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Saturday 20, Sep 2014

  Italy To Use ADAMS For Anti-Doping Operations

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The Italian Anti-Doping Department of Comitato Olympico Nazionale Italiano (CONI) has received approval from the Italian Data Protection Authority to start using Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) of WADA unrestrictedly, according to an announcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

CONI has become the 225th Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) to pledge to use ADAMS, which is a platform that is widely considered the most efficient and streamlined anti-doping operations system available to the anti-doping community. The pledge of Italy to start managing all its anti-doping operations through this anti-doping operations system further highlights the commitment of the country to protect the rights of its clean athletes at a crucial time for the anti-doping movement with the revised World Anti-Doping Code about to be introduced. The decision of CONI will allay concerns held by some European Union nations regarding the compatibility of ADAMS with EU data protection laws.

The Anti-Doping Administration and Management System of WADA simplifies the daily activities of athletes and organizations that are required to handle their anti-doping activities. The functionalities of ADAMS include the submission and management of Athlete Whereabouts data that can now easily be managed by athletes using a free Whereabouts Application, the management and reporting of test results, the management of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), and the planning, coordination and ordering of tests.

The use of ADAMS within the anti-doping community is growing rapidly with more than 264,000 athlete profiles held securely in the system, and nearly 50,000 athletes actively using it for their whereabouts. The decision of CONI follows an announcement by WADA that ADAMS will be further enhanced with the arrival of the next version of the platform, ADAMS 2016. The new version promises to provide more functionalities and flexibility the anti-doping community, including a progressive intelligence collection process, investigative collaboration, superior administrative capabilities, comprehensive research analysis and the ability to work alongside other approved anti-doping systems of WADA.

CONI President, Giovanni Malagò, said he is pleased that the Italian Data Protection Authority has provided the authorization for CONI to begin using ADAMS. Malagò added they have recognized the strong public interest element from allowing CONI to further advance its efforts in the fight against doping in sport, and for that he is thankful. The CONI President also remarked it has been recognized that ADAMS offers a secure system for anti-doping organizations to conduct their anti-doping activities and ADAMS will provide CONI with a powerful tool to improve the efficiency of all our anti-doping operations in the future.

WADA Director General, David Howman, remarked WADA welcomes the news that CONI will begin using ADAMS and added this is a decision that will enhance the country’s anti-doping operations significantly. Howman added the ADAMS team of WADA has begun putting in place the necessary protocols with CONI and will provide CONI staff with ADAMS training in the coming months. The WADA Director General also said Italy will now be able to reap the benefits of ADAMS, and their decision to use the platform will help strengthen the administration and coordination of practices that help foster clean sport and he hopes Italy’s decision will also encourage other countries to start using ADAMS for their operations.

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Tuesday 29, Jun 2010

  Football Program suspended after positive drug tests

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Football Program suspended after positive drug testsA football program was suspended by a leading Canadian University after nine players were found violating anti-doping policy during a special investigation.

The University of Waterloo in Ontario placed coaches of the team on paid leave besides canceling football for the coming season while it conducts a review.

Bob Copeland, the university’s director of athletics, remarked that he was surprised and disappointed at the same time and considers this as a wake-up call for people across Canada.

Monday 22, Dec 2008

  Newer and more reliable test for HGH developed by two university professors

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hgh-steroidsGood news for the George Mason University, bad news for athletes who use human growth hormone.

Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin and Lance Liotta, GMU professors, have developed the first urine test for human growth hormone. This is a welcome breakthrough in the anti-doping world since prior to this test screening for HGH is done through blood samples, which has been considered as expensive and rarely reliable. With this recent development, an erring athlete can be flagged on a $100-budget or less, according to the USA Today report.

Thanks to the success of Liotta and Petricoin GMU has risen from its obscurity.  From a relatively unknown learning institution GMU is now a member of the “Up-and–Coming Schools” category in the U.S. News and World Report.

Petricoin and Liotta were actually designing a test to detect cancer at its earliest stage when they found HGH in urine samples.

Mixing chemicals that cost less than $100, Petricoin and Liotta created a reaction in the lab that creates millions of nanoparticles tailored to find HGH — and, one day, possibly cancer. The particles, which would be placed in a specimen container before collection, find, trap and preserve the compound so standard testing equipment can detect HGH.

By the looks of it the professors’ testing method will have a warmer reception within the anti-doping community than its older counterpart. Blood testing for HGH has been around for quite some time now and it has been used at the last three Olympics but so far no athlete has been caught using the prohibited compound. HGH like anabolic steroids is believed to be a performance-enhancing drug.

The next step is having their research accepted by the scientific, athletic and legal communities. That process took a step forward last week when their research into the HGH test was published in Nano Research, a peer-reviewed journal specializing in the science of engineering on an atomic and molecular scale.

Ceres, the biotech company, is cooperating with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for the next phase: identifying a normal range of HGH in the body. The study will take urine from dozens of adults 18 to 45 who volunteer to give samples at an on-campus athletics facility.

The professors are still early in the approval process, which could take years, according to Frederic Donze, a spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency, which approves testing procedures used in Olympic sports.

“There is usually a long way between research and implementation of a methodology for anti-doping purpose,” Donze says via e-mail. “A significant element of this process is that the anti-doping community needs to make sure that any detection method can withstand any … scientific and legal challenge.”