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Friday, September 11, 2020
WADA Forms Expert Testing Group

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has formed an expert testing group to identify lessons the system can learn from the coronavirus pandemic.

WADA said the group, chaired by United States Anti-Doping Agency chief science officer Matt Fedoruk, will "ensure the global anti-doping community can respond effectively to potential similar public health crises in the future".

Testing has begun to resume across the world following a coronavirus-enforced halt and the group is gathering feedback from anti-doping organizations (ADOs) on their programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WADA has also sent a survey to ADOs, which covers the impact of COVID-19 on their testing schemes, their views on guidance issued by the global watchdog, and how the coronavirus crisis has affected sample shipment and analysis.

The organization said the results from the survey "will assist WADA in identifying ways in which the anti-doping community can continue to adapt and be better prepared for similar situations in the future".

"This may also include developing temporary rules or amendments to the applicable international standards or the inclusion of specific procedures within an existing WADA guideline or another guidance document," WADA added.
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