Gene Testing could be used at Tokyo 2020

05 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

IOC President Thomas Bach has said that gene testing could be used at Tokyo 2020 as sport looks to step up its attempts to catch drug cheats.

Gene testing is designed to identify drug abuse to a higher level of accuracy to tests currently available, and President Bach says that it could be used if it is approved by WADA ahead of the Games. The new test could be used as both a deterrent and to step up efforts to ensure that drug cheats don’t feel safe.

Bach told an event organised by WADA: "With research on genetic sequencing progressing well, this new approach could be a ground-breaking method to detect blood doping, weeks or even months after it took place.

"If approved by WADA, such new gene testing could be used already at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”