Matthew Koop, Manager of Games Services at the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport, praised doping control procedures at the recent International Triathlon Union World Series event at Hyde Park, where he acted as an observer.
He said: “The quality and commitment of UK Anti-Doping and its sample collection personnel was quite evident through all testing that was conducted on behalf of the International Triathlon Union.
“I was very impressed by the quality and efficiency that the UK Anti-Doping sample collection personnel demonstrated with each athlete selected for doping control, especially in relation to blood collection.
“Athlete-centered care was always at the forefront of the UK Anti-Doping sample collection procedures. Through each day of testing the UKAD sample collection teams were able to conduct a high volume of testing in a very short amount time, limiting any potential wait time for athletes.
“Being an international event, the UKAD sample collection personnel had to deal with the added challenges of language barriers, operating in the challenging environment of an organizing committee, and also deal with making modifications to the sample collection process as requested by Paralympic athletes in addition to the normal components associated with in and out of competition testing.
“With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games just under one year away, International athletes should rest assured that their rights to fair and efficient doping control will be conducted in a very professional manner by the UK Anti-Doping sample collection personnel.”