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Discussion: Testing

in: ndobbs; ndobbs > 2015-11-19

Nov 20, 2015 12:16 PM # 
There you go then. I didn't realise each country had a say in drug-testing (and therefore, to a certain extent, self-policing) their own athletes. I thought it was all under WADA's remit. Segregation of duties, no?
Nov 22, 2015 9:34 AM # 
It even goes down to sports body level. I recall complaints in France many years back about how much of the orienteering budget was being spent on testing athletes (meanwhile the Americans and Russians (non-orienteers) were testing drugs). Though maybe they were obliged to spend the money by the government.
Nov 22, 2015 9:43 AM # 
The theory behind that is so spectacularly flawed. And gets athletics to where it is today.
Nov 22, 2015 12:18 PM # 
Don't know how it works in other countries, but in Australia the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decides who it wants to test (and when), and pays for it; if sports decide they want additional testing on top of that they pick up the cost. Low-risk sports tend not to get tested very often; about once a decade for me and I gather that's fairly typical unless you're at the very top. I know from acquaintances in that scene that athletics in Australia gets tested fairly heavily.

I suspect the French were almost certainly operating under a government mandate of some kind.
Nov 22, 2015 5:47 PM # 
In some instances it´s the organizer that is required to pay for testing.
In the case of WUOC that my club organized a couple of years ago a substantial part of our budget went that way...

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