Research, co-ordination, education
With the rapid evolution of doping techniques,
including the increasingly complex organisation for trafficking
in substances and the growing financial resources available for
such pursuits, testing laboratories must constantly re-evaluate
their working methods and means.
This ongoing process will require more frequent and closer co-operation
between laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and those involved
in basic research. What has been described in the Hardop report
as a sort of scientific 'vigil' would allow anti-doping experts
to anticipate new trends in doping before they come into operation.
The events that shook the world of cycling in 1998 illustrate the
role played by police, judicial and customs authorities. The spread
of doping among non-professionals, now affecting an increasingly
young population, is quite simply beyond the capacities of sports
authorities alone to counteract. Co-ordination among all the players
is now clearly called for.
The lack of knowledge about doping in sport is also a key concern.
A number of education campaigns are now being launched with particular
emphasis on young people.