As the different ways athletes find to cheat evolve, so does the science that eventually finds a way to catch them. Now Olympic officials and scientific experts will meet next month to discuss a test designed to nab those gene doping, which is considered the next step in sports cheating.
“Quite some progress has been made in terms of outlining the scientific basis for analysis of gene doping,” IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist told the Associated Press on Thursday. “We are moving. It’s promising.”
The meeting, which will take place in Beijing on June 5 and 6, is the fourth major symposium on gene doping and will include forty experts who’ve been organized by the World Anti-doping Agency following two different teams who’ve possibly already discovered a way to test for gene doping.
WADA and the IOC say that no athletes are currently using gene doping to cheat, but that it’s only a matter of time before they discover how. And instead of trying to catch up, they’d rather be ahead of the curve.
“We want to continue the momentum that we’ve got so we can get to a scenario where the detection methods can be approved,” WADA director general David Howman said. “It’s close.”
Pyeongchang Olympic organizers published a promotional video Friday highlighting the South Korean host’s venues and its slogan, “Passion. Connected.”
The video highlights South Korea’s history of hosting major sports events — the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 2002 FIFA World Cup across Japan and South Korea and the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu — which was also a point during its host city candidacy several years ago.
Pyeongchang finally earned the right to host the Olympics after finishing second in voting for the 2010 Winter Games (losing by three votes) and the 2014 Winter Games (losing by four votes).
The Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, will mark the first Winter Games in East Asia in 20 years.
The slogan was announced on May 16, 2015.
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Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m freestyle champion, said he had a mole on his chest removed after a fan emailed his Australian swim team doctor alerting to get it checked out.
Horton said he believed the concerned fan may have been a skin specialist, according to the (Melbourne) Herald Sun.
“I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton said the fan said in an email to the doctor, according to the report. “They just looked at it [Thursday] and said let’s take it out now.
“They checked my whole body and then looked at this one and said we’d rather do it sooner rather than later.”
Horton joked on Australian TV that he probably owes the fan a free swim lesson.
“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say, ‘I probably should get this one checked out,’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing,” Horton said, according to the newspaper.
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