US athletes trial 'virtual drug testing' to protect clean sport during coronavirus crisis

A group of American athletes will provide samples for drug-testing in a "virtual session" as part of a "unique" programme being trialled by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).

Social-distancing measures have meant a reduction in traditional random sample-collection, with some countries halting testing entirely.

That has led to fears that cheats may look to exploit the situation.

But Usada's trial will mean officials can follow the process remotely via video conference technology - with a camera placed outside the athlete's bathroom door.

 

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