World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey has warned doping athletes and drug traffickers of a major shift in tackling doping following a move to share information between customs and immigration officials and national anti-doping organisations.
Speaking at UK Anti-Doping’s offices, Fahey said: “That is without doubt, in my view, the future of the work that we do rather than saying we must do more tests. It's far less expensive than taking blood and urine and going to laboratories."
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson confirmed that the organisation is already adopting a more intelligence-led strategy in the countdown to London 2012. “Being able to share information means we can see what is coming in, where it is going, who is taking possession of it and we can target test or even pursue a non-analytical case.”
He added: "We're already working with the UK Border Agency and we expect to be having a formal agreement signed imminently. We're working closely with our European colleagues, particularly starting to build up profiles before the 2012 Games because we recognise that there is a potential threat that could come through multiple routes into the UK."
WADA President John Fahey and Director General David Howman visited UK Anti-Doping in London on Friday, 11 February 2011 to discuss the future of anti-doping with a select number of journalists. Andy Parkinson, Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping, also discusses plans in the countdown to London 2012.
Listen to the full conference on YouTube here.