Testing has been restricted in some countries due to the pandemic and has been shut down entirely in those who are worst hit by the virus
New Delhi: The president of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka is confident that the global anti-doping system will return to full power as soon as the coronavirus outbreak subsides, and warned athletes against using the crisis to cheat the system.
The WADA president has admitted that there may be ‘gaps’ in global testing as a result of the outbreak. Testing has been severely restricted in some countries due to the pandemic and has been shut down entirely in those who are worst hit by the virus.
“Anti-doping never sleeps, that is my message to the athletes,” Banka told Inside the Games, an Olympic news website. “We have the Athlete Biological Passport, long-term analysis, intelligence and investigations and others, which will be key tools in the coming weeks and months,” Banka said. Banka also promised that the agency will do everything to protect clean athletes during this testing time.
“This is not space for cheats and I can say to the athletes that we will do everything we can to protect clean athletes during this time. If some cheats are thinking this is space for them, I can ensure we will do everything to catch them and eliminate them from the sports environment,” Banka added.
“The health and safety of the athletes remains the number-one priority for WADA and the antidoping community, and it is clear that the correct decision has been taken in this challenging and unprecedented situation,” WADA’s official website quoted Banka.