US News doping: "We will be very vigilant" upstream of the Olympics 2024, warns AFLD

11:35  27 october  2021
11:35  27 october  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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What will be the role of AFLD at the Olympic Games from Paris ?

Dominique Laurent: Paradoxically This is not the agency that will perform athlete tests during the Olympics, it is the ITA, the International Agency for Controls. On the other hand, we will have a very important role in coordinating the actors of anti-doping control in France, whether they are police, gendarmerie, intelligence services and also all the controls that the ITA will ask us to make upstream of the Olympics.

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quite. The Olympic Games must be exemplary on the plan of anti-doping. We will control all French athletes of the Olympic delegation, and it will be more important since France is the host country. We will be very vigilant about the controls upstream of the Olympics.

Are there more sensitive sports to monitor?

In the Olympic disciplines, it is always the same asking to be particularly framed, monitored, it is the disciplines of force or endurance.

In recent years, the rate of positive controls is down in most anti-doping agencies around the world. How do you explain that ?

I think it's under the effect of the impetus of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that has gained an increasingly important role as a global policeman. And she asked all ONA (National Anti-Doping Organizations, NDLR) in their country to strengthen high-level sport control. And we know that high-level athletes are normally better formed with anti-doping than amateurs, they pay attention. Obviously there are cheat trees among them, it is certain, since we disseminate them.

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At the request of WADA, you have also developed your investigative department that benefits from new powers (search, borrowing identity on the Internet ...). Is it a sign of a new way to approach the anti-doping fight?

It is a modern way to fight against doping in this sense where we exceed the only controls by urine and blood tests. There are many infringements of the anti-doping rules that do not translate through the taking of products. There is product traffic, there is the refusal to submit to control ... all these violations that do not fall under the laboratory analysis. And to establish evidence, as much it is easy to have proof by a positive analysis made by the laboratory, as much to prove a traffic, it is more difficult, hence the need to investigate .

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