Montreal (dpa) – Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the world anti-doping agency wants to protect clean athletes as much as possible. For this reason, the Wada has adapted its guidelines to the exceptional situation, said the agency.
“Wada will continue to work with the anti-doping organizations to provide guidance and support so that the integrity of the anti-doping system can be preserved as much as possible,” said Wada President Witold Banka. “It will be crucial that the system can regain its full performance as soon as the restrictions are lifted.”
The sports world is faced with an unprecedented situation. “Covid-19 has forced all anti-doping actors, including Wada, to adjust the way they do their daily work,” said the Pole. “But this issue goes far beyond the fight against doping and sport – it’s a global emergency – and our first priority must be public health, safety, and social responsibility.”
Two-time Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange, for example, cares about clean sports. «I would be interested to know how the doping controls will continue? The borders are closed, we are socially isolated. I am also afraid that black sheep is now open, ”said 33-year-old Hesse in an interview with the“ Frankfurter Rundschau ”. That was a sport-specific problem, but he wanted to address it: Because the inspectors could not travel either.
In Austria, where Bad Wildunger Lange was born for some time (Salzburg), there are also restrictions: “The doping control program has been significantly reduced and focuses on high doping risk and corresponding suspicions.” Long fear: “There could be athletes who could take advantage of this situation with fraud. I recently imagined when cycling that the entire competitive sport is currently without controls. »
According to Wada, the updated guidelines cover a number of areas that could be affected by Covid-19. This includes the provision of information about the accessibility of the athletes for controls, the taking of samples and their transport to the laboratories, the analysis or the results management.
However, the Wada still wants to address specific concerns of athletes and will take a stand on it next week, the statement said. The stringent measures most countries take to prevent the spread of the corona virus also affected the anti-doping system. Border closures, mandatory quarantines or isolation, flight cancellations, restrictions on social movements, office closings and the cancellation of sports events hampered the work of those involved in combating doping.
Therefore, according to Wada, the drug tests will only continue where it is appropriate and possible, it said.