WADA to boost blood testing program

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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."

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