How the anti-doping process will work in London 2012

The ITU anti-doping team has reported that the Organizing Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) revealed the AMAD-accredited anti-doping laboratory that will operate during these games. LOCOG, IOC and ITU are working together to ensure that triathlete tests are conducted in the most efficient and effective way.

According to their press release, "the LOCOG, Glaxo Smithkline (GSK) -lab service- and the laboratory operators of King University in London" welcomed Hugh Robertson, Minister of Sport and Olympics. The service is based in Harlow, Essex.

During the Olympic and Para Olympic Games, approximately 6250 samples will be analyzed, up to 400 per day, more than in previous games. The laboratory, which is the size of seven tennis courts, will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Around 1000 LOCOG staff members will work within the framework of this anti-doping process and a team of more than 150 scientists in the area of ​​anti-doping will carry out the tests in the laboratory, under the independent direction of Professor David Cowan of the Center for Drug Control at King University in London.

The service, provided by the pharmaceutical company GSK, will be operated by anti-doping experts at King University, with the support of scientists from around the world.

The anti-doping process during the London 2012 Olympics will leave a legacy of knowledge about operations and processes. In July 2011, GSK signed an agreement with AMAD to share information about its developing medicines, while LOCOG will report on all processes.

What steps will be taken at the Olympic Games?
- Up to 6250 samples will be tested during the Olympic Games - more than in previous ones
- 1000 people will be affected in the anti-doping process during the Games
- 1 in 2 athletes will be tested during the Olympic Games, including each Olympic medalist
- The laboratory will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
- Up to 400 samples will be analyzed every day
- The shortest result time will be 24 hours (some tests will require more time)
- The laboratory has a dimension of 4400 square meters - the same as seven tennis courts
- A team of over 150 anti-doping scientists will carry out the tests during the Games, which will be led by Professor David Cowan of the King University Drug Control Center in London.

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