WADA monitoring anti-doping testing gaps as coronavirus locks down entire countries

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has continued to advise the varios Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) across the globe to prioritize health and safety as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, putting entire countries on lockdown. But as the organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games insist that there is "no need to take drastic action" in postponing the Games, WADA is monitoring the anti-doping controls to detect any testing 'gaps'.

The number of Covid-19 illnesses caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outside of China have now exceeded the number of cases in that country, with China showing nearly 90 per cent of its confirmed cases either having recovered or died and less than 9,000 still suffering from the respiratory illness. In Italy, the country with the second-most cases, only 10 per cent have so far recovered from some 27,000 cases.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.