WADA to boost blood testing program

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it wants to develop laboratory

testing in “countries or areas of the world with limited or no

blood analytical capability.”

Testing programs in athletics powerhouses including Jamaica and

Kenya have been criticized for taking too few samples.

WADA says its board agreed a laboratories strategy on the

sidelines of IOC meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The agency will next month publish an updated list of prohibited

substances, including hydrocodone and tramadol, and said it will

continue monitoring how athletes consume caffeine and nicotine “to

detect patterns of misuse in sport.”

The board approved funding for 29 research projects, including

“longitudinal monitoring for testosterone abuse” and “EPO gene

doping detection.”