Covid-19 reduction helps return to anti-doping pressure in sports - 10/11/2021 - Edgard Alves

The tragedy of the new coronavirus pandemic has focused all the attention of athletes, from the announcement of the one-year postponement of the Olympics and Paralympics to the recent holding of events in Tokyo.

Therefore, at least temporarily, doping had its space in the debate within the international Olympic movement. Now that the pandemic is under control, while still claiming lives, the fight against doping is back on the scene in the sports world.

In this new stage, Russia, which staged the biggest scandal in the history of the use of doping to improve the performance of its athletes, returns to the news. And, again, through the back door, that is, the operating license of its anti-doping laboratory has just been revoked for not complying with the ethical and laboratory standards established by Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency).

The Moscow National Anti-Doping Laboratory had already been revoked from the list of punishments in a 2015 report commissioned by Wada, which found evidence of mass doping by Russian athletes in a criminal program backed by the government of that country.

The laboratory is ineligible to carry out any work connected with the analysis of blood samples related to the athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP) or any other form of anti-doping testing.

In 2016, Wada authorized the laboratory to analyze athletes’ biological passports to ensure the continuity of the program. However, its right to carry out other anti-doping activities had remained blocked and Russia prohibited from competing under its flag, its uniform and with its national anthem in major sporting events.

Russia denies the existence of a state doping scheme in the country, but recognizes failures to enforce anti-doping regulations. The country believes that this cloudy past can be overcome by the Olympics in Paris-2024. But next year there will be the Winter Olympics in China and the Soccer World Cup in Qatar.

The devices for covering up doping are always being improved. Therefore, despite Covid-19, anti-doping techniques and regulations are expected to become more stringent than in the past two years.

It is expected that Brazil does not stray from this surveillance so that sport disputes are honest, clean and offer equal conditions for all competitors.

A case involving an athlete from Brazil remains unresolved since the Tokyo Olympics. It is the opposite of the Tandara Caixeta volleyball team, seen in a test with the presence of Osparin, a substance with anabolic action that increases muscle mass, strength and performance. The test was performed under the guidelines of the ABCD (Brazilian Authority for Doping Control).

In the company of team members, the athlete performed an anti-doping test last July, during the preparations of the national team at the Volleyball Training Center, in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro. The test result only came out when Brazil was already in the Japanese capital in full dispute of the Games.

Temporarily suspended, the athlete was disconnected from the delegation of the Olympic Committee of Brazil in Japan, while the team remained in the dispute, in which they eliminated South Korea hours later, in the semifinals, before falling to the USA in the gold decision. The athlete informed, via the advisory, that she will only manifest herself after the conclusion of the case. Transparency requires more than that.

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