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For the future

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.



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