More sensitive blood doping test could debut in Tokyo Olympic Games

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A more long-ranging test for blood doping could be validated and put into use in time for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. According to the Guardian, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach announced the news at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland on Tuesday.

The current tests to detect traces of blood-boosting Erythropoietin (EPO) drugs can detect the drug only for a few hours after injection. Because EPO is also made naturally by the human body, tests rely on changes made to the drug in the body after injection. 

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