Posted by: sefa101 | April 23, 2008

Anti-doping on the agenda

Preparations continue to run smoothly for the anti-doping programme at Euro 2008. The finalists recently signed an ‘Anti-Doping Charter’ enabling blood tests to be carried out on players for the first time ever. The presidents of the national associations of the 16 teams signed the charter in Vienna last month, allowing for both blood and urine samples to be taken in some 300 tests before and during this summer’s tournament.

The new measures will enable the identification of banned substances, including the blood-boosting drug EPO, while a new technique to test for growth hormones will be used at an international event for the first time. Experts will also be able to determine whether a player’s blood has been abnormally manipulated by means of a transfusion.

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