WADA open to compulsory DNA testing
Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound says he is in favour of DNA testing being used to assist i
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In the wake of the Madrid-centred Operacion Puerto doping scandal and the past couple of week’s speculation on whether or not some of the riders implicated are willing to do a DNA test, World Ant-Doping Agency president Dick Pound is, according to an article in Danish newspaper Politiken, open to the idea of compulsory DNA testing in cases where athletes contest test results in doping cases carried out by recognised laboratories.
“It’s an interesting idea, which we could consider implementing in connection with the revision of WADA’s anti-doping code that we are currently working on. But I’d like to discuss it with the different parties in WADA before I draw my conclusion,” says Pound, who adds that last year he suggested a DNA test to Lance Armstrong.
“When the story about Lance Armstrong’s urine tests from 1999 showed up in the media last year I told him: Lance if you’re the superhero you say you are and the tests with EPO aren’t yours I don’t understand why you don’t do a DNA test that can prove your innocence. It’s much cheaper than filing lawsuits and paying expensive lawyers to help you. Believe me, I’m a lawyer and know what it costs. But he wasn’t interested in that,” says Pound.
WADA plans to revise its anti-doping code next year at the first world conference on doping in sport since the Copenhagen conference in 2003. Next year’s conference will take place in Madrid.