UK Anti-Doping is leading the drive for doping-free sport both on a national and international scale. It coordinates the UK’s anti-doping programme and carries out testing across more than 40 sports in the United Kingdom.
In the run-up to and during the Games, UK Anti-Doping will provide vital expertise and support to the London 2012 Games. A pre-Games support programme has been coordinated, specifically tailored to sports, working closely with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association to ensure a coordinated approach to education, targeting outreach opportunities in the run up to the Games.
Here are our top ten anti-doping facts to help whet your appetite:
1. The word doping is probably derived from the Dutch word dop, the name of an alcoholic beverage made of grape skins used by Zulu warriors in order to enhance their prowess in battle.
2. If you laid all the sample collection bottles to be used at the Games around the Olympic velodrome track, they would cover four circuits.
3. Unsuccessful explanations for doping #1: an athlete was unable to prove that the cocaine found in his system was absorbed through his skin as a result of handling $US banknotes.
4. It is claimed that athletes at the Ancient Olympics would eat specially prepared lizard meat in the hope that it would give them an athletic edge.
5. Drug taking Urban Myth #1: drinking vinegar will help you pass a test. While a lowered blood and urine pH can potentially throw off pH sensitive enzymes, the effects of urine acidification on detection times are modest at best.
7. 5,750 litres of urine will be collected during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, enough to fill a 14-person hot tub!
8. In the first Olympic drugs tests at the 1968 Winter Olympics, athletes had to undergo gender testing as part of the process.
9. At the London 2012 Games, the IOC will adopt a ‘no needle’ policy for the first time.
10. Approx. 10 ml of blood is required for anti-doping testing – Approx 2% (10ml of 450 ml) of the amount given during blood donation.