The technology, which it is hoped will help in the fight against blood doping, still requires approval from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Genetic drug-testing might be in place for the Tokyo Olympics, according to the head of the International Olympic Committee.

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The technology, which it is hoped will help in the fight against blood doping, still requires approval from the World Anti-Doping Agency before it can be introduced but IOC chief Thomas Bach is confident it will prove a deterrent to anyone thinking of cheating, even if the testing is not done until after the Games.

“Through research on genetic sequencing progressing well, this new method could be a ground-breaking method to sense blood doping, weeks or even months afterward it took place,” Bach supposed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in the Polish city of Katowice.

If approved by WADA, such new gene testing could be used already at the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo Olympic. These new methods will again strengthen deterrence. We need the sharks to never feel safe, anytime or everyplace.

The genetic testing works by spotting which genes are expressed when blood has been manipulated either via a transfusion or a product that boosts the production of red blood cells. If the testing regime is not ready for Tokyo, all samples will be available to test post-Games for up to 10 years.

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Bach supposed: “In the latter case, the IOC would analyze these examples after the full authentication of this new challenging method.

This will add to the fact that the pre-Games testing programmed for the Olympic 2020 Games Tokyo Olympic will be the most extensive programmed ever, aimed to maximize both detection and deterrence.

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