USADA begins pilot program for self-administered anti-doping tests

USADA CEO Travis Tygart
USADA CEO Travis Tygart (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The idea of a self-administered anti-doping test my seem like a headline from the satirical website The Onion, but the US Anti-Doping Agency announced this week it has developed just such a system to ensure no one gets a "free pass" from reduced testing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters news agency reported that athletes in a voluntary pilot program have been administering blood and urine tests to themselves while a doping control officer monitors live via FaceTime or Zoom.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.