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.”