The agency’s two-day symposium will focus on how science and investigations can help improve tools and develop strategies to keep sports dope-free

Mumbai

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s two-day symposium at Istanbul, Turkey next month would discuss how science and investigations activities combined can help improve tools and develop new strategies to combat the use of drugs in sport.

With the revised World Anti-Doping Code kicking in less than four months later, science and investigations collaborations are more common than ever before, said WADA in a release from Montreal, Canada.

The symposium, scheduled on October 28 and 29, would involve experts in investigations and anti-doping science exploring a number of topics.

The list includes recent developments in investigations on drugs circulating illegally, identification of new drugs with doping potential, strengthening communication and data sharing in the field and development of new tools and strategies in combating the fight against doping in sports, the release stated.

The symposium would include experts from the science and investigation sectors and representatives from organisations such as INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the release added.

Earlier in August, Wada had brought in a ban on xenon and argon.

But, doping experts have yet to find an effective test for athletes using xenon and argon, despite introducing a ban on the gases’ use by sports stars.

The new ban has been ordered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which runs drug testing across many sports.

It follows concerns that athletes were breathing these so-called noble gases to encourage the growth of red blood cells that boost stamina.

But despite being piloted, a valid test is not yet ready, the agency says.

The idea of doping with gases more usually associated with arc welding, neon light bulbs and anaesthesia may seem bizarre, but Wada believes there is enough evidence of their enhancement potential to ban them.

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Media reports earlier this year indicated that athletes in Russia have been using the gases for years as a means of boosting their stamina ahead of international competitions.

Indeed the company that developed techniques to help athletes prepare using xenon, has a “badge of honour” on its website from the Russian Olympic Committee for “the organisation and conduct of inhalation remediation”.

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