WADA chief warns Armstrong doping case is tip of iceberg

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11/12/2012| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com

WADA chief warns Armstrong doping case is tip of iceberg

The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency believes the Lance Armstrong case is just part of a wide-ranging doping battle that will never be won.

world. We always talk about the elite, but the problem is far more widespread."

Rogge agreed that the anti-doping fight must go further than catching the cheating athlete.

"Corruption in sports invariably implicates other forms of corruption. Sophisticated doping often implicates organized crime networks which operate beyond national borders," Rogge said. "We need help from governments, but also those who are there to apply the law, scientists, the medical community, coaches and the pharmaceutical industry."

Rogge called for more out-of-competition tests to "detect cheats even before they arrive" at events.

"Doping cartels are constantly seeking new ways to avoid detection and they always seek new substances," Rogge said. "It is heartening to see that several pharmaceutical industries have contributed to anti-doping efforts."

Philip Thomson, vice president for global communications at GlaxoSmithKline, said he hopes his company is joined by others in helping WADA identify areas where it can catch drug cheats, even though confidentiality becomes a sensitive issue when sharing information.

"It is a challenge, there's no doubt about it," he said. "But it's also inevitable that we will have to work with other companies ... We work with over 55 countries externally to discover new medicines."

Howman said sport at all levels -- professional or amateur -- has the potential to interest illegal markets.

"The increasing engagement of the criminal underworld in providing banned substances, the incentive to engage in trafficking remains very high," Howman said.

Drug trafficking in the underworld is linked to the same criminals involved in "money laundering, corruption, betting and fraud," Howman said.


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