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Medical Giant Helps Tackle Drugs Cheats ; Olympics

Medical Giant Helps Tackle Drugs Cheats ; Olympics [Mirror (UK)]

From Mirror (UK) (July 5, 2011)

SCIENTISTS from Britain's largest medical firm will hand antidoping bosses inside information on all new drugs in a bid to keep the 2012 Olympics clean.

GlaxoSmithKline will study its medicines that are in the early stage of development to see if they could be abused by athletes once they are licenced.

Any useful information will be passed on to the World Anti- Doping Agency so it can work on detection methods.

WADA's John Fahey said: "Our work with pharmaceuticals is critical to staying a step ahead of dopers, who have an increasing level of scientific expertise."

GSK and King's College London had already signed up to run an independent lab during the Games to identify cheats.

Lord Coe, chairman of London 2012, said: "The enthusiasm to deliver a clean games has grown into a genuine legacy for sport."


Posted: July 2011