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Virtual drug testing trial for US athletes


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Virtual drug testing trial for US athletes

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New York – A group of American athletes will provide samples for drug-testing in a “virtual session” as part of a “unique” programme being trialled by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).

Social distancing measures have meant a reduction in traditional random sample-collection, with some countries halting testing entirely.

That has led to fears that cheats may look to exploit the situation.

But Usada’s trial will mean officials can follow the process remotely via video conference technology – with a camera placed outside the athlete’s bathroom door.

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky, and runners Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles and Emma Coburn are among the stars who have volunteered to take part. (Reuters)

 

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