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WADA-director Calls out for a more Clever Doping Testing

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Athlete biological passport gives a better view of the athletes’ data over time, says Frederic Donze. Photo: Lighthouse50/

The effort to catch athletes using EPO, blood transfusion and other performance enhancing drugs is far from satisfyingly efficient.

Such is the message from Frederic Donze, director of the European office of the international anti-doping agency WADA, who Monday took part in a panel discussion on the subject at Play the Game in Aarhus.

”We know that 1-2 pct. of athletes worldwide are taken for use of doping, but our understanding from studies and so on is that in reality many more are using doping,” Donze stated, when we spoke to him after the debate.

Timing is the key

Frederic Donze is of the opinion that a lot of the doping using athletes have been tested hundreds of times without being caught.

“Therefore we need to look at new strategies as a supplement to testing in order to catch the real cheaters,” he said.

Would you say that you have gotten as far as you can with normal testing?

“No. Cause otherwise we would probably stop doing it. But it is clear that testing at the moment is not as clever as it could and should be. I think the practice of testing can be better in anti-doping organizations worldwide. The key is to test the right athlete at the right time.”

Biological Passport is part of the future

As an example of an alternative to the testing methods we know today, Donze mentions the athlete biological passport. It gives a better view of the athletes’ data over time, where as the testing method today is only about the day of testing.

”It (biological passport) will be used a lot more in the future. And we hope that we in the long run will see results that will make all countries use the biological passport,” Donze said.

According to him, around 40 cases have so far been upheld by the international sport court CAS based on the biological passport.

PtG-Opening Session: “Sport Needs a Critical Debate”

Play the Game is now officially opened.

A variety of people took the stage during the opening session, and many highlighted the need for an open and honest debate about the conditions of sport worldwide.

“If we want to protect the values and the potential of sport, sport needs to be subject of a critical debate on and off the field,” PtG-chairman Johs. Poulsen stated.




Can hold position for life

Another speaker was Play the Games international director Jens Sejer Andersen. He as well addressed the need for more transparency in sport.

“There is a worldwide demand for better governance in sport,” Sejer Andersen said and then referred to the fact that many leaders of international sports organisation hold their position for years.

“Once you are elected president of an international organisation you are given access to tools that makes you able to hold the position for life. That is not right.”

Need for governance

Other speakers at the opening session was Danish MEP Morten Løkkegaard, alderman Marc Perera Christensen and Belgian PhD Student Arnout Geeraert.

Løkkegaard has called for a European center for the fight against match fixing, which was turned down in Bruxelles.

On the same note, field work from Arnout Geeraert showed that there is a huge need for better governance in world sport. For instance, in only three of 18 organisations the movement of funds was transparent.