries in the world so that all athletes have the benefit of the same anti-doping policies and procedures irrespective of the sport, nationality or the country in which they are tested. The Code first came into effect on 1st January 2004 and the new revised Code came into effect on 1st January 2009.

The objective of taking doping tests is to detect and deter abuse of performance-enhancing drugs by competitors. The procedure involves taking a urine sample which is taken in a controlled situation. Two samples are collected and sealed in coded bottles these are then placed in collection containers which are sealed with tamper-proof strips and also coded. These are then sent by courier for analysis to an accredited IOC recognised laboratory. At no time will laboratory staff know the identity of the athlete – only the bottle identification number. Apart from random checks made during specific competitions and events – elite level athletes are subject to year-round random testing which can be carried out at any time unannounced.

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